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Humanitarian Aid arrives in Cuba only to be blocked from its rightful owners

MIAMI, Aug. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The board of directors of the Fundación para la Democracia Panamericana, together with Rosa María Payá and City of Miami Mayor, Francis Suarez, sent a letter, found below, on Friday, August 14, to twenty-seven members of the United States Congress,…




August 14, 2020

Dear Congress member,

We are U.S. and Cuban citizens who appreciate the interest you have recently expressed in the “health and safety of not only Cubans but Americans and others in the Caribbean region,” in a letter to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, signed in May 2020 by 27 members of the U.S. Senate and the House, including yourself.

Taking your words into consideration, we urge you to support the demand that all the humanitarian aid we collected in the United States in May 2020, which was later sent to Cuba with the help of Christian churches through regular channels, be delivered immediately and without further governmental intervention to its legitimate recipients in Cuba. This aid has been arbitrarily detained by the Cuban authorities upon its arrival to the Island.

In the hopes of mitigating the impact of the crisis being suffered by the Cuban people, aggravated by COVID-19, we, along with hundreds of other citizens, contributed to the donation drive Solidaridad Entre Hermanos / Solidarity Among Brothers, in Miami, Florida, where thousands of pounds of humanitarian aid were collected in May 2020. This effort was conducted with the intention to provide as many products as possible to our brothers and sisters in Cuba, so that the most vulnerable families can maintain appropriate hygiene, as well as feed themselves substantially, during the current crisis. At least 15,000 Cuban families managed to register to receive this assistance on our website, despite having to bypass the cyber-attacks by Cuban authorities.

Cuba is in crisis. The rule of the single-party communist government, that exerts centralized control upon all aspects of Cuban society, has not only caused a dire humanitarian crisis, but has also increased political repression. Every day, due to the shortages of food and basic needs, the people of Cuba must stand in long lines, which eventually become crowds, in order to buy whatever is offered by the Cuban State, making it impossible to take safety measures against the Coronavirus pandemic. To make matters worse, the Cuban State is now selling several basic-need products in hard currency, making it impossible for the majority of Cuban families to have access to them given that all salaries are paid in national currency.

As Cubans of the diaspora, our ability to directly help our families in Cuba should be without restrictions from any government. In the spirit of your statements in the aforementioned letter, which emphasizes that government interference with humanitarian efforts like ours is “dangerous and contrary to our longstanding tradition of not politicizing the delivery of humanitarian aid,” we hope to have your support in our efforts to deliver these goods to their rightful recipients, since “in such an unprecedented emergency caused by a deadly virus that is so easily transmissible, public health and safety must take precedence.”

This initiative is not of a political nature, but it is a people-to-people humanitarian effort, which was not met with any obstacles from the U.S. State Department. It is in this regard that we call upon you to use your influential platform in order to stay true to your words as government officials, and to please demand that the supplies provided by Solidaridad Entre Hermanos / Solidarity Among Brothers, which have been  detained by the Cuban authorities―despite the fact that we fully complied with the Cuban law―be immediately released and delivered to their rightful recipients.

Specifically, our request is that you support us in demanding the Cuban State to:

  1. Remove all arbitrary barriers that are being imposed to prevent the delivery of the goods;
  2. and allow the members of the church community, the rightful owners of the goods, as well as other people of good will in Cuban civil society, to distribute the humanitarian assistance without interference.

I appreciate your assistance and request that you please send a response if you are able to help us with this critical issue during these trying times.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this request.


Dr. Omar Vento, Rosa María Payá & Victor Pujals 


Francis Suarez,

Fundación para la Democracia Panamericana   

Mayor of Miami, Florida

Miami FL USA


Berta Soler – Damas de Blanco, La Habana, Cuba (Ladies in White)

José Daniel Ferrer – Unión Patriótica de Cuba, Promotores de Cuba Decide, Cuba

Ramón Saúl Sánchez – Movimiento Democracia, Miami FL, US

Alexander Otaola – Influencer, Miami, US

José Díaz Silva – Mov. Opositores por una Nueva República, Promotores de Cuba Decide, Cuba

Ángel J. Moya Acosta – Movimiento Libertad Democrática por Cuba, Cuba

Félix Navarro – Partido por la Democracia Pedro Luis Boitel, Promotores Cuba Decide, Cuba

Víctor M. Dueñas Otero – Grupo de apoyo a Cuba Decide, Países Bajos

Rev. Cristina María Rodríguez Pentón – Representante en Cuba del Ministerio Internacional “De Mujer a Mujer”

Rev. Dayixys Ávila Herrera – Iglesia “Mi Viña”, Santa Clara, Cuba

Rabbi Olaine Tejeda Beltrán – Líder de la comunidad judía Bnei Anusim, Nuevitas, Camagüey, Cuba

Rev. Daniel Josué Pérez Naranjo – Presidente Iglesias Bautistas Misión Bereana, Cuba

Rev. Yoel Demetrio Aspron Morales – Presidente Iglesia Misionera en Cuba

Rev. Yilber Durant Domínguez – Ministerio “Fuego y Dinámica”, Nuevitas, Camagüey, Cuba

Rev. Mario Jorge Travieso Medina – Ministerio “Viento Recio”, Las Tunas, Cuba

Rev. Bernardo de Quesada Salomón – Ministerio “Fuego y Dinámica”, Camagüey, Cuba

Rev. Jorge Luis Pérez Vázquez – Ministerio Rehobot, El Cristo, Santiago de Cuba

Rev. Alayn Toledano Valiente – Ministerio “Sendas de Justicia”, Santiago de Cuba

Rev. Alejandro Hernández Cepero – Ministerio Bet-El-Shalom, Guanabacoa, La Habana, Cuba

Guillermo del Sol Pérez – Periodista, Santa Clara, Cuba

José G. Barrenechea, Ateos y Humanistas, Encrucijada, Villa Clara

María Cristina Labrada Varona – Damas de Blanco, La Habana, Cuba

Oylín Hernández Rodríguez – Damas de Blanco, Cuba

Lourdes Esquivel Vieto – Damas de Blanco & MONR, La Habana, Cuba

Yamile Barges Hurtado – Damas de Blanco, Cuba

Frank Calzon, Washington DC, US

Imán José Alberto Martínez Rodríguez – Asociación Islámica para la divulgación del Islam, Holguín, Cuba

Imán Niovel Alexander Tamayo Formen – Asociación Islámica para la divulgación del Islam, La Habana, Cuba

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Surgical Lights Market to Generate $3.83 Bn, Globally, by 2026 at 4.5% CAGR: Allied Market Research

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Market Research published a report, titled, “Surgical Lights Market by Type (Halogen and LED Lights) and Application (Cardiac Surgery, Gynecological Surgery, Neurosurgery, ENT Surgery, and Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and…




PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Market Research published a report, titled, “Surgical Lights Market by Type (Halogen and LED Lights) and Application (Cardiac Surgery, Gynecological Surgery, Neurosurgery, ENT Surgery, and Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026.” According to the report, the global surgical lights industry was estimated at $2.71 billion in 2018, and is projected to garner $3.83 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 4.5% from 2019 to 2026.

Drivers, restraints, and opportunities-

Significant rise in surgical procedures, and surge in technological developments in surgical lights drive the growth of the global surgical lights market. On the other hand,high cost of LED lights restrains the growth to some extent. However, various growth opportunities in emerging economies are expected to create a number of opportunities in the industry.

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The halogen segment to lead the trail till 2026-

Based on type, the halogen segment accounted for more than half of the global surgical lights market share in 2018, and is expected to rule the roost by the end of 2026. This is due to its wide usage in the hospital and ambulatory settings. On the other hand, the LED segment is projected to register the fastest CAGR of 4.6% during 2019–2026.

The cardiac surgery segment to dominate during the estimated period-

Based on application, the cardiac surgery segment accounted for nearly one-fifth of the global surgical lights market revenue in 2018, and is anticipated to maintain the lion’s share from 2019 to 2026. In addition, the same segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 5.3% throughout the forecast period.The increased incidence of cardiovascular disorders and surge in surgical procedures for their treatment have fueled the growth of the segment.The market also analyses segments including gynecological surgery, neurosurgery, and ENT surgery.

North America to maintain its top status in terms of revenue-

Based on geography, North America held the major share in 2018, garnering more than one-third of the global surgical lights market, owing to rise in prevalence of disorders such as cardiac diseases and gynecological diseases, among others. At the same time, the Asia-Pacific region would register the fastest CAGR of 5.3% during the study period. This is due surge in demand for healthcare infrastructure, rise in number of hospitals in emerging countries, increase in healthcare reforms, and increase in technological advancements in the field of healthcare.

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  • Hill-Rom Services
  • BihlerMED
  • S.I.M.E.O.N
  • Medical GmbH & Co. KG
  • Steris plc
  • Skytron

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Fineqia investiert in den Blockchain-Fonds IDEO Colab Ventures

LONDON, 28. Oktober 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fineqia International Inc. (das „Unternehmen” oder „Fineqia”) (CSE: FNQ) (OTC: FNQQF) (Frankfurt: FNQA) freut sich bekannt zu geben, dass es sich an dem 21-Millionen-US-Dollar-Fonds IDEO CoLab Ventures („IDEO CoLab Ventures”) beteiligt, der in…




LONDON, 28. Oktober 2020  /PRNewswire/ — Fineqia International Inc. (das „Unternehmen” oder „Fineqia”) (CSE: FNQ) (OTC: FNQQF) (Frankfurt: FNQA) freut sich bekannt zu geben, dass es sich an dem 21-Millionen-US-Dollar-Fonds IDEO CoLab Ventures („IDEO CoLab Ventures”) beteiligt, der in Blockchain- und Krypto-Startups in der Frühphase investiert. Die Investition in IDEO CoLab Ventures wurde über deren Tochtergesellschaft Fineqia Investments Ltd ( getätigt.

Zusammen mit Fineqia wird der Fonds von der globalen Designfirma IDEO, die für ikonische Designs wie Apples erste Computermaus und für die Bewältigung komplexer Herausforderungen in den Bereichen Wirtschaft, Soziales und Regierung bekannt ist, von Avanta Ventures (dem Risikokapitalzweig der CSAA Insurance Group), der koreanischen GS-Gruppe und anderen institutionellen Investoren sowie von Führungskräften von IDEO, Coinbase, Twitter und Fortress und von anderen Technologieunternehmen und Finanzinstitutionen unterstützt.

„Die Kombination von Design und Technologie ist die Spezialität einiger weniger Auserwählter, aber das Vergnügen von sehr vielen”, so Fineqias CEO Bundeep Singh Rangar. „Mit unserer Investition möchten wir diese These unterstützen und sie über IDEO CoLab Ventures verbreiten.”

IDEO CoLab Ventures hat in 30 Blockchain- und Krypto-Startups wie Braintrust (, FalconX (, Messari ( und NEAR ( investiert und bei der Inkubation dieser Unternehmen geholfen, indem es die Fähigkeiten von IDEO in Bereichen wie Produktdesign, Kundenforschung und kollaborative Unternehmensnetzwerke einbrachte.

„Mit unseren umfassenden Fähigkeiten in den Bereich Design, Produktentwicklung und Blockchain-Technologie ist es uns möglich, Weltklasse-Unternehmer und Startups aus der ganzen Welt anzuziehen”, erläutert Ian Lee, Geschäftsführer von IDEO CoLab Ventures. „Dies hat zu beispiellosen Investitionsmöglichkeiten und der Chance geführt, mit einigen der weltbesten Gründer und Unternehmen gemeinsam an der Entwicklung dieser wichtigen Technologie und der darauf beruhenden Geschäftsmöglichkeiten zu arbeiten.

Fineqias Investitionen folgen auf andere, wie z.B. in das Blockchain-Versicherungssoftwareunternehmen Black Insurance, die blockchain-basierte Lösung für die Registrierung und Verrechnung von Vermögenswerten, Nivaura Ltd, den blockchain-basierten Vermögensverwalter Wave Financial Ltd, den Premium-Finanzierungs-Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-Anbieter PremFina Limited und Phunware Inc. eine Enterprise-Cloud-Plattform für die Bereitstellung mobiler Inhalte für Marken weltweit.

Fineqia identifizierte das Wachstumspotential bei der Investition in IDEO CoLab Ventures als Ergänzung und strategische Ausrichtung auf das Kerngeschäft des Unternehmens, die Platzierung von Schuld- und Beteiligungspapieren. Fineqia’s Investitionsverpflichtung als Kommanditist in IDEO CoLab Ventures ( stellt weniger als 5 % seiner Marktkapitalisierung dar, deren anfängliche Inanspruchnahme weniger als 2 % beträgt.

Über Fineqia Investments Ltd

Fineqia Investments Ltd. ist eine hundertprozentige Tochtergesellschaft von Fineqia International, die gegründet wurde, um das wachsende Portfolio des Unternehmens mit Blockchain-, Fintech- und Kryptowährungs-Technologieunternehmen weltweit aufrechtzuerhalten.

Über Fineqia International Inc.

Fineqia International ist in Kanada (CSE: FNQ) und an Börsen in den Vereinigten Staaten (OTC: FNQQF) und Europa (Frankfurt: FNQA) notiert. Fineqia International legt die Unternehmensführung, die Unternehmenskultur, die Prozesse und die Beziehungen des Unternehmens dar, unter denen das Unternehmen und seine Tochtergesellschaften geführt und verwaltet werden. Fineqia International überwacht und gewährleistet den Erfolg, die Planung und das Wachstum des Unternehmens und aller seiner Tochtergesellschaften. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter

Über IDEO CoLab Ventures

IDEO CoLab Ventures, eine Tochtergesellschaft des globalen Design-Unternehmens IDEO, ist ein 21 Millionen Dollar schwerer Investitionsfonds für die Frühphase, der sich auf Investitionen in und die Beschleunigung von führenden Blockchain-Unternehmern und Startups konzentriert. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter

Für alle Anfragen: Jessica Patterson, JPR-Mediengruppe, T +44 (0) 20 7584 1978, [email protected] 

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Leveraging 40x ROI per Month During the Pandemic

How Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill Leveraged Guest Wi-Fi to Supercharge Marketing




How Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill Leveraged Guest Wi-Fi to Supercharge Marketing

Press Release updated: Oct 28, 2020 09:18 EDT

Aislelabs Inc. is pleased to announce a new case study with their partner Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. The family-style dining restaurant was founded in 1959 and has progressively grown to over 20 locations across Florida. The new case study is available here.

The new Aislelabs case study details how the product suite helped Flanigan’s navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Connect, the Wi-Fi marketing module, leveraged the collected demographic and behavioural information from each customer for intelligent segmentation and targeting. It presents the return on investment (ROI) of 40x per month, with 20 million emails sent, and capturing 180k customer signups across 23 restaurants. You can learn more about it here.

Aislelabs services numerous industry verticals including airports, retail, brands, coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, venues, hospitality, and shopping centres. They work with top-tier property managers around the globe and can support even the largest of enterprise businesses. To learn more about Aislelabs, visit their website at or contact Aislelabs at 1 (888) 765-3645 or by email media(at)aislelabs(dot)com.

About Aislelabs Inc.: Aislelabs is a technology company offering the most advanced Customer Data Platform, Wi-Fi location marketing, advertising, and analytics platform in the market. They help clients build relationships with visitors and shoppers, marketing to them based on their behaviour inside brick-and-mortar spaces. Aislelabs technology empowers their clients to target audiences across all digital channels and create high-impact campaigns with measurable ROI.

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