Crowd seems to boost cash for hospitalized sheriff’s deputy – Salisbury Submit

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office lit 100 or more grills in its parking lot to raise money for employees or charities, but Thursday’s fundraiser for Brian Benfield could top the list of most food sold, Sgt. David Earnhardt said.

Benfield has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a month and is expected to be transferred from the hospital to a long-term care facility. His wife and son also contracted COVID-19 and have since recovered.

To help their colleague, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office staff turned into quick orders Thursday, grilling hot dogs and making sausage sandwiches in the parking lot next to the Rowan County Courthouse. They attracted interested customers and also arranged orders,

“This is probably the biggest we’ve ever made, most of the food we’ve ever sold,” said Earnhardt, Benfield’s manager.

He estimated the fundraiser would cover a large chunk of Benfield’s hospital bills out of pocket, but it wouldn’t nearly fully cover the costs he incurs.

“If one of us is involved in something or needs help, we try to do something for him and to help him as well as possible,” said Earnhardt.

As they watched the line of people buying groceries Thursday, Benfield’s daughter Gracie and father Ned called it “a blessing”.

“Brian made a lot of friends,” said Ned Benfield. “We’re thankful.”

To learn more about Brian Benfield’s hospital stay, click or tap to read the Post’s story released Thursday: “The Rowan Sheriff’s Office is holding a fundraiser for a deputy hospitalized with COVID-19.”

RSS says federal cash will not be long-term answer for workers pay – Salisbury Put up

SALISBURY – Rowan-Salisbury Schools received an unprecedented amount of federal funding over the past year, but funding will only go so far as to keep the district’s staff competitive.

In total, the district raised $ 96.9 million in federal funds. The amount is spread across approximately $ 70.6 million in COVID-19 aid and a federal grant of $ 26.3 million granted in 2020 to advance renewal plans.

The district has some of the least competitive salaries for its employees when compared to comparable school districts. In June, Superintendent Tony Watlington collapsed where the district landed. Teachers, teaching assistants, caretakers and bus drivers are at the bottom of the lists in eight or nine districts.

The employees are roughly divided into certified and classified categories. Certified employees include faculties such as teachers and school principals. The classified employees include bus drivers, nutrition workers, maintenance and teacher assistants.

During the school committee meeting last week, Watlington briefly touched on the subject, noting that the district lags not only behind the more affluent surrounding districts in terms of pay for classified staff, but also behind comparable districts.

A bus driver for RSS starts at $ 12.07 per hour while a starting bus driver for Davidson County starts at $ 16.07 per hour. A salary study for classified employees is ongoing.

RSS chief finance officer Carol Herndon said it is rare for a salary study to return whose results show pay should stay the same. It is likely that the district will need to implement the study in a phased manner rather than implementing its recommendations in a single year, Herndon said.

Chief Operational Officer Anthony Vann said the district is struggling to recruit and hold classified positions under its umbrella. He said there were several reasons. Pay is one. Another is the high level of competition from private companies and other school districts for people with the skills RSS is looking for. The COVID-19 pandemic also contributes to this.

While demand fluctuates, Vann cited the example of around 50 vacancies in a workforce of 200 nutritionists. Central Office nutritionists and other RSS staff work in cafeteria lines in schools, much like staff who stand in as substitute teachers to make up for lengthy teacher absences.

Vann said he has lost several very skilled employees to the surrounding counties and sees companies in the city offering signing rewards.

“It makes it difficult to keep qualified staff unless you can compete with them,” said Vann.

Where the county will find the funding for the raise is still open, but there are a few options.

Why not the federal money?

Some of the federal aid money will go into the pockets of the faculty and staff, but it will not provide the county with a solution to long-term funding goals for the people who work there for two reasons: used to pay staff, and it will run out of money too .

The aid money is divided into three parts based on the primary and secondary school emergency fund. The district received $ 4.7 million from the CARES bill in the early days of the pandemic, which has already been issued. The remaining federal aid came in two installments, a package of $ 20.3 million in the final months of President Trump’s administration and $ 45.6 million under the US bailout plan passed earlier this year.

All three aid packages came with slightly different rules. The last two packages, which make up the bulk of the funding, were not issued. The use of the latter packages must pass a three-step test to either prevent, reduce or respond to COVID-19.

Currently, the district is trying to shift some of its funds to pay grants to employees taking on additional duties due to COVID-19, but the state has consistently declined districts to use the money to largely pay the salaries or bonuses. In the meantime, the $ 20.3 million must be spent by the end of September 2023 and the $ 45.6 million the following year.

Herndon said it was dangerous to try to fund permanent bonuses with volatile cash because the district could not sustain increases after the grants expired.

“Our goal is to find sustainable funding,” said Herndon, adding that the district is in the process of setting a price for the implementation of the wage study.

The district will spend more than $ 30 million in aid on repairing and upgrading HVAC systems in its schools. This will achieve a long-term capital goal by removing this funding from the capital requirement list of more than $ 200 million in the district’s facilities.

These expenses are acceptable as they improve the air quality in the buildings. When all work is complete, every school in the district will have HVAC systems with fresh air exchangers.

The $ 26.3 million grant is different. Its express purpose is to give teachers incentives to advance the work of the district on its special renewal status.

Earlier this year, the district announced its first grant incentive program, which will provide $ 585,000 in signing and retention bonuses at 13 schools. The district management has discussed creating an incentive payment with the subsidy at their schools in need, in order to also attract teachers.

Where does the district find money?

North Carolina is one of the few states that has left the funding of its public schools to the total grace of the state and local governments.

School systems in NC have no authority to collect taxes or generate income of their own accord, except through grants and private donations. The overwhelming majority of the district’s $ 207.6 million budget for this fiscal year comes from a combination of federal, state and local funds awarded directly by these institutions.

Most of the money comes from the state. One possibility is for the state to pass one of the proposed budgets currently circulating in the legislature. The budget could include either a $ 13 or $ 15 minimum wage for civil servants, with the state government assuming the state-funded portion of the increase. But a budget passed by the legislature that could come at the end of this month would also apply nationwide.

The second place to find funding is through the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. That year, the commissioners cut nearly $ 500,000 from current expenses for the district, while the local portion of salary and welfare expenses increased by $ 416,000. Local funding is $ 38.8 million.

“One of the things our county needs to sell to businesses and potential citizens is quality schools,” Herndon said, adding that it requires quality staff and competitive wages.

Herndon said RSS should meet with the commissioners in person to have a conversation so that district officials can understand the district’s needs. Letters sent to district officials each year may lack the emotion and passion behind the district’s work.

The district has introduced itself to commissioners in the past, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made this meeting difficult.

The county also provides almost all of the capital funding for the county. Small purchases of equipment such as furniture could be made, but local money is used to build schools.

The final way to find money is to exercise some financial discretion. Renewal gives the district more government funding flexibility than the average district, making it easier to keep track of the district’s spending.

Herndon cited as an example of buying curriculum materials and analyzing whether that product gives the district what it wants. If not, RSS could test competing products or free up that money for other initiatives.

“If we are serious about offering competitive wages to our employees, we need to look very carefully at what we are currently funding,” said Herndon.

Take KARE of Your Cash: Professionals and cons of submit body properties

Local builders say they have received a huge surge in calls about so-called “house barns” or “barn dominions”.

WYOMING, Minnesota – A unique new home trend is emerging in Minnesota. People build single story houses with large garages called post frame houses.

Dean and Shirley Erickson took us on a tour of their post-frame home in Wyoming, Minnesota.

“Living room, kitchen area, dining room area … Dean basically designed the house for us,” Shirley said.

It is a typical two bedroom house, but with a few surprises. Like a large art and craft room for Shirley to work on her projects.

“That was part of the deal. I have to have a seat, ”said Shirley.

And right next door … a special place for Dean.

“As my friends would say, this is the palace entrance to the ‘Garage-Mahal’. Lots of space, concrete floor, high ceiling,” said Dean.

The garage has space for a dozen vehicles and every imaginable project.

The couple came up with the idea of ​​a new home about five years ago while visiting a family abroad.

“We were driving on a road and he said ‘stop’ and I’m fine and we stopped and he said, ‘that’s it,'” said Shirley.

It was a post and beam house that is all the rage in the south.

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Without a basement, post-and-beam houses have no foundation. The walls and the frame are usually cheaper compared to a normal Bauhaus.

However, Dean and Shirley quickly learned that building a post-frame home in Minnesota wasn’t going to be easy.

Many cities and counties do not allow them.

The counties that allow post and beam homes usually have many building restrictions and rules that you must follow.

Here in Wyoming, Minnesota, Dean and Shirley had to buy $ 4,000 storm shelter in the event of a tornado.

Later they ran into some other problems that also cost them more money.

“We ended up adding up all of our receipts and everything. It was kind of, uh, maybe a wash,” said Dean.

But saving money was the biggest selling point … but they quickly fell in love with the style of the house and all it had to offer.

So … you don’t regret your decision a bit.

Meanwhile, Dick and Roxann Johnson also built a post-and-beam home in Columbus, Minnesota that they love.

They liked the idea of ​​living on one level and having enough space for the home office.

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They also built a huge garage. “It gave us the opportunity to be all on the same level. I mean, you get out of the car in your garage, that’s the end of your steps,” said Dick. But like the Erickson, Dick and Roxann ran into some roadblocks.

“Some cities have this preconceived notion that it’s a tin shed and we’re not going to let you live in a tin shed,” added Dick.

Some counties rejected it and many builders will not build a post house.

“We got a little disaffected,” said Dick.

And then they found one – and the price was about two thirds of what a normal Bauhaus would cost.

“We looked at the price and said, ‘Yeah, we can do that,'” added Dick.

Dick says they ended up saving a lot of money, but most of it went back into the house.

Local builders say building a post frame home can save up to $ 40,000 compared to building a regular building.

But here, too, not every city or every district will allow this.

And builders say that because the houses are so unique it might be difficult to find a lender.

Or sell your home if you decide to move.

The building process is not straightforward and is generally not recommended for first-time buyers.

Your Type: Emily Filos | Publish Bulletin

“When you have a ‘conversation piece,’ kids are a little safer when it comes to walking up to the library or just about your outfit and asking questions,” she said.

Emily Filos for Your Style July 16, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

Emily’s second title is that of visual artist. She said it was partly a hobby, partly a job, depending on her motivation.

“Most of the time when I work, I scribble animals and fantasy creatures on scratch paper and leave them there for colleagues to find – graffiti with little effect.”



While she’s a big fan of black for her clothing, Emily has a strong penchant for plaids, rainbow stripes, and colorful flair – all enhanced by a glowing nod to the early 2000s.

Describe your style.

I just wear what feels right every day, although I especially like things that are decorated with flowers, bugs or unnecessary metal eyelets. In autumn I always end up as a full-fledged skater girl, wearing a tied jacket, fingerless gloves, Converse and band tees. (I’ve never been on a skateboard before.)

How does your job affect your clothes?

I wear a lot of black, but on days when I work in the children’s area, I attach particular importance to a bright color or a fun design.

Whose style do you admire and why?

From a celebrity point of view, I admire people who can rock an “edgy” personality, but still look cute when they feel like it. I think of Lil Nas X and Remington Leith from the band Palaye Royale.

Which colors and patterns do you tend to most often?

Anyone who has known me for more than a week could probably answer that. I love black, white, and red and checks that include all three. However, I usually add a few rainbow stripes for flavor when wearing black.

What is your favorite decade in terms of fashion?

I can’t deny that I tend towards the 00s in my own wardrobe, but really every era has some cool style elements that are worth incorporating.

Thoughts on today’s fashion scene?

I think everyone in my age group is a little concerned right now about how the worst bits of ’90s fashion are coming back to haunt us, but half of my wardrobe is straight out of Hot Topic, so who should I judge?

Article is worth it?

Get thick, comfy, cute socks that will last a while.

Emily Filos for Your Style July 16, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

Emily Filos for Your Style July 16, 2021. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

What was your best thrift find?

Years ago I found an amazing six pocket knee length brown skirt; it was basically cargo shorts in the shape of a skirt.

The best clothes purchase you’ve ever made?

I think I have to mention my holographic raincoat. You won’t believe how many total strangers stopped me on the sidewalk, in the supermarket, in the parking lot just to ask me where I got this coat from. People leaned out of moving vehicles to tell me they like my raincoat!

The most sentimental item you have?

A bracelet that I got at home at an art fair (shoutout to Decadence Jewelry). It’s just a small brass bracelet with the number “515” engraved on it, because that’s the area code for the part of Iowa I’m from and the number of my old library and town hall in my hometown.

Fill in the blank: I feel best when wearing _____.

An outfit with a related theme, be it a color spectrum or repeating pattern, or just a general mood. That’s the artist in me – I’m more concerned with the aesthetics of the outfit itself than with functionality or what it actually looks like on me.

Tips to say goodbye?

Don’t feel obliged to hold onto things that you no longer feel comfortable with, but don’t be afraid to hold onto something “out of date” that you really love, either.

Jeanette Caban has her finger on the pulse of fashion. See her work in the Post Bulletin twice a month. Do you know someone who has a special style? Send nominations to life@postbulletin.com with “Your Style” in the subject.

Automotive present raises cash for veterans of American Legion Publish 313

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Saturday, car owners from unconventional to chic drove to a special-purpose auto show at the new American Legion Post 313.

Wicked Ways Car Club presented itself with the American Legion Riders. About 60 cars were exhibited. The money raised went to the American Legion Post 313 in Lexington. Organizers say they put this event together to help them move from their old post on New Circle Road to Bryan Station Road. Shannon Steenvergen, the president of the Wicked Ways Car Club, says there is still work to be done to accommodate these veterans.

“The floor has to be finished. Rent has to be paid Electricity has to be paid .. Exchanged utilities via exchange of licenses for anything they might have to raise and use money for which we hope to be able to help, ”says Steenvergen.

The auto show offered prizes for the best in show for modern and classic cars, as well as an audience award.

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Pindustry, a brand new leisure venue, pins hopes on Greenwood Village redevelopment – The Denver Submit

A 54,500 square foot restaurant and bar opened in Greenwood Village on Sunday, marking the first new venture in the city’s recently established Arapahoe Entertainment District.

Pindustry is a two-story entertainment venue at 7939 E. Arapahoe Road that offers traditional bowling, duckpin bowling – a version of bowling that uses smaller pins and balls with no finger holes on a shorter lane – pinball and other arcade games, as well as Italian. offers -inspired dishes to share. It also has an outdoor beer garden and a 16,000 square foot roof terrace.

The Arapahoe Entertainment District was established by the city in late 2019 and is expected to include business, retail and entertainment developments between Syracuse Way and I-25 north of Arapahoe Road.

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The 54,500 square foot Pindustry Restaurant and Bar in Greenwood Village.

Centennial-based Kelmore Development, which has been developing along Arapahoe Road for 30 years, suggested the city of Pindustry to mimic similar concepts popping up across the country combining multiple categories of entertainment. The building in which it was developed was formerly Greenwood Automotive.

“We worked with the city early on to try to have our opinion on this,” said Kelmore owner Bob Koontz. “We’re only part of it, but we’re the first piece to be re-developed in the Arapahoe Entertainment District.”

Just a block from Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Pindustry hopes to serve as a venue before and after concerts, as well as putting on their own live music. It opens on weekdays at 4 p.m. and on weekends at 11 a.m. and only allows entry after 8 p.m. from 21 years of age

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The venue has pinball machines and other arcade games.

Pindustry has an 8,500-square-foot outdoor beer garden and will use the garage doors installed with the former auto repair shop to open up its indoor dining areas to the outside. The location can be reserved for private or semi-private events on the roof terrace or in the outdoor beer garden.

“This is of course the first prototype of a new concept and we hope it does well for this area and the entertainment project,” said Koontz. “If it goes well and is as unique as we think it is, it may be something we do elsewhere.”

Kelmore Development’s previous entertainment developments include Celebrity Lanes and Regal Theaters. It also operates on the stock exchange in Lowry’s Boulevard One retail complex, which has attracted Target and Clark’s Market as tenants. The company is developing this project with Denver-based Confluent Development.

Trainer accused of assaulting at-risk teen at New London military-style faculty – Salisbury Publish

ALBEMARLE (AP) – An assistant teacher at a military school for youth at risk has been accused of sexually assaulting a student in her dorm room, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office said.

Cody Lee Eudy, 28, was arrested on May 30 and charged with second degree violent sex offenses and sexual acts with a student, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Stanly County Sheriff Jeff Crisco said the charges stemmed from an incident at the Tarheel Challenge Academy in New London on May 29. Crisco said this happened on a night when there were no female staff on duty. He said proxies were called to the academy on May 30 and spoke to the victim and then called a detective. The detective spoke to Eudy, who cooperated and was charged, said the sheriff.

The story was first reported by Stanly News & Press.

The Tarheel Challenge Academy is a quasi-military program for youth at risk ages 16 to 18 and is sponsored by the North Carolina National Guard as part of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, the academy’s website states.

Eudy is in jail on a $ 100,000 bond. Christopher Purkey, who represents Eudy, declined to comment on Friday.

What to anticipate as stay music concert events begin to reemerge publish Covid-19

A concert in Red Rocks Park and the Amphitheater outside of Denver.

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When 31-year-old Riley Cash from Denver received his second vaccine earlier this month, the next thing on the agenda was a concert at nearby Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.

The outdoor venue reopened this month with limited capacity and four night shows by a band called Lotus.

The fact that concerts were already coming back came as a surprise, Cash said. But after working from home for a year, he was dying to see one of his favorite acts live.

Tickets cost about $ 91 per person, more than Cash expected. But he said he considered himself and his friend lucky to be able to get tickets within days of the sale.

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“I just want to do something,” he said.

Some smaller outdoor and outdoor concerts are starting to open up, offering shows of limited capacity in hopes of finding attendees who feel the same way.

Anecdotally, these venues say they find it easy to fill the spots they can offer.

“We haven’t put a single show up for sale that didn’t blow up right away,” said spokesman Brian Kitts of Red Rocks, near Morrison, Colorado.

The outdoor yoga series that Red Rocks is selling is also selling out quickly, he said.

While it still feels a long way off for other indoor forms of entertainment such as opera and ballet to reopen, the first sales of the available events have gotten off to a stronger start than expected, Kitts said.

That’s a big deal for the urban venue, which lost roughly $ 52 million over the past year.

“Nobody saw this coming,” said Kitts.

“There are 400 people working at the venue every night, and all of those jobs were only gone overnight,” he said.

Dixie Strange, 30, during a morning yoga session at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on August 22, 2020.

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Ticket prices haven’t generally gone up at the start of the show season thanks to the bands and promoters, Kitts said.

However, there are new Covid-19 protocols.

There are no temperature checks on the door or requirements to prove a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test.

However, other precautions were taken. There is a distance of two meters between groups of ticket holders, who now only occupy every second row. Masks are required in interiors such as bathrooms or in the visitor center.

The venue has also implemented touchless payment systems for all transactions.

We haven’t put a single show up for sale that wasn’t immediately blown out. “

Brian Kitts

Red Rocks spokesperson

Some of the concert dates that were canceled in 2020 have been postponed to 2021. Still, new acts are pushing not to be added to the calendar until October or even November, Kitts said.

“We will never again take for granted the ability to gather together and see a concert or go to a sporting event,” said Kitts.

While some venues report strong initial ticket sales, a recent Bankrate.com survey found that only 16% of adults bought tickets to a live event.

Concerts or music festivals were the most popular with 8% of those surveyed. Live theater or comedy followed, 6%; Professional sports or college games, 5%; or other live events that require tickets, 2%.

One reason for the lackluster poll results, which came in late March, could be that consumers are still smart about the money they lost in last year’s events, said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst at Bankrate.com.

“We found last year that basically half of the people who had tickets to these events last year lost money,” said Rossman. “And I think a lot of people are shy about it.”

Buying tickets now presents a “calculated risk” that you may get your money or credit back if the events don’t go ahead as planned.

However, Bankrate.com found that people spend an average of $ 227 on concerts and music festivals, $ 191 on comedy or live theater, and $ 387 on games and sporting events when buying tickets.

Some of these costs may include additional security protocols.

For some venues, implementing these processes was key to getting attendees back in the door.

Rhett Miller will perform at City Winery NYC in New York City on April 3, 2021.

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At the City Winery in New York City, the seating capacity will be expanded from the current 100 participants per show to 150 from May 1st.

This date will also usher in a new vaccination-only policy for concert-goers who can use the CLEAR app to provide evidence and fill out a questionnaire in advance. Those who have not received the vaccination can bypass the rule by having a Covid-19 test in advance or on-site on the day of the event.

“We are excited to be driving this forward, so it is psychological comfort to be in a bubble knowing that everyone around you has been vaccinated too,” said Michael Dorf, CEO and Chairman of City Winery.

Even so, the venue has no plans to relax protocols, particularly with regard to wearing masks, until the government gives the OK, Dorf said.

The City Winery has dealt with varying capacity rules and restrictions at its other locations in cities like Nashville, Tennessee. Atlanta and Chicago.

Seeing the live music ecosystem reappear was deeply powerful and very moving.

Michael Dorf

CEO and Chairman of City Winery

One constant, however, remains the same: the fans’ appetite to see live music again.

“Everything we can offer for sale now … is sold out very quickly, enthusiastically,” said Dorf.

Like many other venues, City Winery struggled to close last year as it faced ongoing rents, utility bills, and payrolls.

But it has tried to keep its ticket prices in check, which largely depend on how much the artists paid. Several night shows have helped offset limited ticket sales due to lower capacity.

As the pandemic continues to subside, Dorf also hopes these restrictions come with it.

The introductory joke he tells the audience before each show is always the same, he said.

“Please don’t get used to so much space out there,” said Dorf. “We’ll rush you and get you in here as soon as we can safely.”

The biggest win was seeing the joy the performers feel when they get back on stage and the audience when they see it.

“Seeing the live music ecosystem reappear was deeply powerful and very moving,” said Dorf.

Day by day Put up to host digital Good Style Gwinnett cooking showcase | Leisure

The Daily Post presents Good Taste Gwinnett – a virtual cooking show on April 22nd and 29th.

The event, which will be broadcast live on Facebook at 7 p.m. on these dates, features local chefs sharing recipes and demonstrating how each dish is prepared. You can download the recipes and cook with the chefs.

Chefs from Marlow’s Tavern, McCray’s Tavern, Ricos World Cuisine, Brunch Pharmacy, The Local Republic, EDees Place Bar-B-Que, and Publix Aprons Cooking Schools will be attending.

The event, operated by Jackson EMC, features weekly freebies and prizes for registrants. You can register for free by going to GoodTasteGwinnett.com.

Some Customary Cynical CIA-Fashion Cuba Covid Reporting at The Washington Publish

Photo source: Martin Abegglen from Bern, Switzerland – CC BY-SA 2.0

Never underestimate the cynicism of the American corporate media. As the historian Helen Yaffe, who lives in Scotland recently observed on CounterpunchThe socialist state of Cuba currently has five COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials “and is expected to be among the first nations to vaccinate its entire population”. Continue: “Cuba has gone on the offensive against Covid-19, mobilizing the prevention-led, community-based public health system to conduct daily home visits to actively identify and treat cases, and to channel the medical science sector to adapt and add new treatments produce patients and Covid-19-specific vaccines. These advances bring hope not only to Cuba but also to the world. “

Cuba has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates and one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the western world. The relatively small island nation is the only Latin American country that has developed its own vaccine. We can expect Cuba to export its vaccine as it has long exported its surplus medical workforce to other countries inside and outside Latin America. The 11 million island nation should be able to produce 100 million cans by the end of the year.

Noteworthy is the Cuban achievement, achieved despite the draconian blockade by the United States. As Jaffe notes, it’s all about socialism, creating a society outside and against the rule of imperialist capitalism. “Cuba,” writes Yaffe, “has become a world leader in biotechnology because it has a socialist state with a centrally planned economy that has invested in science and technology and that puts people’s wellbeing before … capitalism and greed … represents. ” It is the lack of the capitalist profit motive that underlies the outstanding national and international reaction of socialist Cuba to Covid-19 … “

Indeed. Socialist Cuba, founded in part by a Marxist doctor (Che Guevera) who said love for others is at the heart of a revolutionary, puts humanity first without worrying about private accumulation and return. Imagine.

But journalists Anthony Faiola and Ana Vanessa Herrero, Reporters in the long run Washington Post affiliated with the CIA, to know better. All you can see in the humanistic COVID-19 accomplishments of socialist Cuba is an attempted “PR coup for an isolated country that returned to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in the last few days of the Trump administration was set “.

The Hispanic Yankee journalists are not commenting on the many lives Cuba’s vaccines will protect and save, but rather how Cuban vaccines “could make Cuba a pharmacist for nations moving from Washington to the” Axis of Evil “and the” Troika ” Tyranny “were thrown” – Iran and Venezuela.

Faiola and Herrero have nothing to say about Washington’s vicious Orwellian absurdity of calling Cuba a terrorist state and turning Cuba, Venezuela and Iran into a “troika of tyranny” – or about Washington’s longstanding enforcement of Cuba’s “isolated” status (punishment for the unforgivable) sin of breaking away from US imperialist rule).

Imperial scribes Faiola and Herrero, however, like to quote right-wing Cuba critic Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the US-dominated Council of America, on how Cuba’s vaccines will “soften the image of a country accused of doing some pretty bad things. This undermines the message that Cuba is a largely authoritarian country that cannot produce anything good, ”write Failoa and Herrero.

And who is expressing this slanderous image and the slanderous message of Cuba, a beacon of humanitarian and egalitarian politics and values? US propagandists like Eric Farnsworth, of course, with the help of good friends at the Washington Post and other major US media outlets.

The Post reporters also accuse Cuba of profiting from “vaccine tourists” and vaccine exports, as if something is wrong with the socialist nation trying to pay for its outstanding experiment in non-capitalist life on Uncle Sam’s brutal embargo and sanctions .

It doesn’t matter that, as reporters note, Cuba “will provide its vaccines for free or at a cost to poorer nations.”

Oh, “but,” write Faiola and Herrero, “it could charge others a premium and make money, much like the profits it makes from its medical brigades or emergency teams of doctors and nurses, experience fighting global outbreaks have and will be sent. ” in large numbers over the past year to help the hardest hit countries fight the coronavirus. “

Profit for whom? For Cuban Big Pharma executives who live in large, super opulent mansions and armed security guards protect absurdly wealthy residents from the desperately poor masses who live in sprawling slums such as those in Latin American cities like Bogota, Quito, Lima, Sao Paolo, and Rio de Janiero? No, for the Cuban socialist state and its extraordinary medical-industrial complex and educational system, serving a nation that is remarkable combined a high standard of living with a low carbon footprint.

“A successful vaccine.” Faioa and Herrero comment, “It could become an important new source of income for Cuba, which is suffering from a brutal economic crisis that has left citizens waiting hours to buy scarce groceries, soap and toothpaste. The economy deteriorated under the Trump-era sanctions that tightened the longstanding U.S. economic embargo on Cuba by curbing remittances, curtailing U.S. flights, ending passenger traffic on cruise ships, and making Cuba’s access to the global financial system more difficult. “

Well, gee, then we wish Cuba all the best for its vaccine development, no? Let’s end the embargo and lift sanctions to help this remarkable island nation in its noble endeavors to fight death and disease, okay?

Of course, there is no positive endorsement of Cuba’s performance in Failoa and Herrero’s report. Their story ends with a quote from a Cuban government opponent who says: “Cuba believes that this vaccine will give them political recognition. If anything, this will serve as a [more] Propaganda.”

Imperial cynics and propagandists can only see the world through the lens of cynicism and propaganda they project others onto.