Explore Vedado Havana’s Forbidden Neighborhood !

Explore Vedado !

As more and more US Companies visit Havana Cuba, they are seeing a potential GEM frozen in time.http://www.cuba-it.us

With many challenges ahead the early reports are great people, great food , get down here before it changes !

Check out http://www.cuba-it.us

Enjoy !

 

Hotel Nacional in Vedado Cuba

 

Havana is Cuba’s capital city and home to more than two million inhabitants. It sits at the mouth of Havana Bay on the Northwest edge of the Caribbean island. Most who have traveled to Havana, or have looked into it, are already well aware of the wonders of the city’s Old Havana district. Sweet Cuban melodies and the fragrant aroma of coffee drift out from living rooms and cafés into cobblestone alleyways. The maze of colorful buildings – some beautifully restored, others sorely in need – opens up onto a number of historic squares featuring the likes of 16th century basilicas and Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite watering holes.

Visitors could easily spend their entire trip to Cuba just exploring Old Havana, but there is so much more to see and do in other parts the city! Part of what makes Cuba’s capital so unique are its distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different flavor of Havana life. For your Cuba tour, do yourself a favor and venture beyond the limits of Old Havana. You won’t regret it.

Vedado is a large, mostly residential neighborhood a few miles west of Old Havana. Thick swaths of forest were converted into a closed military defense zone by Spanish colonizers, hence the name; “Vedado” means “forbidden” in Spanish. Residential development began in the mid-1850s, and the neighborhood was given its characteristic grid system. The streets are numbered and lettered instead of having names, making it one of the easiest places in Cuba for outsiders to navigate.

While Old Havana’s beautifully restored squares offer an unparalleled glimpse into Cuba’s colonial period, Vedado is rich in relics from another fascinating era in Cuba’s history. In the decades following Spain’s defeat in the 1898 Spanish-American war, Vedado was transformed by American investors and those benefitting from Cuba’s sugar trade boom.

One of the best ways to spend a day in Vedado is to simply wander the grid of stunning mansions from this era, each boasting one-of-a-kind Cuban architecture. Nowadays, many of these properties are still single-family homes, but a remarkable number of them were converted into state offices, government-sponsored cultural centers, and embassies after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Imagine going to work every day in a historic mansion with high ceilings and marble staircases!

Vedado landmark hotels like the Hotel Nacional, the Capri, and the Riviera are towering odes to the 1950’s, a period in Cuba’s history notoriously steeped in opulence, gambling, and corruption. Meyer Lansky — who owned the Riviera before it was nationalized after the 1959 revolution — and other U.S. mobsters ran casinos, while a decorated string of Hollywood stars frequented spots like the Hotel Nacional.

On your trip to Vedado, you can scour the halls at the Hotel Nacional that are plastered with the names and faces of the celebrities who have wandered those same passages. Afterwards, you can see where Fidel Castro set up defense systems at the hotel during the Bay of Pigs invasion. Lucky for you, the hotel’s grassy backyard patio now serves as one of the city’s most scenic places to sip a mojito, overlooking the seafront esplanade below.

A glimpse of Cuba’s resplendent past isn’t the only reason to visit Vedado. The neighborhood has become an important hub of contemporary Cuban culture. Vedado’s tree-lined avenues certainly offer serenity and a breath of fresh air for the traveler who just spent the day navigating bustling Old Havana. But despite Vedado’s tranquil façade, there is a lot going on beneath the surface.

If you know where to look, the neighborhood is home to some of the country’s best nightlife and a blossoming culinary scene. Many of those high-ceilinged mansions mentioned earlier now house some of the country’s best bars and most innovative restaurants, such as Los Naranjos on 17th and A or Le Chansonnier on 15th and J.  Even though these spots might be hiding in plain sight, it certainly doesn’t stop them from filling up. Reservations recommended!

Vedado is also the epicenter of the arts in Havana. A wide of variety Cuban music can be found any night of the week at a plethora of unique venues, including some of the country’s hottest jazz clubs. Vedado has several cinemas, is home to numerous arts and culture festivals, and is always featuring fresh talent in its plays and ballets. What’s more, most of these events are either free or very affordable. A ticket to the latest play to hit the theater will set you back about $5.

Whether you want to cruise past the newly opened U.S. embassy on Havana’s iconic seafront boulevard in a classic car, immerse yourself in Cuba’s rich history, or meet the musicians and artists who are shaping Cuba’s culture today, a trip to Vedado is not to be missed!

Thanks to  InsightCuba for the post

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7 Workplaces Best Suited for Two-way Radios & GPS Systems

7 Workplaces Best Suited for Two-way Radios & GPS Systems

 Here’s a recent post from our friends at PDV wireless !

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Two-way radios are the most streamlined communication devices to use for dispatch-centric industries. The use of such mobile devices increase return on investment (ROI) due to the significant difference in cost when compared to cellular phones and other common means of communication. Two-way digital radios also contribute to the fight against distracted driving and give employees the opportunity to connect with a large group of people using Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology – a much simpler way to have a “conference call.” A vast area of coverage, combined with ease of use, make digital two-way radios the safer, quicker more reliable means of communication for those out in the field, to ensure that both the status of any job and the workers assigned to it are not in jeopardy!

Workforce management solutions like DispatchPlus utilize advanced technology to track mobile workers via GPS and allow them to quickly capture and send field activity updates to the corporate office. Let’s take a look at how efficient and reliable means to communication between field workers and their managers are critical factors in driving growth and success rates across multiple industries.

Construction

Because PTT offers instant group exchange, it’s been the preferred method of information exchange in the construction industry for years. Communication across construction crews is crucial to maintaining streamlined operations and worker safety. Workers at various locations on-site are instantly alerted to any safety concerns or unexpected issues through the simple push of a button. Construction workers also need a device that can withstand exposure to dirt, dust, water and extreme temperatures. The agility, flexibility, and efficiency of two-way radios deliver real-time information so project managers can capture critical field data, related to number and location of employees to provide detailed productivity reporting at any given time.

Education

With safety as a growing concern among educators, parents, and students alike, the location-based technology and real-time communication of digital radios significantly improves security. DispatchPlus radios are compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations for driver distraction, making them one of the safest options to use for bus communications. With schools always seeking ways to find cost-effective solutions to meet shrinking budgets, digital radios are the preferred choice.

Energy

The energy industry faces a broad range of challenges including government regulation, environmental accountability, operational hazards, and high competition. Leveraging communication services for teams to stay connected is critical to employee safety, productivity, and revenue growth. Teams that work in harsh conditions or remote locations need devices that will not have network outages or failures as a safety precaution should an emergency arise. The noise-canceling technology of DispatchPlus radios enhances communication performance and reduces service disruption. Crews can work more efficiently knowing that they can be in constant contact with each other, increasing safety and accountability to project managers.

Field Services

Service technicians are often out by themselves making it vital that they have quick,

reliable communications to reach out to their home office when needed, and so the home office can reach them as well. PTT location tracking, job start notification, and job completion keep field techs accountable leading to superior customer service. Two-way radio service with DispatchPlus allows field workers to notify command of any issues in the field like if the client isn’t available or if there are delays.

GPS capabilities track worker productivity and efficiency by being able to reference travel routes, arrival times, and departure times. By using location services to track people and vehicles, GPS radios can be configured to transmit location status at pre-programmed intervals or in case of emergency. This advanced approach combines GPS modem and receiver integrated with portable radios.

Government

From supporting mass transit and public works, to park services and local events, government workers can use two-way radios in a variety of capacities. Often in the summer, city governments host concerts in outdoor venues and Independence Day fireworks displays. Workers at these events can use two-way radio communication to make sure the event runs smoothly, address any issues, and call for emergency help if needed.

During a snowstorm, flood, or other natural disaster, visibility and response time are paramount when allocating tasks, especially when local citizens are concerned.

Local government officials can utilize two-way radio technology to track and monitor location of supporters when they are out canvassing neighborhoods. This technology provides a less expensive alternative to cell phones and keeps the team aware of updates at once.

Transportation/Distribution

Transportation, storage and distribution managers can use two-way communication to increase operational efficiency. Simple errors can cause huge issues when it comes to packaging and delivering goods. Digital radios are more reliable than cell phones, and when it comes to moving goods, transportation and distribution professionals need quick communication. It’s important for transportation drivers to have the quickest and safest form of communication. With noise-canceling technology, digital radios offer more clear voice delivery so drivers can concentrate on the road instead of missing a message.

Waste Management

Two-way radio communication benefits waste management operators by improving operations efficiency, reducing costs, and meeting regulatory requirements. DispatchPlus enables dispatchers and drivers/crews to be in constant communication.

Summary:

Digital two-way radio systems such as DispatchPlus are a great means of communication throughout many dispatch-centric occupations and field-working services. By providing, easy-to-use, one-touch group communications, these systems provide a safer alternative to cellular devices, at less of a monthly cost. Because communication facilitates efficiency, jobs can be completed quicker and therefore a greater (ROI) is acquired through the intake and completion of work.

To speak with an industry expert about a push to talk Wireless solution contact Jack@mitelservice.com   http://www.mitelservice.com

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Procurement versus Recurring Costs !

Procurement versus Recurring Costs

Why procurement won’t stop enterprises spending more than they should on technology services.

Procurement departments are hugely important to global organisations; they ensure that goods and services are sourced at the best possible price and benefit to the company. But procurement falls down when it comes to recurring costs, particularly when it comes to technology services.

Expecting technology procurement to have a long term impact on costs is like mowing your lawn once and expecting perfectly level grass for the next three years. Things will inevitably start to creep in. Billing errors (for the sake of the analogy we’ll call them ‘dandelions’) fraud/abuse (buttercups) and unused/underused services (a really big molehill) will all mean things will spiral out of control.

Procurement departments play a key role in driving down costs to provide necessary materials and services. But what procurement departments don’t do is check that their hard-negotiated rates are being reflected in their billing, or monitor the usage patterns of end-users to ensure services are being used efficiently, or at all. When an employee leaves, do you have a process to cancel their mobile contracts, or uninstall the ADSL line from their house? Are you recovering the handsets and tablets from those employees? Could you still be paying for the telecoms at your former premises? When an organisation hits a certain size, effectively managing technology costs becomes a task which even the most enthusiastic team of accountants couldn’t accomplish without undergoing several existential crises.

The answer to managing all these recurring technology costs happens to be another recurring technology cost– a Technology Expense Management solution (brilliant robot lawnmower). Fortunately, this recurring cost pays for itself over and over again. It allows companies to forensically check that each individual software license, call, text or byte of data is being correctly billed at the agreed rates. It provides the visibility to understand the total cost of technology services, and the technology needs of the organisation, creating a stronger bargaining position for future negotiations. It assigns the costs of each device to a person, department and office, and spots high-usage and no-usage outliers.

A TEM Technology Expense Management platform manages the complete lifecycle for enterprises’ technologies, including financial market data, telecoms, IT assets, cloud services, hosted applications, machine-to-machine and print expense management. A heavy focus on automation reduces the risks of human error and speeds up processes, through features such as Automated Invoice Processing, and eBonding, which expedites the process of ordering, cancelling and changing services.

Thanks to our friends at MDSL for the post !

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IT Disaster Recovery Plan

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Cuba-IT “Ready for Prime time !”

Despite being one of the world’s last standing communist regimes, Cuba has proved masterful at reinventing its economic priorities in troubled times. With the new and warmer relationships between the US and Havana much progress has been made with IT development and research.Impact_Deluxe_II_33.5x80_Banner

The latest transformation is an IT revolution that is positioning the country as an attractive outsourcing option for American companies, and as a natural gateway to the Canadian and Latin American markets.

Since 1991, Cuba’s information technology sector has been developing at warp speed and now consists of about 45,000 highly skilled workers, 38 per cent of whom have specialized degrees. More than 85 per cent of the country’s IT industry is concentrated in technical services and software development.

“We’ve been investing in this sector for the last 2 years and we now have 35 highly skilled IT workers at every level,” says Tom Penichter, general manager at Cuba-IT.us , the marketing arm of Web Associates LLC of Information Technology and Communications. “IT doesn’t require a lot of financial investment . . . but a considerable amount of time.

We test each developer and rank their skills, English and ability to challenge the work.

We hire the top 2% and begin their journey working on internal projects before taking on Agile responsibilities’ with the larger customers.

We have tremendous expertize in Drupal, PHP,Magento,Wordpress  as well as the more basic .Net and Java

Visit http://www.cuba-it.us or contact Jack @cuba-it.us for more info

90 miles away, same time zone and culture makes Cuba the “Best Nearshore destination “

Did I mention great food, fishing beaches as well as world class rum and cigars !

check us out and take a test drive !

Take a ride with Cuba-IT.us

Take a ride with Cuba-IT.us

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Pay for what you use !

Pay For What You Use

The Manager receives his bank statement. Upon inspection, the Manager discovers he can’t afford that new 4k TV this month. Or his yearly donation to the children’s charity. But mainly the 4k TV.

The Manager is Furious. He begins a full investigation.

The Manager discovers his daughter has exceeded her roaming data limit by at least 5GB for the last 6 months. He decides that 18 is probably too young to own a phone. The Manager takes action.

After noticing his electricity bill is much higher than last month’s, he investigates every electrical socket in the house until he discovers his neighbour has been siphoning off electricity from his summer house to charge his electric car. The Manager is Furious. The Manager takes action.

The Manager discovers his daughter’s ex-boyfriend was never taken off the insurance on her car. The premiums are huge due to his age, gender and chequered criminal past. The Manager is Furious. He cancels it immediately.

Further down the statement, The Manager sees a subscription to an adult entertainment website. The Manager is F… oh he doesn’t look that bothered actually.

I’m sure he’ll cancel that later…


Back at work, The Manager attends an accounts meeting. It looks like they won’t be able to afford his new company car. Or the employee healthcare scheme. But mainly the all-inclusive luxury 2-week Mediterranean managerial networking cruise.

The Manager is disappointed, and berates his sales team. He doesn’t consider that unnecessary costs are hurting The Company’s profitability.

The Manager doesn’t discover all the global employees running up overage charges on mobile data. Or all the phone contracts The Company is paying for with zero usage.

The Manager doesn’t discover the bills still coming in for offices around the world which they no longer own. Or the active phone contracts for people the company no longer employs.


 

You wouldn’t treat your own money this way, so why treat your company’s? You shouldn’t have to pay for what you don’t use – you just need the right tools to visualize and understand your costs.

It’s hard to cover all the bases all the time, Check with a local consulting or TEM firm that can give you some help!

Thanks to our friends at MDSL for the post!

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Can you lower your Telecom Costs ?

TEM Cost Savings – ” Negotiated Savings “

The Manager has come under criticism for agreeing to some unfavorable deals in recent times. The Company’s telecom contracts are coming up for renewal, and The Manager spies an opportunity.
“How can I make my mark on this deal?”

  • You Have A Choice

If you’re unhappy with the price of your fixed-line telecoms from Drop Callz or the moblie service from Incredibly Ltd, you can always change provider. Remember, vendors want your business, and will do what they can to ease the transition to their service. Changing vendors can result in a significant reduction on your telecom spend.

  • Remember to Negotiate

If you’re a large company, telecom vendors really want your business. They would rather negotiate below their standard business rates than lose you to a competitor. Don’t just accept the first figures you’re quoted.

So are you going to negotiate now, Mr Manager?

“Yes, immediat-…. I mean, maybe…”

That’s the spirit! 

  • Monitor Contractual Commitments

Your provider may have negotiated a minimum annual spend in your contract, and you will be fined if you don’t spend enough. Use a TEM solution to work out what your company needs so you can negotiate a more reasonable minimum spend in your next contract.

  • Take Independent Expert Advice.

In addition to using data to strenghten your negotiating position, consider taking independent advice from those with experience in the telecom industry. They can help you with your choice of vendor, offer insight into your spending habits and advise you on how to you approach negotiations.

A good Consulting firm can provide all this and more, so yes you can find ways to lower your costs with out hurting your performance.

Thanks to MDSL for the post !
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US Wins Hemingway billfish Tourament

US wins Cuba’s biggest Hemingway billfish tournament in history

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The United States won the 66th edition of the Ernest Hemingway International Fishing Tournament, the biggest ever in history held in Havana, Cuba, with over 500 enthusiasts, Caribbean News Now reports.

After four intense days, the US crew “Unbelievable” won the crown among 90 competing vessels, the Marlin SA Marina and Nautical group reported on Saturday during the closing event.

Authorities reported at the Marina Residence that Bull Run and Calhoun Queen also from the US obtained second and third place respectively, demonstrating the experience of the US competitors in this sport.

Other results went to Blue Heron with a 31.5 lb dorado and Sea Clusion with a 39 lb fish, both also from the US, which participated with 83 vessels.

The winner with the largest tuna went to Doris, which represented the fishing community of Cojimar in the municipality of Habana del Este, while Solfia D from Canada won the prize for the first capture by a woman.

In the closing ceremony, Alexis Trujillo, First deputy tourism minister, described the tournament as successful. This competition also had competing teams from Lithuania, Argentina, Russia, Holland, Britain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy and France.

Trujillo pointed out that during the four-day fishing event, there were 88 captures of marlins, the highest amount in history.

Trujillo invited the participants to compete in the next edition to be held from May 29 to June 3, 2017.

Created in the 1950s by the Nobel Literature Prize laureate, the tournament stands out among others its type such as the World Tuna Cup in Nova Scotia, and the Sable Tournament in Mexico.

Cuba is highly attractive due to its geographic location for sports fishing due to the strong sea currents associated with ocean species, while the deep basins and Caribbean bottoms of the Florida straits and The Bahamas serve as ecological barriers.

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7 Workplaces Best Suited for Two-way Radios and GPS Systems

7 Workplaces Best Suited for Two-way Radios & GPS Systems

RE-DO

Two-way radios are the most streamlined communication devices to use for dispatch-centric industries. The use of such mobile devices increase return on investment (ROI) due to the significant difference in cost when compared to cellular phones and other common means of communication. Two-way digital radios also contribute to the fight against distracted driving and give employees the opportunity to connect with a large group of people using Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology – a much simpler way to have a “conference call.” A vast area of coverage, combined with ease of use, make digital two-way radios the safer, quicker more reliable means of communication for those out in the field, to ensure that both the status of any job and the workers assigned to it are not in jeopardy!

Workforce management solutions like DispatchPlus utilize advanced technology to track mobile workers via GPS and allow them to quickly capture and send field activity updates to the corporate office. Let’s take a look at how efficient and reliable means to communication between field workers and their managers are critical factors in driving growth and success rates across multiple industries.

Construction

Because PTT offers instant group exchange, it’s been the preferred method of information exchange in the construction industry for years. Communication across construction crews is crucial to maintaining streamlined operations and worker safety. Workers at various locations on-site are instantly alerted to any safety concerns or unexpected issues through the simple push of a button. Construction workers also need a device that can withstand exposure to dirt, dust, water and extreme temperatures. The agility, flexibility, and efficiency of two-way radios deliver real-time information so project managers can capture critical field data, related to number and location of employees to provide detailed productivity reporting at any given time.

Education

With safety as a growing concern among educators, parents, and students alike, the location-based technology and real-time communication of digital radios significantly improves security. DispatchPlus radios are compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations for driver distraction, making them one of the safest options to use for bus communications. With schools always seeking ways to find cost-effective solutions to meet shrinking budgets, digital radios are the preferred choice.

Energy

The energy industry faces a broad range of challenges including government regulation, environmental accountability, operational hazards, and high competition. Leveraging communication services for teams to stay connected is critical to employee safety, productivity, and revenue growth. Teams that work in harsh conditions or remote locations need devices that will not have network outages or failures as a safety precaution should an emergency arise. The noise-canceling technology of DispatchPlus radios enhances communication performance and reduces service disruption. Crews can work more efficiently knowing that they can be in constant contact with each other, increasing safety and accountability to project managers.

Field Services

Service technicians are often out by themselves making it vital that they have quick,

reliable communications to reach out to their home office when needed, and so the home office can reach them as well. PTT location tracking, job start notification, and job completion keep field techs accountable leading to superior customer service. Two-way radio service with DispatchPlus allows field workers to notify command of any issues in the field like if the client isn’t available or if there are delays.

GPS capabilities track worker productivity and efficiency by being able to reference travel routes, arrival times, and departure times. By using location services to track people and vehicles, GPS radios can be configured to transmit location status at pre-programmed intervals or in case of emergency. This advanced approach combines GPS modem and receiver integrated with portable radios.

Government

From supporting mass transit and public works, to park services and local events, government workers can use two-way radios in a variety of capacities. Often in the summer, city governments host concerts in outdoor venues and Independence Day fireworks displays. Workers at these events can use two-way radio communication to make sure the event runs smoothly, address any issues, and call for emergency help if needed.

During a snowstorm, flood, or other natural disaster, visibility and response time are paramount when allocating tasks, especially when local citizens are concerned.

Local government officials can utilize two-way radio technology to track and monitor location of supporters when they are out canvassing neighborhoods. This technology provides a less expensive alternative to cell phones and keeps the team aware of updates at once.

Transportation/Distribution

Transportation, storage and distribution managers can use two-way communication to increase operational efficiency. Simple errors can cause huge issues when it comes to packaging and delivering goods. Digital radios are more reliable than cell phones, and when it comes to moving goods, transportation and distribution professionals need quick communication. It’s important for transportation drivers to have the quickest and safest form of communication. With noise-canceling technology, digital radios offer more clear voice delivery so drivers can concentrate on the road instead of missing a message.

Waste Management

Two-way radio communication benefits waste management operators by improving operations efficiency, reducing costs, and meeting regulatory requirements. DispatchPlus enables dispatchers and drivers/crews to be in constant communication.

Summary:

Digital two-way radio systems such as DispatchPlus are a great means of communication throughout many dispatch-centric occupations and field-working services. By providing, easy-to-use, one-touch group communications, these systems provide a safer alternative to cellular devices, at less of a monthly cost. Because communication facilitates efficiency, jobs can be completed quicker and therefore a greater (ROI) is acquired through the intake and completion of work.

Thanks to PDV for the post !

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The Long Term Value of TEM

The Long Term Value of TEM

Our Top 5 Reasons for Sticking with an Expense Management Solution

When prospective customers approach us looking for a Telecom Expense Management (TEM) solution, they are often focused on the expected ROI within the first 6 months to 2 years, which can yield high results and significant savings, as well as a few surprising insights into user behavior.

However, Most customers realize other long term benefits, which tend to be unfamiliar to the public.

The top 5 of these hidden gems are:

  1. Accurately budget and forecast telecom expenses for any expected headcount increase, or downsizing and closing a location
  2. Standard and controlled processes for ordering and making changes to inventory – no out of process ordering
  3. Enforce company mobility policies
  4. Fully understand your inventory and have a clear picture for any ‘what if’ analysis
  5. Accurate data for business analytics i.e. contract re-negotiation.

With a properly sized TEM solution  customers manage not only to benefit from substantial cost reduction, but also are able to fully control their mobility growth, understand the trends, and know how to support and effectively plan for future business needs. Thanks to MDSL for the post!

Want to hear more about these benefits – Contact  one of our TEM experts @ info@mitelservice.com

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