Tuesday, March 24, 2015

U.S. blacklist targeting Cubans shrinks

Dozens of individuals and companies once banned from doing business with the U.S. government have been removed from the blacklist, the Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Tuesday.

The list of those entities removed from the list is below:



ABDELNUR, Nury de Jesus, Panama (individual) [CUBA].

AGENCIA DE VIAJES GUAMA (a.k.a. GUAMA TOUR; a.k.a. GUAMATUR, S.A.; a.k.a. VIAJES GUAMA TOURS), Bal Harbour Shopping Center, Via Italia, Panama City, Panama [CUBA].

VIAJES GUAMA TOURS (a.k.a. AGENCIA DE VIAJES GUAMA; a.k.a. GUAMA TOUR; a.k.a. GUAMATUR, S.A.), Bal Harbour Shopping Center, Via Italia, Panama City, Panama [CUBA].

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pan caliente: Cuba summit sells out

MarketSite Tower
Assistant Secretary of State Roberta S. Jacobson is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Cuba Opportunity Summit in New York City on April 1.
The event is sold out, but organizers are trying to increase capacity and have set up a waiting list.
Standard registration went for $1,495 per person and on-site registration was $1,695.
The summit will take place at MarketSite Tower in Times Square. Organizers planned the event after the U.S. and Cuba in December announced the renewal of diplomatic ties. The summit website states:
What will this historic change mean for economic relations between the U.S. and Cuba? What opportunities — and risks — should American companies consider as they explore the business potential of one of the largest markets in the Caribbean?
In order to answer these questions, Knowledge@Wharton in partnership with The Lauder Institute and Momentum will bring together the leading business, political, policy and legal experts who have real-world experience with the Cuban economy and government with renown thought leaders from the world’s leading business school, Wharton at the Cuba Opportunity Summit on April 1.
Other speakers include:
  • Stefan M. Selig, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, Small Business Administration

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ATM Interactive

Screenshot showing how to drill down to see underlying data
I've been experimenting with new ways to display data. As part of that effort, I created a new site called ATM Interactive, where I'll post interactive visual graphics that make it easier to see and understand where the money goes.
I have been using Tableau, amazing software that makes databases and spreadsheets easier to comprehend and visualize.
Tableau allows you to click on individual elements, then drill down to see the underlying data. Try it out!
Total amount
Underlying data

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

$0 listed for Cuba

USAID grants by country
Cuba is shown as receiving $0 in grant money from the Agency for International Development so far in fiscal 2015.