Is interesting the word?
In Dec, while I was in Playa del Este, another fellow Canuck drowned. Apparently he had a stroke while swimming
jajaa! murio con la p..ga dura! que cosaaaaa! espero que tenia una sonrisa en su boca! jijiiiii!
Not sure "Pinga Dura" relates to that article!
It does!! Turistas del sexo masculino de la tercera edad que se drogan o ingieren viagra para tener relaciones con jóvenes e incuso adolescentes jineteras (prostitutas), y mueren de infarto masivo del miocardio.
I would like to know where they got their statistics, is their a link I'm missing?
The source is cited as an anonymous Cuban government official.
I'm skeptical about a couple of things here.
- the Canadian recently stabbed in Parque Martí. As far as I know there has been no news about this in Canada; the article doesn't say, but I have to conclude that if this happened it involved minor injuries. If a Canadian tourist had been stabbed to death in Havana, I guarantee it would have been big news in Canada even if Cuba tried to suppress it. The victim's friends and family would make some noise, the story would get out here if not there.
- the figure of about a hundred foreigners dying on holiday in Cuba in the first two months of 2013. Given the source of travellers to Cuba, you'd think quite a few of these would be Canadian (around 25-30?). While not every death will be news in Canada (like sudden death between the sheets), we've recently seen that a single drowning can generate a lot of press. After a quick search I found a report of three Canadians dying in a car crash earlier this year, and the drowning a couple of weeks ago in Varadero, for a total of four reported so far this year. No murders.
- as of 2010, the rate of violent assaults or murders per 100,000 Canadian tourists to Cuba was consistently very low. See the table here cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/03/07/mexico-t… and chart here cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/01/27/f-statist…
I understand things are changing quickly in Cuba, but have they really changed that much?
My conclusion from this article: it's good that people are trying to get real news out of Cuba, but not so good that they appear to be replicating the sloppy and sensationalist journalistic practices of their colleagues in most of the English-speaking world.
Certainly reads more like S Florida than Cuba !!
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