Independence Day – WTDC Closed
WTDC will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day. Please note that WTDC will be OPEN on Monday, July 3, as well as July 5th, 6th, and 7th, regular business hours 8 am to 5 pm, closed 12-1 pm for lunch.
US-Cuba Relations Update: President Trump’s New Cuba Policy
On June 16, in Miami’s Little Havana, President Trump announced his new policy towards Cuba. As many expected, the policy limits individually booked travel itineraries (dubbed people to people encounters) and forbids investment and purchases with Cuban military enterprises (which can include anything from hotels to infrastructure companies). The new policy will spell out which Cuban companies are under military control and are prohibited for U.S. citizens and companies, a notable change from the somewhat vague parameters opened during the Obama administration. The existing U.S. embargo of Cuba, which can only be overturned by Congress, remains intact.
The U.S. Embassy in Havana will remain open as the countries continue diplomatic relations. Travel will still be allowed under certain guidelines but with more complete records keeping and limitations on where travelers may stay and spend their money. The door to Cuba remains open for U.S. citizens and businesses but with a new emphasis on limiting funds that would have benefited the Cuban military and its business entities.
U.S. companies are already making changes as a result of these policy changes, including Southwest Airlines announcing yesterday that it would stop flying from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Varadero and Santa Clara, Cuba. More on that announcement here.
Cyzerg – Manuel Cassola
Protecting customer data and operating with maximum efficiency are the technology requirements of all companies these days. WTDC would like to spotlight our vendor Cyzerg and its Chief Technical Advisor, Mr. Manuel Cassola:
“Cyzerg is a logistics technology solutions and service provider focused on research, development, implementation, and management of solutions for logistics businesses,” Cassola said.
“Forged on the principles of innovation, integrity, and empowerment, Cyzerg is driven to bring innovative technology solutions to the logistics industry. With a personalized and partnership-driven approach, Cyzerg has the knowledge and desire to build a road map to success with you.”
WTDC Health & Wellness Program & Intern Alexander Muñoz
WTDC’s new Health & Wellness program offers healthy living initiatives for WTDC Employees. The Gazitua family are avid nutrition and fitness enthusiasts and see the Health & Wellness program as an opportunity to bring this balance of sound mind and sound body they practice into the workplace.
WTDC welcomes Intern Alexander Muñoz to our new Health & Wellness Program. Alex is attending FIU and is Majoring in Nutrition & Dietetics, with the ambition to become a Registered Dietician. Alex is also a fitness and nutrition enthusiast. He is creating a motivating atmosphere that promotes healthy habits here at WTDC for a happier and more productive workplace!
WTDC Welcomes Orianna Camargo, Transportation Department Intern
WTDC welcomes Orianna Camargo to the team! Orianna, originally from Venezuela, is completing a summer Internship with WTDC Transportation Department and is a junior at Barry University, double majoring in International Business and Management. She is also a student-athlete part of the Barry University Rowing Team where she was part of the 2016 National Championship team. We’re looking forward to good things from Orianna!