US Blockade Stops Cuba’s Sport Development

Havana, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The US economic, commercial and financial blockade against the island of Cuba for more than 50 years, limits the Cuban sports development , beside causing deep affectations to the Cuban economy and society.

Despite the measures adopted by the government of US President Barack Obama, which modify some aspects of the blockade’s implementation, the damages are still big, harms by his policy remain burdensome for the Cuban people and the state, which allocates annually amounts of financial and human resources to ensure the right of its citizens to practice and compete in sports.

Among the effects that the disastrous effects of the US policy on the Caribbean island, there are that the National Institute of Sports and Physical Education (Inder) is not available to purchase sports items in the United States, implements coming from the brands Louisville, Wilson, Rawlings, Atec, Xbat and 3N2, brands for baseball and softball.

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Mushahid calls for lifting of blockade against Cuba, supports strengthening of Pak-Cuba relations

Says Pakistan cannot forget Cuban aid worth $20 million to Pakistan during the 2005 earthquake

Convener of the Pakistan-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed strongly urged the lifting of the blockade against Cuba while terming it as an unjust action and a historic wrong which needs to be rectified immediately.

Talking to members of the Pakistan-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group at the Parliament today (Monday), Mushahid Hussain said that after the normalisation of Cuba-US relations, there was no justification for continuing with a policy, which, in any case, was unjust and contrary to accepted norms of conduct and normal behaviour amongst states.

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Florida eyes Cuban collaboration

Scientific exchange could benefit Florida avocado growers under threat from wood-boring beetles

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is sending an inter-departmental team of scientists to Cuba as part of a grant that is believed to be the first federally-funded project for scientific field research in Cuba.

The team will travel to Cuba for this research, funded by a US$228,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

The project team is travelling to Cuba to fulfil several missions, including conducting research to identify wood-boring pest species in Cuba that could pose high-risk threats to US agriculture and forests, and training Cuban scientists on state-of-the-art methods to accurately identify these wood-boring pests in Cuba in an effort to reduce the possibility of transmission of these pests to Florida agriculture and forests.

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Cuba – Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses General Debate, 71st Session

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22 Sep 2016 – Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016).

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Mississippi businesses eye opportunities in Cuba

Mississippi businesses are exploring ways to establish relationships in Cuba.

Toward that goal, nearly 150 Mississippi business leaders gathered in downtown Jackson Thursday for a Doing Business in Cuba Summit hosted by the Mississippi Development Authority.

“As regulations change across the board, they’re seeing this as a potential opportunity to increase their exports,” said Jeff Rent, MDA communications director, “and increased exports means that we’re making our economy stronger, we’re selling more goods and we have a market that is out there and if people in that market want Mississippi-made products then it’s really beneficial for the entire economy.”

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Beyond irreversible: An embargo-free Cuba policy seems more and more possible

Center for Democracy in the Americas  | Cuba Central

The embargo is a little like the 2016 election. Everybody wants to know, when will it be over?

Short answer is: Not yet, but the end is coming into view. Here’s one reason why.

For decades, the debate over U.S. policy toward Cuba stalled because the beneficiaries of ending the embargo were largely invisible, while its greatest defenders were visible, powerful, and determined not to lose. This imbalance made the prospects for change seem eternally grim. Continue reading

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Havana Consensus Leads to Action Against Arboviruses: OPS

By Ana Laura Arbesú

Havana, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) The representative of the Paho/WHO in Cuba, Cristian Morales, explained here today that once defined the route map for a strategy to control arboviruses we can pass on to action against these illnesses.

The period of reflection passed, now with this regional meeting that laid out the action in the Havana Consensus we shared experiences and identified a series of inputs to form this route map, said Morales in statements to Prensa Latina.

The official of the Panamerican Health Organization (Paho) highlighted that the strategy is aimed at implementing actions, prevent and handle the arboviruses in an integrated manner, make a differentiated and clinical diagnosis to achieve a more general vision of the illnesses transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Continue reading

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A Chance to Unseat Marco Rubio

The Editorial Board  |  The New York Times  |  October 22, 2016

Just months ago, Senator Marco Rubio was seen by the Republican establishment as one of its best hopes for taking back the White House. Now, Representative Patrick Murphy, a second-term congressman, is within striking distance of defeating Mr. Rubio in the senator’s race to keep his seat.

The race is the most consequential among several in Florida in which Republican incumbents find themselves in unexpectedly tough fights. The plight of Florida Republicans — who seem largely resigned to a Clinton victory, given Hillary Clinton’s four percentage point lead in the polls — is in large measure a result of the name at the top of the ballot. But Donald Trump’s candidacy has only accelerated trends that have changed Florida’s political landscape in ways that Democrats have been more adept at seizing.

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the dean of Florida’s congressional delegation, is fighting more vigorously than she ever has to fend off a Democratic challenger, Scott Fuhrman, a businessman who has little name recognition and is campaigning against Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s rigid defense of the Cuban embargo. President Obama won the district by a tiny margin in 2008 and by nearly seven percentage points in 2012. This year, Mrs. Clinton is leading Mr. Trump by 17 to 23 percentage points in the district, according to polling commissioned by Mr. Fuhrman. Continue reading

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Ag leaders band together to protect farmers, ranchers

As the 2015 fiscal year officially ended Oct. 1 for the federal government, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture John Block spoke of pros and cons about the future of the agriculture industry.

“In these times of low farm prices, it is encouraging to see farm associations and leaders stepping up to protect our farmers and ranchers,” he said.

The CEOs of CropLife America, the National Corn Growers Association, and the American Soybean Association became a powerful ag industry leadership team, including the American Farm Bureau, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, and many more, Block said.

“The leaders met with policy representatives of both Trump and Clinton campaigns,” he said. “Farm leaders of different crops and different priorities spoke in unison. Stop the regulatory overreach. Trade is important to us. We need labor to pick the strawberries. Regardless of who gets elected as President our industry needs to be heard.”

According to Block’s email, the Ag CEO council of leaders has also been meeting with Secretary Tom Vilsack. They have argued that the Obama administration (and the EPA) has been too quick to regulate, that it has ignored sound science, forced new rules on states and rewritten the definition of waters of the U. S., and more.

Vilsack, who has served as U.S. agriculture secretary longer than anyone, said agriculture in its broadest sense is about national security. He said his concern is whether we are prepared “to embrace science.” “It’s not just about food security, nutrition, or poverty reduction, it’s about national security.” Continue reading

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Cuban Residents in US Denounce Persistence of Blockade

Washington, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) The main topic included in the final declaration of the 3rd Meeting of Cuban Residents in the United States was a public denounce of the hostile policy that it is the illegal and inhumane economic blockade imposed by the US on Cuba.

The meeting held in Washington during the weekend brought together Cuban residents in the United States and diplomats from the Cuban embassy and was a follow up to previous meetings held in 2010 and 2012.

Among the main resolutions adopted on last Saturday at Howard University Hospital, the venue of this meeting, once again was included a resolution to demand the end of the unjust, illegal and inhumane blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba more than fifty years ago. Continue reading

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