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Standing with Arkansas Farmers and Ranchers – Via Newton County Times

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As the economy continues to grow in Arkansas, it is important to remember that agriculture continues to be our Number 1 industry. Today, I want to take a moment to thank our farmers for all they do for Arkansas. Farming isn’t easy, but important work never is.

 

I grew up on a poultry and cattle farm and, as a boy, I saw the hard work it took to make a living off the farm.

 

I’ve seen first-hand what it takes to plant, raise and harvest a crop. I know the challenge of raising livestock to maturity for market. More importantly, I know the work and investment our farmers carry out every day.

Arkansas’s agriculture has a $20 billion economic impact in the state each year. And that number has the potential to grow.

Since I took office in 2015, I’ve traveled the globe to help open additional markets for our state’s agricultural producers, including trade missions to Cuba and China and Europe.

 

As a result, we’ve brought back a handful of Chinese companies that will directly benefit our cotton and timber industries. And shortly after I returned from Cuba, the Cuban government ordered 4,500 tons of poultry from Arkansas companies.

As governor, not only do I make it a priority to stay abreast of the challenges that our farming community faces, but I have been — and will continue to be — a vocal advocate for Arkansas agriculture on the national and international stage. After all, farming isn’t just a pastime for Arkansans but rather a vital part of who we are as a state.

That’s why, at the National Governor’s Association meeting last summer, I took the opportunity to stress the importance of agricultural trade for our state with President Trump. It’s the reason I met with Vice President Pence to discuss North American trade. And it’s why my office facilitated two visits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in less than a year so he could see — and hear — first-hand the issues facing our famers and ranchers.

 

Earlier this week, I spent a couple days in New York pitching our state to companies as a great place to do business. While I was there, I gave several interviews to editors, reporters and anchors from different national news organizations touting our economic development efforts. Those interviews are an effective way to spread the good word about Arkansas.

One of the subjects of interest to reporters was NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement – which needs to be modernized but its continuance is essential for Arkansas and the rest of the nation. My message was clear: As the United States considers the future of NAFTA, the nation must be careful that it does not harm global trade. Arkansas must be able to continue its access to North American markets unimpeded by unfair trade barriers, which would inflict serious harm on Arkansas’s agriculture, retail and manufacturing sectors.

 

That message is especially important when you look at the statistics.In 2016, Arkansas’s agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada alone, including poultry, rice, soybeans and cotton, totaled $357 million. Our total exports worldwide in 2016 came in at $1 billion.

Additionally, Mexico and Canada consume nearly 30 percent of all U.S. rice exports.

 

I have always stood with our famers, and I will continue to advocate for their interests, because their interests are our interests. When Arkansas’s agriculture industry succeeds, our state succeeds.

 

I am grateful for the farmers and ranchers who built agriculture into our top industry and for those who keep it there.

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Cuba: Valentine’s Moment

10 signs that the US prepares military intervention in Venezuela – Via Islamia Cuba

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The fact that the US relive their failed policies in Latin America and in particular against Venezuela, only result in being more aggressive. In recent weeks, the promotion of its hegemonic ambitions concealed by “universal principles” [1] has taken a worrying course.

However, the US arsenal has missiles of all powers but is short of political arguments. [2]

The Venezuelan Government rejected this Sunday, February 11, the statements of the US Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco Palmieri, who confirmed the intention of his country to intervene in the internal affairs of this nation.

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The Blue Tank : Cuba’s largest flooded cavern

A natural site located in the municipality of Gibara, in the north of the province of Holguin, which takes its name from a cave with a collapsed roof similar to a large natural pool that allows access to the largest flooded cavern discovered in Cuba.

Its main tourist attraction is the access to the cave itself, by a sinkhole of 30 meters long by 15 wide x 7 deep, with transparent waters and bluish reflection that gives rise to its name.

It has four kilometers of explored galleries, which enjoy acceptance for cave diving, allowing the passage through various speleothems, stalactites, stalagmites, columns and mantles.

The Blue Tank is within the ecological reserve “Caletones” one of the most important in the country, crossed by one of the most important migratory bird corridors in Cuba, with a record of 86 migratory species, nine endemic species, 11 endemic subspecies and 34 resident varieties.

Cuba has invested around 300 million USD a year in developing high standard infrastructure / ZED Mariel

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Containers Terminal: Mariel Containers Terminal is the most modern in the region, located in a deep water port and designed to operate Neo Panamax vessels. Its current annual capacity is 822 thousand TEUs.

Roads: The Zone is interconnected internally and with the rest of the national territory through primary, secondary and tertiary roads.

Railway: The new double track railway, which began operations in July 2014 for the transportation of cargo and passengers, links with the rest of the national railway network.

Info communications

  • Connection by optic fiber
  • Broadband Internet
  • Wi-Fi
  • ETECSA Commercial Office

Warehouses

  • 46 784 m² roofed warehouses
  • 30 000 m² open warehouses
  • 8 500 m³ refrigerated warehouses

Trade Center

  • Office space to rent available.
  • Commercial offices
  • Restaurant
  • Cafeteria

Electricity and public lightning: ZED Mariel is connected to the national grid by two circuits and has several electric substations. The current available installed power is 130 MWh and we promote the installation of solar panels on the roofs to contribute to Cuba’s goal of generating 24% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. The urbanized area has public lightning .

Aqueduct and sewerage: Water supply, sewage and rain drainage networks have been developed. Current water availability is 300 liters per second.

Waste treatment: There are modern treatment plants for non-harmful liquid waste, located in various areas, in accordance with the nature of the waste generated in each area. A comprehensive system of solid waste management is currently being designed.

To date 33 users, whose products and services will supply the national and international markets, have been approved in the economic enclave known as the Mariel Special Development Zone as it aspires to become a regional reference for foreign investment.

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Cuba: effects of climate change for 2020

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Original Post in Auca

Cuban scientists prepare a new report with updated data on the inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, in view of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for 2020. This was announced at a press conference by Eduardo Planos, one of the leaders of this project. These results, compiled in the Third National Communication, will be presented to the UNFCCC by the end of the decade. These are Cuba’s commitments to face this global phenomenon. It also includes mitigation and adaptation measures; as well as others associated with education, awareness and technology transfer, he said.
 

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Digital 2017 Global Overview: Cuba was the fastest growing country in social networks

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Growth of new users in the networks-with more than 2.7 million new users and 365% increase over the previous year-and the use of mobile phones to access social networks -2.6 million new users and an increase in 385%

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A safe country ? Definitely !

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Original Post Automatically Translate: Empresas turísticas de EEUU aseguran que Cuba es un destino seguro / Cubadebate Cuba

“The reality is that Americans can continue to travel to Cuba almost as they did before the new regulations,” said Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba, which organized a forum in Havana with US companies in the tourism sector.

Executives from companies from the travel agencies, hotels, tour operators, airlines and cruise companies expressed their interest in continuing trade relations with Cuba.

“We see many opportunities in Cuba, especially on the Havana-Miami route,” said Martha Pantin, corporate communications manager of American Airlines, a company that already operates nine daily flights to five Cuban destinations. “We have requested permission for 17 additional frequencies,” 

“The message is that Cuba is open to business, safe, wonderful and legal for travelers from the United States,” said Terry Dale, president of the Association of Tour Operators of the United States.

Within the new policy of US President Donald Trump, to the island, banned US companies from making direct monetary transactions with a number of companies in the tourism sector, on the charge that they are controlled by the Cuban Army.

It also hardened the conditions for travel to the island by US citizens, who although were already banned from tourism, and only can travel as part of a cultural, academic or religious trip, among others.

But despite the obstacles in the procedures, Trump’s measures did not vary the 12 categories of trips approved by the previous US administration to facilitate visits to the island, which have now been restricted to trips organized in groups.

“The new measures have created a lot of confusion about the reality of travel to Cuba. But the truth is that Cuba remains a legal and safe destination for American travelers even before the new regulations of the Treasury Department, “said lawyer Lindsay Frank.

During 2017, 620,000 Americans traveled to Cuba and none had health problems during their stay on the island. An argument that would contradict the travel warning issued by the State Department last September and that in early January had to lift and pass it to “reconsider” the trip.

“It is very important for American travelers to understand that the travel warning from the State Department does not legally prevent Americans from traveling to Cuba,” explained lawyer Lindsay Frank.

 

Cuba lights up every January 27th with thousands of torches

A student tradition that was born 65 years ago and has become a march of people that every January 27 along the island goes out to thank their heroes, specially in honor of Jose Julian Marti, the Cuban Apostle.

 

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