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OBAMA POLICY ON CUBA ALLOWS MORE MONEY AND GOODS TO MAKE IT'S WAY BACK TO ISLAND'S INFORMAL ECONOMY..AND KEEPS CASTRO BROTHERS HANGING ON

An Airlift, Family by Family, Bolsters Cuba’s Economy
By VICTORIA BURNETT
Published: June 11, 2011


HAVANA — Alejandrina Hernández packed only light clothes and a makeup bag when she flew here from Miami this spring. As always, she kept her baggage to a minimum.



Jose Goitia for The New York Times

Cuban-Americans and Cubans living abroad are a source of goods and cash for their relatives on the island. 
Travel to Havana has surged since some travel limits were lifted.


Her own baggage, that is.

Ms. Hernández also brought more than 100 pounds of food, clothes and medicine for her family and other Cubans whose relatives in the United States paid her $8 a pound to ferry gifts.

“I need to see my family, but these trips are very expensive,” said Ms. Hernández, who has returned eight times to see her husband and mother in the past 18 months. “This way, I more or less break even.”

Ms. Hernández is part of a surge in Cuban and Cuban-American visitors from the United States since President Obama li…

MANGO ON THE MENU IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO....AS MANGO FESTIVAL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER...

Mango Mania


Published: Sat, 2011-06-11 20:17
Wendy Rahamut


JERKED CHICKEN WITH MANGO SALSA

Mangoes are probably the most tropical of all fruits, the rich hues of yellow and orange that colour the flesh remind us of our Caribbean sunsets and the sweetness reflects the sweet life on the islands!

The season for mangoes comes around just about once or twice per year but when it does roll around there are mangoes just about everywhere and anywhere in all forms shapes colours and sizes.
 Making mangoes an ingredient in savory and sweet dishes is both creative and sumptuous of course. 
They are used in cooking in a myriad of ways and at different stages of ripeness as well. 
They have also become a main ingredient for many chefs in the international arenas lending each dish it is present in, a touch of the exotic. 

Tip: If you’ve got lots of excess ripe mangoes you can peel them, puree them and freeze for use all year round in sorbets or smoothies.

JERKED CHICKEN WITH MANGO SALSA

2 lbs boneless c…

THE VHT SAMPLE MACHINERY "DONATED" BY JAPANESE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE COMMERCIAL CAPACITY FOR EXPORT SHIPMENTS

VHT condition bars Pak mango entry in Japan

Irfan SiddiquiSaturday, June 11, 2011



TOKYO: Pakistan will not be able to export mangoes to Japan, at least for the current season, officials said.

“Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) of the fruit is the basic condition of the Japanese authorities to allow import of Pakistani mangoes,” an official close to the mater told The News.

“Although Japan has lifted its 16-year old ban on Pakistani mangoes, the VHT condition remains intact,” he said.

There is no VHT plant of commercial level in Pakistan, the official said. 
The VHT plant in Karachi, set up with Japanese assistance, has limited capacity of treating up to 25 kilograms of mangoes at a time, and therefore it is not feasible for processing export shipments.

Japanese external trade officials told The News that Pakistani authorities were aware of the VHT condition for mangoes for the last few years, but they have failed to install the plant.

The efforts by Pakistani officials in Japan to remove the …

IMO:PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (WILL CAVAN BIOGRAPHY)

IMO NOTE: FOR MORE INFORMATION ON W.E. CAVAN & ASSOCIATES, AMBROSIA GROUP, & GROWERS ALLIANCE CORPORATION, PLEASE VISIT THE INDIVIDUAL BLOGS POSTED ON THE IMO BLOG AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE....
Will Cavan Biography:


http://www.facebook.com/imango.org


http://www.linkedin.com/pub/will-cavan/31/12/673



Born January 13, 1960 in Maracaibo, Venezuela to U.S. Diplomat parents.
Will Cavan enjoys dual USA/ Venezuelan citizenship.
Cavan’s  father (William E. Cavan, Sr.) served in the United States Foreign Service in an official capacity from 1955-1977.
 And in an unofficial capacity from 1982 - 2003. 
Serving in over 40 countries around the world in various capacities.


In addition, W.E. Cavan & Associates has been involved in various major international projects as well as the funding of the AMBROSIA GROUP of companies;, L.G. AgroIndustrias,S.A.; Growers Alliance Corporation; in addition to the International Mango Organization (IMO).
Will Cavan lived in Cali, Colombia, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, …

THE LEGEND & THE LEGACY OF JACQUES COUSTEAU ("101") AND GOING STRONG...

Jacques-Yves Cousteau(French pronunciation: [ʒak iv kusto]; commonly known in English asJacques Cousteau; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997)[1]was a French naval officer,explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed theaqua-lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of theAcadémie française. He was also known as "le Commandant Cousteau" or "Captain Cousteau".
Bibliography
Books by Cousteau
The Silent World (1953, with Frédéric Dumas)
Captain Cousteaus Underwater Treasury (1959, with James Dugan)
The Living Sea (1963, with James Dugan)
World Without Sun (1965)
The Undersea Discoveries of Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1970–1975, 8-volumes, with Philippe Diole)
The Shark: Splendid Savage of the Sea (1970)
Diving for Sunken Treasure (1971)
Life and Death in a Coral Sea (1971)
The Whale: Mighty Monarch of the Sea (1972)
Octopus and Squid: The Soft Intelligence (197…

TODAY IS 101 ANNIVERSARY OF JACQUES COUSTEAU; THE WORLDS GREATEST CONSERVATIONALIST OF OUR HABITAT

How did Cousteau inspire you?

Posted by Enric Sala of National Geographic June 7, 2011 



Jacques Cousteau at the Medes Islands, Spain, in 1954.
 Foto: Arxiu Catala-Roca.




June 11 is the 101st anniversary of Jacques Cousteau, the Commandant, the man with the red cap who opened our eyes to the ocean like nobody did before. 
And no one after him has been able to share the passion about the ocean and all the life in it, and making us fall in love with it like he did. 
Cousteau was the first global environmental celebrity, as known worldwide as all-time soccer stars and movie stars.

Thanks in great part to Jacques Cousteau, I am now a National Geographic explorer.
 When I was a child growing up in Spain, Cousteau was everything: my hero, role model, and inspiration. 
I couldn’t wait for Sunday evening to arrive so that I could watch a new episode of “The underwater world of Jacques Cousteau.” 
I dreamed about being one of the Calypso divers, exploring exotic locations and making new discoveries every…

VAMOS A VER SI OLLANTA CUMPLE SU PALABRA....

Piñera dice creer en la “actitud hacia la democracia” de Humala
HERRAMIENTAS



Foto: EFE/Claudio Reyes/Archivo

SANTIAGO, 11 junio 2011 (AFP) - El presidente chileno Sebastián Piñera dijo creer en la “actitud hacia la democracia y economía social de mercado” del electo mandatario de Perú, Ollanta Humala, y advirtió que a Chile le conviene un Perú “estable, democrático y próspero”.

“Lo que más le conviene a Chile es tener un Perú estable, democrático y próspero. Yo le creo a Humala su actitud hacia la democracia, la economía social de mercado“, dijo el presidente Piñera en una entrevista difundida este sábado por el diario La Tercera.

Sin embargo, Piñera advirtió que existe una “agenda del pasado” que no podrá ignorar con el gobierno de Humala, haciendo referencia a la demanda por límites marítimos que Perú presentó contra Chile en 2008 ante la Corte Internacional de La Haya.

El saliente gobierno peruano del presidente Alan García ha manifestado que la demanda marítima de su país ante La …

UPDATE FROM GIA TAYLOR (NETWORK OF WOMENS RURAL PRODUCERS) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO MANGO FESTIVAL (THIS JULY 3rd, 2011)

Greetings

To: Network Rural Women Producers nrwptt@gmail.com


Here are the flyer's as we launched Mango Month here in TT with a press conference the promotions are taking place on radio, print and TV as well on our Public Transport Buss es and the Electronic Bulletin Boards.

During this period mango orchards are opening the gates to visits, and restaurants, eating places are asked to join in by promoting the mango dishes/drinks.

There will be a for-runner Fair in one of our rural communities, Sangre Grande, Monte Christo Park, both Parliaments representatives are invited, the Local Government Corporation Chairman and the Local Chamber of Commerce and other community officials, carded for June 25th one week before the Festival.

Gia




FLYERS ARE READY FOR TRINIDAD & TOBAGO MANGO FESTIVAL THIS JULY....

TWITTER TO JOIN GOOGLE & FACEBOOK IN OFFERING ADVERTS FOR "LITTLE GUY"....BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS...

Twitter Working On Self-Service Ads, Which Make Facebook And Google Billions
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Jun. 10, 2011, 10:49 AM | 498 | 3





Twitter is planning on offering a self-serve ad buying solution for smaller advertisers later this year, the company's president of global revenue told Mashable.

Right now, Twitter sells ads directly to the biggest advertisers, which is fine, but a big part of the revenue of the web's advertising giants, especially Google and Yahoo, comes from automated ad buying.

This allows small businesses and other small advertisers to buy ads on the platform without having to dedicate a big sales force to them.

But it's not just a smart and obvious way to increase revenue. It shows that Twitter is now relatively confident it has found the ad formats that work for it. Since they've been introduced, Twitter's ad formats have been mostly "experimental": trying to see what produces returns and what advertisers like. It's better to do t…

LOVE HIM...OR....HATE HIM.....CHAVEZ UNDERGOES REPAIR IN CUBA....

Chavez undergoes surgery in Cuba


By the CNN Wire StaffJune 11, 2011 8:16 a.m. EDT


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's results from corrective surgery on a pelvic abscess were called "satisfactory."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
The Venezuelan president suffered from a pelvic abscess
The surgery was Friday morning
He is expected to return to Venezuela in a few days

(CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez underwent surgery Friday in Cuba, a top official in Caracas said.

Chavez suffered from a pelvic abscess and results from the surgery were "satisfactory," Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said.

Just as Chavez was recovering from an injury to his left knee, his doctors detected the abscess, Maduro said.

"This merited President Chavez's decision to immediately undergo corrective surgery," he said.

Chavez and his team were in Cuba for a series of meetings on cooperation for the economic development of their nations.

The operation happened Friday morning in…

MANGOES BEST FRIEND (AND YOURS TOO!): COCONUT

This weeks food challenge….. Coconut Milk!

Coconuts contain Vitamin A & E, potassium, calcium and chloride. 


They're high in saturated fat. 
But it's the type of fat that turns into energy and doesn't turn into fat. 
Coconut milk also contains Lauric Acid, which is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. 
Coconut milk helps to build up your immune system. 
It's a great alternative to regular milk and yummy on cereal.
 It's lactose, soy, gluten, and nut free. 
Coconut milk is thought to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. 
You can buy coconut milk in the ethnic foods section of your local supermarket or make it at home.

Here's a yummy recipe to make at home that includes Coconut Milk.
Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding

1 cup Thai Sweet Rice (also called 'sticky rice', available at Asian food stores)
1-2 ripe mangos, cut into bite-size pieces
4-5 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 can good-quality (thick) coconut milkwater (for boiling …

2011 MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL OVERVIEW...14 DAY EVENT IN PHILIPPINES

Sweet Treat: MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL 2011

Ask any Filipino what his favorite fruit is and you are likely to discover that 10 in every 10 like mangoes! While apple represents America, mangoes represent the Philippines. And we're all proud of it. Speaking of which, this little province which I consider biker's paradise, claims to produce the best and sweetest mangoes -- in the world: Guimaras!

Since one of my classmates hail from the province, my bffs and I decided to spend a little time in this little island get-away.

A quick 10-minutes pump-boat ride was all it took to bring us to Guimaras from Iloilo.
Fare costs 14pesos from Ortiz to Jordan wharf.

The motor boats are well-equipped. Thanks to the stricter implementation of maritime rules for safety. The vessels are never overloaded and life-jackets are prominently placed above the passenger seats.

Normally, nobody wants to have picture taken during a boat ride when one is travelling alone. But in the company of friends, p…

MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL: ONE OF PHILIPPINES MOST FAMOUS...

Manggahan Festival

Photos by Jinki Beldia




It has been 12 years since the island of Guimaras was proclaimed an independent province. Every year, Guimarasnons express their colorful way of life through a festival called Manggahan Festival sg Guimaras. The island is not only known locally and nationally for its fresh and bountiful harvest of mangoes, but also for the artistry of its people.




The famous tribes of Guimaras are Tribu Balsahan of Brgy. Rizal, Tribu Bulaang Moros of Buenavista, Tribu Bulantihan of Jordan and Asinan Festival Tribe of San Lorenzo.

The Lin-ay sg Guimaras is also one of the events that draw attention annually.




The Manggahan Festival brings out the creativity of Guimarasnons. Handmade and indigenous products fill the exhibit area at the plaza. Shown below is the creative Mr. Deogracias Estologa with his notable creation; a gown made of Lotto Tickets. When asked about his inspiration, Estologa teasingly divulges,” PCSO might discover my creation and will give me …

BOOK CALENDAR FOR NEXT YEAR: FAMOUS PHILIPPINE MANGO FESTIVAL IN APRIL

MEXICO TAKES "CREDIT" FOR PHILIPPINE VARIETY OF MANGOES...MANILA, ATAULFO HAVE ORIGINS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Mangoes of the Philippines



Filipino Food - Fruit
Mangga is the Tagalog word for 'mango.'

The most common variety of mango in the Philippines is what Americans refer to as "champagne", mango. 
It's been called Manila mango, Ataulfo mango (named after its Mexican grower) and Honey mango. 
 Filipinos call it manggang kalabaw (carabao mango) while the Philippine government refers to it as 'Manila Super Mango' and is reputedly in the Guinness Book of World Records as the sweetest in the world.

Other popular mango varieties in the Philippines are Pico (Piko), Katchamita (Indian) and Pahutan (Mangifera altissima).

The Manila mango is more slender than the large mango varieties such as the Tommy Atkins or Kent with which Americans are familiar. The Filipino mangga has yellow-orange skin which wrinkles once it is very ripe. The flesh has an almost buttery texture and is very, very sweet.

In other countries, a mango is peeled with a knife akin to the way you'd…

PHILIPPINE FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) UP...AS WELL AS EXPORTS...STRONG GROWTH PROJECTED FOR ECONOMY

Surge in Philippine exports, FDI inflow a sign of economic expansion... 


(philstar.com) Updated June 11, 2011 03:26 PM







MANILA (Xinhua) – Foreign direct investments (FDI) into the Philippines as well as exports of Philippine products have increased in the past two months, indicating that the Philippine economy is set to expand despite a slowdown during the first quarter of this year.

Annual economic growth in the first quarter slowed to 4.9 percent compared with the 8.4 percent growth in the first quarter of last year.

Former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cielito Habito has expressed confidence that the Philippines could fare even better this year, saying that the overall economy grew by 7.6 percent last year even with a downturn in agriculture due to El Nino.

Habito said that a strong rebound in FDI inflows and foreign investment approvals by government agencies, which recorded a hefty 61 percent increase, could provide enough basis for the Philippine economy to exceed its perform…