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Tales Of Bolivarian Inefficiency III: Chávez’ Frozen Cuban Dream

by moctavio










Despite all of the problems at Ultimas Noticias, the reporters there keep turning out some of the best investigative pieces in Venezuela. 



This time, it was the turn of Lisseth Boon in her excellent piece about Helados Coppelia, which can also be entitled Chávez frozen dream.





To put it in perspective, Chávez was such a Cubanologist that despite the long tradition of ice cream in Venezuela (Tio Rico, Efe, Castellino, Crema Paraiso, 4D, Versalles), rather than promote local brands, Chávez did the opposite, trying to promote and bring to Venezuela the Coppelia brand, his hero's Fidel Castro's creation. Castro created Coppelia in 1966, much like Chávez, it was his idea, nothing was done in Cuba that was not Fidel's idea. 



Well, Efe and Tio Rico and Castellino were around in Venezuela well before then. 



I can prove that Efe was here before 1966, in the only picture you will ever see of The Devil in this blog, here is the Devil eating Efe ice cream circa 1951 or 1952 (Van…

ALL SMOKE & MIRRORS AT THE NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB)

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Carlsbad, California




April 30, 2014







As the Tenure of National Mango Board (NMB) Executive Director William Watson finally comes to an end, one has to ask if the first ten years and nearly sixty million dollars of mango growers funds have been efficiently spent ?





In the past 10 years* the clear winner has been William Watson and the same companies that have been on the board over and over again without very much diversity to speak of, inspite claims to the contrary by the NMB propaganda machine.


* Keep in mind that Watson was paid as a consultant to set up the NMB in his own backyard prior to officially taking over as Executive Director. 






Lets take a close look at the facts: 






Department of Commerce Import Volume
Per Year
Yearly report for range: 1998 through 2013






Export to Excel
Countries: BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, NICARAGUA, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH…

COMENZÓ LA SEGUNDA FASE DE “LA SALIDA”: Maria Corina describe las 4 fases para salir de la dictadura de Maduro

@DolarToday / Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

Junto a Marvinia Jiménez y otros habitantes de La Isabelica, Machado explica que la protesta cívica o movimiento que tanto ella como Leopoldo Lopez denominaron “La Salida” ya superó con éxito la primera etapa. Visita a Leopoldo López en prisión y asegura que pronto será liberado







(Valencia. 29/04/2014). La diputada María Corina Machado asistió la tarde de este martes a una asamblea ciudadana contra la impunidad en el sector La Isabelica, en Valencia, a dos meses de los ataques contra la ciudadana Marvinia Jiménez por parte de una funcionaria de la Guardia Nacional.



 Allí, la parlamentaria recalcó que las protestas en Venezuela han llegado a su segunda fase, que implica la resistencia pacífica de los ciudadanos en las calles para lograr la transición constitucional.





“La Venezuela de enero no es la misma Venezuela de abril. Venezuela despertó de punta a punta. Hemos avanzado muchísimo, hemos logrado la primera etapa, desenmascaramos al régimen. Ahora vie…

COAST TROPICAL SET TO HOST NMB OUTREACH MEETING

National Mango Board To Host Domestic Industry Outreach Meeting In Los Angeles, CA



by National Mango Board










Posted: 2014-04-30 09:05:04 EST








Orlando, Fla. – Throughout the year The National Mango Board (NMB) travels to the top mango importing port cities in the United States to meet face-to-face with importers, wholesalers, and others who handle mangos in the U.S and share details about mango programs updates and results. 



The next industry outreach meeting will take place May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.







The NMB meetings are tailored to the needs and interests of industry members in order to improve mango quality and superiority in the U.S. marketplace to help increase consumption. The meetings create the opportunity to address industry related topics of interest and provide networking opportunities.




 During the meeting in Los Angeles, the NMB staff will also be discussing the Ripe and Ready to Eat Mango Initiative with ripening expert, Dennis Kihlstadius from Produce Technical Services.




The…