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ABC: Cuba envía más de 2 mil agentes para apuntalar a Maduro en el poder ...




Publicado en marzo 13th, 2013








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Cuba jugó fuerte en la gestión política de la enfermedad de Hugo Chávez y ahora está volcada en asegurarse de que el proceso electoral beneficia a Nicolás Maduro.





 Además del alrededor de 46.000 colaboradores cubanos que oficialmente viven en Venezuela, todos con la misión se garantizar la revolución chavista, La Habana está enviando un destacamento de agentes para el control electoral, que podría llegar a los 2.500 efectivos, de acuerdo con información de inteligencia salida de la isla, publica ABC de España.







Emili j. Blasco / Corresponsal en Washington





«Estamos aquí para ratificar nuestra entrega; si hasta ahora lo estábamos dando todo, ahora estamos dispuestos a dar hasta nuestras vidas, nuestra sangre si fuera preciso por esta revolución», proclamó la semana pasada Roberto López, jefe de las misiones cubanas en Venezuela, cuando una representación de estas rindió honores ante el cadáver de Chávez.







De la continuidad del chavismo depende la pervivencia del régimen cubano. Los 100.000 barriles diarios de petróleo que Venezuela envía a su aliado suponen 3.700 millones de dólares al año. Cuba no los paga directamente, sino que básicamente devuelve el favor con sus 46.000 ciudadanos que en Venezuela oficialmente trabajan como médicos, maestros, preparadores físicos… Unos servicios que Caracas paga extrañamente caro.








«Todo eso es una tapadera que esconde el control que Cuba tiene de Venezuela», asegura un anterior alto cargo de la estructura de poder chavista emigrado a Estados Unidos, que mantiene el anonimato para evitar represalias contra su familia.




 «El centro de operaciones de la inteligencia cubana, el G2, está en la sede que en Caracas tiene la agencia de noticias cubana Prensa Latina», denuncia.









Esta persona indica que el control cubano es «absoluto», desde el mando en la expedición de los documentos nacionales de identidad a la gestión de los registros oficiales de todo tipo: de propiedad, mercantiles… «Todos los datos informatizados de los ciudadanos venezolanos se manejan desde Cuba», dice.








Las dimensiones de esa supervisión foránea han sido apuntadas con frecuencia en los medios. «The Economist», por ejemplo, identificó hace dos años a Bárbara Castillo, exministra cubana, como alguien con un poder mayor que los propios ministros venezolanos, según testigos presenciales.









Rendir cuentas


«Los jefes cubanos son una estructura paralela a la que las propias autoridades venezolanas tienen que dar cuenta, también en el Ejército o la Judicatura», apunta la fuente antes mencionada, que corrobora el caso de Bárbara Castillo. También asegura tener conocimiento de la rendición de cuentas que el actual ministro de Defensa, Diego Molero, estuvo realizando ante instancias cubanas sobre militares afectos y desafectos en su anterior puesto como responsable de la «contrainteligencia de Miraflores» (el palacio presidencial).







Agentes cubanos se han venido ocupando, además, de la función de guardaespaldas de las figuras institucionales más importantes del país, comenzando por el propio Hugo Chávez. Estos días se ha visto a su inseparable jefe de seguridad personal cubano desfilando junto al féretro.






La cifra exacta de cubanos en Venezuela se ignora. En alguna ocasión La Habana ha hablado de 65.000 personas. La más reciente es la de 46.000, ofrecida en la Asamblea Nacional venezolana. Pero dado el secretismo de parte de sus operaciones es difícil dar crédito a cualquier número. El respetado escritor, historiador y exministro Simón Alberto Consalvi, fallecido el lunes, incluso llegó a hablar de 100.000.







«Cubazuela»


Su llegada comenzó a producirse a partir de la firma en octubre de 2000 del primero de los más de 150 acuerdos suscritos desde entonces entre Cuba y Venezuela, inaugurando lo que muchos han denominado como «Cubazuela». «Dos países, una sola nación», dijo Fidel Castro en 2005. «Con una sola bandera», añadió Chávez. Y Castro apostilló: «somos venecubanos».







En abril de 2001 llegaron los primeros 6.000 médicos para el programa llamado Barrio Adentro, que hoy oficialmente alcanza los 30.000 efectivos. Se trata de la prestación sanitaria a las clases más populares venezolanas. Médicos, enfermeras y otro personal llegado de Cuba residen en esos mismos barrios. El control de datos personales en los ambulatorios y esa presencia capilar garantiza el control ideológico y electoral del grueso de los potenciales votantes del chavismo.






«Nos sentimos doblemente comprometidos y hemos asumido esta triste eventualidad con mucha disciplina, con mucho deseo de seguir adelante apoyando al pueblo venezolano y en todos los procesos que se avecinan», declaró uno de los médicos a la cadena nacional TeleSur.




http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2013/03/13/abc-cuba-envia-mas-de-2-mil-agentes-para-apuntalar-a-maduro-en-el-poder/

Africa to adopt Kesar mango cultivation technology ...
















TNN | Mar 14, 2013, 04.40 AM IST







AHMEDABAD: Africa will soon be able to replicate the production and marketing of the famous Kesar mango from Junagadh in one of its main mango producing regions - Senegal.




Senegal, a major mango-exporting country inWest Africa, has approached Gujarat for borrowing its mango cultivation technology. 



Senegal's exports have been falling since 2010 after the quality of the mangoes as well as fruit fly attacks affected its marketing and sale.





Mabouso Thiam, the director general of Agency for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (ADEPME) of Senegal, department of industries, the Government of Senegal, is on a two-day visit to Gujarat to discuss mango cultivation technology in the state.





"Senegal has already approached a cluster of mango farmers in Junagadh, where farmers have been cultivating and exporting Kesarmangoes to China," said Jagat Shah, the founder and chief mentor, Cluster Pulse, which is coordinating the meeting. "Gujarat will impart best practices in the business as well as provide technology on value addition like making pulp and mango juice."







According to Shah, the Senegal government had approached European countries for the technology for mango cultivation but did not find it viable. "About 40% of the mango crop is wasted in Senegal and the government is making efforts to boost exports from Senegal," said Shah. "The technology and lessons from Junagadh will help revive the export value of Senegal's mangoes. A team from the agriculture department will soon visit the state."






Thiam will also pay a visit to Amul dairy on Thursday to seek lessons in the dairy industry for Senegal. Among other things, Senegal is seeking technology from Gujarat from various industries like the pharma cluster for tablet manufacturing machines, the diesel engine technology from Rajkot, diamond polishing technology from Surat, brass parts from Jamnagar and ceramics and sanitaryware from Morbi.








The government of Senegal had written to many state and central governments in India for technology but Gujarat government gave the most prompt and elaborate response. Senegal will also tie up with universities in Gujarat for joint research.






http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Africa-to-adopt-Kesar-mango-cultivation-tech/articleshow/18962780.cms

GlobalGAP North America continues to align with FDA ...






Over the past two years, GLOBALG.A.P. North America, Inc. has played a key role in the Produce G.A.P.s Harmonization Initiative sponsored by the United Fresh Produce Association. 







This all-industry effort (including growers, shippers, produce buyers, government agencies, audit organizations and other stakeholders) resulted in a landmark achievement: the development of the Harmonized Standards, two audit checklists covering essential food safety control points for the produce industry. 






These audit checklists enjoy nearly universal industry support and recognition, but by design lack the governance framework and audit system of full-fledged food safety standards.






In response, GGNA developed and launched in 2012 the Produce Safety Standard (PSS), the industry’s first complete standard aligned with the Harmonized Standards checklists.



 GGNA structured PSS externally as an implementation and extension of the Harmonized Standards offering widespread retailer, producer and regulatory recognition.






Within the GLOBALG.A.P. standards family, PSS serves as a subset of our international flagship standard Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA), the most comprehensive, progressive and widely used food safety standard in the world, which already enjoys strong market support in the North American market especially among produce exporters. PSS thus offers produce farmers an essential food safety standard with a built-in upgrade path to IFA to meet their future expansion needs.






To offer additional flexibility and adaptability to meet market demand, PSS is also expandable via add-on modules. GGNA contributed to the development of Tomato Metrics, an add-on module for PSS that provides additional control points specific to the tomato industry. Two additional PSS add-on modules for the leafy greens and citrus industry are now under development. GGNA has secured certification body support for PSS and expects strong market interest in this new, flexible and adaptable standard.







Having developed the farm assurer system of on-site advisors to assist producers with the certification process, GGNA expanded its network in 2012, adding 6 new farm assurers and associate members, including the first aquaculture-focused advisor: Food Safety and Sustainability Specialists, Farm Fresh Assurance, Safe Quality Seafood Associates, Lighthouse FS & Q, Agricultural Production Safety and Crop Production Consultants.

GGNA also actively pursued producer support over the past year, engaging 2 new producer members (Lipman Produce Companies in Immokalee, FL—the largest tomato producer in the USA—and Ozzy Organics in Toronto, ON). We expect several additional major producers to join in early 2013. GGNA also attended multiple FDA/USDA policy meetings in Washington, D.C. As reported in last year’s Annual Report, GLOBALG.A.P. North America has been working closely with the Food and Drug Administration on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).







In early January 2013, the FDA published the Proposed Rules for Produce. GGNA will continue to actively work with the FDA during the commentary period and align standards with the new requirements as they are finalized.







Source: internationalsupermarketnews.com



Publication date: 3/13/2013




Freska Produce International looks for steady mango growth ...







by Tim Linden | March 13, 2013






 Freska Produce International is one of the larger U.S. importers of mangoes, and it expects to continue to grow to keep up with the popularity of the crop. 







Gary Clevenger, managing partner of the Oxnard, CA-based company, said, “Our goal is to grow about 5 to 6 percent every year, and we are on target for that growth again this year.” 




He said that is an annual goal and takes into account all of the production regions in Mexico as well as Central America and South America. He said that Mexican mangoes will do their part in reaching that goal this year as the company has picked up several new growers in the northern half of the country. 




Gary Clevenger Currently, production is coming from the south but as it shifts to the north in late spring and summer, Mr. Clevenger said that Freska’s volume should be greater than last year. 




Speaking in late February, he said the firm got off to an early start in Mexico this year — earlier than most other importers. “We have had Ataulfos for about three weeks,” he said Feb. 22. “We are crossing in both Nogales (AZ) and Texas.”



 He added that the firm was just about to start its red mango deal from Mexico. “The first harvest has been a little slow, so I expect pretty tight supplies until mid-March,” he said. 






However, April is typically a high-volume month for Mexican mangoes, and Mr. Clevenger expects that to be the case again this year. 




In late February, he noted a fairly strong market for Mexican mangos at $6-7 per carton. 





The company offers Ataulfos in a clamshell retail pack that is popular among club store retailers, but Mr. Clevenger said that the vast majority of its product is sold in the standard 10-pound carton. 





The company is willing to put up special packs for those who want them, but most retailers want the regular carton without any bells or whistles. That is probably the case because most mangoes are still sold as a volume, value item in ethnic supermarkets. 






For years, the National Mango Board and importers have been working to grow sales to Anglo consumers. While there have been tremendous increases, it is still the ethnic consumers that account for the majority of sales.





 “We still haven’t seen the conventional supermarkets build those huge displays,” he said. 





“The pull for us is still from the smaller Hispanic and Asian chains.” Mr. Clevenger said those chains build large displays, value price the mangoes and move a tremendous volume. “Maybe it is just a matter of the customers in those markets, but I’d love to see a big chain sell like that.”







 Freska has also increased its foodservice business. “We do sell to some processors who cut up mangoes for foodservice, but we also know that some of the smaller foodservice customers just buy direct from the big-box stores. They can buy sliced and diced mangoes from those stores, which saves them labor costs in their back room.” 






Mr. Clevenger remains bullish on mangoes in light of the fact that demand is continuing to grow as more and more U.S. consumers become familiar with what is considered the world’s most popular fruit.




Source: Produce News




Salen los primeros mangos orgánicos mexicanos de Organic Alliance ...






13 de marzo de 2013






Se adelanta dos semanas a la competencia






Organic Alliance, Inc. productora global y comercializadora de frutas y vegetales frescos, orgánicos y Fair Trade anunció que ha enviado su primer contenedor con mangos orgánicos Tommy Atkins y Ataulfo a EE.UU.                                                                                                                         





 





La fruta es producida en los huertos que la empresa arrienda en México.






En febrero de este año Organic Alliance recibió la certificación orgánica para los huertos de mango que arrienda luego de tres meses en que se trabajó en el desarrollo del plan de producción orgánica y se identificó a los pesticidas orgánicos no tóxicos y herbicidas para las plantaciones de mango.






“Debido al alto nivel de control de Organic Alliance, pudieron ser la primera compañía de EE.UU en importar mangos orgánicos mexicanos en 2013, adelantándose a su competencia por dos semanas”, consignó la empresa a través de un comunicado.






Parker Booth, CEO de Organic Alliance señaló que están muy entusiasmados con este envío. Añadió que la empresa ahora está en condiciones de un trabajo práctico durante la cosecha y de un control de flujo del campo a la empacadora.






La compañía espera que este proyecto entregue ganancias por US$1.8 millones (1200 toneladas métricas demango orgánico embalado y enviado entre febrero y septiembre).




Actualmente la empresa está trabajando en la certifiación Fair Trade.







http://www.portalfruticola.com/2013/03/13/salen-los-primeros-mangos-organicos-mexicanos-de-organic-alliance/?pais=unitedstates

Taiwanese mango dessert singled out by U.S. travel magazine ...










2013/03/13 18:03:39












Taipei, March 13 (CNA) A U.S. travel magazine has selected Taiwan's "mango avalanche" -- a dessert of shaved ice topped with diced fresh mango, as one of the world's best desserts, CNN reported Tuesday.




Travel & Leisure praised the mango avalanche served by the Ice Monster store in particular for its extravagant servings that are "enough for four dainty eaters or two ravenous ones."








"Ignore the candy-colored popsicles up front. What you want is the 'mango avalanche,'" the magazine says of the dish famous among Taipei dwellers and tourists alike.








At Ice Monster, named by the magazine as a must-visit, the shaved ice is piled high with mango cubes, pudding and condensed milk. The store is widely seen as having prompted other stores to launch similar products in recent years.






It is not the first time the store has grabbed international attention. In 2008, it was introduced in a New York Times article on travel in Taipei.







Upon hearing of the latest recognition, Lo Chun-hua, a consultant for the store, said he was pleased with the accolade.






The secret of the beloved dessert lies in the quality of locally grown mangoes, Lo told the Chinese-language Apple Daily.




"The credit goes to Taiwanese farmers. We could not make such delicious desserts without the mangoes they grow," he said, adding that on a busy day, the store can sell up to 3,000 plates per day. 




(By Lee Hsin-Yin)





http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201303130022