Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (C) addresses the
audience during a meeting of the annual Mercosur trade bloc presidential
summit in Mendoza June 29, 2012. (Credit: Reuters/Enrique Marcarian)

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals
Chinese President Xi Jinping (4-L, first row) poses with leaders of the CELAC group of Latin American and Caribbean states, in Brasilia, on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida)
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

A student holds a sign reading "Don't shoot, listen!!!" during a protest
on June 17, 2013 in Brasilia (AFP, Evaristo)

Brazil's Rousseff claims nation 'ready for greatest World Cup'

Brazil's Rousseff claims nation 'ready for greatest World Cup'
Google: Ready, set, goooaaallll! The WorldCup is finally here.


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cuban leader's daughter organizes symbolic gay weddings

Yahoo – AFP, Francisco Jara, 5 May 2015

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro and director of the 
Cuban National Centre for Sexual Education, gives a press conference in 
Havana on May 5, 2015 (AFP Photo/Adalberto Roque)

Havana (AFP) - Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela, a lawmaker and gay-rights activist, said Tuesday her organization would hold symbolic gay weddings this weekend in a call for equal rights.

Castro, a sexologist and head of the National Center for Sex Education, said the organization would hold "celebrations of love" for gay couples on Saturday.

The 52-year-old lawmaker has fought unsuccessfully to legalize gay marriage, tackling deep-rooted discrimination in a country where homosexuals were formerly persecuted under her uncle Fidel's government after he came to power in the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

The symbolic weddings will be held as part of Cuba's eighth National Day Against Homophobia, which Castro has staunchly promoted.

"We couldn't hold a wedding, but we wanted to hold a very modest celebration of love with some religious leaders who have always been by our side," she told a press conference.

She said she herself had a Catholic priest perform a "celebration of love" ceremony for her and her husband, Italian national Paolo Titolo, because she did not want to have a traditional Catholic wedding.

"I'm not baptized, I wasn't going to be married by the Church. I told (Cuban priest Carlos Manuel de Cespedes) I already had plenty of commitments to the Communist Party of Cuba, I didn't need commitments to the Catholic Church as well," she said.

She did not say how many couples would take part in Saturday's ceremony.

In a symbol of the rapprochement between the communist island and the United States, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington will also perform as part of Saturday's events.

Cuban homosexuals were sent to labor camps in the 1960s, and continue to face discrimination despite Castro's efforts to change the policies of her uncle's and father's governments.

Cubans members of the gay and lesbian community participate
in a march against homophobia on May 11, 2013 in Havana.

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US authorizes commercial ferry services to Cuba

Yahoo – AFP, 5 May 2015

US flags are seen in a bici-taxi near the capitol in Havana, Cuba,
on January 23, 2015 (AFP Photo/Yamil Lage)

Washington (AFP) - The United States authorized commercial ferry services to Cuba for the first time in more than a half-century on Tuesday, another major step in improving relations between the two countries.

The US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control lifted the ban and at least one Florida company confirmed it had been licensed to launch boat services to the island.

That adds to the charter air services that had been permitted up until now, focused on enabling Cuban-Americans to visit families.

Joseph Hinson, president of Miami-based United Americas Shipping Services, confirmed his company had received permission from the Treasury to provide ferry travel.

"Today's action was a great step forward," he told AFP, while saying other permissions were still needed from authorities in both countries before launching the first trip.

Whether by plane or ferry, American travelers still have to come under one of 12 categories permitted in the landmark easing of US sanctions announced by the White House in December -- including family visits, official government business, humanitarian projects and sports gatherings.

The ferries will also be allowed to carry cargo to the communist island, which sits just 150 kilometers (90 miles) off the southern tip of Florida.

On December 17, US President Barack Obama broke a nearly six-decade Cold War-rooted estrangement between the two countries by lifting sanctions on travel and some trade as the first step toward normalizing relations.

In Costa Rica, Turrialba volcano spits ash and smoke

The Turrialba volcano has spewed a fresh column of smoke and ash that reached Costa Rica's capital, San Jose, 60 kilometers away, authorities say. Its previous rumble had come just last Thursday.

Deutsche Welle, 5 May 2015

The moderate eruption, which included rocks around the crater area, hit at about 2100 UTC on Monday, raising eyebrows but not great alarm about 40 miles away, in Costa Rica's capital, San Jose, the Volcanic and Seismic Center reported.

Accompanied by a strong smell of sulfur and a coating of ash falling from as high as 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) in San Jose, the eruption of the the 3,340-meter (10,950-foot) volcano lasted about a half hour.

Inactive for 130 years, Turrialba rumbled back to life in the 1990s. In late October last year, the volcano erupted with great force, spewing ash and magma.

It has rumbled ever since. An eruption in early March (pictured) shut down Juan Santamaría, the main international airport, for nearly two days. Monday's eruption did not look like it would lead to flight cancellations.

There have been a number of natural disasters owing to seismic activity in recent weeks. Nepal is facing a long rebuilding process after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in April devastated the country.

In late April, the eruption of a volcano in Chile shut down airports in multiple South American countries. In eastern Congo, the active volcano Mount Nyiragongo has been called a ticking " time bomb."

mkg/bk (AFP, EFE, dpa, AP)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

British companies to invest in Cuba's agriculture, tourism   2015-05-03

Havana, May 2 (Xinhua) -- British companies have agreed to invest 400 million U.S. dollars in Cuba in areas such as agriculture, tourism and energy, local media reported Saturday.

"The Cuban government has made it clear that all sectors of the economy, except for health, education and armed forces, are open to private investment. This gives us tremendously exciting opportunities for the future," said Lord Hutton, president of Cuba Initiative.

About 50 British companies are members of the Cuba Initiative, a project started in 1995 to promote businesses on the island, though its progress has been slow and sometimes imperceptible.

Local media highlighted the construction of a new Golf course, the second one in Cuba with British capital.

President of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Orlando Hernandez said that in spite of the strengthening of economic relations between the two countries, "there is still much to be done with regard to commerce and investment between Cuba and the UK."

Bilateral trade between the two countries decreased by 40 percent year-on-year in 2014, while Cuban exports to Britain decreased by 66 percent.

With regard to tourism, Britain has become the third largest source of tourists for Cuba, and the second in Europe, with about 150,000 British people visiting the island country a year.

Editor: Tian Shaohui

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Agricultural microbiology draws Chinese researchers to Argentina

Want China Times, Xinhua 2015-05-02

An organic experimental farm using agricultural microbiological
technology in Beijing, Oct. 27, 2013. (File photo/CNS)

Microbiology applied to agricultural products is connecting China with Argentina, two emerging markets with complementary economies and strategic partners looking to increase bilateral exchanges.

Among the many links between Beijing and Buenos Aires, Argentine firm Rizobacter stands out. The company, which uses microbiology to boost soy output while cutting production costs, has been in business for 38 years and reports an annual turnover of US$100 million, 20% from exports.

In December, a delegation of the Academy of Sciences from China's Heilongjiang province visited the firm in Pergamino, a city located 180 km northeast of the capital Buenos Aires.

The delegation came to explore the possibility of signing an agreement for joint research and development of microbiological technologies, to improve Chinese soil and output.

"We are here to visit and get to know the Rizobacter plant," said Wang Gang, vice president of the academy.

"We are very interested in getting to know the technology being developed by this company and all of the efforts on the production of soybean, mainly related to soybeans and rhizobia," Wang added.

The Argentine company "sends products to countries like Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, the US, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and China, and has 400 employees. It is a very technological and professional company," Rizobacter CEO Ricardo Yapur said in an interview with Xinhua.

Rizobacter produces microbial, or soil, inoculants that are used to boost soybean production. The inoculants are applied to the seeds so when they germinate they can better absorb nitrogen in the air.

The method is not only highly sustainable, because unlike chemical fertilizers, it doesn't pollute the air, water or soil, and it's also cost effective, said Yapur.

The microbe costs between US$5 and US$10 per hectare, in contrast to urea fertilizer, which requires high pressure and temperatures to function, requiring burning petroleum, and costs US$150 dollars per hectare, said Yapur.

"This technology has been fully adopted in Argentina, where 90% of producers use inoculants, because the technology and the data shows it binds enough nitrogen to produce good results," he said, adding "it increases output by about 150 kg of soy."

At its plant, the company has the ability to carry out tests, quality control, and strain selection, and to experiment with different factors, such as temperature and light.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Flights disrupted as Chile volcano spews more ash

Yahoo – AFP, Miguel Sanchez, 26 April 2015

Local residents walk along a street covered with ashes from the Calbuco volcano
at La Ensenada, southern Chile, on April 25, 2015 (AFP Photo/Martin Bernetti)

Puerto Varas (Chile) (AFP) - Ash from Chile's spewing Calbuco volcano threatened Saturday to spell travel misery in the region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities.

A sleeping giant for more than 50 years, the volcano sprang to life in spectacular bursts of ash and lava Wednesday and Thursday, forcing 6,500 people living nearby to evacuate and blanketed southern Chile in suffocating volcanic debris.

A cow stands in a farm covered with 
ashes from the Calbuco volcano at 
La Ensenada, southern Chile, on April 25,
2015 (AFP Photo/Martin Bernetti)
It coughed out more fire and ash Saturday, with an ash cloud drifting eastward over Patagonia and Argentina, reaching Buenos Aires 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) away, where some airlines canceled flights to and from the United States and Europe.

In the Chilean capital Santiago, domestic flights operated normally but some international flights were scrubbed.

A handful of flights were scrapped at Montevideo's Carrasco International Airport, and authorities urged people to use face masks to avoid inhaling ash particles.

"The volcano remains unstable and eruptions, principally ash, will continue for now," Chile's National Geology and Mining Service said in its latest report.

Experts have cautioned that a third eruption could still follow.

A state of emergency has been in place since Wednesday and authorities emptied a 20-kilometer radius around Calbuco, which is located in Los Lagos, a region popular with tourists for its scenic mountain landscapes dotted with volcanoes and lakes with black-sand beaches.

A view of the Calbuco volcano in Puerto Varas, Chile, on April 24, 2015 (AFP
Photo/Martin Bernetti)

More people were ordered out from towns near Calbuco that were deemed at risk of flooding from snow and ice melting high in the mountains due to the volcano's heat. Authorities said they planned to evacuate about 4,000 sheep and cattle.

"I'm afraid and still thinking about leaving, but over the long term, I would still return to my land," said Carolina Bayern, who took refuge in a school with other evacuees.

Raul Rangel, who also was staying at the school, said he was no longer afraid of the volcano after it took out his home.

"I respect it," he added. "My house collapsed, and everything is destroyed, and I feel such great sadness."

Blanketed in ash

Southern Chile's verdant landscape has turned gray as ash has settled over vast expanses of farm land, especially in the immediate disaster zone around the volcano.

"There are fields that will be unusable for a long time," Agriculture Minister Carlos Furche told Radio Cooperativa.

The government said it is weighing whether to provide emergency payments to the hardest hit farmers, who fear they face financial ruin.

Volcanic lightnings and lava spew from
 the Calbuco volcano on April 23, 2015, as
 seen from Frutillar, Chile (AFP Photo/
Martin Bernetti)
On the other side of the expanding security perimeter, the evacuation area was turned into a scattering of ghost towns blanketed with ash up to one meter (three feet) thick, an AFP photographer said.

In La Ensenada, a town of 1,500 people that was the first to be evacuated, workers used heavy trucks to plow the roads clear as a handful of residents ignored the evacuation order to shovel the ash and debris off their rooftops.

The 2,000-meter volcano last erupted in 1961 and showed light activity in 1972, according to official data. There have been no known fatalities from this week's eruptions.

It is the second volcano to erupt in Chile since March 3, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava.

Chile has about 90 active volcanoes.

The long, thin country has been hit by a series of natural disasters in recent months, from flooding in its usually arid north, home to the world's driest desert, to wildfires in its drought-hit southern forests.

Cars are seen amid volcanic ashes from the Calbuco volcano in La Ensenada, 
on April 23, 2015 (AFP Photo/Martin Bernetti)

Venezuelan president says to build new homes in cooperation with Chinese companies   2015-04-26

CARACAS, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday the government will work with Chinese companies to build new housing units as part of an ambitious plan to provide homes for those without proper or adequate dwelling in the country.

During an event in the 23 de Enero slum in the west of Caracas, Maduro announced that his government has reached a preliminary agreement with Chinese company Sany Heavy Industry Co. for the latter to participate in the "Great Housing Mission" that aims to build three million homes in the Latin American country by 2019.

The government will sign a contract with Sany, the world's sixth largest heavy machinery company, to import new equipment so as to accelerate the construction of at least 400,000 new apartments this year.

"We are going at a faster pace and we have to install Chinese companies here in our country to double everything that we are bringing over from China," Maduro said.

The Venezuelan leader said that over 220 new cranes imported from China were already in use for the renovation of residential buildings in poor areas of the country, under a program called "Barrio Nuevo, Barrio Tricolor."

According to Ricardo Molina, Venezuela's minister of housing, Chinese companies have helped build over 14,000 homes in the country in the last three years and 15,000 more are now under construction.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Chinese financing boosts Sino-LatAm cooperation: Chinese envoy   2015-04-23

BUENOS AIRES, April 22 (Xinhua) -- China's ambassador to Argentina, Yang Wanming, suggests Latin American nations make the best use of the financing offered by China as part of integral bilateral cooperation.

"The Chinese government has established a line of credit amounting to 20 billion U.S. dollars, exclusively to fund infrastructure projects in Latin American countries," said Yang, addressing a seminar on China-Argentina relations, organized by the Political, Economic and Social Studies Foundation for the New Argentina (FEPESNA) in Buenos Aires.

In addition, China has helped create the China-Latin America Cooperation Fund, financed with 5 billion U.S. dollars, and another 50 billion-dollar fund especially for joint agricultural projects between the two regions.

"I think Latin American entrepreneurs can make the most of the opportunity to strengthen their connection with their Chinese counterparts," said Yang.

The ambassador invited participants "to explore the potential for cooperation, by taking advantage of institutional mechanisms."

To that end, said Yang, China and LatAm countries are working to organize a business forum "to promote bilateral economic and investment cooperation," as well as "expand industrial cooperation" and "jointly take the global industrial chain to a higher level."

In the case of Argentina, said Yang, "many pioneering bilateral projects have been launched with the help of cooperation financing," and more opportunities lie ahead, as both two nations pursue their national development goals.

To spur economic development, "in China today we give greater importance to quality, efficiency and intensive development," said Yang. "At the same time, Argentina's government is working on modernizing, implementing the 'Argentina 2020' development strategy."

"The similarity in objectives and development orientation, as well as the complementarity of the conditions and necessities of both countries, offer Sino-Argentinean cooperation an immense market, exceptional investment opportunities and greater potentialities," said the ambassador, adding bilateral relations are expected to "move forward at great strides."

"Thanks to the parallel development of mutual investment, financial cooperation and the creation of institutional mechanisms, the economic and trade ties between the two countries have increasingly become integrated," Yang told the seminar participants.

"We are willing to continue diversifying the portfolio of imports from Argentina, and working with you to promote other businesses, to increase the added value of bilateral trade," Yang said.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In first, gay US chorus to tour Cuba

Yahoo – AFP, 23 April 2015

Cubans participate in a march against homophobia on May 10, 2014 in
Havana (AFP Photo/Yamil Lage)

Washington (AFP) - A US gay men's chorus on Wednesday announced a first-of-a-kind tour of Cuba, hoping to highlight the fight for equal rights as the communist island opens up.

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC, which has performed in the US capital since 1981, said it would tour Cuba from July 10 to 18 and take part in public events to promote gay rights.

"As we know from our long history of concerts worldwide, person-to-person interaction can be a key driver of social change," the executive director of the chorus, Chase Maggiano, said.

The group said the trip would be the first by any gay chorus to Cuba.

Gay choral music emerged as a genre in San Francisco in the 1970s, offering a way to promote gay rights through fun-spirited performances.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro cracked down on gays after taking power in 1959 and activists say that homophobia remains common in Cuba.

But Fidel's niece Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuba's current President Raul Castro, has spearheaded a campaign to promote greater tolerance of sexual minorities.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Vatican says pope to visit Cuba in September

Yahoo – AFP, 22 April 2015

Pope Francis played a role in the diplomatic thaw between the US and Cuba
(AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte)

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September after a scheduled visit to the US, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday.

His visit to the communist-ruled island which is home to many Roman Catholics will be the third by a pope after Jean Paul II in 1998 and Benedict XVI in 2012.

The Holy See has said that the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff had personally mediated between the United States and Cuba, with the Vatican hosting delegations from the two countries in October.

Secret negotiations then led to the surprise announcement in December 2014 that Washington and Havana would seek to restore diplomatic ties.

"The presence of His Holiness in Cuba will be memorable," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said while on a visit to Brussels.

The pontiff "will receive the warm hospitality of the Cuban people", Rodriguez said, while he expressed Cuba's "pride... to have a Latin American pope."

The Cuban Catholic Church was also overjoyed.

"It's great news. We have plenty of reasons to be very happy," said Orlando Marquez, a spokesman for the Archbishop of Havana.

"The country is going through a very special moment since the presidents of Cuba and the United States announced their bid to re-establish diplomatic relations, and both of them thanked Pope Francis for encouraging this process," Marquez told AFP.

"Cuba and the Cubans are very grateful," he added.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the United States in late September, where he will take part in a Catholic Church congress in Philadelphia.

During the trip, he is also scheduled to speak before the United Nations in New York, become the first pontiff to address the US Congress. He will also meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House.