China, Cuba to speed up first joint biotechnology park

Beijing, May 12 (Prensa Latina) China and Cuba decided today to accelerate a project that will lead to the first joint biotechnology park to research, develop, produce and market drugs obtained in the Caribbean state, of proven efficacy and worldwide recognition.

The island’s ambassador here, Carlos Miguel Pereira, and Huang Liansheng, president of the Guangxi Fukang Medical Investment and Management Co Ltd; agreed that this is a key and priority work for bilateral cooperation.

They emphasized the importance of resuming and fulfilling the steps previously agreed upon in order to proceed with the preparation of the facilities and deployment of Cuban experts in the new stage.

Pereira considered that the construction of the biotechnology park will pave the way for other large-scale plans in a sector where both countries have solid ties.

He thanked the Guangxi Fukang for its efforts to give it a boost and highlighted its greater relevance because it coincides with other initiatives by Cuba and the top health, science and technology institutions in China, aimed at developing certain products and therapies that can be linked to joint cooperation with third countries.

For his part, Huang reported that the project is among the main ones in the Zhuang autonomous region of Guangxi (south), the local government promised preferential policies, full support and has already handed over 33 hectares of land for the first facilities.

The biotechnology park is an agreement between the Biocubafarma group and Guangxi Fukang, and will be installed in the Fangchenggang Development Zone, which has the prospect of becoming an experimental industrial pole in research and obtaining medicines for China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Sen. Rand Paul to Offer Amendment to House-Passed FISA Bill to Protect Americans’ Privacy, Reform System

‘What Happened to General Flynn and President Trump Should Never Be Allowed to Happen Again’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced he will introduce an amendment to H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020, to protect every American’s privacy, ensure due process, and reassert the Fourth Amendment.

“It flies in the face of our Constitution that a secret court can authorize invading an innocent American’s privacy. Recent months have once again made all too clear how such a system leads to abuse. It’s time for Congress to stop paying lip service to reform and pass real safeguards that respect Americans’ rights. What happened to General Flynn and President Trump should never be allowed to happen again,” said Sen. Paul.

Senator Paul’s amendment would still allow the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to order surveillance of non-Americans and our enemies, but it would require the government to obtain a warrant from a traditional federal court to surveil an American.

The amendment would also prohibit the federal government from introducing into evidence any information gained from warrantless surveillance on an American, while guaranteeing an American’s ability to use such evidence in their defense.

—-You can read Senator Paul’s amendment HERE.

Factory workers began returning to assembly lines in Michigan on Monday

DETROIT (Reuters) – Factory workers began returning to assembly lines in Michigan on Monday, paving the way to reopen the U.S. auto sector but stoking fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections as strict lockdowns are eased across the country.

With millions of Americans out of work and much of the economy at a virtual standstill, a growing number of states are relaxing tough restrictions on commerce and social life put in place to slow the outbreak.

Some auto suppliers in Michigan, a Midwest industrial powerhouse hard hit by the pandemic and its economic fallout, reopened plants on Monday with skeleton crews to get ready for a resumption of vehicle production next week.

Skilled-trades workers and salaried employees also began returning to auto assembly plants to prepare for the wider restart.

“We’re starting up our foundry this week in anticipation of the orders coming in next week,” Joe Perkins, chief executive of Busche Performance Group, an engineering, casting and machining firm, said in a telephone interview.

Factory workers will be issued face masks, checked for fever and required to submit health-screening questionnaires.

“All of that’s ready to go,” Perkins said. “The big question is are people going to be buying cars and trucks.”

CAL in historic cargo flight between Guyana and Cuba

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) used one of its Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft for a cargo only charter service between Guyana and Cuba, on Friday 8 May 2020, for the first time in the airline’s history.

A release today from CAL said that this flight was part of the airline’s recently launched charter service, and was used to move essential supplies from Guyana to Cuba.

These supplies were intended for Guyanese students in Cuba.The release said that the new service was introduced to serve destinations experiencing reduced cargo capacity due the closure of borders to commercial passenger flights because of COVID-19. The charter service operated under strict regulatory procedures, adhering to best practices for aircraft cleanliness and sanitation to ensure the safety of the airline’s crew in light of the pandemic, the release said.

Marklan Moseley, General Manager – Cargo and New Business, Caribbean Airlines said: “These are very challenging times and we are sensitive to the need for trade and commerce to continue within the region. We continue to support the supply chain within the Caribbean and are offering our charter services which supplements our current weekly scheduled freighter flights.”

The release said that Caribbean Airlines Cargo offers its charter services to Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St.Vincent, Suriname, and many other destinations within the Caribbean.CAL’s all-cargo B-767 freighter service functions weekly out of its Miami hub to the Caribbean.

Obama’s top brass contradict public statements about ‘collusion’ under oath

Newly released House Intelligence Committee transcripts show just how different a picture some top Obama-era officials painted of the Trump-Russia investigation under oath versus the loaded allegations they made over years in public statements.

James Clapper

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has emerged as a staunch Trump critic and paid-CNN contributor since leaving his government role, told the committee during a July 2017 interview that he “never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting [or] conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.”

“That’s not to say that there weren’t concerns about the evidence we were seeing, anecdotal evidence…[redacted],” Clapper continued, “But I do not recall any instance when I had direct evidence of the content of these meetings. It’s just the frequency and prevalence of them was of concern.”

Just two months prior to his sworn testimony, the former DNI said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his “dashboard warning light was clearly on,” regarding potential communications between Russians and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

“I have to say that, without specifically affirming or confirming these conversations — since, even though they’re in the public realm, they’re still classified — just from a theoretical standpoint, I will tell you that my dashboard warning light was clearly on and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community, very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians,” Clapper told host Chuck Todd at the time.

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Locals sue San Francisco after homeless camps make life ‘insufferable’

The lawsuit, filed in federal court May 4 by a group of plaintiffs led by the University of California Hastings College of the Law, seeks a court order to stop the city from using the neighborhood as a “containment zone” for homeless encampments.

“Open-air drug sales and other criminal activity, plus crowds of drug users and sidewalk-blocking tents, pervade and threaten the health and lives of all of the Tenderloin’s residents,” the lawsuit reads. “What has long been suffered in the Tenderloin has become insufferable.”

The number of tents and makeshift homeless shelters in the 50-block section that more than 20,000 permanent residents call home has more than doubled from 158 in early March to 391 as of May 1, according to a survey cited in the lawsuit.

A city-issued report, meanwhile, found a 285 percent spike in the number of tents and structures in the neighborhood from January through Wednesday.

“We are suing because our neighborhood has become a pandemic containment zone,” UC Hastings Chancellor David Faigman told CNN. “Tents are blocking streets, tents are blocking doorways, there are needles in the streets, there’s open-air drug dealing.”

Faigman called on Mayor London Breed and the city’s police department to “clear the streets,” where cops have been directed not to remove the tents despite the health risk they pose to residents, the lawsuit claims.

San Francisco gives free drugs, alcohol to homeless quarantining in hotels
“We need the tents to be removed and we need the drug dealers to be stopped,” Faigman said. “Leaving them on the streets is no solution.”

One plaintiff in the suit — a married mom of three — is also worried about contracting the coronavirus due to the conditions, according to the lawsuit.

While acknowledging that the Tenderloin has seen a significant increase of homelessness since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Breed released a plan Wednesday to improve conditions there — including providing “safe sleeping alternatives” for those with tents, increased police presence and improved access to hygiene.

“We are committed to ensuring our most vulnerable neighbors are safe and have access to the resources they need to stay healthy during this public health crisis,” Breed said in a statement.

But those moves won’t fix the problem, Faigman said, calling Breed’s plan an “entirely inadequate” response to the situation.

“It essentially institutionalizes the status quo,” Faigman told CNN. “It simply leaves everybody in place. It is a Band-Aid when a bandage is needed and is simply inadequate.”

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Joseph Nolberts & Robert Burns gift to all mothers

Mother… Wife… Daughter…. Eternal and indispensable companion in our walk.

Jose Marti

For this is your day!!!
Mother you are the first lite, of all the complexity,
That God gave us, as a joint of free love and free will,
For you are, of your children, just peace and divinity,
The teacher of dreams that reside in the innocence till,
Guided to lessen the world of all perversity,
A row of butterflies arising over a river still,
Which arrayed yielding the most glorious dignity,
Mother This is your day, the calendar’s ritual,
But each day is your day, feats of tenacity,
Mother, wife and integral in the work activity,
We owe you a greater reciprocity,
You are a guide in all abandon trails,
God bless your day, with Love and illustrious happiness.

Blessed be your lives

Joseph Nolberts & Robert Burns