A Bacardi Rum Factory Is Now Producing Hand Sanitizer

Up until this week, millions of Americans were sipping Bacardi in bars, too, though the coronavirus crisis—perhaps encouraging a bit of drinking at home—has put all of that on ice for now. Bacardi (which has converted some of its factory production in Cataño, Puerto Rico, to making hand sanitizer) has long prided itself on its relationships with bartenders, and they’re on Duggan’s mind right now.


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Victor Manuelle’s concert to close Salsa Festival in Cuba


Havana, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) With a concert by Puerto Rican singer Victor Manuelle, the 5th International Salsa Festival will end on Sunday in Havana.

The Jose Antonio Echeverria recreational complex’s Club 500, the main venue of the festival, will host the performance by the renowned musician, who will sing for the first time in Cuba accompanied by his orchestra.

Victor Manuelle, who has a vast musical career and is known in Cuba for hits such as ‘Tengo ganas’, ‘Como se lo explico al corazon’ and ‘Dile a ella’, has released more than 20 albums and has collaborated with renowned international singers.

On the last day of the festival, there will be parades of comparsas (dance groups) and electronic music sessions, as well as concerts by Haila Maria Mompie, Lazarito Valdes y Bamboleo, and El Niño y la Verdad orchestras.

Presided by musician Maykel Blanco, the Salsa Festival brought together 19 local high-caliber orchestras for six days, including Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Alain Perez, Los Van Van orchestra, and Alexander Abreu y Havana D’Primera.

As every year, the festival featured dance workshops on different genres of Cuban music and visits to places related to musical performances such as recording studios and conservatories, among other attractions.


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Cuba to export organic sugar to Europe


Santa Clara, Cuba, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) The Base Business Unit (UEB) TECNOAZUCAR of Villa Clara province proposes in 2020 to export 5,000 tons of organic sugar to Europe.

After carrying out a natural process, where sugarcane is grown with organic fertilizers, this exportable output is managed by the Carlos Baliño sugar mill of the Ranchuelo municipality, Mario Enrique García, Villa Clara TECNOAZUCAR director, said to Prensa Latina today.

Garcia also stated that 43,000 tons of refined sugar will be manufactured at the George Washington sugar mill in Santo Domingo, Villa Clara, goal-oriented to the basic food basket, the Food-Processing Industry, Gastronomy and Tourism, as part of Cuba´s import substitution and contribute to a greater export flow.

The TECNOAZUCAR UEB director also stressed that the key mission of this entity is to purchase the product from the sugar industry, transform it, and send it to exporting companies located in different ports such as in Cienfuegos, Matanzas and Mariel Development Special Zone.

Likewise, he pointed out that high volumes of cane honey are already stored, by-products made in the sugar mills, which are sent to the Heriberto Duquesne distillery in Remedios, Alcoholes Finos de Caña SA (ALFISCA) in Cienfuegos, and to the Santa Cruz del Norte Havana Club Rum factory.


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Trump says US is ‘very close’ to a coronavirus vaccine


Amid mounting fears that the coronavirus outbreak could turn into a pandemic, President Trump on Tuesday defended the repatriation of almost two dozen Americans suffering from the illness – adding that “we are very close to a vaccine.” The president was asked during a press conference in India to comment about his critical comments about…


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Jair Bolsonaro, the environmental exterminator


Brazil, (Prensa Latina) New criticisms against the Brazilian government’s policies on the environment emerged after President Jair Bolsonaro signed a bill in early February to allow mining and electricity generation in indigenous reserves.

‘The Indian is a human being exactly like us. He has a heart, he has a feeling, he has a soul, he has a desire, he has needs and he is as Brazilian as we are, ‘said Bolsonaro, echoing a discriminatory position on aboriginal peoples.

By such an inappropriate comment, the coordinator Sonia Guajajara, of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), announced that she would go to court against the ruler for the crime of racism.

‘We, the indigenous peoples, who come from this land, demand respect. Bolsonaro once again tears apart the Constitution by denying our existence as human beings. We must stop this pervert, ‘Guajajara published on the social network Twitter.


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UN Convention will protect Great Indian Bustard and Asian Elephant


New Delhi, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The thirteenth Conference of Parties (COP13) of the UN Convention on Migratory Species, taking place in the Indian city of Gandhinagar included the protection of the Great Indian Bustard, the Asian Elephant and the Bengal Florican.

The international conference in the capital of the Indian state of Gujarat is one of the most important calls by the UN to protect almost a third of the world’s biodiversity by 2030.

India declared its elephants as national heritage animal. The pachyderm enjoys the highest degree of legal protection in the country’s Wildlife Protection Law.

There are smaller subpopulations of these animals in Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar as well.


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