Sergio Paneque

Sergio Paneque

NASA images show new crack in Greenland's Petermann Glacier

NASA's Operation IceBridge, as part of an airborne survey of changing polar ice, flew over the chasm and captured more detailed images. The team posted the images to Facebook on Friday.

The rift was first spotted by Stef Lhermitte, an associate professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands who studies satellite remote sensing.

Mr Lhermitte posted satellite images on Twitter alerting a Petermann Glacier expedition team of the crack and questioning whether it was a prelude of a new island, or simply ocean forcing creating the rift.

The chasm opens near the centre of the glacier's floating ice shelf — the tongue of ice extending into the water from the glacier on land.

It appears relatively close to another, older, curved rift that has spread from the flank of the shelf.

If the two cracks meet, part of the ice shelf could break off, calving an iceberg.

In the Facebook post, NASA flagged a medial flowline near the new rift "whose presence may exert a stagnating effect on the propagation of the new rift toward the older one".

Covering about 1,295 square kilometres along the north-western coast of Greenland, Petermann Glacier's floating ice tongue is the Northern Hemisphere's largest, and it has occasionally calved large icebergs.

Between 2000 and 2001, the glacier lost nearly 87 square kilometres and in July 2008 alone, the glacier lost another 29 square kilometres.

In 2008, NASA reported concerns at the presence of a rift which, if extended completely across the glacier, could see it losing another 160 square kilometres — one third of its current length.

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CAF President Calls on Cuba to Strengthen Regional Integration

Enrique Garcia Rodriguez, executive president of CAF-Development Bank of Latin American, has called for strengthening regional integration in response to the realities facing the area.

Garcia Rodriguez gave yesterday a keynote speech entitled 'Latin America facing the new geopolitical, economic, social and global scenario,'at the Main Lecture hall of the Havana University.

A serious integration, without fragmentation, is needed to solve the problems of the people, and be consistent, he stressed.

The executive presented a vision of the region for the coming 40 years in which he emphasized the importance of achieving economic growth annually from five percent to six percent, if we want a convergence of income with those of developed countries and have results in poverty reduction.

The area exports raw materials without added value, their wages are very low and is very subject to the volatility of the markets, he also said.

Compared to Latin America with other emerging areas such as Asia, he stated that the country members of the latter region are experiencing very rapid progress.

The CAF-Development Bank of Latin American (formerly the Andean Development Community) is a regional multilateral financial institution, which comprises 19 countries, 17 of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.

Its mission is to promote sustainable development and regional integration, and reconcile objectives of macroeconomic stability, efficiency, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Previously and on a proposal of the Vice Rectorate for Scientific Research and Postgraduate Studies, the Faculty of Economics and the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, the University Council granted Garcia Rodriguez the special teaching category of Guest Professor of the University of Havana, for his relevant career in the field of economic sciences.

Gustavo Cobreiro, principal of the University of Havana, gave Garcia Rodriguez the diploma, in the presence of students and professors of the higher education center, Vice-Rector Vilma Hidalgo, resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Cuba, Myrta Kaulard, and representatives of other international organizations.

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Florida port backs out of agreement with Cuban government

A major Florida port has canceled plans to sign an agreement with Cuba, one day after Gov. Rick Scott threatened to cut off its state funding if it signed the pact.

Port Everglades issued a statement Thursday that the National Port Administration of Cuba says no agreement is currently needed. The Fort Lauderdale-area port and the Port of Palm Beach are meeting with Cuban officials this week.

The Republican governor was highly critical of former President Barack Obama for allowing some products produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs to be imported. The United States had imposed a trade embargo on the communist island for more than half a century.

The first shipments arrived Tuesday at Port Everglades: two containers of artisanal charcoal.

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Minister Crnadak in an Official Visit to Cuba

Minister of Foreign Affairs of BiH, Igor Crnadak, met with the Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, First Deputy of the Minister of Health Joze Angel Portal Miranda and President of National Assembly of the Republic of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez, during a two-day official visit to the Republic of Cuba.

As announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH, the focus of the talks between Minister Crnadak and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Parrilla was the development and improvement of relations between the two countries at bilateral and multilateral levels, and contractual regulation of relations.

Minister Crnadak emphasized that the two countries have no open issues, Cuba has always had a positive attitude in the international community regarding the situation in BiH, and that cooperation between the two countries should be improved especially in the area of trade.

Taking into account the touristic potential of the two countries, Minister Crnadak emphasized the possibility of developing cooperation in the field of tourism as well.

At the meeting was also agreed to launch initiatives that would lead to easing the visa regime between the two countries in the near future and the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs, which might happen as early as this year’s session of the General Assembly of the UN.

The Cuban side expressed interest in further development of political and economic relations, cooperation in international organizations, in the fields of agriculture, construction, high technologies, medical services and tourism.

Meeting with the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Hernandez, was an ideal opportunity to discuss the possibilities of establishing a meaningful parliamentary cooperation between BiH and the Republic of Cuba, and provide support of the highest legislative body of the Republic of Cuba with efforts to establish a constructive cooperation between the executive authorities of BiH and the Republic of Cuba.

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