Farmers market bustles on Havana’s edge

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Trucks crammed with produce travel hundreds of miles from every corner of Cuba each weekday to form long lines at the 114th Street Market _ a teeming open-air bazaar on Havana’s outskirts that has become a key hub for getting farm products to people in the capital, the Associated Press reports. For a photo gallery go to http://news.yahoo.com/ap-photos-farmers-market-bustles-havanas-edge-041721627.html

The market’s bustle is a result of economic reforms begun in 2010 by President Raul Castro, which includes relaxing rules on private farming. In another reform, Cuban authorities recently authorized small farmers to also sell directly to hotels and tourist centers beginning this month.

Produce is brought in by growers themselves and by transportation specialists who make a living by buying crops far away and hauling them to Havana, the island’s biggest and most important market.

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We refuse to pay our debts that we ran up unless you bail us out!?! Boehner Stands Firm on Demand for Concessions From Obama – NYTimes.com

Speaker John A. Boehner stood his ground on Sunday, insisting that his Republican House majority would not pass measures either to fund and reopen the entire federal government or to increase the nation’s soon-to-be-breached borrowing limit without concessions from President Obama.

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Pretty clear he is not in control and is increasingly looking powerless… Boehner: Shutdown Won’t End Until Democrats Back Down

Boehner didn\’t deny that he initially agreed to a \”clean\” continuing resolution with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) but said \”I and my members decided the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand.  And we took a stand.\”

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Social dialogue – Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion – European Commission

European social dialogue refers to discussions, consultations, negotiations and joint actions involving organisations representing the two sides of industry employers and workers. It takes two main forms:a tripartite dialogue involving the public authorities,a bipartite dialogue between the European employers and trade union organisations. This takes please at cross-industry level and within sectoral social dialogue committees.

via Social dialogue – Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion – European Commission.

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