Cuban President Raúl CastroThe “VII Summit of the Americas,” to be held April 10-11 in Panama City, Panama, is of particular interest since Latin American and Caribbean states firmly told the Organization of American States there would be no further summits where Cuba was excluded, forcing the U.S. to agree.Although Cuba will attend, including Cuban President Raúl Castro, Prensa Latina reported, “Sources of the Cuban Foreign Ministry insisted over the last few days that attendance of their country to the Panama venue (April 10-11) is ‘dissociated’ from the projected final document titled Mandates for Action.” (April 4)The OAS, which prepared the final document, also credentialled the four official parallel forums: social, youth, business and rectors of universities.As projected by President Barack Obama in his Dec. 17 address, which opened discussions toward normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the official forums will showcase paid “human rights” agents.“However, groupings such as the National Hostosian Independentist Movement of Puerto Rico, which works for the independence of that Caribbean island associated to the United States, and environmentalists, trade unionists and a wide variety of profiles did not receive OAS approval.“The OAS gave credentials to figures from different Cuban and Venezuelan anti-government groupings financed by the United States and inserted by Washington and the OAS as part of the denominated civil society.“There are about two dozen Cuban counterrevolutionaries (residents in Cuba and abroad and financed from abroad) authorized to participate in the social forum, and others are included in several U.S. nongovernmental organizations opposed to the Caribbean island.” (Prensa Latina, April 4)While the diplomatic promoter of U.S. interests, the OAS and VII Summit get the headlines, Telesur reports a new, special U.S. force to be deployed to the Palmerola base in Honduras. The 250-person combat unit is “designed to intervene in critical situations.” Three thousand U.S. Marines are scheduled for September joint operations in Peru. (April 1)The secretary general for the Union of South American Nations proposed that the summit should call for the removal of all U.S. bases from Latin America. Telesur reported March 31 that “[Secretary-General Ernesto] Samper believes the attention on Cuba-U.S. relations should not overshadow issues such as the U.S. base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and U.S. militarization of the region.” (tinyurl.com/llj65u8)The OAS — headquartered in Washington, D.C. — was formed in 1948 to extend U.S. pro-capitalist Cold War hegemony over Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1962, the U.S. excluded Cuba’s revolutionary government, although maintaining Cuba as a member state.Prensa Latina reported April 4: “Regarding the celebration of the summit, the Cuban President made it clear his country will not ever return to the OAS, considered by Havana as a ministry of colonies under the orders of the United States.” (tinyurl.com/kx9z2o5)A “Summit of the Peoples” will adopt declarations against U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and the continuing U.S. blockade of Cuba, “among other topics affecting the underdeveloped America, like poverty and the rising power of the progressive forces.” Attending will be 2,000 social movement delegates, including Bolivian President Evo Morales and representatives from the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. The attendees will be treated to a concert by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez. (Prensa Latina, April 5)U.S. radio collaboration looks at SummitThe National Network on Cuba and the Pan African radio network are collaborating in a weeklong series of online and over the air broadcasts discussing the Summit of the Americas. A resource page is under construction at NNOC.info. Additional programs are welcome. Source material is appreciated. Contact: [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Green Mountain Coffee Announces $17 Million Settlement of Patent Litigation with Kraft WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced October 23, 2008, that its wholly owned subsidiary, Keurig, Incorporated, has entered into a Settlement and License Agreement to completely settle its patent litigation with Kraft Foods Inc., Kraft Foods Global, Inc., and Tassimo Corporation (collectively “Kraft”). Pursuant to the terms of the Settlement and License Agreement, Kraft will pay to Keurig a lump sum of $17,000,000 and Keurig has granted to Kraft and its affiliates a limited, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, fully paid up license of Keurig’s United States Patents Numbered 6,607,762 (the “762 Patent”) and 7,377,162 (the “162 Patent”), and United States and foreign counterpart patents connected to the 762 Patent or 162 Patent, for use in connection with the manufacture, distribution and sale of beverage brewing machines and certain beverage filter cartridges.As previously disclosed, Keurig’s patent family which covers its K-Cup(r) line of single serve beverage filter cartridges was not involved in the patent litigation.Mr. Michael J. Degnan, Vice President-General Counsel of Keurig, Incorporated, said, “The parties believe that the settlement is an efficient and pragmatic way to resolve their patent dispute. Both parties agree that it is in the best interests of their respective businesses and shareholders to avoid the cost and uncertainties of continued litigation.” Mr. Degnan continued, “Keurig plans to continue to invest in research and development and in the value of its intellectual property portfolio.”About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and Keurig, IncorporatedGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially and environmentally responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee division sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cup(r) portion packs through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cup(r) portion packs are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, the Company’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, the unknown impact of management changes, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the office and at home markets, the impact of the loss of one or more major customers for Green Mountain Coffee or reduction in the volume of purchases by one or more major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, Green Mountain Coffee’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, variances from sales mix and growth rate, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Those who are successful must also be mentally strong. The ability to remain focused on your goals regardless of adversity or curveballs that are thrown your way isn’t easy. However, like many other leadership traits, mental toughness can be practiced and developed.Oleg Vishnepolsky, who often writes on leadership topics, recently listed 11 habits of mentally strong people. The habits include:They remain positive even in negative situations.They admit their mistakes. continue reading »