Alexandra MVP’s sister enters the stage and “mops the kitchen” with Mozart

Alexandra Hatcu’s sister couldn’t bear her silence. Romina Hatcu came out in defense of the ex-wife of Mozart la Para, reproaches the behavior of the urban exponent and warns him that he has a way to destroy him.

“All the damage you did to her and she still covered you and you have the courage after so much damage you did to her and so many humiliations of going to give interviews about her when she even you did not get home or sleep,” he wrote in Spanish the Romanian girl.

The young woman said that she was tired of seeing Mozart the To play the victim in the story of Alexandra’s separation and that she had remained silent “because my sister would not let me speak, but I no longer care.”

Then he added: “My sister is not alone and I must defend her because I am already tired of seeing how she is quiet and does not say exactly how things are.”

Among the things that Romina published, she denies the urban one, who assured that Alexandra knew about her relationship with Dalisa Alegría.

The Romanian warned that she has enough “stuff” from Mozart that can destroy it.

“Do not threaten shamelessly because I have enough of yours to destroy you and to teach the whole town the kind of little man that you are and the kind of father that you are.”

In his angry publication, he talks about the fact that in the last year and seven months the artist has not sent the full pension for his daughter with Alexandra and that not even the age of the girl is known because when he turned eight he congratulated her on the nine.

His barrage continued: “All the betrayals you did to my sister and I don’t know how you are not afraid to keep talking and sink. Of all the things you did, there is evidence ”.

He also maintained that his sister “did not touch any of the issues that he should have touched, I decided to publish all those things and I do not regret it.”

Mozart la Para and Alexandra MVP maintain a “media match” after three years of separation.

Both have used radio programs and their social networks to expose the reasons for the breakup and publicly reproach each other for intimate behavior.


Focus – Haiti: Balaguer, Abinader and the essential fence

All the remedies have been tried to apply in Haiti, none have worked and the moment of exhaustion seems to have arrived -with the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse- in which this failed state is declared in terminal condition which, being the purest nation in America and having certainly built a country, it has failed to be a viable republic.

The slave revolt -successful- that from one day to the next, on the “night of knives”, by murdering 25 thousand whites and half of the mulattoes, made the richest colony in France very poor, gradually destroyed the rest of the wealth, the agrarian reform that minifunding the territory, the indiscriminate logging that – over 200 years – turned it into a desert, the construction through the law of an exclusively black town closing itself to foreign investment and the impossibility of building a political class, minimal, to date, prevented the construction of a viable state.

As of 1978, America left behind dictatorships and authoritarian democracies and, except in Cuba, democracy prevailed, even from Haiti Jean Claude Duvalier left in 1986, 35 years ago. Toussaint’s homeland, however, worsened.

It has been comfortable to blame France and the economic conditions imposed by Napoleon to accept its independence, but it is not the reason for this historical situation. More recently, in the last three decades, neither is the lack of international aid, because Haiti It is the destination for the largest amount of international cooperation in the last seven decades on the continent.

Manuel Marín, Commissioner of the European Union told me, enthusiastically, in December 1994, that the United States had 500 million dollars and the EU had a similar amount in euros to rebuild Haiti when the deposed President Jean Bertrain Aristide returned to power, a fact that the world achieved in October 1994. Everything continued to get worse.

On that occasion – particularly pleasant because on that trip I obtained the first banana quota for the country and 17 million ECU for programs with Haiti – the senior European official did not observe in me the sparkle he saw in Carlos Morales’s eyes, and he asked why he didn’t believe in that plan.

• Because in his interesting exhibition he has not said how many helicopters they are going to rent.

• For what, minister? He responded surprised.

• Well, because the only way to distribute US $ 1,000 million in a country without institutions – religious, without business associations, professionals, workers, universities, banks – is by throwing it from the air.

I visited Haiti – beset by misery since 1804 and at that time by the OAS and the UN – many times after the removal of the President in 1991; I spoke with Raoul Cedras, head of the Army, and with all the politicians who were involved in that crisis: There was only one political problem, Aristide.

The few jobs in the free zones were lost, basic food and medicine were out of stock and, when they were turned off, they did not have medicine for the hospitals: People died in the streets, where they slept in Port-au-Prince, the result of an inhumane action by the international community -That judged without knowledge-. But there was no chaos.

At that moment of despair, for humanitarian reasons and for the political survival of our country, Dr. Joaquín Balaguer authorized the transport of fuel for hospitals, but never allowed the camps that were “suggested” by various nations and organizations.

The United States and Europe, through the United Nations – ignoring the historical reality – dissolved the Army, the only institution existing in that country – reestablished Aristide in power and, later, when he won a second term, due to his turn to the left. , The United States deposed him and sent him into exile in Africa: The rest is history, the UN maintained the Minusth -in Port-au-Prince- for years spending billions of dollars in its failure and, of course, it does not want to return. During this period, the gangs that today control Haiti emerged or were strengthened, which essentially lives off catastrophe tourism, NGOs and their work with misery, tax crime, kidnapping and disorder.

Once Aristide’s term ended, Rene Preval, whom I met in December 1995, wins the election and invited the country shortly before taking office. It was the only acceptably normal period since then. Aristide did not finish his next term (2001-2004) and those who succeeded him, including Preval’s second term – affected by the 2010 earthquake – ruled on the basis of acute political instability, without stable heads of government or with an outdated parliament. Until the date in which a gang, apparently without political ties, but for a political purpose, commits the assassination – condemned by the whole world – assassinating a president whom few have mourned in his country and who, during his entire term, they were asking for resignation.

Upon his death, his adversaries entrusted him that his mandate had ended; the Prime Minister who survives him had been dismissed and the one appointed by the assassinated President was not ratified by Parliament, a body affected by expiration that had already been dissolved. In the order of succession, as there is no vice president, he is replaced by the President of the Court of Cassation, who recently passed away: Only in Haiti you see that.

If it is already serious that Haiti does not have a political class, but rather people who act temporarily, it is the excessive fragmentation of the political system than to designate the Government body, the Cabinet chaired by a Prime Minister – which on average lasts less than a year – It requires twelve and sometimes more parties, giving rise to weak and short-term actions without the possibility of continuity: History has shown that the French semi-presidential regime has no opportunity to function in Haiti and, for that, the assassinated president called a referendum for the September 26 this year.

The presidential system used throughout America has more possibilities, although the case is so serious that it would not work either, except that a United Nations decision agrees on a protectorate of at least 20 years to prepare two generations of citizens in Haiti to serve as a base. initial to democracy with a more practical Constitution. Meanwhile, President Abinader’s disposition to close the border to avoid a wave of migration is correct and, for practical reasons, authorize the passage of fuel and food… however, a fence that allows us to mark and protect our territory remains essential.



The American newspaper The Washington Post published in an investigative report that the meeting in which it was sought to show the plan that Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who aspired to the presidency of Haiti, had for that Caribbean nation did not take place in a hotel in the Dominican Republic , as the Haitian Police pointed out on Wednesday.

According to documents obtained by the American newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ (TWP) and whose data were reproduced by the Colombian media El Tiempo in an article, the meeting was held in a conference room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In a photo that has gone viral on social media, you can see two of the suspects arrested and former Senator Joel John Joseph, the subject of an arrest warrant, participating side by side in a meeting.

According to the director of the Haitian National Police, Léon Charles, the people in the image were gathered in a hotel in Santo Domingo. “Around the table are the masterminds, a technical recruitment group and a fundraising group,” he told reporters.

Also in the photograph were the head of the Venezuelan security firm CTU (based in Miami), Antonio Emmanuel Intriago Valera, and the head of the Worldwide Capital Lending Group company, Walter Veintemilla.

Charles told the press that they were in the process of investigating both companies that would have raised funds to finance the execution of the criminal act.

Colombian ex-military
The documents that TWP had access to would also show, according to El Tiempo, that the former Colombian military personnel involved in the assassination of Jovenel Moïse were hired for Sanon’s personal security.

His idea of ​​government to “save Haiti” was shared at a meeting in the United States on May 12. At this meeting were, according to the international newspapers mentioned, the owner of the security firm CTU and the head of the consultancy Worldwide Capital Lending Group, designated as the company that financed the operation.

They are Antonio Intriago and Walter Veintemilla, respectively, who had agreed to recruit and assemble a security force for Sanon, whom they had to protect with the aim of taking him to the presidency of Haiti, according to El Tiempo.

TWP further indicates that Veintemilla would financially support Sanon’s wish, according to his attorney Robert N. Nicholson. Likewise, the legal representative pointed out that at no time was the use of force agreed to come to power, nor was the plot to assassinate Moise mentioned.

After the meeting in Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Sanon, Intriago and Veintemilla would have formalized, on May 17, a document for the “personal security” of Sanon, which included a team to “plan operations.”

The Colombian media continues to say that the search for that group included personnel with experience in special operations, the military in countries such as Iraq, Bolivia and Colombia.

TWP reiterates that the Veintemilla and Intriago companies would be in charge of recruiting a “private security force to protect Sanon until he became president of Haiti,” according to details in an unsigned draft consulting agreement obtained by the US newspaper. .


Miguel José narrates his captivity in the Palace of Justice

Locked up in a cell 27 feet long and 7 feet wide, without ventilation or windows, with temperatures that rose to 40 degrees, where they took turns sleeping and thus received “a slight draft of air” that filtered through the bars of the door, that’s how Miguel José Moya described his nights in jail, along with seven people involved in the alleged corruption case revealed after the so-called “Operation Medusa.”

“It is a very dramatic confinement experience,” Moya said. “You are there with 7 people with different personalities, different character and ways of reacting to that environment differently,” he added, in an interview for the morning radio program El Sol de la Mañana, broadcast by Zol 106.5.

Showing optimism, José Moya thanked the experience and recounted having achieved that, one by one, those who accompanied him in the cell accepted the reality they were living, including the former attorney Rodríguez, the only one with whom he had had contact before.

“Understanding that you are a prisoner, and being a prisoner means that we must submit to the limitations of this situation with dignity, acceptance and take what this experience offers,” he declared.

For just over two weeks, former attorney Jean Alain Rodríguez, along with Rafael Antonio Mercedes Marte, a former accounting officer, and Alfredo Alexander Solano Augusto, who served as financial director, were detained in the Ciudad Nueva pretrial jail.

Also there were Javier Alejandro Forteza Ibarra, Director of Technology; Jonnathan Josel Rodríguez Imbert, Administrative Director; Jenny Marte Peña, project manager, and Altagracia Guillén Calzado, administrative and financial deputy director.


BASEBALL – Guerrero and Tatis Jr. will seek to complete feats in the Major Leagues

The trade deadline is poised to dominate the headlines as the second half of the Major League season kicks off, but we mustn’t forget all the history we witnessed before the All-Star break – and what’s in store for the season. final stretch.

Between Jacob deGrom, Shohei Ohtani, Dominicans Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. and many more, MLB stars are poised to do amazing things in 2021. Here are 10 records up for grabs down the stretch.

1) deGrom vs. Gibson
The objective: The best qualified EFE in the Era of the Living Ball

deGrom begins the second half with a microscopic 1.08 ERA, behind only Bob Gibson (1.06, 1968) for the best ERA of any American or National League pitcher before the All-Star break (minimum of 80 innings worked) . deGrom, of course, seeks to break Gibson’s record for best rated ERA of any pitcher in the Live Ball Era (1.12 ERA in 1968).

Dutch Leonard’s EFE LA / LN record in the Modern Era, 0.96, set in 1914, remains within deGrom’s grasp as well.

2) Ohtani imita a Ruth
The goal: 60 home runs

Let’s put aside the insanity that Ohtani ranks among the best hitters and pitchers in the major leagues at the same time. In the history of the American and National Leagues, that puts him in the company of Babe Ruth and no one else. (The Cuban Martín Dihigo shone in that sense in the Negro Leagues) As the season progresses, Ohtani surpasses more and more what Ruth did between 1918 and 1919.

Ohtani’s struggle to accomplish feats we haven’t seen since the Steroid Era goes beyond 60 home runs. His 9.1 at-bats per home run average is the best right now of any batter in the American League or National not named Ruth, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire or Sammy Sammy. (If you count Josh Gibson’s 7.8 at-bats in the Negro Leagues in 1937, it’s a real party.) Ohtani is also on track to hit 102 extra-base hits, making him his first with a triple-digit extra-base total since Bonds. , Sosa, Cuban Luis González and Todd Helton in 2001.

3) Tatis’s combination of power and speed
The goal: NL crowns in home runs and stolen bases

With his 28 homers and 20 stolen bases in the first half, Tatis is on the way for a 40-40 season, which is rare. But he could accomplish an even more historic feat: The Dominican is looking to become the first American or National League player to lead his league in homers and stolen bases since Hall of Fame Chuck Klein did so in 1932. Only two other players Modern Era as well as Klein – Ty Cobb (1909) and Jimmy Sheckard (1903) – have achieved that combination of power and speed, and both were active in an era very different from today. In fact, Matt Kemp is the only recent player to flirt with that record when he led the Old Circuit in home runs and finished tied for second in ripping off in 2011.

Tatis could still catch Ohtani (33 home runs) and Whit Merrifield (24 stolen bases), so we shouldn’t rule out the possibility that he will join Cobb as just the second American or National Leagues player to top the majors in both. categories.

4) Vlad Jr. goes for the Triple Crown
The Goal: First Triple Crown in LA since Miguel Cabrera (2012)

Guerrero Jr. enters the second half leading the majors in average (.332) and RBIs (73), while being tied with Tatis for second in home runs behind Ohtani (33).

In the American League, Vlad Jr. has a six-point lead over Houston’s Michael Brantley in batting average and leads Boston’s Rafael Devers by just one RBI.

And there is more history involved: Guerrero, 22, could supplant Cobb (1909) as the youngest player to achieve a Triple Crown in the American or National League.

5) The Renaissance of Craig Kimbrel
The Goal: Best ERA for a reliever in a season

Remember when Craig Kimbrel was in the free agent market for eight months and then had a 6.00 ERA in his first season and a half with the Cubs?

If that’s the most recent memory you have of Kimbrel, you have to see what she’s up to this season. To say that Kimbrel is enjoying a rebirth is an understatement: He leads the majors with a 0.57 ERA, which means he could break Zack Britton’s record for a reliever ERA in a Modern Era season (0.54, 2016). ) for a pitcher with at least 50.0 innings worked. Now, it remains to be seen which team Kimbrel will go with after that record. His contract includes an option for 2022, making it perhaps the most valuable trade token Chicago has heading into the July 30 trade deadline.

6) Bo Bichette: The “perfect” thief
The goal: 100% stolen bases rate

You probably associate Bichette with his bat, but the shortstop has also made his mark on the bases, going 12-12 in attempts to steal bases. Bichette is already the only player this season to have had a 100% success rate (minimum 10 attempts), so it remains to be seen if he will be able to join a small club.

Since the Wild Card Era began in 1995, only three players have finished with 20 stolen bases and a perfect success rate in that regard: Alcides Escobar (2013), Quintin Berry (2012) and Chase Utley (2009). Going back to when Jackie Robinson broke the major league racial barrier in 1947, only two American and National Leagues players have had a perfect 20-20 or better on stolen bases: Paul Molitor (1994) and Kevin McReynolds (1988).

7) Miggy’s March to 500
_The goal: 500 lifetime home runs _

Miguel Cabrera reached 2021 needing 13 home runs to become the 28th member of the 500-homer club, but he only hit seven homers in the first half (.348 slugging), so he could be against the clock to reach that number round this year.

Cabrera lost two weeks in April after suffering from a sore left bicep that has knocked him out of action in the past, and that may continue to hamper his swing. However, he will face teams with loose mountainous bodies like the Twins, Orioles, Royals and Rangers, which could help Miggy get the six homers he needs to become the first Venezuelan player with 500 home runs in the majors.

** 8) Zunino and Grandal try to redefine the “Mendoza Line” **
_The goal: OPS + of 100 or better and average below .200 _

No hitter wants to flirt with the “Mendoza Line” (.200 average), but catchers Mike Zunino and Cuban Yasmani Grandal try to take advantage of it. Zunino (who hit the second floor in the All-Star Game) and Grandal (who was an All-Star candidate before suffering a left knee tear) have combined those averages with so many walks and so much power that, When you compare their lines to those of other major leagues, they have been above-average hitters.

Zunino starts the second half with an OPS + of 128, while Grandal (who would return to action in September), has an OPS + of 130. Neither receiver has stepped up to qualify for the batting title, but when we look at the 203 seasons Of American and National League hitters with a minimum of 300 plate appearances and an average below .200, only three finished with an above-average OPS +: Roger Repoz (108, 1971), Mark McGwire (105, 2001) ) and the Dominican Carlos Peña (103, 2010).

Zunino and Grandal would rather land more hits, but they are on the way to surpassing those three players and becoming the most productive sub-.200 hitters of all time. That would be a nice consolation prize.

9) The timely moves of the Giants tokens
The Goal: A team’s pinch hitter HR record

San Francisco leads the majors with 184 at-bats from pinch hitters and Gabe Kapler has called two or three of them off the bench in the same inning.

With opposing teams managing to react to all those changes, the Giants’ pinch hitters have already hit nine homers. That number leads the majors and puts San Francisco in a position to break the record of 17 home runs in that situation, set by the 2016 Cardinals. If you are looking for a reason why San Francisco had the best record in the majors in the first half Let’s start with its depth.

10) You have to see Rodolfo Castro
The goal: HR for his first four hits in GL

This one won’t be long, so be sure to keep an eye out for the Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro’s turns as the Buccaneers return to action. Castro, a 22-year-old prospect, hit a pinch homer last Friday against the Mets for his first hit in the majors. Castro started Sunday and his two hits of the day were also home runs. The Dominican became the first Pirates player whose first three hits in the majors are home runs and the first to achieve such a feat in the Big Top since Kyle Higashioka in 2018.

Now, here’s where this story gets interesting: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Trevor Story (2016) is the only player from the Moderate Era in the LA / LN whose first four hits in the majors have been home runs. That means the next balls Castro brings into play will have meaning. If the next one is a single, double or triple, Castro’s streak will be forgotten. But if it’s a home run, Story will have company.


Missing plane passengers found alive in Siberia

All the passengers of the plane declared missing today in the Russian region of Tomsk (Siberia) were found alive next to the aircraft, which had to make an emergency landing.

“All crew members and passengers are alive”a representative of the Siberian Light Aviation (SILA) airline, to which the damaged aircraft belongs, told Interfax.

Earlier, Russian media reported the disappearance of an Antonov An-28 plane with 17 people on board. Later, the Russian Emergency Ministry pointed out that there were 19 people on the aircraft.

The light twin-engine turboprop had left the city of Kedrovi for Tomsk, the administrative center of the homonymous region, and the crew did not report any problems on board.

The press service of the Russian Emergency Ministry reported that the site of the emergency landing had been found and that there were people alive next to the aircraft.

A source told Interfax that “According to preliminary data, one of the engines failed within half an hour of flight. The pilots warned the passengers that they would make a forced landing and managed to put the plane on its belly.”

The emergency exits were not damaged during landing and the passengers managed to leave the aircraft without problems.

The rescue operation, involving two Mi-8 helicopters and one from the Russian Emergency Ministry, is led by the Governor of the Tomsk region, Sergei Zhvachkin.

According to the same agency, the plane, from 1989, was first operated by Aeroflot and later, before being in a hangar between 2003 and 2007, by Kyrgyz airlines, to be incorporated in 2014 to the SILA fleet. EFE


HAITI – The key card in the investigation of the murder of Moise is an enigma

For a small security firm owner who tended to file for bankruptcy and avoid paying his debts, it seemed like a good opportunity: to find people with military experience for a job in Haiti.

Apparently, Antonio Intriago, owner of the Miami-based company CTU Security, jumped headlong into the project and hired more than 20 former Colombian military personnel for the mission.

Now, Colombians are dead or have been captured after the assassination of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, and the Intriago company faces questions about its role in the crime.

On Wednesday afternoon, Léon Charles, head of the Haitian National Police, accused Intriago of traveling to Haiti many times as part of the murder plot and to sign a contract in the country, although he did not give further details or present evidence. .

“The investigation is well advanced,” Charles said.

A Miami security professional believes Intriago was too eager to take the job and didn’t push for details, leaving his contractors in the dark. Some of their relatives in Colombia have said that the men understood that the mission was to protect important people.

3 dead and 18 prisoners
Three of the Colombian contractors were killed and 18 are behind bars in Haiti, General Jorge Luis Vargas, head of the Colombian national police, told reporters in Bogotá.
Colombian diplomats in Haiti have not had access to the detainees.

Vargas said that CTU Security used the company’s credit card to buy 19 plane tickets from Bogotá to Santo Domingo for the Colombian suspects allegedly involved in the murder. One of the dead Colombians, Duberney Capador, took a picture of himself wearing a black CTU Security T-shirt.

Family Lawyer
Nelson Romero Velásquez, a former military officer and lawyer who advises 16 families of Colombians detained in Haiti, said Wednesday that the men served in the Colombian Army’s special forces and could operate undetected if they wanted to. Their behavior, he noted, makes it clear that they did not travel to Haiti to assassinate the president.

“They have the ability to act as shadows,” said Romero Velásquez.

US soldiers had trained a “small number” of the Colombian military when they were on active duty, the Pentagon reported Thursday after searching databases for their names. They are among the thousands of soldiers from Latin America and the Caribbean receiving training from the United States.

The attack occurred before dawn on the president’s private home. The president was shot dead and his wife was injured. It was unclear who pulled the trigger. Among the latest suspects identified in the extensive investigation were a former Haitian senator, a fired official and a US government informant.

Miami is fertile ground
Miami has become a key part of the investigations.

The city has long been fertile ground for intrigue, from the time it was the CIA recruiting center for the failed Bay of Pigs operation to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, to becoming a key entry point for the Colombian cocaine in the 1980s.

Its palm-lined beaches have also been the site of exile for Latin Americans and Caribbeans when political winds blow against them in their home countries, and the place from which some planned their return.

Homeland Security Investigations, a U.S. agency responsible for investigating crimes that cross international borders, also opened an investigation into the murder, according to a Department of Homeland Security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the case. He declined to elaborate.

The FBI investigates
The FBI said it was “assisting in the investigation” to the Haitian authorities.

Intriago, who immigrated from Venezuela more than a decade ago and participated in activities in Miami to oppose the leftist regime in his country, did not respond to several requests to interview him.

He likes to be around powerful people and has shared photos on social networks in which he appears with people like the president of Colombia, Iván Duque.

Duque’s office said Monday that it knew nothing about Intriago and noted that the Colombian president was in Miami to campaign for the presidency in February 2018. He posed for photos with some of the attendees, but that he did not meet or have no relationship with Intriago, the president’s office said.

Official Florida records indicate that Intriago’s company changed its name several times in the last 12 years, from CTU Security to CS Security Solutions and later Counter Terrorist Unit Federal Academy LLC.

Special services
CTU lists two addresses in Miami on its website. One is from a closed warehouse without signs. The other is from a small office suite by another name. A receptionist indicated that the CTU owner stopped by once a week to pick up the mail.

The company, according to its website, offers “first-class customized products and services to security forces and military units, as well as industrial customers.”

However, it avoided paying various companies in the sector for its products. Florida records indicate that a court ordered Intriago’s company to pay a debt of $ 64,791 in 2018 to a weapons and tactical equipment firm, RSR Group. Propper, a manufacturer of military equipment, also filed a default lawsuit.


A serious failure
A security company would ask for all the details of the operation to determine how many people are needed and what level of security they would need.

A priority would be to prepare an escape route in case things go wrong, Richard Noriega said. “The first thing we have to take into account is evacuation,” he explained.


European companies promote edible insects

Tiziana Di Costanzo makes pizza dough from scratch, mixing together the flour, yeast, a touch of salt, a little olive oil and something more unusual: ground cricket.

Di Costanzo is an entrepreneur in the edible insects industry who offers cricket and mealworm cooking classes at her London home, where she also raises the insects in the backyard she shares with her husband, Tom Mohan.

His new company, Horizon Insects, is part of Europe’s nascent edible insect scene, which includes dozens of businesses offering everything from cricket chips in the Czech Republic and bug burgers in Germany to beetle beer in Belgium. The European Union headquarters in Brussels is also supporting studies on insect-based proteins as part of a large-scale study on sustainable feeding strategies.

As the Earth’s growing population puts greater pressure on global food production, insects are increasingly seen as a viable source of food. Experts say they are rich in protein and can be raised more sustainably than beef and pork.

In the world, 2 billion people in 130 countries eat insects on a regular basis. The global market for edible insects is headed for a boom, according to investment bank Barclay’s, which cites data from Meticulous Research forecasting growth from less than $ 1 billion in 2019 to $ 8 billion by 2030.

But for all these European companies working to make insects palatable, don’t expect them to show up in mainstream restaurants anytime soon. One reason for this is a strong cultural rejection in Western countries that Arnold van Huis, a professor of entomology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, says will be difficult to change.

“It is difficult to change the way people think, but insects are an absolutely safe food, perhaps more nutritious than meat products,” with the only risk being allergies, because insects are closely related to crustaceans such as shrimp, van Huis said.

Instead, humans could end up consuming more insects indirectly, as the most promising market is for animal feed. In 2017, the EU approved insect protein for use in fish farm feed. Federal regulators in the United States approved its use for chicken feed in 2018, while EU approval for feeding poultry and pigs could come later this year.

Changes in regulations have also made things easier for European companies looking to promote edible insects directly to consumers. Previously, the EU did not regulate them because they were not considered food, which left the different countries of the bloc imposing their own rules. To unify the criteria on the continent, the EU released a guideline in 2018 that covers insects, but requires approvals for individual species, paving the way for their authorization.


Bitcoin Falls With Efforts To Track Ransom Payment In Data Hijacks

The value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies fell this Thursday after it was learned that the United States formed a working group to try to develop a rigorous tracking of the use of this type of currency to pay the ransom of the data hijacks that have occurred in recent months .

The plan of the Joe Biden administration is to develop tracking of the origin of money paid to “hackers” who have dedicated themselves to preventing the proper functioning of companies, government agencies and other groups, while trying to offer 10 millions of dollars in exchange for information that leads to the identification of cybercriminals.

Thus, Bitcoin was approaching $ 31,000 this Thursday, falling 3.5% and remaining at $ 31,550, a figure that contrasts sharply with the close to $ 65,000 that this cryptocurrency was worth last April.

Another cryptocurrency, MicroStrategy, also fell 3.5% on Thursday, while Marathon Digital Holdings slipped 0.65%, Blockchain 1.3% and Coinbase 2.3%.

This Wednesday, Bitcoin and Dogecoin reached the lowest values ​​of the last three weeks, while Ether reached the lowest values ​​of the past two weeks.

In addition to the measures that the US plans to adopt, these currencies were also affected by the latest statements by the president of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, who in statements this Thursday before the country’s Senate assured that both Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies they have failed to become a payment method, except for those who want to remain anonymous.

In recent months, cryptocurrencies have been used to pay ransoms of millions of dollars in various cyberattacks in which company data was hijacked, including the meat company JBS and the Colonial pipeline.


Thousands of fish killed by red tide that affects the west coast of Florida

Around 800 tons of dead fish have been collected in recent weeks on the beaches and coasts of Tampa Bay, in western Florida, due to the “red tide”, as contamination by a harmful microalgae is known, Karenia brevis, authorities reported Thursday.

The mayor of the city of St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman, said that crews and clean-up boats have removed some 800 tons of dead fish from the water in recent weeks, while the red tide continues to be present on its shores.

“We are going to ignore the policy of the governor’s office (of Florida, Rick Scott) and continue to work with other state and county officials to get these fish out of the water,” Kriseman said on his official Twitter account.

Samples collected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) indicate high levels of Karenia brevis concentrated in the bay area.

This toxic algal bloom that can cause severe eye irritation and persistent coughing to humans was detected in 107 samples collected throughout the area, including Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties on Florida’s west coast. , picked up Channel 10 Tampa Bay.

The red tide occurs almost annually on these shores of the Gulf of Mexico and has been a natural phenomenon for centuries, but according to locals and tourists, it has never been as intense as in recent years.

Experts point out that an excessive amount of nutrients from inland Florida discharged through rivers into the Gulf of Mexico can make the presence of algae “more persistent” in some years.

Excess algae absorbs large amounts of oxygen in the water and, as a consequence, destroys marine life by suffocation.