trade http://blog.wlrn.org en Cuba's Currency Correction: Will Castro Fall Short Again? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cubas-currency-correction-will-castro-fall-short-again <p>Last year I spoke by phone with a frustrated woman in Santiago, Cuba, who was trying to start a seamstress business. It’s the sort of small private enterprise that Cuban leader Raúl Castro claims to be encouraging as part of free-market reforms meant to salvage the island’s threadbare, communist economy. (But don’t dare say Raúl is copying China’s communist-capitalist system. That makes him mad.)</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 22749 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cuba's Currency Correction: Will Castro Fall Short Again? How Spanish Investment, Trade Ties With Florida Offer Business Gold http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-spanish-investment-trade-ties-florida-offer-business-gold <p></p><p>Arriving in South Florida, visitors from Spain might feel as if they’ve never left the Iberian Peninsula.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:49:30 +0000 Mimi Whitfield 22431 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Spanish Investment, Trade Ties With Florida Offer Business Gold Port Everglades On Florida's Short List For $35M In Investment Upgrades http://blog.wlrn.org/post/port-everglades-floridas-short-list-35m-investment-upgrades <p><span class="il" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">Port</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;Canaveral,&nbsp;</span><span class="il" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">Port</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;Everglades and the&nbsp;</span><span class="il" st Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:36:36 +0000 Jim Turner & News Service Of Florida 22270 at http://blog.wlrn.org Port Everglades On Florida's Short List For $35M In Investment Upgrades Stadium Issues Dog Brazil Ahead Of 2014 World Cup http://blog.wlrn.org/post/stadium-issues-dog-brazil-ahead-2014-world-cup Soccer isn't just a sport in Brazil, it's a religion, and the main temple is the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.<p>The venue is not only the biggest stadium in Brazil but the biggest in South America. Over the weekend, the newly renovated complex reopened to great fanfare, with stirring musical numbers, a light show and dignitaries including Brazil's president.<p>The headlines in the local media, however, focused not on the fanfare but on the many problems, from flooding in the VIP area to malfunctioning seats and turnstiles. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:32:50 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 13236 at http://blog.wlrn.org Stadium Issues Dog Brazil Ahead Of 2014 World Cup Exploring Coffee's Past To Rescue Its Future http://blog.wlrn.org/post/exploring-coffees-past-rescue-its-future At the <a href="http://catieeducacion-web.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx">Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education</a> (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, you can touch the history of coffee — and also, if the optimists have their way, part of its future.<p>Here, spread across 25 acres, are coffee trees that take you back to coffee's origins.<p>"The story starts in Africa, no? East Africa," says Eduardo Somarriba, a researcher at CATIE, as we walk through long rows of small coffee trees.<p>These trees came directly from forests in Africa. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:02:25 +0000 Dan Charles 13043 at http://blog.wlrn.org Exploring Coffee's Past To Rescue Its Future Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise Of Women In Coffee http://blog.wlrn.org/post/rise-women-coffee-world The inspiration for NPR's Coffee Week arrived in an email last summer. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:44:09 +0000 Allison Aubrey 12988 at http://blog.wlrn.org Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise Of Women In Coffee Journey Of A Specialty Coffee Bean, From Cherry To Cup http://blog.wlrn.org/post/journey-specialty-coffee-cherry-cup When we wanted to know how the growth of the <a href="http://www.scaa.org/">specialty coffee</a> movement is influencing the lives of farmers, we took a trip to the mountainous region of Huehuetenango in Guatemala.<p>Here, we met farmer <a href="http://mujerescafeguatemala.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110&Itemid=&lang=en">Miguelina Villatoro</a>, owner of Finca El Paternal. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:13:42 +0000 12856 at http://blog.wlrn.org Journey Of A Specialty Coffee Bean, From Cherry To Cup How Coffee Brings The World Together http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-coffee-makes-world-go-round Coffee is more than a drink. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:09:12 +0000 Dan Charles 12795 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Coffee Brings The World Together