The Technical University in Munich is a popular place of study among German and foreign students, and is also becoming increasingly synonymous with research into the potential use of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is big business at the Technical University in Munich (TUM). Not only is it the focus of research in several different departments, there is even a facility on the Garching campus where company managers can come to learn about saving energy by locating leaks and weaknesses on a specially designed obstacle course. Not far away in the Center for Catalytic CO2 Activation, macro-molecular chemistry professor and Philip-Morris award winner Bernhard Rieger is exploring the potential use of carbon dioxide as a raw material. At the center of his work is a plastic called polypropylene carbonate, which is comprised of carbon dioxide and propylene oxide. He and his team are working closely with the German company BASF and hope the chemical …
HEALTH | 08.06.2011 EU boosts E. coli compensation offer for farmers
Farmers are to receive higher compensation The EU has upped its offer of compensation to farmers whose incomes have collapsed following the E. coli outbreak. Meanwhile, the German health minister has announced there is hope that the outbreak is in decline. The European Commission raised its offer of compensation on Wednesday for European vegetable farmers affected by the E. coli outbreak, centered in Germany. The offer was boosted to 210 million euros, ($306.2 million) after Spain and France criticized a previous offer of 150 million euros ($218.7 million). "I have decided to raise the level of compensation from 30 percent to 50 percent of the reference prices for the products affected for all producers," European Union agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos said. The figure falls short of the 100 percent revenue compensation which was demanded by Spanish cucumber farmers after German authorities initially cited S…
IMO NOTE: This article has been posted in order for readers to understand critical issues that affect international commerce, as well as an insight into how mango exporting/importing countries do business.
Brazil rejects Italy appeal for Battisti extradition
Ambassador Rice Addresses UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDSPOSTED BY DIPNOTE BLOGGERS / JUNE 08, 2011
Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, addressed the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS today in New York. Ambassador Rice said:
"...I am honored to represent the United States at the General Assembly's High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. Today, thirty years after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first reported on the condition that would eventually become known as HIV, the world has proven that we can tackle this pandemic. But going forward, all of us must do more.
"We call today on our fellow donors and partners -- great and small -- to increase their investments and redouble their commitment.
"We do so because the history of the pandemic shows how much we can accomplish when we stand together. In 2001, when the General Assembly held its special session, the global HIV/AIDS situ…
Agriculture officials are keen on increasing local mango production as they get set to export their first ever major mango shipment within the next two months.
Chairman of the 2011 Mango Festival Caudley George is spearheading the move that has already resulted in a trial shipment being sent to England and plans for another five to six tonnes being shipped within six to eight weeks.
“We may have a few tomatoes going to Barbados but Antigua generally only exports a little Cavalier rum from time to time and the English Harbour rum but at the moment we don’t have much going out of Antigua which is a sad case because we have the potential for that,” George said.
The most recent export process started with a trial run in which about 10 boxes, with about six to eight of the fruit, were sent England. George said the aim of the trial was for the potential importers to examine the quality of the mangoes.
Foto: Marcelo García / Prensa Presidencial LA HABANA, 8 junio 2011 (AFP) - El presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, inició este miércoles una visita a Cuba para revisar con el gobernante Raúl Castro millonarios proyectos en energía y telecomunicaciones que desarrollan ambos países, y reunirse con el líder comunista Fidel Castro. Cuba y Venezuela también tienen prevista la construcción de otra refinería en Matanzas para 150.000 barriles diarios Chávez arribó en horas de la madrugada al aeropuerto internacional José Martí, procedente de Ecuador, y fue recibido por el propio Raúl Castro, sin protocolo, según las imágenes de la televisión local. “El presidente Chávez nos visita con el objetivo de pasar revista a la marcha de los amplios vínculos bilaterales existentes entre Cuba y Venezuela”, según un escueto comunicado oficial difundido por los medios locales. Cuatro comisiones conjuntas comenzaron a sesionar el P…
IUPAC has invited the collaborating scientists, from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, to propose names for the new elements.
For now elements 114 and 116 retain their provisional number-based names, ununquadium and ununhexium, respectively.
Both the newly vetted elements have higher atomic numbers than any element yet recognized by IUPAC.
IMO NOTE: This project, if successful, will be a "game changer" for the planet. It will change the way we think about energy, for starters....
IN AND OUT: This artist's conception depicts the confined path of an antimatter atom inside the ALPHA trap in light blue. The white tracks depict outflying particles that originate from a matter-antimatter annihilation when the antiatom is released from its trap.Image: ALPHA/CERN
Maybe antimatter is finally ready for its close-up.
A team of physicists has succeeded in producing rudimentary atoms of antimatter and holding on to them for several minutes, an advance that holds hope for detailed comparisons of how ordinary atoms of matter compare with their exotic antimatter counterparts.
Americans might be hearing a lot about eating healthier these days, but most say they would not be willing to pay extra for it when dining out, according to a study from The NPD Group. The Port Washington, N.Y.-based marketing research firm found that about 70 percent of consumers — most notably those over 50 who tend to show more interest in healthful foods than younger Americans — said they don’t expect to pay a premium for healthier items when they dine out. The study, titled “Consumers Define Healthy Eating When they Go Out to Eat,” also said for the year ended in February, 9 percent of all restaurant visits were made based on customers’ craving for healthful or light fare. That marks a decline from 10 percent in 2007. “One of the key takeaways is that pricing of the healthy options needs to be consistent with pricing of other choices on the menu,” said Bonnie Riggs, NPD restaurant industry analyst and author of the report. “The market for health today is growing and there is a good …
The GSCP and the EP Expert Working Group are very happy to announce the impending launch of the Equivalence Process (EP), after two years in the making: the Equivalence Process platform will go liveon Tuesday June 21st 2011 The GSCP has developed the EP as a means to deliver upon its objectives of harmonising existing efforts and delivering a common, consistent and global approach for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The EP integrates all existing GSCP reference tools. These tools provide a common interpretation, based on best existing practice, of fair labour and environmental requirements and their implementation in supply chains [more information here]. The aim behind the creation and use of these tools is to foster convergence in approaches, accelerate remediation and create the level playing field necessary for collaboration on capacity building.
Through the unique benchmarking system that is the GSCP Equivalence Process, the…
98.4% entre enero y abril Perú: Crecen las exportaciones de mangos
Las exportaciones de mangos preparados o conservados crecieron 98.4% entre enero y abril del presente año, respecto al mismo periodo del 2010.
En dicho periodo las ventas al exterior de mangos ascendieron $5.8 millones, al incrementarse los envíos de pulpa de mangos que concentraron el 77% de estas exportaciones.
Cabe señalar que el restante 23% de las exportaciones de mangos preparados o conservados se compone de puré de mangos y mango en conserva.
En cuanto a la cantidad exportada, entre enero y abril se exportaron 5,700 toneladas, cantidad superior a las 2,800 toneladas que se embarcaron en igual periodo en el 2010.
En el primer cuatrimestre del año las exportaciones se dirigieron a 14 países, destacando los embarques a Holanda, que representaron el 44% del total exportado y registraron una tasa de crecimiento de 58.3%.
Sera posible???...Mas que Banano y Manzanas??? 7 de Junio de 2011 Según estudio, los volúmenes en ventas de frutas de especialidad se duplicaron en los Estados Unidos De acuerdo con la Asociación Norteamericana de Mango y un estudio realizado por la Category Management Toolbox, empresa dedicada al estudio de fidelidad de productos en el mundo, el mango es la fruta más consumida en los Estados Unidos. Según el estudio, la preferencia de los consumidores de frutas tiende a preferir un tipo específico de frutas de especialidad y, de todas las cestas de frutas de especialidad, sólo un5% tienen dos o más variedades definidas, tales como mangos, kiwis y cocos. Los análisis adicionales a los consumidores de frutas tropicales generaron una visión de cómo realizan sus compras, en promedio, los consumidores compraron fruta de especialidad 2,5 veces durante el tiempo que duró el estudio (52 semanas, finalizando el 29 de enero de 2011), y esta tendencia se mantuvo estable respecto al año anterior. Sin…