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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MALNUTRITION STILL A MAJOR PROBLEM IN HAITI.....


Basketball stars visit UNICEF-supported malnutrition centre in Haiti


© UNICEF Haiti/2011/Casares
Basketball stars Nykesha Sales and Samuel Dalembert visit the University Hospital of Haiti in Port-au-Prince to see UNICEF-supported rebuilding and nutrition programmes. Malnutrition is the leading cause of death among children under the age of five in Haiti.


By Douglas Armour

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 June 2011 – UNICEF Haiti hosted National Basketball Association (NBA) Star and Sacramento Kings’ centre Samuel Dalembert and Nykesha Sales, a six-time Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) All-Star, in a visit to a malnutrition centre in a hospital still recovering from the January 2010 earthquake.

Preventing malnutrition

"We've been wanting to make a trip like this for a while, to bring players here to see the situation so we can organize programmes here," said Mr. Dalembert, who left Haiti at the age of 13 and has played in the NBA for ten years.

The University Hospital of Haiti, the largest in this Caribbean country, was severely damaged by the earthquake. 


Much of its physical infrastructure was destroyed, including the Department of Pediatrics and Nutritional Stabilization Unit, which cares for malnourished children.

Immediately following the earthquake, UNICEF helped establish a temporary Nutritional Stabilization Unit with 10 beds. More than 450 children have been treated at the unit since.

© UNICEF Haiti/2011/Casares
Samuel Dalembert witnesses the efforts being made to tackle malnutrition in Haiti. Following last year's earthquake, UNICEF helped establish a temporary Nutritional Stabilization Unit.



“Malnutrition is the number one cause of death among children under five in Haiti and other developing countries,” said UNICEF Representative in Haiti Francoise Gruloos-Ackermans. “There has been great progress made in addressing malnutrition in Haiti through prevention and response activities. 

But chronic malnutrition remains a silent killer for one in three children under five years of age in Haiti, particularly in remote and under-serviced communities.”

More than 2 per cent of Haitian children have suffered from severe acute malnutrition at least once in their lives. 

Among malnutrition types, severe acute malnutrition has the highest risk of death. A child who has suffered from and survives the condition risks permanent physical and mental affects, especially if malnutrition occurs in the child’s first two years.

New facilities

UNICEF – in collaboration with the nutrition department of the Ministry of Public Health and Population – is working with partners Concern and the hospital directorate to construct semi-permanent Nutrition Stabilization Unit structures. 

The recently inaugurated facility can accommodate 20 beds and is fully equipped to treat children with severe malnutrition and related medical complications.

During their visit to the nutrition unit, Mr. Dalembert and Ms. Sales met with children and their families, and staff from Concern and the hospital. The sports envoys also met with UNICEF nutrition specialists who shared information on UNICEF’s response to the ongoing challenges facing Haiti’s children.


SIMPLY THE BEST ADVICE YOU WILL EVER GET IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE...


IMO NOTE: This poem was a gift from Ambassador Robert C. Hill (5 times political appointee and youngest U.S. Ambassador at 34 years of age. He served as vice consul in India (Probably where he came to appreciate this poem)...later on... He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense, and had the fortutude to stand up to Henry Kissinger over human rights abuses in Chile...a man of conviction, valor and a wonderful example...a leader among men!


IF

by

RUDYARD KIPLING




If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;


If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,


But make allowance for their doubting too:


If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,


Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,


Or being hated don't give way to hating,


And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;


If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;


If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,


If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster


And treat those two impostors just the same:.


If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken...Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools


Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,


And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;


If you can make one heap of all your winnings


And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,


And lose, and start again at your beginnings,


And never breathe a word about your loss:


If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,


And so hold on when there is nothing in you


Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,


Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,


If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,


If all men count with you, but none too much:


If you can fill the unforgiving minute


With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,


Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,




And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son! 






NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES MANIFEST YEARS OF WEAR & TEAR ON CALFORNIA MANGOES
















AS BAD AS THESE TREES LOOK....THEY CAN BE SAVED.....

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California




June 14, 2011




California mango trees in the Coachella valley are suffering from years of abuse and mismanagement.


Like a crack addict on skid row, these poor trees have been stressed and overdosed with nitrogen in industrial doses that are finally showing their wear and tear.


local farmers blame frost, and varietal defects.


The truth is that proper care has not been applied and respect for the cycle of nature has been ignored.


There is hope if the Californians will listen.


His name is Michael Kraidy and he has saved many crops in addition to mango farming operations for years.


Kraidy says:


"If I can see the problem, the yield losses are always great.  

I don't like to make recommendations on visual deficiencies as that means that the problem has to be very bad before the plant will show the deficiency.  At that point, we missed the boat so to speak.  We never want problems to become visual.  If they did, someone is not doing their job or doesn't know what they are doing.

I can get plant response in 5 to 7 days if I hit the right elements and correct problems nutritionally.  One must laugh and say, Michael, that is absurd.   I then laugh and say it is absurd that you don't believe me.  Let's make a bet.   With a refractometer, if we hit the correct elements, the brix of the petiole will increase, often in 24 hours, depending on which element was missing and how bad the deficiency was.

To see yield response, we always see yield response the first year.  That is important. 

The real yield response comes in the 2nd year and there after.  Alot depends on how bad the wood is.  When we see boron deficiencies for example, we tend to see droopy trees, the limb bending heavily under multiple branches (one of the visual signs of boron deficiency in terms of tree architecture and structure) or under the weight of a couple of mangoes.  This is because calcium will usually be low in the wood due to the lack of boron or other elements in the nutrition program.  

When potassium is very high or magnesium is very high, there is a lack of good quality roots, often made worse by the lack of phosphorus and micro element problems.

With a good set of analysis, I can get the fields on track pretty quick.
There also exists very good strategies on how to deal with high nitrogen for what ever reason in mangoes. " 




Howard,Ted & Linden...if your are reading this, PLEASE GIVE MICHAEL KRAIDY A CALL....

























IMO BLOG FINISHES FIRST QUARTER WITH OVER 36,000 PAGEVIEWS

By Will Cavan


Executive Director


International mango Organization (IMO)




Vista, California



June 14, 2011

With first quarter completed, the IMO BLOG continues to set new records for viewership on a daily, weekly & Monthly basis.

The first 90 days since the start of record keeping the Blog has exceded expectations with over 36,000 pageviews.

Viewership spans the globe with USA viewership leading the pack as follows for the last 90 days:


AudienceRefresh

Now

Day

Week

Month

All time
2009 May – 2011 June
TOP 10 Pageviews by Countries
United States
20,105
Germany
2,526
Netherlands
1,509
Costa Rica
1,436
India
1,317
United Kingdom
1,233
Spain
725
Pakistan
661
Hungary
197
Canada
195


Pageviews today

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Pageviews yesterday

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Pageviews last month

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Pageviews all time history

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MANGOES ARE PART OF THE AUSTRALIA - PHILIPPINE TRADE DISPUTE...

After blocking mangoes, Aussies want to sell fruits here

by Othel V. Campos



A PENDING request to bring in a trial shipment of Australian grapefruit and citrus has become the latest chapter in the long-simmering trade war between Canberra and Manila.

“Australia is asking us to allow the entry of their grapefuit and different kinds of oranges,” Bureau of Plant Industry Director Lito Baron told the Manila Standard Monday.

“We have already sent our comments to their request, but we have yet to receive their response. In that case, we cannot allow any trial shipment at this time,”

Baron said the Philippines was still weighing Australia’s request, but it favored asking it to allow the entry of Philippine mangoes, which the Australian agriculture lobby had been opposing for a decade.

“We are banking on the principle of reciprocity,” he said.

“If we allow the entry of Australian fruits, they might also allow the entry of Philippine mangoes.”

As a result of the Philippines’ request, a team from Biosecurity Australia will visit the mango producing-province of Davao del Sur and Samal Island not later than September before the end of the mango season in Mindanao.

“The Australian inspectors need to know how we harvest our mangoes, our post-harvest systems and treatment protocols,” Baron said.

Australia has been blocking the entry of Philippine mangoes due to pest concerns.

Baron said that issue had been addressed, with Manila adopting a treatment protocol approved by Biosecurity Australia.

“We can even do fumigation using their fumigation standard protocol,” he said.

While the mango issue hangs, Philippine banana growers are pushing the World Trade Organization to compel Australia to allow Philippine bananas, a move that Australia’s banana growers have been opposing since 1995. 


Philippine growers say local bananas are no threat since those could not possibly satisfy the entire Australian demand.


THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE NMB SHOULD BE ACTIVELY PERSUEING....ISO STANDARDS FOR MANGOES...



Dear Mr. Cavan,



Thank you for your interest in ANSI and ISO. 

 There is an ISO Committee – TC 34/SC 14 Fresh, dry and dried fruits and vegetables that developed ISO 6660 Mangoes – Cold Storage. 

 I would encourage you to review the abstract found here: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=20798.



As you may be aware, ISO’s membership is based by country and ANSI holds the US membership to ISO. In order for ANSI to participate in a committee, there must be an ANSI accredited US Technical Advisory Group (US/TAG). 

 The US/TAG is composed of organizations that are affected by the development of standards in a certain area. Currently, ANSI does not participate in this committee, as we do not have a US/TAG.



I have attached a copy of the ANSI International Procedures.

 Section 2 of this document explains how to form a US/TAG. 

 If you are interested in learning more about the US/TAG process and how one is formed, it would be best for us to speak on the phone along with my supervisor Joe Tretler, Sr. Director ISO Technical Programs and Services..




Best regards,



Rachel Howenstine

Program Manager

ISO P membership

ANSI

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A MANUAL FOR MANKIND: BHAGAVAD GITA


Bhagavad Gita
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Krishna and Arjuna at Kurukshetra, 18–19th century painting.

The Bhagavad Gītā (Sanskrit: भगवद्गीता, IPA: [ˈbʱəɡəʋəd̪ ɡiːˈt̪aː], Song of God), also more simply known as Gita, is a Sanatana Dharma or Hindu scripture produced from the colloquy given by Sri Krishna to Arjuna during the Kurukshetra War






Its philosophies and insights are intended to reach beyond the scope of religion and to humanity as a whole. 




It is at times referred to as the "manual for mankind" and has been highly praised by not only prominent Indians such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi but also Aldous Huxley, Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ralph Waldo Emerson,Carl Jung and Herman Hesse.[1][2] It is considered among the most important texts in the history of literature and philosophy.[3] 




The Bhagavad Gita comprises exactly 700 verses, and is a part of theMahabharata


The teacher of the Bhagavad Gita is Lord Krishna, who is revered by Hindus as a manifestation of God (Parabrahman) Himself,[3] and is referred to within as Bhagavan, the Divine One.[4]

The context of the Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and the Pandava prince Arjuna taking place on the battlefield before the start of the Kurukshetra War





Responding to Arjuna's confusion and moral dilemma about fighting his own cousins who command a tyranny imposed on a captured State, Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior and prince, and elaborates on different Yogic[5] and Vedantic philosophies, with examples and analogies. 




This has led to the Gita often being described as a concise guide to Hindu theology and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life. During the discourse, Lord Krishna reveals His identity as the Supreme Being Himself (Svayam Bhagavan), blessing Arjuna with an awe-inspiring vision of His divine universal form.

The direct audience to Lord Krishna’s discourse of the Bhagavad Gita included Arjuna (addressee), Sanjaya (using Divya Drishti (or divine vision) gifted by the sage Veda Vyasa to watch the war and narrate the events to Dhritarashtra), Lord Hanuman (perched atop Arjuna’s chariot) and Barbarika, son of Ghatotkacha, who also witnessed the complete 18 days of action at Kurukshetra.

The Bhagavad Gita is also called Gītopaniṣad, implying its having the status of an Upanishad, i.e. a Vedantic scripture.[6] 



Since the Gita is drawn from the Mahabharata, it is classified as a Smṛititext. 


However, those branches of Hinduism that give it the status of an Upanishad also consider it a śruti or "revealed" text.[7][8] 


As it is taken to represent a summary of the Upanishadic teachings, it is also called "the Upanishad of the Upanishads".[1] 




Another title is mokṣaśāstra, or "Scripture of Liberation".[9]