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SECOND STORM OF SEASON NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH OFF OF MEXICO'S MANGO COAST...

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Pacific tropical storm Beatriz nearing hurricane strength, Mexican coast


By Jason Samenow




Projected track of tropical storm Beatriz. 
Region under hurricane hurricane warning shaded in red, tropical storm warning in blue.
 (National Hurricane Center)
The eastern Pacific’s second named storm, Beatriz, has strengthened to near hurricane strength this afternoon. 
With maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, Beatriz need only add four mph to reach hurricane status. 
The tropical storm, 90 miles southwest of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico is moving north-northeast at 8 mph. 
Hurricane warnings have been posted from Zihuatenejo to Cabo Corrientes along the Mexican coast, and tropical storms warnings are in effect from Tecpan de Galeana westward to east of Zihuatanejo. 
Cabo Corrientes is the cape upon which the resort city Puerto Vallarta sits.

The storm is projected to make its closet approach to the coast tonight or early Tuesday. 
The most significant impact is likely to be tor…

STOP THE MADNESS: USA MILITARY SPENDS MORE ON AIR CONDITIONING TENTS IN AFGHANISTAN THAN NASA PROGRAM....

Afghanistan: U.S. Spends $20 Billion Per Year for Air Conditioning in TentsJuly 29th, 2010



This astonishing statistic is mentioned in the audio feature on the page linked below.

Via: PRI:

The term we were looking for is “Forward Operating Base” or FOB. 
The US has many FOBs in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
The large ones have many tents and other structures where personnel live and work. 
And all of them need to be heated in the winter, and cooled in the summer. 
That can take a lot of fuel.

Steve Anderson is a retired Brigadier General who was General David Petraeus’s chief logistician in Iraq. 
He says the Pentagon should find ways to make structures at FOBs and other military compounds more energy efficient, not only to save money and be greener, but also, to save lives.


http://www.boston.com/bigpictu.....ml#photo24 Afghans collect fuel from a tanker shot up in an attack on a NATO supply convoy in Baghlan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 6, 2010.
http://cryptogon.com/?p=16709

EXPORTADORAS PERUANAS DE MANGO ENTRE LOS MAS GRANDE EN EL PRIMER TRIMESTRE DE 2011...

Camposol y Alicorp lideraron exportaciones agrícolas entre enero y abril






La Sociedad de Comercio Exterior del Perú (ComexPerú) informó que la empresa Camposol lideró en los cuatro primeros meses del 2011 las exportaciones agrícolas con 38.03 millones de dólares, 34.05 por ciento más de lo que exportó en el mismo período del 2010.



En segundo lugar se ubicó Alicorp que exportó por 35.93 millones de dólares, 28.22 por ciento más respecto a las ventas realizadas en el mismo lapso del 2010.

Sociedad Corporación Danper, en tercer lugar, exportó por 29.20 millones de dólares, reflejando una incremento de 41 por ciento.

Sociedad Agrícola Virú exportó por un total de 27.78 millones de dólares, 16.18 por ciento más que en el mismo lapso del año pasado, ubicándose en cuarto lugar.

En quinto lugar se situó Gloria que exportó por 25.45 millones de dólares, 34.77 por ciento más que en similar período del 2010.

En sexto lugar se colocó Complejo Agroindustrial Beta con 23.81 millones de dólares (18.04 po…

"GREEN GURU" HEADS UP THE EPA & OBAMA POLICY....

'Green Chemistry' Guru Charting New Course for EPA Science
By JEREMY P. JACOBS of Greenwire
Published: June 20, 2011


What do you get when you cross a mad scientist with a bureaucrat?
Paul Anastas.

The assistant administrator of U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development and the agency's science adviser is a high-strung fast talker who in a recent interview orbited his sprawling office to play show and tell. His favorite prop is a large white board on which he has scribbled seemingly unrelated slogans -- such as "Strategic Imperatives!" and "4-D Matrix!"

But Anastas, 49, is no bug-eyed, wild-haired caricature of an eccentric genius. 
He is good-humored and friendly and has the carefully coiffed, buttoned-down look of a politician. 
He also chooses his words with care; he doesn't stray from the agency line and is mindful to heap praise on his bosses, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and President Obama.

To his supporters, Anastas is a creative, big-pi…

DANISH ENERGY CONCERN SIGNS OPTION FOR U.K. PORT AREA LAND, PUTTING A SQUEEZE ON FRESH HANDLING OPERATIONS...

Vestas signs option agreement for land at the Port of Sheerness, Kent in the UK


08:45 CET - 11 May. 2011

Subject to a satisfactory order intake on the V164-7.0 MW in the UK this option will enable Vestas to build a fully integrated offshore wind turbine manufacturing and installation facility. Commitment to the UK and to local job creation. Press conference today.



The recent launch of the V164-7.0 MW, Vestas’ first ever purpose-built offshore turbine, introduced a turbine of epic proportions. 
A turbine with components of this size demands new manufacturing facilities and in order to prepare for the planned 2015 serial production of the new turbine Vestas has signed an agreement for 70 hectares of land at the Port of Sheerness in Kent, UK to eventually serve these purposes.

The UK represents the world’s largest offshore wind market and as such has a massive offshore project pipeline. 
The UK Round 3 projects alone account for 32GW. 
Vestas is committed to working with the UK government an…

UNITED KINGDOM: FLAMINGO CHANGES NAME TO REFLECT CONSOLIDATION

Flamingos changes name to Finlays Horticulture

by Matthewappleby @ Thursday, Jun. 16, 2011




Flamingos is changing its name to Finlays Horticulture.
 Finlays bought the Flamingo Group in 2007. 
The acquisition brought with it many different brands and logos and the company that now is the right time to standardise and simplify its existing brands, to provide a consistent Finlays image.

The Finlays Group has a turnover of £611m, with 39,000 employees. 
As an agri-business, it has operations in many countries and is well known across the tea and horticulture industries.

Martin Hudson, CEO Finlays Horticulture Holdings said: "Finlays has demonstrated confidence in Horticulture through continued investment in its people, infrastructure and products. In parallel our values are aligned and we are pleased to be part of a vertically integrated and geographically diversified group taking a leadership role in sustainability.”

The Homegrown company will also change its name to Finlays.

There will be n…

COCA - COLA (MINUTE MAID) DIVISION INVESTS IN MANGO JUICE OPERATION IN UGANDA....

Ugandan mango farmers to benefit from soft drink plant

Monday, 20 June 2011 21:52


Kampala.


At least 17,000 farmers especially those trading in mangoes, will be some of the biggest beneficiaries as Century Bottling Company moves to establish a juice manufacturing plant.

Speaking in Kampala last week during the launch of the Minute Maid mango juice, Mr Basil Gadzios, the managing director of Century Bottling Company, said the firm has committed itself to work with about 17,000 small- scale mango farmers in the eastern Uganda to supply the fruits.

The firm has invested about $15 million to put up the plant and is likely to go a long way in boosting the soft drinks sector with other varieties in terms of quality and standards.

Minute Maid, is a product of the Century Bottling Company, also manufactures of global brands including Coca-cola, Fanta and Sprite.


Uganda has number of juice making firms including, delight supplies, Riham and Mukwano.

In Uganda there are plenty of mangoes,…

YA! MAN!....LIFE IS GOOD IN DA VIRGEN ISLANDS!!!...SECOND ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL A SMASHING SUCCESS....

Fruits Galore At Mango Array & Tropical Fruit Festival 


BVI Platinum News
Updated: June 20, 2011 7:09 am AST
Published: June 17, 2011 4:16 pm AST


Vendors displaying all sorts of fruit products, particularly those made from mangoes, filled the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and the Department of Agriculture hosted the second annual Mango Array and Tropical Fruit Festival on Friday, June 17, 2011.

At one section of the park, Erminie Mathavious of Locally Yours sold a wide variety of juices, liquors and fruit/ice lollies made from tamarind, passion fruit, prickle pear, cactus fruit, mangoes, guava, limes and hibiscus flower, among others.




Must be mango! Phillip Boyce of Chez Sandique Natural (non-alcoholic) Fruit Beverages displays the mango juice.
Photo Credit: Gordon French/BVI Platinum NewsShe told BVI Platinum News that her products are made from strictly organic fruits. 

According to Mathavious, fruits should be grown without ch…

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS MANGO FESTIVAL DRAWS CROWDS....

Mango festival draws crowd

Monday, 20 June 2011 16:44


Calypso music blared from loudspeakers as vendors sold mangos and other local produce under tents during the second annual Mango Array and Tropical Fruits Festival at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park on Friday.



At one of the tables, there was a display of fruits and pastry, including tarts, pies and other foods made from mango. Linette Rabsatt, marketing and extension officer at the Department of Agriculture, was labeling the products.

Several participants had brought the goods to be entered for a competition, she explained. The categories included biggest mango, smallest mango, tarts, bread and others.

“The competition is looking good,” Ms. Rabsatt said, as she looked at the samples and wrote down the names of the entrants on a sheet of paper.

Nearby, Erminie Macthavious sold drinks, liqueurs and popsicles. 
“The juices have been doing well,” the vendor said, adding that they were made with locally grown fruits.


See the June …

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: FESTIVAL SETS SALES RECORDS FOR MANGOES IN INDIA

Thiruvananthapuram

Mango Fest witnessing bumper sales

Express News Service , The New Indian Express

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 at 03:10pm IST






THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: 
It is as if Ananthapuri has been waiting for the National Mango Fest. Such is the response to the fair currently on at Kanakakkunnu that the organisers have no words to express their joy.

According to officials with the State Horticulture Mission (SHM)-Kerala, which is giving technical support to the fair organised by the Mango Growers’ Association and S V Events, brisk sales have been reported since the opening day of the fair, June 16.

During the first two days, nearly 20 tonnes of mangoes were sold, bringing in nearly Rs 6 lakh.

 “On June 18, nearly 11,800 kg of mangoes were sold.
 Being a Saturday, the response was massive. 
At an average price of Rs 50 per kg, the total collection is really huge. And today, it is bound to go up,” said Ajai Chandra, Project Officer of SHM-Kerala, to City Express on Sunday standing in the crowded pa…

ZIM ADDS OBSCURE RUSSIAN PORT TO AGENDA.....

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 6/20/2011 9:57:33 AM
Zim adds Russian port to pendulum







Container line Zim is adding a call at the Russian port of Vostochniy to its ZCS service, according to research from American Shipper affiliate ComPair Data.




The ZCS is Zim’s pendulum service connecting Europe, the U.S. West and East coasts, and the Far East.

ComPair Data schedule research confirms the line will call Vostochniy as of early July.




Going forward, it appears as though Zim will inject the Vostochniy, located on Russia’s East Coast, between calls at Los Angeles and Ningbo.




The service has a rotation of Haifa, Piraeus, Livorno, Genoa, Tarragona, Halifax, New York-New Jersey, Savannah, Kingston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Da Chan Bay, Hong Kong, Balboa, Kingston, Savannah, New York-New Jersey, Halifax, Tarrangona and Haifa.




The service operates with 15 Zim vessels, with an average capacity of 4,756 TEUs. 


China Shipping takes slots.




According to ComPair Data, Vostochn…

MIDDLE EAST INVESTMENT GROUP SHOWS INTEREST IN HAPAG LLOYD

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 6/20/2011 10:01:30 AM

Oman fund in race for TUI's Hapag-Lloyd stake





An Omani state-owned fund intends to buy a stake in German container line Hapag-Lloyd, Reuters reported last week.

The fund put its intentions in writing to TUI, the European tourism giant that formerly owned a majority share of Hapag-Lloyd, and still maintains a 38.4 percent stake. 
TUI is reportedly deciding whether to sell or float some or all of its stake.


Hapag-Lloyd had record profit in 2010, and TUI has been seeking to divest itself of the shipping line for a few years. 

The line is now majority-owned by the Albert Ballin consortium, a group of Hamburg-based businessmen.


According to the Reuters report, there’s another interested party in TUI’s Hapag-Lloyd stake -- China’s HNA Group, owner of Hainan Airlines.

MAERSK TOPS LIST OF ECO FRIENDLY SHIPPING LINES......

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 6/16/2011 10:12:33 AM


Index rates container lines environmentally





Maritime consultancy SeaIntel on Thursday published a new index ranking the world’s top 20 container lines on their environmental credentials.


The Container Carrier Environmental Benchmark found Maersk Line was the most environmentally sound line, followed by Hamburg Süd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, NYK Line and MOL.


Lines receiving the lowest three scores were China Shipping, Mediterranean Shipping Co., and PIL.


The index rates lines on a five-point scale, taking into account numerous factors, including:

• Carbon efficiency of carrier’s fleet.
• Age of vessels.
• Participation in major environmental initiatives.
• Voluntary use of low-sulfur fuel.
• Issuance of regular environmental reports.
• Whether carrier provides customers a carbon calculator.




“Improvement of environmental performance is a gradual process, which takes an extended period of time,” the report said. 
“This al…

MAJOR VICTORY FOR BLOGGERS; IMO PROUD OF BLOGGER STATUS & LEGAL SUPPORT SYSTEM....

IMO NOTE: NMB & PACKER....ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION....YOU MIGHT BE NEXT!!!!

JUNE 14TH, 2011
Righthaven Copyright Troll Lawsuit Dismissed as Sham

Court Finds Righthaven Had No Authority to Bring Claims Against Political Forum

San Francisco - In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC. 
The judge ruled that Righthaven did not have the legal authorization to bring a copyright lawsuit against the political forum Democratic Underground, because it had never owned the copyright in the first place. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West LLP, and Las Vegas attorney Chad Bowers are defending Democratic Underground.

"We are pleased that the Court saw through Righthaven's sham assignment of the copyright and dismissed its improper claim," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. 

"Today's decision shows that Righthaven's copyright litiga…

SAVE THE PLANET....ONE TREE AT A TIME......

20 June 2011 Last updated at 12:22 ET
UN project shows how trees help halt desertificationBy Mark KinverScience and environment reporter, BBC News
Tree planting can help halt the loss of arable land to the encroaching desert

Related Stories

Summit 'to shape' forests policy
Tropical forests 'better managed'
Climate reshapes tropical forests




A UN-led pilot scheme hopes to highlight how trees can help people in arid zone, considered to one of the most hostile habitats on the planet.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Acacia project's goal is to show how trees provide, food, fuel, shelter and income during times of hardship.

So far, six nations - including Senegal and Sudan - have hosted tree planting schemes for at-risk communities.

Drylands cover 30% of the Earth's land area, and are found in 100 nations.

"People do not often associate forests with arid areas, yet they are critical in terms of soil protection, mitigating climate change, maintaining biodiversit…

IMO RECOMMENDS FILING FOR NMB EXEMPTION

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


June 20, 2011




Any importer who has ever imported less than 10 sea containers or to be more exact, less than 54,000 (4kg) cartons, shoul file for an exemption from the National Mango Board assessment.


The IMO has first hand knowledge of importers who have money due to them by the NMB 2 years after the fact!


If you do not file...the NMB will hold your money illegally and NEVER return it to you!


If you are a small importer, Please exercise YOUR right and file the request for an exemption.


Here is the link to do so from the NMB web site:




http://www.mango.org/media/8525/application%20for%20a%20certificate%20%20of%20exemption.pdf




NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!


Exercise your rights today....LET THE NMB KNOW THAT YOUR VOICE COUNTS!!!!





LATEST FROM REEFER TRENDS . COM (June 20, 2011)

Holt plans solar plant on Gloucester terminal 20 June 2011



The largest rooftop solar installation in North America is to be built on the rooftops of Holt’s coldstores adjacent to the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River.



Wind turbine development threatens UK reefer supply 20 June 2011



The UK appears set to lose handling capacity for bananas and fruit at Sheerness, once the country’s largest gateway for fresh produce.



FFT to halt operations 20 June 2011



The Sheerness JV Fresh Fruit Terminals is to cease trading in October this year ahead of the port’s anticipated transition.



Exit price comes under pressure 20 June 2011



Weak EU markets combined with the collapse of banana pricing in the Med has led to a significant reduction in the per-box value paid to Ecuadorian producers.




ICTSI doubles Davao plug capacity 20 June 2011



International Container Terminal Services Inc has doubled the number of reefer plugs to better accommodate the growing containerisation of Filipino banana exports.



Peru…