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CLIMATE CHANGE TAKING PLACE FASTER THAN ORIGINALLY PREDICTED: IS THIS GOOD OR BAD???

CLIMATE | 26.06.2011
Pacific plankton make unwanted arrival in Atlantic


Receding Arctic ice is opening the way for a clash of ecosystems

When humans were figuring out fire 800,000 years ago, a microscopic algae vanished from the Atlantic Ocean. Now, thanks to climate change, it's back in the North Atlantic - and not everyone is happy to see it.





The oceans are getting warmer and our marine eco-systems are changing in ways that are becoming harder to predict.

Now, new research has found that higher temperatures – which are opening a Northwest Passage in the polar ice – have allowed marine species to travel between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans for the first time in hundreds of thousands of years.

One of these is the algae Neodenticula seminae, which has apparently returned to the Atlantic Ocean after an absence of over 800,000 years.

Experts say that in addition to being a harbinger of climate change, the re-introduction of the algae species could disrupt the balance of Atlantic's ec…

MANGOES MAKE THE MENU AT MCDONALD'S: EXPECT CONSUMPTION TO RISE (IF THEY CAN GET THE FLAVOR RIGHT)....

Associated Press

McDonald's introduces mango-pineapple smoothies                                                                                  

Associated Press, 06.26.11, 04:13 PM EDT



OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp. plans to introduce a new smoothie flavor, mango pineapple, nationwide on Monday.

The move is part of McDonald's ( MCD - news - people ) efforts to remake itself as a hip, healthy place to eat, aiming to draw in customers who might otherwise go to Starbucks (SBUX - news - people ).                                                                                                         

The world's largest burger chain first introduced smoothies last summer, offering strawberry banana and wild berry.                                          
It has also rolled out oatmeal, free wireless access and fancy coffee drinks.                                                                                                             

The fast-food chain has fared w…

DIAMONDS: THE NEW "GOLD" STANDARD....

REPORT: DIAMONDS COULD OVERTAKE GOLD IN DUBAI TRADING


26.06.11, 11:01 / World





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Gold remains Dubai's No. 1 commodity, but diamonds are catching up fast, DMCC CEO Malcolm Morris says


Dubai's diamond trade might soon surpass its gold trade in value, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre CEO Malcolm Morris has told the Dow Jones Newswires.


While gold remains the top commodity for Dubai, Morris explained, the city's diamond trade was flourished on increased demand from diamond markets like India and Hong Kong. "If diamonds continue the way they are, then it is very possible they could overtake [gold]," Morris said.


The financial crisis sent gold prices spiralling. 

In 2010, Dubai's total gold trade hit a record $41.3 billion. 

While the number marks an 18% increase by value over 2009, the trading hub's gold imports increased by 1% only and its gold exports decreased by 8.3% compared to the previous year.


Dubai's diamond trade, meanwhile, nearly doubled fro…

COCA-COLA INVESTMENT (MINUTEMAID) MANGO JUICE WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR MANGO FARMERS IN UGANDA & KENYA...

50,000 farmers to benefit from Coca Cola new brand


SUNDAY, 26 JUNE 2011 21:02 

PAUL TENTENA


KAMPALA, UGANDA- Close to 50,000 East African small scale mango and passion fruit farmers will supply fruits to Coca Cola for the production of a new drink.

The drink ‘Minute Maid Juice’, that would be produced out of mango and passion fruits.                                                                                  

The company said in Kampala last week, that Kenyan and Ugandan farmers would be the first to benefit with a targeted number of 23,000 and 17,000 in the two countries respectively.

It also said that the launch of the Minute Maid brand is a response to a market opportunity signified by a steady increase in consumption of fruit and vegetable juices.

"It will initially be available in mango flavor packed in a 400ml plastic bottle retailing at Ush2000 (about $1)," said Carol Mbaga, the Coca Cola Strategic Marketing Manager, Juice.

She added that the introduction of the Minu…

MANGOES MANY WONDERS.....EVEN CAN CURE IMPOTENCY?????

Can mangoes cure impotency?


Source: Jeevan Mantra Desk |                                                                             
Last Updated 14:02(26/06/11)








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The king of fruits, mango, not just satisfies your taste buds but also has medicinal value. It can help you cure many diseases.
1. Eating ripe mango with honey can help you get rid of TB, jaundice, gas problems and cough.

2. According to scriptures, ripe mango is good to get rid of lethargy and urinary bladder related problems.

3. Naturally ripened mango can help solve problems of kidney and urinary bladder.

4. Mango is a boon for childless couples who are suffering from the bad effect of 'shukra' or 'vayu' problems.

5. It helps men suffering from lack of sperms, impotency and mental troubles.

Note: According to ayurveda naturally ripened mangoes posses powers to…

PHOTOS FROM THE 2011 MANGO EXPO AT EXPO CENTER, HYDERABAD, PAKISTAN (JUNE 23-25)...

PHOTOS COURTESY OF QASIM FARMS, PAKISTAN











WEALTH REPORT REVEALS THAT ASIA-PACIFIC HOME TO MORE HIGH NET WORTH INDIVIDUALS THAN EUROPE....

ASIA-PACIFIC OVERTAKES EUROPE IN NUMBER OF HIGH NET WORTH INDIVIDUALS


26.06.11, 13:00 / Financial News




Asia-Pacific is home to 3.3 million people defined as High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), according to the 15th annual World Wealth Report, published by Merrill Lynch and Capgemini.

The Asia-Pacific region saw its number of HNWIs increase by 9.7% from 2009-2010, whereas the number of HNWIs in North America grew by 8.6% and the number of HNWIs in Europe rose by 6.3%. 

Africa and the Middle East saw their numbers of HNWIs increase by 11.1% and 10.4%, respectively.


The aggregate wealth of HNWIs in Asia-Pacific grew to $10.8 trillion in 2010, a 12.1% increase. 
The count of HNWIs also jumped on a nation-by-nation basis, with a number of countries seeing sharp increases: Hong Kong and Vietnam's HNWI populations grew 33% in 2010, while Singapore, India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka saw their populations of HNWIs increase by over 20%.


Asia-Pacific's HNWIs invested nearly a third (31%) of the…

ADVENTURE IN INDIA: RAFTING THE GANGES RIVER.....

Holy Water

Cliff Diving the Ganges










You’ve glimpsed transcendence.

It was looking at you from across the room after your keytar rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Third.

But to really stare it in the face, you need more. Say, extreme physical duress.

Hurtling an inflatable buoy down Class IV rapids should do...

Which brings us to Rafting the Ganges, a four-day adrenaline-fueled camping expedition on the holiest river in India, taking reservations now.

This is what the Beatles would have done in India if they had been less into songwriting and more into rock diving.

So you’re at your go-to ashram in Rishikesh, practicing a 47-minute unblinking meditation, when you hear a voice telling you to move. It’s your driver. He’ll be taking you and your waterproof sandals an hour south to your journey’s launch point—a spartan riverside campsite. (Come to think of it, you’ve never actuallyneeded electricity.)

For the next three days, you’ll be rafting the river’s venerated waters—people bathe here to bless them…

SWISS BASED "BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS" WARNS OF POSSIBLE RELAPSE IF GOVERNMENTS DO NOT TIGHTEN BELTS...

Crisis over? 
Yes but it could return, global banking body warns


The world clawed its way off a financial precipice two years ago, says a new report, but major nations still have to do some important work to put the global economy on a sound footing.



By Mark Trumbull, Staff writer / June 26, 2011

The world clawed its way off a financial precipice two years ago, but major nations still have to do some important work to put the global economy on a sound footing. If they don’t take steps such as controlling public debt, a new crisis is possible.

So says a report by the Bank for International Settlements, an organization backed by central banks like the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank.

"Addressing overindebtedness, private as well as public, is the key to building a solid foundation" for renewed economic growth, says the report, released Sunday. Otherwise, fiscal problems "could trigger the next crisis."


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IMF MISSION APPLAUDS IRAN'S "ECONOMIC JIHAD" AS OIL RICH NATION ATTEMPTS TO REVIVE LACKLUSTER ECONOMY

Iran's bold economic reform
Economic jihad
Iran has undertaken reforms that other governments in the region should envy

Jun 23rd 2011 | from the print edition





GOOD news from Iran is rare, and the IMF is seldom a font of happy tidings about anything. 
So when a mission from the Fund cheered the Islamic Republic’s economy earlier this month, heaping praise on the policies of its ruthless government, eyebrows spiked upwards as in a comic scene in a Persian miniature. 
The shock was even sharper given that the IMF, whose biggest shareholder happens to be the Great Satan, America, is a pillar of global capitalism, a system that Iran’s maverick president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gleefully lambasts as evil.

Yet the IMF’s upbeat pronouncement, in a brief press release (a fuller report is forthcoming) following annual consultations in Tehran, has some justification. This is not because Iran’s economy is performing brilliantly. 
Whereas other big oil exporters have boomed on the back of high prices,…

NUEVO DIRECTOR GENERAL DE LA FAO ELEGIDO ES DE BRASIL....

FAO Brasileño Graziano da Silva será nuevo presidente de la FAO

EL UNIVERSAL
domingo 26 de junio de 2011 09:27 AM

Roma.- El brasileño José Graziano da Silva, de 51 años, será el próximo director de la Organización para la Agricultura y la Alimentación de la ONU (FAO), sustituyendo al senegalés Jacques Diouf, según decidieron hoy los delegados de la organización en Roma. 




Da Silva desbancó al ex ministro español Miguel Ángel Moratinos. 




Más información en Breve.




http://internacional.eluniversal.com/2011/06/26/brasileo-graziano-da-silva-sera-nuevo-presidente-de-la-fao.shtml


BRAZILEAN WILL BE NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FAO

José Graziano da Silva to head FAO

FAO member countries elect new Director-General




José Graziano da Silva.26 June 2011, Rome - FAO member nations today elected José Graziano da Silva of Brazil as its new Director-General.

Mr Graziano da Silva, 61, received a total of 92 votes out of 180 votes cast.

The election took place on the second day of the 37th Conference of FAO, the highest governing body of the organization.