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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY USA!!!!....NOW GET BACK TO WORK!!!!....

ARE YOU REALLY SURE YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER????...SCIENCE IS MAKING IT POSSIBLE...JUST NOT IN OUR LIFETIME...YET

Who wants to live forever? Scientist sees aging cured








By Health and Science Correspondent Kate Kelland

LONDON | Mon Jul 4, 2011 2:39pm EDT

(Reuters) - If Aubrey de Grey's predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger.

A biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, de Grey reckons that within his own lifetime doctors could have all the tools they need to "cure" aging -- banishing diseases that come with it and extending life indefinitely.

"I'd say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing aging under what I'd call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so," de Grey said in an interview before delivering a lecture at Britain's Royal Institution academy of science.

"And what I mean by decisive is the same sort of medical control that we have over mos…

THE WORLD'S ABILITY TO FEED ITSELF IS DEPENDENT UPON SOIL NUTRIENTS THAT ARE NOT BEING REPLENISHED...NO MYSTERY HERE...WHY DOESN'T THE WORLD "GET IT"????

The decline of agriculture?


Climate change induced extreme weather events and shifting weather patterns are challenging farmer's ability to feed us.

Dahr Jamail Last Modified: 04 Jul 2011 


Flooding ravaged farms in the midwest United States this June, causing many crops to be lost [GALLO/GETTY]


Wendy Johnston with Oakwyn Farms in Athens, West Virginia, is deeply concerned about how shifting weather patterns are impacting farmer's ability to feed the global population.

"This year we're off to a slow start," Johnston, who farms 40 hectares, told Al Jazeera. "Last year in April we were able to plant, but this year we even had rain, cold and snow a few days in April. The weather has become very unpredictable, and that's the real problem."

Climate change is making farming more difficult for her, and she wonders how much worse things will become.

On March 31, The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned of "potentially catastrophic" impacts on fo…

UNITED KINGDOM LEADS THE WAY INTO NEW ERA OF NUCLEAR REACTORS....

Earth News


Britain on brink of 'nuclear renaissance'

Britain is on the brink of the "biggest nuclear renaissance since the 1950s", the Government has claimed, despite fears over the recent disaster in Japan and questions over radioactive waste.

Sellafield Nuclear power plant in Cumbria. Charles Hendry, the Energy Minister, wants the UK to build a new generation of power stations Photo: PA



By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent

11:31PM BST 04 Jul 2011






Days after Germany announced it was going nuclear-free, Charles Hendry, the Energy Minister, said the UK will build a new generation of power stations.


He said that the eight sites earmarked for new reactors will could offer 5,000 jobs, as well as supplying a cheap form of low carbon electricity as coal-fired power stations close down.


Addressing a nuclear industry association conference in London, he will also hit back at criticism that Government officials conferred with the nuclear industry over how to deal with the publi…

AIN'T LOVE GRAND....RUNAWAY BRIDE , THE SEQUELS...."THE ART OF NEGOTIATION"....

Monaco's new princess tried to run away thrice before marriage                       



PTI | Jul 5, 2011, 04.28am IST






LONDON: Prince Albert's wife tried to flee home to South Africa at least thrice before her "arranged marriage" to the 53-year-old ruler of Monaco, a report said.

The 33-year-old new Princess Charlene of Monacomade her first escape attempt when she travelled to Paris in May this year to try on her wedding dress; during the visit, she "took refuge" in her country's embassy there, French newspaper 'Le Journal du Dimanche' quoted sources as saying.

Later in May, Charlene made a second apparent attempt to escape during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, the leading French newspaper said.

Then, last week, royal officials are said to have confiscated her passport en route to Nice airport via chopper service that runs between the Mediterranean principality and France. She was then persuaded to go on with the marriage, the newspaper claimed.

FORGET... "SNAKE CHARMERS"....HERE IS A MAN WHO CAN GROW 250 VARIETIES OF MANGO ON 1 TREE!!!!....BELEIVE IT OR NOT....

Delhi show brings together mango-growers and processors under one roof
Monday, July 04, 2011 08:00 IST
Manjushree Naik, Mumbai

Delhi Tourism’s yearly festival to celebrate India’s position as the biggest producer of mangoes in the world, kicked off at Delhi Haat, New Delhi, on Friday.

The three-day event is being organised in association with Department of Tourism, Government of NCT of Delhi, Incredible India, APEDA and National Horticulture Board. Sheila Dikshit, chief minister, Delhi, inaugurated the show.

Interestingly, “while for mango-growers and mango processors, the festival offers a common platform to view the latest in the field and exchange information, it has made available a unique combination of traditional and rural market showcasing India’s diverse cultural heritage of crafts, art, handloom and cuisines all under one roof,” informed Dr D K Tandon, principal scientist, Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing, Maliabad, Lucknow, while speaking to FnB News.

Dr R P Sriva…

IMO AWAITS FORMAL INVITATION TO ADDRESS 13TH ANNUAL PHILIPPINE MANGO NATIONAL MANGO CONGRESS IN SEPTEMBER...

PIA Press Release
Monday, July 04, 2011


Sarangani to host 13th National Mango CongressALABEL, Sarangani, July 4 (PIA)--- Sarangani Foundation of Fruits Industry Associations Inc.(SAFFIA) is set to host the 13th National Mango Congress on September 28-30.



The congress venue will be at Isla Jardin del Mar Resort in Gumasa, Glan.



The Philippine Mango Industry Foundation, Inc (PMIFI) and SAFFIA have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to bind themselves to their respective duties and responsibilities in the conduct of the 13th National Mango Congress.



The Department of Agriculture supports the holding of the congress and issued Administrative Order No. 6, which calls for the participation of farmers and fisher folks, cooperatives and associations and other private sector in agricultural and fisheries development.


“It is also the desire of the Provincial Government to strengthen and empower all people’s organizations like SAFFIA to pursue economic development activities in support to all investment…

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY USA!!!!....

HMALA BUSCA LLEVAR LA FIESTA EN PAZ: ADELANTA CONTACTO CON GOBIERNO DE OBAMA....

Amigos en el imperio


El presidente electo de Perú, Ollanta Humala, viajará se reunirá en Washington con la secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton, en el primer contacto con ese gobierno previo a su posesión el 28 de julio










El presidente electo de Perú, el izquierdista Ollanta Humala, viajará el martes a Washington para reunirse con la secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton, en el primer contacto con ese gobierno previo a su posesión el 28 de julio.

En un principio se deslizó la posibilidad de un encuentro de Humala con el presidente Barack Obama, según dijeron fuentes del entorno del líder peruano a la AFP.

Sin embargo la embajadora de Estados Unidos en Lima, Rose Likins, señaló que la cita entre Humala y Obama "no está en la agenda".

Likins precisó que Humala se reunirá con Hillary Clinton y con el asesor de Seguridad Nacional, Tom Donilon, en declaraciones a periodistas.

Las citas representarán el primer contacto de altos funcionarios del gobierno estadounidense con Humala, un nacion…

PILAS BRASIL!...COMO EN LA VIDA Y EL FUTBOL...HAY QUE DESIDIR ENTRE ALEGRIA O OSADIA...

La paradoja de Brasil: luminoso por fuera, descolorido por dentro



Foto: Marco Brindicci / Reuters

Buenos Aires, 4 jul (dpa) - Brasil debutó en la Copa América con botines multicolores. 

Dani Alves, por ejemplo, los usó violetas, amarillos y anaranjados. 
Robinho y Neymar, a su lado, los prefirieron blancos, azules y rosas, con un detalle extra: los tacos eran verde fluorescente. 
La paradoja es que al juego del equipo le faltó brillo y luminosidad.


En los botines futuristas que utilizó Neymar ante Venezuela, además, se podía leer dos palabras. “Alegría”, en el derecho, y “Osadía”, en el izquierdo

El día después al descolorido empate 0-0 ante Venezuela, el entrenador Mano Menezes analiza cómo plantear el próximo partido de Brasil. El margen de error se reduce y el rival, en principio, parece aún más aguerrido de lo que ya fueron los venezolanos.
 Será Paraguay, este sábado 9 en Córdoba.

¿Mantendrá Menezes el ofensivo 4-2-3-1 que pareció dejar en soledad a los volantes de marca Lucas Leiva y Ram…

GREEK AUSTERITY MAY BRING EFFICIENCY WITH IT....

Published online 4 July 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/475013a

News
Greek crisis spurs research reforms

Economic meltdown adds fresh vigour to science shake-up.

Alison Abbott
Despite protests against austerity measures in Greece, some scientists see an opportunity for change.Reuters/P. Rossignol
"The threat is very clear," says Greek native Vassilis Pachnis, a developmental neuroscientist at the UK National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in London. "There is a danger that this financial crisis could damage the status of centres of research excellence in Greece."

Last week, the Greek government agreed to implement further austerity measures in order to get another international bail-out for its crippled economy.
 Scientists were already facing tough times when Greece made its first bail-out request in April 2010 (see Nature 465, 22; 2010). Their take-home pay, which was cut by 10% last March, will now shrink by at least another 10% under the new austerity programme. Dir…

SAMBA TIME AT LE CASINO "ROYALE" AS CEO ON WAY TO BRAZIL TO MEET WITH PRINCIPAL BANKERS...

UPDATE 4-Casino warns Carrefour it can halt Brazil deal






Mon Jul 4, 2011 9:27am EDT

* Casino says Carrefour may be "liable" in "illegal"  deal

* Casino boss in Brazil to meet deal's banker - source

* Casino files 2nd ICC arbitration request against Diniz

* Carrefour shares down 0.66 pct, Casino shares up 1.36 pct

(Adds new Casino arbitration request, updates shares)

By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) - France's Casino warned archrival Carrefour on Monday that any merger between its Brazil unit and the country's biggest retailer Grupo Pao de Acucar could not go ahead without its consent.

The French groups, both massive brand names at home, are slugging it out over the fast-growing Brazil market as their European sales fade, but the trophy that Carrefour is attempting to win has already been claimed by Casino, which owns a controlling stake in GPA.

As Carrefour's board approved the merger plans, the chief executive of Casino was already en route to Bra…

CASINO "ROYALE" HAS MORE TWISTS AND TURNS THAN A SAMBA!!!....

Issue 579

July 4, 2011




Editorial


It's a story that has had more twists and turns than the samba (and there are set to be more to come). The battle for control of Brazil's largest retailer has pit two of Europe's biggest grocers against each other as they look to secure a foothold in one of the world's key emerging markets.

Even this morning (4 July), the fight for CBD, also known by its trading name Grupo Pao de Acucar, grabbed the headlines. 
Carrefour, which is looking to strengthen its presence in developing markets amid tough trading in more mature markets (not least in France), announced it would back a plan - first put forward by a Brazilian investment fund last week - to merge its operations in the country with CBD.

The plan, which is supported by Abilio Diniz, Casino's co-shareholder in CBD, had already angered the French retailer and Carrefour's announcement drew a stinging response from its rival, which again insisted that any deal would need its support. …

TIME TO CALL IN MICHAEL KRAIDY AS SOIL NUTRIONAL CONTENT DROPS IN KENYA MANGO FARMS...AND PRODUCTION ALONG WITH IT...

Technology needed to reduce Kenya’s mango losses



July 4th, 2011

While Kenya’s mango yields have improved to 10 metric tons (MT) per hectare over the last decade, the industry is recording significant losses due to a lack of post harvest technology, news agency Xinhua reported                                                                                                                     

The story reported farmers have started recording losses of between 40% and 50% for the country’s third-largest fruit crop.
“The high losses are further aggravated by seasonality with the highest losses recorded during peak season between October to February,” University of Nairobi lecturer Ruth Githiga was quoted as saying

The department of Plant Science and Crop Protection researcher told Xinhua the use of post harvest technology 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) could improve the shelf life of Kenya’s mangoes by inhibiting ethylene perception.

“It is one of the post harvest technologies that should be expl…

PERU'S LARGEST ECONOMIC GROUPS LOOK TO ETHANOL AS WAY OF THE FUTURE....

Peru’s Grupo Gloria to Produce Ethanol by End-2011, Gestion Reports

By Alex Emery - Jul 4, 2011 8:16 AM PT





Gloria SA (GLORIAI1), Peru’s largest sugar producer, will start making ethanol at the end of the year, Gestion reported.

Gloria will produce the fuel at its Casa Grande and Complejo Agroindustrial Cartavio sugar mills, the Lima-based newspaper said, citing Ari Loebl, head of the biofuels committee at industry group National Industries Society.

Gloria, Maple Energy Plc (MPLE) and the Romero Group’s Cana Bravaplant will produce a combined 600,000 liters (158,000 gallons) a day by December, according to Gestion.

Peruvian filling stations will have to sell gasoline mixed with 7.8 percent of ethanol starting July 15, the newspaper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Emery in Lima at aemery1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net

BLOOM ANALYSIS NECESSARY TO DETERMINE HOW MANY FLOWERS WILL TURN TO FRUIT ON AUSTRALIAN MANGO CROP...

ABC Rural Report

Rural News and Information for North and Far North Queensland, Friday, July 1, 2011

By Charlie McKillop, Cairns




Cold snap has mango trees in full bloom



Charlie McKillop

The colder than expected winter snap on the Atherton Tableland has prompted a flurry of flowering activity in mango trees.

John Nucifora - director for North Queensland on the Australian Mango Industry Association - says the prolific flowering is the best he's ever seen.

"One of the best flowerings probably in mango history. We very rarely get a flowering where it's so uniform and all comes out at once," he said.

"When you've got such a uniform flower you've got to go hell for leather and hope you get it home."

But Mr Nucifora says there's still a long way to go until the start of the harvest in November and hopes growers will still be able to achieve a fair price for a box of mangoes.

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/regions/content/201107/3258307.htm

WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT UNUSUAL MANGO BLOOM...HAS ANYONE MADE A FLOWER COUNT...TO SEE HOW MANY PERFECT FLOWERS???

Western Australia set for bumper mango season

Western Australia's mango season is on track to be an absolute bumper and perhaps a few weeks earlier. 

Trees across the north are drenched in flowers, thanks to some cool weather and a big wet season. Peter Johnson from the Department of Agriculture and Food says lots of flowers doesn't always mean lots of fruit, but at this stage the season is shaping up well.

"Certainly I haven't seen a flowering as strong and as consistent as this for quite some time," he said. "I think it's just really indicative of the sort of conditions we've had over the last six months. 

"The odds are we're in for a large production season, but anything can happen between now and harvest."


Source: abc.net.au


Publication date: 7/4/2011

WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD MAKER HAS CHINA'S LARGEST ON IT'S RADAR: NESTLE FOODS IN BID FOR CHINA'S HSU FU CHI...

Nestle Confirms Early-Stage Talks With Hsu Fu Chi

By Bloomberg News - Jul 4, 2011 5:54 AM PT





Hsu Fu Chi International Ltd. food products are arranged for a photograph in Beijing. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg


The Nestle SA headquarters, center, stand in Vevey. Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg

Nestle SA (NESN), the world’s largest food maker, said it’s in preliminary discussions with Hsu Fu Chi International Ltd. (HFCI) after being identified as a potential suitor for China’s biggest confectioner by market value.

Nestle has “no further comments to make at this stage,” Nina Caren Backes, a spokeswoman at the Vevey, Switzerland-based company, said today in an e-mailed statement. Hsu Fu Chi said earlier that Nestle is assessing a bid and the two companies have been in talks on a partnership for a few years. 
Talks are also being held with other potential suitors, said Christine Sun, a spokeswoman for the Dongguan, Guangdong-based company.

Hsu Fu Chi is valued at S$3.2 billion ($2.6 …