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CENTRAL AMERICA COMPILES IMPRESSIVE WEATHER DATABASE IN AN EFFORT TO PREDICT FUTURE DISASTERS...

Central America launches its 'Google' of weather

by Staff Writers
San Salvador (AFP) July 21, 2011





Officials launched a database Thursday they dubbed the "Google of Central American weather," designed to predict natural disasters as the region grapples with devastating consequences blamed on climate change.


Technical director Norman Avila said the project will gather information from 150 stations in seven countries and has already accumulated decades of historical data.


The shared information will pave the way for improved forecasts of hurricanes and other severe weather.


"Extreme hydrometeorological phenomena are the main threat to Central America," said Patricia Ramirez, head of the Regional Water Resources Committee based in Costa Rica, the organization in charge of developing the database.


Launched with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, the database aims to help the agricultural sector, which has been badly damaged by severe weather in rece…

MEXICO DODGES FOURTH HURRICANE THIS SEASON...AND THE SEASON HAS JUST STARTED...

Weakened Hurricane Dora threatens Mexico's Baja

by Staff Writers
Mexico City (AFP) July 22, 2011





Hurricane Dora lost steam early Friday as it brushed Mexico's coast, and while it was expected to remain offshore the storm could cause dangerous conditions on the Baja peninsula, officials said.


The fourth hurricane of the 2011 season in the easternPacific weakened to a category two storm and further downsizing was forecast, but it was still packing heavy rains and sustained winds of 165 kilometers (105 miles) per hour, Mexico's weather service said.


At 2:00 am (0900 GMT) Friday, Dora was churning some 460 kilometers (285 miles) southeast of the luxury beach resorts of Cabo San Lucas in southern Baja California, where authorities have issued a tropical storm warning.


The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that while the center of Dora was expected to remain offshore of …

UNUSUALLY HIGH TAX REVENUE INFLOW WILL ALLOW USA TO AVOID DEFAULT UNTIL SEPTEMBER...

U.S. Can Avoid Default Until September: Silvia


QBy Jillian Berman and Betty Liu - Jul 25, 2011 12:21 PM PT





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July 25 (Bloomberg) -- Mark Coffelt, chief investment officer at Empiric Advisors, Michael Green, chief executive officer of Tenex Capital Management, and Jay Pelosky, a consultant at J2Z Advisory, talk about negotiations between lawmakers over raising the U.S. debt ceiling and the possibility that the government will lose its AAA debt rating. They speak with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)


The U.S. government can avoid a default for at least a month after the Aug. 2 deadline to lift the debt ceiling set by the Treasury Department, said John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC.




“The Federal Reserve and the Treasury can work together to generate enough cash probably for the next two or three months to avoid any kind of automatic default on the Treasury debt,” Silvia, who is based in Charlotte, North Caro…

BRAZIL EXPORTS OF MANGO TO USA WILL BE VERY HARD TO JUSTIFY AS REALS HITS HIGH AGAINST US DOLLAR...

Brazilian currency at highest level since 1999                                                                  AFP – 3 hrs ago






Brazil's real soared Monday to its highest level against the dollar since 1999, when …


Brazil's real soared Monday to its highest level against the dollar since 1999, when the South American giant delinked from the US currency.


The dollar was buying 1.53 reals at midday on financial markets, representing a 0.9 percent increase from Friday. The dollar closed somewhat higher at 1.54 reals.


The latest jump came despite efforts by the Brazilian government to stem the rise of the real, which can hurt the economy by making exports from the emerging economy more expensive.

Brazil's central bank has spent some $36 billion intervening in the markets in an effort to slow the rise of the real in the first six months of the year.


The government has also slapped taxes on financial transactions to discourage speculative investments from abroad.


Brazilian officials b…

HUMALA ANUNCIA SU GABINETE DIAS ANTES DE LA TOMA DEL PODER...

Gabinete para la estabilidad del país

EQUIPO LISTO. 

Humala asegura que su gestión será de concertación y de continuidad económica para evitar inflación galopante.


El presidente electo, Ollanta Humala, prácticamente oficializó ayer la composición de todo su Gabinete Ministerial, al revelar los nombres de los que se harán a cargo de las carteras de Trabajo, Vivienda, Salud, Transportes, Interior, Agricultura, Justicia y Comercio Exterior (ver cuadro).


Humala –quien aún no quiso anunciar los nombres en Educación y Cultura– aseguró que su gestión será de concertación, de continuidad de la estabilidad macroeconómica del país. 

“Es un compromiso del partido Gana Perú para que este gobierno haga bien las cosas. Buscaremos la estabilidad macroeconómica sin inflación galopante”, afirmó en entrevista con el programa dominical Panorama.


SIN COGOBIERNO. 

El electo gobernante afirmó también que su equipo ministerial no refleja un cogobierno con Perú Posible sino un gobierno de concertación, sin cuotas…

USA AMBASSADOR INAUGURATES LUTAFABAD MANGO PROCESSING LINE IN PAKISTAN...

Munter goes on mango diplomacy                                                                                Published: July 25, 2011


MULTAN - The US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that his country strongly supports Pakistan’s economic growth and prosperity.

He observed this on Sunday while addressing the inauguration ceremony of Lutafabad Mango Processing Line established with the financial assistance of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

He said that the US was strongly committed to creation of employment opportunities for the people of Pakistan. He told the participants that his country supported Pakistani firms to acquire latest technology, besides facilitating them to get access to international markets.

Referring to USAID’s mango project, he said that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last year had pledged American support for developing mango processing facilities for exporting mango from South Punjab and Sindh. The tangible result…

PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN GIVES FULL SUPPORT TO GLOBAL MANGO EXPORT PROGRAM...

PM for fully exploiting Pakistan mango export potential


ISLAMABAD, July 25 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday said as Pakistan is the fifth largest producer of mangoes in the world, there was a need to exploiting mango export potential to its fullest in the $ one billion annual world-wide trade.


 “Though Pakistani mangoes are known for their quality and taste all over the world, this potential has not been exploited to its fullest in the one billion dollar world-wide trade of mangoes”, Gilani said while addressing Pakistan Mango Extravaganza, organized by the Minister of Commerce and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) here at a local hotel.



“The occasion is important as it reflects our government’s efforts to focus on the export sector of the country. My government is committed to encouraging the local exporters through provision of necessary facilities and incentives”, he added.


The Prime Minister said that the present government is taking measures…

2009 PINE ISLAND MANGO FESTIVAL WINNER WEIGHED IN AT 5.31 POUNDS !!!!...WHAT WILL THIS YEAR'S WINNER WEIGH ???...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pine Island Prize Winning Mango



I was lucky enough to see this year's winner of the largest mango contest from the Mango Mania Festival on Pine Island at the Baypoint Road Tropical Fruit Market...Here it is, weighing in at a hefty 5.31 pounds. I like the orange (instead of blue) first place ribbon, same color as mango flesh.
I also enjoyed eating some fresh fried fish fritters there. Stop by Baypoint Road on a summer weekend and enjoy the fresh tropical fruit, flowers and fish.

PINE ISLAND MANGO FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND...WINNERS FROM PAST FESTIVALS...

TWISTED MINDS OF TERRORISTS DRAW ON DISTORTED HISTORY (FANTASY) TO JUSTIFY ACTIONS...

Knights Templar: In Mexico, like Norway, criminals look to past for legitimacy


The attacker in Norway and a Mexican drug ring both invoke the ancient Knights Templar to describe themselves. Why do violent ideologues and criminals search the past for inspiration?




In this photo taken July 14, white robes with Maltese crosses, guns, munitions and Knights Templar paraphernalia are shown to the press after being seized by the Mexican army near the town of Santa Gertrudis, Mexico. The Templar Knights, a new drug cartel that was created after it splintered from the La Familia cartel last March, has issued a code-of-conduct booklet for members saying it is fighting a war against tyranny and injustice.
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By James Bosworth, Guest blogger / July 25, 2011


Mexico's newest criminal organizations, the Knights Templar, issued a "code of conduct" that included moral standards while also justifying the use of lethal force. 

The KT appears to be an offshoot of La Familia, another group that fol…

HONEY HOLDS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING FUTURE ANTI-BACTERIAL DRUGS...

Where will we find new antibacterial drugs? In honey?



Scientists are appealing for jars of honey to help them try to develop new antibacterial drugs



Andrew Mourant
guardian.co.uk, Monday 25 July 2011 17.30 BST


Professor Les Baillie and his team at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Photograph: James Davies

Who knows what medicinal secrets lurk in a pot of honey?

             Scientists in Wales intend finding out and are asking beekeepers throughout the UK to send in their honey for inspection. 
They're especially keen to know what plants their bees have been feeding on – information that could, in time, help to develop new antibacterial drugs.



Researchers at Cardiff University and the National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW) plan to construct a detailed profile of the nation's honey. 

By analysing each sample, they aim to identify plants that can help to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA, scourge of many a hospital ward; and also diseases ravaging the bee population.



140 TRILLION TIMES ALL THE WATER IN THE EARTH'S OCEANS...DISCOVERED IN OUTER SPACE...MORE THAN 12 BILLION MILES FROM EARTH!!!...

Astronomers Find Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water


This artist's concept illustrates a quasar, or feeding black hole, similar to APM 08279+5255, where astronomers discovered huge amounts of water vapor. Gas and dust likely form a torus around the central black hole, with clouds of charged gas above and below. Image credit: NASA/ESA








July 22, 2011

Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. 

The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.
"The environment around this quasar is very unique in that it's producing this huge mass of water," said Matt Bradford, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "It's another demonstration that water is pervasive throughout the universe, even at the very earliest times." Bradford leads one…

LEADERSHIP OVERHAUL AT VIRGINIA PORTS...AS GOVERNOR REPLACES MAJORITY OF THE BOARD...

Virginia Governor Sacks Most of Port Board


Peter T. Leach | Jul 25, 2011 2:09PM GMT                                                                      The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story







Shakeup aimed at spurring lagging volume and revenue

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell replaced 10 out of the 11 members on the board that oversees the Virginia Port Authority in an effort to spur lagging volume and revenue.


McDonnell announced the shakeup Friday. Some members had several years remaining on their five-year terms.


The overall number of ships of all kinds that called the various VPA terminals in the first six months of 2011 declined by 4.6 percent to 895 from 938 a year earlier, according to the VPA website, which does not yet post data on container volume or revenue for the year-to-date.


Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton told media outlets the administration was not happy with production at the agency. He said many of the board members did not understand the business.

Al…