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UPDATE FROM INDIA BY GHOUSIA FRUITS ...

Greetings to the IMO from India:




There is some disappointing news for mango lovers as the crop is likely to be delayed this year. 

Cyclone Thane and indifferent weather has affected flowering and could negatively impact the crop.



The mango is cultivated in frost-free tropical and sub-tropical climates. More than a third of the world's mangoes is produced in India and Krishnagiri district is a major producer of some of the most popular varieties. 


According to the district's horticulture department, mango crops have been planted in 40,000 hectares of land in the district. 

About 7.3 tonnes of mangoes are produced per hectare. 

The fruit is generally harvested in the middle of February. In March/April, it is usually available in the market.


The unseasonal weather has upset the cycle. 

The flowering happens in mid December. However, this season, the flowering was minimal in the mango orchards. 

Consequently, there will be a delay in the arrival of the fruit.


I can tell you exactly on feb e…

DAKAR RALLY 2012 ENTERS INTO PERU FOR FIRST TIME EVER IN STAGE ELEVEN ....

STAGE TEN OF DAKAR RALLY 2012

HOPE FOR DEMOCRACY AT MANGO'S BIRTHPLACE ....

IMO NOTE:

Most scholars concur that the birthplace of the mango is Myanmar (formerly Burma)








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When Hillary met the Lady

Dec 2nd 2011, 21:21 by R.C. | YANGON









AFTER the rounds of making nice with government ministers at the ghastly new capital of Naypyidaw, Hillary Clinton and her team jetted down to the former capital Yangon (previously Rangoon). 


Vibrant, ramshackle, crowded and enjoyable, Yangon couldn’t be more different from the austere and lifeless gilded cage that Myanmar’s secretive generals have created for themselves at Naypyidaw. It was also in Yangon that Mrs Clinton was due to meet another woman probably even more famous than herself, Aung San Suu Kyi. This doesn’t happen too often to Mrs Clinton, I imagine, so expectations were soaring.



After all, apart from the two particular women concerned, this was also the first visit by such a senior American official for 50 years (the last being John Foster Dulles), and the most high-profile visitor to Ms Suu Kyi in Myanm…

MORE RAIN FOR AUSTRALIA...

Cyclone Heidi downgraded to category 1 after hitting WA's north
AAP
January 12, 2012 2:02PM





TROPICAL Cyclone Heidi has been downgraded to category 1 as it continues to cause wild weather through Western Australia's Pilbara region.



The cyclone was a category 2 when it crossed the Pilbara coast to the east of Port Hedland about 4.30am (WST) today but was downgraded to a category 1 about 9.30am (WST).




Heidi was moving south-southwest at 12km/h.



A red alert is still in place for coastal areas from Pardoo to Whim Creek, including Port Hedland and South Hedland, where residents have been told to remain indoors.

However, the warning from Dampier to Whim Creek, including Roebourne, Point Samson and Karratha, has been cancelled.




Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett said that although the intensity of the wind was lessening, there was lots of rain.




"Some people have had flooding in their roofs, and electrical faults," she said.






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Dampier re-opens as Heidi eases The Australian…

WITH THE HELP OF RUSSIA & CHINA, VENEZUELA LOOKS TO REVAMP PORT SYSTEM ...

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Venezuela mulls revival of neglected ports
Published: Jan. 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM







CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Venezuela is pushing for an early regeneration of its maritime and defense port facilities, neglected over many years and found to be lacking in basic infrastructural capacity.



Moves for the development and refurbishment of the country's ports so far have attracted a major Chinese investor, China Harbor Engineering Co., which pledged an initial $600 million. More suitors are expected to follow CHEC to gain access to a key part of the oil exporter's infrastructure.


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also signed agreements with Russia that are likely to result in supply and local assembly of a range of naval defense craft, including submarines, defense and security data showed.


Chavez launched a major military buildup as tensions with Colombia over guerrilla activities worsened in 2009. In recent months, however, Colombia has receded from Venezuelan popul…

MORAL AUTHORITY OF NEWLY APPOINTED CARICOM LEADER QUESTIONED ...

EDITORIAL
Mr Bouterse wrong choice for Caricom chairman

Tuesday, January 10, 2012












IT will be interesting to see how Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom) leaders interact with the new chairman of the regional body, President Desiré Delano Bouterse of Suriname.



President Bouterse began his six-month tenure in the chair on January 1 and, in his New Year’s message, has signalled his intention to push for even closer ties within the region, using as his springboard the global economic crisis.


Quite correctly, President Bouterse acknowledged that this crisis “shows no signs of abating” and that it has created challenges of unemployment, low or negative growth, and increasing disparity between the rich and the poor.


“Given the relationship between the economic health of the major nations and its effect on us in Caricom, it would require a major effort on our part to overcome the challenges presented by this ongoing situation. It also requires that we take a hard look at the way we opera…

ARE LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES "FORWARD THINKING" ENOUGH TO DO BUSINESS WITH TAIWAN ??? ...

The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com





Iran is not the only 'pariah' looking to Latin America



Taiwan courts continued recognition as an independent country from select Latin American nations, while Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tries to bolster ties to regional allies.




Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) and Taiwan Chancellor Timothy Yang shake hands after their meeting in Managua 

November 29, 2011.
(Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)


By James Bosworth, Guest blogger
posted January 9, 2012 at 8:47 am EST






Over the next week, an important leader from a widely rejected government will be touring Latin America looking to shore up his country's international legitimacy in the face of increasing pressure and rejection.




Obviously, I'm talking about Taiwanese Foreign Affairs Minister Timothy Yang.

The inaugurations of Presidents Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and Otto Perez in Guatemala are an opportunity for Taiwan to send a high-level delegation to Central America and the Car…

VENEZUELA RUNNER-UP ON GLOBAL MISERY INDEX ... FOLLOWED BY SEVERAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ...

Charts, maps and infographics

Graphic detail
Daily chart


Feeling gloomy

Jan 9th 2012, 15:41 


by The Economist online





More bad news for Europe's troubled economies




THE new year was a bad time for a public figure to die. 

Kiro Gligorov, the first president of independent Macedonia, was rather ignored when he died on January 1st: the foreigners who might normally be interested in such an event were occupied trying to work out whether nuclear war was imminent on the Korean peninsula. 

Macedonia may remember Mr Gligorov fondly, but the country is in a mess. 

It comes top of our misery index, which combines two powerful indicators of economic gloom—unemployment and inflation. 

Out-of-control price rises are mainly a problem in oil-rich countries with loopy economic management such as Venezuela and Iran (and, to a lesser degree, Russia). 

One striking feature of the updated index, however, is that high unemployment now places a number of rich European countries right up there with the most miserable…

DID THE IMO BLOG MAKE THE DHS SHORT LIST ??? ...

Homeland Security Is Monitoring The Drudge Report, The New York Times





Drudge Report






ADAM CLARK ESTES
5:46 PM ET


It's unclear exactly why, but the Department of Homeland has been operating a "Social Networking/Media Capability" program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months. 

Based on a privacy compliance review from last November recently obtained by Reuters, the purpose of the project is to "collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture." Whatever that means. 


Either way, the list of sites reported by Reuters reveals in a Wednesday afternoon exclusive is pretty intriguing:


Social Networks

Facebook

Twitter

Myspace




Blogs


The Drudge Report

The Huffington Post

The New York Times's Lede blog

Wired's Threat Level

Wired's Danger Room

ABC News' investigative blog The Blotter

"blogs that cover bird flu … news and activity along U.S. borders … drug trafficki…

TENDRAN LAS HELADAS EN EL GOLFO DE MEXICO EFECTOS EN LA PRODUCCION DE MANGO ??? ...

Por lo visto...no pareceira.....






Tamaulipas
México: Heladas afectarán 30 mil hectáreas de cítricos, Sagarpa



Los productores agrícolas de la zona centro del estado están preocupados debido a que en este mes podrían registrarse temperaturas extremas que destruirían por lo menos 60 mil hectáreas de cultivos, sobre todo de cítricos.



El delegado de la SAGARPA en Tamaulipas, Roberto Salinas Salinas, comentó que en la región centro también están sembradas más de 30 mil hectáreas de cítricos, y a pesar de que esta fruta es resistente a las bajas temperaturas, si el termómetro baja a menos 4 grados la naranja podría congelarse.




Agregó que los productores de cítricos se han preparado con anticipación para el frio y han instalado algunos sistemas para evitar daños en sus huertas, como barreras de calor que son encendidas para brindar calor a las plantaciones si las temperaturas bajan considerablemente.


Fuente: Gaceta



Fecha de publicación: 09/01/2012



http://www.freshplaza.es/news_detail.asp?id=59519



WHY INVESTORS SHOULD BELIEVE IN GHANA ...

Here's Why Jeffrey Sachs Thinks Ghana's Future Is Bright
Clair MacDougall, The Christian Science Monitor |

Jan. 11, 2012, 7:03 PM 












As the small West African nation of Ghana heads into an election year, fierce debate on whether the government of President John Mills has delivered on its developmental goals and promises are already raging. But one of the world’s most prominent development economists says Ghana is proving to be one of the strongest performers on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa and unlike some of its African counterparts is likely to fulfill them by the 2015 deadline.





Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, visited Ghana on a recent tour to examine poverty reduction strategies and progress on the MDGs within Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria.




Sachs was the former director of the United Nations Millennium Project and played a major role in developing the eight MDGs that set forth a new set of development criteria for cou…

AUSSIES IN LONDON HAVE A PLACE TO ENJOY THEIR MANGOES...WHILE THEY LAST....

Going MADD for Australian mangoes in London


One of the first shipments of Queensland’s Kensington Pride mangoes will hit the streets of London this week. TIM MARTIN explores what has the English capital hopping MADD for this delicious Australian favourite.

By Tim Martin on 11 January, 2012 1:01 pm in Aussies in the UK,







LONDON. A city of Big Ben chimes, of pasty Poms, of fish and chips (or Brick Lane curries) and of pints of ale. You wouldn’t then necessarily associate the largest city in England with Australian mangoes. But hidden just round the corner from the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus is a relaxed little place that may just be the capital’s best kept mango secret. And it stocks, for the very first time in this great city, those delicious, succulent, juicy, orangey coloured oval fruits of goodness – Aussie mangoes all the way from QLD!



MADD Mango Restaurant (Mango + Addiction = MADD), tucked away in Soho, relaunches this week and one of the men behind the concept, Australian Jo…

RAINS CONTINUE TO DAMAGE MANGO CROP AFTER CYCLONE THANE ...

Rains cause damage to crops in Prakasam district

January 12, 2012
By DC Correspondent
ONGOLE. JAN


Depression-based rains have damaged crops in the harvesting stage in Prakasam district.

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Rain wreaks havoc on crops





Depression-based rains have damaged crops in the harvesting stage in Prakasam district.



The rain suddenly started on Tuesday night and continued on Wednesday. Tobacco, mango, Bengal gram, paddy, maize, millets, salt and other crops were damaged over 82,439 hectares in the district in the past 24 hours, said agriculture officials.




Recently, the Thane cyclone related rains had damaged crops over 7,375 hectares and this rain completed the damage process.



The highest rainfall of 80.4 mm was registered in Maturu mandal, followed by Kurichedu with 73.9 mm, Santamaglur with 57.4 mm, Marripudi 43.4 mm, Yaddanapudi with 41.8 mm. The other mandals received moderate rainfall.




Mango, tobacco, cotton, paddy, sapota and other crops in Kandukur, Ulavapadu, Lingasa-mudram, Ponnalur a…

MADAME FRANCINE GIVEN SEPARATE PLU NUMBER ....

New PLU Code Approved For Francis Mango Variety


by National Mango Board
Posted: 2012-01-11 08:49:45 EST



Orlando, Fla. – The International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), the group responsible for setting PLU codes, has approved PLU code 3621 for the Francis mango variety. Retailers, shippers and growers are encouraged to update their systems and label stock immediately so the code can be in use for the 2012 Haitian mango season.



Francis mango usually begins shipping from Haiti in mid-April, with peak volumes in May, June and July. During the 2011 season, Haiti shipped approximately 2.2 million boxes of Francis mangos to the United States. South Florida is the primary entry port for Haitian mangos.



The new code will end a long-standing conflict in the coding system that left the Francis variety with no good option for a PLU code. The National Mango Board (NMB) played a lead role in applying for the new code, at the request of several prominent Francis mango shippers and the Associa…