The eastern half of what used to be Pakistan narrowly escaped a military coup last month. Brigadier Masud Razzak, the spokesman of the Bangladeshi army, announced on Thursday (19 January) that “A band of fanatic officers has been trying to oust the politically established government. Their attempt has been foiled”.
They had “extreme religious views,” he said, and revealed that some of the sixteen conspirators, all of them current or former military officers, will soon appear before a military court. For a country with a dismal history of military coups, some of them very violent, it was a heartening outcome. But it was also a reminder of where the real danger lies in the subcontinent.
If the country called Pakistan that got its independence from Britain in 1947 were still a single state, it would be the fourth biggest nation on the planet, with over 300 million people.
The much lambasted SOPA anti-piracy bill has been pulled by its author Lamar Smith, reports Reuters.
The bill, which has received massive opposition from nearly every sentient being that uses the internet, has been removed from consideration “until there is wider agreement on a solution,” said Smith.
Smith went on to tell Reuters that he has “heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.”
A lesson was learnt in the Corporate Area Resident Magi-strate's Court yesterday by an unemployed man who vowed never to pick mangoes again without permission.
Junior Powell, 21, from Pembroke Hall, St Andrew, was fined $5,000 or six months on two counts of unlawful possession of property.
Powell was reportedly found in possession of 160 mangoes on one day and nine Julie mangoes on another day which he obtained without permission.
In his defence, Powell told the court that he was unaware that he was doing an unlawful act when he picked the fruits from a tree which had branches that hung over on a public property.
He explained that the public space was located beside the yard where the mango tree was, and so he picked mangoes from the branches which leaned outside the property.
However, Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey explained to him that notwithstanding branches of the tree hanging over to another property, the fruits were still the property of the owner where the tree was pla…
Canadian Economy to Be Hurt by Europe, U.S. in ’12, Roubini Says
QBy Matt Walcoff - Jan 17, 2012 9:00 PM PT
Europe’s credit crisis and the unwinding of consumer and government debt in the U.S. will limit Canadian economic growth in 2012, according to Nouriel Roubini, the economist who predicted the 2008 recession..
Budget deficits and bank losses in Europe and lower U.S. spending by individuals and governments will outweigh Canada’s domestic strengths, said Roubini, co-founder of Roubini Global Economics LLC in a speech in Toronto yesterday. In a visit to the city in April 2009, Roubini said the U.S. economy would contract throughout that year. U.S. gross domestic product has been growing since the third quarter of 2009.
“Even Canada, which has had much better financial fundamentals, cannot fully decouple from Europe and the U.S.,” said Roubini, a professor at New York University. “Canadian economic growth will be below potential because of economic headwinds from Europe and America.”
Outback Steakhouse® Brightens Up a Dreary Winter With the Fresh Flavors of Its New Sirloin & Seafood Mixed Grill
TAMPA, Fla, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Outback Steakhouse® is inviting customers to beat the winter blues with fresh flavors from the NEW Outback Sirloin & Seafood Mixed Grill, a signature sirloin paired with seasoned and seared shrimp and scallops on a bed of freshly diced mango salsa. Now through February 18, this mouthwatering offer is available nationwide for just $12.99*, served with a choice of one Outback side.
"We are excited to offer a new creation that pairs fresh flavors at a really affordable price," said Outback Steakhouse Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Kappitt. "Our passion for creating fresh grilled classics that are made from scratch daily allows us to provide flavorful innovations to customers across the country."
Also for a limited time, Outback Steakhouse® will offer OREO® Cookies 'N Cream Waffles dessert which fe…
On Jan. 1, the new version of the Harmonized System Nomenclature entered into force, the World Customs Organization (WCO) has announced, although implementation dates will differ.
The 2012 revision includes 220 sets of amendments: 98 relating to the agricultural sector; 27 to the chemical sector; 9 to the paper sector; 14 to the textile sector; 5 to the base metal sector; 30 to the machinery sector; and 37 to other sectors.
Among other changes, the HS now includes new classification provisions for specific chemicals controlled under the Rotterdam Convention and for substances controlled under the Montreal Protocol.
The Harmonized System is used by more than 200 countries and economic or customs unions as well as by international organizations such as the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Harmonized System (HS) Convention currently has 141 contracti…
Mediterranean Shipping overtook Maersk Line off as the top container line serving the U.S. in the first nine months of 2011 measured by container volume, and the Geneva-based carrier achieved a near balance of exports and imports along the way, according to The Journal of Commerce's ranking of Top 40 Container Lines in the U.S. import and export trades.
The world’s second-largest carrier saw U.S. exports jump 18.9 percent from January to September and outbound shipments rise 12.8 percent. Imports were up 1.3 percentage points over exports, giving MSC a rare equilibrium of trade.
Maersk, the world's largest global container line, saw exports rise 1.7 percent and imports fall 4 percent during the the same period. The Danish carrier handled 50 percent more imports than exports.
Total U.S. container trade in the first nine months of 2011 was up 5.1 percent year-over-year, thanks to an 8 percent s…
THERE were shockwaves across the UK retail industry this week after Tesco issued its first profit warning in recent history.
Many were baffled by the news of declining domestic sales and watered down financial targets, especially coming from the world’s third-largest grocer. Even chief executive Philip Clarke had to admit that Tesco’s recent dis-appointing sales performance was “not what I wanted for Christmas”.
While reassuringly keen for global expansion, particularly in China and the US, Tesco could be guilty of a certain strategic myopia: looking beyond the horizon has made it lose sight of problems (from rivals gaining market share to struggling hypermarkets) under its nose.
One prime example: Clarke had to admit that the grocer might have backed off on promotional coupon activity just as rivals like Asda and Sainsbury’s had upped it.
Tesco’s recent disappointment should be a lesson to all: that while seeking expansion and new opportunities ab…
Occupying the seventh place in the world of mango production
In 2011 Peru focused on mango exports to US and EU
Peru has the seventh highest yield per hectare in the production of mangoes worldwide, according to information given by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO), reported Peru´s Foreign Trade Society (ComexPerú) last Sunday.
In 2010 the country reached 18 tons per hectare, ranking seventh in world rankings due to mango performance, while countries like India, China and Thailand only reached the 6.3, 9.4 and 8.2 tons per hectare, respectively. (THIS YEAR PERU WILL BE LUCKY TO AVERAGE 3 MT/HEC)
This despite the fact that India is the world's largest producer of mangoes and in 2010 reached 16.3 million tons, China 4.4 million tons, Thailand 2.6 million tons and Pakistan 1.8 million tons, among others.
In 2010 Peru exported mangoes and mangosteens, fresh or dried for U.S.D $90 million, 30% more than in 2009.
In 2011 it held a remarkable performance since in the …
The prices for mango's are relatively high at the moment.
The Peruvian mango season just started. Importers on Tacler report prices of over 7 Euro for Kent mangos. The availability of the Peruvian production has decreased significantly this season.
André Boon of AJB's Fruitbox says that this season will be completely different than the past years. "First of all the export started 3 to 4 weeks later and the volumes compared to last year will be 50% max."
In contrast to the 6500 containers that were shipped from Peru last year, only 3000 containers are expected to be exported this season. The demand from the United States is also larger this year, partially due to the lesser quality of the mangos from Ecuador due to heavy rainfall.
Marco Torres Barbosa of Tropical Fresh BV says that mangos are being sold for high prices. He hopes to receive the first shipment of mangos from Peru soon.
Agrexco Carmel Agricultural Export Company Ltd reamerged in middle of November 2011.
Mr Gideon Bickel bought the activity of the old Agrexco from its liquidator including the famous brand CARMEL and all other brands like CARMEL BIOTOP ,CORAL , ALESIA , etc'.
The new structure of the company includes 70 employees in Israel and 20 in Europe. Most of them were employed for many years by Agrexco. Sales are made either from the branch offices abroad or directly from Israel.
All kinds of fresh fruit, vegetables, citrus, roots, flowers, and propagation materials are exported already. The target is to reach a sales capacity of 50 million Euro during 2012 and triple it in 2013.
The increase in volume will continue in the next years. "Growers show great interest in exporting with Agrexco Carmel due to its wide knowledge in all aspects of marketing fresh produce. Logistic services are outsourced easily, while its sea terminal "Carmel kor" is serving al…
by ELLE on JANUARY 18, 2012
in FRUIT,HEALTHY TIPS & TRICKS,KNOWLEDGE
Yesterday was a sad, sad day for me. After 3 days of an insanely itchy face and lips (on top of recovering from a cold, mind you) I came to the conclusion that I’m allergic to one of my most favorite fruits!
I’ve written quite a few blog posts involving the mango, like how-to slice and dice mango, mango in grilled cheese, quesadillas, and cottage cheese, just to name a few.
Heck, I love them so much I even made my own Mango Cheesecake recipe!
Well, my love died a little bit yesterday morning when, after what felt like Google search #2,643, and reading this blog post I realized that the allergic reaction I’ve been experiencing the past few days is courtesy of the mango… more specifically the mango peel.
Apparently mango is in the same botanical family as poison ivy. The peel and sap from mango contain the same oil, urushiol, that causes a similar autoimmune response caused by its 3 shiny-leafed rela…
January 19 2012 --- Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Ahold today announced consolidated net sales of €7.3 billion for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.
At constant exchange rates net sales were up 4.3 percent.
For the full year 2011, consolidated net sales were €30.3 billion, an increase of 2.5 percent compared to 2010. At constant exchange rates net sales were up 5.5 percent.
We are pleased to have delivered another solid performance over the quarter, growing sales and market share in the United States and the Netherlands.
We continue to be well positioned in challenging market conditions with customers remaining cautious in their spending.
NEW YORK — Four supermarket retailers, led by Wegmans Food Markets, were named to the annual list of the 100 best companies to work for published Thursday by Fortune magazine.
Wegmans, Rochester, N.Y., ranked No. 4 on the list.
Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas, was No. 32; Nugget Market, Woodland, Calif., ranked No. 34; and Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets was No. 78. Tulsa-based convenience chain QuikTrip ranked No. 66.
Wegmans has appeared in the Fortune 100 list for 15 consecutive years and ranked in the top five for five years.
Other ranked retailers included REI (ranked No. 8), Zappos (10), The Container Store (22), Men’s Wearhouse (55), Nordstrom (61), Starbucks (73) and CarMax (91). Consumer product company General Mills ranked No. 63.
Google was the top-ranked company. The ranking is based on employee surveys and a “culture audit” conducted by Fortune and the Great Place to Work Institute.
The health of UK food and drink manufacturing, government intervention in the industry and the struggling organic sector were just three of the hot topics at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders' Summit.
Here is a flavour, captured in quotes, of the conference that attracted food and drink industry leaders from throughout the UK and beyond.
Colombia tomaría cuatro años en recuperar su producción de café Colombia Así lo sostuvo el gerente de la Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia, Luis Genaro Muñoz, quien reveló que en el 2011 se sustituyeron 117.000 hectáreas de cafetos, una cifra sin antecedentes. Las principales regiones productoras de café de Colombia fueron afectadas por fuertes lluvias ocasionadas por el fenómeno de La Niña y las consecuencias se verán en el primer semestre de este año. Vie, 20/01/2012 - 09:24
Bogotá. Colombia espera recuperar en unos cuatro años sus niveles históricos de producción de 11 millones de sacos anuales de café, con la incorporación de cultivos renovados resistentes al cambio climático y al hongo de la roya, dijo el jueves el máximo dirigente del sector.
El país sudamericano registró en el 2011 su menor cosecha de café en más de 30 años, de 7,8 millones de sacos de 60 kilos, como consecuencia de las fuertes lluvias que se registraron en las principales zonas productoras.