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LOS BRICS BUSCAN NOMBRAR NUEVO JEFE DEL BANCO MUNDIAL ...

Economías emergentes piden reformular el proceso para titularidad del BM ÁfricaAsiaEuropaLatinoaméricaMedio Oriente,Oceanía "No es tanto la identidad del reemplazante del señor Zoellick lo que nos preocupa, sino el proceso en el cual su sucesor se elegido", dijo el secretario de Finanzas de Filipinas, Cesar Purisima. "Confiamos en que dada la creciente importancia de los mercados emergentes en la economía global, las prácticas obsoletas del pasado serán revisadas", afirmó. Jue, 16/02/2012 - 19:340 Comentarios Los mercados emergentes manifestaron este jueves su deseo de romper el dominio de Washington sobre el máximo cargo del Banco Mundial después de que Robert Zoellick anunció su retiro, aunque mostraron poca inclinación a unirse para forzar un cambio. Tal como en el 2011, cuando Dominique Strauss-Kahn renunció como director gerente del Fondo Monetario Internacional, funcionarios de países como Brasil y Filipinas dijeron que era tiempo de romper el patrón d…

BRAZIL'S NEW PRESIDENT TAKING CONTROL...

Brazilian politics
Coming into her own
Slowly but surely, the president is making her mark on the government

Feb 18th 2012 | SÃO PAULO 










DURING her first year as Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff was careful not to make changes so big that they might be seen as a rebuke to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, her predecessor and patron. 

She waited to replace the pork-barrel ministers she inherited from him until corruption charges against them became overwhelming, and implemented only limited reforms.

Many pundits expected that in 2012 she would take advantage of the quiet period between Christmas and Carnival in February to be more ambitious—only to be disappointed by yet more incrementalism.

Yet even as the president has eschewed bold gestures, she has progressively emerged from Lula’s shadow to recast the Brazilian state in her own likeness. 

A year into her term, Ms Rousseff’s administration is firmer in its principles, more technocratic, more personally loyal, and far more female than was Lula’s.…

LA FAMILIA DE PINOCHET NO HAN TOCADO SU HERENCIA A LOS 5 AñOS DE SU MUERTE ...

Pobre heredera
La hija menor del dictador chileno Augusto Pinochet confiesa la crisis económica que atraviesa su familia tras la muerte de su padre hace 5 años. Jackeline tuvo que vender sus joyas y muebles para poder sobrevivir











Jacqueline Pinochet, la menor de los cinco hijos del fallecido ex dictador chileno Augusto Pinochet, reveló en una entrevista las penurias económicas por las que atraviesa tras la muerte de su padre hace cinco años, y dijo que debió vender sus joyas y muebles para vivir.


"La verdad, he vendido mis joyas, muebles antiguos y casi todas mis cosas", afirmó en una entrevista con la revista chilena Caras, consultada acerca de cómo se las arregla para vivir.



Jacqueline Pinochet, de 52 años y madre de nueve hijos producto de tres matrimonios, agregó no obstante que no le ha dolido desprenderse de sus bienes y que, al contrario, se enorgullece de haberlo hecho.



"Me enorgullece vender un reloj de oro y poder comer, pagar la universidad y que me dé lo mismo. Lo…

THE TROPICS ARE REVEALING A MORE REFINED "HONEY BEE" WITH BETTER QUALITIES THAN THE COMMON BEE ...

February 17, 2012, 1:43 PM
A Different Kind of Beekeeping Takes Flight By DOUGLAS M. MAIN


Patricia VitEntrance to a nest of stingless bees known as little angels in a mango tree in Venezuela.



Much of the honey eaten in the United States and Europe comes from the European honeybee. 

But Apis mellifera and the handful of other species in the honeybee family aren’t the only ones that make this sugary treat. 

A much larger and more diverse group called stingless bees also produce honey — and they’re creating a stir among beekeepers and researchers worldwide as pollinators and as a newfound source of food and medicinal products.



Made up of more than 600 species, each of which makes its own version of honey, this tribe of bees lives throughout the world’s tropics.
Like honeybees, they are social and form colonies with a queen and workers, many of which collect nectar from various flowers before bringing it back home to churn painstakingly into honey. Their foraging transfers pollen from one bloom…

NMB CROP REPORTING LACKS COOPERATION FROM PARTNERS ...

Mango Crop Report from the
National Mango Board
The Mango Crop Report from the National Mango Board has been updated. Click here to see the newest Mango Crop Report. Please note - after you click on the link, you may need to refresh the page to see the most current report.   Mango Market News
Mango shipped volume last week was approximately 934,042boxes representing 3.54% more than the previous week.





Peru
Peru sent approximately 709,756 boxes last week representing 12% less than the previous week. Projections for the next two weeks are 700,000 boxes and 600,000 boxes respectively.

Kent weekly average price per box at the Philadelphia entry port on week ending 02/11/2012 decreased by 0.4%.
Kent weekly average price per box at the South Florida entry port on week ending 02/11/2012 decreased by 0.3%.
Kent weekly average price per box at the Southern California entry port on week ending 02/11/2012 decreased by 6.5%

Mexico
Mexico sent approximately 224,286 boxes last week representing 136.8% more th…

BUSCAN INUNDAR BOSQUES DE LA AMAZONAS ...

INFORMACIÓN: La central hidroeléctrica de Belo Monte, un problema internacional

Junio-2011
                                                                                              Río Xingú



Por Juliana Afonso

(Corresponsal en Brasil)



El conflicto sobre la hidroeléctrica Belo Monte es hoy uno de los problemas ambientales más complejos de Brasil. Hace tres décadas que las autoridades y los pueblos indígenas discuten el proyecto, que prevé la construcción de la mayor central hidroeléctrica del país en el río Xingú, en el estado de Pará, al norte del Brasil.



Belo Monte producirá más de 11.000 MW, el suficiente para abastecer una región de 26 millones de personas con perfil de alto consumo, como en el estado de São Paulo. Sin embargo, esa construcción supone la inundación de 500 kilómetros cuadrados y ocasiona graves impactos para las comunidades y pueblos indígenas que viven cerca del terreno. Sin contar el cambio en el flujo natural del río y el perjuicio de fauna y flora locales.



El tema…

POTENTIAL SOURCES FOR WIND ENERGY IN USA ...

POTENTIAL FOR MANGOES FROM GRENADA & ST. VINCENT ....

ISHS Acta Horticulturae 269: Symposium on Tropical Fruit in International Trade


MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALTERNATIVE MANGO CULTIVARS FROM THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN

Authors: A.P. Medlicott, S.W. New





Abstract:

Several mango cultivars from the East Caribbean show potential for increased exports to Europe and North America.



These cultivars, "Julie", "Graham" and "Grenada", show different quality characteristics to the better known Florida cultivars, but are preferred by the local populations.


Improvements in pre-harvest cultural practices, post-harvest handling and packaging, have resulted in improved quality.


Commercial trials indicate an increase in the acceptance by consumers in Europe.


The islands of Grenada and St. Vincent possess "fruit-fly free" status for entry into the USA market, and therefore do not require post-harvest treatments for fruit-fly control.



Further research, quality improvement, market diversification, and promotion, should increa…

GUATEMALA MANGO SEASON UPDATED ....

Guatemala is a delayed about 10 to 15 days. 
The Early fruit will depart first week of March. 
Light volume. 

Peak is expected to mid-April. 

They grow in the Pacific region, close to the border with Mexico and also in Zacapa area, close to the Atlantic Ocean.











ITALY STAVING OFF DISASTER ...

Italy has taken significant steps away from the abyss| 17 FEBRUARY 2012 10:25




By Marc Chandler

There has been a watershed in Europe even if the debt crisis remains unresolved. Since Monti became the technocrat prime minister of Italy an important change taken place. Simply put, Italy has taken significant steps away from the abyss.

Part of the rise of Italy under Monti is a function of how far it had slipped under Berlusconi. Another aspect of Italy’s improvement is a function of the Monti’s fellow countryman Draghi, who at the helm of the ECB has reversed Trichet’s tightening and accelerated the expansion of the ECB’s balance sheet with 3-year funding.

There is another development that has benefited Italy. The Financial Times captured this last week when it reported a "growing opinion that economic fundamentals in Italy are better than in Spain." Indeed, Italy’s star has risen as Spain’s star has dimmed, but also as the domestic challenges Sarkozy face, take him a…