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Mango harvest Peruvian style ....

The annual mango festival hosted by the Network of Rural Women Producers (NRWPTT) Trinidad & Tobago held at the University of west Indies , St. Augustine campus ...

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At the beginning of July, The UWI joined the Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad and Tobago (NRWPTT) in hosting the third annual Mango Festival at the University Field Station in Mt. Hope.

Themed “A Celebration of Diversity and Utility of the Mango,” this year’s festival was well attended as guests witnessed milking exhibitions, grafting demonstrations and a mango market, as well as other forms of entertainment.

Photographer Terry Sampson was on hand to capture some images of the festival.

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A special salute to IMO Co-host on International Women's day ....

IMO NOTE: The 4th IMO Global Mango Conference will be held in conjunction with the annual mango festival held in trinidad & Tobago and sponsored by the Network of Rural Women Producers (NRWPTT) Trinidad & Tobago chapter.

International Women’s Day
Local group focuses on rural areas
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Yvonne Baboolal

Climate change is interfering with the mango season and affecting the work of The Network of Rural Women Producers, according to Gia Gaspard-Taylor, head of the group. 

She said changes in climate were causing mangoes to grow in and out of season. Gaspard-Taylor spoke to the T&T Guardian in connection with International Women’s Day, which is being celebrated today, and its theme, Empowering Rural Women, Ending Poverty and Hunger.

The group’s main focus is exploiting the potential of the mango. They stage an annual Mango Festival during the mango season around June, July. The women cut the trunk of the tree into small pieces which are used by Hindus for …

More on the Noor Jahan Mango ...

Mango madness: Bhopal fetes king of fruit  By Shahnawaz Akhtar

08 Mar 2012

'Noor Jahan' was here, as were 'Sachin Tendulkar' and 'Aishwarya Rai ' - and they were all lipsmackingly delicious! For two days, residents of the Madhya Pradesh capital had the opportunity to savour mangos of all shapes and sizes, tastes and flavours, not to mention names.

Held at the Bhopal Haat June 28-29, the All India Mango Festival saw a large turnout of people paying obeisance to the 'King of Fruits'.
Biggest of them all: Shivraj Singh Yadav showing the two Noor Jahan mangos weigh 3 and 3.5 kgms at Bhopal Haat where Mango Festival held between 28 and 29 June. (Photo: IANS) Among the most popular was 'Noor Jahan', with one mango weighing a whopping 3.5 kg, making it India's largest.

"There are only five trees of Noor Jahan at our orchard in Alirajpur. We are producing this mango since last 40 years. Wherever we presented this mango, it has won an awa…

The Noor Jahan Mango one of the largest in the world ...

Noor Jahan loses weight by 2 kg

Source: Mahesh J Mishra, DNA | Last Updated 04:57(08/03/12)

Indore: Noor Jahan, a rare variety of mango found in Alirajpur district, might no longer be able to boast about its size. Reduced rainfall in the tribal belt has caused its weight to fall by 1-2 kg, experts claim.

A Noor Jahan mango weighed up to five kgs around a decade ago. The weight fell to around three kgs five years ago. Experts believe that it would be difficult to see a Noor Jahan mango weighing over two kgs this year.

"We have been seeing scanty rainfall in last 10 years. This had led to a rise of around three degree Celsius in temperature adversely affecting the growth of the mango," agriculture research centre head (Jhabua) Dr I S Tomar said.

Reduced moisture level has led to shrinking of the fruit. The mango used to be as big as a papaya but it might not be the case this year, Tomar said.

Hundreds of years ago, the Katthiwara royal family had grown this variety of mango on i…

Major money laundering centers identified ....

US designates Argentina as major money laundering country

(AFP) – 5 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Argentina, Curacao and St Maarten have been designated as "major money laundering countries," a State Department report said Thursday, moving them up a notch on a money laundering watchlist.

The annual International Narcotics Control Strategy report moved Argentina and the two Caribbean island entities to the list of "jurisdictions of primary concern" from the less acute "jurisdictions of concern" category.

Argentina, Curacao and St Maarten join a wide-ranging list of 66 countries that includes Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, China, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe.

The report said the three have become "major money laundering countries," or those "whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking.&q…

Nicaragua: Where drugs shipments get stolen ...

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:23
Trafficker Gives Insider's Look at Nicaragua Drug Trade
Written by Óscar Martínez

"Tumbadores" are paid by cartels to steal drug loads from their competitors. El Faro interviews a Nicaraguan trafficker who got his start in the business this way.

Rivas is the only province of Nicaragua that has a formal border crossing with Costa Rica, the Peñas Blancas crossing. However, there are more than 80 "blind spots" where traffickers cross. Rivas is the entry point for Colombian drugs into Nicaragua along the Pacific coast. Rivas is, according to the National Police, the route of the Mexicans, where the cartels of Sinaloa, Gulf, Juarez and the Familia Michoacana transport their cocaine. This is in contrast to the Atlantic coast, where the Colombians still dominate the trade, handing the product over to the Mexicans further north, in Honduras or Guatemala, in order to keep a bigger share of the revenue.

The difference between the Pacific and the …

Invitar a Cuba a la cumbre de las Americas esta en manos de Colombia

Santos ya está reunido con Chávez para intentar evitar un boicot del Alba a Cumbre de las Américas (+fotos)

Publicado el 07 de mar de 2012 1:15 pm |


LA HABANA, 8 marzo 2012 (AFP) – El presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, habló este miércoles en La Habana con sus homólogos de Cuba y Venezuela, Raúl Castro y Hugo Chávez, respectivamente, para intentar evitar que la exclusión cubana desate un boicot de sus aliados a la Cumbre de las Américas, que acogerá en abril.

Santos cumple una maratónica visita a la isla para desactivar el riesgo de que los países del ALBA (Alternativa Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América) acojan una propuesta del presidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, y desistan de participar en la Cumbre de las Américas si Cuba no es invitada.

El presidente Santos “ya está reunido con el presidente Chávez”, después de haber hablado con el presidente Castro, dijo una fuente de la delegación colombiana a la AFP hacia la…

Venezuela lidera las rutas del narcotrafico ...

Mundo | 07/03/2012 En la lista negra Venezuela continúa siendo una de las rutas predilectas para el tráfico de cocaína, y sus cuerpos de seguridad carecen del entrenamiento y los recursos para enfrentar el problema, estimó EEUU en su informe anual antidrogas

El gobierno del presidente Hugo Chávez aumentó su cooperación con Colombia y extraditó a varios capos y líderes guerrilleros, pero la colaboración con Estados Unidos en esta materia se mantiene al mínimo, indicó el informe del Departamento de Estado. "El Gobierno de Venezuela aparentemente continúa tolerando la presencia de las FARC y ELN y no dio pasos significativos para limitar su capacidad de operar en territorio venezolano", estimó el reporte. Una "frontera porosa" con Colombia, un sistema judicial "débil", cooperación antinarcóticos internacional "inconsistente", cuerpos de seguridad permisivos y un "ambiente político corrompido", convierten a Venezuela en una "de las r…

Brazil solidifies position as global economic superpower ...

Brazil overtakes UK to become world's sixth-largest economy
Brazil's economic growth slowed more than expected in 2011 but it still managed to overtake the UK as the world's sixth-largest economy.

Despite Brazil's potential, official growth figures showed it narrowly escaped a technical recession at the end of 2011 Photo: AFP

By Angela Monaghan

6:12PM GMT 06 Mar 2012

Gross domestic product grew by 2.7pc last year, down from 7.5pc growth in 2010, dragged back by higher business costs and lower industrial output. Economists had forecast a 2.8pc rise in gross domestic product. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, Brazil's GDP grew by 0.3pc in the final three months of 2011, against expectations of a 0.2pc rise.

Despite lower annual growth, economists at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said Brazil still managed to take Britain's spot as the world's sixth-largest economy last year, behind the US, China, Japan, Germany and France.

By CEBR's calculati…

Trade Insurance outlook for March 07, 2012 ...

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Another blockbuster day at the IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) ....

Pageviews of IMO BLOG by Countries @ 2pm on March 07, 2012:

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IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) viewership at alltime high ...

Another 2,000 plus day for the IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine).

With one week remaining to the first anniversary, viewership is on a roll...

Snapshot of IMO BLOG viewership @1:55pm (PDT) on March 07, 2012:

Pageviews by Countries United States 94