Monday, March 19, 2012

Intraday record tied with 3,164 pageviews for IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) ....

March is a month for records at the IMO BLOG as the intraday pageview record set just last week was tied today, exactly one week later.

The chart below illustrates that viewership will easily surpass 50,000 pageviews this month.

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USA Military takes active role in Central America Drug War ...

Friday, 16 March 2012 09:55

Southcom Sets Sights on Central America

Written by Patrick Corcoran

(Photo, above, shows commanders at Soto Cano air base in Honduras saluting as General Douglas Fraser's plane departs, after a visit in 2009.) 

The chief of the US Southern Command has suggested a growing interest in combating Central American criminal groups, though it’s not clear that greater involvement of the US military would have a positive impact on security in the region.

In his appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 13, Air Force General Douglas Fraser emphasized that the Southern Command (Southcom) has its eye on the crime-ridden nations of Central America. He told the panel that criminal groups operating in the region are “seriously impacting citizen safety in Central America, especially Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras,” adding that they “threaten to overwhelm law enforcement capacities.”

This followed an appearance a week earlier before the House Armed Services Committee, in which Fraser sounded many of the same notes:

We're seeing that now some of that supply of cocaine -- and I'll talk specifically cocaine -- is moving through South America, as well as Central America. But the violence continues to increase in Central America, and that's where and why we are focusing there. Last year the UN estimated or said that Honduras has the highest violence of any country in the world. And we see that as a direct influence of transnational organized crime, but there are gangs and there are other factors.

Other moves by the US military have signaled a willingness to increase its role in Central America. The US recently agreed to build a base for the Dominican Navy on a small island adjacent to the Caribbean nation’s mainland, which will be used by Dominican forces to crack down on cocaine shipments passing through the region.

US forces have erected similar installations in Belize, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. The US military also operates a permanent air base with 600 troops in Honduras.

Furthermore, Fraser’s comments and the increased focus on Central America come amid an ongoing decline in US military involvement in Colombia, long a focus of Southcom’s operations. As detailed by blog Just the Facts, US military and police aid to Colombia is set to drop from more than $400 million to just over $260 million from 2008 to 2013.

In short, it appears that Southcom is casting about for a new mission, and Central America could fill that role. As Fraser mentioned, El Salvador and Honduras suffer from the highest murder rates in the world, and while Guatemala has grown safer in recent years, it too remains very violent. Furthermore, thanks to the crackdown under Felipe Calderon, analysts believe that Mexican trafficking groups are increasingly moving their operations to Central America.

Mexico cannot provide Southcom with its new mission, however. While US military officials have strengthened their links to their Mexican counterparts in recent years, Southcom’s area of operation begins at Mexico’s southern border.

However, these two drivers of US attention to Central America -- increased cocaine traffic and extreme levels of violence -- could present the US with conflicting goals. Cracking down on criminal networks will almost certainly generate more instability in the near term, as surviving gangs fight to protect their position in a changing environment. Pursuing a decrease in violent activity, in contrast, requires a very different set of policies, from selective enforcement to long-term efforts to build more effective institutions.

Given this conflict, it’s not clear that a greater US military presence would have a positive impact, regardless of Central American governments’ embrace of US assistance. And while militaristic and "mano dura" (iron fist) policies undoubtedly have an appeal in blood-soaked nations, the get-tough philosophy has largely failed to improve public security, whether in Mexico under Calderon or El Salvador under Antonio Saca.

Southcom may be able to help partner nations implement an aggressive approach with more efficiency and better resources, but it’s hard to see a militaristic, enforcement-first approach succeeding in reducing violence simply because a more efficient organization is leading the charge. It becomes even harder to envision such a scenario when one considers that street gangs, and not the international syndicates that the US military has experience confronting, are behind a huge proportion of the violence in Central America.

Proponents of greater US military aid to Central America often point to Colombia’s recent security improvements as a model, but there are problems with the comparison

The most obvious is that, when Plan Colombia kicked off, Colombia was suffering from a decades-long civil war, with insurgent groups controlling vast tracts of the country. While Colombia has done much to reduce the power of the biggest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the circumstances are very different in Central America, where one fallen criminal cell is easily replaced by another. 

Furthermore, Colombia’s criminal groups remain active and violent, and the nation’s drug production has only been displaced to other countries, not eradicated.

Ultimately, the iron fist approach does nothing to address deep-rooted institutional problems that make Central American state agencies so ripe for corruption, and make the region so appealing for transnational gangs. Southcom’s increased involvement could theoretically aid these efforts to develop more effective crime-fighting institutions (as opposed to, say, just arming local militaries and chasing drug traffickers), but the US military is not designed for institution building. An increased US military role is, then, not likely to be the answer to Central America's public security problems.

India's nasty fight with carbide ripened mangoes ...

Here comes the king of fruits, carbide ripened

Rohit P S, TNN | Mar 20, 2012, 03.59AM IST

HYDERABAD: The mango season is back and so is the fear of calcium carbide. Calcium carbide, simply referred to as carbide, is widely used for quick ripening of fruits, specially mangoes, and health experts warn that once absorbed into the body, the chemical can over a period of time cause neural problems by affecting oxygen supply to the brain.

Carbide is known to be a carcinogenic (cancer inducing) substance. With markets awaiting the mango rush, and given the public concern about the harmful effects of carbide, officials of marketing department are keen to dissuadewholesale fruit trader against the use of this chemical.

"We are expecting a government order soon, which recommends punitive measures for the trader as well as marketing officials in case of noncompliance with the government ban on calcium carbide," a marketing department official informed TOI.

He added that the government is planning to constitute committees headed by the joint collectorin every district and assisted by marketing officials, food inspectors and sanitation officials. "These committees will supervise markets, at point of sales outside government markets and also during transportation. If cases of carbide use are found, the goods will be seized and the trader will be penalized. Besides regulatory measures we will also take up awareness campaigns in markets to educate traders about the ill effects of carbide and suggest the use of alternatives like ethanol," the official said. He, however, conceded that ethanol is an expensive alternative to carbide.

"Last year we received about one lakh tonnes of mango, which was a good yield considering the good rainfall in 2010. But owing to the reduced rainfall in 2011, the yield this time is likely to be lesser." a Kothapet marketing committee official said. On the use of carbide, he said that they were expecting instructions to ensure that traders here do not use it.

The farmers and traders, however, are not convinced. They say that the government is clamping down on them without providing any alternatives. "Carbide has been in use for 30 years. Even if there are health problems arising out of it, the government should ban it only after providing us with cost effective alternatives. If fruits are to be harvested only after ripening, transportation becomes difficult. We export to places as far as Himachal from here, besides local retail outlets. Nobody wants raw mangoes because they take a very long time to ripen naturally," said a commission agent, requesting anonymity.

While the commission agent seeks alternatives from the government, the farmer is worried about his livelihood. "Traders who buy from us are not willing to pay us good prices. They tell us that since they are having problems with the use of carbide, they cannot pay us the rates we are demanding," said Arjun Rao, a farmer from Krishna district who sells his produce at Kothapet.

The price of mangoes per ton at Kothapet ranges between Rs 20,000 and Rs 60,000 but Rao rues that the price may not reach the higher end this year.

As mangoes cannot be transported when ripe, traders say they have no option but to add carbide to the raw fruit for quick ripening. Other chemicals, though safe, are too expensive, they say.

FALABELLA busca competir en el mercado Mexicano ...

Chilena Falabella a la caza del gran mercado del retail mexicano

Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, México

Los títulos de la minorista chilena cerraron al alza este lunes, luego que se supiera además que la compañía de mayor capitalización bursátil de Chile, piensa emitir ADR en la Bolsa de Nueva York.

"Es por la noticia que suben (las acciones de Falabella), al mercado le gustan esas cosas", dijo un operador.

Lun, 19/03/2012 - 19:00

Las acciones de la minorista chilena Falabella cerraron con fuerza este lunes, luego de que un diario reportó que la empresa buscaría emitir este año títulos en el mercado estadounidense y además expandir sus operaciones a México.

Los títulos de Falabella lideraron los montos transados en la plaza de Santiago y escalaron 2,24%, a 4.775 pesos, tras el cierre del mercado local.

"Es por la noticia que suben (las acciones de Falabella), al mercado le gustan esas cosas", dijo un operador.

Inmediatamente no se pudo obtener una reacción de la empresa sobre el reporte.

El Diario Financiero dijo, citando fuentes cercanas al proceso, que la colocación de acciones en Estados Unidos se llevaría a cabo mediante un programa de ADR (American Depositary Receipt) para fortalecer la visibilidad de la empresa y facilitar el ingreso de fondos internacionales.

La firma, una de las mayores minoristas en Sudamérica, tiene presencia en tiendas por departamentos y de mejoramiento del hogar, supermercados, tarjetas de créditos y centros comerciales, y opera en Argentina, Colombia, Chile y Perú.

Inversiones a 2015.

Anteriormente, la minorista chilena había elevado su plan de inversiones a US$3.341 millones entre el 2012 y 2015, casi US$750 millones más que lo previsto antes, para reforzar y ampliar sus negocios en Sudamérica.

No obstante, los desembolsos programados para el 2012 por US$888 millones de dólares son inferiores a los US$1.035 millones que anticipaba anteriormente, en medio de un complejo escenario para la economía internacional.

En una presentación disponible en su sitio de internet, la minorista dijo que el plan considera 204 nuevas tiendas, once menos que el anterior programa de inversiones 2011-2015. Sin embargo, se mantienen las aperturas de 16 centros comerciales para ese período.

Aquel esquema considera la apertura de 45 tiendas y tres centros comerciales este año.

La compañía, que tiene su casa matriz en Santiago, estimó inversiones por US$848 millones para el 2013, mientras que en el 2014 y 2015 los desembolsos ascienden a US$907 y US$699 millones, respectivamente.

En 2011, Falabella abrió 20 tiendas y aún no se sabe si este esquema de inversiones incluye o no su apuesta en México.

* Con información de Reuters.

EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation, A Blogger's best friend ...

In our 603rd issue:


"Cybersecurity" Bill Is Broad Enough to Use Against WikiLeaks and The Pirate Bay

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, allows companies or the government free rein to bypass existing laws in order to monitor communications, filter content, or potentially even shut down access to online services for "cybersecurity purposes." Companies are encouraged to share data with the government and with one another, and the government can share data in return. The idea is to facilitate detection of and defense against a serious cyber threat, but the language is so broad it could be used as a blunt instrument to attack websites like The Pirate Bay or WikiLeaks. Join EFF in calling on Congress to stop the Rogers cybersecurity bill.

Fake YouTube Site Targets Syrian Activists With Malware

EFF has previously reported on two instances of pro-Syrian-government malware targeting Syrian activists through links sent in chats and emails. Now we've seen new Windows malware dropped by a fake YouTube site hosting Syrian opposition videos. The fake YouTube page attacks users in two ways: it requires you to enter your YouTube login credentials in order to leave comments, and it installs malware disguised as an Adobe Flash Player update.

Sunshine Week Wrap-up: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Last week was Sunshine Week, a national celebration of open government and freedom of information. In years past, the Obama administration has been taken to task for reversing early promises on transparency. Has it improved?
EFF Updates

Sunshine Week: EFF's FOIA Work Shines Light on Government Activities in 2011

During the past year, EFF's FOIA team filed over 30 different FOIA requests to dozens of federal agencies, seeking information on the government's use of technology and its effect on civil liberties. The documents we've received shed new light on government activities ranging from law enforcement guides for getting information from social networking sites to abuse of federal surveillance laws.

Sunshine Week: EFF's Current Freedom of Information Act Lawsuits

When the government doesn't respond to our FOIA requests, we are sometimes forced to file suit: in 2011, we filed three new lawsuits, and are currently litigating four others, stemming from the government's failure to release the records we've requested. We take a look at suits we filed in the last year and the information we hope they'll provide, from secret interpretations of the PATRIOT Act to drones to surveillance.

Facebook's Absence From the Do Not Track Discussions

On the heels of President Obama's recent introduction of a Privacy Bill of Rights, the Digital Advertising Alliance has agreed to support widespread implementation of Do Not Track browser headers. But Facebook remains a conspicuous absence from the Do Not Track discussions. As a company that tracks millions of users around the web, Facebook needs to follow in the footsteps of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and others by committing to respect user choice.

Court Declares Newspaper Excerpt on Online Forum is a Non-Infringing Fair Use

The federal district court in Nevada has issued a declaratory judgment that makes is harder for copyright holders to file lawsuits over excerpts of material and burden online forums and their users with nuisance lawsuits. The judgment -- part of the lawsuit avalanche started by copyright troll Righthaven -- found that Democratic Underground did not infringe the copyright in a Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper article when a user of the online political forum posted a five-sentence excerpt with a link back to the newspaper's website.

Ubuntu 12.04 will bring OS-level privacy options

Like many operating systems, Ubuntu stores information about how you use your computer. This is often convenient because it helps you quickly open recently used documents or search recently used folders, but it also means that anyone with access to your computer can learn these things as well. In an upcoming release, Ubuntu is introducing operating system-wide privacy settings that let you delete portions of your activity log, disable logging for specific types of files and applications, or disable activity logging altogether.

"A Time Bomb For Civil Liberties": France Adopts a New Biometric ID Card

The French National Assembly has passed a law proposing the creation of a new biometric ID card for French citizens with the justification of combating "identity fraud." More than 45 million individuals in France will have their fingerprints and digitized faces stored in what would be the largest biometric database in the country. Now more than 200 members of the French Parliament have challenged its compatibility with Europeans' fundamental rights framework, including the right to privacy and the presumption of innocence.

This Week in Censorship

Pakistan's plans for national censorship program got an update, a pro-democracy activist in United Arab Emirates was arrested for tweets, Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari was scheduled to be released, there were new revelations on China's censorship methods, and much more.

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

James Bamford for Wired Magazine gives a report on the NSA's massive new Bluffdale, Utah spy center and a detailed and well-sourced account of just how much spying the NSA is doing on pretty much all communications.

8,200+ Strong, Researchers Band Together To Force Science Journals To Open Access

An online boycott by over 8,200 academics targeting the publisher Elsevier is starting to have an effect in the world of open access.

Obama's 2012 Campaign is Watching You

President Barack Obama wants companies like Google and Facebook to reform their privacy practices. But that's not stopping his reelection campaign from tapping the rich data Internet companies hold on millions of potential voters.


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WENDYS RISING: Tops Burger King for #2 slot Fast Food Chain....

Wendy's Takes No. 2 Spot From Burger King

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 1:07pm 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy's has dethroned Burger King as the country's second biggest hamburger chain.

Wendy's edged out Burger King in U.S. sales volume for the first time last year since Wendy's was founded in 1969, according to a report by the food industry research firm Technomic Inc. that's set to be released next month.

Wendy's had sales of $8.5 billion in 2011, compared with $8.4 billion for Burger King. McDonald's remained far larger than both with $34.2 billion in sales.

The figures are based on Technomic's estimates of system-wide sales at franchise and company-owned restaurants, rather than corporate revenue, which includes fees from franchise operators. Worldwide, Burger King still has far more restaurants than Wendy's and remains the second biggest hamburger chain behind McDonald's.

Both Burger King and Wendy's have struggled in recent years to keep up with the growth of McDonald's, which has managed to keep prices low through the recession, while also introducing a new menu items and remodeling restaurants. Sales are up 26 percent in the past five years at McDonald's, up 9 percent at Wendy's and flat at Burger King, according to Technomic.

Burger King has been reevaluating its business since it was acquired by investment firm 3G Capital in 2010. The privately held company that's based in Miami recently retired its mascot "The King" last year and launched a new advertising campaign focused more on food.

Despite its edge over Burger King, Wendy's also been on a mission to reinvent itself as a higher-end hamburger chain with new items like the Dave's Hot 'N Juicy burger introduced last fall. CEO Emil Brolick, has called the Dublin, Ohio-based company's poor performance in recent years "self-inflicted wounds," also laid out plans this year to raise standards for employees and update stores with an airier, more modern look.

The sales rankings for the top five restaurant chains have undergone another dramatic shift in the past five years, according to Technomic. In 2006, the No. 2 and No. 3 spots were held by Burger King and Wendy's respectively, making the top three companies all hamburger chains.

Subway now is No. 2 with $11.4 billion in sales last year and Starbucks is No. 3 with $9.8 billion. U.S. sales at both companies have grown at a much faster rate than the top three hamburger chains, with Subway sales up 48 percent from five years ago and Starbucks sales up 39 percent.

The final Technomic report with sales for the top 500 restaurant chains is set to be released April 13.

South African "Master Chef" owes his start to mangoes ...

MasterChef judge Benne Masekwameng spills the beans on his life
FoodWeekly | 19 March, 2012 20:50

Do you remember the first dish you prepared?

We had to prepare a meal for a practical exam during my second year at Technikon. 

I prepared a smoked chicken, mango and papaya salad. 

I was asked to prepare the same dish at a food show in Durban. 

It was a memorable occasion, because it was the first time I appeared in a newspaper. It was in 1997.

What do you eat on a typical day?

Being a chef at a hotel, my day starts very early. I have strawberry yoghurt with muesli and a glass of orange juice before leaving home. At work I usually have a latte and two slices of toast to get me though the morning. Mid-morning, I enjoy a bowl of fruit. Coming from Durban, I grew up with mangoes and they are still my favourite fruit. I believe in healthy lunches and favour chicken and steamed vegetables. For dinner I prefer a grilled T-bone steak with a Greek salad. While working in Turkey, I developed a fondness for Turkish Delight and it remains my ultimate snack.

What inspired you to become a chef?

Not what, but who. My mum, who cooked simple food that people enjoyed because it was always cooked with love. Actually, my mother would have preferred me to be an electrical engineer, but I'm happy I followed my heart.

What's your signature dish?

Braised oxtail with chakalaka and steamed dumplings.

Is there anything you won't eat?

I am not fond of goat meat.

What would you order for your last meal?

I'd start with grilled calamari tubes with chilli and lime. Main course would be a flame-grilled whole fish, such as snapper or bream, served with roasted peppers and baby marrows. The grand finale would be my molten chocolate pudding with a mixed berry coulis. I'd share it with my lovely wife on a beach in the Seychelles.

After all the food you've tasted while filming MasterChef SA, is there one dish that stands out - or one you would prefer to forget

Again, growing up in Durban left me with specific favourites, so one dish I remember was a butter chicken curry. Since I'm not fond of goat meat, I did not enjoy the goat curry.

Have you gained weight working on MasterChef SA?

Yes, absolutely! But it was a wonderful experience and I don't regret it at all.

From a chef working in a hot kitchen to a television star. How has the transition been?
It has been a phenomenal experience. The transition was easy, since it is a television series that focuses on what I do every day.


Benny Masekwameng, the 'saucy' MasterChef judge, is executive chef at Southern Sun MondoVino restaurant on the Piazza at Montecasino. MasterChef SA is on M-Net on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.

At 3 for $1.00, Mexican Ataulfo mangoes gain a following ...

Turns out supermarket chains in Utah are running some Juicy promotions on Mexican ataulfo mangoes right now.

At these prices, consumers will get hooked on the tastier cultivar.

How long can marketers keep up the price structure?


Here is an internet  chat on the subject from:

Just a heads up to anyone living in Utah, or have a fresh market store located near you. The mangoes are on sale 3 for $1.00! They are realllly ripe and deliscious. I just bought soo many! YUM! 
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Same sale at my local grocery store yesterday.  "Why are you buying so many mangoes?".  They're on sale, duh.  Oh I'm sorry is 50 too many?
Hahahah!! I know! I already went twice in the past two hours. I just couldn't pass it up! And they're sooo ripe. Mmmmm.
Wow....great sale
Here in Toronto, they are 4 for $5 Canadian
Yeah! Normally the mangos I buy are 1.69 each (and I cannot afford that!), so I couldn't pass up this deal! 

Mexico's southern mango region to benefit from renewable energy ...


Vestas Supplies Largest Latin American Wind Project
Breakbulk Staff | Wed, 03/14/2012 - 01:53

Breakbulk Online - News Story

Vestas has received a wind turbine order from Mareña Renovables for a project in southern Mexico.

When operational, the 396-megawatt wind farm will be the largest wind energy project in Latin America, according to a Vestas statement.

The Danish wind turbine manufacturer will supply 132 of its 3-megawatt turbines under a turnkey contract that includes construction, installation, commissioning and 10 years of service. The wind farm will be located in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the south-eastern region of the State of Oaxaca.

Tokyo's Mitsubishi is part of the Mareña Renovables consortium that also includes Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund and Dutch pension fund service provider PGGM.

Delivery of the turbines will start in the second quarter of 2012. 

From 2008: The year Japan buyer paid $1,000.00 usd each for two "Eggs of the Sun" mangoes ...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Miyazaki mango pair fetch ¥200,000

MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) A pair of mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a whopping ¥200,000 Thursday at this season's first auction at the Ota wholesale market in Tokyo, far surpassing the previous record high of ¥38,000 marked last year in Kyoto.

A worker at a wholesale market in Miyazaki displays a pair of Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) mangoes Thursday morning during this year's first auction, which fetched record prices. KYODO PHOTO

"It's a result of an active promotion campaign spearheaded by Gov. Hideo Higashikokubaru," said an official of a local federation of economic and agricultural cooperatives.

The TV comedian-turned-governor is known for eagerly promoting local specialties from his prefecture.

Mangoes of this variety, called Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun), sold well in the morning at a local wholesale market as well.

Including Tokyo and Miyazaki, Taiyo no Tamago, which weigh 350 grams or more, were auctioned at nine locations.

The peak of shipping for this variety of mango usually falls between May and June.

Mangoes Auctioned for 200,000 Yen
Alafista | April 12, 2008 - 1:00 pm

Fruits in Japan has always been known to fetch unrealistic high prices on auctions. Just this thursday, a pair of mangoes were auctioned off for 200,000 yen (2,000 USD).

The pair of Japanese mangoes were known as “Eggs of the Sun” for their fiery colour and juicy flesh. A similar pair was sold for 38,000 yen bid last year. So here is a photo of the 200,000 yen mango:

Nonetheless, these mangoes still can’t beat the record of the pair of melons which fetched a record two million yen (19,800 dollars) at auction.

Source: Yahoo News via Japan Probe

I think its absurd to be paying so much for a fruit. You can buy an entire mango tree for that kind of money.

Japan's most desired mango: "Eggs of the Sun" ....

Today’s Japan Photo: Eggs of The Sun

Alafista | July 17, 2010 - 12:16 pm

I was watching a TV show last night whereby they featured the “eggs of the sun” which is produced in Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture and can be sold for very high prices. 

For Today’s Japan Photo, we will be taking a look at these special red mangoes, which are said to be extremely sweet.

This photo of a pair of the “eggs of the sun” being sold for 10,000 yen was taken by camike

You must be wondering what determines the price?

Miyazaki Prefecture-grown red mango, dubbed the “egg of the sun,” are only shipped when the sugar concentration exceeds 15 percent of its juice and the weight reaches 350 grams or more.

In the past it was known to have been sold in auctions for 200,000 yen.

If I had 200,000 yen, I rather buy an entire truckload of just decently sweet mangoes than spend it on just a pair.

World's record: Pair of Japanese mangoes ("Eggs of the Sun") sold at auction for $1,000 usd each in 2008...

The World’s Most Expensive Mangoes

A new record:

A pair of Japanese mangoes known as “Eggs of the Sun” for their fiery colour and juicy flesh hatched a sweet deal for their owner on Thursday, fetching a record 2,000 dollars at auction.


The mangoes, produced in southern Miyazaki Prefecture, were sold for 200,000 yen in the season’s first auction here, an official at fruit wholesaler Tokyo Seika said. The buyer’s identity was not disclosed.

The price far surpassed the previous Japanese record of 38,000 yen bid last year for a similar pair.

IMO BLOG flirts with 3,000 pageviews for second consequetive day ...

A busy week on the IMO BLOG (Mango World magazine)

Another busy Monday ....

Top 10 Pageviews by Countries for March 19, 2012.....

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