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Mango trees help make food crops in Bangladesh more productive ...

APRIL 4, 2012 


Mango trees could help solve food security issues in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of cplbasilisk/flickr.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (4 April, 2012)_Just planting a few mango trees in and around different food crops is proving to be an extremely effective agricultural system – improving food security, livelihoods, local land ownership, poverty alleviation and other developmental needs in the Padma floodplain of Bangladesh, shows new research.

“Mango-based cropping systems, which are an ancient composite farming system that have been used in Bangladesh for thousands of years, are more productive than equivalent areas of land devoted to one type of cash crop,” said Syed Ajijur Rahman, Associate with the Center for International Forestry Research and co-author of Agroforestry for livelihood security in agrarian landscapes of the Padma floodplain in Bangladesh which appears in the journal Small-scale forestry.

Diverse crops also leave farms less vulnerable to the un…

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Honduras Succeeds Haiti for Chairmanship of OAS Permanent Council ....

April 3, 2012 | 1:12 am 

Above: Honduras’ Leonidas and Haiti’s Duly Brutus (OAS Photo/Juan Manuel Herrera)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Honduras’ Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, Leonidas Rosa Bautista, yesterday assumed the chair of the OAS Permanent Council, succeeding Haitian Ambassador Duly Brutus.

Rosa Bautista will hold the position for the next three months.

“The chairmanship that we begin now has the goal of continuing the tone of responsibility, affability and consensus,” established by Bautista’s predecessors, he said.

“During the period of Honduras’ chairmanship we are going to have two hemispheric events of great importance; the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena de Indias and the OAS General Assembly in Cochabamba [Bolivia],” Bautista said.

The Ambassador said this would mark the third of four countries in a row “bathed by the waters of the Caribbean” to assume the council’s chairmanship, promising to “stamp some of the joyful and festive natur…

Haiti’s Martelly Supports Dr Jim Yong Kim as Next President of World Bank ...

April 3, 2012 | 7:25 pm

Above: Dr Jim Yong Kim (Photo: Dartmouth)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haiti’s President, Michel Martelly, supports Dr Jim Yong Kim as the next president of the World Bank, the National Palace announced.

Kim, a Korean-American doctor, was formerly the president of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Kim is the co-founder, with Dr Paul Farmer, of Partners in Health, which has long held a significant presence in Haiti.

The National Palace said more Haitians are able to live productive lives and contribute to more vibrant and inclusive growth in the country thanks to his leadership.

“Haiti needs the help of all our multilateral partners, and we wish Dr Kim a successful nomination and are ready to welcome him in Haiti as his first foreign visit as soon as he elected President of the World Bank,” Martelly said in a statement.

US President Barack Obama announced March 23 that the US …

Police Nab Top Guatemala Drug Trafficker ....

Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2012

(GUATEMALA CITY) — A leading drug trafficker who helped Mexico's brutal Zetas drug cartel expand into Guatemala was arrested Tuesday and is facing extradition to the United States, authorities said.

Horst Walther Overdick, 44, was captured during an operation to arrest Zetas operatives east of Guatemala's capital, Interior Secretary Mauricio Lopez Bonilla told reporters.

The process of extraditing Overdick will begin after he enters a plea to the trafficking charges against him in the U.S. and Guatemala, attorney-general Claudia Paz y Paz said.

(MORE: Guatemala's Kaibiles: A Notorious Commando Unit Wrapped Up in Central America's Drug War)

Lopez Bonilla said Overdick, known as "The Tiger," had worked for years to establish a cocaine-trafficking link between South America and Mexico, and was the primary ally of the Zetas in Peten, Izabal and Verapaces provinces.

Overdick began as a trader in cardomom, a spice used i…

Pakistan mango exporters competing on an unlevel playing field ...

USA consumer the biggest loser.....

(IMO NOTE: Why doesn't Pakistan ship fruit to India to Process?...would save duplication of efforts and complicated Political battle with USDA APHIS Officials....probaly the most cost-effective option)

Pakistani mango exports to U.S. in jeopardy over import costs

April 4th, 2012

Pakistani’s nascent mango exports to the U.S. are at risk of being scuppered this season if Sadex Corporation’s irradiation centre in Sioux City, Iowa, changes its pricing model.                              

The U.S. received its first Pakastani imports last year with two shipments of 3-4,000lbs which were charged US$1,500 per 1000lbs.

Sadex said even though the irradiation time was just 30 minutes it took four hours to process each consignment by the time U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors had examined the fruit.

Sadex president Harlan Clemmons, said this year he will be charging importers per hour rather than by weight because his company lost money processing …

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Global Transit times will be cut to Orient by melting Polar cap ...

Melting Arctic may redraw global geopolitical map

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

WASHINGTON | Tue Apr 3, 2012 5:20pm IST

(Reuters) - This year's frenzy of oil and gas exploration in newly accessible Arctic waters could be the harbinger of even starker changes to come.

If, as many scientists predict, currently inaccessible sea lanes across the top of the world become navigable in the coming decades, they could redraw global trading routes -- and perhaps geopolitics -- forever.

This summer will see more human activity in the Arctic than ever before, with oil giant Shell engaged in major exploration and an expected further rise in fishing, tourism and regional shipping. But that, experts warn, brings with it a rising risk of environmental disaster not to mention criminal activity from illegal fishing to smuggling and terrorism.

"By bringing more human activity into the Arctic you bring both the good and the bad," Lt Gen Walter Semianiw, head of Canada Command and one…

USA: The Best Supermarkets In The Country, As Ranked By 'Consumer Reports' ...

Posted: 04/02/12 05:26 PM ET | Updated: 04/03/12 01:11 PM ET

Fed up with high prices and bad service at your local supermarket?

It's time to move to the Northeast, home of the country's top supermarket as judged by 24,203 readers of Consumer Reportsmagazine.

 (Click through below to find out which one it is.) They were asked to rate various grocery chains on service, quality of produce and meat, price and cleanliness to determine which was tops in the country.

The results are printed as part of a blockbuster cover story in the May 2012 issue of Consumer Reports. The story also includes some helpful tips for saving money while shopping for food. One of the most surprising such tips was the power of store brands. 

The magazine compared the total cost of a shopping trip focused on name brands to one where a shopper only bought generic -- and found that the latter spent $66.23 to the former's $164.28. 

That's savings of nearly 60 percent.

But the most eye-opening part of the st…

OAXACA: Strong quake hits Mexico, no casualties reported ...

by Staff Writers
Mexico City (AFP) April 2, 2012

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Mexico Monday, sending thousands of people into the streets of the capital in fear. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck at 1736 GMT with its epicenter located 158 kilometers (about 100 miles) from Huajuapan de Leon, in the state of Oaxaca, at a depth of 12.3 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.

Residents said the quake rocked Mexico City, causing panicked people to flee houses and buildings in many areas of the capital. Thousands of people poured into the city's main downtown boulevard, Paseo de La Reforma.

The Seismological Institute of Mexico reported the earthquake was centered in the city of Pinotepa Nacional in Oaxaca and followed by at least seven aftershocks in the next two hours.

Mexico's interior secretary Alejandro Poire said on Twitter after contacting state authorities that there were "no reports of damage from the quake, but th…

FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: Studies show how common crop pesticide harms bees ...

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 03, 2012

This is a moss carder bumblebee, Bombus muscorum. This image relates to a paper that appeared in the March 29, 2012, issue of Science Express, published by AAAS. The paper, by Dr. P.R. Whitehorn at the University of Stirling in Stirling, UK, and colleagues was titled, "Neonicotinoid Pesticide Reduces Bumble Bee Colony Growth and Queen Production." Credit: Photo taken by David Goulson.

A pair of new studies reveals the multiple ways that a widely used insecticide harms bumblebees and honeybees. The reports, one by a U.K. team and one by a French team, appear online at the Science Express Web site of the journal Science, on 29 March, 2012. Science is published by AAAS, the nonprofit, international science society.

Bumblebees and honeybees are important pollinators of flowering plants, including many major fruit and vegetable crops. Each year, for example, honeybee hives are trucked in to help pollinate almond, apple and blueberry …

REMINDER: Register now for IMO 4th Global Mango Conference before registration fee jumps up ...

Just a friendly reminder that the $350.00 registration fee expires on Friday April 27th, 2012.

On the first of May the rate jumps up to $500.00 per person.

Register now to take advantage of the preferred rate....

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