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Chavez will spend Easter in Cuba with another round of radiation treatment ...

Chavez to return to Cuba for cancer treatment
By Catherine E. Shoichet and Nelson Quinones, CNN

updated 10:27 PM EDT, Fri April 6, 2012

Cuban President Raul Castro, left, greeted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on his arrival in Cuba last week.

He will meet with his Cabinet before he leaves Venezuela again, he says

The Venezuelan president says he is recovering from cancer
Speculation has abounded about his health and political future
Doctors have operated on him twice to remove cancerous tumors

(CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will fly to Cuba Saturday night to continue cancer treatment, he said Friday.

Chavez, speaking by telephone from Caracas with state-run VTV, had returned Thursday morning from his latest round of treatment on the island.

He will meet with members of his Cabinet before he leaves Venezuela again, he said Friday.

The announcement came a day after an emotional Chavez discussed his struggle with illness, tearing up at times as he spoke Thursday night …

Chavez begs for MERCY as the end nears ....

Hugo Chavez weeps and calls on God to spare his life

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wept and asked God to spare his life during a pre-Easter Mass on Thursday after returning from his latest session of cancer treatment in Cuba.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a mass for his health in Barinas Photo: AFP/GETTY

9:47AM BST 06 Apr 2012

Very little is known about the 57-year-old socialist leader's condition, including even what type of cancer he has. Chavez has undergone three operations in less than a year, and received two sessions of radiation treatment.

He says the latest surgery was successful, that he is recovering well and will be fit to win a new six-year term at an election in October. Yet big questions remain about his future, and on Thursday the strain appeared to show.

In a televised speech to the Catholic service in his home state of Barinas, Chavez cried and his voice broke as he eulogised Jesus, revolutionary fighter Ernesto "Che" Guevara and South American i…

Mensaje para Chavez en Semana Santa: "Cristo no insultaba"....

A Capriles Radonski le extraña la nueva obsesión del "eterno candidato" de creerse enviado de Dios e insultar a los que no comparten su revolución. "En esta Semana Santa es bueno recordar que Cristo no era socialista ni capitalista", expresó el abanderado de la Unidad

Al candidato presidencial Henrique Capriles Radonski le resulta extraño que haya personas que profesan la bsesión por creerse seguidores de Jesucristo, pero no dejan de promover el odio y la división entre los venezolanos, lo que resulta una incongruencia o una falsedad.

"En esta Semana Santa es bueno recordar que Cristo no era socialista ni capitalista! Obsesión la del eterno candidato con el tema!", escribió en su cuenta de Twitter el gobernador de Miranda, quien actualmente se encuentra coordinando el operativo de seguridad de ese estado.

Capriles dice no entender cómo se puede seguir las enseñanzas cristianas y al mismo tiempo predicar la exclusión y emplear palabras insultantes, que degrad…

A dip in Alphonso prices around Gultekdi Market in Pune, India, may not last long ...

Atikh Rashid : Sat Apr 07 2012, 02:19 hrs

Alphonso mangoes are being sold at Rs 600-800 a dozen in retail, which sellers said was around 25-40 per cent lower than prices the fruit commanded in April last year. 

Around the same time last year, some Alphonsos were even priced as high as Rs 1,200 a dozen. The lower prices this year, sellers say, is because of the examination season that kicked off later than usual because of the civic polls.

At Gultekdi market, 850 boxes of Alphonso, 350 boxes of Konkani varieties and 500 of Madras and Bangalore varieties, have arrived. Mango traders are hoping that prices will stabilise once the school /college examinations are over.

According to traders, prices of raw Alphonsos have gone down by Rs 500-700 per box while ripe ones are being sold at Rs 100-200 lower as compared to last week. Ripe Alphonsos are being sold at Rs 2,000-4,500 per box (4 dozen) in wholesale and Rs 600-800 per dozen in retail. A small box comprising 4 to 6 dozen raw Alphonsos are …

Root causes of the Mali Crisis ....

Did Libya's revolution topple Mali into crisis?

Maybe, but the Tuaregs have longed for independence for decades, and Mali's security has been declining for years.

By Dan Murphy, Staff writer / April 6, 2012

Soldiers stand guard at junta headquarters in Kati, outskirt Bamako, Mali, Tuesday. With coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo refusing to step down, surrounding nations have imposed severe financial sanctions on Mali, including the closing of the country's borders and the freezing of its account at the regional central bank.

Rukmini Callimachi/AP

This year, Mali's restive Tuareg minority has erupted into rebellion after four years of relative quiet, the army has mutinied and seized control of the capital city of Bamako, and today Tuareg separatists declared an independent republic in the country's vast north.

A fruits vendor walks with his goods at Dibidani Market in Bamako, Mali, Thursday.

Luc Gnago/Reuters

Is this all NATO's fault?

Not exactly. But the law of unint…

NMB issues inflated report to justify existence ....

IMO NOTE: How does the NMB issue such a flawed report??? 

To state that they reached 950 million consumers in 2011 is just beyond comprehension. 

Even if they reach 40% of the population of the USA as they claim, that would be just under 150 million people. 

Now maybe they want us to believe that the NMB reached these same people year in year out for four years. That would still be only 600 million consumers!

The IMO seriously questions wether the NMB actually had any direct impact on USA mango consumption at all.

Study shows increases in U.S. mango consumption

04/06/2012 2:03:13 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

The National Mango Board says its latest consumer attitude and usage study shows significant increases in mango purchases as well as new opportunities for sales to new users.

The Orlando, Fla.-based board discovered some encouraging news during the recent study, conducted in 2011, which last compared shopper practices in 2007.

According to the board, the study showed increases in mango movement, numbe…

Massive Dolphin Die-Off in Peru May Remain a Mystery ...

Thousands of dead or dying dolphins have washed ashore in Peru since January, a marine mystery potentially caused by a combination of stress, pollution and disease

By Barbara Fraser and Environmental Health News

April 6, 2012

Image: flickr/lowjumpingfrog

LIMA, Peru -- When a retired fisherman called to report that about 1,500 dolphins had washed up dead on Peru’s northern coast, veterinarian Carlos Yaipén’s first reaction was, “That’s impossible.”

But when Yaipén traveled up the coast last week, he counted 615 dead dolphins along a 135-kilometer stretch of coastline.

Now, the death toll could be as high as 2,800, based on volunteers’ counts. Peru's massive dolphin die-off is among the largest ever reported worldwide.

The strandings, which began in January, are a marine mystery that may never be unraveled. Experts say the causes could be acoustic impact from testing for oil or perhaps an unknown virus or other pathogen. Little marine research takes place in Peru, and even in the Unite…

El Corte Ingles Group visits Harvest Trading in Pakistan ...

Ahmad Jawad CEO of Harvest Trading Group, gives monument to Mr. Borja de la Cierva, Head-Procurement, El Corte Ingles Group Spain on his visit to Pakistan.

FROM AUSTRALIA: Put a mango on the Barbi-que!!!....

Chargrilled mango cheeks with maple rum sauce

Photography by Cath Muscat

Add a sprinkling of sugar to chargrilled mangoes for a sublime fruity toffee dessert.

Preparation Time

10 - 15 minutes

Cooking Time

10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 8)

4 large ripe mangoes, cheeks removed, peeled
70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
Canola oil spray
50g butter
2 tbs dark rum
60ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup
Double cream, to serve


Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the mango cheeks, cut-side up, on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Sprinkle with half the sugar.

Heat a large chargrill or barbecue flat plate on medium-high. Spray with oil. Cook the mango, sugar-side down, for 2-3 minutes or until caramelised and golden. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Turn and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Transfer to serving plates.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Add the rum and cook for 30 seconds or until mixture reduces slightly. Add the maple syrup and cook, stirri…

Pakistani mangoes are less than 60 days away ....

Hail Storms threaten Mango Crop in Krishna & Chittoor districts in India ....

Krishna District

Hailstorm hits mango crop


IMD forecasts hailstorm for 2 more days

Chittoor District

Gales and hailstorm that lashed parts of the State damaged mango crop extensively in several districts, particularly Chittoor, Krishna and Mahabubnagar, whereas maize, sunflower and soybean have been partially affected elsewhere.

Mango gardens are in an advanced stage of flowering all over the State or have unripe fruit. According to preliminary reports received by the government, the orchards in Krishna and Chittoor districts, traditional pockets of large-scale mango production, faced the brunt of the freak weather development.

In view of an India Meteorological Department forecast that some more areas in the State are likely to be hit by hailstorm for two more days as part of thunderstorm activity, Agriculture Department officials fear that mango production may be hit this year, affecting exports as well as local availability.

Agriculture Commissioner V. Usha Rani said …

AMERICA'S FIRST FAST FOOD MEXICAN celebrates 50 years!!!....

The Glen Bell Legacy – 50 Years of Firsts
Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

On March 21, 1962, Glen Bell opened the very first Taco Bell restaurant.

The Glen Bell Legacy - 50 Years of Firsts

Irvine, CA ( Glen Bell didn’t frame the first dollar he made selling a taco.When his dream to bring great Mexican food to mainstream America became a reality, it wasn’t the first sale that he would remember for the rest of his life; it was the first customer. “He was dressed in a suit,” remembered Glen, “and as he bit into the taco…the juice dripped onto his tie. I thought, ‘uh oh, we’ve lost this one.’ But he came back and said ‘That was good. Gimme another.”

In the years following that first taco, Glen remained deeply focused on the customer. He spent his entire life looking for ways to make a customer’s experience better—and he succeeded. That’s Glen’s legacy.

And this is his story…

The Early Years

Born September 23rd, 1923 near Long Beach, California, Glen Bell’s passion for …

BANGALORE, INDIA: Mango Festival set for end of May across State ...

Bangalore | Posted on Apr 06, 2012 at 10:20am IST
Mango Mela across all districts from May

Prabhu Mallikarjunan and Vijayalakshmi Gudur

BANGALORE: For the first time, the state horticulture department will conduct a Mango Mela across 30 districts, including Bangalore. 

“The department will conduct the Mela in the 30 districts to create a direct marketing platform for individual farmer groups. The event, which happens every year in Bangalore will take place in the last week of May and continue till June,” said Additional Director of Department of Horticulture (Fruits) S P Hittalamani.

Saniha Krishnamurthy, a resident of Kumara Park in Bangalore, said he was looking forward to the Mango Mela. “On the onset of summer, we always look forward to eating mangoes. It is disappointing to see no mangoes in the market yet, but I always await the mango mela,” he said.

However, the department, which initially expected the fruit to hit the markets by mid-April, estimated an annual production of three la…

ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA: Mango season has yet to start in earnest for Andra Pradesh....

Andhra Pradesh | Posted on Apr 06, 2012 at 09:44am IST
No bustle at Nunna Mango Market yet

Ajey Shivarla

VIJAYAWADA: The mango market at Nunna is not bustling with activity this season. The arrival of fruit at one of the biggest mango markets in Asia is yet to pick up due to poor yield. The drop in crop yield is largely attributed to adverse weather conditions.

There are about 80 wholesale shops in the market. Normally, truck loads of mangoes used to be exported from the market everyday during the season to Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and other states by middle of April. Fruit merchants from all over the country used to visit Nunna to purchase the popular mango varieties of Banginapalli, Pedda Rasalu, Chinna Rasalu and Thothapuri.

The mango market provides direct employment to hundreds of workers every season. Due to poor arrival of the fruit, the mango market is virtually wearing a deserted look now.

Speaking to Express, Mohammad Iqbal, a fruit merchant, said he opened the shop …

Scientists hope to extend mango season in Northern Territories of Australia over next decade ....

Scientists tinker with mango season

Updated April 06, 2012 14:35:41

The Top End's mango season currently runs for just three months but researchers hope to extend it to nine months.

Map: Darwin

Australian scientists are working to make mangoes available almost all year round.

Scientists in the Northern Territory plan to use hybrid trees, chemicals and changes in the weather to stagger when the trees fruit.

Dr Cameron McConchie from the Northern Territory Resources Department says the mango season could be extended from three to nine months.

"My personal opinion is it can treble in size," he said.

"It partly relies on having stable production and reliable yields and this is what we're targeting.

"It's been identified by the industry as one of their priorities."

Ian Baker from the Northern Territory Mango Industry Association says it could add tens of millions of dollars to the industry and even open up an export trade.

"Clearly the big opportunities are i…