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The Hawaii (as in Big Island) Chapter of the Locavore movement ...

A locavore is a person interested in eating food that is locally produced, not moved long distances to market. The locavore movement in the United States and elsewhere was spawned as interest in sustainability and eco-consciousness became more prevalent.[1]

~ From Locavore website

Pakistan President Zardari visits India for talks ....

IMO NOTE: Could this be the perfect opening to discuss cooperation on treating mangoes from Pakista in India for shipment to the USA market???

President Zardari is to make a personal visit to a shrine in the state of Rajasthan

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The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, is due to travel to India in the first visit there by a Pakistani head of state for seven years.

Mr Zardari will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, before travelling to an important Muslim shrine in Rajasthan.

Officials say the trip is a private visit, but there is hope it could boost economic ties between the two nations.

However correspondents say little progress is expected on other issues.

Officials say Mr Zardari is coming for private religious reasons - to visit the shrine of Sufi saint Moinudin Chishti in Ajmer, 350 kilometres (220 miles) southwest of Delhi.

The president was due to land in D…

France took the No. 1 spot in's "rudest countries" survey ....

Where Are the World’s Rudest Countries?

By KATE SPRINGER | @katespringer | April 7, 2012 


Ever travel to another country only to feel unwelcome, uncivilized or constantly in the way? 

You’re not alone. 

Travel website released a ranking of countries based on rudeness, and apparently, tourists can hold a grudge. 

According to the International Business Times, the survey generated more than 1,200 user responses and revealed some telling results. 

The top four rudest places for travelers were France, Russia, the U.K. and Germany.

Given its reputation for being a little snobby, it’s not so unpredictable that France took first place with nearly one-fifth of votes. 

“This seems to be a fairly common stereotype, albeit not one which is necessarily true,”Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner’s travel editor, told the IBT. Plus, there’s a longtime rivalry between Anglophiles and Francophiles, so that could have played a part.

(MORE: What’s the Happiest Country in the World? Not the U…

INDIA: Ahmedabad-like mango yards in Jaipur and Udaipur


 Apr 8, 2012, 01.47AM IST

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AHMEDABAD: Not just those staying in Ahmedabad, but also people from Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot along with those from Jaipur and Udaipur will be able to relish mangoes without fear of harmful chemicals in them.

The state government is taking measures to ensure that traders sell carbide-free mangoes. They will be providing ethylene gas chambers to the fruit traders at subsidized rates.

"The experiment to produce carbide-free mangoes was carried out in Ahmedabad. We found it to be very successful and around 200 tonnes of such mangos were sold," said Kanubhai Bhalala, the minister of state for agriculture.

Bhalala said, "We opened such centres even in Delhi. Now we are planning to have this kind of yards in Udaipur, Jaipur, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot."

The idea is to do away with carbide, a carcinogenic agent, which is used to ripen mangoes. Bhalala said that a meeting for the same was con…

MANGO TRADERS JUMP THE GUN: Traders of mango flout carbide ban ...

April 8, 2012
By DC Correspondent

Mango traders are using calcium carbide for artificial and early ripening of mango fruits though there is a ban on using carbide for ripening of fruits. As there was no check by officials, some mango traders allegedly started using the carbide to make a fast buck, though the actual mango season starts by April-end.

Mango traders are using calcium carbide for artificial and early ripening of mango fruits though there is a ban on using carbide for ripening of fruits. As there was no check by officials, some mango traders allegedly started using the carbide to make a fast buck, though the actual mango season starts by April-end.

A committee was formed with joint collector as chairman, deputy director/ assistant director of horticulture, food inspectors and civic officials as members to prevent usage of carbide by mango traders.

The committee is yet to take the initiative in Krishna district to discourage traders from using carbide for ripening of …

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Más de 8.000 visitantes llegarán a Cartagena para Cumbre ...


El mandatario de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, llegará con su delegación al Hilton y el Santa Teresa; mientras que Hugo Chávez de Venezuela se hospedará en Capilla del Mar.

sábado 7 de abril de 2012 04:20 PM

Bogotá.- Al menos 8.000 miembros de delegaciones oficiales e invitados, además de los 34 jefes de Estado de los países miembros de la OEA y más de 1.300 periodistas, llegarán desde el próximo martes a la ciudad colombiana de Cartagena de Indias para celebrar la sexta Cumbre de las Américas, informaron hoy autoridades locales.

El gremio hotelero es uno de los más beneficiados con la Cumbre debido a que la ocupación de las casi 6.000 habitaciones con las que cuenta la ciudad ya está en 85%, según el presidente de la Asociación Hotelera Colombiana (Asotelco), John Barragán, reseñó DPA.

"Por la alta ocupación todos los hoteles incrementan su personal entre 25 y 30 por ciento, generando así empleo. Se estima que llegarán cerca de 10.000 personas, q…

Delta Flight to Port-au-Prince Raises Haiti’s Hopes for Business ....

Phil Bolton
Atlanta - 04.07.12

Delta's inaugural flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, left Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, April 7.

Delta Air Lines Inc.’s inaugural, weekly flight from Atlanta to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, left at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, following a rousing sendoff by representatives of the city’s business, civic, diplomatic and Haitian communities.

Gandy Thomas, Haiti’s consul general for the Southeast who is based in Atlanta, requested a moment of silence in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in 2010 that devastated the country, and then called on businesses to look for investment opportunities there.

In an interview with GlobalAtlanta, he was optimistic about the prospects for the flight. Cutting travel time from Atlanta to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, by a day because there would no longer be the necessity of stopovers in either New York or Miami, he said his homeland “was so near…

APNewsBreak: Mali's coup leader to return power ...

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, Associated Press – 22 hours ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Under intense pressure from the nations bordering Mali, the junior officer who seized control of the country in a coup last month signed an accord, agreeing late Friday to return the country to constitutional rule.

The announcement was made only hours after separatist rebels in the country's north declared their independence.

Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo emerged from his office inside the military barracks that has served the de facto seat of government for the past 16 days, ever since he and his men stormed the presidential palace, reversing over two decades of democratic rule.

Flanked by the ministers of neighboring nations, he read out the accord, which states that under Article 36 of Mali's constitution the head of the national assembly becomes interim president in the event of a vacancy of power.

"In the event of the vacancy of the president of the republic for whatever reason, or due to any absolute…

Nueva presidenta de Malawi asume el poder ....

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Caracas - 07/04/2012 15:10 07

Este sábado, Joyce Banda, quien ejercía cargo de vicepresidenta, asumió la primera magistratura de Malawi, como lo establece la Constitución, tras la muerte del mandatario, Bingu Wa Mutharika. La nueva jefa de Estado se convierte en la primera mujer en el cargo

Este sábado, Joyce Banda, quien ejercía cargo de vicepresidenta, asumió la primera magistratura de Malawi, como lo establece la Constitución, tras la muerte del mandatario, Bingu Wa Mutharika.

"Preservaré y defenderé la Constitución y (...) actuaré correctamente con todo tipo de gente, de acuerdo con la ley, sin temor ni favor", dijo Banda en una sesión realizada en el Parlamento de la nación del sureste de África, publicó el diario Nyasa Times.

De esta manera, Banda, de 61 años, se convierte en la primera mujer al frente del Ejecutivo en Malawi.

Durante su alocución, la nueva mandataria describió a Mutharika como "el padre de l…

Blog humorístico sobre Hillary Clinton causa furor en EEUU ....

IMO NOTE: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been invited to address the IMO 4th Global Mango Conference in Trinidad & Tobago, still no official word back.....

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07/04/2012 07:55:56 a.m.

"Hola Hil, ¿qué haces?", dice Obama. "Dirijo el mundo", responde Hillary Clinton. Este es uno de los muchos diálogo imaginarios que muestra un blog humorístico sobre Hillary Clinton que causa furor en Estados Unidos.

El blog sigue un patrón: una foto, siempre la misma, de Clinton consultando su teléfono inteligente en un avión, pegada a la imagen de otra personalidad y un par de líneas de diálogo en clave de humor.

Una de las últimas viñetas muestra a la jefa de la diplomacia estadounidense y la cantante Lady Gaga: "De una mujer poderosa a otra, un beso", dice Lady Gaga. "Pero ¿quién habla ahí?", responde Clinton.

Otra viñeta muestra a la ex secretaria de Estado Condoleezza Rice explicar a George W. Bush que había enviado un mensaje a Clin…

THE HOTTEST THING ON THE INTERNET: "Texts from Hillary" ....

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MANGO DRINKS: Mango Daiquiri recipes .....

Mango Daiquiri recipe
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1 oz dark rum
1/4 oz Orange Curacao liqueur
3 oz mango chunks
1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix

Combine the rum, orange curacao, mango pieces and sour mix in a blender with one cup of crushed ice. Pour into a tall glass, garnish with a mango stick and serve.

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Mango daiquiri

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6 mangoes, peeled, chopped
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/2 cups vodka
6 lemons, juiced
1 cup sugar syrup (see note)
6 cups crushed ice


Combine half the mango, half the rum, half the vodka, 3/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add half the crushed ice. Blend until just combined. Pour into 6 cocktail glasses and serve immediately.

Repeat using remaining ingredients.


Note: For the sugar syrup, combine 1 1/2 cups caster sugar and 1 1/2 cup…