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The drugs issue indicates to "a concerning trend" in Venezuela

Szubin took office in 2006 under the Administration of former US President George W. Bush (Photo: AP)

WESTERN HEMISPHERE. The drugs issue indicates to "a concerning trend" in Venezuela, revealed in an interview with daily newspaper El Universal Adam Szubin, director of US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), an agency responsible for assistance in anti-terrorist efforts.

WORLD BANK: EEUU impone Nuevo jefe del Banco Mundial

Economía | 16/04/2012

El estadounidense Jim Yong Kim, hasta ahora encargado de una universidad de EEUU, fue elegido como el nuevo presidente del Banco Mundial

Jim Yong Kim, un estadounidense quien es presidente de la universidad Dartmouth, fue seleccionado para convertirse en el próximo presidente del Banco Mundial. Su designación extiende el control de Estados Unidos sobre el cargo en la agencia de desarrollo con 187 países miembros.

Kim, un nominado sorpresivo el presidente Barack Obama, fue elegido en una votación de la junta ejecutiva de 25 miembros del Banco Mundial. Reemplazará a Robert Zoellick, quien renuncia después de cinco años en el cargo.

Naciones en desarrollo se enfrentaron sin éxito a la nominación de Kim, de 52 años, un médico y pionero en el tratamiento del VIH/sida y la tuberculosis en el llamado mundo en desarrollo.

La designación de Kim marca una diferencia con respecto a líderes previos del Banco Mundial que fueron figuras típicamente políticas, jurídicas o del sector…

MEXICO MANGO MAFIA: Packouts startup in Michoacan

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Michoacan cartel has flexed their muscle. One week without work for mango harvesters and Hot water Treatment facilities.

The market did not even blink.

At a meeting called today in Michoacan, the organized crime brotherhood has come up with new rules:

Michoacan packing facilities can only packout a total of 50 loads per week.

The three major shippers in Michoacan are allowed to process eight loads each and the balance from the rest of the packing operations.

The good news is that harvesters are back in the groves and the Hot Water Treatment facilities are shipping again.

Hopefully we have heard the last of this "stop and go", and marketers can get mango ads back on track before the volume hits in the next two weeks.

The state of Michoacan has approximately four weeks left and then the flood gates open up on Mexican mango volume.

¿Quién gana con los atrasos del Mundial 2014 en Brasil? ...

Los atrasos en las obras para el Mundial 2014 suponen un riesgo para la imagen internacional de Brasil, pero también pueden ser una oportunidad de negocios para diversas empresas privadas, advierten especialistas.

Lunes 16 Abril 2012

La inquietud de los expertos es que, por incompetencia o estrategia deliberada, algunas compañías obtengan réditos del apuro de las autoridades brasileñas para cumplir con los plazos previstos para el evento deportivo.

"Las empresas saben que el gobierno tiene un compromiso de realizar la Copa del Mundo en Brasil, tiene una imagen que cuidar", dijo Vinicius Panetto, un procurador en Río de Janeiro que integra el grupo de trabajo del Ministerio Público Federal (MPF) sobre el Mundial 2014.

"Es claro que algunas empresas pueden incluir el costo de la emergencia en su precio", agregó Panetto en declaraciones a BBC Mundo.

"Obras esenciales"

Los atrasos en varios proyectos de obras en estadios e infraestructura para la Copa 2014…

Marriott launching major Latin American expansion ...

Bethesda hotelier expects to double its footprint
by Lindsey Robbins, Staff Writer

Hoping to tap a burgeoning market, Marriott International plans to double its number of hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America within the next five years.

The initiative marks the first major move announced by the Bethesda company’s new CEO and president, Arne Sorenson, who officially took over from J.W. Marriott Jr. this month.

Sorenson made the announcement Friday during the Americas CEO Summit in Cartagena, Colombia.

The company already has 69 hotels in 25 countries, representing nine of its 18 brands, and 35 signed or under development in the Caribbean and Latin America. Marriott plans to grow that number to 140 by 2017. The expansion would encompass more than 30,000 rooms.

Marriott has not commented on the cost of the initiative.

“Latin America is booming, in terms of economic growth and political and institutional stability, which is creating a promising business climate,” Sorenson said in a statement…

PHILIPPINES: Guimaras Hosts 19th Manggahan Festival ...

April 16, 2012, 5:49pm

GUIMARAS ISLAND - All roads lead to the island province of Guimaras as it unveils its 19th Manggahan Festival, a grand spectacle of culture, sports, entertainment and agri-tourism, from now ongoing until April 22.

The festival, the most ambitious and colorful event ever held in the province in years, will be topbilled by such events as the 1st Mango Man Triathlon which was held last April 15 and the Manggahan Festival 2012 Tribes Competition on April 22.

The triathlon employed Olympic-standard 3k for swimming, 40k for biking, and 10k for running similar to the one held in Camarines Sur last year, consisting of two categories - solo and relay – which was held at Raymen Beach. The Tribes Competition among seven barangay festival groups will be staged at the Museo de Guimaras.

Said festival, first held last May 22, 1993 to commemorate the first anniversary of Guimaras as a full-pledged province, officially opened yesterday, April 16 coinciding with an A…

Kuehne + Nagel's Profit Slumped in First Quarter ...

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | Apr 16, 2012 3:01PM GMT 

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Freight Forwarders

Profit dropped from $167.5 million to $73.5 million

Kuehne+Nagel’s first quarter profit slumped to $73.5 million from $167.5 million a year ago as the Swiss global logistics group was hit by a $70.2 million European Union antitrust fine, pricing pressures in air and sea freight and higher spending on growth initiatives.

Revenue was unchanged at $5.2 billion and gross profit, struck after deducting freight rates customs dues and security charges, improved by 3 percent to $3.76 billion. Operating earnings, excluding the antitrust fine, declined 12 percent to $235.5 million.

“As a consequence of the experience made in the first quarter of 2012, we have intensified our cost management. We are confident that the measures implemented as well as solid growth will contribute to an improvement of results in the second half of the year,” said Reinhard Lange, CEO of Kuehne+Nag…

Container and Bulk Freight Shipping World Loses an Establishment Giant ...

16 April 2012

Obituary - Arnold Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller 13th July 1913 - 16th April 2012

DENMARK – One of the true giants of the shipping industry has gone with the death today of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller the son of Arnold Peter Møller the founder of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. The Danish conglomerate blossomed in his tenure into a major force in many branches of logistics from container shipping and bulk ocean freight to energy exploration and a variety of marine services.

Mr Møller became a partner in Firmaet A.P. Moller in 1940 and remained on the board until 2003, retiring at the age of 90. Møller emigrated to the US for the duration of WW11 in order to keep control of the company fleet before returning to Denmark in 1947 where he became Chairman and CEO upon his father’s death in 1965. 

He was instrumental in the unique deal which Maersk negotiated with the Danish Government regarding exploration and recovery of energy resources in Danish coastal waters which met criticisms that i…

LEGEND: Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Dies at 98 ...

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | Apr 16, 2012 2:14PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Container Lines

Danish shipowner helped build Maersk Line into world's biggest carrier

Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, the legendary Danish shipowner who helped build Maersk Line into the world’s biggest ocean container carrier, died today. He was 98.

“On behalf of the entire family, I wish to express our deep sorrow at the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller,” Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, one of his three daughters said in a statement.

“My sisters and I have lost a father who never failed neither his family nor his business.”

Moller, who was born on July 13, 1913, became joint owner of Firmaet A.P. Moller in 1940.

He took control of the daily management of the closely held A.P. Moller-Maersk group in 1965 following the death of his father Arnold Peter Moller, who founded the company with a secondhand cargo ship in 1904.

Moller was CEO of the Copenha…

THE NEXT BEST THING: Comparing Julie mangoes to Ataulfo ....

The best mangoes
Posted on April 15, 2012 by mary

When I was in St. Lucia I learned that there are mangoes and then there are mangoes.

The only mangoes the locals deemed fit for eating out of hand were ripe from the tree ‘mangoes Julie,” silky smooth and tasting a bit like pineapple.

Everything else, and there were plenty of mango trees, was relegated to some lesser purpose.

When I returned home I realized that the Tommy Atkins mangoes stocked in US grocery stores are the culinary equivalent of the Red Delicious apples sold on the street corners of St. Lucia. If you’ve never had an apple before, you might well consider a Red Delicious apple from far away Washington State a delicacy, and the same goes for the Tommy Atkins mango here in the decidedly non-tropical Pacific Northwest. But Tommy Atkins mangoes are nothing special in the mango realm.

According to a Wikipedia citation from The Great Mango Book: A Guide with Recipes: “Thomas Atkins submitted the fruit to the variety committee of t…

Latest from Mexico : Rules of the mango game ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California

April 16, 2012


RULE #1 of EXTORSION: "Don't kill the Goose that lays the Golden Egg!!!"

The latest from Mexico is that last week, harvesting of fruit was halted on Monday. Hot water treatment sheds were allowed to ship what had been harvested and EMEX DATA revealed that shipments went out through the 10th of April.

These orders to stop harvesting came from the local organized crime groups that have been calling the shots on the Mexican mango deal.

With Michoacan currently harvesting over 70% of all fruit in Mexico, LA FAMILIA has a virtual LOCK on the board and is the defacto ruler.

A meeting is being scheduled and the new rules of the game are being laid out even as this post is going to press.

The word is that some harvesting started back up on Saturday the 14th of April.

However small, that fruit is currently being processed and shi…

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All About The Secret Service Scandal In 60 Seconds ....

William Wei

Before President Obama arrived at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, 11 Secret Service agents – along with five U.S. military personnel – were sent packing and placed on administrative leave.

The agents are accused of soliciting prostitutes, and Obama has since called for a "thorough" and "rigorous" investigation into the matter. This could turn into the biggest scandal in the history of the Secret Service, and it has certainly overshadowed the Summit.

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JUST-FOOD Commentary for Monday, April 16, 2012 ....

News & Insights | Companies | Sectors | Research Advertise | Contact us Issue 617 April 16, 2012

Editorial Will companies in the emerging markets of the East become more regular buyers of firms in the West?

It is a question that has caused debate in M&A advisory circles and in the industry over the last decade and it has intensified during the downturn, with markets like India and China growing at rates that countries in the West can only dream of.

In 2000, Indian conglomerate Tata acquired UK tea maker Tetley, a deal that in some ways for the first time emphasised the growing economic power in the East. In 2007, Tata bought British Steel and a year later, it snapped up car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover. It is now the UK's single largest manufacturer.
Nevertheless, there has not been a wave of transactions, particularly in the FMCG sector. Some deals have been made - China's Bright Food acquired Australia's Manassen Foods last year, while in 2010 European seafood…


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