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Savour the best mangoes and jackfruits in Bangalore ....

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 9:09 IST
By Y Maheswara Reddy | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

From now on, Bangaloreans can relish mango and jackfruits of different varieties under one roof for 45 days.

The city is going to host Mango and Jackfruit Fair 2012, which will start on Monday.
The fair is being organised by Hopcoms in association with the National Horticulture Board (NHB).

Mango lovers who have not tasted Dasheri and Langra, the North Indian varieties, can enjoy them at the fair.

“It is for the first time that we have a tie-up with the NHB. It will enable farmers from Karnataka to sell mangoes Alphonso, Raspuri and Mallika and jackfruits in various cities in North India and also facilitate the sale of mangoes from North India in Bangalore,’’ said S Shanmukhappa, managing director, Hopcoms.

For Hopcoms, it will be the first mango and jackfruit fair in Bangalore. The fair will benefit farmers as well as consumers. More than 800 tonnes of mangoes were sold during last year, said…

A Food Bank nutritionist who touches half a million lives ...


MAY 23, 2012


Kendra Bird (center) and Framingham State University intern Kelly Fischl (in green) talk about fitness and nutrition with a group of girls at the Boys & Girls Club in Chelsea.

A busy nutritionist might help, oh, 1,000 clients a year. Kendra Bird assists half a million — not singlehandedly, of course.

The director of nutrition for the Greater Boston Food Bank oversees the safety, quality, and healthfulness of the 37 million pounds of food that pass through the Food Bank annually — goods that in turn are distributed to 549 hunger-relief agencies and 490 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters throughout the Commonwealth. 

Between that and her involvement with the bank’s various educational and food-safety activities, Bird touches a lot of lives.

That was always the plan. “I’m a people person,” says Bird in her tidy office at the Food Bank’s gleaming Dorchester facility, built in 2009.


Esta es la nueva bicicleta electrónica de Audi (Fotos) ...

mayo 22, 2012 7:51 pm

La automotriz alemana Audi presentó en Austria una máquina deportiva muy inspiradora: la bicicleta electrónica e-bike Wörthersee.

El prototipo combina un manejo eléctrico y el poder muscular.

El jefe de diseño, Wolfgang Egger, comenta: “Como bicicleta electrónica de alto rendimiento para ciclismo deportivo y ejercicios, presenta las competencias básicas de Audi de diseño, ult ra, e-tron y conexión”.

La bicicleta electrónica Audi hizo su primera gran aparición en la Gira Wörthersee de este año, la 31er. reunión para fanáticos de Audi, VW, Seat y Skoda. El ciclista de pruebas, Julien Dupont, y el especialista en terrenos, Petra Bernhard, mostraron sus proezas y habilidades en ciclismo callejero.

El dinamismo óptimo de la bicicleta prototipo se ve claramente a primera vista. “Al desarrollar la bicicleta electrónica Wörthersee de Audi, nos inspiramos en principios de diseño para carreras de motociclismo”, explica Hendrik Schaefers, uno de los diseñadores en Concept Design…


Business travel

Meet feast

May 21st 2012, 14:26 by A.B.

WHAT better way to start the week than with a ranking of meeting places? 

Today’s stats come from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), which reports each year where the world’s bigger meetings have been held. 

Specifically it counts meetings organised by its members that a) rotate between at least three countries, b) attract at least 50 participants and c) are held with a certain frequency. The ICCA counted more than 10,000 such gatherings in 2011 (an increase of over 800 on the 2010 figure), and the US was the most popular location, hosting 759 of them. 

Germany. Spain, Britain, France and Italy round out a not-very-surprising top six that is exactly the same as it was in 2010.

There’s a bit more to see over at the city rankings, where Vienna holds onto first place, Paris and Barcelona, in second and third, swap their 2010 positions, and no American city makes it into the top 20. 

London claim…

Trinidad and Tobago woman selected to represent Caribbean on UN Women Advisory Group ....

IMO NOTE: "These Women rule the world....keep an eye on them" ~ Will Cavan

Welcome to Breaking News Trinidad and Tobago
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A Trinidad and Tobago woman was selected to represent the Caribbean on the United Nations Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group, former President of Chile now UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet today announced. 

The members of the group are meant to bridge the UN Women secretariat with civil society and report on the sentiments of women from their regions. A release from the UNIC Caribbean office said, "The Group serves as a consultative forum for UN Women."

Rawwida Baksh (above), former Head of the Women's Rights Programme, International Research and Development Centre, was selected to serve along with 65 women and two men from 67 counties for two years.

The women were chosen based on their work on gender equality and women’s empowerment, a…

Increíble: la piscina más grande del mundo (Fotos) ...

mayo 22, 2012 4:51 pm

Daily Mail

Con información de Daily Mail

La piscina del Resort San Alfonso del Mar, en Chile, es considerada la más grande del mundo, pues mide un kilómetro, el equivalente a 20 piscinas olímpicas. La enorme laguna, hecha por el hombre, se encuentra a mitad de la costa del Pacífico, en la ciudad de Algarrobo.

Además, tiene el récord Guinness por ser la más profunda del mundo (35 metros) y para llenarla se necesitan 66 millones de galones de agua de mar.

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Venezuela expands China oil-for-loan deal to $8 billion ...

CHAVEZ IS LEVERAGING VENEZUELA DEEPER INTO DEBT BEFORE HE LEAVES THE SCENE WITH AS MUCH LOOT FOR HIS FAMILY AS POSSIBLE ....."This is the greatest ransacking of a nation in modern history...if not all-time" ~ Will Cavan

By Brian Ellsworth and Marianna Parraga

CARACAS | Tue May 22, 2012 9:30pm EDT

(Reuters) - Venezuela's Congress voted on Tuesday to double the amount the government can borrow from China under a deal that lets the OPEC nation repay loans with oil, potentially adding to the debt burden taken on under President Hugo Chavez.

China has become the single biggest foreign source of financing for Venezuela's socialist government, which is borrowing heavily to fund state spending on welfare and infrastructure projects ahead of an October 7 election.

Tuesday's vote amended a 2008 agreement to let Venezuela borrow as much as $8 billion from the China Development Bank at any given time, twice the original $4 billion.

Ruling party lawmakers say the funds are needed f…

T&T PM calls for Mexico help in crime battle ...

ready for talks: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Caricom chairman Desi Bouterse arrive for yesterday’s opening of the Caricom-Mexico summit in Bridgetown, Barbados. —Photo courtesy The Nation Newspapers

Story Created: May 22, 2012 at 1:24 AM ECT

Story Updated: May 22, 2012 at 1:24 AM ECT

The illicit drug trade, trafficking in illegal guns, gang violence, human trafficking and smuggling are all challenges facing the Caribbean, said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she addressed the Second Caricom-Mexico Summit in Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday. 

She also raised concerns about cyber-crime, international terrorism, money laundering and the exploitation of women and children.
In a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday, Persad-Bissessar said these were “worrying trends in crime and security”.

Persad-Bissessar called on Heads of Government to emphasise the link between security and development and support action towards combating crime at all levels involvin…

Corporate social responsibility is evolving, and becoming a little less flaky ...

Good business; nice beaches

May 19th 2012 | from the print edition

ON JUNE 17th a hubbub of activists will gather in Rio de Janeiro for a conference on “good business for a sustainable future”, sponsored by something called the Ethical Fashion Initiative. 

They will listen to a farmer talking about the social consequences of cotton and a theologian debating the meaning of the word “value”. 

No doubt they will also admire Rio’s beautiful beaches and the beachgoers who waste “very few of the Earth’s precious resources on clothes”, as P.J. O’Rourke once put it.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has a hard-earned reputation for flakiness. CSR types don’t just swap agreeable-sounding platitudes (“doing well by doing good”). They do so in agreeable places, “for the same reason that the American Association of Hose and Nozzle Manufacturers has to hold all its important meetings in Las Vegas,” observed Mr O’Rourke, a humorist. “Rio is, um, convenient to major air travel facilities.”


IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) closes the day with 3,743 pageviews ...

A strong week with daily pageviews on average over 3,000 .

Global viewership remains strong as well...

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Fine Art Stashed in Tax-Free Ports Worries Insurers ...

Published: Monday, 21 May 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

By: Dalya Alberge, Financial Times

Carl Court | AFP | Getty Images
Sotheby's staff carry away the Edouard Manet painting entitled 'Portrait De Manet Par Lui-Meme, en Buste' (Manet A La Palette) ('Self-Portrait with a Palette') after it was auctioned at Sotheby's in 
London on June 22, 2010 where it fetched 20,000,000GBP.

After the earthquakes, floods and tornadoes of the past year, a tsunami of panic has swept through the ranks of general insurers. Disasters such as the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, coupled with the political turmoil in the Middle East, made 2011 the most expensive year ever for the industry – inflicting losses of more than £30 billion ($47 billion).

The art insurance world has suddenly realized the scale of unforeseen risk in its market. Collectors are buying art on an unprecedented scale at astronomical prices and putting many of these works into storage in just a few tax-free port warehouses.

It h…

Marks & Spencer blames weak economy for lower sales targets ...

'Realism has prevailed,' said chief executive Marc Bolland. 'People don't like targets you can't reach'

Zoe Wood, Tuesday 22 May 2012 14.21 EDT

M&S profits dip as targets are revised lower. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland has been forced to slash sales growth targets and store opening plans after tough high street conditions hit profits.

Bolland had set out a three-year plan to boost UK group sales by up to £2.5bn but on Tuesday, just one year into the programme, he slashed the top target by 30%, blaming the economic malaise. "Realism has prevailed," he said. "People don't like targets you can't reach."

Investors had already anticipated the revision, he said, adding: "The UK looks completely different than it did 18 months ago. The economy is not allowing us to grow much faster than we are doing today."

The revised targets came as M&S reported a 1% drop in underlying profits …

BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER: Climate change hits fruit crops hard in south Gujarat ..

Himansshu Bhatt, TNN | May 22, 2012, 10.27PM IST

SURAT: If the mangoes and the humble chickoos disappear from your fruit basket in coming years, blame it on nothing else but climate change.

Wildly fluctuating climates have started showing their effect on the agriculture of south Gujarat, that too at an alarming rate. This region supplies 55% of mangoes grown in Gujarat and nearly 70% of chickoos produced.

Fluctuations in temperature, changed rainfall patterns and indifferent weather since two years have taken toll on crops. Heavy heat in daytime and cold nights has resulted in withering away of flowering from fruit trees, and non-formation of seeds in small fruits have become a common feature in many citrus fruits.

This has resulted in the production by about 10 to 12 per cent every year.

"If these changes continue, Kutch will become a hub of good mangoes and even cashew in the coming five years," said NI Patel, head of horticulture department at Navsari Agriculture University (N…


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Cuento con 150 hectareas en Olmos - Lambayeque; colindantes con el Proyecto Especial Olmos Tinajones(PEOT), de las cuales 100 y 50 hectareas ofrezco en venta. 

Por tanto, ya que los terrenos que ofrezco son propiedad privada, cuentan con toda su documentacion en regla, libre de gravamen y está inscrita en Registros Públicos (SUNARP), su precio es de $ 2500.00 dolares por hectarea, o si tuviera alguna propuesta estaria dispuesto a conversaciones, aqui te envio fotos, y el plano actualizado del PEOT indicando la ubicación del terreno (cuadro verde 150 ha).

En la 1ª subasta q hizo el proyecto olmos, los compradores fueron: corporacion azucarera del peru s.a (11,100 hectareas), Danper Trujillo S.A.C (250 has), Chimú Agropecuaria S.A (250 has), Gloria s.a (4500 has), pesquera rosario s.a (500 has), empacadora agroexport s.a de cv - Mexico (480 has), anglo american michiquillay s.a (500 has ), agroindustrias AIB s.a (500 has), ingenieros civiles y contratistas s.a. (1000 has), ag…

SCRAPPING SHIPS: What Happens After Abandoning Ship ..

Posted on May 11, 2012

by doughelton

Twenty three years after running aground on a reef in Alaska and causing one of the largest spills in U.S. history, the tanker Exxon Valdez is back in the news—this time to keep it from being intentionally grounded on a beach in India.

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that the Exxon Valdez (now called the Oriental Nicety) cannot be grounded and cut apart on the shores of Gujarat until it can be cleaned of residual oils and other contaminants.

Workers scrap ships for parts and metal (“ship breaking”) on a beach in Bhatiari, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Credit: Naquib Hossain, Creative Commons License: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0).

What’s known as “ship breaking” is a dirty business, and many of the world’s tired and obsolete vessels end up being grounded on beaches in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and cut apart for scrap steel.

In recent years the business of ship scrapping has become a major health and environmental concern. Many ship breaking yards in the…

Ocean Carriers Plan to Double Scrapping This Year

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | 

May 22, 2012 3:41PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Carriers and shipowners also expect 1.4 million TEUs worth of new vessel deliveries

Ocean carriers and shipowners are set to scrap container ships totaling more than 200,000 20-foot equivalent units capacity in 2012, more than twice the capacity sent to breakers’ yards last year.

But this will be dwarfed by new vessel deliveries, which are expected to hit 1.4 million TEUs in 2012,container market analyst Alphaliner said.

So far this year 69 ships totaling 124,000 TEUs have been scrapped, compared to just 85,000 TEUs for the whole of 2011. By contrast, deliveries of new ships have already reached 621,000 TEUs.

Scrapping is expected to accelerate through the year, driven by low earnings and a weak outlook for older, less efficient vessels.

The sharply higher demolition rate will make 2012 the second highest year of scrapping behind the record-breaking 379,000 TEUs broken up in 2009, accor…