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Thank-you very much for making the IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine), the World's number one website for mango industry news and information!!! ...

With the May numbers for the IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) about to be released, it would appear that the IMO BLOG viewership is running 5-7 times (on a monthly basis) that of the National Mango Board's website:

With approximately 350,000 pageviews for the IMO BLOG since January 2012 through May 2012, the popularity of the IMO's website is running circles around the NMB website.

Just goes to show you what one man with a very limited personal budget can do to a multi-million dollar budget and a corporate staff when you set your mind to the task!

Data courtesy of Google Analytics

The chart above shows unique views or individuals on line at the same time for the past week for the IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine).

Here is what the National Mango Board (NMB) website and social media efforts have produced...



A mango tree in the Coniston Station orchard.(Caddie Brain)

Mango growers fear carbon costs

By Liz Trevaskis

Thursday, 31/05/2012

The Northern Territory Mango Industry Association says the cost of production will rise significantly for farmers when the carbon tax is implemented.

Under the Federal Government's carbon pricing legislation, which will come into effect on July 1, the cost of electricity and chemicals are expected to increase.

Chair Ian Baker says producers are predicting prices to increase by over three per cent, which for large mango farms could equate to $30,000.

"The problem is, is that $30,000 come straight off our profit.

"And I can't, I'm not gonna get compensation as a farmer.

"I can't pass the cost onto the consumers, who do get some compensation.

"Because we operate in a free market, where I don't set my price I'm basically a price taker, to a large degree."


Just shy of 100 Thousand pageviews for the month of May 2012 ....a new record is set !!! ...

A great month with new records for daily pageviews ...

A very strong week with daily pageviews between 3,000 - 4,000 visitors...

A strong Global showing ...

Top Ten Pageviews by Countries for May 2012:

United States






United Kingdom




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The Mangos of Fairchild: Evolution, Celebrating 20 Years of the Mango.                                                                                                                     

It began over twenty years ago with an idea―a seed―planted in the fertile ground of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; a celebration of the mango beneath the shade of the very mango trees collected a century earlier by Dr. David Fairchild. 

Twenty fruiting seasons have passed, and we continue to celebrate, collect and curate, teach and learn about the mango.

This July 13, 14 and 15 join us for the International Mango Festival: Evolution, Celebrating 20 Years of the Mango

Please visit our web page:

Noris Ledesma
Curator of Tropical Fruit
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
14885 SW 248 St, Homestead FL 33032

VENEZUELA: ¿La hora final de Chávez? ...

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Edición Internacional - Marzo 2012

¿La hora final de Chávez?


Unida detrás de un discurso y un candidato moderado, la oposición venezolana enfrentará a un Hugo Chávez enfermo de cáncer y lastrado por problemas económicos, pero que conserva un poderoso capital electoral.

Capriles no puede permitirse ningún error si quiere derrotar a Chávez.

Jue, 12/04/2012 - 18:40

Hugo Chávez volvió a sorprender a sus partidarios y detractores.“Se ha detectado una nueva lesión en el mismo sitio donde fue detectado el tumor cancerígeno”, anunció a los medios venezolanos el 21 de febrero pasado.

Junto con reconocer que deberá ser sometido a una nueva intervención, se declaró “en buenas condiciones físicas para enfrentar la batalla”. Si se refería a su propia salud o al desafío electoral, no quedó claro. Hace meses que reiteraba su deseo de pelear por una nueva reeleción en los comicios del 7 de octubre. Especialmente después que la oposición convocó a más de 3 millones de personas a unas pri…

FOR THE LOVE OF MANGOES: A visit to Borneo

Borneo Expedition

Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 01:07:41 PM

By Noris Ledesma

My first glimpse into the primeval land of Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia; its people, and ultimately the wild mangos of Borneo, woke up the hidden memories from my past in the Colombian Amazonian. The heat and the humidity made everything so green and exuberant. I was still jet-lagged from my travels, when I came to my senses within this foreign, yet hauntingly familiar landscape. The different shapes and textures of the leaves and fronds brought me back to the realization that I was indeed in the tropics, just in a different place and time.

Wild mangos (Mangifera species)

I had to come to Borneo to better understand the origin of mango by first-hand observation of its wild relatives that grow in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Further I wanted to delve into the Bornean jungle from a fruit perspective, where durian, langsat, rambutan and of course wild mangos share the same territory. The expedition to Borneo offered the oppor…

NICARAGUA (2012): CONTRA WAR 2.0 .....

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:37

Nicaragua 'Armed Groups' Raise Specter of Contra Warfare

Written by Elyssa Pachico

Image, above, shows “Comandante Jahob” with the Contras in 1982

In Nicaragua, a shadowy organization claims to have launched a successful attack against the security forces as part of their crusade against President Daniel Ortega, whose government denies that the group are any more than countryside bandits. 

Where does the truth lie?

The group, which calls itself the Democratic Command Front 3-80, claims it attacked a group of police on May 3 in Nicaragua's northern Jinotega department, seriously wounding two officers and causing the police to flee. The security forces contested this, stating that the attack was in fact launched on eight civilians, all part of a single family, in a different part of the country. The military confirmed that six men, wearing military uniform and armed with AK-47s, carried out this attack, but described them as cattle rustlers.

As Nicarag…

VENEZUELA: Unidad élite de la DEA a cargo de ex juez Aponte ...

América Latina

En las manos del grupo especial 959, Aponte será una herramienta muy efectiva en la investigación del círculo íntimo de Chávez, supuestamente involucrado en el tráfico de drogas.

                                                                                                      La DEA reveló que las detenciones demuestran el creciente vínculo entre el narcotráfico y el terrorismo.

Voz de América - Redacción


Una unidad élite de inteligencia de la agencia antinarcóticos de Estados Unidos (DEA, por sus siglas en inglés), el grupo 959, estaría a cargo del caso del ex magistrado de la Corte Suprema de Venezuela, Eladio Aponte Aponte, según fuentes con conocimiento directo del caso.

El Grupo 959 se creó para perseguir a los traficantes en otros países que conspiraban para importar cocaína hacia Estados Unidos.

David Tinsley, un funcionario retirado de la DEA que ahora dirige su propia agencia privada de inteligencia, dijo a la agencia Reuters que el Grupo 959 sólo se p…

MEXICO MANGO MAFIA: Sinaloa cartel, Zetas push Mexico's drug violence to new depths ...


In turf war, the brutal Zetas bring their horrific methods to areas accustomed to the more businesslike Sinaloa cartel, deepening fear and uncertainty.

May 27, 2012|By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times

Mexican soldiers flank Daniel "El Loco" Ramirez during his… (Alexandre Meneghini, Associated…)

CULIACAN, Mexico — The cartel henchman nicknamed "El Loco" was reported behind the latest atrocity in Mexico's ever-more-depraved drug war: mutilating 49 people and piling their bodies — heads, hands and feet missing — by the side of a road leading to the U.S. border.

Authorities say he acted this month on orders from the top commanders of the brutal Zeta paramilitary force, who wanted to send a message to the long-dominant Sinaloa cartel and its allies, in a new phase of a conflict that has claimed more than 50,000 lives in less than six years.

In Mexico's eight most violent states, the battle has essentially boiled down to a no-holds-barred fight bet…

China-Peru military ties growing stronger ...

By Kelly Hearn - Special to The Washington Times

Sunday, May 27, 2012

LIMA, Peru — Trade between China and Peru, a key U.S. ally in the regional drug war, is at an all-time high. Now the Chinese security apparatus is getting in on the action.

Military officials from Beijing increasingly are making high-level visits, pushing initiatives to protect Chinese nationals and companies here, and, in some cases, undermining U.S. arms deals in order to sell their own weapons to this resource-rich Andean nation.

Last month, for example, the Peruvian Defense Ministry canceled a $114 million contract with a consortium that included U.S. defense manufacturer Northrop Grumman after a Chinese company convinced officials the project did not meet technical specifications.

Peruvian officials in February awarded the contract to the TRIAD consortium consisting of Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, thePolish Bumar Group and Northrop Group to provide an air defense system.

Russia’s Rosoboronexport and a co…

CUBAVERA PHOTO SHOOT IN CARTAGENA (They cleaned the place up since the Secret Service left) ...

INDIA: KARLS Uniworld Looking for partners in fruit sector ...

Dear Will,

Greetings from KARLS Uniworld EXIM Pty. Ltd. India.

My name is Mrs Jyoti R Bhadarka and I am one of the director of KARLS Uniworld EXIM P Ltd, India. 

Our website is

One of our business is operating within food industries with all kind of food products including grains, spices, rice, fruits, organic stuff etc. 

Can you please help us to grow our network in the fruit industry through your established contacts.

Please advise how we should be able to trade on this. We are open for all kind of possibilities.

Best regards,

Mrs. Jyoti R. Bhadarka
KARLS Uniworld EXIM Pty. Ltd.
103, Shivam Complex,
B/h. Samartheshwar Mahadev Temple,
Law Garden, Off. C.G Road,
Ahmedabad - 380009
Gujarat, India
Mobile: +91 98251 06208
Fax: +91 79 2640 1224

OP ED: Neither Obama nor Romney has a comprehensive plan, but there's still time ...

It's the fiscal future, candidates

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and President Obama should devote at least one of their debates this fall solely to the nation's fiscal situation, with a format and moderators that will guarantee that substantive questions are posed and that the candidates are pressed for meaningful answers. (AFP / Getty Images / May 22, 2012)

By David M. Walker

May 23, 2012

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both smart and accomplished individuals. That's why it is so disappointing that neither candidate has taken a truly responsible position when it comes to the nation's fiscal future.

That's not to say that both men haven't advanced some good ideas. Romney, for example, is pushing to limit federal spending, and he's showing political backbone in putting Social Security and Medicare reforms on the table. 

But Romney also signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to

"oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase t…