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PAKISTAN: Farmers fear Mango production to decline by 30 percent ...

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 6:02:23 

by Wajahat Javed

Farmers fear Mango production to decline by 30 percent

Monday, June 4, 2012: Mango Growers in Pakistan are expecting a 30 percent decline in the yield of the fruit owning to climate change in the regions mostly associated with mango growth. 

The decline in growth will also mean that the exports of Mango will also be affected.

In 2011, the Pakistani mango growers succeeded in making a breakthrough in exporting to the US. However, this year, with the fall in yield, they stand to lose this advantage.

All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA) Chairman Waheed Ahmed while sharing the news with media said, 

“The decline was due to weather changes that affected mango groves in many parts of the country including Mirpurkhas, Mityari Hyderabad, Tando Allahyar, Rahim Yar Khan Multan, Shuja Abad, Muzaffargarh and Khanewal. For the current year, the government has set a target for export of mangoes up to 150,00…

In New York, Indian Mangoes Remain Elusive ...

June 4, 2012, 12:43 AM


Prashanth Vishwanathan for The New York Times Shopkeepers sell mangoes at the Crawford Market in Mumbai, Maharashtra, May 21, 2012.

As a Bombay boy, my husband, Mahir, waited in anticipation every year for the start of mango season. Since the prized Alphonso (also known as hapus) was around only from late March to early June, he used to savor five or six a day to get his fill.

But when he moved to the United States for boarding school, he was devastated to learn about the United States ban on importing mangoes from India because of a pest that the seed of the mangoes harbored. 

The versions of his beloved fruit came from Mexico and Central America — versions that were good, he said, but not in same league when it came to the sweetness and juiciness of the ones from his childhood.

When the United States finally approved low-level irradiation of the produce and lifted the ban on Indian mangoes in 2006, he, along with everyone else I know who had experienc…

EN PROYECTO: La piscina más escalofriante del mundo (FOTOS) ...

mayo 25, 2012 4:39 pm

Para nadar en esta piscina se necesitará no tener ningún tipo de miedo a las alturas, ya que está a 38 pisos de altura.

La piscina infinita planea conectar las dos torres del Habitat Sky de Singapur, una vez que el ambicioso proyecto se haya completado en el año 2016.

Con 509 apartamentos, el desarrollo de Moshe Safdie en la isla central de Bishan ofrecerá a los residentes las más impresionantes vistas de la zona.

AIR CARGO: Panalpina’s First Brand-New Boeing 747-8 Freighter Takes To The Skies

By Anuja Abraham

Air,Logistics | 3 days ago |

For the first time in the company’s history, an aircraft with Panalpina’s name and logo takes to the skies. 

Following yesterday’s hand-over ceremony, the 747-8F with the tail number N850GT will take off from Paine Field in Everett nearby Seattle today and fly to Hong Kong. 

In Hong Kong the aircraft named the “Spirit of Panalpina” will immediately enter scheduled service within Panalpina’s unique own controlled air freight network.

From Hong Kong, the 747-8F will fly on to Luxembourg with the first cargo on board. The aircraft is being deployed on the Luxembourg / Huntsville route as well as other routes. Panalpina launched the Luxembourg / Huntsville route, also known as the “Dixie Jet”, as the very first own controlled service in 1990.

In September 2011, Panalpina and Atlas Air, a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services, signed a wet-lease agreement for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters. They are replacing tw…

On June 5 in the Americas and June 6 in the rest of the world, people will be able to see one of the rarest predictable events in astronomy: a solar transit of the planet Venus....

Crossing the Sun: The Last Transit of Venus until 2117

Next week will be the last opportunity this century to see the planet Venus as a little black dot moving across the solar disk--a rare event with a long, important history in astronomy

By Jay Pasachoff

 | May 31, 2012 

Image: Jay M. Pasachoff, David Butts, Joseph Gangestad, and Owen Westbrook (Williams College Transit of Venus Team) with John Seiradakis and George Asimellis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece); expedition run with Bryce Babcock (Williams College) and Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona)

On June 5 in the Americas and June 6 in the rest of the world, people will be able to see one of the rarest predictable events in astronomy: a solar transit of the planet Venus. Over a six-hour period the disk of Venus will be silhouetted against the sun. 

Seeing it safely requires a special eye-protection filter, available for a dollar or so—alternately, a telescope or binoculars can safely project an image onto a wall or s…

CLIMATE CHANGE: Warming Arctic Tundra Producing Pop-Up Forests ...

June 3, 2012, 1:02 PM


B.C. Forbes In the northernmost foothills of the Polar Ural mountains on the southern Yamal Peninsula in West Siberia, Russia, tundra shrubs are turning into small trees, with big implications.

Even as insect infestations and other factors accompanying warming have led to the “browning” of some stretches of boreal forest between temperate regions and the Arctic tundra, the tundra appears to be greening in a big way,various studies have shown. 

The newest such work, focused on scrubby windswept regions along Russia’s northwest Arctic coast, has found a particularly noteworthy shift is under way.

In this part of the Arctic, which could be a bellwether for changes to come elsewhere with greenhouse-driven warming, what might be called pop-up forests are forming. Low tundra shrubs, many of which are willow and alder species, have rapidly grown into small trees over the last 50 years, according to the study, led by scientists from the Biodiversity Institu…

OPINION: Venezuela, oil and Chavismo without Chavez: Campbell

Mon Jun 4, 2012 2:51pm BST

(Robert Campbell is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own.)

By Robert Campbell

(Reuters) - Hugo Chavez's picture is everywhere in Venezuela and may remain ubiquitous for some time, despite the president's serious illness. But soon the image may only be a Mao-like symbol of regime continuity.

Chavismo, Hugo Chavez's unique and malleable blend of militarism, historical revisionism, command economics, and knee-jerk anti-Americanism, is a movement intimately tied to the leader and his almost messianic bond with Venezuela's poor.

But Chavez's cancer, which, by all accounts seems to have taken a turn for the worse, poses a dilemma for the movement.

Chavismo, which previously functioned without questioning Chavez's oft-repeated pledge to govern until 2021 or even 2031, is now contemplating life without its charismatic founder.

The imagery of the regime already seems to stress continuity. Posters urging supporters to keep pushing…



Business transactions include drugs, human trafficking

Published: 20 hours ago

Editor’s Note: The following report is excerpted fromJoseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium online newsletter published by the founder of WND.

WASHINGTON – There is increasing evidence that Chinese criminal cartels are linking up with their counterparts in Latin American to make profits from drugs and human trafficking, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Sources say that last April a shipment of precursor chemicals bound for the Los Zetas Mexican cartel was intercepted in the small Caribbean country of Belize. According to report by the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington-based think-tank, a Chinese mafia apparently is emerging in Chinese communities in Latin America.

The report pointed out that other connections between China and Latin America include trafficking in persons from China through Latin America to be smuggled into the United States and Canada.

Concerns also ha…

LOGISTICS: Panalpina’s First 747-8 Freighter Enters Service ...

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | 

Jun 4, 2012 1:31PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Aircraft is wet-leased from U.S.-based Atlas Air

Panalpina has started flying the first of two new Boeing 747-8 freighters with a maiden cargo flight from Hong Kong to Luxembourg.

The "Spirit of Panalpina," which is being wet-leased from U.S.-based Atlas Air, is the first aircraft to carry the name and logo of the Swiss global logistics and freight forwarding group.

The aircraft will be deployed in Panalpina’s own controlled network, operating on its Dixie Jet service between Luxembourg and Huntsville, Alabama, and on other routes.

The 747-8 “opens up new horizons for flexible and innovative air freight solutions, especially for our healthcare, hi-tech, automotive, and oil and gas customers,” Panalpina CEO Monika Ribar said.

The second 747-8, also to be operated by Atlas Air, is scheduled for delivery later in 2012.

Panalpina is the only freight forwarder with its own controlled…

SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY: CBP and World BASC Organization Sign Joint Statement ...

(Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

Herndon, Virginia — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the World Business Alliance for Secure Commerce Organization (World BASC) signed today at CBP’s National Targeting Center a Joint Statement which recognizes the mutually beneficial working relationship of promoting and enhancing supply chain security throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

CBP Acting Commissioner David V. Aguilar, International World BASC President Fermin Cuza, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the World BASC Organization Raul Saldias, signed the Joint Statement, which recognizes the value of cooperation between CBP and this private, non-for profit organization in the area of supply chain security.

Photo Credit: James Tourtellotte

CBP Acting Commissioner David V. Aguilar, International World BASC President Fermin Cuza, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the World BASC Organization Raul Saldias, signed the Joint Statement, which recognizes the value of cooperation…

MYSTERY: Amelia Earhart: New evidence tells of her last days on a Pacific atoll ...

New information gives a clearer picture of what happened 75 years ago to Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan, where they came down and how they likely survived – for a while, at least – as castaways on a remote island.

By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer / June 2, 2012

An undated file photo shows Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. New research indicates she survived for some time after landing on a tiny Pacific atoll in 1937.


For decades, pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart was said to have “disappeared” over the Pacific on her quest to circle the globe along a 29,000-mile equatorial route.

Now, new information gives a clearer picture of what happened 75 years ago to Ms. Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, where they came down and how they likely survived – for a while, at least – as castaways on a remote island, catching rainwater and eating fish, shellfish, and turtles to survive.

The tale hints at lost opportunities to locate and rescue the pair …

INDIA: Poor mango crop leads to 40% drop in truck movement from Chennai ...


King of fruits, mango, failed to cheer the truck industry this season. Poor mango cultivation has led to a 40 per cent drop in truck movement of the most sought after fruit from Chennai to various destinations, according to officials of large transport companies.

Mr M.K. Janardanan of Okay Transport said that if the mango crop was good, it does not affect the truck industry as there would be regular flow of vehicles during this season.

The Railways used to supplement some of the movement.

Unlike in the past, most of the mangoes are today loaded directly from the farms.

In the past, the produce used to come to warehouses in and around Chennai.

From here, it used to be transported to various parts of the country, he said. “There has been at least 40 per cent drop in mango transport from Chennai,” said Mr Sanjay Nagpal, Secretary, Chennai Goods Transport Association.

On freight rate, Mr Nagpal said that there was 20-30 per cent increase due to unavailability of vehicles. This …

PBS Frontline - Money, Power and Wallstreet (IV PARTS) (2012)

How much did the financial crisis cost?

Total lost household wealth at $19.2 trillion only part of the story!

“Better Markets, a nonprofit watchdog for financial regulatory reform, recently attempted to analyze the full cost of the financial crisis, pulling together government data and outside studies. The group admits its own estimate [PDF] isn’t complete, either, but it lays out five major indicators to try to offer a more comprehensive accounting of the crisis:

Gross Domestic Product: The report notes the massive difference between the actual and potential GDP — now estimated at about $2.6 trillion, according to a January Congressional Budget Office report.

Unemployment: The rate peaked at 10.1 percent in October 2009, but it’s still at 8.1 percent today. That’s 12.5 million people who are out of work, not saving for retirement and not contributing to the GDP.

Government bailouts: The government has poured about $23 trillion into a host of programs and bailouts.

Lost household wealth: Wi…

In Myth and Literature, the Mango Remains King ...

June 4, 2012, 1:19 AM


The Trustees of the British Museum A Gouache painting on paper depicting the deity Śiva meditating under a tree, with the deity Kama to his right. Kama is aiming his flowery arrow at Śiva.

For centuries, writers in South Asia have been inspired by the fruit, flower and leaf of the mango tree, penning celebrations of mango season, dissections of mango commerce and a whole genre of fiction dubbed “sari and mango” novels.

“Mangos are objects of envy, love, rivalry as well as a new status symbol for India’s new rich,” Jim Yardley writes in The New York Times on Tuesday.

Blame, for one, the Vedic Cupid known as Kamadeva, or Kama. Kama shoots flower-tipped arrows at gods and humans alike, inspiring lust, love and the rainbow in between. One of his five arrows holds a mango blossom, said to be a particularly potent missile.

A description of this potency can be found in the fourth century Sanskrit dramatist Kalidasa’s play “Shakuntala:”

First maid. Why, little…


June 4, 2012, 12:56 AM
In London, A Wealth of Indian Mangoes

A screenshot of the section of the “” Web site  displaying the variety of mangoes on sale.

Americans may struggle to get tasty mangoes from India, but in Britain, mango aficionados are spoiled for choice. Wholesalers import the fruit from India and a number of other nations, giving restaurants, retailers, pop-up vendors and customers access to the fruit for seven months out of the year.

Varietals from the Dominican Republic, often called honey mangoes by local Indian vendors, start shipping to Britain in February. Just when that supply dries up, in May shipments from India begin. Pakistani mango varietals, like Sindhri, Chounsa, Anwer and Retole, start arriving in June and often last until September.

London got its very first shipment of fresh mangoes in 1931, according to this article from The New York Times archive. They came by “flying boat” from Egypt. “Mangoes ripen quickly and hitherto, owing to …