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June 21, 2012 1:30 PM EDT

Lanai, Hawaii, was once known as the "pineapple capital of the world." Then, the pineapple plantations morphed into four-star resorts. So what's next? That's up to the island's new owner: Larry Ellison.

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Lanai is a popular tourist destination, attracting some 26,000 visitors in the first quarter of 2012, according to state figures.

Ellison, the billionaire CEO of American computer technology corporation Oracle, isn't shy about making flashy purchases, but his latest carries a price tag approaching $600 million, according to the Maui News.

It's not every day the governor of Hawaii sends out a personalized welcome note to a new landowner, but it's not every day someone purchases 98 percent of a major Hawaiian island. So, Wednesday evening, Governor Neil Abercrombie rolled out the welcome mat.

"We look forward to welcoming Mr. Ellison in the near …

Larry Ellison's Lanai Island Purchase: What Will Happen To The Island ...


06/22/12 09:56 AM ET

HONOLULU -- Buying an inhabited Hawaiian island may sound extreme, even for a guy known for flaunting his fortune like a playboy – driving fancy cars, wooing beautiful women, flying his own jet and spending $200 million ((EURO)157.85 million) to build a Japanese-themed compound in California's Silicon Valley.

Larry Ellison won an America's Cup sailing in 2010, and then wrestled with San Francisco city leaders over his big plans for two waterfront piers. He owns a mansion atop a San Francisco hill with a sweeping view of the Golden Gate Bridge to the left and Alcatraz to the right. He has spent a fortune snapping up some of Southern California's most prized beachfront property in Malibu.

For Oracle CEO Ellison an island in the middle of the Pacific is right up his alley.

He built Oracle Corp. with $1,200 in 1977 and is the world's sixth richest billionaire. He inked a deal announced this week by the governor to buy 98 percent…


Tropical Storm Debby continues to move slowly to the northeast this afternoon, centered about 50 miles southwest of Apalachicola, Fla. A slow motion to the northeast or east-northeast is expected during the next couple of days. 

Maximum sustainted winds are 45 mph. Little change in strength is expected during the next 48 hours.

A tropical storm warning continues along the Florida Gulf coast from Destin to Englewood. Debby is a large tropical cyclone, with the strongest winds and much of the heaviest rainfall well-removed from the center of circulation. 

Total rain accumulations of 10-20 inches are expected across much of north and central Florida, with a local maximum of 25 inches possible. Across southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina, 5-15 inches is possible. 

A few tornadoes are possible today across the eastern Florida Panhandle, Florida peninsula and southern Georia.

Get the latest on this storm, including warnings, forecasts and graphics, by visiting the NHC website at www.hurr…


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The Longest Match Ever
American John Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut took part in an epic three-day battle at Wimbledon, with Isner finally prevailing 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68. The first-round match, which was twice suspended because of darkness, lasted 11 hours, five minutes -- with the fifth set taking 8 hours, 11 minutes alone. The unbelievable showdown shattered a number of records; Isner finished with 112 aces, and Mahut had 103, with both totals eclipsing the sport's previous high of 78.

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Federer Defeats Roddick
Andy Roddick had his serve broken one time in 77 games during the 2009 final, and one time was all Roger Federer needed to win his record-setting 15th Grand Slam title. In an epic 4-hour-16- minute-affair, Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6,16-14 to eclipse Pete Sampras on the all-time Slam list.

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June 25, 2012, 11:25 a.m. EDT

Miami's Fairchild Garden Successfully Moves 75 Ft. Rare Haldina Cordifolia Tree Planted By Dr. David Fairchild 75 Years Ago

MIAMI, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation, has successfully moved a 75' Haldina cordifolia tree, the only one of its kind in the United States, the only member of its genus (Haldina) and a member of the Rubiaceae family.

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness the moving of this exceptional beauty which is among the largest trees in Fairchild Garden," said Nannette Zapata, Chief Operating Officer, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. "This iconic tree is a treasured heirloom that will grace our grounds for many future generations to enjoy and cherish."

After careful root pruning that took more…

PERU: Kingston & Associates Marketing taking a bigger presence ...

Kingston & Associates Marketing To Offer Hass Avocados From Peru

by Kingston Companies
Posted: 2012-06-25 08:43:50 EST

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO — Kingston & Associates Marketing LLC announced today that, through its strategic grower-partnerships, it will begin marketing Hass avocados from Peru for the 2012 season.

 The first shipments of this program will arrive in late June and continue through the end of August.

As a compliment to its growing pineapple and mango programs, Kingston sees the move as another customer-driven expansion of its tropical import business. “We are excited to expand our working relationships with our growers in Peru but even more excited to help them establish the marketing of this relatively new program here in the United States,” commented President, Ken Nabal.

The majority of its avocado volumes will channel through South Florida where Kingston owns and operates a state-of-the-art cold storage facility in Pompano Beach.

 “Our close proximity to the ports of …

JAMAICA WANTS TO KNOW: Will mangoes make me fat? ...

Keeping Fit

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dear Donovan,

Mangoes are in season and I eat them a lot, like six to eight per day. Is it true that mangoes are loaded with calories and contribute to weight gain? I exercise intensely at least five days per week.

The "king of fruits", as mango is sometimes called, is one of the most popular nutritionally rich fruits with unique flavour, taste and health-promoting qualities. They taste so good that you can't believe they are healthy, but they are!

Mangoes are loaded with more than 20 vitamins and minerals that defend the body against diseases. 

They are also high in iron, so people who suffer from anaemia can have mangoes regularly. 

In addition, mangoes are good for better sex, since the vitamin E which is abundantly present in mangoes help to regulate sex hormones and build sex drive. 

Mangoes also help to reduce cholesterol as the high levels of soluble dietary fibre, pectin and vitamins present in mangoes help to reduce especially low densi…

Hot summer pushes Mexican mangoes into overdrive

June 25th, 2012

Mexican mango volumes have gone into overdrive with more varieties and states overlapping due to particularly hot summer, claim U.S. importers.                                                                                                           

Californian-based Splendid Products owner Larry Nienkerk, said two of the main regions where it sources from – North Nayarait, South Sinaloa and South Nayarai, Jalisco – were almost entirely overlapping.

“We have a somewhat different situation with the producing areas this year. They are coming on at the same time so you have a doubling up. Also, Tommy Atkins and Kent are coming together, normally Kent comes on stream later and this has caused an increase in volumes,” he said.

“They always used to overlap a bit, but now they are overlapping almost entirely. The red varieties are coming on all at once.”

Nienkerk said the later producing area of North Sinaloa would start harvesting in 10 days time which was earlier than normal, r…