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Lessons Learned: Open Up To Industry Input And Focus On Big Things First

Back at the United Convention in May, the Pundit approached Bryan Silbermann, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Produce Marketing Association, and asked if he wanted to say anything about the PMA/United merger talks. He explained that he was under a non-disclosure agreement and could not do so.

So we told him a few things that we already knew, as some of the board members of both PMA and United had asked for advice and, in other cases, the bosses of several board representatives had reached out to discuss the issue. 

Bryan is a person mindful of his responsibilities and he must have immediately gone to tell those he was responsible to that the Pundit was in possession of a lot of confidential information as, within 10 minutes, we were surrounded by Bryan, Tom Stenzel, President and CEO of United Fresh, and Rich Dachman, Vice President of Produce at Sysco who is the current Chairman of PMA. 

All of thes…

INDIA: Mango variety saved from extinction ...


The Hindu
KING OF FRUITS: The exotic cariety of 'Azam-Vs- Samer" mango which even Queen Victoria was believed to have liked. File Photo: K. Gajendran

A near extinct mango variety, which was said to have won appreciation even from Buckingham Palace, is being revived by the urban forestry wing of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA).

Azam-us-Samar, the variety which is bigger in size compared to others and acknowledged for its sweet aroma, was originally saved from the jaws of extinction by a professor of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Mir Mustafa Hussain.

After long quest that spread over three decades, he located the variety, which was said to have been appreciated as the best of the mango varieties by Queen Victoria, and grafted it in some farm houses on the city outskirts.

300 saplings raised

To save and revive the variety, the urban forestry wing went in search of it and finally located it at Vikarabad. “We earmarked an acre site at…

“Mangoes at the Moana” in Waikiki celebrates Hawaii’s delish summertime fruit

by: Maureen O'Connell

posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM

It’s mango season in Hawaii. 
Those fragrant spheroids are ripe in treetops. Reason enough to celebrate? We think so. 

If you agree — and happen to be on Oahu this weekend — head on over to the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki for the fourth annual fruit tribute, Mangoes at the Moana, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat., July 9.

Among the highlights: A cooking competition for celebrity chefs dubbedTree to Table — A Mango Throw Down, best recipe and best mango contests, mango-themed seminars (novice- and advanced-level), and “how-to” demonstrations ranging from pruning and and trimming mango trees to decorating a cake with mango.

The event, which will be held at the resort, is free, except for two events: the mango throw down competition, which will be held from noon until 4 p.m., and the Mango Cocktail Mix Throw Down, which starts at 4 p.m. 

Spectators may purchase tickets to sample the culinary creations made with mango as the main ingredient. …

Pakistan takes center stage with Australia's foreign Policy ...

Australians become crazy of Pakistani mangoes, citruses

By Web Desk - Jul 20th, 2012

Australians have become crazy of the taste of Pakistan’s citruses and mangoes as they have decided to invest in the construction of a juice extraction plants after a business visit to Pakistan.

Melissa Kelly, Economic Counsellor of Australian High Commission while talking to Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Diplomatic Affairs Sheikh Humayun Sayeed and Chairman Media FPCCI Malik Sohail.

She said that there is a great scope of cooperation between Pakistan and Australia in different sectors including energy, industry and agriculture.

Australians are impressed with Pakistan’s natural and human resource potential which is matchless.

Some of the recent signs of growth in Pakistan are very inspiring as this country fulfils the criteria to become a developed nation soon, it said.

Pakistan is gateway to energy rich central Asian states, financially liquid Gulf states and economically advanced Far Eastern countrie…

Typhoon dumps rain on flood-weary Japan ...

by Staff Writers
Ukiha, Japan (AFP) July 18, 2012

A collapsed house (C) lies on the bank of the Kumanoue river in the city of Ukiha on July 18, 2012 after the area was damaged and bridges washed away when the river burst its banks following heavy rains last weekend. A typhoon skimmed past sodden southwestern Japan on July 18 dumping rain on an area already struggling to clean up after huge floods. Photo courtesy AFP.

A typhoon skimmed past sodden southwestern Japan on Wednesday dumping rain on an area already struggling to clean up after huge floods.

By late afternoon Typhoon Khanun was sitting west of the main southern island of Kyushu, packing winds of up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The storm was moving away from Japan, heading towards South Korea, but was still causing rain in Kyushu where floods and landslides have left 32 dead or missing over the last week.

"In some places recent heavy rainfall has left the ground very loose, so we…

Colombia incauta a una banda criminal armas con el sello de las Fuerzas Armadas de Venezuela ...


Las autoridades colombianas han incautado a la poderosa banda criminal Los Rastrojos un importante arsenal de guerra que incluye armas con el sello de las Fuerzas Armas de Venezuela, lo que ha avivado nuevamente la polémica sobre la posibilidad de que el Gobierno de Hugo Chávez esté colaborando con grupos armados.

En un operativo realizado el martes en la ciudad de Cúcuta --fronteriza con Venezuela-- la Compañía Antinarcóticos adscrita a la Región de Policía Número 5 decomisó una ametralladora, 55 fusiles (M-16, FALL y AK-47) y 10.106 cartuchos, pero además desmanteló dos laboratorios de drogas que, presuntamente, estaban controlados por Los Rastrojos.

El arsenal, valorado en unos 90.000 dólares (73.380 euros), había sido enterrado por presuntos exparamilitares que posteriormente crearon bandas criminales, conocidas popularmente como 'bacrim', que se consideran sucesoras de las Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), que entregaron las arm…


19 July 2012 Last updated at 18:16 ET

Yahoo's new boss Marissa Mayer could see pay top $70m

Marissa Mayer's basic salary will be $1m a year

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Technology firm Yahoo has revealed the remuneration package it has offered to new chief executive Marissa Mayer could top $70m (£45m).

Ms Mayer's basic salary will be $1m a year, but shares and share options, along with other potential rewards, could make it far more lucrative.

The basic salary will be subject to an annual review, and her annual bonus has a target of double her basic salary.

The bonus will be made up of shares redeemable after three years.

She will also receive what the company calls a one-time retention award, which will be paid after five years with Yahoo.

The figures were revealed in a filing with the US financial watchdog the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Marissa Mayer began work at Yahoo on Tues…

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German Parliament gives wide support to rescue package for Spanish banks ...

Gero Breloer/Associated Press - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble gestures before a meeting of the CDU/CSU parliamentary parties prior to a special session of the Germany Parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Germany’s Parliament is interrupting its summer break to vote on a rescue package worth up to euro 100 billion (US dollar122 billion) for Spain’s ailing banks.

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, July 19, 1:00 PM

BERLIN — Germany’s Parliament has approved a rescue package worth up to €100 billion ($122 billion) for Spain’s struggling banks, which the finance minister said was needed to help prevent the eurozone’s debt crisis spreading further.

Lawmakers voted Thursday 473-97 in favor, with 13 abstentions. The two main opposition parties joined in backing the Spanish rescue.

Germany’s Parliament has to endorse all decisions to use money from the eurozone’s rescue fund. The country is Europe’s biggest economy and the biggest single contributor t…

Google takes aim at Mexico’s drug cartels ...

Associated Press

5:39 pm | Thursday, July 19th, 2012

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California—Google, so far, has won the search engine wars. Now it wants to target international crime, including Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.

Eric Schmidt, Google Inc.’s executive chairman, has taken a keen interest in Mexico, where more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the cartels in 2006. Schmidt recently visited most of Mexico’s most violent cities, Ciudad Juarez, where civic leaders asked if he could help.

“Defeated, helpless, these people have been so hardened in their experience with cartels that they have lost battles and they have lost hope,” Schmidt told a conference on international crime this week. 

“They were looking for a universal hammer to protect them. For me the answer was obvious. It was technology.”

Experts told the conference that Mexico’s cartels often use more sophisticated technology than law enforcement. C…

Calm before the next storm: No activity projected for next 48 hours ...

There are no disturbed weather areas across the eastern North Pacific Basin and the Atlantic basin that have any potential for tropical cyclone development during the next 48 hours. 

Get the latest on the tropics anytime by visiting the NHC website at

INDIA: For mango growers in Srinivaspur, it’s now time to buy saplings ...

R Chowda Reddy, Srinivaspur, DHNS:

It’s the tail end of the mango season for consumers. But for growers, for whom its cultivation is a year-long occupation, the season to plant the saplings has just begun.

Shops selling saplings are increasing by the day in the town, with the sale of a variety of them brought from Andhra Pradesh. The prices, however, are hitting the roof and range from Rs 80 to Rs 300. The rates depend on the varieties. Thousands of saplings are sold here each year to customers from far and near.

However, there are instances of sub-standard saplings being sold as there is no system to accredit the quality. They realise that they are sub-standard only when the trees start bearing fruits and they are helpless then. There is no control over the sale of saplings as it does not come under the horticulture department.

When they realise that the saplings are poor in quality, they cut the branches and graft them with the branches of good quality trees. But that comes at a heavy …

PHILANTHROPER: Give today & Save a Life !!! ...

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First time ever from Sindh Pakistan commercially successful Sindhri mangoes via CA marine container reached in Netherlands "Murtaza Agriculture Farm" Sakrand owner is Mr. Zain Shah..........orchard management with ASLP mango harvest infrastructure, Globalgap certification, exposures, business deals with FIRMS mango project USAID..........I congratulate owner first for his dedication, commitment & investment and both these projects..... 

~Hadi Laghari Assim Agricultural Farm Sindh, Pakistan

"Meet with Mr. Zain Shah "man in white" who in July 2012 made history in mangoes...........This picture was in June 2011 (last year)..........To the taking little steps you can also make success stories & become part of history...........please do consider seriously on it"............

~ Hadi Laghari
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STRATFOR ANALYSIS: Violence Returns to Pakistan's Major Cities ...

July 19, 2012 | 0902 GMT


By Ben West and Kamran Bokhari

At dawn July 12, militants raided a prison guard residence in Lahore, Pakistan, leaving nine staff members dead and three more wounded. 

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the guards had mistreated prisoners who were members of the Pakistani militant group. 

The raid came just three days after militants ambushed an army camp in the district of Gujrat, killing seven soldiers and one police officer who were searching for a missing helicopter pilot. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan also claimed that attack.

Over the last two years, Pakistan has had something of a respite from dramatic attacks such as those that plagued the country from 2007 to 2010. 

During those years, a series of high-profile and highly disruptive attacks against police, army and intelligence targets challenged the government's ability to control the country. 

The attacks occurred in Pakistan's most populous p…