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BUSY WEEKEND: T.S. STORM ERNESTO ROLLS ON &Tropical Depression Six Forms ...

Tropical Depression Six FormsUpdated 60 mins

Tropical Depression Six has spun up in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Verde Islands off western Africa.

Projected Path

While we expect the depression to eventually strengthen to Tropical Storm Florence, the combination of dry air near the cyclone, in concert with relatively cool water, is expected to put a lid on significant development of this system.

There is no immediate threat to land.

View our Tropical Update article at this link to get the latest information and expert analysis on this system from Senior Meteorologist Stu Ostro. 

Satellite imagery and current storm information graphics are below.

Storm Information

Current Information

So, where exactly is the cyclone's center located now? If you're plotting the storm along with us, you can view the current information map to get the latitude/longitude coordinates, distance away from the nearest land location, maximum sustained winds and central pressure (me…


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Jim Rogers for President?

By Bob Bauman JD, Offshore and Asset Protection Editor

Dear Sovereign Investor Subscriber,

What would Jim Rogers do if he were president of the United States of America? 

During a rare interview with this globally renowned guru of contrarian investing and passionate believer in free markets, I couldn’t resist posing the question.

It came as no surprise that Mr. Rogers, who was on an exercise bike in a hotel gym in Vienna when I caught up with him, has some very clear views on what he would do if given the reins of power over the U.S. government – and some of those involve not just an axe, but also a chainsaw.

This is a man who worked his way up in Wall Street and, in 1973, founded the Quantum Fund with the legendary George Soros, before retiring in 1980, a multi-millionaire at the age of 37.

And while Mr. Rogers is a great enthusiast about Asia, and China in particular, the second part of my interview with the international investment expert turned attention specifi…

Preparen los pañuelos, mañana se despide Michael Phelps, el Rey Midas de las piscinas ...

Publicado el 03 de ago de 2012 7:46 pm

Foto: REUTERS/Jorge Silva

(Londres, 3 de agosto. AP).- Amantes del deporte, preparen sus pañuelos. Probablemente abunden las lágrimas el sábado cuando el Centro Acuático despida al deportista más exitoso en la historia de los Juegos Olímpicos.

Michael Phelps le dirá adiós a los Juegos y a la natación al competir en la última prueba de su vida, el relevo de 4×100 estilo libre, el cual dará forma definitiva al legado de un atleta único, que ha fijado una cantidad de récords olímpicos que probablemente nunca sean superados.

Phelps, quien ha dicho que después de los Juegos se retirará, se va como el deportista que más preseas ha ganado (21), que más medallas de oro ha acumulado (17, a las que se podría sumar otra pues el relevo estadounidense será favorito el sábado) y como el único que ha conquistado tres veces seguidas una misma prueba (los 200 combinados).

Y ni hablar de la marca más impresionante de todas: ocho medallas de oro en una misma justa, la d…

Crowley Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing on Freight Services Between U.S. and Puerto Rico ...

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Company Sentenced to Pay $17 Million Criminal Fine

WASHINGTON – Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Liner Services Inc. pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a $17 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the coastal water freight transportation industry, the Department of Justice announced today.

According to a one-count felony charge filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Crowley Liner Services engaged in a conspiracy to fix base rates for water transportation of certain freight between the continental United States and Puerto Rico from as early as January 2006 until at least April 2008.

Crowley Liner Services transports a variety of cargo shipments, such as heavy equipment, cargo that would not fit into containers, used cars and liquids capable of being transported only in tanker containers, on scheduled ocean voyages between the United States and Puerto Rico.

According to the charges, Crowley Liner …

From Cocktails To Facials: What To Do With Leftover FLORIDA Mangoes ...


By Ashley Brozic

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Pools are teeming with sunburned bodies, the thermostat in your car is at a permanent 93 degrees, and a sense of lazy relaxation permanently fills the afternoon air.

 Can you guess what time of the year it is?

 In Miami, it's mango season. 

Consider them the ultimate super fruit — equally beneficial for your diet, your complexion, and your mane.

 Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, mangoes fight blemishes, brighten and hydrate your skin, prevent wrinkles, soften and defrizz your hair, support healthy eyes and bone growth, and even contain trytophan, the precursor to the happiness hormone.

 About the only thing mangoes don’t do is make their own delicious dishes. 

Since these exotic fruits are more accessible than taxi cabs in this city, we must admit: We’re getting a little bored of eating them au natural.

Yet, we've got hordes of 'em, and since they’re too much of a killer fruit to let go to waste, we’ve compiledsix different thi…


Estimado Wiliam Cavan,

Me llamo Lelio Ramunni y soy el responsable de el comercio extranjero de la Food Innovative Technologies. Les escribo para presentarles nuestras tecnologias para aumentar la shelf life de la fruta fresca en manera totalmente natural.

La primera tecnologia que me gustaria presentar es el proceso para preservar fruta mas tiempo en manera totalmente natural. Con nuestra tecnologia se pueden tratar, productos frescos y cortados (ensaladas de 4 gama por ejemplo) y tambien productos procesados y envasados. Se trata de una tecnologia innovadora que a traves de un pre-embalaje del producto y un siguiente tratamiento a frio con microndas (5/10 minutos) permite la reduccion de la carga bacteriana y microbica de los productos que llegan a lograr una shelf life mas larga y, sobre todo, en manera totalmente natural sin anadir ni atmosfera modifiada ni algun elemento quimico. Es una novedad muy importante sobre todo para quien quiere llegar con sus productos hasta los mercad…

As the market drifts down…FOODNEWS Commentary for Friday August 03 2012

WASHOUT. That’s the opinion of those in the juices and soft drinks industry contacted by FOODNEWS this week.

Northern Europe has suffered under the coldest, wettest, most miserable summer for decades. In the case of the UK, it has been the wettest summer since records began.

 Elsewhere in the world, countries have suffered from heatwaves and drought. Anyone who thinks that climate change is a myth had better think again. 

The planet may or may not be getting hotter, but the weather extremes are becoming more… extreme.

It is a timely reminder that the fruit juice and beverage markets are still very weather-dependent. When the thermometer in London went up to 30˚C, it was not the pure juice market that benefited. The increase in sales was confined to beers, water, soft drinks, dilutables and the like.

The European juice industry has just managed, it seems, to get through this season on relatively small orders and a certain amount of hand-to-mouth buying. Through the year, FOODNEWS has been t…

MANGO ON THE MENU: Mango Lassi Popsicles ...

by HEIDI @ FOOD DOODLES on JULY 30, 2012 I have to say I’m so glad you enjoyed the post yesterday!  I really enjoyed doing it and can’t wait to do more    If you missed it, check it out and let me know what you think! The post for today… More popsicles! OK, I know popsicles are getting old, but I make so many different varieties!  I’m sure my kids would be fine with the same kinds over and over again, but I’m the one that gets bored.  I am so glad I keep experimenting though, these are so good!  I wish I had more in the freezer, but I’m moving onto another flavor today.  I’m thinking of making blueberry froyo popsicles later today  But for now I need to get busy and clean out my reader that’s been piling up all weekend and all day today    Anyone else drowning in reading?  I love reading so many blogs, but it’s amazing how much time it takes! These popsicles are so creamy -  like a mango creamsicle!  I’m sure it’s partially due to the fact that I use full fat yogurt, but I’m sure it’…

Six dead as Typhoon Saola lashes Taiwan ...

by Staff Writers

Ilan, Taiwan (AFP) Aug 2, 2012

Typhoon Saola pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and torrential rain that left six people dead and forced nearly the entire island to shut down on Thursday, rescuers and media said.

Nearly 200 international and domestic flights were cancelled and authorities suspended trading on financial markets due to the extreme weather.

Two passenger boarding bridges collapsed at Taoyuan international airport, which serves Taipei and northern Taiwan, slightly damaging a China Airlines aircraft, airport officials said.

The Taiwanese carrier was forced to scrap the flight bound for Japan, affecting more than 170 passengers, they said.

The slow-moving typhoon, which killed at least 23 people in the Philippines, lost momentum and weakened into a tropical storm after it made a second landfall in the northeast around 0600 GMT, the Central Weather Bureau said.

"The public must not relax their vigilance even though Saola has weakened into a storm over the past t…

'Blame Game' Fails to Explain Why Venezuela is Cocaine Hub ...

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 10:00

Written by Elyssa Pachico

Venezuelans like to blame Colombia for their problems with organized crime while Colombians say that Venezuela has its own powerful drug trafficking organizations working closely with members of the country's security forces. 

Both statements seem to be true.

In fact, in Venezuela, a country of 27 million, many things are deceiving at first glance. 

Take Merida, a university town some 800 kilometers from Carcacas and 245 kilometers from the Colombian border. The government pays for free rides on the bus rapid transit system and for free meals at the private university. The orange juice bottles have a little red stamp that read “Made in Socialism.” Many public works projects -- hospitals, highways, sports stadiums -- are accompanied by signs announcing that they are backed by the “Bolivarian Revolution.”

But this bustling university town is also a stronghold for opposition parties and a haven for Colombian traffickers and insurge…

The Routes and Methods of Peru's Cocaine Traffickers ...

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:15

Written by Christopher Looft

In the fourth part of its series on drug trafficking in Peru, IDL-Reporteros looks at the methods used to move some 200 tons of cocaine a year out of the VRAE region, and maps out the routes employed by traffickers.

The Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE) is Peru's biggest drug-producing region -- about a third of the country's coca is cultivated there -- and much of its output is transported to Bolivia as less refined cocaine paste for processing. The Shining Path guerrilla group are active there, though the extent of their involvement with the cocaine trade is unclear. This report shows that although they play an important role, they are not the only players in the valley's cocaine business.

Instead, the group is employed to protect cocaine shipments on the routes it controls. 

The trafficking clans of the VRAE hide their shipments in the bodies of trucks, some of which are chosen to blend in with the vehicles of the…

Así marcha el medallero de los JJ.OO.: ¡Venezuela en el puesto 21! ...

Infografía: AFP

OCEAN CARGO: Tropical Shipping Posts Loss ...

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | 
Aug 2, 2012 3:11PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Caribbean carrier container volume rose to 40,000 20-foot-equivalent units

Caribbean carrier Tropical Shipping posted a $4 million operating loss on $80 million in revenue despite an increase in container volume, parent company AGL Resources said.

Tropical makes up AGL’s cargo shipping unit along with Seven Seas, a domestic cargo insurer. The division had negative earnings before interest and taxes of $1 million in the first quarter.

AGL did not provide comparable figures for 2011, but Nicor said last year that Tropical had a second quarter loss of $300,000 on revenue of $79.9 million.

Tropical’s container volume rose to 40,000 20-foot-equivalent units from 36,500 TEUs a year earlier.

AGL, an Atlanta-based natural gas utility, said Tropical operated at breakeven for the first half of the year. 

It acquired Tropical in December as part of its purchase of Nicor, an Illinois-based natural gas compan…