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"MOON MANGOES": Maui Author Representing Hawaii at National Book Festival ...

August 6th, 2012 ·

Lindy Shapiro accepting Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association earlier this year. Courtesy photo.

By Sonia Isotov

Maui author Lindy Shapiro continues to rake in the awards and accolades for her children’s book “Moon Mangoes.”

This time “Moon Mangoes” has been selected as the book to represents Hawaii at the 12th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on September 22-23. The event is held at the National Mall in Washington, DC every year.

“This is a huge honor and to have the opportunity to meet so many amazing authors at the National Book Festival, to be a part of that incredible celebration of literature…it’s really a dream, I feel incredibly lucky and I don’t take a bit of it for granted,” said Shapiro. Shapiro will travel to Washington, DC to be part of the festivities.

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands is distributed by the Libra…

Apple co-founder Wozniak sees trouble in the cloud ...

by Staff Writers

Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2012

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted "horrible problems" in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold.

Wozniak, 61, was the star turn at the penultimate performance in Washington of "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," monologist Mike Daisey's controversial two-hour expose of Apple's labor conditions in China.

In a post-performance dialogue with Daisey and audience members, Wozniak held forth on topics as varied as public education (he once did a stint as a school teacher) and reality TV (having appeared on "Dancing with the Stars").

But the engineering wizard behind the progenitor of today's personal computer, the Apple II, was most outspoken on the shift away from hard disks towards uploading data into remote servers, known as cloud computing.

"I really worry about everything going to the cloud," he said. "I think it's going to be h…

Ernesto churns towards Mexico, Central America ...

by Staff Writers

Miami, Florida (AFP) Aug 5, 2012

Tropical storm Ernesto swept by Jamaica and churned toward the Central American coast Sunday as US forecasters predicted it would gain strength in the coming days.

At 0000 GMT, the eye of the storm was located about 395 kilometers (245 miles) east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.

With top winds of 85 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour), Ernesto was moving westward at 32 kilometers per hour (20 miles per hour).

Jamaica, under a tropical storm warning, buckled down as Ernesto passed south of the island, where it was expected to dump up to 10 centimeters (4 inches) of rain.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected in Jamaica through this evening," the NHC said.

Later Sunday and early Monday, Ernesto's eye was expected to pass south of the Cayman Islands -- where a tropical storm watch was in effect for Grand Cayman.

Parts of the Honduran c…

Fires hit Spain's Canary Islands, threaten unique flora ...

Forests are prone to fires after the driest winter in Spain for 70 years

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Fires on Spain's Canary Islands have destroyed more than 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of land, including part of a UN World Heritage site.

The Garajonay National Park on the island of La Gomera is home to hundreds of plant species, some of which are unique to the island in the Atlantic.

Firefighters later managed to stop the advance of the blaze, which they suspect was started deliberately.

A fire on the neighbouring island of La Palma was also contained on Monday.

Spain has been hard hit by forest fires this year after experiencing its driest winter in 70 years.Houses gutted

The firefighters said La Gomera's difficult terrain - particularly the island's deep ravines - had made it difficult to tackle the blaze.

"The ravines act as genuine chimneys for the fire when th…

Los mangos de Costa Rica desafían a los bananos en EE.UU. ...

El consumo de mango está en auge en EE.UU., y la fruta tropical está empezando a tener más tendencia que la fruta más tradicional como el banano, la fresa y las piñas.

Según la Oficina de Promoción de Relaciones Exteriores de Costa Rica, EE.UU. es ahora el segundo destino más importante de las exportaciones de mango costarricense detrás de los Países Bajos, vende a los EE.UU. un total de $8,4 millones en el 2011. En el 2010, el mercado de EE.UU. fue el tercero detrás del Reino Unido.

Datos del Departamento de Agricultura de EE.UU. indican que las importaciones de mango se incrementaron de $226 millones en el 2007 a $343 millones en el 2011, un incremento del 13%. México es el principal proveedor de esta fruta, seguido por Perú y Brasil.

Durante los primeros cinco meses del 2012, las ventas de mango de Costa Rica a los EE.UU. ascendieron a un total de $6,7 millones, con una cuota de mercado del 24,5%.

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Fecha de publicación: 06/08/2012


QUEST FOR THE BEST: The mangoes of Guimaras (Philippines) ...


Posted on 08/06/2012 3:11 PM | Updated 08/06/2012 4:32 PM

GUIMARAS MANGOES ARE FAMOUS for their extraordinary sweetness. All photos by Izah Morales

MANILA, Philippines - My taste buds were longing to savor the succulence and sweetness of the Philippine ripe mango.

This craving did me well, for it brought my itchy feet to the land where the sweetest mangoes in the world grow — Guimaras, located in the Philippines' Western Visayas region.

The boat I took from Ortiz Port swiftly crossed the Iloilo Strait to Jordan Wharf; it only took 15 minutes. As soon as the boat docked, I approached the Tourism Desk to ask for maps and directions.

Armed with research material about the place and contacts, I was confident that I could roam Guimaras alone.

Tourists usually hire tricycles or multicabs, but I chose not to hire any vehicle to pick me up. After all, I was alone and it was very expensive to hire one by myself. Hiring a tricycle for a day would have cost me about a thousand peso…

Lithuania prohibits distribution of Brazilian mangoes ...

Danuta Pavilenene, BC, Vilnius, 


Lithuania banned the distribution of mango fruit delivered from Brazil. The decision was made by the State Food and Veterinary Service (VMVT) after the examination of the information received by the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

Information about the unsafe shipment of fruit distributed in the European Union (EU) countries was sent by the responsible authority of Netherlands, writes LETA/ELTA.

Contaminated mangoes were imported from Brazil and dispersed in Ireland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Lithuania by Dutch company Hage International BV.

The report informed that the examination of the fruit showed that the pesticide dimethoate and omethoate residues of fresh mangoes four times exceeded the maximum concentration. It amounted to 0.08 mg / kg, while the maximum permissible concentration is 0.02 mg / kg.

Vilnius branch of VMVT banned the distribution of unsafe Brazilian mango and ordered the company Longana which acquired …

For The European Crisis To End, This Is What Now Needs To Happen ...

Simone Foxman

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Last week, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi laid out the framework for the next developments he wants to see in Europe.

Considering how important the ECB has been in slowing the crisis, it is likely that the ECB will get what most of what it wants.

Draghi's demands are just a few of the many steps European leaders will need to take in the medium-term in order to keep the monetary union afloat.

Depending on the time frame for these developments, we could see more sovereign debt restructurings and bailouts.

Here are the next steps to look for:

1. EU leaders need to sort out seniority problems in holdings of distressed sovereign debt.

Official European institutions (for example: the ECB) have bought up sovereign bonds of troubled countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and even Spain and Italy in an attempt to keep their borrowing costs down. However, the fact that these official creditors did not take losses when Greece restructured its …

Houston-Based Oil Company Acquires Significant Stake in Falkland Islands Venture ...


LONDON–Falkland Oil & Gas Ltd. (FOGL.LN) said Monday that a second large international oil company has taken a significant interest in its South Atlantic exploration licenses, bringing funding and considerable deepwater exploration experience in a deal worth up to $230 million.

Shares in FOGL rose as much as 16% in morning trading after it said that Noble Energy Inc. (NBL) will earn 35% in its Falkland Islands prospects, excluding the two large Loligo and Nimrod targets that are estimated to contain 4.7 billion and 1.5 billion barrels of oil respectively.

Analysts said the deal brings operational expertise to the difficult deep-water exploration projects, with the involvement of a U.S. company potentially validating the contentious ownership issues in a region where Argentina makes sovereignty claims.

“The entrance of the first U.S. company into the Falkland Islands…more than offsets the partial dilution of the asset ownership,” brokerage Jefferies …

PAKISTAN: No mango exports to US this year due to cost, restrictions ...

our correspondent
Monday, August 06, 2012
From Print Edition

MULTAN: There will be no export of mangoes to the United States this year because of exorbitant landed cost and extremely restrictive conditions imposed by the US, exporters of the king of fruits say.

Two years ago US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had offered Pakistan help in exporting mangoes to the US and last year some limited quantities had reached the US market.

“Our cost of production increases to maintain international standards, but we cannot export a single mango to the US this season because of restrictions,” said Mango Growers Association President Maj (retd) Tariq Khan.

The United States Department of Agriculture and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service had imposed a condition on Pakistan for irradiating mango and vegetables before exporting to the US.

Pakistan had spent Rs300 million to establish irradiation plant by the Pakistan Energy Commission, but US experts objected to the plant and declared that it w…

"When people rob banks they go to prison, when banks rob people they get bonuses. That has to stop" ...

From Lehman to Libor, scandal and even criminal activity have stalked the banking sector. Despite taking taxpayers money to survive the North Atlantic financial crisis, there is very little evidence the banks are actually using that money to help bolster economic growth.

That has many questioning the role of the banks, and it surprised us that our commercial banks are actually responsible for creating 97 per cent of money. The way they do that, they create money into existence with a few taps on a keyboard.

So, who is actually in charge of all the money? Are the bankers and the system out of control? And with banks failing the West, does Islamic finance have some answers to the world's money troubles?

Joining Counting the Cost to discuss these issues are: Professor Jem Bendell of the University of Cumbria and Tarek El Diwany, a senior partner at the Islamic investment and finance consultancy Zest Advisory.

Having taken taxpayer money, the banks have been reluctant to loan money out. A…

Unattended Canals Provide Dengue Breeding Grounds ...

Garbage and algae blanket the surface of the water and Local residents complain that the CMC has diverted sewage into the canals

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By Dinouk Colombage

The newly dredged canals and lakes are providing the perfect breeding grounds for the dengue mosquito, according to microbiologist Sohan Fernando. 

Fernando explained that in and around Colombo the lakes and canals that have been dredged needs constant monitoring by the authorities to ensure the dengue carrying virus does not breed in the waterways.

 “While most of the waterways in Colombo have live fish and bird life, there are areas which are being overgrown. These are the areas that are providing ample breeding grounds for the Aedesaegypti mosquito (dengue carrying mosquito),” he said.

Fernando went on to explain that the mosquito does not need a large area of water to breed in, “even a small puddle of water will be enough for this mosquito. With that in mind the canals are providing a perfect area. There are spots in many …