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Comisión Interamericana pide a Venezuela investigar supuesta matanza de indígenas ...

miércoles 05 de septiembre de 2012 07:40 PM



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Venezuela debe investigar la supuesta masacre de una comunidad indígena en el estado de Amazonas (sur), tras haberse comprometido recientemente a estrechar la vigilancia en esa región, pidió este miércoles la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH).





"Los Estados están obligados por el derecho internacional de los derechos humanos a esclarecer judicialmente los graves actos de violencia denunciados, sancionar a los responsables y reparar las consecuencias", señaló el comunicado del ente autónomo de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).





Venezuela ya mandó una comisión para indagar la posible masacre, sobre la que existen reportes contradictorios, reconoció la Comisión.




Unos 80 indígenas de la etnia yanomami, que viven en comunidades aisladas en la selva amazónica, habrían sido masacrados por mineros ilegales en el municipio Alto Orinoco, fronterizo con Brasil, según reportes de supervivientes.




Según las …

Marler Clark Files First Daniella Mango related Lawsuit ...

(Seattle) The Seattle-based food safety law firm, Marler Clark, filed a Salmonella lawsuit (2:12-cv-01508) today against Splendid Products of Burlingame, California, the distributor of Daniella mangoes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have identified as the source of a nationwide Salmonella Braenderup outbreak in August 2012.




 To date the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak has sickened 204 in California (80), Delaware (1), Hawaii (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (6), and Wisconsin (1). Canada has reported 21 ill thus far – British Columbia (16) and Alberta (5). 


The lawsuit was filed in the Western District Court of Washington at Seattle on behalf of 92- year-old Dorothy Pearce of Stanwood, Washington.


According to the complaint, in late August 2012 Ms. Pearce consumed a Salmonella-contaminated Daniella brand m…

ACTIVE ATLANTIC & GULF OF MEXICO AS STORMS BUILD ....

Tropical Storm Development Possible In The Northeastern Gulf Of Mexico Next Couple Of Days; Leslie Is Expected To Impact Bermuda As A Category 2 or 3 Hurricane On Saturday Night & Sunday Morning & Then Possibly Impact Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island & Newfoundland As A Hurricane On Monday



Wednesday, September 5, 2012 5:41 am
by Rob Lightbown










Northeast Gulf Of Mexico Tropical Development Prospects (Invest 90L):

I am closely monitoring an area of low pressure that is located early this morning over southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. 

This low pressure system is forecast to track southward into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico to the south of the Alabama coastline during the day today and has the potential to spin up into a tropical storm as early as Thursday or Friday. 


Whatever becomes of this low pressure system, it will bring heavy rainfall with squally weather to coastal sections of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle today through Friday. 


Addition…

Mango recall widens to include fruit sold at Walmart, Starbucks & Winn-Dixie ...

SALMONELLA ALERT


SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
BY: MEG MADISON





Contaminated mango recall now includes packaged fruit
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Last week's recall of salmonella contaminated mangoes from Ready Pac Products has been extended to include prepared packaged cut food products which contain the fruit, grown in Mexico. There have been no illnesses reported to date that are specifically linked to the fruit and a listing of all impacted products may be found on the continuously updated FDA website, linked here.




The products were distributed to Walmart, Starbucks and Winn-Dixie retailers and have the following sell-by dates and UPC numbers:


Garden Highway Tropical Salsa Cut Fruit: UPC #82676642210, 11ounces, with sell-by dates of 8/31/12 and and 9/01/12.



Fruit Burst Cut Fruit: UPC # 2114001701,16 ounce size, with sell-by dates of 8/30/12 and 8/31/12



Fruit Burst Cut Fruit: UPC # 2114001707, 24 ounce size, with sell-by dates of 8/30/12 and 8/31/12.



Island Medley Cut Fruit: …

DANIELLA MANGOES LEGAL WOES: "A Massive Recall of Mangoes" ...

September 4, 2012, 


by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.









A recall of mangoes has been announced, and it affects nearly a million Daniella brand mangoes.



The mangoes, sold in Sacramento, California at Whole Foods, Save Mart Supermarkets, Food 4 Less, as well as additional markets throughout various states, are being recalled as the result of a "Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Infections Associated with Mangoes."



Additional stores carrying the potentially tainted mangoes are: Ralph's, Topco stores, El Super, Kroger, Giant-Eagle, Stop & Shop, and Aldi.






The recalled mangoes were sold at various retail stores throughout the United States between July 12, 2012 and August 29, 2012, and can be identified by a small Daniella brand sticker, along with one of the following PLU numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959.








The CDC is reporting that to date, a total of 105 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup from sixteen different states including Ca…

Unexpected finding shows climate change complexities in soil ...

by Staff Writers


Raleigh, NC (SPX) Sep 05, 2012


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In a surprising finding, North Carolina State University researchers have shown that certain underground organisms thought to promote chemical interactions that make the soil a carbon sink actually play a more complex, dual role when atmospheric carbon levels rise.



In a paper published in the Aug. 31 edition of Science, North Carolina State University researchers show that important and common soil microscopic organisms, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), play a role in sequestering carbon below ground, trapping it from escaping into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas.





Yet at the same time, the study shows, elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide also increase a number of underground decomposing interactions that cause carbon to be released back into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. This greenhouse gas release essentially offsets any carbon sink benefits, the researchers found.






AMF have a win-win relationship with plants…

Oxfam warns food prices to soar due to climate change ...

by Staff Writers


Paris (AFP) Sept 5, 2012







Staple food prices may double within the next two decades due to climate change and an increase in extreme weather including droughts and hurricanes, the anti-poverty group Oxfam said Wednesday.

Oxfam warned current climate change research isn't taking into account extreme weather events, which it warned could also temporarily send up prices by a similar amount.






"While prices could double by 2030, the modelling suggests that one or more extreme events in a single year could bring about price spikes of comparable magnitude to two decades of projected long-run price increases," said Oxfam.


Based on new research that includes the impact of extreme weather, like the drought and heat wave like that struck the United States this summer, Oxfam estimated the world market export price of maize in 2030 could be 177 percent higher than in 2010.



For wheat the price increase is seen at 120 percent and for processed rice 107 percent, according to mo…

COSTA RICA: Un sismo de 7,9 se registró en este país, con epicentro en la península de Nicoya, a 3 kilómetros de la provincia turística de Guanacaste, sobre el Pacífico. Chile está en alerta de tsunami ...

Costa Rica sacudida










Un fuerte sismo de 7,9 de intensidad sacudió este miércoles el territorio costarricense e interrumpió momentáneamente los servicios de electricidad y telecomunicaciones en buena parte del país, sin que se conozca aún de víctimas o daños.



El servicio geológico de Estados Unidos reportó que el sismo tuvo una intensidad de 7,9 en la escala de magnitud de momento y ubicó su epicentro en la península de Nicoya, a 3 kilómetros del poblado de Samara, en la provincia turística de Guanacaste, sobre el Pacífico.







Reportes de televisión dieron cuenta de cortes de comunicaciones con sectores de la península de Nicoya. Pobladores cercanos al epicentro, contactados por Canal 7 de televisión, indicaron que el sismo se sintio muy fuerte, pero ninguno de ellos dio cuenta de daños.



"Estábamos en la piscina. Se formó una ola dentro de la piscina" dijo con nerviosismo una turista contactada por Canal 7 en la zona de Pinilla, a unos 30 kilómetros del epicentro.




El intenso movimien…

VERACRUZ, MEXICO: MANGO MANILA EN VIA DE EXTINCION ...

México: Se acaba el cultivo de mango manila





"El cultivo de mango manila en la región de la cuenca del Papaloapan, en México, llegó a su etapa de extinción," comentó Santiago Rodríguez Campos, floricultor de la zona, "debido a la indiferencia de las autoridades agropecuarias."



Manifestó que en esta vasta región se dejaron de cosechar entre 2 mil 700 y tres mil toneladas de la fruta debido al mal tiempo que provocó que la flor del mango se quemara.



El empresario y productor de la fruta precisó que el cambio climático, así como la falta de ayuda gubernamental, ha dado al traste con este cultivo que durante muchos años benefició a familias de la región.



La caña de azúcar ha propiciado la deforestación de estos árboles que, en algún tiempo prestaron servicios ambientales en la zona, "actualmente resta solo un 32% de este árbol en la región," señaló Santiago .


Según la Unidad de Mantenimiento Forestal número 3 de la cuenca del Papaloapan, el 70 por ciento de los ár…

USGS: Major earthquake hits Costa Rica, tsunami warning issued ...

USGS: Major earthquake hits Costa Rica, tsunami warning issued
By NBC News staff and wire reports

Updated at 11:06 a.m. ET: A major earthquake hit northwestern Costa Rica on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake -- initially given a magnitude of 7.9 but then revised to 7.6 -- struck at 10:42 a.m. ET at a depth of about 25 miles and about seven miles southeast of Nicoya, a town of some 15,000 people on a coastal area on the Pacific about 90 miles from the capital San Jose.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami warning was in effect for Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru. A tsunami watch notice was issued for Chile.
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"It is not known that a tsunami was generated. This warning is based only on the earthquake evaluation. An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant co…

AMPLIADA Fuerte sismo de 7,9 sacude a Costa Rica, activan alerta de tsunami ...

miércoles 05 de septiembre de 2012 10:52 AM
AFP/Reuters / SAN JOSÉ





Un fuerte sismo de 7,9 de intensidad sacudió este miércoles el territorio costarricense e interrumpió momentáneamente los servicios de electricidad y telecomunicaciones en buena parte del país, sin que se conozca aún de víctimas o daños.






El servicio geológico de Estados Unidos reportó que el sismo tuvo una intensidad de 7,9 en la escala de magnitud de momento y ubicó su epicentro en la península de Nicoya, a 3 kilómetros del poblado de Samara, en la provincia turística de Guanacaste, sobre el Pacífico


Reportes de televisión dieron cuenta de cortes de comunicaciones con sectores de la península de Nicoya. Pobladores cercanos al epicentro, contactados por Canal 7 de televisión, indicaron que el sismo se sintio muy fuerte, pero ninguno de ellos dió cuenta de daños.


"Estábamos en la piscina. Se formó una ola dentro de la piscina" dijo con nerviosismo una turista contactada por Canal 7 en la zona de Pinilla, a unos 30…

TROPICAL STORM LESLIE EXPECTED TO BECOME HURRICANE LATER TODAY ...

Tropical Storm Michael, located at midday more than 1100 miles west-southwest of the Azores, is becoming a little better organized. The maximum sustained winds are 50 mph, and Michael could become a hurricane on Friday. It's moving toward the northeast, with a turn toward the northwest expected. Michael is not a threat to land.




Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie is also getting better organized, centered at midday about 470 miles south-southeast of Bermuda. 



Maximum sustained winds are 70 mph, and Leslie is expected to become a hurricane later today. A slow northward motion - sometimes erratic - is forecast for the next several days. Swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect Bermuda, the U.S. East Coast from Central Florida northward, the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands for the next several days.




Get the latest on these two storms, including graphics, on the NOAA NHC website at www.hurricanes.gov

PRODUCE NEWS: " Mango recall intensifies; some illnesses confirmed" ...

August 29, 2012



The Canadian Fruit Inspection Agency has expanded its recall of “Daniella” brand mangos to include the entire country because of a Salmonella Braenderupcontamination concern that has resulted in about a dozen illnesses. In addition, mangos are suspected in a similar Salmonella outbreak in California.



The mangos in Canada were sold between July 12 and up to and including Aug. 28. As of Wednesday morning, 22 people had become sick, with 17 of them being in the province of British Columbia and five in neighboring Alberta. The Canadian importer, Mex Y Can Trading Inc. of Mississauga, ON, has voluntarily recalled the affected mangos and the CFIA is monitoring the Canadian recall.


In addition, a spokesperson for the California Department of Public Health told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Aug. 28, that 73 people have become ill because of exposure to Salmonella Braenderup in California and it appears there could be a link to the same mangos. As a result of both the Canadian…

OLD SCHOOL: What Restaurants Know (About You)

Maria Corte Maidagan
By SUSANNE CRAIG
Published: September 4, 2012

WHEN Tim Zagat dines out in New York, many of the restaurants he goes to know that he prefers his soup served in a cup and enjoys iced tea with cranberry juice in a large glass over lots of ice. Jay-Z’s fondness for white Burgundy is also no secret among the city’s headwaiters.








Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

NOTED Kevin Brodeur serves Sally and Arnie Tannen at Gramercy Tavern, which has a file on Mr. Tannen.












Marcus Yam for The New York Times

Rocky Cirino, Marea's general manager at left, has customer preferences on a computer.





But what is perhaps more surprising is that when Arnie Tannen, a health care consultant in Brooklyn, sits down for his regular Friday-night dinner at Gramercy Tavern, his server always knows that he prefers a black napkin (less lint) and wants only the ends of a loaf in his breadbasket.



Those details are carefully logged in the restaurant’s computer, and Mr. Tannen suspects that the tavern has also…

Maersk wants to raise reefer container price ”considerably” ...

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Having successfully increased the rates on regular containers, reefer containers are next in line, and Maersk Line sits on one quarter of the global market. “The return is not good enough,” says CEO Søren Skou to ShippingWatch.







BY JAKOB VESTERAGER & TOMAS KRISTIANSEN
Offentliggjort 28.08.12 kl. 10:44







Maersk Line wants customers to pay more for shipping their cargo in reefer containers, which are especially used for the shipping and storage of food in South America and Africa. 



After the shipping company successfully spearheaded an industry wide rate increase on regular containers, Maersk Line now announces an intention to raise the prices on reefer transportation considerably.








To put it mildly: overweight

“With a 24 percent market share, reefers are an area where we are, to put it mildly, overweight. We’ve spent a lot time investigating how solid this idea really is. Because, if you look at the reefer business, a reefer container costs 4-5 times as much as a regular co…