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The Most Beautiful McDonald’s In America ...

Posted by Scout on May 29th, 2012

Last week, I was out in Long Island scouting around Jericho Turnpike, which, if you’ve never had the pleasure of driving, is one of those hellish, strip mall-lined highways with traffic lights that are perfectly synchronized to make your travel time as long as possible.






As I was driving, I happened to notice a McDonalds sign up ahead. Nothing too special about that, except where the McDonalds should have been, there seemed to be a big white mansion. Maybe it was around back or something?





And then I realized…




The mansion was the McDonalds.




Holy. Crap.





This 100+ year old Georgian mansion is indeed a McDonalds, and while well known to locals, it totally caught me by surprise. I practically expected a maitre d’ to greet me as I went inside.





Known as the Denton House, its bones date back to 1795, when it was constructed as a farm house by one Joseph Denton, a descendent of the founder of the village of Hempstead. In 1860, it was given a Georgian makeover,…

HEINOUS ACT IN INDIA: 400 adult mango trees fell down over enmity ...

Our Correspondent, Meherpur - September 18th, 2012

Criminals felled around 400 mango trees 3 bighas of land owned by one Majnur Rahman at Ramdaspur village in sadar upazila in Meherpur district on Friday night.




Majnur came to know the matter on Saturday noon as it was about 2 kilometers far from his house and located at a remote field.




Majnur had planted around 600 different types of mango plants on his 3 bighas land four years ago.


Majnur took a special care and the tree plants grew enough and got a better size. Majnur was hopeful that the mango trees will start to give him fruits from this season.



“But all my hopes have been smashed,” said Majnur, 39, a member of Kutubpur Union Parishad.. He has only single word. Majnur now is abashed.




Majnur said he visited his field every evening. He also went to see the orchard on the night the heinous act was carried out. He also built a shade at a side of his field to regularly watch the trees.




“I never thought that anybody could do such a devilish …

INFOGRAPHIC HELPS EXPLAIN FOOD SAFETY CONCEPTS ...

IMO NOTE:
National Mango Board needs to commission one for the mango industry.....











Hi there:


I just read an article on Food Safety you posted a while back on your blog: http://mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com/2012/09/six-months-ago-mexico-to-support-food.html




I thought you might be interested in a Food Safety infographic we just published, it's titled 'Good Food Gone Bad', check it out:

http://complianceandsafety.com/blog/enter-your-zip-code-here-2/

If you like it, feel free to publish it on your site.

Thanks a lot,

Matthew Pelletier
Director of Public Relations
C&S Safety Training Videos



Vietnam warns of water conflicts ...

by Staff Writers
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 7, 2012







Nations could soon be engaged in conflicts over access to water, Vietnam's president warned Friday, as he called for sustainable exploitation of Southeast Asia's Mekong River.



Speaking at a business forum in Russia, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang said water was likely to become a geopolitical flashpoint commodity like oil.



"It would not be over-exaggerating ... to view the water resources of the 21st century as the oil of the 19th and 20th centuries," Sang said during a seminar on water at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation event.





"Tensions over water resources are threatening economic growth in many countries and presenting a source of conflict especially given the efforts of all countries to step up economic development.




"Dam construction and stream adjustment by some countries in upstream rivers represents a concern for many countries and an implicit factor affecting relations between relevant co…

FOOD LOGISTICS: IS THERE A FUTURE FOR AIR SHIPS ??? ...

AIRSHIPS COULD TRANSFORM ALASKA’S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM





An artist's concept art for a hybrid airship. // Discovery Air Innovations/AP Photo



By Bob Brewin

August 22, 2012




CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to show Aeros Corp., not Airship Ventures, manufactures aerostats and that the load of the largest Air Force cargo aircraft is 90 tons.








Massive airships could begin operating in Alaska within a decade, and sharply reduce the cost of supplying isolated villages, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell told Nextgov by phone prior to the start of a cargo airship conference in Anchorage today.






The conference, sponsored by the NASA Ames Research Center and the University of Alaska, will focus on how airships, which can carry up to 500 tons, could transform Alaska’s commercial transportation system. The Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, which had its first flight in August, can carry a 2.5-ton sensor package. The largest Air Force cargo aircraft can carry 90 tons.


Treadwell said car…

Amazon's flying water vapor rivers bring rain to Brazil ...

by Staff Writers

Brasilia (AFP) Sept 18, 2012




As devastating drought spreads across much of the globe, British-born pilot Gerard Moss flies above the Amazon rainforest to show how its "flying rivers" -- humid air currents -- bring rain to Brazil and South America.






Aboard his single-engine Embraer 721 aircraft, Moss, a naturalized Brazilian, was on a 45-minute flight from Brasilia to Goiania, capital of the central state of Goias.



"Climate change is taking its toll. The United States is going through its worst drought in half a century, Russia is also reeling from drought and in India monsoon rains have for years been irregular," he told AFP.



"Brazil is less affected because we have the world's biggest tropical forest, which helps regulate the climate."





Deforestation is also a factor. With logging and agriculture shrinking Brazil's rainforests, there are fewer trees to release the water vapor that creates these flying rivers.




The flying rivers travel from…

NJ ILA Local OKs Strike If No Deal Reached ...

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | 

Sep 18, 2012 12:46PM GMT


The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story








Bayonne local approves $100,000 for pickets at other ports








An International Longshoremen’s Association local in Bayonne, N.J., voted to authorize a strike and send pickets to other ports if no contract agreement is reached before the ILA’s current Maine-to-Texas master contract expires Sept. 30. 


Members of Local 1588 voted to earmark $100,000 ...


TUESDAY SEP 18, 2012 12:01 PM


Maritime Labor Alliance Formed with Oct. 1 Dock Strike Looming



BY BRUCE VAIL






As anxiety over the possibility of a major U.S. dock strike rises, shipping unions here and abroad are responding with a show of solidarity that could help the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) win its current war of nerves with waterfront employers.



Meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, leaders of several unions announced the formation of a new “Maritime Labor Alliance” to coordinate the activities of waterfront unions in the Unite…

ISABEL FREELAND (COAST TROPICAL) ASKS THE NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) SOME POIGNANT QUESTIONS ...

MAERSK JOINS WITH BNSF TO OFFER RAIL DELIVERY TO USA ...

NMB HIKES SPENDING ON INDUSTRY RELATIONS AND BOARD MEETINGS ...

http://mango.org/sites/default/files/download/2012%20Budget%20summary.pdf


2012 NMB Budget Summary 
Resumen del Presupuesto del 2012 para la NMB








Income/ingresos

Beginning Balance /Saldo inicial .................................$ 1,977,017

Income/ingresos ...........................................................$ 3,888,355


Total  Income/ingresos .................................................$ 5,865,372









EXPENSES:

Marketing/Mercadeo....................................................$ 2,345,125

Research/Investigación ................................................$ 1,002,976




Industry Relations/Relaciones con la industria
.........................................................................................$ 360,774

Board Meetings/Reuniones ..........................................................................................$178,490

USDA & US Customs Fees /  USDA & US Aduana Honorarios ....................................$142,600

Administrative Overhead / Cargos Administrativos......…

A LOOK AT THE 2011 NMB BALANCE SHEET ....

financials

Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP, Accountants and Consultants, audited the NMB financial statements of fiscal year  2011 and issued a report on February 22, 2012. 


The audit was done in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the U.S. and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards,  issued by the Comptroller General of the United States  of America. Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP, did not  identify any deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting and their tests disclosed no instances of  noncompliance or other matters that are required to be  reported under Government Auditing Standards.





assets

Cash and cash equivalents ..............$2,588,227

Accounts receivable ..............................$187,805

Prepaid expenses .......................................$5,833

Total current assets .........................$2,781,865
Property and equipment.......................... $81,573

Deposit ..........................…