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Hugo Chávez: a strongman's last stand ...

Amid rumours of failing health and with the country's infrastructure crumbling, Hugo Chávez faces an election that will decide the fate of the Venezuelan revolution

A boy plays next to graffiti depicting Chavez as a rapper in Petare, Caracas. Photograph: Reuters

Rory Carroll

The Guardian, Tue 2 Oct 2012 23.28 BST

The comandante had not shown up for the rally, disappointing supporters in the sun-baked plaza, a triangle of cracked concrete amid a bustling outdoor market, but they made the best of it. A convoy of cars and trucks adorned with posters of the familiar jowly, smiling face slowly circled, blasting campaign songs from huge speakers. A middle-aged woman in red leggings shimmied to the beat of a campaign song blasting from speakers.

Another handed out flyers with the election manifesto which outlined "five great historic objectives". One: "Defend, expand and consolidate national independence." Two: "Continue building Bolivarian socialism of the 21st centu…

FOCUS ON RETAIL: Tesco says first-half profits drop 7% ...

People carry shopping bags through the carpark of a Tesco Extra supermarket in Birkenhead, north-west England. The British supermarket giant says net profits slid almost seven percent in the first half of the group's financial year, hit by tough economic conditions in Asia and Europe.

AFP - British supermarket giant Tesco said Wednesday that net profits slid almost seven percent in the first half of the group's financial year, hit by tough economic conditions in Asia and Europe.

Earnings after taxation slid 6.8 percent to £1.283 billion ($2.067 billion, 1.6 billion euros) in the 26 weeks to August 25, compared with the same period of the company's previous fiscal year, Tesco said in a results statement.

Pre-tax profits meanwhile slumped 12 percent to £1.7 billion in the reporting period.

"The external environment continues to present challenges all over the world," said chief executive Philip Clarke.

"Whilst our businesses in Asia and Europe have continued to do …

MARACAIBO: Capriles cierra campaña con "Llenazo" en 5 de Julio ...

Por María Gabriela Villalobos / Maracaibo /

Con bandera en mano y su respectiva gorra tricolor, jóvenes, adultos y hasta ancianos dijeron presente en el acto de cierre de campaña que el candidato presidencial, Henrique Capriles Radonski, realiza hoy en Maracaibo

Desde las 3.00 de la tarde los zulianos empezaron a llegar a 5 de Julio para esperar al candidato presidencial, Henrique Capriles Radonski. (Foto: Cortesía Comando Venezuela)

Miércoles, 03 Octubre 2012 16:30

Desde las 3.00 de la tarde los simpatizantes del candidato presidencial, Henrique Capriles Radonski, empezaron a congregarse en la calle 77 de Maracaibo para demostrarle su total apoyo al aspirante a la presidencia de Venezuela.

Con bandera en mano jóvenes, adultos y hasta ancianos dijeron presente al llamado hecho por el Comando Venezuela.

El entusiasmo reina en el lugar. El fuerte sol marabino no fue un impedimento para los asistentes. Se escuchan al unísono los lemas de la campaña de Capriles.

A las …

México: El TLC con Perú daña al mango michoacano ...

Frente a la falta de verdaderas políticas de sustento al campo y ante la apertura comercial del mango de Brasil, Ecuador y Perú a los mercados nacionales, los productores de mango de Michoacán están en total desventaja y tendrá que ser a partir de la propia organización del Sistema Producto en la entidad como se podrá enfrentar el problema, señaló Javier Chávez Contreras, líder del sector productivo en el estado.

En tal sentido y en respuesta a la pregunta expresa sobre el apoyo entregado recientemente por la Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (Sagarpa) para enfrentar los embates del Tratado de Libre Comercio con Perú, Chávez Contreras precisó que no existe tal apoyo e indicó que si bien es cierto que les fue entregado un apoyo económico por un total de 2.6 millones de pesos no fue con ese objetivo, sino con la finalidad de adquirir una podadora mecánica y 104 mil plantas de mango para reforestar las huertas, lo que representa el 45% del total …

Rangers losing battle in Philippine forests ...

by Staff Writers

Norzagaray, Philippines (AFP) Oct 2, 2012

Father-of-five Alex Lesber patrols one of the Philippines' most important forests carrying a cheap pistol and memories of a pastor being shot dead in front of him.

Lesber is one of just 2,000 poorly paid rangers trying to stop what the government admits is "rampant" illegal logging across the country, and their time roaming amid the vanishing forests is becoming increasingly dangerous.

Twenty of his colleagues have been murdered since the government imposed a nationwide logging ban in 2010, according to the environment ministry, a move that prompted already shady timber merchants to adopt more aggressive tactics.

"There is always that possibility that one of us could get hurt where we work. We arrest people, so naturally they hate us," Lesber, 49, told AFP while patrolling Angat forest, one of the main watersheds for Manila's dams.

The stakes are high for the Philippines, a tropical Southeast Asian nation…

Chiquita Picks New CEO From Different Field ...

Lonergan to Start Work Next Week


Edward Lonergan is swapping cleaning supplies for bananas.

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has chosen Mr. Lonergan as its new chief executive, succeeding Fernando Aguirre. 

Mr. Lonergan, who turns 53 years old this Halloween, ran Diversey Holdings Inc., a major maker of cleaning products, until Sealed Air Corp. SEE -2.10% acquired the company last fall.

Based on Chiquita's plans to focus on its core fruit and salad-vegetable products, the company "has the potential to get back to reasonable operating income," Mr. Lonergan said in an interview Tuesday. He starts work on Oct. 8.

Chiquita directors decided to replace Mr. Aguirre because they were dissatisfied with the company's lengthy earnings decline, a person familiar with the situation has said. Chiquita said in August that its second-quarter profit fell to $6 million from $78 million a year earlier.

In announcing his imminent exit this August, Mr. Aguirre said he was …



Waiting until the end of the season before instigating "Voluntary" recalls has compounded losses for fruit processors. Del Monte Fresh has had to ammend the list of items affected by Coast Tropical & Foodsource's (C.H. Robinson company) last minute recall three times. The list continues to grow...

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Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc., Recalls Limited Quantity of Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk – This Recall is Associated with Coast Distributors, Inc. recall of Mangoes Sourced from Agricola Daniella in Mexico



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 28, 2012 - In cooperation with the FDA's warning  not to consume mangos…


Oct. 3 6:07 AM EDT

FILE- In this Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, an Iranian street money changer holds Iranian banknotes with a portrait of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, in the main old Bazaar of Tehran, Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the steep drop in Iran's currency Tuesday to "psychological pressures" linked to Western sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program. The remarks were part of his attempt to deflect criticism from political rivals that his government's policies also have contributed to the nosedive of the Iranian rial, which has lost more than half its value against the U.S. dollar this year and has sharply pushed up costs for many imported goods. The price hikes have added to the burdens on Iran's economy as it struggles with tougher sanctions targeting its crucial oil exports and measures blocking it from key international banking networks. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran's main bazaar ha…



La apertura de la nueva planta de la empresa Trops, ubicada en el núcleo veleño de El Trapiche, inaugurada oficialmente el pasado 21 de septiembre por el Ministro de Agricultura Miguel Arias Cañete, ha posibilitado la incorporación de 150 nuevos trabajadores a la plantilla de esta cooperativa de tercer grado que reúne a más de mil productores y constituye la mayor exportadora de frutos tropicales a Europa.

El gerente de la compañía, Enrique Colilles, ha informado de que durante esta temporada, la actividad productiva de Trops prácticamente se ha duplicado, lo que ha requerido la incorporación de dichos puestos de trabajo tanto en el sector de almacén como en el comercial y de administración.

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