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China's naval exercises in East China Sea send warning to regional rivals ...

Chinese naval exercises today simulated a conflict in disputed waters. Tensions between China and Japan have been mounting over claims to a set of islands in the East China Sea.

By Ariel Zirulnick, Staff writer / October 19, 2012

Vessels roam the waters of East China Sea during a naval drill Friday. The Chinese navy conducted a joint exercise with the country's fishery administration and marine surveillance agency in the East China Sea.

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In Pictures: Troubled waters: disputes in the China Seas

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China held naval exercises in the East China Sea today in a robust show of military force intended to warn regional rivals against escalating territorial disputes.

China regu…

Mango Crop Report from the National Mango Board ...

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Mango Market News Mango volume shipped last week was approximately 743,824 boxes representing 8% more than the previous week.  

Brazil Brazil shipped approximately 487,872 boxes last week representing 17% less than the previous week. 
Tommy Atkins weekly average price per box at the Philadelphia entry port on week ending 10/13/2012 decreased by 3%. 

Projections for the next two weeks are 277,200 and 321,552 boxes respectively. 

Ecuador Ecuador shipped approximately 255,952 boxes last week representing 148% more than the previous week.
Tommy Atkins weekly average price per box at the Philadelphia entry port on week ending 10/13/2012 decreased by 3%.
Projections for the next two weeks are 420,000 and 590,000 boxes respectively. 

USA: NMB Annual mango industry reception to be held during PMA ....

The National Mango Board (NMB) will host their annual networking and outreach event for the mango industry on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel at 700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA. 

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is also a proud host of the event.

New fourth quarter program initiatives for the NMB’s expanded consumer, retail and foodservice promotions as well as nutrition, health and food safety research programs will be presented in an adjacent room at approximately 5:45 p.m. The NMB will also present an overview of the mango recall and highlight program results. A question and answer session will follow.

Industry members of all levels of the mango supply chain from across the world are encouraged to join the NMB for this successful annual event. “This is a great opportunity for us to connect with fellow members, strengthen friendships and create new ones,” says NMB Executive Director William Watson. “It’s also a perf…

Iranian Tankers are Flying Tanzania-Zanzibar Flag, Officials Report “This Must be a Mistake” ...


(Bloomberg) — Iranian oil tankers are mistakenly signaling their flag state as Tanzania-Zanzibar and no such registration took place, according to a government official from the east African nation.

The 14 ships, previously registered in the Pacific island of Tuvalu, transmitted data from Sept. 24 to Oct. 13 to show they changed their names and were flying the Tanzania-Zanzibar flag, according to data compiled by a unit of Englewood, Colorado-based IHS Inc. The company maintains a global shipping database for the United Nations’ maritime agency.

“This must be a mistake,” Abdullah Kombo, the director of planning, policy and research at Zanzibar’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Communications, said by phone Oct. 15. The following day he forwarded confirmation from his country’s ship registry that the vessels aren’t entitled to fly the flag.

Iranian tankers have been switching flag states as the U.S. and European Union tighten sanctions on the country ov…

Fidel Castro suffered a stroke, Venezuelan doctor says ...


A Naples doctor said former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is near ‘a neurovegetative state’ after suffering a stroke.

In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo released by the state media website Cubadebate, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro smiles during a meeting with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba.

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information.

“He suffered an embolic …

Rolls-Royce Opens First Latin America Showroom In Brazil ...

Friday, October 19, 2012 8:39

 by Arman Barari

Rolls Royce expansion plans continue marvelously as the British brand opens its first ever showroom in Latin America. The new shop is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is run by Via Italia Group, RR’s appointed dealer in the country. Rolls Royce is now officially present in all corners of the world.

As always, the new place is a state of the art facility with 500 square metre showroom, and amazing architecture. It has a Customer Lounge, which features bespoke-designed furniture and cabinets, includes leather, wood, surface finish and carpet samples from the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, England.

All Phantom and Ghost family models will be available for sales in the showroom, in addition to models from the Bespoke department. Not to mention customers can customize each car with endless bespoke options.

Before heading to South America, Rolls Royce CEO was in the Far East, opening new showrooms and upgrading the existing network.

Torsten Müller…

Rolls-Royce abre su primer salón de ventas en Brasil ...


El modelo de "entrada" de Rolls-Royce en el mercado brasileño será el Ghost, que cuesta 2,3 millones de reales (US$1,1 millón) y está equipado con motor V12 biturbo de 563 caballos de fuerza.

Tras la apertura de negocios en Sao Paulo, Rolls-Royce planea un segundo salón de exhibición de América Latina en Chile.

Vie, 19/10/2012 - 08:40

La automotriz británica de autos de lujo, Rolls-Royce, abrió su primer salón de ventas en Brasil, ofreciendo a través de un agente importador brasileño vehículos que cuestan millones de reales.

El modelo de "entrada" de Rolls-Royce en el mercado brasileño será el Ghost, que cuesta 2,3 millones de reales (US$1,1 millón) y está equipado con motor V12 biturbo de 563 caballos de fuerza.

La expectativa es vender entre 8 y 12 autos por año en Brasil, un volumen que puede crecer un 20% a partir del 2014, según el grupo brasileño Via Italia, que ya importa las marcas Ferrari, Maserati y Lamborghini al país.

El anuncio se conoció el mismo día …


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Did USA Really Arrest 'Chapo' Guzman's Daughter?

Written by Elyssa Pachico

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

An alleged photo of Chapo Guzman's daughter

The detention of a woman claiming to be the daughter of "Chapo" Guzman is sure to reignite interest in the family of the evasive Sinaloa Cartel leader, although there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the case.

The woman, identified as Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, was arrested on October 12 while trying to enter the United States from Tijuana on foot, after US authorities identified a fraudulent visa in her Mexican passport. During questioning, she said she was Guzman’s daughter, an identity that was reportedly confirmed through a check of her fingerprints.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the woman is a medical doctor who is seven months pregnant, and said she was attempting to enter the United States to give birth and meet up with the baby’s father in Los Angeles. A cedula, or an identification card, issued in 2005 to an Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman identif…

US Ranks MS-13 Alongside Zetas in Gang List

Written by Hannah Stone

Friday, 12 October 2012

Raul Mijango with MS-13 members

The US has unexpectedly imposed financial sanctions against street gang MS-13 that has branches across the US and Central America, which could have more to do with pressuring the gang leadership to make peace in Salvador than with hurting its financial operations.

The designation, announced by the Treasury Department on October 11, allows US authorities to freeze assets of gang members in US territory, and makes it illegal for US citizens to do business with them. The orginal list of just four transnational organizations designated under a 2011 law included the MexicanZetas and the Japanese Yakuza, and is targeted at attacking the “economic power” of these organizations.

The presence of MS-13 on the list alongside these organizations is a little incongruous. The Zetas, for example, are one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Latin America, running international drug trafficking operations and control…