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Huracán Sandy causó graves inundaciones en Jamaica y ahora se dirige a Cuba ...

Publicado el 24 de oct de 2012 4:36 pm |

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(KINSGTON, 24 de octubre – Reuters).- El huracán Sandy tocó tierra el miércoles en la costa suroriental de Jamaica y podría causar graves inundaciones en zonas bajas cercanas a la capital Kingston antes de dirigirse hacia Cuba, reportaron meteorólogos.

Escuelas y comercios cerraron en Jamaica y las autoridades trasladaron a los residentes de zonas bajas y propensas a inundaciones a refugios seguros, mientras caía una intensa lluvia y fuertes vientos azotaban a la isla caribeña.

Había poca actividad en las calles de la capital jamaiquina, Kingston, pues los residentes seguían las recomendaciones de las autoridades de permanecer en sus casas. La primera ministro Portia Simpson Miller anticipó su regreso a la isla cuando realizaba una visita de cinco días a Canadá.

“Todos debemos ser cautelosos. Quienes pueden irse a refugios deben hacerlo ahora”, declaró Simpson.

Varios caminos estaban inundados y se reportaron deslizamientos de tierra ce…

Cargo giant MSC returns to Port Miami ...

By Scott Blake

A giant of the sea cargo industry has re-established a presence at Port Miami.

Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., or MSC, has started weekly service between Miami and Central America. The new route will connect Miami-Dade County's seaport with Puerto Santo Tomas De Castilla in Guatemala, Puerto Cortes in Honduras, Freeport in the Bahamas and the Port of Jacksonville.

Prior to initiating the new service, MSC stopped service at Port Miami years ago and has since focused its business at Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale, said MSC Executive Vice President Allen Clifford.

Now, however, an MSC cargo vessel will call upon Port Miami once a week, handling containerized imports and exports, such as building materials and hospitality industry supplies, Mr. Clifford said. He said he expects exports to account for most of the Miami business.

In Miami, he said, MSC typically will operate a vessel with a cargo capacity of 2,000 TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent units, t…

LIVE FOREVER: The Island Where People Forget to Die ...

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Stamatis Moraitis tending his vineyard and olive grove on Ikaria.

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Published: October 24, 2012

In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. 

Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way, Moraitis married a Greek-American woman, had three children and bought a three-bedroom house and a 1951 Chevrolet.

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Residents of the island Ikaria in Greece live profoundly long and healthful lives.

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One day in 1976, Moraitis felt short of breath. Climbing stairs was a chore; he had to quit working m…


Significant decline in mango exports

Saturday, 13 October 2012 10:29

Posted by Imaduddin


KARACHI: The slowdown and decreasing trend in the country’s foreign trade continue as Pakistani export of mango has been declined by 35,000 tons this year against the target.

As the mango season has been concluded, the country has exported at least 0.115 million tons of mango this year as compared to the target of 0.15 million tons. In terms of value the country has fetched only 39 million dollars revenue from this sector while facing the loss of at least 11 million dollars this year.

Exporters of mango, who faced multiple issues, hampering the already limited exports, cited the lack of air connections, issues in ANF, Custom and shipping lines and others, were mainly behind the reduction in export of mango this year.

According to Waheed Ahmed, newly elected Chairman Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA), only 35,000 tons of exports were made dur…

Cinco provincias de Cuba en “alarma ciclónica” ante huracán Sandy ...

Octubre 24, 2012 6:13 pm

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La Defensa Civil de Cuba decretó “alarma ciclónica”, la fase más alta de emergencia, para cinco provincias orientales y aceleró las medidas de protección ante la proximidad del huracán Sandy, que cruzó Jamaica este miércoles sin perder intensidad.

Sandy cruzó Jamaica entre las 15H30 y las 17H00 locales de Cuba (19H30-21H00 GMT) “sin perder intensidad, pues sus vientos máximos siguen en 130 km/h”, dijo el jefe de pronósticos del Instituto de Meteorología, José Rubiera.

El ciclón fue ubicado a 185 km al sur-sureste de Santiago de Cuba a las 18H00 locales (22H00), lo que provoca una intensa actividad preventiva en Cuba.

“No se puede poner ninguna vida en peligro, ninguna”, declaró Lázaro Expósito, jefe del Consejo de Defensa de Santiago de Cuba, que junto a las provincias de Holguín, Guantánamo, Las Tunas y Granma, fueron declaradas en “alarma ciclónica” este miércoles.

“Hay que sacar a la gente de donde nosotros sabemos que el agua sube y no perder tiem…

ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW: Third-party presidential debate gives a voice to long-shot candidates ...

Four third-party candidates below President Obama and Mitt Romney on the presidential ballot made their case to a televised audience, taking on issues not included in the mainstream debates: the drug war, bailout for student loans, and corporate influence in politics.

By David Grant, Staff writer / October 24, 2012


If the four long-shot presidential contenders are “kind of Don Quixotes,” as debate moderator Larry King put it, then at least on Tuesday night their windmill jousting would be televised.

Those who saw Jill Stein (Green Party), Rocky Anderson (Justice Party), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party), and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) square off at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago on C-SPAN or streamed online got a glimpse of the little-known contenders below President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney on the ballot in many states.

What the public saw was broad agreement on issues ranging from the war on drugs (end it) to the future of American military spending…



On Supertrees, neo-colonialism and globalisation

Published 5 July 2012 

Guest essay by Joanne Leow

Supertrees, green spaces and urban development: strange yet compelling connections between the impending demolition of Bukit Brown and the public relations blitz accompanying the opening of the new Gardens by the Bay, with their $1 billion Supertrees and cooled conservatories. 

One space has been made significant by a spontaneous, communal outpouring, newly cognizant of both its historical and environmental specificity – the other has been planned by the government, designed by a British firm and built by (exploited) foreign labour on land that has been reclaimed from the sea. 

The latter also dramatically alters the urban landscape of the city – hoping to capitalize on the “nature” that must act as what the Straits Times argues is “an inspired decision” [Footnote 1] to include “green breaks” in Singapore’s frenetic development. 

The Prime Minister has called the decision to provide this park…