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MAPPING THE WEALTH & HEALTH OF NATIONS ....

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STATUS OF EAST COAST PORTS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY ....

Hurricane Sandy: CBP Operating Status

(10/31/2012)1600 hours



Due to Hurricane Sandy, CBP operations were impacted. The following seaports/waterways are reporting an updated status:









New York/Newark
Waterways and CBP facilities closed pending assessment.






Northern New England
Waterways and CBP facilities are open and operational.










Portsmouth, NH
Waterway open.










Portland, ME
Waterway open.







Southern New England (Coast Guard Sector)

Waterway closed.








Boston, MA
Waterway and CBP facilities are open and operational.











Philadelphia
Waterway and CBP facilities are open and operational.
















Baltimore
Waterway is open with restrictions and CBP facilities are open.









Norfolk
Waterway and CBP facilities are open and operational.








Conley Terminal
Waterway and CBP facilities are open and operational.








To contact a specific port, please visit the ports contacts website. ( Locate a Port Of Entry - Air, Land, or Sea )


http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/trade_outreach/bus_resumption/sandy_status.xml

USA : Jan DeLyser to chair PMA

On October 25 produce industry veteran Jan DeLyser officially assumed the role of Produce Marketing Association (PMA) chair, as the association kicked off Fresh Summit 2012 with a theme of “Say Hello to the Future”.





DeLyser begins her PMA chairmanship nearly a quarter century after she first volunteered for PMA as a member of the education committee in 1988. At the time she was working at the Fresh Produce and Floral Council. Now vice president of marketing for the California Avocado Commission (CAC), DeLyser also served on PMA’s Retail Board from October 2001 to October 2004, and has served on the PMA Board from 2008 to the present. She is in the second of a three-year term, and has served on the Governance Committee, chaired the Brand Identity Committee and actively supports membership recruitment.








“Jan DeLyser has an ability to instantly put others at ease in any situation. Part of that is her down-to-earth Midwest upbringing; part is her genuine interest in helping people be the bes…

AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE SANDY IN PHOTOS ...

Men dispose of shopping carts full of food damaged by Hurricane Sandy at the Fairway supermarket in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn in New York, on October 31, 2012. The food was contaminated by flood waters that rose to approximately four feet in the store during the storm. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #














The remains of burned homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, with the Manhattan skyline in the distance after Superstorm Sandy, on October 31, 2012. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #













An aerial photo shows the John B. Caddell, a 700-ton water tanker, grounded in New York, on October 31, 2012. The 167-foot tanker ran aground Monday night from the storm surge caused by Hurricane Sandy. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) #













Storm damage from Sandy over the Atlantic Coast in Mantoloking, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Doug Mills) #













Boats piled up by storm surge and the high tide lie in a pile at a marina in East Quogue, New York, on October 30, 2012.(Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #














Johnny Adinolfi is c…

Sandy Leaves Long List Of Health Threats ...

by ROB STEIN
November 01, 2012 4:00 AM


Listen to the Story






People look at homes and businesses destroyed during Superstorm Sandy on Tuesday in the Rockaway section of Queens, N.Y.Spencer Plat/Getty Images







Public health officials are warning that people in areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy face many risks in the aftermath and are urging people to protect themselves from health threats in the water, air and even their refrigerators.



As millions of people try to put their lives back together, the most obvious threat is the floodwaters themselves. In many places, the water could be a toxic stew.



"Floodwaters potentially could contain mixtures of a variety of chemicals such as pesticides, paint, gasoline, you know other things for example that you might store in your garage or your basement that might actually get all flooded out," says Tina Tan, the state epidemiologist for the New Jersey Department of Health.








In several places, sewage-treatment plants have been paralyzed by fires o…

AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE SANDY: For New York rats, a question of sink or swim ...

by Staff Writers


New York (AFP) Oct 31, 2012




Most rats would try to go back home once the water subsides. They are very loyal to their home territories and groups and can find their way home from quite far away.









As Hurricane Sandy pushed floodwater through New York's streets and into its subways, many wondered how the city's infamous rat population would fare -- sink or swim?




For some, the deluge that accompanied Sandy raised fears of a "ratpocalypse," with the city's least glamourous residents crawling in their thousands up out of their subterranean habitats and into the streets.




Others pondered the possibility of a grim "rat soup," imagining dozens of the rodents drowned and floating along on the tide of water that swept into the city's subway stations.









No one knows just how many rats there are in the city, with experts at odds over the accuracy of one common estimate suggesting there is at least one rat for each of New York City's eight million hum…

MEXICAN MANGO MAFIA: The Real 'El Chapo' ...

November 1, 2012 | 0902 GMT














Stratfor

By Scott Stewart







A widely propagated myth would have us believe that Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera and his Sinaloa Federation are less violent than many of their competitors. 



Statements from journalists and analysts allege that Sinaloa is more businesslike than Los Zetas, whose reputation for brutality is well-documented, and that this business savvy somehow renders the group relatively benign. In turn, this has led many to believe that the Mexican government could broker a deal with the leader of one of Mexico's largest criminal organizations.






However, a close examination of Sinaloa's evolution demonstrates the group is hardly the hallmark of civility. In fact, the history of Mexico's cartel wars over the past decade reveals that Guzman, his Sinaloa Federation and the various cartels with which they partner have been more territorially aggressive than any other Mexican cartel.






Expansion and Escalation

Sinaloa in…

AUSTRALIAN MANGO PACKERS HUNT DOWN EVIL WEEVIL ...

Evil weevil worries WA mango growers



By Tyne McConnon



Thursday, 01/11/2012






A Western Australian mango grower has bought every Northern Territory mango he could find in Kununurra supermarkets to check for seed weevil.




Tony Galati, the new owner of WA's largest mango farm, cut up about 40 mangoes to check for the pest before throwing them away.



He's going to Perth today to buy more NT mangoes to continue checking for the weevil.






Mr Galati says new quarantine regulations allowing more NT fruit to cross the state border has the potential to devastate Western Australia's mango industry.







"We are concerned that if they (NT fruit) had weevil in them, that some consumer could pick them up or if they had a tree in the backyard and they drop the scraps under a tree and all of a sudden we are contaminated with seed weevil in Kununurra."








Mr Galati says he won't give up on the fight to have the quarantine protocol changed.







"As all Western Australians, we need to stick together…

PERFECT STORM: BUMPER CROP FORECAST FOR PERU THIS YEAR ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Publisher
Mango World Magazine (MWM) (IMO BLOG)






Thursday, November 01, 2012




Winter Park, Florida










IMO SOURCES in Peru and who have visited the country's mango region are forecasting a Bumper crop for the upcoming season.



Peru has already begun exporting mangoes to Chile overland and will begin shipments to Canada this week.


Estimates are running as high as 100 thousand metric tonnes, which translate into 25 million (4kg) cartons.


Historically, the volume from Peru has been split 55-45 between the European market and the North American market.


Recently, Peru has made efforts to expand market options in the Far East. These may account for as much as 10% of the volume.



With lackluster response in Europe this year, there may be an added emphasis on the USA market this season.



Unfortunately, Peruvian exporters outnumber the actual growers and there is always a distortion of offer in the global markets that puts downward pressure…

SUSTAINABILITY: Soil Cation Ratios for Crop Production ...

by George Rehm

Soil Science Department

University of Minnesota











For many years, soil testing has been used as a management tool to arrive at fertilizer recommendations that are essential for economic crop production. 



Two general concepts or philosophies of making fertilizer recommendations evolved as the use of soil testing techniques and procedures were refined and used more and more as a basis for making fertilizer recommendations.






The "sufficiency level" approach is built on the concept that there are certain levels of plant nutrients in soil that can be defined as optimum. Below some defined level, crops will respond to the application of a nutrient in question. Likewise, crops will not respond to the addition of the nutrient if the soil test levels are above a defined sufficient level.





The "basic cation saturation ratio" (BCSR) approach promotes the concept that maximum yields can only be achieved by creating an ideal ratio of calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg) and potas…