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World Reaction to Obama's Win: From Angela Merkel to the Taliban ...

NOV 7 2012, 12:30 PM ET

... to the Dalai Lama to the Kremlin to the leadership in Beijing

Carolyn Kaster/AP

Political leaders in many parts of the world have welcomed the reelection of U.S. President Barack Obama to a second four-year term. 

In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that she looked forward to continued collaboration with the United States. "I want to offer my warm congratulations to the reelected President Barack Obama," she said. "We know each other well and I also look forward to cooperating with respect to stabilizing the trans-Atlantic relationship between the German federal government and the United States of America. But also between the European Union and the United States of America. I wish [him] good luck today."

A spokesman for Vladimir Putin said the Russian president viewed Obama's reelection over Republican rival Mitt Romney "very positively" and had sent a congratulatory telegram to Washington.

In a joint statement,…


We asked our followers what their favorite fruit was, and finally...... THE RESULTS ARE IN!

~ Melissa's Facebook Page

AUSTRALIA: Fat mangoes put rivals to shame ...

ALICIA BRIDGES, The Kimberley Echo

November 1, 2012, 3:21 pm

ALICIA BRIDGES © Fat mangoes put rivals to shame

Kununurra mangoes were late bloomers this year but the long wait has yielded fat healthy fruit.

Oria Orchards owner Chris Robinson said this year’s fruit was ready for picking a month later than usual but the crops were producing high quality mangoes.

“We had a good growing season so the fruit is quite fat so it presents really well,” he said.

“I saw some Northern Territory stuff in Coles which was quite narrow and skinny and didn’t look very good at all.

“That was beside some Ord River stuff which looked fantastic beside it.”

Mr Robinson predicted 2012 was “not a huge year, but a good year” for local mangoes, with high quality yields being harvested since last week.

“Prices haven’t settled down yet but because it’s not a huge yield year we should maintain reasonable prices throughout the year,” he said.

However, Mr Robinson said the late harvest put the fruit at risk from early wet sea…

FOUR MORE YEARS: Americans Vote For Gridlock ...

November 7, 2012 by Bob Livingston


Let the gridlock continue.

A 50/50 Nation voted to tack two more years of gridlock onto the two we’ve just endured by sending the undocumented White House usurper back to the White House along with a divided legislative branch.

The margin was a razor-thin 1.5 million votes out of more than 110 million cast. But President Barack Obama collected more than 300 electoral votes by taking all the so-called swing States (Florida remained too close to call early this morning). Democrats maintained control of the Senate, and Republicans held the House. The final numbers were still to be determined.

In his victory speech, Obama doubled down on his vacuous and Marxist-inspired slogan: “Forward.” Why anyone wants to continue forward with unemployment above 20 percent, rising food stamp rolls, inflation, a bottom-bouncing housing market, money printing and drone wars is beyond me.

Of course, when you consider the alternative was essentially a clone of the incumbent…

Francois Hollande lurches Right in historic U-Turn to save French economy ...

French president François Hollande has bowed to massive pressure for business tax cuts to pull France’s economy out of slump and stave off industrial decline, ditching a core element of his socialist platform.

Francois Hollande came to office vowing lower VAT rates to protect the buying power of workers, and called business tax cuts a 'gift to the rich' Photo: AP

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

6:38PM GMT 06 Nov 2012

Company taxes will fall by €20bn a year equal to 1pc of GDP, to be phased in gradually by 2015 under a convoluted system of rebates.

Premier Jean-Marc Ayrault said it amounted to a 6pc cut in unit labour costs, enough to close the gap with eurozone rivals. "France is not condemned to a spiral of decline, but we need a national jolt to regain control of our destiny," he said.

The mid-rate of VAT for restaurants and services will jump from 7pc to 10pc. The top rate will rise slightly to 20pc. Spending cuts will plug the revenue gap in order to meet the EU’s 3pc defic…

PAKISTAN: Mango farmers demand storage facilities ...

By our correspondent

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

From Print Edition

MIRPURKHAS: The mango farmers demanded provision of basic facilities so as to enable them to offer better produce especially for export.

They said this at a seminar held under the auspices of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) here on Tuesday. The seminar, held at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Auditorium, aimed at facilitating direct contact between exporters and mango farmers of the area.

The representatives of the farmers told the participants that being tail end growers they faced shortage of canal water throughout the year. Even the basic facility of cold storage was also not available to them.

This situation created a lot of problems. They said that last year’s flood had damaged around forty percent of mango orchards in Mirpurkhas district alone, while the department concerned did not take any concrete steps for helping them export their produce. Assistant Director of TDAP, Saima Azhar, told the semina…

Most Trusted Brands 2012: How mango drink Maaza left behind colas in the survey ...

It's built its equity on campaigns like "Taaza mango Maaza mango", "Bina Guthli Aam" which tried to sell people on the superiority of Maaza to a plain vanilla mango and the current "Har Mausam Aam".

Most Trusted Brands 2012 Rank: 8

Indians have four key passions: cricket, movies, music and mangoes. (There may be some more but this is a family newspaper, remember.) 

The passion for mangoes in the country seems to have reached such proportions that it has actually helped Maaza romp in the Brand Equity Most Trusted Brand Survey to a never-before 8th position (last year it had ranked 32) making it the only beverage brand in the Top 10. 

Shocking considering that it is the cola brands that have been known to gobble a large part of the marketing dollars as well as the consumer's share-of-wallet.

Full Coverage: Most Trusted Brands 2012

However this year the mango juice brand has left the colas behind.

 According to the survey findings, Thums Up ranks Number 21 …

USA ONE STEP CLOSER TO EDGE OF CLIFF: The Elections, Gridlock and Foreign Policy ...

November 7, 2012 | 1000 GMT


By George Friedman

The United States held elections last night, and nothing changed. Barack Obama remains president. The Democrats remain in control of the Senate with a non-filibuster-proof majority. The Republicans remain in control of the House of Representatives.

The national political dynamic has resulted in an extended immobilization of the government. 

With the House -- a body where party discipline is the norm -- under Republican control, passing legislation will be difficult and require compromise. Since the Senate is in Democratic hands, the probability of it overriding any unilateral administrative actions is small. 

Nevertheless, Obama does not have enough congressional support for dramatic new initiatives, and getting appointments through the Senate that Republicans oppose will be difficult.

There is a quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson: "That government is best which governs the least because its people discipline themselves.&qu…