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Showing posts from November 15, 2012


Published: 12 November 2012 

TEC2 groundbreaking at Lázaro Cárdenas

The first stone has been laid at APM Terminals' new concession in the Mexican port

On 9 November the Mexican Federal Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Dionisio Pérez-Jácome Friscione, the Governor of the Mexican State of Michoacán de Ocampo, Fausto Vallejo y Figueroa, and senior representatives of APM Terminals, formally laid the foundation stone for the new (and second) container terminal (TEC2) at the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas.

"We are very proud to be a part of Mexico’s growth, and look forward to creating a new world-class port facility which will reduce logistics costs and improve Mexico’s global competitiveness” said APMT's Vice President for Business Implementation, Tiemen Meester.

"The new terminal will create tremendous opportunities for the growth of international trade and new jobs for Michoac Michoacán de Ocampo and for all of Mexico¨ stated APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas General D…

Gold demand down 11% as Chinese buying dips ...

by Staff Writers

Mumbai (AFP) Nov 15, 2012

Global demand for gold fell 11 percent in the third quarter on an annual basis, as buying in key market China dipped because of its slowing economy, the World Gold Council said Thursday.

Worldwide demand fell year-on-year in the July-September period to 1,084.6 tonnes worth an estimated $57.6 billion as prices on average were 3.0 percent lower than the record levels seen a year earlier, the WGC's latest report said.

Reduced demand for gold from jewellery, investments and technology sectors offset a rise in buying from global central banks amid economic uncertainty.

Buying in China fell 8.0 percent year-on-year to 176.8 tonnes due to the "slowing of its economy which had a negative impact on consumer sentiment", the report said.

But Marcus Grubb, managing director in investment at the WGC, said that gold would continue to be bought to preserve capital, amid "a backdrop of continued global economic uncertainty".

India, the worl…

NY-NJ Terminals Working Extended Hours to Clear Import Backlog ...

JOC Staff | Nov 15, 2012 10:17AM EST

To expedite the delivery of imports affected by Hurricane Sandy, Maher Terminals and Port Newark Container Terminal extended hours this week. They will also be open on Saturday, Nov. 17, along with Global Terminal. PNCT will continue extended hours through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

At Maher Terminals, delivery of imports and receipt of exports will be processed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and receipt and delivery of empties, double moves with an empty return and reefer processing will be handled from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Nov. 17, single move import deliveries, including reefers, and double move empty import delivery will be handled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Extended hours at Port Newark Container Terminal will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Heavy-lift will be operating on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the gate will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Global Terminal will be open on Nov. 17, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The terminal will handle delivery of import …

Israel: Tel Aviv Targeted by Rockets ...

November 15, 2012 | 1756 GMT

Two projectiles, which Stratfor believes to be Fajr-5 rockets due to their range, landed near Tel Aviv -- one just south of the municipal line and one in the water just outside of the southern suburb of Bat Yam. No injuries have been reported. 

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces denied that a rocket had landed in Tel Aviv, although this statement conflicts with eyewitness reports and may reflect the fact that projectiles have landed in areas just south of the actual Tel Aviv municipal boundary.

Both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have claimed responsibility for the attack. This strike is the furthest Hamas has ever struck into Israeli territory and signals a major escalation. Hamas has moved beyond retaliation for yesterday's airstrikes or provocative bombings and instead is engaged in war. An Israeli ground offensive is now almost assured. 

Central Israel is now under rocket fire for the first time since Saddam Hussein launched Scud missiles …


Mike Campbell, white Zimbabwean farmer, dies

Mike Campbell took Robert Mugabe to court over the land seizures

Mike Campbell - the white Zimbabwean farmer who took President Robert Mugabe to court in 2007 over his programme of land seizures - has died.

Mr Campbell won the case in a regional court but Zimbabwe's government ignored the ruling.

His family says the 78 year old never fully recovered after he was abducted and badly beaten by militants.

His fight through the courts was told in the award-winning documentary Mugabe and the White African.

BBC southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen says Mr Campbell became one of the most well-known names in the white farming community in Zimbabwe.

The tribunal set up by the Southern African regional body Sadc ruled that the land reform programme was illegal and discriminatory but the intimidation continued, our correspondent says.

Many farm properties were burnt and farmers and labourers were chased off their land.

By mid-2008, two days before a pr…


Here is Gumira Primary School's mango orchard and gas-powered water pump. The borehole is located across the Dukate River near two of the school's three fields. Its location is a problem during the rainy season when the river floods and the crocodiles move in. The water from this borehole is semi-salty—notice nobody is there getting water.

by Robert Joppa
Gumira Primary Borehole,Gumira, Chipinge District, Zimbabwe (1999)

Mango season brings relief

The start of the mango season has provided a respite for cash-strapped villagers from Mutoko and Mrehwa.

 A snap survey at Mbare Musika showed that villagers are coming in droves to sell their mangoes to vendors.


“For the past few years, I have been making a living out of this business,” said one local man. “Many other people from my area are also relying on this business as it allows us to complement our meager finances. Through the money we get we can pay school fees for our children and buy some groceries.” 

A 20 liter bu…