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

Saturday November 24, 2012

IMO Sources in Peru are reporting that current high prices and the looming glut of Peruvian mangoes in the coming months are forcing greedy exporters to begin shipping immature fruit to foreign markets.

The North American market has contracted dramatically in the wake of the fallout of the Daniella mango recall fiasco earlier this year.

With low volumes in the marketplace, demand has remained strong for mangoes in the post Mexico mango season.

Brazil has kept supplies tight and is now out of the North American deal. A late start by Ecuador has worked to keep prices high.

Ecuador volume is finally starting to catch up and Peru is looking to ship volume greater than Ecuador and Brazil combined.

This combination looks to bring FOB pricing down from the $9.00 per (4kg) carton range to the $4.00 range once Peru volume kicks in around mid January 2013.



Larry Hagman dies at 81; TV's J.R. Ewing 

The actor became a TV star in the 1960s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie." In 1980, an estimated 300 million viewers in 57 countries saw J.R. get shot.

Cast members from the CBS series "Dallas," from left: Jim Davis, Barbara Bel Geddes, Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman. (CBS / November 23, 2012) 

Were you one of the millions of "Dallas" fans who loved to hate the scheming J.R.?
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Photos: Larry Hagman | 1931-2012

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Hollywood Star Walk: Larry Hagman

Southfork ranch house is still 'Dallas' fans' mecca

By Valerie J. Nelson Los Angeles Times

November 23, 2012, 9:51 p.m. 

Fervor for the television show “Dallas” was intense in 1980, when the Queen Mother met actor Larry Hagman and joined the worldwide chorus asking: “Who shot J.R.?”

“Not even for you, ma’am,” replied Hagman, who portrayed villainous oil baron J.R. Ewing at the center of the popular prime-time soap from 1978 until 1991…

In His Own Words: Bill Gates Dishes on Computers, Religion and Being Smart [Excerpt] ...

In Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words readers get a glimpse of the visionary Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist's philosophy on business, technology and life via some of his most memorable quotes

By Lisa Rogak

Image: Reprinted with permission from Impatient Optimist by Lisa Rogak, Agate B2, September, 2012 

Editor's note: The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words, edited by Lisa Rogak and published September 2012 by Agate Publishing: B2 Books.

Love him or hate him, Bill Gates has been a venerable worldwide business icon for more than three decades, ever since the first mass-produced personal computer debuted in 1981. 

Alternately described as an ingenious visionary and a tyrannical, sometimes less-than-scrupulous businessman, he has been all but impossible to ignore. But despite one's opinion of Gates, even his most prominent naysayers have no choice but to admit the obvious: He helped to spearhe…

Latin American ports ready for Panama Canal expansion ...

Jim Wyss, Jacquenline Charles and Mimi Whitefield
The Miami Herald

Video: Widening the Panama Canal

White House speeds up permits, offers no new cash for PortMiami dredge project

As states seek funds for deeper ports, will ships come in?

Texas isn't ready for bigger ships from Panama Canal expansion

BUENAVENTURA, Colombia -- Standing atop a hulking crane at this country’s largest Pacific port, Alejandro Echeverri pointed out scurrying workers below reinforcing pylons, preparing the ground for an extended pier and tending to a dredging boat that has been deepening the harbor.

As the planning director for the Buenaventura Regional Port Authority, Echeverri says his job is to be a “futurologist” and try to stay ahead of the industry. Right now, the industry’s future is high stakes and under the sway of a singular event: the expansion of the Panama Canal, which will make the ships that straddle the seas larger and heavier than these ports have ever seen.

The industry “doesn’t care what ports…

AFRICA: Chad: Drying mangoes - A simple way to help address malnutrition ...

“Everywhere you go in our village, you find hundreds of mango trees that produce fruit four months per year,” says Pauline Tideita, a widow and mother of five children, who lives near the city of Doba, Chad. “We would eat the fruit when it was ripe or just sell them at a throw-away price because we did not know how to keep them for a longer period of time. 

“Mangoes are our main resource here, yet we continue to face food shortages every year because of too little or too much rain,” she continues. “This happens generally around June when all the mangoes have been sold out or have rotted because of the hot climate that announces the beginning of the rainy season.” 

Three years ago, World Vision started training women in the area on how to dry mangoes. The goal was to make sure that the extra mangoes that couldn’t be eaten or sold quickly by households don’t go to waste.   

“We have tried to focus our efforts toward bringing new agricultural techniques to put an end to the recurring food s…