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Somalia es el país más corrupto del mundo y Dinamarca el más limpio ...

En América Latina, Venezuela (19 puntos) y Paraguay (25) siguen siendo percibidos como los países más corruptos de América Latina, mientras Chile (72) y Uruguay (72) se mantienen como los líderes en transparencia.


miércoles 5 de diciembre de 2012 07:25 AM

Berlín.- Somalia, Corea del Norte y Afganistán son los países más corruptos del mundo, y Dinamarca, Finlandia y Nueva Zelanda se mantienen como los más transparentes, según un informe de la ONG alemana Transparencia Internacional (TI) publicado hoy.

La edición de 2012 del ya tradicional Índice de Percepción de la Corrupción (CPI) de TI ofrece un ránking global con pocas variaciones con respecto a los informes de los últimos dos años, pero con una renovada advertencia, informó Efe.

"Tras un año durante el cual la atención ha estado en la corrupción, esperamos que los gobiernos adopten una postura más firme contra el abuso de poder. Los resultados demuestran que las sociedades continúan pagando el alto coste que supone la…


Summer harvest set to dish out succulent stone fruits

6th Dec 2012 5:00 AM

Alice and Jack McPherson get stuck into some juicy Calypso mangoes at Lagoon Pocket.Renee Pilcher

CHINS and arms across the Gympie region will be drenched in rich summer fruit juice as residents prepare their tastebuds for a bumper harvest of delicious mangoes, peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots this year.

The smell of summer is in the air as the first trucks carrying summer stonefruit have been making their way from sub-tropical Queensland and northern areas of Western Australia and New South Wales to green-grocers and supermarkets across the country.

Industry chairman Mark Wilkinson said this week early indications were that it was going to be a great summer of stonefruit, thanks to near-ideal growing conditions.

"It's a case of so far, so good," he said.

"We've had a cold winter and lots of water for irrigation with a forecast of a hot and dry summer, allowing trees to grow well and fru…

MERCOSUR: Médicos tratantes no recomiendan que Chávez viaje a Brasilia ...

5 Dec 2012

Al embajador de Brasil en Caracas, José Antonio Marcondes, no le quedaba otra alternativa sino anunciar que el presidente Hugo Chávez estaría presente en la Cumbre de Mercosur donde se le dará el ingreso a Venezuela y que se celebrará este jueves y viernes en la capital brasilera.

Siempre, aún antes de su cáncer, las apariciones o presencias del presidente venezolano en cualquiera reunión internacional en estos 14 años han estado precedidas de un secretismo, misterio o sigilo en un estilo calcado al carbón de su padre putativo Fidel Castro.

La cancillería venezolana reservó hoteles, vehículos, agentes de seguridad y credenciales para la delegación venezolana que estaría presidida por Chávez. En su ausencia debería ser el vicepresidente y canciller Nicolás Maduro quien habrá de representarlo.

El paciente impaciente pidió a sus médicos tratantes lo ayudaran a “parapetearse” para asistir a esta reunión tan importante para él.

La anterior reunión del mercado suramericano, el pasado…

Red Mango to open 1st South American location in December ...

Dallas Business Journal by Lance Murray, Digital Content Producer

Date: Monday, December 3, 2012, 12:41pm CST

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Red Mango is expanding into South America for the first time.

Lance Murray

Digital Content Producer- Dallas Business Journal

Red Mango, the Dallas-based chain of frozen yogurt and smoothie restaurants, is expanding to South America with its first restaurant in Uruguay scheduled to open next month.

In a release, Red Mango said it was making its first venture in South America in the Uruguayan capital city of Montevideo in a five-store agreement with developer Zacoxen SA. The company said the first location in Montivideo will on open on Dec. 19.

“Our entry into South America welcomes a new chapter in the rapid expansion of our brand,” Red Mango President


PAKISTAN: No water, fertilizer application as mango plants go into dormancy ...

Thursday, 06 December 2012 01:59

Posted by Abdul Ahad

MULTAN: Horticulturists have urged the mango growers to avoid water and fertilizers application as mango plants pass through dormancy period following drop in temperature with the commencement of winter season.

"Though plants go into dormancy when temperature drops to 7 degrees celsius or below but a majority of them will be in sleep at 10-11 degrees celsius (existing temperature)," says Malik Tariq, a plant pathologist at Mango Research Institute (MRI) Multan.

"The more they sleep the better their growth prospects would be when they break dormancy with increase in temperature in spring season."

Dormancy is the condition of mango plant of any age under which it stops or slows down its growth with decrease in temperature and thus prevents premature flowering which can be killed by ensuing frost that hits the plants when temperature goes below 4 degrees celsius.

The plant pathologist, however, suggested that growers can…

OCEAN CARGO: Crowley Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Team ...

12/05/2012 03:47 pm

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; Dec. 5, 2012) - Crowley Maritime Corporation today announced changes to its senior leadership team within the company’s shipping and logistics business lines and the consolidation of their commercial marketing, sales, customer care and pricing activities under single leadership. 

Frank Larkin has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of logistics, and will now, in addition to managing the entire logistics enterprise, oversee U.S. sales, marketing, customer care and pricing for both logistics and liner services.

“The consolidation of U.S. commercial activities under single leadership is consistent with our desire to improve the customer experience, simplifying transactions and communications,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman, president and CEO. “The consolidation also reinforces our belief that customers will gain additional visibility into our full suite of services and benefit from dealing with a single, coordinated custom…

SOUTH AFRICA: Small patches of native plants help boost pollination services in large farms ...

posted on: december 5, 2012 - 3:30pm

A combined team of scientists from Europe and South Africa (Luísa G. Carvalheiro (University of Leeds, UK & Naturalis Biodiversity Research Centre, Netherlands), Colleen Seymour and Ruan Veldtman (SANBI, South Africa) and Sue Nicolson (University of Pretoria)) have discovered that pollinator services of large agriculture fields can be enhanced with a simple cost-effective measure, that involves the creation of small patches of native plants within fruit orchards.

Aloe greatheadii, a native plant common in natural areas near mango plantation, being visited by a honeybee when planted within mango fields.

(Photo Credit: Luisa Carvalheiro)

"Mango farmers in South Africa are aware of the pollination limitation of this crop and invest a substantial amount of money renting honeybee hives to supplement pollination within the large farmland areas. However, while during blooming season, mango fields can have millions of open flowers, those flowers are n…


Strike settlement to reopen Los Angeles ports to normal freight traffic

By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

Reuters/REUTERS - A cargo ship is pictured at the Port of Long Beach, California December 4, 2012. Striking harbor clerks and management at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach agreed to federal mediation …more

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The United States' largest cargo shipping complex was set to resume full operations on Wednesday after harbor clerks and management settled an eight-day strike that left the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach mostly idle, sapping the region's economy of an estimated $8 billion.

The striking clerks reached a tentative contract deal with a group of shippers and terminal operators late Tuesday, with prodding from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a onetime labor activist.

Officials for the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Local 63 said the hundreds of clerical employees who walked off the job November…

UK/US: Tesco US review "likely" to lead to exit - CEO Clarke ...

By Dean Best | 5 December 2012

Tesco said it would take too long to get Fresh & Easy to "scale and profitability it needs"

Tesco is "likely" to quit the US, CEO Philip Clarke admitted today (5 December), after the UK's largest retailer confirmed it is reviewing its options for its Fresh & Easy business in the country.

Clarke said Tesco was "considering all options" for the loss-making business but indicated the retailer would leave the US five years after entering the market. 

The retailer said it had received a "number of approaches" to buy all or part of Fresh & Easy or to "partner" with it to "develop" the chain.

The Tesco chief blamed the impact of the "unprecedented crisis in the markets" on the states the retailer had targeted on the West Coast.

"It feels like a long time ago now, but when Tesco announced plans to open a business on the west coast of the US in 2006, the global economy was flying…


Export of mangos to Japan: Pakistani delegation visiting Thailand to inspect processing facilities

December 05, 2012GHULAM ABBAS

Aiming to tap the very lucrative international market for fruits in Japan, a Pakistani delegation of horticulture sector is currently visiting Thailand to inspect mango processing facilities and Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) plant there, which are approved for Japanese market. 

The delegation, which also have officials of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), is currently visiting the mango farms, processing facilities and especially the VHT plant in Thailand to examine the quality and standard requirements of Japanese market which is still untapped despite a green signal from Tokyo, sources told Business Recorder. 

The visit of the delegation has been organised by Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA). Whaeed Ahmed, Chairman Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importer and Merchant Association, is heading the group from horticultural side. …