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HSBC Mexican Branches Said to Be Traffickers’ Favorites ...

By Chris Dolmetsch - Dec 11, 2012 9:04 PM ET

HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA)’s Mexican branches had become so well-known to drug traffickers as the place to launder proceeds from illicit sales that cartels began using special boxes to speed transactions, U.S. prosecutors said.

From 2006 to 2010, the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico and the Norte del Valle Cartel in Columbia moved more than $881 million in proceeds through HSBC’s U.S. unit, said Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division. Breuer, along with U.S. Attorney Lorretta Lynch in Brooklyn, New York, announced today the bank had agreed to pay at least $1.9 billion to settle money laundering probes.

An HSBC building stands along Avenue Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

“These traffickers didn’t have to try very hard,” Breuer said at a press conference in Brooklyn. 

“They would sometimes deposit hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in a single day into a sing…

Concluye operación de Chávez y comienza etapa postoperatoria ...

Por José Alejandro Urdaneta - Marifé Cuauro / Maracaibo /

En cadena de radio y televisión, el vicepresidente Nicolás Maduro informó que concluyó la operación del presidente Hugo Chávez, realizada este martes en La Habana. 

Señaló que ya se encuentra en la habitación recibiendo tratamiento del proceso postoperatorio que durará varios días

El presidente Hugo Chávez está siendo sometido a una cuarta operación para tratar el cáncer que se le detectó el año pasado (Foto: Agencias)

Martes, 11 Diciembre 2012 21:25

Luego de seis horas de labor del equipo médico, concluyó de manera exitosa la operación al presidente de la República, Hugo Chávez, realizada este martes en La Habana, Cuba.

Así lo informó el vicepresidente ejecutivo, Nicolás Maduro, en una alocución nacional transmitida en cadena de radio y televisión, en la que explicó que el jefe de Estado ya se encuentra en su habitación y que inicia ahora una etapa postoperatoria que durará varios días.

Es el cuarto procedimie…

FOOD SAFETY 101: Dishwashers No Match For Norovirus

December 11, 2012 

By Carla Gillespie

What do norovirus and baked-on lasagna have in common?

 Both can survive the dishwasher.

Researchers at Ohio State University have made a discovery that may help to explain why restaurants have a hard time controlling the spread of norovirus, the leading cause of food poisoning worldwide. 

About half of all foodborne illness outbreaks in the US are caused by norovirus, most of them, about 80 percent, happen between November and April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Norovirus is a virus that can get on food at any point from farm to table.

 Foods that are eaten raw are such as leafy vegetables, fruit, and shellfish, are most commonly involved in norovirus outbreaks.

 Sick food handlers are frequently the source of outbreaks such as the recent Salmonella outbreak in Illinois.

“Proper sanitation and handling remain the single biggest factor that can prevent cross-contamination of food and dishwashers at food service establi…


Runrunes El Universal 11.12.2012

11 Dec 2012


A la hora de cerrar el envío de esta columna al diario, 3 pm., la decisión de operarse o no dependía única y exclusivamente del presidente Hugo Chávez tras haber dado sus opiniones los médicos tratantes y los consultados.

Además de los médicos cubanos que tratan al paciente desde hace año y medio participaron 3 médicos venezolanos: un urólogo, un infectólogo y un traumatólogo. 

Uno en el sitio y dos vía web. Dos brasileros desde Sao Paulo y al final ningún ruso. 

Las opiniones de los tres venezolanos coinciden en lo negativo y riesgoso de operar. Uno por infecciones, otro por daños colaterales y el traumatólogo por el riesgo de operar la espina dorsal y el peligro de provocar una parálisis de las piernas.

Otra opinión vertida en el diario ABC de Madrid coincidía en el riesgo de que si se intervenían los huesos -léase vértebras inferiores, cadera y fémur- se podría potenciar la parálisis de los miembros inferiores. 

Por el lado …

Estas serían las nuevas 7 maravillas del futuro (FOTOS) ...

diciembre 9, 2012 4:50 pm

Hasta hace algunos años, llamábamos las siete maravillas del mundo a un conjunto de obras arquitectónicas que fueron construidas durante el periodo helenístico, las cuales, eran consideradas como dignas de visitar y apreciar por cualquier persona, pues son ejemplo de la capacidad de creación y del ingenio que posee el ser humano.

Con la intención de actualizar aquella lista basada en el poema escrito por Antípatro de Sidon, en 2007, el cineasta suizo Bernard Weber, a través de su empresa New Open World Corporation, convocó a todos los usuarios de internet a un concurso para elegir las siete maravillas del mundo moderno, en donde fueron inscritas obras creadas hasta antes del año 2000, en donde se incluyó a Chichén Itzá, indica

Han transcurrido sólo cinco años desde que se dio a conocer dicha lista y hay quienes ya piensan en crear un listado de las siete maravillas del futuro. Uno de esos curiosos ha sido el sitio, que ha propuest…


As of 5:40 pm on December 11, 2012 ALEXA.COM statistical data reveals that the International Mango Organization website continues to run up the charts.

Currently, the IMO BLOG is ranked globally at # 865,455 versus # 970,881 for the NMB site.

On a domestic level in the USA Market, the IMO website is ranked # 148,477 versus # 238,082 for the NMB.

International Mango Organization (IMO)
Mango World Magazine (MWM) (IMO BLOG)

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Here are the ALEXA.COM numbers for the National Mango Board's web site ...

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Dear Esteemed Dr. Cavan,

World Forests Summit
Achieving sustainable forest management on a global scale
March 5th-6th 2013, Stockholm

The Economist is delighted to invite you to our upcoming World Forests Summit, taking place on March 5th-6th 2013 in Stockholm.

Chaired by James Astill, author of our special report on forests, our summit will gather policymakers, industry leaders, scientists and activists from around the world. 

Together, we will identify common ground, and discuss mechanisms for forest stakeholders to work together differently.

Visit for the latest agenda.

Confirmed speakers at this high-level summit include:

• James Astill, Political Editor, The Economist (author of The Economist's special report on Forests)

• Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director General, FAO

• Peter Holmgren, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research

• Karl Falkenberg, Director General, DG Environment, Europea…


Dear colleagues,

Ecometrica GHG Analyst Sylvie Trottier has written a new blog post and accompanying white paper that you may be interested in.

 Sylvie's articles discuss whether or not there is a case for extending Daylight Saving Time (DST) on environmental grounds.

Ever since the United States and most of Europe implemented DST during the First World War, debate has raged on both its benefits and drawbacks. 

The most common argument for extending DST year-round has an environmental basis: if DST saves energy, why not make it permanent, and thereby reduce gas and electricity bills as well as national GHG emissions?

Sylvie's blog post can be found on at the link below:

And the accompanying white paper can be found here:

We encourage any comments or feedback you have, and look forward to welcoming you back …

17 brands in Twitter’s overall top 100, what are today’s most followed brands on Twitter? ...



Yesterday, the author stumbled upon a post on Mediabistro, called The ten most popular brands on Twitter. It was a post from March this year, so it was still relatively recent. 

The online world moves so fast, and brands are becoming increasingly aware of the need to have a social presence. 

That’s why I decided to take a look at the top 10 today, and see if anything has changed in the last nine months.

And sure enough, it has – there are three newcomers to the top ten. 

The number one, which is still @youtube by some distance, has doubled in followers since March, to more than twenty million. However, overall it resides only in eighth place overall in Twitter’s top 100.

The first seven handles – and this is not a surprise – belong to celebrities, with Justin Bieber and Katy Perry trailing the Queen of Twitter, Lady Gaga.

However, sticking squarely to the brand realm, what exactly has changed in recent months? Let’s take a look.

# in top brands list …

MIDDLE EAST MARKETS: The Israeli Periphery ...

December 11, 2012 | 1100 GMT


By Reva Bhalla
Vice President of Global Affairs

The state of Israel has a basic, inescapable geopolitical dilemma: Its national security requirements outstrip its military capabilities, making it dependent on an outside power. 

Not only must that power have significant military capabilities but it also must have enough common ground with Israel to align its foreign policy toward the Arab world with that of Israel's. 

These are rather heavy requirements for such a small nation.

Security, in the Israeli sense, is thus often characterized in terms of survival. And for Israel to survive, it needs just the right blend of geopolitical circumstance, complex diplomatic arrangements and military preparedness to respond to potential threats nearby. 

Over the past 33 years, a sense of complacency settled over Israel and gave rise to various theories that it could finally overcome its dependency on outside powers. But a familiar sense of unease crept back into th…