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Port Specialist Measures Impacts of Panama Canal Expansion

By Jennifer LeClaire

Spencer: "New cargo patterns and
continued demographic growth will
drive new industrial real estate."

MIAMI-The buzz is mounting about the Panama Canal expansion. But how will the much-talked-about expansion really impact East Coast and Gulf ports? Will the changes alter the landscape for the distribution of goods in Florida? caught up with Curtis D. Spencer, president of IMS Worldwide, Inc., who recently was the keynote speaker atTranswestern's National Industrial Market Symposium, to get his take on the impact of the expanded Panama Canal. From a high level perspective, what’s your opinion as to the general impact on East and Gulf Coast ports resulting from the opening of the expanded Panama Canal in 2015?

The expanded Panama Canal will allow larger ships to transit to East Coast and Gulf Coast ports. 

With larger discharges occurring at fewer ports, those ports sel…

The lottery of life: Where to be born in 2013 ...

Nov 21st 2012 | from The World In 2013 print edition

Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930).

 A quarter of a century ago, when The World in 1988 light-heartedly ranked 50 countries according to where would be the best place to be born in 1988, America indeed came top. 

But which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013?

To answer this, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, has this time turned deadly serious. It earnestly attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.

Its quality-of-life index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys—how happy people say they are—to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries. 

Being rich helps more than anythin…

FUTURO INCIERTO: Los escenarios posibles tras la operación de Chávez ...

Abraham Zamorano

BBC Mundo, Caracas

Jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2012

El presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, pasó esta semana por su cuarta cirugía contra el cáncer. Lo hizo en La Habana, días después de designar al vicepresidente Nicolás Maduro como candidato en unas eventuales elecciones que habría que convocar si él falta.

El hecho de que nombrara a Maduro después de anunciar la recurrencia del cáncer con el que lucha desde junio de 2011 hizo pensar en lo peor incluso en sus propias filas, donde la consternación dio paso a las expresiones de optimismo.

Contenido relacionado

El gobierno, "optimista" respecto a la operación
Maduro: el delfín de Chávez
Diosdado Cabello, el otro sucesor

Está previsto que Chávez, quien ganó holgadamente la relección en las presidenciales del pasado 7 de octubre, tome posesión de su nuevo mandato el próximo 10 de enero, para gobernar hasta 2019.

Pero al hablar de la posibilidad de que el cáncer se lo impida - algo que, sin embargo, tampoco dio por segur…

Drewry Deciphers Brazilian Port Reform Program ...

Drewry Maritime Advisors decipher the Brazilian Government's long-awaited port reform & investments program, aimed at unlocking existing constraints within the country’s port system.

London, UK, 10th December. 

On December 6th, the Brazilian Government unveiled its long-awaited port reform and infrastructure investments package. 

The announcement of this set of measures was initially to take place in June 2012, but has been postponed several times, an indication of the complexity of the port system’s structure in this leading emerging country.

Seasonal congestion, bottlenecks and queues both in the maritime and the land-side accesses to the ports are recurring realities in many Brazilian ports. 

One of the reasons can be found in the lack of deployment of new port capacity over the years, while importers, exporters, ship-owners and logisticians alike point at two decades of neglect of infrastructure investments in the sector.

The twofold package consists of : 

Public investments in p…


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mango dreams in Kahala



Even if the real-estate market were not so tight right now, I’m sure this home would still draw a lot of interest from buyers looking to live in the Puu Panini area. 

It was listed last Friday and hosted more than 80 groups at an open house on Sunday; yesterday at broker’s open, more than 100 realtors came through.

Although it was built in 1962, the single-story home is still in nice condition—it’s only had a little bit of renovation work done, so the mid-century ambience remains intact.

 It currently offers a glimpse of Diamond Head, but, if you build up, (you’re allowed up to 25 feet), you’ll get a more dramatic view.

There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in this 2,420-square-foot-residence, with a breezy, open floor plan that leads to a large, covered lanai. (Click here for details.)

The huge yard is the main attraction here, though. The lot is 12,214 square feet, and is level—w…

Japan suspends inspection of fresh mango in Brazil ...

The Agriculture Ministry said this Tuesday that representatives of the Embassy of Japan suspended the arrival of Japanese technicians in Brazil to inspect fresh mango. 

The director of the Department of Plant Protection Cósam de Carvalho Coutinho, of the Ministry of Agriculture, said the removal of the requirement demonstrates greater confidence in the Brazilian export certification, which guarantees the quality mangoes.

Japan is the fifth largest importer of Brazilian mangoes, with shipments from January to November this year of 481.700 tons, which generated USD 1,467 million. 

The main market is made up of countries of the European Union, which imported the first 11 months of this year 80,500 tons, which generated revenues of USD 91.8 million.

So far this year, Brazilian mango exports totaled 112,000 tons and revenues of
USD 120.9 million. 

Compared to the same period last year, volume fell 1.4% and revenues 3.5%.

Based on information from RuralBR

Publication date: 12/13/2012


Mango Hill Greathouse – Caribbean Private Luxury Holiday Villa ...

DECEMBER 12, 2012 22:27

Located in Shoys Estate, St. Croix, Caribbean Mango Hill Greathouse is a private luxury holiday villa designed and built to replicate a Danish Colonial greathouse of 150 years ago, but complete with all the modern conveniences of today. 

Perched atop a private hill in the island’s most desirable seaside neighborhood, Mango Hill Greathouse with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms is perfect to accommodate 8 persons.

Luxury Villa in St. Croix Will Make You Feel Like a Colonial Aristocrat

Once step inside 4,300 sq ft villa, the arched doorway welcomes you into the living room executed in a pale blue and decorated with spectacular Cruzian and New England antiques. 

Leather bound books give the library a regal touch and the French doors highlight the ocean views. 

The floors in Mango Hill are both traditional stone pavers and stunning Peruvian cherry overlaid by sisal area rugs.

On the first level, there’s also formal dining room with seating for eight, and well-appointed gourmet k…

PHILIPPINES: Rehab Scheme For Mangoes Promising ...

Agri Plain Talk


December 12, 2012, 2:43pm

In the past, mango trees in Ilocos Norte used to be very productive. But not anymore. Of late, production had been going down and many of the mango trees have become sickly or even died.

The culprit is the abuse in inducing the trees to flower without applying fertilizers. This was revealed by Ricardo Tolentino at the recent national mango congress in Mandaue City, Cebu. Tolentino is the head of the mango growers association in Ilocos Norte. He himself manages several mango farms and is also active in marketing mangoes.

The decline in the health of the trees was to be expected because many of the mango plantations were contracted by people who did the spraying of potassium nitrate or some other formulations. They sprayed the trees with flower inducers but did not bother to fertilize them.

Alarmed by the decadence of the trees in the province, Tolentino convinced the lady governor, Imee Marcos, to help rehabilitate the trees. She all…


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AUSTRALIA: Mango season wraps up in the Northern Territory ...

By Matt Brann

Thursday, 13/12/2012

The Northern Territory mango season has wrapped up for another year, with around 60 million NT mangoes picked over the last couple of months.

The official volume of four million trays is down on last year's total (4.5 million), but still classed as a big crop.

President of the NT Mango Growers Association, Ian Baker, says quality was a bit mixed in the Darwin rural area, but fruit from Katherine were excellent.

"Katherine is becoming the premier mango growing region in Australia and continuing to grow," he said.

"We had some quality issues in Darwin, which as an industry we have to deal with.

"Darwin mangoes start off the season in Australia and it's very important we kick it off to a good start and we probably didn't do it as well this year."

In the lead-up to Christmas, the bulk of mangoes will now be supplied from plantations in Queensland.

Last year, the Northern Territory overtook Queensland as the biggest supplier of…