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Incertidumbre política por salud de Chávez marca inicio de 2013 en Venezuela ...

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 03:28 PM PST

La incógnita acerca de si el presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, podrá o no ser investido el próximo 10 de enero para un nuevo mandato de seis años y los rumores sobre su estado de salud tras la operación que le practicaron en Cuba marcaron hoy el inicio de 2013 para los venezolanos.

Cuando faltan nueve días para la fecha prevista por la Carta Magna para que comience el periodo 2013-2019, el país mantiene un debate en torno a los mecanismos constitucionales que se podrían aplicar en caso de que Chávez no pueda asumir según lo establecido, mientras no cesan los rumores sobre su salud, que son negados por el Gobierno.

El cardenal y arzobispo de Caracas, Jorge Urosa, opinó antes de iniciar la misa del primer día del 2013 que la incertidumbre acerca de la salud del mandatario se disipará “plenamente” el próximo 10 de enero.

Urosa indicó al canal privado Globovisión que en esa fecha se sabrá, “si es que no se sabe antes, cómo ha evolucionado la salud del pres…

The biggest fraud in history is a warning to professional and amateur investors alike ...

Financial crime

The king of con-men

Dec 22nd 2012 | from the print edition

LOCH KATRINE is an unlikely birthplace for a master criminal. The slice of pristine water stretches through the heart of Scotland’s Loch Lomond national park, around 30 miles north of Glasgow. At its head is a small house which takes its name from the loch’s main tributary, Glen Gyle. It is a peaceful setting.

Glengyle house was built in the early 17th century by the clan MacGregor, a family made famous by Rob Roy, born there in 1671. Rob’s debt-dodging antics have made him very popular in Scotland (his creditors were rich landowners). He features in two Hollywood films, an operetta and a cocktail. Gregor MacGregor, born at Glengyle in 1786, is less well known. He deserves more attention: he pulled off the greatest confidence trick of all time.

MacGregor’s biggest swindle raised £200,000. Over his lifetime, his bond-market frauds ran to £1.3m (as a share of Britain’s economy, around £3.6 billion today).

 It is true t…

2013: AFTER CHÁVEZ, WHO? ...

December 31, 2012

Posted by Boris Muñoz

After two weeks of rumors about the health of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, his Vice-President, Nicolás Maduro, announced on Sunday that the situation was “delicate.” He had flown to Cuba, where Chávez is being treated, to be at his side. This came just a few days after a televised Christmas Eve speech in which Maduro said that Chávez had called him from the CIMEQ—an exclusive hospital in Havana—and was “up and taking exercise.” 

That announcement had increased the confusion that reigns in Venezuela because of its blatant contradictions with an official report issued only a few hours before, which said that Chávez was on strict bed rest.

On Monday morning, Chávez was still alive, though there are indications that the end could come at any time. 

For more than a year, he has been governing not as a physical presence but as a shadow. His health has been cloaked in mystery ever since June, 2011, when he announced that he’d had an emergency operati…


Fiesta Parade Floats: Preparing for the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade

By LloydBrown | Posted December 26, 2012 | Irwindale, California


Fiesta Parade Floats is building 10 entries for the 2013 Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, California, including one for the city of Torrance, where iReporter LloydBrown lives. 

The Torrance float portrays "dreams coming to life through better education," according to the float-builder's website. 

- dsashin, CNN iReport producer

One of the purposes of my personal blog is to help support and promote local businesses and non-profits. Due to my previous involvement with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce I discovered that the City of Torrance no longer enters a float to the Tournament of Roses Parade paid for with public funds; but rather now relies on private donations to the Torrance Rose Float Association (TRFA). It made sense, to me anyway, that I should attempt to give a little more exposure to this non-profit. After a…


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2013: Watch the "Knife & Fork" Show to learn more about Food Safety Issues ...

Published on Aug 2, 2012

The editors of kick off their new video series by breaking down some of the latest happenings in food regulation, including NYC's proposed drink size limits, a national meeting aimed at reducing soda consumption and the USDA's HIMP program.

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Maersk Ship Plastic Balls as Fruit

Press Release

Tuesday, January 01, 2013, 2:30 AM

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) purchased 116,000 plastic balls for a trial to test & increase the effectiveness of its refrigerated containers in delivering fresh produce.

The balls were adapted so they would respire in much the same way as fresh fruit and vegetables do, enabling MCI to assess various improvements to its reefer box service.

MCI's container technology manager Lars Lübker explains why the company opted to run such a large trial: "The challenge by transporting fruits and vegetables is that they respire. They are living organisms and they need to be taken special care of. That means we need to control the environment inside the container with perfection." 

"In order to improve the performance of a container we had to develop a specific artificial fruit. We did that by purchasing 116,000 plastic balls. We modified the plastic balls so that they can respire much in the s…