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How do you measure happiness?

By: Paul Dolan and Oliver Harrison

Jan 23rd 2013

Paul Dolan and Oliver Harrison argue that the next set of development goals should take well-being into account.

Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established following the UN Millennium Summit in 2000. 

All 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve these goals by 2015. 

Regular progress reports have been published since 2004 and it looks likely that the initiative will be declared a “partial success” by its target year. But what will happen after 2015?

Well, these goals have focused quite explicitly on objective indicators. They are considered, quite rightly, to be important determinants of a good life. But, ultimately, a good life has to be good for the individual. At some point, this requires inquiry into how people feel.

There is significant evidence that happier people are healthier, more productive and more resilient to external …

OCEAN CARGO : Historic North Atlantic Superstorm Possible for Saturday ...


NOAA OPC Surface Forecast 12Z 25 January 2013 showing possible historic storm low.

A historic extratropical storm is possible over the central North Atlantic on Saturday, the 26th of January based on the latest computer models. 

A weak 1014mb low will move off the Virginia and North Carolina coasts early Thursday. 

 It will move rapidly east to northeast, deepening to a 977 mb storm low by 12Z Friday, the 25th, southeast of Cape Race with winds up to 50 knots. 

Thereafter, this low is forecast to “bomb out” as it moves northeast, dropping 57 mb of pressure to 920 mb by 12Z Saturday, the 26th, with hurricane force winds of 85 knots (nearly 100 mph) likely.

The all-time record for North Atlantic extratropical storms was the Braer Storm of January 1993 that reached a minimum pressure of 914 mb (26.99 in Hg) on January 10th. 

The 1993 storm caused blizzard conditions across much of Scotland and also led to the final breakup of the oil tanker MV Braer, which …

INDIA: Mango makes early arrival in market ...

By Sanjeev Shivadekar, TNN | 

Jan 23, 2013, 08.54 PM IST

MUMBAI: Mango lovers can rejoice early this year- for the famed 'Aaphus' has already started arriving in the city. 

The Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) in Navi Mumbai is seeing daily 70 to 100 boxes of mangoes being brought from the Konkan region.

Each box has five to six dozen mangoes and APMC officials estimate that around five to six thousand boxes have already been sold.

 Officials said that the mangoes are being brought in from Devgad, Vengurla, Kunkeshwar and Malvan.

Compared to the last two years there would be a surfeit of mangoes this year as officials said that the weather has been quite conducive for their production. Officials predicted that from February 15 there would be more mangoes in the market.


This list may shock you.

Not a single country from western Hemisphere made the Top Ten !!!

So much for Internet connections in USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, etc ...



10. Singapore With an average of 30.7 megabits per second, Singapore cracked the top 10 with a peak speed that is nearly double the global average of 15.9 megabits per second. Thanks in part to its fast broadband, Singapore "is a tech hub," said David Belson, who edited the report. The country is also home to well-known techie Eduardo Saverin, who moved there and renounced his U.S. citizenship before last year's initial public offering of Facebook, which he co-founded.


9. Israel Web startup culture and fast Internet go hand in hand, said Belson, the Akamai editor. That's why it shouldn't surprise anyone that Israel made the list. The country's average peak speed was 30.9 megabits per second. "There's good connectivity," he said. "And there are smart, …

CUBAZUELA: The Cuba - Venezuela union marches on ...

Venezuela and Cuba

“Venecuba”, a single nation

Hugo Chávez, as he drafts in ever more Cuban aides to shore up his regime, is fulfilling a longstanding dream of Fidel Castro’s

Feb 11th 2010 | Caracas |From the print edition


IN A small fishing village on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela stands a plinth. 

Unveiled by government officials in 2006, it pays homage to the Cuban guerrillas sent by Fidel Castro in the 1960s to help subvert Venezuela's then recently restored democracy. 

Almost entirely bereft of popular support, the guerrilla campaign flopped. 

But four decades later, and after a decade of rule by Hugo Chávez, Cuba's communist regime seems finally to have achieved its goal of invading oil-rich Venezuela—this time without firing a shot.

Earlier this month Ramiro Valdés, a veteran revolutionary who ranks number three in Cuba's ruling hierarchy and was twice its interior minister, arrived in Caracas, apparently for a long stay.

 Officially, Mr Valdés has come to head a commis…


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

Wednesday January 23, 2013

Winter Park, Florida

IMO Sources are reporting that shippers from the Mexican State of Oaxaca are picking early fruit and plan to begin shipping as early as next week.

Anxious to repeat last season's stellar returns that averaged $6.00 and higher for the Ataulfo mango, some shippers are "jumping the gun" and harvesting immature fruit. 

Early season Ataulfo fruit from Mexico can get as high as $10.00 per (4kg) carton and even higher.

Growers get greedy and the allure of treasure causes some to begin harvesting before the mangoes are actually ready for market.

Most shippers expect to begin harvesting mangoes from Oaxaca and then Chiapas around the last week of February 2013.

Currently redskin mangoes  (Kent) from Peru dominate international markets in the $4.00-5.00 per carton price range, and anxious shippers are looking for the premium p…

Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World ...



JAN 22, 2013

"We can't put this off any longer," President Obama implored the nation last week as he introduced 23 executive actions designed to reduce gun violence in America. 

While the United States has the highest level of gun ownership per capita in the world, its rate of gun homicides, about three per 100,000 people, is far lower than that of Honduras, the country with the world's highest gun homicide rate (roughly 68 gun murders per 100,000 people).

 But America's homicide rate varies significantly by city and metro area, as I pointed out here at Cities a few weeks ago.

The map below compares the rate of gun murders in American cities to nations around the world. 

Building upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data used in that post, Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute compiled additional data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other sources collated by The Guardian. (While international crime data su…