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Emma Maersk ship faces leakage in Suez Canal ...

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 08:56

Emma Maersk, one of the biggest container ships in the world from Denmark, has experienced a leakage on Friday night at the entrance of the Suez Canal, which may have lead to its sinking. 

The ship's captain sent a rescue signal and alerted to the leakage inside one of its engine rooms.

The ship was towed away from the Suez Canal, toward the port east of Port Said. In Port Said, a team from the Suez Canal Authority will attempt to fix the leak.

Mohab Mamish, the head of the Suez Canal Authority told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the ship's leakage happened after it hit a propeller. He added that the Suez Canal response by sending a locomotive was immediate. 

The ship is 397 meters long, 75 meters wide and carries about 10 thousand containers. 

Mamish added that the incident won't affect the passage of other ships in the canal, which has rescue teams ready to solve problems in record time. 

The Suez Canal revenues are among the main sources of inco…


The Catatumbo Lightning (Spanish Relámpago del Catatumbo)[1] is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. It occurs strictly in an area located over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo

The frequent, powerful flashes of lightning over this relatively small area are considered to be the world's largest single generator of troposphericozone,[2] that is, ozone that does not replenish the stratospheric ozone layer.[3]

It originates from a mass of storm clouds that create a voltaic arc at more than 5 km of height, during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour. It occurs over and around Lake Maracaibo, typically over the bog area formed where the Catatumbo River flows into the lake.[4]

After appearing continually for centuries, the lightning ceased from January to April 2010, apparently due to drought.[5] This raised fears that it might have been extinguished permanently.[6] The phenomenon reappeared after several months.[7]

OCEAN CARGO: Port of Long Beach adds major shipping line ...


The world’s second-largest ocean cargo line — Mediterranean Shipping Co. — has increased its investments at the Port of Long Beach, its biggest West Coast hub of operations, Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle announced in his annual “State of the Port” address.

The decision by MSC to purchase a stake in the leasehold for the marine terminal operations at Pier T, the largest container terminal in Long Beach, is the second such move by a leading shipping company in recent months. 

In December, the Port announced that CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest ocean carrier, had purchased a stake in Pier J in Long Beach. MSC already holds a financial interest in the terminal operations at Pier A in Long Beach.

The commitments by the MSC and CMA CGM fleets underscore the Port’s efforts to forge successful partnerships, Lytle said. It’s the strength of its bonds with industry, neighbors and the City of Long Beach at large that has allowed the Port of Long Beach to thrive.

“At the Por…

INDIA: Bite on this – Mancurad mangoes for Rs 400 per fruit

Published on: February 1, 2013 - 02:32

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A vendor in the city market with handful of Mancurad mangoes in her basket. (Nandesh Kambli)

PANAJI: The popular Mancurad mangoes have made an entry in the city market with the price befitting the king of fruits. A lady vendor was selling a handful of such mangoes for a price of Rs 400 per fruit in the market.

Asked as to who could buy the exorbitantly-priced mangoes, if not foreign tourists, the vendor said that buyers are locals who are definitely paying for the fruit. Pointing to the five mangoes in her basket, the lady said that in the morning, there were eight and the fact that three mangoes were sold by 12.30 p.m. shows there are takers for the fruit.

She added that the mangoes were supplied by a grower in Siolim, for the second time in the week. The first time he gave five Mancurad mangoes for sale, all of which were sold on the same day. Further the grower has also promised to come back with more quantity af…

NO MORE TALK OF STRIKE: ILA, USMX Sign 6-Year Contract ...

The International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance reached tentative agreement on a six-year coastwide master contract late Friday night, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said.

"The tentative agreement is subject to the ratification procedures of both parties and, as well, to agreements being achieved in a number of local union negotiations. Those local negotiations are ongoing and will continue without interruption to any port operation," FMCS Director George H. Cohen said in a statement.

He would not disclose details of the agreement, which averted the possibility of a Maine-to-Texas work stoppage. The current ILA-USMX contract had been set to expire at midnight Wednesday. It was originally due to expire Sept. 30 but was extended twice.

The contract agreement was announced at 11:10 p.m. Friday after four days of meetings in Newark, N.J., with federal mediators. The FMCS joined the negotiations in September after talks broke down…

LIFE AFTER HUGO & FIDEL: Cuba’s Tortured Transition ...

By William Ratliff

Posted: Fri. February 1, 2013, 9:46am PT

Also published in Defining Ideas on Wed. January 30, 2013

America’s post-Cold War embargo on Cuba is a clear example of failed international interventionism. 

Making sanctions work, Henry Kissinger wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “depends on the ability to define an achievable objective.”

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States has not had such an objective in its policy toward Cuba. 

Our policy, intended to isolate Cuba, has isolated the United States.

This has been most blatantly demonstrated for the past twenty-one years by the United Nations General Assembly’s annual call to lift the embargo—which Havana demagogically calls a “genocidal blockade”—because it adversely affects Cubans and the freedom of international trade. (The vote in 2012 to condemn the embargo was 188 to 3.) 

Cuba today does not warrant this extraordinary isolation. 

In 2010, former Senator Richard Lugar, then the top-ranking Republican on the Foreig…

Did CDC Food Poisoning Study Give Produce A Bum Rap?

January 31, 2013 by Carla Gillespie

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study of 11 years of food poisoning outbreaks this week. 

The report claims that produce in general and leafy greens in particular cause more food poisoning outbreaks than other foods. 

But did the CDC give veggies a bum rap?

On Tuesday, the CDC issued an early release of a report appearing in the March 2013 edition of Emerging Infectious Disease entitled: “Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities by using Outbreak Data, United States, 1998–2008.” 

 The study looked at foodborne illness outbreaks from 1998–2008.

Of the 13,352 food poisoning outbreaks that occurred during this time, the specific food source was only identified in 37 percent of them or 4,887 outbreaks. 

These were divided into 17 food categories: fish, crustaceans, mollusks, dairy, eggs, beef, game, pork, poultry, grains-beans; oils-sugars [refined plant foods]; fruits-nuts; fungi; le…

INDIA: Make mango butter lotion bar at home ...

By Saadia S Dhailey, TNN | 

Feb 2, 2013, 01.17 PM IST

Make mango butter lotion bar at home

Get glowing skin naturally

How about a homemade mango butter lotion bar then? It will smell great and will do wonders for your dry skin. 

Mango butter is known for its ability to improve skin flexibility, heal sunburn and skin rashes, and reduce wrinkles. How about a homemade mango butter lotion bar then? It will smell great and will do wonders for your dry skin, heels and cuticles. Here's how you can make them: 

You'll need:

Pure coconut oil

Vitamin E

(liquid or squeeze in capsules)

Mango butter


Cupcake liners and cupcake baking tray


Prepare a double boiler to melt your contents. Pour equal amounts of coconut oil, mango butter and beeswax, a quarter cup each. Squeeze the liquid from two-three Vitamin E capsules. The quantity of the main ingredients and Vitamin E can vary, depending on how many bars you want to make. On a low flame, allow the contents to melt. Once all the ingredi…