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National Mango Board Provides Information To Improve Food Safety Procedures

by The National Mango Board
Posted: 2013-03-08 09:02:00 EST

Orlando, Fla. – The National Mango Board (NMB) hosted the Mango Food Safety Conference on March 6, 2013, at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas. 

This conference focused on providing attendees with information about food safety guidelines and standards, areas of opportunity for the mango industry, a broader view of the field, and how food safety issues affect the food supply chain.

Providing high quality mangos that consumers will purchase again and again requires a commitment to safety and quality by each and every member of the mango industry. In continuing efforts to provide the U.S. consumer with a delicious, nutritious and safe product, the NMB commissioned a risk assessment of the supply chain to provide insight to the industry’s food safety protocols.

Food safety expert, Dr. Sergio Nieto-Montenegro of Hispanic Workforce Management, visite…

PHILIPPINES: 13th Zamabales Mango Festival slated March 19-24, 2013 ...

By Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu

Friday 8th of March 2013

IBA, Zambales, March 8 (PIA) -- Zambales is inviting foreign and local tourists to be part of its 13th Mango Festival slated from March 19-24 and discover why they have the world’s sweetest variation of the fruit. 

“Expect this year to be the grandest yet. The provincial government and the 13 towns are now preparing for the Parayawan wherein they will be dressing their respective government buildings with mango-themed decorations” said Tel Mora of the Tourism and Investment Promotion Office.

Day One will feature the “PINAKA LGU Booth Showcase” wherein each municipality will exhibit and sell its distinct mango-based products from dried mangos to tarts and wine as well as souvenir items. 

“Coinciding with the opening of the National Mango Congress on the 20th are civic parade, float competition, street dancing, and cultural presentations” Mora added. 

Binibining Zambales coronation night, mango carving contest, and
“PINAKA” competition highlig…

Chavez's Legacy: An Explosion of Violence and Drug Trafficking ...

Written by Elyssa Pachico
Wednesday, 06 March 2013

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose death from cancer was announced this week, leaves behind a slew of half-started security initiatives, but overall his government proved woefully incapable of tackling violence and organized crime.

Since Chavez's election in 1998, the government went through at least 19 separate plans intended to confront crime and violence in Venezuela. Some of these initiatives were well-intentioned: Chavez oversaw the creation of a new police force (National Bolivarian Police - PNB), doubled the salaries received by officers, and established a university meant to train a new generation of well-qualified, educated police.

While it has only been deployed in a few select areas so far, there are signs that the new PNB has had some successes in curbing crime, while avoiding the use of deadly force typically associated with Venezuela's police. This shift towards a less militarized…