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Smoking gun

Evidence is mounting that China’s government is sponsoring the cybertheft of Western corporate secrets. 

What should America do to stop it?

Feb 23rd 2013 | SHANGHAI |From the print edition

FOR years, intelligence agencies and private security experts have warned that Chinese hackers are trying to steal Western corporate secrets. 

The cries have grown ever louder as the attacks have become bolder and signs of government involvement have surfaced. 

In a forthcoming book, Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, reportedly brands China “the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign companies.

Chinese hacking has outraged many American politicians, leading to noisy hearings in Congress and a backlash against Chinese firms. Earlier this month the Obama administration declared its intention to go on the cyber-security offensive. Europe, China’s biggest trade partner, is angry, too. The European Commission is considering forcing hacked companies to reveal their…


US: National Mango Board to host ripening webinar ...

The National Mango Board in conjunction with the University of California, Davis (Department of Plant Science) and the University of Florida (IFAS Center for Food Distribution and Retailing) will be hosting a free Mango Temperature Management and Ripening Program Webinar on Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

In its second year of execution, the NMB’s Ripe Ready to Eat Mango (RRTEM) program will have its first chance to share initial findings with the industry through this free webinar. 

Ripening experts are creating a complete descriptive analysis of Tommy Atkins, Kent, Ataulfo, Keitt, Haden and Francis mango cultivars from the top 6 producing countries. 

A minimum quality index will be developed to help determine the minimum quality standards consumers will accept; engaging them to purchase mangoes and increase consumer satisfaction. 

In addition, extensive testing of fruit temperatures throughout the distribution system are being conducted to consistently deliver fruit of h…

Senate OKs $85 Billion Cuts; Meat Inspectors Spared Furloughs ...

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 9:37am 

DAVID ESPO,AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to lock in $85 billion in broad federal spending cuts and simultaneously avoid a government shutdown next week — and pointedly rejected a call to even reopen White House tours that the Obama administration says had to be canceled because of the cuts.

If the House goes along, as expected, that means the across-the-board cuts set in motion by a failed earlier deficit-cutting effort and vigorously decried by President Barack Obama last month, will remain in effect for the rest of the fiscal year through Aug. 31.

Some adjustments will be made. Federal meat inspectors were spared furloughs, for example, as lawmakers in both parties alternately clashed and cooperated over proposals to take the edge off the deficit-fighting cuts that took effect on March 1.

The administration — as well as Republicans skeptical of White House insistence that certain cuts were mandated — picked …


Lockheed Martin Moves Closer to Affordable Water Desalination

by Staff Writers
Baltimore MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2013

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Lockheed Martin has been awarded a patent for Perforene material, a molecular filtration solution designed to meet the growing global demand for potable water.

The Perforene material works by removing sodium, chlorine and other ions from sea water and other sources.

"Access to clean drinking water is going to become more critical as the global population continues to grow, and we believe that this simple and affordable solution will be a game-changer for the industry," said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin.

"The Perforene filtration solution is just one example of Lockheed Martin's efforts to apply some of the advanced materials that we have developed for our core markets, including aircraft and spacecraft, to global environmental and economic challenges."

The Perforene membrane was developed by placing holes that are one nanometer or less in a graphen…


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With emergency supplies, temporary jobs and emotional support we helped survivors get through the aftermath of the quake.

The people of Haiti never gave up and neither did we. Our projects for young people, farmers and small business owners continue to make a difference where it's needed most:building Haiti back better.

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Eastern Markets are tempting for Mexican mango sector

March 21st, 2013

As another season gets into full gear, Mexico’s mango producers are looking at opportunities in Asia, but many admit improvements are needed before more expansion can take place.

Beginning around mid-February and typically ending in mid-June, Mexico’s mango season produces fruit traditionally shipped north to the US and Canada, with remaining volumes sold on the national market.

However, the country’s producers are increasingly looking to Asia, and specifically Japan, for future growth, with many attracted by the promise of better returns and more stable arrangements with clients.

This is certainly the case for Michoacán-based Fresh Directions, which is aiming to build on the 120 tons (MT) of mangoes it sent to Japan last season. The company, which also has significant operations in the Dominican Republic, currently exports approximately 12-13 container loads of mangoes, as well as considerable volumes of avocados to Canada each year.

The firm’s Miguel Angel Bucio says Jap…

Sequestration to Dramatically Reduce Customs Manpower ...

March 19, 2013 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal sequestration could cut Customs and Border Protection's manpower to the equivalent of about 5,000 agents over the the coming months, a former chief of the staff of the agency said Monday.

The agency has already begun reducing worker overtime and will begin furloughing its 21,000 Customs officers at ports, land borders and airports up to two weeks as soon as late April. The federal sequestration - which trims the agency's budget by about $955 million - highlights the needs for the CBP to find ways to use its funding more efficiently and find other revenue sources, said Thaddeus Bingel a principal at Command Consulting Group.

"Our ability to process increasing volumes of trade at seaports in the midst of all these problems really does present some challenges," he told attendees of the American Association of Port Authorities' spring conference in Washington.

Although Customs funding has increased in recent years, the ga…

Supply Chain Optimization to Help Manufacturers Targeting 1.5-Percent Cost Reduction in 2013 ...

March 19, 2013 - U.S. manufacturers are targeting an aggressive 1.5-percent reduction in cost of goods sold for 2013 in an effort to drive margin growth, according to a new study from The Hackett Group. 

With GDP growth stabilizing in major regions of the world, manufacturers are expecting reduced sales forecast uncertainty, enabling them to plan supply requirements and manufacturing capacity with far greater confidence, the study found.

The Hackett Group's research showed that companies are taking advantage of this stability by looking inward for cost reduction opportunities and other improvements: companies are turning to strategic sourcing, improving their operations, and optimizing their supply chain networks.

According to the research, the focus for 2013 cost improvements will continue to move away from outsourcing and towards internal manufacturing productivity, which is expected to contribute nearly 50 percent of the overall improvement. 

The Hackett Group found that while comp…


Got Muchos Mangos? Have a fiesta!

This April, Whole Foods Market will have an abundance of the oh-so-popular Ataulfo mango (aht-ah-uhl-foe). 

 Ataulfo mangos are sweet, creamy in texture and free of stringy fibers – great for blending into drinks, sauces or desserts – in short, perfect for a spring fiesta! 

They can be found throughout the year, but peak availability is from March to June when they are grown in Mexico. 

Need some fiesta fresh mango recipe ideas? Here's a few to get you started:

o Fresh Mango Marinade
o Mango Salad with Chili-Lime Salt
o Mango-Black Bean Salsa
o Mango-Mint Limeade