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PANAMA CANAL : Reforestation study shows trade-offs between water, carbon and timber ...

by Staff Writers
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 27, 2013

Gatun Lake and the Panama Canal.

More than 13,000 ships per year, carrying more than 284 million tons of cargo, transit the Panama Canal each year, generating roughly $1.8 billion dollars in toll fees for the Panama Canal Authority. 

Each time a ship passes through, more than 55 million gallons of water are used from Gatun Lake, which is also a source of water for the 2 million people living in the isthmus.

However, the advent of very large "super" cargo ships, now more than 20 percent of the ships at sea, has demanded change. The Panama Canal is being expanded to create channels and locks three times larger than at present, leaving the authority to consider how best to meet the increased demand for water. One proposed measure is the reforestation of the watershed.

To help planners and policy makers understand the effects of reforestation, ASU scientists Silvio Simonit and Charles Perrings studied the effects of reforestation on a '…


The Economist explains

Why is playing golf a revolutionary pursuit in Cuba?

May 23rd 2013, 23:50 by T.W.

AFTER the 1959 revolution, Fidel Castro denounced golf as a "bourgeois" hobby. 

Though he once played a round with Che Guevara, the comandante preferred ordinary Cubans to participate in earthier sports, such as baseball. 

Despite demand from visiting foreigners, no new golf course has been built in Cuba since the revolution. The island has only one rather shabby nine-hole course in Havana, as well as a full-size course in Varadero, a tourist town. 

But the government has just given developers permission to build an enormous new golf resort, promising "a whole new policy to increase the presence of golf in Cuba". 

Why has the frivolous hobby of the bourgeoisie suddenly become permissible to revolutionaries?

Cuba has gradually come to accept various Western fads that were previously outlawed for one reason or another. The Beatles were banned in Cuba in their heyday; now …


PortMiami Announces New Arrival of Maersk Line’s Transpacific 7 Service

Posted on May 26th, 2013 

Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, and the leading container shipping company in the world added PortMiami to its Transpacific 7 (TP7) Service.

The first call for the TP7 Service started today at PortMiami with the arrival of the Maersk Kristina, a 6,700 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) cargo vessel. 

The service’s line up will include additional cargo vessels with a capacity of 8,700 TEUs. The South Florida Container Terminal Miami will handle the new service at their PortMiami cargo yard.

The new weekly TP7 Service at PortMiami offers more competitive transit times from South East Asia to the East Coast of the United States. PortMiami will be the only direct service to Yantian, China and Kaohsiung, Taiwan in the market today.

Westbound rotation includes: Savannah – Charleston – Miami – Tangier – Valencia – Suez Canal – Jeddah – Kaohsiung – Ningb…

A la fecha envíos de mango desde Guatemala a EE.UU registran un alza

27 de mayo de 2013

Misma situación se observa con México

Una fuerte baja en relación a la semana anterior experimentaron los envíos de mango desde Guatemala al mercado de EE.UU. 

Ataulfo domina en Precios

Según detalló la National Mango Board (NMB) a través de su Crop Report actualizado al 23 de mayo, los despachos de la fruta cayeron en un 49%, totalizando 111.896 cajas la semana finalizada el 18 de mayo de 2013.

Sin embargo, hasta la fecha el país centroamericano ha enviado 4.488.164 cajas de mango, cifra superior a la registrada en igual fecha en 2012 (3.315.910 cajas).

En el caso de México, el país azteca envió aproximadamente 2.217.815 cajas, un 12% más que la semana previa. 

En total y hasta la fecha, los despachos de mango mexicano a EE.UU superan en poco más de 1.800.000 cajas a los de 2012.

Para las próximas dos semanas se prevén envíos por 2.161.907 y 2.839.604 cajas de mango mexicano respectivamente.

La entidad informó que el precio promedio por caja para la variedad de Ataulfo mexi…


1 Indian Rupee equals 0.02 US Dollar

LIFE/F-INDEX | May 17, 2013

The Mango Index

by Dinesh Narayanan, Nilofer D'Souza, Shravan Bhat

Mango prices per Kilogram have fallen in Delhi but risen in Mumbai

It looks like if you want to feast on a variety of mangoes this season, head north. 

Prices in the capital city have dropped more than they have in Mumbai, when compared to last year’s. 

But if you are sweet on Alphonsos, head south to Bangalore, where they seem to the cheapest, selling for Rs 96 a kg. 

Media reports have suggested that a good crop and a reduced demand from export markets have resulted in a surplus of the King of Mangoes in the domestic market, thus bringing down their price. 

We are not complaining!

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