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Slideshow: The Top 10 U.S. Importers of 2012

JOC Staff | Jun 10, 2013 9:34AM EDT

U.S. containerized imports registered their lowest growth rate since the 2008-09 recession ended, increasing just 1.5 percent to 17.1 million 20-foot-equivalent units in 2012, according to the JOC’s quarterly Container Shipping Outlook.

Battered by a stubbornly slow economic recovery and stubbornly high jobless rate, consumers largely weren’t in the mood to spend in 2012. By the time much-hyped issues related to federal cuts mandated by sequestration in Washington, D.C., calmed, pent-up consumers were ready to open their wallets and purses, splurging for big-ticket cars, appliances and, yes, new homes that have helped to boost containerized imports this year.

So 2013’s growth levels will appear much more in line with mid-single-digit rates we’ve grown accustomed to over the past several years.

But in 2012, those retailers who performed best were of the discount variety, selling consumer merchandise of all kinds. Indeed, if economics history tells us any…

VENEZUELA TIENE SU OBAMA : Exigen presenten partida de nacimiento de Maduro… “no se le conoce ni la familia”

junio 16, 2013 7:12 pm

El Diputado Andrés Velásquez conversó en exclusiva con Nitu Pérez Osuna en LaPatilla, ocasión en donde, a demás de hacer graves denuncias sobre la corrupción en las empresas básicas de Bolívar, aseguró que “el 14 de abril las elecciones las ganó Henrique Capriles”.

Cuestionado sobre la matriz de opinión sobre la nacionalidad del actual presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, exigió se muestre la partida de nacimiento del mandatario.

“Muestren la partida de nacimiento de Nicolás Maduro a esa gran cantidad de venezolanos que hoy están especulando”, dijo Velásquez quien conminó a los oficialistas a que la enseñen.

“Si es mentira, entonces córtenla y saquen a la gente de la duda. A este señor no se le conoce ni la familia”, señaló Velásquez.


Cartel infiltró Maiquetía

El Cartel de Sinaloa, el más grande de todo México, utilizó las pistas del Aeropuerto Simón Bolívar y no fue una ni dos veces. 

Habían instalado un puente aéreo en la rampa 7 del terminal auxiliar. 

Por Joseph Poliszuk

domingo 16 de junio de 2013 12:00 AM

Un avión DC-9 procedente de Venezuela figuraba como chárter turístico, pero el 10 de abril de 2006 aterrizó en las costas del sur de México no precisamente con pasajeros en bermudas y franelas de playa, sino con 128 maletas repletas de cocaína. 

Si bien el escándalo se diluyó después de que el Gobierno rechazara que la droga fue cargada en el país, unos documentos archivados en los tribunales mexicanos ahora dejan ver que células del narcotráfico utilizaron el Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar de Maiquetía como puente aéreo en esa y otras oportunidades.

El entonces presidente de la Oficina Nacional Antidrogas, Luis Correa, garantizó que el delito no se cometió en Maiquetía. "No puedo decir si…


he Global Brain Trade
A survey reveals the worldwide migration patterns of researchers
By Ritchie S. King
Posted 30 Aug 2012 | 15:16 GMT

Which countries have the most foreign scientists, and which ones suffer from the worst brain drain? 

To answer these questions, researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research, in Massachusetts, conducted a Web-based survey of over 17 000 published scientists in 16 countries. (China wasn’t surveyed: The researchers tried but were unsuccessful in administering the survey to scientists there.) 

While the United States is, unsurprisingly, a popular destination for scientists from around the world, Switzerland actually has the highest percentage of immigrant scientists. 

On the other side of the coin, Japan is the most insular country surveyed, exchanging relatively little scientific talent with the rest of the world.

Source: “Foreign Born Scientists: Mobility Patterns for Sixteen Countries,” by Chiara Franzoni, Giuseppe Scellato, and Paula Stephan,…


Golden girls

Pankti Mehta, Hindustan Times June 16, 2013

First Published: 11:53 IST(16/6/2013) | Last Updated: 11:55 IST(16/6/2013)

At a time when violence against women is dominating headlines week after week, a 27-year-old Mumbai-based filmmaker is making his directorial debut with a heartening tale about a 150-year-old tradition followed in a Bihari village.

Mango Girls, a 48-minute film set for release later this month, tells the story of Dharhara village in Bhagalpur district, where, for every girl child born, the family plants a minimum of 10 mango trees, using the revenue from the sale of the fruit to finance her education and wedding.

Kunal Sharma grew up in Bhagalpur but only learned about this practice three years ago, when he read an article about it in a foreign publication online.

“I was fascinated,” he says. “Having grown up in Bihar, I have observed atrocities against the girl child at painfully close quarters, even among friends and family. I have two sisters myself, and …