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US expects active hurricane season, Gulf region vulnerable

by Xinhua writers Wang Hongbin, Zhang Yongxing and Zhao Xiaoqing

Houston TX (XNA) Jun 18, 2013

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With this year's first named tropical storm Andrea sweeping across its east coast, the United States is likely to see a score more ahead, a few of which might make landfall along the hurricane-prone Mexico Gulf, an expert here has told Xinhua in a recent interview.

According to projections made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Hurricane Center, the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is an "active" one, noted Philip B. Bedient, a professor of environmental engineering at the Houston-based Rice University.

The expected number of storms ranges from a dozen to a score, NOAA predicted in late May, adding that the likelihood is 70 percent. Of all the storms, 7 to 11 could strengthen into hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major ones.

Bedient explained: "The number is only a rough indication and is far from accurate due to the complexity …

AUSTRALIA : Cooler nights kick Top End mangoes into flowering

ABC Rural

By Matt Brann

Posted 19 minutes ago

PHOTO: Cooler nights in the Top End have sparked mango trees into action. (Matt Brann)

AUDIO: Cool weather arrives in time for mango growers(ABC Rural)

MAP: Darwin 0800

Cooler nights over the last week have been good for the Northern Territory's mango industry, with temperatures around 16 degrees kicking a lot of trees into the flowering process.

Greg Meyer grows mangoes at Noonamah and says the cooler temperatures are welcome, but overall the dry season has been unpredictable, which could affect this year's harvest.

"My trees are just starting to push some flowers, so I'm about a month behind on last year," he said.

"It's been a very odd season with the weather pattern, and there's not too many plantations where you can see a tree covered in flowers.

"I think what will happen now is, with this cold snap, all of the trees will flower virtually at the same time, so you'll have a very compressed season and a…


MOL Comfort Suffers Broken Back, Sinks Off Yemen


This photo of the MOL Comfort shows considerable hogging. Image credit: IANS

26 crewmembers of an MOL containership were forced to abandon ship Monday off Yemen after the ship suffered from catastrophic hull failure and sank.

India’s IANS News reports that the MV Mol Comfort cracked in half about 200 miles from the Yemeni coast while enroute from Singapore to Jeddah with about 4,500 containers. All 26 crew – made up 11 Russians, 1 Ukrainian and 14 Filipinos - escaped the sinking ship on two life rafts and a lifeboat, the report says.

The Indian Coast Guard in Mumbai diverted three vessels in the area to assist. The MV Yantian Express was first to arrive on scene and rescued the survivors, IANS reports. The 2008-built MOL Comfort sank a short time later.

The incident was confirmed by the ships operator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. MOL says that an Emergency Control Headquarters has been established for the incident …


College coaches make most of their money from capitalism. 

This map is very misleading and may make people think that taxpayers are paying Nick Saban $4,000,000, but that is not the case. 

He has a base salary by the school, but the rest of his money is from the athletic department, which earns that money with sneaker deals, ticket sales, TV deals, etc. Isn't that what capitalism is all about. It is supply and demand. 

You may debate the "priorities" of higher education, but the salary of the football coach does not take away from the educational funding.

JUST FOODS INTERVIEW : To succeed in emerging markets, you have to think - and act - locally.....

Issue 676

June 17, 2013


That was the central message from just-food's interview with the boss of Nestle's business in Greater China, Roland Decorvet.

"If you come as a western company with a western approach and selling your western products you are in for a short run," Decorvet told us in our latest two-part just-food interview, published last week.

The world's largest food manufacturer has, Decorvet claimed, put the importance of catering to local consumers at the centre of its operations in China, from investment in the country's agricultural sector to NPD. Nestle's last two acquisitions in China have also been majority stakes in significant local businesses - Yinlu and Hsu Fu Chi - working with them, Decorvet says, as partners, rather than buying the operations outright.

One notable area in China where Nestle still relies on its international network is in importing milk for its infant formula sold in the country but, that, as is well known, is d…

PRISM update: Recent reports you definitely shouldn’t miss

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Martin Bryant
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23 hours ago
Updated at 13:54 CEST

More than a week after the PRISM story first broke, you might have reached saturation point when it comes to news and discussion about it. 

That’s understandable, and it seems like some members of the US Senate feel the same way

Still there have been some important developments this weekend, so we thought it was worth highlighting them.

A must-read piece by the Associated Press yesterday took a deep-dive into how PRISM fits into the wider context of US online espionage programs. The AP reports that PRISM acts as a kind of refining tool for data that the National Security Agency (NSA) pulls data from the undersea cables that pipe Internet data in and out of the USA:

“Prism appears to do what its name suggests. Like a triangular piece of glass, Prism takes large beams of data and helps the government find discrete, manageable strands of information.

“The fact that i…