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FAILED PROMISES : Pakistan to import VHT plant from Japan shortly

Published By: Team 

on 22 Dec 2012 | 23:06 

Aiming to tap the very lucrative international markets for fruits, Pakistan, for the first time, is going to import Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) plant from Japan. 

With the investment of at least Rs 236 million, the country has almost finalised the procurement process of the plant, which was needed to process fruit especially mango for entering Japanese and other international markets, Business Recorder learnt.

According to sources, all parts and other allied machines for the establishment of VHT facility was expected to reach the country within next 120 days will be installed at proposed Agri Processing Zone land, situated near Karachi city along Super High Way. 

The new plant will process at least 15,000 kilogram or 15 tones mango daily. 

Vapour Heat Treatment System uses hot saturated water vapour to heat the fruit slowly, treating possible fruit flies.

The plant, according to sources, was being procured through Trade Development …

DEFORESTATION : More people are now displaced by environmental disasters than by war.

Erosion in Madagascar. Click image for more information. (Photo by R. Butler)


By Rhett Butler | Last updated July 22, 2012

The loss of trees, which anchor the soil with their roots, causes widespread erosion throughout the tropics. 

Only a minority of areas have good soils, which after clearing are quickly washed away by the heavy rains. Thus crop yields decline and the people must spend income to import foreign fertilizers or clear additional forest. 

Costa Rica loses about 860 million tons of valuable topsoil every year, while the Great Red Island, Madagascar, loses so much soil to erosion (400 tons/ha) that its rivers run blood-red, staining the surrounding Indian Ocean. 

Astronauts have remarked that it looks like Madagascar is bleeding to death, an apt description of a country with grave environmental degradation and an agriculture-reliant economy that depends on its soils. 

The rate of increase for soil loss after forest clearing is astonishing; a study in…

Japan Inc. Holds Italy-Sized Cash Pile as Abe Urges Spending ...

By Toru Fujioka & Mio Coxon - Jun 19, 2013 9:02 PM ET

Japan’s companies stockpile of cash reached a record in the first quarter as they poured investment abroad, underscoring Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s challenge to boost the nation’s investment and wages.

Private companies’ cash and deposits rose 5.8 percent from a year before, to 225 trillion yen ($2.4 trillion) -- an amount in excess of the size of Italy’s economy or the liquid assets held by American firms, Bank of Japan data showed in Tokyo. Businesses held 55 trillion yen in direct investment abroad.

Promoters for the store "Sly" carry branded shopping bags in the area of Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan. Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

A government report yesterday showed Japan’s exports rose more than forecast in May as a weaker yen boosted the value of overseas sales, even as the volume of goods shipped abroad declined. Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

The report underscores the appetite for manufacturers to ramp u…

Nitu Pérez Osuna: Maduro en el Vaticano

Publicado en junio 19th, 2013

Una reunión de 20 minutos entre Su Santidad Francisco y quien ocupa Miraflores, Nicolás Maduro. 

Algo debe haber pasado antes del encuentro… y es que, según reseñaban algunos medios de comunicación el sábado 15 de Junio, en Venezuela, el señor Maduro llevaría cuatro presentes a su reunión con el Papa: una serigrafía del Libertador Simón Bolívar, una imagen del Siervo de Dios José Gregorio Hernández y otra de nuestra Patrona, la Virgen de Coromoto… sin duda alguna, tres representaciones muy profundas del sentir venezolano, pero agregaba entonces un regalo más: un cuadro de Hugo Chávez. 

Este último no fue “obsequiado” 

¿por qué?

En entrevista realizada tiempo atrás al entonces cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, (hoy Papa Francisco) en Argentina por el periodista de tendencia socialista Chris Mathews, Bergoglio le tiró esta perla: “La gente dominada por socialistas necesita saber que NO tenemos que ser pobres. El imperio de la dependencia creado por Hugo Chávez, co…

AMAZING : MOL Comfort Breaks In Two Off Yemen, Still Afloat [UPDATE]


UPDATE: The MRCC in Mumbai has tweeted saying that the sections are still afloat and are being monitored by the MV Sanderling Ace, another MOL managed vessel.

Photo MRCC Mumbai

Image credit: MRCC Mumbai

In an update Tuesday, MOL said that there are no indications of a major spill at this point and tugs are enroute.

At about noon JST on Tuesday, June 18 (07:00 local time), the fore part of the hull is drifting around 13’00″N 60’40″E, and the aft part is about 19 miles southwest from that point. At present, both parts of the ship are laden with containers and drifting in an east-northeast direction. We are also arranging tugboats to tow both parts.

There are no indications as yet of a major oil leak near the site.

Details of onboard containers of the MOL Comfort that might be lost overboard or damaged during the incident are being confirmed.

gCaptain’s unofficial weather routing expert, Fred Pickhardt, has informed us that on Tuesday near the vessel, winds rem…

SPLIT IN TWO & STILL AFLOAT : Parts of MOL Comfort Adrift in Indian Ocean

JOC Staff | 

Jun 18, 2013 11:17AM EDT

The two parts of the container ship MOL Comfort, which broke apart during heavy weather while en route from Singapore to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, remain afloat, according to the carrier and the Indian Coast Guard.

At about 7:00 a.m. local time on June 18, the fore part of the hull was drifting around 13'00" N 60'40" E, and the aft part was about 19 miles southwest from that point, MOL said

Both parts of the ship are laden with containers and drifting in an east-northeast direction. The carrier said it is arranging tugboats to tow both parts.

The 7,041-TEU container ship, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, split in two about 200 nautical miles from Yemen.