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RIGHT TO KNOW ??? : USA CONSUMERS MAY NEVER LEARN WHAT HAPPENED TO CONTAMINATED MANGOES ...

FDA mum on details, but lifts ban on Daniella mangoes








07/11/2013 05:28:00 PM
Coral Beach







The Food and Drug Administration has OK’d Daniella-brand mangoes to enter the U.S. following a 2012 salmonella outbreak traced to the company’s Mexican fruit, but the process did not include on-site testing by FDA inspectors because of “travel restrictions.”






FDA media affairs specialist Pat El-Hinnawy said the Los Mochis, Mexico, company Agricola Daniella was removed from an import alert list June 26. 


The list effectively bans companies from exporting to the U.S. until measures correcting problems have been met.





The FDA put the company’s mangoes on the “detention without physical examination” list in September 2012 because of a 15-state salmonella outbreak that ultimately sickened 127 people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths were linked to the fruit, but 33 people required hospitalization.






“In order to be removed from the import alert, the firm submitted…

FLORIDA - TEXAS - HAWAII : MANGO FESTIVALS ACROSS USA THIS WEEKEND ...

Mad for Hawaii mango? Check out the annual Mangoes at the Moana fest in Waikiki 




by: Catherine E Toth
posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM






Will Chen’s favorite way to eat mangoes is straight up raw.




“That way you truly get to taste the flavors,” he says


.




And he should know.






Chen is the chef de cuisine at Beachhouse at the Moana, the fine dining restaurant at the Westin Moana Surfrider Resort & Spa, which hosts the annualMangoes on the Moana event. The fifth annual edition of the popular fest for fans of Hawaii mango happens Sat., July 13.





This year’s Mangoes at the Moana promises a full lineup of activities, including a mango cooking competition with local celebrity chefs, a mango farmers market and a mango cocktail competition with spirit enthusiasts and professional mixologists.






The festival happens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live entertainment in the Moana Surfrider’s Banyan Courtyard for the entire event.





“As it’s our fifth anniversary, we are definitely looking to make it the biggest…

SOUTH TEXAS WILL HAVE A MANGO "FIESTA-VAL" THIS WEEK-END ...

It is official - MANGO FIESTIVAL 2013 is set for July 13. 


 Tickets can be purchased in advance through the web site.



It is looking so great for a wonderful crop. 


Every day we are checking out how the fruit is doing and it is so exciting seeing the fruit getting a bit larger week after week. 




 Although Florida considers itself to be the one mainland area of the country that mangoes can be properly grown, South Texas will definitely have an excellent crop this year. 







 We are looking forward to celebrating the MANGO with all our fruit enthusiasts.






During the MANGO FIESTIVAL we will have presentations on growing and caring for mango trees and offer many of the Fairchild Tropical Garden Curator's Choice Mango for planting in your yard. Tickets for the Fiestival can be purchased in our Online Store at Tickets.




This year even our younger mango lovers will have a special activity. Folks 10 years and younger are invited to create their own Mr. Mango Head - we are looking for a mascot for this …

JOC Insights by Mario Moreno : U.S. Containerized Avocado Imports Down for Seven Straight Months

U.S. containerized imports of avocados (HS code 080440) in February, totaling 312 TEUs, tumbled 54.1% year-over-year. 


This marks the 7th straight monthly decline for avocados imports. 



For all of 2012, imports totaled 5,210 TEUs, down 33.7% from the prior year. In 2011, imports jumped 50.4% year-over-year, mostly because of the U.S. lifting its ban on Peruvian avocado shipments. 



Between 2007 and 2012, total imports declined at a compound annual growth rate of -3.2%.









PORT OF LOS ANGELES HELD LARGEST SHARE OF AVOCADOS IMPORTS IN 2012



The Port of Los Angeles handled the most inbound shipments of avocados in 2012, accounting for a 31% share of all avocado imports, up 3 points from 2011. The largest suppliers of avocados shipped from the Port of Los Angeles last year were Chile and Peru.




The Port of New York and New Jersey held a 25% share of avocado imports into the U.S., followed by Philadelphia with a 10% share. The three ports handled 66% of all inbound shipments of avocados last year.








PERU…

RIP : MOL Comfort Derelict has Sunk

BY ROB ALMEIDA ON JULY 10, 2013



The MOL Comfort saga has come to an end.





According to an emailed report by the Indian Coast Guard, the burned out wreck parted her tow line and disappeared into the inky depths of the Indian Ocean at around 0100 IST.




Her last position was at 19’56″N 65’25″E, in a water depth of about 3,000 meters according to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.






The following is one of the last images taken of the wreck before she sank, sent to us earlier today:






Image (c) gCaptain










Plotted positions of where the MOL Comfort broke apart and eventually sank, via gCaptain contributor Ed Erlandson




http://gcaptain.com/mol-comfort-has-sunk/

Haiti on alert as storm Chantal approaches

by Staff Writers
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) July 10, 2013







Haiti on Wednesday issued a red alert in advance of the arrival of Tropical Storm Chantal, which was due to lash the impoverished Caribbean island later on Wednesday.






Officials cancelled domestic air traffic, as well as flights to the United States, as the storm bore down on Haiti packing winds of some 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour.







"Populations living in zones at risk should take shelter," said Alta Jean-Baptiste, head of Haiti's civil defense office, who warned of a risk of landslides and floods.








At 1500 GMT, Chantal was 145 miles (235 kilometers) south of Port au Prince, the Miami, Florida-based National Hurricane Center said.








The storm was expected to hit the island of Hispaniola -- shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic -- before moving between eastern Cuba and Jamaica later Wednesday, and to the Florida Straits on Thursday, the NHC said.






Haiti, the poorest nation in the hemisphere, has about 10 million inhabitant…

¿Dónde están los Petrodólares que entraron a Venezuela en los últimos 14 años?

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 02:17 PM PDT


Carlos Vilchez Navamuel





Algo no está bien, los números no nos calzan, cualquiera podría pensar que la deuda a Venezuela debería ser mucho más grande de la que se cita en el informe de gestión anual de Petróleos de Venezuela divulgado por Noticias 24 el 25 de junio de 2013 y que dice que “El suministro de crudo y productos derivados a Cuba y a otros aliados bolivarianos considerado por algunos como un “regalo”, incrementó en 2012 las cuentas por cobrar de Petróleos de Venezuela en 40% con respecto a 2011, según estados financieros de la estatal. 




Los documentos auditados de PDVSA, a los que se puede acceder a través de su página web, explica que la venta de petróleo crudo y sus productos realizada a través de los acuerdos suscritos por el Gobierno venezolano con países extranjeros significó cuentas por cobrar por 20.578 millones de dólares en 2012, 40% más que los 14.675 millones de dólares que se debían en 2011. 



En el informe también se anexan las cuentas…

Global Shipping Contends with Oversupply Problems

Analysis





JULY 8, 2013 





A container ship from the CMA CGM company stops at a terminal in Bremerhaven, Germany, in 2012. (INGO WAGNER/AFP/Getty Images)





Summary



The global shipping industry is oversupplied. Because supply far exceeds demand, shipping rates have plummeted, as have the prices of ships. 



Some shipping companies have sought to capitalize on this trend by purchasing newer, larger ships at lower prices so that they can remain price competitive. 


But unless demand rebounds by the time these ships become operational, the industry's oversupply problem will only worsen.






It is unclear whether the global shipping industry will normalize before these new ships enter the market. Demand could rise as the global economy recovers, or the supply of ships could somehow fall. But the economy's recovery could just as well be slower than anticipated. Several factors could prevent the industry from righting itself, not the least of which are inaccurate forecasts of future market behavior. In …

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RIGHT TO PRIVACY ??? : 11 Shocking Things Snowden Has Taught Us (So Far)

EDUCATE!NSA SPYING, SNOWDEN



By Angus West, www.globalpost.com
July 10th, 2013






Falling behind on the increasingly byzantine NSA scandal?



 We’ve got you covered.






1) Can you hear me now?

The Guardian reported on June 6 that, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the Obama administration enabled the National Security Agency to collect caller information from Verizon through a “business records” provision of the Patriot Act, established under President George W. Bush. The government ordered Verizon to hand over call information on a daily basis, including the time, location and duration of calls. The Bush administration began collecting such information in October 2001 from AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, which USA Today reported in 2006.






The consequence:

While US officials sought to reassure the public that such surveillance was legal and part of an ongoing program vital to national security, many Americans called the domestic spying an unnecessary invasion of privacy and lamented tha…