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Obama Calls Vladimir Putin To Demand The Return Of Edward Snowden

TOM PARFITT, 

THE TELEGRAPH


JUL. 12, 2013, 8:50 PM




REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque




The Washington Post Has Issued An Exhaustive Correction On A Column About Glenn Greenwald And Edward Snowden






The American whistleblower Edward Snowden has sought asylum in Russia, in his first encounter with the outside world since becoming marooned at a Moscow airport three weeks ago during a globe-trotting flight from charges of espionage.






His move prompted President Barack Obama to pick up the phone and call Russian President Vladimir Putin directly, presumably to demand the return of the 30-year-old former analyst at the National Security Agency, who came from nowhere last month to trigger one of the biggest intelligence leaks in American history.






Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, warned Russia against allowing Mr Snowden a "propaganda platform" by letting him stay in the country. 




No exact details of the conversation have been disclosed, but Snowden was among the topics the leaders discussed, with se…

MAERSK ANNOUNCES RETURN OF EMMA MAERSK ...

Our grand lady is back.


 On July 18, Emma Maersk will hit the waves again less than 6 months after her accident in the Suez Canal:



http://maerskl.in/131dxtj


Alleged NSA surveillance in Brazil stirs regional tension – again

Documents leaked to O Globo newspaper by Edward Snowden suggest the US has monitored billions of Brazilian calls and emails. Its leaders are demanding an explanation.





By Janet Tappin Coelho, Contributor / July 9, 2013




Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks at the launching of a health program that aims to improve public care and the education of Brazilian doctors, at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, July 8. 


The Brazilian government began an investigation Monday into whether telecommunications firms operating in the country cooperated with the US as part of a spying program that has collected data on billions of telephone and email conversations.

Eraldo Peres/AP





In Pictures Edward Snowden on the run: villain or hero?












UBERLÂNDIA, BRAZIL







Brazilian politicians are calling on President Dilma Rousseff to take a tough stance against the United States and boycott her official visit to the White House in October this year, following allegations that the US monitored billion…

USA ECONOMY : WHY CALIFORNIA STILL MATTERS ...

BUSINESS INSIDER



More: California



California Is Insanely Huge




WALTER HICKEY



JUL. 12, 2013, 1:26 PM 







Everyone knows that California has quite a few inhabitants.



With 38 million people in one state, California's size dominates its neighbors. 



Still, knowing that there are 38 million people in California really fails to hammer home just how huge it is compared to the rest of the country.









Luckily, Redditor Hormisdas created this awesome map that shows the rest of America broken up into regions that share the population of the Golden State.




It's weird to think that California is more populated than the entire New England region, or the entire American west, but this decisively shows it. 





Hormisdas / Reddit











Read more:http://www.businessinsider.com/map-that-shows-the-us-broken-into-regions-with-the-same-population-as-california-2013-7#ixzz2YsCPNLGm




CUSTOMS CLEARANCE : IS C-TPAT CERTIFICATION RELEVANT ??? ....

Intangible Benefits of the C-TPAT Program

• Of all the potential intangible benefits, “increases security awareness” and “enhances security in supply chain” had the highest mean ratings (3.76 and 3.75 respectively on a 4 point scale). In each of these cases, roughly three quarters of all businesses considered them to be very important benefits.





 • Other intangible benefits from the C-TPAT program included “demonstrating corporate citizenship” and, “improving risk management procedures and systems”. 



For Importers, the most important potential benefits included “assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist to help your company validate and enhance security throughout your supply chain” and “self-policing and self monitoring of security activities through the Importer Self-Assessment program.”







http://ctpatsecurity.com/articles/



EDWARD SNOWDEN SPEAKS !!

PINE ISLAND , FLORIDA : THE PEOPLE'S MANGO FESTIVAL JOINS LIST OF MANGO FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND ...

Mango Mania!








This summer festival celebrates Pine Island’s mangoes and other tropical fruits with children’s activities (Mr. Mango Head, Precision Mango Toss, pie eating, Mango Hat Parade, bounce houses, mango juggling, the World’s Longest Mango Throw, climbing towers, face painting), vendors, contests and entertainment. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 



Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 


Kids’ activities end one hour before festival closing. 



Cost: $6 for adutls ($5 in advance), free for ages 10 and younger. 



German American Social Club, 

2101 S.W. Pine Island Road, 


Cape Coral. 565-8863. 



floridascreativecoast.com




Taiwan Braces for Typhoon Soulik

Taiwan is braced for the arrival of Typhoon Soulik, a tropical hurricane expected to bring strong winds and torrential rain to the island.





Hundreds of residents in eastern and central Taiwan were forced to evacuate today as Typhoon Soulik approached the nation, bringing torrential rain and strong winds.












Schools and offices in northern cities closed this afternoon (local Taiwan time) as the storm neared.





By 8:30pm Friday, Soulik's center was approximately 230km off the southeast coast of Yilan. It was moving northwest at 23kph. The radius of the storm remained at 280km. The maximum wind speed was 163kph.






Typhoon Soulik, which was earlier classed as a "super typhoon", weakened overnight and has been downgraded to a medium-force typhoon. However, it still had wind speeds of around 173 km/hour (100 mph) on Friday morning.





The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) estimated the typhoon was likely to make landfall in Yilan early Saturday morning and would gradually weaken before moving ont…

Estas son las cinco opciones que tiene Edward Snowden para llegar de Moscú a Caracas

por @DolarToday




Jul 12, 2013 @ 11:04AM en Noticias







Al dejar al descubierto ciertas estrategias de la CIA, Edward Snowden se convirtió en el hombre más buscado por EE UU. 




Se ha especulado que iría en un vuelo rumbo a Cuba, y si Snowden acepta la oferta de asilo de Venezuela, la disyuntiva sería la manera de llegar al país sin ser atrapado.






El portal Actualidad RT publicó las cinco rutas que puede tomar el “espía” de la CIA para llegar de Moscú a Caracas. Cada una de estas opciones de vuelo tiene sus ventajas y desventajas, sumándole el grado de riesgo de cada una.






1. La ruta del contrabandista: la más arriesgada

Esta opción sería colarse en un vuelo regular desde Moscú a La Habana para luego viajar a Caracas. Esto implicaría volar con un nombre falso o abordar un vuelo de carga. La trayectoria podría incluir horas sobre el espacio aéreo de EE.UU., así como el de sus aliados: Canadá, Noruega y Suecia.

Ventajas: Es la ruta más rápida, barata y simple.

Desventajas: Snowden conoce como ningún …

MANGO FESTIVAL WEEKEND ACROSS THE USA ...

Herederos de Mandela riñen a muerte por su legado

11 julio 2013








Por Fanny Kertzman




MUNDO


La historia parece de novela. La familia, al parecer, no ha dejado descansar al líder en medio de un juego de poder y dinero.





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Foto: The Times UK






A Nelson Mandela, el legendario líder sudafricano que le ganó la batalla al 'Apartheid', su familia no lo deja morir. 



El próximo 18 de julio cumplirá 95 años y seis semanas de hospitalización, víctima de una infección respiratoria. No solo lo mantiene con vida con un respirador artificial, sino que también está recibiendo diálisis.




Su familia está postergando su muerte porque no se ponen de acuerdo. El gran problema es de plata. Quién se va a quedar con qué. Quién va a tomar las decisiones. Dónde lo van a enterrar, porque ese sitio se convertirá en un sitio de peregrinación, un excelente negocio. Su numerosa familia está luchando también por los derechos de explotación del nombre Mandela en el negocio de vinos, moda, arte y ‘realities’ de televisión.





Mandela tiene una familia numerosa. Su primera espos…

USA CONSUMER DENIED ACCESS TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S BEST MANGOES ...

India’s farm products face US import hurdles















Despite the US agreeing to import Indian mangoes after irradiation to cut the risk of fruit flies and stone weevil, the quantity of the fruit shipped from India has not climbed significantly.





Sidhartha, TNN | Jul 12, 2013, 06.11AM IST








NEW DELHI: After claiming a major victory in " mango diplomacy" with the US, the government has realized that it was sold a lemon.




Despite the US agreeing to import Indian mangoes after irradiation to cut the risk of fruit flies and stone weevil, the quantity of the fruit shipped from India has not climbed significantly. The government blames the prohibitive cost which it has to pay according to the agreement reached with Washington.











With a little over 1,300 tonnes exported from India, the average cost per ton works out to $318, which is nearly 12% of the cost of a mango and its transportation cost, said an officer. 



The government has suggested that the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) could …