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USS GERALD R. FORD: Check Out The Construction Of The Most Expensive Ship Ever


JUL. 24, 2013, 12:48 PM

Robert Johnson for Business Insider

The United States is building its next generation of aircraft carrier, the FORD-class carriers. The U.S. Navy gave us access to photograph construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virgina.

The numbers behind the USS Gerald R. Ford are impressive; about $14 billion in total cost, 224 million pounds, about 25 stories high, four-and-a-half acres long and 250 feet wide. 

But the sheer enormity of the ship and construction operation is hard to grasp until you're nearly face-to-metal with the massive military beast.

At Newport News Shipbuilding the power of new technology and 100 years of carrier design is built into every facet of the new ship. 

The Ford will handle up to 220 takeoffs and landings from its deck every day. 

Part of that quick turnaround is because when aircraft like the new F-35 return for maintenance, the plane's network will already have alerted ground crews to what'…

New York Container Terminal extends lease and introduces bridge toll credit program


New York Container Terminal (NYCT) and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) today announced that they have entered into an extension of their lease agreement to December 31st 2029.

Under the terms of the lease extension, NYCT has committed capital investments over the life of the lease and the PANYNJ has agreed to certain improvements to road conditions to be completed by 2015. 

The most significant change for NYCT is the introduction of a Bridge Toll Credit Program for all trucks serving the terminal for container pick-up or delivery. The Program will reimburse to the truck company via their EZ Pass account a significant proportion of the tolls presently paid to access the terminal via PANYNJ bridges.

Commenting on the lease extension, Jim Devine President and CEO of NYCT stated “I am pleased that NYCT and the PANYNJ have extended the terminal lease enabling NYCT to launch the new Bridge Toll Credit Program. With the toll program soon to be in place, NYCT …


Comienza en diciembre

Anunció el gerente general de APEM, Juan Carlos Rivera. Un total de 100 mil toneladas de dicho producto se exportaría como fruta fresca y 60 mil toneladas se procesarían como congelado (IQF) o jugo.

Por: José Carlos León Carrasco

Lima, 16 julio 2013 ( Perú produciría 250 mil toneladas métricas de mango en la próxima campaña que se inicia en diciembre próximo y culmina en marzo de 2014, informó el gerente general de la Asociación Peruana de Productores y Exportadores de Mango (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera.

En ese sentido, indicó que el nivel de floración que existe es importante, lo que indicaría que la campaña será similar a la pasada cuando la producción fu alta y por la que se obtuvieron 250 mil tm.

“De las 250 mil toneladas de mango producidas en la campaña pasada, 100 mil tm se exportaron como fruta fresca, 60 mil toneladas se procesaron como congelado (IQF) o jugo, que también se dirigieron a los mercados internacionales. Con el resto se abasteció el mer…

PAIS EN QUIEBRA –► No hay dólares para el Sicad: Exportaciones petroleras cayeron 33%

por @DolarToday - Jul 24, 2013 @ 11:27AM en Noticias

Petróleos de Venezuela afronta dos problemas para generar más divisas al mercado cambiario e incrementar el nivel de las reservas internacionales: la producción no logra aumentar y ha descendido en más de 50.000 barriles diarios entre noviembre y junio, al tiempo que los volúmenes de exportación que le aportan efectivo están en menos de 1,7 millones de barriles por día, así lo informó Andrés Rojas Jiménez de El Nacional.

Hace 6 años Pdvsa reportaba volúmenes de exportación con ingresos sobre 2,4 millones de barriles al día,lo que implica que se ha registrado una caída de 800.000 barriles (33%) que dejan de generar una cantidad de entre 80 millones y 90 millones de dólares diariamente.

“Una parte del problema de iliquidez de divisas se debe a que han caído las exportaciones petroleras tanto en físico como en ingresos”, afirmó el economista Víctor Álvarez, investigador del Centro Internacional Miranda. “Hay una porción de las exportaci…

ANTIGUA : Mango Fest 2013 deemed successful

By Kyle Christian - Wednesday, July 24th, 2013.

A young lady enjoying one of the lovely mangoes on offer at this year’s Mango Festival at Christian Valley.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Organisers of Mango Fest 2013 said, while the two-day event got off to a rough start, it was successful in the end.

Chairperson of the Mango Fest committee Marcelle Freeland-John said a post-mortem of Mango Fest, which took place last Saturday and Sunday, had not yet been completed.

“I am still proud of the people who came out because when they came out, they were banging,” she said.

“Our vendors were very happy with that because sales were very good and persons enjoyed themselves.”

Now in its eighth year, Mango Fest 2013 took place at its usual home of Christian Valley.

“The first day, we had a bit of unforeseen difficulties which I am apologising to the vendors for,” Freeland-John said. “This stalled things to start later than was planned.

“But as the old adage says, a bad beginning makes for a good ending, and indee…

AFRICA : How U.S. drug sting targeted West African military chiefs

By Richard Valdmanis, David Lewis

Filed 7 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Guinea-Bissau's Armed Forces Chief General Antonio Indjai (front C) leaves a high-level diplomatic meeting at the presidency in the capital Bissau, in this file picture taken November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney/Files

It was late afternoon as the speedboat cut across the waters off West Africa for its rendezvous with guns and drugs.

Behind lay the steamy shore of Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest countries on the planet. 

Ahead lay the Al Saheli, a luxurious 115-foot white motor yacht with tinted black windows.

Riding in the speedboat was Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto - a Guinea-Bissau former naval chief and war hero and, according to U.S. investigators, a kingpin of West Africa's drug trade. Na Tchuto was allegedly hoping to seal a deal involving millions of dollars and tons of cocaine. 

He was also in for a surprise.

"Once onboard (the Al Saheli), we were offered champagne," said Vasco Antonio Na Sia, t…

Tom’s of Maine Pushes Innovation with Potato Starch Packaging

By Leon Kaye | July 24th, 2013

Tom’s of Maine mouthwash may soon come in potato-based packaging

Tom’s of Maine may now be part of the Colgate-Palmolive family, but to its majority owner’s credit, the earthy, yet polished, personal care products company is still a leader when it comes to sustainability. 

As Earth911 editor Mary Mazzoni’s feature article earlier this month explained, Tom’s is now tinkering with potato starch for some its polylactic acid (PLA) packaging. 

Potatoes are a huge part of Maine’s farming sector, but the company also has a long-term opportunity to divert food waste or crops that are below food grade from landfills and instead churn them into bio-plastic resin.

Compared to its competitors within the personal care and consumer packaged goods industries, Tom’s has pushed the boundaries of packaging sustainability and innovation

The company has ditched cardboard for some of its toothpastes; two years ago Tom’s eliminated aluminum toothpaste tubes in favor of laminate,…


NHC has upgraded Tropical Depression Four to Tropical Storm Dorian (pronounced "DOR-ee-an"). 

It's centered over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean - in the lower right corner of this satellite image - and moving toward the west-northwest. 

Maximum sustained winds are 50 mph. 

Get the latest on this tropical cyclone, including graphics, on the NHC website at


Six years after a Chinese lender became the world's biggest bank, a U.S. rival, has taken the crown.

Wells Fargo is now the world's most valuable bank by market capitalization, a sign of shifting fortunes on both sides of the Pacific.

Are perceptions of Western banks changing? What does this mean for China?


Trayvon's Skittles, Arizona Iced Tea and something called 'Purple Drank'

JULY 13, 2013


A popular but deadly mixture.
Rio Norte Online

“unow a connect for codien?”

Media speculation as well as internet buzz are openly querying if Trayvon Martin's purchase of Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Fruit Cocktail Juice on the night he died were just to satisfy a young man's sweet tooth or were they two of the three ingredients in a dangerous codeine-based concoction, as reported by the pop culture news portal on July 12, 2013.

Martin has been portrayed by his supporters as an innocent youth armed with nothing more than a bag of Skittles candy and a can of Arizona Iced Tea on the night he was killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman..

During the course of the trial, State Prosecutor John Guy made it official when he identified to the jury Martin's personal possessions found on his body by police, to includ…


USA :   emerging market for dried Pak mangoes

July 24, 2013

LAHORE - The Harvest Tradings Chief Executive officer (CEO) Ahmad Jawad has said that Pakistan must establish proper dried mango industry to increase the exports of mango, as ASEAN, Europe and US regions are the big markets for the product. 

 Speaking during a workshop here, Ahmed Jawad said, the market estimates show that per kg of dried mangoes can be sold for approximately Rs 600 in the wholesale export markets; country can export 70 percent of its dried mango produce to high paying international markets such as the US and Europe.

In 2011-12 the US market demand for dried mangoes was $59 million.

He told the audience that there is a big market that can be tapped as far as the international market is concerned. There is still much growth there but due to the number of competitors, internationally, the price issue comes into play,” but we may create the difference through taste”

Currently, USAID is helping to strengthen Pakistan’s…