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Mexico 'Queen of the Pacific' sentenced to 70 months

Sandra Avila Beltran could walk free in days, her lawyer said

A woman who allegedly once was at the top of the Mexican drugs trade has been sentenced by a US court to 70 months in prison for trafficking cocaine.

Sandra Avila Beltran, known as "Queen of the Pacific", was initially accused of creating drugs smuggling routes up the Pacific coast into California.

But a deal with the prosecution ensured she faced a lesser charge.

Avila could walk free as soon as next week as she has already served more than five years in prison.

She was extradited to the United States in 2012, after spending nearly five years in a Mexican prison.

Mexican prosecutors accused her of having played a major part in the build up of the Sinaloa Cartel in the 1990s, one of Mexico's most powerful criminal organisations.

'Free on the weekend'

But in his Thursday verdict, US federal judge Michael Moore sentenced her for aiding a drug-trafficker…

Traceability for improved freshness and lower cost: Walmart’s produce plan for the future

The retailer’s new plan aims to improve labeling and tracking.

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
July 15, 2013


Food Safety: What did you learn this summer?

Multifunctionality Delivered

Tech Flash Vol. 5 No. 22 -- Food Engineering's E-Newsletter

Produce supply chain solutions require networks of traceability providers, growers and label converters

Navigating the Data Sea

Traceability systems needed to increase trust in food safety


The US: The Future of Foodservice to 2015

Military Food Engineering and Ration Technology

When Walmart acts, the food industry notices. So when the retailer announced a produce traceability initiative (PTI) mandating standard case labels including GTIN, lot/batch#, voice pick code and pack or sell by date, Food Engineering wanted to know more. 

We spoke with Tom Kozenski of JDA Software about Walmart’s efforts to implement Produce Traceability Initiative standards and what it could mean for the future of fresh produce retail. 


POST HARVEST TECHNOLOGY : Portable forced-air precooling tunnel available

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There is a new, ready-to-use Precooling System, from Global Cooling Inc. The powerful unit comes completely assembled and ready to use.

The Jet-Ready Precooler™ features two 10HP fans mounted on a hot-dipped galvanized steel frame. When used with eight (8) pallets, it delivers more than 4,000 cfm per pallet, at normal static pressure.

"We are constantly striving to make our products better, to provide more value for our customers," explained Global Cooling's CVO, Jim “Banana Jim” Still.

 "Over the years, we've had a number of operators ask for a ready-to-use unit, and that spurred us to come up with this new offering." 

The first-of-its-kind unit comes on a structural steel base that measures 48-inches wide x 4-inches deep, and can be easily moved by a forklift.

The Jet-Ready™ also includes foam pads and tarp, variable frequency drive motor controller, electrical disconnect, motor overloads, a touchscreen control panel,…


Global Arms Markets as Seen Through the Syrian Lens

Security Weekly



By Scott Stewart

The many and diverse efforts to arm the various actors in the Syrian civil war are really quite amazing to watch. 

These efforts are also quite hard to decipher -- and intentionally so -- since many of the arms transfers occur on the murky gray and black arms markets. 

Indeed, it is quite doubtful that anyone, whether Syrian intelligence, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service or the CIA really has a complete picture of all the channels used to funnel arms into the conflict. Certainly, I cannot hope to catalogue all of them here.

 However, the efforts to arm all of the factions fighting in Syria do provide a great opportunity to discuss the global arms trade and its various facets.

The Nature of Weapons

To understand the global arms markets we must first understand some critical things about the nature of weapons. 

First of all, it is important to realize that weapons are durab…

EGGS OF THE SUN : The World's Most Expensive Mangoes from Japan

Miyazaki Prefecture in Southern Japan is home the the World's most expensive mangoes.

Grown with meticulous care in "Hot Houses" defying Mother nature ....

Fetching "Top Dollar" at Auction ....

The "Eggs of the Sun" are the Pride of Japan .

Hong Kong Appetite for $100 Mangoes Boosts ANA Cargo: Freight

By Chris Cooper & Kiyotaka Matsuda - 

Jul 25, 2013 3:41 AM ET

ANA Holdings Inc. (9202), Japan’s largest airline, is targeting Hong Kong’s appetite for next-day delivery of $100 mangoes and other food to boost its cargo as shipments of Panasonic Corp. (6752) and Sony Corp. televisions slump.

Hong Kong, the biggest destination for food and live animals exported by air from Japan, is buying more Japanese beef, oranges, cherries and other premium items as the number of rich in the city increases. 

Expanding demand is prompting the airline to add more cargo flights in the region.

Oranges from Ehime prefecture, western Japan, seen here, sell for HK$398 ($51) per 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) on Yahoo’s website. Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

Workers sort packages at All Nippon Airways Co.'s (ANA) cargo hub terminal at Naha Airport in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. The company, based in Tokyo, opened its cargo hub in Naha in 2009, putting it two hours closer to Hong Kong and other parts of…


Assets worth Rs 8 crore gutted at mango pulp factory

By Express News Service - CHITTOOR

25th July 2013 08:58 AM


Fire fighters douse the flames that broke out in a mango pulp manufacturing unit at GD Nellore district in Chittoor on Wednesday | Express Photo

A major fire broke out in a mango pulp manufacturing unit at GD Nellore in the district on Wednesday, resulting in a loss of Rs 8 crore to the management. However, there was no loss of human life.

Fire fighters had to battle for more than four hours to bring the flames under control.

According to Chittoor DSP S Rajeshwar Reddy, a fire broke out at Jain Mango Pulp Factory at around 10 am admid a huge pile of empty plastic trays.

As the plastic trays caught fire, thick and dense smoke billowed out and engulfed the nearby areas. People from three nearby villages were evacuated by the police as a precautionary measure.

Five fire fighting units from Chittoor, Pakala, Nagari and Puttur had to be roped in to bring the situation under control…

Can China finally make the Nicaragua canal dream happen?

Chinese businessman Wang Jing has promised to finance, build, and privately operate Nicaragua’s $40 billion interoceanic canal megaproject.

By Tim Rogers, Correspondent / July 24, 2013

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (l.) shakes hands with Wang Jing, chairman of the Hong Kong international company Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. (HKND Group) after signing a concession agreement for the construction of an interoceanic canal in Nicaragua at the Casa de los Pueblos in Managua June 14, 2013.

Jairo Cajina/Presidential Palace Nicaragua/Courtesy via Reuters


Undeterred by a long string of failed megaproject plans, Nicaragua is now hitching its wagon to a new star: China

Or, more precisely, obscure Chinese businessman Wang Jing.

Mr. Wang, a little-known telecom tycoon and presumed billionaire who modestly claims to be “a normal Chinese citizen” who lives with his mother, has promised to finance, build, and privately operate Nicaragua’s $40 billion interoceanic …