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Holanda exigirá que 20% de sus importaciones agrícolas sean productos sostenibles

TATIANA GUTIÉRREZ W. - Actualizado el 26 de julio de 2013 a: 12:00 a.m.

Medida se iniciará con el 20% de las importaciones; llegará a 100%, en el 2020

Piña, melón, plantas y follajes ticos son los sectores con el mayor reto, según el MAG

A partir del 1.° de enero del 2015, por una decisión del Estado de Holanda y a petición de un grupo de empresarios mayoristas de ese país, un 20% de las exportaciones agrícolas provenientes de Costa Rica y otras partes del mundo deben ser producidas de manera sostenible.

Holanda es de los principales mercados de la piña costarricense. Los productores locales están en la etapa de conocer los protocolos de sostenibilidad que exigirá ese país, de manera gradual, a partir del 2015. | ARCHIVO

Sin embargo, este es solo el comienzo, pues ese porcentaje subirá al 100%, en el 2020.

La medida, explicó Giovanna Valverde, directora de Asuntos Internacionales del Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) es un gran reto para los agricultores nacionales, pero sobre tod…



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World's Largest Container Vessel Makes First Call at Chinese Shipping Terminal

25 July 2013

Maersk Triple E Series Continues Ever Larger Trend for Box Boats

Photo: The giant vessel arrives at Yantian.

CHINA – Yesterday saw the inaugural visit of the world’s largest container vessel, the 18,000 TEU Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller, to Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT), a Hutchison Port Holdings Trust facility, where 1,682 boxes were handled whilst celebrations took place. 

YICT has now seen virtually all of the world total of 168 ‘mega carriers’, container ships with capacities in excess of 10,000 TEU, with around 95% of the giant vessels calling at the South Eastern Chinese port. 

One hundred and fifty guests including Shenzhen and Yantian government officials and executives from YICT and shipping line Maersk joined in a ceremony to welcome the ship.

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller is the first of the Triple E series to see service, soon to be joined by sister ships as detailed in previous articles, and leading the celebrations was David Skov, Head of Maersk Line S…

World changing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air

by Staff Writers
Nottingham, UK (SPX) Jul 26, 2013

Professor Edward Cocking.

A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world's crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers.

Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number of plants, most notably legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) have the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of nitrogen fixing bacteria.

The vast majority of plants have to obtain nitrogen from the soil, and for most crops currently being grown across the world, this also means a reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.

Professor Edward Cocking, Director of The University of Nottingham's Centre for Crop Nitrogen Fixation, has developed a unique method of putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria into the cells of plant roots. 

His major bre…


Nikola Tesla

An outstanding scientist, Nikola Tesla paved the way for modern technology.

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Nikola Tesla was born in 1856 in Smiljan Lika, Croatia. He was the son of a Serbian Orthodox clergyman. Tesla studied engineering at the Austrian Polytechnic School. He worked as an electrical engineer in Budapest and later emigrated to the United States in 1884 to work at the Edison Machine Works. He died in New York City on January 7, 1943.

During his lifetime, Tesla invented fluorescent lighting, the Tesla induction motor, the Tesla coil, and developed the alternating current (AC) electrical supply system that included a motor and transformer, and 3-phase electricity.

Tesla is now credited with inventing modern radio as well; since the Supreme Court overturned Guglielmo Marconi's patent in 1943 in favor of Nikola Tesla's earlier patents. When an engineer (…

Update: A&P Explores Possible Sale

Jul. 26, 2013

Jon Springer

MONTVALE, N.J. — A&P has engaged Credit Suisse to explore strategic alternatives including a possible sale, the company told its employees this week.

According to A&P chairman Greg Mays, the parent of the A&P, Pathmark and Food Emporium chains is seeking capital for new investment.

“The capital raise effort will include but not be limited to: (1) raising new capital from investors; (2) considering new business partner relationships; (3) potentially re-financing the company to meet our growth expectations; and (4) under the right circumstances, considering a sale of the company,” Mays said in a memorandum distributed to employees this week.

“Our goal is to ensure that the company is well-positioned for future success that will benefit A&P, our associates, partners, suppliers and customers — and we will ultimately pursue what is the best possible course for all constituents,” the memo continued. “Indeed, it is possible we will decide not to pursue a…


Emma Maersk’ s Wartsila-Sulzer Super Ship Engine – Part 2


Back… Click HERE to read Part 1 of our Mega Engine Series

The Emma Maersk’s Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel ship engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover of super ships in the world today.

The RTA96-C is the largest engine in the world and is available in 6 through 14 cylinder versions, all are inline engines. 

These engines were designed primarily for very large container ships but similar large diesel engines run large ships of all kinds. 

Ship owners like the combination of a single engine and single propeller for reasons of efficiency and cost of production vs operation of these mega-vessels. 

As ships continue to get larger with new generations of larger container ships being built each year shippers like Emma’s owner, A.P. Møller - Mærsk, will need a bigger engines to propel them.

To help relate to the size of this monstrous engine consider that one cylinde…