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NORTHERN AUSTRALIA : Mango trees blushing with bloom ...

ABC Rural

By Marty McCarthy

Updated 1 hour 32 minutes ago

PHOTO: Mango trees in north Queensland are starting to flower. (Marty McCarthy)

AUDIO: Mango trees blushing with bloom (ABC Rural)

PHOTO: Paul le Feuvre picks around four million mangoes a year at his farm in the Burdekin, south of Townsville.(Marty McCarthy)
MAP: Giru 4809

Mango trees in north Queensland are starting to flower as the warmer months approach.

The region has seen a warmer than usual winter and that's good news for growers now that flowering is underway.

Four million mangoes a year are picked at Paul le Feuvre's farm in the Burdekin, south of Townsville.

"The cold weather has been good until now to initiate the flowering process, but once we get the flowering going we need mild weather," he said.

"A bumper crop is good, but only if you're the only one who has got it!

"We produce our mangoes over a fairly short period and if everyone has a bumper crop together no-one does that good.


LAND OF THE FREE ??? : If You Thought NSA Spying Was Bad, You Should See What The DEA Is Doing

MICHAEL KELLEY AUG. 5, 2013, 6:00 PM

REUTERS/Mike Blake

Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011, and other experts told Reuters that the program sounds more troubling than the NSA's bulk collection of domestic phone calls because it doesn't target terrorists — instead, ittargets common American criminals, primarily drug dealers, while potentially violating the defendants' Constitutional right to a fair trial.

Furthermore, the NSA collects data to store and analyze it while the DEA program leads to convictions and jail sentences.

"It is one thing to create special rules for national security," Gertner said.

 "Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like they are phonying up investigations."

The DEA Special Operations Division (SOD), a unit comprised of members of the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security, performs what's called "parallel constructio…

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has acquired The Washington Post for $250 million

By Harrison Weber, 13 hours ago, 10:40pm

The Washington Post has announced that it will sell to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for a whopping $250 million. To be clear, Amazon is not acquiring the company — this is a purchase by Bezos as an individual.

The Post’s CEO Donald E. Graham states that the 135-year-old company is selling due to “years of familiar newspaper-industry challenges.” Graham says these challenges made his company wonder “if there might be another owner who would be better.” As for why Bezos is a good choice, piles of cash aside, Graham cited his “technology and business genius,” his “long-term approach,” as well as his “personal decency.”

In other words, Bezos understands technology, and The Post needs a fresh perspective. The company is no stranger to job cuts, just like the rest of the newspaper industry.

According to Bezos, “the values of The Post do not need changing,” but things will in fact change. Of course, it all has to do with the Internet’s disruption of the traditiona…

MIDDLE EAST : With Embassy Closures, the U.S. Errs on the Side of Caution


AUGUST 5, 2013 

Yemeni soldiers search a car at a checkpoint on a street leading to the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa on Aug. 4. (MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)


Global, nonspecific threats such as those that prompted recent U.S. embassy closures and travel warnings have rarely proved credible. 

These precautionary measures appear to be the result of two separate threats, one attack against an unspecified U.S. embassy and another against travel infrastructure -- presumably an airliner. 

In response to the embassy threat, the U.S. government announced Aug. 4 that it had extended the closure of several embassies in the Middle East until Aug. 10 and that African posts would now be among the embassies closed. In response to the airline threat, 

Washington issued a global travel alert running from Aug. 2 to Aug. 31. 

The travel warning and the closures have commanded the media's attention and have led to much speculation about the source and the credibility of the threats, but more …

Aircraft : Why Boeing Is Buying Up Older 747s

Photograph by Jens Goerlich

The nose of a Boeing 747

By Julie Johnsson
August 01, 2013

Auto dealers have long been willing to take an old clunker off a potential buyer’s hands in order to clinch a sale of a shiny new model. Now airplane makers are following suit.Boeing (BA) is acquiring previous versions of the 747 from airlines ordering its new, tough-to-sell 747-8. Of the 19 older 747s that have changed hands so far this year, Boeing has snapped up seven, according to data compiled by Ascend Online Fleets. That makes it the biggest buyer of the used jets in 2013.

While the purchases put Boeing on the hook for finding new operators, it helps nurture demand for the newer 747-8—among a class of fuel-thirsty four-engine aircraft that airlines frown upon these days. New sales are pivotal to keeping 747 assembly lines humming as Boeing slows output 13 percent to 1.75 planes a month and stashes some unsold 747-8s in desert storage. “It unloads a problem [from airlines] to Boeing,” says Douglas …


Episode 11: “Smooth sailing with HNLMS Van Speijk (F828) in the Gulf of Aden”

Jes Meinertz Master, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller 05/08/2013

Dear all,

Today we entered the Gulf of Aden. 

This resulted in smoother sailing as the wind and swell decreased quite a lot compared to yesterday. 

That being said, we had an unproblematic crossing of the Indian Ocean.

The onboard film crew had been in contact with NATO and agreed that one of the Coalition warships in the area sailed by when transiting the IRTC (International Recommended Transit Corridor). 

So thank you, HNLMS Van Speijk F828!

The presence of the Coalition warships in the Gulf of Aden has over the last couple of years reduced the number of piracy attacks and hijacks of vessels considerably.

Tomorrow we will enter the Red Sea via Bab el-Mandep on the last part of the voyage to the Suez Canal.

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SHAMEFUL PRACTICES : McDonalds removes chemical aluminum hydroxide from hamburger recipe

Posted: August 5, 2013 |

( Chef Jamie Oliver showed how McDonald's makes its hamburgers, the franchise announced that it will change its recipe.

According to Oliver, the fatty parts of beef are "washed" in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of the burger. 

He says, "Basically, we're taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, is being given to human beings."

Besides the low quality of the meat, the ammonium hydroxide is harmful to health. Oliver calls it "the pink slime process."

"Why would any sensible human being put meat filled with ammonia in the mouths of their children?" asked the chef, who wages a war against the fast food industry.

In one initiative to get kids to eat healthier, Oliver demonstrated the process of how McDonald's makes its chicken nuggets. 

After selecting the best parts of the chicken, the remains (fat, skin, and internal organs) …

El chef Jamie Oliver gana demanda contra McDonald´s

El chef Jamie Oliver justo ha ganado una batalla en contra de la cadena más grande de comida chatarra que existe en el mundo. Una vez que Oliver demostró cómo se hacen las hamburguesas, McDonald’s, la franquiciadora anunció que cambiará la receta.

De acuerdo a Oliver, las partes grasosas de la carne se “lavan” con hidróxido de amoníaco y luego se usan en la confección de la ‘torta’ de carne para rellenar la hamburguesa. Antes de este proceso, de acuerdo con el presentador, ya esa carne no era apta para consumo humano.

Oliver, chef activista radical, quién ha asumido una Guerra contra la industria de alimentos, dice: estamos hablando de carnes que hubieran sido vendidas como alimento para perros y después de este proceso se les sirve a seres humanos. 

Aparte de la calidad de la carne, el hidróxido de amonio es dañino para la salud. 

Oliver le dice a esto: “El Proceso de la Porquería Rosa”. 

¿Qué ser humano en su sano juicio pondría un trozo de carne remojada en hidróxido de amonio en la b…

BANGLADESH : Saplings of two famous mango varieties planted

Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Bangabhaban Orchard

City Desk

President Abdul Hamid plants a mango sapling in the orchard of the Bangabhaban yesterday. Director and Head of News of Channel i Shykh Seraj, second from left, was present on the occasion among others. The plantation was part of an initiative of Channel i’s agro-documentary Hridoye Mati O Manush to revive and preserve ancient and rare crop and fruit varieties. Photo: Star

For the very first time, the famous Haribhanga and Surjopuri mango saplings were planted on the compound of the Bangabhaban yesterday.

With the initiative of Hridoye Mati O Manush, President Advocate Abdul Hamid planted the mango saplings in the Bangabhaban orchard, says a press release.

Director and Head of News of Channel i Shykh Seraj, farmer-organiser Rafiqul Islam from Natore, and high officials of the Bangabhaban were present at the event.

Haribhanga and Surjopuri are generally late mango varieties whose sweet fruits arrive when other varieties go out of…

CUBAZUELA : Ocho razones para que Maduro salga de Miraflores

by Carlos Vilchez Navamuel

• 5 agosto, 2013 •

Por Carlos Vilchez Navamuel

Salir a la calle es la única salida que les queda a los venezolanos para sacar a este gobierno de tanta irregularidad. Sabemos que existen otros argumentos, pero para nosotros ocho son las principales razones para salir a la calle a protestar, y obligar a que el presidente impugnado Nicolás Maduro salga de Miraflores: 

1) Inseguridad, 

2) Desabastecimiento, 

 3) Inflación, 

4) La ilegitimidad del que gobierna, 

5) Pérdida de soberanía y cubanización, 

6) Autoritarismo, 

7) Corrupción, 

8) Las continuas violaciones a los derechos humanos, las ocho, son razones de peso para sacar a este gobierno del poder que día a día pierde credibilidad.

De estas ocho razones que hemos mencionado, los venezolanos destacaron cuatro puntos de los mencionados por nosotros en la encuesta del IVAD divulgada esta semana que nos dice que el 81,5% de las personas ven como el principal problema la inseguridad, 

luego mencionan el desabastecimien…

Business activity in BRICs shrinks for first time in 4 years

Published: Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 11:58 PM ET
By: Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani | Assistant Producer, CNBC

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Manufacturing activity in emerging markets fell to a new post-financial crisis low in July as output contracted across its four largest economies for the first time since March 2009, according to HSBC.

The HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly indicator derived from purchasing managers surveys (PMI), fell to a low of 49.4 in July, down from 50.6 in June. This marks the first time the reading below the 50 level, which separates growth from contraction, since April 2009.

Added to that, Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) all saw the first broad-based contraction in factory output in over four years.

Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian economic research at HSBC said that emerging markets are not yet feeling a lift from stabilizing demand in developed economies of the U.S., Europe and Japan.

"For example, manufacturers have seen new export orders contract for a fourth con…