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 Mall attack a 'brutal wake-up call' for expats in East Africa

Yet for many foreigners in Nairobi there is already a sense that the city will bounce back.

By Mike Pflanz, Correspondent / September 24, 2013

A television reporter makes a telephone call while filming during a bout of heavy gunfire shortly after dawn, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

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A decade ago in Nairobi, there were few options for a family weekend day out that would allow for shopping, lunch, somewhere for the kids to play and maybe later a movie.

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Kenya mall attack: Somali terror group may include Americans (+video)

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Recently, however, a dozen large Western-style malls have sprung up. They are busiest on Saturday …


Today's #Dailychart looks at financial flows to developing countries. 

The flow of money to poor counties has surged over the past two decades, from under $500 billion in 1990 to over $2 trillion in 2011. 

For the poorest, official development aid is the main source of funds. 

But those governments that spend more see a greater diversity of funds flow into the country

Ex Royal Marine with Handgun Saves 100 Survivors in Kenyan Mall Attack

September 24, 2013 

by Jonathan S.

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The Nairobi mall massacre in Kenya saw at least one hero emerge already, and he is being credited with saving over 100 lives with just his handgun and his training.

This is a story even Piers Morgan can appreciate as a British man with a gun emerged as the hero to at least 100 people. 

 The ex Royal Marine was simply having coffee at a cafe in the mall when the terrorist attack began. 

 With a gun tucked in his waist he helped 2 women get out of the mall safety, which you can see in the picture above. His identity has been blurred for his security.

But his acts of valor did not stop there. According to the Daily Mail, the British marine went back into the mall several times, despite heavy gun fire to save even more people from becoming hostages.

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CH ROBINSON LOGISTICS : Why Tomorrow’s Mexico is Worth Today’s Risk

Hector Estrada - 
Manager, Southern Border Customs 

When you hear outsource do you automatically assume someplace in Asia? What about when you hear nearshore? Does Mexico come to mind? Well for more and more companies, nearshoring their production to Mexico is a competitive option.

It’s true that Mexico’s transportation regulations can be difficult to navigate and that high risk situations are common. From law enforcement officers who can legally open your cargo at any point during transit to fake checkpoints throughout the country, freight can be vulnerable to both theft and damage. With these factors to consider, you may wonder why anyone chooses to nearshore their manufacturing to Mexico’s shores at all.

Transporting cargo through Mexico has unexpected hazards, but depending on your industry and product, it may be worth a move from an Asian location.

Shorter Transit Times. In today’s highly customized and consumer driven market, achieving speed to market is a competitive advantag…

AU: Mango industry to benefit from changes to US import regulations

Ecuador: Ataulfo, a mango variety with great potential

Refin S.A. is an Ecuadorian company specialised in the export of tropical products, fundamentally mango and plantain (around 80% of all sales); roots, such as taro and yucca, and a bit of papaya and pineapple. 

With the exception of mangoes, 20% of which are grown by the firm, all products come from associated producers.

Mangoes, which are 100% focused on the export market, are a very important product for the company, with an average volume of 850,000 4 kilo boxes per season, which goes from October to January. 

Their main destination is the United States, with around 60% of the exports, and where, just like plantains, they are popular among the Latin communities. The other 40% is divided between Canada, Europe, Mexico and New Zealand.

For Refin S.A., Europe is a relatively small market, with just 10% of all shipments. 

"It is a difficult market both in terms of logistics and varieties, as Europeans do not particularly like the Tommy Atkins, but we believe that it is a market with gr…

Mexican Drug Cartels Are Sending Deputies Deep Inside The US


APR. 1, 2013, 10:49 AM 

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Mexican drug cartels are sending members of their inner circles to live and work deep inside the U.S., Michael Tarm of the Associated Press reports.

The syndicates used American middlemen to become the nation's No. 1 supplier of cocaine, marijuana, and heroin in the 1990s, but kingpins have begun consolidating power by sending trusted agents to run burgeoning operations.

Cartels are suspected of running drug-distribution networks in at least nine non-border states, including several operations in middle-class suburbs, AP notes. More than 1,200 communities reported some level of cartel presence to the DEA in 2011.

Places like Atlanta and Chicago — which have seen a surge of cartel activity in the last year — now serve as sophisticated hubs for traffickers who supply America's $60 billion-a-year narcotics industry.

Art Bilek, Executive vice president of the Chicago Crime Commission, told AP that cartels in the city began p…


Maersk to hike Latin American shipping rates

September 24, 2013

 by Editorial Staff

Latin America: Maersk Line, the container ship division of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to raise its Latin American shipping rates by as much as 30% this year to staunch losses and to pay for 16 ships being built for the region, the company has said. 

The decision follows Maersk's struggles to recover from the world economic downturn.

The cost of fuel for the company's ships has tripled in the last five years while shipping rates have fallen by 10%, leading to quarterly losses or slim profits, Robbert Jan van Trooijen, the company's chief executive for Latin America, has told the Reuters news agency. 

Without higher freight rates, it would be difficult to recoup the company's US$ 2.2 billion investment in 16 container ships for its Latin America service, he said.

Maersk has raised its 2012 profit outlook but says its performance will still fall below 2011 levels. The company is looking to Latin America to help reverse its recent …