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AUSTRALIA : Mango farmers relish dry weather

ABC Rural

By Amy McCosker

Posted 2 hours 5 minutes ago

PHOTO: Mango farmer Ian Groves says the dry conditions are helping his plants flower well. (Marty McCarthy)

AUDIO: Mangoes enjoying the dry (ABC Rural)

MAP: Yeppoon 4703

While most farmers are praying for rain Queensland's mango growers are enjoying the dry weather.

Central Queensland mango grower Ian Groves says the lack of rain is good for the flowering of the mango trees and keeping the diseases and pests away.

"We are normally the people unhappy when all the beautiful spring rain comes... because mangoes and rain don't mix when the flowering is happening so we are quite happy with the dry weather,"
he said.

"We've got good water supplies after the extensive wet so it's just a matter of keeping the pumps going."

CUBAZUELA : Narcotraficantes probaban ruta a Europa por Maiquetía desde abril

Problemas con las maletas a París llamaron la atención de policías, según Rebolledo | Foto Alexandra Blanco / Archivo

El ex director del Cicpc, Elisio Guzmán, cree que la cocaína hallada en París fue acumulada en un galpón de la “zona estéril” del aeropuerto


Decomiso de alijo en Francia fue por operación encubierta

Air France niega proceso contra Venezuela

Decomisan más de una tonelada de cocaína en avión de Air France proveniente de Venezuela


2 DE OCTUBRE 2013 - 12:01 AM

El grupo de traficantes de drogas que organizó el traslado de 1,38 toneladas de cocaína entre los aeropuertos de Maiquetía y París, habría ensayado desde abril con pequeños envíos para detectar vulnerabilidades en el manejo de los equipajes por parte de Air France.

Desde ese mes las autoridades francesas recibían constantes reportes de equipajes extraviados de pasajeros que iban a la ciudad europea, según el ex juez y asesor en prevención al lavado de dinero, Alejandro Rebolledo.

“Se observa…

CUBAZUELA : Rusa Lukoil busca salir de proyecto en la Faja del Orinoco

Ni regalando el Petroleo resulta ser negocio con los corruptos Chavistas

Posted: 02 Oct 2013 03:54 AM PDT


Lukoil, el segundo productor de petróleo de Rusia, quiere salir de un consorcio ruso que desarrolla un enorme proyecto de crudo en Venezuela, reportó el miércoles el diario Kommersant, citando a fuentes cercanas al plan, informa Reuters.

Un portavoz de Lukoil rehusó realizar comentarios.

Lukoil está desarrollando petróleo pesado en la cuenca del Orinoco en Venezuela como parte del consorcio Junin-6, liderado por la petrolera estatal rusa Rosneft.

Kommersant reportó que el presidente de Lukoil Vagit Alekperov discutió la salida de la compañía desde el proyecto y la venta de su 20 por ciento de participación con el jefe de Rosneft Igor Sechin hace cerca de un mes para “optimizar su cartera de activos”.

Gazprom Neft es otra compañía rusa que participa en el consorcio.

Venezuela es el undécimo exportador mundial de crudo. Compañías extranjeras han enfrentado controles de precios y dev…

8 places that do health care better than the US

As Obamacare divides Washington, let's not forget how many countries are doing health care better than we are.

With the focus in Washington on what Obamacare is and isn't, it's easy to forget how many other countries have been able to whip health care into shape.

Recently, Bloomberg ranked countries according to efficient health-care systems.

 Here, GlobalPost looks at the Top 5 on that list — most of which are state-funded universal health-care systems like those in Israel, Singapore and Australia — as well as a few other countries that are quite simply doing something right when it comes to health care.


The last time the World Health Organization ranked countries according to health care, it found that "France provides the best overall health care." Granted that was a while ago (2000), but as GlobalPost's Mort Rosenblum put it in 2010: "Yes, yes, employers pay high social charges on salaries, and some hypochondriacs abuse the system. But it all w…

Maersk Line sees shipping overcapacity for five years

By: Reuters 

| Oct 02 2013 at 12:46 PM |

The shipping industry has been battling overcapacity since the financial crisis because new vessels ordered before the downturn have flooded the market.

“We will without doubt in five years time from now have an industry with plentiful capacity,” 
Maersk LineChief Executive Soren Skou told the Reuters Nordic Investment Summit on Wednesday.

“We cannot create demand by lower prices. It is more important to remove capacity,” he said.

When the economic crisis hit in 2008, global trade and shipping companies’ orders for new vessels were as much as 50 percent of the existing fleet.

The overcapacity has driven spot rates on the main routes between Asia and Northern Europe to loss-making levels.

Maersk Line cut its fleet container capacity by about 1 percent between the second quarter of 2012 and the same period this year, but it has not announced any plans to cut further.

Shipping analyst Jacob Pedersen from Sydbank described the current market as brutal. “If …

LOGISTICS : Yet another executive leaves Maersk company


Maersk-owned logistics company Damco, which is in the midst of a significant transitional period, now also loses its CFO Pernille Fabricius. 

CEO Rolf Habben-Jensen recently announced his departure from the company.

Published 02.10.13 at 09:32

Offshore shipping company Topaz Energy, which operates in the Middle East and the Caspian Sea and whose CEO is former Svitzer head Rene Kofod-Olsen, has opted to bring in Damco's CFO Pernille Fabricius to serve as Topaz Energy's new CFO.

This means that the Hague-based Maersk-owned logistics company Damco has lost both its CEO Rolf Habben-Jansen, who will become the new CEO of German Hapag-Lloyd from July 1st 2014, and now also the company's CFO Pernille Fabricius.

Investor hangs on to Hapag-Lloyd share

Rene Kofod-Olsen (photo) was hired as CEO of Topaz Energy, a subsidiary of Renaissance Services, during the summer 2012, after spending 18 years with A.P. Moeller-Maersk, including a period as Head of Human Ressour…

TRAIN WRECK : These 3 Graphics Made Me Realize ObamaCare Isn't So Bad After All!

Kyle Becker
On October 1, 2013

This is just one part of the rat maze that is Obamacare, and trust me, there’s no cheese at the end (I’ve looked).

 As the Russians say, the only free cheese is in a government mousetrap.

By the way, can you see Obama in this chart? That is one glitch in the graphic — Obama and his cronies are exempted from his own healthcare law. 

Besides.... the president would probably be golfing.

So just what kind of rat maze does just one person need to run due to the “individual mandate”? 

This comes via Ken Gardner:

If you’re wondering if this is a snarky take on Obamacare, it’s actually a snippet of the government’s official explanation for how to get covered. 

As someone intelligently asked: “How can people ‘afford’ to pay a $5,000 deductible if they can’t afford to pay for health insurance in the first place?” Yahtzee.

And if that is just the process needed to get one person signed up, take a gander at the graphic below and realize that the Departme…

THE ECONOMIST EXPLANS : Why is Brazil so expensive?

Sep 30th 2013, 23:50 


TRAVELERS have long known that the richer a country, the more likely a visit is to burn a hole in their wallets. 

A recent survey by Tripadvisor, a travel website, put Oslo, the capital of super-rich Norway, as the world’s priciest destination, with a one-night stay in a four-star hotel with dinner and drinks for two costing more than $600. 

But near the top of the sticker-shock rankings is a surprise entry: upper-middle-income Brazil. Hotels in São Paulo, the business capital, or beachside Rio de Janeiro, cost more than in London or Zurich. 

Visitors who go window-shopping will find the high prices hit locals too. Clothes, cosmetics, electronics and cars are all more expensive, sometimes much more, than in most other places. 

The Economist’s Big Mac Index finds Brazilian burgers are dearer than everywhere else except in three much richer countries, (Norway, Sweden, Switzerland) and one dysfunctional one (Venezuela). 

So why is Brazil so pricey?

A spe…


Here’s a look at the twists and turns of the top 10 brands in the Interbrand study, which analyzes a brand’s financial strength and influence. 


¡Que tristeza! En Venezuela el discurso viene de Cuba, las armas de Rusia, el dinero de China y se desconoce dónde nació Maduro

by Carlos Vilchez Navamuel • 1 octubre, 2013 • 

Por Carlos Vilchez Navamuel

En un artículo escrito por Ewald Scharfenberg titulado “China, tentada a tomar el control de la economía venezolana” y publicado el 24-09-13 en el periódico El País, de España, nos encontramos con una breve descripción de lo que le sucede en Venezuela y que causa gran tristeza, dice así “El discurso es de Cuba, las armas vienen de Rusia y el dinero, de China: es la trinidad sagrada de las importaciones que el chavismo hace para estabilizar su régimen en Venezuela. La fórmula ya la había establecido el desaparecido líder Hugo Chávez mientras estuvo en el poder”.

Como se sabe, el gobierno de Maduro no decide nada si no lo consulta en la Habana, esto empezó a sentirse una vez que Chávez enfermó el año pasado y decidió hospitalizarse en la isla caribeña, luego ocurrió un hecho vergonzante que el Editorial del periódico El Naci…


By Nick Summers

20 hours ago

Vitamins design studio in London has created an ingenious wall mounted time planner that’s built entirely from LEGO bricks and can be synced digitally with your Google Calendar account using a smartphone camera.

Horizontal panels represent the coming months and are split vertically to show individual days. 

Staff pick a LEGO minifigure to sit alongside their allocated row, then add different colored bricks to represent the projects they’ll be working on.

Vitamins then wrote some software so that whenever someone shot a picture of the calendar and sent it to a specific email address, the changes were synced with the team’s shared digital calendar. An email then notifies the user that the changes have gone live.

It’s a novel idea that combines the visual, tactile nature of a physical wall planner with the digital calendars that most of us now use daily on our smartphones.

Plus, it uses LEGO. 

Who doesn’t love LEGO?

LEGO Calendar