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USA - MEXICO TRADE : Congestion at the Border

OCTOBER 9, 2013

October 3, 2013 – 

Much cited as the beneficiary of near-sourcing, Mexico is struggling with congestion along its border with the US. Growing NAFTA trade is exacerbating this problem.

 The latest data highlights this issue as US NAFTA trade with Mexico picked up in July with total value of goods traded increasing 7.9% to $43bn.

Trucking remains the dominant mode of transport, comprising over 65% of the total value. As a result of this, the border between the two countries remains problematic for transport providers and shippers.

In fact, a US Government Accountability Office report concluded that long lines at border entry points could deter economic trade. 

The report suggests infrastructure improvements and proper allocation of personnel are necessary to help reduce the congestion. 

Among its recommendations are:

* The implementation of consistent data collection methods, such as utilizing cameras to measure how long it takes for a truck to make it through the line.

* The US …

Este es nuestro pronóstico para el Miss Venezuela 2013 ¿Qué opinas?

octubre 8, 2013 4:38 pm

En todos los años que tengo escribiendo esta columna, no había visto un certamen más parejo que el Miss Venezuela 2013. 

Más aún cuando tenemos semanas conviviendo el proceso con las candidatas a través de “Todo por la Corona”, que NO es un reality, NO tiene buena factura pero ha cumplido su cometido: reinventar el concurso para todas las audiencias.

Click aquí para ver a todas las aspirantes en Traje de baño

Por: @MISSterChip

Con esta responsabilidad encima, creo que hacer un corte a 15 semifinalistas, 10 finalistas y ganadoras de banda es complicadísimo, porque las participantes de esta edición han demostrado tener lo necesario para representar a la mujer venezolana. 

Pero como nada es color de rosa (y eso nos ha demostrado el reality), es hora de empezar a perfilar qué vamos a ver el 10 de octubre en El Poliedro:



Miss Barinas – Yaro Serpa


Miss Anzoátegui – Daniela Briceño


Miss Vargas – Irene Velásquez


Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass

Posted: 10/07/2013 12:52 pm

The announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, set for October 11, is sure to make big news. The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA's continuous "war on terror" and even giving it tacit support.

In his 1895 will, the dynamite inventor and ammunition magnate Alfred Nobel specified that Norway's parliament should elect a five-member committee for awarding the prize to "champions of peace." 

Yet the list of recent Nobel peace laureates is notably short on such champions.

 Instead, the erstwhile politicians on the Norwegian Nobel Committee have largely bypassed the original purpose of the prize.

Despite all its claims of independence, the Oslo-based Nobel Committee is enmeshed in Norwegian politics. The global prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize has obscured the reality that its selection committee is chosen by leaders of Norway's main politi…

The World’s Most Beautiful Street

A post in The Green Shade named Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho the most beautiful street in the world. 

Blogger Pedro Nuno Teixeira Santos says that this is not just for its aesthetics, but because of its importance to the city: "It was from this love and this struggle of the residents of Goncalo de Carvalho, that the political power of the city found itself forced to recognize the importance of cultural heritage, landscape and environment, classifying and protecting it with the force of law."

The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930′s and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. 

In 2005, construction of a mall in the area threatened the destruction of the trees. 

Residents protested, and they were successful in lobbying mayor José Fogaça to declare the area a cultural site that has to be preserved.

The trees on Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho create a dense shaded area. From above, it looks as if a forest has filled in between all…

This Pyramid Shows How All The World's Wealth Is Broken Down And Distributed



Here's a great little visualizer of how the world's wealth is broken down among the ultra-super-rich, the super-rich, the rich, and everyone else.

It's from Credit Suisse (via @FGoria) and it shows how 32 million people, representing 0.7% of the total globe's population control $98.7 trillion or about 41% of the world's wealth.

At the base of the pyramid we see that 3.2 billion people, representing 68.7% of the globe's population, control just 3% of the world's wealth, or about $7.3 trillion.

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Is Janet Yellen the Federal Reserve's 'fall gal'?

A Canadian was appointed to run the Bank of England. 

A woman, Janet Yellen, will be appointed to run the more powerful US Federal Reserve, if President Obama's wish isn't blocked by Congress. 

Diversity rules in central banking?

About time you might say.

Central banking has been more dominated by white men in suits than any other occupation I can think of. The hegemony of the Y chromosome in monetary policy is greater even than its hold on big business or big politics.

For years I have struggled to understand why this is. 

What is it about the arcana of the money transmission mechanism that repel women just as they approach the secret chamber where they would have the power to expand or shrink the supply of money?

The men of the Bank of England, showing less than magnificent imagination, always put it down to women going off to have babies just when they're beginning to learn the game, and - a bit of useful self insight here - the Bank being lousy at helping them to reintegrate …

Wal-Mart ends Indian joint venture with Bharti Enterprises

9 October 2013 Last updated at 02:37 ET

Wal-Mart currently operates wholesale cash and carry stores in India

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, has agreed to dissolve its joint venture with one of India's leading business groups, Bharti Enterprises.

Wal-Mart will acquire Bharti's stake in the venture, which operates wholesale cash and carry stores in India.

The US firm said that it was still keen to grow its business in India.

It said it would "continue to advocate for investment conditions" that allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail in the country.

"Through Walmart's investment in India, including our cash and carry business, supply chain infrastructure, direct farm programme and supplier development, we want to serve India and its people,"
Scott Price, chief executive of Wal-Mart Asia said in a statement.

Relaxed rules

India opened up its multi-brand retailing sector to foreign investors last year. But so far no foreign firm has appli…

Typhoon Fitow slams into China

October 9, 2013 - Typhoon Fitow, which barrelled into China's east coast early Mondaypacking winds of more than 200 kilometres (124 miles) an hour, killed at least five people and impacted 4.5 million, state media reported.

Fitow had affected about 4.35 million people in Zhejiang, with houses torn down and grain flooded, Xinhua reported citing the provincial flood control office.

Earlier it said the storm caused economic damage in the province of 2.28 billion yuan ($160 million).

Parts of Zhejiang, which neighbours the commercial hub Shanghai, saw nearly 29 centimetres (11 inches) of rain over 17 hours from Sunday to Monday, the official China News Service said.

Areas in Fujian to the south saw up to 16 centimetres, according to the service.

In the hard-hit Cangnan County in Wenzhou, more than 1,200 homes collapsed, with damages amounting to hundreds of millions of yuan, China National Radio said.

Authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday as Fitow approached the m…