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PUTTING GLOBAL MANGO PRODUCTION INTO PERSPECTIVE ....

AUSTRALIA : TOP END OF MANGO SEASON WINDING DOWN ...

Updated 1 hour 18 minutes ago




PHOTO: Backpackers enjoy local mangoes in Darwin.(Lydia Burton)




AUDIO: Darwin mango lovers share their thoughts on the season. (ABC Rural)




MAP: Darwin 0800








Some people look forward to it all year, others don't even know it exists.





That is, the mango season, which is drawing to a close in the Top End.






To reflect on this year's mango offerings, Darwin locals and tourists shared their thoughts with the Country Hour.





The Northern Territory mango season got off to a good and early start this year, in July.






One Victorian visitor said “I’m a big fan of mangoes, so I get excited when mango season comes around.”




“It’s nice to be able to see, when you’re travelling where the mangoes actually grow,"
said an English couple.





"It’s nice to know that they’re local cause at home we’ve never had that before, its nice to know they don't travel too far, it tasted fresh, maybe that's psychological, but they did."





The Country Hour was at the official launc…

NOGALES, ARIZONA : Los lujos de los hijos de narcos en las redes sociales (Fotos)

Still wonder if there is a connection between Mexico Narco Mafia and the Produce Business ????





noviembre 25, 2013 8:29 am 





Foto cortesía El País












Metralletas bañadas en oro, Lamborghinis, leopardos y leones. 



Un puñado de fotografías disponibles en Twitter y Facebook reflejan la forma en la que los narcotraficantes mexicanos, sobre todo los más jóvenes, usan las redes sociales sin recato alguno para presumir de una vida de excesos, violencia y ostentación, publica El País.





El Cisen, el órgano de inteligencia mexicano, recaba abundante información a través de estos perfiles abiertos a todo el mundo. Guillermo Valdés fue su director general entre 2007 y 2011, en plena guerra contra el narcotráfico iniciada por el anterior presidente Felipe Calderón: “El Chapo, El Mayo [líderes del cártel de Sinaloa] y otros capos son terriblemente discretos, pero no tanto quienes les rodean, principalmente sus hijos y sobrinos. Suben fotos de sus papás en fiestas y ahí está toda la familia. Son descuidados en…

FOCUS ON RETAIL : USA COMPANIES ARE SCALING BACK PROJECTIONS ...

Issue 699

November 25, 2013





Editorial






In the last seven days, there has been more evidence of how challenging trading conditions are in the US.




Campbell Soup Co. and retail giant Target Corp. were among firms scaling back their forecasts after a challenging quarter in which it has become clear caution among US consumers is hitting a number of FMCG companies.





The Q3 results season has seen various companies in the US downgrading their expectations - Wal-Mart, snack group Snyder's-Lance and Kellogg all lowered forecasts.



Whole Foods, which reported its annual results earlier this month, dialled down its expectations for the new financial year amid concerns over trading conditions.




Some of the companies are battling specific issues - analysts covering Campbell have pointed to intense competition in the soup sector and the company's lacklustre record of innovation. 



Kellogg, meanwhile, is facing a challenge reigniting sales in a US breakfast cereal sector where sales are stagnant.



However…

PENDING LITIGATION : Chiquita Loses Suit to Stop Release of Colombia Records

By Andrew Zajac - Nov 20, 2013 2:10 PM PT







Chiquita Brands International Inc.’s bid to stop the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from releasing documents on payments to Colombian terrorist groups was thrown out of court.






U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington rejected the company’s argument that the damage it would suffer from disclosure of the records, in a case in Florida connected to the Colombian payments, should bar their release to a public-interest group under the Freedom of Information Act.








Chiquita Brands International Inc. bid to stop the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from releasing documents on payments to a Colombian terrorist group. 




“Chiquita’s speculation about potential publicity and its effect on a future jury in the Florida litigation does not satisfy the level of certainty required” to exempt the records from the law, Leon said today in his ruling.




“There can be no doubt that the SEC rationally determined from the record that disclosure of the Chi…

WALMART CEO HANDS OVER EXECUTIVE DUTIES IN SMOOTH TRANSITION OF POWER AT WORLD'S LARGEST RETAILER

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More: Wal-Mart


ROB WILE

14 MINUTES AGO








Wal-Mart


Walmart CEO Mike Duke is retiring and a successor has been named.



Duke has been with the company since 1995. He will stay on as chairman.





Shares are up 0.43% pre-market.



Doug McMillon will take over in February as head of the world's largest retailer. 




He currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Walmart International, which operates Walmart chains and affiliates in 26 countries. 



He was also the former CEO of Sam's Club


He grew up in Jonesboro, Ark.






Full release:



Bentonville, Ark., November 25, 2013 – 



Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced that its board of directors elected company veteran Doug McMillon, 47, to succeed Mike Duke, 63, as president and chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2014. McMillon was also elected to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. 


“This leadership change comes at a time of strength and growth at Walmart,” said Rob Walton, chairman of Walmart…

Pablo Escobar: el fantasma del patrón

23 noviembre 2013









NARCOTRÁFICO



Dos décadas después de la muerte de Pablo Escobar Gaviria, hay que preguntarse por qué este genio del mal se ha convertido en un mito popular.



Pablo Escobar no es un monstruo aislado en la historia de Colombia. Es producto de un país y una época.




Veinte años después de que Pablo Escobar murió abatido en el techo de una casa en Medellín, como un hombre solitario y asediado por sus enemigos, se sigue intentando comprender el significado de su papel en la historia reciente del país. 



La tranquilizadora separación moral entre el ‘patrón del mal’ y el resto de la sociedad, así como la ambigua recordación de su figura, que va de la adoración al repudio, es efectiva para vender telenovelas o para henchir el sentimiento nacional del triunfo de los buenos sobre los malvados. 




Pero la narrativa de los policías y ladrones es insuficiente para explicar la persistencia de la figura de Escobar en la memoria colectiva de los colombianos, la permanente tensión entre el odio a…

THE ULTIMATE IN SUSTAINABILITY : How to Build an Underground House Starting at $50

Aug 6





For those of you not familiar with Mike Oehler, he is the author of the book, The $50 & Up Underground House Book. 



The idea of building an earth integrated house is not a new one, however the ideas that Mike Oehler puts forth tend to improve upon the traditional models.





The idea of building an underground house has been around for a long time because it is a great idea.





With the right technique applied this shelter can keep you warm in the winter time and cool in the summer time, with little to no electricity.





In the video above Mike Oehler gives us a tour of his house that originally cost only $50 to build.




 It has since progressed into a ruggedized three story mansion built to withstand 200 mph winds!







Many people up north frequently wonder how they can grow a garden with such cool weather, this technique is the answer. 




The underground or earth integrated house system can be adapted to build a green house. 




These underground greenhouses are referred to as walipinis. 



You can build …