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MAP: Here Are The 20 'Super-Zips' Where America's Ultra-Elite Reside


DEC. 9, 2013, 5:13 PM 

The Washington Post has a fascinating visualization of inequality in America

Their map uses U.S. Census data to rank different Zip codes based on how elite their populations are. 

Percentile rankings for both income and educational attainment were calculated and averaged together, giving a score between 0 and 99. Zip codes with scores of 95 or higher were designated "Super Zips," the homes of the most affluent and elite Americans.

We decided to break out the 20 most elite of the Super Zips. 

The map below shows Super Zips in yellow, with the top 20 most elite Zip codes in red:

U.S. Census ACS 2011 5 Year Estimates

Here are the top 20 Super Zips in America:

07078: Short Hills, N.J.

60043: Kenilworth, Ill.

02468: Waban, Mass.

10282: New York, N.Y.

20816: Bethesda, Md.

02457: Babson Park, Mass.

06870: Old Greenwich, Conn.

10069: New York, N.Y.

10162: New York, N.Y.

10514: Chappaqua, N.Y.

10597: Waccabuc, N.Y.

60022: Glencoe, Ill.

94027: Atherton, Calif.

02481: We…

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE : 11 Overlay Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World


DEC. 10, 2013, 2:23 PM 

All maps face the challenge of making the globe appear to scale in two dimensions. 

Most, like the traditional Mercator projection, keep either size or shape consistent — not both — which skews our perception of continents and countries one way or the other.

But when you compare square mileage, a whole new world appears. 

Inspired by this map of Africa's true size from German graphic designer Kai Krause, we created 11 map overlays to open your eyes to some real geography. 

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Obama-Castro handshake - a sign of Mandela-like reconciliation?



Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:52pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank soccer stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg December 10, 2013.



Obama's handshake with Cuba's Castro unplanned: White House aide

(Reuters) - For sure it's just what Nelson Mandela would have wanted, but does it amount to more than that?

The historic handshake between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro at a memorial for Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg was greeted on the streets of Cuba with surprise and hopes of improved relations.

Reaction was more muted in Miami, where Cuban exiles have had a hard time accepting Mandela's respect for Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Castro's smile as Obama moved to shake his hand on the way to speak at the ceremony was see…

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY : Palm Oil Giant Commits to More Sustainable Forestry Practices

By Lauren Zanolli

December 10th, 2013

Mature palm oil plantation on former rainforest land

Wilmar International, the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, announced a new set of sustainability measures designed to eliminate some of the most environmentally-destructive practices involved in palm oil production. 

According to details on the new agreement published by Reuters, the Singapore-based food products supplier and its subsidiaries promised to avoid any additional destruction of rainforest land or peatland — an important source of carbon sequestration. The company also stated that they will better protect worker’s rights and communities where they operate.

Palm oil is used in a wide array of food and non-food consumer products, and is an especially common ingredient in processed, packaged food. Some experts estimate that one in two products on supermarket shelves contain palm oil. But even if you read the tiny label on that pack of potato chips, you might never know if it contains…

INDIA MANGO EXPORTS : USA, Japan seek inspection of each facility before any shipment; govt agency feels these and other norms will choke supply to both

Stringent norms depulp mango export

Mango export this year is likely to decline, again due to stringent quality norms set by importing countries, including America and Japan, two important markets.

Despite a 12.4 per cent decline in volumes, exports of mangoes in general rose 26.2 per cent in value terms in 2012-13, to Rs 265 crore. 

In volume, these were 55,585 tonnes in 2012-13, as compared to 63,441 tonnes the previous year.

Japanese authorities are emphasising on a mandatory Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT). 

USA importers want strict pack house inspection (PHC) and handling.

In a letter to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda), the Japanese authority has said it wants to send inspectors for supervision of the processing operation at each VHT facility in India. Imports from India were banned in 1986 because of suspected infestation by fruit flies. Japan lifted the ban in 2006 but exporters did not pursue the market aggressively. Only 67 tonnes were…

Renovarán México, EE.UU. y Guatemala la cooperación contra Mosca del Mediterráneo

10 de diciembre de 2013

México, Estados Unidos y Guatemala acordaron continuar con el Programa Moscamed que opera a través de la cooperación trinacional, con la finalidad de prevenir, detectar, suprimir y erradicar la mosca del mediterráneo a nivel regional y proteger el patrimonio hortofrutícola de los países.

Fotografía: SAGARPA

El director en jefe del Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA), Enrique Sánchez Cruz; el subsecretario de Agricultura de Estados Unidos, Edward Avalos, y el viceministro de Sanidad Agropecuaria y Regulaciones de Guatemala, Sebastian Marcucci, acordaron proponer ante las instancias competentes de sus respectivos países la firma de un convenio trilateral, a través del cual se crearía la Comisión de Moscas de la Fruta de Carácter Multilateral.

Durante una reunión celebrada en Washington, D.C., se informó que el Convenio sustituirá a los tres Acuerdos Bilaterales que existen entre estos tres países, a través de los cuales ha ope…

PHILIPPINES : Cebu strikes gold – in mangoes

Posted by Online on Dec 10th, 2013 

If there’s gold in them mangoes, then Cebu, famous for its bestselling export product, dried mangoes, must own the mines. Wrong.

Because most of the mangoes that land in Cebu for processing into sweets come not from Cebu but other islands! 

Nonetheless, Cebu, through its University of San Carlos, has discovered another way to create gold out of the waste products of mangoes — skin, seed, kernel. 

The project, only a year old, has been so successful that the research group led by a chemical engineer-professor, Dr. Evelyn Taboada, has attracted P200 million in investments from two businessmen who have seen how the technology works – they have seen the future and it’s in “pera sa basura,” a future ripe for profits. 

From the peels, seeds and kernels, Dr. Taboada and her team have created briquettes for industrial fuel, antioxidants and moisturizers for beauty and anti-aging products, and animal feed.

USC, with a population of 20,000, is one of 68 colleges/un…