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MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : The 10 Most Corrupt Mexicans Of 2013


12/16/2013 @ 2:40PM 

Alarming levels of corruption in government, the judiciary and law-enforcement, earned Mexico the 2013 title of most corrupt country in Latin America, according to International Transparency, a global anti-corruption nonprofit group. 

Mexico shares this unpleasant title with Argentina.

Elba Esther Gordillo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the group’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI), released early this month, Mexico ranked 106 out of 177 countries and scored 34 on a scale from 100 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt). 

Transparency International said that the index offers a warning that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world. 

In Mexico’s case, politicians, political parties and police are perceived as the most corrupt; corruption cases are rarely prosecuted.

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LOGISTICS : Automation Alone Won’t Solve Poor Port Productivity

Peter T. Leach, Senior Editor

| Dec 11, 2013 11:24AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. — With the growing number of big post-Panamax ships calling at U.S. ports, container terminals are looking high and low for ways to improve their productivity to avoid congestion delays.

Technology can help speed the flow of containers handled by a terminal, but technology alone can’t solve the crunch, one terminal executive told JOC's first Port Productivity Seminar here Tuesday.

“You don’t need IT to improve productivity,”
said Richard Ceci, vice president of IT for Global Container Terminals, which is building a new automated terminal in Bayonne, N.J. 

“You can’t install automation without the right people.”

Ceci pointed to the example of the APM Terminal in Norfolk, Va., as the model for training terminal workers to work with a highly automated terminal.

 “Operational discipline is critical. You have to have people who do the job the way they are taught to.”

When Global completes the new terminal on 70 acres next to…

Salt by the Numbers : A new infographic about sodium consumption

Michael F. Jacobson

• December 16, 2013

Posted in Salt in Food.

Consuming more salt tends to increase blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease.

Reducing sodium consumption by half would save an estimated 150,000 lives per year. That in turn would reduce medical care and other costs by roughly $1.5 trillion over 20 years.

Act now to download your FREE copy of Salt in Food: Replacing the Salt Shakerwithout cost or obligation.

Check out this Salt by the Numbers infographic created by CSPI’s Jorge Bach:

NASA Reveals New Results From Inside the Ozone Hole

by Kathryn Hansen for Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 16, 2013

The area of the ozone hole, such as in October 2013 (above), is one way to view the ozone hole from year to year. However, the classic metrics have limitations. Image Credit: NASA/Ozone Hole Watch.

NASA scientists have revealed the inner workings of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica and found that declining chlorine in the stratosphere has not yet caused a recovery of the ozone hole.

More than 20 years after the Montreal Protocol agreement limited human emissions of ozone-depleting substances, satellites have monitored the area of the annual ozone hole and watched it essentially stabilize, ceasing to grow substantially larger. 

However, two new studies show that signs of recovery are not yet present, and that temperature and winds are still driving any annual changes in ozone hole size.

"Ozone holes with smaller areas and a larger total amount of ozone are not necessarily evidence of reco…