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DAKAR RALLY 2014 : STAGE FIVE UPDATE

What You Should and Shouldn’t Worry about after the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns

Fresh meltdowns at the devastated nuclear facility are unlikely but years of slow, dangerous labor to repair the existing damage are guaranteed














By David Biello
















BIG MESS: It will take at least decades to clean up the mess after the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi.Image: Courtesy of TEPCO







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The Nuclear Odyssey of Naoto Kan, Japan’s Prime Minister during Fukushima
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The Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis: 1 Year Later
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The Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis
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How to Tear Down a Nuclear Power Plant [Slide Show]












The old saying goes where there's smoke, there's fire, but steam is a different story, even in the case of a nuclear power plant that suffered multiple meltdowns





Despite fresh worries about a new meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi complex in Japan, the steam that set off this concern is merely a result of atmospheric conditions—and a reactor that is still hot from having melted down in 2011…

FOCUS ON RETAIL : DECEMBER SALES NUMBERS REVEAL SLIMMER MARGINS & HIGHER VOLUME

Retailers' sales rise in December









BY PHIL WAHBA

NEW YORK Thu Jan 9, 2014 9:06am EST








Black Friday shoppers walk inside the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California November 29, 2013.

CREDIT: REUTERS/JONATHAN ALCORN














(Reuters) - Many U.S. retailers had to ramp up promotions last month as shoppers continued to watch their spending during the holiday season, hitting profits at several chains.







L Brands cut its earnings forecast for the holiday quarter on Thursday after reporting disappointing December sales at its Victoria Secret and La Senza chains. The company said it had to offer more deals than expected, the second month in a row it has had to do so.









Family Dollar Stores Inc and teen retailer Zumiez Inc, which both reported sales declines for December, also slashed their profit forecasts. Even retailers that saw big sales gains, like Kay Jewelers parent Signet Jewelers Ltd, were not spared.






"Additional discounting was necessary in a highly promotional retail environment," Signet …

Kingston Fresh Announces Its Volumes Of Mangoes From Peru Are Increasing

by Kingston Companies

Posted: 2014-01-09 09:03:45 EST








IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO— Kingston Fresh has announced that its mango crop from Peru is off to good start and volume is expected to climb with arrivals starting in mid January.







Kingston Fresh’s President, Ken Nabal, commented, “Mango sales remain brisk coming out of the Holidays and movement has been steady. Although our initial volumes from Peru were little light, we augmented the program with Kent mangoes from Ecuador to fully meet customer demand. With Ecuador production now finished for the season, we are increasing our imports from Peru to provide consistent volume through early March.” 




 Nabal added, “Our customers get excited when Peru Kents enter the market and we are expecting another great selling season. The overall quality of the first arrivals is very good and the eating quality of the fruit has been outstanding.”






Kingston has been steadily building its imports division in recent years and is aggressively adding to its portfol…