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STAGE NINE UPDATE : 2014 DAKAR RALLY

[Stage 9] - Calama > Iquique: 422 km (bike & cars)











Before reaching the most Northern point of the 2014 Dakar, riders will face the Atacama dunes and an epic final descent to the bivouac! 







¡Antes de alcanzar a la punta norte del Dakar 2014, los competidores encontrarán las dunas de Atacama y una bajada final épica hasta el bivouac!


















More information / Más información > www.dakar.com
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AUSTRALIA 2014 : YIELDS DROP DRAMATICALLY IN NORTHERN TERRITORIES

Warm winter turns mangoes into grapes






ABC Rural


By Caddie Brain




Updated Tue 14 Jan 2014, 2:18pm AEDT





PHOTO: A box of mangoes from the Red Centre Farm at Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs. (Caddie Brain)




AUDIO: Warm winter turns mangoes into grapes(ABC Rural)
MAP: Alice Springs 0870






It's been the worst season on record for Central Australia's only mango farm at Ti Tree, 190 kilometres north of Alice Springs.





The overall yield at Red Centre Farm was just one third of what it usually is.






Owner John Crayford, better known as 'Johnny Mango' says a mild winter and humid conditions caused the fruit to ripen early, when it was "the size of grapes".







"It's a bit unfortunate,
but that's farming."
John Crayford, Red Centre Farm











"I've never had a season like it," Mr Crayford said.




"The mangoes didn't grow like they're supposed to.



"They were ripe at about 50 per cent growth."






"I picked probably around 18 pallets; I usually pick a…

CONSOLIDATION OR REDUCTION IN FORCE ??? : Maersk has lost 26 companies

Photo: Maersk Line







CARRIERS: 


Maersk has sold off a series of more or less-known industry and transport companies since 2007.








BY OLE ANDERSEN
Published 14.01.14 at 09:33








The sale of its stake in Dansk Supermarked Group to the Salling Group and the divestment of the supertanker fleet of 15 VLCC's to Euronav during the past weeks are just the latest examples of A.P. Moeller-Maersk's divestments, though they also represent the two biggest sales.





Platou: Maersk share could be this year's top pick







The Group has sold a total of 26 companies and stakes in the period from 2007 to 2014, according to a survey by analyst Alphaliner, which has identified a series of more or less known companies that have been divested over the past seven years.





The sale of its 68 percent stake to the Salling Group and the VLCC fleet divestment follow the sale of Maersk Tankers' VLGC fleet (Very Large Gas Carriers) to BW Group in May 2013, just as Maersk Tankers also sold its 11 Handygas ships to Navigato…

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

MICHAEL KELLEY

JAN. 13, 2014, 12:33 PM 













REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

"El Vicentillo" being presented to the media in Mexico City on March 19, 2009.



















See Also


Son Of Alleged Drug Kingpin Has Amazing Twitter Feed Full Of Guns And Cash









This Mexican Cartel Kingpin Supplies 80% Of The Drugs Flooding Chicago










Mexican Official Accuses CIA Of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' The Drug Trade











An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.








Sinaloa, led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.








There have long been allegations that Guzman, considered to be "the world’s most powerful drug trafficker,"coordinates with American authorities.







But the El Universal investigat…