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U.S. Places 21st in Ranking of World Food Systems

BY JAMES ANDREWS




JANUARY 15, 2014




















Despite affordable prices and high food quality, the United States tied with Japan for 21st place in a ranking of the world’s food systems, according to the international advocacy confederation Oxfam.







The report, released Tuesday evening, judged the food systems of 125 countries according to four major metrics: food quality, abundance of food, affordability of food and eating habits of citizens.





High diabetes and obesity rates in the U.S. brought down the nation’s score, ranking it just behind 20 European countries and Australia.






The Netherlands took first place, followed by France and Switzerland tied at second.



 Chad scored worst, with other African nations occupying much of the bottom half of the rankings.




Other notable rankings include Canada, tied for 25th place; Mexico, tied for 44th, and China, tied for 57th.









The food quality of each nation’s system was judged by the availability of nutritionally diverse food options and access to safe water.







 The U.S. …

ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST FLOATING CRANES TRANSITS THE PANAMA CANAL ...

PHOTOS: ‘Left Coast Lifter’ Transits Panama Canal








BY MIKE SCHULER ON JANUARY 15, 2014








The “Left Coast Lifter” seen in 2011 during the construction of the new eastern span of the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge








One of the world’s largest floating cranes made its way through the Panama Canal today as part of its journey 6,000 mile journey from San Francisco to its next job in New York.





The giant crane, with a boom length of 328 feet and a 1,900-ton lift capacity, is one of the largest floating cranes in the world.








The so-called “Left Coast Lifter” entered the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific side of the canal this morning at about 9:30 a.m. on the first leg of its journey through the canal.





The crane is heading to New York’s Hudson River from San Francisco Bay where it was used in the construction of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. 




Beginning later this year, the crane will be used to lift and install 900 to 1,100 ton modular sections of the new Tappan Zee Bridge just outsid…

STAGE 11 : 2014 DAKAR RALLY (January 16, 2014) ...

New Leader in truck category ! Andrey Karginov has won the stage and is now 7'56'' ahead of Gérard De Rooy.





Nuevo líder en la categoría de camiones. Andrey Karginov se ha llevado la etapa y cuenta con una ventaja de 7'56" sobre Gerard De Rooy.





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THE COAST OF CHILE !!! : STAGE 10 DAKAR RALLY 2014 UPDATE

EURO MARKET CONTINUES TO SUFFER

Eryvan Pires, Fruitmarket:


"November & December very difficult for mango market"









"November and December was a difficult time for the mango market," explained Eryvan Pires from Fruit Market. 



"It was a tricky situation as Brazil's harvest was later than usual, and delivery was then delayed by two to three weeks. The reason for this was severe drought and warmth during the flowering period so when they were ready too many were shipped over at once, then Peru's harvest arrived on the market much earlier than usual. There was just too much volume for an unbending market and oversupply so it couldn't have gone any worse. This summed up the situation for us at the end of the year."







"In November 2012 the season was excellent and this lasted until December 15 when too much fruit arrived and the market began to collapse. January 2013 was also a difficult month with the remnants from Brazil and the start of the Peruvian season, but Peru did supply …