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TRACEABILITY : Kellogg to Stop Buying Deforested Palm Oil Amid Pressure

By Duane D. Stanford 

 Feb 14, 2014 12:00 PM PT 

Kellogg Co. (K) has agreed to buy palm oil only from suppliers who can prove they don’t damage rain forests, the strongest move yet by a public food manufacturer to stop the practice, according an environmental group that pressured the maker of Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies.

Starting in 2016, palm oil -- a vegetable oil used to cook Pop-Tarts to Pringles -- will be sourced through supply chains that are deemed “environmentally appropriate,” states a new policy posted on the Battle Creek, Michigan-based company’s website.

 Suppliers must trace the oil to plantations that are independently verified as legally compliant, Kellogg’s Chief Sustainability Officer Diane Holdorf said in an e-mail.

“Kellogg’s aggressive timeline for eliminating deforestation from its supply chain raises the bar for the entire industry and represents a tipping point in developing a responsible palm oil supply chain,”
Lucia von Reusner, an activist for Boston-based Gree…

USA INTERNET ACCESS : Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable 'will throttle choice on the web'

Angry consumer groups say proposed $45.2bn mega-deal will drive up costs for millions – and call on FCC to block takeover

Dominic Rushe in New York

The Guardian, Thursday 13 February 2014 14.47 EST

Comcast is America’s largest cable company.  Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Consumer groups reacted angrily to the merger of cable giant Comcast and Time Warner Cable on Thursday, claiming the combination could “throttle” choice on the internet.

Comcast’s proposed $45.2bn takeover of TWC will create a media behemoth that will dominate broadband internet access across the US. Comcast, which owns NBC Universal, will also cement its position as the pre-eminent force in cable TV.

Jodie Griffin, senior staff attorney at consumer rights group Public Knowledge said: “This is a deal that needs to be blocked.” She said Comcast was likely to use the extra leverage to “drive up costs and reduce choices for consumers.”, and claimed the new company would be too powerful, becoming a “gatekeeper” capable o…


Cronología | Escándalos por tráfico de drogas desde 1958 hasta 2013


Desde la década de los 50 ya Venezuela figuraba en la prensa por escándalos de tráfico de drogas. A continuación se presenta el recuento histórico de los episodios más importantes en el país desde 1958 hasta el 2013

Imagen Referencial (Créditos: Cortesía) ÚN | Sabrina Segovia.-


Desde 1958 hasta la década de los ochenta, los casos de microtráfico de droga figuraban en la prensa sin llegar a ser escándalos, exceptuando el secuestro y asesinato del niño Carlos Vegas Pérez en 1972.

El primer gran decomiso de droga en Venezuela sucedió el 30 de septiembre de 1983. Eran 670 kilos de cocaína aproximadamente, la primera más grande en América Latina. El avión pertenecía a un oficial de la Armada en calidad de retiro: Lizardo Márquez.


Capturan al general Pedro María Díaz Paredes, acusado de financiar un cargamento de más de 450 kilos de cocaína. Había sido miembro de la Corte Marcial.

El 5 de febrero, f…