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AUSTRALIA 2014 : Heat ruins Western Australia's southern mango crop

ABC Rural

By Joanna Prendergast

Updated 3 hours 16 minutes ago

PHOTO: An extended period of hot days above 42 degrees has caused sun damage to WA's southern mango crop.(Tony Maddern)

MAP: Gingin 6503

Western Australia's southern mango growers have lost nearly a quarter of their crop due to sunburn.

The mango plantations just north of Perth were experiencing good growing conditions until a period of 42-degree days damaged the fruit.

Southern Mango Growers Association president Tony Maddern says he has just started picking his fruit and estimates the damage has cost about $40,000.

"Well, it is edible but it means you've got to cut a fair portion of it out, which people don't want to do, so unfortunately most of that will probably go to pig food."

Despite the crop losses, Mr Maddern says he expects good prices of about $45 per tray when the mangoes hit the floor of the Canningvale markets this week.

A tray of mangoes is approximately seven kilograms, comprising about 16 p…


TODO TIENE UNA RAZÓN: Nicolas Maduro fue adoctrinado en Cuba

@DolarToday / Feb 24, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

La matanza de jóvenes estudiantes ordenada por Nicolas Maduro tiene una explicación.

Las siguientes gráficas publicadas por el Diario del Huila de Colombia, fueron proporcionadas por Israel Silva Guarnizo, quien que cursó estudios con Nicolás Maduro Moros, entre 1986 y 1987 en la “Escuela de Formación Política” durante su ADOCTRINAMIENTO en La Habana, Cuba.

Silva indica que Maduro y un grupo de jóvenes de izquierda de varios países de Latinoamérica y Africa recibieron “formación en filosofía marxista, economía política, historia de América Latina, historia de la Revolución Mexicana, entre otras cátedras”.

Actualmente Silva es director ejecutivo de la Asociación de Cooperativas y Empresas Solidarias del Huila en Colombia.

Las fotos entregadas por Silva al diario colombiano corresponden a paseos a diversos lugares de Cuba. 

La gráfica abajo habría sido tomada en Varadero.



20 Feb. 2014

Improved Standards Map allows users to compare sustainability standards and benchmark their performance

by ITC Communications

ITC market intelligence tool enhances SME production quality 

Geneva) – Voluntary sustainability standards addressing issues related to environmental quality, social equity and trade practices have grown exponentially over the past decade. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face challenges in keeping track of standards and meeting buyers’ sustainability requirements.

To address this challenge, the International Trade Centre (ITC) today launched the new Standards Map, a market intelligence tool that allows users to compare voluntary standards side-by-side and to produce personalized reports that their companies can use to make better-informed decisions about certification and involvement in sustainable production and trade. 

‘This tool provides exporters and producers with a way to navigate the constantly moving landscape of sustainability standard…

INVESTING : Why Drug Lords and Criminals Are So Risk-Averse

By Ben Steverman Feb 21, 2014 1:10 PM PT

Photographer: Raul Arboleda/AFP via Getty Images

A picture of late drug trafficker Pablo Escobar is hung from a wall inside the Napoles... Read More

Even international drug traffickers need investment advisers.

That was Robert Mazur’s job when he went undercover for the U.S. government in the 1980s and ‘90s. Posing as a Mob-connected businessman, he helped the Medellin drug cartel launder and invest its suitcases full of cash.

His clients were “the biggest crooks in the world,” says Mazur, author of "The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel.”

Yet they “always told me that they don’t gamble,” Mazur says. “They don’t take risk, which is why the stock market was of absolutely no interest to them.”

Wait, criminals don’t like risk? Murder, drug trafficking, fraud and bribery -- all okay. But propose buying them shares of Twitter or Tesla, and they freak?

Investing, by definition, means trusting ot…

(MEXICO MANGO MAFIA) Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán: US to seek cartel leader's extradition from Mexico

World's most wanted drugs trafficker spent his final days of freedom scrambling through tunnels and drains

Jo Tuckman in Mexico City, Dan Roberts in Washington, Sunday 23 February 2014 14.46 EST

Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán spent his final days of freedom scrambling through tunnels and drains. Photograph: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media

Washington will seek the extradition of Mexico's most-wanted man, the US attorney's office announced Sunday, as reports emerged that Joaquín Guzmán Loera spent his final days of freedom scrambling through tunnels and drains before ending up pinned to a bed in a beachside condominium unable to reach a Kalashnikov rifle lying on the floor.

The arrest of Guzmán (known as El Chapo, or Shorty) in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlán just before dawn on Saturday punctured the myth of untouchability that had enveloped the capo since his escape from a high-security jail in January 2001 and his rise to the status of world's most w…

U.S.A.: Chiquita reaches deal with Quirch Foods

February 24th, 2014

Miami-based Quirch Foods has reached a licensing arrangement with Chiquita Brands International (NYSE: CQB) to sell a range of frozen items from the produce multinational.

As one of the leading food distributors in the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean, Quirch said the deal meant it could sell Chiquita’s frozen Maduros (ripe plantains), Tostones (green plantains), Yuca (cassavas) and Fruit Pulp (for juice and smoothies).

Quirch executives praised Chiquita’s reputation, which will help in its bid to sell the products – made with 100% natural ingredients – to U.S. and Puerto Rican customers.

“It’s a brand with equity and value to retailers and consumers alike. Households trust it…Retailers know it performs,” Quirch Foods marketing manager Jorge Roza saind in a release.

“Adding the Chiquita™ brand to our products will raise awareness of the category on a national level providing endless possibilities,”
added Quirch’s VP of sales Frank Grande.

Chiquita's VP of marketin…

¡ESCÁNDALO! El escolta de Rodríguez Torres y su asistente implicados por muerte de Dacosta ¿quien dio la orden?

Editor / Feb 23, 2014 @ 11:41 pm

La División Contra Homicidios del Cicpc logró identificar a los cinco implicados en el homicidio de Bassil Alejandro Dacosta Frías (24), quien murió el 12 de febrero tras recibir un tiro en la cabeza en la esquina de Tracabordo, después de participar en una manifestación.

Según un documento de la policía científica, las personas implicadas fueron identificadas como José Miguel Domínguez Ramírez (34), alias “Miguelito”; José Giovanni Valladares López (29); Edgar José Lara Gómez (42); Andry Joswua Jaspe López (25), y Jonathan José Rodríguez Duarte, de 40 años.

A estas personas también se las señala de causar las heridas a Neixer Gabriel Arellano Sierra (18), primo de Dacosta; y a Nicolás Fidel Yánez Parasole, de 20 años.

Aunque en el mismo tiroteo fue asesinado Juan Montoya, coordinador del Secretariado Revolucionario de Venezuela que agrupa a colectivos de la Gran Caracas y el presidente Nicolás Maduro indicó que a él lo habían matado con la misma arma que …


AUSTRALIA : Someone in Queensland has stolen a seven-tonne mango

Right now, in Queensland, someone is trying to hide a mango the size of a space ship.

The mango - a $90,000 ten-metre fibreglass sculpture simply called The Big Mango - was stolen last night from beside the Bowen Tourist Centre.

But the tourism board chairman, Paul McLaughlin, is pretty relaxed about the Big Mango Heist:

“At the end of the day it’s a bloody big mango and I’m sure someone will see it and we’ll find it anyway.”

Via The Brisbane Times, photo via Reddit.


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