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Buffett Overtakes Slim as World’s Second-Richest Person

By Tom Metcalf and Blake Schmidt 

 Mar 13, 2014 2:30 PM PT 


The Rise and Fall of the World’s Richest Men

Warren Buffett passed Carlos Slim yesterday to become the world’s second-richest person.

The 83-year-old Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A) Inc. chairman has a net worth of $63.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, up 4.3 percent year-to-date.

Berkshire said March 1 that its annual profit climbed to a record $19.5 billion on gains at its operating businesses, including railroad Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which Buffett bought in 2010. 

The Omaha, Nebraska-based company posted its biggest weekly advance in 14 months last week after Buffett told investors that the true value of his company has been rising faster than accounting metrics suggest.

“The value of his underlying holdings continue to grow,”
said Patrick Brennan, co-chief investment officer at Hutchinson Capital Management, which oversees about $550 million including Berkshire shares.

“The Burlington acquisition…

Netherlands and U.S. main destinations for Peruvian mangoes

Lima, Mar. 13. 

Mangoes were the second most important non-traditional export product for Peru in January 2014.

The shipments of the fruit and its derivatives reached a value of 55.6 million dollars, 30.1% more than in the same month of 2013, mainly due to the greater demand from the U.S. and the Netherlands, as reported by the Association of Exporters (ADEX).

According to ADEX, the product's shipments were divided into four categories. 

The most popular was "fresh and dehydrated mangoes", which generated 48.8 million dollars. 

The other three were "Uncooked, boiled or steamed mango" (56.5%), "processed or canned mango" (-50.1%) and "mango juice" (-93.2%).

Piura is the main exporting region, as it represents 64.6% of the shipments.

The main destinations were the United States (24.3 million dollars) and the Netherlands (16.5 million dollars), which grew by 31.9% and 28.4% respectively.

Other markets for Peru's mangoes include the UK, Canada, Spai…

Film Review: Bananaland, confronting faces of a commodity fruit

March 14th, 2014

By Fresh Fruit Portal editor Matthew Ogg

The last time someone made a documentary about controversies surrounding the banana industry, they got sued.

Back in 2009, Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten may have known what he was up against when documenting the effects of pesticide DBCP on Nicaraguans, who as the legal record goes, ‘claimed to be banana workers’. The plantations they claimed to work on were claimed to belong to the Dole Food Company, who promptly took Gertten to court after the movie ‘Bananas!*’ premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

But as it turned out, Dole dropped the case a few months later. Not only did a court rule that the Swede and his crew be compensated for the costs, but the affair came in a two-for-one package; a second movie was made about the Dole lawsuit called ‘Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, again with an exclamation mark and an asterisk in case the film’s content wasn’t enough to grab attention.

But the only punctuation mark in the banana movie…

Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk

Pat Walsh

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 13, 2014 – ALBANY, OR. – Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. of Albany, OR has voluntarily recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores. 

In cooperation with Costco, the company issued the recall after determining the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Precautionary recall measures began on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Consumers who may have purchased the product were contacted by phone and US. Mail, and a letter regarding the voluntary recall was posted on the Costco website. Furthermore, the affected product was removed from Costco floors. No confirmed cases of Salmonella poisoning from consumption of this product have been reported at this time, Any Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit that is currently available for purchase has been rigorously tested and is safe for consumption. No other produ…

PREPARATE MADURO: Senado Norteamericano listo para imponer sanciones directas al régimen venezolano

@DolarToday / Mar 14, 2014 @ 8:00 am

Los senadores demócratas Robert Menéndez y Bill Nelson y el republicano Marco Rubio presentaron hoy un proyecto de ley para que EEUU imponga sanciones directas al Gobierno de Venezuela ante los episodios ininterrumpidos de violencia que vive el país desde hace un mes.

El texto, al que tuvo acceso Efe, va más allá de la propuesta que presentaron hace unos días Menéndez y Rubio y que este miércoles aprobó el pleno del Senado, en la cual se condenaba los actos violentos e instaba al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, a imponer sanciones a Venezuela.

En este caso, se solicita directamente al presidente Obama que congele los activos de aquellas personas involucradas en la represión de las protestas en las calles de Caracas, así como la revocación de los visados a una lista de individuos propuesta por los senadores y que compartirán con la Casa Blanca.

Además, contempla una ayuda de 15 millones de dólares para la defensa de los derechos humanos en V…


Mythical Leader of Mexico Cartel Dead - For Sure This Time

Written by Jeremy McDermott
Sunday, 09 March 2014

Photo of body of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, alias "El Chayo"

Marines have killed the founder of the Familia Michoacana and leader of the Knights Templar, a mythical figure in the Mexico underworld, who disappeared in 2010 and was believed dead.

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, alias "El Chayo" or "the Craziest One" (El Mas Loco) was killed in a shootout with security forces in Tumbiscatio, Michoacan.

Government sources confirmed the body belonged to El Chayo, who was previously believed killed in a confrontation with security forces in December 2010. Despite claims by the government of former President Felipe Calderon that El Chayo was dead, Monte Alejandro Rubido, of the National System for Public Security, and Tomas Zeron de Lucio of the Criminal Investigation Agency, said on March 9 that fingerprint tests had proven beyond doubt that it was the drug lord's …