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HONEY GOLD MANGOES : PINATA FARMS CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Congratulations to all our growers and wholesalers who received accolades (the serious and the fun) for their hard work at the 9th annual Honey Gold conference held in Perth, Western Australia last week. 





Awards included Grower of the Year (Euri-Gold, Queensland); Best Premium Packout (Samdara, Queensland) and Wholesaler of the Year (Lamanna, Adelaide Markets). 




The conference was a great chance to share Honey Gold learnings, hear how the brand is growing and what's happening on farm - an all `round success.











Grower of the Year Award goes to the Williams family of Euri-Gold, Merinda, Queensland. Pictured are from left, Randy WIlliams, Sheryl Williams, Jeff Bowditch, Dale Williams, Janet Williams and Lionel Williams with Gavin Scurr, Pinata Farms' managing director. The award recognises quality of fruit, percentage of premium targets fulfilled and effective business processes.
















Fields of sweetness ... Honey Gold mangoes growing at our home farm, Wamuran





















Joe Trimboli of Lamanna, Adelai…

NASA CLAIMS THAT SEA LEVEL RISING IS PAST "POINT OF NO RETURN"

Published on May 12, 2014


A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible
state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. 




The animations goes with the release at:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php...




















Oregon High court won’t hear Del Monte’s lawsuit appeal

By GOSIA WOZNIACKA

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Associated Press

Friday, May 9, 2014








PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to review a 2009 Multnomah County jury’s class action verdict, upholding a finding that a Portland food-processing plant violated Oregon’s wage and hour laws.




The denial Thursday was the last appeal possible for Del Monte Fresh Produce, short of appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.






A trial jury ordered the company to pay about $800,000 to 330 workers who washed, cut and packaged fruits and vegetables at the facility from 2006 to 2007 for time spent putting on and taking off employer-required work clothing. That comes out to more than $2,000 per worker.






Attorney fees and costs, awarded at the trial court level at $1.4 million, would also be paid by Del Monte.



Del Monte did not immediately return a call for comment.




One of the suit’s named plaintiffs, Abdias Cortez Liborio, lost her job when federal immigration officials raided the Portland plant in June 2007 and arrested 167 emp…