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THE MAHARAJAS' MOTOR CAR: The Story of Rolls-Royce in India

A Closer Look at Brazil-Bound Drug Networks

Written by Geoffrey Ramsey
Friday, 27 June 2014

Key "Narcosul" traffickers: Graphic by Extra

Considering that Brazil is the second-biggest market for cocaine in the world, relatively little is known about the shadowy networks that connect it to drug producing nations in the region, especially compared to the drug cartels that have become almost household names in the United States.

For that reason, Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper Extra's recent attempt to identify the biggest players in the (exclusively) South American drug trade is impressive.

 The investigation series, a result of six months' research and interviews with Brazilian, Peruvian, Bolivian and Paraguayan authorities, lays out the big names in what Extra refers to as "Narcosul," a play on the name of the Mercosur trading bloc.

Certain names on the list are well-known to regional security analysts, like Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias "Marcola," the imprisoned head of the São Paulo-based…


Fairchild International Mango Festival Grower’s Summit – 2014

When: Friday, July 11, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Where: Science Village


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami FL 33156

Location: Science Village

9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Appropriate technology for modern mango production, Dr. Richard Campbell, FTBG.
10:15 a.m. Commercial Variety Selection for Export Mango Industry, Noris Ledesma, FTBG
11:00 a.m. Food Safety, Good Agricultural and Harvesting Practices for Mango Growers,
Dr. Jonathan Crane, University of Florida

11:45 a.m. Lunch/Wild Mango Tour of Fairchild. Begins in Edible Garden.

1:00 p.m. Tour at the Science Village

1:30 p.m. Mango processing in Colombia, TBD

2:00 p.m. Open Forum-Issues Facing Modern mango Industry.

2:30 p.m. Mango Flavors: Tasting and Discussion.

3:00 p.m. First Look “Mangos of the World Display” and Fruit Market

3:30 p.m. Media Event

6:00 p.m. Mango Festival Kickoff Party/ Fellows Event 

Please note, the Growers Summit is separ…

Cuba has become the world’s largest per capita consumer of organic food.

Reese Erlich

June 27, 2014 00:49

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What a California foodie can learn from Cuba

San Francisco restaurateur Narsai David went to Cuba to help set up a culinary school. The Cubans — huge organic food consumers, by necessity — taught him a few lessons of their own.

Groceries in Havana. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

HAVANA — San Francisco restaurateur Narsai David is in food heaven as he wanders through the stalls at a large farmer's market. “The papayas are much sweeter and fresher here,” he exclaimed. At another counter, his lips puckered as he tasted a hot pepper.

David is meeting with Cuban chefs in an effort by Green Cities Fund, a Bay Area nonprofit, to establish a culinary school in Havana. The group is awaiting approval from Washington to legally operate as required under terms of the United States embargo against Cuba.

Meanwhile, David is involved in a cultural exchange with lots of people in tall white hats. This morning he will lead a workshop whil…


Mango Fiestival 2014 Starts: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Ends: Saturday, July 19, 2014 From: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Phone: 956-233-4792 Address: 27510 Ted Hunt Rd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566, USA Visit Website We invite you to join us in celebrating all things MANGO. See many of the different varieties we can grow in South Texas, sample and vote on your choice for the best tasting mango and learn about growing your own mango tree. Culinary presentations and mango dishes to enjoy. Local growers can show off their mangos at the Mango Contest for the Biggest Mango, the Most Beautiful Mango and the Most Bizarre Mango. A Mr. Mango Head Contest for the kids and a Mango Food Contest for professional and amateur chefs. See our web site or call for additional information.

It's ICE CREAM SOCIAL time again!!!  On Saturday, May 31 from 2-4 PM  we will be serving up some of our favorite Tropical Fruit Ice Creams.  Purchase your first scoop ticket and get a second scoop free.  We will have 12 different flav…


México: Buen mercado para el mango Ataulfo en Estados Unidos

Elite Mangos es una compañía mexicana dedicada a la exportación de mango ecológico (15-18 % del total) y convencional por vía aérea a Europa, Estados Unidos, Japón y Canadá. 

Según Andrés Palacios, gerente general de la empresa, “este último es su mercado más fuerte, con un consumo per cápita muy alto. Actualmente, se está negociando además el protocolo que permitirá la exportación al mercado chino”.

Andrés afirma que este año ha habido muchos problemas de carácter meteorológico en producción, sobre todo para la variedad Kent, cuyos volúmenes de producción han sido muy bajos en comparación con el año pasado. 

“Esto, naturalmente, está afectando tanto a los volúmenes de exportación como a los precios, que se han sostenido debido a la falta de oferta”.

“El envío por avión es la especialidad de la firma, lo cual nos permite exportar mangos maduros de árbol”, explica Andrés. 

“Para el mango ecológico, el proceso depende del cliente; algunos lo demandan aún verde y otros lo prefieren maduro. De…