Hugo Carvajal, left, with President Nicolás Maduro on Monday. An American indictment says Mr. Carvajal protected a drug lord and invested in cocaine shipments. VENEZUELAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE, VIA AFP-GETTY IMAGES
By WILLIAM NEUMAN JULY 28, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela — The head of Venezuelan military intelligence was on the payroll of a Colombian drug lord, invested his own money in drug shipments and personally coordinated the shipment of thousands of kilograms of cocaine, according to prosecutors in Miami and New York.
And Venezuela’s liaison with Interpol took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from another trafficker, the Miami prosecutors said.
Three federal indictments unsealed last week open a window onto accusations of ties between Venezuelan military and law enforcement officers and Colombian narcotics traffickers, a connection that officials in Washington have long warned about and that has been roundly dismissed by the authorities here.
Imports of mangos from Mexico this year trail behind the pace set by U.S. importers last season. Prices for the fruit have also been up from last season.
For the week ending on July 19, shipments of mangos from Mexico to the U.S. totalled 3.1 million boxes, which brought the total for the season to 46.6 million boxes.
As a comparison, shipments for the same time last season totalled 3.3 million boxes for the week and 52.6 million boxes for the season.
Less fruit this season has coincided with higher prices.
“We don't really know the reason for there being less fruit, but there are fewer mangos around this season,” said Jesse Sepulveda of Vision Produce Company.
“This whole season has been unusual, with prices higher than in past years.” The average price per box for Ataulfo mangos for the week ending on July 19 was $5.40 and $5.96 at Texas and Nogales entry points, respectively.
Average price for a box of Tommy Atkins mangos was $4.58 at the Texas entry point and $4.74 at the Nogale…
Según publicó el diario ABC de España el mismo día de su detención, el avión en el que llegó aAruba –donde fue detenido- el ex jefe de Inteligencia Militar de Venezuela, Hugo Carvajal, sería propiedad de un testaferro de Rafael Martínez, vicepresidente del Área Económica, ministro de Petróleo y Minería y presidente de la empresa pública PDVSA.
Tal como habrían revelado fuentes de Washington al mismo portal, Carvajal “se encargaba de la recogida de la droga de las FARC y controlaba todo el proceso de distribución a Estados Unidos y Europa, y también se ocupaba del lavado de dinero a través de la petrolera PDVSA”.
Es por eso que el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro teme que la detención del candidato a cónsul en Aruba revele más datos acerca de la corrupción chavista, cuyo símbolo es precisamente Carvajal. Y por ello mismo el presidente “se la juega” con el funcionario y lo defenderá hasta las últimas consecuencias, lo que tal vez se reafirme lo que por estas horas se viene…
Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) with headquarters in Valparaiso, Chile and Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (HSDG) with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany have announced that they have signed a preliminary agreement whereby HSDG will acquire the container liner activities of CCNI including the related general agency functions subject to Due Diligence, execution of a Sale & Purchase Agreement and approval by the competent authorities.
This acquisition is scheduled to be executed by the latest on December 31, 2014.
HSDG intends to strengthen its liner network to and from South America by integrating the CCNI liner services.
Merging the dedicated and experienced workforce of CCNI and HSDG will help to create an even stronger organization that will provide a first class service to the customers of both companies.
Following the transaction CCNI will continue its non-liner shipping activities including the…
El canal de televisión TeleAruba informó en su noticiero Telenoticias que después de la salida de Carvajal, el primer ministro, el procurador general y el ministro de Justicia darán una rueda de prensa. El noticiero agregó que el vuelo venezolano que trasladará a Carvajal acaba de llegar a Aruba.
TeleAruba también informó que el gobierno venezolano realizó negociaciones con el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Holanda para que el general Carvajal Barrios quedara en libertad.
Se supo que el gobierno de Holanda aceptó la inmunidad diplomática del militar. Lo declaró persona non grata, por lo cual debe abandonar la isla.
Mango growers from the Brazilian areas of Monte Alto and Taquaritinga in the state of Sao Paulo are upbeat for the 2014-15 season, with expectations the crop will be higher year-on-year.
A recent report from São Paulo University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Applied Economics (CEPEA) says an El Niño phenomenon will likely work in mango growers’ favor with a delay in rains for the country’s southeast during the second half.
CEPEA says there were already some crops flowering in June thanks to the lower temperatures, with the first Tommy Atkins variety harvests to start in late October, followed by the Palmer variety in November.
The report says these are the two main varieties exported during the second half to the markets of the U.S. and Europe.
However, CEPEA highlights the El Niño phenomenon has also been registered in Peru where it has caused negative impacts on local flowering; the reverse of Brazil’s situation.
For this reason, the authors expect a lower volume from P…
(NaturalNews) The single greatest fear of GMO pushers has just been revealed. In the days after I wrote my now-famous article comparing GMO advocates to Nazi collaborators, the blogosphere erupted with a heated discussion of Monsanto, journalism, the scientific dictatorship of the Nazi empire and the parallels with modern-day GMO pushers.
This story thrust the topic of GMOs back into the minds of millions of people, which was of course the whole point. It also helped introduced terms into the minds of the public like "Monsanto collaborators" and "agricultural holocaust."
Critics of the article only helped this effort by pointing to it and bringing more traffic to Natural News, causing our email subscriber list to rapidly explode over the last few days.
Lists of GMO skeptics are acceptable, but lists of GMO collaborators cause panic
Naturally, I expected to be attack…