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HAWAII : So just how active is the hurricane season in the Pacific?

 Take a look at this image from NOAA's GOES West satellite! 

For up to date information on Genevieve and Iselle go to NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center at

For the latest on Julio go to NOAA's National Hurricane Center at

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN : U.S. Appeals Court Upholds COOL Labeling Rule

August 5, 2014 

by Linda Larsen

The full U.S. District Court of Appeals rejected the challenge to the USDA’s meat labeling rules filed by the meat industry. 

Those rules are known as country of origin labeling (COOL).

 In addition to opposing labeling for economic reasons, the meat industry believes they are being forced to issue statements against their will. 

A three-panel judge ruled against the meat industry in March 2014 and requested a full court review of the meat industry’s First Amendment claims.

The court decided that regulations satisfy a government interest to protect consumers.

 The court stated that Congress has passed mandates for labeling for more than 100 years. 

The meat industry claims that these labels could drive meat producers out of business if consumers don’t want to buy meat that was raised or processed in another country.

The meat industry had argued that consumers simply want to know where meat comes from “out of idle curiosity.”

The court rejected that argument, sta…

This map shows why we must save rain forests to stop climate change Pe

Peru’s jungles warehouse more than 7 billion tons of carbon. They'd better not go up in smoke.

Carbon geography of Peru. See further samples below. For the complete report, click here. (Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science)

LIMA, Peru — Scientists have long known that halting climate change will be impossible without stopping the destruction of the world’s forests.

Along with providing the planet with oxygen, trees also store huge amounts of carbon. When they go up in flames, it enters the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, the main gas causing global warming.

Currently, around 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, above all in the tropics where forests are most lush.

Yet quantifying the precise amount of carbon in the world’s jungles has been unachievable — until now.

A new study reveals that Peru’s vegetation warehouses 6.9 billion metric tons (7.6 billion tons) of carbon, almost all of it in the Amazon.

It’s the first time that an accurate inven…


The IPO been busy adding Bells & Whistles to the International Pineapple Organization (IPO) website and soon we look forward to showing you how your Organization will benefit.

Please visit the IPO website: often as we are always upgrading the services offered..

Arne Rotne our Director of Business Development has been very busy building out the speacial features that can be found on the IPO website.

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One such feature is the IPO cooperative, which brings together the needs of the IPO membership and offers multiple Buy opportunities under one roof:!cooperative/cgmy

IPO Sponsors receive many benefits throughout the year in addition to the periodic conferences.

Through the IPO website, we now have a permanent site where sponsors can advertize and have a permanent audience between our Global Conferences.

King Ocean Services expands at Port Everglades

By: AJOT | 

Aug 04 2014 at 05:34 PM

Port Everglades expects to gain an additional 30,000 containers annually as King Ocean consolidates several Eastern Caribbean services previously calling Terminal Island in Miami.

The additional services sail weekly from King Ocean’s Sun Terminal at Port Everglades to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Barth, Nevis, Dominica, Anguilla, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Vincent, Suriname, Guyana and the Dominican Republic. 

These new services build on King Ocean’s existing services calling at ports in Colombia, Venezuela and Central America.

King Ocean moved approximately 140,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the standard industry measurement for container volumes) through Port Everglades in fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013), and recently added a 7.3-acre Midport marine terminal to its existing 33.8-acre Southport terminal.

“King Ocean is a productive container carrier/terminal operator at Port Everglades, generally exceeding Po…

AYUDÓ A EXPORTAR MILES DE TONELADAS DE COCAÍNA: Alvaro Uribe presenta contundentes pruebas contra alias “El Pollo”

@DolarToday / Aug 5, 2014 @ 7:00 am El ex presidente colombiano publicó una infografía en Twitter con el título “General chavista al servicio de las FARC“, en donde revela la relación del ex jefe de la Inteligencia Militar venezolana con la guerrilla “Guerrilleros lograron burlar operativos antidrogas donde se pretendía incautar 2.900 kilos de cocaína que estaban escondidos en un almacén en la ciudad de Puerto La Cruz y que iban a ser exportados a Europa. La droga pertenecía a varios narcotraficantes colombianos y un porcentaje del cargamento era del frente 10 de las FARC”, dice la primera parte del texto de la infografía publicada por Álvaro Uribe en su cuenta de Twitter. Y añade: “Se detectó una llamada del general Hugo Carvajal a miembros de la GN y la DGIM que custodiaban el cargamento alertando sobre el inminente operativo. La droga fue cambiada de lugar y la operación se frustró”. El general Hugo Carvajal Barrios había sido detenido en la isla de Aruba a fines de julio a pedido de…

The End of Consensus Politics in China

Geopolitical Weekly TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014 - 03:02

Stratfor By John Minnich
Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign is the broadest and deepest effort to purge, reorganize and rectify the Communist Party leadership since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 and the rise of Deng Xiaoping two years later. It has already probed more than 182,000 officials across numerous regions and at all levels of government. It has ensnared low-level cadres, mid-level functionaries and chiefs of major state-owned enterprises and ministries. It has deposed top military officials and even a former member of the hitherto immune Politburo Standing Committee, China's highest governing body. More than a year after its formal commencement and more than two years since its unofficial start with the downfall of Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai, the campaign shows no sign of relenting.

It is becoming clear that this campaign is unlike anything seen under Presidents Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao. …