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As Climate Changes, 'Underwater Mortgage' May Take on New Meaning

Photographer: Getty Images

By James Tarmy

 Aug 15, 2014 5:03 AM PT

Looking to buy a house? That’s great, unless you’re in your 20s and 30s and regularly read climate reports. They tend to project dramatic changes to the climate over the next 50 years, and given that current life expectancy is hovering around 80, we’ll likely be around to see it.

So. If you’re looking to settle down for the long haul, where’s the best place to do it?

Great Plains? You're looking at higher temperatures and more demand for water and energy.

The Southeast, perhaps? The region may suffer from (at least) 60 days with 95-plus degree weather by 2070, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment.

Sunny Florida or the Gulf Coast? Bad outlook there, too. They're facing higher temperatures, plus more intense hurricanes, rising sea level and flooding in low-lying areas.

How about heading West? Also fraught. California’s current drought is projected to continue, in fits and starts in perpetuity. Temperatures …

AUSTRALIA : Sweet mango success the aim of NT’s top end grower survey

Enhancing the quality of mangoes in the Northern Territory’s Top End is the goal of a survey currently being conducted amongst producers of the popular tropical fruit. 

Dozens of growers—as well as packers—will complete a face-to-face, thirty-minute interview that records a range of information about the practices they’re using.

The survey is supported by the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) and the Northern Territory Mango Industry Association (NTMIA), and facilitated by the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF).

“This survey will assist us in applying the best research and science, so we can better guarantee the quality of fruit that reaches southern markets while ensuring the best price for NT growers,”
said AMIA CEO Robert Gray.

Northern Territory Mango Industry Association chairman Ross Maxwell said huge effort has gone into research in previous years.

“This survey is a continuation of that work. We’re also fortunate to have some of the nation’s foremost e…

FDA sets 2015 fees for import and facility reinspections

By: AJOT | Aug 07 2014 at 04:10 PM 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published fiscal year 2015 fee rates for domestic and foreign facility reinspections, failures to comply with a recall order, and importer reinspections. 

The new rates were published on July 31, 2014, and are effective October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. Compared to 2014, the 2015 fees are slightly lower for domestic services at $217 per hour compared to $237. For services requiring foreign travel, fees increased slightly from $302 per hour to $305 per hour.

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA was granted authority to assess and collect fees from:

the responsible party for each domestic facility and the US agent for each foreign facility subject to reinspection to cover reinspection-related costs;

the responsible party for a domestic facility and any importer who does not comply with a recall order to cover food recall activities associated with such order;

each importer subject t…

¿Se implanta en Venezuela el sistema de Justicia cubano?


by Carlos Vilchez Navamuel

• 14 agosto, 2014 •

En Venezuela los Tribunales de Justicia trabajan para el gobierno y no para los ciudadanos, el informe de Human Rights Watch de 2014 al referirse puntualmente a la “independencia judicial” que existe en Venezuela nos dice “Desde que el Presidente Chávez y sus partidarios en la Asamblea Nacional llevaron a cabo en 2004 un copamiento político del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia, el poder judicial en gran medida ha dejado de actuar como un poder independiente del gobierno. Miembros del Tribunal Supremo han rechazado abiertamente el principio de separación de poderes, han expresado en forma pública su compromiso con promover la agenda política del gobierno y se pronunciaron reiteradamente a favor del gobierno, avalando así la indiferencia del gobierno por los derechos humanos”.

Esto además de lamentable, nos demuestra que en la Venezuela chavista no hay una Justicia como …