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MEXICO ON TOP : The Countries Producing The Most Future Leaders -- The U.S. Lags

Which countries have the most promising crops of leaders coming up through the ranks today, and where in the world are there more young people likely to develop into leaders tomorrow? 

And how can leadership be measured at all? SHL, a U.K.-based talent management consulting firm, has just released a study that aims to provide answers to those questions.

A giant in the world of employee assessments, SHL has more than 10,000 clients in over 100 countries, ranging from consulting firms Deloitte and KPMG to airlines like Cathay Pacific, multinationals like Unilever and public sector organizations like the United Nations and the European Personnel Selection Office, which does the hiring for the European Commission.

This year, executives at SHL decided to mine data from past employee assessments and try to shed some light on the leadership potential in the many countries where it works. This morning it released a list of the countries it believes have the greatest percentage of effective leade…


One of the "Hot Topics" that will be discussed at IPO Global Pineapple Conference in Costa Rica (November 4-6, 2014) :!events/c19qp!events/c19qp

08/19/2014 11:33:00 AM
Andy Nelson

A pineapple trade group is criticizing the time X-ray examinations of product are taking at the Port of Los Angeles.

Inspections under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s VACIS program have been delayed as inspectors work through a backlog, Will Cavan, executive director of the International Pineapple Organization, said in a blog post on the organization’s website.

Pineapples and other commodities have sat at the port for more than two weeks, in some cases, waiting for inspections, Cavan said.

“Poor planning and understaffing at the USDA is causing a major headache for the pineapple industry,” 
Cavan said. 

“Perishable containers are sitting at the port for days and weeks, basically destroying the contents inside.”

After fruit is finally inspected, some…

CHIQUITAFYFFES : Can Obama take the juice out of corporate inversions?

One of the "Hot Topics" that will be discussed at IPO Global Pineapple Conference in Costa Rica (November 4-6, 2014) :!events/c19qp!events/c19qp

After a US corporation inverts, a foreign company owns it (rather than it owning the foreign company). 

The US corporation is still subject to US taxes, but it can reduce its tax liability. How President Obama can discourage such behavior.

By Steven Rosenthal, Tax Vox

AUGUST 18, 2014

Jacquelyn Martin/AP/File

Politicians can debate whether corporate tax inversions are “unpatriotic” or simply a legitimate technique to reduce taxes–and commentators can argue over whether anything should be done to stop them. 

Experts also disagree about whether President Obama and his Treasury Secretary have the legal authority to write new rules to discourage inversions.

 In my view, on this last question, the law clearly provides Treasury that authority.

After a U.S. corporation inverts, a foreign company …

AUSTRALIA : Mango quality in focus as growers prepare for bumper harvest

ABC Rural By Carmen Brown

Updated 19 Aug 2014, 2:52pmTue 19 Aug 2014, 2:52pm

PHOTO: Northern Territory growers are expected to produce around 4 million trays of mangoes this year (Carmen Brown)
MAP: Katherine 0850

The Northern Territory mango industry is ramping up its quality control efforts, as growers prepare to harvest an estimated four million trays of fruit from early October.

Growers and packers are being encouraged to take part in a face-to-face survey, initiated by the NT Department of Primary Industry, to help identify practices which lower fruit quality standards.

"We're looking at between three and four million trays, which is quite a bit up on last year"

Ross Maxwell, NT Mango Industry Association

With premium prices on offer for early-season mangoes, some growers have been tempted to send immature and poor quality fruit to southern markets in recent years.

President of the NT Mango Growers Association, Ross Maxwell, says the practice is damaging the industry's r…

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal?

Geopolitical Weekly TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014 - 03:00


By George Friedman

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These events should be enough to constitute the sum total of our global crises, but they're not. On top of everything, the German economy contracted by 0.2 percent last quarter. Though many will dismiss this contraction outright, the fact that the world's fourth-largest economy (and Europe's largest) has shrunk, even by this small amount, is a matter of global significance.

Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. Germany is the economic engine of Europe, and it is expected that it will at some point pull Europe out of its crisis. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting (Berlin claims it will rebound this year)…

Crop Diversity Is Key to Agricultural Climate Adaptation

By Rachel Kyte 
 August 18, 2014 

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

Cassava leaves. (Credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT via Flickr)

News out of Harvard suggests that not only will climate change affect how food is grown, but it will also lower the nutrition levels of what is grown—wheat, corn and rice in particular.

 While this could be a major cause for concern, scientists know that it is possible to breed new varieties of these staple crops to better tolerate higher levels of carbon dioxide or other climatic challenges. 

But they cannot do so without an ample supply of plant varieties to work with in their breeding efforts.

A healthy cassava root. (Credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT via Flickr)

The perfect example for how adaptive breeding works took place in Thailand in the early 1990s. Cassava—a tuber also known as yucca or manioc that is critical to food security and farmer income—had gained a reputation for eroding and degrading soil at higher…

ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE UNDERTAKER : Truth seekers rushing to Diaspora and to escape censorship of corporate-run social media

Monday, August 18, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) Share this alert with everyone you know in alternative media, natural health, honest journalism and truth-seeking: The era of "mainstream social media" (i.e. Facebook, etc.) as a trusted social media hub is coming to a close. 

As everyone has noticed by now, Facebook selectively censors posts based on their keyword content, suppressing truthful information about natural cures, GMOs, mercury in vaccines and even cancer prevention strategies.

Everyone in the truth movement now fully realizes that corporate-run social media will always be controlled by corporate interests. Thus, it is useless for the kind of honest investigative journalism the world really needs right now in this era of unprecedented information oppression and propaganda. An alternative social sharing network has long been sought which could serve as a trusted, independent, non-corporate gathering place for truth seekers.

We have now identified t…