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Hurricane Norbert drenches Baja California; may help Southwest

Satellite image of Hurricane Norbert nearing Mexico's Baja California peninsula. NOAA

LOS CABOS, Mexico - Heavy rains brought by Hurricane Norbert prompted evacuations as the storm roared up the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Forecasters said the storm may help bring weekend precipitation to the parched U.S. Southwest.

Baja California Sur state Gov. Marcos Covarrubias urged people in vulnerable areas to evacuate and said travelers should stay off highways as the storm passed by. He said most government services would be closed or restricted, and schools in Los Cabos and La Paz were closed on Friday.

At least 1,000 people remained in shelters Friday evening in Los Cabos, where the storm toppled trees and knocked out electricity in parts of the resort area. Firefighters rescued several people from vehicles stranded in flooded streets, said Wenceslao Pettit, Public Safety director in Cabo San Lucas.

Ports in the area popular with U.S. tourists remained closed to naviga…


6 September 2014 Last updated at 21:39 ET

Brazil's ex-Petrobras director Paulo Roberto Costa claims corruption

Paulo Roberto Costa was arrested in March during a police investigation into money laundering

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An ex-director of Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras has accused more than 40 politicians of involvement in a kickback scheme over the past decade.

Paulo Roberto Costa - who is in jail and being investigated for involvement in the alleged scheme - named a minister, governors and congressmen.

They were members of the governing Workers party and two other groups that back President Dilma Rousseff.

She is seeking re-election in a poll due on 5 October.

Many of the names were published in Veja, one of Brazil's leading magazines. Several politicians mentioned have denied involvement.

Petrobras is one of the largest companies in the southern hemisphere

Mr Costa claimed that politicians r…

NEW TRADE ROUTE ??? : Veracruz-Philly ocean service is 'in the red zone'

by Tad Thompson | September 05, 2014

"When you have a band of stubborn, bull-headed, determined entrepreneurs, they make things happen,"
said Fred Sorbello, who recently stepped down from his role as president of Ship Philly First.

Such a position is quickly driving a direct refrigerated ocean freight service between Veracruz, Mexico, and the Philadelphia port community.

On Sept. 4, as many as 20 Ship Philly First members were holding a "call-a-thon" to develop southbound trade for a round-trip link, which is already rich in promised northbound refrigerated cargo. Between 250 and 300 prospective exporters would be contacted, Sorbello said. 

The Delaware River, seen here from the deck of a break bulk ship docked in the Gloucester Marine Terminal in Gloucester City, NJ, cumulatively makes one of the largest fruit ports in the United States.

Sorbello said the aforementioned aggressive membership of Ship Philly First has done a great deal of due diligence for steamship line…


Fue un gran honor para Ecuador y para nuestra FUNDACION MANGO ECUADOR recibir a Noris Ledesma, científica y " Plant Hunter" del FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN de Miami quien dió una interesantísima Conferencia en el V Congreso del Mango Ecuatoriano sobre la "Diversidad Genética del Mango en el mundo"

La Dra Ledesma ha encontrado en Borneo, Malasia e India más de 20 diferentes especies salvajes de mango con las que realiza cruzamientos para buscar nuevos híbridos de mangos resistentes a las enfermedades , o a la sequía , a la salinidad etc
El Jardín Botánico de Miami tiene además 650 variedades de Mango ( Mangífera indica)y conserva además muchas variedades de frutas tropicales como mamey, níspero, caimito, aguacate,zapote, etc etc

— with Noris Ledesma.

V International Ecuadorian Mango Congress to be held at the Oro Verde Hotel in Guayaquil – Ecuador on September 4 & 5, 2014.

The Congress takes place every two years and mango growers, packers, shippers, Importers…

Whole Trade® Guarantee - Haitian Francis Mangoes - The Sweetest Mango?

Published on Apr 24, 2012

Only available for a short time each year, Francique mangoes are unique to Haiti and are deliciously plump and juicy. When ripe, they're soft with an orange or gold freckled skin and they have a smooth, rich flesh with a distinctly tropical flavor.
Whole Foods Market® is the sole buyer of organic and Fair Trade Certified mangoes from Haitian growers, sometimes buying from a family with just one tree. The Whole Trade Guarantee ensures growers receive equitable pay — a key point since this mango crop is a major source of income for many of these families.

Our partners at Perry Exports have helped Haitian mango farmers organize into cooperatives so the farmers can sell their fruit more directly. Through these groups, we are able to make fixed price and minimum volume commitments before the season, so farmers know they'll have a market for their fruit. Our upfront offer gives farmers the confidence to reject the below-market prices from informal traders who …


Manuel Michel

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Whittenburg Law Firm,
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Marketing Specialist
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
March 2011 – Present (3 years 7 months)Portland, OR

Managing Associate Attorney
Whittenburg Law Firm
2008 – 2011 (3 years) Lubbock, TX

Quality Assurance & Food Safety Manager
L&J Farms / Jackpot Harvesting
2002 – 2005 (3 years) Gonzales, CA

Business Development & Food Safety Associate
Davis Fresh Technologies
2000 – 2002 (2 years) Aptos, CA

Policy Research & Commerce Development Analyst
Idaho State Department of Agriculture
1999 – 2000 (1 year)

Boise, ID


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