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MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : Mexico Finds '1st Coca Plantation'

Written by Marguerite Cawley

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The site of the coca plants in Chiapas, Mexico

Mexico's army announced that it had located the country's first known coca plantation, suggesting that Mexican traffickers could be seeking to produce cocaine at home -- a potential game changer for the drug industry.

On September 9, members of the Mexican army and border police found and destroyed 1,639 coca plants located on a plot of approximately 1,250 square meters in Tuxtla Chico, in Chiapas state near the Guatemalan border, reported Reforma

"We have information that this is the first plantation that has been located at a national level of this type of plant,"
Sergio Ernesto Martinez Rescalvo, the commander of the 36th Military Zone located in Tapachula, told Reforma.

The discovery followed the seizure a week earlier of coca leaf and plants at a nearby residence, where three suspects were detained, reported Reforma. 

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The St. Crispin's Day speech is a famous speech from William Shakespeare's play Henry V in Act IV Scene iii 18–67.

In response to Westmoreland's dismay at the lack of troop strength, King Henry expresses his belief that the few men – a "band of brothers" – will be able to boast each year on St. Crispin's Day of their victory over the French.

Laurence Olivier (1944) and Kenneth Branagh (1989) offer different readings of this text in their respective film adaptations of "Henry V." The scene has been mimicked in such other films as "Braveheart" and "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."[citation needed]


WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING. What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin, Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish n…

It's the Pits: Ancient peach stones offer clues to fruit's origins

by Staff Writers
Mississauga, Canada (SPX) Sep 10, 2014

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As peach trees in the Niagara Region of Ontario give up the last of their fruit for the season, their ancestors halfway around the globe are clamouring for attention.

In a study published in PLOS ONE, Gary Crawford, a U of T Mississauga anthropology professor, and two Chinese colleagues propose that the domestic peaches enjoyed worldwide today can trace their ancestry back at least 7,500 years ago to the lower Yangtze River Valley in Southern China, not far from Shanghai.

The study, headed by Yunfei Zheng from the Zhejiang Institute of Archeology in China's Zhejiang Province, was done in collaboration with Crawford and X. Chen, another researcher at the Zhejang Institute.

"Previously, no one knew where peaches were domesticated," said Crawford. "None of the botanical literature suggested the Yangtze Valley, although many people thought that it happened somewhere in China."

Radiocarbon dating of …