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Global Markets : Putting Latin American Economies in Perspective

OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON RELIEF EFFORTS IN WAKE OF HURRICAN ODILE BY MEXICAN GOVERNMENT

BAJA HIGHWAY COLLAPSES : DOES NOT STOP MOVEMENT

A lot of you have been asking if we know the status of the highway... ..here are some photos headed south - before approaching Mulege...









































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Citrus grove owners to get help under program

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press
Published 1:37 pm, Wednesday, September 17, 2014










ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida's citrus growers whose groves are affected by a deadly citrus disease can recoup some of the cost of tree removal and replanting under a federal program announced Wednesday.





U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the Tree Assistance Program is now being extended to Florida growers affected by citrus greening.





The program allows farmers replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. Under the program, Florida citrus growers will be eligible for up to 50 percent of the cost of the removal of diseased trees, 65 percent of the cost of replanting and labor, and 65 percent of the cost of seedlings. Losses must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.





Vilsack said it's important for Florida growers to remove the diseased trees and replant new trees, otherwise the industry will continue to suffer crop and job losses.




"We …

USA DOT : PORTS MAJOR BENEFICIARY OF TIGER GRANTS

Published: 16 September 2014

Tiger VI funds announced



Ports and rail freight projects feature heavily in latest round of TIGER Grants








The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced 72 awards totalling $584M will be made under the sixth round of the Transport Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. 



The list of “maritime” related grants (from the American Association of Port Authorities) in TIGER VI is:




Terminal 46 Modernisation Project in Seattle - $20M towards a $66M berth upgrade including an extension, new piling, crane rails and yard work.


Norfolk International Terminals in Virginia - $15M towards a $31M offramp to connect the terminal directly to the I-564 and eight acres of new yard space.



Port Newark Container Terminal in New Jersey - $14.8M towards a new gate complex and yard expansion. 


Wando Welch Terminal at Charleston - $10.8M towards the cost of structural repairs, new crane rails and piling for larger cranes and a deeper berth. 


Lake Charles Harbour…