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Costa Rica criticized for lack of oversight of money laundering in the real estate sector

Fabiola Pomareda | November 13, 2014

The global monitoring organization Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is currently conducting an evaluation of money laundering activities associated with drug trafficking in Costa Rica. They are particularly focused on the real estate industry.

According to a report entitled “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2002-2011,” prepared by the Global Financial Integrity organization, money laundering accounts for 22 percent of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product.

The report presents a comparison of the country’s 2011 GDP according to the World Bank and the average flow of illegal money between 2002 and 2011.

It says the flow of illegal money between 2002 in 2011 in Costa Rica amounted to $64 billion. By comparison, during the same period Mexico’s flow was $476 billion, and Panama’s was $40 billion.

On Nov. 4, the Costa Rican Drug Institute (ICD), the Chamber of Realtors and the U.S. Treasury Department held a workshop in San José aimed at rea…

AUSTRALIA : Northern Territory research facility ripens


14 Nov, 2014 03:00 AM

Operated by the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, the facility allows growers to receive immediate feedback on the ripening patterns of their mangoes, and quickly identify any diseases or problems with the fruit.

A NEW fruit ripening facility at the Coastal Plains Research Farm has been welcomed by mango growers as an invaluable tool for the industry.

The new building and equipment will also aid research aimed at boosting the quality of Northern Territory mangoes and other fruit.

Operated by the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, the facility allows growers to receive immediate feedback on the ripening patterns of their mangoes, and quickly identify any diseases or problems with the fruit.

Some of the hi-tech tools available include a near-infrared spectrometer, colour meter, and texture meter.

The instruments also allow for remote monitoring, so environmental conditions can be adjusted from afar.

Ross Maxwell, president of …

Natural coatings found to increase mango shelf life inShare

November 14th, 2014

A study from Colombia has found that coatings based on natural elements can greatly increase mango shelf life while maintaining the fruit’s texture, color and weight.

The Universidad Nacional de Colombia research project involved developing a blend of cassava starch and citric pectin, in which fruits were submerged for two minutes and then stored a 11º C (51.8º F) and a relative humidity of 80%.

These types of coatings provide a semi-pervious barrier to the surface of the product that increases carbon dioxide and decreases oxygen levels, according to researcher Eliana María Estrada.

This allows for color, texture and weight to be preserved for a longer period of time, compared to the normal maturation time – between the sixth and tenth day.

“We chose mango because it is one of the main tropical fruits, and after the Andean blueberry it is the second most common flavor in fruit juices,”
Estrada said in a release.

108 mangos were used from the Antioquia Province weighing be…

Just six powerful corporations control almost all the information you see and hear

Friday, November 14, 2014 

by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: media corporations, information control, propaganda

(NaturalNews) Thirty years ago, the diversity of the world's news media was broad. In 1983, some 50 companies owned "the media" in the U.S. and the world; obviously, with so many companies vying for listeners, viewers and readers, competition was intense -- not just for audience but for advertisers as well.

Fast forward to 2014: That field of media companies has been winnowed down to just a half-dozen companies: 

** Time Warner, 
** Disney, 
** Murdoch's News Corporation, 
** Bertelsmann of Germany, 
** Viacom (formerly CBS) 
** General Electric-owned NBC.

In a word, that's pretty scary. As observed by The Economic Collapse blog:

These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. S…

AUSTRALIA : Record number of mangoes leaving the Northern Territory

ABC Rural By Matt Brann

Updated about 7 hours ago
Thu 13 Nov 2014, 9:51pm PHOTO: There are heaps of NT mangoes in the market right now. (Matt Brann) RELATED STORY: Automatic mango grader can process 500 fruit per minute RELATED STORY: A record year for Honey Gold mangoes RELATED STORY: Queensland mangoes hit the markets RELATED STORY: Mango prices on the slide MAP: Darwin 0800 In what's thought to be a record, nearly 900,000 trays of mangoes were trucked out of the Northern Territory last week. Boyd Arthur, from the Australian Mango Industry Association, says consumers are the big winner, with markets around Australia now loaded with quality NT fruit. He says the logistics of getting so many mangoes to market in one week has been incredible. "It's a huge amount of fruit. "The availability of trucking is a bit more open for the mango season this year due to the melon and banana problems we've had in the Territory," Mr Arthur said.

Perú busca consolidarse en el mercado chileno de mango

14 de noviembre de 2014

En el marco de PMA Fruittrade Latin America, evento que se realizó el 12 y 13 de noviembre en Santiago, Chile, una serie de actores de la industria hortofrutícola se reunió para potenciar sus productos y generar nuevos contactos. En ese sentido, Perú manifestó su presencia, destacando sus principales frutos de exportación, entre ellos el mango.


En entrevista con, Juan Carlos Rivera, gerente general de la Asociación Peruana de Productores y Exportadores de Mango (APEM), indicó que Chile se encuentra entre los mercados en los que quieren consolidarse.

“Hemos venido a la feria PMA de Santiago porque queremos un poco consolidar el crecimiento que está teniendo la exportación de mango fresco de Perú a Chile”,
indicó al comienzo de la entrevista.

“Hace 5 años apenas, se exportaban 10 contenedores en toda la campaña y en la última campaña hemos pasado los 100, entonces hay un crecimiento evidente de la exportación de la fruta y cr…