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SIXTY MILLION DOLLARS LATER : National Mango Board (NMB) referendum scheduled

02/12/2015 09:34:00 AM
Tom Karst

A vote on whether to continue the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order has been scheduled.

The referendum, which occurs every five years, is from April 6-17. A simple majority of eligible first handlers and importers would continue the order, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It is the second such vote on order; mango assessments began in 2005.

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service conducts the referendum by mail. Ballots and voting instructions will be mailed on or before April 6 to all eligible individuals who handled or imported mangos between Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014, and who currently handle or import mangos, according to the release.

First handlers receiving 500,000 or more pounds of mangos and importers importing 500,000 or more pounds of mangos into the U.S. are eligible to vote.

First handlers or importers who do not receive a ballot by April 6 should contact referendum agent Jeanette Palmer via e…

¿Se fugaron más de $200.000 millones de dólares de Venezuela?


by Carlos Vilchez Navamuel • 11 febrero, 2015 

La noticia revelada en estos días acerca de que el HSBC en Suiza habría protegido a gobernantes, banqueros, artistas, reyes y hasta futbolistas en un gran fraude fiscal ha recorrido el mundo como pólvora.

CNN nos informó el 09-02-2015 que “Los documentos obtenidos y analizados por el consorcio internacional de periodistas de investigación revelan cómo HSBC utilizó el sistema bancario suizo para proteger las identidades de sus clientes, y en muchos casos, para ayudarles a evitar el pago de impuestos. Las conclusiones de la investigación están basadas en datos que dio a las autoridades francesas Falciani en 2008. Los archivos fueron después obtenidos por Le Monde y compartidos con otros medios”.

Como era de esperarse, Venezuela no se escapa de esto, el sitio en Internet denominado el dolartoday publicó una noti…


Shipping Lines risk valuable Turn around time (Return on Investment) on Reefer Containers as a consequence of USA West Coast Port Stagnation....

Port costs mount for reefer shippers

February 11, 2015:

Some inbound reefer containers have been stuck in US west coast ports for more than three weeks, incurring huge port storage and demurrage costs

~ Reefer Trends


"The Lunch Question is republished with permission of Stratfor."

The Lunch Question
Global Affairs

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 | 09:00 GMT

By Ian Morris

At an event in Beijing last November, I had the good fortune to meet the French economist Thomas Piketty, who has sold 1.5 million copies of his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century,since it was first published in 2013. 

Pacing up and down in front of a packed auditorium, Piketty explained that because the rate of return on capital is now higher than the growth rate of the global economy, the proportion of the world's wealth that is owned by a small elite will likely keep increasing; in other words, we should expect to see a divergence of wealth as the rich get much richer. 

As his book says,"capitalism automatically generates arbitrary and unsustainable inequalities that radically undermine the meritocratic values on which democratic societies are based."

No strategic forecaster can afford to ignore this alarming predicti…