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Do as we say, not as we do

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The powerful Bilderberg Group will discuss imposing more capital controls on average citizens while HSBC, whose Group Chairman will attend the conference, is set to pay more than $40 million dollars for illegal money laundering involving arms dealers and helping the wealthy avoid taxes.

It’s very much a case of do as we say, not as we do.

Douglas Flint, Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings, will attend the elitist confab in Telfs-Buchen, Austria this week along with Stuart Levey, HSBC’s Chief Legal Officer and Rona Fairhead, an HSBC director and Chairwoman of the BBC Trust.

The transnational bank was just ordered by Geneva authorities to pay 40 million Swiss francs (around $43 million dollars) for its Swiss subsidiary’s involvement in illegal money laundering activities during which, “HSBC’s Swiss arm banked the proceeds of political corruption and accepted deposits from arms dealers while helping wea…

Watch mango seller's amazing knife skills as he peels fruit without getting his hands sticky

14:27, 9 JUNE 2015

The street vendors skills were watched by more than 325,000 people on social media

This mango seller uses his knife skills to peel his fruit and make it pretty and he doesn't even get his hands sticky.

Standing at the side of the road he uses an extremely sharp knife to peel the mango, before he begins to split it into the shape of a flower.

Watched by more than 325,000 people on YouTube the street vendor's actions have been applauded around the world.

One watcher Andrew Zorro said: "That would make it so much easier to eat, otherwise it gets stuck between the teeth trying shave chunks off."

YouTubeLife hack: This man's knife skills are amazing

While Mvalviar added:"The best part is that he never touched the mango where the peel has already been peeled off. Hygenic."

Other life hacks that have been impressing on social media are the garlic peeling in a jar .

Again aimed at the those not wishing to get their hands dirty this m…

Draft guidance on importer program published by FDA

By Joe Whitworth, 


Related topics: Audit and Certification, Regulation and safety, Fresh produce, FSMA 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft guidance for importers of human or animal food. 

The Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) is a fee­based program for expedited review and importation of foods into the country from importers with a proven food safety track record. 

The draft guidance describes eligibility criteria for participating in VQIP, the user fee, conditions that might result in withdrawal of eligibility and criteria for reinstatement. Electronic or written comments on the draft guidance can be made until August 19 . 

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires FDA to establish such a program for importers who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of supply chains. 

The agency said it will be able to focus its resources on food imports that are more likely to present a potential risk to public …

PMA Issues Statement In Advance Of House Consideration Of The Country-Of-Origin Labeling Amendments Act

by Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
Posted: 2015-06-09 09:08:13 EST

Newark, Del. — Bryan Silbermann, CEO of Produce Marketing Association, has issued the following statement in advance of consideration of H.R. 2393, the Country-of-Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015:

“Produce Marketing Association’s members supply the global marketplace with affordable and abundant fresh produce year-round and, as a result, they are dependent upon an international trading system which is fair, transparent and reliable. PMA appreciates the leadership of Chairman Conaway in quickly advancing legislation to address the World Trade Organization’s ruling on Country-of-Origin Labeling for beef, pork and poultry. Because of retaliatory threats toward fresh produce from the U.S., this adverse ruling threatens to jeopardize over $1 billion in produce exports to Canada and Mexico through direct impact of tariffs which will make exports uncompetitive, but also through the uncertainty that this will create for…


A Net Assessment of the Middle EastGeopolitical Weekly JUNE 9, 2015 | 08:00 GMTPrint  Text Size  By George Friedman The term "Middle East" has become enormously elastic. The name originated with the British Foreign Office in the 19th century. The British divided the region into the Near East, the area closest to the United Kingdom and most of North Africa; the Far East, which was east of British India; and the Middle East, which was between British India and the Near East. It was a useful model for organizing the British Foreign Office and important for the region as well, since the British — and to a lesser extent the French — defined not only the names of the region but also the states that emerged in the Near and Far East. Today, the term Middle East, to the extent that it means anything, refers to the Muslim-dominated countries west of Afghanistan and along the North African shore. With the exception of Turkey and Iran, the region is predominantly Arab and predominantly Mu…