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70 evacuated as Colima volcano spews ash in western Mexico

(AP Photo/Sergio Tapiro Velasco). Clouds of ash fill the sky after an eruption by the Colima volcano, known as the Volcano of Fire, near the town of Comala, Mexico, Friday, July 10, 2015. The volcano spewed ash more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) into the...

(AP Photo/Sergio Tapiro Velasco). Lava flows down the banks of the Colima Volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, near the town of Comala, Mexico, Friday, July 10, 2015. 

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Ash and cinders spewed Saturday from the Colima Volcano in western Mexico, prompting authorities to close the airport in the state capital of Colima and order the evacuation of a half dozen hamlets on the flanks of the peak.

At least 70 people were staying at a shelter by the late afternoon.

The volcano began erupting on Thursday and has become increasingly active, leading officials to issue orders to relocate people living nearby.

Civil protection officials described the volcano's movements as "atypical," a kind of activity not seen …


There are around 500 hectares in production in Jamaica. Most of the commercial mango orchards are five hectares (12.35 acres), although there are many smaller farms throughout the island.

Mangos are eaten fresh but are also used for cooking as a paste, for juice, and to make jellies or smoothies. The green or immature fruits are excellent for cooking in a sauce or curry.

“In the last decade, there has been an increased use of mangos as ingredients in cooking and in refrigerated products (ice cream, shakes, and smoothies), in cosmetics, canning, bottling, jelly, and candy.

If you’re going to Jamaica and want to find mangos, 90 percent of the fruit grows in the island’s dry south and southwest regions: Saint Elizabeth, Yallahs, Mandeville, Kingston, Saint Thomas, Clarendon Parishes, and Hodges. 

However, she says, mangos also can be found throughout the entire island, especially in the northern mountainous areas at elevations above 300 meters (984 feet) along roads, in backyards, and on aba…

Colombia’s Magdalena River Project Dredges Up Economic Promise

July 9, 2015 by Reuters

Magdalena River. Photo: Shutterstock/David Antonio Lopez Moya
By Julia Symmes Cobb

BARRANCABERMEJA, Colombia, July 9 (Reuters) – The hulking backhoe dredges up rocks and silt from the shallows of the muddy Magdalena River in the first laborious step to transform the waterway into an engine of economic growth. The excavation along a verdant stretch near Barrancabermeja, an inland oil and coal hub, is part of a $600 million government bid to reclaim the river, once Colombia’s primary transport route. By clearing logjams, the aim is to allow big cargo barges to steam up 900 km (560 miles) from the Caribbean coast to Puerto Salgar, close to the capital Bogota. Currently only smaller barges can navigate as far as Barrancabermeja, 250 km (155 miles) from Puerto Salgar. The project, due to be completed in six years, could spur potential investment by manufacturers and raw material producers keen to reap the benefits of new river transport after enduring decades of costl…

SCOTLAND : Fruit sellers anger over time taken to get mangoes through customs

It is taking longer than 24 hours for mangoes, which have a short shelf-life, to clear Customs at Glasgow airport

Victoria Brenan, Reporter / Friday 10 July 2015 / News

A RIPE old row has erupted over the time taken for mangoes to get through customs at Glasgow airport with fruit sellers being ‘forced’ over the border.

Importers buying thousands of cases of the tropical treats say they are having to wait more than 24 hours for their crates to get customs clearance and are heading to Manchester instead.

They say time is crucial when it comes to the mangoes getting through, as they must get into shops within 48 hours of landing.

Anjam Salim, who runs KRK cash and carry in the west end, imports mangoes every summer and sells them across Scotland.

He was collecting a five-ton shipment of around 2000 boxes from Manchester airport yesterday, where he said turnaround time was three to four hours.

He said: “The mangoes have to be in the shops within 48 hours so time is literally money.

“We live in Sc…