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2015 - 2016 MANGO SEASON : A huge El Niño could devastate Southern California

“This definitely has the potential of being the Godzilla El Niño,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.

Waves crash into homes along Broad Beach in Malibu . (Ken Lubas / Los Angeles Times)


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It started in October 1997 in Mexico, when a hurricane fueled by El Niño slammed into Acapulco, causing massive flooding and hundreds of deaths. 

A few weeks later, storms started hitting Southern California. Mobile home parks in Huntington Beach flooded, forcing rescuers to use inflatable boats and a catamaran to rescue residents. 

Then in December, the skies opened up in Orange County in what meteorologists described as the biggest rainstorm in a century. 

More than seven inches fell in parts of south Orange County in one day. Mudslides destroyed hillside homes. Neighborhoods flooded. Major …

CUBA 2015 : Medios hispanos de Miami no recibieron permiso para cubrir la visita de Kerry a La Habana

Al igual que el resto de los reporteros de Noticias 23, la reportera cubana Gloria Ordaz tampoco recibió autorización para entrar a Cuba.  Gastón de Cárdenas el Nuevo Herald


Los noticieros hispanos de Miami no estarán presentes en La Habana durante la visita a la isla del secretario de Estado de Estados Unidos, John Kerry, quien izará la bandera de EE.UU. en la embajada de este país en Cuba, el 14 de agosto.

“Ningún reportero del Noticiero 51 fue acreditado. Cubriremos [el evento] con [la cobertura del noticiero de la cadena] Telemundo, que enviará al reportero [nicaragüense] Iván Taylor, afirmó a el Nuevo Herald Helga Silva, vicepresidenta de noticas y contenido de Telemundo 51.

Ricardo Brown, director del noticiero MundoMax8.  Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

Por su parte, Roberto Vizcón, director de Noticias 23, dijo que a sus reporteros les negaron la visa, aunque en principio pensaban enviar a la reportera cubana Gloria Ordaz.

“Nos negaron la…

Maersk Line warns competitors in the price war


The carrier's combined freight volumes increased 13 percent compared to the first three months of the year: "We're sending a signal that we intend to maintain our position as industry leader," says Maersk Group CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen.

Published 13.08.15 at 10:24

Maersk Line has in the second quarter reclaimed the market shares that the carrier lost in the first three months of the year. On Thursday, this made the Maersk Group CEO send a signal to the competition that Maersk Line is the industry leader.

Even though Maersk Line's second quarter revenue of USD 6.3 billion was 9.2 percent lower than in the same period last year - a consequence of the extremely low freight rates on Asia-Europe - the carrier's combined freight volumes increased 3.7 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period 2014, and 13 percent from the first quarter this year.

Maersk Line's offensive in the global container market is not least signif…

GHANA : Farmers cry for help to curb mango disease

By: Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor
Date :Wednesday, 12 August 2015 23:04
Published in General News

Mango farmers have called for assistance to deal with a devastating disease that is fast destroying their mango farms.

Known as Bacterial Black Spots (BBS), the disease attacks the leaves and the fruits, rendering the fruits bad, thereby causing the farmers a lot in terms of losses.

Speaking at a forum in Kumasi, the 2011 National Best Mango Farmer, Mr Kwasi Etu-Bonde, said the disease was widespread in the Brong Ahafo Region and fast spreading to other mango-producing areas in the country.

The forum was organised by the West Africa Trade Hub and Investment Project on agribusinesses access to finance, and attended by financial institutions and farmers from the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions.

The project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will run for three years.

The regional project will work with financial advisors who are also business advisory service providers…

MYANMAR : Japan pumps $10m into agro research

By Pyae Thet Phyo | Thursday, 13 August 2015

Agro-Laboratories that will help Myanmar become the “food bank of Japan” will be completed next month. 

Nine labs being built by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the campus of Nay Pyi Taw’s Yezin Agricultural University will be completed by the end of September, said university rector U Myo Kywel on August 10.

Japanese experts will teach at the labs, which cost US$10.6 million, starting November until 2019 in subjects including agricultural crops, plant husbandry, fertile topsoil and water science, plant diseases, entomology, gardening crops, agro-business, agro-engineering, and animal husbandry.

“Two Japanese professors will be resident here, and agricultural experts will come for six-month stays. Then teachers from here will be sent to Japan to study, from the normal science degree to professor level,”said the rector, adding that Myanmar teachers returning from Japan would pass on their learning to others and take part…

RAMIFICATIONS : Russia Is Destroying Its Food

AUGUST 11, 2015 | 09:15 GMT

A worker crushes crates of peaches outside Novozybkov, Russia, on Aug. 7, 2015. (AFP PHOTO/ONLINER.BY)


** A Kremlin crackdown on food imports that violate Russian sanctions will continue to draw criticism throughout Russia.

** If the Kremlin continues with its crackdown, protests will expand.

** To limit the backlash, Moscow may opt for sporadic crackdowns rather than systematic enforcement of food sanctions.


Russia's recent show of strength toward the West may come at the price of its own internal stability.

 On Aug. 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a crackdown on violations of the Kremlin's food sanctions against the European Union and the United States, during which some illegally imported food was destroyed.

 The move was very unpopular among Russian officials and the public. 

Since food imports to Russia fell by more than half within a single day of Putin's order, many criticized the Kremlin for destroying food at…