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LOST IN 15 THOUSAND FEET OF WATER : Coast Guard will suspend search for El Faro tonight


The National Transportation Safety Board will still seek to locate the TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico ship and recover the "black box" voyage data recorder.

By Chris Dupin and Ben Meyer |Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The U.S. Coast Guard said it will suspend its search-and-rescue mission for the 33 crew members of the TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico ship El Faro at sundown tonight. 

The ship was last heard from on Thursday as it approached the eye of Hurricane Joaquin and no survivors have been found, despite an intensive search of tens of thousands of square miles in the Atlantic. 

There were 28 U.S. crewmen and five Polish shipyard workers on the container and roll-on/roll-off cargo vessel at the time of its sinking.

Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor announced the suspension of the search at a Wednesday afternoon press conference after he and other officers met with the families of the missing crew members earlier in the day.



What can smart shelf tech do for Kroger's business?

By George Anderson

OCTOBER 7, 2015

For many Americans, the name Kroger is synonymous with groceries and supermarkets. 

Those who follow Kroger closely know that the company continues to excel at its core business, in part, because of its innovative use of technology, which has helped to up performance across departments within the organization.

The most recent example of Kroger's willingness to put technology to work includes a test of smart shelves that automate pricing and product information changes while promising to display nutritional information on demand in the future.

Kroger's test of the technology has grown from a small number of shelves to 2,200 throughout the center store at a location in Ohio, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Advancement in the shelf technology, along with Kroger's mobile app, "has the potential to reinvent brick-and-mortar retailing," Brett Bonner, vice president of research and…


HIGH-DENSITY MANGO PLANTING – Photo shows three-year-old mango trees that are spaced only about a meter apart but are fruiting very well. This is a high-density planting by a division of the Jain Group of Companies in Jalgaon, India. It is really unbelievable but the picture tells everything that it is real. The Jain Group is one of the world’s leading drip irrigation companies. It is also into processing of fruits, garlic, onion, pomegranate, mango and others. It is one of the few companies (the only one in India) cited by Fortune magazine as having significantly contributed to the world’s economic well being. The editor of this page was a guest, together with Toto Barcelona, of the Jain Group in 2011.


Mango trees a meter apart fruiting heavily

by Zac Sarian

October 7, 2015

You will not believe us if we just tell you that in India, they can grow mango trees a meter apart and the trees are fru…

USA: Mango display contest boosts IN STORE sales by 168%

The National Mango Board (NMB) announced the winners of the Mango Mania Display Contest and reported an outstanding 168% increase of mango volume sales amongst participating stores compared to the same time last year. 

The contest is designed to help small and large retail chains pump up mango sales, while showcasing their creativity and educating shoppers about mango cutting, selection, and nutrition.

7 or more registers 1st Place: Lucilo Torres, Northgate Markets, Long Beach, CA.

This year, every store was a winner of a $15 Amazon gift card just by entering the contest. This incentive was used by the NMB to enlist more participation and create excitement throughout the produce departments. 

The stores were encouraged to use NMB’s point-of-sale (POS) materials that showcase cutting, selection, and nutrition messages, along with easy mango recipe ideas. 

Retailers were also encouraged to use their own props to incorporate creativity into the catchy displays, which had to be kept for at lea…

PERU : How Pablo Escobar's Legacy of Violence Drives Today's Cartel Wars - Part 2

More Parts:
Part 1
Part 2

Pablo Escobar was the mastermind of drug trafficking and narcoterrorism in Colombia during the 1980s. He transformed the city of Medellín into the cocaine capital of the world and pioneered a model that almost every major criminal organization would later adopt.

Countries around the globe are still grappling with the aftermath of Escobar's reign 20 years after his death, from the hired killers he trained as his army of underage hitmen to the remote cocaine labs and clandestine air strips in the jungles of Peru helping feed the world's hunger for coke.

In part two of this VICE documentary, a former Escobar hitman, Elmo Molina—who now helps guide young gang members out of the murder business—gives us a tour of the criminal underworld in Lima, Peru.