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AUSTRALIA : New mango variety Lady Jane to hit supermarket shelves next year


"Zamorano, is the best Agricultural University in America, and definitely one of the best in the world for sure. I am so happy having 4 of their students every year with me. These mango research projects will stimulate and benefit everybody. Zamorano has a very good reputation all over the world, and that´s absolutely true!"

~ Dr. Noris Ledesma
Tropical Curator Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens (FTBG) Miami, Florida

Zamorano, is a private, coeducational university located in the valley of the Yeguare river, Honduras. El Zamorano's main focus is agricultural and there are four different programs to choose from in the school. Enrollment stands at more than 1200 students.

Zamorano was founded in 1941 by WilsonPoponoe “The father of the Avocado”. I am in his original house that was converted in a museum.

Dr. Poponeoe traveled through Central America looking for the right spot until, 1941, arrived at the Yeguare River Valley, and started the Pan-American A…

APM Terminals Moin prepares to expand Costa Rica’s refrigerated export capabilities

By: AJOT | Oct 19 2015 at 11:29 AM | Ports & Terminals

Six new STS cranes and 29 RTGs on order to serve the deep-water Moin Container Terminal, opening in 2018. 

Larger container ships with increased refrigerated container capacity will be able to call Costa Rica directly.

Moin, Costa Rica – APM Terminals Moin has announced a number of port project updates enabling Costa Rica’s future economic growth needs through a safe, world-class, high-productivity and environmentally-sustainable container terminal designed to serve the larger vessels entering the Latin American trades, and in particular, the temperature controlled containers through which fresh fruit such as pineapple and bananas are now being transported to Costa Rica’s export markets in North America and Europe.

 Costa Rica is currently the world’s largest exporter of pineapples, and the 3rd-largest exporter of bananas.  Sugar, Coffee and Beef are also major export products. 

Costa Rica’s exports totaled USD 11.75 billion in 201…

Is Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Guzmán's Capture Imminent?

OCT 19, 2015 @ 03:26 PM 

Dolia Estevez


I cover Mexico's billionaires, politics and U.S.-Mexico relations

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

In the 100 days since his dazzling escape from a Mexican high-security prison, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has narrowly evaded being re-captured twice, according to U.S. and Mexican sources. Around ten days ago, the world’s most dangerous drug trafficker barely escaped being detained and suffered injuries to his leg and face as he “engaged in a hasty retreat,” the Mexican government said.

How close is the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel- a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise believed to control an estimated one-third of the U.S. illegal narcotic market- to being caught?

Guzmán was arrested on Feb 22, 2014; he escaped 17 months later from a Mexican high security prison. (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

“There is ongoing work of the investigators on both sides of the border who are dedicated to his re…

October Climate Briefing: El Niño Flexes Its Strength

Posted by Elisabeth Gawthrop on October 16, 2015

Read our ENSO Essentials & Impacts pages for more about El Niño.

Tony Barnston provides an overview of the briefing

Changes from last month’s briefing

The El Niño that officially began last March and became a “strong” event in July continues to strengthen, with the event expected to peak in the next few months. Even with the weakening projected by models in early 2016, most models show an event still above the +1.5ºC “strong” El Niño threshold for the January-March season. The probability that El Niño will continue, at least at a weak level, remains around 100% through early 2016 — in line with what has been forecasted by IRI and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center the last several months.

Barnston says recent westerly wind anomalies in the western Pacific, and the Kelvin waves associated with them, continue to strengthen the El Niño and make it competitive to reach the strength of the 1982-83 …

Piden condicionar la pertenencia de Venezuela a Consejo de DDHH de la ONU


OCTUBRE 19, 2015

Los ex presidentes consideran que Caracas no ha cumplido con los requisitos del consejo

Piden "la liberación inmediata" de los opositores presos "por ejercer sus derechos de opinión y manifestación pacífica"

El puesto de Venezuela en el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU expira este año

El Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU. Centro de Noticias ONU

Agence France-Presse


Ex presidentes iberoamericanos pidieron este lunes a la ONU condicionar la renovación de Venezuela como miembro de su Consejo de Derechos Humanos a la liberación de opositores y la presencia de observadores internacionales en las elecciones legislativas del 6 de diciembre.

El deterioro de la situación de los derechos humanos en Venezuela (…), el desconocimiento de las resoluciones emitidas por las distintas relatorías y grupos del trabajo del Alto Comisionado de Derechos Humanos por parte del gobierno venezolano y su actitud obstruccionista en el Consejo de Derechos Hum…

EURO MARKET : "Fibreless mango doing okay; Tommy Atkins difficult"

Sjoerd Meijer, Fruitmarket:

The past weeks, demand for mangoes has decreased, and prices are also a bit lower. 

According to Sjoerd Meijer of Fruitmarket, the fibreless mangoes are currently doing okay, but the Tommy Atkins, on the other hand, have a harder time getting sold. 

"A few weeks ago, prices of Tommies were still almost 7 Euro, but at the moment we're looking at 4 to 5 Euro."

The reason for the somewhat decreasing prices, Sjoerd says, is the higher supply and lower demand at the moment.

"Compared to last year, there are some higher volumes on the market."

Decent prices

More was paid for Kent and Keitt a few weeks ago as well, but those prices are also decent at the moment. 

"They're selling at between 7 and 8.5 Euro. The market has stabilized somewhat, and I expect us to be able to hold on to this price level for a while, around 7 to 8 Euro. For the rest it's difficult to predict of course, seeing how multiple factors influence the market situati…