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Hail damages South African mango crop

Over the weekend there was a large hail storm in Hoedspruit in the Limpopo area of South Africa. 

This is the largest mango production region in the country, "The full extent of the loss to the mango crop in that region has not been established, but initial indications are that it could be around 20%,"explains Derek Donkin CEO of Subtrop.

Citrus is also grown in Hoedspruit, but the extent of the damage is not yet known.

On Saturday and Sunday there were good rains in Nelspruit and Tzaneen areas,"This brought respite from the hot dry weather that we had been having for the preceding two weeks. More rain, however, is needed,"  according to Craig McBain, CEO from major avocado producer Halls.

He said that the avocado production is further north in the Tzaneen area and was not affected by the hail.


 Here is a perspective by Dr. Peter Hammond. 

Dr. Hammonds doctorate is in Theology. He was born in Capetown in 1960, grew up in Rhodesia and converted to Christianity in 1977.

 Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat

> > Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.

 > > Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other components. 

 > > Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges.

 > > When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well..

Here's how it works:

 > > As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 3% in any given …


Ian’s keen for mango season

Madeline McDonald | 16th Nov 2015 7:00 PM

SUMMER FRUIT: Ian holds a Honey Gold Mango which will be ready for harvest in the next month.Chris Ison Rokcmango

THERE'S NOTHING Yeppoon's Ian Groves looks forward to more than cutting open the first ripe mango of the season.

The local owner of Groves Grown Tropical Fruit in Bungundarra, who's been in the business for 33 years, is getting prepared for his busiest time of year.

But the taste of this year's mango season will be bitter-sweet for Ian after losing some of his mango crop last year following Cyclone Marcia.

Ian, 60, said although he lost half of his late mango crop, it could have been worse.

"The mango season starts in Darwin and works its way down to us around December to mid-January,"he said.

"The late mango season is in February and normally lasts until March so we were in the middle of a season when Marcia came through. I'm currently replanting avocado trees that we lost…

CUBAZUELA : Detenciones en USA confirman que el narcotráfico entró al Palacio de Miraflores


by Carlos Vilchez Navamuel

• 13 noviembre, 2015 •

Si una gran mayoría de venezolanos sentía tristeza y vergüenza por la clase gobernante que tienen en su país, lo que ocurrió hace unos pocos días produce indignación y confirma todo lo que se viene denunciando desde hace ya varios años sobre el narco estado venezolano.

La detención por parte de la DEA de dos familiares muy cercanos al presidente Maduro y a su esposa en Haití, es la prueba real que el narcotráfico entró a Miraflores, una acción deshonrosa y humillante para todos los venezolanos de bien.

Según las noticias divulgadas primero por el ABC de España y luego por el New York Times, así como el Wall Street Journal y el resto de los principales periódicos del mundo, dos sobrinos de la primera dama de Venezuela fueron arrestados por supuestamente conspirar para traficar 800 kilos de cocaína a Estados Unidos.

El resumen de noticias del Miami Herald del 12 de noviembre de 2015 informa que  “El ahijado y un sobrino de Maduro…


Port NOLA sets container throughput record
The Port of New Orleans handled 537,285 TEUs in the past year through September 2015, surpassing the half million-TEU mark for the first time in any 12-month period, CEO Gary LaGrange said at the 29th Annual State of the Port Address.

By Ben Meyer |Friday, November 13, 2015

The Port of New Orleans handled 537,285 TEUs in the past 12 months ending September 2015, a 13.6 percent increase over the same period a year ago and a record for any 12-month period at the port. 

 The port attributed those figures to container volumes in the Central American trade lane more than doubling through September, driven by banana imports and exports of paper and chemical products.

“It’s another milestone that comes on the heels of four record years in a row,” Port NOLA President and CEO Gary LaGrange said at the 29th Annual State of the Port Address today hosted by the International Freight Forwarders and Customs House Brokers Association of New Orleans.



FDA today released groundbreaking final rules that will help produce farmers and food importers take steps to prevent food safety problems before they occur. 

The agency also released a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the produce rule’s provisions.

The following information is now available:

Produce Safety

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

Accredited Third-Party Certification

Environmental Impact Statement

Webinar Series on the Final Rules

For more information on FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act, visit