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IT PAYS TO LIVE IN GUSTY OREGON REGION

GRASS VALLEY, Ore. — It pays to live in Sherman County: $590 a year. Enlarge This Image “Now you wake up and the wind is blowing and it’s like, yes!” said one Sherman County resident who is making money from wind turbines on her farm. RelatedTimes Topic: Wind Power In this sparsely populated landscape south of the Columbia River Gorge, annual checks for that amount are local residents’ share of a windfall brought by the growing wind energyindustry.  In an area otherwise dominated by wheat farms, hundreds of 300-foot wind turbines now generate electricity and cash. “Wind is the only thing that is going to save rural Oregon,” said Judge Gary Thompson of Sherman County Court, “especially since all the timber is gone and the sawmills and all that are closing down. I think what it is is a breath of fresh air.” The Columbia Gorge has been like an expressway for hard-blowing wind since long before the turbines arrived. 

Trees here lean to the east from the gusts that rip across the plateau.
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HORTICULTURALIST NAMES MANGO AFTER INDIA POLITICAL LEADER

After juicy 'Sachin mangoes' and delicious 'Aishwarya mangoes', a grafting expert here has developed a new variety of the fruit in the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Grafting expert and Padamshree horticulturist Haji Kaleemullah Khan developed the variety and named it 'Sonia aam'. "I am trying to meet Soniaji to apprise her about the mango variety, which would be ready by the second week of June," Kaleemullah told PTI. "The colour of the mango is golden and it has a lot of pulp. I think it will be appreciated once it came to the market," Kaleemullah, who had earlier developed mangoes and guavas in the name of Bollywood star Aishwarya said. The horticulturist, who is based in the mango-belt of Malihabad, is known for growing unique variety of fruits especially mangoes. In May last year, the 70-year-old Khan grafted a new variety of mango, which he named after batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_sonia-gandhi-man…

MANGOES ARE ON THE TIP OF EVERYONE'S TONGUE...AS MANGO FOOD FESTIVAL KICKS OFF IN LUDHIANA, INDIA

LUDHIANA: Most will agree that one of the best things about summer is being able to relish mangoes. 




Nobody knows it like the Ludhianvis who are enjoying full course meals of exclusive mango recipes, right from the starters to desserts, at a mango festival going on in a hotel here.

Chefs in the city are offering 'mango chicken cream soup', 'mango iceberg salad', 'mango chicken curry' and 'mango ivory mousse'.

For residents like Raman Singh of Pakhowal Road there could not have been a better way to enjoy the season. 




http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ludhiana/Mango-food-festival-makes-mouths-water/articleshow/8641870.cms















CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR BLOW TO CHIRAIGAON & BADAGAON MANGO CENTERS IN INDIA

VARANASI: The recent spate of duststorms and high-velocity winds has done a massive damage to mango crop in the region, pushing it beyond the reach of common man.

Reports from Chiraigaon and Badagaon, two major mango producing centres in the district, indicate one-third (33%) reduction in the production due to changing weather conditions. Other parts of the region including Kashi Vidyapith, Harahua, Sewapuri and Cholapur have also registered reduction of nearly 25% in the production of mangoes. 


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/Fast-changing-weather-hits-mango-crop-hard/articleshow/8640829.cms








PAKISTAN KICKS OFF INTERNATIONAL SIX DAY MANGO FESTIVAL

MIRPURKHAS (APP) – The six- day 46th International Mango and Summer Fruits Festival coinciding with a cultural exhibition will start from Monday, for which all arrangements have been finalised.

The event will be marked as a showpiece of international standard, the organisers said Sunday.

District Administrator Mirpurkhas Ghulam Hussain Memon who is also President of Mega Mango Festival Committee,

has suspended one of the Festival’s programmes, that of Mega Musical Night, to mourn the recent demise Sardar Hakim Ali Zardari. Registration process of abadgars and farmers of mango orchards is underway in full swing which will end on June 2.

Different mega programmes have been planned by the district administration Mirpurkhas, including cultural, sports, entertainment, business, awarness etc.


http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Business/30-May-2011/Intl-Mango-Festival-today











GERMANY AGREES TO PHASE OUT NUCLEAR IN ORDER TO APPEASE "GREEN" PARTY

Nuclear phase-out can make Germany trailblazer - MerkelGermany has relied on nuclear power for almost a quarter of its energy Related StoriesNuclear power politicsViewpoints: Germany's shutdownGerman angst over nuclear review German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said a decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 can make her country a trailblazer in renewable energy. Ms Merkel said Germany would reap economic benefits from the move. Germany is the biggest industrial power to renounce nuclear energy, in a policy reversal for the governing centre-right coalition. Mrs Merkel set up a panel to review nuclear power following the crisis at Fukushima in Japan. The crisis, triggered by an earthquake and tsunami in March, led to mass anti-nuclear protests across Germany. The anti-nuclear drive boosted Germany's Green party, which took control of the Christian Democrat stronghold of Baden-Wuerttemberg, in late March. Analysts say Mrs Merkel may be eyeing a future c…

FRANCE DEFIES CONVENTIONAL WISDOM ON NUCLEAR ENERGY

France expands nuclear power plans despite FukushimaWith dwindling fossil fuel supplies, France is increasingly reliant on its nuclear power plants which now provide it with three-quarters of its electricity


In the aftermath of Japan's nuclear crisis at Fukushima, some European nations are re-thinking their atomic plans. But France, home to 58 of 143 reactors in the EU, remains nuclear energy's champion, and plans not to retire its power stations but to expand them. Emma Jane Kirby examines why. For many tourists visiting the tranquil North Normandy coast, the giant EPR reactor at Flamanville is little more than a lamentable industrial scar on a rather beautiful landscape. But to the French government, Flamanville's European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) is the embodiment of the future. Following the disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power station - which was heavily damaged by the deadly 11 March quake and tsunami - President Nicolas Sarkozy announced there would be an au…

NEW ZEALAND AGRICULTURE WILL BE ABLE TO HARNESS THE WIND FOR ENERGY NEEDS.....

Earthworks for the final two holes to house the Mt Stuart wind-farm turbines are nearing completion, ready for the arrival of the Chinese-built units in July. Pioneer Generation's chief executive, Fraser Jonker, said work started on the nine-turbine wind farm in April and was making good progress. "Seven of the nine holes have been completed and we're doing steelwork for the foundations. We've been quite lucky. The weather hasn't really affected us." Mr Jonker said staff went to China two weeks ago to inspect nine G52 turbines and were happy with what they saw. The turbines were made by Spanish-based firm Gamesa at its plant in China. "They should be loaded into ships this past weekend and arrive in New Zealand by the end of July," he said.

http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/south-otago/162831/wind-farm-earthworks-near-completion


SOON NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR SCIENCE.....

In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don't think could be investigated.


 For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the sun, or they might be completely unethical, such as lethal experiments involving people. 


This feature aims to look at the impossible dreams, the seemingly intractable problems in science. 




However, the question mark at the end of "Too Hard for Science?" suggests that nothing might be impossible.






http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=too-hard-for-science-eo-wilson--a-v-2011-05-27&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_EVO_20110530

CRACKS BEGIN TO APPEAR IN CHINA'S ECONOMY

CHINA’S economy has, at least on paper, survived forces that have overwhelmed much of the rest of the world. But the recent round of bank tightening seems, at least indirectly, to be hitting with real force. 
Slowly, word has spread of Jin Libin, a resident of Inner Mongolia who ran a business empire encompassing supermarkets, mining and transport, who set himself on fire one day in April and burned to death.
 According to theGlobal Times, a government-run newspaper, he left private debts of $1.3 billion yuan ($191m) of private loans and another 150m yuan of loans from banks. Still to be reflected is the impact of his collapse on his lenders, which, the 

SHOULD NUTRITIONAL LABELS APPLY TO FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLES ? : NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NEW LABELS...

by Marion Nestle

MAY282011

Redesign the Nutrition Facts label? Here’s your chance!


Utne reader has just announced the most interesting contest: redesign the food label.

The contest is sponsored by Good magazine and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s News21 program. 


 It is called the Rethink the Food Label project.

Anyone can enter. 

 Just think of some way that would make the label more useful.

The FDA is currently working on doing just that, and for good reason. 
 The label is so hard to use that the FDA devotes a lengthy website to explaining how to understand and use it.

This too is understandable.
 The Nutrition Facts label is the result of regulations in response to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. 

 When the FDA started writing regulations to implement the Act, it tested consumer understanding of a bunch of potential designs.

The result? 
 Nobody understood any of them. 
 The FDA, under pressure to complete the regulations by the congressional deadline, cho…