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SMALL SHIPPERS ARE BEING IGNORED BY SHIPPING LINES...

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 6/13/2011 9:47:39 AM
SeaIntel: Tough times for small shippers



A new report from maritime analyst SeaIntel has found it’s tough for new, small shippers to get freight rate quotes from liner carriers and large forwarders.




In the latest edition of the company’s SeaIntel Sunday Spotlight, SeaIntel describes an investigation it undertook to determine how easy it would be to get rates for a small shipment from Hong Kong to Los Angeles and Rotterdam.



The analyst found that a vast majority of liner carriers and large non-vessel-operating common carriers didn’t give rates. Only nine on the transpacific and 11 on Asia/Europe responded with rates.
The exercise had SeaIntel contact 33 carriers and forwarders on the transpacific and 27 on the Asia/Europe lane to get container yard-to-container yard pricing for two dry containers on each of the two lanes.

Reasons some carriers and NVOs gave for not providing rates including wanting more company details to…

USA RECONFIRMS STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PHILIPPINES

Manila has Washington's 'full support...including in South China Sea' - US ambassador

14-Jun-11, 10:38 AM | 

ChiChi Conde, InterAksyon.com




MANILA, Philippines -- Washington has vowed to give its full support to Manila as tensions continue to escalate in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) with China's recent incursions even in areas within the Philippine's 200 nautical miles of exclusive economic zone.

United States Ambassador to Manila Harry Thomas Jr. volunteered the statement of support in his speech during Tuesday's launching of the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Program.

"We, the United States, are with the Philippines. We will continue to work and consult with each other on all issues, including the South China Sea," Thomas said.

Present during the launching were President Benigno Aquino III and Energy chief Rene Almendras, among others.

Thomas's reassurance came on the heels of recent tensions over the disputed Sp…

MARKET CHATTER: June 13, 2011

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California




June 13, 2011


Volume is peaking out of Mexico with close to 3,000,000  (4kg) cartons imported into the USA in the past 7 days.


FOB prices are in the $2.50 - 2.75 range on 12s & 14s. This is where the bulk of the sizing is running as regions overlap.


Larger size fruit will be scarce for the next two weeks and prices should run higher for limited supplies.


Crossings from Mexico are running two to one in favor of Texas/East Coast versus Nogales/ West Coast.


Expect pricing to remain depressed at or very near break even for the next two to three weeks.



USA SENATE SITE HACKED: PROBABLY FOUND MORE "TRASH" ...THAN ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET...

Lulz attacks: US orders review as Senate site hacked



Lulz Security said the intrusion was "just-for-kicks"
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US officials said they have ordered a security review after hackers managed to break into the Senate website at the weekend.

An official said the incident had been "inconvenient", but had not compromised the security of the staff.

The confirmation came after Lulz Security, a loosely aligned group of hackers, said it had carried out the attack for fun and posted files online.

Lulz has previously targeted Sony, Nintendo and Fox News.

Senate Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms Martina Bradford said the hacking had been noticed at the weekend, and that officials were now reviewing all the sites hosted on Senate.gov.

"Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting senate.gov that could have been comp…

GLOBAL ECONOMIC CONTRACTIONS STARTING TO TAKE THEIR TOLL ON CHINESE ECONOMY

China inflation hits 34-month high on rising prices

The rise in food prices has hit a lot of Chinese shoppers in the pocket

Inflation in China hit its highest level in 34 months despite the government efforts to rein in rising prices.

Consumer prices in China rose by 5.5% in May, compared with the same month last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Rising prices of food and other essential commodities have raised the cost of living in the country.

China is the world's second-largest economy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13758784?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

THIS DEAL STINKS...INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS GAIN AS REFUGEES DISPLACED...WHO THINKS UP THESE SCENARIOS???

Nairobi — The Tanzanian government is on the verge of concluding a deal with international investors that will result in evacuation of refugee resettlement areas to make way for cultivation of biofuels and genetically modified crops, a US-based research institute charges in a report released last week.


Under the land deal now being negotiated, AgriSol Energy Tanzania would develop 325,000 hectares in western Tanzania consisting of three refugee camps: Lugufu in Kigoma Province (25,000 ha); Katumba (80,317 ha) and Mishamo (219,800 ha), both in Rukwa Province.

"While Lugufu is now empty, Katumba and Mishamo sites are being evacuated by the Tanzanian government to make way for the project," says the report by the Oakland Institute, which investigated internationally financed land deals in seven African countries.

Refugees lose out

The Tanzanian government announced a plan in 2008 to grant citizenship by 2010 to Burundian refugees who had begun settling in Katumba and Mishamo in 197…

SOMETHING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES...GERMANY ON THE RECEIVING END OF PRODUCT BANS AROUND THE WORLD...

HEALTH | 13.06.2011
E. coli death toll rises to 36 as Taiwan bans German sprouts



The bacteria was sourced to organic bean sprouts

The death toll in Germany's killer E.coli outbreak has risen to 36, one day after authorities said more fatalities could not be ruled out. Meanwhile, Taiwan has suspended the import of German bean sprouts.





The number of people who have died in the outbreak of the virulent E. coli strain in Germany has risen to 36, health officials confirmed Monday.

Germany's national disease agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said 3,228 people had fallen ill from the EHEC (enterohaemorrhagic E. coli) bacteria or from linked kidney problems (haemolytic uraemic syndrome or HUS).

However, the RKI said there were signs the rate of infection was slowing. "For many days the number of new infections from EHEC or HUS has declined in the country," the agency said in a statement that confirmed the new number.

The RKI has declared lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber are saf…

GOOD LUCK ON THIS CHALLENGE: NIGERIAN PRESIDENT PROMISES TO CHANGE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION....

War against bad governance is my next challenge, says Jonathan
MONDAY, 13 JUNE 2011 17:22 
TUNJI OLAWUNI, ABUJA



President Goodiuck Jonathan Monday declared that his next assignment is to wage war against bad governance, and asked Nigerians to set their minds on good governance same way they approached the general elections.

Jonathan, who spoke at a presidential roundtable conference and was represented by his former Senior Special Adviser on Documentation and Strategy, Oronto Douglas, said in winning the war on good governance, every Nigerian must show same commitment to good governance.

“I believe that the idea for the National Think Tank is what Nigeria needs now and would continue to need in the future,” Douglas told the conference.

Smart Adeyemi, a senator from Kogi, at the end of the interactive session, told newsmen that he was at the roundtable to advocate for a democratic budget process in Nigeria, adding that “quite a number of us are here with different positions on issues tha…

THE BEST ADVICE YOU WILL EVER GET....NOTHING HURTS LIKE THE TRUTH!!!!

"YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH"              - Col. Nathan Jessup

04/23/11 · 12:55 pm :: posted by fox robbins


Did you ever notice how upset some people get when you tell them the truth? 
Fact is, if you tell them something about themselves that isn't true, it doesn't even touch a nerve. 
 But, tell them a truth they don't want to hear and it's katy-bar-the-door.

For instance, if you're running a small business, you might not want to hear that there is danger lurking in the numbers.

What's really scary is that you might go to Boston Consulting Group and pay $3,500-a-day for this same advice that is free-of-charge to Massachusetts residents at MSBDC.

Well, not really free; your tax dollars are paying for the service. 
 But those dollars are known to get results.

MSBDC is the ONLY technical assistance provider whose results are audited and certified!

When I was a little kid, I was afraid that someone or something might be hiding under my bed.
 Lots of kids ar…

"ONE THOUSAND" YEAR OLD MANGO TREE IN INDIA; THE STUFF OF LEGEND...

An old mango tree has become the pride of this Gujarat village, not merely because of its age - which, according to the villagers, is over a thousand years - but also because of its ability to "walk".

Ask any villager in Sanjan Bandar in Bulsar district of south Gujarat, and he will insist that the mango tree in late Vali Ahmed Achchu's farmland has moved about 200 metres from its original place in more than two centuries and is continuing its "walk".

The mango tree (Mangifera Indica), which finds mention in the list of 50 heritage trees of Gujarat, has several unique features not seen elsewhere, says H.S. Singh, additional principal chief conservator of forests.

Its branches grow parallel to the ground from the main stem. Roots develop from a part of the branch that touches the ground, which develops in the form of a stem and the original stem dries off, he points out.

The branch keeps on growing parallel to the ground from the new stem and new roots appea…

STUDY FINDS VERY IMPORTANT "SMART" BACTERIA IN SOIL...

Image: Courtesy of Eshel Ben-Jacob, Ina Brainis and Kineret Ben Knaan Tel Aviv University

Eshel Ben-Jacob is interested not only in the genomes of the bacteria he studies but also in their personalities.  He compares many to Hollywood celebrities.  “On the one hand, we admire them, but on the other hand, we think that they are stupid,” says Ben-Jacob, a professor of physics at Tel Aviv University in Israel.  In December, though, he and his colleagues published a paper in the journal BMC Genomics reporting that a species of soil bacteria he discovered in the mid-1990s, Paenibacillus vortex, is surprisingly smart by microbial standards. The team identified this relative intelligence by comparing the

USDA SCHOLARSHIPS HELP AGRICULTURE AROUND THE WORLD....

Cochran and Borlaug Fellowship Program Alumni Gather in Zambia

Posted by Suzanne Heinen, Foreign Agricultural Service, Acting Administrator

on June 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM


Following his two weeks of Cochran Program training in North Carolina with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS), Chiluba Mwape was able to develop a pest list for Zambia.  

This has enabled the nation to conduct pest risk assessments for several Zambian fruits and vegetables—the only country in southern Africa to be able to do so. 
Dr. Precious Hamukwale, a professor at the University of Zambia, says her agribusiness training under the Borlaug Program has helped her to assist Zambian businesswomen to better explore their potential. 
 Mwape and Hamukwale are among 20 Zambian alumni of the USDA’s Cochran and Borlaug Fellowship Programs who spoke about how their training in the United States inspired them to make a difference in fellow citizens’ lives.

While I was in Zambia for the African Growth and Opport…

VIEWER COMMENTS: ROBERTO BURGUERA (PROVENAGRO) VENEZUELA

Hola Will, como estas??.
He estado siguiendo tu información y blog de IMO, muy bien, veo que estas haciendo una buena labor en lo que a mango y agricultura tropical respecta.
Nosotros seguimos aquí en Venezuela con PROVENAGRO trabajando fundamentalmente en proyectos de alta tecnología agrícola y ambiental, riego localizado, invernaderos y más recientemente con proyectos, materiales e insumos para agricultura ecológica (biofertlizantes, biopesticidas y en general materiales para agricultura orgánica o ecológica). 

Nuestros teléfonos en Caracas  son : oficina, (58) + (0212)232 7359 y (0212) 234 1870 / cel  (0414) 303 3258
Recientemente estamos igualmente iniciando operaciones en Miami, FL, con una empresa subsidiaria de PROVENAGRO llamada TECONAT que pretende trabajar en lo mismo descrito antes, fundamentalmente en el estado de la Florida y eventualmente para Centroamerica y el Caribe.
Bueno, espero noticias tanto tuyas como la del amigo Pieve, que creo haberlo conocido en una oportunidad …

QUREMOS CONOCER QUEIN ESTA LIMPIANDO NUESTRO TERRENO EN PERU ????

SEGUN NOS INFORMAN...ESTE TERRENO UBICADO EN TAMBOGRANDE DE PROPIEDAD LEGAL DE.... AMBROSIA DEL PERU, S.A....ESTA SIENDO LIMPIADO CON GANAS DE CONSTRUIR POR TERCEROS...APARENTEMENTE SE TRATA DE UNA "DOBLE VENTA" (ESTAFA Y DELITO)  EFECTUADA POR LA DUEñA ORIGINAL DEL TERRENO.
CON ANIMO DE AHORRAR A LOS SUPUESTOS "COMPRADORES" DEL TERRENO, MAS GASTO INNECESARIO...MANDAMOS ESTE COMUNICADO.
EL REPRESENTANTE LEGAL DE AMBROSIA DEL PERU, S.A. ES EL ING. JULIO DOIG SUING Y SU TELEFONO CELULAR ES: (51) 96-802-0801.






USA IS MAKING TERRIBLE MISTAKE WITH "CORN" BASED ETHANOL PROGRAM...

Corn that could feed millions of people is being turned into fuel, not food. We're literally burning up our crops by converting them to ethanol, helping to send food prices through the roof.

Something is seriously wrong here.

The Senate votes this week on a bill that could save billions in tax dollars and keep corn from being poured into gas tanks.

We have 48 hours to tell the Senate: Corn should be food, not fuel!

Recently, Oxfam made headlines around the world with the launch of our GROW campaign -- a major effort to fix our broken food system by tackling the key causes. This vote is a critical first step.


Right now, the US government spends $6 billion in tax giveaways to keep our farmers growing corn for fuel. Forty percent of the resulting crop is devoted to ethanol production and most goes straight to our gas tanks.

Turning corn into ethanol doesn't just prevent it from being eaten – it also adds to the cost of food, pushing people into hunger and poverty. We need to face the f…

GOOGLE STRUGGLES TO KEEP INCOME STREAM: TOTAL PURCHASES PASS $4 BILLION MARK WITH LATEST ACQUISITION...

Google Buys AdMeld for $400MRob Young, June 13, 2011


Google is continuing its investments in the display advertising arena with its purchase of AdMeld, a publisher utility targeted at optimizing ROI for digital advertising. 
The $400 million purchase signals Google's continued intellectual weapons stockpiling as we approach new eras for display ads.

What is AdMeld?

AdMeld was established in 2008 by Michael Barrett, the News Corp Chief Revenue Officer who was fired because he couldn't make MySpace float when it had a giant hole in its underbelly. 
While MySpace has crumbled, Barrett has flourished. 
He quickly moved from his News Corp position to generating revenue for AdMeld. AdMeld is a publisher-centric utility for optimizing digital advertisements.

AdMeld's sales pitch is that the world of publisher advertising used to be a direct "people business," but has since been so infused with technology that publishers don't know their audiences – and that the technology…

LA INDIA: TREMENDO POTENCIA MUNDIAL Y GRAN CONSUMIDOR DE FRUTAS Y VERDURAS...

La India se está convirtiendo en un importante mercado mundial de frutas y hortalizas

Competent AgriSolutions ofrece un servicio completo de consultoría en soluciones de cadena de suministro para empresas mayoristas y minoristas que cubren toda la gama de sector de la alimentación y la agricultura y el sub-sector del comercio de frutas y hortalizas en la India como el foco principal. Sus clientes son empresas establecidas, agricultura de nueva creación y las empresas extranjeras que deseen diversificar o entrar en el comercio de productos frescos indio o la creación de cadenas de distribución para productos perecederos.

La compañía también proporciona aprovisionamiento y asistencia para la comercialización, tanto de materias primas, maquinaria y equipo, para organizar empresas comerciales, procesamiento de alimentos, además de asesoramiento técnico y consultoría de proyectos de gran infraestructura, como los mercados de productos al por mayor, los parques de alimentos y la cadena de re…

FROM HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: FIVE TOUGH QUESTIONS EVERY BUSINESS LEADER MUST FACE...

Five Tough Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Ask about Growth

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