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ONE HALF OF THE COPA AMERICA FINAL IS DECIDED AS URUGUAY KNOCKS OUT PERU 2 - 0.....

URUGUAY KNOCKS PERU OUT 2 - 0 AND AWAITS THE WINNER OF VENEZUELA - PARAGUAY TOMORROW FOR THE FINAL OF THE COPA AMERICA...

LA PLATA, Argentina -- Luis Suarez scored in the 53rd and 58th minutes to lead Uruguay past Peru 2-0 on Tuesday and into the Copa America final.

Uruguay, which reached the semifinals of last year's World Cup, will be looking for a record-15th Copa America title in Sunday's final against either Paraguay or Venezuela, which meet in the other semifinal Wednesday in Mendoza. The final will be played Sunday in Buenos Aires.

Peru, which was the worst team in South American World Cup qualifying just a year ago, has been one of the surprises of the South American championship and has played without its top two forwards Jefferson Farfan and Claudio Pizarro.

Suarez added some spark after a disappointing first half of few chances and little sustained possession.

Diego Forlan set up the first goal in the 53rd, taking a long, low shot that Peru keeper Raul Fernandez dived to his left to save. But Suarez swarmed on the rebound and sent the ball into the open net from a sharp angle with Fern…

THROUGH PURCHASE OF SOUTH AFRICAN RETAILER "MASSMART", WALMART SETS SITES ON DISTRIBUTION ACQUISITION OF "FRUITSPOT"...

Massmart wants to purchase Fruitspot to extend its products offer


The South African retailer Massmart, which is controlled by 51% by Wal-Mart wants to make a key acquisition to expand its range of fresh produce.



A few weeks after its acquisition by Wal-Mart, Massmart is looking to purchase the wholesaler Fruitspot. 

Based in Johannesburg, the company Fruitspot which was established in 1989, has doubled its size every 3 years. 
With its new facilities of 12,000 m2, the company supplies other distributors and retailers such as Spar.



The acquisition of Fruitspot is consistent with the Massmart strategy, which objective is to expand its products offer and to open 100 additional stores in the next 3 years.




source : reuters, chain store age

AMERICAN AIRLINES READY TO PLACE RECORD ORDER FOR NEW AIRCRAFT...

AMR Said to Split Record Order of 400 Jets

By Susanna Ray, Mary Schlangenstein and Andrea Rothman  - Jul 19, 2011 4:00 PM PT






An AMR Corp. American Eagle jet taxies on the tarmac outside the Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in Queens. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg



The order under study would be for as many 280 single-aisle planes, people familiar with the matter said last month. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg


American Airlines plans a record order of about 400 narrow-body jets split between Boeing Co. (BA) and Airbus SAS, giving the European planemaker a toehold at the U.S. carrier, four people familiar with the matter said.


Counting options and future purchase rights, the deal may reach 900 planes, said two of the people, who aren’t authorized to speak publicly.

 The board of American parent AMR Corp. (AMR) will review the proposal at a meeting that starts tonight, another person said.

 The breakdown is under discussion, the people said.

The 400 planes may have a list value…

LA CUBANIZACION DE VENEZUELA VA EN CAMINO CON CHAVEZ MANDANDO DESDE CUBA Y POR CONTROL REMOTO...

No está Chávez. No importa. Están los cubanos

19.07.2011
02:32 PM




El gobierno de micomandantepresidente, líder indiscutible de la revolución mundial, amado guía, pastor espiritual y añorado protector, ya casi tiene listo el andamiaje legal que le permitirá gobernar a la cubana; es decir a lo Castro, sin que la comunidad internacional o los propios ciudadanos se percaten en términos inequívocos que el militar montó una dictadura del Siglo XXI.





Tiene de todo, pero le faltan algunos elementos. 

Le entregó todo el sistema de seguridad nacional a los cubanos, quienes también controlan el sistema de cedulación, el régimen de notarías y registros y los mecanismos para otorgamiento de pasaportes.

 El entreguista en jefe, quien de paso hasta su vida la donó a los cubanos, habla a cada rato y se le llena la boca cuando trata el tema de soberanía y su lucha contra el intervencionismo extranjero. 

Mentira. 

Eso va con todos menos con los cubanos, amos y señores de este país.

 Los cubanos tienen en sus ma…

A RANKING OF THE WORLD'S MOST MILITARIZED NATIONS & THOSE NATIONS PER CAPITA MAKE UP OF THE POPULATION THAT IS IN THE MILITARY...

Charts, maps and infographics
Daily chart
Armed forces
Armied to the hilt

Jul 19th 2011, 11:19 by The Economist online





The world's biggest armed forces


ON JULY 18th the British government announced a reduction to the country's army from 101,000 troops now to 84,000 by 2020. 
Altogether Britain's active armed forces—ie, excluding reserves—numbered 178,000 in 2010, placing it a fairly modest 28th in a global ranking of 161 countries for which data are available. 

Indeed, its European counterparts Germany and France actually maintain larger armed forces of 251,000 and 238,000 respectively. 

In absolute numbers, rich and populous countries such as America, China and India keep the biggest militaries. 

Countries that have seen war (Iran, Vietnam) or are situated in strife-torn regions such as the Middle East also feature prominently. 

The most heavily militarised country of all is North Korea, where there are 49 military personnel for every 1,000 of its people.





http://www.economist.com/bl…

IMPORTANT ISSUES CONCERNING THE PLANET'S FOREST ADDRESSED IN CURRENT ISSUE OF BIORES MAGAZINE...

Bridges Trade BioRes Review
Quarterly news, analysis, and views at the intersection of trade and environment


                                                                                                    Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 2011

To access a full-text PDF copy of the BioRes Review, click here.

Trading Forests: Taking stock of trade and the planet's woodlands in the International Year of Forests


Forests provide vital resources to humanity, both directly in the form of timber and non-timber products and indirectly in the form of ecosystem services, such as biodiversity, carbon storage, and soil and watershed management.



But pressure on forests has increased dramatically in recent decades, due not only to timber harvesting but, increasingly, to land conversion for producing food, feed, and biofuel for a growing global population.



Trade is a driving force behind the forest sector, but unless the right laws and policies are in place - and effectively enforced - the sustainable p…

WEIS MARKETS CONTINUES GROWTH PATTERN THROUGH Q2...

US: Weis Markets Reports Modest Q2 Growth


Regional grocer Weis Markets has reported low single-digit growth in profit and sales for its fiscal second quarter, despite a few new store openings.

For the three months to 25 June, net profit edged up 0.9% to $20.7m, while sales grew by 3.5% to $676.7m, with like-for-like sales up 5.1%. 

For the first half of its year, net profit was up 3.7% to $39.3m, with sales up 1.4% to $1.34bn, and like-for-like sales growing by 2.8%.

Weis said it was helped by the addition of three new outlets, store-level operational improvements, and improved administrative expense management. 

The chain now operates 163 supermarkets on the US East Coast.

NamNews - Tuesday 19th July 2011

THE USA FINDS ITSELF FACING MANY DILEMAS IN A CHANGING WORLD ORDER...

The U.S.-Saudi Dilemma: Iran's Reshaping of Persian Gulf Politics

July 19, 2011 | 0853 GMT









By Reva Bhalla

Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. 
The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement.
 At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommodation with its Persian adversary.

Iran clearly stands to gain from this dynamic in the short term as it seeks to reshape the balance of power in the world’s most active energy arteries.
But Iranian power is neither deep nor absolute. 

Instead, Tehran finds itself racing against a timetable that hinges not only…

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE FORESTS...CELEBRATES EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD...

PHILIPPINES FINEST MANGOES GIVEN LIMITED ENTRY TO AUSTRALIAN MARKET...THIS MAY CHANGE THE WAY THE AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER LOOKS AT A MANGO...

Australia approves mango imports; trial shipments start

Australia has agreed to a trial shipment of Philippine Carabao mangoes after years of lobbying by Filipino producers, the Agriculture Department said over the weekend. 

“We see this as a good sign, and we’re hoping that market acceptance will be good as well,” Bureau of Plant Industry Director Lito Baron told the Manila Standard.

 If the Australian market proved receptive to Philippine mangoes, “it is highly possible that regular shipments may start in 2012,” Baron said. 

He said Hi-LAS Marketing Corp. shipped 1,000 metric tons of mangoes to Australia in June.

In a recent Mango Stakeholders’ meeting in Cagayan de Oro, Hi-Las Marketing Co. president Roberto Amores said his company was keen to work with the mango producers in Northern Mindanao to complement their buying operations from the end of June until December 2011. 

He said his company would need 2,500 metric tons to 3,000 metric tons of high-quality and competitively-priced man…

AUSTRALIA LOOKS FORWARD TO A BUMPER CROP...STILL NO OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION FROM SCIENTIFIC STUDIES...

AU: Mangoes looking magnificent in the NT

The Northern Territory mango industry is predicting possibly its biggest harvest in more than six years. 




While most trees are still in flower, some early growers will begin picking fruit in the next few weeks, with the bulk following in September. 




Industry president Ian Baker says there are several reasons why the crop outlook is so good, including the cooler weather.

"I've been in this business for a long time and only God knows why, I've become very religious as a mango grower, because I know understand it's very hard to predict these things," he said. "But definitely June was our coldest on record and you'd have to say that's a big factor in why we've had such a good flowering."


Source: abc.net.au

Publication date: 7/19/2011

UNITED NATIONS LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM & AWARDS FOR "FOREST HEROES" IN AN EFFORT TO DRAW MORE ATTENTION TO "THE YEAR OF THE FORESTS"...

Dear Colleagues,

As we enter the second half of the International Year of Forests 2011 (IYF 2011), the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat is pleased to announce the launching of the Forest Heroes Programme and Awards. 

 The programme aims to recognize the efforts of everyday people who tirelessly work towards sustaining, protecting, and developing our forests.

The selected Heroes and their work will be prominently displayed on the IYF 2011 website, so that they may continue to inspire others to take action.

We attach for your reference the Forest Heroes Overview and Nomination form, which contain further details on rules and eligibility. 

 Please note that the deadline to submit a nomination is quickly approaching, September 1, 2011. The event will take place during December at the closing ceremony for the Forests 2011 observance.

Your support is essential in ensuring that we reach a productive and successful outcome. We look forward to your participation.

With best …

CSAV ANNOUNCES NEW REALIGNMENT IN STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH MSC...

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 7/18/2011 9:57:39 AM
MSC, CSAV link up in India/Europe trade

Following last week's announcement that CSAV and Mediterranean Shipping Co. will work together on several trades, the shipping lines said they will also jointly operate a Europe/India service beginning in August.


Chilean carrier CSAV said it will withdraw its current IMEX service to Europe and join the existing IPAK service of MSC.


In the new IPAK Service, MSC will deploy five vessels of 6,500 TEUs capacity and CSAV will deploy two 6,500-TEU vessels.


Port rotation will be Nhava Sheva, Pipavav, Mundra, Salalah, Jeddah, Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Felixstowe, Salalah and Nhava Sheva.

IMPORTANT REPORT OUT ON TROPICAL FOREST LAND USE

Featured on the weekly issue of the European Commission’s Science for Environment Policy DG Environment News Alert Service is ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins research that provides new perspectives to guide a wholesome approach to efforts on reducing emissions from deforestation and land degradation.

The research introduces a concept called Emissions Embodied in Trade (EET) which calls for countries to account for emissions not just those of products produced within the country but also for import products consumed in the country. 

 The evidence presented shows that as much as agricultural productivity and effective policies of reforestation and forest protection have contributed to increased forest areas in countries such as Costa Rica, Vietnam and China, these countries have made this transition by increasing their imports of agricultural and forestry products from other countries, thus displacing their land use and transferring their emissions to export countries. 


T…

MITSUI OUTBIDS PHILIPPINE COMPETITOR IN ACQUISITION OF PORTEK...PLANS TO DELIST COMPANY IN STRATEGIC MOVE...

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 7/15/2011 10:22:53 AM

Mitsui to acquire Portek


Mitsui and Co., a Japanese conglomerate, has won a bidding war to acquire a majority share in Singapore-based niche port operator Portek, according to news reports out of Asia.


The company outbid Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) for Portek. ICTSI has a 16.7 percent stake in Portek through shares acquired in the open market.

American Shipper profiled Portek in December 2008.


Mitsui’s bid is reported to be about $180 million. 
The company said it has the backing of more than half of Portek shareholders, and has indicated it will delist Portek, according to a report from Channel NewsAsia.


Analysts expect Mitsui to integrate Portek’s operations with its own as a wholly owned subsidiary, leaving ICTSI to decide whether to try to retain its share or sell to the Japanese company.


Portek operates a diverse network of eight terminals in small ports in Southeast Asia, Afric…

THE TALE OF TWO PORTS: ONE ESTABLISHES ITSELF AS AN IMPORTER AND THE OTHER AS AN EXPORTER PORT OF CHOICE...

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 7/15/2011 10:21:56 AM
SoCal port volume down 5% in June



Southern California’s two ports had divergent container volume growth patterns in June, according to Los Angeles and Long Beach statistics.


The two ports collectively handled 1.2 million TEUs in June, a roughly 5 percent drop from the same month in 2010. 
Los Angeles’s throughput sunk 12.3 percent to 640,794 TEUs, while Long Beach’s volume rose 12 percent to 554,269 TEUs.


Long Beach saw increases in loaded imports (3.5 percent to 271,113 TEUs) and loaded exports (9 percent to 126,588 TEUs). 

Exports from Los Angeles grew 5.6 percent to 163,137 TEUs, but loaded imports fell 10.2 percent to 333,894 TEUs.


Also noticeable was a 29.5 percent drop in empties moved through Los Angeles. In contrast, Long Beach saw a 10.3 percent rise in empties.


For the year, Los Angeles volume is up 2.8 percent at 3.8 million TEUs, while Long Beach volume is up 6.2 percent at nearly 3 million TEUs.