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URGENT AID NEEDED IN AFRICA AS MILLIONS FACE STARVATION...HELP IS TRICKLING IN..MORE MUST BE DONE...ISLAMIST MILITANTS ARE NOT HELPING MATTERS...

FOOD AND SECURITY | 28.07.2011
UN aid trickles into Somalia, where millions face famine



Nearly four million Somalis need immediate assistance

The United Nations has begun sending emergency humanitarian aid to Somalia in a bid to help millions there suffering from a crippling drought affecting the Horn of Africa. Still, aid groups say millions can't be reached.





The United Nations began flying in emergency aid to famine-stricken Somalia on Wednesday, as nearly half the country's population was facing starvation.

Officials from the UN World Food Program (WFP) said the first plane carrying food supplies had landed in the Somali capital Mogadishu, lifting off from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

"This is the first plane in a series of planes that will take off over the next days," announced WFP spokeswoman Susannah Nicol in Nairobi. "The children are in need, and their numbers are rising. This is the speediest way to get the food in."

The initial shipment included …

MILLIONS NEED HELP AS DROUGHT AFFECTS THE HORN OF AFRICA...

STORM EXITS PHILIPPINES...LEAVING DEATH & DESTRUCTION IN IT'S WAKE...

31 dead, 27 missing as storm exits Phl
By Angelo L. Gutierrez                                                                                                                             The Philippine Star       Updated July 28, 2011 09:10 AM



Storm "Juaning" moves to exit the Philippine area of responsibility. A total of 31 people have been killed and 27 more missing as it leaves Luzon. (Image from PAGASA website)


MANILA, Philippines - A total of 31 people have been confirmed killed as tropical storm "Juaning" exits the Philippine area of responsibility, government agencies reported today.


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that 23 of the fatalities were recorded in Bicol region, including nine people in Albay, six in Catanduanes, one in Camarines Sur and seven in Camarines Norte.

Deaths at the height of the storm were also recorded in Calabarzon (two in Cavite and two in Quezon) and one each in Marinduque, Iloilo province, Siqui…

ABSOLUT VODKA ADDS MANGO FLAVOR...HOPES TO LAUNCH NEW PRODUCT NEXT MONTH IN MAJOR SUPERMARKETS IN EUROPE...

TAMPA, FLORIDA TO HAVANA, CUBA CHARTER FLIGHTS MAY SOON BECOME A REALITY AS EARLY AS SEPTEMBER 2011...

Charter flights from Tampa to Cuba could begin in September






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Who can travel to Cuba

General licenses are granted to the following categories of U.S. travelers to Cuba:


Those visiting a person in Cuba related by blood, marriage, or adoption, no more than three generations removed.


Professionals conducting research.


Employees of a U.S. telecommunications services firm or those invoved in agricultural, medicine or medical device businesses.


Journalists and members of international organizations of which the United States is also a member.

Source: U.S. Department of State


By TED JACKOVICS | The Tampa Tribune
Published: July 27, 2011
Updated: July 27, 2011 - 6:51 PM



TAMPA : Flights between Tampa International Airport and Cuba could begin as early as Sept. 10, as the Cuban government has approved landing rights for at least one Miami-b…

JAMAICA AND THE MANGO LOVE AFFAIR...YOUTH SPENT CHASING MANGOES...

Mango can cause fun, fuss, fight and other things too!

Chris Burns

Monday, July 25, 2011



AS boys, we looked forward to summer break because it was also mango season. Sometimes, even before breakfast, we would head out to a mango walk. 

We climbed mango trees, stoned them and picked up the mangoes that fell overnight. We loved mangoes and ate them until our stomachs made funny sounds which signalled that great unpleasant stuff could betide us, particularly those whose weak constitutions made it difficult for them to hold the gastric "ruption". And although cold sweat foretold when all hell would break loose, we boyishly ignored the warnings.

Yet it could not be more than what occurred when Mr Goldson, nicknamed Quart-o-fly, caught us on his property and in his mango tree. 

My two partners were in the tree eating Beefy mangoes, laughing and throwing an occasional one or two to me on the ground; then Quart-o-fly arrived with his machete and a crocus bag in hand. 

And although I y…

ABSOLUT VODKA ADDS MANGO FLAVOR...HOPES TO LAUNCH NEW PRODUCT NEXT MONTH IN MAJOR SUPERMARKETS IN EUROPE...

Absolut launches Mango variety
Published: 27 July, 2011
By Graham Holter


Absolut has launched a Mango flavour, which will make its debut in supermarkets next month before a full off-trade roll-out in September.


The launch will be backed with a retailer media campaign promoting the Absolut Mango Twist cocktail with apple juice and lime.

The product has a recommended price of £17.29 and Pernod Ricard hopes sales will be boosted by the current Absolut Blank marketing drive, the brand’s biggest-ever marketing push in the UK.

Marketing manager Adam Boita said: “Current UK flavoured vodka growth is very dynamic in the off-trade channe and we are confident in the value-driving potential and broad appeal of Absolut Mango.

“Not only is mango is a commercially underexplored flavour, it is widely accepted while still being perceived as exciting, exotic and different.”

ENJOY FLORIDA'S MANGOES WHILE THEY LAST...ONLY A FEW MORE WEEKS LEFT...

Savor last mangoes of summer

By J. Gwendolynne Berry
| Dining | July 27, 2011


Freshly picked Haden and Hatcher mangos are sold at Hatcher Mango Hill. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach)



Like the afternoon sun, a beautiful orb of golden hue hangs plump and ripe by a thin strand. It is the exotic sweetness that tempers summer’s hottest days.



I think of it fondly as the last fruits are plucked from farms around the Sunshine State. How I will miss the endless variety of shakes and salads. How perfectly it balanced my freshest catch. Oh, mango of my heart, as these heady days shorten and cool, I create one last meal in your honor, a sweet farewell until we meet again next year!



Only the best will do for this dedication, so I head to Hatcher’s Mango Hill in Lantana to snatch up a few of Marilynn Hatcher’s last fruits. 

The Hatcher mango was created by Marilynn’s father-in-law, John Hatcher in the 1940s and is famous statewide for its large size, the small, flat pit and an abundance of soft, aromat…

PAKISTANI MANGOES HAVE ARRIVED IN USA AND NOW COMMERCIAL SHIPMENTS WILL BEGIN IN EARNEST NEXT MONTH...

Pakistan’s mango export to US begins next month

Shahid ShahWednesday, July 27, 2011






KARACHI: Pakistan’s mangoes are likely to record their debut on US land next month, said a top exporter on Tuesday.




Former President Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Importers and Merchants Association Waheed Ahmed told The News that all barriers in export have been cleared and Pakistan’s mangoes are about to enter the US markets.



He said that around 60 tons of Pakistani mango would reach the United States this year. “It will not be big marketing this year,” he said. 


However, he said that treatment of mangoes was being done only in Chicago, which increased cost for other cities. “Treatment should be done in other states as well,” he said.



Till last month, US buyers had been reluctant to import Pakistani mangoes due to high cost and other barriers, CEO Harvest Trading Ahmad Jawad said.



Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a subsidiary of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a…

PAKISTANI MANGO FARMERS CALL FOR "LONG TERM" COMMITMENT FROM USA IN ORDER FOR EXPORT INDUSTRY TO GROW...

US support in mango export sought

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE




THE Agri-Forum Pakistan has urged the United States of America (USA) to support export of mango in order to make it 500,000 tonnes per year trade activity from southern Punjab and upper Sindh. 


Ibrahim Mughal while talking to a group of journalists here Sunday said long term cooperation from the USA was required for making fundamental changes in mango export chain. 

The US can play pivotal role in streamlining mango exports from Pakistan, he observed. 

He said improvement in yield of mangoes was vital. 

We can enhance mango production three times with technological assistance from the US, he believed. 

Similarly, he added, 30 per cent post-harvest losses could be reduced to mere five per cent with provision of technology at orchard level.




http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=59402&Cat=5&dt=7/25/2011



TOP 10 MAJOR USA IMPORTERS OF MEXICAN MANGOES (AS OF July 25, 2011)

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




July 27, 2011






The top USA importers of Mexican mangoes as of July 25, 2011:




COMPANY NAME.................................TOTAL CARTONS IMPORTED...................MKT SHARE




1.)  GM PRODUCE SALES LLC ..................7,554,506 (4kg) Cartons..............................16.71 %


2.) FRESKA PRODUCE INTER LLC............3,939,736 (4kg) Cartons................................8.72%


3.) COAST GROUP........................................3,850,742 (4kg) Cartons................................8.54%


4.) FOOD SOURCE INC................................2,873,767 (4kg) Cartons.................................6.36%


5.) PAULMEX..................................................2,652,745 (4kg) Cartons..................................5.87%


6.) SPLENDID PRODUCTS.............................2,586,744 (4kg) Cartons..................................5.72%


7.) CIRULI BROTHERS....................................2,506,999 (4kg) Cartons…

DAVID MURDOCK (OWNER OF DOLE) BLOGS ABOUT THE VALUE OF NUTRITION...AND HOW HE STAYS FIT (MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY) AT 88 YEARS YOUNG...

David H. Murdock

Chairman and owner, Dole Food Company, Inc.


Food Knowledge Is Health Power
Posted: 7/27/11 09:34 AM ET




People are constantly asking me: What do I eat? What should they eat? What should they do to help avoid disease and live longer? 

In the past 30 years I have undertaken to learn all I could about proper nutrition. 

This is why I created and built the North Carolina Research Campus, bringing together the brightest scientific minds from eight universities, including Duke, UNC, NC State, among several others. 

Through the Dole Nutrition Institute, we aim to "feed the world with knowledge" with our books, award-winning newsletter and videos as they become available, social media and our new contemporary blog.



Because of this, my good friend Arianna asked me to revive the blog I started two years ago. 

Specifically: Would I discuss the healthy way I live and the information I have gathered in my 88 years about the importance of retaining a healthy life through diet, exer…