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AHOLD JOINT VENTURE (ICA) BACKS OUT OF NORWAY...

NORWAY: ICA to offload Maxi stores

By: Sam Webb | 17 August 2011


Sweden-based retailer ICA has decided to quit the hypermarket channel in Norway to focus on its supermarket and discount stores.

ICA, in which Dutch retail giant Ahold owns a 60% stake, will sell 24 Maxi stores in Norway. The stores employ around 1,500 staff.

The retailer said the move would allow it to focus on its Rimi discount chain and its ICA Supermarket network.

President and CEO Kenneth Bengtsson said: "In recent years, we have implemented a number of measures to reverse ICA Norway's negative results.

"A key point has been the launch of the new Rimi concept, which has generated marked sales increases. We have also initiated a successful modernisation of our ICA Supermarket stores. Now we choose to fully focus on these formats."

The announcement coincided with the release of ICA's half-year results. The retailer's operating income, excluding capital gains and impairments, for the first six month…

HAWAII TROPICAL FRUIT GROWERS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN KONA, HAWAII...SEPTEMBER 09 - 11, 2011...AFTER THE CONFERENCE CONFERENCES SCHEDULE...

IS PROPOSED SUSTAINABLE CITY UNDER THE DESERT...NOTHING MORE THAN A MIRAGE ???...TIME WILL TELL...

Can a Sustainable City Rise in the Middle Eastern Desert?



Masdar aims to be the source for a environmentally friendly urban future, but some planners doubt it offers much for other cities to emulate

By David Biello | August 19, 2011 | 1


Special Issue: CitiesThe city is a solution to the problems of our age, and this week, we present it in the true urban spirit: best ideas forward »August 17, 2011


SUSTAINABLE DESIGN?: The new city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi aims to showcase sustainable design for cities.Image: Courtesy of Masdar



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Oil money has conjured up a pricey experiment in sustainability in a patch of desert between downtown Abu Dhabi and its airport. There, the city of Masdar ("the source") is rising. 


It is meant to signal a shift away from fossil fuels by hosting a variety of ecofriendly approaches, such as a system of subterranean electric cars—Personalized Rapid Transit—that whisk visitors and residents from point to point. …

TIME TO KICK BACK...THE W-E-E-K-E-N-D... IS HERE...ENJOY...

WHOLE FOODS HAS 60 NEW STORES IN DEVELOPMENT PHASE...

Stores in DevelopmentStores in Development  Arizona Tucson
California AlbanyDel MarFolsomFremontLaguna NiguelMalibuNewport BeachOxnardSan Francisco (Castro)San Francisco (Ocean Avenue)San Jose (Alameda)
Colorado Basalt
Connecticut Danbury
District of Columbia Foggy Bottom
Florida MiamiPembroke PinesTampa
Hawaii Kailua
Idaho Boise

WHOLE FOODS SHARES RISE AS RUMORS OF A KKR / BAIN CAPITAL TAKE OVER SWIRL THROUGH CAPITAL MARKETS...

US: Private-equity firms "prepare bid" for Whole Foods Market

By: Petah Marian | 19 August 2011




Private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has remained coy on reports that it, and Bain Capital, may be preparing a bid for premium food retailer Whole Foods Market.



The two private-equity firms may make a cash offer at a substantial premium to the current stock price of around US$90 a share, according to a report citing unnamed sources in the UK's Daily Mail.



According to the reports, a potential deal would value Whole Foods at around US$6bn.



In late July, Whole Foods upped its full-year earnings target after third-quarter profits jumped 35% to US$88.5m.

It is forecasting diluted earnings per share to be US$1.91-1.92, up from its earlier forecast of $1.87-1.90.

Bain Capital has not yet responded to requests for comment.


Shares in the company were up 0.66% today to US$59.23 a share at 10:31 ET today.

http://www.just-food.com/news/private-equity-firms-prepare-bid-for-whole-foods-marke…

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Mango contra el cáncer de colon y seno





Un estudio reciente de científicos de la Universidad de Texas A&M acaba de comprobar que el mango no es sólo efectivo previniendo el cáncer de colon, sino que destruye las células cancerosas cuando la enfermedad ya está presente. Algo similar hace con las células cancerosas del seno.

El hallazgo ha revolucionado la idea que en Estados Unidos se tenía de esta fruta originaria de la India, tanto que se ha cuadruplicado su consumo en comparación con lo que se ingería del mismo una década atrás. 




“La investigación fue financiada por la National Mango Board (entidad estadounidense auspiciada por el Departamento de Agricultura de este país), y llevada a cabo por los científicos Susanne y Steve Talcott, quienes analizaron in vitro el impacto causado por el mango en siete tipos diferentes de células cancerosas, entre ellas de pulmón, de páncreas y de próstata…

EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT ANCESTORS OF HOMO SAPIENS SAILED THE SEAS OVER 130,000 YEARS AGO...HOMO ERECTUS WERE FIRST SEAFARERS...COULD MANGOES BE OLDER THAN WE THINK???

Study: Human ancestors early seafarers
by Staff Writers
Raleigh, N.C. (UPI) Aug 18, 2011


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only


Evidence suggests our early ancestors went to sea 130,000 years ago, more than 100,000 years earlier than previously thought, U.S. researchers say.


Researchers including a North Carolina State University geologist base that assertion on stone tools discovered on the Mediterranean island of Crete, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer reported Wednesday.

Since Crete has been an island for eons, any prehistoric people who left tools behind would have had to cross open water to get there, scientists said.

The tools are so old they predate the human species, they said, and instead of being made by Homo sapiens they were made by our ancestors, Homoerectus.

NCSU geologist Karl Wegmann helped in dating the tools by identifying rock formations in which some of the tools were found embedded.

Crete is slowly rising out of the sea 35 times more slowly than f…

MONTH OF AUGUST IMPORTS FOR 2011 EQUAL 278,230 CARTONS DAILY AVERAGE

U.S. Import Volume
Per Day
Daily report for date range: August 1, 2011 through August 19, 2011Export to Excel

Commodity NameOrigin NameDatePoundsBoxes of 8.8 lbsMANGOSDOMINICAN REPUBLIC08/01/201142,9924,885MANGOSDOMINICAN REPUBLIC08/08/201121,6632,462Total

64,6557,347MANGOSHAITI08/01/2011388,35944,132MANGOSHAITI08/04/2011270,22230,707MANGOSHAITI08/05/2011251,75928,609MANGOSHAITI08/08/201137,4224,253MANGOSHAITI08/11/2011391,11444,445MANGOSHAITI08/12/2011461,72152,468MANGOSHAITI08/15/2011324,49836,875Total

2,125,095241,489MANGOSMEXICO08/01/20114,893,691556,101MANGOSMEXICO08/02/20111,820,565206,882MANGOSMEXICO08/03/20112,279,213259,001MANGOSMEXICO08/04/20112,994,783340,316MANGOSMEXICO08/05/20112,748,515312,331MANGOSMEXICO08/06/20112,521,743286,562MANGOSMEXICO08/07/2011290,73233,038MANGOSMEXICO08/08/20114,180,385475,044MANGOSMEXICO08/09/20112,390,734271,674MANGOSMEXICO08/10/20111,891,684214,964MANGOSMEXICO08/11/20113,071,717349,059MANGOSMEXICO08/12/20112,544,614289,161MANGOSMEXICO08/13/20112,…

TURKEY TAKES AN ACTIVE ROLE IN SOMALIA FAMINE...PRIME MINISTER VISITS RELIEF CAMPS & HOSPITALS...

Turkish PM arrives in famine-hit Somalia


Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit relief camps and hospitals in an effort to draw world's attention to country's plight.

Last Modified: 19 Aug 2011 11:34






Members of the OIC have pledged to donate $350m to assist the drought- and famine-stricken Somalis [Reuters]

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Mogadishu to witness the devastation caused by a severe drought that has left about 12 million people in the Horn of Africa facing starvation.

Erdogan's visit is the first by a non-African leader to the conflict-torn Somali capital in nearly two decades.

Somalia is the worst affected East African country in the region, hit hard by the prolonged drought that has sparked famine in five areas in the south of the war-ravaged nation.

Erdogan, who was accompanied by his family and four ministers, is to tour a camp for the displaced and a hospital in Mogadishu on Friday, where more than 100,000 people have fled to seek relief from the…

WHY 2012 WILL BE NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER YEAR...LIFE GOES ON IN A CHANGING WORLD...

The Great 2012 Doomsday Scare
11.09.09

Scenes from the motion picture "2012." Courtesy Columbia Pictures.


This guest article on 2012 was written by E. C. Krupp, Director of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and is reprinted with permission from Sky & Telescope Magazine. The publisher and the author reserve all rights. All opinions are the author's own.

The year 2012 is acting like a badly behaved celebrity. Frightful rumors and gossip are spreading. Already more than a half dozen books are marketing, to eager fans, astronomical fears about 2012 End Times. Opening in theaters on Friday, Nov. 13, will be 2012, a $200-million disaster movie that seems designed to break all records for disaster spectacles -- with cracking continents, plunging asteroids, burning cities, and a tsunami throwing an aircraft carrier through the White House. The movie's ominous slogan: "Find out the truth." Two other major movies about the 2012 doomsday are also reported to be in…