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THE TRUTH HURTS...IT WOULD BE FUNNY IF IT WASN'T SO TRUE...MAYBE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE USA DOESN'T TAKE IT'S DEBT SERIOUSLY...

‎"The Weather Channel says today's east coast earthquake was caused by an unknown faultline running under D.C. & through Virginia. 

It is now being called Obama's Fault, though Obama will say it's really Bush's Fault. 

Other theories are that it was the founding fathers rolling over in their graves or that what we all believed to be an earthquake was actually the effects of a 14.6 trillion dollar check bouncing in Washington."

STEVE JOBS STEPS ASIDE AT APPLE AS CEO AFTER LONG BOUT WITH ILLNESS...WILL STAY ON AS CHAIRMAN...

BREAKING NEWS: STEVE JOBS STEPS ASIDE AS CEO OF APPLE, WILL STAY AS CHAIRMAN, TIM COOK TAKES OVER AS CEO

CUPERTINO -- Steve Jobs has stepped aside as Chief Executive Officer of Apple.



Tim Cook will assume the position as company CEO.


Jobs will stay on as Chairman of The Board of Directors at Apple.


The news broke just after 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, with a report from Reuters.


Within seconds newsroom phone lines and internet communications were abuzz.


Rob Enderle, a technology industry analyst and head of The Enderle Group, speculates this is the beginning of a shift at Apple, a transition to a company where Jobs is not the fountainhead of Apple's great technological advances but the company will continue as one of the industry leaders of innovation.


Enderle says Jobs will have a continuing influence and specific personal imprint on Apple products for a period of the next two years. Enderle makes his prediction based on the rapid rate of innovation and advance of technology. He …

FUNDADOR DE APPLE...STEVE JOBS ENTREGA LAS REINDAS TRAS LARGA LUCHA POR SU SALUD...

Steve Jobs entrega las riendas de Apple




VIDA MODERNA

El cofundador y director ejecutivo del gigante informático Apple, Steve Jobs, renunció a su cargo con efecto inmediato, según informó en un comunicado.


Miércoles 24 Agosto 2011


Jobs ha estado de baja por enfermedad por motivos no revelados desde principios de este año. Anteriormente, padeció un cáncer de páncreas.

La empresa aseguró que Jobs seguirá siendo presidente y que en el cargo de director ejecutivo le sustituirá Tom Cook, hasta ahora jefe de operaciones de Apple.

Jobs es una figura ampliamente reconocida en el mundo de la tecnología por impulsar innovadores productos, entre ellos la famosa tableta electrónica iPad.

"Siempre he dicho que si alguna vez llegaba el día en el que ya no pudiera cumplir con mis obligaciones y expectativas como presidente ejecutivo de Apple, sería el primero en hacércelos conocer. Desafortunadamente, ese día ha llegado", escribió Jobs en su carta de renuncia.

La apariencia usualmente demacrada de …

LONG OVERDUE SOIL MAPS ARE NECESSARY FOR UNDERSTANDING OPTIMUM GROWING REGIONS FOR MANGO...THIS CONCEPT HAS BEEN PROMOTED BY IMO FOR OVER 10 YEARS...

Environmental Change Drives Need for Global Soil Maps


During the last three centuries, human actions have become the main driver to global environmental change. 

In this new epoch, the Anthropocene, human-driven changes such as population growth, climate, and land use change are pushing the Earth system well outside of its normal operating range, causing severe and abrupt environmental change. 

In the Anthropocene, soil change and soil formation or degradation have also accelerated, jeopardizing soil quality and health. T

hese changes have highlighted the intense need for high-quality, high-resolution, spatiotemporal, and continuous soil and environmental data that characterize the physicochemical, biological, and hydrologic conditions of ecosystems across continents.

The need for high-quality soil data are in sharp contrast to available digital soil data representing continental and global soil systems, which only provide coarse-scale (1:1,000,000 or coarser) vector polygon maps with hig…

WHILE THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SEEMS TO BE STUCK IN A LA NIñA PHENOM...STUDY SHOWS THAT THE EL NIñO IN AFRICA HAS BROUGHT CIVIL WAR WITH IT...

El Nino doubles risk of civil wars: study



Analysis & Opinion








By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON | Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:20pm EDT

(Reuters) - The El Nino climate cycle, which spreads warm, dry air around the globe every four years or so, doubles the risk of civil wars in 90 tropical countries, researchers reported Wednesday.

And because El Nino patterns can be predicted up to two years in advance, scientists suggest their findings could be used to help prepare for some conflicts and the humanitarian crises they cause.

Historians and climate specialists have noted signs that changes in climate sent past societies into conflict and decline, but this is the first study to quantify the link between El Nino's heat, the droughts that follow, and upheaval in countries that bear the brunt of it.

Between 1950 and 2004, one out of every five civil conflicts were influenced by El Nino, scientists reported in the journal Nature.

El Nino starts as a large patch of warm water in…

WHEN MEXICO STARTS IN 2012 WILL HAVE A MAJOR BEARING ON THE PERUVIAN DEAL STOP DATE...

U.S. Import Volume
Per Year


Yearly report for range: 2005 through 2011



MANGOS
MEXICO



Commodity NameOrigin NameDatePoundsBoxes of 8.8 lbsMANGOSMEXICO2005356,037,02440,458,753MANGOSMEXICO2006422,407,50048,000,852MANGOSMEXICO2007417,386,48347,430,282MANGOSMEXICO2008367,115,09241,717,624MANGOSMEXICO2009414,631,50147,117,216MANGOSMEXICO2010472,026,96353,639,428MANGOSMEXICO2011462,952,78352,608,271Grand Total

2,912,557,346330,972,426



Source: USDA Market News - marketnews.usda.gov




BY WILL CAVAN


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


INTERNATIONAL MANGO ORGANIZATION (IMO)


VISTA, CALIFORNIA










AUGUST 24, 2011












As we enter the mango counter season, Brazil has started shipping Tommy Atkins mangoes that, if the volume is managed properly as all indicators lead us to believe, will make economic sense for shippers and importers this year.
Brazil is keeping volume in the 6 - 7 million (4kg) carton range for the USA market with an FOB price in the $6.00 - $8.00 range.

Ecuador has taken a very responsible role in managing volume…

MANGO CULTIVARS HAVE STRAYED GENETICALLY...AND AS A RESULT FLAVOR IS SUFFERING...AS WELL AS NUTRITIONALLY...

Wild and Ancient Fruit: Is it Really Small, Bitter, and Low in Sugar?


31 MAY  2011


Given the recent blog-o-drama about carbs in the human diet (for instance,here and here), this seems like a fine time to blog about a sweet subject dear to my heart: fruit! 



More specifically, I want to take a closer look at some common beliefs about wild fruit, and how it differs from the store-bought stuff most of us have access to.



For those looking at evolution for clues about the optimal human diet, fruit is often regarded with suspicion. 

On one hand, few foods are “intended” for consumption in the way fruit is: In a lovely act of symbiosis, plants offer nourishment to the animal kingdom in trade for seed dispersal. 

But on the other hand—the one purpled with blackberry stains—we humans are famous for playing Food God, turning once-healthy things into gross abominations. 

For hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of years, we’ve been selectively breeding certain fruits to become bigger, prettier, easie…

VERY, VERY COOL...NEW CURRENT DISCOVERED OFF ICELAND THAT IS KEY TO OCEAN TEMPERATURES...

Newly discovered Icelandic current could change climate picture

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 24


This is the Northern Denmark Strait showing newly discovered deep current, in relation to known pathway. Credit: WHOI.

If you'd like to cool off fast in hot summer weather, take a dip in a newly discovered ocean current called the North Icelandic Jet (NIJ). You'd need to be far, far below the sea's surface near Iceland, however, to reach it. Scientists have confirmed the presence of the NIJ, a deep-ocean circulation system off Iceland. It could significantly influence the ocean's response to climate change.

The NIJ contributes to a key component of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), critically important for regulating Earth's climate.

As part of the planet's reciprocal relationship between ocean circulation and climate, the AMOC transports warm surface water to high latitudes where the water warms the air, then cools, sinks and returns …

LIMITED SUPPLIES OF BRAZIL MANGOES SELL OUT QUICKLY BOTH IN EUROPE AND USA...

By Will Cavan

Executive Director

International Mango Organization (IMO)

Vista, California







August 24, 2011










Demand for limited supplies of Brazil first exports are selling out quickly and there is a projected shipping gap in September that should work to importer's advantage in driving prices up.




Recent imports into the European market were sold immediately as the market is looking for the sizing of smaller fruit that Tommy Atkins provide.




One European importer was quoted as saying: "Same here. Got my arrival on Friday - by Tuesday all was gone."




The same was true for another importer in Europe who is expecting a three week gap in supplies: "yes, but new arrivals are estimated only in 3 weeks."




As a result, the European market for Tommy Atkins from Brazil is trading up from 4 euros to a top of 6 euros with demand exceeding supply.




In the USA the same is true as Mexican larger count fruit is stuck in the $4.00 FOB range with Brazil Tommy Atkins selling out at a pr…

PERU SEES FUTURE FOR FRUIT IN THE PULP AREA...RATHER THAN FRESH...AS HWT MANGO EXPORTS WERE A DISASTER IN 2011...

Peru’s fruit pulp exports have tripled in H1



August 24th, 2011



Peru’s fruit pulp exports have more than tripled year-on-year to US$6.8 million in the first half of 2011, websiteAgraria.pe reported.

Customs figures revealed by consulting company Agrodata found Mexico was the largest buyer of Peruvian fruit pulp, with purchases doubling to US$3.4 million, the story reported. Exports to the U.S. fell 18% to US$1.8 million, while exports to Spain fell by 17.2%.

The story reported avocadoes made up 98% of the total exports, amounting to around US$6.66 million, while custard apple exports grew to US$116,000.

Peter Larrson, who heads up Camposur’s processed fruit company Agrojugos, told the website the future was promising for fruit exports but the performance of the second half would not be as strong as the first.

“What is certain is that the fall will not be very significant,” he was quoted as saying.

“Peru has (healthy food) for all, our markets continue growing and diversifying, although for …

WORLD ECONOMIES WAIT FOR LEADERSHIP AS SECOND "DIP" LOOMS...SOLUTIONS ARE AT HAND BUT POLITICAL RESOLVE IS LACKING...

Walker's World: The new economy

by Martin Walker
Paris (UPI) Aug 22, 2011


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only


The surprise is that rational people in business and the markets have been so surprised by the double-dip recession. A renewal of the financial crisis was a pretty logical development once the fiscal ammunition ran out.

From 2008 through the end of 2010, governments and central banks around the world spent more than $10 trillion in stimulus funds, deficit spending and the creation of liquidity. 

For that tsunami of money (and debt) we got a very anemic recovery in the developed markets of the United States, Europe and Japan and a probably unsustainable boom in emergent markets, particularly China.


Their boom looks unsustainable because their big export markets in the developed economies were unable to maintain their previous trend in import growth. China has had some success in shifting consumption to its own (potentially vast) internal market but not enough …

WHILE COCA-COLA DOMINATES THE CHINESE MARKET...PEPSI-COLA IS "DUKING IT OUT" IN INDIA IN A VERY CONTESTED MARKET PLACE...AS THE WORLD'S LARGEST DRINK MAKERS COMPETE FOR THE LARGEST MARKETS...

Friday August 12 2011

COCA-Cola is building a commanding share of the soft drinks market in China but is fighting a tough battle for supremacy with rival PepsiCo in India.

Coca-Cola’s second quarter volumes in India, a market with “immense potential” according to the company’s chief Muhtar Kent, grew 8%, its 20th consecutive quarter of growth there. However, PepsiCo saw 17% beverage growth in India in the same quarter.

“Pepsi is investing heavily in India and trying to chip away at Coke’s market share,” Philip Gorham of analysts Morningstar told FOODNEWS. David Silver of Wall Street Strategies agreed, telling FOODNEWS. “Pepsi has been investing in India heavily, just like Coke has been investing in China.”

“I don’t think trailing its rival is of much concern for either company. I have gotten the sense that Coca-Cola is larger [in India] so the spending is paying off for Pepsi, but from a smaller base.”

Coca-Cola said its slower growth in India was due to its 2020 vision which sets ou…