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HUMALA WILL GO SLOW ON COCA ERRADICATION...PERU WILL SOON BECOME WORLD'S LARGEST PRODUCER & PROCESSOR OF COCAINE...

Peru goes slow on uprooting coca crops

by Staff Writers
Lima (UPI) Aug 23, 2011






Peru is going slow on uprooting coca plantations as part of a revived government plan to restore the thumb-shaped green leaf its historical role in Inca times, even if that opens the country to risks of uncontrolled cocaine production.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala is the second regional leader to embrace the coca plant as a symbol of national pride and a continuation of Inca cultural values, after Bolivian President Evo Morales gave coca cultivation full backing, until rising cocaine production and smuggling triggered an international uproar.

U.S. law-enforcement officials say Peru is becoming a hub for armed drug cartels from Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia and other countries in the region.

Before Humala came to power July 28, succeeding Alan Garcia, various incentives had begun a process of gradual reduction of coca plantation. But, like Morales, Humala is taking the view that coca production doesn't…

YOU WOULD BE FORTUNATE TO HAVE ONE OF THESE LADIES RUNNING YOUR COMPANY...THE FORBES LIST OF TEN MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS...

Who are Forbes' 10 most powerful women?










Every year, Forbes releases a list of the world’s most powerful woman, influential in everything from politics to technology to culture. 

The list includes obvious choices, such as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but also includes unexpected choices, such as Lady Gaga (No. 11 this year). Here are the 10 most powerful women:




(See full list here)




- Ariel Zirulnick, Staff writer






Kraft Foods Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld rolls up her sleeves at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, alongside employee Mark Barash and 130 other employee volunteers. (Kraft Foods/PRNewsFoto)




10. Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods

Ms. Rosenfeld is the head of the world’s second-largest food maker, famous for its blue boxes of macaroni and cheese (Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese) and Oreos

The company brought in close to $50 billion in revenue in 2010, spurred by some of Rosenfeld’s risky business moves that turned out to be good ones, such as acquiring Cadbury in 2010.

Warr…

15% OF MEXICAN PAPAYAS CONTAMINATED WITH SALMONELA...GIVES "CALIDAD SUPREMA"...A BLACK EYE...COULD SPILL OVER TO OTHER MEXICAN ITEMS...INCLUDING MANGOES...

Salmonella fears spur ban of Mexican papayas in U.S.
Investigation shows 15 percent of fruit contaminated; shipments halted at border




By JoNel AlecciaHealth writermsnbc.com updated 58 minutes ago

UNITED NATIONS REPORT CLAIMS THAT REFORESTATION AND VERTICAL INTEGRATION WILL BE CRITICAL TO THE FUTURE OF FARMING...

Radical overhaul of farming could be 'game-changer' for global food security


by Staff Writers
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 25, 2011


"Agriculture is both a major cause and victim of ecosystem degradation," said Eline Boelee of IWMI, the lead scientific editor of the report. "And it is not clear whether we can continue to increase yields with the present practices. Sustainable intensification of agriculture is a priority for future food security, but we need to take a more holistic 'landscape' approach."


According to the authors of new research released at the World Water Week in Stockholm, a radical transformation in the way farming and natural systems interact could simultaneously boost food production and protect the environment-two goals that often have been at odds.

The authors warn, however, that the world must act quickly if the goal is to save the Earth's main breadbasket areas-where resources are so depleted the situation threatens to decimate …

WHILE ALL CAN AGREE THAT CORRUPTION IN INDIA IS A BAD THING...ANNA HAZARE DOES HAVE HIS DETRACTORS...YET HE IS A MAN OF CONVICTION...

A closer look at India’s anti-corruption hero Anna Hazare  

Posted by Mari Marcel Thekaekara



It looks like the whole of India is out on the streets fighting corruption. Marching, fasting, shouting slogans. Exciting times no doubt. And with our one billion-strong population, we can certainly produce crowds at the drop of a hat. Yet though a part of me is cynical, there is something electrifying about a few hundred thousand people, young, old, loads of women and children, in parks and squares, braving the monsoon rain to demand an end to corruption.




And, it’s nice to know the millions are out there for a cause, not rioting, not caught up in crime. 

The Delhi police are astounded. 

They say there have been 30 per cent fewer murders and violent crime in the capital since Anna Hazare started his fast.



What motivated all these millions to come out and protest?

Anna, a 74-year-old Gandhian, has ignited a spark that brings a whiff of the Freedom struggle back to a blasé middle class popul…

STEVE JOBS RESIGNATION LETTER TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS...SWEET AND SIMPLE...LIKE AN APPLE...

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2011/08/25/this-is-steve-jobs-resignation-letter-to-the-board/

FROM HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: WHAT WILL STEVE JOBS LEGACY BE?...THE PRODUCT OR THE PROCESS ???...

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HORACE DEDIU



Horace Dediu is an independent analyst and founder of Asymco.com and formerly an industry analyst at Nokia, a software developer and manager in a startup, an IT manager, and a computer science researcher in an industrial laboratory



Steve Jobs's Ultimate Lesson for Companies

7:12 AM Thursday August 25, 2011
by Horace Dediu 


In a rare reflective moment Steve Jobs, after the launch of the iPad, mentioned Apple's DNA. He said:



"Technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that makes our hearts sing.

Nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices...that need to be even easier to use than a PC, that need to be even more intuitive than a PC; and where the software and the hardware and the applications need to intertwine in an even more seamless way than they do on a PC.

We think we are on the right track with this. We think we have the right architecture no…

STRONG SWISS FRANC MAKES IMPORTING TO SWITZERLAND APPEALING WHEN PAYING IN CHEAPER EUROS & DOLLARS...

Hans van der Lem from Van Rijn:
"Strong Swiss Franc has no influence on fresh produce trade"


The Swiss franc is very strong these days, because the currency is a refuge for investors, who have lost their faith in the euro and the dollar. 
The Swiss franc has reached a level of 1.13 en 1.14 euro at the moment, but incidentally came to 1.01 euro. 
Hans van der Lem from Van Rijn, traditionally a big exporter to Switzerland, explains that the impact of the currency rate on the trade is minimal. 

"We sell 80% of our turnover to the Swiss in euros. That's the benefit for Switzerland, but we haven't noticed a bigger demand of fruit and vegetables to Switzerland."                                                                        



"The EHEC-crisis has also had an influence in Switzerland. Which tended to reduce consumption. There is a long standing import ban to Switzerland on some vegetables, other years the import ban was lifted for a small period, because o…

USA EAST COAST PREPARES FOR DANGEROUS CAT 3 HURRICANE IRENE...

'Dangerous' Irene lashes Bahamas, aims at US coast
by Staff Writers
Freeport, Bahamas (AFP) Aug 24, 2011





Hurricane Irene pounded the Bahamas Wednesday with winds of 120 miles (195 kilometers) an hour and churned up heavy seas as it barreled along a path toward the populous US east coast.
The storm became a major category three hurricane, fueled by warm waters in the Atlantic, and spread over a wide area as it swirled over the sprawling archipelago of the Bahamas, picking up intensity.

US satellite images showed Irene churned past the Dominican Republic and meteorologists said its tropical force winds extended out some 230 miles (370 kilometers).

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, was expected to become a category four storm with winds of 135 miles (217 kilometers) per hour.

It said the eye of the "dangerous" storm was moving between Rum Cay and Long Island in the Bahamas, in an update at 0001 GMT (Thursday…

LA OCEAN BANK DE MIAMI INVOLUCRADO EN LAVADO DE DINERO DE VENEZOLANOS...

Multa millonaria al Ocean Bank de Miami por lavar dinero de venezolanos


agosto 24, 2011

Publicado por adminLa Corporación de Garantía de Depósitos Federales, (FDIC), el organismo federal que regula las normativas que rigen la actividad bancaria en Estados Unidos, impuso una multa de casi $11 millones al banco Ocean Bank, de capital venezolano, por incumplimiento de reglas y normas para evitar el lavado de dinero.


En un informe dado a conocer el 22 de agosto de 2011, la Red de Lucha contra Crímenes Financieros (Fincen), indicó que Ocean Bank “falló en reconocer y mitigar los riegos y reportar la actividad de transacciones con frecuencia asociado con lavado de dinero implicando relaciones con cuentas extranjeras en jurisdicciones de alto riesgo, particularmente Venezuela”, dijo el director de Fincen, James H. Freis.

Las autoridades federales señalaron también que Ocean Bank no tenía personal debidamente preparado para cumplir con las normas para combatir el lavado de dinero.

Ocean Bank fu…