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EXPECT A DELAY ON NEXT ARRIVALS OF BRAZIL MANGOES AS THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN SINCE SATURDAY AT 4PM DUE TO "IRENE"..MAY RESUME OPERATIONS AUGUST 29, 2011 AFTER A 36 HOUR SHUT DOWN...

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* The U.S. Coast Guard said the New York Harbor will resume normal operations early on Monday morning after Irene weakened to a tropical storm near New York. 
The harbor will remain on 'Yankee' alert, which means there will be some traffic restriction, through Sunday. [ID:nWEN7657] 

* The Port of Philadelphia remained close as of Sunday.

U.S. Coast Guard shuts port of Philadelphia

27 Aug 2011 20:38

Source: Reuters // Reuters



NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard closed the port of Philadelphia at 4:00 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) on Saturday to all vessel traffic as Hurricane Irene moved north up the eastern seaboard.

Port Condition Zulu, the highest level of security, was set for the port, which means gale force winds are expected within 12 hours.

The port serves about 1 million barrels per day of the region's 1.2 million bpd refinery capacity.



READ FULL REPORT: 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/28/storm-irene-energy-operations-idUSN1E77R03B20110828

FIND OUT WHAT IT REALLY TAKES TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON SOCIAL MEDIA...FROM ONE "LIKE" TO ONE MILLION...

For brands, social media is a relatively new marketing platform that has grown exponentially over the past few years. 


And investing in social media now has never been more important, as experts say social media is on target to be a $30 billion industry (per year) by 2015.

Hiring a talented social media manager to take your brand from 1 fan to 1 million is a major factor in determining your business’s success and failure. 

We tracked down the globe’s finest social media managers behind brands such as Virgin America, The New York Times, Gizmodo, Flavorpill, Thrillist, TOMS, NASA, Intel, Etsy, HowAboutWe, Vanity Fair, Samsung, Fast Company, ELLE and even interviewed our very own Amalia Agathou from The Next Web. These aren’t just talented individuals. 

These are human beings pioneering a new profession.

When an issue arises, these are the men and women that have to spring into action. Do they use Hootsuite, Radian6, CoTweet, Vitrue or Awareness for social media monitoring? 

Where do you sp…

WHILE NOT THE HURRICANE EVERYONE PREDICTED...IRENE LEAVES BEHIND BILLIONS IN DAMAGES...RANKING IN THE TOP 10 ....

Irene Adds to a Bad Year for Insurance Industry

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH

Published: August 28, 2011


The total damage inflicted by Hurricane Irene may reach $7 billion by the time the storm dissipates in the coming days, making one of the insurance industry’s worst years even tougher, according to an early estimate by the Kinetic Analysis Corporation in Silver Spring, Md.




Most of the loss will very likely come from property in New York and New Jersey, according to industry experts. Although Irene had diminished to a tropical storm by the time it reached New York early on Sunday, those two states have the most valuable coastal property on the Atlantic Coast.

At $7 billion in possible losses, Irene would be among the 10 costliest catastrophes in American history, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

The most expensive disaster by far was Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which caused $45 billion worth of damage, not counting costs that were covered by the National Flood Insurance Progra…

AFTER THE STORM: UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS) SAMPLING FOR SEDIMENT CAUGHT UP IN THE SURGE...

USGS In the Surge Sampling for Nutrients, Sediment, E. coli, and Pesticides

Released: 8/28/2011 2:39:09 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192 Charles Crawford
Phone: (317) 290-3333 x176

Kara Capelli
Phone: (571) 420-9408






Follow USGS on twitter @USGS to learn where the crews will be each day.
Media: If you would like to accompany a USGS crew during sampling, contact Kara Capelli at kcapelli@usgs.gov.



As Hurricane Irene has left her mark along the East Coast, USGS crews are sampling water for pesticides, E. coli, nutrients, and sediment to document water quality in areas affected by the hurricane. This sampling effort is part of the federal government’s broad efforts to ensure public health and to support the state, tribal, and local response to the storm.


Sampling is taking place along the East Coast. Crews will follow the path of the hurricane where it brought high f…

THE PERFECT STORM OF HYPE: TURNS OUT HURRICANE IRENE NEVER LIVED UP TO EXPECTATIONS...

Toby Harnden
Toby Harnden is the Daily Telegraph's US Editor, based in Washington DC. Click here for Toby's website. You can email him at toby.harnden@telegraph-usa.com, follow him on Twitter here@tobyharnden and on Facebook here. His bestselling new book Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and Britain's War in Afghanistan, about a Battle Group in Helmand in 2009, is available from Telegraph Books.




Perfect Storm of Hype: Politicians, the media and the Hurricane Irene apocalypse that never was

By Toby HarndenWorld Last updated: August 28th, 2011




A Cape Cod store owner took precautions but seemed to anticipate that Irene might be more benign than billed. Photo: Toby Harnden



For the television reporter, clad in his red cagoule emblazoned with the CNN logo, it was a dramatic on-air moment, broadcasting live from Long Island, New York during a hurricane that also threatened Manhattan.

“We are in, right, now…the right eye wall, no doubt about that…there you see the surf,” he said breathl…

FLOODING EXPECTED TO CAUSE BIGGEST IMPACT IN AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE IRENE...

Irene's Legacy May Be Record Inland Flooding


By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
Aug 28, 2011; 8:47 AM ET




Major flooding is expected well inland across the Northeast in the wake of Irene, with several large rivers likely to remain above flood stage for days.


All-time records could even be approached on a few rivers, rivaling stages recorded during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Heavy rain from Irene will continue to soak millions across the eastern mid-Atlantic through today, expanding north across New England into tonight. By early Monday, Irene's heaviest rain will have exited to the north into southeastern Canada.

Rainfall totals will continue to be excessive and impressive. Many areas from the mid-Atlantic into New England will get 3 to 6 inches of rain, with localized amounts above a foot.

Similar rainfall totals were observed on Saturday as Irene passed near eastern North Carolina and the Delmarva region.

The heavy rain is the last thing many locations across the Northeast want to see. Recor…

GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT KEEPS TABS...SAYS USA HAS BEEN HIT BY 9 "MULTI BILLION DOLLAR" WEATHER EVENTS SO FAR THIS YEAR...

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BIG STORM...LITTLE STORM...TROPICAL STORM JOSE GOES UNNOTICED IN WAKE OF IRENE...

Big Storm and Little Storm: Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Jose

Hurricanes come in different shapes and sizes. This is evident in the photograph above which shows Hurricane Irene approaching New York City and little Tropical Storm Jose, which is near Bermuda. 

Hurricane Irene's tropical storm force winds extend out for up to 320 miles, while Jose's winds extend out for up to 50 miles according to the National Hurricane Center.

Photo: NASA

Posted on August 28, 2011

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MEXICO'S OTHER CARTEL PROBLEM: IF ONLY THE COUNTRY COULD LEARN TO COMPETE...

Mexico’s economy
The cartel problem

Mexico could be a giant if only it forced its moguls to compete

Aug 27th 2011 | from the print edition










A COUPLE of decades ago, when businesspeople and investors first got excited about the growth prospects of large emerging markets, Mexico was at the top of their lists. 

Nowadays it is the BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India and China—that have all the swagger, while Mexico commands attention for a sad reason: the surge of drug-fuelled violence that assails some of its cities. 

Mexican envy at the hoop-la surrounding Brazil, its Latin American rival, has reached a pitch to which only a psychoanalyst could do full justice.

Look more closely, however, and Mexico has hidden strengths. 

Its people are richer than those of any of the BRICs except Russia. 

They are better educated than Brazilians. 

The economy is more industrialised, better managed and more business-friendly than Brazil’s. 

And although growth has not been spectacular over the past 15 years, it …