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LOSSES MOUNT IN AFTERMATH OF POWER OUTAGE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA...

Blackout losses could top $100 million
September 9, 2011 | 2:31 pm




Blackouts in San Diego hit businesses hard Thursday, causing economic losses as high as $118 million, according to estimates released by the National University System Institute for Policy Research.


The total effect was “conservatively estimated” at between $97 and $118 million, said Erik Bruvold, president of the San Diego-based think tank. The total included about $70 million in productivity losses as well as government overtime and perished foods.

Bruvold said the estimates were based on figures from the San Diego Gas & Electric system and did not cover effect in other blackout areas such as Orange County and the Imperial Valley.

PHOTOS: Blackout leaves millions without power

In San Diego, supermarkets were forced to throw out spoiled goods, including meat and dairy markets, and some stores strung yellow tape across milk sections to alert customers.

Gonzalo Gonzalez, the owner of a Mexican restaurant in Lemon Grove,…

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LA NIñA CONFIRMED...ANOTHER YEAR OF "UNUSUAL" WEATHER...

La Nina returns, bringing more severe weather: US

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Sept 8, 2011





The weather phenomenon known as La Nina is returning for another season, likely bringing more drought, heavy rains and severe weather to some parts of the world, US forecasters said Thursday.

Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center upgraded last month's La Nina Watch to a La Nina Advisory, the agency said in a statement.

The back-to-back emergence of the trend -- which causes cooler than average temperatures in the Pacific Ocean -- is not unheard of and happens about half the time, NOAA said.

"La Nina, which contributed to extreme weather around the globe during the first half of 2011, has re-emerged in the tropical Pacific Ocean and is forecast to gradually strengthen and continue into winter," it said.

The June 2010 to May 2011 La Nina "contributed to record winter snowfall, spring flooding and drought across the United …

AUSTRALIAN MANGO FARMERS FEAR "DOWNSIDE" TO FORECASTING "BUMPER CROP"...FINAL NUMBERS AREN'T IN YET....

NT mango grower fears lower prices

By Steven Schubert

Friday, 09/09/2011



Mangoes growing on Greenvale Orchard. (Steven Schubert)




A Northern Territory mango grower says he expects prices for his fruit to be lower this year.

Many Top End producers have begun harvesting what's believed to be the biggest crop in seven years.

But the owner of Greenvale Orchard, near Katherine, David Higgins, says he's worried people may not want to spend money on luxuries like mangoes this year.

"Rather than prices tending to trend up from last year, the general feeling of doom and gloom seems to indicate that there will be a downward pressure on prices," he said.

"Whether that's going to be a big pressure or not remains to be seen."


http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201109/s3314158.htm


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Ecuador: EE.UU. aprobó extensión de Sistema de Preferencias que beneficiará exportaciones del Ecuador


La Cámara de Representantes del Congreso de los Estados Unidos aprobó la extensión del Sistema Generalizado de Preferencias (SGP) que es el mayor programa de preferencia comercial de los EE.UU. y ofrece tratamiento libre de aranceles a las importaciones no sensibles de más de 130 países en desarrollo, entre ellos el Ecuador.


A través de su cuenta de Twitter, la ministra coordinadora de la Producción, Nathalie Cely, indicó que “SGP incluye mucho de los productos que estaban en la lista de preferencias andinas, Atpdea”. Aunque señaló que “ahora falta la aprobación del Senado”.


Sin embargo, acotó que “los que faltan son brócoli, rosas, textiles y atún en pouch, de allí la importancia de conseguir el Atpdea”.


“Es una muy buena noticia porque eso significa que ya existe un acuerdo entre demócratas y republicanos, ya se está generando ese acuerdo”, dijo Felipe Ribadeneira, presidente ejecutivo …

FRUITPORTAL INTERVIEWS FERNANDO CILLONIZ OF INFORM@CCION ABOUT THE PROS & CONS OF PERU'S EXPORT FUTURE...

Peru reaps rewards of defying conventions, says expert



September 9th, 2011

Peru has successfully managed to grow fruit in regions where the textbooks said it wasn’t possible, but the country still has a long way to go to face the challenges ahead.


Inform@cción president Fernando Cillóniz

Inform@cción president Fernando Cillóniz has toldwww.freshfruitportal.com Peru’s fruit industry has great opportunities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, but will need to rise to the tasks of food safety laws and working in a united way.

“The great weakness of the Peruvian fruit industry is to do with unions, as we don’t have an ASOEX (Association of Fruit Exporters) or a Fedefruta with the same forcefulness as Chile,” he says.

“I think sanitarily we are much weaker than Chile and I think there is still much to do in terms of efficiency. Chile is much more efficient in kilos per person, for example.

“The weather is a strength. The weather of the Peruvian coast is unique. We do not and never have had to go throug…

CASS FREIGHT INDEX CREEPS ALONG AT SLOWEST GROWTH IN 18 MONTHS FOR USA MARKET...

Freight Index Inched Up in August

JOC Staff 
| Sep 6, 2011 3:17PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story







Cass shipments index grows at slowest pace in 18 months


The Cass Freight Index for U.S. shipments grew 4.4 percent in August over the same month a year ago, the smallest gain in a year-and-a-half and a sign of fragile demand in the American economy.

The closely watched measure of industrial freight demand improved 1.9 percent sequentially from July to August after tumbling 3.7 percent in July.

Although the August shipment index showed demand gaining, the year-over-year gain was far slower than the 11 percent increase in July and the slimmest Cass has reported since the index contracted in February 2010.

By the Numbers: Cass Freight Index

The Cass expenditures index jumped 15.8 percent in August over the same month a year ago, likely the result of higher energy and transportation costs. But the expenditures index fell 3.8 percent from July to August, signaling costs were running ah…