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AUSTRALIA BRACES FOR ANOTHER LA NIñA...HOW WILL THIS AFFECT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PACIFIC ??? ...

Forecasters fear new La Nina as pressure grows to open floodgates on major dams


by: By Darrell Giles
From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
October 23, 2011 1:00AM


Chance of extreme rainfall doubled
Queensland told to drain the dams
Last summer wild weather claimed 35 lives




The floodgates are open at Wivenhoe Dam sending water over thespillway. Pic: Jono Searle



A SECRET weather bureau report predicting another summer of wild weather will force the Queensland Government to open the floodgates on major dams.

The dramatic new forecast delivered last Wednesday, but kept under wraps will prompt the Government to reverse measures to keep the dams close to full before the wet season.


The Bureau of Meteorology has provided the federal and Queensland governments with the latest La Nina data, which shows the chances of extreme rainfall have doubled in recent weeks.

Queensland Police has also been briefed by the forecasters. Premier Anna Bligh announced on September 30 that Wivenhoe and North Pine would not be dra…

AS AUSTRALIA MANGO SEASON PROGRESSES, ORIGINAL FORCAST OF A "GLUT" BEING QUESTIONED BY GROWERS

Future of Tableland mango crop unclear

Kylie Reghenzani

Friday, October 28, 2011

© The Cairns Post











MANGO crops are looking less promising this year with not as big a crop as expected, growers say.

Although farmers are hesitant to label the coming season as “doom and gloom” they admit it’s not going to be as good a season as last year when the industry turned over 900,000 trays in production of mangoes in the Mareeba-Dimbulah area.




Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association president Joe Moro said the Kensington Pride variety was not performing as well as Calypso, R2-E2 and Keats.

He said last year there was no winter, no flowers and the crop came early but this year it appeared to be a turnaround.

“There is a crop out there but it’s hard to say what it will be like,” Mr Moro said.



“It’s definitely not the glut that some people were talking about. “The flowering was phenomenal but now it is early days to see what the size of the crop will be.”

He said there were too many nubbins, a…

UGANDA CHARITY THAT STARTED OUT BENEATH A MANGO TREE NOW HOUSES 10,000 ORPHANS IN UGANDA ...

Irene's life stranger than fiction

Andy Parks | 10th November 2011







Irene Gleeson and George Lubega with Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell.

Irene Gleeson left her comfortable Sydney home in 1991 to start an orphanage in Uganda that now looks after 10,000 kids and employs 400 Ugandan staff including doctors, nurses, accountants, builders and cooks.

The charity she started is called Childcare Kitgum Servants, or CKS, and Irene was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009 "for service to international relations, particularly through sustained aid for children affected by war and HIV/AIDS in northern Uganda".

What started with Irene teaching a handful of kids how to write their names in the sand under a mango tree has become a major operation with five schools and a vocational college, with a three- storey hospital currently under construction.

Irene was in Lismore last week to launch her book Dance of the Tragic Heroines which is not an autobiography, but tells the story of six …

AUSTRALIAN WHOLESALE MANGO PRICES SEEM DANDY BY GLOBAL STANDARDS ... YET FARMERS DO NOT WANT TO HARVEST CERTAIN SIZES ...

The daily wholesale market reports are funded through Mango Industry R&D Levies, with matching funding from the Federal Government, and managed by HAL.
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Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth Daily Mango prices for Thursday 10 November 2011






Species/Variety/TonnesMarketStateRegionPackPrice RangeMost SalesBestAvg KgSupplyDemandCarroverQualityLowHighLowHighMANGOES,Calypso,CompositeADLYMod 1214.005LightAdeqSomeMixedKensington PrideADLYKatherine18LCtn20.00 -24.0010LightAdeqSomeMixedKensington Pride,No1,UnspecifiedADLYKatherineSLTray20.00 -28.0032.007ModAdeqSomeMixedKensington Pride,No2ADLYKatherin…

NORTHERN TERRITORY MANGO FARMERS LEAVE FRUIT ON THE TREES ...

'too cheap to pick' in Katherine

By Steven Schubert

Thursday, 10/11/2011







One of the largest mango growers in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory says prices for some lines of fruit are so low they're not worth picking.

Mango trees throughout the Top End had an excellent flowering season earlier in the year, which lead to speculation it would be a bumper harvest.

But Manbulloo Mangoes managing director Marie Piccone says that speculation was wrong, and current prices wouldn't meet the cost of production for some fruit.

"It's not a hard decision at all when you think that you're going to lose money by sending it.

"There's no way that you can actually continue to send fruit to market knowing that you're going to get a return that's lower than break even."


http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201111/s3361224.htm




PERU EARTHQUAKE NOT FELT IN MANGO COUNTRY

Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green



Map of PERU Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver






November 09, 2011




Piura, Peru - Today's earthquake was shielded from the mango region by the Andean Mountain chain.


The epicenter while relatively close to Piura (roughly 100 miles away) was located on the eastern side of the Andean Mountain chain.


IMO survey team will be visiting groves tommorrow in the San Lorenzo valley.





ECUADORIAN ATAULFOS ARE A WINNER ON THE WEST COAST USA ...

From a 10 count box of Ataulfos that IMO purchased $13.00  from a wholesaler (COAST TROPICAL) from the Los Angeles terminal market, 60% of the fruit was delicious. 
At $1.30 each that makes the fruit roughly $2.00 each when you discount the green fruit. 
Perhaps that is why mango cultures learn to add salt and lime when they get a green piece of fruit.
Presentation was clean and fruit had zero defects.
All in all, the Ecuadorian Ataulfo could be a winner if things don't change.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !





SOUTH AMERICA SHIPPING LANES; ONE BRIGHT SPOT ON MAERSK 3RD Q BALANCE SHEET ...

Maersk Line Loses $297 Million on Rate Collapse

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
 Nov 9, 2011 1:47PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story







Carrier forecasts full-year loss as pricing slides despite volume gains

Maersk Line said Friday it lost $297 million on shipping in the third quarter amid collapsing freight rates on the key Asia-Europe trade lane, and the world’s largest ocean container carrier said it would close the year in the red.

The loss, following a $1 billion profit in the third quarter a year ago, came as average freight rates, including bunker surcharges, across Maersk’s global system declined 12 percent to $2,860 per 40 foot container from $3,251 in the third quarter of 2010.

The Copenhagen-based line lost $124 on every 40-foot container it transported compared with a “close to a record” $616 per-box profit in 2010.

This eroded the impact of a 16 percent increase in traffic to 4.2 million 20-foot equivalent units from 3.6 million TEUs, leaving revenue up a modes…