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ECONOMIST MAGAZINE LISTS VIEWERS FAVORITE CHARTS OF 2011 ...

The Daily chart Advent calendar

Dec 25th 2011, 0:01 by The Economist online





A round-up of the year's most popular graphics and charts




WELCOME to our Daily chart Advent calendar, a collection of the 24 most popular maps, charts, data visualisations and interactive features published on our site this year. You'll find one behind each door, with a new door available to open every day until Christmas, plus an entirely new chart behind door number 25—a Christmas gift from the Daily chart team. Season's greetings from us all at The Economist online.

UPDATE - December 24th: And the winner is... Stateside substitutes.

Comparing US states with countries Stateside substitutes Jan 13th 2011, 10:05 by The Economist online Which countries match the GDP and population of America's states? IT HAS long been true that California on its own would rank as one of the biggest economies of the world. These days, it would rank eighth, falling between Italy and Brazil on a nominal exchange-rate ba…

HAITI'S RECOVERY DEPENDS UPON FARMING ...

A Quake-Scarred Nation Tries a Rural Road to Recovery



RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD


Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.







PAPAYE, Haiti — For months after the earthquake that struck the capital, Manel Laurore pulled shattered bodies from his neighbors’ homes, hunkered in fetid refugee camps and scrounged for food and water.






Lufo Joslyn walked to church in October in rural Haiti. In places like Papaye, efforts are being made to increase farming.Andres Martinez Casares for The New York Times




Today, his main worries are when his bean, corn and plantain crops will come in.


“I will never go back to Port-au-Prince,” said Mr. Laurore, 32, a former shopkeeper who was sifting soil to plant a tomato garden, referring to the capital. “It left a strong pain inside. Here the work is hard, but you live in total peace.”


His work, on a 15-acre cooperative farm in Papaye, represents a small but promising success for an ambitious program being promote…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM COSTCO ...

MANGO TREE SAVED 17 LIVES IN THE PHILIPPINES FLOODING ...

Mango tree saves 17 lives
By AMOR A. LOPEZ
December 24, 2011, 9:06pm






MANILA, Philippines — Ella dela Rio is not only happy at the gift of a second life but will forever be grateful not only to God but also to a mango tree which helped save 17 people.



On the night of December 16, when the rains of storm “Sendong” fell incessantly and the water began to rise to alarming levels (about 12 to 15 feet), Ella, her mother, father and husband climbed the mango tree in their backyard and watched as the debris-filled rampaging water slam into houses and turned their neighborhood in Bayug island, Iligan City into a virtual sea.



Aside from Ella and her kin, there were 13 other people who clung to the mango tree for hours drenched in the rain pleading to God for help. Some were pregnant women.



“My belief has been strengthened that there really is a God who is the only one who can help you in times like this,” Ella said in Filipino in an interview over DZRH. She appealed to loggers to stop cutting down tr…

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM SIBERIA ....

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM PHILANTHROPER ....

Saturday, December 24th

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE INTERNATIONAL MANGO ORGANIZATION (IMO)!!!!

THANK-YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


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2011: FOOD SAFETY WAS AT THE TOP OF EVERYONE'S LIST ...

Next Newsletter 2 January

Christmas a time of celebration or reflection?








Every year there it is again Christmas time. We spend time with family and friends enjoying food, hospitality and companionship. However sometimes we have those small moments where we reflect on the past year and wonder what the coming year will bring. 


A year where E-coli had Europe in its grip. Japan was devastated by a tsunami, which had huge long lasting effects on the country. Both events lead to serious drops in consumer confidence in the fresh produce industry. 


But through all this we must be praise those companies who take responsibility in making sure they grow safe and healthy food. These people not only say they are professionals, but also show that they are professionals and most importantly take responsibility when something goes wrong. 


We can't foresee what the New Year will bring us, but what we can do is do our best to work as professionals in an industry that serves our primary needs. 


FreshPlaza…

CHINA WILL BE THE BENEFICIARY OF PAKISTAN'S MANGOES ...

China offers goodies to Pakistan, urges world powers not to abandon her


Saibal Dasgupta, TNN | Dec 24, 2011, 06.49PM IST









China has showered goodies on Pakistan as its top diplomat Dai Bingguo is visiting Islamabad.




BEIJING: China has showered goodies on Pakistan as its top diplomat Dai Bingguo is visiting Islamabad. It has offered Pakistani companies tax free status if they operate in the border province of Xinjiang while ICBC, the Chinese bank, is working on ways to finance the Iran-Pakistan oil pipeline project. 


In Islamabad, Dai appealed to world powers to support Pakistan and not desert it at this time. Pakistan has considerable influence onAfghanistan, which must be taken into consideration by those trying to resolve the crisis in Kabul, he suggested after meeting Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari and prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. 


The taxation move suggests China is serious about building a rail line connecting Pakistan and is preparing the economic infrastructure to support…

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GERMAN INSTITUTE'S OBSERVATIONS ON COP 17 ...

Most of you are hopefully off on holidays already, but if somebody is still looking for some holiday reading the Wuppertal Institute's take on Durban may be of interest.































On the Road Again




Progressive Countries Score a Realpolitik Victory in Durban While the Real Climate Continues to Heat Up



By Wolfgang Sterk, Christof Arens, Florian Mersmann, Hanna Wang-Helmreich, Timon Wehnert




This report analyses the international climate negotiations at the UN climate conference in Durban. The conference revolved around two key sets of issues: What will be the overarching long-term framework of international climate policy and what near-term action will be taken to combat climate change? Accordingly, the first part of the report is devoted to the negotiations and outcome on the legal form of the future climate regime while the second part discusses near-term action along the “building blocks” of the Bali Action Plan.

You can find this report alongside all our other material on international climate …