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NASCAR STAR WINS STAGE TWELVE OF DAKAR RALLY 2012 ...

Defiant Gordon wins 12th stage of Dakar Rally as Coma takes over bikes leadJanuary 13, 2012 -- Updated 2109 GMT (0509 HKT) Robbie Gordon has made a big impression in his Hummer during this year's Dakar Rally. STORY HIGHLIGHTS

NASCAR star Robby Gordon wins 12th stage of Dakar Rally in Peru

Gordon powered through the dunes to win by over 15 minutes
Stephane Peterhansel remains top of overall standings
Marc Coma of Spain reclaims lead in motorcycle section




(CNN) -- America's Robby Gordon scored a convincing victory in the 12th stage of the Dakar Rally in Peru Friday.

Gordon, driving a Hummer, finished over 15 minutes clear of Russia's Leonid Novotskiy, in a Mini, with Ginel De Villliers of South Africa (Toyota) in third.

He recorded a time of two hours 14 minutes and 32 seconds for the 245km timed section of the leg from from Arequipa to Nasca, much of it over sand dunes and awkward terrain.


Race leader Stephane Petherhansel of France in his Mini lost time by being stuck in the dunes,…

DAKAR RALLY 2012 RESTS IN NAZCA AFTER CONCLUSION OF STAGE TWELVE...

THE MOST CONSUMER FRIENDLY STREETS TO SHOP ON IN THE WORLD ...

Shopping in Singapore is better than Paris
Secret shoppers rate the prettiest, most welcoming, most customer-friendly retail streets -- which is your no. 1?

6 January, 2012


Mystery shoppers suss out the surroundings to rate the appearance of luxury stores.





How many shopping trips truly turn out to to be the idyllic experiences your friends promised they would be?




Presence Mystery Shopping, a Paris-based market consulting company, thinks it has found 30 places that really truly can offer shopping heaven. It has published a report ranking the welcome and service for the world’s most famous shopping streets.


“We surveyed the quality of retail service on iconic shopping streets that tourists are told they just need to visit,” says Presence Business Development Manager, Leslie Kambourian.

Over 30 main avenues were visited, and nearly 400 individual retail outlets were observed, including perfume shops, restaurants, ready-to-wear outlets and showrooms.

Orchard Road in Singapore came out in first pl…

ADDING UP THE LOSSES FROM FIRE IN MAPUSA, INDIA ...

Officials evaluate loss of Thursday's plantation fire


TNN | Jan 14, 2012, 02.12AM IST





Read More:Plantation Fire|Pernem ZAO Anil Noronha|Agriculture Department|Adhar Nidhi Scheme







MAPUSA: Five talathis and the Pernem zonal agricultural officer (ZAO) along with theagriculture department staff are estimating the loss in the fire that broke out in the cashew, mango and coconut plantations in the bordering villages of Arambol, Paliem and Keri on Thursday

"Our staff is on duty. Five talathis besides Pernem ZAO Anil Noronha are on the site evaluating and estimating the losses suffered by the farmers," Pernem mamlatdar Satish Dessai said.



Acres of cashew, mango and coconut plantations were destroyed in this fire. According to the fire department report 30 farmers were affected by the fire. The affected farmers from the three villages claimed that the loss will be close to 1 crore.




"Under 'Adhar Nidhi Scheme' normally 15,000 per hactre is paid to the farmers in the cashew p…

TEXAS A&M TO HOST MAJOR CONFERENCE ON EBEAM & XRAY TECHNOLOGY IN APRIL 2012....

TEXAS A&M TO HOST WORKSHOP ON EBEAM & XRAY TECHNOLOGIES...

Dear Will,

I am organizing the 2012 Hands-On workshop in E-Beam and X-ray technologies here at Texas A&M University.

 I believe this workshop will be very useful to your association and group especially since the federal rules allowing for mango irradiation in the US to be approved soon. 



The event will take place on April 1-6, 2012 at the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas.

Please circulate this amongst your colleagues.



Sincerely,



Suresh D. Pillai, Ph.D.

Director, National Center for Electron Beam Research (http://ebeam.tamu.edu/)

Professor of Microbiology and Texas AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow

Molecular Microbiology – Food Safety & Environmental Microbiology Programs (http://tamu.edu/faculty/pillailab/)


Texas A&M University

418B Kleberg Center/MS 2472

College Station, Texas 77843-2472

Tel (979) 845-2994

Email: s-pillai@tamu.edu

Email: spillai@poultry.tamu.edu






IN ITALY, THE MAFIA IS WILLING TO BAIL OUT COUNTRY ...

Italy's crisis opens doors to cash-rich mafia





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Today in the newspapers – January 11









By Valentina Za

MILAN | Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:42am EST

(Reuters) - When Italian construction group Perego was struggling back in 2008, a white knight flush with cash rode to its rescue.



Unfortunately the "knight" was a powerful mafia organization, the 'Ndrangheta, which went on to take control of the family-owned Lombardy business and tried to steer it on an expansion path, Italian justice authorities say.

"Luckily it failed," said Milan judge Giuseppe Gennari. The group has sinc…

LAST STAGES OF DAKAR RALLY 2012 IN PERU NOW ...STAGE 11 HIGHLIGHTS....

Stage 11 Highlights: 2012 Dakar (Video)Tom Wera
01/13/2012
Click the images below for bigger versions: 2012 Dakar Rally Video





Cyril Despres extended his overall lead Thursday in the 2012 Dakar Rally after taking his fourth-stage victory this year, and his 30th of his career. It was also a historic win, since it was the first time Peru was included on the Dakar schedule.

The Red Bull KTM rider had some struggles after starting second, but was able to regain his rhythm and win Stage 11, which took the motorcycle competitors 438 miles from Arica to Arequipa, Peru, with 331 miles timed.

Finishing 1:39 behind Despres was fellow KTM rider Farres Guell (Spain), and teammate/rival Marc Coma (Spain) 2:01 behind. Overall, Despres no leads Coma by 2:22 after 11 of 14 stages; both are chasing a fourth Dakar victory.

Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally) says: "Another hard day today, but apart from a small, low speed crash I'm pleased with how the stage went.

"Once again Marc and I had a …

THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY FOR SHIPPING LINES ...

Published: 11 January 2012

Overcapacity problems grow






Paris-based liner shipping consultancy Alphaliner is forecasting that net growth of the cellular containership fleet will reach 1.28M TEU (+8.3%) in 2012 after provision for scrappage (estimated at 120,000 TEU) and delivery slippage (estimated at 80,000 TEU).



Some 253 cellular ships, representing 1.47M TEU are planned for delivery this year, which could end up at around 228 units for 1.39 M TEU after allowance for slippage, Alphaliner said.


By comparison, the cellular fleet grew by 7.9% in 2011, with deliveries of 127 vessels with a total capacity of 1.23M TEU.



Despite the looming overcapacity, 239 cellular ships totalling 1.77M TEU were ordered in 2011, with an aggregated value of US$19.5B. The orderbook reached 620 ships (4.3M TEU) on 31 December 2011, representing 28% of the existing cellular fleet (15.4M TEU).



A total of 90 cellular ships with a combined capacity of 105,500 TEU left the fleet in 2011, of which 70 units (85,100 …

LETS NOT CONFUSE BAD WEATHER WITH "GLOBAL WARMING" SAYS FOODNEWS ....

Rain or shine?
Friday January 13 2012


IT IS safe to say that some in the food industry will have been happy to see the back of 2011, not least because of the devastation caused by flooding in some parts of the world. But were last year’s unusual weather conditions just that, or an example of climate change which will only get worse in the years to come?




As tempting as it is to jump on the climate change bandwagon that seems to have engulfed the international psyche, it is unlikely that flooding and the like can be linked directly to climate change. In the words of FOODNEWS’ weather expert, Don Keeney, “these events last year were extreme but there have been worse instances in the past”. One drought or flood event cannot be immediately attributed to climate change alone which is instead defined by long-term fluctuations in temperature or rainfall trends.



It therefore seems that 2011 was just a bad egg. In case we need reminding, South Africa saw continuous rainfall in its Orange River reg…

GREAT CLOSE-UPS OF A MANGO TURNING FROM BLOOM TO FRUIT ....

AN AUSTRALIAN MANGO FARM FOR SALE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GET IN ON THE USA MARKET ...

Aussie early mango farm up for sale




January 13th, 2012

An Australian early-growing mango property is up for sale in the Northern Territory, with a large amount of young trees that are set to boost annual production to 80,000 trays by 2017.









Owners Tom and Regina Harbrow have decided to sell the 95.82ha Pine Creek Mango plantation for personal reasons, valuing the land, buildings, equipment, trees and irrigation infrastructure at AUD$5.35 million (US$5.5 million).




“Three years ago we got the farm back from a five year lease, generally in very poor condition, and this presented us with a dilemma as it was also overcapitalized and underperforming, and to make it profitable required an enormous amount of work and capital,” says Tom.


“Fortunately we were able to muster both, and AUD$1.5 million (US$1.54 million) and three years later the volume has increased from 19,600 to 50,100 trays and quality is second to none.




“The bonus for a younger or corporate buyer is that the amount of trees has been …

LA SEXTA CUMBRE DE LAS AMERICAS EN CARTAGENA COLOMBIA ESTARA BIEN SEGURO ....

10 mil militares y policías custodiarán Cumbre de la Américas en Cartagena








34 presidentes ya confirmaron su visita, entre ellos el mandatario estadounidense Barack Obama.



El Contralmirante César Augusto Narváez Arciniegas, comandante de la Fuerza Naval del Caribe, confirmó ayer en Cartagena que 10 mil hombres de la Armada Nacional, Ejército, Fuerza Aérea y Policía, custodiarán la ciudad para de garantizar la seguridad de la Sexta Cumbre de Las Américas, la cual se realizará en la capital de Bolívar el próximo 14 y 15 de abril.



Narváez Arciniegas aseguró ayer que 34 Jefes de Estado y Primeros Ministros de diferentes países del mundo confirmaron su llegada a Cartagena, por lo que el trabajo de seguridad para ellos está siendo coordinado con todas las autoridades civiles y militares.




Por agua, mar, tierra y ríos, la Armada Nacional vigilará Cartagena y municipios aledaños, así como la bahía interior, vías de acceso y el Canal del Dique. La Policía tendrá el segundo anillo de seguridad y la F…

PLANT IT (MANGO TREE) AND THEY WILL COME: THE LIFE CYCLE OF A HAITIAN MANGO ...

the lifecycle of a haitian mango

Posted on January 12, 2012 by Kyla Springer
Topics: Agriculture, Economic Development, Food, Imports/Exports, Livelihoods
Countries: Haiti


Courtesy Mercy Corps.




During the lifecycle of a Haitian mango, a lot can go wrong.




By the time it reaches the U.S., it's a lucky little mango if it hasn't been packaged poorly, bruised and squished, harvested at the wrong time, ravaged by insects and decimated by poor weather. In all likelihood, it's probably been thrown out along the way, never to make it.



For the large international supermarkets and businesses that buy mangoes (think Whole Foods and Coca-Cola's Odwalla brand), this is just the cost of doing business. It happens to some degree with every perishable product—particularly fruit—and it's no cause to shed tears.




But for Haitian farmers, that cost of doing business may actually cost them their business.




Nonprofit development organizations are in tune to the plight of the small-scale farmer and…

HAITI: THE WORLD'S BASKET CASE...

Published 06:02 13.01.12
Latest update 06:02 13.01.12

Miserable, but it photographs well


The West's eternal basket case, Haiti has more NGOs per capita working within its borders than any other country. Some locals say the well-meaning groups are undermining the state by ignoring the local government.


By Alex Levac












The hall at the Port-au- Prince International Airport was sweltering at 32 degrees Celsius, with three ceiling fans whirling sluggishly, as though stricken by the heat.

When I boarded the plane in New York, the temperature was zero, but here, still in my woolen sweater and heavy coat, the heat was unbearable and the sticky tropical humidity suffocating.






A child working on her homework. There is no free education in this poor country and few have the money to pay tuition.
Photo by: Alex Levac









Things only got worse at the crowded baggage carousel. The Haitians outdid the stereotypical Israeli in pushing, shoving and trampling their way toward the bags, uttering cries of joy when t…