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MANGO ON THE MENU: AUSTRALIA'S ULTIMATE DISH ...

Chefs get fare dinkum

Interviews By Kath DolanJanuary 24, 2012




Brigitte Hafner's barbecued marron with Thai green mango salad (recipe below).Photo: Melanie Faith Dove





Asked to create their ''ultimate Aussie dish'', our cooks deliver a mix that reflects the quintessential Australian culinary values of casual entertaining and shared fare, and that celebrates iconic ingredients and multicultural influences - all served with a dash of irreverent humour.
Brigitte Hafner




BRIGITTE Hafner admits she found the notion of an ''ultimate'' Aussie dish problematic. ''There isn't, in truth, an ultimate Aussie dish,'' she says. ''Ask an Italian what is the Italian dish. You'll have the northern Italians saying the ragu and the handmade pasta, the Napolitana pizza down south - all these dishes will vary and there isn't one. It's the same in Australia. We're also regional and we borrow from lots of different cultures.''



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MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS TAX FREE TRADE IN THE AMERICAS ...

Mexican Cartels Spread Violence To Central America


by JASON BEAUBIEN





Moises Castillo/AP

Soldiers walk past part of a message written in blood at the site of a massacre at a ranch in northern Guatemala on May 16. The message is a warning to Otto Salguero — the owner of the ranch, according to local media. Guatemalan authorities blame the killings on the Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas.



May 30, 2011

First of a three-part series. Read Part 2 and Part 3.






Mexico's drug cartels are carving out new territory in Central America, in some of the poorest and most fragile countries in the hemisphere.



Mexican gangs are cutting clandestine airstrips in the Guatemalan jungle, laundering money in El Salvador and unloading boatloads of cocaine on the coast of Honduras.


The World Bank recently warned that narcotics trafficking poses one of the greatest threats to development in the region.





Drug Trafficking In Central America

The volume of drugs passing through Central American countries has risen in recent yea…

CENTRAL AMERICA IS OUT OF CONTROL AS DRUG CARTEL RUN THE POLICE FORCE ...

Crime booms as Central Americans fear police switched sides

BY TIM JOHNSON
McClatchy Newspapers



SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS -- In a city that's just earned the title of the most dangerous in the Americas, few people dare go to the police with complaints. Rather, they view police officers with fear, scorn and disgust.



"Society has completely lost confidence in the police. The citizenry is more afraid of the police than the criminals," said Jhon Cesar Mejia, a federal prosecutor assigned to look into abuses by the state.



In recent months in Honduras, evidence has turned up of police units involved in murder-for-hire plots, drug trafficking, extortion, auto theft and kidnapping.

 Distress over police corruption has grown only more intense in the three months since the dean of Honduras' national university fingered police in the murder of her son and the widow of a slain national drug czar blamed police for his assassination.




Deep-rooted police corruption is just one reason for th…

TIME TO CRACK DOWN ON LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATIONS THAT ARE SET UP TO HIDE OWNERSHIP ...

Corporate anonymity
Light and wrong
Incorporation with limited liability is a privilege. It should not include anonymity

Jan 21st 2012 | from the print edition










LIMITED liability—a commercial venture that protects its shareholders from personal bankruptcy—is one of the greatest wealth-creating inventions of all time. 

The law allows companies to borrow money, to take risks and to make contracts as if they were people, but without the human beings who own it going bust if things go wrong, as they would in an unlimited partnership. 

Limited liability allowed Elizabethan adventurers to finance voyages to spice islands; it allows Silicon Valley technologists now to make similarly risky bets.

But limited liability is a concession—something granted by society because it has a clear purpose. It is unclear why in parts of the world anonymity became part of the deal. Efforts to withdraw that unjustified perk deserve to succeed.

In dozens of jurisdictions, from the British Virgin Islands to Delaware, it…

U.S. CARBON CYCLE SCIENCE PLAN IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET ...

Dr. Will Cavan
Executive director
International mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, Calfornia






Esteemed Colleague;



FYI - Thanks for posting.


The carbon cycle science community in the United States has finished its planning process for carbon cycle research for the upcoming decade, culminating in the publication of the new U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan. 

This reassessment of the U.S. carbon cycle science priorities was initiated by the U.S. Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG) and Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group (CCSSG) in 2008. The new Plan is intended to provide guidance for U.S. research efforts on the global carbon cycle for the next decade. 


It outlines priorities for research in carbon cycle science, including a substantial expansion in the scope of the field. In addition to reaffirming the need for basic research and for continuing the current areas of research in carbon cycle science, the Plan outlines specific recommendations for new priorities.

Electronic copies of “A U.S. …

PERU BUSCA NUEVOS MERCADOS PARA EL MANGO

Perú iniciaría en segundo semestre estudios de mercado para TLC con Rusia e India
Asia, Perú

Durante el segundo semestre de este año se iniciará, la elaboración de los estudios de mercado que permitirán dar inicio a las negociaciones de los Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con Rusia e India, anunció hoy el ministro de Comercio Exterior y Turismo, José Luis Silva.







Dom, 22/01/2012 - 16:21




Lima. Durante el segundo semestre de este año se iniciará, de manera formal, la elaboración de los estudios de mercado que permitirán dar inicio a las negociaciones de los Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con Rusia e India, anunció hoy el ministro de Comercio Exterior y Turismo, José Luis Silva.




“Es posible que el estudio de mercado en el caso de Rusia se haga en conjunto con Colombia”, declaró a la agencia Andina.


Explicó que está en conversaciones con su similar de Colombia para realizar de manera conjunta el estudio sobre las potencialidades del mercado ruso y así establecer los beneficios de concretar un T…

AUSTRALIAN MANGO EXPORTERS ENJOY ACCESS TO JAPAN & CHINA WITH VAPOUR HEAT TREATMENT ...

Mango exports boosted by new Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) facility


Inspectors check temperature probes on product at the new Giru facility.






Construction of a new Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) facility at Giru, North Queensland, was recently completed and the plant is now operational. The facility is at the pack house of mango producer Manbulloo Ltd on its Horse Shoe Lagoon farm.



The new facility will boost Queensland´s mango industry by increasing Australia´s capacity to export mangoes to Japan and China by 30%. 

Japan and China are priority export markets for the Australian mango industry and Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries has been working closely with commercial collaborators Manbulloo and the Australian mango industry to build these markets through the Global Markets Initiative - mango export development project.




To gain market access to Japan and China, Australian mangoes must be heat treated to control fruit fly. VHT uses high humidity air to heat the fruit slowly to a flesh…

AUSTRALIA CHARTS A COURSE FOR GLOBAL MARKETS ...

Mangoes - global export development


Australian mangoes on display in a Chinese supermarket






Overview
2007-08 mango season (completed)
The Asian Markets for Horticulture mango export development project was initially aimed at China, with the goal of exporting the first shipments of mangoes directly into this market under a new quarantine market access protocol developed between Australia and China. Under the new Global Markets Initiative (GMI), the project has been expanded to focus on other key mango export markets around the world. The breakthrough export of the first consignment of Australian mangoes direct to mainland China was achieved in November 2007.

Five businesses collaborated including production and export companies, as well as two vapour heat treatment (VHT) facility operators to export four consignments of mangoes - 1223 cartons in total - direct to China. Consignments included two loads of R2E2 mangoes and two loads of Calypso mangoes. They were sourced from orchards in the Ku…

JAPANESE GREENHOUSE MANGO PERFECTION ...

The Greenhouse Effect

August 4, 2008

J@pan Inc Magazine Articles
Magazine No 79
green technology
innovation




New technology brings affordable nutrients to the table

By Darius Jones




Dotting the landscape in almost any countryside setting, the artificial environments created by greenhouses are the living quarters for an increasing number of the foods we consume. While this affords us the luxury of tomatoes and kiwis during the frosty winter months, severe flaws in technology cause temperature fluctuations and an over-reliance on chemical fertilizers that lower the efficiency of production as well as adversely affecting the conditions in which the produce is grown.




A 50-year study by the University of London has documented a significant drop in the amount of vitamins and minerals contained in the foods we eat. Extensive medical research has been done analyzing the detriments to health caused by mineral deficiency, both in developing countries and closer to home. Moreover, modern lifestyle-related …