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S&P DOWNGRADES FRANCE, LEAVING GERMANY ALONE AS THE LEADER OF EUROPE ...

Charlemagne
And then there was one
Germany now stands alone. But its power may weaken the euro zone
Jan 21st 2012 | from the print edition










CREDIT-RATING agencies are a favoured scapegoat of many European politicians, incurring mounting wrath as they downgrade the debt of one sovereign after another. 

They stand accused of ignorance over European reforms or even of being part of an Anglo-American conspiracy to destroy the euro. 

Such opprobrium owes much to the fact that, although they are flawed arbiters, the rating agencies can speak uncomfortable truths. 


The decision by Standard & Poor’s, one of the big three, to downgrade nine European governments on January 13th was an example. S&P punctured the optimism over recent bond auctions in Italy and Spain. It chastised governments for their inadequate response and their misguided obsession with austerity. And by drawing so many into the net, it made clear that the problem is not just individual countries, but the euro zone as a whole.


A…

FLOODING IN FIJI ....

Fiji declares a state of disaster over severe flooding









Fiji has declared a state of disaster over flooding and landslides that have killed at least six people and displaced thousands.
Officials say that at least 3,500 people are now in temporary shelters.

The state of disaster has been declared in the western regions of Fiji's largest island of Viti Levu, where the flooding impact is worst.

The rains, which started last weekend, inundated roads and cut water and power supplies to some communities.

The Disaster Management Office has declared the western areas of Nadi Lautoka, Ba, Sigatoka and Rakiraki to be in a state of disaster.

Permanent secretary of information Sharon Smith-Johns said a total of six people had been killed by Wednesday.

These included a family of four and a farmer on Viti Levu, and another farmer on Vanua Levu who tried to rescue livestock.

New Zealand has pledged NZ$350,000 ($286,000, £182,000) in initial flood aid to be made immediately available to the Fiji Red Cross…

CHINA DOUBLES DOWN IN LATIN AMERICA ...

INVESTING| 1/24/2012 @ 3:53PM |486 views For Latin America, China Both Friend And Foe


LATIN AMERICA LECTURES EUROPE AT DAVOS ....

Latin American leaders at Davos say region well placed to withstand a global recession



By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 8:52 AM







DAVOS, Switzerland — When the developed world sneezes, the old saying goes, Latin America catches a cold. But now, after decades of austerity and reforms, the region’s leaders say their immune systems are in pretty good shape.




Latin American politicians and business leaders gathered among the world’s elite at a Swiss ski resort are speaking from a position of power, crowing about successes in places like Brazil, Mexico and Chile and even offering lessons to Europe about how to deal with crippling debt crises.






“Latin America has never been better equipped to move forward,” said Guillermo Ortiz, former governor of the Bank of Mexico. “We don’t have to worry about inflation shooting up to 100 percent next year. This is invaluable, because it unleashes the possibilities at a micro level of doing everything that we need to do.”

“This,” he added, “is…

AN OVERVIEW OF THE 2011 MEXICAN MANGO SEASON

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California






www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com








January 25, 2012
















Before we know it, the 2012 Mexican mango season will be upon us.


Let's take a step back and digest last year's season out of Mexico.






First the facts:


1.- Every year Mexico ships more fruit than the year before. 


Last year Mexico shipped 53,406,666 (4kg) cartons of mango. 






Here is a breakdown by variety:






ATAULFO:












14,280,203 cartons of Ataulfo variety mangoes were shipped to the USA last season from Mexico.


This accounts for 21.67% of all of Mexico's mango exports to the USA market.


The predominant sizes were: 14 (20.30%), 16 (20.10%), 18 (22.40%), 20 (15.45%) and 22 (6.68%) which account for 85.02% of all Ataulfos shipped last year from Mexico.


Ataulfos were distributed 2 to 1 in the Eastern USA via Texas compared to Arizona, as 9,756,138 crossed the border in Texas versus 4,520,465 via Arizona.
















HADEN:










Mexico shipped 3,985,202 cartons of Haden last s…

WIERD WEATHER: MANGOES ARE POPPING OUT IN HAWAII AHEAD OF SCHEDULE....

Watch the video....
http://www.kitv.com/video/30292237/detail.html








Mango Blossoms, Fruit Popping Out Early




POSTED: 7:49 am HST January 25, 2012
UPDATED: 2:04 pm HST January 25, 2012



HONOLULU -- It's unusual to see budding blossoms and fruit filling mango trees in January. Mother nature helped speed up the process last year.



"We had some weird weather this summer. It got a little cold, a little dry and that encouraged some of these matured leaves to start producing some flowers," Mango grower Mark Suiso said.

Suiso said the fruit we're seeing now is from last year's flowers and he expects the budding flowers we see on the tree to bear a lot of fruit in about four to five months



"Now that we got flowers, what we want to do is we don't want to have a lot of wind," Suiso said.


There's also a nuisance popping up on trees which Suiso said can wipe out trees completely.



"If you have a lot of flowers on your trees, watch it carefully for powdery mildew. You …

FINAL DATA BY IMPORTER FOR 2011 MANGO SEASON FROM EMEX ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California






www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com






January 25, 2012








This is a breakdown of the Importers of Mexican mangoes from last season, courtesy of EMEX (The Mexican Mango Exporters Association) that seems like it is 100 years old.


But with Mexico knocking on the door, it is good to refresh ancient history.


Hopefully, Peru will be able to get their volume in and out before Mexico steps back in the deal.


Expect some fruit out of Mexico by February.






Acumulado General Temporada 2011DistribuidorFronterasPorcentajesTotal CajasTotal %ARIZONACALIFORNIATEXASARIZONACALIFORNIATEXASGM PRODUCE SALES LLC1,018,680*6,787,5624.88%0.00%20.98%7,806,24214.62%FRESKA PRODUCE INTERNATIONAL, LLC4,090,714*653,25919.61%0.00%2.02%4,743,9738.88%SPLENDID PRODUCTS LLC3,398,368*409,06216.29%0.00%1.26%3,807,4307.13%COAST TROPICAL1,296,469*2,412,8896.22%0.00%7.46%3,709,3586.95%FOOD SOURCE INC8,568*3,456,1880.04%0.00%10.68%3,464,7566.49%PAULMEX IN…