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SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT IN THE PHILIPPINES TEACHES YOUTH TO GIVE BACK TO MOTHER EARTH VIA MANGOES ...

Giving Back To Mother Earth
By BRYAN B. GARCIA
January 31, 2012, 11:28am


MANILA, Philippines — The fertile soil of the Philippines has always been an asset to its progress and economy. Valuable crops like rice and sugar, or fruits like mango and banana are just some of the products the country produces for local and international markets.

Even families in the rural areas recognize this natural advantage that the country has, growing their own little gardens in their backyards for their supply of organic produce.

Recognizing the importance of more backyard gardens, a youth group in Libertad, Misamis Oriental in Mindanao has been helping communities to start their own gardens for food security purposes.

“The project started with the realization that vegetable gardening can be done easily in a country like the Philippines because we have lots of sunlight which is a much needed ingredient for plants to grow. We realized also that vegetables are sources of good nutrition and rather than buying i…

THE GATES FOUNDATION WORKS ON MORE NUTRITIOUS FRUIT...COULD MANGOES BE NEXT ??? ...

EN VENEZUELA SECUESTRAN AL EMBAJADOR MEXICANO "POR HORAS" ...

Embajador de México en Venezuela es víctima de "secuestro express"

México, Venezuela




Venezuela investiga "el secuestro breve del embajador de México en Venezuela, Carlos Pujalte Piñeiro, y el de su esposa, Paloma Ojeda.

Lun, 30/01/2012 - 19:36







Caracas. El embajador de México en Venezuela y su esposa fueron secuestrados por delincuentes comunes y liberados cuatro horas después en la madrugada del lunes, dijeron fuentes diplomáticas y la Fiscalía, en un caso que deja de relieve la inseguridad en el país petrolero.


Venezuela investiga "el secuestro breve del embajador de México en Venezuela, Carlos Pujalte Piñeiro, y el de su esposa, Paloma Ojeda", cuando salían de una recepción en el este de Caracas, informó la fiscalía en un comunicado.


El modus operandi apunta a que fueron víctimas del conocido como "secuestro express", mediante el cual los raptores buscan generalmente obtener dinero y bienes de una forma rápida por el rescate de la persona, que es usualme…

DAVOS MANAGES TO BECOME INSIGNIFICANT TO THE GLOBAL STAGE ...

Walker's World: So much for Davos

by Martin Walker
Zurich, Switzerland (UPI) Jan 30, 2012










What a difference a week makes. Had the latest downgrades by Fitch or the leak of the latest German plan to impose discipline on the Greek economy come as the Davos elite were gathering, the mood in the Alps would have been much colder.



The tone for Davos was set by some temporary and probably mistaken signs of good news: The U.S. economy seemed to be recovering and consumer confidence was rising. China seemed to be avoiding a hard landing. The eurozone remained in crisis but the worst fears of a credit crunch had been eased by the extraordinary surge of $500 billion in low-cost lending by the European Central Bank. Even Spain and Italy seemed to be able to sell their latest bonds at less than punitive yields.



As a result, the Davos consensus was relatively upbeat, assuming that the world (if not Europe) would avoid a double-dip recession and that even the Germans were coming to realize that the s…

THE MOSCAMED PROGRAM...

Maintaining a Med Fly Barrier to Protect U.S. Fruits and Vegetables


Posted by Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, on April 4, 2011 at 9:51 AM On my recent trip to Guatemala, I had the honor and pleasure to spend some quality time with my counterpart from Mexico, Dr. Enrique Sanchez Cruz and the Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Francisco Mayorga. We were in Guatemala to attend the MOSCAMED Med Fly Commission meeting and to sign an agreement between Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and the United States to continue the MOSCAMED program. The program is a cooperative effort with a focus on maintaining a barrier for the med fly pest in Central America through the production of sterile flies and the development of natural parasites and organic bait sprays.
Edward Avalos, Under Secretary USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Francisco Mayorga, Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, and Dr. Enrique Sanchez Cruz, Mexico SENASICA Director General at the recent MOSCAMED M…

INDIAN HORTICULTURIST HAS GRAFTED 300 CULTIVARS OF MANGO ON ONE TREE !!! ...

A mango for Sachin, a guava for Ash
PTI


And AIshwarya's the sweetest of them all!



‘Aishwarya’ will now adorn your fruit basket. Grafting expert and Padmashree horticulturist Haji Kaleemullah Khan has developed a sweeter variety of guava and named it after Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai. The new variety of guava resembles an apple in texture and is more sweet smelling and has more pulp.

“The new variety of guava is very different in taste, smell and look from the traditional and normal varieties grown in the country,” Kaleemullah told PTI. According to Kaleemullah, the biggest advantage of this variety is that it has soft seeds.

“It took almost eight years to develop this unique variety of guava and no chemical fertiliser or pesticide was used in developing the same,” he said.




The horticulturist, who is based in the mango-belt of Malihabad, said that to keep the product totally organic, neem oil was used as a pesticide. “All measures were taken to ensure that the product is free from an…

APL REPORTS DROP IN REVENUE ...

APL Revenue Dropped on Higher Volume in Late 2011

Peter T. Leach, Senior Editor | Jan 30, 2012 2:25PM GMT


The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story







Carrier's annual revenue fell 14 percent as rates hit record lows


APL in the last six weeks of 2011 shipped more containers year-over-year, but the carrier’s annual revenue by container plunged by double-digits as rates on the main east-west trade lane hit record lows.




The Singapore-based liner unit of Neptune Orient Lines said its container volume during the period climbed 6 percent to 357,909 40-foot equivalent units during the six weeks from Nov. 19 to Dec. 30, according to latest monthly report released Monday. APL’s average revenue per FEU dropped by 14 percent to $2,265.



APL said the increase in volume was mainly due to higher volumes carried on the intra-Asia trade lane. The carrier attributed the decline in average revenue per FEU to lower rates in the major trade lanes.




For 2011 as a whole, APL’s container shipping volumes increase…

UNIQUE MANGO HARVEST TECHNIQUES...

VENUE FOR THE FOURTH IMO GLOBAL MANGO CONFERENCE ....

DATE SET FOR 4TH IMO GLOBAL MANGO CONFERENCE....MARK YOUR CALENDARS !!!...

Hi Will;

We sent the updated letter to the Minister of Agriculture having set the date June 27 - July 1st, 2012.






This is our itinerary:






Arrival of delegates 27th June - 28th Formal opening cocktails hosted by IMO,




June 29 All Day Conference - 4th IMO GLOBAL MANGO CONFERENCE -

University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, at St. Augustine

http://sta.uwi.edu/





June 30th Field trips - Visit Mango operations and Port authority




July 1st July Mango Festival -








July 2nd Departure







We could attempt to set up appointments for delegates to meet Port Authority officials and others.

Feedback necessary

Regards
Gia




WHY DOESN'T THE NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) ADVERTISE AT THE SUPER BOWL ??? ...

The Super Bowl Investment: Ad Spend Trends Over the Past Five Super BowlsJanuary 30, 2012
While Super Bowl ads require a substantial investment, they tend to get a measurable marketing bump from their prominent placement. According to Nielsen, ads that aired during 2011’s Super Bowl XLV were, on average, 58 percent more memorable than commercials airing during regular programming in the first quarter of 2011. In addition, brand awareness for commercials airing during the Super Bowl was up to 275 percent higher than awareness for the same creative during regular programming. Cost of an Ad
The Super Bowl investment is economically resilient, remaining relatively stable despite fluctuations in the primetime average—and rising consistently over the past five years despite a rocky economy. Big Spenders: Automotive Makes a Comeback
2011 was the year of the auto comeback. Spending on automotive ads far surpassed other categories and more than doubled versus previous years. Nine different auto b…