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L.A. PORTS: Creating incentives for a cleaner tomorrow

Commentary
Better Ports, Better Communities, Good Jobs
by D. J. Waldie
on May 16, 2012 10:00 AM




This Container Is Green | Public domain source





The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are enormous - the largest port facility in the nation, movers of much of the world's goods, and the reason for thousands of jobs. The ports' impact on the environment is enormous, too. Particulates and nitrogen oxides emitted by diesel-powered ships are part of the problem.



To encourage shippers to dock their cleanest and "greenest" ships here, officials of both the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have begun programs that will reward vessel owners for improvements that reduce emissions beyond the regulatory standards set by the International Maritime Organization.




The more a ship uses clean technology beyond what is required by international standards, the more the ports will pay ship's operator as an incentive - as much as $5,250 per docking for ships with the newest engine technolo…

Top Business Interests from Central America and Caribbean Gather in OAS/Trinidad and Tobago Hosted Meeting ...

May 17, 2012 - 5:01:29 PM








More than sixty business leaders from Central America and the Caribbean met this week in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to discuss new opportunities for partnerships and expanding business between the two regions, as well as challenges to trade.


Taking part in the closed door meetings were representatives of top conglomerates, public and private companies, business families, and government representatives and ministers, including Alberto Alemán Zubieta, CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, Representatives of the Ansa McAl Group, Neal and Massy Holdings, Guardian Holdings, Demerara Distillers, Grupo Unicomer, Cabcorp and Bridgestone, as well as regional airlines, manufacturers, producers associations and banks. Also present at the meeting were the Secretaries General of Central American Integration System (SICA), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).



The gathering, which represented billions of dollars in business inte…

SUMMER TIME & MANGO POPSICLES....

Mango popsicles


Published Thursday, May. 17, 2012 6:02PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, May. 17, 2012 6:04PM EDT



The medium-sized yellow mangoes such as Mexican Autulfo mangoes or Indian Alphonso mangoes make for the best popsicles, because they have a sweet and creamy texture.

Servings: 6-8 popsicles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes, 4 hours for freezing

Ready In: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Ingredients


3 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped

1/3 cup sugar

¾ cup sparkling water or club soda

1 lime, juice only

Method

In a stainless steel bowl, combine sugar and lime juice.

Add chopped mangoes, and toss in sugar/lime juice mix and let sit for a 5 minutes.

Once 5 minutes have elapsed, using a stand or hand blender, puree the mango mixture till smooth.

Add the carbonated water and immediately transfer to popsicle moulds.

Freeze for a minimum of 4 hours to allow the mixture set.




To remove the popsicle from the mould, place under hot running water for a few seconds and “pop” out.




To make this reci…

THE DEBATE STILL RAGES: WAS OBAMA BORN IN THE USA ??? ...

'Obama was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii': President's OWN literary agency promotional booklet from 1991 claims he WAS born in Africa



Promotional authors pamphlet from publishing imprint Acton & Dystel says Obama - then president of the Harvard Law Review - was 'born in Kenya'



Pamphlet edited by now-Dystal & Goderich literary editor Miriam Goderich



President Obama published Hawaiian birth certificate last year in hopes to end 'birther' theories


By BETH STEBNER

PUBLISHED: 15:23 EST, 17 May 2012 | UPDATED: 17:05 EST, 17 May 2012









Bio: The biography for Mr Obama published in a literary agency's promotional pamphlet says he was born in Kenya

The simmering political row over President Obama’s heritage was dramatically reignited today as a 1991 booklet boldly announced that the Democrat was ‘born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.’

In the cover for a 1991 promotional booklet by Mr Obama’s then-publisher Acton & Dystel, he is a…

£24 for a share in Facebook: Social networking site set to create 1,000 millionaires in one of the biggest ever Wall Street floatations ...

Mark Zuckerberg's stake in the company could net him £18billion

By ARTHUR MARTIN and ROB DAVIES

PUBLISHED: 16:06 EST, 17 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:28 EST, 17 May 2012







One thousand millionaires are expected to be created today as Facebook sells its shares for the first time.

In one of the biggest ever Wall Street flotations, the social networking site will sell 421million shares at up to £24 a share.

A successful sale will see the company’s value soar to about £64billion – bigger than the combined worth of Ford and Boeing.


Mark Zuckerberg, who created Facebook at university eight years ago, is likely to become one of the world's richest men



Mark Zuckerberg, who created Facebook at university eight years ago, is likely to become one of the world’s richest men.

His 28 per cent stake in the company could net him as much as £18billion.

Hundreds of other Facebook staff and those who invested in the company during its infancy will become millionaires.


More...
When will the bubble pop? Now Pinteres…

MANGO INFLORESCENCE: KATHERINE AUSTRALIA EARLY BLOCK PROJECTED FOR SEPTEMBER START ...

"What amazing news.........we have some early flowers at Manbulloo Katherine which means we are right on track for a September start. Pictures and more updates to follow soon."




Posted 3:58pm (May 17, 2012)

From Manbulloo Facebook Page





"We saw our first budding in one of the mango blocks at Katherine this morning......hopefully that will mean a slightly earlier start to this years season. We'll keep eveybody up to date as things develop."


Posted April 19, 2012
From Manbulloo Facebook Page

Facebook Raises $16 Billion in I.P.O ...

MAY 17, 2012, 4:21 PM


I.P.O./OFFERINGS
.BY EVELYN M. RUSLI AND PETER EAVIS

Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images




Facebook pulled it off.



As investors raced to get shares, the sprawling social network raised $16 billion on Thursday, in an initial public offering that valued Facebook at $104 billion.

The I.P.O. signals a rapid evolution for the company. In just eight years, Facebook has gone from a scrappy college service founded in a Harvard dormitory to the third-largest public offering in the history of the United States, behind General Motors and Visa.


Investors, who are paying $38 a share for the offering, now consider Facebook more stalwart than start-up. At $104 billion, the social network’s market value is higher than those of McDonald’s, Citigroup, Amazon.com and all but a handful of other American companies.

“Facebook is here to stay,” said Navin Chaddha, a managing director of the Mayfield Fund, a venture capital firm. “It’s a virtual economy where people are spending more t…

For Facebook IPO, some suitors wary of the big dance ...

This week's Facebook IPO, valued at an eye-popping $100 billion, is among the most-anticipated initial public offerings ever. 
But some analysts wonder about Facebook's business model for the future. 
General Motors pulled its ads this week, and insiders plan to sell lots of shares.





By Gloria Goodale, Staff writer / May 17, 2012




An electronic screen (r.) on the front of the Nasdaq stock market flashes advertisements in New York's Times Square on May 17. The Facebook IPO is one of the most anticipated initial public offerings in years. The firm is likely to have an estimated market valuation of $100 billion when its shares begin trading on the Nasdaq on Friday.

Mark Lennihan/AP











LOS ANGELES


It’s prom season – and the Internet behemoth, Facebook, is all dressed up and ready to dance with both Wall Street and small-time investors. Its much-anticipated IPO, now valued at some $100 billion, is finally launching this week, but as the digital giant tries to sell itself as the hottest dat…

ONE MUST VISIT MALIHABAD, INDIA ... HOME OF THE NORTHERN MANGO BELT ...

Malihabad
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Malihabad
— city —




Malihabad
Location of Malihabad
in Uttar Pradesh and India

Coordinates26°55′N 80°43′ECoordinates: 26°55′N 80°43′E
Country India
StateUttar Pradesh
District(s)Lucknow
Population 15,806 (2001)
Time zoneIST (UTC+05:30)
Area


Elevation


• 128 metres (420 ft)


Malihabad (Hindi: मलीहाबाद, Urdu: ملیح آباد) is a town and a nagar panchayat in Lucknow district in the Indianstate of Uttar Pradesh

It is the mango belt of North India and is internationally acclaimed for its mangoes. 

Among different varieties of mangoes grown here, Dussheri is the most popular variety. Besides Dussehri, other varieties of mangoes such as Chausa, Fazli, Lucknowa, Jauhari, Safeda, etc. are also grown here.





History

The town of Malihabad was established by Raja Malhia Arakh, the younger of the brave brother duo, Salhia and Malhia, belonging to the warrior Arakh clan. 

Of the two brothers, Raja Salhia Singh laid the foundation of Salhiapura town, which is now known as Sa…

A DYING BREED: INDIA'S WILD MANGOES ...

Where the wild mangoes are

A.J. VINAYAK


Varieties of wild mango displayed at a recent farmers’ meet in Ubaru village of Dakshina Kannada district. - A.J. VINAYAK






With unique flavours all their own, wild mangoes are a fast-disappearing treat. Farmers in Karnataka are exploring ways to conserve this natural heritage.



When the techie son of a farmer in Dakshina Kannada district called from the US, where he was posted on an assignment, his mother was relieved to hear he was comfortably settled there. You can get anything here if you have the money for it, Raghunath joked.



But he was quickly forced to eat his words. On learning that his father was busy plucking wild mangoes at their farm, the son immediately rued, “I will not get them here, even if I pay in dollars.”


His father, arecanut grower Manchi Srinivas Achar, recounted this conversation to a group of likeminded farmers who gathered recently at Ubaru village, in Bantwal, to discuss ways of conserving wild mango varieties.




For those who hav…

TIME TO TRY THE WORLD'S MOST DELICIOUS DRIED MANGOES ...

May 2012 ~ A Note from the Mango Lady



-- This month, mango trees all over the world are
deliciously bursting with my favourite fruit. A friend
from Grenada told me this week, there were so many
mangoes he could see them lazily dropping off a
neighbour's tree onto the ground in piles!

Another friend from The Philippines, where 7D Dried
Mangoes are born says "…they need to be picked from
high, high trees, and perhaps in the middle of a large
farm. Just imagine how people work so hard for the
world to have that sweet taste of Dried Mangoes!".

Being in a climate that doesn't lend itself to
mango trees, we so appreciate their hard
work and bounty!


Best Wishes today. Make it a sweet sweet one!

Valerie
The Mango Lady




Valerie
The Mango Lady
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