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MBENDI Commentary: THE WORLD AFTER 2020 - EMPLOYING LOGIC ...

THE WORLD AFTER 2020 - EMPLOYING LOGIC


Johann Rupert, the South African chairman and CE of Richemont made some interesting comments recently which were widely reported and applauded. 

He stated: "A few years ago, I said if people do not watch it Europe will become an open-air museum for travelling Chinese. Well, we are halfway there. You cannot work 35 hours a week, want to retire by 50 with full pension, have eight weeks of holiday and expect to be bailed out by people who work their butts off either in northern Europe or in China. Life does not work like that. It's quite amusing as a South African that we're now debating how much credit should we extend to Europe." 


I have been reflecting on his comments and doing some simple calculations.




If the average European working week was increased from 35 to 40 hours then that's equivalent to a 14% increase in work done. 
Similarly, if average leave was halved to four weeks a year, that would account for a further 10% incre…

MEXICO'S MANGO COAST PREPARES FOR RAIN OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEK-END ...

Bud weakens to tropical storm, nears Puerto Vallarta
Winds drop, but rain could still menace; Jalisco prepares shelters


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A man stares at the sea in Barra de Navidad, Mexico, on Friday as Bud nears.







msnbc.com news services
updated 7 minutes ago





PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Bud weakened to a tropical storm Friday night as it headed toward a string of laid-back beach resorts and small mountain villages on Mexico's Pacific coast south of Puerto Vallarta. Two people, one of them from France, were reported missing in a separate storm in Cuba.



The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, said that maximum sustained winds that were once blowing at 115 mph had slowed to 70 mph Friday night.

Bud had already weakened overnight from a powerful Category 3 storm, and had dropped to a Category 1 with 75 mph winds by Friday afternoon.




The government of Mexico changed the hurricane warning for the coast of Mexico from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes to a tropical…

INDIA: Costly Alphonso may lose out to Kesar as Climate change takes it's toll ...

IMO NOTE: This may be an excellent opportunity for forward thinking farmers in the western hemisphere to plant Alphonso cultivar to service growing Indian Population in North America as well as demand for Alphonso in India as supply dwindles...





Climate coup: King of mangoes set to lose its crown to kesar


Himanshu Bhatt & Melvyn Thomas, TNN | 

May 26, 2012, 05.39AM IST







VALSAD: Here is some sour news for mango lovers. Valsadi hafoos (alphonso), considered the king of mangoes, is losing its crown to kesar.




In fact, mango farmers in south Gujarat, which contributes nearly 60% of the total mango produce in Gujarat, say days are not far when Valsadi hafoos may go off the shelves. The vagaries of climate have hit hafoos the most and maintaining a Valsadi hafoos orchard is becoming a costly affair.



This has forced a large number of mango farmers to switch to kesar, whose maintenance cost is half that of hafoos.




Upkeep of a Valsadi hafoos orchard of 2,500 trees costs Rs 22 lakh to Rs 25 lakh fo…

FOOD NEWS Commentary for Friday May 25, 2012 ...

Cut juice prices now, and stimulate sales
Friday May 25 2012



ONE cannot help but wonder whether the gentle planned reduction in prices that Brazil would regard as the ideal for its orange juice can be achieved.




Right now, virtually everyone that FOODNEWS has spoken to regards the current fruit juice market as one of the quietest they have ever seen, and all point directly to price as the main obstacle to growth.



Ultimately, FOODNEWS believes that food commodity prices, including the prices of the main fruit juices (orange, apple, pineapple, grape) will rise in real terms simply because so much of the world is developing and enriching itself, and stagnant markets in the US and Europe do not mean stagnant markets everywhere. 


The fruit juice manufacturers know this, and are busily targeting the BRICs countries, Asia-Pacific, Africa and… well, just about any market except for the US and the EU. And possibly Russia.




That is fine, but the problem right here, right now, is that in the cash-strapp…

In Vatican Whodunit, a Punch Line of a Suspect ...

By RACHEL DONADIO


Published: May 25, 2012





ROME — A mysterious source named Maria. A room furnished with a single chair where sensitive Vatican documents are turned over to an investigative journalist at regular meetings. The arrest of the pope’s butler. Perhaps the greatest breach in centuries in the wall of secrecy that surrounds the Vatican.



Claudio Peri/European Pressphoto Agency
Paolo Gabriele, front left, with Pope Benedict XVI, at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Wednesday.





An on-again-off-again scandal that the Italian press has called VatiLeaks burst into the open on Friday with the arrest by Vatican gendarmes of a man, identified in news reports as Paolo Gabriele, the pope’s butler, who the Vatican said was in possession of confidential documents and was suspected of leaking private letters, some of which were addressed to Pope Benedict XVI.




The arrest follows by a day the ouster of the president of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, amid conflicts over how to bring…

IMO BLOG: 3,125 viewers log on as Mango World Magazine in 48 hours away from 500 Thousand pageview milestone ...

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: MILLENIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION

About MCC The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty.

Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004 with strong bipartisan support, MCC is changing the conversation on how best to deliver smart U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership, and results. What is distinctive about MCC? MCC is a prime example of smart U.S. Government assistance in action, benefiting both developing countries and U.S. taxpayers through: Competitive selection: Before a country can become eligible to receive assistance, MCC’s Board examines its performance on 17 independent and transparent policy indicators and selects compact-eligible countries based on policy performance.Country-led solutions: MCC requires selected countries to identify their priorities for achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. Countries develop their MCC proposals in broad consultat…