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MANGO HARVEST IN INDONESIA ...

Got mangoes?



Antara, Madiun, East Java | Archipelago |



 Thu, October 18 2012, 3:37 PM





A vendor prepares a basket of freshly harvested mangoes in Kaibon village in Madiun, East Java, on Thursday. 



Local vendors usually buy the mangoes directly from the mango trees’ owners and resell them to mango lovers in other cities like Jakarta and Bandung.(Antara/Siswowidodo)


http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/10/18/mango-fever.html

Germany to import mangoes from Myanmar ...

Published on Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:00









Germany will be importing mangoes from the country starting 2013, the Myanmar Fruits and Vegetables Producers and Exporters Association said.



“Germany offered to buy mangoes from here. They [wanted us to start exporting this year] but we are out of time. We will arrange it [so we can] export next year,” said Lae Lae Oo, the association’s vice president.










Myanmar started importing watermelon, pomelo, cantaloupe, banana and cucumber to Singapore, Hong Kong, and China this year.




“The export market is good now. Our association will continue to search for markets. We ask for the cooperation of farmers so we can succeed and proceed with plan,” added Lae La Oo.





Myanmar products will be shown at the Myanmar Fruits and Vegetables Expo in Singapore on October 17 and 18.



http://elevenmyanmar.com/business/989-germany-to-import-mangoes-from-myanmar

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STRATFOR DEFINES AL QAEDA ...

Defining al Qaeda

October 18, 2012 | 0900 GMT




Stratfor

By Scott Stewart







The Obama administration's efforts to counter the threat posed by al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement have been a contentious topic in the U.S. presidential race. Political rhetoric abounds on both sides; administration officials claim that al Qaeda has been seriously crippled, while some critics of the administration allege that the group is stronger than ever. As with most political rhetoric, both claims bear elements of truth, but the truth depends largely on how al Qaeda and jihadism are defined. Unfortunately, politicians and the media tend to define al Qaeda loosely and incorrectly.






The jihadist threat will persist regardless of who is elected president, so understanding the actors involved is critical. But a true understanding of those actors requires taxonomical acuity. It seems worthwhile, then, to revisit Stratfor's definitions of al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement.








A Network of Networks

Al Q…

THE MOST ACTIVE JAMES BONDS OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS ...

Daily chart: James Bond. Booze, bonks and bodies. 



Data compiled by The Economist ranks the six Bonds by the most martinis, conquests and kills per film ...




See chart: http://econ.st/RWWSPJ




The Scariest Little Corner of the World ...

Joël van Houdt for The New York Times

The Afghan National Police, near the Iran-Afghanistan border.









By LUKE MOGELSON



Published: October 18, 2012 









On the southern outskirts of the city Zaranj, where the last derelict shanties meet an endless, vacant country — beige desert and beige sky, whipped together into a single coalescing haze by the accurately named Wind of 120 Days — there is a place called Ganj: a kind of way station for Afghan migrants trying to reach Iran




Every day except Friday, a little before 2 in the afternoon, hundreds of them gather. Squatting along a metal fence, Hazaras, Tajiks, Pashtuns, Uzbeks and Baluchis from all corners of the country watch the local drivers move through a fleet of dilapidated pickups — raising hoods, inspecting dipsticks. A few hope to continue on to Turkey, Greece and ultimately Western Europe. 




Most harbor humbler dreams: of living illegally in Iran, of becoming bricklayers, construction laborers, factory workers or farmhands. When one of the dri…

Growing Organic Mangoes in Australia ...

Written by Phil Dudman on 17 Oct 2012 |








Mangoes are a funny crop. 



Where I live in Northern NSW, we’re lucky to get a return most years, while in other years, everybody has so many mangoes, we can’t seem give them away. 


We had one of those seasons a couple of years ago. Wherever you looked… millions of mangoes… the king of all fruits… were dropping to the ground where they we’re sadly left to rot. Things had become so bad in Brisbane that the council had to send out trucks to help clean them up and take them all to the tip. 
What a waste! 


In the following year, the mango season passed almost unnoticed, because you were flat out finding a fruit on anybody’s tree.





So what caused this on again off again dilemma with mangoes? 






It all comes down to the weather. 


When conditions are dry in spring, mangoes set plenty of fruit. If the weather stays dry right up until harvest time, then well-established trees will hang on to a high percentage of that fruit. 



On the other hand, when we get a wet spri…

PHILIPPINES: KBP-Aklan plants 1,500 mango trees ...

By Venus G. Villanueva


Thursday 18th of October 2012








KALIBO, Aklan, Oct 18 (PIA) -- Broadcaster-members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) of different radio stations and volunteers planted 1,500 mango tree seedlings at the Barangay Bag-ong Baryo in Makato, Aklan on October 13.




The tree-planting activity here last week, dubbed “Oplan Broadcastreeing Project” was held simultaneously throughout the country.








The activity held in Makato town was in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in connection with the implementation of Executive Order No. 26 by President Benigno S. Aquino, the National Greening Program, which targets to green the whole country with 1.6 billion trees by 2016, KBP-Aklan Chapter Chairman and Bombo Radyo-Kalibo Station Manager Eril S. Ibardolaza said.





The seedlings used for the tree planting activities, provided by the DENR here, headed by Provincial Environment a…