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Tests with ships to begin on new Panama Canal locks in mid-2015

By: Reuters | Sep 08 2014 at 11:57 AM | Channel(s): Ports & Terminals







Tests with ships will begin in mid-2015 on a new set of locks that are a key component of an expansion of the Panama Canal, the waterway’s chief said on Sunday.


The 100-year-old canal, which is major global trade artery, is in the midst of a massive expansion that will allow the world’s largest tankers to pass through the isthmus.

The expansion, which involves building a third set of locks onto the 50-mile (80-km) waterway, was originally scheduled to be completed this year, but has been delayed several times, in part due to a dispute earlier this year because of about $1.6 billion in cost overruns.

The deadline for completion is now January 2016.

On Sunday, Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano said the locks would likely be ready, holding water, by April or May of next year.

“We hope to start a series of tests with the locks next year in the month of July or August,” Quijano said after overseeing the arrival from…

¿SER RICO ES MALO? ASÍ ES LA "GROTESCA" VIDA DE LUJOS DE NICOLÁS MADURO

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Tal parece que la crisis económica solo afecta al pueblo del país, puesto que una investigación realizada por el canal internacional Univisión mostró la vida lujosa que lleva el presidente Nicolás Maduro y los familiares del fallecido Hugo Chávez.



¿Ser rico es malo? Hace algún tiempo Chávez pronunció esta frase la cual ha sido insignia de muchos seguidores, sin embargo, sus aliados como el Mandatario Nacional y el "Alto Mando Político" ha predicado la misma más no la han puesto en práctica.





De acuerdo al estudio realizado en la cadena televisiva, Maduro permanece viviendo en Fuerte Tiuna mientras que las hijas de Chávez continúan "apoderadas" de la Casona.


 Asimismo, revelaron que los gastos para el despacho presidencial son de Bs. 5.892 millones equivalente a 948,58 millones de dólares mientras que para la residencia presidencial es de Bs. 2.258 millones equivalentes a 362,45 millones de dólares.



Estos presupuestos están incluidos …

Ecuador exporta 30 millones de dólares en mango al año

A menos de un mes para el inicio de la cosecha, el color púrpura predomina en las plantaciones de mango de las provincias de Guayas, Santa Elena y Los Ríos. Alrededor de 21.500 personas ya se alistan para recoger y empacar aproximadamente 10 millones de cajas de 4 kilos de la fruta.



Para este año la producción del mango exportable se podría reducir un 20%, aseguró Bernardo Malo, presidente del Directorio de Fundación Mango Ecuador, durante el V Congreso Internacional de Mango, que se desarrolló hasta el viernes 5 de septiembre en el Hotel Oro Verde de Guayaquil.



Malo mencionó que el principal motivo de esta merma productiva en la fruta son los factores meteorológicos.




“Ha habido lluvias atrasadas y también temperaturas inadecuadas en momentos en que la plantación menos lo necesitó”, dijo.




Esto contrasta con lo ocurrido en la temporada 2013 y 2014, cuando el buen tiempo y las inversiones hechas por los productores ayudaron a que las exportaciones de mango aumentasen un 8,7%, con relación a…

UPDATE 1-Container group CMA CGM unveils "Ocean Three" alliance in quest for efficiencies

Tue Sep 9, 2014 7:05am EDT






(Rewrites first paragraph, adds detail, quotes)

By Gus Trompiz and Jonathan Saul








(Reuters) - French container shipping group CMA CGM has sealed an alliance with two rivals after a failed attempt to partner with bigger peers Maersk and Switzerland's MSC, vetoed by China earlier this year due to competition concerns.




CMA CGM said on Tuesday it had agreed a service-sharing alliance with China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd and United Arab Shipping Co to be known as Ocean Three. The agreement still needs approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.




The deal comes after the collapse in June of CMA CGM's planned service-sharing alliance with Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co or MSC, since when the latter two operators have formed a two-way linkup that they expect to launch early next year.



The shipping industry has been battling overcapacity linked to a glut of new vessels ordered during a boom period before the global financial crisis of 2007-2009, f…

Big Food tripled spending this year to stifle growing GMO labeling movement

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 

by: J. D. Heyes












(NaturalNews) It is something that, as an American and a consumer, ought to outrage you: Big Food companies spending tens of millions of dollars just to keep information from you -- to prevent you from knowing all that there is to know about a substance, or substances, that could be harming your health, as well as the overall health of the American agricultural industry.



As Reuters reported recently, Big Food, which opposes mandatory labeling of anything manufactured with genetically modified organisms, spent nearly three times what they spent in all of last year in the first six months of this year to keep GMO-labeling laws from becoming reality (or attacking those that have already been put on the books, like Vermont's GMO-labeling law). That amounts to $27 million in the first half of 2014 -- all to keep you in the dark.



The anti-GMO-labeling effort is being echoed by an increasing number of "interested" parties, but it has bee…