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Tibet: An Ancient Threat to Modern China

Analysis

JULY 16, 2015 | 09:16 GMT













Forecast
After the Dalai Lama dies, groups within the Tibetan exile community dissatisfied with the Dalai Lama's moderate position may adopt a militant stance toward China.


China will attempt to mitigate the geopolitical threat Tibet poses to the Belt and Road Initiative by intensifying the domestic security presence in Tibet.


China will strive to integrate India into the Belt and Road Initiative to improve its leverage over the Tibetan exile community.
Analysis




On July 10, the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, celebrated his 80th birthday during a visit to New York City. 


Among those in attendance was Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the Obama administration.

 Predictably, the Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed strong opposition, urging the United States to stop its perceived support for Tibetan independence and to "undo any harm done" by a senior U.S. official meeting with the Dalai Lama, whom the Chinese have called…

El Niño 2015 : región Piura requiere S/.160 mlls. adicionales

Presupuesto solo alcanza para descolmatar los ríos, no para proteger carreteras, colegios y centros de salud




El ministro de Agricultura y autoridades sobrevolaron ayer zonas vulnerables. (Foto: Gobierno Regional de Piura)

LEA TAMBIÉN...
Agricultura intervendrá 251 lugares críticos frente a El Niño





Transfieren casi S/.3 mlls. a Defensa Civil para emergencias






En busca del norte: las ballenas jorobadas llegan al Perú







Luego de que el ministro de Agricultura, Juan Manuel Benites, anunció una partida de S/.60 mlls. para que la región Piura afronte un posible fenómeno de El Niño, autoridades locales dijeron que el monto es insuficiente. 


Precisaron que solo servirá para descolmatar ríos y construir defensas ribereñas, pero no para proteger infraestructura educativa, de salud y carreteras.


El secretario técnico de Defensa Civil del gobierno regional, Eduardo Arbulú, comentó que Piura necesitará S/.160 millones extras para realizar obras de prevención en toda la región.



“Con el dinero que ha anunciado …

PERU & ECUADOR MANGO CROP IN JEOPARDY : 90% CHANCE OF EL NINO THIS WINTER

NEWS


Will El Niño come to the rescue this year? Signs point to yes, forecasters say

July 16, 2015

Updated July 17, 2015 3:36 p.m.






An El Niño-enhanced storm slammed Huntington Beach Pier in 1983, destroying the End Cafe and the end of the pier.
FILE: H. LORREN AU JR., STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER




BY AARON ORLOWSKI / STAFF WRITER








El Niño, for better or worse

1972-73: Ocean temperatures indicated a strong El Niño, but only an average amount of rain fell, about 11 inches in Southern California.

1982-83: The rain, snow and wind brought by El Niño conditions killed 36 people, injured 481 and caused $1.2 billion of damage to the California economy, according to official estimates. The storms are often considered the worst weather disaster in modern California history. About 18 inches of rain fell in Southern California.

1997-98: More rain fell in 1997-98 than in 1982-83, but caused less damage because Californians were more prepared. Dramatic waves nearly 20 feet tall and winds close to 80 mph threatened the c…

2015 HAWAII MANGO SEASON : Get Your Fix for Everything Mango at Mangoes at the Moana

MANGO LOVERS AND GROWERS CELEBRATE THE 7TH ANNUAL MANGOES AT THE MOANA ON JULY 18.


BY ROBBIE DINGEMAN










PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MOANA SURFRIDER






From mango ceviche and sorbet to a mojito, mango season offers a chance to take one of Hawai‘i’s favorite fruits to new places. And this week’s mango mecca promises to be at the Moana Surfrider.




MANGO PANCAKES SERVED AT THE VERANDA RESTAURANT IN MOANA SURFRIDER.










The seventh annual Mangoes at the Moana takes place July 18 in the Moana Surfrider hotel’s Banyan Courtyard.



 From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event features seminars, workshops, demonstrations, a farmers market, the Best Mango Contest and the Mango Throw Down—a popular showdown between award-winning Island chefs.




Moana executive chef Ryan Loo, 38, says he looks forward to the mango fest for the camaraderie of the chefs’ competition and because it shows off the many ways people can prepare mangoes. 


And it’s a sweet spot for both local residents and visitors who come from far away.



“It really expands the h…

GMO KING WILLING TO SPEND BILLIONS TO GET AHOLD OF SWISS TECHNOLOGY

Deals | Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:56pm EDT
Related: DEALS






Exclusive: Monsanto says any hostile bid for Syngenta some way off






ST. LOUIS, MO | BY P.J. HUFFSTUTTER







Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta's logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Basel February 4, 2015.
REUTERS/ARND WIEGMANN















Any hostile bid by Monsanto Co for Swiss rival Syngenta AG is some way off, the U.S. seed company's president and chief operating officer told Reuters, adding he was focused on trying to secure a negotiated deal.





Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, is keen to know more about Syngenta's research capabilities, product liability exposure and the quality of its reported sales, Brett Begemann said in an interview.





So taking an offer directly to Syngenta shareholders, without seeing the Swiss company's books, was "not a very compelling idea," Begemann said.








"It’s too early to say (we’ve) ruled it out," he added, but any hostile bid was "a ways out yet."






Syngenta…

THE GOOD LIFE : 35 Clearest Waters In The World To Swim In Before You Die

Due to the huge success of our previous article 35 Clearest Waters In The World To Swim In Before You Die we had hundreds of readers suggesting other stunning places to swim in.



 So due to this huge response we have created another list of clearest waters chosen by you, our readers.

If you missed our previous article 35 Clearest Waters In The World To Swim In Before You Die click here to read it.





1. Los Roques, Venezuela



The islands’ pristine coral reef attracts many wealthy visitors, especially from Europe, some of whom come in their own yachts and anchor in the inner, protected shallow waters. Development and tourism are controlled.
Because of the wide variety of seabirds and rich aquatic life, the Venezuelan government declared Los Roques a National Park in 1972








2. Enchanted River, Philippines



With its tranquil blue waters, palm trees and rock pools, this idyllic river in the Philippines is nothing short of paradise. With numerous fishes and other creatures living in its deep waters, the …