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SOCIAL INVESTMENT: GOOD FINANCE CAN BE FRUITFUL FOR YOU TOO

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JACK PEAT


NOV 4, 2015












Wise investors can help Fairtrade entrepreneurs blossom, thanks to social investment firms like Shared Interest


In developing nations around the world, there are thousands of smart, ethical and sustainable businesses upholding the bold traditions of the Fairtrade revolution. 





Many have excellent growth prospects, with access to raw materials, skills and ingenuity to create fresh, interesting products, and at the same time consumers are becoming increasingly savvy in wanting to trace the supply chain of their goods.




But without access to the capital they need to help their business grow, some entrepreneurs can struggle to make the leap into realising their potential. 





That is where an organisation like Shared Interest can play a crucial role. Shared Interest is a community benefit society, which provides unsecured finance, similar to trade credit, by linking social investors in the UK with Fairtrade organisations overseas.





 Set up to harness socially responsible …

U.S.A. West Coast ports benefit from $44.3 million grant for infrastructure

October 29, 2015 - The U.S. ports of Hueneme, Baltimore, Indiana, San Diego and Newport have received a combined $44.3 million infrastructure funding boost through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) scheme.






After evaluating 627 applications, 50 of which were from ports, for the U.S. 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced 39 awards for $500 million in funding will be made. Of those, five awards totaling $44.3 million, or about 9 percent of total funding, are going to commercial seaports or to projects that directly aid the efficient movement of goods to and from America's ports.






Another $61 million, comprising four awards equal to about 12 percent of the total funding, is going to freight-related projects around the country which aid in the movement of goods, by rail and/or truck.






American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) President and C…

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR SOUTHWEST DESERT FARMERS

A Few California Farmers Have Lots of Water. Can They Keep It?





Irrigation canals still flow full in the Imperial Valley, and the farmers know California’s thirsty cities will someday come to claim that treasure.







By John Lippert | Nov. 4, 2015


Photographs by Spencer Lowell








“You’ve been to the Grand Canyon, right?”Craig Elmore asks as he pulls his Chevrolet Tahoe to the edge of a field plowed into tidy, straight-as-an-arrow furrows, a section of the 6,000 acres that he farms—land his father and grandfather farmed before him.



“Basically, right now, you’re driving over the Grand Canyon.”




Elmore speaks of the Imperial Valley with obvious pride, right down to the origins of the dirt, carried here over millions of years by the Colorado River as it carved the Grand Canyon ever deeper.





 These fields turn lush green every fall with the lettuce, broccoli, carrots, melons, and other fruits and vegetables that fill U.S. supermarkets all winter. 




It’s a scorching 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius)…

NMB WILL SOON HAVE A NEW PLAYGROUND TO MIX BUSINESS & PLEASURE IN ORLANDO

Construction update: I-Drive's Mango's Tropical Cafe closer to showtime




Nov 4, 2015, 10:09am EST 
Updated Nov 4, 2015, 11:41am EST




Richard Bilbao Reporter Orlando Business Journal





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The interior of Mango's Tropical Cafe looks like a tropical paradise floated from Miami Beach and landed on International Drive.









Colorful art, towering palm trees and a unique terrazzo floor are all visible in a tour Orlando Business Journal took of the new nightclub and entertainment destination set to open later this year. Much of the venue's inspiration — including the design for the terrazzo flooring — came from Mango's Tropical Cafe Founder David Wallack.







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