Cav Banana, et al

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We also offer Banana Chips, Coconurt  Sugar, Banana Chips, Pineapples, etc.

Size does matter in Cavendish Bananas

 

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Davao Philippines’Cavendish Bananas is known deliciously sweet.

  • Philippine is now the 2nd Largest Exporter of Bananas in the world.
  • The majority of these shipments are destined for the growing regional markets of China, the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Russia to satisfy their demand for fresh produce
  • Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.
  • Below are the 15 countries that accounted for the highest dollar value worth of bananas exported from the Philippines during 2015:
  1. Japan: US$176.9 million (40.2% of total bananas imports)
  2. China: $109.2 million (24.8%)
  3. South Korea: $51.6 million (11.7%)
  4. Iran: $33.8 million (7.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $19.2 million (4.4%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $12.9 million (2.9%)
  7. Kuwait: $8.7 million (2%)
  8. New Zealand: $6.5 million (1.5%)
  9. Hong Kong: $5.2 million (1.2%)
  10. Singapore: $5.1 million (1.2%)
  11. Malaysia: $2.3 million (0.5%)
  12. Taiwan: $2.1 million (0.5%)
  13. North Korea: $1.7 million (0.4%)
  14. Bahrain: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Qatar: $912,000 (0.2%)
  • Among the above countries, the fastest-growing consumers of Philippine bananas exports since 2011 were: Bahrain (up 822.2% in value), Saudi Arabia (up 638.1%), Malaysia (up 312.3%) and Kuwait (up 195.4%).Production system ranges from backyard to highly integrated operation with the latter catering to the export market.
  • Weak demand in the EU.
  • Total import of fruit by the Philippines from 2008 till 2013. The highest volume of imports occurred in 2012 reaching 240,477MT while the lowest was in 2008 to 187,265MT. The average annual growth rate was 3.68% during this time period.
  • Philippine farms produced a total of 8.65m tonnes of bananas valued at P117.15bn ($2.6bn) in 2013, down from a peak of 9.23m tonnes worth P108.13bn ($2.4bn) the previous year, according to PSA data. Concerted efforts over the past two decades to expand banana production have led to the commodity becoming the country’s most valuable crop as well as its most profitable agricultural export.
  • The past years, the yield dramatically been reduced due to destruction brought about by the strong typhoons that hit the country particularly the major producing areas in Mindanao. Another calamity was the most recent “El Nino.”  Nevertheless, these are not typical and Mindanao is not a typhoon belt.
  • Overall, the average annual growth rate was 0.26% and 16%, respectively for production and area for the six-year time period.
  • The farms are generally small in size (1-5 ha) with minimal care resulting to low yield.
  • Big farms are typically managed by Cooperatives, Organizations and Investment Companies

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Minor Earthquake hits Chicago

There were reports that minor earthquake had shaken Northern Illinois Chicago early morning Wednesday.  No serious damaged nor casualties has been reported so far.  Many testified that they were awaken as the earquake happened at around 4 am.

As per gathered information, the eartquake was only magnitude of 4.3 at a depth of about three miles.  It happened at the centered near Virgil, about 50 miles northwest of Chicago.  There were no immediate reports of aftershocks.

Earthquake hits Japan and Taiwan

As per report, Ryukyu islands Japan was shaken by a magnitude-6.4 quake about 115km (75 miles) off Ryukyu islands located at a depth of 16.5km (10.3 miles). .  So far, no report of major damage or casualties.  It was mentioned that frequent earthquake is felt on that area.  

There was also an earthquake report in Taiwan at a magnitude of 6.3 that hi the east coast but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.  The epicenter was located at a depth of 15.5 kilometers, but was felt all over Taiwan, including in Taipei and Kaohsiung where tall buildings swayed for about a minute, reports said.

Earthquake Watch: Eureka California Was Shaken

6.5 magnitude earthquake shook California Coast, 35 Miles Offshore of Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County. 

No major casualties or damages has been reported so far, except that  several people were taken by ambulance from the Bayshore Mall (their condition was not immediately known).  

As per report of the authorities, Eureka was widely shaken – about 47 miles from the epicenter – and surrounding areas.   The public was advised that NO TSUNAMI will occur as the earthquake is not that stong, said by the National Weather Service, but people were told to expect after shocks over the next several days.   The quake, centered offshore and about 13 miles deep, was felt as far north as central Oregon, as far south as Santa Cruz and as far east as Reno, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Power lines were down for a while, including traffic signals.  There were also reports that some chimneys were toppled and some windows were broken. 

As authorities are still gathering data, damage assessment is still being done.  

Per gathered information, the last strong earthquake in the offshore region, were magnitude 7.2 and 6.6 in June 2005.

Below are documented earthquakes clearly seen as caught on cam:

Images are exccerpt from Google Images

Conflicts between China and US are building up.

The cold war is over until it is over.  

It may have been over with US and Russia but conflict between US and China seems to start to build up.  This may sound like a Tom Clancy novel but the world seems to smell something out of Google’s announcement that they intend to pack-up in China in line with the recent attempt to hack their system.  Same with China’s pronouncement that they don’t need to learn from US with regards to internet.

Google underestimate possible loss if they pack-up in China.  But how important really is China to American economy, or perhaps the world?   As to gathered report, Kristin Forbes said, “China is the West’s greatest hope and greatest fear.”  Kristin was a former member of White House Council of Economic Advisers and one of hundreds of top officials and executives flocking to this winter resort for the annual World Economic Forum, which is taking place Wednesday through Sunday.  “No one was quite ready for how fast China has emerged,” said Ms. Forbes, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Now everyone is trying to understand what sort of China they will be dealing with.” 

In the previous years, US dominate in spending.  These days, Chinese spending are being eyed as the key to global recovery.  China’s GDP could overtake that of the United States within a decade as per analysis of top economist.  And as speculated, China’s currency renminbi could start to challenge the dollar as the world’s reserve currency if the trend continues.  The renminbi, is frozen at an undervalued level, and Internet controls are stricter than ever — even as Google, one of America’s most prominent companies, threatens to leave.  The severe recession has fast-forwarded history, catapulting an unprepared world into a period of uneasy cohabitation between the United States, the No. 1 economy, and its eventual successor. 

US can no longer take for granted China as it is no longer emerging.  It has already emerged or risen up.

Another Aftershock in Haiti – 6.2

Haiti has been hit again by another earthquake aftershock measured 6.1 on the Richter scale and was centered about 59 km north-east of Port-au-Prince.  Although there was no threat of tsunami as it was far enough inland, the traumatized people of Haiti again was distress.

The aftershock was felt on around 6:00pm ET.  It again caused panic and disturbance.   As per report,  people fled on their buildings with fear that it could collapse as well.  So far no major damages was reported.

According the US Geological Survey said that the aftershock that just happened are less destructive than the major earthquake that struck a week ago.  The USGS says there are roughly 132 earthquakes a year with a magnitude between 6 and 6.9 and just 17 between 7 and 7.9 and one, on average, of 8.0 or greater. On Monday, a 6.0 quake shook Guatemala. While a 6.1 magnitude earthquake sounds almost as strong as a 7.0 earthquake, the difference of the destructive power between the two is greater than an order of magnitude.

Deal with the Devil

People are not happy with Pat Robertson’s latest pronoucement as seen on their comments over youtube.  Not a single person commented positively.  

But what exactly did he mean? 

Allow me to analyze the context of Pat’s message and its relevance to current situation.  First, let me clarify the “pact of the devil” thing.   This has not represented in the Bible nor in any Christian teachings.  Patt Robertson only utter his know how on Haiti’s historical accounts during its liberation from French colonialization (I just do not know if he got it from historical books or from an urban legend).  In America, they say it’s freedom of expression and it is Pat’s views in a different perspective.  It’s just that viewers and readers are also free to comment.  I say, it’s up to us to investigate.  It won’t hurt us if we read to know the truth.  If I may suggesst, hope National Geographic would made an investigative feature presentation on this subject as what they did to phyramids and other historical mysteries.  Hope I won’t get violent reaction on this suggestion.

Negative comments were obviosly because of the timing of Pat’s pronouncement.  I guess, people were still overwhelmed by their sympathy to what had happened to Haiti.   They may think that such comments is uncalled for, as many these days are more concerned on how to help.  Nonetheless, viewers may not noticed the context on Pat’s message as he was actually discussing the rebuilding possibilitiy.   It was not noticed  whom Pat was  interviewing…  he was interviewing the man from “Operation Blessing.”  OB is a department of 700 Club where Pat is its founder.  It is a relief giving arm of the 700 Club all over the world, especially during times of calamity and distress.  In the Philippines, Operation Blessing’s presence and sincerity are always available when people are in need of their support.  

Personal View:

This blog recorgnized the efforts and sacrifices of of the NGO and groups/org and their volunteers, especially during such time as this. 

Historically, true Christians (not the twisted ones) were the pioneers to relief giving and founder of most known NGO since time in memorial.  True Christian were seen in the forefront of service even in the middle of war.  They are the unrecognized salt and light to this world we live in.  Their efforts are unparalleled.   They are the initiator relief giving, rescue and medical mission, counter oppression, inhuman political practices, liberators of persecuted minorities (like the african american), founder of progressive education, inventions and anti war policies.  I guess I am also entitled to my freedom of expression. 🙂

FYI. Red Cross and other known NGO was founded by Christians.

7.0-magnitude Earthquake hits Haiti

 

Haiti Presidential Palace before the earthquake

Strong earthquake smashed a portion of Haiti, causing extensive damages including the presidential palace, cathedrals, buildings and various communication facilities.   Further details are still to be confirmed as per reports of widespread casualties. 

photo excerpt from yahoo news images

There were reports that the ground shook for more than a minute, and was followed by three aftershocks measuring 5.9, 5.5 and 5.1 on the moment magnitude scale hit.  Image shows the location of the quake.

Besides being a poort nation, Haiti has been recently devasted by a series natural and man made:   Four big storms, Tense political standoff, etc. Seventy percent of Haiti’s population lives on less than two dollars per day and half of its 8.5 million people are unemployed.

Earthquake Northern California

Off the shore of Northern California has been hit by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake. Although no major casualties were reported, probably about 28,000 customers were left without power Saturday evening, most of them in Humboldt County,  said Jeff Smith, spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co.  But presumably around a dozen aftershocks followed, the strongest at 4.5 magnitude.

The quake, which ran about 13.5 miles deep, hit offshore at 4:27 p.m. (7:27 p.m. ET) Saturday, about 33 miles from the coastal city of Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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