January 2012 | Feature Stories
In Mexico, Rail is On a Roll30
By Merrill Douglas
Increasing demand from manufacturers, improved infrastructure and service, and a campaign to grab more market share promise further growth for rail service within Mexico and across the U.S. border.
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Anytime, anywhere mango With a new television commercial, Coca-Cola's bottled mango-flavoured drink Maaza hopes to strengthen its association with the fruit in an engaging manner
Alokananda Chakraborty / Feb 27, 2012, 00:15 IST
The television commercial opens on a group of mango vendors. It is the fag end of the mango season and the three vendors prepare to try their hand at a new trade. One becomes a dentist, another takes a shot at palmistry and the third wants to prove his mettle as a mechanic. Bad decision. They just don’t seem to get their act right. As they loll under a tree thinking what next, a boy sitting on the tree springs a surprise. Haven’t they heard of Maaza, the “all season mango”? Bingo! The road ahead is as clear as sunlight. The three vendors can now sell Maaza throughout the year. Get the drift? “Aam ka season khatam ho sakta hai, lekin maaza-ka nahin.”
In other words, Maaza is not simply an answer for the die-hard mango lover who craves mangoes through the year; i…
Slow rail rehab project with Cuban participation facing more delays
After seven years, the $340 million rehabilitation of Venezuela’s Central-West railroad still is incomplete, an official of Venezuela’s Instituto de Ferrocarriles del Estado (IFE) said March 31 as part of a larger announcement, according to Agencia Venezolana de Noticias.
The official didn’t explain the delays of the project connecting Barquisimeto to Puerto Cabello, whose completion AVN reported last year had been expected for the end of 2010.
Solcar, a unit of state railroad company Unión de Ferrocarriles de Cuba, is a 49-percent partner in Caracas-based Empresa para la Infraestructura Ferroviaria Latinoamericana (Ferrolasa SA), which has been in charge of the project since 2007, according to opposition publication Veneconomía.
The rehabilitation of the Central-West railroad, dubbed “the slowest railroad of the world” by Veneconomía, has a history of delays. The Venezuelan government created the Ferrolasa joint venture …
February 22, 2012, 4:32 AM
Chávez’s Great Train Robbery
By FRANCISCO TORO
ReutersPresident Hugo Chávez of Venezuela at a factory in Barinas on Tuesday.
ORTIZ, Venezuela — Isolated, scrubby and scorching hot, the edge of Venezuela’s central plains just south of the heavily populated coastal highlands isn’t exactly tourist-brochure material. A few towns and no cities are scattered throughout the area, and agriculture there has been depressed for years. Although its sparseness would seem to make this part of the plains particularly ill-suited as the location for a massive new high-speed rail project, sure enough, that’s exactly what state planners are building there: a $200 million railway from Tinaco, a small town about an eight hours’ drive southwest from Caracas, to Anaco, 290 miles to the east.
It’s not just a train to nowhere. It’s a train from nowhere to nowhere.
But never mind that. The Venezuelan government says it will begin passenger services on the line later this year, running …
"Me informan que los chinos uniformados son parte de 6000 obreros traídos desde China para obras suyas contratadas por el gobierno.Tren #1"
"I have been informed that the uniformed Chinese in Venezuela are part of 6,000 "Laborers" brought from China to construct projects contracted by the Venezuelan Government. Train #1" ~ Nelson Bocaranda S. Reporter for El Universal Newspaper Caracas, Venezuela
Caption reads "Deep concerns for local workers".....
China Railway Group Limited
China Railway Group Limited (CREC) is a super-large integrated construction group under the supervision of State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Committee of the State Council. Its business scope encompasses survey and design, constructio…
The presidents of the Americas will meet in Cartagena, Colombia on April 14-15. Never has there been so much need for cooperation in hemispheric relations, yet never have the divisions been so gaping. Those fissures divide one set of countries that espouse democracy and human rights and another that are dismantling those very values.
Nowhere is this clearer than the siege against human rights. A coalition of governments that are part of ALBA (“dawn” in Spanish; the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America), the brainchild of Hugo Chávez supported by President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Evo Morales, Daniel Ortega, and the Castro regime, voted against the U.N. General Assembly resolution to condemn the atrocities visited upon the people of Syria by the murderous government of Bashar Al-Assad. Only seven other countries voted against the resolution, while 138 voted for it.
Feb 24 (Reuters) - Ecuador's next presidential election will be held on Feb. 17 of next year, authorities announced on Friday, with President Rafael Correa the favorite to win re-election should he run.
The South American OPEC nation's vote had been set for January 2013, but was put back a month to allow a full year to elapse after the reform of election rules.
Correa says his family and party must decide if he seeks re-election, but he has…
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:32 Guatemala Claims Captured 'El Sapo' Is Zetas' Top Logistics Man Written by Jake Harper
Guatemalan officials claim that recently-arrested Alvaro Gomez Sanchez, alias "El Sapo," was responsible for overseeing the logistics and finances of Zetas' operations in the country.
Gomez, an alleged high-ranking lieutenant for drug trafficker Horst Walther Overdick, was arrested in Baja Verapaz on Friday. Now authorities have said he was a top coordinator of the Zetas' activies, using bribes and coercion to tame various officials, including politicians, police, prosecutors, and judges, in order to facilitate drug trafficking operations.
InSight Crime Analysis
Overdick has not been formally charged with a crime, and officially acts as a purchaser and purveyor of cardamom. Gomez comes from a cardamom-producing family, and supposedly allied himself with Overdick using shipments of the product as a cover for drug trafficking.
Países aliados de Chávez se preparan ante posible fin de ayuda
El presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez seca el sudor de su frente durante un concierto en su honor en el teatro Teresa Carreño de Caracas, Venezuela, el jueves 23 de febrero de 2012. Chávez viajó a Cuba el viernes para someterse a una cirugía de emergencia para extirparle un tumor que, dice, probablemente sea maligno. Fernando Llano / Foto AP