A field of wheat pixels under blue cloudy sky–123RF photo.
Summer in New Zealand. I am thinking of wheat…
Who are the top wheat producing nations of the world in 2012. Here we go:
|Rank||Country||Production (1000 MT) + Wheat Poetics|
|1||EU-27||131,823.00||bread of life it is now to me|
|2||China||118,000.00||in thy love i will ever be|
|3||India||93,900.00||fed upon the finest of the wheat.|
|4||United States||61,755.00||you are earthen. i am fluid.|
|5||Russian Federation||38,000.00||meadows of flowers|
|6||Canada||26,700.00||fields full of golden-brown wheat|
|7||Pakistan||23,300.00||i’m not all here|
|8||Australia||21,000.00||my words are like dry wheat, snapping|
|9||Turkey||15,500.00||as our bread is broken|
|10||Ukraine||15,500.00||we mill the wheat (more…)|
For five days, news crew (journalists) were abducted in Syria. Abductions are always scary to get through. Richard Engel, Aziz Akyavas and John Kooistra share their remarkable story of escape via The Holllywood Reporter. (more…)
Who grows the most potatoes in the world? You might be as surprised as I was to learn the answer. Here’s that view:
|3||United States of America||2886295||*||18337500|
|5||Russian Federation||1563030||*||21140500 (more…)|
World News Views:
Around the World - World News by The Zooms:
USA: Obama to Camp David for prep on crucial final debate. Under pressure – to map second stage, Gallup: R 51% O 45%, Media rumor mill: Rupert Murdoch & LA Times? Tom Hanks‘s F-Bomb on Good Morning America, ObamaDrama: Lifetime Democrat Lee Iacocca Endorses Romney, Technology: Mobile phones can cause brain tumours. Apple loses appeal over Samsung. US wants India to sway Iran to join nuclear talks. Romney talks Romney when talking Russia.
Bonus: Lebanon News: Lebanon seeks legal action against Homeland series. And: Lebanon PM links car bomb to Syria crisis.
New Zealand: Photos – ABs v Wallabies, A Southland rugby player’s injury a reminder of the game’s high risks. Sports scandals: Sex, lies and tennis, Dramatic air rescues, Innovative storytelling – Sir Ed to conquer Everest in 3D, Home truths abroad: The dream expat rugby team, NZ’s unemployment rate 7pc, Reality TV stars: Sally Ridge,
Australia: Rugby: Australia earn thrilling draw with All Blacks, Motorist blames Ugg boots for crash, Computer clamp urged over trade spike to reduce foul play in blue chip stock. Australian international news: Assad battles reach Beirut.
United Kingdom: Will the UK be divided? El Alamein vets gather in Egypt. Bird’s eye London: Rooftop gardens from the air. Soccer: Yorkshire exit Champions League, Pakistan XI host World XI games, Norwich 1-0 Arsenal, Liverpool 1-0 Reading, St Mirren 0-5 Celtic.
Luxemborg: Luxembourg royals marry.
Canada: Canada blocks Malaysian energy takeover deal. Cyberbulling stories are popular.
India: India love spying. India is addressing human rights welfare. On China: ‘We have learnt no lessons from the India-China war’. Expaning India military capability near China. Ramsay retains lead at Indian Open.
Singapore: Malaysia, Singapore endeavour to strengthen cultural programmes. GeoEnergy & market watch.
Italy: Monti expects to see Italy recovery signs within months. Celeb Italia sightings: Timberlake, Biel wed in Italy.
Germany: Crisis -Hollande and Merkel tense,
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.10.12~
NEW INDIAN STORE OWNERS REPLACE KOREAN SUPERETTE OWNERS & BEN AFFLECK’S DIRECTOR INTERVIEW FOR ARGO IN THE STORE
Can’t remember anything as I went to the local Superette earlier (a super 7-11).
I thought I’d had a brain fade as I didn’t recognise the Korean store owners anymore or their stunt doubles. Then I realized, I wasn’t back in Hollywood, it’s just because lovely new Indian store owners have bought the store now. A brother, sister, mother all sitting at the til together. So close. Nice too. Us Kiwis could learn so much about family dynamics going to the local store every day in my hood now. Weird how they never tire of one another. Like triplets, they’re all that close. Sweet.
Milk got, I noticed leaving the store, young Ben Affleck‘s mug covering the Herald newspaper’s promo poster. What’s young Ben doing up in the Kiwi mix at store level, in Kiwi land? Right by the exit entrance too. Can’t miss him.
It is is mega hard for Hollywood stars to get presence in NZ. We don’t have the extensive news stands you see in the US here in New Zealand, so Ben’s mug is doing okay being visible. Right on.
Ben’s new movie Argo is the topic of his interview in the paper. In New Zealand we expand business into the Middle East. We try and do that in a way that Middle Eastern people like. (For example, we have the Burger Fuel burger franchise all through the middle east now – the company’s yearly through put are valued at $700 million).
Making feature films on the Mid-East hasn’t interested too many New Zealanders yet. Ben however, is more Mid-East conscious in his filmmaking choices as director.
He is American. Gas comes from the Mid-East a lot in US history. The US uses a lot of gas. So it’s understandable, Hollywood makes movies on the Mid-East so much. The US also covers the Mid-East in news too, lots more than NZ does.
So, Affleck’s no.2 movie (current US domestic box office), I really liked the idea that it was based on a true story. (more…)
Audience zooms honing in from around the world, look like so today:
World news by the zooms are:
Global pick: Lessons can be learnt from Every Child Counts – Unicef.
Syria: About 2500 Syrians flee to Turkey over past 24 hours. August 22 report.
USA: Agriculture – Corn, soy prices hit new records, Weather: hurricane fears build, War jade: Americans tune out Afghan war as fighting rages on, Abortion, Lifestyle or bad economy?: Americans Having Fewer Babies Since 2008, Old news: 'Risk of double-dip recession' rises, Campaign: Ryan gives Romney lead in Wisconsin, Talk Show reshuffles: ABC - Kimmel now @11.35pm, Military & top rabbi consults. Wastage: Americans & their fridge, Frank Sinatra is a woman: Albright: Blame Bush 'Forever.' Romney & Mormonism/ Mason ties. Paul Ryans: Paul Ryan's rage for the machine.
Lake Wanaka’s Vitner Views–Dream New Zealand.
New Zealand: Auckland and lava flows – study, Devastating to isolated community: Sex abuse teacher ‘not a monster’ (& more), Kiwi soldiers begin journey home, Profits soar at Kiwibank, NZ dollar falls, as stocks across Asia decline. Kuzma skiing - World Cup, There she goes: Madeleine Sami’s Super City gets a second season, Rising talent: Cycling: NZ dominate UCI Junior Track qualifiers, Oil spill in river. Ngai Tuhoe news, Tech: Massey & Weta combine talents. Soccer: Boxall, NRL: Warriors go wide for new coach. NZ on Air TV programming announcements. And: Fletcher Building reviews NZ business. Market rolls: Kiwi down ahead of FOMC. Photos: Cherry Trees. Waikato: Economy tanks outside of dairy. Southlanders urged to party more.
Australia: Julia Gillard in the hot seat. Axe your bank: 10 signs it’s time to switch, Aussie water planning. Traffic: M2 motorists face cost ramp-up, NSW coastie tales, Titans offer Suns olive branch, Military gender bias: Women in ADF can’t flourish: Broderick, Sydney’s hippest hoods, Aussies newspapers woes.
Germany: Need coordination between ECB, Germany and Germany Doesn’t Help Europe by Undermining the Euro. Travel Germany.
Canada: Avril Lavigne engaged. Weather woes: In Canada, ‘non-ethnic’ is still the norm. Immigration Canada’s website. New Snowbird fleet on military’s agenda. Diana Krall debuts ‘Just Like a Butterfly’ on canada.com. Environment watch: The Narwhal.
Brazil: Electricity: Brazil to Weigh Celpa Requests as Judge Seeks Bid Resolution. BRIC status: Brazil With Lowest Performance 1st Half Of 2012 Among BRIC Countries, One more: Santos rejects Sao Paulo bid for Brazil star Ganso.
Italy: Aug 21 report.
Poland: Get to know Poland. And: RPT-Poland clears legal hurdle for IPO of utility ZE PAK.
Ecuador: Ecuador on Julian Assange
Japan: Ninja 007.
India: New Indian expressway cuts travel time to Taj Mahal. Indian lovebirds and NZ?
American Peter Thiel with NZ links has sold $1.2b stake in Facebook - a spying agency and social network service. Good for him! Photo: New Zealand Herald.
Ski in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Maori News: Scotty Morrison and his team – to read their takes on today’s news, jet to it here.
Featured story: Lisa Carrington casts her eyes towards Rio 2016. Watch in Te Reo Rangatira (NZ’s Language of Chiefs).
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.8.12~
Obama Press:(CNN) - It’s still a mystery why President Barack Obama was holding a baseball bat during his telephone conversation with Turkey’s prime minister earlier this week. An official White House photo shows the president with the bat in one hand and a phone in the other.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the photo on Tuesday and promised get some answers but so far nothing. Full story.
GM Motors Profits Dip 41%: General Motors‘ profits fell 41% in the second quarter as troubles in Europe undercut strong sales in North America.
America’s largest automaker made $1.5bn in the second quarter of 2012, compared with $2.5bn for the same period last year. Revenue fell to $37.6bn from $39.4bn in the second quarter of 2011. The results exceeded economists estimates and previous forecasts, but further underlined Europe’s drain on the US economy.
“Our results in North America were solid, but we clearly have more work to do to offset the headwinds we face, especially in regions like Europe and South America,” said GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. More @ UK Guardian.
[Photo PT. Jeff Kowalsky photo].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.8.12~
My goal this year is to stay at the top of the field in the single sculls and bring home the elusive Olympic Gold from London in August 2012.– Mahé Drysdale.
87 nations are reading today. Readers include:Colombia, Estonia, Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Armenia, Trinidad & Tobago, Paruguay, Albania, El Salvador, Maldives, Ghana, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nigeria and Senegal.
Reading too are:
Cyprus, Luxemborg, Bangladesh, Latvia, Slovenia, Nepal, Denmark, Myanmar, Syria, Jamaica, Tunisia, Peru and Mauritius.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.7.12~
At a young 25, New Zealand athlete Emma Twigg can scull. Watch sports video.
Our global eyes:
Main Readers are reading today from: United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Malaysia, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.
At Olympics 2012 New Zealand’s Chances to reach 100 medals looks good: In Paul Hobbs story some of New Zealand’s finest athletes are featured. People like: Yvette Williams, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker, Harry Kirk, Mark Todd, Tom Ashley, Valerie Adams, Hamish Carter.
Sir Murray Halberg shares:
For an athlete mastering the mental pressures and not being numbed to be in control of your destiny, are traits that define high performance athletes competing in the highest levels of sport. You have to make the most of life, grasp the moment and don’t look back later with regrets.
Second Tier Audience are reading from: Romania, Ireland, Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, South Africa, Denmark, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Norway and Finland.
In rugby football news: The Crusaders 38. The Force 24. (Israel Dagg, Sean Maitland, Andrew Ellis, Matt Todd tries; Daniel Carter 3 cons 2 pens, Taylor 2) 0 pens. For the Force: 24 (Kyle Godwin, Holmes, Alfi Mafi tries; Brett Sheehan 2 cons, Godwin con, Ben Seymour pen)
Third Tier Audience are reading from: Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emriates, Bulgaria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, Lebanon, Greece, Tunisia, Iraq, Chile, Puerto Rico, Estonia and Georgia.
In soccer news: Canada beat New Zealand’s Football Ferns 2-0. Photo: Football Ferns player, Betsy Hassett in white and Fara Williams England in red. Photo: AP.
Fourth Tier of Readers are reading from: Vietnam, Egypt, Croatia, Hong Kong, Belarus, Slovakia, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Bonsia, Bangladesh, Trinidad & Tobago, Yemen, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, Brunei, Azerbaijan and Palestinian Territories.
In New Zeland rugby league news: Although The Warriors are set to slip out of the leading eight teams; the Warriors have achieved a huge coup by securing centre Konrad Hurrell – one of the NRL’s hottest properties – until the end of the 2015 season. The 20-year-old Tongan, halfway through only his second season in rugby league, has been one of the NRL’s top rookies, his blitzing form netting 12 tries in just 12 appearances, including 11 in his last seven games.
To watch the Warriors last football match action: Broncos v Warriors highlights (1:45). Photo: News Limited.
Readers are also reading from: Syria, Namibia, Jordan, Fiji, Algeria and El Salvador.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.7.12~
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS WORLD NEWS 13th JUNE 2012 – SIMON DALLOW, HILARY BARRY, WENDY PETRIE & MIKE McROBERTS – TOP GUNS NEW ZEALAND
However when I do really focus on you the audience – it’s a joy to share world views of us all. That’s what a blog should be about too.
Here we go
New Zealand News – It’s all about the gift of water and Maori tribes role in its regenerating life’s flow. New campaign for Women’s Refuge (added). In sports news: Garth Bray: Goes Inside the Games. Te Karere News does too with Trevor Shailer and a leading artist Rangi Kipa – both on Kaitiaki spiritually aware duties – Maori Cultural Advisor Trevor Shailer says a Maori figure will be brought in to back the team feel at home. Magic confident ahead of biggest derby. Sensible Kiwi Celebrity News: Jacko Gill happy to miss Olympics after title defence
So, in news rheel video above, here’s four of our top guns in the Kiwi artform of New Zealand’s fine broadcasting traditions of our top broadcasters serving it up down the gunnel in the sexy Kiwi accent. In a rare treat for those outside of New Zealand’s paradise isles, here’s news from Simon Dallow, Hilary Barry, Wendy Petrie and Mike McRoberts.
This is the world that was, Friday Night from New Zealand.
United States: Blending: Mitt Romney fancies military pianist Condoleeza Rice as a frontrunner. Obama: my biggest mistake was ‘not telling a story.’ Steven Tyler leaves American Idol. A story with ‘oil’ & ‘gold’ will always get the USA’s attention. Here’s one:Turkey gave Iran 60 tons of gold in return for oil. In sports shake ups news: Debbie Dunn has a doping cheater tale fueling a culture of BigPharma excess culture from the USA. Anthony Davis joins basketball team for Olympics. Puerto Rico and The Bronx’s Jennifer Lopez says goodbye to Idol.
United Kingdom: The Hindu goes for: United Kingdom of surveillance. M16 chief Sir John Sawers does military pr that proves he’s worth his weekly intake of pita chips and hummus. On ‘ya. Plane meddles news of air show displays sports. Two British brothers of Olympics triathlons: Meet The Brownlee Bros. End in sight for Terry’s racism claims. Brit casualties in the alpine avalanche news. Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger are on evidence of night life marketing duties pre-Olympics in London. Click below.
India: Media turn to Dara Singh for He-Man standards comparisons. In New York an Indian businessman admits to ‘illegal ivory sales.’ Guwahati deals with child molestation gang. Girija Vyas claims women have a right to party.
Italy: Moody’s makes Italy moodier.
Germany: Germany’s circumcision law is out there. Raises issues of Abrahamic ties between Muslim nations and Jews.
Japan: Record rainfall in Japan forces 50000 to flee, 19 dead.
Ecuador: Newsweek fancy Ecuador as a photovoltaic research center.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s princess independance program improves: First female athletes are Olympics bound.
Peru: Peru and Iraq renew diplomatic ties. Volleyball: Peru 3. Argentina 1 -Women’s Pan American Cup match. US returns stolen artefacts to Peru. Bank holds benchmark rate. Peru fights to preserve whale cemetary.
Swaziland: Infrastructure improves.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Netball news: St. Vincent Defeats St. Kitts for OECS – ECCB Netball Championship.
Poland: Inflation accelerating.
Argentina: Venezuela is no longer highest inflation nation in Latin America – Argentina is.
Colombia: Juan Manuel Santos & co.
Bangladesh: Economic indicators - July 13.
Guadeloupe: Twitter feed
[In a tough rugby match between The Hurricanes of Wellington and The Chiefs of Hamilton: It was a result that did neither the Hurricanes nor the Chiefs any favours. Watch above the highlights footage of one of New Zealand's national football codes].
Venezuela: Opposition candidate to address Venezuela military, role of soldiers in presidential election.
Portugal: Soccer’s Sunil Chetri arrives in Portugal.
Finland: Finland may get bank shares as collateral, Urpilainen says.
Brunei: Qatar and Brunei’s women Olympians make history.
Puerto Rico: Solving socioeconomic crisis – a call to thought and action.
Nepal: Nepal Maoist chief’s son accused of Everest affair. Sex trafficking offender jailed for 170 years.
Spain: Economy challenged.
Jordan: Jordan Local Daily News
Costa Rica: Growing agriculture sharing knowledge.
Serbia: Coalition government talks occur. Price pressures forces rates rise.
[Jessica Mutch brings the latest story of where Maori water rights sits at The Waitangi Tribunal. Crown lawyers say asset sales should not be delayed because of questions over Maori water rights. Though it's unusual to sell a 3/4's full bottle of wine at market - before suring up the product is a priority of solid due diligence management of business, take a look at the marae where the court is sitting. Mutch highlights lawyer Paul Raddich for The Crown and Donna Hall and veteran activist and mother of a New Zealand politician, Titewhai Harwira. Priceless].
[Gene Rodenberry's star tribute (the Maori version), Hollywood Boulevard Grauman's Chinese Theater. Photo: Author's own].
Music pick: The mood: Janet Jackson‘s Rhythm Nation live concert – no prejudice, no racism, just dance with Peace always to the fore.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.7.12~
Zooming in around the world on Horiwoodblog. How are we looking?
Main Audience are reading from: United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Germany, Philippines, Chile, Thailand and Belgium.
Second Tier Audience are reading from: Russia, Japan, Ecuador, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Swaziland, Vietnam, South Africa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Poland, Argentina, Singapore, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Guam, Bangladesh, Guadeloupe, Austria and Kuwait.
Kia Ora. Welcome. Nice to see you reading. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.7.12~
Readers from Iraq tune in today. So, I better concentrate more than usual …
Whether you live in Iran, the USA or New Zealand we are share one thing in common, “if there is a theme unifying these economic and political times, in fact, it is that the young are generally losing out to the old.”–David Leonhardt. If the young wanted to do away with nuclear weapons, and other things – would the world grant them their wish?
More youth debate is needed.
We’re reading from:
United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Spain, France, Ireland, Serbia and Iraq.
United States: Obama is Latinos wrangling. Thousands of marine troops to Afghanistan. Was it worth it? Cudahy City Hall has a drugs bribery habit. Romney has a track record in creating jobs. LeBron James art of reinvention. Chicago’s police are not safe. Monsignor William J. Lynn – child abuse, cover-up scandal follows the ‘abuse of power’ theme, the USA is dealing with.
United Kingdom: BigPharma is screaming for more veins access in the newspapers, from the UK. If not the topic of drugs, than a feeling of security is what Britain values: Foreign news UK is: Turkey promises ’decisive’ action after Syria shoots down its fighter. Tensions will be a bit nervous heading into the Olympics.
Canada: Russian hockey players can beat up a bear in the NHL draft.–Canada and Russia. Conrad Black fancies stronger Australian ties. “Dogged but effective problem solving and multiple resource exporters to capitalize on manufacturing outsourcing market,” are the virtues of Canada, apparently.
Farming Canada – Cayo: Trans-Pacific pact will likely end Canada’s farm monopolies. Eggs and milk prices so over inflated it hurts to make custard.
Ireland: A rugby test has Ireland reading.
Serbia: Novak Djokovic: Read the story of – How a pizzeria in war-torn Serbia served up Wimbledon champion, from a humble rural town. Human rights: 13 who enabled war crimes fugitives to be investigated.
[Photo: Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass," the commissioned sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), gives visitors the chance to walk underneath a 340-ton granite boulder. (Mel Melcon - Los Angeles Times].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.6.12~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.6.12~
59 Turkish citizens were hospitalized in a 6.0 magnitude quake struck off Oludeniz, a small Aegean Sea holiday resort near the city of Fethiye which is popular particularly with Britons.
“Some of [the] people were admitted to hospital for fractures and cuts. But most were admitted for psychological trauma,” said Mr Tekin, a spokesperson.
Turkey is crossed by several fault lines.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.6.12~
Around the world, who is reading?
We’re reading from: United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Brazil with France, Netherlands, Singapore and Turkey all tied in 8th place.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.6.12~
[Christchurch City, Snow falling on trees in Te Waipounamu, Otautahi today - New Zealand - Michelle].
“I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.” ― Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red How much can we ever know about the love and pain in another heart? How much can we hope to understand those who have suffered deeper anguish, greater deprivation, and more crushing disappointments than we ourselves have known?” ― Orhan Pamuk, Snow
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zeland, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.6.12~
REYHANLI, Turkey (Reuters) – More than 2,800 Syrians fled across the border to Turkey from the region of Idlib on Thursday, a Turkish official said, more than double the highest previous one-day total. –More at yahoo news.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.4.12~
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AFGHANISTAN’S MINERALS RICH RESOURCES – HOW MUCH GOES BACK TO THE AFGHANI PEOPLE? – USA, INDIA, CHINA. RUSSIA
[Photograph of Afghani childen - Reuters]
There shouldn’t be any poor people in Afghanistan. If the nation was managed more fairly, life for Afghanis would be an entirely different picture than the images of Western media we’ve witnessed over the last five years.
In rather interesting news today, Jonathan Randall and David Owen write in article, To The Chinese & The Indians go the spoils of war:
“The money and blood pit that is Afghanistan – where the United States and Britain have spent more than 2100 lives and £302 billion ($580 billion) – is about to pay a dividend.
But it won’t be going to the countries which have made this considerable sacrifice. The contracts to open up Afghanistan’s mineral and fossil-fuel wealth, and to build the railways that will transport it out of the country, are being won or pursued by China, India, Iran, and Russia.
The potentially lucrative task of exploiting Afghanistan’s immense mineral wealth – estimated to be worth around £2 trillion, according to the Kabul Government – is only in the early stages. But already China and India in particular are doing deals and beginning work.”
USA, Britain did exceptionally well out of Libya and Egypt though – the US also did well out of Iraq at one stage too. What does this mean for the American people now? More importantly how much of the two trillion estimated minerals wealth will go to the Afghani people – now that the USA’s ‘military drilling operations’ are almost over in Afghanistan?
American bankers are doing well out of structuring new biz dealsas Afghanistan seeks to open up a new economy more independant of Pakistan. There’s a lot going on with gas, oil, minerals in Pakistan. Although the lure of designing new rail lines is being touted by Russia, Iran, Turkey, China into and across Afghanistan to ferry minerals etc out of the country – security may be testy once the US withdraws from Afghanistan in 2014. Therefore rail may not be as secure to invest in. No one appears to have thought that through at this stage:
“We would be able to import and export to Russia, Turkey, and even European countries,” says Noor Gul Mangal, Afghanistan’s deputy public works minister. Opening new transport gateways would also reduce Afghanistan’s dependence on neighbouring Pakistan as its only link to sea ports. Therefore security will be paramount to trade within Afghanistan in the years ahead.
Will the majority of Afghani people benefit from their own natural resources? If so, in what ways exactly is this occurring or planned on being manifested more in practical ways?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.3.12~
Some China News links we’re reading today are:
China Turkey sign 4.3billion deals. Click on picture above for news story.
WSJ spotlight – Russia After Putin
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.2.12~
Be wisely brave. Say yes.
She is one of the few faces in New Zealand that has the ability to combine the spirit of community with her unique brand of compassion and Kiwi empathy.
Flipping through the local paper, I couldn’t help but notice that Petra Bagust, a TV star and humanitarian mom sharing the joys of holidays with the family.
Guest Spotlight Blog Commentary today, Petra shares:
The best holiday I’ve ever had was …
This past summer on a camping adventure with my extended family. It was like being a child again, swimming before breakfast, solar showers and toasting marshmallows around a campfire – heaven.
And the worst was …
When six of us hired a yacht in the Greek Isles but didn’t want to moor at busy ports. Our Greek captain started ranting and raving. We “abandoned ship” by kayak, rowboat or swimming, and I swam back to the boat and started peace talks …
With endless time and money I’m off to …
Great Barrier Island for six weeks, followed by trekking in Morocco and Turkey. A stop-off in Spain wouldn’t be out of the question on the way home.
The best travel advice I have is …
Be wisely brave. Take a “yes” mindset with you. Some of my favourite holiday memories were made by meeting locals and trying something new.
I never leave home without …
My husband. He’s adventurous, his sense of direction is impeccable and I like his humour.
Petra Bagust is the co-presenter of Breakfast, TV One, weekdays from 6am.
–Anyone who can rise and shine at 4 be ”on” on the TV at 6 and still look like a million squillion bucks for a nation morning-by-morning, is well worthy of having their opinions printed twice, I reckon!
Or in other words, as you would say in Hollywoood “Petra gives good face” and with her mega-sexy accent Petra is ”good at the blah blah” too.
As first printed in the New Zealand Herald.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.2.12~
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