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The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 11:39:52 AM EST
From Dung to Coffee Brew With No Aftertaste - NYTimes.com

SAGADA, the Philippines -- Goad Sibayan went prospecting recently in the remote Philippine highlands here known as the Cordillera. He clambered up and then down a narrow, rocky footpath that snaked around some hills, paying no heed to coffins that, in keeping with a local funeral tradition, hung very conspicuously from the surrounding sheer cliffs. The New York Times

More than 30 families are involved in the civet coffee business in Liwa.

Reaching a valley where coffee trees were growing abundantly, he scanned the undergrowth where he knew the animals would relax after picking the most delicious coffee cherries with their claws and feasting on them with their fangs. His eyes settled on a light, brownish clump atop a rock. He held it in his right palm and, gently slipping it into a little black pouch, whispered:


Not quite. But Mr. Sibayan's prize was the equivalent in the world of rarefied coffees: dung containing the world's most expensive coffee beans.

Costing hundreds of dollars a pound, these beans are found in the droppings of the civet, a nocturnal, furry, long-tailed catlike animal that prowls Southeast Asia's coffee-growing lands for the tastiest, ripest coffee cherries. The civet eventually excretes the hard, indigestible innards of the fruit -- essentially, incipient coffee beans -- though only after they have been fermented in the animal's stomach acids and enzymes to produce a brew described as smooth, chocolaty and devoid of any bitter aftertaste.

As connoisseurs in the United States, Europe and East Asia have discovered civet coffee in recent years, growing demand is fueling a gold rush in the Philippines and Indonesia, the countries with the largest civet populations. Harvesters are scouring forest floors in the Philippines, where civet coffee has emerged as a new business. In Indonesia, where the coffee has a long history, enterprising individuals are capturing civets and setting up minifarms, often in their backyards.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 12:28:23 PM EST
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Oh, just domesticate them (not hard apparently) and feed them the beans. then you don't have to go looking.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 01:24:27 PM EST
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Germany vs. Ghana: The Boateng Brothers' World Cup Duel - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Half-brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng grew up in Berlin as the sons of an African immigrant. They could end up playing on opposite sides at the World Cup in a few weeks, with one playing for Germany and the other for Ghana.

Jerome Boateng has four tattoos. One of them, on his right forearm, consists of the word "Agyenim" and runs all the way from just above his wrist to his elbow. It is his middle name and means "the Great One" in Ashanti-Twi, the language of his father, who comes from Ghana. The 21-year old, whose mother is from Berlin, is a defender for the German national soccer team.

Jerome has never been to Ghana, and yet he somehow feels connected to the African country, though he can't quite explain why. He likes to listen to music from Ghana, because it sounds cheerful, and he has a few Ghanaian friends. "But it was clear to me early on that I only wanted to play for Germany."

Kevin-Prince Boateng has 13 tattoos. One of them, on his right upper arm, depicts a skull and four aces, with the words "The World Is Yours" in English.

Kevin-Prince is Jerome's half-brother. They have the same father. He too is a professional football player, but he prefers music by German rapper Bushido, whose songs are about whores and anal sex. His mother's name is Christine, and through her he is related to legendary football player Helmut Rahn. Known as "The Boss," Kevin-Prince's great-uncle scored the winning goal for Germany in the final of the 1954 World Cup.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 01:19:35 PM EST
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'Saviour of Santo Stefano': One man's crusade to save southern Italy's ancient villages - Europe, World - The Independent
Meet Daniele Kihlgren, maverick millionaire. He's an unlikely folk hero, but his scheme to restore and preserve southern Italy's ancient villages has seen him hailed as 'the saviour of Santo Stefano'. And he won't let even an earthquake get in the way of his vision...

Daniele Kihlgren came around the Gran Sasso mountain on his motorbike one day 11 years ago and saw Santo Stefano di Sessanio shining in the distance, and it was, he says, "una folgorazione" - "an electric shock". High stone walls shoot up from the mountain's flank, as a crenellated tower floats above the terracotta roofs. Inside, narrow lanes corkscrew towards the summit, here and there giving on to small piazzas and sunlit courtyards. It is a city in miniature: anyone who has seen the Tuscan or Umbrian hill towns knows the form. But in the case of Santo Stefano, it sat in perfect harmony with the woods and rolling foothills of Gran Sasso. Italy's rampant cement industry had got nowhere near: the place was pristine - and practically abandoned, with a population of about 100.

Kihlgren, who is a wealthy man, fell in love with Santo Stefano and bought his first house there and then. Soon, he owned eight more, and a quarter of the town, the owners long since lost to New Jersey or Toronto, was in his pocket.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 02:13:16 PM EST
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Energy Bankers à Paris mandated as financial advisor for offshore project "Gode Wind II"

19 April 2010 - PNE WIND AG has taken a further step in the financing of their offshore wind farm project "Gode Wind II" by mandating Energy Bankers à Paris (EBAP) as financial advisor. The EBAP team, led by Jérôme Guillet, will assist PNE WING AG to procure non recourse debt financing for the project from commercial banks and public financial institutions.

The offshore wind farm "Gode Wind II" was approved by the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency) in 2009. Situated in the North Sea at about 33 kilometers off Norderney island, this project will allow for the construction of up to 80 offshore wind turbines. PNE WIND AG is working together with wind turbine manufacturer Vestas for the technical development of "Gode Wind II". The beginning of realization of the offshore wind farm "Gode Wind II" is planned for 2011/2012. "Gode Wind II" is directly adjacent to the offshore wind farm project "Gode Wind I," which has also already received its BSH approval and is also fully owned by PNE WIND AG. In both projects together, 160 offshore wind turbines can be installed with a rated power of up to 800 MW.

Company profiles

Energy Bankers à Paris was founded in early 2010 by Jérôme Guillet and three other former project finance bankers with experience in structuring and arranging large scale non recourse financings for the renewable energy sector. Its principals were direct participants, as lead arrangers, in all the offshore wind farm projects to have been financed on a non-recourse basis to this date, and have been involved with several offshore wind projects in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Belgium on a advisory basis. Together, they have been directly and personally instrumental to the successful financing of more than 3,000 MW of renewable energy projects. EBAP is currently advising several European offshore wind projects on their debt-financing plans.

PNE WIND AG, with its headquarters in Cuxhaven, develops and implements wind farm projects on land (onshore) and at high sea (offshore). Its core competence is the development, planning, implementation and financing of wind farms and their operation or sale including subsequent service. So far, the company has successfully completed 93 wind farms with 536 wind energy systems and a total nominal output of 772 MW.

Alongside its business activities in the established German home market, PNE WIND AG is also increasingly investing in dynamic growth markets and has subsidiaries and representations via joint ventures in Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, the UK, Ireland, Romania, USA and Canada. Wind farm projects with a nominal output of up to 1,400 MW are currently being processed in these countries and are to be implemented in the medium term. In Germany (onshore), wind farm projects with a nominal output of more than 300 MW are currently being processed.

Furthermore, PNE WIND AG develops offshore wind farm projects, three of which have already been approved in German waters. Entering promising foreign markets is also being examined for the offshore area.

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 08:43:07 AM EST
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Bravo !

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mrite ni gards ni patience." Ren Char
by Melanchthon on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 08:57:12 AM EST
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nice one.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 01:26:40 PM EST
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