BCs attorney general calls Alberta fuelrestriction bill a bluff

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s attorney general says Alberta’s proposed fuel restriction law is a politically motivated “bluff” that will result in an immediate lawsuit from his province and likely lawsuits from oil companies.David Eby said government legal experts looked at the legislation Alberta tabled Monday and concluded it’s unconstitutional, against the law and designed to not be enacted.“Clearly the legislation is a bluff,” Eby said Tuesday. “They don’t intend to use it. If they did try to use it we would be in court immediately seeking an injunction to stop them from using it, but we would probably have to get in line behind oil companies that would be concerned about contracts that they have with companies in B.C. to deliver product.”Alberta’s proposed legislation and B.C.’s response are the latest manoeuvres in the escalating dispute over the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. The federal and Alberta governments support the project, while B.C. opposes it, saying it is defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic oil products spill.So far, about 200 people have been arrested at a construction zone near the pipeline’s terminal site in Burnaby for allegedly breaking a court injunction keeping protesters away.Indigenous leaders and local Vancouver-area politicians have also warned of increasing civil unrest as people from across Canada mount anti-pipeline protests.Eby said he believed the Alberta legislation was intended to never be adopted, but if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government does pass the law, then B.C. will immediately launch court action.“We think they are very unlikely to use this, given the analysis, and we think they know it, and it is a bill for political purposes only,” Eby said in the legislature Tuesday during question period.Notley said the legislation sends the message that Alberta is prepared to defend its resources.It would direct pipeline companies, truckers and rail operators on how much oil product they ship and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said Tuesday his province will support Alberta in the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by introducing its own legislation on oil exports.He said his government will bring in a bill in the coming days that could result in less oil moving to British Columbia. Moe said he wants the Saskatchewan legislation passed shortly so it can work in tandem with Alberta’s proposed bill.In Quebec, the Opposition Parti Quebecois offered Tuesday to help B.C.The PQ said it will send Premier John Horgan’s minority New Democrat government a bill it tabled in 2014 amid the controversy surrounding the Energy East project. The bill affirmed the predominance of Quebec’s environmental laws and the exclusive jurisdiction of the province in such matters.Quebec’s Liberal government threw its support to Horgan in an opinion piece published last Saturday that said Ottawa would harm federal-provincial relations by making a unilateral decision on the project without B.C.’s blessing.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers called the Alberta bill a “very strong tool” it hoped was not needed.B.C. Opposition Liberal jobs critic Jas Johal said the province must end the escalating dispute before gas prices increase sharply in Metro Vancouver.“Without Alberta’s energy, B.C.’s economy would come to a standstill,” he said. “The B.C. Premier (John Horgan) created this crisis, will he fix this mess before gas prices hit $2 a litre?”Gasoline prices in Metro Vancouver are currently hovering around $1.55 a litre.Kinder Morgan, the U.S.-based pipeline builder, announced earlier this month that it was pulling back on spending for the project and gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal the project will proceed.Trudeau, Notley and Horgan met Sunday in Ottawa to discuss the pipeline, but remain deadlocked. Trudeau repeated the federal government’s commitment to ensure the project is completed, saying his government will hold private, financial talks with Kinder Morgan.Eby said the B.C. government is expecting to announce shortly that it has filed a reference case to the courts to determine if it has jurisdiction over the pipeline in the province.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

BJP polling agent held for influencing voters

first_imgChandigarh: A polling agent was arrested for interfering with the voting process in a booth in Haryana’s Faridabad. “Prompt action taken. FIR (first information report) lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” said the District Election Office on its official Twitter account on Sunday. The action was taken after a video surfaced in which the polling agent was seemingly trying to interfere three women voters inside a booth at Asawati in Faridabad on Sunday. “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon (Sunday) itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & RO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated,” the District Election Office earlier tweeted. Ten seats in Haryana voted on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

GuineaBissau international engagement key for peace says top UN envoy

26 March 2008Welcoming last night’s announcement by Guinea-Bissau’s President of the date of upcoming legislative elections, the top United Nations to the West African nation today said that the international community must remain engaged for peace to be consolidated. “Change management is a long and delicate process in which expectations must be managed,” Shola Omoregie, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told an open meeting of the Security Council today.“A failure to manage these expectations would result in disillusionment that might ultimately jeopardize the long-term commitment necessary for implementing these reforms.”He warned that despite the rise in donor activity, the Government’s poverty reduction and security sector reform strategies remain “massively under-funded.”The Special Representative – who also heads the UN Peacebuilding Support in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) – noted that last night, President Joao Vieira, “who had been ambivalent” on the date of the next legislative elections, set the date for 16 November.“This announcement on the eve of this meeting of the Security Council will no doubt significantly reduce the tensions which have been building up in the country in the past few days,” he added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in his most recent report to the Council on the country that the upcoming elections “will be a major benchmark for the state of democratic governance” and called on authorities to fix a poll date to boost confidence in the electoral process’ credibility.In his address to the Council today, Mr. Omoregie underscored the importance of Guinea-Bissau’s partners providing resources for the November polls and to “prevent the national stakeholders from using the lack of funds as a pretext not to move forward.”He called also for improved coordination for all sectors receiving overseas development assistance, particularly in the realm of security sector reform.Additionally, the Special Representative stressed that Guinea-Bissau – which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes – is concerned with the rising threat of terrorism. Following the arrest of two Mauritanian nationals in January in connection of the murder of four French tourists and ensuing threats of reprisals against Guinea-Bissau, authorities have asked for global assistance to enhance the country’s border controls.“Sub-regional cooperation should be encouraged and supported in addressing the threats of terrorism, especially in a region with porous borders,” Mr. Omoregie noted.After the Security Council backed a request from the Government, last December Guinea-Bissau joined Sierra Leona and Burundi to become the third country on the country-specific workload of the Peacebuilding Commission, which seeks to prevent countries emerging from war from sliding backwards. read more

OPP veteran faces assault charge

A veteran member of the Oxford OPP has been charged following an assault complaint this week in Norfolk County.The 24-year member of the force was charged with assault Thursday in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Tuesday.Police usually release the name of people charged with serious crimes such as assault. In this instance however, the name has been withheld.“We will not be releasing the name of the officer involved because it could lead to the identification of the victim,” Derek Rogers, a media relations officer with the OPP, said in an email Friday.The accused will answer the charge in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe April 2.

Consensus action plan sought as UN forum on illicit small arms draws

A UN spokesman told reporters on Friday afternoon that outstanding provisions still under negotiation in the draft plan included measures relating to export controls and conference review meetings. Another key area under discussion, according to diplomats attending the two-week forum, is the provision of small arms and light weapons to non-State actors. One major country was seeking to ensure that no restrictions were placed on such transactions, while a number of African States viewed the provision of small arms and light weapons to non-State actors as a highly destabilizing factor which must be addressed, the diplomats said.The draft plan does not aim to outlaw the legal manufacture or trade of small arms and light weapons, nor their legal, private ownership. Instead, it is designed to stem the illicit trade in these armaments, which the UN says were the weapon of choice in the overwhelming majority of recent conflicts that collectively killed some 4 million people, 80 per cent of them women and children.The draft is comprised of four parts, including a preamble and sections on preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons; implementation, international cooperation and assistance; and follow-up. read more

Softball Trip to California to be homecoming for a third of Ohio

The Buckeyes gather on the mound during a timeout in their 4-1 victory over Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team will spend its spring break and then some in California, taking on eight teams across 10 days. It will include 11 games as part of the Louisville Slugger Invitational and the Easton Invitational.One of the opponents includes No. 5 Oklahoma, a team head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly talked about before the season had even started. She called the Sooners one of the most challenging teams the Buckeyes will face all year.But the Buckeyes aren’t interested in analyzing their opponents as much as they are focusing on their own game and what they can control.“Right now we’re just focused on ourselves, not necessarily who we’re playing,” senior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon said. “Our coaches keep telling us, ‘Have confidence in yourselves because when you guys play, you guys are unstoppable,’ so I think that right now we’re just our own biggest opponents and as long as we play Buckeye softball I think we’ll be good.”One team to watch in the Louisville Slugger series will be No. 3 UCLA. The Bruins are undefeated with 19 wins.The Buckeyes also will take on San Diego State, San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, California State University Northridge and Grand Canyon.Rested and ready to goPlaying so many games in such a short timespan can take a physical toll, from soreness to exhaustion. But the team’s trainers and coaches have made an effort to be sure that the team is taken care of. “Luckily this year we have an awesome staff with coach Claire and Kelsey, our athletic trainer, who recognize when we’re getting fatigued,” Sturgeon said. “After the games we’re doing a lot of recovery, more than we usually do.”Having a weekend of not playing games also has been a big help for the team, giving it a chance to rest up and recharge.“It gives our bodies a rest from the travel constantly on airplanes, in buses, constantly standing and doing games all weekend,” sophomore shortstop Amy Balich said. “But we got the chance to work on some things that we needed to get sharpened up and I think we’ll go to California with fresh new minds and it will be good.”HomecomingHeading to California will be a homecoming of sorts for eight of the 24 Buckeyes on the roster who claim the Golden State as their home.For some, this will be an opportunity for friends and family to watch them play in scarlet and gray. “Oh, I think it’s going to be so fun,” said sophomore infielder Carley Gaskill, a native of West Hills, California. “Coming out [to Columbus], I don’t get to see my friends, they don’t get to see me play and my parents don’t always get to come because I have three other siblings so they’re always with them.”Let the Games BeginThe Buckeyes begin the series Friday against San Diego State and will play Oklahoma on March 18 to end the 11-game stretch. read more

Presidents lack of confidence in the Force evident with assassination plot

One day after it was announced that President David Granger has ordered a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged plot to assassinate him, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said this move was one that could be seen as the President’s lack of confidence in the local security forces.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo told the press on Monday that this revelation also highlighted the Government’s intention to do all it could to distract the Guyanese populace from the multiple issues that needed urgent attention.“You need another CoI…into this? That means you don’t trust your security forces or the Police to investigate this. You are saying that somebody didn’t investigate this properly,” he opined.Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan recently confirmed with sections of the media that the President had indeed ordered a CoI into the alleged plot to assassinate him.President David GrangerRamjattan revealed that the decision was taken after the President and others within the Cabinet felt that the investigation was taking too long (it has been ongoing for months now) and there were countless issues with the case.He did note that the President had deliberated on the terms and conditions of the CoI.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had earlier disclosed that the Administration had been provided with some information by the Police about an ongoing investigation of that nature.He said the matter was being investigated by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Police’s legal advisor.Harmon had said, “I have the full confidence of the ability of the security forces to protect our President and the Ministers of Government who have been elected by the people to run the Government.”The matter involving the alleged plot to assassinate President Granger was first brought to light by Minister Harmon in April at a post-Cabinet press briefing.The man who claimed two local businessmen hired him to assassinate President David GrangerShortly after news broke of the investigations into the alleged assassination plot against the Head of State, the complainant, a well-known barber of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), appeared on a local private television station to relate his story.In that interview, the barber revealed that he was offered $7 million and given a “long black gun” by a businessman to carry out the job of assassinating the President, but he had declined the offer.Reports indicate that he subsequently filed a complaint with the Police. However, the alleged witness to the offer has since told investigators during the confrontation that the complainant had contacted him and offered a sum of money in exchange for him giving a statement claiming that he (the alleged witness) was present when two businessmen contacted the complainant about allegedly assassinating the President.According to a Police source, the complainant had only made the monetary offer after he informed the Police of the assassination plot. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAssassination Plot CoI will destroy morale of the Force – Opposition LeaderJuly 28, 2017In “Crime”Paul Slowe had an axe to grind using alleged assassination CoI -JagdeoSeptember 19, 2017In “Crime”Ramnarine’s testimony to CoI a “deliberate falsehood”- Crime ChiefAugust 16, 2017In “Crime” read more

Key Ministers meet to discuss future Australian presence in the African resources

first_imgA record contingent of 10 African mining and energy Ministers will join Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) leaders in Perth this week for further discussions on the dramatic increase in Australia’s resources industry presence across African countries. In the largest African business lobby conference ever held in Australia, the African ministerial delegations will join Australia’s DFAT Secretary, Mr Dennis Richardson, as keynote speakers at the three-day Paydirt 2010 Africa Downunder Conference in Perth from Wednesday. Mr Richardson will deliver the opening address to more than 1400 delegates, while South Africa’s renowned Mineral Resources Minister, the Hon Susan Shabangu, leads the African charge to win further investment attention from Australian companies.Australia’s line-up in Perth also includes representatives from Austrade, AusAID and EFIC, the Australia Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG), and state presidents from all Australia Africa Business Council (AABC) chapters.The Paydirt 2010 Africa Downunder event comes at a time when the number of ASX-listed Australian explorers and miners operating across Africa has exploded from just 54 in 2003 to more than 160 currently – many of them now being owners and operators of world-class African mines or projects.“The strength and diversity within the visiting Ministerial contingent is indicative of just how Australia’s resources companies are valued by their African counterparts in helping build that continent’s mineral wealth,” conference convenor, Mr Bill Repard, said today. “The calibre of that help has escalated rapidly in the past decade, backed by DFAT and visionary Australian explorers and miners, who recognised the strong correlation between Africa’s mineral geology and the way we explore for and commercialise our domestic mineral deposits,” Mr Repard said. “Critically, many of these Australian companies have worked with the various African regulators and political streams to help encourage workable mining incentives and project investment initiatives, while creating genuine social and employment gains within the local African communities surrounding discovered deposits.“Much of Africa remains under-explored, there remain ongoing infrastructure challenges but these are being recognised and addressed. That is creating greater opportunity for Australian miners and explorers to enhance Australia’s mining partnership with Africa.” Mr Repard said the recent Fraser Institute’s annual worldwide survey of the attitudes of mining companies towards mining regulation and investment appeal saw African states such as Botswana (8), Ghana (21), Tanzania (23), Namibia (24) and Zambia (27) ranked in the world’s top 30 regimes in which to invest resources dollars.“That’s a strong independent message about the gains being made by Africa as a whole to re-invent itself – with its Australian mining partners – as a modern day force in global mining,” he said. The 160 ASX listed Australian companies in Africa have a foothold in 42 of Africa’s 52 countries – a figure Mr Repard says “is sure to increase in scope and number as the African continent now offers almost limitless options for mining investment.”“This trend is increasingly delivering a pipeline of larger-style exploration and mining undertakings, seeing in turn a more stable, competent, and confident African mining sector,” Mr Repard said.Africa Downunder background;The first Paydirt Africa Down under conference was held in 2003 with just 200 delegates attending. Seven times that number will attend this week’s forum in Perth, supported by a host of Australian mining suppliers and service providers. The 2010 programme, the eighth held, will include 120 booths and has had to be expanded for the first time to a three day event and 65 presentations.last_img read more

Did MySpace Friend Facebook

first_imgThe Hatfield and the McCoys. Coke and Pepsi. Maggie Simpsonand that baby with one eyebrow. Some rivalries are just timeless. It seemsthat, no matter what happens, they’ll never be resolved. I’d have put Facebookand MySpace on that list, as well–until today, that is.It seems like the two sites that have been so long at eachother’s throats in the race for social networking dominance may finally beresolving their differences–well, some of them, at least…Word has it that the two sites are teaming up for a jointannouncement later today (at 12:00 PM PT).Facebook and MySpace sent out e-mails last night to members of the techcommunity announcing the event involving MySpace CEO Mike Jones and Dan Rose, Facebook’sVP of partnerships and platform marketing.No word on the specifics, but rumor has it that thepartnership involves the implementation of Facebook Connect on MySpace, in anattempt for the once-dominant social network to recapture some users.MySpace has been struggling in recent years to compete withFacebook, having launched a much-needed site redesign late last month.[Top: The newly redesigned MySpace.]last_img read more

Google Docs app for Android turns your smartphone into a mobile productivity

first_imgGoogle has done an admirable job of adding functionality to the mobile Web versions of its Google Docs apps, and today they’ve announced the arrival of the Google Docs app for Android which makes working with your files on-the-go easier than ever. Unlike QuickOffice Pro or DocumentsToGo, Google Docs for Android is not actually a set of offline editing tools — those tasks are still handled by the mobile Web versions of Google’s office apps. But that doesn’t mean Docs for Android is hurting for features.For starters, there’s a home screen widget which lets you jump right in to your favorite documents or create something new. The app makes sharing documents with your phone contacts a breeze, and it also provides a convenient way to search your existing files and upload new ones directly from your smartphone or tablet.Perhaps the best feature in Docs for Android is that you’re able to utilize Google Docs’ OCR abilities, which provides an excellent way to scan and store loads of paper while you’re out and about. I’m especially excited to use this as a way to keep my expense receipts more organized. The home screen widget even sports a camera icon, which helps speed the imaging process. The only downside is that OCR only supports English at this point and that it has trouble recognizing some fonts, but it’s worked pretty well so far in my testing and Google is quick to mention that it’s going to improve over time.About all that’s missing now is offline access to the Docs Web apps themselves, and hopefully that will arrive in the near future.Read more at the Google Docs Bloglast_img read more

Tsochatzopoulos insists more witnesses should be called

first_imgThe court hearing the money-laundering trial of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos rejected a series of objections filed by the ex-PASOK veteran’s legal team.However, Tsochatzopoulos restated his demand that the other members of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) while he was minister should appear as witnesses in court.Tsochatzopoulos also called for two defense ministers in the New Democracy governments that took over from PASOK from 2004 onward, Evangelos Meimarakis and Spilios Spiliotopoulos, to be questioned.Tsochatzopoulos insists he did not have sole responsibility for agreeing on the procurement deals in connection to which he is being tried.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Bahamas New fiasco exposed by Education Works Ministers

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newfiascoexposedbyBannister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 27, 2017 – Nassau – Another so called, ‘fiasco’ of the Progressive Liberal Party government and this one is to the tune of $30M and involves the land for an at risk school to be called the Star Academy and built on property owned by the Seventh Day Adventist church.  Minister of Works Desmond Bannister unearthed that there is no lease, there were no payments for rent of the land and yet nearly $30M dollars was spent in construction, on what the Minister labeled a ‘fisasco.’But the former works Minister and Opposition leader in the House of Assembly, Philip Davis said the minister was misleading and explained that there were to be two buildings, one for administration and that the school was to serve as a new home for BTVI and would be used by the Technical Cadets in the evenings.Davis said the move was critical because BTVI has outgrown its current location and he said there were similar arrangements made with other churches in The Bahamas; citing that Minister Bannister conveniently did not mention that one exists with the Catholic church, that Bannister is a Catholic.  Education Minister, Jeff Lloyd also reported that despite a lease being drawn up, it was not signed and it is said that the lease is now misplaced.#MagneticMediaNews#newfiascoexposedbyBannister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Fathers Day gifts for all the pitmaster dads

first_img Pink Butcher Paper $30 at Amazon Amazon If dad’s a little lost when it comes to getting started, the first thing he’ll need to help him along is someone else’s expertise. There are a number of great BBQ cookbooks to consider, but this is a No. 1 best-seller for good reason. It’s from Aaron Franklin, multi-award-winning pitmaster extraordinaire and owner of constantly-lauded Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX. It covers every part of the process, from customizing your smoker (or even building your own from scratch) to curing wood and creating the ultimate fire for perfect barbecue. And of course, there are recipes for smoking brisket, sausage, ribs and other cuts of meat. Pit Boss Memphis Ultimate 4-in-1 Gas & Charcoal Grill with Smoker One more option for dads who appreciate a multi-use appliance is this hybrid grill and smoker that lets him smoke meat, grill with gas and cook with charcoal — and even do all three at once if he wants to feed a crowd (or just show off).Read more: The best gas grills for 2019 Thermapen Mk4 Thermometer $21 at Amazon See All $700 at Amazon 15 Photos PitmasterIQ Temperature Regulator Kit Amazon Snow’s BBQ Brisket Aaron Franklin Texas-Style BBQ MasterClass Smoked ribs, turkey, brisket—whatever dad makes, it will demand the utmost care when it comes time to carve and serve such a masterpiece of meat. This knife is not kidding around, and shows the proper respect due the pitmaster’s creation. Also, it’s super sharp, so it slices cleanly and easily; remind your father to watch his fingers, and consider throwing in a knife guard for safe storage. Etsy Amazon Snake River Farms American Wagyu Gold Grade Brisket • Walmart Once your dad has the method down, he’ll need the right equipment. You can hack any charcoal grill into a smoker, but if you have deep pockets and really want to impress (i.e. earn the coveted title of Favorite Child), you can put a big old bow on this big old Traeger grill and smoker. It runs on wood pellets and enables you to cook hot and fast (for steaks and burgers) or low and slow (for smoked turkey, brisket and more). The built-in temperature regulator makes it easy to maintain the proper environment, and there’s enough room to make four whole chickens at once or five racks of perfect ribs.Read more: Traeger’s wood pellet grill is so good it hurts Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Victorinox 12-Inch Granton Edge Slicer $140 at Amazon Taking your meat’s temperature is a surefire way to know when it’s done, so a nice digital thermometer would be a great gift for wannabe (and already-made) pitmasters. This one is often name-checked by chefs and has legions of devoted fans in both professional and home cooking circles. The company also makes this smoking thermometer with a two-channel alarm for monitoring a couple cuts of meat at once, in case dad likes to know how things are doing every step of the way. Amazon $189 at Snake River Farms $99 at ThermoWorks Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Charcoal Smoker In the world of barbecue, there’s something known as a Texas crutch, which is wrapping your meat in foil part way through cooking to help keep it moist—controversial in some circles, but widely practiced because it works. If your dad’s not one to shun such helpful hacks, he might like this pink butcher paper (also known as peach paper), which serves the same purpose but, unlike aluminum, is breathable, so the meat will still keep picking up smoky flavor and the precious bark that’s built up won’t be ruined, because the steam will be able to escape. If you know your dad’s dreams are really just to indulge in delicious barbecue—if it’s more about the destination than the journey—maybe you should just order him a taste of some of the country’s best BBQ, straight from Texas. No muss, no fuss for him. And if you’re lucky, maybe he’ll share.Read more: A pitmaster’s tips & tricks for the best smoked brisket ever A recurring tip that many pitmasters give is to practice on cheaper cuts of meat, which makes total sense. But if you have confidence that your dad knows what he’s doing, consider gifting him a premium cut that takes beautifully to smoking. This American Wagyu packer brisket is an impressive piece of beef, and all that marbling promises a supremely tender texture.Read more: The best meat delivery & subscription services Share your voice $493 at Walmart $14 at Walmart Western Premium BBQ Post Oak Smoking Chunks Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze If a Traeger’s not in the budget or your dad only has a little outdoor space to work in, this Weber charcoal smoker is a great option at a fair price. It has a temperature gauge for easy monitoring, two internal shelves for cooking multiple items at once and a fuel door to make adding more wood and charcoal easy. Otherwise it’s pretty no-frills. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive and contain lots of tips and tricks for optimizing its performance, so consider jotting down a few of them to give dad along with this smoker if you’re feeling generous. (And if pops has a bit more outdoor room, another one in this price range to consider is the Oklahoma Joe Highland Smoker.) Amazon Amazon There’s a lot of overlap between dads and self-proclaimed grill masters, and one could argue that title is fairly easy to achieve. Just learn a few secrets for juicy burgers, know how to operate your grill of choice, nail the science of when to use the grill lid and you’ve got a fair amount of bragging rights already. But when it comes to barbecuing — as in, smoking meat over long periods of time, practicing the craft of pit mastery — there’s definitely a little more mystique (and patience) involved.Maybe your dad does know his way around a smoker already. Or maybe he’s always wanted to learn to make Texas brisket like the pros at Snow’s and Franklin Barbecue. Whatever his current skill level, if he has “master smoked meat” on his BBQ bucket list, here are some gifts to help him achieve his pit-god goals this Father’s Day.Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. MasterClass 0 $18 at Amazon Hudson Goods BBQ Apron $23 at Amazon Dad’s going to need somewhere to keep all his tools (and his beer opener) while he’s tending the smoker, so if he needs an apron upgrade, this is a good one to get. It has multiple pockets, including a quick-access cell pocket and a loop meant for a towel that could also hold the spray bottle he’ll be using to mist his meat. Made from “heavy weight, yet soft and breathable” cotton, it’s machine washable and sturdily constructed, plus it adjusts up to XXL. (If that’s not quite “dad” enough for you and yours, consider this “Dinner Is Coming” version with a chef-hatted direwolf, perfect for “Game of Thrones” fans who want to keep the Stark legacy alive.) Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Does dad plan on sticking with his trusty Weber kettle grill? This kit (which includes “a microprocessor controlled fan to feed oxygen to the fire and regulate cooking temperature”) will help him hack it into a smoker and maintain consistent temperature control for optimal results. It costs nearly as much as the Weber smoker above, yes, but it fits in a drawer when not in use, so if your dad is short on space for another backyard appliance, this might be just what he needs. As a bonus, it’s Alton Brown-approved. It works with charcoal smokers too, but cannot be used with gas grills, so take note if that’s all dad has at his disposal. Thermoworks reading • Father’s Day gifts for all the pitmaster dads $65 at Amazon Pitmaster Shirt Snow’s BBQ Father’s Day: Clever smart home gadgets your dad will actually love $15 at Etsy As a supplement, or if your dad’s not one for cookbooks, you can sign him up for a 16-part MasterClass on Texas BBQ taught by Aaron Franklin, veritable meat messiah, himself. The lessons are via video (so dad can learn at his own pace and convenience and on the device of his choosing) and there’s also a class cookbook with lesson recaps, recipes and other exclusive additional materials. If you think your dad would like to learn cooking tips from other chefs (Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters), or would be into even more diverse subjects (like guitar as taught by Carlos Santana or film making as taught by David Lynch), you can get him the $180 All-Access MasterClass pass for a full year of learning opportunities. $200 at Amazon Before the meat goes into the smoker, it needs at least a little seasoning. Dry rubs vary from pitmaster to pitmaster; some like to incorporate coffee, some go with straight-up Lawry’s seasoning salt. There are near-infinite rub recipes and dry rubs you can buy, but this one comes from The Salt Lick, a Texas BBQ institution. Reviewers use it on just about everything, including brisket, ribs, chicken wings, pork, steaks, salmon and even asparagus. The exact ingredients are a secret. The label discloses only salt, black pepper, cayenne and spices. It just might become dad’s secret weapon too, or at least inspire him to create his own unique blend. $139 at Goldbelly See also Traeger Grills Lil’ Tex Elite Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker Weber The Salt Lick Add fuel to dad’s fire, in a good way. He’ll probably want to experiment with different types of wood (from apple and cherry to hickory and mesquite), but post oak is a solid choice to start with. If he’s using his charcoal grill as a smoker, wrap these up along with a smoker box. And speaking of charcoal (which he’ll also need), this Fogo super premium hardwood lump charcoal is some of the best around; bye bye, briquettes. The Salt Lick BBQ Rub 3-pack Jun 14 • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart Snake River Farms Amazon Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast Post a comment Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide $90 at MasterClass Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto Our favorite gifts for Father’s Day 14 great gifts under $50 Gifts for Dad under $100 Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 For the dads who enjoy their booze Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day Laptop and PC gifts for dads Best phones to gift your dad for Father’s Day Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 Best audio gifts for Father’s Day Best Father’s Day gifts to combat dad bod Father’s Day gaming gifts for the badass dad Best Father’s Day gifts for every kind of foodie dad The Cheapskate’s top Father’s Day gift picks Father’s Day gift ideas for your car-loving dad Pitmaster dreams finally achieved, all your dad needs is the proper attire. If he wants to express a fuller sentiment, there’s this “All I Want to Do Is Drink Beer and Smoke Some Meat” shirt, and this “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” shirt (among many others), but if he likes to make his points in a simple manner, just go with this understated t-shirt that proclaims his pitmaster status for all to see. Tags Applianceslast_img read more

Motherdaughter duos heads tonsured in Bihar for protesting

first_imgVaishali: In a shocking incident, heads of a woman and her daughter were tonsured by a group of men in Bihar’s Vaishali allegedly after they protested a molestation attempt. Two men involved in the act have been arrested by police. The incident took place on Wednesday in Bhagawanpur village of the district wherein five men barged into the duo’s house when they were alone, and allegedly tried to molest them. Furious over their protest, the men beat them up with sticks, dragged them outside the house and shaved off their heads in front of the whole village, the victims said. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us The men and the mother-daughter duo are from the same village. Narrating her ordeal, the victims said they were mercilessly beaten by the men leading to injuries. “We have been beaten very badly. I have injuries all over my body and my daughter too has some injuries,” the woman said. Detailing the incident, the girl said, “I was alone with my mother around 6:30 in the evening when five men from the neighbourhood forcefully entered the house and tried to molest me. When my mother and I protested, they started beating us with a stick and took us outside of the house.” Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A case has been registered at the Bhagwanpur Police Station and further investigation is underway. “We have arrested two men till now and looking for the rest three accused in this case. The police is doing its best to give justice to the family and we assure the investigation will be completed soon,” Sanjay Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of the Bhagwanpur Police station said. A man named Khurshid, one out of the five, called a barber and shaved their heads, he added.last_img read more

Road works begin

first_imgNagole: MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy and division corporator Cherku Sangeetha Prashanth Goud launched CC road works taken up at a cost of Rs 30 lakh at Kethana Avenue Colony in Fathullaguda on Wednesday. Ward members Venkat Reddy, Thoorputi Chiranjeevi, Thoorputi Krishna, Nunemunthala Raghavendar, Chandra Babu, Murthy, Ravi, Krishna and others were present.last_img

Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi unite before Lok Sabha elections Link found

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/2:11Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:11?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAdvertisement 0:19 There has been the unlikeliest of matches in Indian politics that even the heavens could not have predicted. Just ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi seem to have found a point of connection who is currently plying his trade in Italy.It had recently come to light that the Congress president is a fan of Juventus owing to Cristiano Ronaldo. Now, an old video of Narendra Modi addressing a gathering in Lisbon has resurfaced where referenced the Portuguese footballer in a positive light. Modi was in the capital city of Portugal in June 2017 where he was promoting yoga and spoke about Ronaldo’s influence in the realm of Indian sports.”Portugal sports ki duniya mai bhi Bharat ke saath jura hua hai. Aur jab sports ki charcha aati hai, toh Cristiano Ronaldo – usko kaun yaad nahi karega,” PM Modi said amid a round of warm applause at the mention of the star footballer. “Aise aise shamtamaan log, wo football ki duniya keliye prerak hai. Bharat mai bhi, Ronaldo ka naam sunte hi football ke khiladiyo mai ek naayi urja aur chetna aa jati hai.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi may also be a Cristiano Ronaldo fan.IANS/PIBThe approximate English translation of Modi’s statement goes thus – Portugal is related to India even in the discipline of sports. And when one talks about sports, the mention of Cristiano Ronaldo is only natural. People with ability such as Ronaldo’s, they serve as inspirations for the world of football. Even in India, the mere mention of Ronaldo fills footballers with a new sense of energy and consciousness.Thus, it can be ascertained that PM Modi is a fan of Ronaldo like most of the nation and even Rahul Gandhi. The Congress president’s admission had come in a recent event in Imphal called Dialogue for Democracy. Are you a Barcelona fan or a Real Madrid fan?” asked a lady from the crowd at the event. “I am a Juventus fan,” replied Rahul Gandhi in a prompt and discrete manner. The gathered crowd cheered him for his choice of football club. “But between Barcelona and Real Madrid, I am a Real Madrid fan.” Congress President Rahul Gandhi is a Cristiano Ronaldo fan.Twitter/@INCIndiaRahul Gandhi went on to rephrase his statement to attribute his love for football to a certain player named Cristiano Ronaldo, who plies his trade for Juventus. “Let me rephrase that – till [Cristiano] Ronaldo was there, I was a Real Madrid fan,” Rahul Gandhi concluded.Ronaldo is a Portuguese international football player who plies his trade for Italian club Juventus. He started his career at Sporting Lisbon before moving to Manchester United and subsequently to Real Madrid before settling in Turin last summer. The 34-year-old is the highest international goal scorer among active international players with 85 goals from 156 appearances for Portugal.center_img Narendra Modi: It is not Modi’s Strength, It is the strength of your vote, that the world is witnessing todaylast_img read more

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first_imgThe Beats Pill+ sounds good, features 12 hours of battery life, a built-in microphone so you can make calls and even includes a USB port so you can charge up your phone or tablet while blasting out those tunes.Buy Beats Pill+ Bluetooth Speaker [Amazon link]Otium Fast Wireless Charging Dock – Regular price $21, Now just $16 The weekend is here, and you can kick things off by scoring some discounts on a handful of tech along with a price cut on iTunes Gift Cards multi-pack.Beats Pill+, Otium Wireless Charger, Samsung Gear S3 Frontier & iTunes Gift Cards Discounted for a Limited TimeAll of these discounts are available for a limited time only and it’s best you make up your mind quickly whether or not you want to pick any of this stuff up.Beats Pill+ Bluetooth Speaker – Regular price $150, Now just $117 The sea of wireless chargers is expanding at a rapid pace, but the one you need is probably this one. It lets you keep your phone upright while its charging and does so at full speed too. It fully supports the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.Buy Otium Fast Wireless Charging Dock [Amazon link]Samsung Gear S3 Frontier – Regular price $350, Now just $280 There are a ton of smartwatches out there, and then there’s the Gear S3 Frontier from Samsung. It packs a stylish design with a boatload of functionality under the hood. And oh, it features LTE connectivity, so you can make and receive phone calls while on the go even if you don’t have your phone with you.Buy Samsung Gear S3 Frontier [Amazon link]Save up to $16 on iTunes Gift Card Multi-packcenter_img Share Tweet Submit If you head over to Sam’s Club right now, they have a pretty sweet deal on iTunes Gift Card multi-packs. You can get four $15 cards (worth $60) for a price of just $50.88, whereas a a pack of four $25 iTunes cards (worth $100) will set you back $84.47.last_img read more

Biology Guided Radiotherapy May Improve Physician Confidence in Treatment of Multiple Tumors

first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more PreviousNext News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | October 30, 2018 Biology Guided Radiotherapy May Improve Physician Confidence in Treatment of Multiple Tumors New PET-CT linac system offers new way to track and visualize tumors Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The Reflexion combination PET-CT linac, on display at ASTRO 2018. The system uses PET radiotracer emissions to track tumors directly without the need for margins to account for respiratory motion. October 30, 2018 – Displayed for the first time at American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 annual meeting in October, was RefleXion Medical’s biology guided radiotherapy (BgRT). It is the first system to utilize the cancer itself to guide radiation delivery, even in tumors that are moving. The machine uses positron emission tomography (PET) in a novel way. PET makes use of a small amount of a radioactive tracer to highlight the differences between healthy cells and cancer cells. The most commonly used tracer is FDG, a glucose-based compound, that BgRT uses to determine where the tumor is located. Cancer cells rapidly consume the FDG, which breaks down and instantly produces emissions, thereby signaling their location. Real-time response to these detected emissions is the fundamental principle of BgRT.“The RefleXion technology could allow us to extend the benefits of radiation to a greater number of patients by being able to efficiently treat several sites at the same time with a high level of confidence,” said Dwight E. Heron, M.D., director of radiation oncology services at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hillman Cancer Center, and professor of radiation oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “Given that the growing body of clinical evidence suggesting that radiotherapy for polymetastatic tumors, or more than three tumors, could be curative, the introduction of BgRT, a radiotherapy approach that may significantly decrease toxicity, is very exciting.”Watch a VIDEO interview with Kristin Higgins, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Emory Clinic at the Winship Cancer Institute, explaining this new approach to real-time adaptive therapy at ASTRO 2018.RefleXion’s BgRT technology was highlight of several scientific presentations at ASTRO.“We are presenting our results surrounding treatment plans that demonstrates the RefleXion machine may improve radiotherapy delivery for current indications such as head-and-neck, prostate, and esophageal cancers using a conventional CT-guidance approach,” said Jeffrey Wong, M.D. chair and professor, Department of Radiation Oncology at the City of Hope. “When combined with this platform’s potential to expand and efficiently treat metastatic disease, we are even more encouraged with these early results.”Tumor Tracking Without MarginsRefleXion’s platform enable a new way to manage motion, reduce tumor margins and diminish radiation toxicity, making it feasible to treat multiple tumors in the same session. Current radiotherapy systems require a margin of healthy tissue around the tumor to account for positional uncertainties such as involuntary patient movements and breathing. In many cases, this extra margin results in a significant amount of additional radiation delivered to the patient’s healthy tissue. If too much healthy tissue receives radiation and the patient nears threshold toxicity levels, less therapeutic radiation is available to ensure efficacy of treatment or to treat additional tumors. By using the tumor’s own PET emissions to guide radiation delivery, treatment margins and the subsequent radiation dose to healthy tissue may be significantly reduced.Traditionally PET is used to form a complete image that takes up to an hour, during which time the tumor can change location. However, as the FDG is consumed, the emissions it generates are instantly available and reveal the cancer’s location. The RefleXion platform senses these emissions and rapidly responds by sending a beamlet of radiation down the emissions’ pathways toward the originating tumor. By treating tumors that uptake the PET tracer, BgRT makes it feasible to track and treat multiple tumors throughout the body in the same session, a game-changing advance over existing platforms. “RefleXion’s presence at the ASTRO meeting is the culmination of a 10-year journey that began with a simple question: if a cancer cell emits a signal, can we shoot right back to destroy it?” said RefleXion’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer Sam Mazin, Ph.D. “Using biology to guide radiotherapy, we hope to have the means to turn cancer on itself.”Read more about this start-up company’s funding efforts.For more information: www.reflexion.com The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

US expat and UCR professor emeritus dies in traffic accident on Costa

first_imgU.S. expat and longtime Costa Rican resident William Albert Bussing Burhaus, 81, died Monday evening after the vehicle in which he was a passenger collided into a highway barrier near Herradura, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast.Bussing was traveling with a Costa Rican man surnamed Tacsan, 52, who also was injured in the accident, Judicial Investigation Police reported. “Freshwater fishes of Costa Rica” in 1987 was awarded with the Aquileo J. Echeverría National Literature Award. (Courtesy of UCR)Rubier Chinchilla, a member of the Red Cross in Jacó, told The Tico Times the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, which skidded into a utility pole and then hit a metal traffic barrier. Part of the metal structure struck the passenger’s side door where Bussing was riding.Bussing arrived in Costa Rica in 1960 to write his master’s thesis for Southern California University. He decided to stay, teaching as a professor at the University of Costa Rica’s (UCR) Biology School from 1978-1991. He also was a founding member of UCR’s Ocean Science and Limnology Research Center (CIMAR).In 1987, the Culture Ministry awarded him the National Literature Award Aquileo J. Echeverría for his book “Freshwater fishes of Costa Rica,” considered a classic treatise for any ichthyologist, biologist, naturalist or student, according to Costa Rica’s Organization for Tropical Studies.“He developed his career in Costa Rica,” said his wife, Mirna López Sánchez, who also is a biologist and UCR professor, during a ceremony to honor CIMAR’s founding members in 2012.Bussing retired in 1991 and became professor emeritus. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica launches Gross National Happiness index UK documentary series seeks British families going back to nature in Costa Rica Waze now gives Costa Rica drivers advice on skirting vehicle restrictions The ultimate guide to taxis in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Free coffins political swag for Honduran poor

first_img“Tito Asfura does it better. He doesn’t ask questions or ask for documents. He even gives you the gas money and sometimes food,” said Felipe Leon, who helped recover Jamaco’s body.Meanwhile, the People’s Mortuary collected Marvin Membreno’s body from the morgue and trucked it to a church in one of Tegucigalpa’s most marginalized neighborhoods, where Marvin’s mother could barely stand for her grief. Johnny Osorio expressed his condolences on behalf of People’s Mortuary and arranged to take the casket to the cemetery the following day.His job, he said, “is humanitarian work. It is painful, it requires great flexibility and respect. It is a ceaseless wake, bathed in tears.”As Jamaco and Membreno were buried, other bodies continued to pile up at the morgue, so many that Public Minister spokesman Marvin Duarte said 25 had to be buried in a mass grave.“Maybe no one knew they had died, or maybe their families didn’t have money,” said spokesman Marvin Duarte. “It’s the third time we’ve had to do that this month.”And it is getting worse, said the spokesman.“We are not only saturated at the morgue, we are running out of space in the cemetery.” The murder rate has more than doubled over the last six years due largely to an explosion in drug trafficking to the United States and a proliferation of violent gangs, many of which originated in U.S. cities. The capital, Tegucigalpa, has grown so threatening that its streets empty after sunset, while its morgues fill up.Without a coffin, morgues are prohibited from releasing a body and instead bury the dead in mass graves. For the grieving family too poor to purchase a casket, that means not just the loss of their loved ones, but no way to honor them either.That’s where the charities come in _ three, to be exact, which offer free coffins, and sometimes transportation and refreshments for the bereaved. The charities are run by three elected officials, two of whom are seeking the presidency next year and a third who is running for mayor of Tegucigalpa. All are members of President Porfirio Lobo’s ruling National Party.One charity, Helping Hand Up, won its congressional funding thanks to the head of the Honduran Congress, Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for president. Like the others, Helping Hand Up insists it is not trading coffins for votes.It is “just a desire to serve,” said Congressman Renan Ineztroza, who manages Helping Hand Up. The average price for a funeral in Honduras is $1,000, with coffins at about $125. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Nilvia Castillo, People’s Mortuary manager, said that in its first year, the charity gave away 374 coffins, and now gives double that number for a total of 5,000 in six years.The program, according to Castillo, “is part of the political campaign” of Tegucigalpa Mayor Ricardo Alvarez to help the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Alvarez, who founded the charity and is a presidential hopeful for 2013, secured $230,000 in government funding for the program this year.Alvarez did not respond to requests for comment about the charity.Honduras is considered the world’s most dangerous country, with 91 murders per 100,000 people, according to the United Nations and the Organization of American States _ 20 times the homicide rate in the U.S. The violence permeates all facets of life, leading pedestrians to shun city streets. The poor stick close to home in neighborhoods ruled by Maras gangs, while the wealthier congregate in American-style, indoor shopping malls with heavily armed guards at the door. At night, motorists typically drive through traffic lights to avoid assaults.Despite the precautions, thousands of people are murdered every year, creating an outsized demand for coffins and new opportunities to serve the poor. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Neither the political ties to the charities nor their government funding violate the law. Under the constitution, the Honduran congress may approve spending by other agencies but not spend money itself. In the case of Helping Hand Up, representatives created a social fund, which the congressional chief, Hernandez, distributes. He apportioned $127,000 to the charity last year.Congressman Ineztroza, the manager, said that without the charities, yet more families would see their loved ones disappear into mass graves.“Now it’s easy for them to get the money,” he said, “thanks to Juan Orlando Hernandez.”Funeral home directors complain that the free coffins may be good politics, but they’re bad for business.Jose Gutierrez, who works at the Santa Rita Mortuary, said that the charities are politically motivated, looking for votes. “They only come around before elections and favor people who can vote and come recommended.”At times, the coffin charities compete among themselves. At the Judicial Morgue the morning Luis waited for his brother’s coffin, the relatives of two other murder victims shot that day searched for caskets.The family of 19-year-old Joseph Jamaco received a coffin from a third charity, run by Congressman Tito Asfura, who hopes to become Tegucigalpa’s next mayor. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix But Melisa Elvir of Democracy Without Borders, a Honduran transparency foundation, said there’s a fine line between good works and vote-buying, and in the case of the caskets, the line is too thin.“The congressmen are running for re-election,” she said. “When delivering the goods, they name the politicians who are responsible for the delivery. The charge could be made that they are funds for favors, with the objective of winning votes.”On a recent Friday at the gate of the Tegucigalpa Judicial Morgue, Luis Membreno was oblivious to the coffin politics as he wept over the death of his older brother, 19-year-old Marvin, shot three times in the head earlier that day. Luis did not have the money to bury his sibling, but People’s Mortuary did.The charity’s Carla Majano offered a free coffin _ the charity’s 701st giveaway of the year. She regularly works neighborhoods and morgues to find relatives who need the People’s Mortuary’s help. The Membreno family qualified.“This is a humble family that lives on the bottles they collect in the streets,” she said. “They don’t even have a sheet to wrap the body.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too Associated PressTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – In some countries political campaigns give out bumper stickers and yard signs. In others, they offer free lunches and supermarket debit cards. In Honduras, one of Latin America’s poorest countries and also its most dangerous, candidates dole out another type of political swag: coffins for the destitute.Charities organized by politicians scour poor neighborhoods in search of families of murder victims who cannot afford funeral services or even a simple casket to bury their beloved. There are plenty of takers in this Central American country, where two out of three workers earn less than the minimum wage of $300 a month, and more than 136 people are killed every week. Top Stories last_img read more