Food Tells A Lot About The Culture Of A Country

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Food is one of the things that define the culture of a country. You may tell a lot about a country by what they eat and how they do it. Because you in the times of globalization when almost every person looks similar with their satire and outer appearance there are very few ways to tell exactly about their culture. One way is to do a deep study about a culture and civilization but that takes a lot of time and is rather a boring job and if you are a traveler, you do not want to spend your time doing surveys. But, since you get to eat the food the people of the country, you are in, eat you can tell a lot about them.

When you go to a country in the west you see they like light food and usually take packed food which tells they are always sort of time, and given their carnivorous nature, they eat the flesh of everything possible from insects to the big animals.

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But the story changes when you come to the exotic subcontinent of India. First of all you can determine anything by just their meal because if you travel all over the country you will find the variations in the food culture as well. Indian recipes changes from state to state. While the Punjab region is famous for its heavy meals that constitutes two or three vegetables, chapattis, the Bengal region is famous for its fish-rice, in Gujarat they will add sugar to almost everything while the southern peninsula have enriched experiments with the rice. So, wherever you go, you see a different food culture. But one thing you will find common among all these regions is that they all have a taste for spices. And we all know that foreigners came to India for the imports of spices (if you know Marco Polo). Indian food has a craving for spices and if you are on India travel, you can see this. And this is not a simple thing. This shows there warmness of the heart.

India is the country where they respect their guests as the god and they serve him with the best food possible. And spices are an essential part of the making of anything from north to south and from the east to west. They also make heavy meal that suits the weather of the subcontinent and though they are not aware of this fact they enjoy the oily food.

And with the changing world they have also changed their style of making food. Since microwave is a thing of today and saves a lot of time in preparing food, Indians have also accepted this and you can see the traditional Indian dishes converting into the great Indian microwave recipe.

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Mass evictions from Oakland’s public housing

Monday, May 15, 2006

Due to an Oakland housing official’s acts of fraud, 34 poor families face eviction from Lockwood Gardens, by order of the Oakland Housing Authority.

Fear and panic have set in at some of East Oakland’s public housing units, as police agents from the Oakland Housing Authority have been making late-night visits to tenants, and demanding that the families pack up and move within a five-day period.

After refusing to pack up and run, more than 30 families are facing mass eviction by the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) from their public housing units at Lockwood Gardens, a Hope VI Project on 65th Avenue in East Oakland.

The OHA is claiming that at least 34 families currently facing eviction from Lockwood Gardens are unlawful occupants (squatters) who have illegally gained possession of the housing units. OHA officials have served them 30-day, forcible-detainer eviction notices in an effort to remove them.

On April 28, the first three cases out of 34 families facing eviction were headed for Alameda County Superior Court, but the court hearings have been delayed repeatedly as Judge Winifred Smith moves to consolidate all the cases.

In defense of some of the evictees, Oakland’s Eviction Defense Center has teamed up with attorney Bob Salinas, of Sundeen Salinas & Pyle, to file a demurrer seeking dismissal of evictions on behalf of the first three families that were served forcible-detainereviction notices. Lockwood Gardens has 372 units; and it is part of a revitalization project of East Oakland’s public housing properties, and a partial recipient of $26,510,020 in grant funding from the Hope Vl program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The revitalization funds were divided between three public housing projects in 1994 and 1996, and renovations have since taken place to demolish and rebuild the three locations into modern housing units in Oakland’s eastside neighborhoods.

Laura Lane, an attorney with the East Bay Community Law Center, is also representing a number of the families facing eviction at Lockwood Gardens and those cases will head to court at a later date.

Currently, out of the 34 families facing eviction, the Eviction Defense Center (EDC) is representing nine families in court, and the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is representing 12 families. One family has already been frightened into moving away fromtheir public housing unit by the OHA; no one seems to know if the remaining seven families facing eviction have moved away or are seeking legal representation elsewhere.

Jennifer Bell of Goldfarb and Lipman is the General Counsel for the Oakland Housing Authority, and is leading the charge in court to evict the 34 families from their housing units in East Oakland.

During an April 24th interview with David Lipsetz, a Senior Policy Analyst with the Oakland Housing Authority, he blamed the tenants for what is occurring and accused all the families of committing fraud to move into public housing. At first, 29 families facedeviction, although that number has slowly risen to 34 as new families are served with eviction notices.

“The OHA has served eviction notices to 29 families at Lockwood Gardens because none of the families applied for, or got onto the waiting list to move into their public housing units,” said Lipsetc. “The tenants worked with a former clerk to gain access to theunits. The OHA does not have any files on the families, and the OHA does not believe that any of the families signed a lease before moving into those units. Forcible detainers are standard procedure for those that have illegally moved into the OHA’s public housing units.”

Lipsetz said that the OHA just recently discovered that the 29 families who are now living in those housing units did not match the names of the clients on the OHA list waiting to move into those units.

“As far as we can tell,” said Lipsetz, “there were no signed leases, no files established for these families, no security deposits have been paid before moving in, and those families got ahead of all the other families on the waiting list to move in.”

Contrary to what Lipsetz stated on behalf of the Oakland Housing Authority, the facts reveal that the families have all signed Leases, Tenant Agreements To Maintain A Drug-Free Environment, Occupant’s Responsibility statements, Lease Compliance forms anda host of other documents before moving in otheir public housing units. Those documents were all counter-signed by a host of clerks and managers working for the OHA. The soon-to-be-evicted tenants’ Billing Summaries, Tenant Leases and Notices have a host of names on them, such as Kim Boyd, an OHA Supervisor; Donald McShane, an OHA Manager; and Alice Ferguson, another OHA Manager.

In addition, as important as it may be that low-income tenants should not jump in line ahead of one another to move into this much-needed subsidized housing, most housing authorities across the nation recently have said the hell with their waiting lists, and allowed Hurricane Katrina’s victims to jump in ahead of all of those already waiting in line for housing.

A web page called “HUD’s Public Housing Program” has a section titled “WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED?” HUD’s website states: “If the HA determines that you are eligible, your name will be put on a waiting list, unless the HA is able to assist you immediately.” Theweb page may be found at http://www.hud.gov/renting/phprog.cfm

After discovering that the families facing eviction did indeed sign leases and other documents before moving into Lockwood Gardens, suddenly no one at the OHA would go on record to comment about the signed documents that contradicted the accusations of OHA spokesman David Lipsetz.

The documents clearly reveal that the 34 families facing eviction at Lockwood Gardens have all beenchecked out, and qualified as being eligible to move into those units, regardless of what the OHA may say at this point.

The entire controversy appears to have been triggered by acts of deception and fraud on the part of an official of the Oakland Housing Authority, Carolyn Wilson. “The police have been looking for Carolyn Wilson of the Oakland Housing Authority ever since shedisappeared recently,” said Ms. Kelly, a resident of Lockwood Gardens who prefers to use only her last name for this story.

“I moved into Lockwood Gardens on October 27, and Carolyn Wilson’s name is on my lease,” said Kelly. “I first received a message from the OHA at my mother’s home, telling me that a unit was available at Lockwood Gardens, and I went to their office location on 65thAvenue to fill out the necessary forms to move in. I supplied birth certificates, photo IDs, Social Security numbers, income statements and everything else asked of me to qualify for moving in. There’s no way that I committed fraud by following through witheverything being asked of me by the Housing Authority.”

Kelley said she and her young child were disturbed by an unexpected, late-night arrival of OHA police at her door.

“I am a 41-year-old woman with an 11-year-old child, and I am very frightened by the way the OHA has been treating me,” she said. “I was terrified recently when the OHA Police showed up at my door around 10 p.m. at night, accusing my family of committing fraud to move into this townhouse; and they served me a five-day notice to surrender my home to the OHA, or else.”

Officer Jerold Coates, a 13-year employee of the OHA Police Department, and Officer Malcolm Williams are involved in the investigation taking place at Lockwood Gardens. According to Ms. Kelly, “Officer Coates told me that Carolyn Wilson was demanding that everyone must pay her $500 to $1,000 to move in, and he wanted to know how much I paid her before moving in. I denied payingMs. Wilson anything extra to move into Lockwood Gardens.”

Kelly added, “From what I am being told by others is that Carolyn Wilson of the OHA skipped town with everyone’s security deposits of $500 to $1,000 for each family involved in the scam, and that the OHA will not receive a subsidy from HUD for the familiesfacing eviction in those units, because the OHA believes that the wrong families are residing in those housing units.”

One of the families that moved into Lockwood Gardens, and is now facing eviction, moved away from another public housing location in Oakland in order to move into the Hope Vl project on 65th Avenue. It takes permission to move from one location to another in public housing, and managers or staff at the OHA had to give their blessings before this family was allowed to relocate to Lockwood Gardens.

Jorge Aguilar, an attorney for the Eviction Defense Center, has his own understanding of what is going on. “An agent of the Oakland Housing Authority defrauded nearly 30 families of the most vulnerable segment of the community,” he said. “They are now trying to cover their wrongful act by evicting those families. The OHA is trying to circumvent Measure EE [Oakland’s Just Cause for eviction measure]. The irony is that the OHA is using forcible detainers to evict, which have traditionally been used to defend tenants fromlandlords using self-help evictions.”

Aguilar recently witnessed the human suffering already caused by the OHA’s eviction threats and rough handling of the families involved. He said, “During a recent interview with one of the families facing eviction, a little boy started crying and stated thatthe police came by and tried to take my bedroom away from me.”

Another Lockwood Gardens tenant named Winou Wakeyo said, “I’m from Jimma, Ethiopa, and I moved into Lockwood Gardens on November 22, 2005. I work 12 hours a day on Sundays for a pastor who told me to come here to find housing, and I did everything the HousingAuthority asked of me before moving in. A big policeman came by recently late at night with a five-day notice telling me that I must surrender my home to the Housing Authority. There were two policemen. It scared me very much, and someone later told me to find a defender to save my housing, and I contacted the Eviction Defense Center for help.

“I do not understand the customs of this country, and I asked my defender what I did wrong, and I was told that someone stole some money. The Housing Authority stopped accepting my rent for April, and about two weeks ago, they suddenly sent back the rent that Ipaid for March, and I do not understand why they are doing this to me.”

Laura Lane, an attorney for the EBCLC, said, “The Oakland Housing Authority seems to be in a complete disarray. The management has failed to adequately screen, train or supervise its employees. But when the employees make mistakes or fail to follow the law, theOakland Housing Authority’s response is to blame the tenants, blame the attorneys, blame the federal government — blame anyone but the Oakland Housing Authority. There is an utter failure to accept personal responsibility.”

After it became apparent that many families were seeking legal help to fight the evictions, a meeting was held on March 20 at the East Bay Community Law Center for the victims of the housing scam. When the tenants started sharing what had occurred to them,most of the families involved suddenly realized that Carolyn Wilson of the OHA had stolen their security deposits, and skipped out of town.

Tenants at Lockwood Gardens believe that there may be another 40 families or more to face eviction, since they learned that OHA police are also investigating other public housing properties in Oakland that may be caught up in the housing scam.

As recently as April 22, OHA police were back at Lockwood Gardens pounding on the tenants’ doors, and demanding to know if the families have moved yet.

“This time the police were not satisfied to know if my family had moved yet,” said Kelly, “but they wanted to know if any of us noticed any other families moving out of here lately. Considering the way they have been treating us, I don’t think we have to tell them anything at this point, and they need to talk to my attorney if they have any further questions.”

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Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.

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A gun is an important tool that can be used for self defense, whether someone is breaking into your home or trying to rob you. However, guns can also be used for sports. Just like every tool, a gun can be used to intentionally harm others or due to ignorance, someone can be harmed accidentally. In order to prevent your gun from being stolen or from a child playing with it, it is recommended that you invest in a fingerprint gun safe. This is no ordinary gun safe as it requires your unique fingerprint to unlock it. This offers further protection from thieves and curious children. In addition to being far more secure than regular gun safes, a fingerprint gun safe is quicker to access in emergencies. You don t have to worry about fumbling around for the key or entering a code. You simply press your finger down and you have access to your gun.

How do fingerprint gun safes work?

These safes function by a technology called biometrics. Biometrics identifies a person based on his/her physical or behavioral characteristics. Hand writing, hand geometry, voice prints, iris structure, and vein structure are all examples of biometric technology. Whereas other security methods, such as passwords and keys, use something you have that can be easily stolen, misplaced, or forgotten, biometrics use who you are to identify you. Besides being very difficult to be lost or forgotten, physical characteristics are very strenuous to impersonate.

Fingerprint gun safes follow a three step process: enrollment, storage, and comparison. Enrollment is the first step you must go through in order to set up your safe. It records basic information about you, such as your name or an identification number. Then, it captures the image of your specific trait (fingerprint) and stores it in the memory. Most fingerprint gun safes give you the option to store multiple fingerprints, if you want to give other people access to the safe.

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Storage does not work by storing the complete image, contrary to popular belief. The system analyzes the characteristic and translates it into a code or graph. Some fingerprint gun safes also store this data onto a smart card that you can carry around with you. A smart card looks like a credit card, but it contains an embedded microprocessor inside. A credit card is different, because it uses a magnetic stripe technology that can be easily read, written, deleted, and changed.

The final step, comparison, is self explanatory. When you try to use the system, it compares the trait presented to the one it has stored. If it matches, you are accepted. If it doesn t match, you are rejected.

Biometric systems use a sensor, computer, and software to accomplish the enrollment, storage, and comparison. The sensor detects the characteristic. The computer reads and stores the information. And the software analyzes the characteristic, translating it into a graph or code. The software also performs the comparisons.

How was biometric technology developed?

The source of this technology doesn t have a single source. In fact, the history of biometrics dates back to a form of finger printing being used in China in the 14th century. Explorer Joao de Barros reported that Chinese merchants were stamping palm prints and foot prints on paper with ink, in order to individuate between one another.

In most parts of the world, up until the 1800s, identification relied immensely upon photographic memory. In the 1890s, Alphonse Bertillon, an anthropologist and police desk clerk in Paris, developed a technique of measuring multiple body measurements. Later this technique became known as Bertillonage. He developed this method in order to solve the problem of identifying criminals. Bertillonage was widely used by police authorities, until it was discovered that some people shared the same body measurements.

Later, Richard Edward Henry borrowed the Chinese methods to develop the method of using fingerprints for identification.

During the past three decades, biometric technology has advanced dramatically. Fingerprinting is no longer the sole method of identification. Irises, vein structures, voice, and much more can now be used for identification making the process more accurate. Biometric technology is currently used for legal areas, businesses, and even personal safes. This technology will only continue to advance in the future.

Fingerprint gun safes have adopted biometric technology for improved security and efficiency. Owning a fingerprint gun safe is highly recommended for all gun owners, because your gun can be retrieved much quicker in emergencies, and children and thieves are prevented from laying hands on your weapon.

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China overtakes Germany as world’s biggest exporter

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chinese officials have said that their country’s exports surged last December to edge out Germany as the world’s biggest exporter.

The official Xinhua news agency reported today that figures from the General Administration for Customs showed that exports jumped 17.7% in December from a year earlier. Over the whole of 2009 total Chinese exports reached US$1.2 trillion, above Germany’s forecast $1.17 trillion.

Huang Guohua, a statistics official with the customs administration, said the December exports rebound was an important turning point for China’s export sector. He commented that the jump was an indication that exporters have emerged from their downslide.

“We can say that China’s export enterprises have completely emerged from their all-time low in exports,” he said.

However, although China overtook Germany in exports, China’s total foreign trade — both exports and imports — fell 13.9% last year.

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Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai discharged from hospital

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, was discharged yesterday from the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, England after success in the first stage of her medical treatment.

In October, Yousafzai was shot by Taliban forces on a school bus in Mingora, Swat District, Pakistan. She was given emergency treatment in Pakistan and then flown to Britain for treatment at a specialist unit which deals with injured soldiers.

Dave Rosser, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust medical director, gave a statement about Yousafzai’s release from hospital: “Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery. Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers. She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care.”

She is due to return to hospital in a few weeks for cranial reconstructive surgery.

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Former Indonesian president, Suharto in critical condition

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Former Indonesian President Suharto, 86, is in a Jakarta hospital in critical condition. Doctors say he is suffering heart problems. Chad Bouchard reports from Jakarta.

The former president was admitted to a hospital on Friday with swelling throughout his body. Doctors say Mr. Suharto’s heart has become too weak to pump blood properly, and his kidneys are deteriorating.

Andi Mallarangeng, spokesman for current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, says the president visited Mr. Suharto in the hospital Saturday and found him too weak to talk.

He was conscious, he was not in a coma in that sense, he was conscious, but he was very weak

“He was conscious, he was not in a coma in that sense, he was conscious, but he was very weak,” he said. “The presidential doctors informed the president that President Suharto is in [a] critical situation.”

Suharto ruled Indonesia for 32 years, stepping down after widespread demonstrations and rioting during the Asian economic crisis of 1998.

He has since lived quietly in an upscale district of central Jakarta.

The anti-corruption organization Transparency International says Mr. Suharto embezzled more from Indonesia than any other modern leader, an estimated $15 billion to $35 billion. Mr. Suharto has steadfastly denied such accusations.

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What Are The Factors Involve In Cream Boxes To Improve Business Sales

The cream is one of the most commonly used cosmetics items in the world. And that makescream boxesone of the most commonly used packaging solutions across the globe for the protection of these beautifying items. These boxes are manufactured with cardboard, kraft, and paper stock. They are customizable in any shape, size, design, and manufacturing material. You can select the printing design of these boxes in order to make them look more eye-catching. Since they are to be used for one of the most commonly used cosmetic items, they need to look eye-catching so that they can justify the product inside them. You can also get them customized with die-cut windows to let the customers see the product inside without opening the box and making the buying decision easier. Most of the beauty creams are sensitive to the UV rays; therefore, their packaging is designed in a way that keeps the sun outside the box.

The beautifulcustom cream boxesare more than packaging in case of cosmetic creams. They are largely responsible for the selection of the relative beauty cream by the consumer. There are a few things about thecustom printed cosmetic boxesthat improve the sale prospects of cosmetic products; some of them are highlighted in the following read.

1. Description of the Cream:

People who are approaching for cosmetic products in the market can be considered to be reasonably cautious about the product they are about to purchase. Thecustom cream boxesallow the spectators to know complete detail about the product through the thorough description they have printed on them. People are more likely to purchase the products that guide the user about themselves. The cautious audience would definitely want to know a few things about the purpose of a specific cosmetic, which might include the skin type they are used for, the components of the cream, even if it is made out of natural components or not. It can only be displayed through thecustom printed cosmetic boxes,if it was not for them, cosmetic manufacturers would lose a great syndicate of their target audience. Therefore, the descriptive content of the beauty cream box contributes a great deal in supporting the prospects of sales in the market.

2. Authentic Promotional Approach:

The boxes of cosmetics are designed in a way as to be an adequate promotional accessory for them. They are the physical means of information, and people subconsciously deem it as authentic. Therefore, they are naturally inclined to believe what is written on cosmetic packaging. This will make your cosmetic products less liable to scrutiny. Besides, having a proper packaging for any product warrants that it has been made by some legitimate manufacturer that takes care of all the market standards to produce their products. They will naturally develop thinking at first glance that the cosmetic beauty cream they are looking at has no reason to be questioned. And all that happens before they even make a purchase, and this is the power of proper packaging. Since cosmetics are not the products that are needed by anyone, they are acquired as the result of a desire to have better skincare. Therefore, all the promotional tactics must be aligned to make them successful selling merchandise.

2. The Color Scheme that Speaks:

Using the packaging for the purpose of marketing and promotion must be supplemented by the proper color scheme as well. Colors have a great impact on segregating the audience for a specific product. Different age groups are attracted to various colors. Therefore, it is very important to take care of the color scheme of thedisplay cream boxes.They are purely magical, and the control they provide in luring people towards your products in a store aisle is just astonishing. Therefore, the various colors found in the packaging of beauty creams play a great to enhance the chances of sales in the market. Especially for cosmetics, the competition is heavy amongst various brands for the same product; therefore, no feature must be ignored to produce the desired marketing results.

3. Luring Display for Retail:

TheCustom Cream Boxes Packaging Wholesaledesigners develop their designs in a way as to attract as much public attention as possible. They are usually displayed in some very beautiful display boxes that enhance the visuals of the product. They divert the focus of various customers towards themselves. Noticing some products in the market is the first towards successful sales. The gleaming boxes of display for the cosmetic creams would ensure people notice what is being shown to them through a special display method. Although this is the first step in luring customers yet, it is the most important one. When people start noticing your products, they might want to try them to see if they fit the standard of their packaging. Cosmetics are the kind of products that sell on their appearance, although the quality of the product is an issue that impacts brand loyalty; it has nothing to do with being attractive at a retail point. The only thing the customer would see will be the packaging only.

4. Warrants Cosmetic Safety:

Cosmetics are no use if they are all deteriorated and destroyed before they are set to display for the customers. Nobody buys a deformed and destroyed product; therefore, they are required to be packed in the packaging that keeps it safe from various environmental and handling circumstances. The cheap andaffordable cream boxesare a great way to secure the beauty cream inside them from sunlight and help to keep them organized so that they can reach the store aisle safely. Delivering the products safely to the cosmetic store will ensure that they are presentable to the potential customers hence, contributing to the sales of the product.

Final Words

These were some of the ways thecream boxescan improve the sales of the beauty creams. Having taken care of all the variables of the beauty cream packaging design, businesses can expect higher prospects of the sale of their cosmetic creams.

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Bikers begin descent on South Carolina resort for rallies

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina —This weekend is the kick-off for two motorcycle rallies held annually in the U.S. eastern seacoast town of Myrtle Beach. Enthusiasts this year are expected to meet or exceed the 170,000 bikers that arrived last year in droves to the small resort town of 23,000. Festivities span two weeks, and extend again this year into the Memorial Day.

Leading off is the week-long Harley rally, followed by the next week’s BikeFest. In and around town, both day and night are punctured by the sounds of bike engines gunned and revved at stop lights and in parking lots. Groups of cycle riders dominate the streets.

“By Friday night, the front parking lot will be a full line of motorcycles to the corner.” said motel owner Ranjan Patel. The Super 8 motel takes up half a block at its location in the heart of the downtown motel strip. “Both sides [of Ocean Blvd] are nothing but bikes.” Both she and her co-owner husband agree, the influx of bikers dwarf in size the numbers of tourists who visit during regular summer months for ocean-side and family amusement park attractions.

The highly accesorised bikes, decked with chrome and polished to show it, flashed the townscape. Choppers made a showing, but road hogs dominated the ridership, often going twosome. Many rally goers arrived on the scene with SUV’s or big pickup trucks towing cargo trailers loaded with cycles.

Growth in the sheer size of the two rallies led police to make changes in the handling of traffic flow. During BikeFest last year, the mostly black crowd that came in on the heels of the largely white Harley rally the week earlier, were faced with confusion when the two-lane Ocean Blvd was made one-way.

A branch of the NAACP in Conway, the next town over from Myrtle Beach, alleged discrimination by Horry County and Myrtle Beach Police. They claimed authorities and police used an overwhelming and aggressive police presence, combined with a restrictive one-way traffic pattern, to intimidate and discourage the participants in the rally.

An injunction was issued earlier this week by U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten, who ruled that bikers at both rallies be treated the same. Myrtle Beach city lawyers immediately filed an appeal to the ruling at the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying “the trial court erroneously determined that the plaintiffs would likely succeed on the merits; that is, that the city of Myrtle Beach intentionally treats Memorial Day weekend tourists differently from others similarly situated because of their race.”

A plan to submit an opposition to the notice has already been announced by Michael Navarre, an attorney for Steptoe & Johnson, who represents the NAACP civil rights group. “We certainly don’t think the judge has ruled erroneously,” Navarre said, according to The Sun News.

Traffic control and safety measures were in full swing Friday morning on US-17. Both directions of the 4-lane divided highway south of Myrtle Beach had traffic cones and parking barriers set up to control traffic. Large flashing road signs on each side of the highway warned cars to use the passing lane. The warning sign flashed a message that the right lane was for motorcycle use only. Police monitored the pull-offs near a Harley dealer’s lot where popular attractions were set-up in the immediate vicinity.

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Honda Civic tops Canada’s list of most stolen cars

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The 1999 and 2000 year model Honda Civic SiR tops the list of Canada’s most stolen cars.

Consumer popularity also assures the cars will be popular with thieves. Its the second year in a row the Honda SiR has topped the list.

Rick Dubin Vice President of Investigations for the Insurance Bureau of Canada said “The Civics are easy targets.”

Dubin said that once stolen, the cars are most often sold to “chop shops” where thieves completely dismantle the vehicles. The automobile’s individual parts are worth more than the entire car.

The sheer numbers of the cars and their lack of theft deterrent systems make them thieves’ preferred choices.

1999 and 2000 Honda Civics do not come with an electronic immobilizer, however all Hondas from 2001 and onward are equipped with an immobilizer. Immobilizers will be mandatory on all new cars sold beginning September 2007. The devices enable an engine computer to recognize an electronic code in the key. If the code in the key and the engine don’t match exactly, the vehicle can’t be started.

In third place was the 2004 Subaru Impreza, while the 1999 Acura Integra came in fourth, with the 1994 Honda Civic rounding out the top five.

In sixth place, the 1998 Acura Integra, and the 1993 Dodge Shadow completed seventh.

When asked why early model vehicles are selected, he said that, “auto thieves continue to find it easier to steal older vehicles lacking an IBC-approved immobilizer. We’ve seen this trend developing for several years, and these results confirm it.”

Another Honda automobile, the 1996 year model Civic filled eighth place, with the 2000 German Audi TT Quattro in ninth.

The American 1996 Chevrolet/GMC Blazer rounded out the top ten.

None of the above cars had an electronic immobilizer.

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