Mister Softee Truck, Yogo Truck Battle Violently On The High Midtown Seas

Just as blood diamonds are tainted with the stain of human misery so too are the frozen, rainbow-sprinkled treats of woe prepared with jealous eyes and weary hands. Police say the crew of a Mister Softee truck and the commander of a Yogo NY Frozen Yogurt truck engaged in a protracted skirmish deep in the heart of Midtown yesterday, ending with a Softee crew member brandishing a knife and the Yogo driver dispensing his own special topping: knuckles.

An NYPD spokesman said that around 4:30 p.m. the two men in the Mister Softee truck approached the Yogo Truck around East 48th Street and Fifth Avenue; one of the Softee corsairs then allegedly ripped off the vendor’s license affixed to the Yogo truck, and fled the scene in his Softee vessel.

A few hours later, police say the Yogo truck driver was heading back to his garage when he observed the Mister Softee truck in the vicinity of 48th and Fifth—the very same Mister Softee truck that had defiled his vendor’s license. Lo, a dispute ensued, and in the course of their heated discussion of the nuances of Dessert Admiralty Law, the NYPD spokesman said one of the individuals in the Mister Softee truck pulled out a knife.

Officers arrived at the scene a short time later, but despite the police presence, the men fought on. The Yogo truck driver then allegedly punched one of the Mister Softee vendors in the face.

Sefer Tunca, the driver of the Yogo truck, was issued a desk appearance ticket for misdemeanor assault. He’s due in court in late September.

Erik Morel, 23, the alleged knife-brandisher and license-ripper, is charged with auto stripping, criminal mischief, and petty larceny.

So go ahead, splurge on that raspberry topping. Just stare into the syrupy, crimson abyss and remember what you’re really paying for.

Jennifer Aniston found kissing scene horrible?

Jennifer Aniston’s co-star says kissing her in ‘We’re the Millers’ was ”awkward”.

British actor Will Poulter, 20, thinks it was ”probably horrible” for the beautiful 44-year-old actress, who plays his mother in the new film, and his other co-star Emma Roberts, who plays his sister, to lock lips with him during a three-way kissing scene.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz at the UK premiere of the comedy at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday night (14.08.13), he said: ”That was awkward. That was probably horrible for Jen and Emma, but [my character] loved it. That was my first three-way kiss … it was fantastic!”

He added: ”It was pretty surreal to have Jennifer as my mum. I love my mum, but we have a slightly different relationship in this film … this film’s a slightly dysfunctional family relationship.”

Jennifer plays struggling stripper Rose Miller in the new movie, who creates a fake family with Jason Sudeikis’ character David, in order to smuggle drugs across the U.S. border in an RV from Mexico and she really enjoyed working on the film.

Asked about her favourite memory from her time on the set, she said: ”I would say working with the cast and the amazing luck we had with the improv we got to do, and being able to re-team up with people you respect and love. Plus, it’s a really funny movie!”

Jason Sudeikis, director Rawson Marshall Thurber, The Saturdays, Joey Essex and Lucy Watson also attended the special screening.

Healthy Diet Lowers CKD Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

A diet full of fruits and vegetables appears to slow the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes, but protein and sodium intake has little effect, a new observational study has found.

The results, from a substudy of the Ongoing Telmisartan Alone and in Combination with Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial (ONTARGET), were published online August 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine by Daniela Dunkler, PhD, from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and colleagues.

“The absolute novelty is that we…elucidated the associations of diet on the incidence of kidney disease in patients with diabetes,” principal investigator Rainer Oberbauer, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Vienna, Austria, told Medscape Medical News. The finding of a lack of effect for protein and sodium intake was somewhat surprising, he said, given that it counters long-held dogma. “We were all taught the mantra of protein restriction and prevention of progression.”

However, he cautions, “It is of note that our study is an observational study, and causal inference is not justified from these findings.”

But the authors, as well as an editorial accompanying the paper, by Holly Kramer, MD, from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, and Alex Chang, MD, from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, agree that the study, albeit with limitations, nonetheless points to clear benefit for consumption of fruits and vegetables and for moderate alcohol intake.

“Perhaps the best dietary advice we can give patients with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease is the same as the advice for those who want to avoid chronic kidney disease and the same dietary advice for everyone: eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains while minimizing saturated and total fat,” Drs. Kramer and Chang write.

Trial by fire no error at Delaware

Parkhill’s Shawn Thompson rose from the ashes to take a checkered flag at Delaware Speedway Friday (Aug. 9).

A fire leveled his shop just two weeks prior to the race and almost took his #72 car with it, melting the windows and damaging other components.

But the only smoke near the #72 car on Friday was coming from the tires as Thompson won his qualifying heat and the 40-lap FT Garage Late Models feature.

After winning his qualifying heat Thompson thanked the half-dozen or so guys who worked for days to get the car ready for the track.

“It felt pretty good to be in victory lane after a fire.”

Thompson made a show of it on his way to the feature win. He made a run for the lead on lap 28, but Jamie Cox and his #22 car fought off his bump and run attempt setting the stage for a duel in the last quarter of the race.

Thompson didn’t take the lead until there were just two laps left. Cox finished second and London’s Justin Demelo (#82), who led from lap eight until lap 19, finished third.

Friday night’s action also saw a 35-lap Coca Cola Super Stocks feature, a 25-lap Demar Aggregates Trucks and V8 Stocks feature and a special all Trucks and Mini-Van King of the Hill Spectator’s Race in support of Jesse’s Journey.

Dorchester’s Matt Robelee (#55) took a different route to victory lane than Thompson did. Instead of taking the lead close to the white flag, he got out in front of the pack in lap two of the Coca Cola Super Stocks feature and never looked back.

Brandon Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood posted a personal best with a second place finish and Dorchester’s Shae Gemmell (#3), who has won the event before, placed third.

There were two cautions in the race, one involving series championship contender Jeff Showler (#44).

The sun just keeps shining for Belmont’s Gary Adriaensen (#55), who rolled into victory lane for the sixth time this season with a win in the Demar Aggregates Trucks and V8 Stocks feature.

The race started with Trevor Collver (#51) of Lucan in the lead but he was overtaken swiftly by Brady Smith (#39) of Coldstream, who kept the lead warm for series points leader Adriaensen, who got out in front in lap 16 and held on for the checkered flag.


Six brightly designed Capital Region food trucks ranging in size and style pulled up into the Saratoga Eagles Club on Crescent Avenue this past Tuesday evening for Saratoga’s first Food Truck Rodeo, the first of two such events planned for this summer.

This free event attracted a large crowd of food-lovers young and old to come enjoy dinner prepared on wheels. If you missed it (or can’t wait to go again), another rodeo is planned for 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Saratoga Eagles’ Club, 373 Crescent Ave.

Offering a variety of food, trucks at the rodeo included Kona-Ice, Wandering Dago, Eat Good Food, Slidin’ Dirty, Gwenie’s Breakfast Wagon and Fitzy’s Fork in the Road, all of which accumulated lines of hungry customers at the event’s first go-around.

Picnic tables on the lawn were filled with rodeo-goers satisfying their bellies with food truck fare. Under the club’s pavilion, patrons enjoyed the live music by local band Geo Beat while chowing down

Civilized Political Economy

Each time people are shocked and horrified because they believe that they live under a regime of a mature and civilized political economy. They have been told that for-profit entrepreneurs care about their health and safety; they are taught that their elected governments will force entrepreneurs to put health and safety and environments ahead of profit-maximization.

They want to believe all of this because their daily lives would be miserable if they thought that their food was unsafe, that most products they use are unchecked for dangers, that there are hundreds and thousands of untested toxic substances used in profit-making activities and released into their environments, that their physical recreational activities are largely unmonitored and unregulated, that their workplaces are high hazard zones. They are gulled into believing that everyone, profit-chasers and governments, cares about them because, at any one time, there is a high decibel vociferous debate, usually dominated by apparently respectable profit-seekers and their professional think-tanks, about how unnecessary government regulations impede the creation of wealth while, at the same time, they fail to protect society.

An impression is left that there is a great deal of supervision and monitoring. It looks to all the world that it is not the lack of regulation by governments, but its excesses, that impoverish and endanger us. Thus it is that, when a Lac-Mégantic occurs, everyone is surprised that it could happen at all: surely something has gone wrong with the otherwise satisfactory operations of profit-seekers and/or the well-established government oversight over profit-making?

But, the only thing that is special about a Lac-Mégantic is the sudden manner in which a huge amount of harm is inflicted. The infliction of harms is a daily event; but it is experienced as atomized, isolated events, unworthy of news coverage. We hardly notice the steady dripping of blood, the innumerable illnesses, serious and minor, daily deaths and incremental deterioration of our physical environments. We are systematically desensitized to the catastrophic dimensions of the injuries that regulated profit-seekers inflict. This is an amazing triumph for harm-inflicting profiteers. To illustrate:

While the trauma of a Westray, understandably and rightly, demands everyone’s attention, the 26 miners who died in one spectacular explosion are but a tiny fragment of the number of workers injured and killed every day. In Canada, roughly one thousand people are killed on the job each and every year, nearly 5 every working day; 10,000 die earlier than they might have because of occupationally related illnesses each and every year. World-wide, 2 million people die at work every single year; 260 million more are injured while at work. And, yearly, 160 million are afflicted by job-related illnesses. The number of deaths and illnesses attributable to environmental pollution and degradation are equally staggering; product contamination, unsafe vehicles, equipment, drugs and pharmaceuticals, all exact huge tolls.

Relcross Keylex Digital Locks Online

Relcross have launched a new website, www.keylex.co.uk to sell their range of mechanical digital and PIN code locks. They are designed for doors where authorized users are issued with a code and feature both heavy duty and standard duty options. Features include up to 16,000 code permutations, slipping clutch mechanisms and free exit without the use of the code. As these are mechanical locks, no electric wiring or electronics are required. The Electronic Pin option features an on-board battery pack that allows for approximately 5000 operations.

Locks can be specified with or without key override, with various backset options and door thicknesses as well as a with choice of finishes and handles. Prices start from as little as £167 (plus VAT and carriage) for a Keylex 500 mechanical digital lock – ideal for storerooms or staff rooms where a basic level of security is required.

The introduction of a Keylex 700M mechanical digital lock to a door locked via a Multi-Point device actually enhances the security of that door. The ‘passage function’ of the lock, a standard feature of all Multi-Point locks, is automatically converted to a night latch function since, by default, the external lever can only be operated after entry of a valid code.

Come ready to dance

There may not be a huge reggae scene in western Massachusetts, but the scene that does exist is a healthy one that is marked in part by the longevity of some of its bands. Musical groups like Loose Caboose and The Equalites have been around for over 25 years, which, when we consider the shelf life of most bands, is an absolute eternity. Others, like The Alchemystics, have been in existence for almost 10 years.

You can hear these bands and much more when the Charlemont Reggae Festival takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Charlemont Fairgrounds in Charlemont. The festival, which is an institution in itself having been established in 1985, is an all-day, all-ages event that will begin at noon with music continuing into the evening. Gates will open at 11 a.m.

In addition to the aforementioned bands, the festival will also feature DJ Sir Walford Sibbles, Rhythm Inc., Addis Revolution, Kebero Movement, Rebelle, Satellite Rockers, Soul Rebel Project, Ardie “Cuban” Wallace, RevolutioNayabingi Ensemble and the Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble, and many more.

David Boatwright, who is the leader of the popular Pioneer Valley reggae band The Equalites, said that his band has been performing at the festival for so many years now that he has lost count. Boatwright also remembered performing at the very first reggae festival back when he was a member of Loose Caboose, a band that also included (and still does) festival organizer Ras John Bullock.

Boatwright, who lives in Orange, grew up obsessed with rock music and later started listening to reggae and trying to play Bob Marley tunes on his guitar — “Even before Clapton did ‘I Shot the Sheriff,’” he said with a laugh. He joined Loose Caboose in 1975 and stayed with the band until 1986. He joined up with The Equalites in 1988, a year after the band formed.

“Some of The Equalites were UMass students who had migrated into the community around here,” Boatwright recalled. “They were about 10 years younger than me, but they had a strong interest in reggae, jamming and the Grateful Dead, so they brought me on board to sing and play guitar.”

With Boatright at the helm, the band has turned into a musical force that not only plays reggae but also delves into ska, dub and soul. The Equalites perform original music as well as covers and features Boatwright’s soulful voice and sizzling guitar work. That, combined with the band’s harmonies, strong use of percussion and a rhythm section that provides a heavy groove, has made the band one of the area’s most popular live acts.

“There have been a lot of personnel changes over the years, but the flavor of the band always stay the same,” Boatwright said. “Myself and Boo Pearson, the percussionist, are the mainstays and we played together in Caboose for 10 years, so that’s really the thread that goes back to the seventies.”

In addition to Boatwright and Pearson, the group’s current lineup includes Philippe Simone on drums, Adam Zucker on bass and Edward Reddonett on guitar (an original member who only performs with the band on a part-time basis and will not be at the reggae festival.)

“I think we have a great sound; it’s very basic,” said Boatwright of the current lineup. “It is just a quartet, but it is similar to a lot of what you hear on stripped-down dub records because I use a lot of effects on the guitar, like echo and delay and stuff like that, and it goes over really well.”

Zucchini and rabbit provide inexpensive, large meals

I may have stumbled onto the solution to world hunger. Perhaps just to end hunger in the United States. We have a garden. It is now a rather pathetic garden after suffering the ravages of too much rain and oppressively hot weather.

Through it all, one vegetable flourished. It is the zucchini. Our tomatoes are tasty, but small with many spots. The wax and green beans are producing, but the mosquito bites are discouraging. Our beets suffered from something eating off the tops. The sweet corn still looks good, but my husband cautions raccoons will eat it about a day before it is ready for harvest.

However, the zucchini is untouched. It seems to produce more rapidly with each passing day.

Our situation is common. At least, I believe that because of the number of folks with excess zucchini. A quick check on the Internet found over 21 million links to zucchini in two tenths of a second; a popular vegetable.

These recipes range from main course to dessert. I found dinner tonight with the stuffed zucchini recipe. The baked zucchini fries I marked for preparing with my grandkids. The cold summer soup read like a variation of gazpacho. I will not try that. I hate cold soup.

I do plan to try the zucchini lasagna. I love lasagna. The ratatouille sounds promising, too. There is a zucchini cake that reads like a variation of carrot cake. It is quite interesting. The baker submitting the recipe included a photo of the original recipe in her grandmother’s handwriting. I think everyone has baked at least one loaf of zucchini bread. If only it used more than one cup of zucchini.

fuelling a balanced debate

While biofuels have long courted controversy, the debate around them has recently hit the headlines as the EU plans to review its biofuels policy. Developed as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, many have argued that they are neither sustainable nor green. Critics have also examined the economic case and questioned whether biofuel production is currently cost effective.

Criticism of the relationship between biofuels and development has been further supported by growing evidence of the link between biofuel production and food price spikes. Adding to these reservations is the issue of land rights: as the industry expands, how can we ensure these are preserved?

But, last month’s report (pdf) by the FAO on biofuels and food security suggests it might be time to reconsider its benefits: employment and income opportunities, increased agricultural productivity, reduction of CO2 emissions and increased energy independence. But in its conclusions, the report’s authors concede that “the potential impact of biofuel policies and projects can differ widely according to national and local conditions and to the choice of specific technologies and feedstocks.”

So given all the conflicting evidence, is it time we ask not whether biofuels are fundamentally good or bad but how, in policy and practice, their cultivation can be green, equitable and sustainable? On what scale should biofuels be produced? Is effective technology or the evidence of social and economic impact what’s missing? And as policymakers in the developed world consider fuel options for a sustainable future, how do we not lose sight of farmers and consumers in low and middle-income countries?