June 6, 2010
These are some of the goods that Israel allows or bans for shipment to Gaza. The Israeli military does not publish the full list, but the Israeli advocacy group Gisha, which has challenged the restrictions in court, and other groups have compiled their own based on the experiences of aid groups and merchants. ALLOWED Fuel (in limited amounts) Flour, yeast, sugar, cooking oil Rice, pasta Canned or frozen meat or fish Other canned food except fruit Cinnamon, garlic, salt Kidney beans Shoes Wood for door frames/windows Pesticides Candles Diapers, feminine hygiene products Combs, shampoo, toothbrushes Plastic buckets RESTRICTED OR BANNED Cement, plaster Wood for construction Irrigation pipes Vinegar Fresh meat Canned fruit, fruit juice, dried fruit Jam, chocolate, cookies Sewing machines Donkeys, goats, horses Pens, pencils Coriander, cilantro, sage Empty flowerpots Notebooks, some sizes of paper French fries, potato chips Fabric for clothing Plastic toys Empty cans Musical instruments Fishing rods and nets Source: Gisha
June 28, 2009 |
Hundreds of gulls were killed or maimed in Cleveland after what investigators believe was cooking oil spewed from a sewer pipe into the Cuyahoga River. Investigators said Friday that several hundred gallons of the substance killed or disabled hundreds of gulls near the Kingsbury Run tributary. Most of the birds are just downstream from the site where environmentalists last week celebrated the Cuyahoga River's comeback since floating oil and debris caught fire on June 22, 1969.
July 31, 2008
Re "State bans trans fats," July 26 With the state budget overdue and state employees about to descend the pay ladder to the federal minimum wage, it is gratifying to see great social experiments still being conducted in Sacramento. The Legislature has spent uncounted hours discussing a ban on Mylar balloons, has protected the rights of cats and dogs to inherit large sums of cash and is now providing cooking classes to restaurateurs. By all means, let's make sure we have disappointed children, millions of dollars tied up awaiting new shipments of Alpo, and Spago opening new cafes in South L.A. offering only steamed fresh vegetables.
June 28, 2008 |
About this series This is the first in a series of occasional articles looking at how skyrocketing oil prices are transforming lives in Southern California and around the world. -- The more expensive oil gets, the more Katherine Carver's life shrinks. She's given up RV trips. She stays home most weekends. She's scrapped her twice-a-month volunteer stint at a Malibu wildlife refuge -- the trek from her home in Palmdale just got too expensive.
May 25, 2008 |
A few years ago, drums of used French fry grease were only of interest to a small network of underground biofuel brewers, who would use the slimy oil to power their souped-up antique Mercedes. Now, restaurants from Berkeley to Sedgwick, Kan., are reporting thefts of old cooking oil worth thousands of dollars by rustlers who are refining it into barrels of biofuel in backyard stills. "It's like a war zone going on right now over grease," said David Levenson, who owns a grease hauling business in San Francisco's Mission District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2007 |
Los Angeles County on Thursday rolled out a program in which local restaurants that agree to stop using heart-damaging trans fats in their cooking will get a decal to display in their windows. Unlike eateries in New York City, which last year banned the use of trans fats, restaurants here get to decide which kinds of oils to use under the county's voluntary program.