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By: Deroy Murdock
7/22/2014 08:11 AM

NEW YORK — Do the governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have any responsibility for the catastrophe on America’s southern frontier?

 Reacting to this latest crisis in Obama’s reign of error, Americans are debating the pros and cons of securing the U.S/Mexican border, reforming immigration law, building new detention centers, and more.

But one solution seems off the table:

These Latin governments should improve their own political economies, so that their people need not ride atop freight trains, ford the Rio Grande, and then dodge Gila monsters to better their lives.

Liberals consider it America’s duty to nurture these people. But they first should ask Mexico City, San Salvador, Guatemala City, and Tegucigalpa for assistance. Better yet, if Latin politicians improved their own domestic conditions, their constituents could stay home, avoid public assistance, and enjoy prosperity, health, and freedom inside their own count…

IRRADIATED : 295 tonnes of Indian mangoes treated for US export

The country's only irradiation centre at Lasalgaon, about 70 kms from Nashik, has irradiated a record 295 metric tonnes of mangoes for export to USA in the current mango season. This is the highest quantity irradiated since the centre started treating mangoes in 2009.

As per norms, it is mandatory to irradiate the king of fruits before being shipped to the USA. Around seven metric tonnes of mangoes are irradiated in eight-hour shifts daily at the Lasalgaon facility.

The Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) started irradiation of mangoes from the beginning of the mango season for export.

Speaking to TOI, an MSAMB official said, "We have crossed the target set for the irradiation centre at Lasalgaon in Nashik district. We irradiated 295 metric tonnes of mangoes this season, against the 281 metric tonnes last season. The irradiation of mangoes continued upto July 15."

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) set up the irradiation centre known as Krushak- Krush…

Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes

IANS | Patna
July 22, 2014 Last Updated at 14:06 IST

First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature.

"We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango varieties Ratna and Alphonso,"
V.B. Patel,chairman of the horticulture department at the Bihar Agriculture University(BAU) at Sabour in Bhagalpur district, told IANS.

Trials of the new variety, named Sindhu, are under way at different locations in the country but the result of the one at BAU suggests it could be suitable for both integrated horticulture and kitchen gardening.

"We are happy and enthuastic as well as confident and hopeful of improving the seedless mango variety,"
Patel said.

He said that an average fruit weighs 200 grams and its pulp, which is yellowish in colour, has less fibre than other mango varieties.

He said the trials of…

Is Mexico Doing Enough to Secure Its Southern Border?

Is Mexico Doing Enough to Secure Its Southern Border? 

AP Photo/Moises Castillo

by TED HESSON @tedhesson

Posted 07/11/2014, 01:44PM

Updated 07/14/2014, 11:52AM

Sneaking north into Mexico wasn’t easy, according to Brandon, who was 14 years old when he left his hometown in Guatemala last April to rejoin his parents in the United States.

A smuggler hired to get Brandon across the border led him on a five-hour hike across rough terrain and through sweltering heat to avoid Mexican border checkpoints.

“I suffered a lot,” Brandon told Fusion during a recent interview in Virginia. “It was really hot. There were a lot of thorns and my shoes broke. I got blisters on my feet.”

The month-long trip didn’t get any easier after that. The coyote warned Brandon’s group that capture by the Mexican federal police meant deportation or bribery. “He said that if they found us, they would arrest everyone.”

Still, Mexican immigration enforcement was no comparison to what he faced when he entered the U.S. After crossi…