The Walt Disney Co. Tuesday became the first major media company to ban ads for junk food on its television channels, radio stations and websites, hoping to stop kids from eating badly by taking the temptation away.
First Lady Michelle Obama called it a "game changer" that is sure to send a message to the rest of the children's entertainment industry.
"Just a few years ago if you had told me or any other mom or dad in America that our kids wouldn't see a single ad for junk food while they watched their favorite cartoons on a major TV network, we wouldn't have believed you," said Obama, who has headed a campaign to curb child obesity.
The food that doesn't meet Disney's nutritional standards goes beyond candy bars and fast food meals. Capri Sun juice (too much sugar) and Oscar Mayer Lunchables snacks (high sodium) won't be advertised. Any cereal with more than 10 grams of sugar per serving is also off the air. A full meal can't be more than 600 calories.
Disney's rules -- which won't take effect until 2015 -- follow a controversial proposal in New York to take supersized drinks over 16 ounces out of convenience stores, movie theaters and restaurants, removing choices to try and influence behavior.
Getting rid of junk food ads will make it easier to keep the family on a healthy diet, said Nadine Haskell, a mother of two sons, 8 and 11.
"If they see a commercial on TV, then the next time we go to the grocery store they'll see it and say they want to try it," said Haskell, of Columbus, Ohio.
Disney declined to say how much revenue it stands to lose from banning unhealthy food. CEO Bob Iger said there might be a short-term reduction in advertising revenue, but he hopes that companies will eventually adjust and create new products that meet the standards.
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healthy sauce, full of vitamins and minerals
I think this is excellent and I hope they don't water down their standards by 2015. The less junk food commercials aimed at children, the better.
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Sorry guys I submitted this before the other article was posted and then spent the last day or so in misery with a stomach virus, so I didn't realise it was posted until now. Mods: am happy to delete if allowed
The mother and father sit at the kitchen table in their Idaho farmhouse, watching their son on YouTube plead for his life. The Taliban captured 26-year-old Bowe Bergdahl almost three years ago, on June 30th, 2009, and since that day, his parents, Jani and Bob, have had no contact with him. Like the rest of the world, their lone glimpses of Bowe – the only American prisoner of war left in either Iraq or Afghanistan – have come through a series of propaganda videos, filmed while he's been in captivity.
In the video they're watching now, Bowe doesn't look good. He's emaciated, maybe 30 pounds underweight, his face sunken, his eye sockets like caves. He's wearing a scraggly beard and he's talking funny, with some kind of foreign accent. Jani presses her left hand across her forehead, as if shielding herself from the images onscreen, her eyes filling with tears. Bob, unable to look away, hits play on the MacBook Pro for perhaps the 30th time. Over and over again, he watches as his only son, dressed in a ragged uniform, begs for someone to rescue him.
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Publishers set to remove examples of evolution from high-school textbooks.
Mention creationism, and many scientists think of the United States, where efforts to limit the teaching of evolution have made headway in a couple of states. But the successes are modest compared with those in South Korea, where the anti-evolution sentiment seems to be winning its battle with mainstream science.
A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx. The move has alarmed biologists, who say that they were not consulted. “The ministry just sent the petition out to the publishing companies and let them judge,” says Dayk Jang, an evolutionary scientist at Seoul National University.
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First, there was the revelation that Obama maintains a "kill list" of potential al-Qaida targets and signs off personally on major drone strikes in the continuing global war on terror. The article, published in The New York Times, highlighted the fact that the president is ordering military strikes, including against U.S. citizens, without any congressional or judicial oversight.
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EDMONTON - Gina Bennett “flew off the handle” when she learned the Alberta government is reinstating funding for gender-reassignment surgery three years after it was cut in the provincial budget.
“(I’m) elated. There is a sense of relief,” said Bennett, 27, who has been living as a woman for five years and has been moving from job to job, trying to earn higher wages to pay for her own surgery. “Who figured it would have been the Conservatives bringing it back in? This has turned my opinion of (Premier Alison) Redford.”
The funding will begin mid-June.
In April 2009, the government cut the $700,000 in annual funding to cover the surgeries for about 16 people each year. At the time, then-health minister Ron Liepert said the cut was based solely on cost savings, although people from the transgender community calculated the move saved each Albertan 18 cents.
Each surgery costs about $18,000 to $70,000. Bennett estimates her surgery to change from man to woman will cost $24,000. She has saved only a few hundred dollars working at $14 an hour jobs at Superstore, Walmart and Princess Auto. She hopes to soon start loading trucks for a potato chip company where she’ll make close to $20.
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The couple were wed at the steepled St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, in Greenville, in a ceremony combining the bride's Catholic traditions and the groom's Jewish ones.
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I hope the photos work since imgur decided to die right when I went to post this and I'm using something I've never used before instead. If they don't work, they're from the two sources so you can see them there instead.
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i know people like this do these things more for the attention than anything, but this is seriously just disgusting. Yeah, keep telling us it's his policies you disagree with and it has NOTHING to do with him being black...jfc</a>
Harbinder Singh Rana got to ride alongside the Queen and other members of the royal family on the Royal Barge during Sunday's River Pageant, which was part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
According to the Herald Sun, Rana was jailed in the 1980s for attacking women while he posed as a doctor. He performed internal examinations and administered injections. Rana served four years in prison and has been conducting charity work within the Sikh community since his release. He was invited by Prince Charles to ride on the ship after it is believed the two met through a charitable organization.
The Herald Sun reports palace sources saying the prince didn't know of Rana's shameful past and if he did know, wouldn't have invited him.
The issue is raising questions of security checks and has MPs demanding a police probe into the security lapse.
Rana told the Mirror he was unaware of any security checks, but never volunteered the information about his past.
"The fact that the Prince of Wales invited me clearly shows what I have done for the community since then," Rana told the Mirror. "It (his conviction) was very circumstantial. It is an area I have switched off from my life and got on with it."
He said he wasn't representing the Sikh community and was just there because he was invited.
"It is an astonishing situation in terms of security. I'm flabbergasted," said MP Steve McCabe in the Mirror article. "There should be a police investigation into how this was allowed to happen. Who the prince wants to entertain in private is his concern, but this was a public event. Questions need to be answered."
The Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, a charity Rana did work for, posted a picture of him close to the Queen on their Facebook page.
The last three years are the worst on record for public sector job loss, and the 700,000 government jobs that no longer exist remain a large drag on the American economy.
Today, New Jersey Gov. and Mitt Romney campaign surrogate Chris Christie (R) said that those losses meant the country was moving in “the right direction,” and Romney himself backed that statement up later, criticizing President Obama for calling for the hiring of more teachers, firefighters, and police officers, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent reports. From CNN’s report of the Romney event:
Romney said of Obama, “he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
State and local governments have been forced to layoff mass amounts of teachers, firefighters, and police officers because budget crunches have led to school closures and the elimination of public safety departments. That has hurt the unemployment situation (which Romney also criticizes), considering the unemployment rate would be a full point lower without the 700,000 layoffs.
Romney’s honesty isn’t a new position for him or the GOP — he’s called for more government layoffs since the beginning of his campaign. But it’s yet another indication that Romney is more interested in continuing the GOP’s ideological battle against government instead of curing the ills that are plaguing the American economy.
After months of promises that the money would be in her “next paycheck,” Gilbert filed a complaint in October with the state. Officials told Focus Care Home Health of Southfield, Mich., to either pay Gilbert by June 1 or face a formal hearing.
Gilbert still doesn’t have her money.
Her experience is a classic example of what workers’ rights advocates call “wage theft,” the practice of underpaying or not paying workers for their labor.
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WageTheft.org has an interactive map of cities across the country that have passed wage theft ordinances of some kind.
Is it possible, as Frederick Engels said, to "put an ax to the root of crime"?
THE CAPITALIST class has a love-hate relationship with crime, as can be seen from a glance at the mainstream media.
Newspapers dutifully condemn crime, but they also delight in crime stories. TV and movies are the same. There must be a thousand cop shows for every film or play that deals with a strike--nor is this just a matter of boosting sales or ratings.
The inconsistency reflects deep-rooted class interests. On the one hand, the ruling class is officially--and in a sense, genuinely--opposed to crime. It needs the "rule of law" to prevent the poor from helping themselves to the property of the rich.
Moreover, the smooth running of capitalism requires a degree of order in business transactions--though this doesn't prevent numerous capitalists from committing all sorts of financial crimes.
On the other hand, the ruling class knows that crime doesn't really threaten it--a class can't be dispossessed of its wealth by any number of individual robberies. And it knows that it gets benefits from the existence of crime.
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