November 5th, 2018

Australian Senator Bob Brown calls for ban on junk food ads

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Australian Senator Bob Brown calls for ban on junk food ads

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown today called for a ban on junk food advertisements during times that children are watching TV. In a press release, the Senator referred specifically to the previous night’s episode of Four Corners.

“The extensive use of psychologists to analyse little children’s responsiveness to TV advertising, including how best to influence parents to buy goods by ‘nagging’ from children, is exploitation without honour,” Senator Brown said.

The documentary, entitled How The Kids Took Over, investigated the increase in marketing to children, who “have a say” in AU$700 billion worth of spending each year. “The marketing assault is aimed not only at getting children to spend. Even companies who market adult products, such as cars, are enlisting children to help persuade their parents to buy the ‘right’ brand,” the program summary said.

In the past the Government has rejected such calls. It recently launched a $6 million advertising campaign encouraging children to exercise an hour each day.

Senator Brown says he plans to propose a Senate Inquiry.

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November 2nd, 2018

McDonald’s pull sliced tomatoes from menu in US

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McDonald’s pull sliced tomatoes from menu in US

Monday, June 9, 2008

McDonald’s Corp. has temporarily pulled tomatoes from its sandwiches in the United States. They stated a precautionary move in the wake of a salmonella outbreak. At least 145 people in around 16 states have been infected with the bacteria known as Salmonella Saintpaul. The sandwiches affected are the premium chicken sandwiches and the Big N’ Tasty burger.

Raw cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes don’t present a problem, the FDA says. McDonald’s said it will continue to serve grape tomatoes in its premium salads.

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November 2nd, 2018

You Can Count On A Windshield Repair Tucson

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If you have a chip in your windshield, it is extremely important to get your car to a windshield repair specialist Tucson as soon as possible. Many people don’t realize that they could easily hit a bump in the road which would turn that tiny chip into a crack. Before you know it, you not only need a windshield repair, you now may need a new windshield. Over a period of time, the chips may make it a little difficult to see where you are going. If something like this were to happen, you would definitely want to consider a new windshield.

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Thankfully, a new windshield is very affordable. You may even consider talking with your insurance agent to find out whether or not auto glass is covered on your auto insurance policy. If it is covered, you may not have to come up with any money out of your own pocket. This means that you can have a beautiful new windshield professionally installed by a Windshield Repair Tucson specialist in under one hour.

You may be a little frustrated because you may not have any extra time to wait for a new windshield to be installed. Thankfully, you can rely on your auto glass professionals to come to you. If you are working, they can install your new windshield in the parking lot of your employer. Suddenly, your life just got so much easier. We all have busy lives and we probably don’t have a lot of extra time that we can spend waiting for a windshield installation. Thankfully, it doesn’t take long and the job can be completed most anywhere.

It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a windshield repair or a windshield replacement. You can trust in the professionals to install a new windshield that will be sealed airtight. Your car is going to look brand new once again. Set up an appointment with a team of professionals today. You may not realize what a big difference a new windshield will make and sell it has been installed. After the work has been done, you will most likely be asking yourself why it took you so long.

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November 2nd, 2018

California public school requires RFIDs on students

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California public school requires RFIDs on students

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Sutter, CA –An elementary school in northern California has been testing a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag-based identification program on its 7th and 8th grade students since January 18th, 2005. According to the ACLU, this is the first time that public school students in the United States have been required to wear devices that enable automatic identification. RFIDs have previously been used to track students in Japan.

RFID tags contain antennas to enable them to receive and respond to radio-frequency queries from an RFID transceiver, enabling identification of pupils when they are in the vicinity of the detectors.

Each student is required to wear an ID card on a lanyard around their neck. An RFID tag, manufactured by local Sutter corporation Incom, is attached to the card. The school has installed RFID detectors at the doors of seven classrooms as well as the bathrooms, though they claim that the bathroom units were not turned on, and subsequently been removed after complaints from parents.

While some parents have complained about the system, local high school teacher Tim Crabtree told the San Francisco Chronicle, “It’s baffling why so many people are bothered by the district being able to tell them where their kids are at,”

On the other side, the San Francisco Chronicle quotes the 13-year-old daughter of Michelle and Jeff Tatro as saying:”Look at this. I’m a grocery item. I’m a piece of meat. I’m an orange.” Another couple in Sutter, Michael and Dawn Cantrall, filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. The complaint centered on the violation of privacy and concerns about safety.

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November 2nd, 2018

Chemical plant fire decimates Danvers, Massachusetts neighboorhood

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Chemical plant fire decimates Danvers, Massachusetts neighboorhood

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

According to outgoing Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, an explosion that was “equivalent to a 2,000 lb. bomb” and registered 0.5 on the Richter scale decimated an area of Danvers and is also a “Thanksgiving miracle.”

The explosion occurred around 2:45 am EST, this morning in the Danversport area of Danvers, Massachusetts at the plant for solvent and ink manufacturer, CAI Inc. The explosion, which was caught on security camera and was heard up to over 25-50 miles away in southern Maine and New Hampshire.

The explosion damaged over 90 homes, blowing out windows and knocking some houses off their foundations. Officials believe that some of the more extensively damaged houses will have to be leveled and rebuilt. Some of the buildings damaged included a bakery, boats at a close by marina and the New England Home for the Deaf, an assisted-living facility for people who are deaf or deafblind and elderly residents requiring constant care. “These people are extremely fragile,” said state Rep. Ted Speliotis, D-Danvers, whose district includes the affected area. “Many of them have Alzheimer’s and other illnesses. It’s clear they can’t stay here long, but it’s clear they won’t be able to return for quite a while.”

Danvers Fire Chief James P. Tutko toured the area by helicopter and said many residents would be kept from their homes for the foreseeable future. “It looks like a war zone, that’s the only thing I can say,” Tutko said. When asked about the loss of no life at all, he responded “Somebody out there likes us.” Finally, he said that finding out the cause of the explosion would take days.

Outgoing governor Mitt Romney toured the area and said the explosion was a “Thanksgiving miracle” as the explosion was “equivalent to a 2,000 lb bomb going off in a residential neighborhood,” and that no one was killed and only about 10 people suffered only minor injuries in area that included over 300 residents. Residents of the area have been evacuated to the Danvers High School where temporary shelter has been set up by the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. Donations are being taken for residents affected by the explosion. Residents are also being told to start filing insurance claims right away and to keep track of their expenses for items bought.

There were minor environmental concerns due to water runoff of chemicals. According the Environmental Protection Agency‘s on-scene coordinator Mike Nalipinski, preliminary tests showed low levels of toluene, a solvent, but said it was nothing of significance. Water runoff from the water used by firefighters left a purple sheen on the river and tests were being conducted. However, the water is not a local drinking water supply and the chemical evaporates quickly. Chief Tutko said there was no risk of toxic fumes getting into the air.

An Eastern Propane facility was also located near the area, however, it was not the source of the explosion. A spokesman for the company said that although the property suffered some minor damage, their tanks are secure.

According to WHDH television, a person who answered the telephone at CAI’s Georgetown, Massachusetts headquarters refused comment, and a telephone message left at the company president’s home was not immediately returned.

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November 1st, 2018

Collyer brothers to bid for Everton F.C.?

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Collyer brothers to bid for Everton F.C.?

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Rumours in London and Merseyside have linked Paul and Oliver Collyer, creators of the football management series Championship Manager, with a possible bid for Premiership football team Everton.

The Goodison Park club, under the chairmanship of former Coronation Street actor Bill Kenwright, were subjects of a failed takeover bid in August 2004. After suffering the blow of failing to get beyond the qualifying stage of the Champions League, Kenwright is known to have recently sought additional investments in the club.

While a move is not thought to be imminent, the recent takeover of the brothers’ games development company Sports Interactive by game giant SEGA could well prove the catalyst for action by the lifelong Evertonians. The company’s PR guru Miles Jacobson was forced into an official denial of the story soon after the takeover news broke on Tuesday morning. The Collyers themselves have as yet been unavailable for comment.

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November 1st, 2018

2008 Young Designers’ Exhibition to interact with the world

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2008 Young Designers’ Exhibition to interact with the world

Friday, May 16, 2008

2008 The 27th Young Designers’ Exhibition, opened on May 15 at the Taipei World Trade Center and closes Sunday May 18. It features participation by 87 academic groups in Taiwan and 20 groups from United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Australia to showcase various achievements in industrial design. It is recognized by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) as the largest show of student creations.

Besides the several design competitions, sponsors like International Forum Design (iF), EPSON, MUJI (in Japanese: ????, Mujirushi Ry?hin), Tsann Kuen Trans-nation Group will showcase different solutions for the design, creative, and cultural industries. The show’s organizer, Taiwan Design Center, also designed several on-site events like “On-line Graduate Season Show”, “Career Match-up”, “Creative and Cultural Showcase and Performance”, “Seminars of YODEX 2008” to link the actual exhibition with the on-line exhibition.

Besides of the previously announced “Wow! Taiwan Design Award”, winners from “2008 Young Designers’ Competition” and “2008 YODEX Interior Design Competition” were announced on Saturday, May 17.

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October 31st, 2018

New Zealand company planning for monorail in Wellington

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New Zealand company planning for monorail in Wellington

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

SkyCabs International, a New Zealand company based in Auckland, New Zealand, has announced that it is planning to build a monorail in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington for about NZ$300 million.

SkyCabs International’s plans are to build a monorail service that starts in Johnsonville which then travels into the central business district (cbd) and then finally goes to Wellington International Airport.

The chief executive of SkyCabs, Hugh Chapman, said that it could be “…economically feasible.” And that the monorail would be “a real opportunity.” The monorail would also be environmentally friendly, according to Mr Chapman.

“SkyCabs’ cabs could run in opposite directions on both sides of the beam – instead of on the top as standard monorails do – at speeds of up to 80kmh and carrying 4800 people an hour in each direction. A monorail around Evans Bay and Oriental Bay would blow tourists’ minds,” said Mr Chapman.

SkyCabs is currently trying to raise $31.2 million so it can built a 600 metre track in Auckland to show investors and the public what the monorail will look like and how it will work as their technology is so far unproven and untested. The possible site is Rainbows End, a theme park in Auckland.

“Potentially, if we can prove it works, the market is about $25.4 billion a year,” Mr Chapman said.

Andrew Cutler, spokesman for the greater Wellington regional council, said: “SkyCabs had briefed some council staff on its ideas. However, given the council and Government recently committed to a $50 million upgrade of the Johnsonville rail line, SkyCabs would certainly not be constructing a Johnsonville-to-city monorail.”

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October 30th, 2018

Richard Dean Anderson in Stargate Continuum DVD film

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Richard Dean Anderson in Stargate Continuum DVD film

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Actor Richard Dean Anderson, former lead for the television show Stargate SG-1, will appear in the second of the two DVD movies based on the program, Stargate: Continuum.

Anderson will start filming for the movie later this month in the Arctic, with considerable involvement from the U.S. Navy, along with co-stars, Amanda Tapping, and Ben Browder. Filming for the first DVD movie, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, will begin on May 22.

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October 30th, 2018

Home Fire Protection In Pettis County Is Both Simple And Inexpensive To Obtain

byAlma Abell

Fires are a common disaster in this country and one of the most effective ways to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a fire is to purchase a good home fire protection system. These systems do not have to be expensive or complicated to be effective and they are easy to set up and even easier to monitor since a professional monitoring company will do this for you. Expert home fire protection is important for homes of all sizes and the best part is that you can get a very nice system for a very reasonable fee.

Great Protection at Reasonable Prices

Professional home fire protection in Pettis County doesn’t have to cost a fortune and, in fact, the companies that offer these systems often include some protection items for free. Even if you are away from home and a fire occurs, your fire alarm will go off and notify the monitoring company, meaning that they will get the fire department out even if you are in another location. This one fact gives homeowners great peace of mind because it is always comforting to know that your home fire protection system is working around the clock.

24/7 Protection Is Priceless

There are more than 1.5 million fires in the U.S. every year and unfortunately many of them result in fatalities. If you want to protect yourself and your family, a reliable Pettis County home fire protection system is invaluable. Whether you are home, away from home, or even asleep, these systems provide second-to-none comfort that you can rely on day in and day out. They give you the added security of knowing that the fire department will be contacted immediately should a fire start on your property. In today’s often dangerous society, fire protection is crucial and the fact that their equipment and monitoring fees are so low just adds icing to the cake.

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