FDA issues proposed rules requiring calorie content on menus

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued proposed calorie labeling rules requiring most retail food vendors to display the calorie counts in items on their menus and menu boards. The proposed rules, issued Friday and expected to be finalized in 2012, would apply to most restaurants, snack bars, vending machines, coffee shops, drive-through restaurants, and convenience and grocery stores.

The US Congress required the rules in the health-care reform law passed in 2010. The rules proposed by the FDA must undergo a public comment period before they are finalized and take effect, said Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Director for Foods at the FDA.

The proposed regulations pertain to businesses devoting more than 50 percent of their floor space to the sale of food or that consider themselves restaurants, specifically food-selling chains with at least 20 stores nationally. Included are candy stores, bakeries, and ice-cream parlors.

The FDA’s proposed guidelines specify that chains post the calorie counts of foods and drinks on menus and menu boards or next to the food item, such as at a salad bar. The menu is to prominently exhibit the calorie content of each item in a way customers can see easily, giving them the same information packaged foods prepared at home currently provide. The information must be displayed in “clear and conspicuous” print and colors.

Giving consumers clear nutritional information makes it easier for them to choose healthier options that can help fight obesity and make us all healthier.

Many cities and states have passed laws requiring calorie labeling on menus, beginning with New York City in 2008. California implemented a similar law in January, although many counties are waiting for the release of the federal guidelines before they begin enforcement. Some fast-food chains there, such as McDonald’s and Starbucks, are displaying calorie counts on menus in some of their stores.

The rules are intended to curb the national obesity epidemic since, according to FDA estimates, one third of the calories people consume yearly come from food eaten out. In a statement issued yesterday, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services said, “Giving consumers clear nutritional information makes it easier for them to choose healthier options that can help fight obesity and make us all healthier.”

Excluded from the rules are businesses whose primary product is not food sales but that sell it, such as bowling alleys, airports and airplanes, amusement parks, hotels and movie theaters. Alcohol is also excluded.

Make The Most Of Your Vacation – Plan Tours In Maui

byAlma Abell

Maui is notorious for it’s lush landscaping and beautiful beaches. This island is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands and offers unparalleled views and scenic expeditions. Why not make the best of your visit and see all that there is to see?

Perhaps one of the best ways to view the island of Maui is by helicopter. These tours allow you to have unobstructed views of the island’s waterfalls, rain forests and volcanoes. These tours are often done during the late afternoon and last about an hour. While this is one of the most costly of the Maui tours, it is certainly worth the expense to see the island from the sky.

Another one of the most popular tours in Maui are the cruises. These tours offer a beautiful getaway and allow one to see the exquisite Maui coastline from the water. Dinner cruises offer one of the best opportunities to see Maui’s spectacular sunset. They typically include dinner, drinks and live entertainment. These tours usually last between 2 and 3 hours and make for a nice romantic excursion.

For the more adventuresome visitor, a whale watching tour might be more your speed. These tours last around 2 hours and include a narrative on Hawaiian wildlife and whales. Keep in mind that this particular tour is seasonal – the whales are seen in Maui during their mating season from December through May when they make their way from Alaska. If you’re traveling during the whale breeding season, this is sure to be a cruise that you wouldn’t want to miss. Click here to investigate more about the Humpback whales and their mating season.

Lastly, the snorkeling tours in Maui are some of the most talked about adventures on the island. These tours take you into the breathtaking coral reefs to see some of the most fascinating sea life in the world. The glass bottom boats that are used for these tours allow you to enjoy the sea creatures from the comfort of the boat. Snorkeling experience is not required for this trip as the guides will teach you what you need to know before you get started. The snorkeling equipment as well as breakfast and lunch are often included on these tours.

While visiting Maui, be sure to soak up all that this beautiful island has to offer and book your tours today.

At least twelve killed after building collapses in Alexandria, Egypt

Thursday, October 9, 2008

At least twelve bodies have been recovered from the rubble of an apartment building in Alexandria, Egypt. Ten people were hospitalized after the four-storey structure, which was illegal, collapsed in at around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. No survivors have been pulled out since an eleven year old girl was rescued this morning. Search and rescue operations hare scheduled to end tonight.

The 53-year-old building was illegally modified in 1997 with the addition of two extra floors by owner Majdi al-Ishaqi. Two years ago, a court ordered the extra floors to be demolished but this never happened. Another subsequent order for renovations was also ignored. Structural alterations were demanded but never made.

“It was not in keeping with housing regulations. This is the third building to collapse in the district. The municipality cannot be exonerated,” said Saleh Subhi of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood. “The building was already ready to collapse.”

Two neighbouring apartment blocks were also evacuated, one suffering a partial roof collapse. One survivor, Samih Nazmi, said he and his parents escaped their ground floor dwelling relatively unscathed as the ground floor remained largely intact. He also described a sound akin to that of an exploding gas canister as the building came down.

How Future Portfolio Planning Can Change Depending On The Market For A Reverse Mortgage In Virginia Beach

byAlma Abell

A person buys a home as not only a place to live but also as a long term investment. Prior to the 2008 credit bubble burst, the main way that young investors would dive into the market would be with a home they could call their own. Over the last seven years the marketplace saw new investors diversify their portfolios and stick to renting or leasing a residence. There are things that these young investors could be missing out on in the long run and one such benefit is a Reverse Mortgage in Virginia Beach.

You pay on your mortgage over the life of the loan which can be any number of years. The standard rates are for 10, 15 or 30 year increments. Over this time you not only pay for the loan amount but in addition you pay an interest rate that could be in some scenarios more than the loan amount itself. Some investors in the market see this as a justifiable amount to pay in order to borrow enough money for a home. Both the lender and the borrower are content with the business relationship.

In the case of a Reverse Mortgage in Virginia Beach you simply reverse the process of the mortgage. If the mortgage was $200,000 you can get that much equity out of the home for every month you are living there and that you successfully qualify for the reverse process. Visit their website for more information on the stipulations such as age, amount of money borrowed, length of the loan and the lender, that can qualify you for this process. It is also a common mandate that taxes and insurance must be current on the home mortgage to apply for a reversal.

There is no money due until the house is sold or transferred by the last eligible person to live there. Meaning that unless the home is sold or the owner passes away, the reverse mortgage note can not be due. Every month the person living in the home will receive a portion of the equity earnings in the home. This is a winning situation for a retiree that needs extra cash every month. Young investors may miss out of this opportunity if they shy away from the housing market investment opportunities as well as not sufficiently planning for their retirement.

New Jersey real estate investor charged with $2 million theft

Friday, March 20, 2009

The owner of a New Jersey real estate investment firm has been charged with using $2 million of his company’s money for construction at his home and other projects not related to work.

Gary Klein, owner of the Asbury Park-based REI Group Inc., surrendered himself to police after a Monmouth County grand jury indicted him on one count of theft by deception charges.

The charges were the result of a three-year investigation into his practices. Klein, 45, of Colts Neck Township, faces up to 10 years in state prison if convicted. Klein was released Friday after posting $75,000 bail.

Klein attracted clients by telling them he would invest their money in projects that would result in returns of 12 and 85 percent. Prosecutors said the actions mirrored those of a Ponzi scheme.

Robert Weir, Klein’s attorney, said the operation was not a Ponzi scheme, but legitimate business investments that went bad as the economy declined. Weir also said Klein hired a receiver to try and return the investors’ money once the investments started to go sour.

“It’s a shame that a business that experienced a turn in the real estate market is now being treated as a criminal problem. That was not Mr. Klein’s intent,” Weir said to The Star-Ledger.

Weir said the investments were used for building rehabilitation projects in Asbury Park and the construction of Florida condominium complexes, but authorities said Klein used the money to repay earlier investors who were cashing out, as well to help build his own home.

Countries around the world send aid, help to Haiti

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Countries and organizations from around the world are sending aid and help to victims of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, damaging many buildings. The death toll is currently unknown, but estimated to run into the tens of thousands of people.

US president Barack Obama said in a press conference that “I’ve directed my administration to launch a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives and support the recovery in Haiti.”

Obama announced that aid from the US armed forces was coming to Haiti, noting, “Several Coast Guard cutters are already there providing everything from basic services like water, to vital technical support for this massive logistical operation.”

Obama continued: “[…] today, I’m also announcing an immediate investment of $100 million to support our relief efforts. This will mean more of the life-saving equipment, food, water and medicine that will be needed. This investment will grow over the coming year as we embark on the long-term recovery from this unimaginable tragedy.”

Obama said that the US would forge partnerships with Haitian people and Haitian-Americans, along with United Nations peacekeepers. He closed by saying, “To the people of Haiti, we say clearly, and with conviction, you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you. The world stands with you.”

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that $10 million is being released from the international organization’s central emergency response fund.

Meanwhile, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), which already has an existing operation in the country, is beginning to distribute high energy biscuits which require no preparation before eating. On top of that, the WFP is airlifting 86 metric tons of food from their emergency hub in El Salvador.

A spokesperson for the WFP said, “In a normal day the World Food Programme will be feeding one or two million people in Haiti — and now we need to do even more, because the people have lost everything.”

China is also pledging aid to the country, despite the lack of official diplomatic ties between the two countries. Haiti recognizes the Republic of China, better known as Taiwan. Nevertheless, China has sent a 60 member search and rescue team to Haiti and the Chinese Red Cross is donating one million dollars in emergency aid.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said her country expresses sympathy to the Haitian government and people. Jiang says the Chinese foreign minister has sent a telegram of condolence to his Haitian counterparts.

An 80 member team from the United Kingdom of search and rescue specialists has arrived in Haiti to help in efforts there. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in a joint press conference with Toaiseach of Ireland Brian Cowen that the team has arrived in the country. He also announced that the government is pledging to match the UN’s US$10 million (£6.1 million).

Brown said, “It is a tragedy beyond imagination and there is a deep sense of loss felt by the whole of the British and Irish people about the tragedy that individual families in Haiti are experiencing at the moment. We send our message of sympathy and support to the people of Haiti at this most difficult of times.”

He added, “Where men, women and children are suffering under the heaviest of burdens, that place must, for that moment, become the centre of our world’s attention, the world’s compassion and the world’s humanitarian help.”

France is also sending aid to the French-speaking country, which at one time was a colony of France known as Saint-Domingue. France is sending two planes with rescuers and aid. Civil safety authorities in France are sending a team of 130 members consisting of rescuers, trained rescue dogs, doctors and nurses along with 12,000 tons of aid and rescue supplies.

Israel is sending rescue forces in two El Al planes carrying a 121-member delegation that includes 40 doctors, five search-and-rescue teams, and an army rescue squad. The IDF medical teams are preparing to spend two weeks in Haiti.

Spain has pledged $4.3 million (3 million) in aid money and has 150 tons of aid ready to be delivered.

South Africa is sending a team of search and rescue specialists to Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake on Tuesday. It is the first of several teams being sent by a local civic group.

The head of South Africa’s Gift of the Givers Foundation, Emtiaz Sooliman, says his group is sending up to three teams of search and rescue specialists to Haiti to help victims of the earthquake and hopefully save some lives.

“These are people who have worked with building collapses, urban search and rescue and some of them have been involved in responding to previous earthquakes so they are highly skilled,” he said.

Sooliman says a second team is to depart as soon as he can book a flight for it.

 This story has updates See Haiti relief efforts: in depth 

Loving Your Purse? Organize A Purse Party With Your Friends

By David H. Urmann

A purse party is a great opportunity for women to share information on the latest purses and accessories in stores. It also represents a great way of having fun and to check out new purses and perhaps even buy one.

A purse party is an invitation to friends for enjoying the pleasure of a shopping experience without taking the trouble of going to malls or stores. This will give you and your friends the chance to relax, enjoy a good drink, talk, laugh and also learn about the latest purses and other fashion accessories.

The majority of purse parties are definitely a social hit and they effortlessly manage to blend business and pleasure perfectly. It is a great way to enjoy the company of your friends and look at the latest models of purses at the same time.


You may want to organize your very own purse party and benefit from it. There are consultants that could help you to organize a successful party purse. The consultant will help you with everything you need, from organizing a different party that will meet your requirements in creating a purse party theme, building a guest list, fixing on games, refreshments and even on the types of purses you will present at the party.

When you organize a purse party, you will receive a free hostess gift, and you will get discounts on certain purchases. But, it makes good sense to ask a qualified purse consultant details regarding the benefits they offer and the sales levels you must make in order to receive the gifts you want. Moreover, the purse consultant will provide you with a hostess kit that contains everything you wish to know about preparing for your purse party. Usually these kits include checklists, invitations, party themes, guest lists recipes for refreshments and catalogues with different fashion accessories.

It is advisable to talk to your purse party consultant about how you can get people to attend your party and how you can boost your sales during the purse parties that will enable you to receive the gifts you desire. Be sure that you invite a lot more guests than you believe will turn up and always remind them one day ahead about your purse party. Be positive and excited about your party and make sure everyone is enjoying the occasion. You should come up with an exciting theme and do not forget to shop with your guests for the perfect purse.

This party will give you the opportunity to spend time with your friends and acquaintances and to enjoy shopping from the privacy and comfort of your home. Be sure that you have enough space in your home for a purse party and look for the size displays that will be set up ahead of time. You must decide on the style of purses you will present at your party and make sure you order enough purses.

Prepare to take orders for your purses. Before you end the party, announce to the group that they can get discounts by hosting another purse party of their own. Never forget to take down notes of the contact information of anyone who expresses an interest in holding a party. Once you have some contacts ready to host a purse party, your purse party venture should begin to flourish, as more people wish to take part. If you still want to extend your network each time you want to organize a purse party, advertise your parties on bulletin boards in your area and give out business cards to people you meet on a daily basis.

Purse party can be a source of enjoyment and business. Why not organize one of your own?

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Tad Brudzinski, Newmarket-Aurora

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Tad Brudzinski is running for the Family Coalition Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Newmarket-Aurora riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

He did not answer the question “Of the decisions made by Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly, which was the most beneficial to your electoral district? To the province as a whole? Which was least beneficial, or even harmful, to your riding? To the province as a whole?”

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Freighter hits fishing boat in Gulf of Suez; thirteen dead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A freighter hit a fishing boat around midnight on Sunday morning in the Gulf of Suez in the Red Sea. Of the 40 Egyptian fisherman on board, thirteen are dead and thirteen more missing.

Survivor Al Sayyed Mohamed Arafat told local media he jumped from the fishing boat, named Badr al-Islam, as the container ship approached. He says he hung onto a wooden crate for four hours before rescue. Local authorities have promised compensation to each survivor.

A vessel, flagged in Panama, suspected to be involved in the collision has been detained by the military. The army said yesterday one victim raised the alarm by phone and the military sent four boats and a helicopter to commence search and rescue off the Gabal al-Zayt coastline.

A plane has since joined the search. The military say the fishing boat lacked safety equipment for emergency communications.

The detained ship was found south of the Gulf, near the port of Safaga. It was carrying 220 tonnes of cargo according to the General Authority for the Red Sea Ports.

Choosing The Right Jewelry For Yourself

Choosing The Right Jewelry For Yourself


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It can be said that several trips to a number of jewelry shops and malls for finding the ideal jewelry piece, can prove to be difficult and exhausting. It will not be like this if you know how to make your search. The only successful key is to trust your like, taste and always stick by your personal fashion statement and trend. For an instance, if you love animals you can select from various animal ornaments present in the market such as horse jewelry, dolphin design, cat style, and bird jewelry.

Well it will never hurt if you will step outside the old box of jewelry style like going for man jewelry and body style designs. It will act like adding up spice in your life and fashion. The only thing to give priority is that your ornament must match well with your dress. You know the ideal ornament complete your overall look and also emphasize the style and attitude.


Prior buying an ornament for yourself it is important to decide whether you want to be the center of attraction in the party or any other occasion or just want to compliment your attire. Second thing to consider is that for what purpose you are buying it. For an example, a hot and big choker may prove to be best for a night party but not for the conference or boardroom meeting.

It is true that people do have their favorite jewelry designer but it is always good to try something new. Fill in your jewelry box with different designer pieces. You will love to scramble in the box through diamond ornaments, gold ornaments, estate ornaments, and antique pieces. It depends on you, how creative are you? Mix and match the old and new ornaments and make your style sizzling and outstanding.

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