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Australia’s War on Sugar

Posted: January 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia’s War on Sugar

Australia's War on SugarIn Australia the war on obesity is heating up, three major health organisations want a sugar tax on all sweetened beverages – not just soft drinks, but products like flavoured milk and sports drinks – to limit consumption and curb what is shaping up to be the nations biggest health problem.

However, Australia’s Food and Grocery Council – the body representing the food and beverage industry – is hitting back against health campaigns aimed at reducing sugar consumption, prompting critics to compare the industry’s position to that of tobacco companies fight against smoking decades ago.

In the UK a similar campaign ‘Action on Sugar’ has just launched, in the hope of reversing the obesity epidemic by targeting the “huge and unnecessary amounts of sugar that are currently being added to our food and soft drinks”. The campaign’s expert advisors include heavyweights from the scientific and medical community.

Last month leaked draft guidelines from the World Health Organisation – WHO – suggested the organisation is considering halving the recommended daily intake of sugar from ten teaspoons to five. WHO’s “global strategy on diet” also says an unhealthy diet is a major risk factor for chronic disease and recommends reducing sugar intake to help prevent conditions like type 2 diabetes and dental problems :: Read the full article »»»»


Castro Makes Rare Public Appearance

Posted: January 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Castro Makes Rare Public Appearance

Former Cuban Leader Fidel CastroReclusive former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in months, attending a local art gallery opening.

Historian Eusebio Leal and Cuban artist Alexis Leyva unveiled a plaque to inaugurate the Estudio Romerillo. Castro toured the gallery presenting an exhibition celebrating the lauded Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam, “Lam, eres imprescindible” – Lam, you are indispensable – which included original works by the artist.

Castro, uncharacteristically wearing a black jacket, trousers and an olive scarf, rather than his iconic combat fatigues, appeared fit in some photos, but other photos, not published by Cuban media, showed him walking with difficulty, leaning on a cane, assisted by escorts.

January 1 this year marked the 55th anniversary of Castro’s triumphant arrival in Havana after toppling the US backed  Batista government :: Read the full article »»»»


China Celebrates Moa’s Birth

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on China Celebrates Moa’s Birth

China Celebrates Moa's BirthCommunist China’s president Xi Jinping has acknowledged that the country’s founding father, Mao Zedong, made “mistakes”, as Mao admirers celebrated the 120th anniversary of the late leader’s birth with noodles and fireworks.

Mao is the centrepiece of the ruling party’s pantheon and commands reverence among many Chinese, including some frustrated by the current state of the nation, but is also condemned by those who say his political and economic campaigns caused tens of millions of deaths.

China has never before allowed such an open historical discussion of his actions. Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” is estimated by Western historians to have led to as many as 45 million deaths from famine, and his Cultural Revolution plunged China into a decade of violent chaos.

China traditionally measured time in 60-year cycles. Mao, who in 1949, is remembered by many as a tyrant and leader of disastrous political campaigns that killed tens of millions, for others, the China created by Mao should be celebrated :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Arrested Over Silk Road Bust

Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Arrested Over Silk Road Bust

Silk Road ArrestsA Queensland man who allegedly helped moderate the now defunct online drug bazaar Silk Road has been arrested as part of an international police operation.

Peter Phillip Nash, 40, was arrested yesterday at his Brisbane home by Australian Federal Police as part of an operation that also captured two others named in an indictment issued by the US Justice Department.

Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed Nash’s arrest, saying he is wanted in the US “for conspiracy to traffic narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering”.

Andrew Michael Jones, 24, was arrested in the US, while Gary Davis, 25, is believed to be in Ireland, according to the department officials.

If found guilty, he will face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Nash appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday and was remanded in custody.

Speculation on the arrests came to a head on Friday morning, after a contributor to Reddit claimed her boyfriend – a moderator for Silk Road 2 – was arrested :: Read the full article »»»»


Australia’s Capital Celebrates First Same-sex Marriages

Posted: December 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia’s Capital Celebrates First Same-sex Marriages

Australia's Capital Celebrates first Same-sex MarriagesCelebrations have begun in Australia’s Capital, Canberra, with the first same-sex couples legally married in Australia.

The Australian Capital Territory’s – ACT -Marriage Equality Law came into effect at midnight, and 40 couples are registered to get married over the weekend.

Australia’s national government however has challenged the validity of the laws, the High Court will rule on the law’s constitutional validity late next week. leaving open a five-day window for same-sex couples to get married.

West Australia Labor MP Stephen Dawson married his partner of 10 years this morning, just after midnight :: Read the full article »»»»


Justin Bieber Leaves Queensland with Trademark Pacman Graffiti

Posted: November 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Celebrity Gossip, Celebrity News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Justin Bieber Leaves Queensland with Trademark Pacman Graffiti

Justin Beiber's Colourfilled Gold Coast Grafitti via Instagram

Touring pop star Justin Bieber went on his third streetart rampage overnight — this time in on Queensland’s Gold Coast — covering the wall of his hotel with trademark colourfilled Pacman designs. Reactions to the Canadian singers artwork have been mixed, the local mayor was so upset he demanded Bieber “clean up the graffiti right away.” While hotel management celebrated the effort saying “it was a wonderful addition to the Gold Coast.” :: Read the full article »»»»