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PHE launches Change4Life campaign around children's snacking PHE launches Change4Life campaign around children's snacking
- January 12, 2018

On average each child has at least three treats a day. This does not include fruit and vegetables, as children should eat more of these to reach their "five a day" quota. That's on the back of figures showing a third of children leave primary school overweight or obese. The guidelines do not apply to fruit and vegetables as children should be encouraged to eat a wide variety of these to achieve their "5-a day", says PHE. (more...)
Shashi Tharoor and Swaraj spar over Hindi as official language at UN Shashi Tharoor and Swaraj spar over Hindi as official language at UN
- January 12, 2018

Tharoor, who worked in the UN and announced his retirement after finishing second in the 2006 election for UN Secretary-General, questioned the need to push for Hindi, which he pointed out was not even the national language of India. "It is not hard to get the support of two-third member nations". "Not just Rs. 40 crore, the government is ready to spend Rs. 400 crore on it", added Swaraj, who blamed the voting system at the United Nations". (more...)
Charlottesville selects first black female mayor Charlottesville selects first black female mayor
- January 12, 2018

He said there had been "friction" and instances where staff reportedly said they felt overburdened by questions and requests from the council. "I don't think that's the right way to make a decision like that and that's not why I voted for Ms. (more...)
China says will not attend Vancouver meeting on North Korea China says will not attend Vancouver meeting on North Korea
- January 12, 2018

North Korea's first talks with South Korea in more than two years turned tense Tuesday, after representatives of President Moon Jae-in proposed discussions with Kim about giving up his nuclear weapons program. Freeland and Tillerson announced plans to hold the January 16 meeting during Tillerson's visit to Ottawa last month. After North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear device yet and launched missiles capable of reaching the US, the UN Security Council imposed a series of sanctions ... (more...)
US Soldier Wounded in Apparent Afghan Insider Attack US Soldier Wounded in Apparent Afghan Insider Attack
- January 12, 2018

Mohammed Ismail Shinwari, district governor of Achin, said 13 to 15 militiamen were killed in the confrontation. However, since the year 2014, reports continue to emerge regarding the growing insurgency activities of the ISIS terrorist groups in some remote parts of the province, including Achin. (more...)
Let's be Pacific! UK in new trade talks Let's be Pacific! UK in new trade talks
- January 12, 2018

If the United Kingdom is to join the partnership it would mean it's the first country that does not border the Asia-Pacific region to do so. News of potential trade groups could allow British farmers to " thrive " outside the European Union , following decades of being "boxed in" by the EU's agricultural policies. (more...)
Fire Tears Through Apartment Buildings in Brooklyn; 6 Firefighters, 1 Cop Hurt Fire Tears Through Apartment Buildings in Brooklyn; 6 Firefighters, 1 Cop Hurt
- January 12, 2018

It escalated to a 3-alarm fire after it extended to two vacant neighboring buildings, slated for demolition. Pix 11 reported the extent of the injuries were unknown. PHOTOS from the scene :The fire led to some frightening moments for residents. It took one and a half hour for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to bring the blaze under control. (more...)
Contamination saga may hurt reputation of French agri-business: minister Contamination saga may hurt reputation of French agri-business: minister
- January 12, 2018

Retailers Carrefour and Leclerc have admitted selling products from the dairy group Lactalis that were supposed to be recalled over a Salmonella scare. Three dozen children are thought to have fallen ill. Lactalis said the contamination was due to renovation work on the factory. The plant has been at a standstill since December 8 and said Thursday it put 250 of its 327 staff on shorter working hours until at least early next month. (more...)
Senator Tina Smith talks about work ahead Senator Tina Smith talks about work ahead
- January 12, 2018

For Smith's part, she responded to news of her senate invitation by stating, "I accept this appointment, and it will be my great honor to serve Minnesota as United States senator". Senator Smith spoke with Northlanders at Hoops Brewery, on what she hopes to tackle while in Washington. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson hosted the meet-and-greet Friday, two days after Smith, a former lieutenant governor, was sworn in to fill the Senate seat vacated when Sen. (more...)
2 men arrested, accused of forcing woman into prostitution 2 men arrested, accused of forcing woman into prostitution
- January 12, 2018

Following that meeting, police allege that the men forced the victim to perform sexual services in multiple cities over a five-day period. Both women separately went to the suspect's apartment for an interview where police say he procured them to work in the sex trade for money. (more...)
Attorney: Reggie Lynch 'categorically denies' all sexual assault allegations Attorney: Reggie Lynch 'categorically denies' all sexual assault allegations
- January 12, 2018

Sharing her statement with advocate Abby Honold, Alex-who chose to only be identified by her first name-said actions like Pacyga's are the reason she was initially afraid to come forward. The EOAA also recommended Lynch be suspended for misconduct in a separate incident alleged to have happened April 28, 2016. Pacyga compared the accusations against Lynch and the current climate towards sexual misconduct to the hysteria that led to Japanese internment camps during World War II. (more...)
Emmerson Mnangagwa wants Tsvangirai's support to postpone polls, Jonathan Moyo tell BBC Emmerson Mnangagwa wants Tsvangirai's support to postpone polls, Jonathan Moyo tell BBC
- January 12, 2018

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is scheduled to visit Angola on Friday and meet with President Joao Lourenco, said a statement issued by the Angolan President's Civil Affairs Office on Wednesday. This is the first time that Moyo has appeared in public since the resignation of Mugabe following a military-backed "soft coup" in November. Moyo made further claims that those running the government are the most feared people in the country as they were involved in the Gukurahundi ... (more...)
US Service Member Killed, 4 Others Injured In Afghanistan US Service Member Killed, 4 Others Injured In Afghanistan
- January 12, 2018

Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the senior USA military commander in Afghanistan , issued a statement expressing condolences for the lost service member. Taliban is also known to be quite active in the region. There are now about 14,000 USA troops stationed in Afghanistan to help the country's military battle the Taliban and ISIS. (more...)
Charlie Blackmon, Rockies avoid arbitration with $14M deal Charlie Blackmon, Rockies avoid arbitration with $14M deal
- January 12, 2018

Blackmon logged career-high numbers in homers, RBI, walks (65), doubles (tied his 2016 mark with 35), triples (14), runs scored (137), total hits (213) and total bases (387). Blackmon, of course, earned an All-Star Game bid, the second of his big league career after first being named to the showcase back in 2014. After finishing 87-75 during the regular season, the Rockies made it to the National League Wild Card Game, only to be bounced by the rival Arizona Diamondbacks. (more...)
Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Washington Support to YPG Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Washington Support to YPG
- January 12, 2018

Both the US and Turkish interventions in Syria, however, have been dwarfed by that of Assad supporters Russian Federation and Iran. The Turkish government said the Idlib offensive was endangering the effort to reach a resolution of the conflict and accused the Syrian government of using the pretext of fighting militants to wage a wide scale attack. (more...)
Russian Federation poised to force journalists to register as foreign agents Russian Federation poised to force journalists to register as foreign agents
- January 12, 2018

At least nine news organizations funded by the USA government have been designated "foreign agents" under the original version of the law since it was signed by President Vladimir Putin last fall in retaliation to America's decision to restrict Kremlin-run media. (more...)
Mary J Blige gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star after remarkable year Mary J Blige gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star after remarkable year
- January 12, 2018

And we learned how to survive. "Dee, I want to thank you for calling me", Mary said . She had three jobs and she never stopped. There's been times in my career that I didn't want to step out (of) my house because I was hurt so bad. Blige was born on January 11, 1971, in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, and was raised in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and Yonkers, New York. She pours everything into a record and into a performance. (more...)
EXPLOSIVE: Trump slams Haiti and African nations as 'shithole countries' EXPLOSIVE: Trump slams Haiti and African nations as 'shithole countries'
- January 12, 2018

The quote was also reported by the Associated Press and the Washington Post who noted that Trump had met the Norwegian premier on Wednesday, possibly prompting his comment on the country. Trump also took issue with the idea that, while a lottery that benefits people from Africa and other nations would be ended, there could be another way for them to apply. (more...)
As budget fight looms, Republicans flip fiscal script As budget fight looms, Republicans flip fiscal script
- January 12, 2018

Now they have a great future, and it's just beginning, " Trump wrote from his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida". "I don't know if we'll have bigger moments, but we hope to", said Trump. Senate as Democrats seek to make a historic political comeback and Republicans rally to defend their political dominance. But as Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes point out , we can empirically evaluate whether Republicans are - or aren't - making a good-faith effort to interview all the witnesses ... (more...)
King supports president's signing of act to keep opioids out of US King supports president's signing of act to keep opioids out of US
- January 12, 2018

The president signed the Interdict Act , which provides border and customs agents with $9 million for additional portable chemical screening devices to check packages, mail and travelers. The INTERDICT Act is created to combat a nationwide opioid abuse epidemic by providing chemical screening devices to U.S. Customs and Border Protection that will enhance their ability to interdict fentanyl, synthetic opioids, and other narcotics illegally brought into the United States. (more...)
CNN Host Pulls The Plug On White House Aide's Train Wreck Interview CNN Host Pulls The Plug On White House Aide's Train Wreck Interview
- January 12, 2018

The " Morning Joe " host said CNN's Jake Tapper correctly identified the White House official's intended "audience of one" - the president Miller serves as a senior adviser. The CIA chief says those kind of questions are coming from "people who just have not accepted the fact that President Trump is the United States president and I'm sorry for them and that". (more...)
Trump takes field at college football championship game Trump takes field at college football championship game
- January 12, 2018

The Atlanta branch of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) also urged people to wear white to the game and to wave their towels as Trump entered the stadium. Trump arrived in metro Atlanta around 6 p.m.to take in the all-Southeastern Conference matchup between the two powerhouses. Trump will be in attendance at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama will play for the championship title. (more...)
Modi to host BJP office-bearers Modi to host BJP office-bearers
- January 12, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the events of the National Youth Festival (NYF) on 12 January 2018 through Video conferencing and will also address the gathering. PM also said 10 crore people across the nation got a boost for self-employment under the Mudra scheme. "We will hand-hold you". While, Jinping with a net score of 5 was at the fifth spot, Trump who has been in office for just over a year polled miserably with 58 per cent of the respondents holding an unfavourable ... (more...)
Diaego pulls Snapchat ads after ASA upholds Captain Morgan complaint Diaego pulls Snapchat ads after ASA upholds Captain Morgan complaint
- January 12, 2018

A seagull flew a scroll on the screen which said "Live like the Captain", and a voice-over said "Captain" with the sound of people cheering. According to the watchdog, Diageo-owned Captain Morgan flouted the guidelines around "inappropriate" targeting and appealing to under-18s via an interactive augmented reality overlay which let users transform themselves into its famous mascot. (more...)
Corea del Nord: Corea del Nord: "Forse parteciperemo alle Olimpiadi invernali"
- January 12, 2018

Le parole di Chang Ung giungono dopo che Pyongyang ha accettato di tenere martedì 9 gennaio un dialogo "di alto livello " con Seul per discutere la propria partecipazione ai Giochi. Tutti loro saranno ospitati su una nave da crociera, forse per garantire loro la massima privacy (traduzione: segretezza e separazione dal resto del mondo) e sotto lo stretto controllo di Kim Yo-jong, sorella del dittatore e, sottolinea il Corriere della Sera , regista della propaganda. (more...)
Mahathir turned away from meeting with Anwar at hospital Mahathir turned away from meeting with Anwar at hospital
- January 12, 2018

He said the decision on the matter was under the jurisdction of the officer in charge of the prison, and as such, there was worries from the prison itself if the two leaders were allowed to meet, "it might have been controversial". She said that they knew that there was a chance that Mahathir might not be allowed to visit her father but they tried "to work it out" with the authorities, reported The Star. (more...)
Oil markets to fully achieve balance this year, says UAE oil minister Oil markets to fully achieve balance this year, says UAE oil minister
- January 12, 2018

He said there was an oversupply of around 100 million barrels in the market, adding that the market still needed to reduce oil inventories to their five-year average. "I think there are cyclic events that happen every year on the demand side, and they affect the market". PVM Oil Associates analyst, Tamas Varga, noted: "Opec is edging ever closer to its desired target of reducing OECD industrial stocks to the five-year average". (more...)
Leo Varadkar still won't say how he'll campaign in an abortion referendum Leo Varadkar still won't say how he'll campaign in an abortion referendum
- January 12, 2018

There is concern among politicians that legalising abortion for all women would be a step too far, Leo Varadkar has said. Health Minister Simon Harris said today that expects that legislation for a referendum on the 8th amendment should be before the Oireachtas by February. (more...)
Arizona GOP Rep. Martha McSally announces Senate bid Arizona GOP Rep. Martha McSally announces Senate bid
- January 12, 2018

One interesting feature of this ad is how McSally recasts her first moment of real fame during her military career, when she sued the Pentagon to strike down its policy of making off-duty servicewomen posted to Saudi Arabia wear the abaya, the long robe insisted upon by Saudi religious authorities. (more...)
Women on their periods are being 'denied sanitary products in police custody' Women on their periods are being 'denied sanitary products in police custody'
- January 12, 2018

The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) is calling for minimum hygiene standards to be introduced in England and Wales after finding that some police forces could be in breach of human rights and equality laws. The ICVA's research has found that women are strip-searched, subsequently having their clothing removed, but there is "no statutory guidance" for officers on how to treat women and girls who are on their period. (more...)

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