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October 17, 2015

Police shut down Edmonton pizza restaurant for illegally delivering alcohol

Police shut down Edmonton pizza restaurant for illegally delivering alcohol

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Edmonton police have closed down an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada pizza restaurant for a single day for delivering alcoholic beverages despite not being licensed to do so. It is unclear when this incident occurred, but the CBC reported that it occurred “recently”, after police searched the shop in September.

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The alcohol was being delivered in paper bags and pizza boxes, with the same delivery vehicles used to deliver pizza. Curtis Hoople, a Sergeant in the Edmonton Police Service, says that alcohol was also being sold within the restaurant’s premises.

It is estimated that the seized alcohol was worth around CAD$4,000, Hoople said.

Four of the restaurant’s employees were issued a summons, and were accused of violating the Gaming and Liquor Act.

Police have not named the restaurant in question.



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September 16, 2015

Subway sandwich empire co-founder Fred DeLuca dies

Subway sandwich empire co-founder Fred DeLuca dies

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Fifty years after starting his first sandwich shop as a teenager, Subway CEO and co-founder Fred DeLuca died on Monday. He was 67 and suffering from cancer.

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Subway yesterday announced his death, but not the location. He had developed leukaemia, which the company announced in 2013. The business was founded with friend Peter Buck who lent DeLuca $1,000 to open Pete’s Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The company remains based in the state.

By 1968 the business was renamed Subway and the two young entrepreneurs began looking at franchising as a method of expansion. It worked: With over 44,000 locations Subway is the world’s largest fast food franchise. The company has locations in 110 countries.

Subway brands itself as a healthy alternative on the fast food market. It has faced various controversies: ingredients, contracts with franchisees, and longtime advertiser Jared Fogle have all come under scrutiny. Fogle left the company this year after admitting underage sex and child pornography offences.

“I knew nothing about making sandwiches, nor the food industry,” DeLuca would later write of his 1965 startup. Growing up he lived in state-owned housing in The Bronx, New York City. Forbes estimated his 2015 wealth at around $3.5 billion.



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August 7, 2013

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

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As of Monday, over 200 New York City area bars and restaurants had committed to boycotting Russian vodka in response to anti-homosexuality related laws passed by the country’s government. The boycott follows another event that took place on Monday where bottles of vodka were poured onto the streets of the city, as part of a protest by the President of United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association, Paul Hurley.

New York One quotes Hurley as saying the reason for the boycott as , “We’re not stupid, we’re reading papers, we’re reading what’s going on over there, they’ve got to stop what’s happened.”

The press conference announcing the New York City boycott took place at Desmonds Steakhouse located on the 38th Street and 7th Avenue. LGBT activists and models attended the event. Johnny Donovan, manager of J Donovan Productions, is quoted by the New York Daily Times as saying, “Shame on Russia! […] When I go out to a night club this weekend, I’m not drinking any Russian vodka!”

Activists in other cities are also boycotting Russian vodka. A protest at the San Francisco City Hall took place on Tuesday, where vodka was dumped into the sewers. On social media, the hashtag #dumpstoli is being used to draw attention to the boycott and protests.

These boycotts are not without criticism. Dodds of Time Magazine points out, “At first glance, Stoli seems a logical target for those hoping to promote greater awareness of the plight of gays in Russia. Not only is it widely associated with the country, vodka is also one of Russia’s most profitable consumer exports to the U.S. […] But while Stoli’s ingredients — wheat, rye and raw alcohol — are Russian, the vodka itself is distilled in Latvia and distributed in the U.S. by William Grant & Sons USA, an American subsidiary of a Scottish corporation.” The international popularity of the brand have resulted in the company being continually threatened with nationalization by the Russian government.

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Last month, gay and lesbian couples were barred by law from adopting Russian children. The country also banned “homosexual propaganda.” The legislation means gays and lesbians, if found guilty of breaking these laws, could be jailed. According to Russia Today, most Russians support the legislation “against promoting homosexuality to minors.” Russia Today goes on to say these laws are, “intend[ed] to keep minors from being influenced by non-traditional sexual relationship propaganda and it will be enforced with fines, but not criminal punishment.”

A Pew Research Center study published in June suggests that attitudes towards homosexuality in Russia found the population to be the least accepting of homosexuals of nine other European countries also surveyed. Countries with less acceptance than Russia included in the survey include Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria. Negative Russian attitudes towards homosexuality are also supported by research conducted by Russian Levada Center.

The homosexuality issue as it pertains to Russian law comes against the backdrop of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics scheduled to be hosted in the Russian city of Sochi early next year. Last week, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko reaffirmed the country will enforce these laws during the Games and foreign athletes, journalists and spectators will be subject to them.



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May 12, 2013

Fifth Expo Gastronomía finishes in Caracas

Fifth Expo Gastronomía finishes in Caracas

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Caracas, Venezuela — The fifth edition of the Expo Gastronomía food event finished its run yesterday in Caracas at the Plaza Francia in Altamira. It was the first time the event was held at this particular location. Starting on Thursday, it was the first edition of the event to be held in 2013, and was organized by Carlos Garcia and Yolanda Martin.

In its fifth version, the exhibition organizers estimated to receive between 10,000 and 13,000 people to the event, which had nine pavilions representing eight countries around the world. The exhibitors were divided into four categories: typical food of the country they represent, handicrafts, gastronomy (comprised of cooking books and products, and metalwork((es))), and hotel businesses and tourism.

The event was sponsored by Coca-Cola, La Granja, Oroweat, G2000 Events, CGYM Group, and the Chacao Mayor’s Office. In addition, the food company Cosecha San José participated as one of the exhibitors. According to organizers, the sixth edition of the event is planned for later this year.

The festival first took place on April 2011, with a attendance of around 3,000 people. On that occasion, eight countries participated in the event.

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March 21, 2013

Anonymous people reveal animal cruelty at Australian Inghams poultry producer factory using CCTV footage

Anonymous people reveal animal cruelty at Australian Inghams poultry producer factory using CCTV footage

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Anonymous people submitted a video depicting employees of Inghams Enterprises, an Australian poultry producer, to Animal Liberation. The video displays animal cruelty at an Inghams plant in Tahmoor, Macarthur Region, south-west of Sydney. The video was recorded without the employees’ knowledge over a two-week period in February. Animal Liberation maintains that the footage is legitimate.

Spokesperson for Animal Liberation Emma Hurst stated to Sydney Morning Herald, “You can see a total disrespect of these animals. There are scenes where they’ve put the music up very, very loud, the workers are screaming, jumping about, dancing, picking up the turkeys, dancing while holding onto the turkeys, throwing them onto the shackles, and just that whole mentality as though these animals don’t have feelings, that they’re objects.”

Using CCTV, over 140 hours were recorded, depicting 136 incidences of animal cruelty as well as aggravated animal cruelty, resulting in the animals’ death or severe conditions. Ms. Hurst said, “Hanging upside down, their legs are already brittle, and we’ve got footage as well where their legs have actually ripped off from their bodies … and the legs have been tossed around.”

Animal Liberation and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are again calling for the mandatory installation of CCTV cameras in all Australian abattoirs. RSPCA New South Wales chief inspector David O’Shannessy told the ABC that surveillance and inspections of abattoirs should be commonplace in Australia. “The CCTV would certainly send a strong signal to those people working with animals that their welfare is of the highest priority.”

Inghams CEO Kevin McBain released a statement saying that an investigation had been launched into the “intolerable incidents”. “We condemn the animal abuse we have seen in the footage and will — as a matter of urgency — work to review, retrain and reinforce our animal welfare standards throughout our organisation”

The New South Wales Police and the New South Wales Food Authority are continuing to investigate the video.



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January 11, 2013

World loses half of all food to waste in new report

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Friday, January 11, 2013

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A study published on Thursday by UK organisation, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, claims up to half of all food produced in the world is never eaten. The study asserts that of the 4 billion tonnes of food the world creates every year, between 1.2 billion to 2 billion tons ends up as garbage because of inadequate storage, rigid sell-by dates, fussy customers and bulk purchase programs offered by retailers.

The report quotes UN predictions that the world is on track to grow to a population of 9.5 billion people around the year 2075. Having enough food to support such a population will involve serious challenges according to the report. Dr Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is quoted in the institutions news release as saying “The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering. This is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population – as well as those in hunger today.” According to Dr Fox the reasons behind this wastage range from “poor engineering and agricultural practices, inadequate transport and storage infrastructure through to supermarkets demanding cosmetically perfect foodstuffs and encouraging consumers to overbuy through buy-one-get-one free offers.”

The authors of the report distinguish between the different issues causing food wastage in developed countries such as the UK and the United States compared with developing countries such as some African and Asian nations.

First world countries have advanced farming and mature transportation infrastructure enabling more food to reach the consumer market but modern retail practices and consumer fastidiousness sees waste occur at this end of the supply chain. The report claims that 30% of crops are not harvested in the UK because of retailers strict rules on the aesthetic appearance of vegetables and in the US and Europe 50% of the food purchased by consumers ends up in the garbage.

Developing countries have more issues at the farm and primary producer end of the chain due to inadequate harvesting technology, transportation and storage. The report points out 21 million tonnes of wheat is lost every year in India because of poor storage and transportation – This amount equals the total wheat produced by Australia where grain loss is recorded at 0.75% but is still only barely acceptable according to the report.

Recommendations made by the institutions report include:

  • UN and international engineering organisations help developed nations transfer knowledge to developing nations.
  • Developing countries consider waste into infrastructure planning
  • Developed countries change consumer and retailer behaviour via policies designed to encourage less wasteful practices.

Entitled “Global Food Waste Not Want Not” the report is available online from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers website.



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New report suggests world loses half of all food to waste

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Wheat harvest in Idaho, USA

A study published Thursday by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers claims up to half of all food produced in the world is never eaten. The study asserts that out of four billion tonnes of food created annually, between 1.2 billion to 2 billion tonnes ends up as garbage because of inadequate storage, rigid sell-by dates, fussy customers and bulk purchase offers by retailers.

The report quotes UN predictions that the world is on track to grow to a population of 9.5 billion people around the year 2075. Having enough food to support such a population will involve serious challenges according to the report. Dr Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is quoted in the institution’s news release as saying, “The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering. This is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population – as well as those in hunger today.” According to Dr Fox, the reasons behind this wastage range from “poor engineering and agricultural practices, inadequate transport and storage infrastructure through to supermarkets demanding cosmetically perfect foodstuffs and encouraging consumers to overbuy through buy-one-get-one free offers.”

The authors of the report distinguish between the different issues causing food wastage in developed countries such as the UK and the United States compared with developing countries such as some African and Asian nations.

First world countries have advanced farming and mature transportation infrastructure, enabling more food to reach the consumer market . However, modern retail practices and consumer fastidiousness sees waste occur at this end of the supply chain. The report claims that 30% of crops are not harvested in the UK because of retailers’ strict rules on the aesthetic appearance of vegetables, and that in the US and Europe, 50% of the food purchased by consumers ends up in the garbage.

Developing countries have more issues at the farm and primary producer end of the chain because of inadequate harvesting technology, transportation and storage. The report points out that 21 million tonnes of wheat is lost every year in India because of poor storage and transportation. This amount equals the total wheat produced by Australia, where grain loss is recorded at 0.75%, but is still only barely acceptable according to the report.

Recommendations made by the institution’s report include:

  • UN and international engineering organisations help developed nations transfer knowledge to developing nations.
  • Developing countries consider waste into infrastructure planning
  • Developed countries change consumer and retailer behaviour via policies designed to encourage less wasteful practices.

Entitled “Global Food Waste Not Want Not”, the report is available online from the Institute of Mechanical Engineer’s website.



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October 9, 2012

Tomatoes, watermelons, peppers reduce stroke risk, Finnish study suggests

Tomatoes, watermelons, peppers reduce stroke risk, Finnish study suggests

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A Finnish study has indicated that having higher body levels of lycopene — a red chemical occurring in tomatoes, watermelons, grapefruit, peppers, and papaya — may reduce the risk of stroke. The research for the study, which is in the issue of medical journal Neurology released today, examined 1,031 men aged between 42 and 61 over a period of twelve years on average.

The study, which was financed by the Lapland Central Hospital, found that the men with higher amounts of lycopene in their blood system experienced fewer strokes than men with lower levels. Eleven strokes occurred amongst the 259 men in the highest of the four lycopene level categories while 25 of the 258 men in the categories with the lowest lycopene level categories experienced strokes. This suggests a stroke was 55% less likely if one had a high amount of the chemical in one’s diet than if one had a low amount.

“The results support the recommendation that people get more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day,” said Dr Jouni Karppi of the Department of Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland. Eating these types of foods in such quantities “would likely lead to a major reduction in the number of strokes worldwide, according to previous research”, the primary author of the study continued. He added that inflammation and blood clotting — the cause of ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke — occurred less frequently.

In the US state of New York, Lenox Hill Hospital Center for Stroke and Neuro-Endovascular Surgery director Dr. Rafael Ortiz said that, alongside exercise and non-smoking, “diet is very important” for reducing the likelihood of stroke. However, these results “should not deter people from eating other types of fruit and vegetables as they all have health benefits and remain an important part of a staple diet”, according to Dr Clare Walton of The Stroke Association in the UK.

The results came as part of a wider study on cardiovascular disease development risks. The United States Department of Agriculture also registers high concentrations of lycopene in tomato purées, pastes and sauces. All those surveyed lived in, or in close proximity to, the Finnish town of Kuopio, where the University of Eastern Finland is located.



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August 1, 2012

Restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A criticized for political and religious views, supporters of chain fight back

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After coming under fire from LGBT organizations and supporters of gay rights, and being threatened with bans in the major U.S. cities of San Fransisco, Chicago, and Boston, supporters of the chain are making it a point to patronize the company today, August 1st, to show their support. Many Chick-Fil-A restaurants around the nation are crowded with lines circling the building at stand alone locations, and filling food courts at mall locations. Customers at Chick-Fil-A restaurants are waiting in lines for about an hour, or longer at some locations, just to show their support.

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was invented by Mike Huckabee to “affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we (conservative Christians) espouse.” In addition to support from the religious right, the company is also being supported by supporters of free speech, liberal pendants, and legal experts. The ACLU calls the company’s opposition to gay marriage “bigoted,” but opposes cities’ refusal to grant building permits to the company on the basis of the company’s views, calling such a refusal a violation of the first ammendment. The LA Times says “We disagree heartily with Cathy, but are far more troubled by the reaction of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who vowed to block Chick-fil-A’s effort to open an outlet in that city.” New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg has also expressed his disagreement with the other cities’ mayors refusal to permit Chick-Fil-A restaurants to be built in their cities.

Of course, it’s not just supporters gathering at the restaurants today; protesters have also gathered at the restaurants holding signs to show their opposition to the company’s position. The opposition to Chick-Fil-A is a result of the company’s supporting of organizations such as the WinShape Foundation and the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which oppose gay marriage, and are considered by some to be homophobic, and statements made to The Baptist Press by the company’s CEO, Dan Cathy. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” said Mr. Cathy. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” Student groups at some universities have formed grassroots movements to boycott Chick-Fil-A for their opposition to gay marriage. The manufacturer of the company’s kids’ meal toys severed it’s relationship with the company in light of the company’s position on gay marriage.

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June 6, 2012

Disney to implement junk food advertising restrictions

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In the United States, The Walt Disney Company has announced its intentions to prohibit junk food adverts from being shown during programming on their television and radio channels, as well as on the Internet.

US First Lady Michelle Obama described the move as “a game changer for the health of our children”, adding: “[F]or years, people told us that no matter what we did to get our kids to eat well and exercise, we would never solve our childhood obesity crisis until companies changed the way that they sell food to our children. We all know the conventional wisdom about that”. With this annoucement, the company “turned that conventional wisdom on its head,” she said.



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