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George Washington drank hot chocolate for breakfast, according to historians. His version was flavored with chili powder, vanilla and allspice and contained less sugar than the cocoa of today.
Captain Francesco Schettino was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the disaster in which the Italian cruise ship hit rocks in 2012 and sank, killing 32 people.
The government is set to withdraw warnings about cholesterol. According to the Washington Post, those dietary guidelines that we all know and love, the ones that provide rules for school lunches and nutrition advice and the same guidelines that tell us to limit our cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams a day are about to see a big change that could whip up business for the egg industry.
If we were writing a blockbuster movie about the egg industry – just bear with me – the villain would be cholesterol.
“It certainly has been an issue that has been on every single agenda, topic for every single meeting we’ve had in egg industry over the last 30 years,” says Kevin Burkum, a senior vice president of the American Egg Board. “Cholesterol is really the reason the American Egg Board was invented," he says.
In 1976, there was an egg crisis. American’s consumption of eggs had plunged from around 400 eggs a year in the 1940s to about half that a few decades later, and egg producers were concerned.
Phil Lempert, editor of Supermarketguru.com, says the industry still hasn't completely recovered: “Fast forward to 2012, and it’s down to 250 eggs.”
After years of mixed messages about nutrition, even if the government does publish new guidelines extolling the virtues of eggs, it could be tough to persuade consumers that the product is actually considered healthy again, Lempert says.
“Because what we’ve seen before – whether it’s about obesity, or heart disease, or cholesterol, or sodium or sugar – is lots of confusion. This message has to be really clear," he says.
And heard, says Mark Cotter, CEO of the Food Group, a food marketing firm. If the government publishes new dietary guidelines they probably won’t have much affect on their own, he says.
“To be quite frank, the understanding of the dietary guidelines, in terms of awareness, is under 10 percent – in the country,” he says.
It’s up to the egg industry, says Cotter, to sell itself. Last year, egg sales increased by half a billion dollars, according to Burkum. Consumers, he says, are already embracing the egg.
“The incredible edible egg – even more incredible,” he says.
President Obama wants Congress to authorize a U.S. military-led operation against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
The president says he's not committing the country to another drawn-out, costly war. But getting just one pair of boots on the ground costs a lot of money.
It's not just bombs and bullets: It's all the civilian support required to sustain a deployment of any size for any period of time. In this case, the main weapon used may be airpower, and the footprint may not be as large as it was in Afghanistan or Iraq at the height of the war. But there will be plenty of work for civilian contractors.
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This final note comes with this personal observation: I once had a boss in the Navy who only held meetings standing up — helped keep 'em short and on target, he said.
That wasn't a bad way to go, because a report from Atlassian had this to say about the average workplace meeting attendee:
- 39 percent slept during meetings.
- 45 percent felt overwhelmed by the number of meetings they have to go to.
- 73 percent said they did other work during those meetings.
Since World War II, inequality in the U.S. has gone through two, dramatically different phases.
This is the first time an Australian will compete in the song competition that brings in nearly 200 million viewers. The big question is: who will represent Australia at the event in May?