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Isreal Plans To Mark Unhealthy Foods With Red Stickers

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Sixty percent of supermarket goods will display a red sticker.The plan was initiated by the Health Ministry after Israel ranked first in percentage of obese citizens in a European list of countries. Israeli children ranked third in terms of incidence of obesity.Supporting the new bill are Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (UTJ) and chairman of the Committee for Good Nutrition Moshe Bar-Siman Tov. Bar-Siman Tov told manufacturers they would be required to mark unhealthy products with red stickers. Manufacturers were furious at the fact that “unhealthy products” had a strict definition which would force more than 60% of their products to display the sticker.The affected products would be those high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.Artificial food coloring, preservatives, unpronounceable ingredients, monosodium glutamate, added hormones, and other unhealthy ingredients would not require manufacturers to label the affected products.

The Health Ministry – and the Israeli populace – are hoping the threat of red stickers will cause a fast change  in the foods offered at Israeli supermarkets.

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Israeli Army Identifies Pokemon Go As Their Lastest Threat

 

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The army  has banned its forces from playing the game on Israeli military bases due to security concerns. In a directive to soldiers and officers, the army warned the game activates cell phone cameras and location services, and could leak sensitive information like army base locations and photographs of the bases.

The military is also concerned that soldiers could download a fake application that impersonates Pokemon Go but could leak information from soldiers’ phones. Pokemon Go players roam streets and buildings holding up their mobile phones and following a digital map to catch creatures that appear on the screen.

The AIG insurance company in Israel is taking advantage of the Pokemon craze to market its personal accident insurance policy that covers accidents caused while playing such mobile phone games. Yifat Reiter of AIG said the company has received dozens of inquiries about the accident insurance for Pokemon players. Distracted Pokemon players have suffered moderate injuries.

Last week, a 15-year-old girl suffered a head injury after she fell off her bicycle while pursuing Pokemon creatures, and a 35-year-old player ran into a glass door and suffered “massive bleeding” in his legs. For Palestinians, Pokemon Go is a frustrating game to play, because mobile high-speed internet services don’t exist in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Palestinians are among a few markets in the world that still use older 2G technology, according to the International Telecommunication Union, a U.N. agency.
A Gaza-based animator was one of the first people in the territory to download the game. The fourth Pokemon he wanted to catch was located on the premises of the Palestinian Legislative Council, an off-limits government building run by Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza.

Google’s Waze

 

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To help you outsmart traffic, Google has purchased a popular social traffic app called Waze on Tuesday for a reported $1.03 billion. Waze has voice-guided GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions.  Waze’s active community of users share real-time traffic and road information. That means it gives you a heads-up about reported obstacles on your route (e.g. road closures, accidents, police traps), and can then redirect you to your destination. The app also eliminates the need for “I’m-five-minutes-away” texts to friends.  Users can see live updates of their buddies who use Waze, as they travel towards an event or meeting spot.

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Statistics On Published Books

United States (2010) 328,259 (new titles and editions)
United Kingdom (2005) 206,000 
China (2010) 189,295 (328,387 total)
Russian Federation (2008) 123,336 
Germany (2009) 93,124
Spain (2008) 86,300 
India (2004) 82,537 (21,370 in Hindi and 18,752 in English)
Japan (2009) 78,555 
Iran (2010) 65,000 
France (2010) 63,690 (67,278 total) 
South Korea (2011) 44,036 
Taiwan (2010) 43,309 
Turkey (2011) 43,100 
Netherlands (1993) 34,067 
Italy (2005) 33,641 (59,743 total) 
Poland (2010) 31,500 
Vietnam (2009) 24,589 
Indonesia (2009) 24,000+ 
Argentina (2010) 22,781 (26,387 total) 
Canada (1996) 19,900 
Brazil (2010) 18,712 (54,754 total)
Malaysia (2011) 17,923 
Romania (2008) 14,984 
Ukraine (2004) 14,790 
Hong Kong (2005) 14,603 
Belgium (1991) 13,913 
Finland (2006) 13,656 
Thailand (2009) 13,607 
Belarus (2009) 12,885 
Denmark (1996) 12,352
Colombia (2010) 12,334 (13,294 total)
Switzerland (2001) 12,156 
Singapore (2007) 12,000+ 
Czech Republic (1996) 10,244
Hungary (1996) 9,193 
Mexico (2010) 9,075 (25,348 total)
Egypt (2000) 9,022 [
Australia (2004) 8,602 
Austria (1996) 8,056 
Portugal (1996) 7,868 
Israel (2006) 6,866 
Greece (2002) 6,826 
South Africa (1995) 5,418 
Chile (2011) 5,326 (5,720 total) 
Sri Lanka (1996) 4,115
Peru (2006) 4,101 
Sweden (2010) 4,074 (30,857 total)
Saudi Arabia (1996) 3,900 
Lebanon (2005) 3,686 
Myanmar (1993) 3,660 
New Zealand (2003) 3,600 
Ecuador (2010) 2,854 (4,164 total)
Afghanistan (1990) 2,795 
Venezuela (2003) 2,061
Luxembourg (2001) 2,000
Latvia (1996) 1,965
Iceland (2007) 1,533 
Philippines (1996) 1,507 
Cuba (2003) 1,488 
Costa Rica (2003) 1,315 
Nigeria (1991) 1,314 
Kazakhstan (1996) 1,226 
Syria (2004) 1,138 
Pakistan (2005) 1,036 
Uzbekistan (1996) 1,003 
Cyprus (1996) 930 
Morocco (1996) 918 
Tunisia (1996) 720 
Dominican Republic (2003) 705 
Algeria (1996) 670 
Uruguay (2003) 605 
Bolivia (2003) 584 
Georgia (1998) 581 
Azerbaijan (1996) 542 
Jordan (1996) 511 
Panama (2003) 506 
Turkmenistan (1994) 450 
Guatemala (2003) 446 
Kyrgyzstan (1998) 420 
Malta (1995) 404
Fiji (1994) 401 
Armenia (1996) 396 
Paraguay (2003) 390 
Albania (1991) 381 
Nicaragua (2003) 306 
Kenya (1994) 300
United Arab Emirates (1993) 293 
Honduras (2003) 290 
Uganda (1996) 288 
Mongolia (1992) 285 
El Salvador (2003) 250 
Ethiopia (1991) 240 
Zimbabwe (1992) 232 
Vatican City (1996) 228 
Qatar (1996) 209 
Kuwait (1992) 196 
Tanzania (1990) 172 
Botswana (1991) 158 
Tajikistan (1996) 132 
Papua New Guinea (1991) 122 
Madagascar (1996) 119 
Malawi (1996) 117
Palestine (1996) 114 
Namibia (1990) 106 
Eritrea (1993) 106 
Brunei Darussalam (2009) 91 
Laos (1995) 88 
Benin (1994) 84 
Mauritius (1996) 80 
Réunion (1992) 69 
Democratic Republic of the Congo (1992) 64 
Andorra (1994) 57
Suriname (1996) 47
Guyana (1996) 42 
Monaco (1990) 41
Bahrain (1996) 40 
Ghana (1992) 28 
Libya (1994) 26
Angola (1995) 22 
Mali (1995) 14 
Gambia (1996) 14
Burkina Faso (1996) 12
Oman (1996) 7

TOTAL: approximately 2,200,000

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