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What is Liver Detox


Sean Anderson

The Liver is a god natural organ in our body as it acts as a natural purifier for our system, thus cleansing our body. But then, there are a lot of factors influencing the correct functioning of the liver like, rishy toxins expelled in our blood due to unhealthy eating habits, hormones activated in liver due to physical and psychological strain etc.. The liver helps to digest these by breaking them into minor units that are dissolved in water and are thrown out as waste products in form of stool and urine.

In actuality, one can take care of this vital organ easily. This routine is dependent on the general health of a person, his consuming habits, emotional stability and normal workout. Another choice available is to have a perfect liver is by practicing a liver detox diet, which helps to cleanse and remove the unnecessary waste accumulated in the organ. Toxins get accumulated due to improper eating habits like eating processed and conserved food, drinking polluted and impure water and inhaling polluted air all of which gets collected in the body, especially the liver.

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Thus it is extremely important to regularly detoxify our body by adopting a correct liver detox diet method. There are a lot of ways by which one can do this which are very easy but effective. Liver detox plan makes you feel healthier and happier than ever before.

A liquid form of detox is the best method which gives the preferred results within a little period. Here we need to merge particularly four vegetables that are, carrot, beetroot, celery stick and cucumber. Take these four vegetables in a proportion of 1:1/2:1:1, wash all the vegetables, peel the beetroot and carrot. Cut them into tiny pieces and lastly blend these vegetables in a juicer. This mixture is to be consumed in the mornings when your stomach is empty and not stuffed with heavy undigested food. This is the most efficient drink that you can have.

There are several liver detox diet plans that you can attempt. Certain herbs like milk thistle, dandelion root, fringe tree and fresh fruits and vegetables are enriched in fiber content.

The liver can be detoxified and cleansed by throwing out toxins by drinking plenty of water, at least eight to ten glasses. Water acts as a greasing agent and thus proves to be vital in throwing out the toxins accumulated in the liver. Drinking water is the simplest method to cleanse our system. The processed food must be refrained as it contains a lot of toxins and dangerous chemicals in form of colors and flavoring agents, chemicals and preservatives. Hence it is firmly recommended to stick to the diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, green vegetables and drinking lots of liquids both in form of water or juice.

To stay healthy and fit, it is necessary that our liver performs perfectly well for this we should detoxify and cleanse it frequently by trying numerous liver detox diet plans. Moreover, it is wise to evade fatty, fried, spicy and stuffy foods if you wish to make your liver function accurately and easily. Improve your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and drink ample amount of clean water. The simpler your selection in food, the better is the performance of your liver.

The chief advantage of detoxifying the liver is you feel fresh and energetic, you feel more lively and healthy. An enhanced eating pattern will improve your health internally and superficially. As you pursue a strict eating habit you tend to avoid too much of fatty things thus this controls your health and you don’t tend to put on extra weight which gives you a slimmer look too! Better expel out all the unhealthy food that you have gathered in your house, alternatively fill it with healthy food like fresh and green vegetables. adopting this routine will definitely give you unexpected outcome.

Liver detox diet can work other way round, those people who constantly loose weight due to any sort of diseases may even be benefited. She will undoubtedly recover her original weight due to correct functioning of liver and lead a fit and healthy life in future.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The average retail price of gasoline in Canada surpassed the psychological barrier of CAN $1 (US$0.84) per litre during the past week, according to the Calgary firm M.J. Ervin & Associates.

According to Ervin, the average price for a litre (.26 gallon) of regular unleaded gasoline is now C$1.04 (US$0.87, €0.71)

Fuel remains under a dollar a litre in some parts of the country, with retailers in Edmonton offering the cheapest prices of all the major cities at 93.3 cents/litre. Drivers in Montreal were paying $1.14/litre, the highest price in the country.

The surging price of crude oil has been cited by Ervin as the reason for the unprecedented prices. Rising demand coupled by ongoing political problems in the Middle East have pushed crude prices to new records at the close of each day of trading. The price at the New York Mercantile Exchange is now averaging over US$65 per barrel, a full $20 a barrel higher than one year ago.

“The biggest factor playing into the current pump price is, without a doubt, the high crude oil prices,” according to Ervin’s Cathy Hay. But she added, “Layering in on top of that is very strong gasoline demand and a decline in inventories.”

Hay’s remarks echo the view of many analysts that despite the record prices, there is not yet any sign of major changes in Canadians’ driving habits.

“(Canadians) will basically grin and bear it. Well, maybe they won’t grin, but they’ll bear it.” Bank of Montreal economist Doug Porter said. “So far we really haven’t seen any response whatsoever on the consumer spending front.”

The rising fuel prices have prompted the country’s major airlines, Air Canada and WestJet to levy fuel surcharges. Analysts expect the rising fuel costs to trigger a rise in the price of many goods and services as shipping costs rise. Concerns regarding the long-term effect of higher fuel prices are prompting demands by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Canadian Automobile Association and others that the federal and provincial governments either lower or eliminate gasoline taxes.

Nova Scotian Finance Minister Peter Christie is considering such requests, although he emphasized that such steps would not be taken quickly. Nova Scotian New Democrat leader Darrell Dexter said the province’s Harmonized Sales Tax should be removed from gasoline, asserting that since there are already both federal and provincial excise taxes on fuel, it is therefore immoral to charge what is effectively a double tax by adding HST (or the Goods and Services Tax and provincial sales taxes outside Atlantic Canada).

However, federal cabinet ministers were quick to reject calls to lower the federal excise tax to exempt GST. Federal Natural Resources Minister John Efford said the price of gasoline was being driven up by demand for crude oil, not taxes.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The last remaining members of the Russian doomsday group True Russian Orthodox Church emerged from a cave outside Penza Friday, after enduring the toxic stench of rotting corpses from two deceased members of their group. Interfax quoted authorities who said that fumes from the corpses in the cave threatened the nine remaining members of the group with poisoning and intoxication. Members entered the cave in November 2007 under instruction from their leader Pyotr Kuznetsov, and were under the belief that the world was coming to an end in May of this year.

Thirty-five members of the group entered the underground cave, 650km (400 miles) south-east of Moscow, in November in order to wait for the end of the world. The group members threatened mass suicide by igniting gasoline canisters if authorities attempted to intervene and remove them.

When Russian Orthodox priests were brought in to negotiate in November, the group members refused to speak with them. The group’s leader Kuznetsov, a trained engineer, instructed his followers not to listen to the radio or watch television. True Orthodox Church is a splinter group of the Russian Orthodox Church. Members believe that bar codes are Satanic symbols and refuse to eat processed food.

In November Kuznetsov, 43, was arrested and charged with setting up a religious organization associated with violence. In March, Kuznetsov attempted to commit suicide by banging his head with a log, after the spiritual leader realized he was wrong about his prophecy of apocalypse. After undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, Kuznetsov was determined to be schizophrenic. “It was an attempted suicide. Pyotr put his head on a tree stump and started hitting his head with a log,” said Oleg Melnichenko, deputy goveror of the Penza region. According to local prosecutor Grigori Zhitenev, Kuznetsov attempted to commit suicide because “the end of the world has not come”.

We could smell the stench through ventilation holes. As we pulled out the dead bodies, we suggested the others leave and they agreed.

When the roof collapsed approximately a month ago, 24 members including four children left the cave. A male member of the group who had previously left the cave told Russia Today TV that one female member died of malnutrition while fasting, and another female member died of cancer. Both of their bodies were buried in a hole in the cave. Emergency workers discovered the bodies while trying to shore up supports in the cave which previously underwent partial cave-ins due to melting snow. The bodies of the two dead women were exhumed after the nine members of the group left the cave, and forensic tests were conducted on the bodies.

“We could smell the stench through ventilation holes. As we pulled out the dead bodies, we suggested the others leave and they agreed,” said local official Vladimir Provotorov in a statement quoted by Interfax. Provotorov said authorities believed the remaining members of the group would be poisoned by the toxic fumes of the decomposing bodies of the two dead females. There was “a real threat of poisoning from toxic corpse fumes,” said Provotorov. Oleg Melnichenko said the stench of the corpses drove the remaining members out of the cave. According to the International Herald Tribune, the Penza regional Prosecutor General’s Office confirmed the Interfax report.

We are examining the bodies to see if we will open a criminal case.

A physician is examining the eight women and one man that emerged from the cave on Friday, and prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Tatyana Ostrovskaya said authorities are in the process of deciding whether or not to pursue criminal charges related to the two dead women. “We are examining the bodies to see if we will open a criminal case,” said Ostrovskaya. The majority of the members of the True Russian Orthodox Church still believe that the world will soon end, and await the apocalypse in the village of Nikolskoye in a cottage owned by their leader Kuznetsov.

By Christine Perry

If you are considering building a home scrapbooking room, you must be very serious about your hobby. And it is no wonder, since this craft is relaxing, creative, and a way to save precious family photos and mementos. It is fast becoming one of the more popular hobbies in the world, and many people are also building a home scrapbooking room for themselves. So how can you go about doing this?

First, when talking about building a home scrapbooking room, chances are you don’t really mean building a new room on your house. This is a lot of expense and trouble to go through just for a hobby. Although if those are your plans, there is nothing wrong with that! If you are in the construction industry or can afford to hire someone to do this renovation for you, then who are we to stop you? But most of us, when you think of building a home scrapbooking room you really mean converting and redecorating a room you already have, such as an empty bedroom or den, or even a corner of the basement. How can you go about doing this without breaking the bank, and what do you need to remember?

Keep in mind that you need a place with adequate light in order to do your page layouts properly. Most scrappers need to work with very small elements and so adequate light is necessary. Whether you are building a home scrapbooking room from nothing or converting another room, be sure that if there is not enough natural light that you have plenty of places for bright lamps. You also need adequate space to work, so room for a nice sized desk is also necessary. Serious scrappers know how hard it is to work when you are cramped or when your materials are all stacked on top of each other.

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And speaking of materials, when building a home scrapbooking room you need to have space for all your items and whatever methods of organizing you are using. You might need to invest in a desktop organizer or some other items, but having adequate space for boxes, bins, envelopes, and things like these is crucial. Having your papers get crumpled and the smaller items get lost is only going to detract from your hobby.

The decorations in your room should reflect your craft style and your personality. Consider selecting a color scheme using your favorite colors to scrapbook. Make sure you plan for storing your scrapbooking supplies, and make sure the containers that will be on display are attractive as well. Since scrapbooking is all about preserving photos and memories, don’t forget to have plenty of photos on the walls. Another fun idea is to buy 12×12 shadow box frames and display your favorite pages in them.

Whatever you do by way of building a home scrapbooking room, be sure that you actually enjoy working in that space. If you are serious enough about your hobby to devote a room in your house to it, you must plan to spend a lot of time there. You may even want to place another workspace so you can invite a friend to scrapbook with you. A room of your own to create scrapbooking pages is an investment that will bring you many years of enjoyment.

About the Author: Christine Perry invites you to her website, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com for more

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Internet has already brought great things to the world, but has also brought spam, phishing, scamming, etc. We all have seen them across the Internet. They promise money, weight loss, or other things a person may strive for, but they usually amount to only a lighter pocket. Online advertising has become something that the increasingly Internet-reliant society has become used to, as well as more aware of. As this is true, online ads have become more intricate and deceptive in recent years.

However, a certain type of advertisement has arisen recently, and has become more deceptive than any other Internet ad, and has tricked many users into credit card charges. These sites claim to be news websites that preach a “miracle product”, and they offer a free trial, and then charge the user’s credit card a large amount of money without informing them after the trial ends. These sites appear to be operating under one venture and have caught ad pages of high-traffic websites by storm. In this report, Wikinews’ Tjc6 investigates news advertisement sites.

These Internet ads work in different ways:

Hypothetically speaking, a reader is browsing the web, and then happens to come across something that they believe is too good to be true. A link on one of these high-traffic pages promises white teeth, weight loss, or huge profits from working at home part-time. Out of curiosity, they click on the link.

This is the way that people are attracted to these fake news sites on the internet. The domain owners draw in customers by purchasing advertising on some of the World Wide Web’s most visited pages. Curious users click and are led to what they believe is a news article. From anti-aging to shedding weight, these “articles” from non-existant newspapers and television stations depict a skeptical news reporter trying a product because they were instructed to by a superior.

As the user reads on, they find that the “reporter” miraculously achieves significant weight loss, teeth whitening, or other general health and beauty improvement. The reporter states that the reader can get the same results as they did by using a “free trial” of the product.

Next, the user looks to the bottom of the page, where there seems to be a set of user comments, all of them praising the product or products that are advertised — this is where we first see something suspicious. Across several of these false articles, the comments appear to show the exact same text, sometimes with even the same usernames as other sites.

There is obviously some kind of correlation. Although this appears to be true, most users who purchase these products do not look at multiple versions of these similar pages of what appears to be a fast-growing network of interconnected fake news sites.

Once customers have convinced themselves into buying the product, they are led to a product (or products) website which promises a free trial for a very low price. What they do not know about this, however, is that they are giving their credit card data to a company that will charge it automatically after the trial ends. In about 14 days, the user receives a charge on their credit card for an excessive amount of money, usually from about $80 to $100 (USD). All attempts to contact these companies and cancel their shipments usually prove to be futile.

What these sites have is a large amount of legal copy located at the bottom of each site, stating their right to charge the user. This site, a fake news article claiming to offer teeth-whitening benefits, has several paragraphs of fine print, including this: “…Upon signing up for the 10 day trial membership you will be charged up to $4.97 depending on various shipping and initial offer promotions at that time but not more than $4.97 upon signing. If not cancelled, you will be charged $89.97 upon completion of the 10 day trial period. Monthly thereafter or 30 days from the original order date, the charge will reoccur monthly at a total of $89.97 until cancelled…,” the site says.

Practices like this have alerted the Better Business Bureau, an American organization that studies and reports on the reliability and practices of US businesses. In a press release, a spokesman from the BBB spoke out against sites like this. “Many businesses across the country are using the same selling model for their products: They lure customers in with claimed celebrity endorsements and free trial offers, and then lock them in by making it extremely difficult to cancel the automatic delivery of more products every month…,” said the report that denounced the websites.

When a user looks at several of these sites, they notice that all of them have the same exact structure. Because of this, Wikinews decided to look into where some of the domains were owned, and if they were all in fact part of one company.

However, the results that Wikinews found were ones that were not expected. Out of the three random websites that were found in Internet ads, all using similar designs and methods to attract the customers, came from three different locations in three countries and two separate continents. The first came from Scottsdale, in the United States, while the next two came from Vancouver and Hamburg. There is no location correlation, but surely, there has to be something that connected these sites together. We had to look even further to try to find a connection.

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There is some correlation within the product’s contact information. A large amount of the teeth-whitening products analyzed actually shared the same phone number, which lead to a distribution center located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and several other similar distribution centers located across the Southern United States. But, that explains only one of the categories of products that these websites cover, teeth whitening.

What about the other products? The other products such as weight loss and work-at-home kits all trace back to similar distribution centers in similar places. So, what do we make of all of this?

There is obviously some company that promotes these products through the fake news advertisements, but that company is nowhere to be found on the websites. All contact information is given on the product pages, and websites are copyrighted under the name of the domain, not a company. Whatever company has been the setup for these pages has been very good at hiding themselves from the Internet, as there is no information across the web about that mysterious large advertiser.

As a result of customers buying the products and having unauthorized charges on their credit cards, a large volume of complaints are currently present on awareness sites, complaint sites, and even the Better Business Bureau. Several customers point out that they were not informed of the steep charges and the company made it extremely difficult to cancel their subscription, usually resulting in the loss of several hundred dollars.

  • The trial offer was to pay for $3.95 for the cost of the shipping for one bottle. I noticed shortly after placing the order I had a charge on my credit card for $149.95. Unknown to myself the company charges for a membership if you don’t cancel within 14 days, I cancelled within 18 days…When I called the customer service number they told me the decision has been made and my refund request was denied. When I questioned the person on the other line about what I was getting for my $149.95 she told me I was not getting anything because I cancelled the membership.
?“Tamara”, in a post to the Ripoff Report
  • This is a “free sample” scam: Pay only postage and handling and get a free sample of a tooth whitening system, they say. I looked for the “catch,” something that would indicate that there’d be hidden or recurring charges, but didn’t see anything, and ordered. Sure enough, a couple of weeks later, I see a charge for $88.97 on my bank statement…When I called, the guy answering the phone had obviously answered the same angry question many, many times: “Why has your company charged $88.97 to my card?” “Because you didn’t cancel your subscription in time,” he said tiredly.
?“Elenor”, in a post to the Ripoff Report

One notable lawsuit has occurred as a result of these articles. Some of the articles about work at home kits specifically advertise things like “work for Google”, or “job openings at Google”. However, Google asserts these claims as false and has taken the case to court, as it is a copyright violation. “Thousands of people have been tricked into sending payment information and being charged hidden fees by questionable operations,” said Google in a statement.

The BBB has received over 3,000 complaints about products such as the ones that Google took offense to. The lawsuit has yet to begin in court, and no date has been set.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

U.S. retail chain stores Kroger’s, Walgreens and five other food and drugstore chains have filed a lawsuit against the world’s largest credit card company, Visa International Inc. The federal lawsuit claims the company practices fee fixing on transactions, and with restricting competition among member banks.

The retail merchants claim that Visa acts in collusion with its member banks to fix transaction fees taken as a percentage of each retail sale. The suit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, and seeks unspecified damages.

Member banks, those banks that issue and process merchants’ Visa transactions, are unable to negotiate transaction fees directly with the merchant, and merchants are forced to accept Visa purchases regardless of the issuing bank. The complaint says, “The merchant restraints have resulted in exorbitant interchange fees that bear no relationship to the cost of the services being provided.”

Merchants see the rising use of card transactions and the effect it has on their bottom line. The interchange fees are currently 1.75% from most banks, but on some cards it rose this year to 2.9%. The National Retail Federation said for 2004 that between Visa and MasterCard, they pulled in $17.4 billion, a surcharge borne by the consumer regardless of whether they pay by cash or plastic.

Retailers do not oppose transaction fees, but believe they should be based on market forces. They claim that technology has lowered the cost of processing the transactions, but the savings is not being passed along to them. There are currently four major credit card providers in the U.S.

Webpronews writer John Smith cites this merchant quote: “The collective setting of interchange fees by Visa and its member banks constitutes horizontal price-fixing that leads to higher retail prices for our customers,” said Paul Heldman, Kroger senior vice president and general counsel. “This hidden cost must be borne by all Kroger customers, whether they pay for their groceries with cash, by check or by debit or credit card. At a time when technology has made card authorization and processing faster, cheaper, safer and more efficient than ever, we believe that our customers should be receiving the benefit of declining interchange fees. Instead, Visa is using its extraordinary market power to profit at our customers’ expense.”

A small group of Connecticut retailers filed a similar lawsuit last month naming along with Visa, MasterCard and several other large banks. The suit was filed in Connecticut’s federal court. That suit also calls the fees “exorbitant”.

The Vice-President of Visa, Paul Cohen, said “It appears this is another in a series of attempts by some merchants to receive all the value of electronic payments, while shifting their normal costs of doing business onto consumers.”

Monday, May 8, 2006

Last week’s announcement that most soda manufacturers will stop selling their sugary products in U.S. schools did not mention that avoiding lawsuits was part of the motivation for the self-imposed ban. Some of those who threatened legal action to stop the soda sales are patting themselves on the back over the agreement, while lamenting that the deal did not go far enough, and now plan to press for more restrictions.

“Though there is room for improvement — sugary “sports” drinks still will be sold in schools, for instance — this voluntary agreement is certainly good enough that CSPI will drop its planned lawsuit against Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Cadbury-Schweppes and their bottlers,” said Michael F. Jacobson, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest . “I hope this settlement contributes to the momentum that is building in Congress for legislation that would require USDA to update its standards for foods sold outside of school meals. That would enable USDA to eliminate the sale of candy, cookies, French fries, potato chips, and other snack foods, as well as sports drinks, that are standard fare in school vending machines and stores.”

In the wake of the announcement of the agreement by the three largest soft drink companies, their bottlers and the public health advocacy group, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Jacobson thanked his team of litigators for “negotiating effectively with the soft-drink industry over the past six months, and for demonstrating that the judicial system can play an important role in spurring public health advances.”

Richard Daynard, a law professor and president of the Public Health Advocacy Institute, which threatened the soft-drink industry with lawsuits, said in an institute press release, “The industry agreement with the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association comes after sustained pressure from potential litigation and negotiations with public health groups and their lawyers. It is a credit to the role of litigation and the legal system as a component of effective public health strategy.”

“This agreement demonstrates the potential of public health litigation to help control the obesity epidemic,” he said.

In an email exchange with the James Logan Courier, Margo Wootan, director of Nutrition Policy for the Center for Science in the Public interest, said, “Last week’s announcement that soft drink companies will pull all sugary sodas from schools is great step toward improving school foods. This agreement is the culmination of the tremendous national momentum on improving school foods — from the local policies (in LA, NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, etc.), state bills (in 2005, 200 bills were introduced in 40 states to get soda and junk foods out of schools), the strong bipartisan bill pending in the U.S. Congress, and threats of litigation against soda companies.”

“While today’s agreement is a huge step forward, it is by no means the last step” wrote Wootan, ” We still have a lot of work to do to improve school foods.”

The agreement, announced Wednesday morning by the William J. Clinton Foundation, means that the nation’s biggest beverage distributors, and the American Beverage Association, will pull their soda products from vending machines and cafeterias in schools serving about 35 million students, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

Under the agreement, high schools will still be able to purchase drinks such as diet and unsweetened teas, diet sodas, sports drinks, flavored water, seltzer and low-calorie sports drinks for resale to students.

The companies plan to stop soda sales at 75 percent of the nation’s public schools by the 2008-2009 school year, and at all schools in the following school year. The speed of the changes will depend in part on school districts’ willingness to change their contracts with the beverage distributors.

Some food activists criticized the deal for not going far enough and undermining efforts to go further.

Michele Simon, the director of the Center for Informed Food Choices, based in Oakland, Ca., called the deal “bogus” and a “PR stunt” by “Big Cola” in an effort to “sugar coat it’s image.”

“This announcement could potentially undermine ongoing grassroots efforts, state legislation, and other enforceable policies,” wrote Simon in an article at www.commondreams.org,” For example, in Massachusetts where a stronger bill is pending, a local advocate is worried about the adverse impact, since legislators could easily think that Clinton has taken care of the problem and ignore the bill. What was already an uphill battle—getting schools and legislatures to take this problem seriously—was just made worse, not better, by this bogus agreement.

“Even from a health standpoint, the deal is hardly impressive. Diet soda full of artificial sweeteners, sports drinks high in sugar, and other empty-calorie beverages with zero nutritional value are still allowed in high schools,” Simon wrote, “Also, parents concerned about soda advertising in schools will not be pleased with the agreement. Not a word is mentioned about the ubiquitous marketing children are subjected to daily in the form of branded score boards, school supplies, sports bags, and cups (just to name a few), which is required by exclusive Coke and Pepsi contracts. “

She’s not the only one criticizing the deal.“ While the initial details are promising, PHAI is concerned about some aspects of the agreement as it is being reported,” Daynard said in the press release. “The continual sale of “sports drinks” is a cause for concern. While they have a role for marathon runners and others engaged in sustained strenuous sports, for most students “sports drinks” are just another form of sugar water. Furthermore, the change in beverages offered must be carefully monitored and cannot depend entirely on the schools’ willingness and ability to alter existing contracts. Soda companies have spent decades pushing these unhealthy drinks on children and should bear the responsibility for their removal. PHAI is also concerned about the enforcement of this agreement and its silence on industry marketing activities in the school system,” he said.

“Importantly, the agreement doesn’t address the sale of chips, candy, snack cakes, ice cream, or any of the other high-fat, high-calorie, high-salt foods that are sold widely in schools,” said Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “This is a voluntary agreement and is not enforceable, we need Senator Harkin’s school foods bill to lock in the beverage standards and give them the force of law.”

Even the diet drinks, which will still be offered, need to go, said Ross Getman, an attorney in Syracuse, NY. Getman has advocated that soda should not be sold in public schools and that long-term “pouring rights” agreements, which give a company exclusive access to sell their brands at a school, are illegal for a variety of reasons.

Getman, who contends that some diet sodas are contaminated with benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, said the soda “industry gets an “F” for incomplete” for “the industry’s failure to pull all soda from school and to recall products.”

Schools account for about $700 million in U.S. soft-drink sales, less than 1 percent total revenue for Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Cadbury, the nation’s largest soda companies.

Ten of the largest U.S. school districts have already removed soft drinks from vending machines, according to Getman. States including California, Maine and Connecticut have also banned sugary sodas in schools.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 German retail corporation Rewe plans to open several Penny Market discount stores in Romania in the middle of this year. Rewe is mainly interested in opening stores in cities such as Ploie?ti, Câmpina, Tecuci, Foc?ani, One?ti, Craiova, Caracal, Constan?a, Medgidia, Alexandria and Ro?iori de Vede. Most of these cities have populations of below 100,000 people, and Rewe is hoping to take advantage of a market that has not been highly tapped into, since most of Romania’s larger cities, such as Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and Ia?i, already have multiple large supermarkets and discount stores.

Rewe also announced that, over the next few years, it intends to open a total of 50 Penny Market and XXL Mega Stores in Romania. Rewe already operates 14 several highly-successful Billa supermarkets throughout Romania, mainly in large cities, as well as 8 Selgros stores. Rewe has previously made announcements that it wishes to expand its Billa and Selgros brands more extensively. The total value of the company’s investment in Romania is around 200 million euro.

Romania is currently going through a retail boom, especially in the supermarket and discount stores area. Large corporations such as Rewe and Carrefour have established very successful branches in Romania, and other retail giants such as Tesco and WalMart have announced their intention to enter the Romanian market, which is the largest in Southeastern Europe.

The mini MAX discount company said it would open three stores in Romania, in April-May of this year, in the cities of Slatina, Târgovi?te and Urziceni. It plans to open up to 100 stores until the year 2010. Meanwhile, Tengelmann, Rewe’s rival, said it would invest 200 million euro in Romania to open 120 supermarkets in the next five years.

By Ernest Jarquio

If you want to get brand-name tires, you may have to pay hundreds of dollars, depending on the type of vehicle you own. This is why you should consider using discount tire stores. Through them you can get brand-name tires at drastically reduced prices. You may even be able to save more money if you decide to get used tires through them.

The only issue involved with discount tire stores is deciding which type you’re going to use: online enterprises or brick and mortar stores. If you need help making this determination, read on as this article will provide 4 factors you need to consider when thinking about using brick & mortar or online discount tire stores.

1. Tire Installation

Many brick & mortar discount tire stores will offer tire installation at an additional cost, though sometimes promotional offers may include it in the overall price. Either way, it’s very convenient being able to pick out your tires and then a couple hours later having them installed without having to go to a separate auto mechanic. Yet, when you order tires from an online discount tire store, you will have to do just that unless you decide to install the tires yourself.

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2. Additional Discounts

It is not uncommon to find additional price cuts through online discount tire stores. Sometimes they will offer free shipping, other times they will simply slash the price to something that is significantly below retail. Regardless, some of the deals available through online discount tire stores won’t be found through their brick and mortar counterparts. This is mainly because many online discount tire stores know they must maintain a competitive edge over brick and mortar shops which tend to be more popular among consumers.

3. Shopping from Home

Being able to purchase tires from the comfort of one’s own home is the greatest advantage associated with online discount tire stores. When you buy your tires online, you don’t have to worry about battling the weather, getting stuck in traffic or waiting in long lines. You also don’t have to worry about closing times, since Internet buying can be done at any hour of the day.

4. Human Advice

If you need advice on which tires you should get, you can get immediate input from clerks working at a brick and mortar discount tire store. On the other hand, if you order online, you may not get immediate input. Of course, some online stores will allow people to communicate with customer service personnel through a chat room. If you find an online discount tire store that has such a feature, you will have just as much convenience as you would if you had gone to a brick and mortar store. Otherwise, you will have to email customer support and wait a few days to get your question answered.

In conclusion, there are several things to take into consideration before you can decide whether or not you’ll buy from a brick and mortar store versus an online one. All in all brick and mortar discount tire stores are best if you need to have the tire installed right after you purchase it; otherwise, online enterprises offer the most convenience since you can order any time you want.

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