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McDonald'' s moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu


Rogelio V. Solis/ AP A Pleased Meal including non-fat chocolate milk and a cheeseburger with fries is revealed at a McDonald’s restaurant in Brandon, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018|10:03 a.m.

New York City– McDonald’s is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Delighted Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, hydrogenated fat and sugar that kids consume at its dining establishments.

Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid’s meal, however the fast-food business said that not listing them will minimize how typically they’re purchased. Considering that it got rid of soda from the Happy Meal menu 4 years back, orders for it with Pleased Meals have fallen 14 percent, the business stated. Hamburgers and Chicken McNuggets will remain the main entrees on the Happy Meal menu.

The Happy Meal has long been a target of health advocates and moms and dads who connect it to youth weight problems. McDonald’s has made many tweaks over the years, including cutting the size of its fries and adding fruit. Most just recently, it swapped out its apple juice for one that has less sugar.

It’s been particularly crucial as the company tries to shake its junk-food image, because McDonald’s is known for getting more service from households with kids relative to its traditional competitors, such as Burger King and Wendy’s. McDonald’s doesn’t state what does it cost? profits it makes from the Happy Meal, but the business said 30 percent of all sees come from households.

The current Pleased Meal modifications, including brand-new dietary requirements, will occur in the United States by June.

” It’s a great action in the right instructions,” said Margo Wootan, the vice president for nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “We would like to see many more restaurants do the exact same.”

McDonald’s stated Thursday that it wants all its Delighted Meal alternatives to have 600 calories or fewer and have less than 650 milligrams of sodium. It also desires less than 10 percent of the meal’s calories to come from saturated fat and the same percentage to come from sugarcoated.

The cheeseburger and chocolate milk didn’t meet those new standards, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said. It is, nevertheless, working to cut sugar from the chocolate milk and believes it’ll be back on the Pleased Meal menu ultimately– however doesn’t understand when that will occur.

There will be other tweaks: The six-piece chicken nugget Happy Meal will now come with a kids-sized french fries instead of a small, lowering calories and sodium from the french fries by half. And bottled water will be added as an alternative to the Pleased Meal menu, but will cost extra. Presently, the Happy Meal menu lists milk, chocolate milk and apple juice. Soda does not cost additional.

For worldwide restaurants, McDonald’s Corp. stated that at least half of the Pleased Meal choices available should fulfill its brand-new nutritional standards. The company said some are adding brand-new menu items to comply, like in Italy, where a grilled chicken sandwich was contributed to the Delighted Meal menu.

Putin: '' Don ' t worry, be happy' ' as Trump ditches climate deal


Sergei Savostyanov/TASS News Agency pool photo/ AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets heads of significant foreign business at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 2, 2017.

Friday, June 2, 2017|1:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Russian President Vladimir Putin says he won’t judge Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, which is being commonly panned by other world leaders.

“Do not fret, enjoy!” Putin quipped Friday after being asked for his response at a financial forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

There’s plenty for Putin to cheer in Trump’s rejection of the contract signed by 195 countries. Russia is the world’s most significant oil manufacturer and fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Trump’s move drives another wedge between the United States and its traditional European allies, while aligning its stance closer to Russia in enhancing fossil fuels while delaying action to suppress climate change.

Putin joked that while it’s still cold and rainy in Russia, Trump and American imperialism could now be blamed for international warming.

Fans happy to see '' Greatest Program in the world' ' a final time

Saturday, May 20, 2017|9:09 p.m.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)– For some circus fans Saturday, it was a possibility to say goodbye to precious youth memories. For others, it was a pail list satisfaction.

Lions, tigers and clowns, no more. Oh my. It’s curtains for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & & Bailey Circus.

This weekend, the most well-known American circus ends its 146-year reign as one of the world’s biggest big tops.

Ringling’s moms and dad business, Feld Home entertainment, announced in January it would take its final bow this year. On Saturday afternoon, under cloudy skies, fans streamed into the Nassau Coliseum in suburban New york city to pay their last respects to the renowned program.

“I am sad that it’s going to be over,” said Melissa Angevine of Walton, New York. She and her hubby owned four hours with their two kids Saturday to see the show “It’s a leisure activity that not anybody gets to take pleasure in anymore, unfortunately. Everyone’s in their tablets and not really heading out and seeing different type of home entertainment any longer.”

Saturday evening’s circus was an extravaganza of huge cats, motorcycle stunts, clowns performing death-defying stunts, ice skaters, buckets of popcorn and Mongolian contortionists– which was just the very first half of the show.

“I’m ending up being an adult today,” stated 46-year-old Heather Greenberg, of New york city City. “I can’t go to the circus with my daddy anymore.”

Greenberg and her moms and dads, and her three children, along with her sister and extended household– 12 in all– clowned around, laughing and joking, as they walked into the program.

Her sister, Dawn Mirowitz, 42, of Dix Hills, New York, sobered as she contemplated a future without the Ringling Brothers circus.

“We’ll never ever get an opportunity to take our grandchildren to the circus,” she stated.

Feld executives say decreasing presence combined with high operating expense are amongst reasons for closing.

Ringling had 2 touring circuses this season, one ending its run earlier this month in Providence, Rhode Island.

The last shows of exactly what was long promoted as “The best Show on Earth” are being staged throughout the weekend, with three programs Saturday and 3 Sunday. The final circus program Sunday night will be streamed on Facebook Live and on the circus’ site.

Clarissa Williams, a 38-year-old stay-at-home mommy from West Hempstead, New York, took her 8-year-old daughter, Nylah, to the program.

“I’m appreciative we get to see it before it leaves,” she said. “I pray that when they end, they take the animals and put them in a safe, spiritual place.”

A circus spokesman states houses have been found for the animals that were owned by Ringling, including the tigers, horses and camels.

CCSD teachers not happy to hear brand-new spending plan might suggest no raises– once more


Steve Marcus

Educators chat before the start of a Clark County School District orientation session for brand-new instructors at the Venetian Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Over 1,700 teachers participated in the orientation.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015|2 a.m.

Clark County instructors are livid after discovering they might not receive pay increases next year.

The statement came at a Monday night school board conference, where CCSD administrators stated suspending raise for the district’s 40,000 staff members would assist in saving around $32 million. The district is presently dealing with a deficit of $67 million due to a drop in state per pupil financing.

Upset teachers spared no time at all decrying the news as unfair because of that the state approved bonus offers of $5,000 for brand-new teachers who have accepted work in at-risk schools.

“It really impacts our stability and our income,” stated Jen Manning, a math instructor at Spring Valley High School. “It’s very emotionally difficult.”

Manning, 32, has worked in the district for 9 years however states she is still being paid as if she were a seven-year instructor. That amounts to around $2,000 less each year at a time when she has actually spent $8,000 getting a second master’s degree.

“I simply finished 16 credits to carry on to the next wage scale, and now I’m being told, when again, I’m not going to be provided credit for my brand-new education,” she said.

Teachers and school personnel have actually been here prior to. They were told in 2013 that pay raises were off the table, however eventually ended up getting them. Still, the unpredictability makes numerous teachers and school personnel feel they are being undervalued.

“It keeps taking place and that’s why I’m so upset about it,” Manning said. “It affects the morale of the staff members who are currently right here and wish to work.”

Although the district has stated they simply do not have the money to provide pay raises, the process stays in flux pending union arrangements, which might end later this year.

“We’re not accepting exactly what we heard last night,” stated John Vellardita, executive director of the Clark County Education Association, which represents majority of the district’s teachers. “We don’t take it as the conclusive spending plan, nor do we accept the reality there’s not going to be any [salary] advances.”

“We understand there is cash because spending plan,” he stated.

Vellardita prompted instructors to continue to be calm in e-mails sent out this week. He said the union was currently in settlements and was positive.

But district authorities say their hands are tied. Although the Legislature approved numerous countless dollars for new education programs this year, much of that money is earmarked for particular programs and cannot be made use of for anything else.

Around 80 percent of the state’s school district budget plans originate from something called the “fundamental support warranty,” or BSG. The BSG is a combination of state aid and local income the Legislature assigns to each school district. A number of districts are dealing with reductions in their basic support warranty, including Clark and Washoe counties.

CCSD is receiving $15 less per student than before, which, when combined with enhancing costs, is why it’s dealing with a deficit. Schools in Washoe County are dealing with a deficit of around $27 million.

The drop in support prompted some school board members to criticize state legislators, however there’s little the district can do to reverse it.

“I believe it absolutely puts a strain on the system,” stated Jim McIntosh, CCSD’s primary monetary officer. “It does make it more difficult if we’re not offering a competitive salary.”

Vellardita echoed lots of instructors who felt the news was bad timing.

“This is the time of the year when instructors should be kicking back and unwinding with their households and preparing for the next academic year,” he stated.

Manning stated that if pay raises aren’t offered, many school employees might resign. The district didn’t state whether they were anticipating a raft of resignations due to the move.

The news also comes as the drop duration for instructors who wish to pull out of the union begins today.

“It’s regrettable the timing of this but it’s just the reality of the scenario we’re facing,” McIntosh stated.

Needs to Be Happy: Banks, Insurers Driving More Disciplined CRE Lending Market (So Far).

A new age of more strict underwriting by banks and other loan providers incorporated with greater diversity in sources of industrial real estate capital has actually assisted spark a rush of confidence among CRE executives, according to the 6th yearly Akerman U.S. Property Industry Outlook Study launched Wednesday.

The survey shows that nearly 60 % of real estate executives are more optimistic about the market this year than they were in 2014 as the U.S. draws higher levels of foreign financial investment and institutional capital surging greater to satisfy increasing deal volumes.

Almost half of the executives interviewed predicted that banks will certainly drive office building funding over the coming year, and for the first time because 2011, they suggested that insurance coverage business will likewise be a major source of real estate financing. International capital, already funneling equity into U.S. building deals, will be a vital motorist of development in the funding space also.

A surge in institutional capital is leading offer volumes, with an upward trajectory forecasted in 2015. Nevertheless, executives believe that foreign capital will continue to pour into the united state, and CMBS, private equity, REITs and pension funds will certainly work as sources of an even greater volume contributed through non-traditional financial investment automobiles.

“The sources of capital are really diverse. There are any number of different and innovative methods that people are funding deals, and that appears to indicate a favorable outlook,” stated Akerman’s Andrew Berman.

Lending is various now, for instance, in retail and office leasing, Berman said.

“Banks will certainly not lend unless there is a huge and steady renter, and they are far more likely to be considering the exit techniques,” Berman said.

Majority, 58 %, believe multifamily will continue to lead CRE through the recovery. Seven out of 10 concur home advancement will drive multifamily activity.

Executives stated the single-family homebuilding market will certainly be the 2nd most active realty sector at 10 %, followed by hospitality, retail, commercial and workplace.

The acquiring power of the Chinese yuan over the U.S. dollar has the prospective to be a substantial motorist for numerous U.S. markets throughout all equipment types.

The survey is made up of 176 executive interviews carried out in between March 3 and March 30, 2015.