Judge Blocks Ban On Super-Sized Sugary Drinks In New York

Judge Blocks Ban On Super-Sized Sugary Drinks In New YorkA New York judge is forcing the Bloomberg administration to take a big gulp — striking down its groundbreaking and controversial limit on the size of sugary drinks in New York City shortly before it was set to take effect.

‘Arbitrary and capricious’

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling wrote in his opinion that the rules are “arbitrary and capricious,” applying to only certain beverages and only certain stores. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city plans to appeal, calling the ruling “clearly an error.”

“If we are serious about fighting obesity then we have to be honest about it and courageous about tackling it,” Bloomberg said. “We believe it is reasonable and responsible to draw a line.”

But Tingling said the city’s Board of Health went beyond its authority, and effectively would be “limited by its own imagination” if left unchecked. That, he wrote, “has the potential to be more troubling than sweetened beverages.”

‘Unpopular ban’

In the wake of the ruling, the American Beverage Association said the decision provided a “sigh of relief to New Yorkers and thousands of small businesses in New York City that would have been harmed by this arbitrary and unpopular ban.”

The city Board of Health approved the measure in September. Championed by Bloomberg, it follows on other efforts his administration has made to improve New Yorkers’ eating habits, from compelling chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus to barring artificial trans fats in restaurant food to prodding food manufacturers to use less salt.

Do you think sales ban on super-sized sugary drinks can have a noticeable impact on the city’s obesity problem? Should the ban go on or should they put a cap on it?

Source: Fox News

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Rules For Buying An Engagement Ring

You found your soul mate; now you just need to find an engagement ring that she’ll love for, oh, the rest of her life. There’s bafflingly little useful advice out there about buying an engagement ring. So we’ve assembled some hard-won wisdom that will help you get what you want—which, really, is all about what she wants—without getting suckered.

1. This Is Gonna Sting a Little

You’ll hear that you should spend two to three months’ salary on a ring, but that’s pre-recession talk. Be realistic: Start with four to six weeks’ worth of paychecks, and be prepared to drop a little extra if it’ll get you perfection.

2. Act Like a Cat Burglar

Don’t guess at her size—steal one of her rings to have it sized by a jeweler. While you’re in her jewelry box, take a few cellphone shots so you can remember what she likes.

3. Turn Her Friends Into Accomplices

Ask her pals (the ones who can keep a secret) if she’s dropped any hints—the type of metal, the cut of the stone, a designer she likes. Because she has.

4. Think of Yourself, Just This Once

She might want her wedding band to match her engagement ring—and some couples like their wedding bands to match, too. In other words: Know that if you get her a rose-gold band, you might also end up wearing rose gold.

5. Know the Rules of the Rock

You can get a quick education online about how gemologists grade stones, but after that, you need guidelines: For a diamond, avoid any color grade below H (too yellow) or any cut grade below Very Good (not enough sparkle). We’d choose a better cut and clearer color over more carats, but if she’s expecting a boulder, your choice is made for you.

6. Go Beyond the White Diamond

These days it’s cool to put some color on her ring finger; black diamonds, yellow diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires are all fair game as center or accent stones.

Just remember to nail the kind of ring that she really likes. So, are you now ready to pop the question? Were these tips helpful?

Source: Yahoo Shopping

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