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It's a day for covers....
It's a day for covers....
(1) LADY GAGA – BORN THIS WAY COVER
How could I not feature this? Ten years old? Say Whaaaaaat???
You go girl.
You go girl.
“The weeks between Valentine's Day and Easter are usually the sweetest time of year for the chocolate industry. But confectioners are nervous this year because of political unrest in Ivory Coast, the West African country that produces 40 percent of the world's cocoa beans. The current ban on cocoa exports from Ivory Coast is raising concerns of a chocolate shortage.”
"No one expects chocolate to suddenly disappear from store shelves. But there are concerns about whether the cocoa supply can keep pace with growing demand as India and China develop a taste for chocolate.
Cocoa trees only grow near the equator. Most of this year's crop left Ivory Coast before the ban went into effect. But as much as 10 percent of the world cocoa crop this year may be tied up in the country. Parkin says chocolate makers may have no choice but to pass higher prices on to the consumer.
"The whole industry is facing some pretty severe cost pressure this year," Parkin says. "If prices stay at this level, then you should expect that it will get passed on to the consumer, either with some level of price rises or package size reductions."
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It's part two of the crisis that started in 2007-08, which led to food riots in 18 countries. Prices in 2008 reached their highest since 1845, in inflation-adjusted terms, according to theEconomist magazine's index, before slumping. The crisis seemed to have solved itself.
But last month, global food prices actually broke the record, according to the experts at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. Over the past year the price of corn has risen 52 per cent, wheat 49 per cent and soybeans 28 per cent.
Rising food prices have pushed an extra 44 million people into poverty in the past seven months, according to the World Bank. It's even being felt in the rich world. In Australia, the opposition hopes to capitalise on it: "The year will begin and end with Australian families facing an ever-rising cost of living," the Liberal Party's Joe Hockey said in a speech last week.
Alarmed at spiking food prices, a score of countries, including big food suppliers such as Russia and Ukraine, have banned food exports to make sure they can feed their own people first. This has provoked further alarm. Britain's environment minister, Caroline Spelman, argued last month that it should be illegal for countries to halt food exports, even in an emergency.
At the same time, the British government's chief scientific officer, Sir John Beddington, declared that "the case for urgent action in the global food system is now compelling". The Group of Twenty major economic powers, which includes Australia, agreed.”
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(3) RECIPE FOR COKE? ONE MORE TO ADD TO THE FILE
“Over the years, the public radio show “This American Life” has done some ambitious work. It was the first media outlet in the country to broadcast lengthy interviews with Guantánamo Bay prisoners. It sent reporters to Iraq for a month. And it exposed the misdeeds of a hedge fund.
So what other topic could be so weighty, so captivating that it would cause the radio show’s Web site to crash under a stampede of visitors? A soft-drink recipe.
The host, Ira Glass, revealed on last weekend’s show what he claimed was the original formula for Coca-Cola. He found it buried in a little-noticed article in the archives of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The recipe spread across the Internet, republished everywhere from CNN to Al Jazeera. A television show in Australia made its own Coke on air. Brewers in the United States swapped tips on finding the best sources for key ingredients like coriander oil and citric acid.
“It’s sobering,” Mr. Glass said. “We’ve done a lot of serious reporting on many serious things. But nothing that got the attention that we got from taking on a soft drink.”
Coke, as it always does, insists the recipe is inaccurate. The real formula, it says, remains in a bank vault in Atlanta.”
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(1) UNCONTACTED AMAZON TRIBE: FIRST EVER AERIAL FOOTAGE
This is amazing…
(2) ROBERT BRADFORD - RECYCLED TOY SCULPTURES
"Robert Bradford creates his life-size and larger-than-life sculptures of humans and animals from discarded plastic items, mainly toys but also other colorful plastic bits and pieces, such as combs and buttons, brushes and parts of clothes pegs.
Contrary to some reports, he’s not a self-taught artist who tinkered in his shed one day and suddenly decided to create something out of his kids’ discarded toys. He is a London-born and U.K. and U.S.-trained visual artist who, like many artists, also had another career on the side. His was that of a psychotherapist.
In 2002, he started to consider the possibilities that his children’s forgotten toys could have as part of something bigger. Bradford says he likes the idea that the plastic pieces have a history, some unknown past, and that they also pass on a “cultural” history as each of the pieces represents a point in time.
Recycling is not his primary concern, but each sculpture certainly keeps quite a few pieces from becoming landfill. Some of the sculptures contain pieces from up to 3,000 toys and sell for £12,000 (US$19,000). - Tuija Seipell"
(3) ARTIST WANTED – IN FOCUS : PETE ECKERT
“Pete Eckert is a totally blind person. But through his photography, he proves that he IS a visual person, he just can't see.”