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Cats take over the 2015 Turkey G20 Antalya Summit stage (Video)

The leaders of world’s most powerful leaders were not the only guests of the G20 Antalya Summit. Stray cats broke tight security measures and appeared at the reception stage on Sunday, to the surprise of many. According to reports, the cats showed up on the stage as reporters were preparing for live broadcasting

THE BREAKING NEWS CONSUMER’S HANDBOOK

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Source: onthemedia.org

By: Alex Goldman

This week’s shooting at the DC Navy Yard was the latest in a long string of breaking news reporting to get many of the essential facts wrong.

In fact, the rampant misreporting that follows shootings like this is so predictable that OTM has unintentionally developed a formula for covering them. We look at how all the bad information came out. We suggest ways that the news media could better report breaking news. This time, we’re doing something different.

This is our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook.  Rather than counting on news outlets to get it right, we’re looking at the other end. Below are some tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad. We’ve even made a handy, printable PDF that you can tape to your wall the next time you encounter a big news event.

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Consumer Reports: How much arsenic is in your rice? (Video)

Consumer Reports’ new data and guidelines are important for everyone but especially for gluten avoiders

Source: consumerreports.org

In late 2012 we released our original report on arsenic in rice, in which we found measurable levels in almost all of the 60 rice varieties and rice products we tested.

Our most recent testing and analysis gave us some new information on the risk of arsenic exposure in infants and children through rice cereal and other rice products. We looked at data released by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013 on the inorganic arsenic content of 656 processed rice-containing products. We found that rice cereal and rice pasta can have much more inorganic arsenic—a carcinogen—than our 2012 data showed. According to the results of our new tests, one serving of either could put kids over the maximum amount of rice we recommend they should have in a week. Rice cakes supply close to a child’s weekly limit in one serving. Rice drinks can also be high in arsenic, and children younger than 5 shouldn’t drink them instead of milk. (Learn thenew rice rules about weekly servings.)

In 2012, we recommended that babies eat no more than one serving of infant rice cereal per day, on average, and that their diets should include cereals made from other grains. We did not find any reason to change our advice based on our new analysis. When we shared our results with the FDA and asked for comment, the agency reiterated its recommendation that everyone, including pregnant women, infants, and toddlers, should eat a variety of grains. And they pointed out that parents should “consider options other than rice cereal for a child’s first solid food.”

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Ecuador’s thirst for oil threatens wildlife (Video)

info-pictogram1 Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park park is a refuge to more than twenty types of endangered mammals, and a single hectare of forest is home to more than 100,000 species of insects. More amazingly, an estimated eighty percent of the species living in there are still unknown to scientists. But now, the threat of oil extraction means those species could be destroyed before they are even discovered. Al Jazeera’s David Mercer reports from the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

Water crisis squeezes Brazil’s largest state (Video)

info-pictogram1 Brazil’s most populous state of Sao Paulo is on the cusp of an unprecedented water crisis stemming in part from one of the worst droughts in decades. Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo reports from Sao Paulo.

Because Monsanto? The US GMO label fail (Video)

info-pictogram1 If you’re looking to buy natural food in the US, one thing you might want to avoid is actually the label ‘natural’.

NewsTeam: After Israeli shelling of UN school in Gaza (Video)

info-pictogram1 Harry Fear reports from Gaza about another heavy night of Israeli bombardments, which is followed by terrifying news: Israeli shell hits UN school in Gaza.

Nepal children risk death to study at school (Video)

info-pictogram1 Hundreds of children in Nepal have to make perilous journeys to school every day using gondola-like wire bridges built over dangerous rivers. Risking injury and death, many take the measure so they can get an education and make it to school. Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha reports from Dhading.

Documentary: Witnessing deadly Israel op in Gaza (Video)

info-pictogram1 Harry Fear reports from the Gaza Strip on the murder of a young man shot by a sniper in front of a group of international solidarity activists.