long arm of the law
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2013 05:48 PM
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took cigarette smoking out of the city’s bars and restaurants 10 years ago. Now he’s going to take them right out of the hands of New Yorkers who happen to fall below the age of 21.
The New York City Council voted Wednesday to raise the purchase age for tobacco product to 21. Bloomberg is expected to sign it into law and, once he signs, smokers in their late teens and early twenties will have 180 days to buy up as many cartons as they can before the law goes into effect.
"By increasing the smoking age to 21, we will help prevent another generation from the ill health and shorter life expectancy that comes with smoking," Bloomberg said in a statement on Wednesday, according to CNN.Continue reading...
brands with balls
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 17, 2013 05:59 PM
Famous, elusive British graffiti artist Banksy, who has previously tweaked such brands as BP and the Simpsons, has been roaming the streets of New York for the past few weeks and Mayor Bloomberg, a major donor to the arts, is not too happy about his unlawful artwork.
"Nobody’s a bigger supporter of the arts than I am. I just think there are some places for art and some places where — no art,” the Mayor said, calling the nameless artist a vandal.
Someone else who probably isn't too happy with Banksy is McDonald's, as the artist and his assistants have been stopping by NYC locations of the Golden Arches with their very own iteration of its Ronald McDonald statue in tow. This one has whopping big feet that a Banksy assistant (playing the role of a down a the heels—literally—shoeshine boy) sits by and buffs the iconic clown's shoes.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 13, 2013 03:58 PM
It’s a campaign so simple, with a product so pure, that the biggest challenge facing it may be keeping its marketing message equally simple.
The Drink Up campaign, formed through a partnership between First Lady Michelle Obama and Partnership for a Healthier America, hopes to encourage the public, especially kids, to drink more plain water.
"Water is so basic, and because it is so plentiful, sometimes we just forget about it amid all the ads we watch on television and all the messages we receive every day about what to eat and drink," Obama said, according to The Huffington Post. "The truth is, water just gets drowned out."
Obama is an honorary chair of PHA, whom she previously partnered with on a music album about getting healthy. The campaign is a natural fit with her continued Let's Move initiative. The campaign will also be supported by a group of beverage partners that will carry the Drink Up logo on hundreds of millions of packs of bottled water and reusable bottles.Continue reading...
sip on this
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 30, 2013 03:42 PM
Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, has been dealt yet another blow on his warpath to ban oversized, sugary drinks. The four judges from New York state's Supreme Court Appellate Division unanimously ruled Tuesday that the city’s attempt to stop larger-size sodas from being sold in the Big Apple’s restaurants is unconstitutional.
Mayor Bloomberg, who has taken on the cause personally, is prepared to carry on the fight to ban sodas 16 ounces and larger from being sold in NYC eateries. "Today's decision is a temporary setback, and we plan to appeal this decision as we continue the fight against the obesity epidemic," Bloomberg said in a statement.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 13, 2013 01:54 PM
New York City loses $1 billion a year in tax money thanks to counterfeit goods being sold on its streets. At least that’s what one City Council member is saying to help promote her bill that would have police arresting those who buy the products as well as the those who sell them, according to the Associated Press.
The plan, which will be addressed at a public meeting on Thursday and is expected to come to vote in the next few months, is to have the buyers of fake Pradas, Chanels and other luxury goods either fined $1,000 or put in jail for a year.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is planning to oppose the bill, the New York Post reports, because the size of the fine would keep tourists from buying pretty much anything. Plus, it wouldn’t be good PR to have images of tourists in jail floating around.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 13, 2013 10:55 AM
Reports broke late last week alleging that Bloomberg reporters were using the Bloomberg terminal to track (some might say stalk) employees at its financial services clients such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, all the way up to high-profile individuals such as Ben Bernanke and Tim Geithner — even, apparently, the new company's namesake founder, Michael Bloomberg.
Following a company-wide email on Friday and a Buzzfeed report that this ability was disclosed by a Bloomberg TV reporter two years ago, Bloomberg L.P. CEO Dan Doctoroff acknowledged in a story published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday that the a firewall should have prevented its journalists from accessing such user data long "earlier":Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 3, 2013 03:37 PM
New York City’s Citi Bike bike share program is finally ready to launch, with 6,000 bikes and 330 docking stations spreading in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but plenty of New Yorkers have already found something to complain about.
The just-placed docking stations are causing parking and delivery problems for residents and business owners. According to CBS Local, drivers are being forced to stall their vehicles in no standing zones while others have noted that the docking stations block loading docks and drop-off points. “I don’t know how we’re going to be able to operate really now effectively. It’s sad, dramatic negative impact,” Carlo Giurdanella, owner of Bella Tile told CBS.
'Installation frustration' is just the beginning of the gripes that city-dwellers have with the bike share program. It's been noted that the Citi Bike rules include a statement about overweight riders, effectively banning persons over 260 pounds from using the bicycles. Appalled by the statement, many are calling the program discriminatory and the rules unfounded.Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 23, 2013 02:50 PM
Cigarette warning labels haven’t changed a bit in the last 30 years, despite lots of data being unearthed in that time on the dangers of smoking and plenty of efforts by the government and consumer groups to have those labels changed. The main reason no change has occurred is because of the undying efforts of Big Tobacco’s legal departments.
Those departments took a hit Monday when the Supreme Court rejected Big Tobacco’s efforts to challenge a 2009 federal law “that requires graphic warning labels on cigarettes and expanded marketing restrictions on tobacco products,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
This doesn’t mean that smokers will soon be carrying around cigarette packs with gruesome images such as a sewn-up cadaver, a crying woman who apparently has lung cancer, smoke coming out of a man’s trachea, and other such unpleasant sights. It will take time to get new images approved and they will likely go through their own legal challenges along the way. Plus, last August, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit “ruled that the proposed labels violated the tobacco industry's free-speech rights under the First Amendment,” the Journal reminds. The Obama Administration later said “it wouldn't mount a further legal defense of the labels, leaving the agency to consider new proposals."Continue reading...