remembering the tsunami Thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park Saturday, demanding an end to atomic power and vowing never to give up the fight, despite two years of little change after the nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan. The gathering came two days ahead of the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which unleashed widespread devastation, shown above.
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Tien Ha, left, and her friends are served 24-ounce and 16-ounce beverages at Brother Jimmy's BBQ restaurant, Friday, March 8, 2013, in New York. The nationís first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages is set to take effect Tuesday in the city when customers will get their sugary beverages no bigger than 16 ounces. "I don't think it makes sense," said Ha. "It's not helping the intake," explaining her opinion that people will double their purchase to get more. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Ayman Kamel, right, executive general manager of Frames Bowling Lounge, and Frayda Resnick, marketing coordinator at Frames, pose with a display of 16-ounce drinks, including fruits for a new natural mix, on Friday, March 8, 2013, in New York. In preparation for the nationís first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages, set to take effect Tuesday, families who pack the lanes on weekends will no longer be offered pitchers of soda, Kamel said. Instead, they will promote healthy drink options mixing carrot, beet and mint-and-citrus and eight-ounce cups of soda. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Customers at Brother Jimmy's BBQ call cheers with 24-ounce and 16-ounce beverages, on Friday, March 8, 2013, in New York. The nationís first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages is set to take effect Tuesday in New York City. Customers will no longer get 24-ounce tumblers of soda, since the new rule bars selling non-diet cola in cups, bottles or pitchers bigger than 16 ounces. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The week ahead
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- March 9, 2013 - 11:52 PM
N.Y. prepares for sugary drink ban
At barbecue joints, coffee counters and bottle-service nightclubs, a coming clampdown on big, sugary soft drinks is beginning to take shape on tables and menus in a city that thrives on eating and going out.
Some restaurants are ordering smaller glasses. Dunkin’ Donuts shops are telling customers they’ll have to sweeten and flavor their own coffee. Coca-Cola has printed posters explaining the new rules — all in preparation for the nation’s first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages, set to take effect Tuesday.
Some businesses are holding off, hoping a court challenge nixes or at least delays the restriction. But many are getting ready for tasks including reprinting menus and changing movie theaters’ supersized soda-and-popcorn deals.
City officials say it’s a pioneering step to staunch an obesity rate that has risen from 18 to 24 percent in a decade among adult New Yorkers. Health officials say sugar-filled drinks bear much of the blame because they carry hundreds of calories — a 32-ounce soda has more than a typical fast-food cheeseburger — without making people feel full. Critics say the regulation won’t make a meaningful difference in diets but will hurt some businesses.
Falkland Islands prepare to vote
On Sunday and Monday, the inhabitants of the Falkland Islands, a wind-swept, sparsely populated archipelago that was a final way station for early 20th-century explorers like Ernest Shackleton en route to the icy wastes of Antarctica, will go to the polls in a referendum on the islands’ future.
A total of 1,672 eligible voters — vastly outnumbered by the islands’ estimated population of 1 million penguins and 700,000 sheep — will be asked to answer yes or no to a straightforward proposition: “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?”
The alternative would be to begin a transition to Argentine control, perhaps by a period of shared sovereignty, as Argentina has suggested. The vote comes three decades after Argentina tried to settle the issue by force, invading the islands and losing a 10-week war with Britain.
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