Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a “sophisticated” snack for grown-ups that isn’t meant to be twisted or dunked.
Mondelez International Inc. (MDLZ) says it will add “Oreo Thins” to its permanent lineup in the U.S. starting next week. The cookies look like regular Oreos and have a similar cookie-to-filling ratio, except that they’re slimmer. That means four of the cookies contain 140 calories, compared with 160 calories for three regular Oreos.
And since they’re for adults, Oreo says they weren’t designed to be twisted open or dunked. That’s even though about half of customers pull apart regular Oreos before eating them, according to the company.
“If people want to do that, it’s clearly up to them,” said Janda Lukin, senior director of Oreo for North America at parent company Mondelez International.
In explaining what exactly made them more grown-up, she said that if regular Oreos are like pancakes, then Oreo Thins would be like crepes.
Despite having fewer calories per serving, Mondelez says the new cookies aren’t meant to be a diet snack. Still, the “Thins” name could be a stealth way to appeal to people who want to watch their weight, without the stigma of being seen as a diet food.
Although the original Oreos started in the U.S. in 1912, Americans won’t be the first to taste the Thins. The slimmer cookies were rolled out last year in China to address the company’s tumbling cookie sales in the country.
Lukin said the slimmer cookies helped win back “lapsed users” in China, or younger women who wanted something that wasn’t quite as rich. In the first eight months, she said Oreo Thins generated $40 million in sales.
During a conference call in April, Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld had noted the success of the Thins in China and said the company would make them available “around the world.”
The Thins could help the company’s North American cookie business, which declined in the first three months of this year. Mondelez said the Thins will be available starting July 13, and that they’ll cost the same as regular Oreos.
Lukin noted that it took months for the company to perfect manufacturing for the Thins. Early on, she said 60 percent of the cookies were breaking, but that the rate eventually came down to 3 percent.
They seriously need to come out with a sugar free version of these little jewels
Microsoft will roll-out upgrades slowly, in waves.
In a blog post, Windows Chief Terry Myerson said that Windows 10 upgrades will first go to “Windows Insiders,” a group of 5 million people who have been testing out a preview version of Windows 10.
After the “Insiders,” Microsoft will begin notifying people who reserved copies of Windows 10 that they can upgrade, “slowly scaling up after July 29,” Myerson said. If you already reserved a copy, your PC has been confirmed as compatible.
“We want to make sure all of you have a great upgrade experience, so we’ll roll-out Windows 10 in phases to help manage the demand,” Myerson said. “We are humbled by your excitement and we can’t wait to deliver Windows 10 to you soon.”
But the slow roll-out is also due to the need to test the millions of different PCs running Windows 7 and 8 for compatibility with Windows 10. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) can roll out iOS updates in one day, because there are just a few different kinds of iPhones and iPads in existence. Windows PCs are practically as varied as snowflakes.
Myerson said the “vast majority of Windows 7 and 8 PCs will be fully compatible with Windows 10. But the company hasn’t finished testing.
“We are not yet done, we will never be done,” Myerson said.
In addition to consumers, Microsoft announced that businesses and schools will be able to start upgrading to Windows 10 on August 1.
An Augusta woman went crazy late last Wednesday night, attacking her live-in boyfriend and her 66-year-old mother after she didn’t get sex.
Tabithia Lee Grooms, 35, of the 1900 block of Haynie Drive, was furious because her boyfriend had refused to have sex with her earlier in the day, a Richmond County Sheriff’s report said.
So Grooms went out drinking and when she came home she told her boyfriend she had “f***** everyone else because he would not f*** her.” She then attacked him as he sat on the couch, scratching his face, head and neck and then biting his left forearm, the report said.
Her boyfriend escaped to the bathroom and called 911. When officers arrived, Grooms wouldn’t give her name at first and threatened to run over one of the deputies with a baby stroller, the report said.
Grooms’ mother, who also lives in the house, said she snuck out to get away from her daughter. She had come out of her room to see what was happening and her daughter punched her in the left eye, which was red and swelling, the report said.
Grooms was charged with two counts of battery.
Tell me you are not thinking the same thing I am after looking at that picture……..
The 31-year-old Oaxaca native was dangling by one arm, a drop of more than two stories below her.
Slowly, her hand slipped and her legs slammed the desert floor with a bone-rattling thud.
She couldn’t move. All she could think about was the 14-year-old daughter she had left behind — whom she might never see again.
Reports of migrants getting hurt when trying to jump the fence or trekking through the treacherous desert are not new, but immigrant shelters and Mexican officials are seeing a spike of migrants — especially women — getting hurt trying to jump the border fence. They think, incorrectly, that the jump will be easier than making the treacherous trek through the 100-degree desert.
“It’s the same crossing through the wall or through the desert,” said Gilda Felix, director of the Juan Bosco immigrant shelter in Nogales, where many of the injured are brought before going home. “Both are difficult and dangerous.”
This year the Mexican Consulate in Tucson has seen more people needing medical attention after falling from the border fence than from crossing the desert, said Ricardo Pineda, the consul general. So far this year, there have been 37 cases of injured Mexican migrants. In all of 2014 Pineda’s office reported 56 cases. That includes all injuries, not just falling from the fence.
The Juan Bosco shelter is averaging about 20 to 30 injured men and woman a month, most of them with foot and spine fractures. One recent day Felix had three women with foot injuries.
“There always have been people crossing this way,” Felix said, “but now as the summer starts and it’s not cold, people want to cross.”
COSTS HARD TO TRACK
Area hospitals are responsible for much of the cost associated with treating injured border crossers, but most don’t keep track of how many there are or of the cost.
Many of the less seriously injured go to Holy Cross in Nogales. When the injuries involve trauma, patients are taken to Tucson, either to University Medical Center or Tucson Medical Center.
Banner-University Medical Center doesn’t specifically track falls from the border fence, but Border Patrol agents bring in about 50 crossers a year with fall injuries, said Katie Riley, a hospital spokeswoman. They include falls from the wall as well as in the desert. Most are fractures and lacerations.
The charges vary depending on severity of injury, she said. “We bill these patients, but few are able to pay anything, so most of the charges are written off.”
Tucson Medical Center doesn’t track the immigration status of its patients, hospital spokeswoman Rhonda Bodfield said. In 2014, TMC provided $13.6 million in uncompensated care costs, which includes charity care, bad debt and discounts for the uninsured.
Until several years ago, the federal government reimbursed hospitals for a small fraction of those expenses, but that source of revenue no longer exists.
Border Patrol agents regularly rescue injured migrants, officials said, but the agency does not keep data on injuries caused by falling off the fence.
The numbers of those who get hurt while trying to illegally cross into the United States ebbs and flows, said Fernando Valdez, Mexico deputy consul general in Nogales.
“What surprises us is that people continue to jump from heights that can be the equivalent of a two- or even three-story house,” he said. “But we hear they feel pressured to do it because they are holding the line or they start insulting them, telling them to jump.”
The 31-year-old from Oaxaca, who asked not to be identified because she fears for her safety given the connection between smugglers and organized crime, said she chose the Nogales route because she was told it would be easy.
“I got here on May 8, a Friday, and they told me ‘by Sunday you’ll be with your family,'” in Los Angeles, she said from a bunk bed at Juan Bosco — one of her legs in a cast and the other being held in place by metal rods. She had been there for 20 days.
When the smugglers she hired told her it was her turn to cross, she climbed the ladder — for which she paid roughly $13. But once she was on top she couldn’t figure out how to come down and slipped. One of the guides tried to grab her hand as she held on with the other.
She lay on the ground for two hours until a Border Patrol agent spotted her. She had broken both legs and her spine.
A DREAM ENDS
For some, the fence is a last resort.
Maria Ibarra, 28 and also from Oaxaca, had tried crossing through Nogales and El Paso in April, but both times she was sent back to Mexico.
This time she was determined to get through. She left her 10-year-old son with her parents in Oaxaca. He was born in South Carolina, where she lived for two years before going back to Mexico in 2006 so her parents and siblings could meet her son.
Once there, she said, her son started losing his hearing in one ear and having seizures.
“All I wanted was an opportunity to fight my case,” she said. She hoped her son could join her or maybe she could get a permit to visit the hospitals where he was first treated. But she already had a couple of deportations and a voluntary return to Mexico.
On June 20, she was taken to the border fence and given a ladder. Her foot got caught in the bollard-style fence and she lost her balance.
At first she thought everything was fine, but then realized she couldn’t stand.
She dragged herself to a nearby home and tried to hide from the Border Patrol.
“I knew I had broken something but it never crossed my mind it would be this serious,” she said.
Eventually the Border Patrol found her.
“As they came in tears started to roll down my cheeks,” she said. “I was broken, immigration was there. I had no way out.”
She was taken initially to Holy Cross but her injury was too severe and she was transported to Tucson for surgery to reconstruct her foot.
Both women flew back to Oaxaca with the assistance of the Mexican consulate on Tuesday.
“I will tell my people not to come, not through the desert nor the fence,” said the 31-year-old with two broken legs.
She’s looking at a six-month recovery before she can walk again, but now she can’t work to pay for the needed therapy and continued medical care.
“We come with the hope of a better life,” she said. “It’s a nice dream, but when something like this happens, everything comes tumbling down.”
This from an article in the Arizona Daily Star, Obviously a liberal media site.
Do I really need to say what I am thinking on this bit of dribble?
“Honesty” is a song by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. Columbia Recordsreleased the song as the third single from his sixth studio album 52nd Street(1978) in 1979. “Honesty” was solely written by Joel, while production was handled by Phil Ramone. The song was not included on any of Joel’s US-released compilation packages; however, it appears on the Dutch and Japanese editions of Greatest Hits Volume 2, replacing “Don’t Ask Me Why” (1980). “Honesty” is a piano ballad that talks about the inherent lack of shame.
The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who generally praised its lyrics and piano instrumentation. It also received comparisons to other songs by Joel. “Honesty” peaked at number twenty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the album’s third consecutive top forty hit. It was certified gold by Recording Industry Association of Japan for ringtonedownload sales of over 100,000 units. Joel performed the song live several times with Elton Johnand later with Bryan Adams. “Honesty” has been covered and sampled by various artists, most notably by American R&B recording artist, Beyoncé Knowles.