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Va., in a scene from ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ on TLC. (Photo: TLC) Some lawmakers in France say child pageants over-sexualize children Pageant watchers in the USA say outlawing the contests wouldn’t fully address concerns Cable TV’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” has put the spotlight on “high-glitz” pageants SHARE 5048 CONNECT 88 TWEET 56 COMMENTEMAILMORE The world of beauty queens and pageants was in the hot seat last week, and not just because of the racist online comments hurled at Nina Davuluri after she became the first woman of Indian descent to be named Miss America. In France, legislators moved to ban child beauty pageants on the grounds that they promote the “hyper-sexualization” of minors. A measure even proposes jail time and a fine for violators including parents and organizers who sponsor or encourage “access to these competitions” for anyone under age 16, the Associated Press reported. The French Senate approved the bill on Tuesday, but it must be passed by a lower house of parliament before becoming law. According to The Guardian, the attention to the “Mini-Miss” beauty pageants was prompted by debates over a 2010 photo spread in French Vogue featuring a 10-year-old girl in heavy makeup, high-heeled shoes and tight clothes and pouting provocatively. Such a ban wouldn’t fly in the USA, says sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman, a research associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of the new book Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture. “Historically and legally, our system defers to parents to make the right decision for their child,” she says. “We see the family as more of a private entity.” Karen Kataline, a mental health professional near Denver who participated in child beauty pageants in the 1960s, says she understands the motivation to ban the competitions, but doesn’t think that’s the answer. The problem “is not just the pageants, it’s the parents” who support and encourage the sexualization of their children, Kataline says. “I’m not against children singing and dancing on stage, but you want them to sing and dance and perform in age-appropriate ways,” she says.

USA and Sub-Saharan Africa will see increased trade growth, says DHL

The phones are available for purchase through the online store or to those local to the Norfolk, VA area through their Hampton storefront. There has been some confusion among the Exchange USA clientele about what exactly is being offered here. Exchange USA would like to clarify that both the iPhone 5c and 5s are being included in the military loan program. That’s two different products, both available at great rates. The differences in the two iPhones are as follows: iPhone 5s: Dual-core CPU Quad-core GPU 12-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash Choice of 3 colors including Gold and Silver Aluminum Body iOS 7 IGZO Screen technology Fingerprint Reader for added security iPhone 5c: Dual-core CPU Tri-core GPU 8-megapixel camera with LED Flash Choice of White or one of 6 Pastel Colors Plastic Body iOS 7 Retina display Offering the active duty military community fair financing terms on lifestyle purchases that may otherwise become a financial burden is an honor for Exchange USA. Providing those who defend our freedoms an opportunity to have a few of the finer things in life is one of the company’s highest priorities, and the goal at all times is to provide the best of the best in top name brand home electronics, home furnishings, car accessories and performance parts, rims, truck lift kits, jewelry, appliances, scooters, musical instruments, fitness equipment, and wireless devices. Terms are offered on US military loans, which are available to all active duty servicepersons regardless of rank, pay grade, or credit standing. Active duty personnel with good credit, bad credit, or no credit are all equally eligible to apply. If granted, there is no interest for the first 90 days, and the rates thereafter are kept low. Applications are always available online, and approval of up to $10,000 is instant in some cases. Exchange USA is located in the historic downtown Phoebus section of Hampton, Virginia. Centrally located in the military hotbed of Hampton Roads, Exchange USA serves the active duty communities in Naval Station Norfolk, NAS Oceana, NASA/Langley AFB, Yorktown NWS, Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, TSC Hampton Roads at Dam Neck, and NAB Little Creek. Additionally, with a strong online presence, Exchange USA is able to serve our fighting men and women anywhere in the world. Contact Exchange USA with Military Loan Inquiries at 118 East Mellen St.

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Colbert to USA TODAY: ‘I enjoy your circles’ Olivia Barker, USA TODAY 8:21 a.m. EDT September 23, 2013 Has the Emmy winner finally come around to the newspaper’s new(ish) logo? Stephen Colbert backstage at the Emmys, where he let slip his appreciation of a certain newspaper’s new(ish) logo. (Photo: Dan Steinberg, Invision/AP) SHARE 31 CONNECT 26 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE He likes us! Right now, he likes us! “Oh, USA TODAY? I enjoy your circles,” Stephen Colbert told USA TODAY’s Marco della Cava backstage, fresh off his show’s dual Emmy win. For years, Colbert has poked gentle, hilarious fun at “The” USA TODAY. When the paper unveiled its new circle logo last fall, the ribbing ratcheted up to a riotous level. Colbert claimed USA TODAY could now only report news that’s “circular in nature … whether it be about planets, tractor tires, the Wheel of Fortune, pizza, bagels, pizza bagels or Cee Lo Green’s head.” But under no circumstances could the paper report on a calamity of any other geometric nature. To wit: “If SpongeBob SquarePants ever chokes on a Dorito at the Pentagon, you won’t read about it in The USA TODAY.” The paper answered the challenge with a deftly drawn logo that managed to shove SpongeBob, the Pentagon and a triangular chip (mostly) into one circle, proving that yes, we could cover all, well, angles of the news.

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Brewer is currently on a visit to the United States to meet with key stakeholders and multi-nationals and promote commerce between the two regions. Figures recently released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as the companys own performance, reveal an extremely positive economic outlook for Africa. The figures also highlight the fact that Africa is proving to be less susceptible than other regions to the peaks and troughs in the global economy, as it diversifies its trading partners. Since 2001, many African countries have seen a significant shift in trade partners, notes Brewer. Our dependency on Europe has been reduced, while trade with Asia as well as intra-Africa has picked up significantly. The next region for growth is the U.S. and were very pleased to see the U.S. governments willingness to break down trade barriers to achieve this. The IMFs Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa report found that economic activity in the region is projected to expand by about 5% in 2012 and 2013, a similar pace to that observed in 201011. Key markets driving this growth are Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Mauritius and South Africa. The express company has seen a similar picture appearing between the US and various African trade lanes, with larger, more developed economies like South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and Angola boasting strong double digit growth on both inbound and outbound volumes. However, according to their shipment figures, it is the smaller, rising economies that are seeing a major boom, with Somalia, Mayotte, Guinea-Bissau and South Sudan seeing meteoric increases in imports from the U.S., and Comoros, Eritrea, South Sudan and Liberia enjoying significant demand for exports to the States. The USA and Africa have historically enjoyed favourable trade conditions based on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of 2000, says Ian Clough, CEO for DHL Express USA. We are confident that, when this legislation is reviewed , there will be further benefits for both U.S. and African businesses looking to build cross-border business opportunities. According to statistics released at the AGOA Forum in Addis Ababa last month, U.S. total trade with sub-Saharan Africa (exports plus imports) has grown more than 250 percent , to $72.3 billion in 2012 from $28.2 billion in 2001, the first full year of AGOA trade.