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KFC is launching new mac and cheese bowls this month

Catherina Ploumidakis

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KFC is launching new mac and cheese bowls this month

While debates on the best chicken sandwich continue on the internet, KFC is now inclining its attention towards mac and cheese.

On Thursday, the fast-food chain announced about a new addition in its 5 USD Fill Up menu, a Mac and Cheese Bowl. The customers will be able to buy the new Mac and Cheese Bowl at a KFC restaurant starting August 26.

As per KFC, the dish will be similar to its Famous Bowls, but with mac and cheese rather than mashed potatoes and gravy. The bowls will combine mac and cheese along with popcorn chicken and sprinkled with a three-cheese topping, said Kentucky Fried Chicken in a statement.

The consumers can even buy the bowls in the form of a combo with a chocolate cookie or a medium drink. And, for those who like things a little more spiced up, KFC also has a spiced-up variant with smoky Nashville hot sauce in the offering.

Bowl food is the latest trend which will not end anytime soon while mac and cheese have its own cult-like backing, said Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer of KFC’s in the US. As such, it made the sense to come up with mac and cheese bowls as a side dish, Zahumensky added.

Well, seems like the menus of popular fast-food chains are experiencing a mac and cheese boom. Chick-fil-A had announced about adding its own mac and cheese to its permanent menu across the US previously this month, the first such new since 2017.

According to Amanda Norris from Chick-fil-A, mac and cheese is the classic comfort food and is the perfect pair with the fast-food chain’s nuggets, Original Chicken Sandwich as well as grilled chicken dishes and is also great as a snack.

While the new addition was the talk of the town, it appears that not everyone was happy with it.

Catherina previously worked as a journalist for several local newspapers until she realized the potential of internet for news reporting. She joined the team as a contributor which provided her a platform to dedicate her experience and knowledge for a wider range of audience. She excels in curating business news for the website.

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Two centrally run committees to shape UK’s COVID-19 approach in shake-up: Telegraph By Reuters

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© Reuters. Daily COVID-19 news conference in London
© Reuters. Daily COVID-19 news conference in London

(Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is aiming to take “direct control” of the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in a Downing Street shake-up, The Telegraph newspaper reported late on Tuesday.

The shake-up will see two centrally run committees, covering strategy and operational delivery, shaping the British government’s approach to the outbreak, the report added.

The committees will substitute four ministerial implementation groups, which were formed at the start of the coronavirus crisis and covered health, foreign affairs, economy and business and public services, the newspaper reported.

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Zuckerberg firm in decision to allow controversial Trump Facebook posts

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Zuckerberg firm in decision to allow controversial Trump Facebook posts

Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday defended what he called a “tough decision” to allow controversial posts from President Trump to remain on Facebook.

In an internal call with employees, Zuckerberg said that he was “pretty thorough” when reviewing Facebook’s policies regarding Trump’s posts — specifically one that had been flagged by rival Twitter for “glorifying violence” when Trump said that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in response to protests following the killing of George Floyd by police — and was firm in his choice to leave them alone.

Zuckerberg said that he knew he had to separate out his personal opinion before coming to a decision, “knowing that when we made this decision we made, it was going to lead to a lot of people upset inside the company, and the media criticism we were going to get.”

The 36-year-old CEO said that the company’s policies on free speech “show that the right action where we are right now is to leave this up,” according to the New York Times.

Zuckerberg’s arrived just a day after a Facebook employee resigned in protest of the decision.

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Facebook engineer quits over Zuckerberg’s policy on Trump posts

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Facebook engineer quits over Zuckerberg's policy on Trump posts

A Facebook employee has resigned in protest of Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to allow controversial posts from President Trump to remain on the site.

In a public post on LinkedIn, software engineer Timothy Aveni said he is on the lookout for a new job thanks to “Facebook’s continued refusal to act on the president’s bigoted messages aimed at radicalizing the American public.”

“I’m scared for my country, and I’m watching my company do nothing to challenge the increasingly dangerous status quo,” Aveni wrote.

Aveni lashed out on Facebook as well, slamming the company for “moving the goalposts every time Trump escalates, finding excuse after excuse to not act on increasingly dangerous rhetoric.”

Facebook declined to comment.

The resignation comes a day after hundreds of Facebook employees participated in a “virtual walkout” to protest Zuckerberg’s decision not slap a warning label on a Trump post that included the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” That issued the warning on Friday in response clashes between protesters and cops in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Zuckerberg has said that while he finds the remarks “deeply offensive,” the company decided they did not violate its policy against “incitements to violence.” Twitter has also taken heat for hidding Trump’s tweet behind a warning label. Twitter has said the tweet violated its rules against “glorifying violence,” but is being left up as a “public service exception.”

Aveni may be one of several Facebook employees to resign in protest, according to New York Times reporter Mike Isaac, who tweeted

that other employees had posted about their resignations on their private Facebook pages.

Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Monday night also held a Zoom call with the leaders of three civil rights groups — Vanita gupta of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Rashad Robinson from Color of Change and Sherrilyn Ifill from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund — to try to explain the company’s decision, but were unsuccessful.

“We are disappointed and stunned by Mark’s incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,” the trio said in a statement. “He did not demonstrate understanding of historic or modern-day voter suppression and he refuses to acknowledge how Facebook is facilitating Trump’s call for violence against protesters.”

“Mark is setting a very dangerous precedent for other voices who would say similar harmful things on Facebook,” they added.

Facebook shares were down 0.5 percent Tuesday afternoon, at $230.78.

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