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first_imgA recent study co-authored by Oxford University researchers has proposed a twenty per cent tax on sugary drinks that it estimates would reduce the number of adults who are obese and overweight by 285,000.The measures would add 12p to the price of an average 330ml can, and would, the study estimates, raise £276million a year, which could be used to help the NHS to treat obese patients.Researchers from the British Heart Foundation, Oxford University and the University of Reading published the study in the British Medical Journal last week. They based their research on drink consumption data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 2008-2010, in which 2,126 people completed a four day food and drink diary, and statistics on the cost of food and drink from the Living Costs and Food Survey of 2010. This information, alongside the results of similar studies intothe effects of food and drink pricing on consumption, allowed them to forecast the effect of a tax on spending habits.Dr Adam Briggs, the lead study author from the Nuffield Department of Population Health at Oxford University, believes that this tax would be an effective measure. He said, “Sugar-sweetened drinks are known to be bad for health and our research indicates that a twenty per cent tax could result in a meaningful reduction in the number of obese adults in the UK.“Such a tax is not going to solve obesity by itself, but we have shown it could be an effective public health measure and should be considered alongside other measures to tackle obesity in the UK.”Their findings follow calls by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges earlier this year to impose a higher tax on sugary drinks and ban pre-watershed advertising of junk food, claiming that obesity in the UK was a “huge crisis” that is particularly damaging to young people.However, critics have pointed out the fact that this would not be drastic enough to deter the people most at risk. Tom Sanders, professor of nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London, said, “The cost of sugar-sweetened beverages is currently so low that any price increase would be so marginal that it would be unlikely to affect intake. You can buy three litres of orange squash for £1 in discount stores.”People aged sixteen to thirty are the most frequent consumers of soft drinks, yet reactions amongst Oxford students have been generally negative. Most feel that it is only addressing a small part of a wider problem, and that raising awareness about the harmful effects of sugar drinks is more important than changing the price.Oisin Kidney, a medical student, said, “Even if this reduces sugary drink consumption, people will find something else to fill the void. It could just encourage people to buy in bulk and end up drinking more.”Tom Jackson, a PPE student, said, “If you have sugary drinks often enough to endanger your health, you won’t be put off by a small increase in price. You’d need a much stronger campaign to make any difference.”last_img read more

first_imgLincolnshire bakery Welbourne’s has won a contract to supply John Lewis’ Food Hall in Oxford Street with its Special Plum Bread.The deal came about after representatives from the bakery visited the Restaurant Show in October 2008. Former owner Pete Welbourne was representing the bakery on the Select Lincolnshire stand and was approached by a product manager for John Lewis’ Food Hall. After meetings between Welbourne’s consultant, Bill Shaw, and product tasting sessions, the deal was agreed.Welbourne’s was established in 1896 and makes its plum bread to an almost identical recipe it used 112 years ago. The only change it has made is that it now uses vegetable fat instead of lard.“We are proud to supply our award-winning Plum Bread to farm shops, butchers and other businesses within our county and surrounding areas, and the opportunity to supply the John Lewis store means we are presenting our product to a whole new audience,” said Shaw.last_img read more

first_imgSixty flood wardens who volunteer to help protect people and their properties throughout the Calder Valley are being invited to an event to help them learn from each other.Anyone who wants to get involved in supporting residents during a flood event, either as a flood warden or by volunteering for one of the charities or organisations which reduce flood risk in the community, can also come along to the event during the evening to find out how they can help.Owners and employees from Calderdale businesses will also be welcome to drop in to get advice on how best to protect their premises from flooding.The networking event, supported by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council, will be held in the Waterfront Hall, at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, on Wednesday 23 May. It will be open to flood wardens between 5 – 6.30pm and to members of the local community between 6.30 -8.30pm.There will be information stalls run by many organisations at the event including Yorkshire Water, Treesponsibility, Slow the Flow, Watermark Flood Fund and Community Foundation for Calderdale.A team from the Environment Agency will be signing people up for their free flood warning service, providing information about flood defence schemes in the area and discussing what is included in the Calderdale Flood Action Plan.Representatives from the Council’s emergency planning, flood and housing teams will also be on hand to share information on Calderdale’s multiagency flood response protocol, flood risk management strategy and role in recovery following serious flooding.Jonathan Follows, Calderdale flood resilience officer with the Environment Agency, said: Mark Thompson, director of Regeneration and Strategy at Calderdale Council, said: We have eight flood groups throughout the Calder Valley and if anyone is interested in joining one as a flood warden or simply as a volunteer they can come along to our event and find out everything they need to know. There will also be representatives from a wide range of voluntary and community groups who are keen to recruit new volunteers and will be happy to explain more about their projects. This is the second time we have had an event of this kind in Calderdale. Our flood wardens are invaluable to us as our eyes and ears on the ground. This is a great opportunity for them to share best practice so they can support each other. They will have the chance to meet new people and learn more about the training opportunities and information that the Environment Agency can provide to help them in their role. As part of the event there will be information about resources available to flood wardens including handbooks and personal protective equipment; training on how to use the radio network to communicate with other wardens and using social media during a flood event, demonstrations on using sandbags and a chance to ask questions and raise any concerns.center_img We’re extremely grateful for the work our flood wardens do in helping to keep our communities as safe and informed as possible. If you or someone else you know has been affected by flooding, Calderdale’s flood groups are a valuable support network that can offer you help and information before, during and after a flood. This is a great chance to meet wardens in your area, find out more about what they do and discover some of the many ways in which you can get involved should you wish to do so. If anyone is interested in becoming a flood warden or volunteer they can email: [email protected] Katie Kimber, chair of the Calderdale Community Resilience Board, said:last_img read more

first_imgA crowd of more than 100 teachers, school leaders, children, parents, Allston-Brighton residents, and Harvard University officials recently gathered at the Harvard Business School to encourage support for the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) and honor Lisa Moellman, the recipient of the second annual Gardner Champion Award.GPA, located in Allston, serves 360 students from kindergarten through grade six, and plans to expand its program to the eighth grade in the next two years. More than 60 percent of its student body is learning English as a second language, and 85 percent of its students live at or below the poverty line.Eight years ago, Moellman and her colleagues at the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI) began a relationship with the school, offering teaching and learning assistance during after-school hours. “Lisa is all about connecting real research with real learning,” said Erica Herman, principal of GPA. “Her countless hours of consulting and professional development have made an immeasurable impact on the after-school program at the GPA — and on the children and families we serve.”After-school approachBelieving that a culture that emphasized professional development for teachers would improve scholastic practice and student achievement, the HASI team offered training to after-school staff. The team also supplied materials related to SmartTALK, a program that included a broad range of hands-on learning games and resources that helped students build skills in math and English language arts.Over time, these strategies and tools migrated not only into the daytime classroom, but into the hands of families during evening activities such as Family Nights that offered similar training to parents to support at-home learning.  The relationship successfully opened new doors and opportunities for professional development between Harvard and the school.“Lisa has been instrumental to our school in so many ways,” Herman said. “As a result of her work, we’ve been able to leverage lots of equal partnerships with Harvard, allowing us to access tools and processes like the [Harvard Graduate School of Education’s] instructional rounds. But she’s also a tremendous resource, friend, and advocate for the school. She’s been a true champion for GPA.”Herman said that helping teachers grow as educators was vital to GPA’s mission of continuing to explore ways to help students achieve. As a result, she said, “We value adult learning and professional development a great deal. Particularly since we’ve become a pilot school, we’ve really thought about where professional development fits in to that mission.”Making the roundsIn their continuing effort to seek out new avenues of professional development at GPA, school leaders attended “instructional rounds” training at the Graduate School of Education in December. (Based on the concept of medical rounds, instructional rounds bring external administrators and teachers into a school to provide feedback on the teaching practices they observe in the classroom.)School leaders also began working with Richard Elmore, the Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership at the HGSE, in incorporating GPA into its instructional rounds schedule.“It’s a challenge, because you don’t always know what you don’t know,” said Herman.  “We’re doing everything in our power to help kids grow, but it’s important to get a different perspective to help us learn what we need to do.“Really coming up with solutions to complex problems takes collaboration and it’s an immense amount of work,” she added.The right ingredients for success“When the GPA says they serve the whole child, the whole community, they do,” said Moellman after receiving the Champion Award. “The willingness to be open, to listen, to collaborate and truly partner is in the very ethos, heart, and soul of every person in that place, through the leadership, the student body, the faculty and the parents.”last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageWASHINGTON – The FDA is authorizing three new Coronavirus antibody tests, which can indicate if someone is immune to re-infection.That brings the current total number of FDA authorized COVID-19 antibody tests to seven.This kind of FDA authorization carries a lower regulatory standard because it is under ’emergency use’ standards. That means while the benefits outweigh any risks, the tests do carry the risk of false positives and negatives.Patients who get results from one of these antibody tests should still follow social distancing guidelines. It also remains unclear whether antibodies indicate that someone is immune to re-infection.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo January 03, 2012 On December 22, on the basis of the bilateral framework agreement signed in 2004, the defense ministers of Brazil, Celso Amorim, and Peru, Alberto Otárola, signed a joint declaration on cooperation in the defense sector, the primary objective of which is “to strengthen our ties of friendship and bilateral cooperation, defining the aerospace and naval sectors as joint priority areas for investment and development in the field of security and defense.” The Peruvian minister affirmed that this declaration is another step toward developing the defense industry and in favor of the modernization of the Peruvian Armed Forces, especially, in this case, the Peruvian Navy and the Peruvian Air Force. This new document seeks to go beyond the simple buying and selling of material and equipment and to establish a horizontal cooperative relationship in defense matters, including associated logistical components. “For Peru and the defense sector, this is a very significant day. It represents a transcendental milestone in the development of our military industry and our new horizons with respect to the technology of our Armed Forces,” Otárola affirmed. In February 2012, the Peruvian defense minister will return Amorim’s visit with a trip to Brazil, where he hopes to achieve additional agreements to the benefit of the domestic defense industry. For his part, Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim affirmed that his country is very interested in regional cooperation in the defense sector and that along those lines, it has significant agreements with several countries, its most intense relationships being with Argentina and Colombia, but that it is united with Peru by historical ties and the relationship of good neighbors.last_img read more

first_imgCommittee and council appointments have been made for 2004-2006 in both the House and the Senate. There are 10 councils in the House, containing 35 committees. Additionally, there are four joint committees that are shared by both the House and Senate.Appointments to House committees and councils of particular interest to Bar members are:• Fiscal Council — Rep. Joe Negron, chair, Republican, Stuart.• Justice Council — Rep. Bruce Kyle, chair, Republican, Ft. Myers.• Civil Justice Committee — Rep. Mark Mahon, chair, Republican, Jacksonville.• Criminal Justice Committee — Rep. Dick Kravitz, chair, Republican, Orange Park.• Judiciary Committee — Rep. David Simmons, chair, Republican, Altamonte Springs.• Justice Appropriations Committee — Rep. Gustavo Barreiro, chair, Republican, Miami.• Rules & Calendar — Rep. J. Dudley Goodlette, chair, Republican, Naples.The Senate contains 24 committees in addition to the four joint committees that are shared with the house. Appointments to Senate committees of interest to the members of the Bar are:• Criminal Justice Committee — Sen. Stephen R. Wise, chair, Republican, Jacksonville.• Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee — Sen. Victor D. Crist, chair, Republican, Tampa.• Judiciary Committee — Sen. Daniel Webster, chair, Republican, Winter Garden. Committee appointments made in the Florida House and Senate February 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Committee appointments made in the Florida House and Senatelast_img read more

first_img continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A website is now available for credit unions wishing to make a claim to a portion of the Home Depot data breach settlement fund. Claims must be filed by Sept. 14.Credit unions can use the site to file a claim for part of the $25 million settlement fund. Claims can be both to request a fixed payment estimated to be $2 per compromised card and to request an additional award of up to 60% of documented unreimbursed losses experienced between Sept. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.CUNA, as well as leagues and credit unions, are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which stems from a 2014 data breach that compromised 56 million credit and debit cards.last_img read more

first_imgTrade war scenario Potential trade war between USA and ChinaPotential trade war between USA and EUItaly’s entry into the 2019 recessionBREXIT The USA has artificially initiated growth and such growth is not sustainable. There is a constant danger of recession. Healthy growth requires orderly trade relations with the two largest partners, China and the EU. China is also slowing growth under the influence of sanctions imposed by the United States. Climate change is further affecting the economy, especially natural disasters that cause huge financial damage. Climate change and all the above circumstances also affect tourism. That is why we have a slow flow of tourist travel reservations at the moment. Croatia is not the only one affected by this problem, but the fact is that more expensive sales are more expensive. Competition takes advantage of this moment of economic weakness and redirects tourist flows through a policy of low prices. Former losers like Egypt and Turkey are back on the scene again.  THE PROBLEM OF ITALY ITB Berlin Convention 2019 – ITB Future Day – Prof. Dr. Roland Conrady, Scientific Director of the ITB Berlin Convention, Worms University of Applied Sciences; Stephen Kaufer, Co-Founder, President & CEO, TripAdvisor: “CEO Keynote Interview” (ltr) twenty years without GDP growthin terms of GDP, Italy is at the very bottom of the EU alongside Greecewith the cessation of growth, Italy lost much of its share of the international marketThe Italian government does not want to cooperate with other EU member statesPublic debt growth because there is no GDP growth and the public service does not meet its needs from higher taxes PREDICTIONS The results of the research show that since the second half of 2018, the growth of the economy of the entire EU zone has slowed down. After a long period of growth, this slowdown delays planned investments, “slows down” consumption and creates fear of a new “2009” year. The following events give an additional feeling of insecurity: This year, the ITB Congress is taking place in a new space, a specially built congress center with halls that can accommodate 800 participants. The Congress has 105 thematic events, while 65% of the keynote speakers are from the field of top management. The congress is attended by 28.000 participants, and the main titles of the lectures and panels are “Future day”, “Destination day”, “ITB mice forum”, “ITB business travel forum”, “ITB young professionals day”, “ITB deep dive sessions”, ” ITB is a travel world day ”. Climate change and the challenge of sustainabilityThe future of mobility and new transport solutionsOvertourism and management measuresNew luxury, intangibles BREXIT In the event of a trade war between the US and the EU, the US would lose that war because although they import more goods than they export to the EU, exports of US services to the EU are significantly higher and the overall foreign trade balance is in the US. If the USA introduces customs duties on the import of goods, the EU could introduce special taxes on services from the USA, and this would affect significant digital platforms, Internet services, and the digital industry that exports its services to the EU. The USA would get the “thick end” there, but the tourism sector would also be at a loss.  However, the downsides of the Italian economy are: Slowing economic growth and “leaning” towards recession The ups and downs of tourist demand occur as one of the first consequences of global economic trends, and these trends are again the result of the conduct of certain policies of the largest players in the global economy. Therefore, to understand the direction in which tourism is moving, we must first understand the economic circumstances. These circumstances are read at the very beginning of the new trend, and it started in the second half of 2018. Prof. Dr.Dr.hc Clemens Fuerst, Director of the IFO Institute for Economic Research, University of Munich presented the results of their research. Research is conducted constantly, continuously. Among other things, each month the IFO Institute processes 10.000 surveys completed by key people in the industry.center_img From Berlin, from the ITB fair for HrTurizam.hr – Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com The Italian economy is ten times stronger than the Greek one and has its advantages: Now, why do the British complicate things? Because of Northern Ireland. The protracted bloody war between Ireland and Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, respectively, has come to an end largely thanks to the removal of the solid borders between Northern Ireland and Ireland. After BREXIT, the border must be re-established between Ireland – a member of the EU and Northern Ireland, ie Great Britain – a non-member of the EU. An intermediate solution by setting a sea border between Northern Ireland and the UK is not realistic and could cause new political problems. It is predicted that BREXIT without an agreement would surely lead the EU and the United Kingdom into recession. So there is hope that this will not happen. CONDITIONAL BOOM USA AND OTHER THREATS Tourism is a reflection, a reflex, of overall economic relations The solution for Italy is either an increase in taxes or an increase in GDP, ie economic reform and the launch of new export potentials. If this does not happen, and the only thing that can happen in the short term, the tax increase will not happen, Italy will “slip” into recession. If the crisis deepens, according to the Greek scenario, there is a danger of refinancing Italy’s 300 billion public debt every year. With China and the USA, things look quite the opposite. China has a large foreign trade surplus with the US so in the event of a trade war China would be at a big loss. Therefore, there is hope that there will be no war and that these tensions will end with negotiations that must lead to a balance of relations. Photo: ITB Berlin The main topics that this year’s congress deals with through numerous events are: employment has steadily increased over the past twenty yearsItaly has no foreign trade deficitIt is fiscally consolidated The main question with BREXIT is whether leaving the EU by the UK will happen without an agreement or by mutual consent. The deadline is approaching the end of March and can be extended until the end of June at the latest. If there is no agreement then there will be difficulties in regulating mutual relations. Tourism will feel new barriers in air transport and a new border regime. The IFO Institute predicts that the tourism model will change in the near future for all the above reasons. The growth of eco-tourism and local, regional travel is predicted. France is also approaching the area of ​​recession, and Germany has a big problem with the car industry. In the case of raising customs barriers for the import of European cars to the USA, this situation could worsen sharply.last_img read more

first_imgNew Arsenal technical director Edu ‘already advising’ Unai Emery over transfers Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Jun 2019 8:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link326Shares Advertisement Advertisement Emery is yet to make a signing this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are yet to make a signing so far this summer but they are confident of completing a move for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Gunners are believed to be preparing an improved bid of around £18m for the Scotland international, though the Bhoys are holding out for closer to £30m.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal are also keen on Crystal Palace star WIilfried Zaha but Emery is working with a modest £45m budget this summer and will need to sell before he can fund a move for the Ivorian.The departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been mooted in some quarters, though it’s more likely that Mesut Ozil will be sold to raise funds.Zaha is believed to be keen on a move to the Emirates but Palace have agreed a deal to sell Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United and are unlikely to sanction the departure of another of their key players this summer.MORE: Tottenham set to complete Jack Clarke transfer as Leeds United star arrives for medical Edu is expected to become Arsenal’s new technical director (Picture: Getty)Incoming Arsenal technical director Edu is already working with Unai Emery over the Gunners’ moves in the transfer market, according to reports in Brazil.The former Arsenal midfielder is expected to be named the club’s new technical director after the completion of the Copa America, where he’s serving as Brazil’s coordinator.Edu has made it clear that he wants to focus on the Copa America before taking over a role at Arsenal but UOL Esporte claim that hasn’t stopped him from working with Emery.It’s reported that Edu has already advised Emery on Arsenal’s transfer dealings this summer and is taking an active role in the decision-making progress.ADVERTISEMENT Commentlast_img read more