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Boston high school students drinking fewer sugary beverages

first_img Read Full Story Two years after Boston schools prohibited the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and sports drinks, local high school students were consuming significantly fewer sugary drinks, according to a new study published in Preventing Chronic Disease. In contrast, the average consumption of sugary beverages did not decline among teens nationwide. This is the first major study to show a significant decline in consumption of unhealthy beverages following a school policy change.Beginning in the 2004–05 school year, the Boston School Committee prohibited public schools in the city from selling soft drinks, fruit drinks and sports drinks anywhere in school buildings or on campus. Researchers tracked sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among students in grades 9–12 for two years and found a significant decrease—from 1.71 average servings per day in 2004 to 1.38 servings in 2006. This reduction, roughly 45 fewer calories per day, included students’ total daily consumption of such drinks, both during and outside of the school day. A serving was defined as one can or glass, with a 20-ounce bottle counting as two servings.  (Click here to read the entire study.)“This study shows that a very simple policy change can have a big impact on student behavior,” said Angie Cradock, senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and the study’s lead author. “It also shows that when students couldn’t get these unhealthy beverages in school, they didn’t necessarily buy them elsewhere.”last_img read more

A tourist agreement was signed between Lika-Senj County and the Chinese province of Shanxi

first_imgThe Office for Culture and Tourism of Shanxi Province and the Sino-Croatian Association for Cultural and Economic Cooperation organized a conference on tourism cooperation between China and Croatia, with the aim of strengthening tourism cooperation. With this agreement, Lika-Senj County opens tourist cooperation with a very important Chinese province with over 37 million inhabitants, which is certainly a great potential and opportunity for countless tourist cooperation. On that occasion, cooperation agreements were signed, including an agreement on tourist exchange and cooperation between the Chinese province of Shanxi and Lika-Senj County, writes the portal The agreement was signed by the director of the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board, Ivan Radošević, and the leader of the Chinese province of Shanxi. The form is there, and now it’s the most important thing – the content and radical changes in the connection. And not only through tourism, where the Plitvice Lakes National Park is certainly one of the main motives for the arrival of Chinese tourists, but also in the economic field through new investments. Photo: / Source: Likaclub.eulast_img read more

Typhoon Maysak hits waterlogged Koreas with heavy rain, wind

first_imgHeavy winds and rain lashed much of the Korean peninsula Thursday after Typhoon Maysak made landfall, even as damage from a previous typhoon last week was still being repaired and a third typhoon gathered strength off the coast.Typhoon Maysak, the ninth of the season and the fourth to hit the peninsula this year, was among the strongest to strike Korea in years, and is expected to affect most of North and South Korea.Some areas on the southern resort island of Jeju reported more than 1,000 millimeters (39 inches) in rainfall since Tuesday, and the typhoon left some 120,000 households without power across the country, according to the weather agency and interior ministry. For a second week in a row, North Korea’s state TV carried overnight reports on Wednesday and Thursday showing storm surge and flooding, including in the coastal town on Wonsan.On Tuesday state news agency KCNA reported that measures were being taken across the country to fix street lights and roofs, inspect infrastructure, monitor water levels, and move ships to safe anchorages.”Officials of the Party and power organs at all levels are conducting intensive information campaign among people to let them deep understand the importance of work for preventing typhoon damage and methods of coping with its crisis,” KCNA said.North Korea’s agriculture sector is particularly vulnerable to severe weather, and this summer’s storms and floods have raised concern’s over the country’s already tenuous food situation.Typhoon Haishen, meanwhile, is forecast to make its way toward South Korea by early next week. Topics :center_img Hundreds of flights were cancelled and delayed, and the southern city of Busan in South Korea saw heavy winds as the storm’s track placed it squarely in its path.Typhoon and heavy rain warnings were issued for much of the rest of South Korea, which earlier this year saw the longest stretch of rainy weather on record, leading to deadly floods and landslides.The Japanese coastguard was searching for a cargo ship carrying thousands of head of livestock and dozens of crew members that went missing after issuing a distress signal due to Typhoon Maysak.North Korea took the brunt of last week’s Typhoon Bavi, and on Thursday, state media reported that the country’s premier, Kim Tok Hun, had toured flood-hit areas and discussed ways to limit damage from Typhoon Maysak.last_img read more

Unai Emery drops Denis Saurez selection hint ahead of Newcastle match

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Mar 2019 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Denis Suarez is still waiting to make his first competitive start for Arsenal (Picture: EMPICS)Unai Emery insists Denis Suarez is ready to make his first competitive start for Arsenal ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle.The Spaniard arrived on loan from Barcelona in January but has struggled to make an impact and been restricted to making just six substitute appearances so far.Suarez started on Tuesday as Arsenal concluded their warm weather training camp in Dubai with a 3-2 win over Al Nasr, showing several flashes of promise and combining effectively with Mesut Ozil.On the 25-year-old’s chances of starting against Newcastle, Emery said: ‘I think he is OK for starting in the first eleven, to give us this impact. I think now our focus is collectively a very strong focus to help, in 90 minutes, 30 minutes or one minute.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We are going to need everybody, every player for the next matches.‘Now we have a lot of players ready, with a big mentality with a big performance to play and help us. For me like that, we can be stronger, more competitive for taking the big performance, with Denis or with another player.’Arsenal put themselves in a strong position with regards to a top four finish prior to the international break with a win over Manchester United which moved Emery’s side to within a point of third place Tottenham. Comment Arsenal moved to within a point of Tottenham in third place with a win over Manchester United earlier this month (Picture: Getty)The Gunners won’t face another ‘Big Six’ side between now and the end of the campaign but their manager denied his side have an easier run-in than their rivals.‘Each day, each match, for us and them, is very important. Thirty-eight matches give us [the chance] to be competitive, to play consistently,’ he added.‘Now we are taking as a big performance as Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. Now it’s very important and I trust in us.‘I know we need to do a lot to be in the top four. I know Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are going to win a lot of points between this match and the last.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Unai Emery drops Denis Saurez selection hint ahead of Newcastle match Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Apartment glut starts to hit home

first_img805/43 Ferry Road, West End, on the market in Pradella’s Breeze for $988,000. Brisbane’s skyline has changed in the past two years.Mr Pradella had told the Brisbane City Council CEO that “due to current residential market conditions the construction of the final stage is yet to commence … Accordingly we are seeking an extension to the currency period of 48 months until 24 December 2022 and a permissible change to amend the completion date for the development.” Mr Fry said “I wrote a letter to Kim Pradella personally and they took 13 weeks to reply. Now I will be paying rent for another few years. It’s really disappointing, especially the lack of communication. It’s the first time I’ve ever bought a unit, I’m 60 years of age. This is very poor form from a company that raves about how good they are.”Neither Mr Pradella nor his marketer Peter Robertson from Position Property would comment on what buyers were being told. Development manager Brett Lentz said in an emailed response to queries that “construction is scheduled to commence in the first quarter 2018 completing in the second half of 2019”.A Brisbane City Council spokesman said approval period extensions were “allowable under State Government planning law” and take into account changes that have occurred since the original application.“The extension to the approval period that Council grants can vary, although are generally for between one and four years,” he said. “There is no provision under State Government planning law for parties to notify future buyers about changes to development approvals.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Buyer Stephen Fry at the site of Pradella’s empty Breeze site. Picture: Adam HeadHUNDREDS of buyers could have as much as a four-year wait for their new apartments, and some residential projects may not go ahead at all as Brisbane’s unit market begins to bite.Already one of Queensland’s richest developer family firms Pradella has postponed a major apartment project, after asking for a four-year extension from Brisbane City Council. The state government opened the door to developers postponing projects by as much as four years after it amended existing land laws to permit the hefty extensions.Latest industry reports estimate it will take more than two years for developers to sell off apartments that are currently on the market in inner Brisbane, with 45 per cent of projects in the development pipeline also on hold.With sales volumes dropping off a cliff, buyers who’ve already paid deposits — like Stephen Fry in Pradella’s Breeze — have been left in the lurch. Mr Fry struggled to get answers from Pradella and its marketers Position Property for the better part of this year as to why the site was still bare earth.“I certainly wouldn’t have bought there if I knew there was any sort of hint that they wouldn’t build in time,” he said. “I went out and bought furniture thinking I’d be moving in November.”He was shocked when shown a document signed by Pradella head Kim Pradella asking for a four-year extension in April this year — which council granted. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoPradella’s new date to begin Breeze construction is January 2018.last_img read more

Romanian second-pillar pension funds set for rapid expansion

first_imgHowever, Mihai Bobocea, adviser to the APAPR board, told IPE the government may spread the coming rise over 2016-17.Since their inception in 2008, the second-pillar funds have produced a nominal annualised average return of 11.1%.Third-pillar membership, based on increases of the last 4-5 years, is set to grow by 9% to 375,000, and assets by 25% to RON1.3bn.The 10 funds’ annualised return since 2007 totalled 8.2%.  Overall, the funds have become a major institutional investment force in Romania.They hold 12% of Romanian government bonds, making them the second-biggest national debt investor after banks.They are also the largest domestic institutional investor on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, with some €730m in assets, and account for 10% of the exchange’s trading volumes, according to APAPR data.APAPR has identified a number of priorities for the pensions industry in 2015, including improving the environment for third-pillar sales and operations.“This pillar is significantly underdeveloped, compared with its potential,” said Bobocea.“A huge reason is the ‘red tape’ surrounding all stages of administration: sales, operations, investment and communication with members.“For a few years now, we have been trying to persuade the financial regulator – with more or less success – to reduce the bureaucratic burdens on third-pillar products and make them easier and more appealing to access, especially for large employers, who may offer them as employee benefits.”Other priorities include improving investment regulations, reducing operational costs and adopting a law on pension payouts.In other Romanian news, Metropolitan Life has sold APF, the company that manages the third-pillar fund Pensia Mea, to Certinvest, Romania’s biggest independent asset administrator.Pensia Mea, as of the end of 2014, had around 10,000 members and net assets of RON40.8m.Metropolitan Life also runs a second-pillar fund, Alico, which, since its purchase of Aviva’s fund in 2013, has become the country’s third-biggest by membership and assets. Romania’s second and third-pillar pension funds are forecast to expand dramatically in 2015, according to the Romanian Pension Funds’ Association (APAPR).The association forecasts that second-pillar membership of the seven funds will rise by 3.5% year on year to 6.5m, and net assets by 30% to RON25bn (€5.5bn).Some RON4.4bn will come from new contribution inflows.In 2015, the contribution rate was raised to 5%, from 4.5% in 2014, and is set to increase, under current legislation, to 6% next year.last_img read more

Bladt rolls out first Kaskasi steel

first_imgWork will continue until Q3 2021, when the final foundation is scheduled to leave Bladt’s Aalborg site for installation. Kaskasi will comprise 38 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD Flex turbines, each of which will have a capacity of close to 9 MW, a rotor diameter of 167m, and a total height of 191m. Offshore construction is expected to begin in autumn 2021 some 35km north of the island of Heligoland, with project commissioning expected in summer 2022. Bladt Industries has rolled out the first cans of the transition pieces and monopiles destined for the Kaskasi offshore wind project in Germany. The Danish company will deliver 39 monopiles, 38 transition pieces for the turbines and one specially designed transition piece for the offshore substation.last_img read more

Number of requests to change sex on birth certificates revealed

first_imgNewsHub 29 March 2019Family First Comment:  “32 requests were received in 2018 from people who wished to have their sex changed on their New Zealand birth certificate.”But biology should trump ideology – always.#ditchthebill #biologymatters A minister’s decision to halt a proposed law for changing sex on birth certificates was met with controversy last month however Newshub can reveal that only a small number of people actually applied for it last year.The Department of Internal Affairs confirmed to Newshub under the Official Information Act that just over 30 people in New Zealand requested to have their sex changed on their birth certificate in 2018.“The Department [of Internal Affairs] can confirm that 32 requests were received in 2018 from people who wished to have their sex changed on their New Zealand birth certificate.”Proposed changes to the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill would have allowed people to change the sex on their birth certificate based on how they identify themselves – removing the need for medical evidence.But the changes were put on hold last month by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin who said more input was needed from the public before the Government could move on the Bill, which had self-identification clauses added at Select Committee.Newshub approached Martin for comment, but a spokesperson referred back to the minister’s press release and Crown Law Opinion, which stated a “number of legal issues may benefit from further policy consideration before the Bill proceeds”.READ MORE: read more

Cuban Ambassador accuses US ruling to impose probationary sentence on one Cuban Five member as “double-standard”

first_img 20 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img LocalNews Cuban Ambassador accuses US ruling to impose probationary sentence on one Cuban Five member as “double-standard” by: – October 11, 2011 Share Her Excellency Elaina Ramous Rodriguez Cuban Ambassador Her Excellency Elaina Ramous Rodriguez is describing as “injustice” a decision by a United States judge to have one of the Cuban five prisoners serve a three year probation in the United States-even after he was released from prison.Rene’ Gonzales-an airplane pilot imprisoned for 13 years for spying on anti-Castro groups in Miami, was freed on Friday but a US Judge has ruled that Gonzalez- a dual US-Cuban-citizen must serve three years of probation in the United States.“On September 16, South Florida District Judge Joan A. Lenard denied a motion submitted by René on February 16, 2011 requesting that he be allowed to return to Cuba and be reunited with his wife, daughters and parents. He has been unjustly obliged to remain in the United States for three years of probation,” she said in an interview with a local radio station.According to her, this decision, after 13 years of incarceration, constitutes a deliberate additional penalty, motivated by the same desires for political revenge which characterized the original judicial procedures which led to the conviction of the Five in 2001. “Standing behind this decision is the United States government which for years has supported terrorism against Cuba, protecting organizations and individuals – within its territory – responsible for the deaths, pain and suffering of thousands of Cubans. The judge’s response to René’s motion is in no way justified and makes no sense. It is presumed that he must remain in the United States where clearly his life will be endangered, and where the most prominent anti-Cuban terrorist individuals and organizations are located,” she added.Her Excellency Ramos further states that although it is impossible to undo the injustice after so many years of unwarranted imprisonment and political attacks, the only minimally decorous action the government of the United States could take at this point would be to grant René permission to immediately return to Cuba, to put an end to the vengeful sentences imposed on Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando, and to allow the return of all Five to their homeland. “The cause of the Cuban Five is known throughout the entire world. There is a wealth of information, argumentation and legal evidence which demonstrates the arbitrary nature of the proceedings which led to their convictions and sentencing. Also widely recognized is the especially abusive treatment in prison these innocent men have received: extended periods of time in solitary confinement, lack of communication, psychological torture, unjustified family separation, limited contact with legal representatives and the denial of visits by mothers, wives and daughters,” he said.Adding that the people of Cuba deeply appreciate all the people and groups who have added their voices to the demand that this injustice end, state leaders and government officials, as well as renowned figures who have publicly or privately advocated for the freedom of the Five.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more