Health chiefs in new push for menu calorie labelling

first_imgGovernment health bosses are to start consultations over calorie labelling on restaurant, café and takeaway menus as part of new plans aimed at combatting childhood obesity.This is one of the measures outlined in the second part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action, which was published yesterday (24 June). Also among the new proposals are:A ban on ‘unlimited refills of unhealthy foods and drinks’A ban on displaying ‘unhealthy food’ at checkouts or including it in buy-one-get-one-free dealsA ban on the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to childrenTV and online ad restrictions to prevent children from being targeted by these ‘unhealthy products’Getting young children more active at school“One in three children are now overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school,” said public health minister Steve Brine. “Overconsumption, combined with reduced activity, is having a catastrophic effect on our children’s health.”The plans have raised concerns among food and drink suppliers, who are already working to reformulate products to meet sugar and calorie-reduction targets.While welcoming the government’s commitment to a full consultation on the proposals, Food & Drink Federation corporate affairs director Tim Rycroft said: “There will be deep disquiet in the food and drink manufacturing sector today.“Advertising and promotions underpin the healthy, vibrant and innovative market for food and drink that UK shoppers love. If government restricts our ability to advertise and promote new healthier options to shoppers, it could risk the success of the reformulation programme.  Any further restrictions will have to pass stern tests around targeting and effectiveness.”With regards to nutritional labelling on menus, the government said around a quarter of food bought to eat outside the home has calorie labelling at the point of sale or choice, such as on a menu. It added that this information is often given in inconsistent ways.The government plans to introduce legislation to make consistent calorie labelling mandatory in England for the out of home sector and will consult, before the end of this year, on the best way to implement calorie labelling.It added, however, that as the cost of compliance could be disproportionately high for micro-businesses (those with less than 10 staff) it would be consulting on whether micro-businesses should be excluded or given a longer implementation period.“We also intend to provide guidance and methodology to help businesses calculate calorie information,” it said.In good news for business such as Finsbury Foods, which produces licensed character cakes, the government said there were currently no plans to ban the use of licensed characters, cartoon characters and celebrities to promote high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products. Research is continuing on the effect of marketing and advertising on children, however.Also being consulted on is the introduction of a 9pm watershed for online and TV advertising of HFSS products for children.And the government plans to ban price promotions, such as buy-one-get-one-free, multi-buy offers and unlimited refills of unhealthy foods and drinks, in the retail and out of home sector through legislation.“In doing so, we aim to stop promotions that encourage bulk buying and over-consumption of unhealthy products,” it stated. “It is not our intention to make food for families eating out as a treat more expensive so offers such as ‘kids eat free’ are not within scope.”Also in the government’s plans is a ban on the promotion of unhealthy food and drink at checkouts, the end of aisles and store entrances, and a similar approach to online shopping.“Parents want what is best for their children, but keeping them healthy and active can be difficult,” said Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health.“It is near impossible to shield children from exposure to unhealthy foods. Parents are asking for help – we know that over three-quarters of parents find offers for sugary sweets and snacks at checkouts annoying.“It’s our job to give power to parents to make healthier choices, and to make their life easier in doing so.”last_img read more

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Can this union be saved?

first_imgWith congressional Republicans and Democrats arguing over whether the president should be impeached, ever-deepening political and cultural acrimony has turned us into the Divided States of America.Jumping off from The Atlantic’s December issue, “How to Stop a Civil War,” editor in chief and author Jeffrey Goldberg spoke with contributors Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard, and Adam Serwer, staff writer at The Atlantic, about the prospects for reconciling our differences and restoring faith in democracy at a JFK Jr. Forum on Tuesday evening.Allen, a political theorist who runs the Democratic Knowledge Project, said “fragmentation” is the biggest danger to American democracy today. Voters are becoming more geographically, culturally, and socially disconnected, retreating further into ideological and informational silos. Similarly self-governing structures like the U.S. Congress, which rely on cooperation and consensus, find themselves able to agree on very little, she said. The inability to get anything done erodes the faith of voters in democratic institutions, creating an environment demagogues can exploit. Healthy, well-functioning democracies require that individuals sometimes set aside specific preferences for the sake of the greater good, so if we are to be ‘a more perfect union,’ the country needs to prioritize ‘union,’ Allen argued.Serwer writes frequently about race and is best known for his critique of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, concluding “the cruelty is the point.” He attributes the nation’s current climate of incivility, particularly in political discourse, as one that stems ultimately from still-unresolved issues over race.“This question of reconciliation should not be prized over the survival of liberal democracy itself the way it was more than 100 years ago” during the Civil War, said Serwer, a fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy last spring. “How we end polarization, the terms on which it ends, are far more important than the fact that it ends.”,The rightward shift of the Republican Party, particularly since Trump’s election, is a direct reaction to demographic and cultural changes in the country that aren’t going anywhere, making a path to reconciliation very difficult, said Serwer.“I think the big obstacle to this is that you have a faction of people in the United States who really feel like they are fighting an existential battle against annihilation,” a misguided notion “that the president has cultivated to a tremendous advantage. So they don’t feel like they can lose because if they lose, it’s over,” he said. “So it doesn’t matter what Donald Trump does; it doesn’t matter whether he breaks the law; it doesn’t matter whether he violates the Constitution. He’s the only one standing between you and total Armageddon.”Serwer added: “I honestly don’t know how we resolve that in a way that makes people feel as though they are not fighting for their lives — because they’re not. I think they simply just do not want to relinquish the power that they are used to holding for themselves and have for 200 years.”Allen agreed that “reconciliation that does not include everyone isn’t reconciliation,” but added that there are meaningful reforms that can be made to our democratic institutions, including a “dysfunctional” Congress. However, when we consider changes, it’s important that we build structures “that make it worthwhile to keep investing in this process of doing work together,” she said.Historically, under the two-party system, political polarization de-escalates only when one side loses power and then repositions itself so its views are in line with the greatest number of voters. But with gerrymandering and other rules in place, parties today can retain power without attaining a majority, eliminating the need to recalibrate their ideological stances, Allen said.Restoring Congress so that it better represents the voice of the people through ideas like ranked voter choice, which would have a moderating influence, and forcing candidates to move away from scorched-Earth campaign strategies or lose votes could be a start, Allen said. Bringing back civic education, so students learn how institutions are supposed to work, see their inherent value, and understand the vital role citizens have to play in civic life, is also important. Whatever the changes, they will likely occur at the state and municipal levels, not the federal, she said. Veterans of past battles offer insiders’ looks into the politics, procedure, and strategy of investigators and lawmakers Related Sunstein on impeachment Clinton, Nixon, and lessons in preparing for impeachmentcenter_img Leaders of a sidelined political philosophy explain why its principles and goals remain critically important The conservative quandary In new book, Harvard law professor explains the centrality of a cautious process that helps to ensure America thrives last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Matthijs de Ligt is coveted by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs (Picture: REX)Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Matthijs de Ligt should sign for either Manchester City or Barcelona should he leave Ajax this summer.The 19-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted young players and enhanced his reputation with another solid showing at the heart of the Dutch side’s defence during last night’s 1-1 draw against Juventus.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to oversee a major overhaul of United’s first team squad this summer with defensive reinforcements likely to be his top priority.Van Gaal insists, however, it is imperative that De Ligt signs for a club where he is guaranteed to be playing regularly and believes Barcelona and City are his best two options.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 Barcelona have already secured the signing of Frenkie de Jong (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘De Ligt at Juventus? I think De Ligt can play in any competition,’ he told Ziggo Sport .‘In Italy they are the masters of defense, so he can best develop there. If I had the chance I would go to Barcelona.‘They have central defenders who are not too good, so he will play there. Or I would go to Manchester City. I don’t think the central defenders are that great either, so he’ll play there too.’Barcelona have already committed to paying Ajax £72million for De Ligt’s teammate Frenkie de Jong and are expected to conduct a major clearout this summer which could see as many as 11 players depart.Arsenal have registered an interest in France international Samuel Umtiti, who has lost his place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI to his compatriot Clement Lenglet.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 Comment Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Apr 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link163Shareslast_img read more

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New PWC Manager confident that the Corporation will improve

first_imgLocalNews New PWC Manager confident that the Corporation will improve by: – March 5, 2012 Eddison Henry, the new manager of the Public Works Corporation, is confident that under his management there will be an improvement and an overall turnaround within the company. Eddison Henry. (file photo)Although Henry’s employment comes at a time when the Corporation is faced with several challenges however he told Dominica Vibes News that there is hope for the company.Some of these challenges include protest action by its staff over the non-payment of salaries. The Corporations’ Board of Directors has proposed that the employment of some members of staff be terminated with a view to managing the debt crisis which the Corporation is face with.However union representing the employees; Public Service Union have not endorsed this proposal. Recently, the general-secretary of the Union Thomas Letang announced that the members do not believe that “laying off some workers” will solve the problem but that the root of the problem lies with management.Henry believes that there exists an “absence of information” where employees are concerned who may not be fully aware of the state of affairs of the Corporation therefore one of his priority is to meet with staff and ensure that they “grasp the complete picture of where things are”. From his early assessment he noticed that some of the “management systems have deteriorated” and might be a contributing factor to the overall situation, therefore he indicated that one of his preoccupations which will be a review of the management systems which exist “so that profitability can return to the Corporation”.Although the Corporation is faced with financial difficulties Henry believes before it can focus on payments it “must become a viable entity” and “whether or not there are chances for sustainable growth”. “I see my task as going in there to determine whether or not the objectives of the Corporation can be met and is there sufficient activity to keep it viable with the available resource.”He further noted that he must determine; “What is necessary for the growth of the company to drive it forward. Are the skill set required for a modern day company does it exist within the entity now and if it doesn’t how do we get it?”Some of the plans he highlighted for the Corporation were to re-negotiate payment terms with the Corporation’s creditors, seek payment from its debtors to help raise its income base and to determine whether there are other services which the Corporation can offer to generate income and raise its revenue base.Henry proposed that the Corporation could review its mandate to determine whether it could also facilitate the construction of houses as opposed to only road repairs and seek to export its services in the same manner as some overseas based companies who arrive here to perform works.He concluded that “no company grows by simply cutting cost but we must look at how we can increase our revenue” and that one of the determining factors of his success rate will be how quickly some of his proposals can be implemented.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 17 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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