Consumption of sugary drinks likely to go down proportionately on 20% tax hike

Government policies that increase final retail price of sugary drinks by at least 20 percent would lead to proportional reduction in consumption of such products, according to a new report Fiscal Policies for diet and prevention of non-communicable diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO). Representational image. Reuters “Reduced consumption of sugary drinks means lower intake of “free sugars” and calories, improved nutrition and fewer people suffering from overweight, obesity, diabetes and tooth decay,” the report said. Free sugars refer to monosaccharides (like glucose or fructose) and disaccharides (like sucrose or table sugar) added to foods and drinks by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer. Sugar-sweetened beverages accounted for every one in 200 deaths, caused by India’s rising tide of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, IndiaSpend reported …

Bollywood Parks Dubai sets doors open Bollywood Parks Dubai Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination, has marked opening of Bollywood Parks Dubai, following the opening of Legoland Dubai and Riverland Dubai two weeks ago. Bollywood Parks Dubai is a first-of-its-kind theme park that showcases rides and attractions based on some of Bollywood’s blockbusters. The park opened with a ceremony that included various live entertainment shows performed by the Bollywood artists. Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO, DXB Entertainments PJSC, the owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said, “Following the successful opening and commencement of operations at Legoland Dubai and Riverland Dubai, we are very excited and eager to witness our guests’ reactions when they experience Bollywood Parks Dubai. Today we celebrate the opening of...

Second chances EVERYONE deserves a second chance. That’s what Pak Ajis seeks in Jalan Sehala, a telemovie which airs tomorrow at 3pm on TV1. After spending two decades in jail, Pak Ajis is turning over a new leaf. He goes in search of his family. Along the way, he meets a girl who is also searching for her own family members. Starring Azhan Rani, Reen Rahim, Sherie Merlis, Wan Nazri and Maslan Iqbal. Also airing on TV1 at 7pm tomorrow is the new series 2000km Ke Al Haram, starring Syazwan Zulkifly, Mia Ahmad, Iqram Dinzley, Fauzi Nawawi and Janna Nick. It tells of Iqa who works as a journalist upon her return from abroad. One of her assignments requires her to interview business icon Salmah who has fallen sick. ...

‘Everything just came together’ in this Whidbey Island home — including its inhabitants HE LIVED HIGH on a bluff. She had a cabin on the beach. Unknowingly, they shared a love of the Pacific Northwest (generally), Whidbey Island (specifically) and family (especially), along with a history of love and loss (he was widowed; she was divorced). Geographically, categorically, they were strangers — solo islanders separated by 3 miles, and a total unawareness of the other. Pfft, said Fate; I’ve got this. “One day I met a landscape guy,” says Gary West, the “he” of the high bluff. “I said, ‘You don’t know any cute girls I could take out for a glass of wine, do you?’ He knew.” Of course he did: Diane, the “she” of the beach. Most Read Stories Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks. “We...

Health: You can enhance your brain The human brain is the soul of the human nervous system. It controls involuntary activities such as respiration, digestion, and heartbeat, which are also known as automatic functions of the body. This organ also controls other conscious activities that are considered as higher order activities like reasoning, abstraction, and thought. The human brain is superior to any other brain of any other living species that are known to humankind.The brain is also the centre by which other human characteristics are defined. Creativity, for example, is much associated with the brain. So is personality. The brain lets us make decisions and define colours and smells. This organ controls every other perceived activity of the human body.However, the human brain, as strong and as invincible as it...

Take 5 With Andrew Tumbo Andrew is a visionary creator and performer, as well as the founder of Spellcast Media, director of African Music, and currently the vocal and performance coach  for the popular Redfourth Chorus. He is also a music composer/arranger, scriptwriter and performer who recently starred as Kaa the Snake in the stage adaptation of The Jungle Book by Aperture Africa Productions, which has been nominated for Best Theatre Event 2016 on awards.kenyabuzz.com. Go vote! Are you doing, now, what you have always wanted to do? Singing, acting, creating, storytelling? Yes, definitely! It’s a mixture of teaching and performance. I’m extremely passionate about our indigenous stories and our indigenous art, and the process of packaging this for stage performance forces me to dig and delve into the past...

SALUT: Ale cocktails create winter magic Winter beer cocktails tend to be warmer, boozier and sweeter founded on the dark roast flavours of porter and stout. handout / PNG When the weather turns cold and stormy, it’s time to reconsider the light and fruity flavours of summer in favour of something designed to warm you up rather than cool you down. “When you work with stout you know there are going to be chocolate notes and you can enhance those, or you can really highlight it with a hint of cayenne,” says mixologist Jon Cote of Penticton’s Craft Corner Kitchen. “I think that nuts and chocolate play well together, so that’s another direction I like to go.” Cote is an enthusiastic supporter of his local breweries and distilleries — there are three ...

CAR CLINIC: With a Sh1m budget, Escudo is the best option, and yes, it’s powerful Hi Baraza, Thank you for the great informative articles every Wednesday, which I read avidly.  I own a manual gear first generation 1998 Rav4 (XA10) station wagon with full time 4WD/Diff Lock that has served me remarkably well and quite reliably for the past four years.  But I now need to upgrade since age is catching up with it fast.  I’ve been thinking of a relatively newer but used unit with a YOM of 2004 to 2008 with a budget of around Sh1 million. My options being:- A 2nd Gen. Rav4 (XA20) 4WD- Mitsubishi Outlander (which you trashed the other day with abundant disdain)- Subaru Forester- Suzuki Escudo Of key importance is three main things: Off-road performance (not too much heavy stuff but it must handle...