Bill targets unhealthy food ads

first_img30 July 2007Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has published new regulations regarding the labeling and advertising of foodstuffs, in an effort to increase awareness and promote a healthier lifestyle among South Africans, especially children.“The current Regulations on the Advertising and Labelling of Foodstuffs were promulgated in 1993 and have to be replaced to strengthen effectiveness, close all known ‘loopholes’ and incorporate new developments in scientific research,” the health department states in a press release last week.The draft regulations aim to improve public health through healthy food choices and improved nutrition through special food formulations, which are based on the latest scientific evidence.Allergens that have to be clearly labelled will also be increased from the current two to nine.“As the health literacy rate of our population increases, so does the importance of food labelling and the role that it can play in assisting consumers with reliable label information to make informed choices about healthier food options,” the department says“Healthier food choices are an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.”The regulations will make it necessary for food and beverage producers to provide information such as date markings, country of origin and batch identification as well as specific nutritional information on food labels.“A better and more detailed guidance in terms of prohibited statements has been incorporated to deal with challenges of consumer deception and use of misleading information,” the department says.The new regulations will also ensure the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation’s global strategy on diet, physical activity and health is implemented in South Africa.This is likely to have a major impact on the way foodstuffs and beverages are advertised, as the use of health and nutritional claims for foods that have been identified as non-essential to a healthy lifestyle will be prohibited.Examples of foods non-essential to a healthy lifestyle are given as carbonated drinks, all sugar confectionary, all chocolate confectionary, potato crisps and fast foods of certain specifications.Furthermore, such foods or beverages cannot be advertised or promoted to children or on school tuck shop or and school or pre-school premises.According to the department, the new regulations will mean that such foods “shall not advertise in any manner, including the label of a foodstuff, to a child younger than 16 years or use a child actor younger than 16 years or use any cartoon-type character or puppet, computer animation or similar strategy or token or gift, in order to encourage the use of such foodstuff”.The identified foodstuffs will also have to carry labels that warn the consumer to use the produce in moderation, and that excessive consumption on a regular basis may lead to poor health.The department is calling on all role players, including manufacturers, consumer groups and the general public to comment on the new draft regulations relating to the labelling and advertising of foodstuffs, in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act (Act 54 of 1972), by October reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Uzbek GTL project milestone for Sasol

first_img28 September 2011South African petrochemicals giant Sasol and its partners have signed an investment agreement with the government of Uzbekistan for the development and implementation of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in that country.Under the investment agreement, the investors and the GTL project will enjoy investment protection and fiscal benefits, to ensure the successful implementation and operation of the GTL facility.The conclusion of the investment agreement is an important milestone in the development of the project, in which Sasol and local state-owned oil and gas firm Uzbekneftegaz each hold 44.5% interest, and Malaysia’s Petronas an 11% interest.World leader in GTLSasol CEO David Constable met with Uzbek President Islam Karimov prior to the signing ceremony in Tashkent last week, where he thanked the government for their ongoing support of the project.Constable said the ability to harness the benefits of natural gas to make cleaner transport fuels is a key element of a lower emissions energy future.“GTL technology is the most cost effective way of achieving this and, as a world leader in GTL, Sasol is very pleased to be working with partners who have both the vision to see the opportunity and the capacity to act on it,” he said.Reducing oil dependenceThe GTL project will reduce Uzbekistan’s dependence on imports of crude oil and transportation fuels and will diversify the use of its domestic gas resources.The project will also improve the quality of the fuel pool, reducing emissions, thereby securing the associated environmental benefits.Uzbekneftegaz will supply the feedstock, from the already developed Shurtan group of gas fields and will off-take the majority of the production, under long-term arrangements.The next phase will be the front end engineering and design of the GTL project, which will commence before the end of the 2011. Depending on the final investment decision, the plant will be operational in the second half of this decade.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why Windows Phone Will Beat BlackBerry: Apps & Microsoft

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#BlackBerry#BlackBerry 10#Microsoft#smartphones#Windows Phone#Windows Phone vs. BlackBerry 10 center_img Windows Phone will succeed because Microsoft simply believes in it. It’s a trophy, not a life raft.ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski contends that BlackBerry will remain the No. 3 mobile platform, behind Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Hogwash. At this point, RIM could hand out a free puppy to every American who buys one of its phones, and it wouldn’t make a dent in the population at the local animal shelter.(See also: Why BlackBerry 10 Will Beat Windows Phone: It’s Cool Again!)RIM – excuse me, BlackBerry – executives are frantically trying to pole their sinking platform away from a tidal wave of Apple and Android phones, before the entire company itself is swept away. BlackBerry 10 is an “oh shit!” product, the panicked reaction of a company which grew fast, grew big and grew complacent. Meanwhile, Apple and the Android legions ate its lunch.Windows Phone, however, stands on its merits.Big, Bold, Beautiful DesignThere’s simply no way that anyone will confuse a Windows phone with an iPhone or an Android device. The bright, lively splashes of color that make up the Live Tiles interface entice you to play with them, and I simply love how the People widget refreshes with the most recent avatar pictures of your friends. Each widget can be resized dynamically, so you can align them in Android-like, “Space Invaders” rows, or else pick a few to dominate your screen.Best-In-Class CameraI’ve tried out enough smartphones to be quite impressed with the HTC 8X’s camera – which, incidentally, easily surpasses my older HTC Sensation. While not good enough to replace a dedicated camera, some of my best pictures from my recent Dubai trip were actually taken with the HTC 8X – perhaps not of the quality of an single-lens-reflex (SLR) camera, but crisp, clear and without the smearing often associates with a smartphone camera.The camera in the first BlackBerry 10 phone, the Z10, was dubbed an “abject failure” for its low-light performance, and Crackberry’s test files shouldn’t exactly fill BlackBerry fans with hope. AppsQuite frankly, there are two things consumers want from their smartphones: quality pictures, which the Z10 already fails at, and apps. But Dan Rowinski himself already reported that 40% of the 70,000 apps in the BlackBerry World app store are just Android ports. On the Windows Phone platform, we know that Microsoft published 75,000 apps in 2012 alone, so the total number of apps tops BlackBerry by at least a slight margin. Neither Windows Phone 8 nor BlackBerry has the reach of either iOS or Android; most apps seem to be published first for iOS and Android, with the other smartphone platforms lucky to pick up the scraps later. On the other hand, I can use popular consumer apps like Slacker on my Windows Phone. On BlackBerry? Not so much. And if we look at “apps” as synonymous with “ecosystem,” Windows Phone 8 wins hands-down. Windows Phone. PC. Xbox. Surface. They all talk to each other, and the game “Skulls of the Shogun,” released last week, can be played on all four. BlackBerry stands alone, and the few mobile ecosystems that I can think of that tried the same thing are Symbian and WebOS. Yep, you know what happened to them.KeyboardNormally, this would be a category I would be prepared to hand to the BlackBerry crowd. Mobile keyboards have been BlackBerry’s traditional strength. But hang on – BlackBerry makes suggestions by hovering the suggested word over the letters on the keyboard? Windows Phone works the way people expect it to. I still prefer Android’s predictive guesswork, but Windows Phone isn’t half bad.User ExperienceI’m not totally in love with Microsoft’s “one app at a time” approach, but I can live with it. And there are some truly delightful touches: the Live Tiles are one, and using my Facebook photos as my lock screensaver brings a smile to my face every time I unlock the phone.ReputationAt this point, within the United States, RIM’s name is poison. That’s why the company changed it to BlackBerry. Granted, I’ve been hard on Microsoft Windows 8 and its other products, too. But while Windows Phone *is surviving, RIM’s diving like a dead duck. Windows Phone is a fresh, new brand. Showcasing Jessica Alba – a celebrity and mom – as one of the faces of the brand was inspired.The EnterpriseYes, BlackBerry has a strong case here. When all else fails, BlackBerry can retreat to its walled fort, the enterprise. But the days when corporations could hand out whatever cell phones it wanted employees to use are ending. The practice of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) favors devices with more consumer appeal, which includes Windows Phone.Why Windows Phone Will Beat BlackBerryEver since I tried out the HTC 8X at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 launch, I’ve been torn between it and the Android-powered Galaxy Nexus. In fact, if they had used the same SIM-card form factor (the HTC 8X uses a micro-SIM, while the Nexus uses a standard SIM) I may have switched. They both run on T-Mobile, my network provider. RIM has the stink of failure hanging over it; it’s no great stretch to imagine that if BB10 fails, down goes the entire company. Microsoft’s already tried and failed with its own social phone, the Kin, and kept on swinging. This time around, Microsoft is going to put the “bury” in BlackBerry. As in six feet under.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Sheikh Hasina to have luncheon meeting with Modi

first_imgBangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will have a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday following the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavana at the Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. Her younger sister Sheikh Rehana will also be with her, sources on both sides confirmed to The Hindu. Before the programme around mid-day, the two Prime Ministers will attend the annual convocation of the Visva-Bharati University. Clearing the confusion on whether Ms. Hasina can have lunch during Ramzan, as she is fasting, an Indian government official said that the Bangladesh Prime Minister “does not observe fast while travelling.”Convocation On Friday, the Prime Ministers will also visit Rabindra Bhavana, the museum that houses Rabindranath’s original manuscripts, paintings, letters and sketches. PM Modi, the Chancellor of the University founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, will attend the convocation for the first time after being appointed Chancellor in 2015.On Saturday, Prime Minister Hasina is “likely” to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata after her visit to Kazi Nazrul University (KNU) in Paschim Bardhaman in a Special Convocation programme presided over by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Chancellor of KNU. She will be conferred with Degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the University. Bangladesh’s Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor said in Santiniketan that the sharing of water of the Teesta river will be discussed in the meetings.last_img read more

Punjab govt. puts on hold implementation of MV Act

first_imgThe Punjab government on Thursday put on hold implementation of the amended Motor Vehicles Act in the State. State Transport Minister Razia Sultana in an official press release said old penalty would continue to be charged for traffic-related violations until “a decision was taken on the implementation of the amended Act”. ‘Huge penalties’Admitting that traffic rule violations were a major cause of road accidents, for which violators must be punished, the Minister said at the same time “people must not be burdened with huge penalties”. “In a welfare state like India, the idea behind such kind of penalties was to deter people from violating traffic rules, not to increase the State treasury,” the Minister said, adding that the government would soon take a call on this. Spelling out the initiatives taken by the State government to tackle traffic-related violations, the Minister said the department had recently decided to equip the traffic police with e-challan machines. A decision to establish a road safety secretariat had also been taken, which would keep an eye on vehicular traffic all across the State and be responsible for ensuring compliance of road safety norms, she said. A few days ago, Punjab Additional Director General of Police (Traffic) S.S. Chauhan had said that the State government would soon call a meeting of all stakeholders with regard to implementation of the amended Act. Parliament in July had passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to tighten road traffic regulations.last_img read more

Kelly continues nomadic training style ahead of ONE Macau card

first_img“It’s been a year since the last time that I fought. I am looking forward to put on a great performance for my beloved country,” said Kelly.“I have been training hard and going through strategies. I hope to give my 110 percent in the cage in Macao. I am coming to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ “For me, I don’t have a stable gym where I train at full-time. I train more naturally. Whichever gym I find myself in, that’s where I train,” said Kelly (12-3). “Mostly, I just watch YouTube videos and apply it to my training and then I go to some gyms to test it out. I am in the constant search for more knowledge for my career.”“I have been doing this for the past eight years. I am still confident as to how I conduct my training. It has given me success in the past. I still believe that it will give me the success in my upcoming fight. It all boils down to discipline.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKelly has suffered a minor slip in his ONE Championship tenure losing two of his last fights against Narantungalag Jadambaa and Ev Ting.He plans to stop that slide as he takes on the 40-year-old Boku (25-11), who’s five years his elder, come their Macau fight. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Eric Kelly. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino mixed martial artist Eric Kelly plans to continue to jump around gyms as he prepares for his upcoming fight against Japanese featherweight Kotetsu Boku in ONE Championship’s Kings & Conquerors on August 5.Unlike most fighters who train under one stable, Kelly doesn’t stay under one group and instead travels to different gyms to fine-tune his submission-based style of fighting.ADVERTISEMENT We need to make our outside shots in Lebanon – Reyeslast_img read more

World Cup: India-Pak semifinal tickets costs Rs 1 lakh in black

first_imgICC World Cup ticket.Black marketers are making a killing with cricket enthusiasts from India and Pakistan scrambling to get tickets for the semifinal in Mohali at “any cost”.Tickets for the semifinal – dubbed as the mother of all clashes – have been attracting offer prices up to twenty times the original rate.So big is the rush that tickets priced at Rs 10,000 were being sold for about Rs 50,000.The tickets worth Rs 15,000 are attracting bids of about Rs 1 lakh each. The student block tickets priced at Rs 250 are commanding a price of up to Rs 5,000 while the huge demand has escalated the chair block tickets worth Rs 500 each to Rs 10,000.Fans have been making phone calls to friends and acquaintances, including those in media and police, to arrange the tickets or accept money for passes.The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium at Mohali – which would host the historic semi-final on March 30 – has made arrangements to accommodate 27,500 people.The PCA sold more than 15,000 tickets over the counter on March 21 and 22.Those who bought tickets earlier are trying to sell them in the black market since people are ready to dole out “an unprecedented” amount for tickets.Though police authorities claimed they would check black marketing of tickets, cricket enthusiasts revealed a large number was actually being sold by cops – some of whom are on security duty in and around the stadium.Representatives of some corporate houses, who were ready to pay ‘any amount’, were seen outside the PCA Stadium in an effort to get tickets for the corporate boxes.advertisementThe town also expects more than 200 fans from Pakistan and Mohali’s neighbouring towns – Chandigarh and Panchkula – have also made elaborate arrangements for receiving the guests.MP Pandove, PCA secretary, stated that the association had already sent 50 tickets to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).”The PCB would distribute those tickets among their official visitors, celebrities and other VIPs. Several sports enthusiasts had made arrangement of tickets on their own,” Pandove said.”People from Pakistan are calling us for tickets. The tickets with the PCA have been sold out,” Pandove said.GS Walia, PCA joint secretary, said that some senior political personalities and celebrities were expected to witness the match.”We have made arrangement for world-class hospitality,” he said.AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi and chairman of the Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani are also expected during the match.last_img read more

Pacquiao perfecting a surprise package?

first_imgPacquiao readily re-linked with Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the famed Wild Card Boxing gym in Hollywood.Pacquiao was also photographed doing a morning run around the Griffith Park.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefTo top it all, he did gym work with his son on Christmas Eve.Naturally, there were those who started to suspect Pacquiao could be cramming, rushing to hit peak form. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Truth is there’s neither rust nor evident rush, only renewed intensity.One reason behind this could be the fact that Pacquiao will be fighting a younger, talented and very hungry challenger in Adrien Broner, 29, listed as a four-division world champ who has never suffered a stoppage.But if the fight were held tomorrow, Broner would be at a terrible disadvantage. Unlike Pacquiao, he was still terribly over the limit as bared in the latest video from his training camp in Florida.During his last birthday celebration, Pacquiao, 40, declared he has been feeling young and vigorous as 25.He also vowed to show against Broner the unseen best in his arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Before taking the evening flight to Los Angeles on Saturday, Manny Pacquiao did a four-mile jog in the morning then sparred for eight rounds later, veteran sports scribe Eddie Alinea reported.In California, his camp said there would be no holiday break for Pacquiao. It will be work, work, work all the way to the Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight crown in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweepcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ He did not mention specifics, although there were strict orders during earlier training at the Elorde Gym for guests and media to refrain from recording the proceedings.The order, it would be noted, came at a point when his handlers were working to perfect sharp, snappy blows clearly intended for the opponent’s body.Meanwhile, Broner’s chief handler, Kevin Cunningham, said they plan to jam Pacquiao’s fighting rhythm and zero in on his predictable adjustments.It goes without saying that Pacquiao, with that declaration from the opposing camp, can only be expected to come up with a full-proof weaponry, something like a bag of explosives, killer blasts to the body.These new killer blows could only be expected to flash and dig like phantom daggers, thrown from incredible points and angles.Broner better be ready with iron-clad defense of his body.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

NRL-TFA Partnership CEO Letter/Communities Together flyer

first_imgRelated Filescommunities_together_nrl-tfa_strategic_alliance-pdftfa_nrl_partnership_ceo_letter_130913-pdfRelated LinksNRL-TFA Partnership As you are aware, Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) have formed a strategic alliance with the intention to create the largest sporting community in Australia. See below the NRL-TFA Partnership CEO Letter and Communities Together flyer. The purpose of these documents is to help forge closer links between both Rugby League and Touch Football communities and specifically, assist in facilitating introductions to stakeholders of respective sports at the local affiliate/club level.This approach is ultimately designed to boost recruitment and participation at the local level and ensure greater clarity around the purpose, direction and opportunities the partnership affords both sports.To view the documents, please click on the following attachments. last_img read more

23 days agoArsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-up

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-upby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez says it is a dream come true to earn a call-up to the Argentina national team.The goalkeeper has been competing with Bernd Leno for the number one jersey this season.He will now take part in Argentina’s games with Colombia and Ecuador.”It’s a dream come true,” Martinez said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play for the national team. We’ve got two big games to play now, preparing for the Copa America next year.”I’m more than ready to play for the national team now. I’m getting more minutes so my confidence is really high right now. I’m delighted with the call-up.”Since I signed for this club, my goal was always to be the No 1. I’ve been here for almost 10 years and I came as a young boy, now I’m a grown man.”I’ve been on some good loans and bad loans, but at the end of the day my work ethic and commitment has always been focused on being the No 1 for Arsenal and Argentina. That’s the dream. I said to my dad that I’m going to do it and I won’t stop until I’m No 1 for Argentina.”If you want to be No 1 at Arsenal, you have to believe in yourself no matter what. I believe in my talent and I believe in my work. I have been lucky to have really good goalkeeper coaches. Gerry Peyton really helped me, and Sal and Javi have taken me to another level to be honest. I’m grateful but my goals are much higher than that.” last_img read more