Westminster UDP OK

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Denmark to abolish food fat tax

first_img 13 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyle Denmark to abolish food fat tax by: – November 12, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet The tax increased the cost of butter and other foods with more than 2.3% saturated fatThe Danish government has said it intends to abolish a tax on foods which are high in saturated fats.The measure, introduced a little over a year ago, was believed to be the world’s first so-called “fat tax”.Foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat – including dairy produce, meat and processed foods – were subject to the surcharge.But authorities said the tax had inflated food prices and put Danish jobs at risk. The Danish tax ministry said it was also cancelling its plans to introduce a tax on sugar, the AFP news agency reports.The ministry said one of the effects of the fat tax was that some Danes had begun crossing the border into Germany to stock up on food there.According to the Danish National Health and Medicines Authority, 47% of Danes are overweight and 13% are obese.The tax was introduced in October 2011, in an attempt to limit the population’s intake of fatty foods.The measure added 16 kroner ($2.70; £1.50) per kg (2.2lb) of saturated fats in a product, increasing the price of a 250g pack of butter by 2.20 kroner.The decision to get rid of the tax was agreed as part of the centre-left minority government’s budget negotiations. Several supermarkets have reportedly said they will reduce their prices once the tax is abolished.BBC Newslast_img read more

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Black Caps cruise past Pakistan in first T20

first_imgPAKISTAN’S dismal tour of New Zealand continued with a comprehensive loss to the Black Caps in their first Twenty20 international yesterday.Crushed 5-0 in the one-day international series, Pakistan’s woes continued at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.The tourists avoided complete embarrassment after being bowled out for 105, but New Zealand closed out a seven-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Only Babar Azam (41) and Hasan Ali (23) managed to reach double-figures for Pakistan, who were in huge trouble at 38-6.While Rumman Raees (2-24) struck twice, Colin Munro’s unbeaten 43-ball 49 saw New Zealand to victory with 25 balls to spare.The Black Caps’ win was set up by their bowlers after they put Pakistan in to bat.Pakistan made numerous poor starts in the ODI series and that continued into the T20s.After Tim Southee (3-13) and Seth Rance (3-26) did the early damage, Mitchell Santner (2-15) got in on the act as well.A 15-run partnership between Babar and Faheem Ashraf (7) at least slowed New Zealand, but Pakistan were all out after 19.4 overs.Martin Guptill (2) and Glenn Phillips (3) fell early in the Black Caps’ chase, but Munro was comfortable before being joined by Tom Bruce (26) and Ross Taylor (22 not out.last_img read more

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Jaquith contributes at midfield after missing sophomore year with torn ACL

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It was the first game of the Syracuse women’s lacrosse fall ball season, and Gabby Jaquith was coming off a stellar freshman campaign. She was poised to be one of the offense’s top weapons, and it was her time to prove it.But then her knee turned awkwardly while running on the field and she felt a sharp pain. In an instant, a season to help contend for a national championship became a season of rehabilitation.“Having to sit through all of last season watching everyone play was definitely hard for me, mentally and physically,” Jaquith said. “But I feel as if it kind of made me stronger.” After being forced to sit out her entire sophomore year with a torn ACL, Jaquith hasn’t missed a beat in her junior year for Syracuse (15-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast). She’s ranked seventh in points — with 13 goals and nine assists — on the third-best scoring team in the nation. The midfielder is ranked first out of the starters with a .619 shooting percentage, and has scored in three of the past four games. The adjustment process was a difficult one, filled with mistakes and uncertainty. But now she’s a valuable piece on the country’s top-ranked team, and has started 14 of SU’s 16 games. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think the upside is she’s watched a lot of lacrosse and her lacrosse IQ has gone up,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “She’s the type of player that’s always made big plays in big games. I think she’s getting there.” To get back to full strength, Jaquith has done work on the side this season, which included passing, shooting and playing wall ball just to make sure that her knee is 100 percent. When she was rehabbing, though, her work meant squats and lunges. Then, there was lifting, running and agility exercises. Jaquith had been robbed of her ability to play, but was doing everything possible to make a quick return. “It’s tough coming back from an ACL injury and having it repaired surgically, going through all the rehab and all the time it takes to try and get back to where you were physically,” Gait said. “I think she continues to do that.” When she first got back into practicing, things didn’t go nearly as smoothly as they had in the past. She was nervous, and had trouble adjusting back into what had been natural for her just a year before. So she would seek out the advice of Alyssa Murray, SU’s points leader in 2013. Murray had gone through an ACL tear in her senior year of high school, and Jaquith was a sponge when it came to her advice. “She comes up to me and is always talking herself through the plays to make sure she’s got it straight,” Murray said. “She knows what works for her. She does whatever it takes to make sure she’s mentally prepared.” Senior Bridget Daley, who just returned from an injury on Saturday that sidelined her for nearly the entire 2014 season, said that Jaquith was someone that always stuck by her to make sure she was OK. She said that the two shared a bond having had to miss significant time and had other topics of conversation, besides their injuries. “She would just be normal,” Daley said. “Because with a lot of people, (the injury) is all they want to talk about. “That’s probably the most appreciated thing.” As the ACC tournament quickly approaches on Thursday, Jaquith will have the opportunity to make up for what many would call lost time. But for Jaquith, it was an experience that made her stronger. “I still think there’s room for me to grow, definitely,” Jaquith said. “But right now I think things are going really well and I’m really excited for the postseason.” Comments Published on April 23, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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Holmes bringing extra bite to Sharks attack

first_imgWhile Sharks five-eighth Maloney will dictate much of Cronulla’s attack in their clash with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night Boyd has also been carefully monitoring the development of Holmes into one of the NRL’s most dangerous attacking fullbacks.Kangaroos team-mates in last year’s Four Nations tour of England and Queensland centre and wing partners in the second game of this year’s Origin series, Boyd and Holmes will face off on Friday night as their respective teams seek to secure their place in the top four for at least another week.As the competition marvelled at Holmes’ development in Cronulla’s premiership-winning season last year in which he scored 19 tries, Boyd wondered when they gathered together in the green and gold just what kind of 21-year-old he would be playing alongside.Holmes was one of eight players barred from representing Queensland in 2016 after breaking curfew at a pre-season camp but more than his many on-field attributes it was his demeanour off the field that most impressed the Broncos captain.”Sometimes young kids coming in can be excused for being a bit sure of themselves, especially with all the things he’d done like winning a comp,” Boyd told NRL.com.”But he is very level-headed kind of bloke and seemed four or five years older than his actual age.”I was pretty impressed to be honest. He wanted to learn, he wanted to be better, he was asking questions and for a guy that’s just got picked for Australia and won a comp…”Sometimes you think you’ve already made it and you don’t need that so I was really impressed with him actually.”I just liked that he was very composed. You can tell nothing fazes him whether he’s playing Origin or playing for Australia or playing in a grand final.”For a young kid he just seemed ready to accept the next challenge and I was really impressed.”Prior to the 2017 season Holmes had played only four of his NRL games at fullback and while his representative jerseys have come on the wing he has established himself as the Sharks’ No.1 option at the back.In addition to his elusive running game Boyd has noticed a significant improvement in Holmes’s passing, making him a double threat against the Broncos on Friday night.”Val’s only gotten better and better as the year has gone on, especially playing fullback,” said Boyd, who plays his 132nd game for the Broncos this week.”He’s definitely developed that pass in his game so he’s got that running ability which he’s very strong at and with his passing now too so he’s definitely a danger for us.”A self-confessed footy nerd, Boyd sent time on Thursday with the rest of the Broncos spine reviewing tape of the Sharks and the attacking shapes that they like to throw at teams.Where Maloney will be on the field at any given time is still the primary indicator for Boyd’s organisation of the Brisbane defensive line but he is also wary of keeping tabs on where Holmes might bob up in attack.”If Jimmy Maloney’s back he’ll be a big key,” said Boyd.”I haven’t seen them play a lot lately so we’ll have to do a bit of video and see what their shapes are but from memory they play like to play a lot of seven, six, one stuff together which means we’ll have to shore up our defensive line on that side.”Every team has that key kind of guy but then again there are ways that teams structure their plays where they always play the fullback’s side. That gives you a bit of a gauge as to where you need to put an extra man or I might have to fill in the line for a set.”As a spine we get together and have a bit of a look at things and that’s probably where I’ll pick up a few things that I think we can focus on in the game.”last_img read more

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