A tax on sweet treats such as cakes and biscuits could lead to a wider reduction in snack consumption, according to a new study.New research, published in the journal BMJ Open, from Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has revealed that should a 10% tax be introduced on chocolate, confectionery, cakes and biscuits, this could lead to a 7% drop in overall snack purchases.“We know that increasing the price of sugar-sweetened beverages is likely to generate a small, but significant, reduction in their purchase,” said lead author Professor Richard Smith from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.“However, there has been little research on the impact that a similar price increase on other sweet foods, such as chocolate, confectionery, cakes and biscuits, could have on the purchase of sugar. This research suggests that taxing these sweet snacks could bring greater health gains and warrants detailed consideration.”Publication of the research follows the introduction of a duty on soft drinks in a bid to combat obesity. The so-called ‘soft drinks tax’ has prompted suggestions for a similar levy on confectionery and other high-sugar foods.The study analysed the relationship between price increases and consumer demand for snack foods across 32,000 UK homes, covering three different income groups. The results were similar to those in studies on soft drinks taxation, which have suggested a 10% price rise can reduce purchases by between 6% and 8%.Researchers found that taxing sweet snacks could have knock-on effects on the sales of other food items, potentially reducing the purchase of biscuits and cakes by 1.2%, and savoury snacks by 1.6%.A price increase on biscuits showed a potential reduction in demand for cakes by 2.3%, as well as a 1.7% decrease in overall chocolate and confectionery purchases.The potential effects of price increases were greatest in the low-income group, with a 3% reduction in chocolate and confectionery purchases following a 10% price increase.Consumption was not seen to fall among high-income participants, although the study excluded food and drink purchases consumed outside of the home (such as in restaurants), which are likely to be greater among bigger earners.“It’s impossible to study the direct effects of a tax on snack food on consumer behaviour until such policies are introduced, but these estimates show the likely impact of changes in the price,” said Professor Susan Jebb from the University of Oxford.“This research suggests extending fiscal policies to include sweet snacks could be an important boost to public health, by reducing purchasing and hence consumption of these foods, particularly in low-income households.”However, some criticism has been levelled at the research findings by Christopher Snowdon of the free market Institute of Economic Affairs.Snowdon said regarding the recent study: “There needs to be a moratorium on all nanny state bans and taxes, while we wait to see how the regressive sugar tax and Public Health England’s food reformulation scheme play out. The early indications are that consumers are unhappy with both of them.”
For a program still in its infant stage, the USC women’s sand volleyball program has made a significant impact in its brief two-year history. Though on-field results have been positive, they pale in comparison to Tuesday’s announcement that three-time Olympic gold medalist and beach volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor will be joining the program as a volunteer assistant coach.As May-Treanor is one of the most decorated beach volleyball players of all time, USC head coach Anna Collier and the rest of the team are ecstatic to have her as part of their on-the-rise program, which will be entering its third season of competitive play this spring.“Misty has a great work ethic both on and off the court,” Collier said in a statement. “She will bring that same ethic to the team, which will enable our student athletes to see the kind of hard work it takes to become a top sand volleyball player. USC and the sand volleyball team are extremely privileged to add such a valuable asset to our coaching staff. I believe it’s just going to elevate our team to another level and make us a national contender.”May-Treanor comes to USC after winning three gold medals in beach volleyball with her long-time partner Kerri Walsh-Jennings. The duo became the first-ever to three-peat in the sport. She also holds several other records, including the most women’s tournament victories, most women’s career earnings and most women’s international wins.Perhaps her most outstanding accomplishment is the 90-match winning streak she held with Walsh-Jennings in 2004 en route to winning gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics without losing a single set.“I am really excited to be joining the USC sand volleyball program and its tremendous coaching staff this year,” May-Treanor said. “I can’t wait to learn from coach Anna Collier and to help bring a championship to the university. I am truly looking forward to working with these great student athletes and hope to aid in pushing them to that next level.”This is also a homecoming of sorts for the four-time AVP Most Valuable Player Award winner, who attended Long Beach State and Newport Harbor High School, where she led her teams to national and state titles, respectively.May-Treanor will look to help take the team beyond their No. 4 final ranking and AVCA semifinal exit from last season. Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24
Skopje, Macedonia | AFP | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent a message in the direction of UEFA Super Cup opponents Real Madrid by declaring his readiness to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.Speaking to reporters in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Monday, Mourinho said he would wait to see what Bale’s role in Tuesday’s match was before deciding whether the Welshman was worth pursuing.“If he plays tomorrow it is because he is in the plans of the coach and the club, and it is in his own plans and ambitions to stay there. Then I won’t even think about it,” said Mourinho of the 28-year-old.“If he is not in the club’s plans and it is true that a player like Bale is at the departure gate, I will try to be there waiting for him at the other side.“But if he plays tomorrow it is the clearest signal that he is staying there.”Bale moved to the Spanish capital from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record fee of 100.8 million euros.However, injuries restricted his involvement during last season’s run-in and he was only a substitute in Real’s 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus in Cardiff.He has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu with Real among the clubs fighting for the signature of Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.The French teenager has been linked with a 180 million-euro ($212 million, £163 million) transfer although Manchester City are also keen and Paris Saint-Germain are believed to want him to play alongside their world record recruit Neymar. United have already splashed out close to £150 million in this transfer window on three players — Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica, Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.Matic is the most recent arrival and Mourinho admitted he is unlikely to have more than a limited role in Tuesday’s game at the Philip II Arena, which pitches last season’s Europa League winners United against the reigning European champions.Mourinho also confirmed that, while Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are on the sidelines, Tim Fosu-Mensah did not travel to the Balkans with the squad because he is set to seal a loan move away from the club.Eric Bailly is still suspended in Europe following his red card in the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo in May and fellow defender Phil Jones is banned too.His suspension is the result of a run-in with an anti-doping official after United’s Europa League final win over Ajax in Stockholm at the end of last season.“I was expecting that the appeal would be negative,” said Mourinho, who is preparing to come up against the club he coached for three years before leaving in 2013.“The only thing I hope is that tomorrow, the team that wins, if some team wants to celebrate, a player wants to get his medal, enjoy with his teammates, I just expect that the doping committee sends somebody with him and doesn’t close him in a room and forbid the guy to enjoy a special moment.”Jones was given a two-game suspension for insulting an official and was fined 5,000 euros after staying on the pitch to celebrate his team’s win rather than going straight to a doping control.RELATED VIDEO:Share on: WhatsApp
Jimmy Vaccaro (Twutter Photo)LAS VEGAS (AP) – Jimmy Vaccaro never had to go far to find some action in the Pennsylvania town where he grew up. Even as a teenager he knew the bookie in the backroom of the local candy store, where the cigar smoke was thick and bets could be made on any game in the country.Vaccaro’s fascination with betting would lead him to this gambling town, where he quickly found work in legal shops that didn’t have anything to hide from the authorities. He’s run some of the Strip’s biggest sports books, and taken the kind of bets that can make even a legitimate bookmaker lay awake at night.Now he’s rooting for New Jersey to beat the odds by legalizing sports betting and doing away with the illegal neighborhood bookie once and for all.“Everything we do is transparent, the rules and regulations are on the wall,” said Vaccaro, oddsmaker at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas. “The customer is well protected. That doesn’t mean he wins every decision, but he has a place to go if there are any disputes.”A federal judge will hear the arguments next week on New Jersey’s latest effort to open betting windows for sports fans. It’s the same judge who last year ruled in favor of the four major sports leagues and the NCAA and issued an injunction preventing New Jersey from offering sports bets.This after New Jersey voters spoke loudly by approving sports betting in 2011, and the state followed by enacting legislation to offer it at race tracks and Atlantic City’s casinos.The leagues have again trotted out the same absurd arguments about being harmed by fans being able to wager a few bucks on their games. But those fears of shadowy bookies fixing games are long outdated, and that legal sports betting is no more of a threat to major sports than playing the stock market is to major corporations.“It’s a different world, everything is different,” Vaccaro said. “They’re not even in the 21st century with the way they think.”Just how different that world is these days was evident Wednesday when the NBA announced it was entering a partnership with a fantasy sports website to offer daily games. As part of the agreement, the NBA gets an equity stake in FanDuel, a site that offers winnings every day to those who invest their own cash to try and build a winning team.The NHL entered a partnership of its own with a daily fantasy site, hooking up with DraftKings as the official sponsor of its games.It’s not technically sports betting, but it’s awfully close. Just like betting on a game, there’s potential to win big money, and an even greater potential to lose that money. Worse yet, it’s done without any governing body overseeing it to make sure players aren’t fleeced.Interestingly enough, it was the sports leagues themselves that ushered the fantasy sports exemption through the 2006 anti-gambling legislation passed by Congress. Their argument was that assembling teams to win contests wasn’t akin to sports betting because it takes a certain level of skill to put teams together.Yet the same leagues are in court trying to stop New Jersey residents from using their knowledge of sports and betting a few bucks on the Jets or Giants. And judging from earlier rulings by U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in favor of the leagues, the odds have to be in favor of them succeeding.“More legal gambling leads to more total gambling, which in turns leads to an increased incentive to fix plaintiffs’ matches,” Shipp said in an earlier ruling on behalf of the leagues.Total nonsense, of course, since there is almost no way imaginable to fix an NFL game. No one has even made a real attempt in an era when half-point fluctuations in any line immediately are noticed everywhere from the sports books to the stadium.So what exactly is the point? What is it that the leagues – particularly the NFL, which wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is today without the point spread – have to fear about sports betting?And while we’re at it, why does the NFL keep putting games in London, when there is a sports book on almost every corner offering bets on it? Can you spell hypocritical?NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently said he had no real problem with betting, and saw a way the league might take a cut of the action in the future. His comments suggested a change in attitude, though it’s notable the league’s lawyers are still battling against betting in New Jersey.Those changes are overdue. It’s time for sports betting to come out of the smoke-filled back rooms and enjoy the same legitimacy the leagues are so eager to give the fantasy sites.This is, after all, the 21st century.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg
Twenty-nine years ago Jen Stanger and the Babins had an idea after attending an event south of the border.It’s obvious the game plan was a good one as 29 years later the event is still going strong.Sunday, at Lakeside Park competitors young and old takes to the waters of Kootenay Lake for the 29th annual Nelson Cyswogn’ Fun Triathlon.However, for the 2011 edition there’s a few changes — a la in the swim and cycle stages.The swim has been extended to 1500 meters while the bike course had changed from two loops to Six Mile to a 39-kilometer cycle to Kokanee Park and back.“Most of the competitors like this change,” said Janice Poetsch of the cycle stage. “It was tough having to ride twice to Six Mile.”Poetsch, along with John Knox, coordinates the Nelson Triathlete Club, a program to help novices or rookies get ready for the big race.The changes were made to switch the Cyswogn’Fun from a ¼ Ironman race to a full Olympic Distance event.The race begins at 8 a.m. sharp Sunday with the 1500-meter swim.Competitors then switch to the bike for the cycle stage before completing the race with the 10 km run.Participants choosing the short course racers swim for 500 meters, ride for 22 km and run for five km.Spectators are [email protected]
JOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, CONQUEST ENFORCER, WINNER: “I can’t ask for better than that (two victories on his return from France). It was a great day. This horse was very sharp. I just wanted to get him to relax. He broke so sharp, I just wanted him to relax on the lead. He didn’t relax until the backside and then he got going. Phil (D’Amato) said he has a great turn of foot and he seemed so sharp. I was a little worried in the stretch, but he kicked away.”JOEL ROSARIO, MITTERSILL, SECOND: “He ran very hard and the horse that won wasn’t stopping. My horse was trying hard, but was just second-best today. I was very comfortable with the pace, and I think the pace was fair. He put in a good run at the end.”TRAINER QUOTESPHILIP D’AMATO, CONQUEST ENFORCER, WINNER: “I am very happy. He’s settled into our program really nicely and I think the sky is the limit with this horse. Prat is a great fit for him. This horse actually reminds me of Obviously and he guided Obviously to a nice Breeders’ Cup win and hopefully next year we’re doing the same with this horse.”NOTES: The winning owners are Loooch Racing Stable, LLC, Imaginary Stables and Raquel Ritchie.
A referee’s course aimed at beginners takes place this Saturday, February 27th at 10am in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey. Many clubs around the county need more referees and anybody who is interested to go along and give it a try.GAA NEWS: REFEREES BEGINNERS COURSE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: February 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Gilas Pilipinas got away with wins that looked far from pretty, coach Chot Reyes knows it highlighted how much work the team needs in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifying series.The national team gets another three months to get it all done—whether it’s adjusting to the tournament’s new home-and-away format or making sure that naturalized player Andray Blatche stays fit for action.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chair emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan noted that Gilas’ three-week training, clearly, wasn’t enough.“If we are going to get serious against Australia, we have got to give enough time for the team to jell,” said Pangilinan.Part of that preparation should be getting Blatche on board early, said Reyes, as the 31-year-old got criticized for his sluggish showing.“The key is to get him to practice more than five days,” said Reyes, after Blatche flew in late due to commitments in China. “We can’t teach everything in five days. Or you might be able to teach everything, but to actually practice it, run it, make it instinct, you can’t get that in five days.”Blatche had a measly six points on a 2-of-9 shooting plus six turnovers against Taipei, but had 14 rebounds and five blocks. Reyes got a big boost, however, from June Mar Fajardo’s 17 points off the bench on top of eight rebounds, two assists and a couple of blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jarata replicates Palawan tennis 3-peat Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “It’s simply a matter of them (players) getting used to it mentally and physically,” said Reyes.Gilas struggled pulling off victories over Japan ( 77-71) last Friday in Tokyo and Chinese Taipei (90-83) Monday night in Manila in the first window of Group B action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo despite the 2-0 start, Reyes expects things to get harder when the Philippines takes on powerhouse Australia in the second window on Feb. 22, 2018 in Adelaide.“It’s going to be three months so there won’t be any kind of momentum that’s going to be built,” said Reyes. “But it armed us a lot of knowledge about ourselves. Hopefully, things to work on and learn.” Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments