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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterTo mark the arrival in the SWISS fleet of the Boeing 777-300ER, and as a core element of the new partnership, Breitling has worked with SWISS to create an exclusive limited-edition version of its iconic Navitimer watch.Breitling became SWISS’s ‘Official On-Board Timekeeper’ this year. As such, the company will have a strong presence on all SWISS flights, including those of its new fleet flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER.A 777 limited-edition exclusiveIn the special edition, which will be strictly limited to just 777 examples, the stainless-steel case will be combined with a black dial and a red second hand with a small aircraft at its tip. The exclusive Navitimer SWISS Boeing 777 Limited Edition will only be sold aboard SWISS flights, and will be available from March onwards at a price of CHF7077.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Source:https://www.yale.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 17 2018In-school nutrition policies and programs that promote healthier eating habits among middle school students limit increases in body mass index (BMI), a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds.The five-year trial, conducted in conjunction with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, followed nearly 600 students from 12 schools in New Haven.In schools with enhanced nutrition policies and programs, students had healthier body mass index trajectories (a measure of obesity) over time, and by the end of the study they reported healthier behaviors than their peers in schools without the nutrition policies and programs. Students in schools with enhanced support to implement nutrition policies had an increase in BMI percentile of less than 1%, compared with students in schools without enhanced support for these policies and programs who demonstrated increases of 3% to 4%. The study is published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.”These findings can guide future school and community interventions. Childhood obesity is a serious health threat, and schools are a vital way to reach children and their families to reduce risks and promote health,” said lead author Jeannette Ickovics, the Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. “These findings strongly support previous administration policies that provided healthier food for all children in public schools.” These policies were rolled back last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The study is one of the first school-based policy intervention studies that followed students through middle school. The researchers analyzed both behavioral and biological indicators. Results are among the most compelling to date, said the researchers, perhaps because of the strong community-university partnership, and the recognition that health and academic achievement often go hand-in-hand.Related StoriesUCR biomedical professor to investigate how body’s cannabis-like molecules influence obesityMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseSupervised fun, exercise both improve psychosocial health of children with obesity”This is some of the strongest evidence we have to date that nutrition education and promoting healthy eating behaviors in the classroom and cafeteria can have a meaningful impact on children’s health,” said Marlene Schwartz, director of the Rudd Center and senior study author. “These findings can inform how we approach federal wellness policy requirements and implementation in schools to help mitigate childhood obesity.”The nutritional interventions in the schools studied included ensuring that all school-based meals met federal nutritional criteria; providing nutritional newsletters for students and their families; school-wide campaigns to limit sugary drinks and encourage the use of water; and limiting the use of food or beverages as rewards for academic performance or good behavior.Researchers also tested whether a series of policies to promote physical activity would impact adolescent body mass index. They determined that the physical activity policies alone had little or no impact on body mass index.In the study authors said that more than one in five American teenagers are currently obese, and as many as one in two are overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese early in life affects health across the lifespan, contributing to a range of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and depression that reduce productivity and shorten life expectancy. read more

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This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Canada is expected to promote nuclear energy at a forum in Denmark US restarts nuclear testing facility in Idaho after 23 years The move would mark a change in the climate strategy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government unveiled just last December, which did not mention nuclear energy.In May, Canada is expected to promote nuclear energy at a forum in Denmark, seizing the opportunity to “place nuclear energy at the center of global efforts to fight climate change,” Natural Resources Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd said in a speech quoted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).”The CEM (Clean Energy Ministerial) meets again in Copenhagen in May and we have ensured that nuclear energy has its place as part of a broad and high-level discussion on a global transition to a low-carbon economy,” she said. The Canadian department of natural resources was not immediately available for comment.Although nuclear energy does not emit greenhouse gases like the fossil fuels that cause global warming, it is controversial because of the toxic waste produced. © 2018 AFP Explore further Canada, the second largest producer of uranium, will boost its reliance on nuclear energy to reduce its carbon footprint and will encourage other nations to do the same, public broadcaster CBC said Thursday. Citation: Canada to boost nuclear power to help meet climate target (2018, March 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-canada-boost-nuclear-power-climate.html read more

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Study calls attention to cyclist-motorist collisions More information: Ashim Kumar Debnath et al, Factors influencing noncompliance with bicycle passing distance laws, Accident Analysis & Prevention (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2018.03.016 This infographic shows factors influencing noncompliance with bicycle passing distance laws. Credit: QUT CARRS-Q Citation: Better roads essential for safer cycling (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-roads-essential-safer.html Professor Haworth, director of QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), said other studies have revealed many bicycle-and motor vehicle crashes occurred while both were travelling in the same direction and involved rear-end and sideswipe collisions. This study has concluded lane widths and speed limits influence the distance drivers leave when passing, not cyclist characteristics.Poor road infrastructure a major factor in cyclist safetyMotorists more likely to engage in risky over-taking moves in high and low speed zones, as well as outside of peak hourMinimum passing distance compliance not influenced by cyclist characteristicsFunded by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, the study reviewed 2000 overtaking events at sites in Brisbane, Rockhampton and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. The overall rate of non-compliance with the minimum passing distance rule was around 16 per cent.”In Australia, sideswipe collisions between cyclists and motorists account for 14% of fatal bicycle crashes and passing too closely is the most common incident type, but it is too simplistic to blame motorists for poor driving,” said Professor Haworth, lead author of Factors influencing noncompliance with bicycle passing distance laws which has just been published in international journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.”Australia, like many other countries, has implemented laws to require a minimum distance when motor vehicles pass cyclists, but research into the factors influencing passing distances has produced inconsistent results.”Our study examined the factors influencing motorists’ compliance with the law in Queensland and was done in such a way that none of the motorists or the cyclists were aware of being studied.”As a result, this study captured the ‘true’ driving and riding behaviours during passing events. We found the likelihood of non-compliance was greater outside of peak hour as well as on higher (70-80 km/h speed limits) and lower (40 km/h) speed roads than 60 km/h roads, at curved road sections, and on roads with narrower traffic lanes.”Rider characteristics (age, gender, helmet status, clothing, type of bicycle, and individual vs group riding) had no statistically significant association with driver compliance.”Professor Haworth said the Queensland Government implemented a minimum passing distance rule in 2016 after a two-year trial. CARRS-Q has been conducting evaluations of it with the assistance of Bicycle Queensland and the RACQ.”For this particular study we captured video of cyclists and motorists involved in passing at a range of locations, including urban, suburban, regional areas and tourism hot spots,” Professor Haworth said.”The results showed compliance levels are influenced by the characteristics of motorists and the roadway, but not of the rider. The key finding is that cycling would be a whole lot safer for riders if road infrastructure was improved. This might mean more cycling lanes, for example, while stronger enforcement of the law by authorities would also help to further increase driver compliance.” Explore further Provided by Queensland University of Technology A QUT-led study of Queensland motorists and cyclists recommends that efforts to improve cyclist safety during overtaking events should focus on improving roadway infrastructure. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more