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  • The Case Against Sugar review – an unsweetened attack on diet myths

    A paper by researchers at Imperial College London and two universities in Brazil contends that artificially sweetened beverages, often called diet drinks, are just as big a problem as those containing sugar. There is no evidence they help people lose weight, they say, possibly because people assume they can eat more because their drinks are low in sugar.

     

    The report says the combined factors of what goes into artificially sweetened drinks, how they are consumed, and their environmental impact mean that “far from helping to solve the global obesity crisis [they are] a potential risk factor for highly prevalent chronic diseases”.

    Sugar-sweetened drinks, including sports beverages, have been identified as one of the major causes of obesity. Many countries, including Mexico and France, have introduced sugar taxes to try to reduce consumption, and the UK plans to do so next year.

    Many manufacturers are looking to boost sales of drinks containing artificial sweeteners in order to escape the levy. Such products already account for 25% of the global soft drinks market.

    Prof Christopher Millett, senior investigator at Imperial’s School of Public Health, said: “A common perception, which may be influenced by industry marketing, is that because ‘diet’ drinks have no sugar they must be healthier and aid weight loss when used as a substitute for full-sugar versions. However, we found no solid evidence to support this.”

    The paper, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, is a commentary on the research done so far into artificially sweetened beverages promoted as healthier alternatives and the impact on weight.

    It says the evidence does not suggest they help with weight loss, although they probably do not cause people to put on weight. Some studies show no weight loss; others show a small loss, but those studies were not always well done and were often funded by the soft drinks industry, the authors say.

    Maria Carolina Borges, the first author of the study, from the Federal University of Pelotas, in Brazil, said: “The lack of solid evidence on the health effects of ASBs [artificially sweetened beverages] and the potential influence of bias from industry-funded studies should be taken seriously when discussing whether ASBs are adequate alternatives to SSBs [sugar-sweetened beverages].”

    The paper argues that “given their negligible nutritional benefits and potential detrimental health impacts”, the environmental impact of manufacturing artificially sweetened drinks should be taken into account. It takes 150-300 litres of water to make one litre of drink, it says, and there is considerable solid waste and cumulative chemical pollution.

    Prof Carlos Monteiro, a co-author, from the University of São Paulo, said: “Taxes and regulation on SSBs and not ASBs will ultimately promote the consumption of diet drinks rather than plain water, the desirable source of hydration for everyone.”

    The British Soft Drinks Association dismissed the paper. Its director general, Gavin Partington, said: “Contrary to the claims made in this article, scientific research shows that low-calorie sweeteners, such as those found in diet drinks, help consumers manage their weight as part of a calorie-controlled diet.

    “At a time when we are trying to encourage people to reduce their overall calorie intake it is extremely unhelpful that products that contain no sugar, let alone calories, are demonised without evidence.”

    He added: “It’s worth bearing in mind that the UK soft drinks sector is the only category in which sugar is consistently falling year on year – over 17% since 2012.”

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  • Angry protesters stoned Gambella President car

    Gambella city residents staged a spontaneous demonstration after a refugee mob maimed and killed several Ethiopians.

    A mob of South Sudanese refugees, mostly from Nuer tribe, attacked Ethiopian laborers on Thursday, as HornAffairs broke the news later that day.

    The refugee’s mob was triggered by a car accident that killed two girls near Jewi refugees camp. The vehicle belonged to ACF (Action contre la faim), yet the driver was a “highlander” – a local label applied to Ethiopian residents who are neither from Nuer nor Anuak tribes.

    Local sources informed HornAffairs the refugees killed two women and eight men. Another thirteen injured. The victims were “carpenters, masonry workers and daily laborers”.

    However, VOA Amharic reported fourteen deaths. The number could rise further since the refugees chased the victims to the forest, where they mutilated the bodies.

     

     

    Breaking| Ethiopia: Angry protesters stoned Gambella President car

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gambella city residents staged a spontaneous demonstration after a refugee mob maimed and killed several Ethiopians.

     

    A mob of South Sudanese refugees, mostly from Nuer tribe, attacked Ethiopian laborers on Thursday, as HornAffairs broke the news later that day.

     

    The refugee’s mob was triggered by a car accident that killed two girls near Jewi refugees camp. The vehicle belonged to ACF (Action contre la faim), yet the driver was a “highlander” – a local label applied to Ethiopian residents who are neither from Nuer nor Anuak tribes.

     

    Local sources informed HornAffairs the refugees killed two women and eight men. Another thirteen injured. The victims were “carpenters, masonry workers and daily laborers”.

     

    However, VOA Amharic reported fourteen deaths. The number could rise further since the refugees chased the victims to the forest, where they mutilated the bodies.

     

    Highlanders living in Gambella town held a demonstration this morning in protest of the killings.

     

    Federal Police blocked the protesters from going to Jewi camp. They later unsuccessfully tried to cross the Baro Bridge into to newland – an area dominated by Ethiopian Nuers.

     

    However, Federal police and soldiers, in charge of securing the bridge, prevented the protesters.

     

    Several Gambella residents told HornAffairs gunshots were fired for several minutes.

     

    However, one local claimed the security officers were trying to calm down the protectors reasoning that an attack on newland will put highlanders in that vicinity in danger.

     

     

    A Nuer mob was reportedly roaming in newland. It appears federal police quickly dispersed it.

     

    Yet, HornAffairs received multiples of tips that the highlander protesters had attacked Nuer business around the Baro Bridge. Causalities were not confirmed.

     

    Gambella region’s President Gatluak Tut Koat had his vehicle stoned when he went to talk to the protesters. Local sources claimed the windshield was broken, but it was difficult to verify the claim.

     

    The protesters refused to meet Galtuak, who is Nuer, and requested for his deputy Olero Opiew, who is Anuak, instead. Olero held a meeting with the protesters late afternoon.

     

    The motorcade of Riek machar, the leader of the South Sudanese rebel SPLM/A-IO, was reportedly stoned by demonstrators. It was not immediately clear whether he was in the same vehicle or motorcade with the regional president. The two officials were seen together at the Gambella Grand Resort hotel early afternoon. Machar, who is from the South Sudanese Nuer tribe, was supposed to go to the airport in the afternoon to fly to Juba, South Sudan, as part of a protracted peace deal facilitated by Ethiopia and IGAD.

     

     

    A foreign correspondent tweeted two of vehicles of WFP were attacked.

     

    The regional president issued a statement in the evening, for the first time since the refugee mob lynched the highlanders. He claimed thirty refugees are detained in connection to the Thursday attacks and expressed his condolences.

     

    Jewi camp hosts almost fifty thousand individuals, mostly from South Sudan’s Nuer tribe. The camp is located 18 kms from Gambella town on the road to Addis Ababa. Ethiopia hosts about 270 thousand South Sudanese refugees mostly at the six refugee camps in Gambella region.

     

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  • 6 Sweet Ways to remind your Boyfriend of your love

    One is exhausted of hectic routines and daily work schedules that will probably reflect on our love relationships. Sometimes, we even forget the importance of each other and start living a boring life. In such a circumstance, we have to keep reminding each other of how much we love them. Next to this we are sharing six small gestures one can remind his boyfriend of her love for him.

     

    #1. Taking a walk down the memory lane
    he best way is to remind of your past memories and how it was being started. Love birds just remembering and talking about their spark of love for the first time is enough to flame the passion.

    #2. Cook Good food
    As an old proverb says, ‘’the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.’ Preparing and feeding your loved one’s favorite dishes can generally win his affection by showing him that you love and care for him.

    #3. Wear his favorite Clothes of his selection
    Gals what are you thinking what’s next I wanted to share? You can probably wear something of your guy’s choice. While going out, just try out his favorite dress that will probably show him his importance to you.

    #4. Give him little surprises
    You can gift him something, a small pen or a T-Shirt of a cricket player. A gift always sparks a person’s face with a big smile.

    #5. Spend time doing his favorite things
    Do his favorite things like playing his favorite games or watching cricket or football match or Reading books or just going to a club. This will surely make him win your heart as you are more concerned about going out and doing things his choices than yours. Ideally yes, he will feel very happy.

    #6. Love letters
    Those days are gone when people use to write letters expressing their love for each other. Today, a person is just a message away. So, keeping this fact in mind, and writing a letter to him in your own handwriting will show your efforts and willingness to go that extra mile.

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  • BREAKING NEWS: The Federal Government Has Declared a State of Emergency

    The federal government has declared a state of emergency as of Saturday, October 9, 2016.

    The cabinet of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has an emergency meeting on Saturday afternoon where the government declared the state of emergency at a time of deteriorating security situation in Oromia Regional State.

    The state of emergency declared for the first time in 25 years, will last for six months.”It may be shortened depending on the improvement on the security front,” a senior government official told Fortune.

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