The United Nations health agency today called for action to reduce the exposure of children to the marketing of food with high contents of fat, sugar or salt, which exposed them to the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) caused by poor diet during their lives.Television advertising is responsible for a large share of the marketing of unhealthy foods and, according to available evidence, advertisements influence children’s food preferences, purchase requests and consumption patterns, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In May last year, WHO member States endorsed a new set of recommendations on the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children. The recommendations call for national and international action to reduce the exposure of children to marketing messages that promote foods high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, free sugars, or salt, and to reduce the use of powerful techniques to market them to children.“Noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes, today represent a leading threat to human health and socio-economic development,” said Ala Alwan, the WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health.“Implementing these recommendations should be part of broad efforts to prevent unhealthy diets – a key risk factor for several noncommunicable diseases,” he said.Implementing the recommendations will help countries strengthen their ability to foster and encourage healthy dietary choices for children and promote the maintenance of a healthy weight, Dr. Alwan said.According to WHO, 43 million pre-school children worldwide are either obese or overweight. Scientific reviews have also shown that a significant portion of television advertising that children are exposed to promotes “non-core” food products which are low in nutritional value.Poor diet is one of the four common factors associated with the four main noncommunicable diseases – cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic lung diseases – which are responsible for about 60 per cent of deaths worldwide, or over 35 million people annually.More than 9 million deaths are premature – people dying before reaching the age of 60 – and could be prevented through low-cost measures at the world’s disposal, including stopping tobacco use, reducing the harmful use of alcohol, and promoting healthy diets and physical activity.Preparations are ongoing for the first UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which will be held from 19 to 20 September in New York. 21 January 2011The United Nations health agency today called for action to reduce the exposure of children to the marketing of food with high contents of fat, sugar or salt, which exposed them to the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) caused by poor diet during their lives.
Tags:#mobile#news#Video Services#web Along with today’s launch of HTC’s latest flagship phone, the powerful HTC Sensation, the Taiwan-based mobile handset maker debuted a new video marketplace called “HTC Watch.” This iTunes-like store will offer TV shows, movies and trailers through a pre-installed mobile application that will ship first on the Sensation. The TV shows and movies will be available for both rental and purchase, and will be paid for via either carrier billing or credit card, depending on your mobile operator.The service uses progressive download technology, says HTC, which means your content will start playing almost immediately. This is different from the iTunes model, which requires users to download the full file before being able to view the video.HTC Watch, a Video MarketplaceIn early reviews, HTC’s Watch app is said to be speedy and responsive, with videos that start playing within 10 seconds of purchase.The new service grew out of HTC’s purchase of Saffron Digital back in February 2011 for $48.5 million. Saffron was known best for its video optimization technology, which allowed for streaming video delivery across different types of mobile handsets.The goal behind HTC’s investment was to enable the handset manufacturer to further differentiate its devices through improved user experiences that ship on top of the underlying Android software.This, it should be noted, is competitor Samsung’s strategy as well.In March, Samsung revealed four new Hubs – branded app portals it plans to install on new Android devices, including its Galaxy S II smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablet PCs. The hubs allow Samsung users to interact with music, media, e-books and social networking content.Smartphone Gets Smarter Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … As for the HTC’s latest gadget itself, the HTC Sensation 4G is a high-end smartphone that forgoes the traditional wide screen for a thinner, longer screen. The phone offers impressive specs, including a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch Super LCD screen with a 960×540 display, a dual-LED flash for its 8-megapixel camera and support for 1080p HD video. In the U.S., the phone will be available on T-Mobile (supporting T-Mobile “4G,” meaning HSPA+), in Europe on Vodafone and on other, unannounced carriers in Asia.The Sensation will run Google’s latest version of Android, code-named Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) plus an updated version of the HTC Sense user interface. The new Sense UI will now offer customizable lockscreens which display photos, social networking updates, and weather or stock alerts. It will also bring new 3D effects, widgets, improved animations and updates to core apps. In particular, AllThingsD recently noted that the update will improve the issue of “shutter lag,” a common ailment on smartphones where the time between pushing the button and snapping the photo is delayed. For those taking pictures of kids or pets, this may be the most welcome improvement of all.There’s no word yet on when other HTC phones may receive the update Sense UI or the HTC Watch app. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
BetOnChart has set about standing beside the “big guys” as the blockchain-based platform provider prepares to launch its unique twist on in-play sports betting. Designed to provide a gamified betting experience for its players, BetOnChart has utilised AI advancements to recreate a football match in the form of a chart.We caught up with the company’s founder Pavel Bykov to discuss the excitement of split-second in-play decisions, the simplicity of the CHART token, and why BetOnChart can help to counter a lack of transparency in today’s sports betting industry.SBC: Can you explain why BetOnChart will become an important product for the industry?PB: While offering a unique gamified betting experience, BetOnChart also provides an unprecedented level of transparency along with data storage in real time. This means that every bit of information gets stored in a blockchain, publicly available for review, so there is no way to cheat or be cheated. We feel that the lack of transparency in today’s betting and gambling industry is the main problem, which we’re aiming to solve with our platform and the blockchain technologies.It will also attract new people to betting due to the nature of our game, because it makes betting fun and accessible, and we’re expecting to see online traders, gamers, football fans, as well as seasoned punters among the users of BetOnChart. SBC: How did you conceive this unique live play and immersive concept for sports betting? PB: As a long-standing financial solutions developer, we experimented a lot with online trading gamification and came up with a type of a multiplayer game utilizing a betting pool system, where players need to place bets on the asset’s price represented by a fluctuating chart. The concept turned out to be applicable to many areas, and sports betting was the next logical step. We only had to teach our algorithms building charts out of football match data, which is now accessible thanks to many technological advancements in today’s sports.SBC: In building a ‘split-second’ immersive product, what key concepts and factors did your team have to research?PB: First of all, we had to find a stable source of real-time football data, because it’s important to visualize the game as it goes, with minimum delays. We’ll be getting our data from several independent providers such as Sportradar and historical data providers, namely Opta Sports and Stats.com. As our platform develops, we will be employing other data providers as well. It is important for us to deliver only objective information to the users.This is also the first time we’re dealing with blockchain in our product, but thanks to Ethereum platform, that is full of ready-made solutions, the implementation is going smooth. We are going to rely on such technologies as Raiden and Plasma, which will help us to establish a child-chain of our own and automate transactions, and in the future we will deploy our own EVM for maximum efficiency.SBC: It’s always hard to deliver new products to the betting market; where do you see BetOnChart’s position on the current value chain?PB: BetOnChart is basically an online bookmaker with a twist, and we’re aiming to be recognized as one of the major betting platforms. The uniqueness of our mechanics will hopefully allow us to stand beside the “big guys” of sports betting as an equally valuable, but different, betting experience.SBC: Why did you choose to go down the token path for crowdfunding?PB: The CHART token is actually useful and it simplifies a lot of the aspects of our platform. For instance, there is a multiplayer mode of BetOnChart, where can meet users from all over the world, and they all can have accounts in various currencies. A betting pool only works with a single currency, so that’s where CHART comes in handy and serves as an in-game currency. It is a way to equalize all the players, no matter where they’re from.Besides that, CHART is going to be used for marketing purposes, client attraction and retention etc. It’s a highly versatile tool for this kind of business.BetOnChart has been confirmed as a sponsor for Betting on Sports 2018, the 3rd edition of the largest international sports and betting trade conference, held at Olympia London from 18-21 September. BETR launches multi-cryptocurrency betting February 22, 2019 Submit Share Related Articles MannBenham forms ‘specific advisory’ for transforming global gambling marketplace August 27, 2019 Share BETR sportsbook app gets design and navigation uplift December 12, 2018 StumbleUpon
Eric Dier drew parity on the stroke of half-time by hammering home at the end of a move started by the clearly offside Kyle Walker – a strike added to after the break by Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane’s first club goal in 748 minutes. Erik Lamela coolly rounded the goalkeeper to add extra gloss to a win secured by the Premier League’s youngest line-up this season. “We are very pleased and very happy,” Spurs head coach Pochettino said. “We have big potential, we are very young. I think that today was the (our) youngest team and this is important. “The potential is massive but we need to keep the feet on the grass because you know always after a big win you need to keep your feet on the grass. “Now, this is our tough job but I am very pleased with the result. We can discuss different things but in the end I think we fully deserved the victory.” The result moved Spurs within three points of Man City and afterwards talk quickly turned to a top-four tilt. “We need to keep calm, like the shirt,” Pochettino said. “In Spain, a lot of the kids have ‘keep calm’, ‘keep calm’ on their t-shirts. Press Association Tottenham underlined their “massive” potential by comprehensively beating table-topping Manchester City, but head coach Mauricio Pochettino has told his players to keep calm and carry on. “This is true because we are very young. Now after three victories in a row in the Premier League, it is very important for us. “It is important for them to believe in the way that we play and our philosophy of how we do our job, b ut remain calm because it is only the beginning of the season and nothing has happened yet. “We have a long way ahead. We are very young and sometimes we can confuse quick.” As well as joy, there was a palpable air of relief around White Hart Lane when fans’ favourite Kane netted. The England international has struggled to scale the heights he achieved during his exquisite breakthrough season, but his reaction strike after Christian Eriksen hit the bar ended a long, frustrating drought. “It is very important for him, very important for us to help the team,” Pochettino said. “I think it was great for him to take off the pressure.” Pressure is something that is building at City after a third loss in four matches in all competitions, especially with injury problems mounting. Joe Hart and Yaya Toure are doubts for this week’s Champions League tie at Borussia Monchengladbach, which captain Vincent Kompany will almost certainly miss with a calf complaint. Things could have been so different for City had they maintained their lead, which would have been easier had offside been called when Dier and Kane scored. “It is difficult to stay despite those two goals, but I think we played very well in the first half,” City boss Pellegrini said. “We played very well but we just scored one goal and had two or three clear chances. “Really, Tottenham only had one shot on our goal in the first 40 minutes and after that they scored that clear offside goal. “And the second half, two set pieces – one of them was also offside – that decided the game. “After that they played very well, we looked very bad.” Spurs have endured a wretched recent run against Manuel Pellegrini’s side and looked like they may fall to a fifth consecutive defeat to them when Kevin de Bruyne netted. However, an impressive comeback – thanks in part to a dollop of luck – saw the north Londoners secure a surprise 4-1 victory at White Hart Lane.