World’s Best Diet revealed by scientists

16/08/2018 // by admin

There’s never a shortage of diets promising to help us shed kilos but the real holy grail of weight loss is nailing a way of eating that keeps the weight from creeping back on. But scientists from the University of Copenhagen believe they have an answer: a higher protein/ lower carbohydrate pattern of eating they’ve called the World’s Best Diet.
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A name like this has a lot to live up to but this eating plan, published as a book in Denmark in 2012, is based on credible research – a large European study known as the Diogenes Diet that compared five different diets to see which worked best at keeping weight off.

Fish features heavily in the ‘World’s Best Diet’.

A total of 773 adults who’d already lost an average of 11 kilos were assigned to one of five diets each based on a different combination of protein and carbs – some were lower in carbs and higher in protein and vice versa. Some diets included high GI carbs- meaning the ‘fast’, often more refined carbs that raise and lower blood sugar rapidly; others had slower burning low GI carbs that raise and lower blood sugar more slowly. And the winner? The low GI carb and high protein combo. The people on this diet not only kept the weight off during the six months of the study but they also continued to lose weight too.

This way of eating works because both protein and low GI carbs help us produce more of the satiety hormones that keep us feeling full, explains Jennie Brand-Miller, Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

Brand-Miller, co-author of the Australian edition ofWorld’s Best Diet, believes we’ve often missed out on the filling power of these foods – partly because of the ‘eat more carbs’ message but also because so many carbohydrates are very refined.

“The advice over the last 30 years has put too much emphasis on carbohydrates and neglected the satiating effect of protein – we took it for granted that Australians were getting enough protein,” she says. “At the same time the carbohydrates we were eating were getting fluffier.”

There are no fluffy carbs in this diet. Instead it’s based on fresh vegetables, lean protein sources like fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and dairy foods and dense, grainy foods like rye bread, pumpernickel and barley – the book’s recipe for rye porridge with apple and hazelnuts is the polar opposite of lightweight breakfast cereal.

The reason these robust carbs are more filling than their more refined cousins like white bread isn’t just that they keep blood sugar levels steadier, Brand-Miller explains. They also stimulate cells in the gut that produce one of the satiety hormones we need to feel full. These cells are located deep down in the gut – a place that rapidly digested carbs never reach because they’re digested in the upper half of the gut, Brand Miller explains.

“This explains why we still feel hungry after we’ve eaten fluffy white rice,” she says.

But while the World’s Best Dietis higher in protein and lower in carbs it’s no radical diet. The idea is to modestly lower the carbohydrate content of the diet and modestly increase the protein content to give a ratio of around 2:1 in favour of carbs, says Brand- Miller explaining that a typical Australian diet is generally higher in carbohydrates with a ratio as high as 4:1

Another reason why increasing protein is helpful is because it helps the body’s basal metabolic rate – the rate at which it burns kilojoules – to stay higher, she adds.

One concern about higher protein diets has been the long-term effects on health, especially with eating plans high in animal foods. But after a year, the people taking part in the Diogenes study, who were eating the high protein low GI carb combination, ‘had healthier levels of inflammatory markers in the blood – a positive sign that their risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases had lowered.’

Brand-Miller is now testing whether the diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. If you’re overweight and have a family history of type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible to participate (go to: preview.ning南京夜网/sydney).

World’s Best Dietby Arne Astrup, Christian Bitz, Jennie Brand-Miller and Susan B. Roberts is published by Penguin, rrp $35.00.


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Big decision over Bridges

16/08/2018 // by admin

A car going over the Dripstone Bridge which is set for a make overWellington Councillors will discuss the future of two timber bridges on major thoroughfares when its meets on Wednesday night.
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The Dripstone Bridge which is on a major access road to Lake Burrendong and the Gundy Bridge on the Renshaw McGirr Way which receives traffic from Yeoval and further to Parkes are both ailing infrastructure and council technical services director Stan Robb will ask councillors to make a big decision.

Council would have to get to work on the bridges almost immediately because they are in a state of disrepair.

“It’s a matter to ensure safety for all motorists in the longer term,” the council’s technical services director Stan Robb said.

Council’s general manager Michael Tolhurst said

“Following a structural assessment of the Gundy Bridge on Renshaw-McGirr Way and Dripstone Bridge, Burrendong Way a 10-tonne load limit is to be placed on these bridges from Thursday until further notice.” he said

“Signage will be installed shortly to warn motorists of these restrictions and additional signage will be installed to provide alternative routes for heavy vehicles.”

“Alternative arrangements for vehicles over 10 tonnes to use Renshaw-McGirr Way and Burrendong Way are currently being investigated and it hoped that these can be put in place as soon as possible to minimise the interruption to traffic and freight.”

Councillors will be asked to push on with work on new bridges in both places and it will seek a number of alternatives in relation to funding them. In the longer term traffic diversions in these key tourism areas may happen and while council understands it will be inconvenient to many holidaymakers and freight operators its understood the works are now a matter of some urgency .

The new timber bridges funding in the state government budget may help Wellington fix the bridge problem.

“NSW Councils can also now apply for further federal funding of $565 million for the Black Spots programme and $300 million through the Bridges Renewal programme” The deputy prime minister Warren Truss said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring local councils and the communities they serve get the funding they need to deliver the infrastructure and resources of the 21st century.


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South Australia snaps on InstagramOUR TOP 50

16/08/2018 // by admin

South Australia snaps on Instagram | OUR TOP 50 What a shot! Waves coming into Southport Beach. Photo: @dubstamatic
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Stunning scenery at One Tree Hill. Photo: @_myutopia_

The beautiful and historic Adelaide Arcade at Rundle Mall. Photo: @rs250_life

Looking across to Granite Island at Victor Harbor. Photo: @pegsontheline

Driving along and enjoying the rugged beauty of the outback. Photo: @puppa49

The dingo fence in South Australia’s outback. Photo: @puppa49

Beautiful coastline at Brighton beach. Photo: @juzscottie

Long exposure shot of the beautiful Port Noarlunga beach. Photo: @sanch1

Sunset and spectacular clouds at Henley Beach. Photo: @chillography

Motorbike riding on sand dunes at the Yorke Peninsula. Photo: @paul_rumbler

The day someone tore a hole in the sky over the Barossa Valley. Photo: @swannysa

Beautiful day for a walk along Brighton beach. Photo: @schillg1

Romantic sunset at Glenelg beach. Photo: @sharonlee007

Sunset and fishing at Port Noarlunga. Photo: @benheide_photography

An amazing coastal shot of Rapid Bay. Photo: @harriee26

Sprawling vineyards at Willunga. Photo: @cheryl_ferraro

Gazing at a spectacular sunset at Willunga Hill. Photo: @rowlandanthony

The Laratinga Wetlands at Mount Barker. Photo: @ilovemountbarker

Early morning fishing on the Onkaparinga. Photo: @bordersinaus

Enjoying the view across to Aldinga. Photo: @tommo_paul

Waves crashing at Port Willunga beach. Photo: @dubstamatic

Enjoying nature’s beauty at Victor Harbor. Photo: @gioiaperinetti

Seaside boardwalk at Kangaroo Island. Photo: @silvialipphotography

Exploring the beauty of Kangaroo Island. Photo: @silvialipphotography

Lighthouse at Cape do Couedic, Kangaroo Island. Photo: @silvialipphotography

Beautiful sunrise at Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island. Photo: @silvialipphotography

What a sunrise at Waitpinga Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Photo: @adamburkephoto

A lonely station in the middle of nowhere at Coonawarra. Photo: @lis_stone

Riding along on the Cockle Train at the Fleurieu. Photo: @soulbird79

Sunrise at Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island. Photo: @benjamingoode

Beautiful sunset at Carrickalinga by the beach. Photo: @laura_wrap_lady

Nature’s art at Kangaroo Island. Photo: @dilaraterziler

Sunset at Brighton beach. Photo: @bordersinaus

Sunshine and waves at Hallett Cove. Photo: @flickity9

Spectacular sunset at Marino Rocks. Photo: @altri_photography

The remarkably beautiful River Murray. Photo: @shydutch

Hazy orange sky at McLaren Vale. Photo: @benheide_photography

Winter beauty at McLaren Vale. Photo: @lis_o

Spectacular coastline near Port Lincoln. Photo: @minor_roses

The rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges. Photo: @louise_thrush

Spectacular clouds over the Obelisk at Robe. Photo: @tomtilbury

Port Noarlunga jetty at night. Photo: @jasminemillman

Sunrise at Barham Beach, Middleton. Photo: @wayne_willis_photography

Seagull watching at Henley Beach. Photo: @theburrow_

Canola fields at Snowtown. Photo: @maxi0001

Sprawling vineyards at the picturesque Barossa Valley. Photo: @kneemer

Sunset at Glenelg beach. Photo: @shaun1068

Trekking along the terrain of Kangaroo Island. Photo: @alex_hang

Beautiful view across the Torrens to the riverbank precinct. Photo: @isoldemalaufsklo

The historic Gawler Railway Station on the Gawler line of the Adelaide Metro. Photo: @toto_ruel

TweetFacebookWe’ve trawled through Instagram looking at photos at #SouthAustralia during August and have selected our top 50.

View our favourite 50 snaps in the gallery above.

Commuters to face lengthy queues at ticket windows if they don’t have Opal card

16/08/2018 // by admin

More of the same: Commuters struggle through the ticket barriers at Central station. Photo: Tamara Dean.Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is warning train travellers they could face lengthy queues at ticket windows next Monday if they do not have an Opal card.
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Weekly MyTrain tickets, as well as cheaper adult off-peak return tickets, are two of the 14 ticket types that will no longer be sold from Monday, as the government attempts to encourage travellers into using the electronic smart-card.

Ms Berejiklian said there had recently been a sharp increase in the number of people signing up for the Opal card – 55,000 in one week recently taking the total sign-up to more than 580,000 – but commuters could still find themselves stuck in a line on Monday.

“The key thing for me is just to make sure that people are aware they could be facing long queues on 1 September if they don’t have the Opal card,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“There will be a lot of ticket sellers having to explain to people what their options are if they are caught out,” she said.

“If you are used to buying a weekly and you can’t buy one anymore, you will have to say to the person “what do I do now” and so it will take a bit longer to explain all your options.”

The government is already selling vastly fewer paper tickets than it did a few months ago. In 2013, commuters bought about 100,000 weekly MyTrain tickets in a regular week. Last month that number had halved, and in the week ending August 17, 38,000 weekly train tickets were sold.

Some commuters have been concerned they are, or would be, paying more when using the Opal card.

Ferry or bus users comparing fares to individual trips on TravelTen tickets may pay more – particularly if they do not travel more than eight times a week – as well as people who had purchased quarterly or yearly tickets.

But Ms Berejiklian has said the government risked collecting less fare revenue overall under the Opal card, and said that most people who had started to use the card were pleased with what it cost them.

“The concern is among those who have not switched over yet and have made assumptions about what it will cost them,” she said. “So I say to people, give it a go.

“Even if you think you might be paying more you will be pleasantly surprised.”

Commuters may be confused if they have acquired an Opal card but not used it for 60 days. In this case, the money they would have loaded into their card would have been refunded, meaning they would need to load money onto their card again.

Pensioners will continue to be able to buy Pensioner Excursion tickets, while bus tickets such as TravelTens are still likely to be sold for at least another year.

Anyone buying a yearly or quarterly train or MyMulti ticket in the next week will continue to be able to use it until it expires.

Tickets not sold after this week:

My Train:

Adult Off-Peak Return

Adult Weekly (7 day)

Adult Fortnightly (14 day)

Adult Monthly (28 day)

Adult Quarterly (90 day)

Adult Yearly (365 day)

Concessions Monthly (28 day)

Concessions Quarterly (90 day)

Concessions Yearly (365 day)

My Multi:

Adult Monthly (28 day)

Adult Quarterly (90 day)

Adult Yearly (365 day)

My Ferry:

Adult TravelTen

Light rail:

Adult Yearly (365 day)

Have you switched to Opal? Tell us what your experience has been with it.

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Flaming pride

16/08/2018 // by admin

Walhalla identity and Country Fire Authority volunteer Russell Wright is spearheading a CFA callout for LGBTI firefighters to join him in the Gay and Lesbian Pride march in Melbourne next year.The rainbow colours of the equal rights movement has seen some notable enhancements of late.
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This year’s Gay Pride march in St Kilda saw police force ‘blue’ and emergency service ‘orange’ added to the palette, as members joined the 5000-strong parade in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community (LGBTI).

Next February, under the leadership of Walhalla identity and CFA volunteer Russell Wright, the Country Fire Authority will add its trade-mark firefighter ‘red’ to the colourful event.

“I believe strongly in gay rights and the LGBTI movement and being a gay firefighter, so I sort of took it upon myself to lead the charge, which I’m very happy to do,” Mr Wright said.

“After this year’s Pride March, a friend said to me ‘Why aren’t the CFA in it? You should get in there and bat for the team. The police and SES are in it, you should get in there and push for it to be included’.”

Subsequent lobbying by Mr Wright saw the July launch of the ‘CFA Pride’ project – supported through official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts – with the support of CFA Gippsland regional director Mark Potter.

“There had been open discussion on gay (online) forums about the lack of a dedicated social networking site… since its launch we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support we got within CFA,” Mr Wright said.

“I’ve spoken to some gay members joining up who have had small apprehensions, feeling it’s probably not an environment for them, but the CFA is not the really blokey environment as some people might think.

“Here we’ve got lots of ladies involved and people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Our LGBTI members are just another component of that diversity.”

Mr Wright views his experience as an openly gay volunteer in the CFA as a “large positive” since joining the Erica and District brigade in 2009.

“When I joined there was only one or two that probably thought ‘oh god, here we go’ … there was probably a bit of a notion that ‘he wouldn’t want to break a nail and leave’,” Mr Wright said.

“But other than that, I haven’t had any discrimination, in fact it’s been the complete opposite – I’ve had some great support and made some great friendships here, some of my best friends are straight firefighters.

“I’m not saying that’s going to be everyone’s story in the CFA, but my personal experience has been great.”

Mr Potter acknowledged the significance of CFA’s participation in the upcoming event.

“The CFA Pride group is a great grassroots initiative that has my full support – as does any initiative that promotes inclusion in our emergency services,” he said.

Victoria Pride March president Matt Renwick commended CFA’s involvement in the march.

The 20th annual Gay and Lesbian Pride March will be held on 1 February 2015.

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