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Anti-Profiteering Act 2010 to be enforced in April PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 22:33
Published: Tuesday December 7, 2010 MYT 3:57:00 PM

BERA: The Anti-Profiteering Act 2010 which prohibits traders from indiscriminately increasing prices of goods will be enforced in April next year.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the law would be enforced to protect consumers.

Dengue vaccine trials under way in five states PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 22:27
Wednesday December 1, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will be conducting a trial study on the use of dengue vaccine in five states from this month until the middle of next year.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said the states involved were Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perak, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak.
Are We Oversnacking Our Kids? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 December 2010 22:10
By Matt Gross/ Thursday, December 2, 2010

Yesterday, I thought I was being really smart. In the late afternoon, I'd happened into a chic, newish Park Slope coffee shop, Venticinque, and as I was ordering a little pick-me-up, I spotted something on the counter: chocolate-chip cookies, $1 apiece.

Now, I wasn't particularly hungry, but they might be just the thing to give to my 2-year-old daughter, Sasha, when I picked her up from daycare in an hour. Three stops on the subway may not seem like much, but that kid can get jumpy and cranky fast. A cookie, however unhealthful, could keep her occupied. Maybe. (More on "Mompetition": Why You Just Can't Make Mom Friends)

Report: Fast-Food Chains Increase Targeting Our Kids PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:01

(Nov. 8) -- You might have thought that with all the finger-pointing and concerns over childhood plumpness, America's fast- food industry would be trying to reduce the gut-busting, calorie-loaded, fat-filled offerings on their menus and the kid-targeted advertising.

Not so, say researchers from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity who released today what they say is the "most comprehensive study of fast-food nutrition and marketing ever conducted."

The researchers studied marketing efforts of 12 of the nation's largest fast-food chains, and examined the calories, fat, sugar and sodium in more than 3,000 kids' meal combinations and 2,781 menu items.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:06
The Most Cyber-Sociable Country: Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 October 2010 04:26

By: Frances Perraudin

An American may have invented Facebook, but when it comes to social networking, we can't touch Malaysia.

A new study, conducted by the research firm TNS, interviewed 50,000 consumers in 46 countries to investigate their cyber-socializing habits. The results showed that where Malaysians have the most friends on their social networks, Japanese people have the fewest. In Malaysia the average number of digital friends is 233, closely followed by 231 in Brazil and 217 in Norway. This is compared to just 12 friends in Japan, and 68 in China. The results could suggest a culture that embraces fewer but closer friendships, said TNS's chief development officer Matthew Froggatt, reported the BBC.

However, as well as having most friends, Malaysians were also the heaviest users of social networking sites, spending a whopping nine hours per week on average communicating with their hoards of online friends. Russia came a close second, with its people spending an average 8.1 hours per week online, and Turkey third with 7.7 hours a week.

So, perhaps being cyber-sociable doesn't necessarily mean you're particularly sociable in real life.


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