Saturday December 14, 2019

Authorities Urge Schools in London to be Sugar-Free by 2022

British Department for Education still allows schools nationwide to serve sugary items at lunchtime

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Mischievous boys are more prone to burn injuries. Pixabay

Every school in London should be “sugar-free” by 2022, health authorities said in a new report.

At least one in four children across London suffer from tooth decay by the age of five, with some regions more severe than the others, according to the report released by London Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday.

“Sugar is one of the biggest causes,” a spokesperson for the Assembly was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

One of the main precautions the report listed is to set all London schools “sugar-free” by 2022, which “means no sugary drinks, crisps or chocolate are allowed in packed lunches”, the spokesperson added.

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At least one in four children across London suffer from tooth decay by the age of five. Pixabay

British Department for Education still allows schools nationwide to serve sugary items at lunchtime, including desserts, cakes and biscuits.

Many schools in London, however, have voluntarily become sugar-free.

Some have gone further to ban all carbonated beverages with or without sugar, only serving water instead, the report said.

The report called for supervised teeth-brushing in schools and suggested that every kid see a dentist by age one.

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It also advised London Mayor Sadiq Khan to appoint a dental specialist to a government project against child obesity. (IANS)

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Uber Loses License to Operate in London Over Repeated Safety Failures

If its appeal is unsuccessful, some think Uber drivers would move over to rival ride-sharing firms such as Bolt and Kapten, the report added

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Uber app. Pixabay

Ride hailing giant Uber will not be given a license to operate in London after repeated safety failures, according to the Transport for London (TfL) as the company was found not to be “fit and proper” as a licence holder, the media have reported.

Uber has said it will appeal the decision.

The regulator said the taxi App was not “fit and proper” as a licence holder, despite having made a number of positive changes to its operations, the BBC reported on Monday.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

The cab aggregator was first stripped of its operating license in September 2017 over a “lack of corporate responsibility,” but the most company’s recent problems involve loopholes in the firm’s driver verification system.

According to TfL, Uber has been working to combat fraud committed by drivers, but it’s not clear that Uber has done enough.

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London is one of Uber’s top five markets globally and it has about 45,000 drivers in the city.

If its appeal is unsuccessful, some think Uber drivers would move over to rival ride-sharing firms such as Bolt and Kapten, the report added. (IANS)