Research says South Korean women will top highest life expectancy by 2030


A new study released on Wednesday suggests that South Korean women will break the world average life expectancy and succeed the age of 90.

The study, conducted by the Imperial College London and the World Health Organization, has been analyzing the average lifespan of genders around the world and its recent research analyzed the lifespan of men and women in 35 countries.

The life longevity research found that people’s lifespan is increasing and will continue to do so for the next 13 years with a closing gap between men and women that had previously not existed.

South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, Chile, UK and the US were amongst the countries factored into the study.

However, according to a professor, South Korea’s attitude towards life has increased the country’s likelihood of a longer elderly lifespan.

Majid Ezzati, a professor, told BBC, “South Korea has gotten a lot of things right. They seem to have been a more equal place and things that have benefited people – education [and] nutrition – have benefited most people.”

South Korea with almost 25 million residents is the world’s sixth leading global city, holds the world’s fourth largest economy and is the world’s seventh largest sustainable city and now holds the world’s highest life expectancy rate amongst men and women.

The country ranked ninth in 2013 for a life expectancy of 82 and fourth in 2015 for an age of 85.

The study also suggested that South Korea and France are to take the life expectancy title from Japan, who will fall down the global ranking by 2030.

Adding that Japanese women would have had the highest expectancy level but will soon drop, while Japanese men will descend from fourth place to eleventh place out of the countries considered in the study.

Published last week, the study already points to a decrease in the gap between genders with women catching up to the previous life expectancy of men.

“[Men] smoked and drank more and had more road traffic accidents and homicides, however, as lifestyles becomes more similar between men and women, so does their longevity,” said Professor Ezzati to the BBC.

By putting together 21 separate mathematical models that analyzed past trends, the research was able to make projections for the future that accepted many different factors, such as: smoking rates, medical advances and obesity patterns that all affect the life longevity of a country.

The UAE was not one factored in the study, but previous researchers suggest that the country is the fifth most obese country in the world according to a study published by a BMC Public Health Journal.

Adding that 44.5% of women in the UAE will move up the obesity rank to third place in the next three years, according to Gulf News.

“Tackling population fatness may be critical to world food security and ecological sustainability,” the research by BMC said in response to this issue being a major threat to food security in the future.

The study concluded that an adult in the UAE consumes 20% above the average 2500-2000 calorie intake that is recommended daily.

“Since I’ve been in the UAE, I haven’t really noticed any unhealthy food habits but on the contrary, I come from Italy, which is a country that heavily consumes carbs on a daily basis,” said Iva Miloshevska, a foreign exchange student at the American University in Dubai.

“I haven’t really noticed many obese women or children here yet, probably because of the vast abundance of food choices,” she added.

However, one local man living in the country begs to differ on the eating lifestyle of Emarati women,

“They strategically dress to conceal their bodies with their black abayas, so perhaps that’s why one might not come across many obese Emarati women here,” said Khalifa AlAhbabi.

“But their lifestyle and eating habits are very unhealthy and very quantity-based,” he concluded.


Coffee’s Ancient Job in Future Telling


Stressful family issues, long work hours and failed relationships are just the few misfortunes that many people have to come to terms with on a daily basis.

This could, however, leave many people wondering what the next step might be, leaving many to turn to options like yoga, vacations, online dating etc… in efforts of self-betterment.

However, a century old tradition has kept many traditionalists at ease by giving them a little insight into what their future might hold for them.

The future telling process is a diverse world on its own and can differ depending on the practice of the skill – it can either be through reading a regular Turkish coffee cup, looking at the palm of a hand, sensing the energies surrounding the subject or by shuffling around some tarot cards.

The art of reading coffee cups, or Tasseography as some might call it, is an aged method of fortune telling, usually practiced by older generations and is more commonly a skill passed down by a grandmother to her daughter and so on.

The century-old tradition is more common than one would think and can be found in many diverse regions in the world – Turkish, Greek, Cypriot, Armenian, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Arabic, Iranian, Azerbaijani, and Russian communities are amongst the most practiced in this field.

The process uses a simple cup of Turkish coffee as a tool of mediumistic channels between the energies of the coffee drinker and the coffee reader – it starts simply by drinking the coffee and leaving some coffee grounds behind.

After drinking most of the liquid in the coffee, one must cover the cup with the upside-down saucer and then swirl it three times and by setting the cup aside for a short amount of time, shapes and figures start taking form within the remaining coffee residue.

Most have associated this traditional technique with a religious tradition or an artistic format; for the practitioner it’s a method of storytelling and a chance for the coffee drinker to par-take in the process – this is due to the shapes that show themselves after the cup has been set aside.

According to the website Coffee cup readings online; lines, triangles, smudges, dots, letters and symbols, especially on their location inside or around the cup all have different interpretations and can be defined differently for each person.

Though generally, examples of a few might include: a triangle that might signify a life change, a circle might mean a life accomplishment and a star might mean an investment.

While for some, the images seen are shapes to be interpreted, for others its actual letters of a name, a personality characteristic or a meaningful symbol.

“When I got my coffee cup read for the first time, I wasn’t expecting to be put into a surreal situation of having someone who was a complete stranger tell me things about me and my family that only I knew about at the time,” said Fatma Khademi, a previous student at the American University in Dubai.

“She told me that someone in my family was expecting twins and I don’t know how she could have known because my uncle and his wife had been trying for so long and we didn’t tell anyone as to not jinx the conception,” she added.

For many religions and cultures, the practice of this method can differ greatly – for some it’s the simplest concoction of Turkish coffee while for others the preparation is an art form in itself.

For the practitioners of Sufism, the process first started as a means of meditation and consisted of grinding up fresh coffee cherries, boiling them in water and drinking them during the night to extend their prayers and meditations.

What might have once started as a meditation tool, Tasseography is now a cultural tradition and practiced by many as a means of entertainment and an artistic medium of storytelling.

However, the UAE rejects relations to any fortune-telling practice as Dubai police deem it “stranger and illegal.”

They had also warned against frauds disguising themselves as psychics, tarot readers and palm readers who claimed to see the “future” for some and were deceiving people out of a lot of money back in 2015 with some ranking in almost 75,000 DHS, according to 7Days.

An Iranian source that spoke under the condition of anonymity said, “I don’t read coffee cups for business, I just read the cups of my friends and my daughter’s friends and I never accept money.”

“I read cups because my grandmother taught me and it’s an old tradition practiced in my family so to me the practice should never be a business – it holds greater values than what money can offer.”

However one might deal with stressful or happy issues, going to a fortune-teller should never be a life changing decision according to the source, “you never know what their intentions are or how they acquired the information. So you need to be extra careful by going to someone you trust and feel comfortable discussing your life with.”

“Besides no coffee reader can actually predict the future,” she added.

So the next time you sip on your cup of coffee, keep an eye out for any symbols that might appear and maybe you can decipher your own future. Because who else is better fit at telling your future than yourself?





Reducing colds with vitamin Ds


A newly released research study suggests that incorporating vitamin D in your diet may reduce any likelihood of colds and flus in the UK each year.

The study published on Wednesday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) argues that foods should be provided with this vitamin as a protection against attacks.

Adding that vitamin D supplements could reduce the effect of any respiratory tract infections.

Previously the immune system was known to utilize vitamin D as ammunition that attacked viruses and bacteria in a manner that “poked holes” in fighting efforts.

One report published by NHS UK says that cows’ milk in the UK, amongst many other countries, is generally not a good source of vitamin D due to the unfortified nature of the dairy.

According to NHS UK, vitamin D has been proven to help regulate the calcium and phosphate levels in the body, which keeps your bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

The study by the BMJ suggests that it may help residents of cold countries due to the reasoning that vitamin D is mostly absorbed by the skin while out in the sun and less during the winter seasons.

However, the nutrient can be found in smaller dosages in a number of common foods, such as: oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks, fat spreads and some cereals.

But when taking such a vitamin, there must be a balance – too much vitamin D in ones diet can lead to high levels of calcium, which can eventually cause heart and kidney problems.

To test whether or not adding a vitamin supplement directly in your food, trials and testing has been done to establish a link – researchers have gathered data acquired from 11,321 people from 25 different trials in order to do so, according to the BBC.

The results found that one person would develop immunity to the common cold for every 33 people consuming the vitamin as part of their diet – contrary to vaccine shots that find one person immune to the flu to every 40 people.

Aisha Buhari, a student at the American University in Dubai, said: “I think that if they added vitamin D into some foods, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea.”

Adding, “Because you would be spending less on vitamin supplements and the probability of you catching a flu would be less.”

Prof Adrian Martineau, one of the BMJ researchers, told the BBC, “Assuming a UK population of 65 million, and that 70% have at least one acute respiratory infection each year, then daily or weekly vitamin D supplements will mean 3.25 million fewer people would get at least one acute respiratory infection a year.”

However, not everyone thinks incorporating vitamin D into foods is a good idea, “I don’t think they should fortify foods with Vitamin D, although it may be harmless, anything could happen to the consumer as a reaction,” said Zeinab Dakik, another student at AUD.

Breaking the norms with a “Breaking Bad” inspired Café


New news for any Walter White fans, a Breaking Bad coffee shop has made its way to Dubai’s largest mall and was inspired by the award-winning TV series.

Walter’s Coffee Roastery, which opened last month in Dubai mall, is one of the many crazy coffee shops one would find in the city and is the first coffee shop to be modeled solely after a TV series.

The roastery is modeled after the extreme life of Walter White, a Chemistry teacher with stage 3 Terminal Lung Cancer, who turns to a life of crime to make and distribute his unique form of crystal meth in order to financially support his family.

The coffee shop is already a hit in New York and Istanbul due to its unique methods of coffee making – they turn regular coffee orders into a chemistry project in a meth-themed science lab.

The Dubai mall is the first UAE-based location of the coffee shop. This is not all surprising, as it is one of the largest malls found in the region and provides an endless variety of customers due to Dubai’s tourist-based atmosphere.

The waiters are dressed in hazmat suits, staying true to the show’s overall theme and as a tribute to the role of Walter White as a drug chemist.

Highly decorated as a chemistry lab with a periodic table inspired menu, beakers, flasks and vials as the shop’s serving cups and resonating metallic and yellow decorations, all of which aid Waler’s Coffee Roastery in providing the customer with the realest experience they can provide while maintaining a non-threatening ambiance.

Coffee is not only their specialty, the Roastery’s pancakes have also gone viral as they are sugar-ly dusted and imprinted with Walter’s iconic bald head and mustache-d face.

Deniz Kosan, CEO and founder of the Breaking Bad inspired coffee shop, told What’s on, “We take coffee seriously – it’s a magical commodity.”

The coffee shop has an average spend of 100 DHS with menu items ranging from the common Flat white, Americano and Espresso to Dirty Chai, Chemex and LemonBrew – the drink’s names are designed to be the Symbol and the prices to be the atomic number of the “chemical” drinks found on the periodic table in the shop.

“The coffee was really good, the overall experience was great and the staff was really friendly,” said Alara Dural, a customer at Walter’s Coffee Roastery.

However, she added that the concept in their Dubai branch was different than the one she had visited in Turkey because the customers actually get to go inside the brewing machines in Istanbul.

Whether you are a fan of the show, Walter White or just enjoy an exotic cup of coffee, Walter’s Coffee Roastery might just get you hooked.




A Greener Route on Car Free Day


The American University in Dubai was amongst the many companies who participated in the Car Free Day initiative on Sunday in response to raised awareness by Dubai Municipality and commitment towards the environment.

Many people left their cars behind on Sunday and opted for different methods of transportation in what had originally started in 2010 by Dubai Municipality as “Car Free Day” is considered a unique initiative of its kind in the region.

The initiative was said to establish Dubai as a global sustainable city as well as to show the city’s commitment towards applicable environmental conventions in an overall endeavor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city.

Gulf News had reported that almost 2500 businesses, 200 major government departments and private firms took part in this year’s 8th annual Car Free Day.

Adding that this year’s annual day was even more important than any other of its kind because the Dubai Municipality would be raising and giving away any donations received to charity organization and towards the plantation of trees all over Dubai.

“Dubai Municipality launched the initiative to explain to the people how important it is to reduce the use of cars on the street and use the public transport,” said Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, to Gulf News.

“We have a high quality public transportation [system] and we feel we have a lot of possibilities, with the cooperation of all, in reducing the carbon emission and the effect on the environment,” he added.

The initiative is part of Dubai’s Expo 2020 program that aims to provide a platform that fosters creativity, innovation and global partnerships and accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions.

While according to their website, Car Free day aims at to achieve the goals set forth by the Expo program, to create an excellence for the Emirate, to raise awareness and usage of public transportation and finally to protect the environment and natural resources.

Tala Hajj, a regular user of the metro said: “I think the initiative is a good idea but I think it needs to be on a bigger scale and perhaps include other cities within the UAE for the awareness to truly have an impact on the environment and the country’s residents.”

According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year while NASA reporting that Carbon dioxide levels in the air are at the highest they’ve ever been in 650,000 years.

Greenhouse gas emissions and the excess in carbon dioxide footprint, in accordance with NASA, has caused: nine out of 10 of the warmest years to occur between the year 2000 onwards and the Arctic sea ice to shrink to the lowest extent its ever been at in 2012.

Numerous people in Dubai opted for the metro with some choosing other methods of transportation such as public buses, carpooling and even cycling in response to the awareness.

AUD was one of the institutes whom encouraged many of its faculty members, staff and students to ditch their cars and find a greener route to work and school on Sunday.

Professor Yasmine Bahrani was one of the faculty members who received the email about Car Free day and said: “I think it’s an excellent idea because I care about the environment and I think car [gas] emissions have negative impacts on the environment.”

“So any steps that we take, no matter how small they may be to help us have cleaner air, are good steps by my standards.”