Nova Scotia has moved up seven places in the latest provincial ratings release by Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada. Nova Scotia moved from 11th place to fourth and improved its D+ rating in 2006 to a B in Rating the Provinces and Territories: The 2009 Report. “This is a huge leap for Nova Scotia and is a testament to the commitment shown by law enforcement and government,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “It is the responsibility of every one of us to get drunk drivers off our roads, and to do this, we need to change the attitudes of some about drinking and driving.” The report is a comprehensive review and rating of provincial and territorial impaired driving laws issued every three years. Nova Scotia’s improved standing can be credited to a tighter Graduated Licencing Program and the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program for people who lost their diver’s licence because of an alcohol-related conviction or incident. Although not included in this year’s report, MADD Canada also recognized legislation introduced this year that toughened consequences for people caught driving with a blood-alcohol level of .05. Licence suspensions have increased to seven days for a first suspension, 15 days for a second and 30 days for a third. People are also required to pay a licence reinstatement fee of $89.63. “I’m very pleased to see that our province is making progress in the area of impaired driving,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “I commend MADD for keeping the critical issue of impaired driving at the forefront of public awareness.” MADD Canada rates each province and territory based on a set of evolving criteria. Score can range from A+ to F-.
Rabat – Renault-Tangier is planning to produce “Ultra low-cost” vehicles for the French company’s European and African markets. The final decision expected to be made in January 2015by Renault’s CEO Carlos Ghosn.Following the success of its Dacia brand and its low-cost models, the French group Renault is now planning to produce “Ultra low-cost,” with the launch of four smaller models.According to French-speaking magazine Jeune Afrique, Renault-Tangier will produce three of the said models for the European, North African and Sub-Saharan markets, while India will produce and launch the fourth model in 2015 for a starting price of around 3500 Euros. The three models that are expected to be produced in Renault’s Tanger-Med plant are a saloon car, an SUV model (recreational vehicle) and a 7-seater.Renault-Tangier manufactured only 170,000 vehicles in 2013 and 200,000 vehicles in 2014, while the plant has a capacity of producing 400,000 vehicles per year. However, the arrival of the “Ultra low-cost,” models is set to boost the production of the plant.Jeune Afrique went on to add that the vehicles manufactured for Europe should be adapted to the standards of the old continent, and will therefore be more expensive.
People missing teeth were also found to be more nutritionally deficient Credit: Martin Rickett Dentures put wearers at risk of malnutrition because they cause wearers to avoid healthy foods which are difficult to chew, a major study has shown.Researchers at King’s College London found the same was true for people with teeth loss, who also struggle to chew food properly.In both cases, tooth loss and wearing dentures was associated with joint and muscle frailty which can leave people at risk of bone breakages and falls.The scientists said that people with dentures, or fewer teeth find it difficult to eat foods such as fibrous fruits and vegetables, nuts and meat, which are essential for good nutrition.Although dentures improves chewing function, the bite force is much weaker than that of natural teeth, meaning users often avoid certain foods. Denturewearers and those with fewer teeth were 32 per cent more likely to be frail and 20 per cent more likely to be nutritionally deficient.The researchers say the study demonstrates how important oral health is in preventing tooth loss which can cause nutritional deficiencies in later life.Nutrients are crucial to maintain muscle mass and stave off musculoskeletal frailty.“Few studies have examined the relationship between oral health, the number of teeth and general frailty,” added Dr Sabbah.“One of the important findings of the study is the significant relationship between the condition of teeth and deficiency in intake of essential nutrients, regardless of the use of dentures. “To date, the majority of efforts to improve frailty have focused on nutrition strategies, including health education, while the influence of teeth on dietary restraint of the elderly has been neglected.“The findings of this analysis, along with that reported in earlier research, suggest that the use of denture could be a neglected intervention that could potentially have a preventative impact on musculoskeletal frailty.“The results also highlight the importance of developing oral health policies to ensure older adults maintain functional dentition throughout their life.”The research was published in the journal Geriatrics & Gerontology International. People with dentures may avoid vegetables which a rich in calcium, like kaleCredit:Elena Veselova / Alamy Stock Photo “Persons with inadequate dentition are less likely to eat hard food that is difficult to chew, for example, some of the fresh fruits and vegetables, apples, pears, carrots, nuts etc,” said Dr Wael Sabbah, from King’s College London Dental Institute.“They could also have difficulties in eating some cooked food such as meat, depending on the way it is cooked.”Around 11 million people wear dentures in Britain. Although just six per cent of people now have no teeth compared to 37 per cent in 1978, 74 per cent have needed at least one tooth extracting.The study examined the health of more than 1,800 people who had an average age of 62, and were categorised into three groups; having at least 20 teeth, denture wearers with fewer than 20 teeth, and people and non-denture wearers with fewer than 20 teeth.Researchers tested all groups for strength, frailty, BMI and oral health and interviewed about their nutritional intake.The group that had less than 20 teeth and did not use dentures, and those who used dentures, were found to have consumed the least amount of nutrients, compared to recommended daily amounts. They were also found to be more frail. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.