December 18, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- After eight attempts over five decades, the lower house of the Indian Parliament passed an anti-corruption bill Wednesday, paving the way for an independent ombudsman with the authority to prosecute bureaucrats and politicians. The vote follows the bill's passage in the upper house on Tuesday. The measure, which enjoyed rare support from both the government and the opposition, now goes to the president for his signature, considered a formality. India has suffered a rash of scandals in the telecommunications, coal, real estate, sports management and defense industries under the Congress Party-led government, allegedly involving billions of dollars.
September 26, 2013 |
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is expanding the wellness program at its Strip hotel, offering healthful snacks, purified tap water and an air purification system, among other perks, to guests who choose those accommodations. The entire 14thfloor of the MGM Grand's main tower now boasts rooms and suites embracing the hotel's Stay Well program . A total of 171 rooms - more than four times the number with which Stay Well began in October - offer various special features. Wellness experts at Delos created the 17 in-room enhancements.
June 16, 2013 |
I curate a bi-weekly recipe column for The Times' Saturday section called "Destination: Cocktail. " To date, I've culled 100 recipes created by some of the city's best bartenders, for some of the city's best bars and restaurants. I just finished poring over them all in order to pull out my favorite ones for Father's Day. My criteria was simple: Nothing too sweet; nothing "girly," ie: nothing made with sugary fruit juices, strawberries, bananas or lotus fruit; nothing with too many steps; nothing made with infused liquors or housemade syrups.
September 24, 2012 |
Each October, Santa Monica food blogger Andrew Wilder throws down a friendly challenge to readers of his Eating Rules food blog. He challenges them to spend the month of October shunning processed foods in favor of more wholesome fare. Last year, more than 3,000 readers signed Wilder's online pledge to do just that. Wilder's challenge was the subject of a story in Saturday's Los Angeles Times Health section. Now, we're catching up with Wilder this afternoon during a Google + Hangout to go more in-depth about the challenge.
September 15, 2012
Potassium Coconut water contains about 570 milligrams of potassium in an 8-ounce serving. A banana and a sweet potato have about the same amount; a white potato has 900 milligrams of potassium. Calories Unsweetened coconut water has about 50 calories per cup. Adding fruit juice adds calories. A medium banana has about 90 calories. And a white potato that's 21/4 to 31/4 inches in diameter has about 130 calories.
September 15, 2012 |
Every couple of years a food or beverage is crowned with what nutrition experts call a "health halo. " Some of the foods -- wild salmon, blueberries, flax seeds -- deserve it. But others gain status for no apparent reason. Acai berry, anyone? It's not that the trendy food is unhealthful. It's just that if you're already eating a well-balanced diet it's unnecessary. And possibly expensive. The latest entrant in this category: coconut water. Coconut water -- the mildly sweet liquid from the center of young, green coconuts -- has been popular in tropical areas since, well, as long as people have lived among coconut palm trees.