The Independent: Try it, it’s delicious!” I often urge my children, bossily. And although I don’t say it out loud, I feel equally baffled when adults are really faddy eaters or don’t share my adoration of a particularly tasty morsel. It turns out I’m not a food fascist but contrary to popular belief, there is no one version of delicious. Some of us have a far stronger sense of taste than others (not necessarily a good thing) and a host of factors ranging from mood to gender to our sense of hearing (really) can impact heavily on our perception of flavour.Psychologist Linda Bartoshuk and her colleagues first coined the term “supertaster” in the 1990s. In their research, they noticed that some people seemed to have a much higher taste response than others. But don’t be fooled by the label. We’re not talking about a superior palate . Far from it, Bartoshuk found that supertasters – which make up around 25 per cent of the population – carry a double copy of a gene which makes them super-sensitive to bitter tastes. Among the things they hate are green vegetables, grapefruit juice, coffee and soy products, as well as overly sweet things. At the other end of the spectrum – also 25 per cent of the population – are non-tasters, whose “pastel world” of flavours is far less sensitive, with the remaining 50 per cent somewhere in between.Read the whole story: The Independent More of our Members in the Media >
Athletics Fifteen men and women gathered at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, recently to undergo a leadership course. The course was facilitated by Oceania Athletics and provided participants with an up-to-date understanding of strategic communication, project management and leadership concepts in sports and business. Emphasis was placed on the special opportunities and changes in the field of leadership and the increasing changes for women in a global context. Oceania Athletics development officer, Regan Kama said the course was a success with the main goal of empowering women achieved. “The main goal of this seminar was to produce a sustainable, ongoing, systematic improvement of women in leadership positions,” said Kama. “It was incredible to see how many of the participants didn’t realise they were leaders, and could continue to be leaders with the support of the network in our region and understanding of the opportunities provided.” A special focus was put on problem solving and the different leadership styles between men and women. Participants were thankful for the opportunity, with one person saying how it taught them to, “gain confidence and speak up for myself and others,” and another saying, “It help me gain the knowledge and understand of being a good leader. “I would recommend more of these seminars be conducted across the Pacific.” The course was held in conjunction with the Highlands Momase Regional Championships and Oceania Area starters’ course.