Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera broke the long-standing world indoor 1,500 metres record when he clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Birmingham, England on Saturday.Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj set the previous record of 3:31.18 in 1997.
AdvertisementIndia started their King’s Cup 2019 campaign on a disappointing note as Curacao humbled them 3-1 at the Chang Arena in Buriram. The Blue Tigers will now take on Thailand in a third-place playoff on Saturday on the very same venue.Sahal Abdul Samad’s brilliant performance was the only shining light in India’s dismal performance against CuracaoIndia were on the back foot from the get-go and Curacao punished them in the 15th minute. Nepomuceno sent in a deadly low ball from the right wing and Bonevacia put the ball out of Gurpreet’s reach to give the Carribean nation the lead.India’s problems doubled three minutes later when Hooi added one more goal to their tally. He whizzed past India’s right-wing unchallenged, rounded off Gurpreet, and slotted the ball into the empty net.Sahal Abdul Samad’s brilliant footwork earned India a penalty in the 30th minute which captain Sunil Chhetri made no mistake in converting. However, their hope for comeback lasted only a minute as Curacao restored their two-goal lead through Bacuna.The head coach Igor Stimac brought in Raynier Fernandes and Amarjit Singh Kiyam in the half-time interval to calm down Curacao’s domination in the midfield. The strategy worked but India couldn’t find a goal. Michael Soosairaj also made his debut for India, taking the tally of the number of debutants to six which also included Sahal Abdul Samad, Brandon Fernandes, and Rahul Bheke.Advertisement
Sale of sugary drinks could be banned across NHS hospitals Credit:Alamy A coffee or hot chocolate could contain more sugar than a fizzy drink Credit:Luis Ascui/Getty The plans go much further than a tax on sugary drinks planned by Government, which is due to be introduced in 2018.While fruit juice and dairy based drinks are exempt from the Government plans, the NHS scheme will see all drinks which contain any added sugar – including sweetened milk – either banned or subject to taxes, depending which is chosen. John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said the plans were a regressive move and a “token gesture.”“Raising public awareness about the benefits of a healthy diet is one thing, but punishing doctors on long shifts or families visiting ill relatives is surely not the way to go about it,” he said.Gavin Partington, director general of the British Soft Drinks Association, said: “It’s hard to see how a ban on soft drinks can be justified given that the sector has led the way in reducing consumers’ sugar intake – down by over 17 per cent since 2012.”He said it was “odd” for the NHS to introduce measures which he said would duplicate the Government taxes.Levels of obesity in England have soared from 14.9 per cent in 1993 to 25.6 per cent in 2014.Child obesity levels have reached a record high, while two thirds of adults are either overweight or obese.Forecasts suggest that by 2050 nearly 60 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women will be obese.Soft drinks other than fruit juice are one of the largest sources of sugar in adults, and the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11 to 18 years, providing 29 per cent of their daily sugar intake. A year ago the NHS introduced new financial incentives for healthcare providers which improve staff health.Nurses and doctors have been given gym discounts, and access to health trainers and dieticians and discounts on slimming classes.At West Midlands Ambulance Service a scheme in partnership with Slimming World has seen almost 400 men lose 239 stone between them – the equivalent of 18 adult men. Former Paralympian Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson will tell today’s conference that Britain’s couch potato lifestyles have become a “national embarrassment” which is costing the state more than £20bn a year. The chairman of UK Active, a not-for-profit health body, will today call for radical changes to tackle sedentary lifestyles which she says could bankrupt the NHS.The organisation is calling for a £1bn scheme to replace 1970s leisure centres with modern facilities, in a bid to persuade more people into sports and activities.The former Paralympian will say the habits of the average Briton are a sorry contrast with the feats achieved in the Olympics this summer.”Much to the delight of us all, Britain smashed all expectations across the two Games, which were a fantastic advert for our country’s ability to produce world-beating athletes and be a sporting superpower,” she will tell a London health summit tomorrow. “But we mustn’t allow a strong showing in the medal table to mask the fact that when it comes to mobilising the general public, Britain finds itself seriously stuck in the blocks. The feats of our elite athletes are a rightful source of national pride, but our levels of inactivity should be a source of national embarrassment.Official data shows walking levels have fallen by more than a third in three decades, with the average Briton now walking for less than 10 minutes a day.Earlier this year a study published in The Lancet found that workers need to do an hour’s exercise – such as brisk walking – to counter the deadly impact of eight hours sitting in an office.A sedentary day at a desk without any extra physical activity could increase the risk of premature mortality by up to 60 per cent, the research found.”To be blunt, physical inactivity is a shame on our great nation,” Baroness Grey-Thompson will tell the summit on activity.”This shame costs Britain £20bn each year. This shame is the fourth biggest cause of premature mortality, making it as deadly as smoking. The biggest shame is that every day, parents, grandparents, wives and husbands are dying because they live in a society that doesn’t place enough emphasis on the importance of physical activity. “The health body is calling for a £1bn regeneration scheme to turn the UK’s ageing fleet of leisure centres into modern “one stop” health centres combining gyms, pools and GP centres.Baroness Grey-Thompson will say that putting physical activity at the heart of integrated community infrastructure is “the only long-term solution to save the NHS from bankruptcy.”Such centres would help GPs to prescribe exercise plans for their patients, and reduce the burden on hospitals, she will say.The body is also calling for primary schools to carry out regular fitness checks on children, in the same way that English and Maths are tested. Schools should make direct interventions to parents when children’s health was being compromised by low levels of activity, their report says.Estimates suggest health problems caused by physical inactivity costs the UK £20bn a year.Lack of exercise significantly increases risk of up to 20 conditions including heart disease, type-2 diabetes, cancers and mental health problems. With treatment of long-term conditions consuming around 70 per cent of the NHS’s annual budget, Baroness Grey-Thompson will say that a concerted shift towards a “prevention over cure” model is the only realistic option for the health service to succeed. Simon Stevens lost three stone while working in the United States, when his employer had tax breaks for employees who met healthy living targets, including weightloss Credit:PA Britain’s obesity are the second highest in Europe, second only to Hungary ‘Confronted by rising obesity, type 2 diabetes and child dental decay, it’s time for the NHS to practice what we preach. We’re now calling time on hospitals as marketing outlets for junk food and fizzy drinks’Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS More than 1.3 million staff are employed by the health service, of whom nearly 700,000 are overweight or obese. Health officials said rising rates of obesity among NHS staff are not only bad for their personal health, but are undermining the ability of services to give patients credible advice about weight loss.Mr Stevens will tell a London conference today: “Confronted by rising obesity, type 2 diabetes and child dental decay, it’s time for the NHS to practice what we preach.“Nurses, visitors and patients all tell us they increasingly want healthy, tasty and affordable food and drink options,” he said. “We’re now calling time on hospitals as marketing outlets for junk food and fizzy drinks.”Individual health facilities overseas have introduced such measures, but the wholesale move will make England the first country in the world to take action across its health service.Mr Stevens will tell the UK Active national summit, in London that the proposals are a “genuine win/win opportunity to both improve health and cut future illness cost burdens for the NHS.” Mr Stevens said the health service should put itself at the “leading edge” of efforts to tackle obesity, in order to reach 1 million patients a day, and set an example to society.Health officials will today launch a consultation on proposals which will either see all drinks containing sugar banned from sales in hospitals, or subject to heavy taxes. 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. Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson will tell the UK Active summit that Britain’s exercise levels are a ‘national embarassment’Credit:Rex NHS surveys have found that obesity is the most significant self-reported health problem amongst healthcare staff.The public consultation says the NHS should either introduce an outright ban on the sale of sugary drinks, or introduce taxes. Taxes would mean vendors paying a 25 pence levy on each drink, or fees equivalent to 20 per cent of all sales, with money spent on patient charities and staff health.But it suggests an outright ban could be simpler and cheaper to run.This approach has been taken by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation trust, while a two month trial at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust found that a ban on sugary drinks had no impact on sales or revenue, with patients, staff and visitors simply switching to healthier alternatives.Health campaigners welcomed the plans.Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said the measures were a “brilliant move” which NHS staff would welcome.“They know full well the ravages caused by sugary drinks on a patient’s health,” he said. The NHS is considering banning sale of all sugary drinks – including lattes, smoothies and fruit juices – as part of efforts to combat obesity and make healthcare workers “practice what they preach”.Simon Stevens, the head of the health service, said he was “calling time on hospitals as marketing outlets for junk food and fizzy drinks” as he unveiled plans which will come into force next year.
Ever since the love birds returned from their holiday in UK, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif were declared engaged by the rumour mills. Buzz had it that the two exchanged rings on 30th December, 2014 in London in the presence of few friends and family members. Even Ranbir’s parents flew to London to attend the ceremony.Ranbir Kapoor is not engaged to Katrina Kaif However, Katrina’s spokesperson has rubbished the reports saying that the two have not exchanged rings.According to a leading daily, Katrina’s spokesperson said, “This is to clarify that Katrina did not get engaged in a secret ceremony in London. There is absolutely no truth to the rumours.”Katrina Kaif was spotted wearing a hug ring at an event If the engagement rumour wasn’t enough, the ring on Katrina’s finger at an event became the talk of the town. She was spotted wearing a huge rock which was presumed to be her engagement ring.Well, to put the rumours to rest, a leading Bollywood website spoke with a close source to Katrina who said, “She will wear an engagement ring when the time is ready. And it will be for the world to see. She won’t just randomly attend some event wearing it. There is a plan in place in the Kapoor family as far as Ranbir and Katrina go and it will be known to everyone in due time.”Ranbir Kapoor performs at Umang 2015 So there you go! She is not engaged and the HUGE ring that she sported at the Umang show in Mumbai recently in anything but her engagement ring.advertisement