Prolonged television viewing linked to increased health risks

first_img Read Full Story Watching television is the most common daily activity apart from work and sleep in many parts of the world, but it is time for people to change their viewing habits. According to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, prolonged TV viewing was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death.The study appears in the June 15, 2011, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.“The message is simple. Cutting back on TV watching can significantly reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and premature mortality,” said senior author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH. “We should not only promote increasing physical activity levels but also reduce sedentary behaviors, especially prolonged TV watching,” said Hu.Many people around the world divide their days largely between working, sleeping, and watching television, according to the researchers. Europeans spend an average of 40 percent of their daily free time in front of the television set; Australians, 50 percent. This corresponds to three to four hours of daily viewing — still less than a reported average of five hours in the U.S. The negative health effects of TV viewing have been documented in prior studies, including associations with reduced physical activity levels and unhealthy diets.Hu and first author Anders Grøntved, a doctoral student and visiting researcher in the HSPH Department of Nutrition, conducted a meta-analysis, a systematic assessment of all published studies from 1970 to 2011 that linked TV viewing with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death. Eight large prospective cohort studies from the United States, Europe, and Australia met the researchers’ criteria and were included in the meta-analysis.last_img read more

Canada to try again on Trans Mountain project

first_imgCanada to try again on Trans Mountain project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Canada will not appeal a court ruling that overturned its approval of an oil pipeline expansion project, opting instead for more consultations with aboriginal groups unhappy about the plan, a top official said on Wednesday.The problem-plagued bid to almost treble the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline is becoming one of the biggest political challenges for the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the run-up to an election in 2019.In August, the Federal Court of Appeal said Ottawa had failed to adequately consider aboriginal concerns before giving the green light to the expansion. That same month, amid increasing protests by aboriginal and environmental activists, Ottawa bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.“The government will not appeal the court’s decision … we are going to do things differently this time,” Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi told a news conference. Instead, Ottawa will reinitiate consultations with all 117 indigenous groups who would be affected by plans to pump more oil from Alberta to the Pacific province of British Columbia.Sohi said on Wednesday that he would not impose a time limit on the consultations but added that “we are not starting from scratch”, given the government already had plenty of information from earlier discussions. He also reiterated that there would be no aboriginal veto over the project. Indigenous communities insist they have the final say over projects which would cross their land.More: Canada won’t appeal ruling that overturned pipeline, to consult morelast_img read more

Young families: Considerations for staying at home versus working

first_img continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr That new bundle of joy – who is sure to enrich your life – also comes with a very hefty price tag. New parents have many financial decisions to make right from the start. One thing to consider includes whether a parent should stay at home or return to work after a child is born.center_img The average cost of raising a child (from birth to age 18) for a middle-income family is $233,618. And that doesn’t include the cost of college, which is on the rise and outpacing inflation.1 In fact, the cost of raising a child has increased greatly — by 40 percent from 2000 to 2010 — within a relatively short amount of time.2The cost of child careEveryone knows that child care isn’t cheap. But the majority of working parents who start a family (70 percent) say the high cost of child care is the expense that surprises them the most.3 The most expensive place in the U.S. when it comes to child care is Washington, D.C., with costs coming in at $22,631 a year. Conversely, the least expensive state for child care is Mississippi at $4,822 a year.2Some mothers and fathers decide to stay at home after doing a cost/benefit comparison of the income earned to the cost of child care. The U.S. government defines affordable child care as being no more than 7 percent of a family’s household income. However, most Americans pay more than that; in fact, more than 40 percent pay 15 percent, more than twice the recommended amount.3last_img read more

Indonesia locks virus violators in ‘haunted house’

first_imgTopics : So Sukowati instructed communities to repurpose abandoned houses that were feared to be haunted — tapping widespread beliefs in the supernatural, which play a key role in Indonesian folklore.Five people have been tossed into Sragen’s spooky jails so far.”If there’s an empty and haunted house in the village, put people in there and lock them up,” Sukowati told AFP Tuesday when asked about the rule.Officials in Sepat village chose a long-abandoned house and outfitted it with beds placed at a distance and separated by curtains. So far, the village has locked up three recently-arrived residents who are being forced to spend the remainder of their two-week quarantine in the spooky abode.Among them was Heri Susanto, who said his punishment hadn’t brought him face to face with any ghosts — so far.”But whatever happens, happens,” said Susanto, who came from neighboring Sumatra island.”I know this is for everyone’s safety. Lesson learned.”center_img Fed up with people breaking virus quarantine rules, one Indonesian politician has decided to scare rulebreakers straight by locking them in a “haunted house”.Sragen regency head Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati says she issued the unusual edict this week to deal with an influx of people to the area after lockdowns in the capital Jakarta and other major cities.Some newcomers, however, weren’t respecting orders that they isolate themselves for 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus across the region on Indonesia’s densely populated Java island.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal have the same problem as Manchester City

first_imgArsene Wenger believes Manchester City are lacking in defence [Picture: BeIN Sports]Arsene Wenger believes Manchester City are experiencing the same struggles as his former side Arsenal in defence.The Frenchman was providing pundity for BeIN Sports for City’s 2-1 win against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.Isco gave Real the lead in the second half but a Gabriel Jesus header drew City level before Kevin De Bruyne gave Pep Guardiola’s side one of the most famous victories in the club’s history when he slotted home from the penalty spot seven minutes from time.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite City’s victory, it was not an entirely positive night as Aymeric Laporte continued his injury-ravaged season by limping out of the game shortly after the half-hour mark.ADVERTISEMENTCity have struggled in Laporte’s absence this season and have been heavily criticised for not buying a centre-back last summer to provide cover for the defender.#ManCity have the same problem Wenger had at Arsenal!#beINUCL #RMAMCI pic.twitter.com/Wv79mred6u— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) February 26, 2020But Wenger says he suffered a similar problem at Arsenal, where he found there simply wasn’t a wealth of options in the transfer market to strengthen in defence.‘I think Man City spent a lot of money on defenders,’ said Wenger.‘If you look over four or five years they spent a huge amount of money. That shows that it’s not easy to find the defenders who strengthen their team. Everybody is looking for defenders.‘When I was at Arsenal everybody says “Well you have to find defenders” but we’re sitting there saying; ‘well, big defenders are not anymore easy to find even with a lot of money’.‘They have disappeared and that’s why they have a job to do there. If they lose Laporte until the end of the season it could be a handicap for them in the Champions League. The Premier League is decided so that has gone, now their target they have the quality to win the Champions League but of course they need to be solid defensively’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalPep Guardiola paired Nicolas Otamendi alongside Laporte from the start in Madrid, starting Fernandinho on the bench instead.Madrid had various opportunities to double their lead but they were left to rue their charitable finishing when Jesus equalised.Sergio Ramos complained of a push before the goal but VAR found no reason to overturn the referee’s decision and the Spanish defender compounded a poor night for Madrid by receiving a red card in the dying minutes for bringing down Riyad Mahrez when he was through on goal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer invites Tyson Fury to give speech to Manchester United squad Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Feb 2020 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal have the same problem as Manchester Citycenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Al-Amin Hossain returns to ODI squad for hosts

first_imgBANGLADESH have recalled fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain for the first two of their three one-day internationals against England.Al-Amin, 26, was dropped for the Tigers’ recent 2-1 ODI series win at home to Afghanistan.Fellow seamer Taskin Ahmed, who returned to international cricket in September after having his bowling action cleared, has also been included.Left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain, who made his first one-day appearance in eight years against Afghanistan, has retained his place in the Bangladesh squad.Mosharraf, 34, finished with figures of 3-24 in the final ODI against Afghanistan, which Bangladesh won by 141 runs.England take on a Bangladesh Cricket Board Select XI in Fatullah, before moving to Mirpur for the first and second ODIs, with the third in Chittagong.Bangladesh ODI squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wkp.), Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Mosharraf Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Discipline and community-wide partnership drive District 10’s athletics dominance – manager Carmen Small

first_imgDISTRICT 10 continues to produce champions because they work hard together and with a plan, their successful manager, Carmen Small, said after her team won their fifth consecutive title and 18th overall at the just concluded 59th edition of the National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships.“Talent wins events, but teamwork wins our championship,” Small noted.Carmen Small has won five consecutive titles with District 10 as team manager.At the Nationals, Upper Demerara-Kwakwani were able to dominate the students’ leg of the track and field competition, while they finished second in the cycling and swimming and fourth in the teachers’ competition, which earned them 68 overall points; nine more than second place finishers, North Georgetown.Although several of the districts improved in various disciplines, none showed as much consistency as the champions.According to Small, that consistency is not due to talent alone, but to a systematic approach.“For years, we start preparing for these championships soon after returning from the previous one. We would have Inter-Schools Relay Championships, Relay Festival; we would have U-8 and U-10 Championships in preparation for the next year.”The experienced official, who has managed the side every year over the five years of dominance, added that they are always focused on getting better and, over the years, have concentrated heavily on bettering their weak areas.Additionally, the side has not relied on big names alone and has been able to address their longevity.“In the past five years, we would have used our strategies, we developed a clinic, a nursery…because of the nursery preparations for these championships, we always have someone in line.”Small added that although the aging athletes leave, many of them still help the younger crop whenever they can.“We have those athletes who would come back and coach the other children because we know that we are the defending champions and that we must come to defend our championships.”Teamwork is not just between athletes and coaches, but the wider community.  Small said that there is togetherness in the district, and both the regional democratic council and the Department of Education contribute. “We work hand-in-hand so that Linden must bring home the championship, because our pride would be at stake.”Next year, Small is again looking to win; she is confident that title number 19 is within grasp.last_img read more