Every hour of TV watching shortens life by 22 minutes

first_img Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Every hour of TV watching shortens life by 22 minutes by: – June 30, 2014 Share 78 Views no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Anyone who spends six hours a day in front of the box is at risk of dying five years sooner than those who enjoy more active pastimes, it is claimed.Researchers say that watching too much TV is as dangerous as smoking or being overweight, and that the “ubiquitous sedentary behaviour” should be seen as a “public health problem”.Experts from the University of Queensland, Australia, write: “TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking; every single hour of TV viewed may shorten life by as much as 22 minutes.”Referring to Australian and American guidelines that suggest children should spend no more than two hours a day in front of a screen, the academics conclude: “With further corroborative evidence, a public health case could be made that adults also need to limit the time spent watching TV.”Although health campaigners – and parents – have long warned of the dangers of watching too much television, its effects on life expectancy have never before been calculated.In a paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Dr J Lennert Veerman and colleagues looked at the results of a survey of 11,247 Australians taken in 1999-2000, which asked about time spent watching TV, and also mortality figures for the country.They constructed a model in which they compared life expectancy for adults who watch TV to those who did not, and worked out that every hour spent glued to the screen shortened life by 21.8 minutes.For those in the top 1 per cent of the population who watch six hours of programmes a day, they “can expect to live 4.8 years less than a person who does not watch TV”.The researchers say that watching TV is among the most common forms of sedentary behaviour, along with sitting in cars.“Because TV viewing is a ubiquitous behaviour that occupies significant portions of adults’ leisure time, its effects are significant for overall population health.”England’s Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, said: “Physical activity offers huge benefits and these studies back what we already know – that doing a little bit of physical activity each day brings health benefits and a sedentary lifestyle carries additional risks.“That’s why the UK’s Chief Medical Officers recently updated their advice on physical activity to be more flexible, right from babyhood to adult life.“Adults, for example, can get their 150 minutes of activity a week in sessions of 10 minutes or more and for the first time we have provided guidelines on reducing sedentary time.“We hope these studies will help more people realise that there are many ways to get exercise – activities like walking at a good pace or digging the garden over can count too.”Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Sedentary behaviour such as vegging in front of the TV is practically a cultural institution these days and it’s good to relax for a while, but this study supports the view that too much of it can be bad for our health.“Many of us make a conscious decision not to smoke because we know it’s bad for us, and this study suggests that more of us should make the same kind of pledge about lounging around and watching lots of TV.“Introducing more activity to our daily lives, whether it’s walking to the shops instead of taking the bus, using the stairs instead of the lift or taking up active hobbies like sport or gardening mean we won’t spend as much time in front of the TV where we’re likely to pile on the pounds.”The Telegraphlast_img read more

Government to improve effectiveness of the public service

first_img Share Share Share 26 Views one comment Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment Minister, Ambrose George Government anticipates the execution of a new venture designed to further improve the effectiveness of the public service.Hon. Ambrose George, Minister for Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment at the launch of Public Service Day last week, spoke of an ‘e-government for regional integration’ project which will soon be realised. He described the venture further.“The creation of this enabling environment allows government to main fully utilise public officers and all developing partners both locally and regionally. This kind of partnership is paramount and is increasingly recognized as necessary for transparent, equitable, sustainable, connected and an inclusive public administration.”Minister George explained the purpose of the ‘e-government for regional integration’ project.“At a regional level we look forward to the implementation of the e-government for regional integration project which aims to promote efficiency, quality and transparency of public service while at the same time achieves economies of scale; to strengthen and harmonize government’s processes, structures and legal frameworks; to provide an enabling environment in the context of global competitiveness.”The telecommunications minister also said that through this environment, the public service and other developmental partners- both locally and abroad will be able to meaningfully contribute to equitable public administration.Government Information Servicecenter_img LocalNews Government to improve effectiveness of the public service by: – July 2, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

REMCs suspending non-payment disconnects for April

first_imgSoutheastern Indiana and Decatur County REMCs understands that many of its members are struggling financially at this time. Both REMCs are suspending non-payment disconnects for the month of April 2020. It is strongly encouraged that members make partial payments when possible to keep their outstanding amount as low as possible.last_img

Chelsea stand firm over Salah

first_img The Blues were not expecting to do any major business in January but are prepared to sell Salah, who is yet to start in the Barclays Premier League this season. Roma had hoped to take Salah on loan but Chelsea have told the Italian giants they would have to make the switch permanent at the end of the campaign. Press Association Sport understands Chelsea are demanding 1m euros (£760,000) for an initial six-month loan spell, with an obligation to pay another 14m euros (£10.6m) in the summer. The deal would see the Blues recuperate the fee they paid Basel to sign Salah just 12 months ago. It is understood, however, Roma view that package as too expensive for a player who has managed only two goals in almost 14 months. Roma are also in negotiations with Dnipro for Yevhen Konoplyanka and will turn their attention to the Ukraine playmaker if Chelsea refuse to soften their stance. Andre Schurrle has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with both Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg reportedly keen. Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs, however, insists they hold no interest in signing Schurrle and told Press Association Sport: “There is nothing in it whatsoever.” Jose Mourinho would be happy to end the January transfer window with his current squad, despite being linked with a big-money move for Fiorentina’s Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado. Chelsea have made contact with the Italian club about Cuadrado’s availability but it is believed a formal offer will only materialise if Salah or Schurrle are sold. Fiorentina, who are sixth in Serie A and chasing Champions League qualification, do not want Cuadrado to leave mid-season but would be helpless should Chelsea trigger the player’s £26.8m release clause. Chelsea have told Roma they will only allow winger Mohamed Salah to leave this month as part of a permanent deal worth over £11million.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Baseball drops series to California

first_imgAfter topping host No. 22 California (33-17, 17-10 Pac-12) 11-3 Saturday afternoon, the No. 15 Trojans (35-18, 16-11 Pac-12) lost 7-5 and 7-2 on Sunday and Monday, respectively.The Trojans’ win was sparked by three RBIs and a two-run home run from junior center fielder Timmy Robinson. In the top of the second, Robinson kicked off the scoring drive with an RBI double.Sophomore first baseman Jeremy Martinez and senior second baseman Dante Flores also had great offensive showings. Martinez went three-for-five with three RBIs and Flores knocked in two RBIs.Senior pitcher Kyle Davis —in his second-straight Friday night start — kept the Bears to three runs and eight hits in eight innings. He struck out three and walked only one. Davis improved his record to 3-1 on the year.Sophomore pitcher Andrew Wright tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout to close out the game for USC.Game 2 of the series didn’t fair as well for the Trojans. It was a back-and-forth battle, but the Bears maintained the lead and got the win to tie the series at one game apiece.USC jumped ahead early with senior catcher Garrett Stubbs knocking in Martinez with a double in the first. Redshirt junior left fielder Bobby Stahel had a sac fly to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead in the second.It was back-and-forth scoring until the Bears broke it open 5-3 in the fifth inning. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Trojans tied it up.Flores had a sac fly and junior third baseman Blake Lacey knocked in his second RBI of the game.With two on and two outs, junior right fielder AJ Ramirez was up, but he struck out to end the offensive-fueled inning.The Bears scored the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the inning and knocked in an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win and tie the series at one each.In the final game of the series, the Trojans saw their only two scores in the first inning —despite outhitting the Bears 8-7.In the 7-2 loss, the Trojans’ rough patch was the nine walks from the pitchers.When the game kicked off, it looked like it was going to be a great day for the Trojans after they scored two runs on a two-out rally. Martinez, Robinson and Flores all contributed to the early 2-0 lead.Flores went 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Martinez went 2-for-3 with one run on the day.The Bears sparked off their offense with three runs in the bottom of the third and sustained that momentum throughout the game to score a total of seven unanswered runs.Three of the Bears’ seven runs were scored by baserunners who were on because of the atypical number of walks from the Trojans pitchers. Another run came as a result of an error and another as a result of a hit by pitch.Freshman starter Mitch Hart took the loss (7-3 on the year) in three innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with five walks and two strikeouts.The Trojans brought in three relievers — juniors Brent Wheatley, Marc Huberman and Brooks Kriske — to try and salvage the game, but fell short.Wheatley threw for 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits. Huberman threw two innings, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks. Kriske closed out the game in 1.2 innings, allowing only just on run with two strikeouts.The Trojans’ lack of scoring can be attributed to the fact that they left nine runners on base.Before dropping this series, the Trojans won three of their last four.USC will look to shake off this past weekend and win its final series of the regular season at home this weekend.The Trojans will close out the regular season with a home series against No. 12 Arizona State (32-19, 17-10 Pac-12). The first game will be at 7 p.m. on May 22.last_img read more

Syracuse football preseason storylines, No. 9: How players adjust to revamped conditioning

first_imgWith Syracuse football training camp less than a month away, The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, will analyze one of the top 10 preseason storylines, top 10 position battles or reveal one of 10 player files each day. Check out dailyorange.com and follow along here to countdown to camp.Since last December, it’s been clear the hallmark of Dino Babers’ offense is speed. But to run the offense Babers wants, the players within the system have to be in spread-offense shape.“Everything is fast,” sophomore running back Jordan Fredericks said during SU’s spring practice season. “Everyone needs to be in tip-top shape.”Fredericks, last year’s leading rusher, said he threw up multiple times during the first spring practice. Not long after, he had been supplanted by Dontae Strickland as the top running back. Babers said Fredericks would be battling freshman Moe Neal to play in the backfield with Strickland.MORE PRESEASON COVERAGE: AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPreseason storyline No. 10: Tight ends factoring into offensePreseason position battle No. 10: Cordell Hudson vs. Juwan DowelsPreseason player file No. 10: Cole Murphy Published on July 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Offensive lineman Omari Palmer said Fredericks wasn’t alone in how hard the workouts hit him. On top of the strenuous workouts, Babers had the vending machines removed. When he stepped in at SU, Babers brought a strength and conditioning staff with him.Spring football is just that: spring football. But it’s worth watching how the team’s conditioning level is going into the season, since it’ll likely affect how Babers can run the offense that has been hyped for seven months.During the spring football game, Babers said fans would never see his team so slow again. Sophomore quarterback Eric Dungey also said Syracuse was too slow.“I thought the tempo of the offense was OK,” Babers said after the game.Fitness will play a major role in hitting the max speed Babers and Dungey see possible. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Players prepare for Dino Babers’ new offense with revamped conditioningObservations from Syracuse football’s post-spring depth chartSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 10: How SU’s tight ends will factor into this year’s offenseSyracuse football preseason player file No. 10: Cole MurphySyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 10: Cordell Hudson vs. Juwan Dowelslast_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers unable to overcome rivalry hurdle, split series with Minnesota

first_imgThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team suffered a hard, 2-0 loss to rival, No. 2 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities on Saturday night in Madison.Despite the tough defeat, the Badgers gave their home crowd something to cheer for Sunday as they rebounded and dismantled the Gophers, 8-2.Saturday’s contest between the No. 1 ranked team and the No. 2 ranked team showed the equality between both teams. The Badgers (15-2-1-0, 11-2-1-0 WCHA) tried to catch the Gophers (14-2-2, 12-2-2 WCHA) off guard at first, showing speed and stamina in one of the longest games that the Badgers have played thus far this season.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Minnesota in fierce border battleAn intense weekend of competition awaits No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team as they take on fierce rival Read…But a second period goal from Minnesota’s Kate Schipper would shake up the Badgers, especially goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens, who had been playing more hesitantly than usual. Desbiens, who had been out for the previous two weeks due to concussion-like symptoms, seemed to be more cautious of herself and her abilities.This goal would send the Badgers into a bit of a frenzy, and UW tried their best to stump Gopher goaltender Sidney Peters, who was having a phenomenal night. Unfortunately, it did not seem as if luck was on the side of the Wisconsin players as all shots on goal were either blocked by the goaltender or deflected.Wisconsin would go on to lose Saturday night, posting a 2-0 final score gleaming off the score board. With only two goals being scored the entire game, one of them being an empty-net goal, it was clear that the Badgers were doing some key things right but just needed to get pucks into the net.As the Badgers skated off Saturday, it seemed as if luck was not on their side. Sunday, however, would be a new day, and it seemed that the luck turned in favor of the home team.Given Saturday’s slow start, it was surprising that the Badgers managed to acquire four goals within the first period Sunday. It seemed as if Peters was off her game, and with Desbiens back into her usual groove, the balance now dramatically shifted in favor of Wisconsin. Once again, we saw the Badgers emerge thanks to two dominant players. Sarah Nurse, who would garner up her second hat trick of the season, led the scoring drive for Wisconsin. Right behind Nurse was Baylee Wellhausen, who tallied two of Wisconsin’s eight goals of the afternoon.On the other end of the ice, Desbiens silenced any naysayers, stopping 23 shots from entering her net and only allowing two goals that game.With an 8-2 win, the Badgers and Gophers walked away from this weekend at a stalemate, and won’t be able to figure out which team is the better until February. Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson was proud of how his team’s players handled themselves this weekend, especially his once-injured netminder.“[Desbiens] was good,” Johnson said. “She held us in there the first period, they had a couple flurries especially on their first power play and she made a couple real tight saves that kept them off the scoreboard, so I thought she was quite sharp having not played in a few weeks.”Women’s hockey: Badgers win battle of the reds, sweep CornellThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team dominated the Cornell University Big Red this weekend, beating the non-conference foe 3-0 Read…The Badgers remain in action this week as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Ohio State University Buckeyes next weekend. With two losses now on the books, Wisconsin will look to begin another win streak to prepare for the next Minnesota series in two months.last_img read more

Falz, Saka Thrill Fans at MTN/Arsenal Viewing Centres Â

first_imgFootball enthusiasts were entertained at viewing centres yesterday in Lagos and Ibadan, while watching the English Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC.The MTN, Arsenal partnership afforded excited fans an opportunity to interact with MTN Ambassadors,Falzthebahdguy and Saka.They were at O’jez Restaurant, Lagos and the WaterShed Centre, Ibadan respectively, and raffle draws were held and a number of gifts given to lucky winners. General Manager, Brand & Communications, MTN Nigeria, Richard Iweanoge, gave a sneak peek into what to expect going forward.“This is set to be an exhilarating season. In addition to surprising fans like this, we have planned a number of offers to keep our customers thrilled. Football lovers will be given the chance to participate in a fantasy football league, be granted access to exclusive Arsenal match chants, wallpapers and caller tunes, and some lucky fans will also win all expense paid trips!’“Football is like air to many Nigerians. Through this initiative, we will continue to reward their passion for the game,’ concludes the MTN executive.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

DATA.BET’s Tetyana Pshevlotska: Gearing up for ICE’s largest esports tournament

first_img Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Share Related Articles BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon DATA.BET will mark its official launch at this week’s ICE London by supplying the official data for a $250,000 CS:GO tournament played out at the ExCeL, produced in partnership with GG.Bet and streamed to an online global audience in excess of five million.We caught up with DATA.BET’s Chief Business Development Officer Tetyana Pshevlotska (pictured above) for more on the launch and the thinking behind the on-site tournament, as well as her plans for increasing the company’s data coverage to match the pace of growth for the global esports market.SBC: First up, congratulations on the launch last week. Can you give us a bit of background as to what it is you do? TP: Thank you! After some fantastic work from our team, we’re delighted to go live in time for ICE. As a team of dedicated esports fans, launching DATA.BET has been a dream come true. DATA.BET is an esports data solutions provider; which means we offer operators (and others) live data for esports tournaments, as well as products and services based on this provision of data. The fascinating thing about our niche vertical is its unique audience. We’re dealing with a very different community when it comes to viewership and community support, so authenticity is absolutely crucial – we take our role very seriously as one of the leading providers to prevent abusive behaviour and improperly set odds. Alongside, we also offer managed trading services via our in-house team which covers the full spectrum of the esports market, as well as our main showpiece: our proprietary plug-in sportsbook. Designed to be integrated alongside our partner’s existing sportsbook operations and with seamless wallet integration, we give our partners complete control over their brand, customer management and operations – as well as offering unparalleled odds and risk management. SBC: This year’s ICE Esports tournament is set to be the largest the industry has seen; what’s the thinking behind it?TP: This is the second year we’re helping organise ICE’s esports tournament, as the last year was under the umbrella of the GG.BET brand that we are part of. A year on, and we’re seeing esports picking up at an exponential pace, so it made perfect sense to expand the tournament to reflect its massive growth. In terms of size, we’ve doubled the number of teams and also significantly increased the prize pool to keep the momentum going. Given last year’s interest at ICE for a smaller scale tournament, I can’t wait to see how much excitement is going to come around this year; esports has fantastic potential for the entire gaming industry – and we’re delighted to be propelling it into the centre of conversation. SBC: Can you give us a rundown of the teams? TP: In the spirit of ICE’s landmark positioning in the industry, we’ve invited eight world-class CS:GO (Counter Strike: General Ops) teams to take part: Virtus.pro, Heroic, Natus Vincere, ENCE, GODSENT, mousesports, MAD Lions and OG. As serious esports fans ourselves, we’re delighted to have them aboard. They’re going to be a great calling card for what’s possible with esports, and we’re looking forward to an action-packed few days! SBC: Looking to the future; how big do you predict the esports market to be? TP: The global esports market is growing at an astonishingly fast rate. So much so that it’s even outpacing our expectations! 2019 saw a viewership of more than half a billion individuals, as well as generating revenue in excess of $1.1 billion – which is unprecedented in terms of growth. Betting on esports is also getting in on the action, and fast – even the most conservative estimates expect total wagers to reach $12bn by the close of 2020. The speed at which it’s happening is creating untold opportunities for stakeholders – and we’re in for an exciting ride over the next decade. SBC: What is your message to operators looking to add esports to their offering? What are they missing out on? TP: Just like with anything new – there are plenty of advantages; but also challenges. There’s no question that esports offers fantastic benefits for those operators who get in fast. However, it’s also unique in that comprehensive expertise is required to integrate it into existing sportsbook operations, especially when it comes to offering profitable trading lines. We’ve put a significant portion of our resources into ensuring we can tailor our offering with surgical precision for each of our operator partners, as well as adjusting our delivery to those new to esports and the ones already offering betting with a significant amount of experience. SBC: Where does Data.Bet plan to be this time next year? TP: We want to grow as fast as the industry! I’m incredibly excited about our potential – and at this point, we have a fantastic open range to develop a vertical still in its relative infancy. By this time next year, I want to see us expanding our live coverage services, time to market and of course – see us learning our lessons from deploying our latest products and adapting them to each market.last_img read more

Munyai stops Quartey for WBA Pan African title

first_imgWBA Pan African junior featherweight champion Tshifhiwa Munyai retained his title when he stopped Emmanuel Quartey of Ghana on a controversial ninth round stoppage at the Katikati Hall in Cathcart, Eastern Cape on Saturday.The shorter Quartey 14-2; 14 attacked from the opening bell and dropped Munyai in the fourth round but referee Wally Snowball missed the punch and ruled it as a slip.Munyai arose on rubbery legs and was sent down again with an uppercut and just managed to beat the count. The Ghanaian continued to apply pressure but Munyai weathered the storm and began to fight back.The South African staggered Quartey with a big right hand to the head in the sixth round and picked up the pace through rounds seven and eight. In the ninth round after backing his opponent up against the ropes and landing a flurry of punches the referee waved the fight off. The Ghanaian’s corner complained bitterly about the stoppage which they felt was premature.In a poor contest Bongani Silila stopped the number three ranked challenger Loyiso Dayamani in the fourth round to retain his SA junior flyweight title. The fight was a scrappy and ugly affair as Dayamani held and wrestledthroughout and had a point deducted by the referee.The southpaw Silila who was making the first defence of his title improved his record to 12-3-2; 8 and Dayimani’s reported record dropped to 3-9-3; 1.The tournament was presented by Mamali Promotions.last_img read more