People in Spain are predicted to have the longest life expectancy in the world by 2040 – beating Japan into second place – and much of the reason is to do with the way they eat, according to the authors of the most comprehensive study of the global burden of disease. In the years to come, the biggest threats to our health and longevity will be obesity, high blood pressure and blood sugar, tobacco use and drinking alcohol, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, US, which has produced the forecasts. “Spain does really well in those,” said Dr Christopher Murray, director of the IHME at the University of Washington, “although tobacco is an area where they could be better. But current life expectancy is very good.” The Spanish, who are expected to have an average lifespan of 85.8 years, do particularly well in terms of diet, he said. Spain’s health ministry funded the Predimed study, the biggest investigation into … [Read more...] about Spain to beat Japan in world life expectancy league table for 2040
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England's star batsman Ben Stokes hailed Rory Burns and compared him to England great Alastair Cook as he forecast a long international future for the Surrey opening batsman.The 29-year-old Burns made a hundred in the opening Test of this year´s Ashes series and was one of England´s few successes during their recent series loss in New Zealand, with the left-hander averaging 61.33.England have struggled to field reliable top-order partnership since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012 and the problem only intensified when Cook, his successor as captain, called time on his Test career last year.But star all-rounder Stokes believes England are at least halfway to solving the problem now that Burns has started to consolidate his place in the side."We have found a gem in Rory Burns," Stokes told talkSPORT radio on Tuesday. "He is going to have a long future."He is similar to Alastair Cook in the way he operates, occupying the crease and looking to spend time out in the middle to score … [Read more...] about Stokes hails ‘gem’ Burns, compares to England great Alastair Cook
It appeared no small victory for Australia’s conservative Federal Government, when in 2017 UNESCO made the unexpected decision to exempt Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from its 'in danger' list. But, before the government could whet its increasing appetite for coal-fired power, it quickly became apparent that the world’s largest coral reef system was presently in the midst of its second consecutive year of severe coral bleaching. According to some estimates it would ultimately lose up to 50 percent of all total coral. A little over a year later and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has now all but sounded the death knell for global reef ecosystems should global warming reach an average of two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The report makes for grim reading, especially considering that in 2007 then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declared climate change "the great moral challenge of our generation". Skip forward to 2017 and Australia … [Read more...] about Great Barrier Reef: ‘Last-chance’ tourists flock to world wonder as coral disappears
The background radiation is still there, two decades later, from the infamous 1993 Whitney Biennial — the so-called multi-cultural, identity-politics, political, or just bad biennial. Establishment art history circa 1993 was a broken model, built on white men and Western civilization and certain ossified ideas about “greatness” and “genius.” New artists looking for new ways to speak to new audiences couldn’t get their voices heard or work seen. There had been artists fighting this fight before, but that 1993 show was the major crack in the façade. George Holliday’s 1991 ten-minute videotape of the Rodney King beating was included as an artwork, and one of the biennial’s admission buttons, designed by artist Daniel J. Martinez, famously read I CAN’T IMAGINE EVER WANTING TO BE WHITE. What followed was war: white-male critics gone wild. The Times’ Michael Kimmelman opined, “I hate the show,” blasting … [Read more...] about How Identity Politics Conquered the Art World
Walk past the endless rows of vegetables, past the dozens of stalls selling every possible part of a pig and, at the centre of Cao Lanh city's market, a woman is doing a brisk trade in selling rats for food. Two cages swarm with them on a table next to her. Live frogs are available too, and, on the floor near her stall is a box of sluggish snakes. Chickens and ducks cluck and quack nearby. A faint smell of urine thickens air that is already heavy from the previous night's rains. Rats are a staple source of meat in Vietnam, farmed and sold much like any other livestock. The stallholder butchers the animals to order. Reaching into the cage she will grab an animal by its tail, hit its head across a large stone, chop off its feet and head with a large pair of scissors, skin it, cut it into pieces and place everything into a small yellow plastic bag. Inevitably, the animal's blood ends up on her hands. Scores of people are selling and butchering live animals, breathing the same air and in … [Read more...] about A deadly disease could travel at jet speed around the world. How do we stop it in time?