This Week – Edition 67

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Tom Harvey takes us on a whistle-stop tour of five interesting articles observed by team Haelo this week (commencing 22nd June 2015).

1. Make work healthier! This is the call from chiefs at the health watchdog NICE. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence estimate that work-related illness costs society £13bn a year. The guidelines are aimed at promoting a healthier and happier workplace and increasing productivity of staff. NICE are encouraging employers to give staff reasonable and flexible hours and ensure that they take regular breaks. It’s estimated that 27 million days were lost to illness across England, Scotland and Wales in 2012 and 2013.

2. A group of schoolchildren in Essex have come up with an ingenious idea for a condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with an STI. The cleverly named ‘S.T.EYE’ is a concept formed by pupils at Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford. The designers Daanyaal, Muaz and Chirag, all aged between 13 and 14 have won the TeenTech award for best health innovation, bagging themselves £1,000 and a trip to Buckingham Palace in the process.

There’s no doubt that idea itself is great; anything that will contribute towards improving sexual health must be applauded. However, imagining the ‘S.T.EYE’ working in the real world is a different story, people’s reactions to a change of colour will be unpredictable and it could trigger not only accusations but also abuse. For now at least, it will remain a nothing more than a con-cept.

3. “I’m off to play football Dad” used to mean that you were going outdoors onto real grass, to kick a leather ball with actual living and breathing friends who were there, in the flesh! Sadly, it’s becoming all the more normal that this can actually mean you’re off into the darkened confines of your bedroom to play FIFA 15 on your overheating games console with virtual ‘friends’; people that only exist over your headset. Don’t get me wrong, I love the odd game of FIFA now and then and there’s nothing wrong with that, but a recent study has shown that one in four young people consider playing on their games console a form of exercise.

The national charity Youth Sports Trust surveyed 1,000 children between ages five and 16 and have warned that young people risk becoming ‘hostages to handheld devices’. Don’t believe them? Walk down your local high street and observe the amount of people on their phones, if you’re reading this on your phone… watch out!

4. It’s a miracle! A young mother and her one-year-old son have survived a plane crash in the Choco province of western Columbia. It took rescuers two days to locate the wreckage of the small Cessna plane which had gone down over dense jungle carrying fish and coconuts. The pilot, Carlos Mario Ceballos was killed in the accident but there was initially no sign of the other two on board, Maria Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier.

Rescuers noticed that the cabin door was ajar, suggesting it may have been opened from the inside. Continuing their search, rescuers found traces of the missing woman and her baby which included a flip-flop and birth certificate. The Colombian Air Force flew over the crash sight and used a loudspeaker to sound that Ms Murillo should return to the crash sight. She was eventually found on the banks of a river with only minor injuries along with her son who was in good health, just 500m from the crash sight.

5. And finally… a brilliant and hilarious example of a corporate video (below). Just take my word for it.

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