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Paris 2024: UK Sport funding decisions signals shift towards greater diversity and winning ‘the right way’

Paris 2024: UK Sport funding decisions signals shift towards greater diversity and winning ‘the right way’

Sports
UK Sport decisions on funding for Paris 2024 signal a move towards greater diversity and winning "the right way", says chair Dame Katherine Grainger. British sports will receive £352m for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, split across 43 sports.New additions like surfing and skateboarding have been funded while some traditional sports have seen their budgets reduced."It is a really important and exciting moment," Grainger told BBC Sport."There are two key things - broader diversity and broader engagement and that winning is still important but how we win is equally crucial to everyone in the system."Everyone is on board to make sure that we win in the right way and that it isn't just a nice tagline to have."This isn't just a phase it is an evolution of the system and the how [we w...
Stroke consultant shortage ‘hurtling towards crisis’

Stroke consultant shortage ‘hurtling towards crisis’

Health
Almost half of hospitals have a shortage of specialist stroke consultants, new figures suggest. One charity fears "thousands of lives" will be put at risk unless action is taken, with others facing the threat of a lifelong disability.In 2016, Alison Brown had what is believed to have been at least one minor stroke.But non-specialist doctors at different hospitals repeatedly told her she did not have a serious health condition. One even described it as an ear infection."I kept telling my dad, 'If I don't wake up, I love you,' because I knew there was something wrong," she tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, having left hospital in a wheelchair.Ten months later, aged 34, she had a bilateral artery dissection - a common c...
Rescue hopes fade as Thomas Cook slides towards collapse

Rescue hopes fade as Thomas Cook slides towards collapse

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor Thomas Cook, Britain's oldest travel agent, was close to collapsing on Sunday night as last-ditch rescue talks looked like ending in catastrophic failure.Sky News has learnt that the company's creditors and the government are anticipating an announcement on Monday morning that the 178-year-old business had ceased trading - with a new Whitehall taskforce set up to address the crisis. A final decision by Thomas Cook Group's directors to appoint insolvency practitioners is expected to be taken in the early hours of Monday "barring a last-minute miracle", they added.Insiders told Sky News that the Official Receiver was expected to be involved in any insolvency process, with KPMG, the big four accountancy firm, ...
Ashes 2019: Joe Root says England must build towards Ashes in Australia

Ashes 2019: Joe Root says England must build towards Ashes in Australia

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Men's Ashes: England v Australia, fifth Specsavers TestVenue: The Oval Dates: 12-16 September Start time: 11:00 BSTBBC coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Radio 4 LW, BBC Sport website & app; in-play clips and live text commentary on BBC Sport website & appCaptain Joe Root says England must build towards winning the Ashes in Australia in 2021-22 after failing to regain the urn this summer. England are 2-1 down and cannot take the Ashes back from the holders even if they win the f...
Social care: Homeowners urged to pay £30,000 towards care by downsizing

Social care: Homeowners urged to pay £30,000 towards care by downsizing

Health
Wealthier homeowners should be asked to make a voluntary payment of up to £30,000 for their care needs in old age, a new report argues.The Centre for Policy Studies proposes a system in which everyone receives a state-funded weekly care payment.Those able to downsize or release equity from their homes would also be encouraged to contribute more to plug the current funding gap. But critics say it would not be enough to address the £7bn shortfall. Former work and pensions secretary Damian Green, the report's author, told the BBC that if "just a sliver" of the equity tied up in property could be released, it would inject substantial amounts of funding. Call for new tax to fund the NHS NHS care funding a 'postcode lottery' Attempts by successive governments t...