In July 1984, the famous author and runner Jim Fixx died of a heart attack while running. One lesson from his death: just because you run does not mean you are safe from heart problems.
Thirty-five years later, Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray is repeating that message. "Being fit and being healthy aren't the same things," he says.
McGillivray, a lifelong runner, should know. Six months ago, he had heart surgery after suffering chest pain and shortness of breath while running.
McGillivray's family had a long history of heart problems. "I honestly thought that through exercise, cholesterol-lowering medicine, good sleep and the right diet, I'd be fine," he says. "But you can't run away from your genetics."
Aerobic exercise such as running, walking, cycling and swimming is known to reduce the risk of many health problems. But new research is questioning the value of "extreme exercise."
In a study published in December, researchers in Spain found information suggesting that full marathons, such as the famous Boston marathon, might injure the heart.
Dr. Kevin Harris is a cardiologist. He notes that running is a good activity, but the act of running "doesn't make you invincible." Harris adds that people who have a family history of heart problems should talk with their health care provider before running a marathon. "Especially," he added, "men who are older than 40 and those people who have symptoms they're concerned about."
The Spanish researchers, led by Dr. Juan Del Coso, found that only about one in 50,000 marathoners suffers cardiac arrest, a medical term for when the heart stops beating. But, a high number of cardiac events that are caused by exercise happen during marathons.
The Boston Marathon, and many other major races, place defibrillators along the race course. Defibrillators are devices that use electricity to shock the heart.
McGillivray says his doctor allowed him to race in the upcoming Boston Marathon. He has competed in it every year for 47 years. "My new mission," he says, "is to create awareness: If you feel something, do something… You might not get a second chance."
I'm John Russell.
William J. Kole reported on this story for Reuters. John Russell adapted it for Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.
Words in This Story
surgery – n. medical treatment in which a doctor cuts into someone's body in order to repair or remove damaged or diseased parts
symptom – n. a change in the body or mind which indicates that a disease is present
invincible – adj. impossible to defeat or overcome
cardiac event – n. medical – events that cause damage to the heart muscle
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VOA60: April 12, 2019
The English We Speak
Laughing all the way to the bank
EPISODE 190408 / 08 APR 2019
What makes you laugh? Does earning lots of money very easily bring a smile to your face?
Well, it certainly has for Rob. Find out a funny English phrase that describes his situation in this episode of The English We Speak.
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei.
And hello, I'm Rob.
Something funny, Rob?
Not really… Well, yes actually. I've had some luck.
Tell me more.
Well, I bought loads of shares in that new chain of burger restaurants and guess what?
You've got a free burger?
No, Feifei – the price of the shares has risen and I've doubled my money. I'm laughing all the way to the bank! For the first time in my life I'm rich!
Calm down, Rob! I think you'd get some strange looks if you went to the bank laughing – the bank has all your money - there's nothing to laugh about.
Seriously, Feifei! If I 'laugh all the way to the bank', it just means I have made lots of money very easily.
Let's hear some more examples.
The florist laughed all the way to the bank when she signed a deal to supply all the hotels in the chain with flowers.
Since we bought it, the price of our house has greatly increased. So when we come to sell it, we'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
Now the two companies have merged, shareholders will be laughing all the way to the bank!
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we're looking at the funny phrase 'laughing all the way to the bank', which means 'to make lots of money very easily'. But, Rob, buying shares is no laughing matter.
Shares can go down in value as well as up – and I've just read that because someone got food poisoning at one of those burger restaurants, the share price has gone down.
Oh, so my get-rich-quick plan hasn't worked.
Can you cry all the way to the bank as well?
Cry all the way to the bank? Yes, I think you can – and I'm going to do that right now. I need to borrow some money. Bye.
I can lend you a fiver! Bye.
Carnival, concerts entertain crowd at Jokowi's largest rally in Jakarta
Breaking News April 14, 2019 02:17
By The Jakarta Post
Asia News Network
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo drew the curtain on his reelection campaign with a final rally at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (GBK) in Jakarta on Saturday, in the largest political event prior to voting next week.
Thousands of supporters, comprising members of the public, volunteers and members of political parties supporting the incumbent and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, gathered at the venue to express their support for the pair.
The event started with a carnival that set off from the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta and included a concert featuring hundreds of singers supporting the Jokowi-Ma’ruf ticket at the GBK. It wraps up a seven-month campaign season that began in September.
“We want this open rally to be the biggest election campaign in Indonesia,” campaign team chairman Erick Thohir said on Saturday. “Hundreds of thousands of people will attend this event.”
Supporters wearing white clothes took their seats on the benches and many were standing on the racetrack and soccer field of the stadium, which—if filled to its maximum capacity—can accommodate 143,000 people.
The carnival started at 12 p.m. with a parade representing the country’s 34 provinces moving along a 7-kilometer route from the National Monument to the thoroughfares of Jl. Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman before finally reaching the GBK.
A traditional mask dance performance was held outside the stadium.
“Jokowi wants the electoral contest to be full of joy,” Erick said. “A political event should not be so gloomy, and this carnival is a celebration of democracy.”
According to a statement from the campaign team, 200,000 people had flocked to the GBK before the concert started at 2 p.m.
The concert featured prominent musicians that have expressed their support for Jokowi, including legendary rock band Slank, composer Addie MS and singers Glenn Fredly, Sandi Sandoro, Krisdayanti, Once Mekel and Inul Daratista.
Slank guitarist Abdee Negara said the concert would bring together artists and performers from a diverse range of backgrounds.
“All of us will be united under the spirit of moving Indonesia forward,” he said.
Jokowi-Maruf campaign team secretary and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto said officials of political parties in the coalition had chosen to gather outside of the GBK to leave more room for the public.
“The GBK is the people’s podium, and we want to prioritize members of the public and volunteers to attend the campaign inside,” Hasto said.
Jokowi was set to address his supporters from the center stage of the stadium in the afternoon, before he and Ma’ruf would depart for the fifth election debate for a final face-off with rival Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno. The debate was scheduled to be held at Hotel Sultan at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Prabowo and Sandiaga had held their largest rally at the same stadium last week, albeit in arguably a different atmosphere, since the rival camp’s rally was marked with mass prayers, religious chanting and ubiquitous Islamic attire worn by the supporters.
Brother of Vietnam's richest man arrested for bribery
ASEAN+ April 14, 2019 02:16
Hanoi - The brother of Vietnam's richest man was arrested for allegedly bribing officials in a telecoms scandal, the security ministry said Saturday, a shocking development as the communist state widens its crackdown on corruption.
A conservative leadership that came to power in the one-party state in 2016 has carried out the sweeping campaign, going after high-rolling executives once thought to be untouchable in Vietnam, one of Asia's most corrupt countries.
Dozens have been jailed already, mostly from the country's lucrative finance and state-run oil sectors, sending a chill through business and political circles.
The latest ensnared in the anti-corruption drive is Pham Nhat Vu, the former chairman of a television company Audio Visual Global (AVG), whose brother has a net worth of $7.6 billion according to Forbes.
Vu is caught up in a scandal that erupted last year when the government started investigating state-run Mobifone telecommunications' attempted purchase of AVG.
While the deal did not go through, officials have said it would have caused $300 million in losses to state coffers.
Police have "decided to investigate, arrest and search the house of Vu ... who has been accused of providing bribes," said the Ministry of Public Security on Saturday.
The amount Vu is alleged to have paid in bribes was not reported.
Vu's older brother, Pham Nhat Vuong, is Vietnam's richest man and the head of VinGroup, the country's largest conglomerate with a portfolio that includes holiday resorts, luxury condominiums, shopping malls, convenience stores and supermarkets across the country.
Vuong's cradle-to-grave empire is also making Vietnam's first homegrown cars and smartphones and is the financial backer for the country's first Formula One race next year.
But the family keeps a very low public profile like other wealthy elites in the country who have kept their heads down amid the anti-corruption sweep.
Two of Mobifone's top executives were arrested last year for their role in the scandal, and high-ranking state officials, including two former communications ministers, have been caught in the crackdown as well for their involvement in the loss-making AVG deal.
Vietnam is among Asia's fastest-growing growing economies, but it has long been plagued by endemic corruption.
According to Transparency International, the country ranks 117 out of 180 countries on the corruption index, behind Thailand and the Philippines.
The anti-graft drive has been spearheaded by the longtime conservative apparatchik Nguyen Phu Trong, the communist party chief who last year also became president, consolidating two of the country's top roles to become Vietnam's most powerful man.
April 14, 2019