Sugar tax in hospitals, match-fixing alleged in tennis, and Homebase sold

Sugar: drinks and snacks to be taxed in hospitals
Sugar: drinks and snacks to be taxed in hospitals

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NHS chief to introduce sugar tax in hospitals

The NHS plans to impose its own sugar tax in hospitals, the service’s boss Simon Stevens has told The Guardian.

Hospitals across England will start charging more for high-sugar drinks and snacks sold in their cafes and vending machines in an effort to discourage staff, patients and visitors from buying them, the NHS England chief executive said.

In an interview to mark a major new series on the NHS in the newspaper, Stevens pledged to introduce a sugar tax in hundreds of acute, mental health and community services hospitals by 2020 and every local health centre.

Source: The Guardian

Report alleges widespread match-fixing in tennis

Tennis is facing allegations of corruption as the Australian Open starts, with a joint investigation by Buzzfeed and the BBC claiming there are secret files exposing evidence of widespread match-fixing in the sport.

The files relate to a 2008 investigation, which implicated 28 players in suspected fixing. No action was taken, according to Nigel Willerton, the head of the Tennis Integrity Unit set up in the wake of the probe, on the advice of lawyers who said a new integrity code could not be enforced retrospectively.

The Buzzfeed/BBC investigation claimed that the names of more than 70 players appear on nine leaked lists of suspected fixers who have been flagged to the tennis authorities over the past decade without being sanctioned.

Source: Buzzfeed and BBC

Argos owner in £340m Homebase sale

Home Retail Group is to sell Homebase for £340m to an Australian retail giant, Wesfarmers, with a handover planned this spring.

The company, which also owns Argos, said its executive board had unanimously agreed to the sale, which will see 250 of Homebases's DIY stores handed to Perth-based Wesfarmers.

The sale effectively clears the way for Sainsbury's to make a fresh bid for Argos, after its earlier attempts to buy Home Retail Group for more than £1bn - with plans to eventually spin off Homebase - were rejected.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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