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What it’s like to train with England Sevens

first_img Collapse Insight: England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell demonstrates a weights move (John Marsh) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand England captain Tom Mitchell: “The enjoyment of sevens drives itself” What it’s like to train with England SevensThink you’ve got what it takes to make it in international sevens? Nope, neither did we. But the chance to train alongside HSBC World Sevens Series all-time record try scorer Dan Norton, England captain Tom Mitchell and rising star Ethan Waddleton – as well as a bunch of apprehensive journalists – at Twickenham was too good an opportunity to turn down. Besides, at just seven minutes a half, how fit do you need to be?Play to the beepThe answer – I discover as we step out onto the Twickenham turf – wouldn’t take long to find out. First up is the infamous ‘yo-yo test’. “Remember the bleep test?” asks 28-year-old Mitchell, with a mischievous smile breaking across his face. “Well, this is our version.”Running along the touchline are a series of cones set up 20 metres apart. The goal is to jog out to the cone and back, rest for ten seconds, then go again, all timed to beeps that get progressively closer together. The problem is that this jog quickly turns into a dash, then a sprint, then a form of relentless respiratory torture.Running man: Sam Rider (centre) takes part in the yo-yo test at Twickenham (John Marsh)“We perform the yo-yo test two to three times a season to test our fitness,” explains Norton, now 30, a yo-yo veteran with 372 World Series matches, 287 tries, a Commonwealth Games bronze and Olympic silver medal under his belt. England’s players are expected to hit level 19 as a bare minimum. I tap out at level 17 – my chest swelling with pride at my achievement, or is that heart failure?!“You did pretty well,” acknowledges Norton. “Elite, we say, is level 19. We want everyone above 19. That’s a good gauge of fitness. From there we’ve got players getting to level 20 and 21 but it starts to become a slippery slope after 19 – you’re just holding on for dear life.”Short circuitHaving emptied the tank on the yo-yo test in a vain attempt to impress the England selectors – I’m sure they’re watching – my heart sinks when I realise it’s only one fitness test down, two to go before the reward of lunch.With my legs rapidly turning to jelly I follow the players and similarly jaded journalists back inside Twickenham, past walls emblazoned with red painted words of inspiration – SPORTSMANSHIP, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, DISCIPLINE, ENJOYMENT – to England’s state-of-the-art gym.Push to the limit: Sam Rider gets stuck into the fitness circuit (John Marsh)Imbued with renewed resolve I take a deep breath in preparation of what’s coming. On one side squat racks, Olympic lifting platforms, anti-gravity treadmills, pneumatic training machinery and futuristic rehabilitation apparatus line the gym. On the other, artificial green turf runs the length of the room, scattered with dumb-bells, medicine balls, battle ropes and weighted sleds. In other words, we’ve stepped between a rock and a hard place.Battle readyEthan Waddleton shows us the ropes, demonstrating the power endurance circuit we’re about to tackle. At 21, he’s one of the new kids on the block in this England team in transition, having been spotted on a talent ID weekend not dissimilar to the one we’re being subjected to. On these open days, aspiring sevens players are put through a series of fitness tests to see if they’ve got the physical potential to make the grade.“Endurance is one of the main things coaches are looking for,” says Waddleton, a relative newbie in the squad, despite already amassing 78 appearances on the World Series.“The game involves so much running and it’s such a high demand on your body,” he says. “You obviously need to have good skills to play because in 15s you’re only passing the ball three metres but in sevens you’ve got to throw a massive ten-metre pass while running flat out. You’ve got to be able to play when you’re hanging, when you’re gassed and your lungs are burning.”MORE ON ENGLAND SEVENS CAPTAIN TOM MITCHELL: Having thoroughly earned our post-workout recovery meal, the players agree to cut our final fitness test short. All we have to do is a one minute “blast” on the Wattbike – a sophisticated exercise bike that measures power output as well as distance and speed.“When you’re recovering from an injury the Wattbike becomes your friend,” says Mitchell, clearly revelling in the drill instructor role. “It’s a pretty crap friend because sessions on the bike can be brutal – but it’s worthwhile to get back to the level you need for international sevens and, like a lot of our training, this is a mental battle too. When you think you’ve had enough, try to push through.”Mentally, I’m fried within 20 seconds and the blood in my thighs feels like it’s turning to concrete. I grind out a few more revolutions before slumping over the handlebars and acknowledge the peak power I’ve mustered of 785W wouldn’t come close to the numbers Mitchell & Co would post.Pedal power: Dan Norton gives advice during the Wattbike session (John Marsh)One might ask what a static bike has to do with preparing you for the demands of international sevens, but the Wattbike is a prime example of how the sport has embraced cutting edge thinking in sports science.“Sevens has always been experimental and pioneering,” explains Mitchell, pointing to the use of GPS for monitoring performance, concentrated beetroot shots for recovery and foil-lined suits to maintain optimum temperature before kick-off.“Everyone uses GPS now but sevens is where it was first tested. Now every morning we have our heart-rate variability monitored, which helps predict if we’re getting ill or susceptible to injury.”Attitudes towards mental health and the psychological demands of the game are also starting to change, acknowledges Norton.“One of the biggest things I’ve learnt over my career is how important it is to mentally recover between matches. I’ve learnt how to use music to mentally switch on and off. It’s vital to conserve energy. You can’t stay hyped from 10am until 6pm across a tournament – you’ll just burn out.”Witness the fitnessThirty minutes, one hot shower and two-and-a-half jerk chicken wraps later I’m beginning to feel slightly more human, as I reflect on the day’s eye-opening experience.Today was simply a snapshot of the power endurance and stamina required for the game, forgetting that players have to dodge or derail opponents charging at them like runaway trains throughout a tournament weekend.Centred: The journalists work on their core (John Marsh)The physical demands are frightening. According to one study on the game published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, players typically record above 80% of their maximal heart rate for threequarters of a match and above 90% for almost 40% of a game.Across a World Series weekend players can expect to repeat that six times. Norton’s 33-year-old team-mate James Rodwell holds the record for consecutive tournaments with a mind-boggling 69 in a row. “I’m lucky, I’m quite robust too,” says Norton. “But mainly because I like to stay away from contact.”Are you not entertained? Sevens players battle extreme physical fatigue, not to mention withstanding multiple impacts, mental pressure and, given the sport is renowned for chasing the sun around the globe, blistering heat.Just spare a thought for the men and women providing the entertainment on the pitch next time you’re revelling in the stands, refreshing beverage in hand.Fast show: Dan Norton breaks to score in Singapore (Getty Images)“Today was just a taste of the kind of training we would normally do in a week,” Norton later explains. “It was seven hours condensed down into an hour and a half. But it was a good shot in the arm for what it’s like to be a sevens player.”Seven hours? A day? And I’m spent after just 90 minutes. With that, I realise, I might be the same age as Dan Norton, but I’m definitely getting too old for this. A week in the life of England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell tells Sam Rider… BEING BACK is more than just a relief… England captain Tom Mitchell: “The enjoyment of sevens drives itself” How tough is elite international rugby sevens? Sam Rider found out the hard way as England Sevens stars put him to the test at Twickenham A week in the life of England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell Just five minutes into the circuits and I’m starting to know the feeling. The thought of throwing anything ten metres, bar my breakfast, is a pipe dream. Spotting the opportunity for a strategic timeout I ask Waddleton for tips for aspiring sevens players – even those, like me, on the wrong side of 30.“My best advice is to play as many sevens tournaments as you can,” he says, having risen through the ranks at Ipswich and Colchester, then the academies of Northampton Saints and Saracens before signing for England Sevens in 2015.“Sevens is such a different game to 15s and you only get better by playing it. Plus you’ll meet amazing people. It’s like rugby networking. That’s what I did at the backend of school. I played at Maidenhead, the Floodlit Sevens at Rosslyn Park and loads more before I got my break.”Power hungry This year’s HSBC London Sevens takes place at Twickenham from 2-3 June. To be part of it, ticket information can be found here. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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4 undeniable reasons to travel in 2017

first_img Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGStravel Previous articleWheatley’s poems inspired a generationNext articleCitizens Commission for Children helps families Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Research, anticipation, and planning can be as fun as the vacationDo you dream of getting away from the stress of your everyday life? Are you looking for a way to reconnect with loved ones? Do the winter blues have you dreaming of warm sunny days?Sounds like you’re in need of a vacation.Planning a vacation gives you something to look forward to in the new year. What’s more, studies show planning a vacation is one the best parts of the travel experience. It can boost your mood for weeks leading up to the big trip.From researching exciting destinations, booking accommodations and counting down the days until you leave, travel can get your 2017 off to the right start. Here are four tips to make the trip perfect:Get away to disconnect: When planning a vacation, select a location where you can truly disconnect from your job and home responsibilities. For example, with 60 miles of coastline open for relaxation and fun, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is an easy drive or flight from virtually anywhere in the United States. Once you arrive, make sure your out-of-office email is set and resist the urge to check social media. Now’s the time to focus on you and your loved ones.Get away to reconnect: AAA reports two out of three people say quality time with loved ones is the most important part of a vacation. In addition to selecting a great location, strive to find comfortable and convenient accommodations. Condotels, multi-bedroom hotel units and beach homes, are all wonderful options to bring your family and friends closer together. Plus, the extra amenities (like full kitchens) are sure to make your stay that much more relaxing.Get away to build memories: A whopping 91 percent of people say their favorite memory is a vacation, according to Expedia.com research. To set the stage for massive memory-making, select a location with something for everyone. There’s more than just the gorgeous shoreline at Myrtle Beach. Feel like a mermaid when you visit Ripley’s Aquarium. Learn the wonders of science and the imagination at WonderWorks. Travel back in history by exploring Hopsewee Plantation and LW Paul Living History Farm. Finally, indulge the palate by visiting a variety of eateries along Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. Learn more at VisitMyrtleBeach.com.Get away to try something new: Trying an activity you’ve never done before is guaranteed to give you and your family memories to last a lifetime. Do some research about the destination you’ve selected and sign up for activities in advance to ensure you get the most convenient times. Whether it’s crabbing off a pier, kayaking pristine back-rivers or taking a hot air balloon ride, doing a unique activity is something you’ll always remember (plus you’ll get a story that is sure to make everyone jealous back home).Stop dreaming and start planning — that unused PTO is full of possibilities. Let these ideas guide you to the vacation of a lifetime.And one more thing; take the stress out of planning the vacation by using a professional travel agent. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Aviva Premiership Wrap Up – Round 14

first_imgWednesday Feb 13, 2013 Aviva Premiership Wrap Up – Round 14 Quick highlights from Round 14 of the Aviva PremiershipADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Banfield House / Fabrizio Pugliese

first_img Banfield House / Fabrizio Pugliese Copy•Argentina Manufacturers: Weber, FV Ferrum, Microcolor, Petrilac, Piazza “COPY” Design Team:Julieta Lettieri, Floriana ChabConstruction:Atenea ConstruccionesLandscape:Andrea MaldonadoCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico kulekdjianRecommended ProductsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. The house is located within the first ring of the conurbation, in the town of Banfield, Lomas de Zamora (one of the five districts with the highest population density in the Buenos Aires Conurbation). Nevertheless, the intervention takes place in a low- density residential area with a landscape that is commonly seen in the outskirts of the city.Save this picture!© Federico kulekdjianSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Federico kulekdjianThe request arises with the aim of restructuring the typology in order to improve its living conditions and readapting  it to its inhabitants’ needs (a couple with two daughters, two jobs, two cars and several visits from friends).Save this picture!© Federico kulekdjianSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Federico kulekdjianSaid house is a small chalet compacted in the ground floor, closely related to the suburbanization process, with several reforms over time, with no clear strategy and negative livability consequences. Some of them being the lack of natural lighting, a bedroom without ventilation/air circulation, a single and small bathroom, the lack of a place with shade, the movement between the bedrooms and the public area overlapped, among other constructive pathologies.Save this picture!© Federico kulekdjianSave this picture!Save this picture!© Federico kulekdjianThe proposal focuses on preserving the resistant exterior walls (30cm thick) and emptying the interior, getting rid of all the partition walls and suspended ceilings in order to take advantage of the available height that was hidden. Once the space was empty, a wooden device was used to fit the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, closets and a mezzanine in the same architectural piece. This piece extends 2 meters outside the pre-existing limits of the house and a concrete slab with a roof garden  is added so as to generate a gallery towards the back. The second operation was a break in the roof so as to allow sunlight to enter and let the hot air out during summer.Save this picture!© Federico kulekdjianProject gallerySee allShow less1399 Park Avenue Apartments / Hill West ArchitectsSelected ProjectsPacheco Leão AL Residence / Ateliê de ArquiteturaSelected Projects Share Photographs Lead Architect: Projects Area:  90 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Argentina Architects: Fabrizio Pugliese Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” 2020 Year:  Houses Photographs:  Federico kulekdjian Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Fabrizio Pugliese ArchDaily Banfield House / Fabrizio PuglieseSave this projectSaveBanfield House / Fabrizio Pugliese Save this picture!© Federico kulekdjian+ 21Curated by Clara Ott Share CopyAbout this officeFabrizio PuglieseOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookArgentinaPublished on April 21, 2020Cite: “Banfield House / Fabrizio Pugliese” [Casa Banfield / Fabrizio Pugliese] 21 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937349/banfield-house-fabrizio-pugliese Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937349/banfield-house-fabrizio-pugliese Clipboardlast_img read more

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EasyJet campaign raises £606,000 for Anthony Nolan Trust

first_imgEasyJet campaign raises £606,000 for Anthony Nolan Trust Tagged with: corporate Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  40 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis EasyJet passengers have this year donated £606,000 in loose change to leukaemia charity the Anthony Nolan Trust. This brings the campaign’s total to £1,906,000 over the three years of the airline’s partnership with the charity.The funds will be used to recruit more than 5,000 urgently needed bone marrow donors to registers across Europe.Each August and September of the last three years, easyJet cabin crew have collected charity donations in the form of passengers’ loose change on all European flights.www.anthonynolan.org.uk Howard Lake | 26 October 2008 | Newslast_img read more

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The Emcees recognise successful arts and culture fundraisers

first_img  161 total views,  3 views today Photo: © Anatoleya 2017  Tagged with: arts Awards Management Centre AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 The Emcees recognise successful arts and culture fundraisers Best Corporate Partnership• Youth Music & Cambridge Audio – SE1 in-ear headphones Campaign  162 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Howard Lake | 9 May 2017 | News Judging panelThe winners were chosen by a panel of judges comprising:• Bernard Ross, =mc and National Arts Fundraising School Founder-Director;• Anamaria Wills, Cultural & Creative Consultant at Evans Wills Partnership;• Howard Lake, Director of Fundraising UK;• Miranda Rowlands, SHARED Enterprise Project Officer with Norfolk Museums Service• Ian Tabbron, NAFS Alumnus.Speaking at the awards, =mc Director, Bernard Ross said: “What all the winners had in common, was a strong underlying strategy in their campaigns, a donor-centred approach coupled with some truly aspirational innovation and creative spirit in the way in which they carried out their work We are delighted to be recognising these organisations and individuals, who are representing excellence in art fundraising”.WinnersThe 2017 winners are:The Richmond Associates Award for Best Campaign over £100,000• Artichoke Trust – London’s Burning Best Individual Giving Campaign• The Courtyard Centre for the Arts – I HEART CY About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Award for Innovation (joint winners)• LAMDA – The Virtual Conservatoire• Tron Theatre – Pay It ForwardVicky Kelsall (LAMDA) and Helen Protheroe (TRON Theatre) accept their Emcees awards from Bernard Ross. Photo: © Anatoleya 2017 The National Arts Fundraising School Award for Outstanding Achievement• Emma Goad, Director, Blue Canary FundraisingEmma Goad receives her Emcees award from Ian Tabbron. Photo: (c) 2017 AnatolyeaAfter a truly successful event once again, the Emcees will no doubt be taking place in 2018. If you want to nominate in next year’s awards, make sure you’re on our mailing list – visit www.nationalartsfundraisingschool.com to sign up.The Emcees were sponsored by:• Pro Active Resolutions• UXB London• Richmond Associates• Brown Creative Eight arts and culture organisations from across the UK have been announced as the winners of the 2017 Emcees Awards. The second annual Emcees Awards were established by fundraising and management consultancy The Management Centre and the National Arts Fundraising School to recognise excellence in arts and culture fundraising.The winners were announced last week at an event held at LAMDA’s brand new Sainsbury Theatre in West London, which opens to the public next month. There were selected from hundreds of nominations from which 19 entrants were shortlisted. The UXB London Award for Best use of Digital Channels in a Fundraising Campaign• The National Gallery – ‘Dutch Flowers’ & The Flower Council of Holland The Brown Creative Award for Best Campaign under £100,000• St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery – The Boldre Hoard Campaignlast_img read more

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NAT’L PUBLIC RADIO TAKES ON THE “FOOD BABE” AND HER FEAR-MONGERING…

first_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – Dec 15, 2014 National Public Radio considered both the accuracy and impact of the Food Babe in a recent post on its Salt blog, “Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out.” The results, based on conversations with a wide-array of respected experts, found her credibility with consumers far superior to the facts upon which she bases her opinions. In short, the Food Babe creates confusion and fear because she is herself confused. Her lack of scientific expertise leads to flawed assumptions. Yet, through clever marketing, she has a bullhorn that broadcasts her deluded diatribe and amplifies her alleged authority. The post notes that “when the Charlotte Observer asked her about such criticisms, Hari answered, ‘I’ve never claimed to be a nutritionist. I’m an investigator.’” While this response, similar to one given by Dr. Oz during testimony before Congress earlier this year, attempts to clarify her self-professed area of expertise, it does not sit well with the experts interviewed by NPR. “That lack of training often leads her to misinterpret peer-reviewed research and technical details about food chemistry, nutrition and health,” Kevin Folta, a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida and vocal online critic of Hari, explained to NPR. “She really conflates the science. If anything, she’s created more confusion about food, more confusion about the role of chemicals and additives.” The post clearly lays out a wide array of arguments against the Food Babe’s pseudoscience propaganda given by a variety of experts. “What she does is exploit the scientific ignorance and fear of her followers,” Kavin Senapathy, an anti-pseudoscience blogger who frequently challenges the assertions in Hari’s posts, explained to Salt. “And most of us are in agreement that we simply can’t accept that.” Kudos, NPR, for journalism that looked beyond the hype and found credible information consumers can use. The Food Babe may seem attractive on the surface, but her flawless façade conceals an ugly truth about how pretty packaging can trump solid science in our nation’s great food debate. Facebook Twitter Home News Feed NAT’L PUBLIC RADIO TAKES ON THE “FOOD BABE” AND HER FEAR-MONGERING TECHNIQUES NAT’L PUBLIC RADIO TAKES ON THE “FOOD BABE” AND HER FEAR-MONGERING TECHNIQUES Facebook Twitter Previous articleMore E-15 Would Boost Corn PricesNext articleSoy Checkoff Raising Awareness of Conditon of Locks and Dams Gary Truitt SHARElast_img read more

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Russian daily ordered to pay disproportionate damages

first_img News May 22, 2018 – Updated on May 23, 2018 Russian daily ordered to pay disproportionate damages “It is hard to believe in the fairness of proceedings from which reporters were barred, and in the impartiality of a judge who ignores the defence’s arguments although the reporting covered the activities of a very influential person,” RSF said. “These disproportionate damages awards are designed solely to deter journalists from doing investigative reporting on subjects that are in the public interest. They must be overturned on appeal.” RussiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression May 21, 2021 Find out more At Litvinenko’s request, the case was heard behind closed doors on the pretext of protecting his privacy. After the court issued its decision, the newspaper’s lawyers accused the judge of taking no account of their arguments. Delovoy Peterburg and Transparency International say they plan to appeal and are ready to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the disproportionate damages that the Saint Petersburg daily Delovoy Peterburg and three of its journalists have been ordered to pay to a university academic close to President Vladimir Putin, and the secretive way the case was heard. June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Created in 1993, Delovoy Peterburg is one of the leading newspapers in the Saint Petersburg region. After changing hands several times, it has been owned by the oligarch Grigori Beryozkin since December 2017. Shortly after Beryozkin bought it, several former regional officials were appointed to key positions in the newspaper, while its editor, Maxim Vasyukov, resigned in January 2018. Litvinenko is known as Russia’s richest university rector and has even appeared in Forbes magazine’s latest rankings of the world’s richest billionaires. He oversaw Putin’s university dissertation in the 1990s and has run Putin’s Saint Petersburg campaign for every presidential election since 2000. May 5, 2021 Find out more News News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Delovoy Peterburg published its series of articles about the Mining University’s alleged misuse of state funding in November 2016, while Transparency International published its report a month later. Litvinenko nonetheless waited until September 2017 to file his suit seeking a total of 65 million roubles in damages, including 30 million (400,000 euros) from Delovoy Peterburg. Receive email alerts Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index to go further Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Russia On 15 May, a court in the Saint Petersburg district of Vasilyevsky Island ordered the newspaper to pay 4 million roubles (55,000 euros) in damages to Vladimir Litvinenko, the rector of Saint Petersburg Mining University, who brought a libel suit over reports about the university’s alleged misuse of state funding for the benefit of persons close to him. President of Russia Vladimir Putin and rector of Saint Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko. Credit: Kremlin.ru Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News The reporters who wrote the offending articles, Nadezhda Fedorova, Irina Pankratova and Natalya Kovtun, were ordered to pay an additional 1 million roubles (13,000 euros) while Transparency International’s Russia section, which also published a report on the same subject, was ordered to pay 5 million roubles. Organisation Читать на русском / Read in Russianlast_img read more

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Imprisoned journalist pays tribute to colleague held in same jail

first_img Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News RSF_en News to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia center_img January 22, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned journalist pays tribute to colleague held in same jail June 4, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation News News At a hearing today, a prosecutor requested a six-year jail term for Seymour Khazi, one of the opposition newspaper Azadlig’s most famous reporters, who has been held since late August on a trumped-up charge of “aggravated hooliganism.” In the following letter, he pays tribute to Azerbaijan’s leading independent journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, who is being held in a cell just a few metres from his in Khurdakhani prison on equally spurious charges. She was recently given 24 hours in solitary for smuggling a letter out to the media.“I am feeling OK in the prison. I have no complaints about my health and general mood. There is nothing different besides that I miss my friends and relatives. I think about what is going around and read much. I wouldn’t like to waste my time. I don’t know how much time I will have to spend here, so I don’t want to lose this time completely. My advice to the youth in freedom is that they should not waste their time no matter what conditions you have to face. Occasionally, I get some newspapers. Recently, in one of those newspapers I read the letter Khadija Ismayilova wrote from prison and I was impressed. Maybe the very first reason is that we are very close here distance wise. Here, in Kurdakhani jail, the distance between us is barely 100 feet. Maybe, even less. The author of the letter I was reading in the newspaper is kept some 100 feet away from me. I had strange feelings after reading her letter. The letter was full of will and determination and it has been written by a woman. An Azerbaijani woman. You know that we had many of such determined and strong-willed women in our history. But still, this determination and will of a woman who is in jail and still continues her struggle… It is truly historical. It is the history of our will and determination. Particularly, of our women… Khadija Ismail is one of the greatest examples of speaking and expressing the truth. For her, there is only truth and nothing else and it is right, whatever the arguments are. It is right despite . the obstacles in front of her. She is being tested for her beliefs every single day. I don’t know whether we owe it to extreme patriarchal state of our society or something else, when expressing the power, endeavor and bravery of a woman, our fathers have always said: “She is a woman like a man”. Today, observing a woman like Khadija, we can change this saying. In order to express the manhood and will of a man, I would say: “He is a man like the Azerbaijani woman” or more correctly: “He is a man just like Khadija”. My greetings to my friends and relatives. I kiss and hug all of you. Wish to reach beautiful days of freedom. Earlier or later, we will meet soon. I love you. Your friend Seymur Hazi “ RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Mr. Conaway leaves Washington

first_img Mr. Conaway leaves Washington WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – December 20, 2020 Facebook Pinterest Courtesy PhotoU.S. Rep. Mike Conaway visited West Point in July 2014. Conaway and his wife, Suzanne, have relocated to Fort Worth. Joking immediately that there was no red carpet in the elevator for his final “farewell interview” U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway goes out as he came in – with good humor, kindness and grace. As the eight-term Republican prepares to retire at year’s end he reflected on his time as the District 11 U.S. representative and his plans for the future all the while being hailed with words not always used to describe successful politicians in our time. Humble, moral, consequential, character, class. {{tncms-inline id=”9f89d308-c6bf-4dfc-9182-f0fb3ecda716″ type=”relcontent”}} Conaway, a native Texan, grew up in Odessa and graduated from Permian High School in 1966 after playing on Permian’s first state championship football team. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1970 and then served in the Army at Fort Hood. When he returned to the Permian Basin he landed with Price Waterhouse and settled in Midland where he would work with another hometown favorite, former President George W. Bush, as chief financial officer for Bush Exploration. Conaway, like Bush, is one of very few who are hailed as hometown heroes by both Odessa and Midland. Many, like Conaway’s lifelong friend Phil Fouche, say it took someone like Conaway to successfully run for what was a newly-formed District 11 all those years ago. Conaway won the seat in what was then a new district of 29 counties in West Texas beating out a number of challengers to represent a sprawling district with ties to oil and gas as well as agriculture. Conaway sailed to easy victories during the times he had an opponent since that first win in 2004. He has remained popular with constituents during his tenure and was able to bridge the occasionally acrimonious gap between Odessa and Midland. Fouche recalls the phone ringing when Conaway made the decision to run for Congress. “I started to receive calls from people in Odessa questioning a CPA from Midland who was running for Congress – the classic Odessa-Midland issue,” Fouche said. “I told everyone who called, Mike was raised in Odessa and lives in Midland… Mike will represent all of his district, not just Midland or Odessa. The whole crazy big District 11 has been represented like no other.” Fouche called Conaway “the most moral person I have ever known.” Their friendship goes back years, including as part of the first state championship team at Permian High School in 1965. Fouche is proud of his friend’s service. “He has been my friend for 60 years and I could not have been more proud of him. He has left a legacy of listening, action, kindness, and doing the right thing for District 11, Texas and the USA,” Fouche said. “He has made Odessa and West Texas so proud … but he still talks too fast … and watching him prepare his English muffin for breakfast with peanut butter and honey is like building the first computer … very complicated but fun to watch.” Fouche also bragged about the “fantastic” staff that Conaway has. But no one is prouder of that staff than Conaway himself. In fact, he gives them all the credit for his time as a congressman. {{tncms-inline id=”040482fb-35b4-48c7-9387-9c015e6732a9″ type=”relcontent”}} He said his six district offices are filled with staff members who love people and it shows. “There are hundreds and hundreds of stories where someone in this district’s lives are just a little less difficult due to efforts by my team. I’m proud of that,” he said. “I can keep good people to take care of folks in the district.” When talking about his coming retirement, he was suddenly a bit wistful but joked that he will find something to do as his wife “won’t want him hanging around the house all day.” The outcome of the presidential election, which was still up in the air during this farewell interview, made him feel a bit like he was giving up when there was still a fight. When he announced his retirement in August 2019 the economy “was going like gangbusters and Trump was headed to a second term,” and then COVID hit and oil crashed. “I have never quit in the middle of a fight ever … I don’t want to feel I am letting the people down,” he said. His successor, August Pfluger, Conaway said, will do fine for the people of District 11. Pfluger had high praise for Conaway. “Mike Conaway served with character, class, and distinction. He stood up for the oil and gas industry, farmers and ranchers, and our military,” Pfluger said via email. “Most importantly he is a man of faith, and he carried himself with exceptional integrity. I am proud to have been his constituent, and grateful for he and Suzanne’s service to this country.” Pfluger joins a house still controlled by the Democrats, but Conaway said the gains the GOP made this election in the house are all owed to the coattails of President Trump. “Biden had zero coattails for the Dems in the House.” He supported the president challenging areas where there were alleged voting irregularities. He said voters turn out because they expect the process to be fair and conducted properly. “We can’t have that happening…and I don’t know if there is enough fraud to change it … I know the hard left is criticizing Trump for not conceding, but he is right to pursue the cases.” Conaway also said the coming COVID vaccine is thanks to the work of the Trump administration. “Operation Warp Speed, take the personality of Trump aside, this will go down in history as one of the most amazing federal government accomplishments ever. It’s stunning what all these guys have done to make this work.” Conaway said a Biden administration will change the name of the project and some of the faces involved and that to “the victor goes the spoils” but that it was the Trump administration that pushed the vaccine through so quickly. On Friday Conaway posted on Facebook that he had just taken the vaccine. Conaway is the ranking member of the House Committee on Agriculture and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He is a deputy Republican whip, a position he has held since the 112th Congress. Like most in political circles, he is waiting to see how the Senate runoff races in Georgia play out and warns that in Georgia voters can live there for as little as 30 days and get to vote. “They (the Democrats) are flooding those zones and someone is paying for that … the Dems will leave no stone unturned to buy this election.” Conaway has been front and center often during his time in D.C. He’s proud of his work on the Farm Bill of 2018 and his work on the Armed Services Committee. His work on intel is also something he is proud of. “The biggest was pushing the Department of Defense to audit … and some things that due to intel I can’t tell you.” It also fell to Conaway to lead the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – a tough position for any member of the president’s own party. Conaway talks glowingly of his staff and the hard work they have put in over the last 16 years. “It’s such a positive experience to be a member of Congress. I love it. I love right now, this second.” He said he doesn’t have a “worst” experience although he pointed to June 2017 when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a batting practice in Alexandria, Va., as the darkest experience. Conaway was on first base, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was at second base fielding baseballs and Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., was on third base during the standard batting practice when the shooting began. The gunman was killed and several others were injured. The ups and downs of a political job haven’t dampened his positive attitude and he said recent months, despite the pandemic, have been spent on a farewell tour of his sprawling district. Sometimes in person and sometimes virtually, Conaway said he has struggled to convey how thankful he is for the opportunity to serve. “It’s tough … showing gratitude and appreciation … There aren’t enough words,” he said. “This job is stunningly important. I’m not important, but the job is important.” {{tncms-inline id=”2236c973-56cc-4ec5-b64a-b4f0f48437cc” type=”relcontent”}} He said he went into the service with eyes wide open and that he has missed family time, which he hopes to make up now. “I did it knowingly and it’s one of those sacrifices you make because I love the job and it is important enough to make that choice.” He’s proud of having “probably more town halls than any other member of Congress” and said he hopes Washington hasn’t changed him. “Suzanne’s goal was to keep my head the same size and the not let me get caught up in how other folks want to tell you how great you are,” he said. “She reins that in and tells me ‘take out the trash, big time.’” He said he has always respected the job and that it hurts him when someone in Congress doesn’t live up to what the job should be. “We have a poor reputation sometimes among the people and that hurts me. It is a worthy institution enshrined in our Constitution and when members bring disrespect or cause people to think less of the body as a whole it hurts me.” He said he thinks he is the same guy who headed to D.C. 16 years ago, but also acknowledges that he is not the exact same guy. “I always think of what can I do better and I don’t take compliments well.” Would he do it all over again? “In a heartbeat,” he quickly answered. “I wouldn’t be leaving now if father time and the opportunity to lead and be a leader had not evaporated.” But he’s optimistic about the future and says 2022 will see the GOP take the house back. His work in D.C., despite his dislike for compliments, earns high praise from those in his district. “Mike Conaway is remarkable because he is one of the few members of Congress who has been consequential in office,” State Rep. Brooks Landgraf said. “But what sets him apart from others is that he was able to do all of that while keeping his faith in Christ and his relationship with his family at the center of his life. All Americans should be so lucky to have a congressman like Mike Conaway.”Thank you, Chairman ConawayBy Congressman Mike Conaway’s staff Mr. Chairman, In preparing for you to leave office, we have had the opportunity to reflect on the immense impact of your public service. We have seen and spoken to Americans from all walks of life – the residents of District 11, farmers and ranchers, service members, and others – whose lives were made better by your time in Congress. But perhaps the group who has benefited the most from your time in office was us, the members of your staff who have had the great privilege of calling you our boss. The stories we will tell about our time working for you will be of a man who regarded his office with reverence and undertook his service with joy. We will look back on your devotion to West Texas and the welfare of your constituents; your diligent work to be better prepared each day; and how you grappled with every difficult decision that crossed your desk. It has been an honor to witness firsthand your selflessness after hard-fought victories, your optimism in the wrenching defeats, your grace under pressure, and your unending reserve of humor and forgiveness. But, perhaps most of all, we will remember your kindness and decency, and how you treated those around you with respect and the House of Representatives with dignity. For each of us, these stories are unique, but for all of us they form a portrait of how one should serve others and be a good steward of God’s varied grace. As you leave the halls of Congress, your legacy will endure within all of us, including the countless constituents and Americans who you have impacted and inspired throughout your time in office. Thank you for letting us be one small part of it. 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