England Training for the World Cup Semi-Final With a Rubber Chicken Is Every Fan’s Dream

With just one day to go until England battles Croatia for a spot in the 2018 World Cup final, the English team is trying out an interesting new training method.

Ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final match between France and Belgium, the English squad—including Golden boot frontrunner Harry Kane—was spotted tossing around a rubber chicken in preparation for their big Wednesday game.

Fans, of course, were delighted to see the players getting along so well.

“Actually love the atmosphere of this England team. Throwing around a rubber chicken as a training drill,” one England enthusiast wrote. “Even if it isn’t coming home, which it is, they’ve been an absolute delight to follow this campaign.”

“Love how chilled the England squad is, playing with rubber chickens in training day before their biggest game in 28 years hahahaha class,” added another.

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Update: Starbucks’ Anti-Bias Training and List Of Black-Owned Coffee Shops

Starbucks, in a move at racial reconciliation after the unjustified arrest of two black men in one of its Philadelphia location, enlisted the star power of rapper Common, who appeared in a series of videos shown to employees on Tuesday. The coffee company shut down all of its 8,000 stores nationwide for a four-hour training session it administered to all of its in-store employees.

The rapper has had success as part of a generation of artists whose music focused on social justice and civil rights issues in the late 1990s. His musical contribution to Selma, the historical drama based on the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Alabama won him a 2015 Oscar.

“Starbucks was just a microcosm of how black people have been dehumanized and I wanted to be a part of that conversation,” he said on Good Morning America on Tuesday.



Common’s involvement with Starbucks’ may come as a surprise to many but it is worth noting that he already has an established relationship with the coffee company. Back in 2015, the rapper and Starbucks’ Executive Chairman Howard Schultz teamed up to launch the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, to hire and engage at least 100,000 youth who face systematic barriers to employment and education by the end of 2018.

For the training, Starbucks commissioned a short film by Stanley Nelson about race in America. At a point during the film, “a black man faces the camera and talks about his own experiences” of racial profiling in retail stores, NPR reports.

Carrie Teeter, who manages a dozen Starbucks stores near Columbus Circle in Manhattan:

“I have to make sure that my hands are visible when I walk into certain places, so they make sure I’m not stealing,” the man says. “I watch my tone to make sure I don’t come off as threatening. Just leaving the house some days, it’s enough to just keep you at home. Just keep you away from everything.”



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Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, both 23-year-old entrepreneurs, walked into a Philadelphia Starbucks where they sat, waiting for a business meeting. Nelson immediately asked to use the restroom and the manager insisted something must be purchased to get access to utilize the bathroom. According to 911 accounts, Starbucks staffers called the police approximately two minutes after the men arrived. In an all too familiar scene, Nelson and Robinson were told to leave the store and when they refused, they were handcuffed and arrested in a video that has gone viral





Starbucks’ Chief Operating Officer, Rosalind “Roz” Brewer, who is black, called for the coffee giant to hold itself accountable and make changes to prevent a situation like this from reoccurring.

“Watching that video was quite painful,” she said. “As an African American executive myself with a 23-year-old African American son, it was very difficult to watch. The police should not have been called in this situation. And this is a teachable moment for all of us. And we take full responsibility to make sure that our company remains great. You know, good companies acknowledge their mistakes, and learn from them, and then make the necessary changes to become a better company.”

PUSH TO PATRONIZE BLACK-OWNED STORES

While Starbucks has taken proactive steps to right its wrong, first with a public apology to the detained men, coupled with a $ 200,000 grant for young entrepreneurs in the city of Philadelphia, there continues to be a massive push for customers to patronize black-owned coffee shops around the country.

In New York, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams jump-started a Black Coffee in Brooklyn Tour (#BLKCoffeeInBKTour) to support the 37 black-owned coffee shops in the area, with a commitment to visit every single one of them.


Ariell Johnson, who became the first black woman to own a comic book store in Philly’s Kensington section said she is starting to see new faces in her store.

“I’ve seen some new faces, so I think that people who weren’t aware of us before, are aware of us now and are venturing out,” Johnson told the Philadelphia Tribune. “Over the long term I think we’ll see kind of an uptick in our coffee traffic but we have yet to see people pouring in the door.”

HERE ARE 60 BLACK-OWNED ALTERNATIVES TO STARBUCKS:

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books – Germantown, Pennsylvania

Watts Coffee House – South L.A.

Stellar Coffee – Portland, Oregon

Red Bay Coffee – Oakland

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Village Tea Co. – online

Sweet Unity Farms – online

Northwest Coffee Roasting Co. – St. Louis

The Commons – Detroit

The Narrow Way Cafe  – Detroit

Detroit Sip – Detroit

Beyu Caffe – Durham, North Carolina

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5 Ways Strength Training Is Important For Women

Discover these 5 ways that strength training boosts female power and confidence.

About a year ago, I made a change in my regular exercise routine. I’m now convinced it was the best change I’ve made since I started yoga in my later twenties.

It started when I was visiting my younger brother at my parents’ house last summer. He’s in the Air Force and had just returned from a six-month deployment in the Middle East. When he wasn’t working, he had few distractions with which to entertain himself, so he turned to working out. He looked great—more muscular and toned than I’d ever seen him.

As a health writer, I’ve been interested in strength training for awhile now. I’ve studied the research, and I know how good it is for you, particularly as you age, to keep your muscles strong. I’d been doing some push-ups, squats, and leg lifts, but I had come to a plateau and needed something else.

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That’s when my brother promptly produced a 15-pound weight that had been stashed in our other brother’s closet. After making sure neither of them would miss it, I took it home. Since then, I’ve bought a twenty, and a twenty-five, and a thirty, and now I’m just about to the place where I need the thirty-five.

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Why should all this matter to you? Because I now know from both research and experience—lifting weights is one of the best things women can do for themselves. Not only does it provide a number of health benefits, including reducing body fat and the risk of osteoporosis, but it actually changes your attitude, too.

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5 Health Benefits of Strength Training for Women

Women have traditionally shied away from lifting weights, afraid they’d look too “bulky” and lose their refined, curvy appearance.

Researchers noted that traditional gender roles can present a barrier between women and weight lifting, as women seek to mold their bodies to what they believe are culturally acceptable shapes.

Researchers confirmed this bias in a 2010. They examined data from four studies, and found that women were concerned about what others would think of them if they lifted weights, and feared those opinions would be negative.

In a later 2013 paper, researchers noted that traditional gender roles can present a barrier between women and weight lifting, as women seek to mold their bodies to what they believe are culturally acceptable shapes. Previous studies show that women want to be skinny, not muscular, and that some fear getting too big or powerful and appearing “unfeminine.”

As word gets out about the many benefits of weight training, however, some of these stereotypes are fading. Here are the reasons why more women are lifting weights—and why you should consider doing so, too!

1. You’ll Lose Fat While Gaining Muscle

You may have heard that the more muscle you have, the more energy you burn. That means that your body is more likely to turn those calories into energy rather than fat.

What woman doesn’t want that?

Studies show that when women lift weight, they often lose more fat than they gain in muscle, anyway. Part of the reason is that they have lower levels of anabolic hormones than men have, and it’s these hormones that are key to building larger muscles.

On top of that, weight training is helpful when you want to burn fat—particularly belly fat. A 2014 Harvard study found that 20 minutes of daily training resulted in less age-related abdominal fat than the same amount of time doing aerobic exercise.

A 2014 Harvard study found that 20 minutes of daily training resulted in less age-related abdominal fat than the same amount of time doing aerobic exercise.

Another similar study found that premenopausal women who did twice-weekly weight training were able to prevent age-related belly fat better than women who didn’t do the training.

“With weight training you’re going to gain lean body weight and that is going to make metabolism go up,” Ron DeAngelo, director of Sports Performance Training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told Today. “So consequently your engine gets bigger and you burn more calories even when you are at rest.”

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2. You’ll Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) states that about 10 million people in the U.S. are affected by osteoporosis, and 18 million more are at risk of developing it. Eighty percent of those are women.

This disease is really dangerous, as a single fracture can change a woman’s life for good. Seventy percent of those suffering fractures from osteoporosis do not return to pre-injury status.

Strength straining increases bone mineral density, reducing your risk of osteoporosis and fractures. In a 1999 study, high-intensity resistance training improved strength and balance and increased muscle mass, while also increasing bone density.

A later 2011 study found similar results, with participants participating in strength training experiencing increases in bone density. Regular weight training also helped avert spinal bone loss in postmenopausal women, and slowed bone loss in the hips.

3. You’ll Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

Heart disease is the number-one killer of women, and diabetes is on the rise. Strength training can help you reduce your risk of both.

Studies also show that strength training can help control blood sugar levels by actually pulling glucose from the bloodstream to power up the muscles.

In a 2010 study, researchers found that resistance training like lifting weights produced a different pattern of blood vessel responses than aerobic exercise did, actually resulting in greater increases in blood flow to the limbs. It also produced a more lasting drop in blood pressure after exercise than aerobic exercise did. Both of these results benefit cardiovascular health.

Studies also show that strength training can help control blood sugar levels by actually pulling glucose from the bloodstream to power up the muscles. In one study, those who did at least 150 minutes of strength training a week cut their risk of type 2 diabetes by about 34 percent.

4. You’ll Feel Less Pain

You’d think that lifting weights would cause you pain, not relieve it, but studies show that resistance training can help ease all sorts of pain, including neck and back pain and even fibromyalgia.

In a 2006 study, for example, researchers evaluated women with chronic neck pain, and found that as the participants strengthened their necks in resistance training groups, their pain diminished, and that the change in neck pain and disability correlated with neck strength. In other words, the stronger they got, the less pain they experienced.

A later 2014 study found similar results for participants with fibromyalgia. They found that those who did resistance training rated their well being 25 units better after 16 to 21 weeks, while those who didn’t do the training rated their well being only 8 units better. Women who did the training also rated their ability to do normal activities better by 8 units, while women who didn’t rated their ability only 2 units better.

Women who lifted weights also had 4 fewer tender points compared to only 2 fewer for those who didn’t. And of course, these women got stronger, too.

Other studies have shown that strength training works for back pain and arthritis. Harvard researchers state that weight training helps support and protect joints, and also helps ease pain, stiffness, and swelling.

5. You’ll Have More Energy

What woman doesn’t need more energy these days?

Most of us feel like we’re constantly running and have little time to relax. Gradually, we can come to feel chronically fatigued, moving about our days in a half-daze.

Sleep is critical for feeling more energetic, and lifting weights can help. One study reported that resistance exercise improved sleep quality, and even made it easier for those with osteoporosis, anxiety, and depression to fall asleep more easily.

A second study on participants who were suffering from depression found that weight training three times a week improved sleep quality and symptoms of depression.

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Weight Training Also Boosts Mood, Mental Confidence, and Self-Esteem

All the benefits listed above are reasons enough to get started on your own weight-training program.

But as they say—wait, there’s more!

For women, the real benefit of lifting weights may be how it makes us feel. I know that I walk a little taller with the new strength in my arms and shoulders.

I’m not the only one. In a report by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), scientists state that strength training not only reduces the effects of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and back pain, but can have a major effect on a person’s mental and emotional health.

“Strength training exercises can also reduce depression and boost self-confidence and self-esteem,” the authors wrote, “and improve your sense of well-being.”

“Strength training exercises can also reduce depression and boost self-confidence and self-esteem,” the authors wrote, “and improve your sense of well-being.”

Other studies have found that physical strength encourages mental strength. In the late 90s, for example, researchers found that strength training increased overall muscle strength by nearly 40 percent, while also improving mood, reducing anxiety, and boosting confidence.

In other research, 12 weeks of strength training in adolescent girls improved confidence and general effectiveness in life.

“These findings offer preliminary support that weight training for strength can improve confidence about a variety of life tasks in adolescent girls,” the researchers wrote, “and could provide the basis for new modalities of therapy for low self-esteem.”

We’re also learning more about how what’s good for the body is good for the brain. You may have heard that regular exercise not only protects your heart, but can protect your brain from dementia, as well.

Weight training fits that profile. In a 2015 study, one group of participants who already had mild cognitive impairment went through six months of weight training. The other group did not. Those who trained experienced significant improvements in overall cognitive function, specifically in abilities like planning, organizing, devising strategies, and visual memory. The improvements were still there twelve months after the training stopped.

“We know weight training stimulates hormones that make muscles grow and it’s possible these hormones are also having similar benefits for brain function,” said Professor Fiatarone Singh.

How to Get Started

Convinced yet?

Trust me. When you get started, you’ll become addicted. You’ll be able to see your progress (in your muscles!) and feel the improvements, which can be very motivating.

Don’t worry—you don’t have to buy a membership to the gym or invest your life savings in weight lifting equipment. You can start with a few dumbbells like I did, along with some exercise bands, and start building your muscles today.

Here are some tips to get you going:

  • Start small—don’t overexert.
  • The idea is to exhaust the muscle, so go for a maximum of 5-10 reps. If you can do more than that, go to the next heavier weight.
  • Always rest in between workouts—do them every other day, or every third day.
  • Dumbbells are the easiest to begin with, and can be used in your own home. For guidelines on basic dumbbells exercises, check out this article in Shape Magazine.
  • Once you get going, consider using an online or DVD program, or sign up for some training at the gym to be sure you’re performing your exercises with the right form.

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(JOHANNESBURG) — Assailants in South Africa attacked a top national triathlete who was cycling to a training session and cut into his legs with a blunt saw, causing severe injuries, an athletic director said Wednesday.

Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was undergoing surgery after the attack which occurred before dawn on Tuesday in the coastal city of Durban, said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for KwaZulu-Natal province.

Several attackers pulled Gwala off his bicycle as he cycled up a steep hill and sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone, according to Jackson, who spoke by phone to the triathlete about the ordeal. They missed a main artery and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said.

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The attackers also started sawing into Gwala’s left leg before fleeing, enabling the athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a passing car to take him to a hospital.

The grisly attack has alarmed athletes in Durban who routinely get up in the early morning darkness to train when few people are on the roads, and there was no immediate explanation for why Gwala was targeted. The athlete had offered his cell phone, wallet and bicycle to the assailants, who still went for his legs and were speaking in a language that Gwala could not understand, Jackson said.

“I have never heard of any enemies that he may have,” he said. “He is a wonderful ambassador for the sport.”

Gwala became an excellent athlete after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, representing South Africa at international competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands last year, Jackson said. The athlete’s long term goals were to compete in half and whole ironman triathlons, which include swimming, cycling and running.

South Africa’s deputy sports minister, Gert Oosthuizen, described the attack on the “star athlete” as “totally unacceptable” and said police are investigating.

Triathlete Henri Schoeman, who won bronze for South Africa at the Rio Olympics in 2016, said he wishes Gwala the best on his path to recovery.

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STRICTLY’S Debbie McGee has hit back furiously at claims she has too much dance experience to be a fair competitor on Strictly Come Dancing.

The 59-year-old former magician’s assistant received 39 points this week and has left some BBC viewers convinced she’s streets ahead of other contestants like Mollie King, Davood Ghadami and Gemma Atkinson.

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Debbie, best-known as Paul Daniels’ widower, has now come out swinging at critics who say her intensive ballet training in her youth and performances throughout her showbiz career have given her the edge.

Talking to the Mail On Sunday, the former Mrs Daniels blasted: ‘The people who say that really have no understanding of dance.

“When I did ballet I stopped as a dancer when I was about 23. That training in a way is a disadvantage because the muscles were trained differently.”

She added: “I haven’t done that for over 30 years.”

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In the 1970s, Debbie danced with the Iranian National Ballet and established her own company, Ballet Imaginaire – and continued to practice dance when working with husband Paul for decades.

Now Debbie has been tipped as a hot favourite to win the BBC show and she’s currently locked in a bitter rivalry with the equally strong contender Alexandra Burke.

Her American Smooth to Memory from the musical Cats on Saturday night left her at the top of the leaderboard with Alexandra.

But while Debbie acknowledges that she “makes it look so easy”, she wants to emphasise to viewers that it takes hard work – too much hard work, at times.

She went on: “[Viewers] don’t realise the training I put in and how awful I am on Monday and the progress I make between a Monday and a Saturday. You need to ask Giovanni about that.”

Before this weekend’s shows Debbie had a backstage meltdown over how many hours Giovanni Pernice, her pro partner, was making her train.

And she’s been forced to deny there is romance blossoming between her and the younger Italian after she lost her husband Paul last year.

She said: “People want me to be in a relationship with him and I’m really sorry to disappoint them….

Debbie says it’s flattering that fans think she could be romancing Giovanni

“For a woman of my age it’s very flattering that people think there might be a romance. I do have a little chuckle to myself. We have the greatest working partnership and do have chemistry.

“We are great mates and I think that’s probably more special than if there was anything else going on.”

But fans were certainly given more clues that Mollie King is romancing her partner AJ Pritchard this week when she gave him a special gift and appeared to kiss him during their rumba.


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