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  • Manchester Bombing Latest News: Year 9 Pupil, Nell Jones, Named As Victim
    Posted by George Bowden on May 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    A year nine pupil from Cheshire has been named as the 11th victim of the Manchester bombing.Nell Jones attended the Ariana Grande concert with her friend. The pair were separated at the time of the blast, which claimed the lives of 22 people including the bomber.Jones went to Holmes Chapel Comprehensive and Sixth Form, the school said in a statement. Her Form Tutor, David Wheeler, said: “Nell was a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive.“Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister not a classmate”The confirmation came amid fast moving events in the investigation into Monday evening’s attack, which has led to an increase in the UK terror threat level. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=MORE ON THE MANCHESTER BOMBING + articlesList=59257a40e4b00c8df2a07006,592547dde4b00c8df2a010c1,59257307e4b00c8df2a0581a,59253b40e4b0650cc0201b0e,5923f5b2e4b034684b0f6874 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Where Is God In Manchester?
    Posted by James Dwyer on May 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    The city of of Manchester is reeling. Broken. Bleeding. Hurting. Weeping. Grieving. Asking why. Why us? Why our children? And amongst the brutality, death and devastation, where - if anywhere - is God? At times like this, when everything we know is taken from us and when we have nowhere left to turn, we desperately cling to what little hope we can find around us. God is there amongst the tears. He is in the eyes of those who carried battered bodies out of the arena. He is in the hands of those offering help and support to those grieving and lost. He is in the whispers of hope uttered by faith leaders, poets, church leaders, support teams and community groups. He is with those who have lost loved ones, who have had a part of themselves wrenched away in an unspeakable act of violence. He is with those trying to to piece together the fragments of their shattered lives, with young children who were looking forward to a night of entertainment and were instead thrown into a night of unimaginable pain they will never be able to forget. God is in the midst of the pain and suffering, not trying to explain it away but to simply be present with those who are going through the darkest night of their soul, offering them a glimmer of light at the end of what seems like an eternal tunnel of raw pain. There are far more questions than answers. The pain will not recede overnight. It does not disappear because of a few kind words. But there is hope. Hope seen in the moving display of unity from the city of Manchester and around the world. Hope in those outstretched hands offering support and a shoulder to weep on. Hope that all the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Tracy Anderson Praised For Sharing Throwback Photo Of Herself With Milk Leaking From Her Breasts
    Posted by Amy Packham on May 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    A celebrity trainer has been praised by mums after she shared a throwback photo of herself with milk leaking from her breasts.Tracy Anderson, 42, known for training celebrities including Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, was holding her daughter Penelope, now five, in the snap.She was pictured in her pyjamas with the baby over her shoulder.“At the end of the day who even needs breast pads as long as they are happy, healthy and full of love for themselves and others,” she captioned the shot that she shared on Monday 22 May.  At the end of the day who even needs breast pads as long as they are happy, healthy and full of love for themselves and others! ✨ A post shared by Tracy Anderson (@tracyandersonmethod) on May 21, 2017 at 6:07pm PDTThe photo showed milk had leaked through Anderson’s grey top revealing two wet patches.The image resonated with mums on Instagram, who praised the trainer for sharing such a “real” image of motherhood.“This is so true, I love this post,” one mum commented. “Thanks for being so real.”Another mum wrote: “I love this so much Tracy. It brought me back to the early days with both of my kids when it is all love and very little sleep.“Thank you for being a woman who’s never afraid to be real.”And one mum also wrote: “That is such a heartwarming picture. Everything about it. I remember that time too well. Nice to see you’re exactly like us.”Anderson was sharing the photo on the day of her daughter’s fifth birthday.“Five years ago today you doubled my mummy heart light,” she wrote on another photo of her daughter as a newborn. “I never could have imagined a light as bright as yours.”  Five years ago today you doubled my mommy heart light! I never could have imagined a light as bright as yours! Happy Birthday my darling Penelope! ⭐️ A post shared by Tracy Anderson (@tracyandersonmethod) on May 21, 2017 at 7:48am PDT type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=SEE ALSO: + articlesList=58d29076e4b02d33b7478097,5912d212e4b050bdca60d7ab,588f07f6e4b0a70a94d22531 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Manchester Bombing 2017: Couple Killed In Blast Posed For Selfie Before Picking Up Daughter
    Posted by Steven Hopkins on May 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    A couple who stopped to pose for a selfie before picking up their daughters from the Manchester Arena on Monday night, are among the 22 victims of the terrorist attack. Pictures of the Polish couple, Angelika and Marcin Klis, were shared thousands of times across social media on Tuesday after their daughter, Alex, appealed for information about them on Facebook. Alex wrote: “Anyone who is in any safe place or hospital in Manchester, if anyone comes across my parents please, please, let me know as they’ve been missing ever since the attack, this is a picture taken tonight so this is exactly what they were wearing.”Her post was shared 11,000 times.The couple, from York, were waiting outside the arena to pick up Alex and her sister who had been watching Ariana Grande perform when they were killed by an improvised explosive device detonated by Salman Ramadan Abedi in an Islamic State claimed attack. The explosion killed a number of children and injured 64 others. The Polish foreign minister, Witold Waszczykowski, confirmed the couple had been killed in the tragedy, saying on Wednesday: “The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead.“The children are safe.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=592531c0e4b00c8df29ffb87,59252670e4b0650cc0201019,5923f5b2e4b034684b0f6874A third Polish national also suffered severe injuries following the blast, but is now understood to be stable, The Manchester Evening News reported.A tweet, the newspaper translated from Polish, said: “Please note that among the deaths in #Manchester at least two citizens, and one was wounded.“We are in pain with family and loved ones of the victims and sincere sympathy. Consuls surrounded their care.”Hundreds of tributes have been paid to the couple on social media sites in English and Polish.“Deepest condolences to the whole family, I can’t imagine what you have to go through now, I’m so sorry all the thoughts are with you,” Nikola Dzimidowicz wrote on Facebook. Lisa Elliott added: “Can’t begin to say how sorry I am for you, my heart hurts for you and your family.”Three separate fundraising pages have since been launched to raise money to cover the family’s funeral costs and to support Alex and her sister. A Crowdfunder page started by Patricia Stelmach reads:“Marcin and Angelika Klis have lost their lives in the attack in Manchester Arena. They left behind two very young daughters and my heart is completely broken for them.I, therefore, decided to make this crowfunding page to help the young daughters with funeral costs and any additional expenses they will have to incur due to this terror attack.Please donate guys, it would mean the world if we could help those girls!! And the least we can do is send our prayers their way and try and help them financially. I understand that nothing will bring their parents back but such unexpected financial costs can cause additional stress and the young daughters do not deserve this.”A JustGiving page was also launched to help cover the family’s funeral costs along with a GoFundMe page. On Wednesday Greater Manchester Police said it was now “confident that we know” the identities of all of the people killed in Monday’s tragedy.A statement from police said: “We have made contact with all of the families and our specially trained officers are supporting them.“Due to the number of victims, Forensic Post Mortems are likely to take four to five days. After this we will be in a position to formally name the victims with guidance from the Coroner. “So far, the known victims of the terrorist attack include an an auntie who died shielding her niece from the blast, a 15-year-old girl and the youngest victim, to date, an eight-year-old girl.The victims that have been named so far are: Olivia Campbell, 15, from Bury, Greater Manchester; Kelly Brewster, 32, who shielded her sister and niece from the blast; Martyn Hett, 29, from Stockport who was a Coronation Street superfan who went viral for touching act of kindness for his mother; Alison Howe, 45, from Royton, Oldham; Lisa Lees, 47; Polish nationals, Angelika and Marcin Klis. On Tuesday, the youngest victim, 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, from Leyland was named along with Georgina Callander, 18, of Lancashire and John Atkinson, 28 of Radcliffe.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • #BritishThreatLevels Reveals The True Threat To British Way Of Life Following Manchester Bombing
    Posted by Kathryn Snowdon on May 24, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    As the UK’s threat level is bumped from “serious” to “critical” and armed soldiers begin to patrol British streets in the wake of the Manchester bombing, Britons have revealed what truly represents a threat to our way of life.While British people may not always excel when it comes to forced social interactions and small talk, we do have a very unique sense of humour.And never is this dry wit more prevalent, or needed, than when tragedy strikes.Here is the most marvellously British response to terrorism. #BritishThreatLevels— James Cleverly (@JamesCleverly) May 24, 2017From substandard cups of tea to queue jumping, here’s a round-up of the best #BritishThreatLevels:Bumping into someone you know, but don’t want to talk to:You bump into an acquaintance and it's clear neither of you want to speak but social etiquette dictates you have to #BritishThreatLevels— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) May 24, 2017Seeing a colleague outside work:Seeing someone you know from work in public on your day off#BritishThreatLevels— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) May 24, 2017Spotting a colleague waiting for a train on the same platform as you. #britishthreatlevels— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) May 24, 2017Queue jumping:You are about to buy something and suddenly realise that you've accidentally skipped the massive queue behind you. #BritishThreatLevels— James Melville (@JamesMelville) May 24, 2017The announcement every British football ban fears:"And so we go to penalties" #BritishThreatLevels— Alan McGuinness (@Alan_McGuinness) May 24, 2017Changes to your favourite biscuit:#BritishThreatLevels— Lily (@lilyallen) May 24, 2017Being forced to meet new people:"So we're going to mix up where everyone sits at the wedding reception so you can meet new people." #britishthreatlevels— Scott Reid (@scottreid1980) May 24, 2017Being forced to continue a redundant conversation:#BritishThreatLevels Someone you've said goodbye to turns out to be going in the same direction as you— Margo (@MargoJMilne) May 24, 2017Forgetting names:Two people come up to you at a party & you try to introduce them to each other but you can't remember either's name #BritishThreatLevels— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) May 24, 2017LinkedIn requests:'I’d Like to Add you to My Professional Network on LinkedIn' #BritishThreatLevels— James Manning (@JamesManning) May 24, 2017Being offered another copy of the Evening Standard:Free Evening Standard? #BritishThreatLevels— Tom Huddleston (@TomHuddleston_) May 24, 2017Debating how to pronounce words in your own language:"I pronounce scone as scone" #britishthreatlevels— Rob Corp (@RobertCorp) May 24, 2017Receiving a Royal Mail ‘sorry, you were out’ card:#BritishThreatLevels— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) May 24, 2017Jeopardising the integrity of a cup of tea:Making tea, with the milk in first #BritishThreatLevels— Sophia Cannon (@SophiaCannon) May 24, 2017#BritishThreatLevels do you mind UHT in your tea?— David Banks (@DBanksy) May 24, 2017#BritishThreatLevels "I've only got herbal infusions, will that do?"— Stuart Millar (@stuartmillar159) May 24, 2017Forced social interaction:#BritishThreatLevels "would you mind sharing this table?"— Stuart Millar (@stuartmillar159) May 24, 2017Sitting in the wrong seats:"Sorry, I think you're in our seats?"#BritishThreatLevels— Wardy LIVE (@td_ward) May 24, 2017Going in for a second kiss on the cheek:#BritishThreatLevels Someone going in for a second kiss on the other cheek.— Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann) May 24, 2017Commuting woes:Person in front of you isn't ready with their card at the tube gates. #BritishThreatLevels— Zainab (@zainabob) May 24, 2017#BritishThreatLevels Replacement Bus Service.— Beaker ❄️ (@neilbeakerq) May 24, 2017The commuter in front of you whips out their iPhone instead of their Oyster causing a 3 second delay #BritishThreatLevels— Adam (@MrAdamHoney) May 24, 2017Running out of till dividers:National shortage of "next customer please" conveyor belt dividers #BritishThreatLevels— L. Thomas Cater (@LThomasCater) May 24, 2017-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Prince Harry's 'Mumbling' Speech Leaves Thousands Of German Teens In English Exam Distraught
    Posted by Jasmin Gray on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Thousands of German teens were left distraught after being asked to translate a speech by Prince Harry in an English exam, only to find they couldn’t understand the royal because he was “mumbling”. Pupils in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, who listened to the speech as part of their end-of-secondary-school exams, also complained that the quality of the recording was poor. According to local press, even English teachers and “native speakers” had trouble completing the exercise, with was based around a speech given by Prince Harry at an Aids centre in Africa in 2015. “It was too difficult, it was beyond what you could have expected,” Brigitte Balbach, who works for the German teaching association Lehrer NRW, told The Local DE. More than 45,000 people signed a petition, started by student Dario Schramm, demanding that the exam be changed. “We think it is important that students in all of NRW are given a central final exam that is feasible,” the teenager wrote in the petition. Teens said the test was made even harder with the inclusion of “African slang” in other sections and the use of vocabulary not taught in their English lessons to discuss Apartheid. According to the BBC, German officials have now agreed to change the exam and marks from this year’s test are set to be revised. “We have achieved the best solution together,” Schramm wrote in an update on the petition. Exams have also caused outrage among students in the UK this test season.Last week, GCSE students said a biology paper asking them to explain why Charles Darwin was drawn as a monkey was “stupid”, while others complained when a question about dishwasher sales was included in a geography exam.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Poet Tony Walsh Urges Manchester To Remain United In The Wake Of Suicide Bombing
    Posted by Jasmin Gray on May 24, 2017 at 11:49 am

    The day after Tony Walsh stunned millions of people with his inspiring ode to Manchester in the wake of the city’s horrific terror attack, the poet has urged people to remain united in the face of “bigotry and hatred”. Walsh, who performs under the name “Longfella”, won acclaim around the world on Tuesday after reading his moving poem “This Is The Place” at a vigil to remember those killed in the Manchester Arena bombing on Monday night. Ending his five-minute long performance with the simple yet powerful phrase “choose love”, the 52-year-old became an instant symbol of Manchester’s defiance in the face of terror. Now, Walsh, who was born in the city, is calling on people to “keep together as a diverse community”. Speaking about Tuesday’s performance on Radio 4’s Today programme, Walsh said: “We stood in front of our magnificent town hall here, built with cotton money, built by the Victorian city fathers, but also built by generations of immigrants who have come through this city.  “The poem celebrated that yesterday and we stood together as Muslims, as Jews, as Sikhs, as Christians, as people of all faiths and none, celebrating our history, standing together in that moment.” Walsh continued: “The message yesterday loud and clear was: ‘We’re wounded now, we’re hurting, we’re grieving, but we will not let that descend us, drag us down into bigotry and hatred’.” Sending his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the terror victims, he said the story of the weeks after the attack will be told by “different narratives”. “There will be those who seek to divide us and spread hatred and fear here,” the poet explained. “You know, my closing words yesterday were ‘choose love’.“I said them spontaneously, but to choose love we need to reject fear, to reject hatred, reject lies, reject distortion and keep together as a diverse community.” Walsh’s comments follow an appeal for unity yesterday by Brendan Cox, the widower of Labour MP Jo Cox who was murdered by a far-right extremist last year. Addressing his followers on Twitter, Cox said: “They will not change us. They will not win.”  The hours after the attack also saw acts of generosity from the people of Manchester, with taxi drivers offering free rides to victims while locals opened their homes to give people a place to stay. To date, 22 people - including children - have died following the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, while 64 were injured. Ten of those killed have been identified, including an auntie who died shielding her niece from the blast, two parents picking up their children and an eight-year-old girl .  Police confirmed that the suicide bomber, named as Salman Abedi, died in the blast.Fears that the 22-year-old was not working alone mean that the UK’s terror threat has been raised from severe to critical for the first time in 10 years, with 5,000 troops set to patrol the streets. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • 'Critical' UK Threat Level And Fears Of 'Imminent Attack' See Armed Soldiers Hit Britain's Streets
    Posted by George Bowden on May 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Armed soldiers began their patrols of UK streets and high-profile targets on Wednesday in the wake of the deadly Manchester Arena bombing.Monday’s atrocity claimed 22 lives and injured 119 others, in the worst terror attack to strike Britain since the 7/7 London blasts in 2005. Military personnel were photographed surrounding Parliament at Westminster, which will be closed to the public “until further notice”. Troops were also spotted outside Number 10 Downing Street.Army arrive in Downing St— Carl Dinnen (@carldinnen) May 24, 2017The UK terror threat level has been raised to ‘critical’, meaning more attacks may be imminent.It comes after Home Secretary Amber Rudd suggested suspected Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was part of a network of terrorists. Abedi’s 23-year-old brother was arrested on Tuesday. Three more arrests took place today.Soldiers will work under the supervision of the police and will bolster armed officers across the capital, and in other major cities, towns and transport hubs as part of a wave of increased security measures put in force last night.Just after midday on Wednesday, around 20 troops arrived at the ‘Peers’ Entrance’ to Parliament.A mix of Paratroopers and Guardsmen, the fully armed soldiers then fanned out through the Palace of Westminster.Some went to man the ‘Black Rod’s Entrance’, where visitors arrive at the House of Lords. Others were sent to Portcullis House, the next modern extension of the House of Commons.Some soldiers were put on sentry duty, checking passes of those arriving at Parliament. It was an odd experience for those used to working at Westminster.Quite unusual experience. Army soldiers on lunch break queueing with everyone else in Commons.— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) May 24, 2017The Ministry of Defence said the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was cancelled to redeploy police officers.The decision came before a man with a knife was arrested close to the Palace on Wednesday, though this was not believed to be terror related.Scotland Yard confirmed this morning that Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster and embassies will all be protected by the military, freeing up the police for other duties.Concerts and sports events may see similar protection in coming weeks.This morning, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said she “absolutely” expects the raising of the threat level to critical to be temporary. But she confirmed that the hunt was on for others. “It was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we’ve seen before, and it seems likely - possible - that he wasn’t doing this on his own,” she told the BBC.Rudd also told Sky this intriguing line on bomber Salman Abedi: ”We do know he was known up to a point to the intelligence services”.And she added she was “irritated” by leaks in the US about his identity and the nature of the attack.She may be even more irritated that the French are now leaking further intel. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=MORE ON THE MANCHESTER BOMBING + articlesList=592434c6e4b03b485cb505ef,592564c0e4b00c8df2a03cc6,5923f757e4b034684b0f6ab9 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • 'Straight/Curve' Documentary Trailer Tackles Body Image Within The Fashion Industry, And It's Powerful
    Posted by Susan Devaney on May 24, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Body image has always been a controversial topic within the fashion industry. Which is why a new trailer for ‘Straight/Curve’ - a documentary that discusses the fashion industry’s dangerous portrayal of body image - is beyond powerful. Due to be aired on Wednesday 21 June on US TV channel EPIX, the newly released trailer shows subject matters such as diversity, eating disorders and a lack of plus-size models being discussed.The documentary, by filmmaker Jenny McQuaile, aims to change what is meant by “ideal beauty”, by sharing stories and perspectives from models of all sizes, agents, designers, writers and photographers. According to the Straight/Curve website, 70% of teenagers define ‘ideal’ body image as what they see in fashion magazines - but 91% of women feel they have to diet to fit this ‘ideal’ body shape.Which is partly why McQuaile believes the industry needs to change and promote all body types, not just one or two. The filmmakers have also created an Instagram account and it’s super inspirational.  Guys! We *love* seeing companies breaking glass ceilings with rad heels. ❤️❤️This AMAZING shoe brand creates gorgeous nude shoes for EVERY skin tone - perfectly squashing the societal norm that the ideal nude is just one shade; providing options for all of us, together. YES @kahmune!!! We love what you're doing!!! ✨✨ #femaleempowerment #straightcurvesisters #straightcurvefilm #10shades1mission #melanin #loveyourselfie A post shared by STRAIGHT/CURVE (@straightcurvefilm) on May 22, 2017 at 2:41pm PDT @itsmenaro: "#tuesday #feels. Discipline in its highest notion is not punishment or self-punishment. It is rather something seminal to the self. It is our foundation. It is our architecture. It gives us structure. It allows us to steer our energies and pull our wagon. Noah Benshea #noahbenshea Potrait Series. Studio Sessions Toronto, Ontario. Discipline is important simply because we live in an organized society where, if you have not learned life's requirements at early age, you will be taught later, not by those whose love tempers the lesson but by strangers who could not care less about the harm they do to your personality. William E. Homan #williamehoman #discipline #life" ⭐️✨ A post shared by STRAIGHT/CURVE (@straightcurvefilm) on May 16, 2017 at 6:27am PDT #regram @khrystyana: "ON AIRBRUSHING Ok, so there seems to be a very vivid battle between people who scream "don't airbrush my photos" or "please photoshop them" as if one is better than the other. Why can't there be perfectly both coexisting in harmony? I have a friend , if you only mention "photoshop" around her it gives her shivers and I have other friends who would not let anyone see any pic unless it went through some work. This photo I'm posting today is perfectly touched up, yet my body has not been altered at all. Airbrushing does not always mean "liquefying, slimming, plumping". There is so much more to airbrushing and it IS a great form of art expression. This photo is taken by amazing @peter_rosa (I LOVE how real he shot this) and My friend Nikole here added some stars and color density to make it more fun and playful. SO IT Had work done. Edited or non edited - both BEAUTY. However you choose your path to express yourself, as long as you do it with love especially towards yourself. I hope that people who hate photoshop can be open to it, because there is so much more to editing than "body adjustments" and I hope that certain photoshop lovers can see that skin or "flaws" (no they aren't) can remain as is and not take away from the purpose of the photo. A model can still sell a piece of fashion even with rolls, cellulite, stretch marks, sun spots, scars, blemishes etc. thoughts? Sending you the abundance of love. Yours, khrystyana #beautyRevised P.S. My friend Nekole kindly offered to edit this image for my IG. She wrote " As a retoucher I love finding creative ways to give new life to an image to highlight beauty" she launched an app @humantouchphotos for those who want to experiment #allBodiesAreGoodBodies #bodypositive#effyourbeautystandards#iamsizesexy#teamcurvy#embraceyourcurves#beautybeyondsize#noshame#bodypositivity#honormycurves#curvymodels#ilovemybody#bodylove#bodyacceptance#selfconfidence#bodyimage#curvymodel#bopo#thisbody#bopowarrior #boldncurvy#celebratemysize#goldenconfidence#alternativecurves" A post shared by STRAIGHT/CURVE (@straightcurvefilm) on May 6, 2017 at 12:51pm PDT type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=SEE ALSO + articlesList=59117d71e4b0e7021e9ac546,58ec86b1e4b0ca64d9189c3c,58342d6ee4b09025ba336d64 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Dina Asher-Smith, The Fastest Woman In Britain, On Her Training Regime And How She Stays Motivated
    Posted by Amy Packham on May 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

    At 21 years old, Dina Asher-Smith has become something of a powerhouse on the athletics track. In July 2015, she became the first ever British woman to run the 100m in under 11 seconds (10.99 to be exact) at the London Anniversary Games.And then in the 2015 World Championships, she broke the women’s British record for running 200m, doing it in 22.07 seconds (Usain Bolt did it in 19.19, if that puts it in perspective). Between being a kit carrier in the London 2012 Olympics, to winning bronze at Rio (as well as balancing being a student at King’s College), she’s a pretty busy woman.So what does the training schedule of the fastest woman in Britain look like? We chatted to her about her workout regime to get the insider info. Training Talk us through your week in fitness.“I train six days a week. On an average week, I do three gym sessions and four-five track sessions. On top of this I have physio, a massage and do abs most days.“I am usually in the gym on a Monday, train on the track on a Tuesday, then on a Wednesday I have a double session with gym in the morning and track in the evening. I alternate between track and gym for the rest of the week. Sunday is my rest day.”What’s your favourite type of workout and why?“Anything short and fast. Those types of sessions come more naturally to me and are usually fun. I like doing these with a group as the other athletes push me to run faster.“My favourite type of gym session is ankle stability and balance exercises such as standing on one leg, balancing on unstable surface while catching a medicine ball. It’s easy to see big improvements with these types of exercises so it’s rewarding and makes it worth it.”What do you do on rest days? “I normally just chill out! All athletes will tell you that you have to cherish those days, they feel like everyone else’s weekend.“So I just relax, maybe watch some TV, go out with my friends. Around this time of year though my rest days are typically used up revising for my exams because as well as training six days a week I’m coming to the end of my degree so life is very busy.”Food What do you eat throughout the week to complement your training schedule?“Breakfast is typically scrambled eggs, some fruit and a yogurt. Lunch varies, but typically built around some form of protein, so fish, chicken, beef with vegetables. Dinner is fairly similar during training months as my diet has to be quite strict. I eat a lot of high-protein meals throughout the week for muscle recovery.”What are your pre and post-workout snacks?“My pre-workout snacks include eggs, spinach and chorizo and post-workout snack includes Muller light yoghurt and beef jerky. Again this follows the rule of high protein to fuel my body and help it recover.”What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about food?“I’ve learned that there are lots of tasty healthy food options in the world today. The thinking in the past was if its healthy, it won’t taste nice. Not today, it’s easy to find something healthy and that you like.“I have to be very controlled with my diet which is hard because I do love food that aren’t too healthy like pizza and cakes. As an athlete, it is important to fuel my body right to help me perform well.”Motivation Do you have a motivational mantra that keeps you going?“Not really – I’m a naturally motivated and positive person, I know what I want and how to get it. I’ve always been like that but when I’ve had setbacks like injuries, I’ve learnt that positive mental attitude is absolutely essential.“I would advise people to plan goals or find something that inspires you or motivates you. Many people are demotivated because the reason they’re telling themselves to do something doesn’t actually resonate with them. Be true to yourself and find something that really matters to you as your inspiration.”Do you always have fitness goals you are aiming for?“Yes, always. They are often small, like try to not feel tired during this next rep, try to hold strong in my core. I work with my support team to set short term and longer term goals but it’s much easier to achieve goals if you break them down into lots of micro-goals.“At the moment my short term goal off track is to do well in my exams. On track I am returning from injury and slowly building back my fitness.”What’s your ultimate workout track and why? “At the moment I am listening to Kendrick Lamar’s new album Damn. I find his music very motivational. I like a lot of other artists and tend to mix it up when I am training. If I need some motivation I will listen to something high paced or if I am a bit too hyped I will listen to something slower to calm me down.”Müller have teamed up with British Athletics to inspire the next generation to celebrate the fun in sport for everybody, creating extraordinary moments. Enter Müller’s on pack promotion by visiting to win tickets to this summers athletic events and branded merchandise. ‘Fit Fix’ is a weekly dose of fitspiration from leading athletes and fitness fanatics. Each week we chat to stars about their weekly workouts, the food they eat and what keeps them going.  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=SEE ALSO: + articlesList=58aedb60e4b01406013019be,5888ab9ce4b08254915126e4,587f7612e4b03c70028b7341 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Katy Perry's Carpool Karaoke Serves As A 13-Minute Reminder Of What A Brilliant Pop Star She Is
    Posted by Ashley Percival on May 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

    From the minute Katy Perry was announced as the latest star to take part in James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, we knew we were in for a treat, and sure enough, she hasn’t disappointed.The singer took James on a whistle-stop tour through her back catalogue, which also served to remind us what a brilliant pop star she is. Katy belted out classics including ‘Firework’, ‘Dark Horse’, ‘Roar’ and ‘I Kissed A Girl’ as she jumped in James’ car for his popular ‘Late Late Show’ sketch. She also gave new tracks ‘Bon Appétit’ and ‘Swish Swish’ an airing, with the latter particularly causing a stir.It’s thought the song is a diss track aimed at Taylor Swift, given the pair’s tumultuous history, and Katy did nothing to deny that theory during her ‘Carpool Karaoke’. Speaking to James about their feud, Katy said: “There’s a situation. Honestly, it’s really like... she started it and it’s time for her to finish it.”Addressing claimed the fall-out happened when Taylor stole Katy’s backing dancers for her ‘Red’ tour, she continued: “It’s so crazy. They asked me before they went on [Taylor’s] tour if they could go… and I was like, ‘yeah, of course, I’m not on a record cycle… get the work and she’s great. But I will be on a record cycle probably in about a year, so be sure to put a 30-day contingency in your contract, so you can get out if you want to join me’.“So that year came up, right? And I texted all of them because I’m very close with them. And they [spoke to their management], and they got fired.”Katy went on: “I tried to talk to [Taylor] about it, and she wouldn’t speak to me… It was a full shutdown, and then she writes a song about me and it’s like ‘OK, cool cool cool, that’s how you wanna deal with it?’ Karma.”Katy then revealed that while she was “ready for that [bullshit] to be done”, Taylor should be aware of “the law of cause and effect”, insisting: “You do something, and there’s going to be a reaction. And trust me, daddy. There’s going to be a reaction. It’s all about karma, right?“I think personally that women, together, not divided, and none of this petty shit… women together will heal the world.”Watch Katy Perry’s Carpool Karaoke in full in the video above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=READ MORE: + articlesList=59254c59e4b0ec129d30a377,58de061fe4b0e6ac7093ec16,58cfc288e4b00705db50b7ac-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • After Manchester Attack It Is Right To Pause, But Then To Carry On - And Figure Out Why This Keeps Happening
    Posted by Dr Andy Price on May 24, 2017 at 11:21 am

    After the horror of the Manchester Arena attack, the 2017 general election campaign has been paused, on the agreement of all parties, as the UK tries to come to terms with a terrorist incident. And rightly so: this is not the time for party politics. But politics as such cannot be stopped so easily, turned on or off on demand. There is, at times like these, a desperate need for political leadership, for a sense of direction to be given to a nation faced with uncertainty. This role falls to the sitting prime minister, first and foremost, and as such, Theresa May took to the steps of Downing Street to address the nation directly.Credit where it is due: this is no easy task. After a gruelling couple of days in the election campaign, where the pressure must be immense, May suddenly had to switch to non-partisan stateswoman, and genuinely elevate the national interest above party interest.In her statement, May largely did this. She told us that in the all-too-lengthy cannon of terrorist atrocities, this was particularly heinous, standing out from the rest "for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people". She told us that we would in the coming days "struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage".Further, although always conceding the unimaginable pain involved, she said the images we should hold in our minds are not those of the destruction wrought by this hideous act, but rather, images of "the ordinary men and women who put concerns about their own safety to one side and rushed to help, of the men and women of the emergency services who worked tirelessly to bring comfort, to help and to save lives". This, the prime minister said, was "the spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain". It was evidence of shared values and a way of life that "will always prevail".In tone and scope, this is exactly the kind of speech the PM had to make at this painful time. Difficult questions, however, will eventually have to be asked - as they always are. These will be about security around large public events, and about counter-terrorism strategies generally. But right now is not the time for these.The difficult questionsHowever, right now is the time for one other, overarching question. This question is entirely non-partisan: it's a question not just for this prime minister, but for all the previous prime ministers who have had to respond to such atrocious acts of terrors, and all of the prime ministers to come who, sadly, will no doubt have to respond to events like this in the future: we have to ask in a way we have never asked before - why does this keep happening?It is not enough to explain this away as a "warped and twisted mind". That's true beyond doubt: it's warped and twisted, and we can never understand, excuse or condone it - or even explain it away as a product of wider global problems. This is not the fault of foreign policy decisions or geopolitical power plays. It is the product of hate and anti-humanism.But still, if we are to leave our examination of it there, our only response is to hate back. And this will lead us nowhere. We must, as painful as it may prove to be, examine why that hate emerges in such frothing and forceful ways.If the motive for this attack does indeed turn out to be tied to Islamic State, that will indeed include looking at the actions of nation states in the regions that produce this ideology. But so too will it involve looking at the role of religious indoctrination in the very tiny part of the Muslim faith from where these attackers come from. We must also look at the role of marginalisation, economic, political and social, in the make-up of these attackers.If Donald Trump has groped towards a kind of truth in his usual, idiosyncratic response - and he very well may have done just that - with the claim that these people are first and foremost society's "losers", then we must examine what it is exactly that makes them so.Again, none of this is to explain away their appalling acts of depravity. It is directed only at trying to identify where this is coming from, with the sole aim of stopping attacks like this from ever happening again.I finish here, if I may, on a personal note. Manchester is my home city, the place I was born and raised, and there is much being written today about the spirit of Manchester to come together at a time like this. To the outsider, a lot of this may seem overblown. But remember this: the last time a terrorist bomb exploded in the heart of the city, destroying large swathes of the city centre, the response which I and everyone who lived there witnessed and contributed to by carrying on as before, but with more gusto, was a 15-year recovery and regeneration programme like none other in the UK. The examples of help and cooperation offered by the people of Manchester on social media overnight indicates that a similar response is already underway.Andy Price, Head of Politics, Sheffield Hallam UniversityThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Why We Should Stand United In The Wake Of The Manchester Attack
    Posted by Tasnim Nazeer on May 24, 2017 at 11:06 am

    The Manchester terror attack that left 22 people dead and many others injured, including children, has left the world devastated. As a British Muslim and mother, I can only imagine the grief parents, friends and family that are still in search of their loved ones must be feeling. I urge the nation to stand united in the wake of the Manchester attacks as the reaction from the locals themselves, from all faiths, have responded with kindness, love and generosity. By doing so, we will be hitting the perpetrators where it hurts the most. We need to realise as a nation that these terrorists want to cause disunity, distrust and division, especially during a critical time when there is an upcoming election that calls for democracy. Great Britain is country that is diverse and we know that by standing together we can take a united stance against all acts of terrorism and come out victorious in doing so. Terrorism has no place in any religion and those who claim to carry out such atrocities in the name of Islam are going against the very tenets of peace. The Qur'an explicitly states that "Whoever kills a soul it is as though they have killed the whole of mankind" [Qur'an 5:32]. It is frustrating that after every attack there is always the rising of ignorance that hinders progression in sending a strong message to the terrorists that they will not divide us. There is no room for division in our communities and now is the time, more than ever, to come together and help with supporting those who are grieving, those who are still missing and those who need us the most - our community in Manchester. If we let ignorance prevail and shadow over an already tragic event, we will further escalate the problem and give in to the aspirations of these bigoted and inhumane terrorists. These terrorists will be livid to see the unity that has come from the very community that they have attacked and this is what we need to show more of. It is refreshing to see the spirit of the community coming together as taxi drivers have been offering free rides to for those who were stranded and injured and members of the public have opened up their doors in solidarity. Vigils are being carried out across the UK to pay respect to the victims of the deadly attack with people from all walks of life attending in masses. Harun Khan, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain stated that 'May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next. I pay tribute to the police and emergency services who have worked valiantly to save lives last night'. Many of the doctors, taxi drivers and ordinary citizens in Manchester who want to help the victims are Muslims who want to stand up against this evil group that has no place in our religion whatsoever. Instead of playing into terrorist's hands by breeding ignorance and hate with anti-Muslim backlash we need to have strength as a society to take the much needed stand and oppose all those who try to divide us. This is why we should continue to stand united in the wake of the Manchester attacks and send a strong message to those who attempt to break us yet continue to fail. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • Manchester Bombing Victim Martyn Hett Went Viral Several Times For Tattoo Fixers Appearance And Touching Act Of Kindess For His Mum
    Posted by Sarah Ann Harris on May 24, 2017 at 11:05 am

    A victim of the Manchester bombing was a self-confessed Coronation Street superfan who captured the nation’s hearts last year for a touching act of love for his mother.Martyn Hett, from Stockport, died after being caught up in the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena concert venue.His friends and family had been desperately searching for the 29-year-old who was unaccounted for after the attack, which left 22 dead and 59 injured.But his brother, Dan, confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday morning that he had been killed.they found my brother last night. we are heartbroken.— Dan Hett (@danhett) May 24, 2017Russell Hayward, who described Hett as his “soulmate”, paid tribute to him on Twitter, describing him as “iconic and beautiful”— Russell (@RussellHayward) May 24, 2017Soulmate doesn't even come close. Come back to us Martyn so we can watch last nights Corrie together— Russell (@RussellHayward) May 23, 2017Tributes were also paid on Twitter to the young PR manager...RIP @martynhett. Everything you can read about him shows he was a really loved and special guy. What a horrible loss to Stockport.— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) May 24, 2017Thanks for everyone's help and support. I will love him forever.— Christina (@ChristinaP89) May 24, 2017Martyn Hett made people he didn't even know smile every single day. Devastated at the news, and heartbroken for his friends and family.— Silly Old Daniel (@sillyolddaniel) May 24, 2017Martyn Hett you did not waste a day of your 29 years with us. You will be so sorely missed. An icon — Liam (@LiamLambrini) May 24, 2017Heartbroken for @martynhett’s family & friends. The funniest, most upbeat and relentlessly positive person on Twitter. Just devastating.— IncrediblyRich (@IncrediblyRich) May 24, 2017Hett went viral a numbers of times over the past few years.The touching story of how he came to the rescue when his mother’s Christmas crafts stall failed to sell anything was featured in a string of publications, including HuffPost UK.The self-confessed Coronation Street superfan also charmed the nation when he a revealed a tattoo of the show’s Deirdre Barlow on Channel 4’s Tattoo Fixers.Although I never met Martyn Hett (knew him on Twitter) one of the reasons that he made me smile was his Deirdre Barlow leg tattoo.— James Glynn (@jamesglynn) May 24, 2017Hett’s love of Corrie also extended to his creation of “The Audrey Roberts Noise”, a compilation of the character’s “hmm!” noises. The YouTube clip has been watched hundreds of thousands of time.The official Coronation Street twitter page also paid tribute to him:Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Coronation Street Superfan @martynhett♥️#WeStandTogether— Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) May 24, 2017Hett also took home the much-coveted £1,000 prize after winning Come Dine With Me.He also blogged for HuffPost UK on becoming a “Daily Mail victim”, the Sugababes and - of course - Coronation Street.Hett had been due to take the trip of a lifetime just two days after the tragedy, to travel around the US for two months. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=59252670e4b0650cc0201019,59242657e4b034684b0fc27f,5924812de4b00c8df29f41ae -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

  • 'Big Brother' 2017: Bosses 'Ditch Pairs' In Favour Of New Theme
    Posted by Daniel Welsh on May 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    ‘Big Brother’ producers have reportedly ditched this year’s theme, ahead of the new series next month.Earlier this year, host Emma Willis revealed that they were hoping for the housemates to enter the house in pairs as part of a fresh twist, with the Daily Star suggesting the plan was to have a “double trouble” theme.However, after this year’s eye logo and trailer were both unveiled, neither of which referenced the idea of pairs, fans began speculating that bosses had ditched the idea of paired housemates altogether - and it now seems they’re right.An insider told the Daily Star: “It’s looking like the ‘pairs idea’ has either been dropped or maybe altered so only a few housemates are couples and the rest are singles.”‘Bit On The Side’ host Rylan Clark-Neal previously told HuffPost UK during an interview on ‘BUILD’: “I can say that we were looking for pairs but I can’t say any more than that.“Whether that means there’s only going to be pairs, or there’s going to be singles, I’ve got no idea. I mean I have, but I’m not telling you.”Earlier this month, the new ‘Big Brother’ eye was unveiled, featuring a UK flag and various aspects of British culture, including a London telephone box, a teapot and a pro-immigration protest sign.Bosses said of this year’s theme after its unveiling: “At a time of political upheaval and tough questions about unity in the UK, ‘Big Brother’ brings you an alternative look at Britain.“The first taste is revealed today with the new ‘Big Brother’ eye, formed from a multi-coloured Union Jack flag, featuring a patchwork of eclectic images representing modern Britain.”The new series of ‘Big Brother’ is expected to begin in the first week of June, meaning the housemates will not discover who has won the UK election. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]