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February 28, 2022

Best Pre-Workout Powder of 2022

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Pre-workout powder can run the gamut. One of the most popular supplements on the market today (most common among gym goers), it’s an estimated $13 billion market and projected to reach well over $20 billion by 2027, according to recent reports. Pre-workout powder can also be one of the most confusing supplements to buy, with seemingly endless options. The biggest challenge is sorting through marketing claims, exaggerated performance benefits, and the opinions of every guy (or salesman) who’s ever taken one to find the best pre-workout powder for you.

The best way to figure out which pre-workout supplement is best for you is to evaluate which ingredients will actually help when you exercise, knowing the right dosage of those ingredients (if it’s even listed on the label), and making sure they’re not banned substances for any particular sport or competitive activity. First, let’s take a quick look at some of the evidence-based ingredients that can amp your workout performance. Following this, check out our top 10 recommended pre-workout supplements on the market.

1. Caffeine

Caffeine is the number one ingredient you’ll find in a pre-workout supplement—and the one you’ll actually feel the most. Benefits include elevated alertness, sharpened focus, faster reaction time, and an overall experience of increased energy. Broad suggested dosage for workout benefit is between 100 to 300 mg—but use with caution as caffeine metabolism and sensitivity is highly individualized.

2. Beta-Alanine

Beta-alanine is a fatigue buffer and a non-essential amino acid that increases carnosine in your muscles. Carnosine helps control your muscle pH and lactic acid build-up while helping you add a few more sets or sprinting seconds during your workout. Best results are reported by non-trained individuals and those who take it consistently over time.

3. Creatine

Creatine can help add power to your workouts by producing and circulating ATP, the energy unit used for muscle contractions. It can also boost immediate power and explosive movements during exercise and training—particularly in the first 10 to 15 seconds of movement.

4. Citrulline

Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid that can increase vasodilation (or widening) of the arteries to increase blood flow to working muscles. When consumed, citrulline is converted to arginine, which is then converted to nitric oxide—causing the vasodilation of blood vessels that help with oxygen delivery for performance. L-citrulline and citrulline malate are the two forms typically found in dietary supplements—both providing benefits in the body.

5. Dietary Nitrates

Dietary nitrates are commonly found in certain vegetables (namely beetroot) that contribute to increasing plasma circulation of nitrite and ultimately conversion to nitric oxide availability. This provides a positive effect on enhanced muscle efficiency, fatigue resistance, and performance.

6. Electrolytes

Sodium, chloride, magnesium, and potassium are the main electrolytes that help with fluid balance, neural activity, and muscle contractions in the human body. Certain amounts of these are lost through sweat during activity, and if electrolytes aren’t replaced or become imbalanced, you may experience fatigue, dehydration, cramping, weakness, or confusion. Proper hydration is essential for peak performance during training.

Jordan Mazur, M.S., R.D., is the coordinator of nutrition and team sports dietitian for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Drinking water can be a dangerous cocktail for people in flood areas

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Parts of south east Queensland and northern NSW have been experiencing what has been called a “rain bomb”. Despite the heavy falls, south eastern Queenslanders in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and the Lockyer Valley have been asked to conserve drinking water.

Water authorities explained extreme weather and heavy rain forced the closure of two SEQ drinking water treatment plants (Mt Crosby and North Pine Water Treatment Plants) early on Sunday morning. North Pine has since restarted and the Gold Coast Desalination plant is supplementing supply.

People living in areas experiencing flooding, particularly in south east Queensland, can help by using a minimum of tap water. This will help authorities reserve supply as they work to return their water treatment system to normal.

READ MORE: ‘Catastrophic’ flooding strikes Queensland and northern NSW

Residents from Woodburn are evacuating to higher ground as floods hit NSW and Queensland (9News)

But what could have caused this in a time of excess of water?

Dangerous waters

After an already wetter than normal summer, very heavy rain on saturated catchments has quickly generated dangerous volumes of flood waters.

The high energy and velocity of flood waters is causing erosion of soil and, in turn, river banks. As a result, SEQ Water estimates the cloudiness in raw water has increased by up to 100 times the normal amount.

Pictures and footage of flood waters, show it a milky chocolate brown. This is a dangerous sight to those in the water industry and raises concerns if it enters their water supply.

People should be very wary of wading into flood waters as they are often highly contaminated with disease causing germs from human and animal faecal wastes. Urban sewage systems may also overflow in times of wet weather and flood.

Cloudiness in water causes major problems for drinking water too. Referred to as “turbidity” in the water industry, it is caused by solid particulates in water. This suspended matter might be soil, silt or clay.

The dirty water can create significant problems for treatment of clean and safe drinking water. In particular, dirty water can overwhelm various stages of the treatment system, for example, by clogging filters. It can also reduce the effectiveness of water disinfection.

High standards

A particularly important process in treatment of drinking water is the addition of chlorine, sometimes in combination with other chemicals. This helps ensure water is free of disease-causing germs by the time it travels through pipes to the tap in your home. Effective treatment of drinking water results in water free of any cloudiness. Water has to have “crystal clear” turbidity for disinfection to be effective.

Australian drinking water suppliers are required to meet the highest standards of safe and clean drinking water quality. They need to comply with an extensive series of stringent protocols covered by the Australian Drinking water Guidelines. If they are unable to meet the standards at any time, they need to notify their customers.

A road sign shows the scale of the historic floods.
A road sign shows the scale of the historic floods. (Elise Derwin)

For example, after bad storms hit Victoria in June last year, storm damage to water infrastructure allowed potential contamination to enter the system. This led Yarra Valley Water to issue a warning to customers in some suburbs not to drink tap water at all. Unusually, the authorities warned customers that boiling water would “not remove contaminants” to make it safe to drink.

When such suspected water contamination enters the drinking water system, the entire system needs to be flushed. Extensive water testing is then conducted before the “all clear” is given to drink tap water again. In the case of the Yarra Valley Water, this process took two days.

A changing climate

Experts have long warned Australia’s water security is under threat due to climate change.

As with flooding, bushfires too can cause problems for drinking water supply. Heavy rain, storms and flooding after bushfires are a very bad combination. Bushfires can produce burnt residue with high nutrients, metals and many other contaminants.

There were several water quality problems after Australia’s Black summer bushfires, including fears for the quality of water in Sydney’s largest water storage facility: Warragamba Dam.

This was due to high intensity bushfires removing catchment vegetation. Then heavy rains and flooding carried loose ash, soil and debris into the storage reservoir.

Clean-up after such an event can be very difficult. Contaminants may be filtered from streams and containment booms deployed on rivers and storages to collect floating debris.

Be prepared

If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water it pays to think ahead.

Firstly, watch for reports about water quality problems in the media, from health authorities or from your water supplier. If flooding is coming your way, consider filling up some large containers of water from the tap, just in case!

If you live in a low-lying location – that is, on a floodplain, near a river, close to sea or ground-level, where flooding is more likely – be prepared. As well as packing some clothes and food in case of flooding or other natural disaster, pack some containers of clean drinking water. You may not have much warning that a “rain bomb” is coming your way.

Heavy flooding along the Clarence River impacts South Grafton. (Brook Mitchell)

Given the already soaked landscape from such a wet summer, flood waters will likely rise far more quickly than expected. Be guided by the helpful list prepared by the SES on the preparations and supplies you should have ready, but hopefully won’t need, in case of flood.

If you are in an area that is already flooded, follow the advice from authorities on safe drinking water, whether it requires boiling or avoiding altogether.

By Ian Wright Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Western Sydney University.

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‘Chump change’: F1 giants ‘worried’ about US outfit’s $1bn plan to join grid by 2024 SUPERCARS BATHURST 1000 – Pictured is Co-Owner of the Walkinshaw Andretti United Racing Team Michael Andretti at Mount Panorama today for the Bathurst 1000. Picture: Tim Hunter.

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F1 powerhouses are “worried” about the potential power of an American team’s entry into the field, which could come as soon as 2024.

F1 broadcaster Will Buxton believes the sport’s giants are “worried” about the potential power of an Andretti Autosport entry into the field, which could come as soon as 2024.

Michael Andretti, the son of 1978 F1 champion and legendary driver Mario, is plotting an entry into Formula 1 after failing in his bid to buy the American Haas team.

Andretti Global would become the 11th team on the grid with IndyCar star Colton Herta likely to make the jump to F1 if the plan comes together. Renault is the leading option for an engine partner, with Mario claiming a deal has been secured already.

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Andretti told he needs an answer within a month in order to get the team up and running for the 2024 season.

“To me it’s a no-brainer. I don’t know what the holdup is, so hopefully they figure it out,” Andretti said.

“The way we’re going to do it is going to be first class all the way. We’ve got big plans that will really be good for Formula 1.

“My backers are great, they’re in it to be competitive, they’re not just in it to say they’re in Formula 1. They’re sports guys, they’ve turned sports franchises around from where they weren’t competitive to then being competitive, so they know how to do this stuff.”

He added: “Eventually we’d like to build it (the car) here.

“The first car would have to be farmed out, sort of like the way Haas does it now. And then eventually build our own car.

“My dream is to do it here, to have a true American car. We’d still have a big presence in the UK, but have the actual building of it here.”

But the global reach and strong backing of the team, which includes cars in IndyCar, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, Formula E and a large stake in Supercars team Walkinshaw Andretti United – which won the Bathurst 1000 last year – has “the establishment” worried according to Will Buxton.

“Speaking to a lot of folks in the IndyCar paddock this weekend. The Andretti F1 project is serious. Very serious,” he tweeted.

“They could pay the ($200 million) entry fee as chump change. And in a non budget capped era have funding to make the top 3 wince. No wonder the establishment are worried.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has suggested the true cost of creating an F1 team would be close to $1 billion.

“We feel like we’re going to bring a lot more to the party in terms of income to the bottom line,” Andretti said in response.

“I believe what we could do for the US, it’s still very untapped and I think there’s a lot to be gained here.

“And I think having a true American team and driver, not a Russian driver, we can at least bring more than $100m to the bottom line, which is all we’d ever take out of the prize money.”

Under F1 rules 26 cars (and thus 13 teams) can be allowed on the grid.

F1 has had 10 teams since the mid-2010s, with the introduction of Haas compensating for the withdrawal of Manor (previously Marussia and Virgin), Caterham (previously Lotus) and HRT, with whom there was a 12-team grid through the early 2010s.

While those three outfits were backmarkers during their stints in the sport, they gave opportunities to future race-winners Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, among others.

Andretti said his team would be committed to building a pathway for American drivers to reach F1, which is surging in popularity in the US due to Netflix’s Drive to Survive.

Originally published as ‘Chump change’: F1 giants ‘worried’ about US outfit’s $1 billion plan to join grid by 2024


People with better physical fitness are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease – News-Medical.Net

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People who are more physically fit are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than people who are less physically fit, according to a preliminary study released today, February 27, 2022, that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 74th Annual Meeting being held in person in Seattle, April 2 to 7, 2022 and virtually, April 24 to 26, 2022.

One exciting finding of this study is that as people’s fitness improved, their risk of Alzheimer’s disease decreased-;it was not an all-or-nothing proposition. So people can work toward making incremental changes and improvements in their physical fitness and hopefully that will be associated with a related decrease in their risk of Alzheimer’s years later.”

Edward Zamrini, MD, study author, Washington VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and member, American Academy of Neurology

The study involved 649,605 military veterans in the Veterans Health Administration database with an average age of 61 who were followed for an average of nine years. They did not have Alzheimer’s disease at the start of the study.

Researchers determined participants’ cardiorespiratory fitness. Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measure of how well your body transports oxygen to your muscles, and how well your muscles are able to absorb oxygen during exercise.

The participants were divided into five groups, from least fit to most fit. Fitness levels were determined by how well participants did on a treadmill test. This test measures exercise capacity, the highest amount of physical exertion a person can sustain. For people who are middle-aged and older, the highest level of fitness can be achieved by walking briskly most days of the week, for two and a half hours or more per week.

The group with the lowest level of fitness developed Alzheimer’s at a rate of 9.5 cases per 1,000 person-years, compared to 6.4 cases per 1,000 person-years for the most fit group. Person-years take into account the number of people in a study as well as the amount of time spent in the study. The case rate decreased as the level of fitness increased, with a rate of 8.5 for the second least fit group, 7.4 for the middle group and 7.2 for the second most fit group.

When researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect risk of Alzheimer’s disease, they found that the people in the most fit group were 33% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those in the least fit group. The second most fit group was 26% less likely to develop the disease, while the middle group was 20% less likely and those in the second least fit group were 13% less likely to develop the disease than those in the least fit group.

“The idea that you can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease by simply increasing your activity is very promising, especially since there are no adequate treatments to prevent or stop the progression of the disease,” Zamrini said. “We hope to develop a simple scale that can be individualized so people can see the benefits that even incremental improvements in fitness can deliver.”

A limitation of the study was participants were mostly white men so results may not be generalizable to other populations.

The study was supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center and George Washington University.


Do low-carb diets help you lose weight? Here’s what the science says…

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In the 1970s, low-carb diets were all the rage. The Dr Atkin’s Diet Revolution book claimed carbohydrate restriction was a “high calorie way to stay thin forever“.

Carbohydrates are found in breads, cereals and other grains, fruit, vegetables and milk. They’re also in ultra-processed fast foods, cakes, chips and soft drinks.

These days, low-carb diets are promoted as a weight-loss solution, to beat heart disease and as better for diabetes. But how do these claims match up with the latest research?

A new review of the evidence found long-term low-carb dieters lost just under a kilo more weight than other dieters. However the review concluded there was no evidence low-carb diets have any additional health benefits.

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In fact, if you’re on a low-carb diet, you’ll need to pay closer attention to what you eat to make sure you get enough essential vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and other phytonutrients.

What did the reviewers investigate?

The Cochrane review included 61 randomised controlled trials (the highest level of evidence) with almost 7,000 adults with excess body weight. About 1,800 had type 2 diabetes. People in the healthy weight range were not included.

The reviewers compared weight-loss diets that varied in carbohydrate content:

  1. lower carbohydrate diets. This included very low-carb or ketogenic diets (less than 50g of carbs a day or less than 10 per cent of your total energy from carbs) and low-carb diets (50-150g of carbs per a day, or less than 45 per cent of total energy from carbs)

  2. “balanced” carbohydrate diets (150+ grams of carbs a day, or 45-65 per cent of your total energy from carbs).

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What did they find?

The reviewers found that among adults with excess body weight (but who didn’t have type 2 diabetes), those following lower-carb diets for 3-8.5 months lost, on average, one kilogram more weight than those on balanced carb diets.

However, when they ensured restrictions in energy intake were the same in both groups, by providing the food or meal plans, the difference was about half a kilogram.

In longer-term weight-loss interventions lasting one to two years, the average difference in weight-loss between those on low-carb versus balanced carb diets was just under one kilogram.

The average weight lost by groups on any weight-reducing diet varied greatly across the trials from less than one kilogram in some, up to about 13kg in others.

The studies in adults with type 2 diabetes found greater initial weight loss on low-carb diets compared to balanced carb diets: 1.3kg over three to six months. However, in longer interventions that lasted between one to two years, there was no difference.

In the small group of studies that included a maintenance period at the end of the weight-loss intervention, there were no differences in weight-loss in adults either with or without type 2 diabetes.

There were no significant differences in other health measures, including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar control or risk of constipation. And they found no important clinical differences in results based on the extent of participants’ carb restriction.

Overall, the review shows that whether you prefer a lower carb or a balanced carb eating pattern, both can work for weight loss.

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Nutrients to monitor on a low-carb diet

Carbohydrate is a macronutrient. Your body uses it to produce energy to fuel your muscles, brain, lungs and other vital processes.

Healthy foods with carbs — breads, cereals and other grains, fruit, vegetables and milk — are packed with other important nutrients, especially dietary fibre, thiamine, calcium and folate.

Without careful planning, a low-carb diet could also be lower in these nutrients. So how can you ensure you’re consuming enough? Here’s what to look out for — and some lower- and higher-carb options.

Dietary fibre is needed to keep your bowel function regular and promote growth of healthy bacteria in your colon.

Lower carb sources: spinach, fresh and frozen mixed berries, almonds, cauliflower

Higher carb sources: wholegrain bread, apples, chick peas, sweet potato.

Thiamin or vitamin B1 is needed to supply energy to your body’s tissues and is used to metabolise carbohydrates.

Lower carb sources: trout, tuna, sunflower seeds, beef, yeast extracts

Higher carb sources: brown rice, black beans, wholemeal bread, yoghurt.

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Calcium is needed for strong bones.

Lower cab sources: hard cheese, canned salmon with small bones, almonds, firm tofu

Higher carb sources: yoghurt, milk, soft cheese.

Folate is essential for growth and is used to manufacture DNA, your genetic code. Adequate intakes are especially important for women, as folate is needed to prevent neural tube defects in infants during pregnancy.

Lower carb sources: green leafy vegetables, avocado, broccoli, peanuts

Higher carb sources: wholemeal bread (Australian bread-making flour is fortified with folic acid), fortified wholegrain cereals, brown rice, oranges.

Ultimately, if you love carbs and want to lose weight, you can. Plan to lower your kilojoule and carb intake by not eating ultra-processed, energy-dense, nutrient-poor (junk) foods, while still eating carbohydrates from healthy foods.

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By Clare Collins Laureate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle, Erin Clarke Postdoctoral Researcher , University of Newcastle and Rebecca Williams Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Newcastle.

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February 27, 2022

Normal golf act Tiger Woods surprisingly ‘never, ever’ did (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 14, 2020 Tiger Woods of the United States looks on after a shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. – Twenty years after his “Tiger Slam”, a Grand Slam straddling two years, Tiger Woods, recovering from his serious car accident, will not be at the Augusta Masters on April 8, 2021, where it all began for his prodigious career now in suspense . (Photo by Patrick Smith / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

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Tiger Woods may be the best golfer of all time but his longtime caddie has revealed a fact about him that will surprise many golf fans.

Tiger Woods may be the richest golfer ever to play the game but he didn’t care one bit about how much prize money he won at tournaments.

That surprising fact has been unearthed by his former caddie Steve Williams, who was on the bag for 13 of Woods’ 15 major victories.

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Speaking on the Chasing Majors podcast with golf writer Evin Priest, Williams revealed what Woods did, or didn’t do, at the conclusion of a tournament, set him apart from every other golfer on the tour.

“One of the things I admire most about Tiger — I admired a lot of things about him — but one thing I absolutely admired about Tiger is that at the completion of a tournament you’d go into the scorer’s hut and you sign your scorecard and you hand it in,” Williams said.

“They always have a sheet with the prize money allocation for everybody so you can look up on the screen to see how you finished and look down and see how much you won.

“Tiger never, ever once took a look at that. He played to win trophies and create records, not for prize money.”

Williams described Woods as an ultra-competitive beast who was hellbent on breaking American legend Jack Nicklaus’ longstanding record of 18 major wins. He is currently three short of that mark.

“He’s the only player I’ve ever caddied for, the only player I’ve ever seen who never, ever looked at that sheet,” the New Zealander said.

“OK, you could argue he didn’t need to look at that sheet, but every player looks at that sheet, and he never did.”

Williams was also impressed that Woods never inquired about the prize pool when he was invited to play at a tournament overseas.

“Another thing that I admire about him (was) when he was getting approached to go and play in an event overseas,” he said.

“All they players always ask, ‘What’s the purse at that event?’. Tiger never asked what the purse was.

“Whenever he got offers to play at event overseas, the prize money had no bearing on his decision to play or not play in an event that he was invited to overseas.”

As of 2021, Woods has made around $165 million (AUD) in prize money on PGA tour, making him the highest earning player in the history of the game.

However, it’s unclear if or when the 46-year-old will make a return to competitive golf following last year’s serious car crash that badly injured one of his legs.

Woods has appeared at an exhibition event with his son Charlie but has said he will never be a full-time professional golfer again.

He does hold faint hopes of returning to the professional tour but can’t commit to a playing return.


Influencers banned from promoting health products from vitamins to skincare in latest TGA crackdown

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New advertising rules for social media influencers will ban them from promoting health products, such as vitamins or skincare, with the promise they will “diagnose, treat or cure” any health or skin condition.

The new advertising rules by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) aim to bring influencers in line with best practice, with influencers prohibited from promoting any therapeutic good that they have been paid to use.

As the TGA states, a therapeutic good ranges from medicines to medical devices. According to their broad definition, this can include sunscreen, skincare, vitamins, protein powders, collagen powders and other supplements.

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Influencer Tasha Franken endorsing JS Health Vitamins.
Influencer Tasha Franken endorsing JS Health Vitamins. (Instagram / @jshealthvitamins)

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The administration outlines that products with claims such as “‘removes toxins‘, ‘fades age spots‘, ‘relieves pain‘, ‘aids sugar metabolism‘, ‘reduces inflammation in the body‘ are all therapeutic use claims.”

For many Australian influencers, these new rulings will have a major impact on their business and how they approach their social media posting, given that most profit off paid partnerships with beauty and wellness brands.

The TGA has provided basic advertising rules for influencers to follow which include:

  • “Be accurate, balanced and substantiated
  • Only make claims that are consistent with the advertised good’s indication or intended purpose as it is recorded on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (the ARTG) or for exempt goods not on the ARTG consistent with documentation provided with the good.
  • Contain certain mandatory warning statements, which vary depending on the type of therapeutic good being advertised
  • Not claim that a product can diagnose, treat or cure a serious condition without prior permission or approval from the TGA.”

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The TGA explains that rules apply whether a payment is disclosed or not, and even if a testimonial made by the influencer is genuine, reports The Australian.

Bans also extend to those with expertise in a health-related field, including current and former health practitioners, health professionals and medical researchers.

For example, experts and brand ambassadors will be able to endorse products, but cannot provide testimonials for how the products work, due to their conflict of interest.

According to The Australian, the rules also prohibit advertising of therapeutic goods that plays on “fear and apprehension” or that may cause distress for public viewers.

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February 26, 2022

‘Time to act’: World Cup thrown into chaos (FILES) In this file photo taken on July 01, 2018 Russia supporters wave flags prior to the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1, 2018. – Sport’s highest court will on December 17, 2020, delivers its verdict on whether to overturn Russia’s four-year ban from international sport imposed following allegations of state-sanctioned doping. The much-anticipated decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport follows a four-day arbitration hearing between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) at a secret location last month. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS

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The sporting world has continued to revolt against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and it could cost them a spot in sport’s biggest tournament.

Poland will not play their 2022 World Cup play-off with Russia in Moscow on March 24 due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine the president of the Polish football federation said on Saturday.

The conflict entered the third day on Saturday since Russian leader Vladimir Putin unleashed a full-scale invasion that has killed dozens of people, forced more than 50,000 to flee Ukraine in just 48 hours and sparked fears of a wider conflict in Europe.

“The time for talking is over. It is time to act. Due to the escalation of the Russian Federation’s aggression in Ukraine, the Polish team does not envisage playing the play-off against Russia,” wrote president of the Polish Football Association Cezary Kulesza, adding it was the “only correct decision”.

He said he would work with the Swedish and Czech federations — the winners of their match would have to play in Russia (on March 29) if the latter beat Poland — to present a unified position to FIFA.

The three federations issued a joint statement on Thursday demanding FIFA move the respective play-offs from Russia.

Polish star Robert Lewandowski had tweeted on Friday that he would consult his teammates about the match and his rejection of war.

“Everything which is beautiful in sports is against what war brings,” he said. “For all people who value freedom and peace this is a time of solidarity with the victims of the military aggression in Ukraine.

“As the Captain of the National Team I will speak with my teammates about the match against Russia, in order to work out a common position on this question and present it to the president of the PZPN (Polish Football Association) as soon as possible.”

European football’s governing body UEFA punished Russia on Friday by stripping Saint Petersburg of hosting European club football’s showpiece event the Champions League final on May 28 and awarded it to Paris.


February 25, 2022

Supermarket secrets: 8 food packaging tricks

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By presenting their products in light-coloured boxes and bags, manufacturers believe you’re more likely to think a product is better for you. That theory was proven in recent research by Kiel University in Washington, which found that products presented in lighter shades were automatically assumed to be the “healthy” options. Interestingly, the researchers also found that most of us assumed the lighter the package, the more chance there is that the food will taste gross.Source

Woman shares viral video of shock act by ‘Karen’ in gym: ‘This can’t be real’

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A woman has shared footage of the shocking moment someone stole her dumbbells at a public gym, just seconds after she put them down in front of her.

In a viral video with over 9.6 million views, TikToker and gym junkie Kylen Suttner revealed her encounter with a “gym Karen” which has now left TikTok completely stunned. Watch above.

At the beginning of the video, Suttner is seen sitting on a bench press, lifting some dumbbells. She often films herself at the gym to work on her technique or post videos to TikTok.

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TikToker goes viral with video of 'gym Karen' stealing her dumbbells.
Suttner was filming herself to watch her technique when she caught the whole encounter on film. (TikTok / @kylensuttner)

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She then reveals the moment that has made her “officially over public gyms.”

When she sets her dumbbells down, having finished her set, a hand comes into the frame and takes one away.

When Suttner realises she turns and says “Oh sorry, I was using that,” to which the woman, who is outside of the frame, replies: “I’ve been waiting for these for a really long time, you’ve had them forever.”

Suttner replies: “I just have a couple more,” but the woman says “You’ve had them long enough.”

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TikToker goes viral with video of 'gym Karen' stealing her dumbbells.
Suttner had only just put down the weights when the woman swooped in and stole one. (TikTok / @kylensuttner)

Stunned by the woman’s attitude, Suttner turns around saying “Okay”.

TikTokers have been outraged by the woman’s act.

“This can’t be real,” one person wrote.

“People actually do this???????” another commented.

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One person commended Suttner on how she handled the situation: “You’re a much better person than me this would’ve brought out anger I didn’t know I had.”

Another said the exact same thing had happened to her: “A guy literally tried taking it out of my hand mid-set.”

A third person agreed: “This happened to me at Planet Fitness.”

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