WATCHING Joe Wicks – AKA The Body Coach – extol the virtues of healthy living is as engaging as it is distracting.He’s motivational, he makes sense, and that leftover selection box is so getting binned right after this interv… oh gosh, he really does have the loveliest hair. And face. And just look at that marvellous set of brilliantly white teeth.It’s all part of the perfectly proportioned, easy-on-the-eye, straight-talking package that has won nearly 2 million Instagram followers, turned his books and DVDs into bestsellers and sold his 90 Day Shift, Shape and Sustain Plan to more than 150,000 subscribers, uniquely cutting right through the gender divide to appeal equally to women and men.Joe’s Lean In 15 recipes, easy-to-follow workouts and no-nonsense advice have not only made him a multimillionaire, but also ensured he’s spent an inordinate amount of time over the last few years with his top off, today being no exception.But despite all of … [Read more...] about Joe Wicks on the whirlwind four years that have made him a health guru, heart-throb and multimillionaire
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IF you haven’t seen The Real Housewives of Isis and fancy a deliciously un-PC belly laugh, check it out on YouTube.It’s a spoof, reality-style sketch that depicts, among other things, the young brides of terrorists living among bombed-out rubble while taking selfies for Instagram and falling out over the fashion faux pas of having the same suicide vest.“She looks massive in it. You going to need a lot of Semtex to kill that one,” says one, while the other wails: “It’s times like this I wish I’d never moved out here.”In another, a young girl declares: “Ali bought me a new chain . . . so I can almost get outside, which is great!”Naturally, it has attracted criticism from some who feel it’s in bad taste but, from what I’ve read this week, it seems — far from being an outlandish parody — TRHOI isn’t far off the rapidly emerging ugly truth of what young girls face when they … [Read more...] about Real Housewives of ISIS might be spoof but it’s not far from the ugly reality for jihadi brides
OUR collective hearts were broken with the callous Manchester attacks.I, like many of you were left asking: "How do we ensure it doesn't happen again?"As a secondary school teacher I teach "Britishness" as part of the curriculum.We look at what it truly means to live in a democracy where we have tolerance, understanding and where we celebrate all beliefs and views.In the wake of the attack, it's important we look for long-term permanent change, rather than a fleeting "kick 'em out call".As a teacher, I look in hope at our education system.I hope that alongside, parents, the community and faith communities we can continue to educate our youth and protect them from radicalisation.We find ourselves united in grief.We need to ensure that future generations continue to understand that these acts will not divide or scare us.And that we need to work together to build bridges and understand what it truly means to be part of Britain today. Between us we need to raise … [Read more...] about Hooray! Chocolate, cheese and coffee is good for us… and how to cope with exam stress. Finally #c**koffcancer AND c**koffterrorists!
IT'S no secret being a doctor is one of the toughest professions out there.But there is one word to describe the junior docs featured in the new Channel 4 documentary Confessions of a Junior Doctor - exhausted.The hectic lives of these incredible people who enter the profession to save lives is laid bare in the programme that aired last night.Three trainees at different stages in their careers open up about their day-to-day lives at Northampton General Hospital.Last year almost a third of junior doctors left the NHS after two years.The simple truth is, the current strain on the NHS to provide a decent service to an increasing number of patients is taking its toll on the young doctors.One of the junior doctors who is trying to make it her chosen career is 28-year-old Dr Holly Lomas, who worked as a health care assistant, pub manager and even in the security industry to get to where she is today.Hard-working Holly vowed she would never "forget the patient" and see them as … [Read more...] about Channel 4’s Confessions of a Junior Doctor reveals why hospital medics never seem to have time for you… and why so many are quitting the NHS
THOUSANDS joined sprinter Tyson Gay at a candlelight vigil Monday night on a Kentucky high school running track to honour the Olympian's 15-year-old daughter, who was fatally shot over the weekend.Gay stood on the track at Lexington's Lafayette High School where he and daughter Trinity excelled and he thanked people for showing support after the girl's death early Sunday after gunfire erupted outside a restaurant in that city.The teen's mother, Shoshana Boyd, also was present amid the crowd honoring her memory."That's what Trinity would have wanted. ... Life is not a joke."Many in the crowd wore pink and purple Gay's favorite colors with some holding balloons of those same hues that were later released into the air.Several pairs of track spikes hung from a fence along with a baton that said In Memory of Trinity.Three men charged in connection with the shooting pleaded not guilty Monday and face an Oct. 25 court date.The three appeared via video before Fayette County, Kentucky, District … [Read more...] about Heartbroken Tyson Gay joined by thousands of mourners at candlelit vigil for teen daughter killed in restaurant shooting
A MUM has told how her 11-year-old plays online games for up to 10 hours a day and blames his TEACHERS for his addiction.Rowena Grant, 39, from Kent, said son Mikki spends a minimum of five hours a day during the week playing internet-based games like Minecraft.This increases to 10 to 12 hours at the weekend, with the lad so engrossed that he refuses to eat or go outdoors.Rowena, who runs a cleaning business, said: “I’m worried sick. He plays for almost 45 to 50 hours a week."Adding up the hours shocked me. He is not the only child I know to be addicted and as a mother I think it’s time parents became more active in seeking out support for their children and themselves.“My two other children are girls, and while they use Facebook and social media, they are always out and about.“But Mikki, like other boys in his class, is obsessed with gaming and wants to stay indoors.“This is a growing epidemic and unless we band together our … [Read more...] about Mum reveals how her pre-teen boy plays games online for up to 10 hours A DAY… and blames his TEACHERS for his addiction
THIS Morning viewers were shocked today by a mum who 'home educates' her three children by allowing them to play video games for seven hours per day.Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield quizzed her about what the children get up to each day with Holly expressing concerns about who they're talking to online.Katie Pybus defended her decision to allow her children to focus on Minecraft or Sims 4 rather than maths or reading. Her children Sapphire, 12, and her two brothers Etienne, 10, and Orin, seven, are allowed to spend their days doing things they're interested in and Katie says it can be anything from games to Lego.Holly and Phil quizzed her about how the children keep active and socialise but Katie insisted they meet up with other homed educating families.She said: "The majority of adults have a job where they sit down for eight hours a day and children sit at a desk in school all day so it's not that different."In West Sussex, there are lots of home educators, about 500 … [Read more...] about This Morning viewers hit out at mum who ‘homeschools’ her kids by letting them play video games… as Holly Willoughby shares her paedophile concerns
ALMOST nine in ten kids have access to the internet – with almost half of kids using Snapchat by the age of 12.A new digital trend report from Zeeko, an Irish EdTech start-up, found that 86 per cent of primary school pupils have access to a smart phone, tablet or iPod.The survey of thousands of youngsters also found that the age that kids are accessing the internet is getting younger, with most first class students saying they first went online at 4.9 years old, while sixth class students first went online at 7.6 years old.SnapChat is now tops for young people, having overtaken Instagram as the most popular social media app for kids.Some 45 per cent of sixth class pupils – aged 11 to 12 – are now using SnapChat, according to the report.Joe Kenny, Zeeko founder and CEO said: “There is no doubt the internet is a hugely beneficial resource for young people and something they will use more than the current generation.“Internet safety is all about education. … [Read more...] about Almost 90 per cent of kids have online access – and the age children are logging on is getting younger
The Leipzig Games Convention, first held in 2002, today rivals the Tokyo Game Show as the biggest game event in the world. It has already become Europe's largest show for interactive entertainment and is expecting to attract more than 200,000 visitors over its four-day run. More than 500 exhibitors from 35 countries have made the trip to the eastern German city. As the organizers point out, "playing is quite simply part of human nature – it is only the toys that have changed over the course of time." Visitors to the GC get the chance to see and try out the latest in video games and infotainment as well as check out the newest trends in educational software. Latest developments This year leading German mobile phone content provider Jamba is participating for the first time with a display of the latest trends in games specifically designed for mobile phones. "We are looking forward tremendously to our first appearance at the GC," said Jamba business manager Markus … [Read more...] about Europe’s Biggest Games Convention Gets Underway
Many well-meaning parents have long tried to convince us that video games are a waste of time at best and actively harmful at worst. This idea appears to be borne out by much research - study after study has shown links between playing violent video games and aggressive impulses in real-life situations. Other researchers have asserted that games can propagate gender or racial stereotypes, or even encourage risky driving, in the case of racing games. But with more and more people taking up the controller, there is a also a growing body of studies praising digital entertainment for its positive effects. "Despite the public pronouncements of many politicians, there never really was any good evidence in research to link violent games to violent behavior (and much to the contrary!), and even the evidence linking violent games to milder 'aggressive' behavior was inconsistent at best," psychology professor Christopher Ferguson told DW. "Unfortunately, … [Read more...] about Video games – a hazard or a help?