DD Fitness: When weight loss goes bad

first_imgAt what point do we start to question how far celebrities and companies can push the boundaries of what is morally right?For years, weight loss companies have used influencers and celebrities to help sell their products.This could be considered smart on the company’s part as they get a bigger reach to their target market and end up selling more product. But the issue comes when the influencer begins to make claims about using the product when they clearly haven’t.They are abusing the trust they have built up with their followers for their own financial gain.This isn’t new news and it is pretty much common knowledge that this happens, but last week, it reached an all new low and has finally crossed a line.A reality TV ‘Star’, (and I’m using that as loosely as possible here), called Jem Lucy had a post on her Instagram page advertising weight loss teas, coffees and hot chocolates by a company called The Skinny Caffee. What’s the big deal I hear you ask?She was doing it while 8 MONTHS [email protected]’ve been staying in shape with my go to @skinnycaffe products. I love the Coffee’s, Hot Chocolate’s and the Thermosyn capsules are amazing! I love to use them as me and some of the girls have been seeing great results and they work with or without exercise. You can lose up to 7lbs in 7 days with Thermosyn 🔥 The Advertising Standards authority has stepped in and investigated this, and the post has since been removed. But, while up, it had 15.7k likes.15 thousand and 7 hundred people liked this post?A post of a pregnant woman using weight loss products.We have moved to a new level of WTF! There are 2 issues here with this happening.She was willing to say she was using weight loss products while 8 months pregnant. This company was willing to have an 8-month pregnant ‘influencer’ promote their products. It would seem that whatever shred of morality there used to be in this marketplace has been pushed aside.Pregnant women are NOT and NEVER should be considered as a target market for any company selling weight loss products.The safety issues alone should have been enough for both parties involved to have had better judgement.Some may say that there was no mention of pregnant women in the post and that they weren’t targeting them with the ad.But that isn’t how marketing works.EVERY post is thought out by the company and their marketing team ahead of time.They knew that she was pregnant and sent her their products so she could do a paid promotion of them.This didn’t happen by accident.These companies have always used their products and marketing and unqualified sales reps to target the vulnerable.They make fantastic claims of what their products can do and leave out the parts where you have to starve yourself along with using their products, or suffer the side effects of drinking laxatives and diuretics disguised as teas, coffees and shakes, in order to get the unsustainable ‘results’ they promise.When they start to target pregnant women in such a blatant manner, it is time for something to be done.If a pregnant woman needs help with weight loss, it should ONLY be done by a medical professional and in a controlled situation.Taking weight loss products like this could have harmful effects on you and you baby, so please do not consider them AT ALL.Talk to your GP and get referred to a registered dietitian.#leanin2019If someone approaches you with any weight loss products while pregnant, they need to be reported to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Locall: 1890 432 432http://www.ccpc.ieAnd the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland Tel: +353 (0)1 613 7040Homepage: http://www.asai.ieEmail: [email protected] Fitness: When weight loss goes bad was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fitnesshealthy livingrushe fitnesslast_img read more

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Mystery at the Museum FAQ

first_imgNote: All members (Basic and Premium) can search and filter for clues.You can also look at cache details to see if a geocache has the clue you need.How do I know which geocaches have clues?You can filter for geocaches that have the clues you need by using the search filters in the Geocaching® app or on Geocaching.com or by clicking the “Search for clues” button on the Mystery at the Museum page.How do I collect clues?Filter for clues to see which geocaches have the clues you need. Then find and log those geocaches to collect the clue on the Mystery at the Museum page in the Geocaching® app or on Geocaching.com. You can also look in the cache details to see if that geocache has the clue you are looking for.Do Event Caches have clues?Events hosted between July 11 and August 11, 2019 will all receive the detective clue.Do Lab Caches have clues?Lab Cache finds do not contain clues or count towards opening the vault.Do geocaches published during Mystery at the Museum get clues?New geocaches published between July 11 and August 11, 2019 will all receive the detective clue.Do disabled caches have clues?Geocaches that are disabled at the start of Mystery at the Museum and enabled during the promotion will receive the detective clue. If a geocache is disabled and re-enabled during the promotion, the clue will remain the same. For example, if an active geocache on July 11 has a fingerprint in it, becomes disabled for a week, and re-enabled, it will still have the fingerprint clue in it.I changed my log and did not collect a clue. Help!Log type changes will not award a clue. Only find and attended logs will award clues. You will not collect clues if you change a Write note or DNF to a Found it log. You will need to delete and resubmit your Found it log to be awarded the clue.If I find geocaches that contain a clue before I unlock the level, do I still collect that clue?You cannot collect clues that you do not qualify for. You must find the detective before you can collect evidence clues. Once the evidence has been found, you can then search for and find the jewels.Do I have to log my finds in a specific order to collect the clues?Clues are only awarded to your account if you have successfully unlocked the appropriate level. Please be sure to make sure the level has been unlocked before you log caches associated with more advanced levels.How many clues are in a single geocache? A geocache will contain only one clue type, but an unlimited number of that clue. For example, a geocache will only have the detective clue type, but any cacher that logs a find on that geocache for the first time within the promotion will collect the detective clue.Will my friends see the same clue as me?Yes. However, if you have already found that geocache, you will not be able to collect the clue it contains. What happens to the clues on August 11?The clues will be removed from all geocaches. The Mystery at the Museum page will still be available to view in the Geocaching® app and Geocaching.com until August 26, 2019.Do I have to log all my finds by August 11 in order to earn souvenirs for Mystery at the Museum?There will be a 48 hour grace period to submit your drafts and logs. Make sure to log your finds and attended logs by August 14 at noon UTC to earn the souvenirs.What are the four souvenirs I can earn during Mystery at the Museum?Briefed on the caseEvidence collectedJewels recoveredCase closedHow many clues do I need to find to earn each souvenir?The first souvenir, Briefed on the case, requires finding one clue in one geocache.The second souvenir, Evidence collected, requires finding six clues in six geocaches.The third souvenir, Jewels recovered, requires finding 15 clues in 15 geocaches.The fourth souvenir, Case closed, requires a bonus challenge to unlock the vault.Can I join Mystery at the Museum at any time?Of course! You can earn all of the souvenirs as long as you collect all of the clues by August 11.Where can I see my souvenirs?Souvenirs appear on your profile under the souvenir tab and also in the souvenir section in the app. For iOS users, access your souvenirs from the profile tab in the Geocaching® app. For Android users, access your souvenirs from your profile through the menu (≡) in the upper left hand corner.What does UTC stand for?Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. Mystery at the Museum begins on July 11 at noon UTC. You can convert UTC to your local time here.Does Mystery at the Museum incorporate the Leaderboard?Mystery at the Museum does not incorporate the Leaderboard, but you can still use the Leaderboard to keep track of friends’ geocaching activity. Share with your Friends:More Authorities need your help solving the biggest jewel heist in history, the Mystery at the Museum! From July 11 to August 11, get briefed on the case and find clues to track down the stolen jewels. Once you have found the jewels, return them to the vault using the hidden code changed by the thieves.You can find answers to some of our frequently asked questions below.Is Mystery at the Museum in the Geocaching® app?Yes! Mystery at the Museum is available on both the iOS and Android Geocaching® apps as well as Geocaching.com. Beginning on July 11 at noon UTC, visit your profile and click on Mystery at the Museum to see your progress in the Geocaching® app, or visit your Dashboard on Geocaching.com.I don’t see Mystery at the Museum on my phone.You must have the latest version of the Geocaching® app (Version 8.0.0 or later) to access Mystery at the Museum on your mobile device. Visit Google Play or the App Store to update your Geocaching® app.What are clues?Clues are digital artifacts hidden in geocaches. Clues help you solve the Mystery at the Museum. Search for geocaches that contain the clues you are looking for and collect the clue when you log the cache beginning July 11 at noon UTC.How do I find and collect clues?Use filters to see geocaches that contain clues.Find and log geocaches to collect the clues.Collect all the clues to learn how to access the vault.Keep track of your progress on the Mystery at the Museum page. SharePrint RelatedBreaking news! Mystery at the MuseumJune 25, 2019In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Transcript (Episode 26): Mystery at the Museum, Virtual Rewards 2.0 update, 20th Anniversary Celebration, geocaching etiquetteJune 24, 2019In “Podcast”Breaking news: Opening night at the Teague-Ulmer MuseumAugust 27, 2019In “News”last_img read more

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Green Building Priority #4 – Reduce the Need for Driving

first_imgFor very good reasons, we focus a great deal of effort in green building on reducing the energy consumption of our structures—after all, these directly account for more than 35% of our energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. But if you factor in the energy used in getting to and from our buildings—usually in single-occupancy cars and pickup trucks—those percentages grow significantly. And while it’s relatively easy to reduce the use of carbon-dioxide-spewing fossil fuels to operate buildings (through efficiency improvements and solar energy, for example), that’s much harder with vehicles, where we rely almost entirely on gasoline and diesel.If we are to make a significant dent in our fossil fuel consumption, we need to focus attention on where we build, and on ensuring access to public transit and human-powered transit (bicycle paths, bicycle lanes, and walkways).A few years ago (2007), I dug into the “transportation energy intensity” of buildings for an article in Environmental Building News. I did this for office buildings, but many of the ideas transfer reasonably well to homes. We know how to measure building energy use (often using the metric of Btus per square foot per year); I sought to come up with a parallel metric for the transportation energy associated with buildings.To do this, I used statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Transportation on commuting distances (12.2 miles each way), how Americans commute to work (76% in single-occupancy vehicles, 11% in two-person carpools, most of the rest via public transit or walking), and average fuel economy of vehicles (21 mpg). To estimate the square footage of office space per employee, I used a U.S. General Services Administration figure of 230 square feet (which I’m told may be significantly lower than in private office buildings). I assumed 235 work days per year.The bottom lineI found that, based on national averages, the annual commuting energy consumption for a typical office building is about 121,000 Btu/sq. ft. This compares with average office building energy use of 93,000 Btu/sq. ft. In other words, more energy is expended getting people to work than the office buildings themselves use. If, instead of an average office building, we consider one built to the most common energy code (ASHRAE 90.1-2004), this transportation energy use is 2.3 times that of the building energy use.What this means is that if we want to significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions, we need to re-examine where we’re putting our houses. Urban infill housing and renovation of older houses in more densely developed neighborhoods is greener than building new houses in suburban and rural areas. If homeowners can walk to the store or a coffee shop, they will be less likely to use their cars all the time.Building within a quarter- to a half-mile of a transit stop (bus, light rail, or heavy rail) allows easy walking to the stop and use of public transit. It’s no coincidence that in the Washington, DC area property values near METRO stops have continued going up, even while most property values in the region have been dropping the past few years. The same argument applies with bicycle paths—properties close to many bike trails are more in demand and the values are going up.As they say in the real estate industry: location, location, location!There are also things we can do in designing or reorganizing homes to facilitate alternatives to driving. Convenient storage of bicycles is one strategy—making it easy to get a bicycle out and use it. If it’s easy, more of us will bike.At the workplace, providing safe, covered bike storage and shower facilities can help to encourage this alternative to driving. More convenient, premium parking for carpool vehicles may inspire more workers to share rides.Companies and institutions can also implement a wide range of measures to reduce commuting by single-occupancy vehicle: elimination of free parking, vouchers for public transit (as an employee benefit, or at least using pre-tax income so you’re not paying tax on public transit expense), flexible hours for bicycle commuters to avoid rush hour biking, and other rewards or recognition for avoiding vehicle use.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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Our young MPs are overrated

first_imgThere is endless media buzz on younger MPs and how promising, photogenic and well coiffed they are.The recent cabinet reshuffle where, against expectations, young MPs were ignored, and Sonia Gandhi’s call that politicians retire at 64 are noteworthy.There is endless media buzz on younger MPs and how promising, photogenic and well coiffed they are. They are all that and literally made- for- the- movies nextgen politicians. Truly, when you compare them to the earthier politicians of yore, they look great.The subtext of the buzz seems to be that if they were given power ( ministerships), they would turn India around.They all sport foreign degrees which ensures them the tag of intellectuals too.Their complaint is that they are not given power, though they are over- flowing pots of talent. In fact the recent Ministry reshuffle convinced everyone what a great opportunity Manmohan Singh missed by not dropping senior ministers and then inducting the younger MPs.Thank God for that.Attributes95 per cent of younger MPs got their seats through family connections. Inimitably, Rahul Gandhi admitted as much with regard to his own seat. The list of honour includes the Badals of Punjab, Yeddyurappa, Dhumal of Himachal, Karunanidhi’s brood, Sharad Pawar, Mulayam Singh, Gogoi of Assam, Ajit Singh of UP, Chautala and Hooda’s sons in Haryana, Sheila Dikshit and Vasundhara Raje and sons, Scindia of Madhya Pradesh, Sachin Pilot, Ranes of Maharashtra, Jaganmohan Reddy of Andhra, Murali Deora, Jyoti Mirdha from Rajasthan and other lesser known family origin MPs.There are over 75 such MPs and they frequently give interviews, claiming achievements, which really involve the routine spending of their MP funds. They give the right bytes and visuals, but are they delivering? Or have they become one more millstone around the country’s neck? Their characteristics are: A. Risk- averse behaviour : Young MPs of all parties are petrified to do anything unusual. They are totally risk- averse. They do not behave like leaders, but executives in Fast- Moving Consumer Goods ( FMCG) firms. They never espouse un- popular causes or display initiative. None of them take any position on any issue. They fashion a role as status quoists and their overriding ambition is re- election and making politics a full time career, just like company executives. They quietly lobby the same leaders that the less sophisticated do, but with greater success. Their social skills and pedigree give them advantage.They never associate themselves with anyone who might, even peripherally, be anti- establishment or out of favour. The farthest thing in their minds is ” to speak truth to power”. Their policy is timidity and their un- stated religion is that it is better to be mediocre and survive.B. Total opposites of Rahul Gandhi: In fact, the only younger MP who does show antiestablishmentarianism is Rahul Gandhi.He stays out of Delhi and courts controversy over new ideas. Unlike the Young MPs, he is ready to risk his reputation. It is therefore surprising why younger Congress MPs do not emulate Mr Gandhi.C. Parliament membership is a career : Most of the younger MPs are familiar with the perks and prestige of being an MP. They know the cost of loss and it is deeply ingrained in them that they should hold onto their seats at any cost. By being compliant, they ensure they are viewed as non- ambitious. Naturally, inner circles in all parties like them and feel un- threatened.Such postures have been wellhoned, with masterly fawning, brilliant sycophancy and sophisticated flattery.D. No crusader amongst younger MPs: Again, Rahul Gandhi is an exception. It is puzzling why in the last 12 years, we never saw younger MPs crusade against corruption or any other ill in India. In the recent Telecom Scam, we never found a young MP raise the issue. All young Ministers and MPs were totally silent and avoided the storm. Governance, security issues, environment or education have never attracted their attention.Then what are they interested in? This servile behaviour fortifies their image as harmless, innocent executives in FMCGs but not as leaders, who are in dire shortage.E. Younger Ministers non- performing: There are about 15 younger ministers in government.Some of them have been there for 4 years. But these Ministers have not shown any originality or even made an effort to be role models or take any risk.They focus on being a pleasing part of status quo and go along with any Minister as perfect team- players as they would in a FMCG firm. Be it a Telecom Raja, or others, they adjust and survive. Then how do you expect the Prime Minister to elevate them? When you are totally non- performing in even a supporting role, how can you play the hero’s role?SeniorsIf they are not leaders, then they are not even good managers. Where is their achievement? Of course, DMK MP Kanimozhi has achieved much for herself. But is that the kind of achievement we want? Sonia Gandhi is wrong to ask for the retirement of capable seniors. The real performers in government, in fact, are the oldest Ministers. A. K. Antony, Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram are visible and take risks every day. Antony has brought honesty and gravitas to defence.Pranab is a problem solver and Chidambaram has energised the security apparatus. The younger MPs might say that such ministers had the benefit of experience. True, but they were also great risk takers. Antony, Pranab Mukherjee, Chidambaram, Mamata Banerjee and Sharad Pawar are great risk takers. Antony became Chief Minister at 33 years and resigned in 1978.Pranab Mukherjee left the Congress and was in the cold for 10 years. Chidambaram left the Congress and was out of power. Mamata Banerjee and Sharad Pawar are habitual risk- takers.DangerThis is not to argue that younger MPs should self- destruct their careers by recklessness.But we need something more than their artful silences and inactivity.If the younger generation is not idealistic, then who will be? Fortune favours the brave and risk- takers rise to great heights. Younger MPs need to shed some timidity and display some idealism. By doing so, Rahul Gandhi has gained increasing acceptance in the country.The younger MPs who rose due to family connections must remember that genetics is their greatest enemy. Nature will constantly try to see their exit. The enterprise shown by their forefathers got them positions. But their timidity, lethargy or total conformity will ensure their failure.Status quo never works. They have to outwit the law of genetics- that genes lose their steam after some time. Where are the descendants of the Mughals or other rulers? The law of genetics has ensured a fast turnover of rulers.The country noticed the deafening silence of all young politicians during the 2G scam. Not one raised his voice. Rajiv Gandhi, Rajesh Pilot, Madhavrao Scindia all took risks when they were young Ministers. Chandrashekhar was a rebel in the 1970s and see how far he went. Indira Gandhi herself was a hightrapeze politician.By being too non- controversial and donning mediocrity, longevity in politics will not be ensured. Your genes and strategy will hasten the end. The British tolerate their monarchy, because they see them as practitioners of ” meritocratic nepotism”. There seems to be little merit in our political nepotism.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mrs. Pistols (and Baby Pistols) preview the Cotton Bowl

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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