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Action needed now to stop the misery of needless injuries

More than half a million people suffered avoidable injuries in a year when the country was largely closed due to the Covid pandemic, campaigners are highlighting this Injury Prevention Week.

stop the misery of needless injuries

“Even though we couldn’t go out or do very much, cars were left sat on driveways, and huge numbers of people worked from home, there were still 564,359 personal injuries registered with the Government’s Compensation Recovery Unit*,” said Mike Benner, chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

“Let me be clear: these claims are the result of negligence, not unforeseeable mishaps or accidents. They are injuries which should not happen in the first place and which can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, as well as a serious impact on businesses, and on the NHS,” he said.

“Avoiding these injuries is down to taking proper care and thinking about the impact of the actions we take on the safety of others. It’s largely a question of common sense. We all have a part to play in preventing unnecessary harm.

“We host Injury Prevention Week every summer because our vision is of a society without needless injury. Behind the big statistics are hundreds of thousands of people with lives and families. Our members see the suffering on an individual level and help to pick up the pieces,” Mr Benner went on.

“We hear of many cases where a driver has strayed onto the wrong side of the road, or work equipment is left unchecked and unsafe, or hazards are just left, and lives are shattered as a result. It’s a serious problem which needs to be addressed,” he said.

“Negligence is a stand-out issue which needs proper attention from the top. APIL wants to see the appointment of an injury prevention commissioner to co-ordinate different sectors and ensure Government action.

“But first, we can all look closer to home, use our common sense, and look out for one another,” he said.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) statement on the Government’s Building Safety Bill

RoSPA fears that the Government’s Building Safety Bill is a missed opportunity in its current form. The cost of missing this opportunity will be people’s lives. While RoSPA fully supports the measures that are being implemented on fire safety, there are other, more lethal aspects of building safety that are being completely overlooked.

Crucially, death by falling on the stairs is a hidden killer that often goes unnoticed, but claims the lives of at least 700 people every year. For every one hospital admission caused by a burn, there are 235 caused by falls.

This is why RoSPA is campaigning for the Building Safety Bill to enshrine the most up to date standard for stair design into law. Fortunately, there is already an existing British Standard which leads to 60 per cent fewer falls. This is a tried and tested, industry approved framework, it’s just never been enshrined into law. All it would take is a simple amendment to the Bill to make the standard a legal requirement and in doing so save countless lives.

The Building Safety Bill is a landmark piece of legislation, rightfully bringing building standards into the 21st Century. The Grenfell Tower tragedy must be a watershed moment in the history of safety in the home, but it should also make us question and then improve all aspects of building safety, beyond the risk presented by fire alone. No one should be unsafe and at risk of death in their own homes, regardless of the cause.

Video: Paul Maynard MP, (Blackpool North and Cleveleys) speaking in the House of Commons in support of RoSPA’s safer stairs campaign – (Wednesday, July 21 2021)

New Jersey native, Kh1 releases his highly anticipated single ‘Timeline’

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LINDEN, NEW JERSEY, USA, July 29, 2021 / — Mekhi Hayes aka Kh1, is a young Hip Hop artist from Linden, New Jersey, striving to deliver effective messages to his audience including but not limited to: love, pain, and societal issues. The clever and intelligent rhyme schemes used in his songs captivate an audience while taking them through a lyrical journey in the process.

Kh1 releases his highly anticipated single

Kh1 began his official rap career by posting freestyles on Instagram while gaining traction and respect from listeners following him on social media. Using social media platforms as a promotional outlet, he has gained recognition from producers and artists around the country searching for collaboration opportunities. His first single of the year “Rafters” was released on all major platforms and created a buzz, due to a poised and experienced cadence and message. While creating a new sound for East Coast drill music which included great lyricism. This lead to the next release of his song “Vibes”, paying homage to New Jersey club music and greats before him, Kh1 infused many styles in the song to showcase his versatility. Releasing more musical projects independently is the initial step to showcasing his true talent level to the world, resulting in a thriving musical journey.

His new single “Timeline” was released on all major platforms on July 1st and since has created a new level of audience recognition and impact the various amounts of people tuning in.

“We at Fye Music Entertainment would definitely expect greatness to be on the way and with Que, the growth should be exponential over the years to come.” Fye Music Ent

Releasing more musical projects independently is the initial step to showcasing his true talent level to the world, resulting in a thriving musical journey. Kh1 is ready to make a change in the game with his passion for music. Be on the lookout for new releases!

For more updates on Kh1 follow him on social media below.

Kamyrn Perez
Fye Music Entertainment
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Published at Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:06:25 +0000

Sample Oklahoma Grand Opening Event

Sample Oklahoma Ribbon Cutting

You Are Invited

Come meet us, the vendors, and the nonprofits.

OKC, OK, USA, July 27, 2021 / —
Oklahoma, come share the local love.

To love local is to Sample Oklahoma. SOK is a subscription box platform that joins the best Oklahoma businesses and nonprofits together to create a thriving and winning Oklahoma economy.

During our grand opening and ribbon cutting, we will introduce many of our loved vendors, past and future non-profits, and the staff behind Sample Oklahoma. At the event, you will hear from our founder, Rhonda Thomas, and her take on the significance of Sample Oklahoma and the future of nonprofits in Oklahoma. You will also have the opportunity to meet most of our dedicated staff and faces of Sample Oklahoma.
Proudly attending nonprofits are Green Shoe Foundation, Cleats 4 Kids, and Single Parents Support Network. Hear from each of them, and how you too can help pave the path for Oklahomans.

You will have the chance to meet over 15 local Oklahoma businesses and sample some products. Yellow Dog Coffee will be serving locally roasted cups of joe and Sample Oklahoma will be providing a light brunch. Other vendors include de-fine Nutrition, Barnes Design, Cam’s Silkscreening, and Design, Hal’s Homemade Jerky, My Enchanted Bowtique, Barking Dog Bakery, Faithfully Fit Nutrition, Sage and Elm Apothecary, Mean Beans Coffee Company, Grounds 4 Compassion, BF Farms, Bonnie’s Popcorn, Mad Honey Bars, Pink and Pearl, 2 Okies Salas, Native Spirits Winery, Eat Around the World, and others. Come meet these wonderful vendors, check out their products, and hear their stories about what being an Oklahoma business means to them.
Sample Oklahoma is much more than just a subscription box, it is an opportunity to introduce business and nonprofits to our communities while making a sustainable difference, locally.

Sample Oklahoma Subscription Box Grand Opening
Thursday, July 29, 2021, 9:30 am
South OKC Chamber, 701 W Interstate 240 Service Road, OKC, Oklahoma.

Please feel free to reach out for more information.

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Sample Oklahoma
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Published at Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:29:53 +0000

Bidding Set to Close on Three Orange County Virginia Country Properties Announces Nicholls Auction Marketing Group

3 BR/2 BA ranch style home on 4.38 +/- acres -- Detached 2 bay garage -- Detached 45'x68' shop building -- Great opportunity for a home based business

8166 Burr Hill Road, Rhoadesville, VA 22542

4 BR/4 BA home w/walk-out basement on 29.1± acres -- Several outbuildings w/great storage – Pond

29080 Horner Drive, Rhoadesville, VA 22542

3 BR/3 BA ranch style brick home w/finished walk-out basement on 2.7± acres -- 24'x60' shop/garage w/attached covered carport -- 40'x52' equipment/storage building -- Great opportunity for a home based business

15598 Mountain Track Road, Orange, VA 22960

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to own or invest in property that will be a great present and future investment.”

— John Nicholls

FREDERICKSBURG, VA, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 / — Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., ( announces the auctions of a 3 bedroom home on 4.38± acres, a 4 bedroom home on 29.1± acres and a 3 bedroom on 2.7± acres in Orange County VA on Wednesday, August 4 according to John Nicholls, president of the company.

“We have been contracted to market and sell these properties,” said Nicholls. “Take advantage of this rare opportunity to own or invest in property that will be a great present and future investment and they will be sold at the price you bid.”

Auction dates and times, locations, addresses and property highlights follow below.

Wednesday, August 4 at 2:30 PM – 8166 Burr Hill Road, Rhoadesville, VA 22542
3 BR/2 BA ranch style home on 4.38 +/- acres — Detached 2 bay garage — Detached 45’x68′ shop building — Great opportunity for a home based business
• Features an eat-in kitchen; living room w/fireplace; dining room & attic; rear deck (width of the entire home); asphalt driveway
• Detached 45’x68′ shop building (15′ sidewall height); detached 2 bay garage w/rear shed off
• Located only .4 mile from Rt. 20; 8.5 miles to Rt. 3; 20 miles to Woodberry Forest; short drive to Culpeper and the Town of Orange!

Wednesday, August 4 at 2:35 PM – 29080 Horner Drive, Rhoadesville, VA 22542
NOTE: Auction will be conducted off site at 8166 Burr Hill Rd., Rhoadesville, VA 22542
4 BR/4 BA home w/walk-out basement on 29.1± acres — Several outbuildings w/great storage – Pond
• Features an eat-in kitchen; living room; dining room; family room w/fireplace (stove insert); walk-out basement; attic; pond; gravel driveway
• Several outbuildings for storage
• Located only .4 mile from Rt. 20; 8.5 miles to Rt. 3; 20 miles to Woodberry Forest; short drive to Culpeper and the Town of Orange!

Wednesday, August 4 at 5:00 PM – 15598 Mountain Track Road, Orange, VA 22960
3 BR/3 BA ranch style brick home w/finished walk-out basement on 2.7± acres — 24’x60′ shop/garage w/attached covered carport — 40’x52′ equipment/storage building — Great opportunity for a home based business
• Features a kitchen; living room w/fireplace; large 3 season room; enclosed rear porch w/cabinets & great storage; finished walk-out basement w/fireplace; attic w/pull down stairs; 1 bay attached carport
• Large covered rear patio; covered front entrance; gravel driveway; fish pond; mature landscaping & garden area
• Detached 24’x60′ shop/garage w/attached 24’x20′ covered carport/work area; 40’x52′ equipment/storage building w/enclosed loft area for storage
• Located only 2.5 miles from Rt. 15, 3 miles from Rt. 20 & Town of Orange, and a short drive to Charlottesville & Fredericksburg!!

The real estate auctions are open to the public. Brokers are reminded that pre-registration is required for compensation.

For more information, contact Tony Wilson (540-748-1359) or visit

Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., with over 50 years of auction superiority and over 200 years of combined experience, has been synonymous with excellence and successfully marketing and selling thousands of properties.

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About Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc.

Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., is a professional accelerated marketing firm specializing in the promotion and sale of real estate via the auction method of marketing. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, NAMG has been serving the needs of the Mid-Atlantic region since 1968. The Nicholls team comprises world and state champion auctioneers, an award winning marketing staff, and sales percentages unmatched in the industry. For more information about Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., visit or call 540-898-0971.

Tony Wilson
Nicholls Auction Marketing Group
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Published at Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:52:59 +0000

1 killed, 13 shot Monday in Chicago

One person was killed, and thirteen others were wounded in shootings July 19, 2021, in Chicago. One person was killed, and thirteen others were wounded in shootings July 19, 2021, in Chicago. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A 38-year-old man was fatally shot in the 100 block of North Morgan Street.

One person was killed, and thirteen others were shot Monday in Chicago, including a man who was fatally shot in the West Town neighborhood.

Just after 1 a.m., the 38-year-old was standing on the sidewalk in the 100 block of North Morgan Street when someone in a silver sedan fired shots, Chicago police said. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

In non-fatal shootings, four men who were wounded in a shooting in Homan Square on the West Side. They were outside about 9:15 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Flournoy Street when someone unleashed gunfire, Chicago police said. A 47-year-old man was struck multiple times, while another man, 22, was shot in the face. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where the older man was in critical condition and the younger man was in good condition. The third man, 43, was shot in the thigh and was also in good condition at St. Anthony Hospital. A 46-year-old man who was also shot in the thigh was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in Lawndale on the West Side. He was standing outside about 9:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Lawndale Avenue when someone opened fire, striking him in the back and arm, police said. The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

About two hours earlier, another 15-year-old was shot blocks away in Homan Square. The girl was in Boler Park about 7:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of West Arthington Street when a male approached and unleashed gunfire, police said. The teen was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

A 17-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting Monday in Rogers Park on the North Side. About 5:35 p.m., he was in the 6700 block of North Greenview Avenue when he was shot in the buttocks, police said. The teen was taken to a hospital in good condition. Police did not release more details on the circumstances of the shooting.

A man was in critical condition after being shot in East Garfield Park. He was standing outside about 4 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Fulton Street when someone pulled up in a light-colored vehicle and opened fire, police said. The 22-year-old was struck in the neck and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Five others were wounded in shootings citywide.

Ten people were killed, and fifty others were wounded last weekend in Chicago.

Published at Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:05:00 +0000

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6 ways to develop endurance and achieve your goals


When US Olympic weightlifting team member Harrison Maurus shows his strengths at this year’s Games, the pandemic will have robbed him of getting to hear his mother cheer “good lifting,” a distinct voice among what would typically be hundreds to thousands in the crowd.

Since Maurus’ first meet in 2012, his parents have traveled the world to provide in-person support at many of his competitions. But this summer, they’ve hit a roadblock: Both foreign and local spectators are banned from the Tokyo Olympics because of safety concerns during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Their “extended family were going to go to … Japan and be able to watch him lift,” Tracey Maurus, the weightlifter’s mother, told CNN. “So it kind of threw a wrench in our plans.”

Harrison Maurus’ ability to shake off the dismay at the postponement of the Olympics in 2020 – after a week of camping with a fellow Team USA member – is part of what alleviates any concerns his parents have about what Maurus’ mindset will be when the Games begin on July 23 and he doesn’t have his support network around him.

“When Harrison gets on the platform, when they introduce Harrison, he’ll march up. And with his glasses on, he can see the crowd and he can see the setup really well,” Maurus’ father, Jim, told CNN. “But when he goes to lift, those glasses come off and he’s always said, ‘I can’t see the crowd, and I’m just there to do my job.’ ”

Social support is an important facet of endurance, but we can train our brains to focus on the task at hand despite unexpected circumstances, said Megan M. Buning, a teaching specialist in the Interdisciplinary Center for Athletic Coaching at Florida State University and an approved mental performance consultant in the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s registry and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Below are six key things you can do to develop and maintain endurance, according to experts who have worked with coaches and athletes on physical and mental stamina:

1. Set clear, meaningful goals

Setting goals for yourself is crucial to building endurance, said Timothy Baghurst, a professor of education and the director of FSU Coach: Interdisciplinary Center for Athletic Coaching at Florida State University.

Articulating your goals according to the SMARTS method Baghurst detailed in his book “Coaching for Sports Performance” is a good way to clarify what you want and avoid giving up, he said. SMARTS describes goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timed and Self-determined.

For example, the general goal “I want to get fit” isn’t specific, but aiming to run a marathon is. Saying “I want to do my best” is relative, whereas planning to finish the marathon within a certain number of minutes is measurable. Your goal shouldn’t be 100% feasible or easy.

“Thirty percent of the time it should be a goal that (people) don’t achieve, and that pushes you to try to make it,” Baghurst said.

Determining how much your goal fits within your lifestyle or what you’re trying to achieve careerwise tells you how relevant your goal is, Baghurst said. Timing your goal is deciding when you want to have achieved it.

And with goals, Baghurst said there are two types of motivators: extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic motivators can be the rewards meeting your goals might beget, such as pleasing people, prize money or a trophy. Intrinsic motivators, however, are internal factors that push you to work toward something so that you feel improved self-esteem, for example.

Relying more on intrinsic than extrinsic motivators can help you keep going when extrinsic motivators fall away. And writing, instead of typing, what these factors are for you can help you remember them better, Buning said.

2. Tell others about your goals

Telling people about your goals can be motivating by way of accountability, Baghurst said.

“If I don’t tell other people, then I can kind of give up that goal and it’s not really a big deal,” he explained. “But if I’ve told all of my colleagues in the office that I’m going to run a marathon in November, I know they’re going to ask me about it, and so it might hold me a little bit more accountable.”

3. Visualize both challenges and success

One technique that’s “massive” in sports is visualization – using imagery to start believing what you want to achieve, seeing the potential obstacles along the way and picturing yourself overcoming those hindrances, Baghurst said.

What most people do is visualize only success, he added. “If we haven’t anticipated or seen ourselves experiencing challenges, when we experience those challenges, we’re kind of unprepared for them,” Baghurst said.

“We don’t know what to do. That wasn’t part of the plan. And then as a consequence, maybe we lose that motivation or we don’t believe we can achieve that goal.”

4. Practice mindfulness

The mindset with which you enter a situation can either set you up for failure or fortune, Buning said.

If “I know that I have to go for a run today and I keep telling myself, ‘I’m not a good runner. I’m just not a runner. This sucks. It’s too hot. I can’t breathe’ … how likely is it for me to actually one, start the run, or two, finish it?”

Practicing mindfulness is one way you can bring awareness to those negative, unconscious beliefs and reframe them into a growth, rather than fixed, mindset. For example, Buning advised that instead of telling yourself you’re not very good at a tennis serve, think “I’m not very good at it yet. Now, how can I get better?”

5. Set up reminders

Remembering goals in moments of stress can be difficult, but some athletes have practical ways of reminding themselves of their plans and why they’re important, Buning and Baghurst said.

Those have included putting a picture of a medal or registration form for a race on their bathroom mirror, fridge or wall, and wearing clothing or bracelets embellished with motivational quotes.

6. Learn to recalibrate

When we lose control of what we’re trying to achieve, we’ve lost “that sense of destiny is in our hands,” Baghurst said.

You can keep your head up by focusing on what you’re able to do: Let’s say your friends normally pick you up to go to the gym, but one day they can’t. “Will I then find another way to exercise?” Baghurst said.

“The answer is, for most people, probably no. … They still have some control of being able to (decide), ‘Hey, I can still go for a walk or I can still go exercise in my backyard.’ ”

No matter what happens during your efforts to improve endurance, persistence is always better than quitting, Baghurst said. Repeatedly overcoming obstacles can help in other areas of your life – so that the next time you’re working toward a goal, you can also rely on newfound confidence sustained by memories of previous journeys and successes.

Published at Tue, 20 Jul 2021 08:46:43 +0000

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From not speaking the language to competing for the national team at Tokyo 2020, Belgian runner Isaac Kimeli is aiming for gold

The 27-year-old Belgian track and field star has spent the last couple of years prepping for Tokyo 2020, ever since he ran a personal best of 13:13.02 in 2019 to qualify for the 5,000 meters.
“I didn’t expect to run the standard so early; it was a very emotional moment,” Kimeli tells CNN Sport.
In May this year, he also qualified for the 10,000m after achieving a personal best of 27:22.70 at the Olympiastadion in Stockholm.

In search of a better life

But his journey to the Olympics began way before 2019.
Kimeli’s mother left their home county of Uasin Gishu in Kenya and migrated to Belgium when he was four years old, working as a nurse in a local hospital. “My mother was coming to Belgium to search for a better life,” he says.
At the time, he was left in his grandparents’ care — admitting that at such a tender age, he felt marooned by her absence. “I think it was difficult to see why she was leaving for another country.”
When Kimeli turned 15, he also left Uasin Gishu and reunited with his mother in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw. He says at first it was hard for them to foster a good relationship, as they hadn’t seen each other for over a decade. “It’s a little strange to see your mother again after so long.”
Having never stepped foot on a plane before, he arrived in the capital city wide-eyed yet apprehensive. Without a close knit community and unable to speak the local language, he struggled to fit in with his new environment.
“The weather was so cold,” he says. “I didn’t speak French, and I didn’t speak Dutch. For me, everything was new.”
There was also a difference in the community dynamic. In Kenya, Kimeli was used to spending time with his close-knit coterie, forging strong bonds through shared meals and regular conversations. But in Belgium, the lack of interaction with fellow residents made him feel isolated.
“Here you don’t talk with your neighbors, it was a big difference.”

Finding his feet

A bored and lonely teenager, Kimeli was homesick for Kenya. “I didn’t like Belgium, I wanted to go back home,” he says.
But his luck changed when his PE teachers spotted him running at a cross-country event. He was attending school to learn Dutch at the time but was having more success on the track than in the classroom.
“I was winning every time … two minutes ahead of the other schoolmates,” he says.
His PE teachers encouraged him to join a track club to harness his talent, though it took him some time to get to grips with the rules of the sport.
In one of his first junior events, Kimeli ran one lap and began celebrating his finish, before realizing he had a few more to go until the end of the race.
Kimeli says he started running once he set foot in Belgium, since harnessing stellar achievements across track events.
“When I arrived there at the start, I thought I was in front of the other athletes,” he says. “I think I was 25th place.”
“Nobody told me it’d be two or three laps,” he adds. “It was funny.”
Kimeli also tried his hand at football, but the language barrier proved too much of an obstacle.
“It was difficult because you’re playing with the guys who are speaking Dutch, and I didn’t speak Dutch,” he says. “When they told me, ‘Give me the pass, give me the ball,’ I didn’t understand.”
Eventually he settled on running, as the solitary nature of the sport meant he only had to rely on himself.
His mother bought him a pair of running shoes, and he began training in Hallerbos with his first coach, David Evenepoel. In 2011, Kimeli competed in his first international competition at the European Youth Olympics Festival in Turkey.

Committing to an Olympic dream

Two years later, Kimeli committed to his dream of going to the Olympics when he won a silver medal in the men’s junior race at the European Cross Country Championships in Serbia.
He had begun training with Tim Moriau, who was also encouraged by his result, telling him, “‘We’re going to work hard and maybe one day you can go to the Olympics, maybe you can run with the big guys.’
“I said, ‘Coach, are you sure you want me to go to the Olympics?’ He said […] ‘You have talent, just start training and focus on yourself,'” Kimeli adds. “That’s the moment when I said to myself OK, if you take second place in the European championships, you’ll have more progression.”
When Kimeli (left) won a silver medal at the European Cross-Country championships in Serbia, he devoted himself to his Olympic dream, which he hopes to achieve in Tokyo this summer.
Since then, he’s achieved stellar finishes at multiple track events, earning a gold medal at the European Cross Country Championships in 2016, a silver medal at the same tournament in 2018, and most recently winning a silver medal at the European Athletics Indoor Championship.
He’s also had the opportunity to pass on his expertize to aspiring runners by captaining the Runners’ lab Athletics Elite Men’s Team, which provides professional infrastructure for top European athletes.
“My role is to advise athletes and give them experience,” says Kimeli. “I try to motivate the other athletes.”

‘I want to make my family proud’

This year, he’s hoping to add to his silverware at Tokyo 2020, entering the competition as a seasoned middle-distance runner.
“I’ve grown as an athlete,” he says, “I feel that mentally I’m much stronger.”
Kimeli hadn’t been introduced to the sport in Uasin Gishu, instead spending time in school and tending to cattle with his grandfather on his family’s farm.
Kimeli was born in Kenya, which has produced some of the world's most accomplished distance runners.
“When I was in Kenya, I had never run,” he says.
But perhaps his success on the track was predestined.
Kenya has produced some of the most accomplished distance runners on the planet, including marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and Olympic record holder Vivian Cheruiyot.
When Kimeli was growing up, his grandfather doled out important life lessons that set him in good stead for his journey to becoming an Olympian.
“My grandfather was like my father,” he says. “He taught me, ‘Isaac, in your life, you have to be smart. You have to respect people. Don’t talk too much, just concentrate on yourself. Enjoy your life and work hard, and help your family.
“Don’t forget what’s important.'”
His grandfather passed away soon after Kimeli left for Belgium, so he never got to see his grandson’s success.
He hopes to honor his grandfather's legacy at Tokyo 2020.
Last year, Kimeli visited his family in Kenya, where he had the chance to commemorate his grandfather’s memory by laying down the first school cross-country medal he ever won by his final resting place. “I gave him the medal to make him proud.”
He says his grandmother, who is thrilled by his achievements, calls him when she watches his races on TV, telling him, “‘Don’t forget us.'”
The absence of international spectators at the Games means his family is unlikely to be in the stadium, but he knows they’ll be cheering him on at home. “I want to make my family proud,” he says. “That’s why I want to work hard, that’s what gives me more motivation.”

Running for Belgium

By sharing his story, Kimeli hopes others will be inspired to push for their dreams, no matter where they come from.
“When I was in Kenya, I never dreamed that I could wear Adidas or Nike shoes,” he says. “I want to show other young people that everything is possible, and nobody is limited.”
He has just as much gratitude for his new home as he does for his birthplace. “I want to thank Belgium, they gave me a lot of opportunity,” he says. “Belgium changed me as a person, and also my life.”
The middle distance runner is looking forward to representing Belgium this summer in the men's 5000m and 10000m.
“I know my blood is Kenyan, but in my heart, I’m running for Belgium.”
With less than a month to go until the scheduled start date, Kimeli says his participation in the Games doesn’t yet feel real.
“It’s still a dream to go there, and understand how a young boy from Kenya who was running with no shoes […] now he’s going to the Olympics,” he says. “It’s amazing, I still can’t believe it. I will believe it when I’m in Tokyo.”

Published at Tue, 20 Jul 2021 08:46:44 +0000

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Most romantic relationships start as friendships, study finds

To prevent performance anxiety from interfering with a healthy sex life, mindfulness is an answer
Though highly prevalent, the friends-to-lovers pathway to a relationship has been largely overlooked by science, said Danu Stinson, lead author of the study and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
Stinson has studied relationship initiation for 20 years, and she noticed over the years that many participants reported they were forming romantic bonds with friends they had known for a while. She began asking the question, “Were you friends with your partner before you became romantically involved?” in her other research and conducted a meta-analysis for this paper.
“Very few studies are really looking at this friends-first relationship initiation, despite our observation that it’s the most common form of relationship initiation by far,” Stinson said.
She expected friends-first initiation to be common, but she was surprised at how dominant it was in the research. The prevalence of friends-first relationships was also consistent across ages and ethnic groups.

The study: Friends-first relationships ‘prevalent and preferred’

The research, published last week in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, comprises four different studies on relationship initiation.
Their relationships were tested during the pandemic. Now, they are debating if they are worth saving
The first two studies analyzed popular journals and textbooks and found that the existing literature on relationship initiation overwhelmingly focuses on “romance that sparks between strangers” and largely overlooks “romance that develops between friends,” the paper says.
The researchers then conducted an analysis of seven of their lab’s studies with university students and adults of all ages, consisting of almost 1,900 people in Canada and the United States. The online studies were done between 2002 and 2020 for other purposes, and the data used for this analysis came from demographic information about the participants.
That analysis found that 66% of couples began as friendships, many of them long-term friendships spanning several months or years.
In the final study, which only looked at 300 university students, the “friend stage” lasted almost 22 months on average before turning romantic. Almost half of this sample said friends-first initiation was their preferred method of beginning a romantic relationship. However, the vast majority of the sample did not enter their friendships with the intention of a romantic relationship.
The research also found that LGBTQ participants in relationships reported even higher rates of friends-first initiation than those in heterosexual relationships, though the authors note a much smaller proportion of LGBTQ participants in the latter two studies.
Couples who meet on dating apps are keen for commitment, study finds
These findings should prompt people to rethink their preconceived notions about relationships that often stem from “dominant dating scripts in our culture,” Stinson said.
“Dating scripts really say that you’re going to meet somebody, and a flash of lightning will strike you,” Stinson said. “I think if you really believe in that dating script, then it’s hard to imagine another situation” where you become closer with a friend and start a romantic relationship.

‘Friends with benefits’

An additional finding, Stinson said, was that the lines between friendships and relationships are not as clear as some may think. Of the married couples in the study, two-thirds said they were friends before becoming a couple, but many of the couples also said they were “friends with benefits,” or friends who engage in sexual activity, before being in a fully committed romantic relationship.
Many of the participants were engaging in intimate behaviors typically thought of as romantic with their friends, Stinson said.
“They’re cuddling by the fire, they’re going on trips together, they’re introducing their friends to their family, but they’re very clear that those are friendships,” Stinson said. “It really makes me think about the definitions that we have about friendship and romance, and how those things differ, and I just like how messy it all is.”
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Joanne Davila, a professor of clinical psychology and director of the Relationship Development Center at Stony Brook University’s department of psychology who was not involved in the study, said the paper highlights the need to do additional research on the friends-to-lovers pathway.
“What I really like about this paper is that they are bringing to light and challenging assumptions that relationships researchers have just kind of always had,” Davila told CNN. “I like that they’re sort of saying we need to open our minds and think more broadly about relationships.”
Researchers should look into the differences between friends-first and dating initiation relationships, Davila said, and see if one produces healthier and stronger relationships over the other. Davila is also interested in what happens when friends-first relationships end, considering that the individuals may still be in the same friend group after a break-up.
“We need to ask a lot more questions about who people are in relationships with and how they got there,” Davila said. “That could be a really important factor in how we understand relationships.”
Stinson has begun exploring the ways in which friends transition into romantic relationships by analyzing couples’ firsthand written accounts of the start of their relationships. She and her team want to see how these stories may be different, how people make the decision to act on romantic feelings for a friend, the order in which certain milestones occur and more.
Stinson said she plans to conduct longitudinal studies in which researchers follow friend pairs for several years to see if romantic relationships form between some of them, and what circumstances may lead to a romantic connection between friends.

Published at Tue, 20 Jul 2021 08:46:45 +0000

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Graham says adding amnesty to infrastructure bill could be ‘dumbest idea’ in history of the Senate, WH

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News on Monday that the Democratic push to add amnesty to the multi-trillion-dollar “infrastructure package” is a “power grab” that may be the dumbest idea in the history of the White House and Senate while there is a border crisis unfolding.

“If you give one person legal status there will be a run on our border like you have never seen before…the dumbest idea in the history of the Senate, the history of the White House. It will lead to the breakdown of law and order beyond what you see today,” Graham told “The Ingraham Angle.”

He laid into Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for attempting to pass — without any Republican support — a monsterous $3.5 trillion budget resolution that he said has not even been written.

“It’s a power grab,” Graham said. He said the package doesn’t have a “damn thing to do with infrastructure.”

Republicans have been trying to raise the alarm about what they say is an effort by Democrats to sneak amnesty for millions in a bill that is ostensibly intended to fix potholes. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, tweeted last week, “Democrats are trying to sneak mass amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants through Congress under the cover of their budget scheme. They hope you won’t notice.”

KQED, a public radio station for the Bay Area, reported that top Senate Democrats have made it clear that they want immigration reform as part of the budget plan because they consider immigration part of the infrastructure.

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, was quoted in the report, saying, “Citizenship is essential infrastructure for immigrant families. For many, it’s a gateway to a driver’s license, to health care, to higher education.”

The report said that he hopes the spending bill will provide citizenship to Dreamers, essential workers and other undocumented individuals.

Last week, the White House said it would back efforts to include a pathway to U.S. citizenship in the reconciliation bill, but called on lawmakers to determine just how far the provision should reach, Reuters reported.

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Monday that the White House will “let Senate leaders put out the specifics in the reconciliation bill. We certainly support the — using the reconciliation package as a — as a platform and a forum for moving immigration protections forward, but we’ll let leaders in Congress speak to what’s included,” according to the transcript. 

The White House did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressuring lawmakers to reach an agreement this week on the pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to push ahead aggressively on President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar agenda. 

Schumer hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill that comes with a $1.2 trillion price tag and a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that will likely only receive Democrat support. Specific details of the 10-year resolution are not clear. Democrats say the resolution aims to tackle climate change, education and an expansion of Medicare.


Graham said the bill is going to be a massive tax increase on business, and it’s going to expand the size and role of government. He said granting amnesty to millions while the border crisis continues would be a devastating blow to the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Published at Tue, 20 Jul 2021 08:47:03 +0000

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