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Property expert Andrew Winter reveals his biggest selling no-nos

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter’s Spring Selling Tips01:23HE’S the man who can sell the unsellable home.But even property expert Andrew Winter admits he’s made mistakes that may have cost him a sale.So, with spring selling season in full swing, who better to ask how to not put buyers off when it comes to getting a house ready for sale than the host of Love It Or List It Australia and Selling Houses Australia. Here are his top five selling no-nos:TOP FIVE SELLING NO-NOS1. THE DIRTY TOILETRemember to clean the toilet. Picture: GettyIn his 25 years as a real estate agent, Mr Winter has been inside thousands of homes and seen just about all the selling mistakes you can think of.But he said what continued to shock him was how many homeowners were prepared to try to sell a property without simply cleaning it.Some of the biggest buyer turn-offs included an unclean toilet, dirty laundry and unmade beds, Mr Winter said.“In fact anything dirty!”2. PERSONAL TOUCHESThought about adding your own flavour to the home before showing it off to someone else?A few pieces of statement art, perhaps, or that water feature you’ve been wanting to buy for the living room.Maybe hold off.“Very strong colours, certain design features that only you will like … you have to tone it all down because some things can actually put buyers off,” Mr Winter said.3. A BAD FIRST IMPRESSIONMr Winter said it was important the first point of contact in a home was fit to make a good first impression.If the paint is peeling off your front gate, paint it.If your security intercom is dirty and cracked, clean it or have it replaced.Otherwise, Mr Winter warns it could send out “all the wrong signals” to potential buyers.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago4. PESKY PETSMake sure potential buyers don’t see any mess created by your pets. Picture: GettyRemember it’s not just yourself you have to clean up after, but your pets too!“In the garden, the dogs can leave their messages,” Mr Winter said.“The cat’s litter tray, and even nasty odours — all can come from your pets, so don’t forget the pesky pet!”5. BEING UNPREPAREDRemember you’re not the only one trying to sell a home.Spring selling season is the most competitive time of year for buyers and sellers, with more homes to choose from.Mr Winter said it paid to know who your competition was and get ahead of them.“Know what you’re up against,” he said.“That way you can fight against the other listings and come out a winner.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medsafe investigating claims on cannabis billboard

first_imgStuff co.nz 18 December 2019Family First Comment: “A spokesman for Medsafe, the regulator for medicines and medical devices,​ said it was not correct to say that all cannabis is medicine.”Exactly.Read our summarywww.SayNopeToDope.org.nz/medicinalMedsafe is “looking into” New Zealand’s first cannabis advertising campaign.The Advertising Standards Authority received several complaints this week after a billboard advertising cannabis as medicine was erected on Auckland’s Anzac Ave.Helius Therapeutics, a licensed medicinal cannabis company, launched the billboards following last week’s legalisation of medicinal cannabis manufacture, to “rebrand” cannabis.A spokesman for Medsafe, the regulator for medicines and medical devices,​ said it was not correct to say that all cannabis is medicine.“Sativex is the only cannabinoid product approved by Medsafe in New Zealand…Medsafe is aware of this campaign and is looking into it.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/109435600/medsafe-investigating-claims-on-cannabis-billboardlast_img read more

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Duterte: Water firms liable for graft, plunder

first_imgPresident Duterte made the statement as the Department of Justice announced that it is working to revise the concession agreements with Maynilad and Manila Water after they found several “onerous” provisions in the deals. MANILA – President Rodrigo Dutertewanted to talk with the people behind the controversial 1997 water concessionagreements as he insisted on not paying the Maynilad and Manila Water. “Hindi ito maareglo hangga’t hindi ko makausap ‘yung mga (water) concessionaire,” says President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO The President also claimed that the water companies have cheated the public of trillions of pesos for passing corporate income tax payments to the consumers and for their failure to establish wastewater treatment facilities “Kaya sabi ko, paano mo aregluhin ‘yan ngayon? They say na, “aregluhin natin.” How? How will I compromise? It’s plunder. That is the classic economic plunder. How can now I tell the people as President: Adre, p***, aregluhin na lang natin ‘to. Tell me. Tell me those f****… Tell me kung papaano ko sabihin sa tao?” he added.center_img “Trillion ‘to, sobra. The fact alone that all these years we were paying a fee para sa water treatment but it’s never came into being all these years. Then corporate income tax was passed on to the Filipino people,” Duterte said. “Kayagusto ko silang makausap. Hindi itomaareglo hangga’t hindi ko makausap ‘yungmga concessionaires,” the President said in a speech at the Malacañang onMonday evening. The President last week threatened to pursue economic sabotage charges against the water distributors as he claimed that Filipinos were being “milked by billions.”/PNlast_img read more

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Education vs. Fun

first_imgAll people my age can remember getting out of 7th period class to go to an athletic contest.  We also can remember, if not weekly, at least bi-monthly pep sessions.  It seems that all of us graduated on time and most of us did quite well as we went on to further our education.  However, today somebody has decided that not one minute of any school day can be used for anything other than academic instruction.  I would be willing to bet that the majority of the schools, especially those over 500 students, have not had a pep session in years.  I keep reading that club activities will have to meet before the school day or after the school day and the sponsors will have to volunteer their time to lead them.  I guess we learn nothing from history on how to keep a student alert, focused, and interested in education.  What is the old saying?–“all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy”.  I doubt if a 30-minute pep session on a Friday afternoon ever kept a student out of college.  Someone sitting at a desk in a state education department is pondering why students commit suicide at a higher rate now than what they used to.  I think I know one answer–all pressure and no fun!last_img read more

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Another Kansas special, another sweep for Grabouski

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. (April 1-2) – Another early-season special in Kansas ended with Jordan Grabouski headed home to Nebraska with two more Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature wins and a pair of $1,000 checks.Grabouski swept Friday and Saturday feature events at Salina Speedway’s DirtFest, leading start to finish in 25-lap headliners both nights.“We have drawn good and the car has been really good,” said Grabouski, also the winner both nights at RPM Speedway’s Sunflower Classic the weekend before. ”We’ve had a lot of fun the last couple weekends. Hopefully we can keep that up.”Grabouski drew the outside row two start on opening night and the inside row two start on Saturday. Both features saw long green flag runs with Grabouski scored first every time around.Tyler Frye chased the leader into lapped traffic in the Friday show but couldn’t make up ground and settled for second.Corey Burch was third Friday and a distant second Saturday, when Justin Gregg completed the top three.Kyle Vanover won both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features and Daniel Gottschalk swept Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod mains.Stock Car runners-up were Angel Munoz on Friday and Casey Woken on Saturday. Austin Carter took third both nights.Zach McKinnon was second and Nelson Vollbrecht third in both SportMod shows.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winners were Shannon Anderson and Jesse VanLaningham.VanLaningham was second and Shay Simoneau third behind the 14th starting Anderson on opening night. Cody Williams and Dana Brandt completed Saturday’s top three.One hundred-plus race teams competed at DirtFest.April 1 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Tyler Frye; 3. Corey Burch; 4. Jason Wolla; 5. Beau Davis; 6. Steven Bowers Jr.; 7. Joe Cleveland; 8. Justin Medler; 9. Shane Hiatt; 10. Jeremy Sorenson; 11. Brian Knoell; 12. Justin Gregg; 13. Kurtis Pihl; 14. Corey Lagroon; 15. Trevor Baker; 16. Mike Petersilie; 17. Jesse Richter; 18. Jerry Phillips; 19. Travis Olheiser; 20. Danny Morrison Jr.Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Vanover; 2. Angel Munoz; 3. Austin Carter; 4. Nolan Remus; 5. Jason Rogers; 6. Tyler Muirhead; 7. Casey Woken; 8. Jeremy Swanson; 9. Scot Granzella; 10. Dustin Newlin; 11. Rob Stenvold; 12. Tanner Thiel; 13. Tanner Portenier; 14. Craig Miller; 15. Keith Mattox; 16. Geoff Jermark; 17. Jerry Phillips; 18. Terry Blessing; 19. Chris Cates; 20. Cory Dumpert.Northern SportMods – 1. Daniel Gottschalk; 2. Zach McKinnon; 3. Nelson Vollbrecht; 4. Tim Echevarria; 5. Ryan Moser; 6. Tyler Watts; 7. Bryan Rigsby; 8. Kelly Henderson; 9. Brian Davidson; 10. Fred Traskowsky; 11. Kolton Vogel; 12. Brock Beeter; 13. Shane Meeks; 14. Chris Humphries; 15. Derek Smith; 16. Skylar Tuxhorn; 17. Kamren Gruber.Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson; 2. Jesse VanLaningham; 3. Shay Simoneau; 4. Roy Armstrong; 5. Jason Cleveland; 6. Dana Brandt; 7. Mike Traskowsky; 8. Brady Bencken; 9. John Steele; 10. Dennis Berry; 11. Caleb Davis; 12. Elliott May; 13. Nicole Woods; 14. Travis Blythe; 15. Cody Williams; 16. Kurt Hansen; 17. Luke Wassom; 18. Tommy Fose.April 2 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Grabouski; 2. Burch; 3. Gregg; 4. David Murray Jr.; 5. Wolla; 6. Bowers; 7. Hiatt; 8. Frye; 9. Medler; 10. Cleveland; 11. Knoell; 12. Phillips; 13. Morrison; 14. Richter; 15. Pihl; 16. Olheiser; 17. Sorenson; 18. Josh Blumer; 19. Lagroon; 20. Tim Watts.Stock Cars – 1. Vanover; 2. Woken; 3. Carter; 4. Swanson; 5. Rogers; 6. Portenier; 7. Phillips; 8. Muirhead; 9. Shaylon Holloway; 10. Mattox; 11. Newlin; 12. Stenvold; 13. Thiel; 14. Cates; 15. Erik Tipsword; 16. Mike Burian; 17. Jason Schoenberger; 18. Blessing; 19. Scott Miller; 20. Steve Durham; 21. Craig Miller.Northern SportMods – 1. Gottschalk; 2. McKinnon; 3. Vollbrecht; 4. Echevarria; 5. Moser; 6. Traskowsky; 7. Meeks; 8. Rigsby; 9. Davidson; 10. Dusty Blake; 11. Kelly Henderson; 12. Cameron Meyer; 13. Humphries; 14. Smith; 15. Gruber; 17. Vogel; 18. Wade Wagenblast; 19. Cody Olsen; 20. Beeter; 21. Tyler Watts.Hobby Stocks – 1. VanLaningham; 2. Williams; 3. Brandt; 4. Simoneau; 5. Traskowsky; 6. Hansen; 7. Tyrel Smith; 8. Fose; 9. Cleveland; 10. Tony Slothower; 11. Bencken; 12. Blythe; 13. Pete Beaumont; 14. Steele; 15. Woods; 16. May; 17. Berry; 18. Davis.last_img read more

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Fonte hails “massive” win

first_img Saints’ astonishing start to the campaign recently came to a shuddering halt, with the embarrassing midweek Capital One Cup exit to third-tier Sheffield United making it five successive defeats in all competitions. It would not have been a surprise if the club’s worst losing streak of the 21st century had continued on Saturday given the string of injuries and suspensions they had to contend with against Everton. “Once and for all I think we have to prove we can compete against these big teams “We’ll prepare ourselves first for Crystal Palace – that’s the most important – and then we’ll think about the others, but we want to prove we’re at the same level.” Saints certainly looked back to their early-season form against Everton, who welcome Stoke to Goodison Park on Boxing Day – a match in which Steven Naismith knows the players need to make amends. “Fortunately for us the games are going to come thick and fast now,” he told evertontv. “We’ve got the chance to rectify it in less than a week which is good. “Then after that we have two more games in the space of a week so we will definitely be ready for Stoke on Boxing Day where hopefully we can change the result from Saturday and push on.” Press Association However, Ronald Koeman’s side rallied impressively and ran out comprehensive 3-0 winners at St Mary’s, where efforts from Graziano Pelle and Maya Yoshida added to Romelu Lukaku’s first-half own goal. “It’s massive after the results that we’ve been having,” Saints captain Fonte said. “Not so much the performances, because I thought that we deserved more in a couple of games, but the fact is we had zero points in four games. “So, to have a performance like we had, and get the clean sheet – three points, three goals – just puts us on the right track to go on a good run again.” The win had extra importance as it was Southampton’s first point, never mind all three, against a team that finished above them last season. Defeats to Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United fed those suggesting that Saints could not cut it against the top teams and were only flying high due to a kind fixture schedule. The win against Everton, who finished fifth last term, is therefore an important marker, especially with home matches against Chelsea and Arsenal following the Boxing Day trip to Crystal Palace. “They are great games, again,” Fonte, suspended for the trip to old haunt Selhurst Park, said. Jose Fonte is determined to prove Southampton are a match for the Premier League’s best after securing a “massive” victory against Everton.last_img read more

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Pakistan have fair chance to win 2019 World Cup: Waqar

first_imgLahore, June 18: Pakistan bowling great Waqar Younis believes the experience gained by the green brigade in English conditions will boost their confidence in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.It was exactly a year ago that the green brigade had stunned arch-rivals India by a huge margin of 180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final held in England and Wales.Pakistan also tasted success in the Lord’s Test against England earlier this summer.Waqar, who featured in three World Cups for Pakistan, said the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side are well aware of the English conditions.“Pakistan won the Champions Trophy last year, so they know how to play here, and they won the first Test match at Lord’s also,” Waqar was quoted as saying by the ICC website. “Look back at the Champions Trophy and the team is building in confidence. The faith is coming. I will give fair chance to this Pakistan team for winning the World Cup,” the 46-year-old added.Waqar however, felt the huge number of Pakistanis settled in England will add pressure on the green brigade in the showpiece tournament next year.“Pressure is going to be there. Expectation comes from the entire country and there’s so many Pakistanis living in this country, so they’re going to travel around and there’ll be a lot of support for Pakistan,” he said. “So there will be pressure, because supporters bring pressure with it, but they will enjoy it, hopefully, and do well,” Waqar added. IANSlast_img read more

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Shafer discusses quarterback approach in wake of Hunt injury

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Just a few hours after Terrel Hunt’s prognosis was announced, SU Athletics published a video interview with Orange All-Access host Matt Park in which Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer discussed the Orange’s approach at quarterback in preparing for No. 1 Florida State on Saturday.Hunt will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula, suffered in the Orange’s 28-6 loss to Louisville on Friday night. Sophomore Austin Wilson filled in for him, as he did after Hunt’s ejection against Villanova, while reserve quarterbacks Mitch Kimble and AJ Long watched from the sideline.“I just feel so bad for the young man,” Shafer said of Hunt, “… But now we’re going to move forward this week and try to develop a plan for Austin and AJ and have Mitch ready to go as well.“… When I look at it, it’s going to be less of a competition as to which guy does better this week during practice. Let’s come up with a plan. If we choose to use two guys, let’s use two guys and give them pieces of the game plan … In an ideal world, you’d love to have one quarterback who can do all those things. But right now the reality is we don’t want to put that weight on any singular player.”Shafer likened the situation to the way he introduced Dyshawn Davis to the college level as a young linebacker, throwing him into blitz situations and then gradually teaching him the finer points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s strength in saying, ‘Hey, you’re good at these four or five things. This will be a big part of your game plan,” Shafer said. “And then you take the next guy and say, ‘Hey, you’re a different guy. You give us a change-up. We’re going to use these types of things.’”Shafer said the coaches’ evaluations of the backup quarterbacks’ abilities to contribute started when they first joined the Orange, not just when Hunt went down with his injury. Shafer said Wilson’s done “some good things” filling in for Hunt and the head coach complimented the job Long’s done as Syracuse’s scout-team quarterback.“I think all three of those young men have the skill sets to do it,” Shafer said. “… There’s definitely a drop-off because Terrel’s a very good quarterback and his development just continued to ramp up. But now with him out, we go to the next ballplayer up.” Commentslast_img read more

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Ihuoma Nwigwe: Women Do Not Have to Be Feminists to Be…

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ihuoma Nwigwe went from a spin novice to instructing classes in elite fitness gyms across the United States. This certified fitness instructor has carved a niche for herself in the world of fitness and health. Nwigwe is definitely unstoppable. She shares her fitness career story with Azuka Ogujiuba, talking about how it all started, her formative years, her vision, daily routine and her take on domestic violenceWhat inspired you to becoming a fitness instructor?My parents were fitness enthusiasts. My mom was a physical education teacher and my dad played soccer and lawn tennis for Total Nigeria. So, my siblings and I grew up being involved in sports from an early age. How did you progress from being a novice to instructing in some of the world-acclaimed fitness gyms across the United States?As any young girl or boy in college would, I joined the Track and Field team as well as Tennis. I was involved in sports throughout college in the United States. After I graduated, I signed up at LA Fitness, a major gym in the US and continued training. Then I met a Nigerian-born American, who was at that time, the current Mr. Connecticut. He got me involved in pro fitness and he started training me. I fell in love with fitness all over again, after changing my lifestyle and seeing how beneficial it was to me, health-wise.What would you say to people out there who want to make fitness a lifestyle?I would say, just start!! I tell my clients all the time that I was just like them at some point. Yes, my parents started me young, but remember I was by myself in College and I had to make the choice to continue training. Just start. There is never a perfect time to start. You must be consistent and dedicated to this lifestyle. No excuses.What is your daily routine like?I train at least five days a week, aside from clients’ personal training where I sometimes have to train side by side with my clients. I prefer to train in the mornings but if I can’t, then evenings. I also own a meal planning business. So, I have to also make out time to follow up with my clients. I am also an hotelier by profession, so all these have to be done before or after work.Tell us about your dietingI always say, I do not diet. I more or less practice portion control. I learnt this style of eating over 10 years ago while I was working towards my professional fitness physique competition. I recognise that I must always have more vegetables in my plate than carbohydrates or protein. I use my 50/30/20 method. 50% Veggies, 30% protein and 20% carbohydrates and of course I do not fry any of my foods. My meals are cooked, sautéed or grilled. No fried food whatsoever.Would you call yourself a feminist, and what’s your take on feminism generally?No, I would not call myself a Feminist. I am all for women empowerment. My clients are women and men and I believe that women in general have their place in society. I would not want to take over the role of a man but as a woman, I am still strong, but gentle and feminine. Women do not have to be feminists to be recognised in society. When you are not working, how do you relax?I love to watch TV, yes I do. I love movies. I can stay at home all day watching TV or playing with my daughter. If you had the opportunity to meet one particular fitness enthusiast in the world, who would that be and why?I would love to meet Massy Arias. She is what I would call an Athlete. She understands that fitness is an entirety of everything that has to be done to get the body healthy. With the craziness of social media, a lot of people are springing up, claiming to sell fitness but to me, it doesn’t look that way. Massy is a real Athlete which is what I totally admire about her.What’s your guilty pleasure?Cake; which is why you can’t find that in my home. But if I attended a party where there was cheese cake or red velvett cake, then I can’t guarantee you how I would behave. I have never shared this with anyone, but my siblings know this. While I was in the US, I literally used to have my mom or dad send cake to me from Nigeria. I never liked the cakes in the US. So, I would have my parents send cake all the time to me in huge amounts and I would store them in my freezer for months.Where did you spend your formative years?I spent my formative years in the US. I am a graduate of Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, Majored in Health Science with a minor in Sociology. Following graduation, I worked as a Claims Analyst at the world’s largest publicly traded Property and Casualty insurer, Chubb Insurance. For seven years, I handled claims, as well as lawsuits for sexual harassment and discrimination for top sporting athletes, and apex US companies – from professional basketball players to Yale University before relocating to Nigeria.What was it like growing up there?It was good but also somewhat lonely. My siblings and I are very close, so when we all started to move out to different colleges, it was hard. But, I am thankful for the 20 plus years I spent in the US. I am American as well, so coming back to Nigeria and sharing my knowledge here has been amazing but home is always home.Can we say you were born with a silver spoon?Hahahahaha…nope. We were comfortable and my dad was quite big on education. I wouldn’t use the word Silver Spoon.How did your background shape your life?Like I mentioned earlier, I grew up very close to my siblings. My parents have a peaceful marriage and I think that helped mold us a lot. Growing up in the US was also very beneficial to me. Americans are known to have a big heart and I think that trickled down to me. I try as much as I can to show love and kindness to everyone irrespective of their status. My parents are still very much alive. My dad retired from Total Nig Ltd and my mom was a Physical Education teacher and also owned a very high end boutique back in her young days. My parents currently reside in the South-east, still happily married.What was the best gift you remember receiving as a child?A pleated black skirt my dad bought for me during one Xmas break. I can never forget that skirt. I wanted it so bad and one day my dad surprised me by going to the boutique himself to buy it.What was the most difficult thing that ever happened to you in all your years and how did you overcome it?My divorce. I was married to my first love who I met when I was 16. I moved back to Nigeria the same year of my divorce. I drove myself fully into my fitness lifestyle and truly, it helped me a lot.What do you do that you consider the biggest mistake you have ever made? I would never call anything a mistake. I believe that everything in life happens for a reason and we just learn from it. Let’s say there are four paths and you have the option of taking any path, my belief is that each path leads you somewhere entirely different from the other three. We just gotta keep changing paths in life in hopes that we can end up achieving our purpose here on earth.What are some of your indelible high points in life?I honestly can’t think of any. What is your biggest fear in life?Well, I wouldn’t call it a fear but more or less my goal. I want to be able to live my purpose to the best of my ability. I know my passion and purpose is fitness but also I want it to align with God and the plans he has for me. Trying to figure that out is where I am currently.Are there still things you desire?Of course! I would love to one day open my own fitness studio/gyms across Africa, something my daughter can always take over because she already shares this passion with me. My biggest dream come through would be to open a US standard type gym. I have over 10 years of experience in the fitness lifestyle and can’t wait to share it.What are some of the lessons life has taught you?Only place your trust in God not man. With God, all things are possible.What’s your take on domestic violence and child abuse?This is a very delicate topic that we do not address as a society a lot. I am currently working on a project that somewhat addresses mental health stemming out of abuse. From my personal experience, I believe that my current fitness lifestyle has helped me quite a lot mentally. Coming from the US where there are serious laws against abuse, whether of a child or an adult, I talk about this a lot. I have met people, especially women, who have gone through abuse and have joined this fitness lifestyle to help them cope. As a mother with a nine year- old daughter, I am always very hands on with my daughter. I am her mother first and then her best friend. I built on that friendship in order for us both to be able to share and talk to each other freely. And she shares everything with me. last_img read more

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred slurs speech in Opening Day interview, and Twitter notices

first_imgMORE:  Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNManfred, usually succinct and clear in his delivery, did not sound like his usual self, slurring his speech. Seriously. You good, Rob Manfred? pic.twitter.com/NFvNuzQndH— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) March 28, 2019Here’s Rob Manfred sounding odd during this opening day interview…(cc: @rtjr)https://t.co/cFSM8e8mvS— Benstonium (@Benstonium) March 28, 2019By comparison, here is what Manfred normally sounds like, in an interview just a day ago: Not everything can go according to plan on Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season. There are bound to be some kinks that need to be ironed out for the remaining 161 games.During AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh’s telecast of Thursday’s Pittsburgh at Cincinnati game, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sat in the booth to break down his reservations about adopting a universal designated hitter in the near future. For opening day, here is my full sitdown with the commissioner of #MLB on pace of play, salaries, good news on young fans and much more. Play ball! @GetUpESPNhttps://t.co/ylJ4io9fuo— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) March 28, 2019As Twitter tends to do, it had a field day with Manfred, questioning the status of his health, or even if he had partaken in too much stadium beer and hot dogs.If there’s something legitimate that I’m missing, my apologies in advance, but Rob Manfred sounds like he is under the influence of something.— Chris Mueller (@ChrisMuellerPGH) March 28, 2019I admittedly don’t know, but does Rob Manfred always sound like this?— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) March 28, 2019Is Rob Manfred speaking like he generally does or is he slurring his words? Is all ok with him?I’m not being flip.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) March 28, 2019I don’t know if I ever heard Rob Manfred speak before .. but is it usually like this?— Steven Fabian (@StevenFabianTV) March 28, 2019Rob Manfred in the booth pic.twitter.com/REKJiuL0WD— Smitty (@Z23smitty) March 28, 2019Rob Manfred sounds like he’s really enjoying Opening Day.— Adam Bittner (@fugimaster24) March 28, 2019Rob Manfred sounds hammered— Rum Bunter (@rumbunter) March 28, 2019Following the social media storm of fans and media concerned about Manfred’s status, Pirates play-by-play announcer Greg Brown, who was in the booth with the commissioner, said Manfred was dealing with bad feedback in his headset, causing him to be very slow and deliberate in his delivery.Opening Day may have been a bit of a strikeout for Manfred in the booth, but he’ll have plenty of chances to round into midseason form in the months ahead.last_img read more

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