A female fitness coach is calling on the public to stand against street harassment after her experience at a park in Navotas City last week.
“Street harassment is about power, there is no right or wrong response when you’re already in a situation. Just do something for yourself, show assertiveness and strength. Ask for help if you need to. Be also vigilant if ever you will be put in a situation like what I’ve experienced. Be alert and think of the best way to save yourself,” coach Seannah Swift said in a Facebook post.
This came after Swift shared her experience while jogging at the Navotas Centennial Park on November 7 when three unidentified men, two of which were apparently minors, “physically” harassed her through “bumping on” her “left boob” and trying to intimidate her.
“What happened…was a physical harassment. Start of my training, 5:34pm… Just seconds after I turned on the GPS on my watch, someone’s shoulder bumped really hard on my chest. He hit my left boob,” she said.
Seeing the man, Swift said, she tried to avoid him after “perceiv[ing] what was in his mind” but he still blocked her “way and dang…. He was with two other guys, ages are around 16 to 20.”
“I knew it was a plan,” she continued in mixed English and Filipino. “The moment I felt I was harassed, I pushed him and punched. He got speechless for few seconds, finally he said ‘You’re brave, Miss, aren’t you?… ‘What I did was unintentional.’ [But] I stood tall and acted brave, ‘What you did was intentional, are you insane? [while] showing my fist ‘Are you going to fight?’”
After the confrontation, Swift said, she continued her activity while the men walked away.
However, moments later, she said, she saw the men again “approaching” her.
“I slowed down. I thought if I continue running fast he might suddenly stab me then jump off to the sea. So I slowed down, jogged towards where they were as there is no other way for a reroute. The same guy blocked my way for the second time, I stopped but kept a distance.” she said.
“Paulit ulit silang nagsorry but body language is giving me a hint that they are trapping me. ‘Yong isa umiikot sa likod ko (They kept apologizing but their body language was giving me a hint that they would trap me. One of them was already going behind me),” she added.
Luckily, two police officers in civilian clothing witnessed the incident and intervened.
Although the three men managed to escape, Swift expressed her gratitude to the police officers for their assistance. She said, the lawmen even tried to chase the harassers and launched a manhunt against them, but they already jumped off the Manila Bay.
“I hope that this will serve as a warning to many harassers who think that a simple bump or catcall can be set aside. It is against women’s rights and against the
“We need to have the Affordable Care Act, whether in its current structure or it’s been changed or corrected or fixed or being added onto,” Rivera said. “We need to have something for the folks of the United States of America. For us not to have affordable, quality healthcare, and be the richest nation in the world, that’s kind of disappointing.”
On Monday, Rivera spoke at length about the importance of voting in Tuesday’s election, as well as democracy writ large. He said it’s been “really cool” to hear players discuss current affairs, and he noted that the spectrum of political ideologies in the locker room was “huge.” The enthusiasm for engagement was echoed in a Monday blog post by team president Jason Wright, who wrote the team believed in “big, meaningful and comprehensive community activities versus a collection of small one-off ventures.”
“For example, we will continue to have a robust set of activities around social justice because the players on our team and our employees care about those issues,” he added. “Voting is one component, but there is much more we can and will do.”
Rivera reiterated Monday the importance of participation in democracy, saying that the thing that bothers him most is when people don’t vote. In past years, Rivera has gotten up early to be one of the first people at the polls. He loves the “I voted” stickers. This year, he and his wife Stephanie and daughter Courtney filled out their ballots and put them in the mailbox. On Tuesday, he said he plans to turn the television on around 5 p.m. and click between local and national stations to monitor elections.
“People always ask me: ‘Who did you vote for?’” the coach said. “I always tell them, ‘I voted American.’ I believe I voted for who I believe is going to be the best person for us.”
After his cancer diagnosis in July, Rivera has become an advocate for improved healthcare. The coach has grown more outspoken over the last three months, and he’s sometimes gone as far to call for “universal” healthcare. The message on Monday was more tempered, framed around the ACA, but the root of his activism remains personal. Rivera, 58, is now one year older than his brother Mickey was when he died of pancreatic cancer in 2015.
This season, the coach has been limited at times by chemotherapy and other treatments. He’s thought about others in the same fight during his time in the hospital, those who might not have a five-year contract worth millions.
“After seeing what I went through, and knowing what the cost has to be, you worry about the folks that can’t afford what I had,” he said. “I almost don’t want to say it’s unfair, but it is. These folks deserve every opportunity [to receive quality healthcare]. It just kind of struck a chord with me.”
On Monday, the coach mentioned an upcoming fundraiser for Inova Health System, the Northern Virginia hospital company where
LONG ISLAND, NY — A Long Island school nurse spent the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic educating students on how to stay healthy and prevent spreading the virus — but now after contracting COVID-19 herself, she is hoping to spread more awareness about the effects of the virus.
Cheryl Williams first started feeling symptoms of the disease in early April. The week before, her husband started feeling symptoms and eventually got sick himself. Williams thought she had isolated her husband soon after he got sick, but eventually the coronavirus spread to her and her two children.
At first, she just started feeling some muscle pain but didn’t think too much of it. Soon after Williams, who has asthma, started feeling an asthmatic cough and experienced gastrointestinal issues. She also had a fever for 12 days and lost her sense of taste and smell.
Williams took a COVID-19 test a few days after she first felt symptoms and it came back positive. For two weeks, she said she was feeling “extremely” ill. She used several natural remedies to help with her symptoms, including eating foods with lots of garlic and ginger to control her nausea and steam to clear her lungs. She also used chest physiotherapy to improve her breathing.
“I felt like there were days I wasn’t going to make it,” Williams told Patch.
Fast-forward six months later. While Williams no longer has the coronavirus, she is still feeling lasting effects. She says she and her oldest son are experiencing extreme fatigue to this day.
But Williams, who is also an author, is not letting that stop her from educating others and sharing her story. In those months she was not working due to schools being closed, she wrote about it and made YouTube videos.
“I wanted to give these people a voice, because there’s so much pent-up stress and frustration with this virus and how it affects us,” she said. “I know people will think I’m crazy but there are benefits [to the pandemic] and I think that yes, there were situations where we will pulled apart because of the whole pandemic but there’s situations where we come together and if we focus on coming together because we do need each other to get through this and empower each other.”
Williams said she still feels a lot of people are taking the pandemic too lightly.
“Even before I became a school nurse, I worked in a hospital setting and in a nursing home, so I know how contagious and how crazy these viruses can be. It’s so unpredictable,” she said. “One thing I learned is that COVID-19 is something that we should not sleep on, never take lightly.”
Now that she is back to work, she is back to educating and helping students and staff around her to practice healthy habits such as hand-washing, mask-wearing and social distancing, constantly.
“I’m always grateful for life but after this pandemic … there were days I didn’t even think I
Fabletics and Hydrow Team up to Deliver Immersive Fitness Experience in Retail and Beyond
The World-Renowned Active Lifestyle Brand and Hydrow, the Live Outdoor Reality (LOR) Rower, Launch 360° Brand Partnership in Time for the Holidays
Fabletics today announced a strategic, long-term partnership with Hydrow, the immersive at-home rower with live and on-demand athlete-led workouts. With this partnership, the Fabletics community of more than two million VIP Members and guests of the brand’s 51 retail stores gain unrivaled access to the Hydrow experience.
As part of the Fabletics x Hydrow partnership, Fabletics members will be able to purchase a Hydrow at members only pricing, plus an exclusive accessories and gear package. Additionally, Hydrow is creating unique content and fitness milestone rewards specifically for the Fabletics VIP community. Hydrow plans to further enhance their offerings for Fabletics VIPs throughout 2021.
In addition, Fabletics will now serve as Hydrow’s official apparel partner. Fabletics will design and produce all Hydrow apparel, and Hydrow’s world-class trainers will exclusively wear Fabletics within all of Hydrow’s workout content.
“We sought out a partnership with Hydrow because we believe they offer one of the most exciting workout experiences available today,” commented Adam Goldenberg, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, TechStyle Fashion Group. “We know that 73% of our two million VIP Members are working out more than three times per week, and that they love trying something new. With Hydrow, we are bringing them the best workout they can get in 20 minutes – demonstrably more effective than cycling or running. We are thrilled to kick off this collaboration and bring Hydrow to our community.”
“Hydrow is committed to breaking barriers in rowing and making the sport accessible to everyone. Our partnership with Fabletics will help us continue to advance our mission,” commented Bruce Smith, CEO of Hydrow. “By collaborating with Fabletics’ loyal and expansive community, we will be able to bring the Hydrow experience to millions of people who are in search of a workout that not only pushes their body, but focuses their mind. We look forward to this meaningful partnership with Fabletics and to bringing them on board as our exclusive apparel partner.”
The Fabletics x Hydrow partnership goes live with the launch of a dedicated Hydrow experience on Fabletics.com and in-store Hydrow pop-up shops in seven Fabletics retail locations across the country on November 4th. The pop-ups will offer Fabletics members and guests the opportunity to experience Hydrow’s immersive concept and unmatched workout performance via demonstrations with Hydrow experts.
Hydrow’s patented immersive technology and 22-inch HD screen allow users to travel the world, no passport required. Hydrow users get the feel of being right on the river as they are transported from their living rooms to waterways around the globe. This unique immersive experience is coupled with game-changing workout performance – Hydrow users receive an unsurpassed full-body workout, in half the time as other cardio machines.
Fabletics x Hydrow will celebrate their new partnership throughout the quarter with a series of surprise-and-delight moments, which will
National Nonprofit SoldierStrong Announces Donation of 10 iBots to Veterans During VHA Innovation Experience Conference
STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SoldierStrong, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping military veterans take their next steps forward through the use of revolutionary medical technology, is teaming up with renowned inventor Dean Kamen and DEKA Research and Development Corp. to donate 10 iBOT wheelchairs to individual wounded veterans, co-founder and chairman Chris Meek said Tuesday.
“The goal of this donation is to create lasting, life-changing impacts on the physical and mental health of those who have served our country,” said Meek, who made the announcement remotely during the Veterans Health Administration’s Innovation Experience (iEX) conference in Washington, D.C.
The iBOT wheelchair, which is the brainchild of Kamen in partnership with his company, DEKA, and Johnson & Johnson’s Independent Technology division, is a one-of-a-kind powered wheelchair that climbs stairs, allows users to rise from sitting level to six feet tall, maintains superior balance compared to other products on the market and can withstand travel through sand and standing water.
“Dean Kamen is one of the most recognized and sought-after innovators of our time. He’s made it his life’s work to invent technology, like the iBOT, that improves the lives of others,” Meek said. “With such an iconic status in the science and technology communities, it was a tremendous honor to introduce Dean today at the VHA Innovation Experience. It is also with sincerest gratitude that I thank him for his support of SoldierStrong and his commitment to share DEKA’s life-changing iBOT with veterans who desperately deserve access to this type of disruptive technology.”
The VHA Innovation Experience (iEX) is an annual conference that brings innovators and inventors, medical health experts, veterans, and the public together to showcase and celebrate emerging innovations, partnerships and technologies that improve and save veterans’ lives.
Donations of the iBOTs are the latest effort by SoldierStrong to provide revolutionary medical technologies to help injured veterans lead full lives. SoldierStrong has donated $3.8 million in state-of-the-art medical devices to individual veterans and Veterans Affairs medical centers across the country. These devices include hyper-advanced prosthetics, specialized rehabilitation, and the organization’s signature device, the SoldierSuit exoskeleton used in the rehabilitation of spinal injuries and strokes and to help paralyzed individuals become more mobile. To date, SoldierStrong has donated 22 SoldierSuits, or exoskeletons, that allow some paralyzed veterans to stand and walk again.
A four-year mental health study by the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System that included use of a SoldierSuit found that paralyzed veterans able to maintain an eye-level view of the world experienced better mental and physical health and a decline in suicidal thoughts or attempts.
“This donation of iBOTs allows SoldierStrong to provide technologies that simultaneously address the needs of physical and mental health,” Meek said. “The iBOT’s unique capabilities will allow veterans who receive a donation to feel secure, independent and enjoy a sense of confidence unmatched by other devices.”
CONTACT: CHRISTINA STROBACK
Terns Pharmaceuticals to Present Clinical Data on Improved TERN-101 Tablet Formulation at the Paris NASH Digital Experience
Terns Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing best-in-class single-agent and combination therapies to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other liver diseases, announced today the presentation of new clinical data on an improved tablet formulation of its liver-distributed farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist TERN-101 at the Paris NASH Digital Experience, taking place virtually October 22-23, 2020. The presentation, entitled “Comparative pharmacokinetics of two oral formulations of nonsteroidal farnesoid X receptor agonist TERN-101 in healthy volunteers,” demonstrated that an amorphous tablet formulation of TERN-101, which is currently being evaluated in the Phase 2a LIFT study in NASH patients, achieved faster absorption and higher plasma levels compared to a previous crystalline capsule formulation of TERN-101. The study results also demonstrate that the new formulation reduces pharmacokinetic variability and that TERN-101 can be administered without regard to food.
“In Terns’ Phase 1 studies, TERN-101 has demonstrated potent FXR activation in the liver and is well tolerated, with no observation of pruritus and no difference from placebo in serum lipid effects. We’ve now developed an improved formulation that optimizes absorption and minimizes PK variability,” said Erin Quirk, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer of Terns. “This new TERN-101 formulation is now being studied in our 12-week Phase 2a LIFT study in NASH patients, and we look forward to seeing the results in mid-2021.”
Full details from the presentation can be found at www.ternspharma.com/scientific-publications.
About TERN-101 and Farnesoid X Receptor (FXR) Agonism
TERN-101 is a potent, non-steroidal FXR agonist, with enhanced liver distribution being developed for the treatment of NASH. FXR is a nuclear receptor that is highly expressed in the liver and small intestine. FXR agonism has demonstrated improvement over placebo in regression of histological liver fibrosis without progression of NASH in a late-stage study, demonstrating the potential for FXR agonists to be a new treatment modality for NASH. TERN-101 has been granted Fast Track Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of NASH.
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is caused by the accumulation of excess fat in the liver. NASH is associated with chronic liver inflammation and liver cell injury, and it can lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis, and eventually liver cancer or liver failure. Global rates of NAFLD and NASH are increasing rapidly, in tandem with rising rates of obesity. There is currently no approved medication for the treatment of NASH.
About Terns Pharmaceuticals
Terns Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing best-in-class single-agent and combination therapies to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other liver diseases. The company’s liver-selective FXR-agonist, TERN-101, is currently conducting a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2a clinical trial designed to evaluate efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics in 96 presumed NASH patients who receive placebo or TERN-101 at various dose levels for 12 weeks. Terns recently announced positive Phase 1 clinical data for its highly selective SSAO inhibitor, TERN-201, demonstrating potent and sustained target engagement. In addition,
Fitness Innovator Teams with Leading Fitness Platform to Enhance Customer Training Experience with In-App Exercise Programs
LITTLE CANADA, Minn., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As fitness app usage soars, with over 84 million consumers using apps in the US alone, Dragon Door announced they would be making their best-selling fitness content available on the TriadXP fitness platform and TriadXP.com. Dragon Door will use TriadXP to convert their exercise routines into in-app workouts that are performed with the TriadXP app. The app’s voice and visual cues walk exercisers through all exercise routines guiding them on what to do, when, how many, or for how long. With guidance and tracking, customers enhance their training experience and improve workout efficiency. And, since the TriadXP mobile fitness app tracks the user’s performance as they workout with minimal effort on the users part, it eliminates the need for other apps or pen and paper to track results.
“TriadXP supports virtually any kind of workout,” said John Du Cane, CEO of Dragon Door Publications. “As fitness innovators, we know that long-term results are usually the result of consistent goal setting and the consistent measurement of results. You get what you measure for, and the measurement motivates you to maintain your progress. In that regard, we see TriadXP as the perfect solution to help our customers optimize their workout results.”
Addressing the need for home-based and callisthenic workouts, the bestselling 16-week Get Strong program from fitness gurus Al Kavadlo and Danny Kavadlo will be the first program launched.
Dragon Door, credited with launching the modern kettlebell movement, is a publisher and online fitness retailer and provides advanced training and certification for fitness instructors. When searching for a partner who would provide the requisite technology platform from content conversion thru mobile app, Dragon Door found their answer with TriadXP. TriadXP knows fitness technology and delivers an optimal workout experience for a fitness enthusiast. The easy-to-use mobile fitness app and its versatility were critical in the decision. Equally important was TriadXP’s AI-driven conversion tools, which quickly convert content without needing any technical knowledge at Dragon Door.
“We are excited to partner with a leader like Dragon Door,” said Mike Elia, CEO of Triad Fitness Group. “They have a lot of great content, and we know their users will find it easier to work out and perform their routines on our TriadXP app.”
About Dragon Door Publications
Dragon Door Publications is a publisher of innovative fitness content that offers effective, safe, and proven methods for maintaining a high level of health and physical performance over the long-term. The company is best known for having launched the modern kettlebell movement in 2001. Learn more at www.dragondoor.com
TriadXP.com, a fitness content platform from Triad Fitness Group, provides services and technology to allow content providers to convert text-based programs and related exercise imagery and videos into in-app exercise programs to be performed and tracked with the TriadXP mobile app. The app is free and compatible with iOS and Android devices. TriadXP is making workouts better for everyone. Learn more at www.triadxp.com
Contact: John Du