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Millions of Aussies self-diagnosing food allergies and intolerances – Starts at 60

Posted: July 5, 2020 at 4:46 am

Dairy contains crucial nutrients like calcium and vitamins that can be more difficult to obtain in other food groups and, without them, people run the risk of developing health problems in the long run, she said. Its important to make sure that you keep up a well-balanced diet that works for you to get all the nutrients your body needs.

Dynan continued: Its great to see that Australians have used the recent downtime to care for their personal health and wellbeing, but its always a good idea to get an opinion from a professional before making significant changes to a diet, as there are plenty of options that dont require the elimination of entire food groups that people may be unaware of.

The YouGov research also revealed that many people who identify as having a lactose intolerance are not aware of the options available to them, with more than a quarter (26 per cent) reporting not knowing that lactose-free cheese and yoghurt exist.

It saddens us to hear that so many miss out on dairy, simply because they are unaware of all the options they have, Davina Chan, senior brand manager for lactose free dairy brand Liddells said. Whether its to obtain the many nutrients found in dairy or to enjoy its great taste, people should have the choice to eat and drink dairy if they want to without the discomfort they may feel from regular dairy.

A food allergy is an immune system response to a food protein that the body believes is harmful. In Australia, food allergy is estimated to affect up to 2 per cent of adults and 6 per cent of children, according to Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia. An estimated 10 people die from anaphylactic reactions each year in Australia and some of these are triggered by food.

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesnt take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means its not personalised health advice and shouldnt be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.

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A teenager tells parents how to turn on the light – The Indian Express

Posted: July 5, 2020 at 4:46 am

Updated: July 4, 2020 4:53:47 pm

Rohan Vora

The lockdown is truly a pain for me. Its like an injection, something that gets under my skin, and pricks or pokes my very conscience. Even though I understand the necessity of it, its truly painful and exhausting, as I think it is for most teenagers there are assignment deadlines to deal with, essays to work on, and family to deal with. Our parents incessantly lecture us on finding our inner selves and being productive, but at the end of the day, after completing our school work, lets be honest, were sitting in front of a laptop or television screen watching Big Bang Theory or The Office. Our parents also tell us to go out into nature to run, jog, jump, do acrobatics, whatever! But again, after that one run in the week, were back to our snuggly habitat, the sofa or bed, watching the latest episode of Space Force.

I feel that parents ought to just relax a bit at times. Its a global pandemic were experiencing, guys, not a productivity contest. Nevertheless, being productive can be made entertaining and fun. Exercising for one can be a family rendered programme. Laps around the building or if one is daunting enough, the nearby park, can be a competitive sport between family members with a timer in hand, see who runs, leaps or walks the fastest. Mothers or fathers can also compete with their children at home, maybe do a squash or push up or even an abs competition! Another great way of staying healthy can be trying out various diets together. If the family is extremely health conscious, try out the Keto diet and if the family is not dedicated to such an extreme, maybe try out the Paleo diet. If someone breaks these diets, there can be consequences which can be dictated to them and if theyre able to triumphantly succeed, there can be rewards too.

Read| Lockdown parenting: On weekends, my son is a rebel, says actor Juuhi Babbar Soni

To understand us better, parents can also, sometimes, partake in the latest Instagram viral challenge. You all can create a #quarantine bingo challenge. Using a piece of paper just make four rows and columns and voila you have boxes in which you can write down things you have experienced in life, it can be funny or otherwise. The new bingo card can then be sent to family and friends, and everyone can partake in some pastime joviality. Also, especially for the mother and daughters out there, there is the very popular Instagram Dalgona challenge, where using the Instagram recipe a unique, refreshing beverage can be made. Another favourite is the Ludo King application, where one can win virtual coins based on their winning streak a super competitive game that will be great fun with a child who loves online games. These various viral challenges and apps in the lockdown will not only be super entertaining but strengthen familial ties between child and parent, making the lockdown productive after all.

Read| Lockdown and kids with special needs: Create routines and their own happy place

Recently, I was re-watching the hilarious Big Bang Theory and Sheldon Cooper said a phrase that resonated with me. No, it wasnt Bazinga. Instead, it was something rather simple and yet somewhat forgotten today YOLO! (for all the adults out there, this means You Only Live Once). The phrase got me riled up and that day, I went for a run to the garden with my father, helped my mom bake a lemon cake in the kitchen and played a Nerf gunfight with my sister. Spend time with your kids and partake in all these crazy challenges and kids likewise, have fun with your parents and place the laptop screen down once in a while. There can be some sense of fun even in these frustrating and sometimes, excruciating times. I think Professor Dumbledore said it best Happiness can be found in the darkest of times when only one remembers to turn on the light.

Rohan Vora is a student at UWCSEA in Singapore.

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Eddie Hall shows off his workout to get fitter for fight against Hafthor Bjornsson – GIVEMESPORT

Posted: July 5, 2020 at 4:46 am

Eddie Hall has shown off his fitness routine as he prepares to face Hafthor The Mountain Bjornsson in a boxing fight.

Hall is losing weight in preparation for the bout, recently losing 8kg by performing 100 sit ups a day for 30 days.

The 2017 Worlds Strongest Man is now down to 162.5kg, in thanks to a strict regime designed to help him when he squares off against Thor.

The two will settle their fierce rivalry in Las Vegas next year.

Hall is certainly putting the work in. Hes cut 33kg in three years and appears to be very focused on getting in shape.

In a video posted on YouTube on Friday, The Beast showed off footage of his workout, which was a 32-minute HITT session.

HITT stands for high-intensity interval training, and Hall was aiming to keep his heart rate high.

There were eight exercises in total, including kettlebell swings, burpees and hitting a boxing bag with a bat.

Hall was drenched in sweat by the end of the workout. Anyone fancy giving it a go?

It's clear just how serious Hall is taking this.

And for anyone that is sceptical about the scale of his rivalry with The Mountain, just read what he recently told The Mac Life about his opponent.

Me and Hafthor have been big-time competitors for a long time," Hall said.

Weve got a hell of a history competing against one another.

"We absolutely f***ing despise each other beyond belief. If he was on fire I wouldnt p*** on him.

The hatred is 100 per cent real. If I saw Thor face-to-face it would take a lot for me not to punch him in the face."

This really is two guys who hate each other squaring off in the ring.

Bjornsson himself is putting in the work. The Iceland native, who starred in the hit series 'Game of Thrones', recently shared footage of him working the pads.

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He looked pretty slow, but nobody's expected Thor to base his game on speed and agility.

He's tall and powerful, and he'll be looking to use those attributes when he faces Hall.

GIVEMESPORTs Scott Wilson says

Fair play, Eddie.

Hes drastically overhauling his figure in order to be ready to fight Thor next year and its definitely worth keeping an eye on his Instagram account to track his progress.

The work that hes currently doing in the gym is different to his workouts during his strongman days, but hes going all in on this.

The weight loss, the improved diet, the work ethic... for Hall, this is huge.

What he'd give to defeat his main strongman rival in the ring.

Both 'fighters' deserve a lot of credit for the work they're putting in and we can't wait to see the fight.

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Testosterone Therapy For Men: Anastrozole & HCG Injections

Posted: July 5, 2020 at 4:45 am

Author: Brian Hildebrandt, Last Updated: Sept. 6, 2018

When performed correctly, testosterone therapy can have profound effects on mental, physical, and emotional health.

If performed incorrectly,side effectsand diminished quality of life are common.

The following information is the culmination of todays best practices, developed by leading doctors in hormone replacement therapy.

Testosterone + HCG + Arimidex

If your doctor only prescribes testosterone by itself, you will most likely be in for a rough ride.

The problem with test only regimens is that one of the main metabolites (estrogen), tends to get out of control.

High estrogen negates most of the benefits of TRT, resulting in many of the samesymptoms of low testosteroneyou had in the first place!

Fatigue, impotence, water retention (bloat), depression, and brain fog are all commonly associated with high estrogen.

The solution, is to add an estrogen lowering medication, commonly Arimidex (anastrozole) or Aromasin (exemestane). Its from the class of medications called aromatase inhibitors, which essentially block the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.

It helps by forcing testosterone output to remain high while keeping estrogen levels low.

Once your testosterone and estrogen levels are dialed in, its time to stop the next inevitable decline shrinking testicles and its often associated fertility problems.

This is where the medicationHCG(Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) comes in. It helps prevent the side effects of infertility and testicle shrinkage that commonly occurs during testosterone treatment.

Basically, your testicles shrink because your bodys under the misguided notion it doesnt need to make testosterone anymore.

When your testosterone is being supplied from an external source, your balls are essentially saying Thats ok, we already have enough. Its time to shut things down.

For some, small testicles may just be a cosmetic problem. But HGC injections do more than increase testicle size, it also increases adrenal function, which has many positive effects on well-being, libido, and energy in of itself.

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All medications taken on the same day.

Many doctors want to prescribe dosages over longer periods of time, however testosterone's half life should be kept in mind to prevent fluctuations and the variable effects that go with it.

The half life of a medication is the amount of time it takes to metabolize to half it's original dose.

Both testosterone enanthate and cypionate have a half life of approximately 7 days. A 100mg injection would then result in 50mg after 7 days, 25mg after 14 days, and so on and so on.

If you wait a week, two weeks, or even a month (like some doctors suggest), you may well imagine the mental, physical, and emotional roller coaster ride you will be in for! For this reason it's extremely important dosing is scheduled properly!

An every third day (E3D) dosing regimen, results in the most stable testosterone levels over time.

Once you've been on the test, Arimidex, and HCG protocol for 6 weeks, it's usually a good idea to get your blood levels tested to see where you're at.

You may need to adjust your medications accordingly to meet thedesirable hormone ranges. Of course, it goes without saying "symptoms should always trump numbers."

Most important is assessing how you feel during testosterone treatment, and not just scraping the bottom of a "healthy" range.

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Global Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact Analysis | likewise Industry is Booming Globaly with Top Players |…

Posted: July 5, 2020 at 4:45 am

Global Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market: Brief Overview

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The third part includes the qualitative information about the Testosterone Replacement Therapy market. This information is mainly about the Testosterone Replacement Therapy market drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges.

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The fourth part of the report deals with the market segmentation. The Testosterone Replacement Therapy market includes the following segmentations:{Gels, Injections, Patches, Other};{Hospitals, Clinics, Others}. A detailed analysis of every single category in the market segments has been included. The data includes both statistics and qualitative information which are depicted in the form of tables and figures in the report.

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Will These Penny Stocks Bring Fireworks After The 4th? – Penny Stocks

Posted: July 5, 2020 at 4:45 am

3 Penny Stocks Powering Into The Weekend

With the long holiday weekend, penny stocks are sure to be on the list of things to look for. The fact is that weve seen a huge uptick in retail trading of small- and micro-cap stocks recently. So it seems fitting to look for a few of these stocks under $5 while theres plenty of down-time to research.

Overall, the stock market has been extremely volatile. No matter what you think of geopolitics, the price of gold, or the recent stimulus money, this market is trying to aggressively recover. Hopes are high that the economy can continue reopening. However, theres no denying the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on a clear action plan.

Some states and cities are slowly reopening in phases while others are walking back due to new cases. Hospitals in at least two Texas counties are at full capacity heading into the holiday weekend. Reports cite that county judges are urging residents to shelter in place.

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Meanwhile, new curfew orders are back in force in cities like Miami as well. For some people, theyre listening to mixed messages from Washington and theyre deciding they dont need to wear a mask, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told Fox News Neil Cavuto in an interview on Cavuto Live, Saturday.

What will this mean for markets on Monday? As weve all come to know and love, the trends tend to go by the day. So, depending on how investors digest the information over the weekend, that will likely dictate the opening scene next week. Regardless of coronavirus, weve seen many penny stocks to buy and sell heading into the weekend. Many of these hadnt seen trading momentum like this in months.

But again, weve got a whole new group of retail traders driving markets right now. Theyre more focused on trading volume than on the companies themselves. We saw this, first hand, with companies like Hertz and JC Penney, both of which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. Yet their share prices soared for a brief moment as gun-slinging traders bought into hype-fueled action. With this in mind, its important to have a plan of action going into your trades next week and in the future.

Blinding going in on a trade just because YOLO isnt the best way to become consistently profitable. Understand the risks involved, set your sites on profit targets, and keep in mind whats driving momentum. Whether its news or plain market hype, youll be well-equipt to make money with penny stocks when you know why theyre moving the way they have.

Lipocine Inc. (LPCN Stock Report) has been in recovery mode this year. If you remember back in February when we started following LPCN stock more closely, the company was still licking its wounds from a huge miss from its TLANDO treatment. The oral testosterone product candidate for testosterone replacement therapy didnt meet 3 endpoints in its study. That was when LPCN stock dropped from over $2.80 to under $0.40.

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Fast-forward to the second quarter and the company has been working on advancing its pipeline further. In May Lipocine received RDA clearance for an investigational new drug application for a Phase 2 study of LPCN 1148. This is a prodrug of bioidentical testosterone to treat liver cirrhosis. Furthermore, the company reported results of a preclinical study of its LPCN 1144 which demonstrated encouraging results according to the company. H.C. Wainwright took notice of these milestones and increased its price target on LPCN stock to $3 while maintaining a Buy rating.

But since then, there hasnt been much from the company as far as news is concerned. The last filing that was made in June was an 8-K showing results from its shareholder meeting. Also, if you take a close look youll see that theres been some insider buying going on in June. A number ofFORM 4s filed, show that directors were buying stock last month.On July 2, LPCN stock began trading higher late in the afternoon without any apparent catalyst. However, shares have steadily climbed since late February. Since the 24th, LPCN is up over 160%.

Its exciting when you get to see a company evolve from very little into something much greater. In my opinion, we have been following Waitr Holdings (WTRH Stock Report) since its early day. What was more of a skeptical play on Uber Eats or Postmates has actually evolved into a story that investors have gotten behind. Thats especially true as stay at home orders boosted attention on food delivery companies.

Last November was when we really began digging into the driving force behind Waitr Holdings. Shares had just reached 52-week lows and there were more questions than answers as to the future prospects of the company. However, as fait would have it, management sunk its teeth into the company identified that it was lax in its efforts and focused on building the business moving forward.

Specifically, Adam Price, CEO at the time said, Moving forward, you should expect to see steady improvements in cash flow compared to the past several quarters. You should also expect to see a refocus on existing markets where there is a strong user base, great brand awareness and still a lot of growth potential.

As many have seen WTRH stock has been steadily on the move ever since. Most recently, Waitr announced that it would be expanding its Louisiana footprint. The company hired a total of 225 customer service and dispatch team members in the state since January. Furthermore, after Carl Grimstad took over at Waitr in January 2020, the company has implemented strategic initiatives around service and profitability. These initiatives along with others have led to improved revenue and Waitrs first ever profitable month in February of this year.

Cinedigm Corp (CIDM Stock Report) has also benefited from mandates during coronavirus quarantine. June was a big month for CIDM stock and to be honest, the big move we discussed on June 3, could have easily been a case of the 1-day penny stock breakouts. But that move continued even higher the next day. At the time we started following the stock, CIDM shares traded around $0.75. It had already enjoyed a jump in May and like most illiquid stocks (at the time) expectations werent extremely high for a continuation. But as we know, Genius Brands breakout this year had traders looking for sympathy plays & Cinedigm may have initially been one of them.

Cinedigm acquired all North American distribution rights to Cotton Films EVERYDAY MIRACLES in late-May. Following this, the company announced a strategic partnership with SpringServe, the leading ad serving platform for over-the-top and connected TV. It also expanded its distribution of The Bob Ross Channel on Roku (ROKU Stock Repor). What added more fuel to the fire a partnership with Vewd. According to Cinedigm, Vewd is the worlds largest Smart TV over-the-top provider and will now offer Cinedigms portfolio of entertainment networks. But following these big updates, CIDM stock has been free-falling a bit. After reaching $6, shares pulled back as low as $1.67 last week.

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Before the holiday weekend went underway, however, CIDM stock started rebounding late Thursday afternoon. This came after the company announced its next earnings date. Cinedigm reports Q2 figures on July 6th. So if this is one of the names on your list of penny stocks right now, keep this in mind. Speculative momentum can be a factor going into earnings. But the devils in the details. A positive result may bode well for the market but as weve seen, lackluster earnings can put a damper on short-lived bullishness.

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Top Reasons Why Spinach Is One Of The Healthiest Leafy Greens – NDTV Doctor

Posted: July 4, 2020 at 6:44 am

Spinach can offer you a wide range of health benefits. It can be used as a ingredient in a variety of recipes. Here are some reasons why you should consume spinach.

Spinach is beneficial for your skin and hair

Your mother might have stressed on consuming a healthy diet since childhood. A well-balanced diet offers all necessary elements that you need for proper functioning as well as for optimum growth of the human body. Green leafy vegetables are power-packed with nutrients. It is advised to add leafy greens to your diet for optimum health. Spinach is one of the healthiest leaf greens that is loaded with essential nutrients offering you amazing health benefits. Yes, Popeye was doing it all right! Spinach provides you a variety of nutrients that your body needs. Here are some notable benefits of adding spinach to your diet.

91% of spinach is water. It is loaded with protein and iron too. Spinach contains iron that supports red blood cells. It is also a non-dairy source of calcium. This leafy green also contains vitamin A, C and K1. You may also receive magnesium, potassium and folate with spinach consumption.

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Spinach can also help in healthy weight loss. One cup of boiled spinach is loaded with fibre and water content. It can keep you full for longer and make you consume fewer calories.

Also read:Spinach For Weight Loss: A Cup Of Spinach A Day Can Make You Lose Weight Quickly, Know How And Other Health Benefits

Potassium in spinach can help in controlling high blood pressure. A healthy diet can help in controlling hypertension. Fibre-rich foods can also help in regulating blood pressure.

Also read:Try These 7 Foods That Have More Potassium Than A Banana To Control High Blood Pressure

Diabetics can also safely add spinach to your diet. This leafy vegetable contains antioxidants that can prevent oxidative stress and stress-related changes in people with diabetes.

You would be surprised to know that spinach is beneficial for your skin and hair too. Vitamin A and iron in spinach can help in boosting skin and hair health.

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5 Cocktails to Celebrate the 4th Without Blowing Up Your Diet – Muscle & Fitness

Posted: July 4, 2020 at 6:44 am

American holidays and booze tend to go hand in hand. But it is entirely possible to indulge in a few cocktails (or mocktails) and throw some meat on the grill this year without the guilt or unnecessary bloating.

Heres your complete guide to making sure fireworks are the only thing youre blowing up this year.

While it is entirely possible to include some alcohol in your fat loss regimen, it can make achieving results significantly harder. Alcohol is a source of empty calories and when we overdo it, those calories can rack up quickly leading to fat gain.

As a toxin, it also tends to mess with your metabolism. Your body will try to metabolize alcohol before anything else, including food and body fat.

Lastly, drinking a lot of alcohol can mess with your mood, appetite, and sleep, throwing a willpower grenade into your good intentions.

In other words, if you are serious about losing weight, you might want to consider giving up drinking for a little while.

If you are going to indulge this holiday, just be mindful of the types of drinks you choose and how much you consume. As long as you stay within your daily calorie goals, you shouldnt gain weight from the occasional splurge. You might, however, have some water weight gain and a little guilt afterward.

To help cut back on added calories, keep it simple with a light beer, spiked seltzer, or glass of wine. Sugar-sweetened mixers can pack a ton of extra calories and sugar into a glass half a cup of sweetened margarita mix has over 100 calories and 24 grams of added sugar!

Dont forget to drink plenty of water to keep you feeling full and hydrated and help provide a helping hand to your potential hangover.

Here are five easy diet-friendly cocktail recipes that will keep you hydrated and on track this summer.

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What Hong Kong losing its ‘special status’ would mean – The Straits Times

Posted: July 4, 2020 at 6:44 am

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - Under the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, the US treats Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous part of China with its own legal and economic system, differently than the Chinese mainland in trade, commerce and other areas.

President Donald Trump has begun stripping away that "special status" to punish China for moves to tighten its grip on the city after a year of pro-democracy street protests.

At its most extreme, that could mean the global financial hub being treated the same as any other Chinese city - a seismic shift that could harm both economies at an already difficult time. China has already begun retaliating.

It's going. On May 27, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regarded Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. On June 29, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the special status had therefore been revoked.

In an opening salvo, Pompeo announced visa restrictions against unspecified Chinese officials; China did the same against Americans. Mr Pompeo said the US would also cease selling defence equipment to Hong Kong, a largely symbolic act that will mostly affect the city's police and corrections forces. The Commerce Department made it harder to export sensitive American technology to Hong Kong by suspending special treatment in areas including export licence exceptions; Hong Kong's leader said the impact would be "minimal". More far-reaching measures could follow. The city is still treated differently from the mainland when it comes to tariffs, for instance.

It's up to Mr Trump to decide how quickly he wants to move while he's also threatening consequences for China over its handling of the coronavirus and its repression of minorities in Xinjiang province. Hurting China also carries additional risks for the US economy, including the US-China trade deal that Mr Trump had considered one of his biggest achievements, which could affect his odds of winning re-election. Mr Trump has made harsh comments but hasn't threatened specific punishments for the Beijing government.

While Hong Kong remains a key gateway from China to the rest of the world, it matters far less to the country's fortunes than it once did. In 2019, 12 per cent of China's exports went to or through Hong Kong, down from 45 per cent in 1992. China is also far less reliant on inflows of foreign capital and expertise, and has made a much lower priority of making the yuan an international currency. Nonetheless, the city still matters. Hong Kong's open capital account and adherence to international standards of governance are unmatched by any mainland Chinese city and make it an important base for international banks and trading firms. Revoking the special status would be "the nuclear option" and "the beginning of the death of Hong Kong as we know it", said Professor Steve Tsang, director of the University of London's SOAS China Institute.

One worst-case scenario: if the US treats Hong Kong no differently than any other Chinese city, why wouldn't ratings firms and investors do the same? It's a question posed by Deutsche Bank, which noted that S&P Global Ratings has Hong Kong three notches above China while Moody's and Fitch have Hong Kong one notch higher. The risk is that China's own rating gets lowered in coming years and drags Hong Kong's with it. At the same time, equity index providers may take a fresh look at Hong Kong, which is currently in the MSCI World Index with other developed markets. China is in the emerging market index, raising the question, should Hong Kong be treated the same as Shanghai and Shenzhen?

It has its own reasons for not rocking the boat too much. Hong Kong, the only semi-democratic jurisdiction under Chinese rule, offers US companies a relatively safe way to access the Chinese market and employs a US dollar peg, linking it with the American financial system. According to the Congressional Research Service, the largest US trade surplus in 2019 was with Hong Kong - US$36 billion (S$50.1 billion). Hong Kong counted 278 US companies with regional headquarters in the city that year and another 457 with offices. Hong Kong's first justice minister after the handover to China in 1997, Ms Elsie Leung, told the South China Morning Post in May that any damage would be mutual: "We are not just getting the benefits - it's a free-trade arrangement which is good for both sides."

Despite the US action, Chinese lawmakers approved new national security legislation for Hong Kong anyway. The Foreign Ministry has promised unspecified retaliation against what it terms foreign interference, insisting Hong Kong is purely an internal affair. China said last year it would sanction some US-based activist groups including the National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House, and suspend port visits by US Navy ships to Hong Kong. The official Xinhua News Agency has dismissed as "groundless" accusations about the loss of freedom or human rights issues in Hong Kong. It also noted that the 2018 Human Freedom Index compiled by the Fraser Institute, a Vancouver-based think tank, ranked Hong Kong at No. 3, well ahead of the US at No. 17.

The city's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, has defended the national security law (as has Mr Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong's richest tycoon). Mrs Lam also has said it would be "totally unacceptable" for foreign legislatures to interfere in Hong Kong's internal affairs, and that sanctions would only complicate the problems in the city. (Mrs Lam was selected in 2017 by a committee of 1,200 political insiders overwhelmingly loyal to the Chinese government.) She has sought to reassure investors that the city still adheres to the rule of law and has an independent judiciary. She also has defended police actions.

As a largely leaderless movement, the Hong Kong protests have made no official request for international assistance. But some prominent activists including Mr Jimmy Lai and Mr Joshua Wong called on Mr Trump to hit China hard with sanctions, even to the point of revoking the city's special trading status. Mr Wong had testified last year in Washington in favour of the Bill, seeking to put pressure on China. On the streets of Hong Kong, some protesters have made clear their interest in US support by waving American flags, singing The Star-Spangled Banner and calling on Mr Trump to "liberate" Hong Kong.

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Andrew Thomas is Prepping for His First NFL Season with Burritos, Zoom Meetings, and Piano Breaks. – GQ

Posted: July 4, 2020 at 6:43 am

Andrew Thomas says his roommates understand the deal: For multiple hours a day, hes going to be posted up in the dining room area of their apartment, doing Zoom calls with teammates and coaches on the New York Giants.

In April, Thomas was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the Giants are hoping their highly-rated rookie will anchor their offensive line for a decade or more. But Thomas, like many other recent draftees, hasnt even signed a contracta side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted the traditional NFL offseason schedule. For now hes working out and studying the playbook in Athens, Georgia, where he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, though hes begun checking out some spots in New Jersey that arent too far from MetLife Stadium.

Thomass schedule is largely dictated by the aforementioned Zoom calls: He plans his day around them, and gets his meals and workouts in accordingly. In his limited downtime, he says he actually doesnt obsessively play video games; his stress-reliever is the piano.

In an interview with GQ, Thomas discussed how he altered his NFL Draft preparations and training, why hes on a carb-heavy diet at the moment, and how his interest in music has helped him absorb the Giants playbook.

GQ: Before the NFL Draft, when the pandemic really arrived in the United States, how did your day-to-day change?

Andrew Thomas: When the pandemic happened, Pro Day and all those events were cancelled. I had about 10 visits scheduled with different teams. That was the first big differenceinstead of going to the facilities to have my workouts, I started having lots of Zoom calls. Id wake up and have two or three Zoom calls with different coaches and members of their staff. And then Id drive 50 minutes to this place called DASH Performance in Gwinnett County. It was shut down to the general public, but I had a relationship with the owner, so he let me come in there with my personal trainer to do some social distanced workouts. It was very different to not be able to come as you please; we had to come at a certain time, and avoid working out in a group. I adjusted and made it work.

What kind of workouts were you doing in the leadup to the NFL Draft?

After the NFL Combine, my workouts switched to more football-specific stuff. Before the Combine was more speed training. But after that, it reverted more to conditioning and strength training to be in better shape. Lots of position-specific drills that work your lower body and your hips. So, squats, power cleans, any explosive movements that you do when youre making a block. And then there are some run-block drills, different techniques with different weights, working your hands, stuff like that.

What does your diet look like lately?

Im not a huge breakfast person. Usually Ill just eat something quick on the way out of the apartment. I dont like to work out with a lot of food in my stomach. After I got drafted and we started having Zoom meetings that are pretty long, I had to adjust what times I work out. Ive been planning my meals more than I used to so I can make sure Im not running on fumes.

For lunch, I like some type of Mexican food, like a burrito, nachos, something like that. Lots of carbs. Usually theres brown rice, chicken, or ground turkey. Dinner is where I really sit down and eat. Thats steak and potatoes, maybe more chicken, maybe spaghetti and meat; thats my biggest meal of the day.

Are you cooking any of that up yourself?

I cannot cook. I can do breakfast, but my girlfriend helps with cooking, and other times I go get stuff from different restaurants. If I had to cook something up, itd be some type of chicken alfredo.

Have you always been eating lots of carbs and protein?

I used to be on more of a cut diet. I wasnt really eating as many carbs because I was trying to lose weight. Now Im trying to maintain, so Im eating more carbs. I want to get a little stronger too, build some more body muscle, which is why Im eating more protein.

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