Day: April 24, 2021


Paralysed woman fights her fate to become martial arts fitness instructor

Katrina Parra from Venezuela who was paralysed and is now a fitness instructor. (Photo: @katrina.parra.1/Newsflash)

A young Venezuelan woman who was paralysed by a rare illness refused to accept her fate. And through true grit and determination she fought her way back to full health and become a fitness instructor.

Katrina Parra was paralysed from the neck down when she was struck down by a rare disease called porphyria, which affects the joints, when she was 21.

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The fitness instructor, who lives in the Spanish city of Barcelona, said that she was unable to eat and move as footage showing her with wasted muscles and in a wheelchair show, but through determination to change her fate she slowly improved day by day. She was also helped by undergoing therapy and being attend to by dedicated specialists.

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Does coffee burn more fat during exercise? What the evidence tells us

Coffee, green tea and other caffeinated drinks are a popular way to start the morning.

Not only does it give many people a much-needed boost, but caffeine can also help when it comes to fitness.

Studies show it can help people exercise harder and for longer, and even perform better.

And recently, a study conducted at the University of Granada reported that consuming caffeine half an hour before aerobic exercise can actually help people burn fat.

In the study, 15 men (aged around 32) ingested caffeine powder (about 3mg per kilogram of body mass – the equivalent of a tall brewed filter coffee) or a placebo 30 minutes before exercising.

The participants then completed a total of four trials.

They alternated between exercising at either 8am or 5pm on separate days.

The study used a “triple-blind” experimental design – meaning that the participants, researchers and statistician did not know who

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“A, An, The”
definite and indefinite articles in English

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following description

I am from Winchester,
Hampshire. Winchester is a city in the United Kingdom. I live in a town called Taunton
which is on the River Tone. I live in a house in a quiet street in the
countryside. The street is called “Hudson Street” and the house is old
– more than 100 years old! I am an English lecturer at a college near the centre
of the town. I like books, music and taking photographs. I usually have lunch at
college. I usually go home by car. We have all kinds of food in England. I like
Polish food very much. Sometimes, I go to a Polish restaurant in Bath.
The restaurant is called “Magda’s”. Polish food is

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Covid-19: Sale of AstraZeneca vaccine to AU concluded – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

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  • Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the full purchase amount for the AstraZeneca vaccines was received Monday last week.
  • About a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were sold to the African Union by South Africa. 
  • Mkhize says the first batch of vaccines that is being delivered will benefit nine member states.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the sale of the one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the African Union (AU) has been concluded. 

In a statement on Sunday, Mkhize said the department had in the past weeks ensured that all member states identified by the AU vaccine acquisition team as recipients were compliant and had obtained regulatory approvals, permits and licenses to roll out the jabs in their countries. 

Mkhize said the full purchase amount was received by the department last Monday.

“The AU and South African teams then ensured

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