The Photography Competition was on the very general subject of Nature and we had many entries. After much deliberation and consultantation with our main judge, a professional phtoographer (retired) we came to the conclusion of these three admirable winners. So in reverse order and without any further ado.
In Third Place
This amazing Spider’s web against a background of autumn leaves in a colour changing transition state from Susie Laing
In Second Place
Some mouldy boots grab the second place point.
In First Place
This piece of Poultry from Jason Oldroyd grabs the first prize pot of £100
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Maybe our brains won’t shut off or we find ourselves tossing and turning all night, unable to get comfortable. Whatever the reason for your lack of sleep, it takes a toll. Studies abound linking sleeplessness with increased risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and stroke, as well as depression, impaired judgment, memory lapses and other cognitive deficiencies.
Thankfully, there are some easy yoga-based techniques you can use nightly to fall asleep and stay asleep. It takes only about six minutes to leverage your body’s natural sleep-facilitating processes.
These are the same stretching, breathing and meditative methods used by my professional athlete clients. As a yoga trainer for numerous sports teams, it’s my job to help athletes restore their bodies and minds to perform at optimum levels. This includes creating sleep-facilitation programs to counter the effects of grueling game and travel schedules, so players can feel refreshed and ready.
I’ve designed this six-minute sleep program to be effective and accessible for most people, not just athletes.
It begins with two postures done bedside to address the tension that builds over the course of the day, particularly in your lower back and hip flexors. By lengthening and realigning these areas, you can prevent waking in the night due to stiffness, aches and pains.
Lengthens spine, especially low back; realigns pelvis and hips
Standing with your feet hip-distance apart and arms extended at shoulder level, exhale and sit back into a deep squat. Maintain weight in your heels. Avoid allowing your knees and/or toes to turn out. If you have difficulty squatting all the way down without lifting your heels or feeling unsteady, hold onto something secure, like your bed frame, for support.
Take three long deep breaths while squatting. Focus on relaxing your lower back with each exhalation.
If you experience discomfort in your ankles, knees or shins, try widening your stance and making sure you’re dropping back into your hips as opposed to pushing forward into your knees.
Warrior one with side bend
Lengthens calves, hip flexors and side waist muscles
From standing, step your right foot back, placing your heel down with your toes angled slightly out. Bend your left knee to align above your ankle. Keep your back leg straight. Place your left hand on your left hip. If balance is a challenge, place your left hand on your bed or other support, instead of your hip.
Inhale as you reach your right arm up and over your head to the left, stretching your right side and front of your hip. Exhale to hold the posture. Inhale and return your arm to your side. Step back to standing. Repeat on the opposite side, then get into bed.
Once in bed, practicing a gentle twist to promote blood flow in the abdomen helps initiate the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the “rest and digest” aspect of our autonomic nervous system, which lowers your heart rate and blood pressure and inhibits the production of stress hormones.
Supine bent-knee twist
Stretches hip, groin and low-back muscles; increases blood flow in the pelvis and abdomen; enhances mid-back mobility; opens chest
Lie on your back with your legs extended and arms at your sides. Place a pillow under your head, if desired. Hug your left knee into your chest. Inhale as you place your right hand on the outside of your left thigh and reach your left arm to the left. Exhale fully as you gently twist from your mid-back to bring your left knee across your body to the right.
Take two more long, deep breaths. Unwind and repeat on the other side.
Employing deep diaphragmatic breathing supports the restorative action of your parasympathetic system. And because the diaphragm also works as a postural muscle, attaching to the ribcage and lumbar spine (low back) and running through the hip flexors, diaphragmatic breathing promotes proper ribcage, back and pelvis position, which decreases the likelihood of waking due to discomfort or the need to change position.
Pairing deep breathing with backward-counting meditation is a simple yet effective way to focus and relax a wandering mind.
Diaphragmatic breathing and backward-count meditation
Get comfortable with your head on one pillow and another placed under your knees. If you prefer a side-lying position, lie on your left side with a pillow between your legs.
Close your eyes. Inhale through your nose, filling the lowest lobes of your lungs and back of your ribcage. You should feel your lower ribs expand outward, as opposed to only inflating your upper chest. Exhale and focus on your lower ribs internally rotating and descending. It’s important that you feel your ribcage release downward as you exhale for proper function of your diaphragm. And a full exhalation is necessary to raise CO2 levels in your blood enough to inspire a natural, functional inhalation. When you think you’ve fully exhaled, contract your abdominal muscles to see if you can push out any remaining air. You’ll likely find some! Once you’ve fully exhaled, pause before inhaling.
Try to lengthen and deepen your breathing to match this pattern: five-count inhalation, five-count exhalation and two-count pause after exhalation.
Once you’ve established the breathing pattern, begin counting your breaths backward from 20 to 1. Concentrate your mind on an image of each number and the sensations of your breathing. If you still haven’t drifted off after 20 breaths (approximately three to four minutes), repeat the process, starting at 30 or 40 breaths.
Practicing this six-minute yoga program before bed should deliver consistent quality rest by creating an optimal physical (muscle relaxation and body positioning) and physiological (parasympathetic nervous system and diaphragmatic breathing) foundation for falling asleep and staying asleep.
The quarter-acre parcel generates no earnings, has no natural deposits and has ecological limitations. Why does the president still keep it?
Amid the gilded tower blocks, high-end hotels and high-end golf clubs of Donald Trumps huge worldwide home portfolio is a much smaller sized holding that looks more than a little out of location.
Its a quarter-acre great deal of thick forest in among Floridas poorest counties that the United States president has actually owned and paid real estate tax on given that 2005 having actually purchased it for $1 from a lady who owned a photographic studio specialising in adult underwear shoots.
The plot generates no earnings, has no roadways, pavement or instant possibility for advancement, and offers an environment that gets along just to the swarms of mosquitoes that prosper in the humidity of the scorching Florida summer season.
Arab worlds leading TELEVISION channel is utilized to debate today it fears for its future as Saudi Arabia desires it closed down
Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that has actually discovered itself at the centre of the Gulf diplomatic crisis , was released in 1996, and has actually considering that grown to end up being the most-watched TELEVISION channel in the Arab world.
It declares to relay to more than 310m homes in more than 100 nations. The business utilizes more than 3,000 individuals and has a London studio in the Shard. When it sent rough video messages from Osama bin Laden, #peeee
The broadcaster increased to international prominence after the 9/11 attacks in the United States. By this time it had actually currently developed millions of audiences in the Middle East by providing a vibrant rolling news service that audiences had actually not experienced prior to.
When al-Jazeera was released, the then emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani stated reporters would report the news as they see it. Al-Jazeera still declares to have actually been the very first independent news channel in the Arab world.
Al-Jazeera America was closed in 2015 in the middle of diminishing seeing figures and a collection of suits.
The business likewise revealed it was cutting 500 tasks all over the world, with the majority of the layoffs in Qatar. Like other media organisations, al-Jazeera has actually been required to fight versus falling marketing profits. This down pattern in marketing has actually likewise accompanied a fall in the rate of oil, which has actually reduced the worth of gas in Qatar , and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani prospering his dad as the emir.
These aspects appear to have actually made the judgment household more unwilling to continue pumping large resources into al-Jazeera, with Sheikh Tamim choosing a various method to diplomacy from his dads.
Al-Jazeera was applauded for its extensive protection of the Arab spring, which started in 2010, however ever since has actually been criticised by other nations in the area for supporting pro-Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Three al-Jazeera reporters were imprisoned in Egypt in 2015 for reporting on occasions in Cairo.
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5″ june: two weeks after donald trump visits the middle east and throws his weight behind the saudis, riyadh and its regional allies cut diplomatic, economic and transport ties with qatar, alleging links with terrorism
6 june: saudi arabia and the uae order qatar to break all links with the muslim brotherhood, hamas and iran, as the us president appears to take credit for the coordinated action on twitter
7 june: the uae says any person expressing sympathy for qatar could face up to 15 years in prison. trump and kuwait offer to mediate the crisis
8 june: qatar's foreign minister gives a series of defiant interviews, pledging never to 'surrender the independence of our foreign policy'. qatar-based al-jazeera comes under a sustained cyber-attack
9 june: saudi-led coalition imposes sanctions on groups and people accused of having islamist militancy ties many of them qataris or with links to qatar. the turkish president signs legislation that would offer qatar military assistance if necessary
The broadcaster has actually likewise been criticised for describing Islamic State as the state organisation, instead of the Arabic acronym Daesh, and suicide bombers as shaheed, which equates as martyr in English. Al-Jazeera has actually rejected this reveals it supports extremism and stated it is not partisan to any group, ideology or federal government.
Now Saudi Arabia has actually required Qatar shut down the broadcaster as part of a threatening 13-point demand as the cost for raising a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo .
Al-Jazeera has actually condemned the call for its closure as absolutely nothing however an effort to end flexibility of expression in the area, and reduce the right to details.
Journalist organisations around the globe have actually revealed their outrage at the risks to al-Jazeera. In Britain, the National Union of Journalists stated needs versus the broadcaster were outrageous acts to secure down on liberty of expression and the media and promised to raise the problem with the appropriate diplomatic agents in London.
The long read: John Di Domenico has been playing Donald Trump longer than anyone else except Trump himself
John Di Domenico looks nothing like Donald Trump: hes 17 years younger, several inches shorter and a natural brunet, though lately he keeps his head shaved to make putting on the coppery wig easier, and his eyebrows bleached to match. Becoming Trump requires a full hour of hair and makeup. He tapes three large photographs of the president, one in profile and two straight-on, to any mirror hes using, and then uses Ben Nye CoCo Tan foundation to turn his skin the requisite shade of atomic tangerine, dabs on wrinkles, lengthens his nose, and so on. Trump has quite a big head, but theres not much anyone can do about that.
Even with the elaborate costume, Di Domenicos physical resemblance to the president requires a little imagination but of the many people who do Trump, his take is the most uncanny. Its the voice. He recreates the uncommon way that Trump, to use Di Domenicos phrase, speaks from his teeth; the wild fluctuations of nasality; the inconsistent New York accent; the sibilant Ss and exaggerated vowels. He has also mastered the neck jerk, the squint, the off-tilt swagger. When Conan OBrien and Chelsea Handler needed a Trump for their late-night talk shows, they called Di Domenico, and he has also become a regular on Fox Newss morning talk show.
Di Domenico enjoys the appearances on Fox and ABC, the cameos on Glenn Becks radio show, the invitations to do adverts and spoof films, but he makes his living at corporate events, trade shows and private parties. Hes the guy executives hire to keep middle management amused at national sales meetings, or to provide a little excitement at the launch party of a flu-reduction medicine. Hes the booth decoration that gets passersby interested in your carpet company. He is the entertainment. He can do Guy Fieri and Jay Leno and Austin Powers and Dr Evil, but for the last decade his trademark impression has been Trump. At the peak of the 2016 campaign, that one impression earned him as much as $40,000 a month.
Whenever Di Domenico appears in public in costume, people turn and gawk. They pull out their phones to take video, or they laugh spontaneously. Oh my god, they say. Or, breathlessly, Donald!
One afternoon in March, exiting a New York hotel, the sight of Di Domenico-as-Trump sent the front desk manager into a fit of giggles that verged on a panic attack. Oh my god, the guy kept saying, trying to catch his breath. No way. Faux Trump squinted, aimed a presidential finger in the mans direction, and agreed to a selfie.
In the photograph, Di Domenico has his chest and gut thrown out, as if hes leading from the widest point of his red sateen tie. The wig crests low over his brow. Hes flashing a presidential thumbs-up with one hand, his head is cocked to one side so his eyes squint unevenly, and his mouth has that protruded, half-open look of an aggravated orangutan. Its all correct.
Di Domenico handed the man his business card, with details of how to find him on social media. Tag me, he said, Youre terrific. And left.
Two college-aged guys hanging around stared after him, vaguely stricken. Its really good, said one. His friend nodded and looked around the lobby, presumably for Secret Service agents, or a hidden camera crew. What the fuck is going on?
As a professional impersonator,Di Domenico makes his living in an America where, as the historian Daniel J Boorstin wrote in 1962, fantasy is more real than reality. We have become, he wrote, the first people in history to have been able to make their illusions so vivid, so persuasive, so realistic that [we] can live in them. By the time Trump started to appear on the front pages of New York City tabloids in the late 1980s, politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce had been transformed into congenial adjuncts of showbusiness, as the cultural theorist Neil Postman famously wrote in 1984. Under this new dispensation, celebrities emerged as the unpredictable real-life stars of a never-ending show unfolding in real time. Thirty years later, Americans remain so compelled by the power of celebrity to make life feel entertaining and meaningful that we are thrilled by the mere facsimile of a famous person, so long as he conveys a hint of the same magic.
When Trump declared his candidacy, he turned himself into the most visible celebrity in the world, and Di Domenicos career exploded. By Di Domenicos estimation, peak demand for Trump impressions came during the election cycle, when Trumps political aspirations could still be seen as a joke that hadnt yet arrived at the punchline. Di Domenico worked every day for more than a year. He was soon joined by a cadre of other Donalds: the comedian Anthony Atamanuik, whose work Di Domenico admires (Trump is all id. Anthonys Trump is the id on steroids,); the prolific impressionist Frank Caliendo; Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon; and, of course, Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live. Di Domenico, though, has been doing this for 13 years longer than any other major Trump impersonator which not only lends him a bit of godfatherly cred, but also gives his impression singular nuance.
The relationship between the impersonator and the impersonated is a bizarre form of intimacy. Apart from its lopsidedness, the connection is almost spousal, marked by the closeness that comes from living with someone day after day for years and years, memorising their gestures, assimilating their speech patterns. Theres admiration and irritation, conjecture about the others intentions and inner life, struggles to keep a separate identity, and the sense of ownership that comes from believing you know a person better than anyone else. Its a parasitic homage.
Di Domenico keeps inside him, nested like matryoshka dolls, all the many selves Trump has fashioned in the last 30 years: Trump the businessman on CNN silkily telling Larry King in 1989 that his breath stinks; Trump the reality television star firing Cyndi Lauper on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2010; Trump the candidate declaring that he could stand on 5th Avenue in New York and shoot someone without losing a vote. Di Domenico talks about Trump with the same casual authority he displays when talking about himself. Hes gained a lot of weight lately, hell remark offhandedly. Or, Nah, he doesnt have OCD. Or he has selective OCD. Frequently, Trumps cadence will sneak its way into Di Domenicos speech: a nasal vowel, a tremendous.
Every morning, Di Domenico reads the news, scanning for any stories or new behaviours he needs to incorporate. He can list and demonstrate Trumps most common gestures, most of which only appeared when he entered political life. Theres the T-Rex, when he plasters his forearms to his sides and waves his stiff hands back and forth, as if conducting a tiny, mad choir. Theres the OK slightly effete, open-handed, with the thumb and forefinger pinched together and the wrist cocked and loose. And the Hi, where Di Domenico reaches out his right arm and tilts the hand up in greeting. Then theres the Heil Hitler here he straightens his wrist though hes stopped doing that. I think someone told him to stop doing that.
There are worries that the far best might be pushed by a project versus the Hungarian-born American billionaire. Shaun Walker reports from Budapest
I n 1989 the American-Hungarian investor George Soros spent for Viktor Orbn to study in Britain. Twenty years later on, he contributed $1m to Orbns federal government to assist the clean-up after the red sludge ecological catastrophe.
Over the years, the billionaire has actually invested numerous countless dollars funding education and civil society jobs in Hungary , the nation of his birth, through his Open Society Foundations (OSF).
But now Soros has actually ended up being the Hungarian prime ministers No 1 political target.
On signboards throughout Budapest Soros stands implicated of being a political puppet master. Recently, in a relocation viewed as straight targeting Soros, Hungarys parliament passed legislation needing NGOs to state themselves as foreign representatives on their sites and documents if they get moneying from political sources abroad.
How did it get to this?
Soross credibility in Hungary took a specific hit throughout the 2015 migrant crisis, when his advocacy for the gentle treatment for refugees ran up versus Hungarys ultra-conservative federal government, led by Orbn, a rightwing nationalist.
In current months, the disagreement has actually magnified. The prime minister has actually explained the billionaire as somebody who had actually messed up the lives of 10s of countless individuals with currency speculation.
Soros countered with a speech in Brussels this month where he described the Hungarian federal government as a mafia state and stated: He [Orbn] looked for to frame his policies as an individual dispute in between the 2 people and has actually made me the target of his relentless propaganda project.
Orbns representative, Zoltn Kovcs, informed the Guardian that the Brussels speech was a statement of political war on Hungary. Soros-funded organisations, Kovcs stated, were taken part in political advocacy camouflaged as NGO work.
Goran Buldioski, director of the OSFs Budapest-based Europe workplace, stated Soross moneying for Hungary had actually been considerably downsized considering that the nation signed up with the EU in 2004. Much of the previous financing was for advancement and education, with Orbn the recipient of a Soros-funded scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in 1989. Soros likewise established the Central European University, based in Budapest, which has been targeted by Orbns federal government of late.
But Soross structures invested simply $3.6 m in Hungary in 2016, stated Buldioski, a small portion of exactly what the federal government invested in promoting a referendum last October focused on disallowing refugees from the nation.
On his desk at the OSF workplaces in Budapest, Buldioski keeps a copy of a current edition of a popular regional paper, which included a full-page photo of Soros on page 2, accompanied by the caption Outrageous.
A video just recently produced by Orbns judgment Fidesz alliance likewise grumbles and utilizes the outrageous motto that the EU wishes to alter Hungarys difficult migration policy, then states: An organisation moneyed by George Soros is releasing suits versus our homeland in assistance of Brussels.
The video describes the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, partly moneyed by OSF, which supplied totally free legal help to about 3,000 individuals in 2015, consisting of numerous asylum hunters, taking 70 cases to the European court of human rights.
The organisation stated it would not adhere to the brand-new needs to brand name itself a foreign representative, calling the law unconstitutional.
Some federal government critics stated the attacks on Soros were simply an exploitative technique of utilizing popular assistance in the run-up to elections next spring.
Hes a really helpful punching bag, since hes both the outsider and the expert, the meddling immigrant and the Hungarian Jew, stated Heather Grabbe, director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, which is the EU policy arm of the OSF. She included that there were clear antisemitic overtones to the project versus Soros by Fidesz.
Soros was born Gyrgy Schwartz to a household of Hungarian Jews in 1930, however his dad altered their surname to make it more Hungarian. As a young kid in the 1930s, Soros resided in an apartment or condo on Budapests Kossuth tr, the square neglecting the parliament structure, till his household was required to break up and live under presumed identities to leave the Holocaust. He left Hungary in 1947 to study in London, and later on emigrated to the United States, making billions as a financier and hedge fund supervisor.
Hungarys Jewish neighborhood is divided over the concern of whether antisemitism contributes in Orbns complaint with Soros. Adam Schonberger, director of a Jewish organisation that runs the Aurora neighborhood centre in Budapest, stated he thought the federal government project was not antisemitic, however had the prospective to empower others who were.
The Aurora centre was established in 2014 and serves as a type of union of the susceptible, real estate the workplaces of NGOs that deal with Jewish problems, Roma problems, LGBT rights, migrants, substance abuse and homelessness. The profits from an on-site bar and routine performances go to support the running of the area, and the centres preliminary financing came partly from Soros.
Last month, a group of reactionary activists ruined the beyond the structure, spray-painting Stop Operation Soros on the pavement and plastering pictures of his confront with a red cross struck through it on the entrance. Time allowing, we will state hey there once again, stated a short article about the attack published on a reactionary site. The centre attracted authorities, however authorities declared there was absolutely nothing they might do about it.
One of the factors theyre acting more brazenly now is that they have a sense that their time has actually come. Their objective to conserve Hungary has actually ended up being traditional political ideology, stated Schonberger, being in Auroras yard, which becomes a bar at nights.
Buldioski stated: In the past, Soros was criticised by the political fringe, rightwing nationalists and some extreme leftists. Now, the criticism is moving more traditional.
Not simply in Hungary. In Romania, the chairman of the judgment Social Democratic celebration, Liviu Dragnea, stated Soros and his organisations have actually fed evil in the nation; while a Polish MP from the judgment conservative federal government has actually described Soros as the most harmful male on the planet. The United States right has actually likewise participated: in a semi-coherent tirade , radio host and Donald Trump fan Alex Jones declared Soros heads a Jewish mafia.
But while Jones is on the edge of the argument, in Hungary, the anti-Soros discourse has actually ended up being mainstream, feeding into the populist anti-migrant discourse. Andrs Bencsik, editor of the rightwing month-to-month publication Demokrata, explained Soros as an unsafe guy who was destabilising Hungary, most importantly through his mindset to migration. We stated: Thank you quite however we wish to close our doors, and Soros stated: No, I desire you to open evictions.
Benscik, a Fidesz member whose workplace is embellished with swords, daggers and pictures of Hungarian statesmen, recommended darkly that Soros might have some secret strategy to ruin the nation, however had a hard time to describe exactly what this secret conspiracy may be.
Behind his mask there is another individual with an objective, we simply do not know exactly what it is. He has an unique program in his mind, however no one understands exactly what it is, he stated.
Chinese interests of Donald Trumps child and son-in-law enter spotlight once again as Communist celebration looks for to fete prominent White House couple
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have actually been welcomed to China as Beijing works to construct closer ties with the prominent couple inside an irregular White House.
Trump, child of the United States president, and her hubby both have main functions in the White House and the journey is anticipated to happen this year, Bloomberg News reported . The 2 had supper with the inbound United States ambassador to China on Sunday at the Trump Hotel in Washington as he prepared to leave for Beijing.
Chinas President Xi Jinping verbally welcomed Donald Trump and Kushner to check out throughout his check out to the Mar-a-lago resort in April that Kushner assisted strategy. Kushner has actually been entrusted with handling relations with China, amongst a host of other responsibilities consisting of making peace in between Israel and Palestine.
Chinese authorities have actually been rushing to develop closer ties with crucial members of the United States administration after Donald Trumps election triumph shocked lots of in the management. The couples see is not likely to happen prior to October, as senior authorities get ready for a two times a years management reshuffle at a crucial Communist celebration conference.
Ivanka Trump is broadly popular in China where state media frequently lavishes her and her Mandarin-learning child with appreciation.
But the couple have actually been criticised for their company ties to China , shining a spotlight on possible disputes as the 2 prepare to engage diplomatically with the nation.
Trumps brand name was just recently involved in debate after 3 labor activists were detained for examining working conditions at factories that make her items. Trump has actually remained quiet on the matter, although the United States state department has actually required the detectives release.
Kushner has actually likewise come under fire for his ties to China. In March a Chinese monetary corporation, Anbang, ditched a $400m financial investment in a structure owned by Kushners property company. The offer broke down after extreme public analysis and criticism from principles and legislators specialists.
Kushners business has actually likewise been knocked for motivating Chinese financial investment in its tasks by utilizing a questionable United States visa program.
Pupils at Deep Green Bush school invest most of their day outdoors, checking out the countryside, discovering how to fish, trap and hunt possums
Deep amongst the streams and Kauri trees of rural south Auckland, New Zealands latest and most alternative school is in session. The weather condition is great so a bout of fishing remains in order, followed by lunch prepared on an open fire. Research and classes? Forever dismissed.
We are called a school however we look absolutely nothing like any school out there, states Joey Moncarz, co-founder and head instructor at Deep Green Bush School, which remains in term 2 of its inaugural year.
We do not do things like informing kids it is time to compose or find out mathematics. They do it when they are interested in doing it.
Moncarz is an ex-mainstream instructor. After 5, aggravating years in mainstream schools in New Zealand he stopped to discovered Deep Green Bush school, which has a roll of 8, and no class walls, time-out chairs or tests.
Concerned that mainstream schools were not preparing kids for the international issues of the future such as environment modification Moncarz pictured a drastically various sort of education, rooted in the primal abilities of searching, survival and event.
If the weather condition permits, students invest most of their day outdoors, checking out the New Zealand bush, learning how to fish and hunt, trapping possums (which are thought about a bug) and finding out about the plants and animals of their house.
The more conventional school abilities, such as reading, composing and math, are gotten at their own rate, after they start revealing an interest in them. Not, states Moncarz, when the instructor determines it is time to discover.