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The secret to weight loss success: F45 nutritionist and trainer shares the EXACT diet to follow

A leading sport nutritionist for the global fitness franchise F45 has revealed why she swears by a method called carb cycling for weight loss success, and how to follow it to see results in weeks.

Kimberley Bowman, from California, said carb cycling is a dietary approach that works exactly how it sounds, insofar as you ‘cycle’ between days of high carbohydrate intake and low carbohydrate intake alternately. 

‘The low carbohydrate days help to prevent big changes in your blood sugar, while high carb days ‘provide insulin to mantain muscle and improve thyroid hormones and leptin levels,’ Kimberley told F45.

A leading sport nutritionist for the global fitness franchise F45 has revealed why she swears by a method called carb cycling for weight loss success (Kim Bowman pictured)

Kim (pictured) said carb cycling is a dietary approach that works by 'cycling' between days of high carbohydrate intake and low carbohydrate intake alternately

Kim (pictured) said carb cycling is a dietary approach that works by ‘cycling’ between days of high carbohydrate intake and low carbohydrate intake alternately

‘Essentially, the claim of carb cycling is to fill glycogen (storage form of carbohydrate) in the muscles and liver while avoiding storing any excess glucose as fat.’

The sports nutritionist said thousands of elite athletes swear by some form of carb cycling, because it is a proven way to promote muscle gain while minimising any increase in fat at the same time. 

When it comes to the diet in practice, Kimberley said on high carb days, it’s best to opt for ‘nutrient-dense, healthy complex carbs that are rich in fibre’.

Good examples include oatmeal, whole-grain bread, black beans, sweet potato, chickpeas and lentils – as these will keep you full for a decent amount of time while also not spiking your blood sugar.

On low-carb days, good food examples include non-starchy veg, like brococli, cauliflower, zucchini, capsicum, spinach and asparagus.

‘Non-starchy vegetables still provide glucose and energy, however, do not provide large spikes and dips in blood sugar,’ Kimberley said. 

Typically, Kim (pictured) said carb cycling is done in a consecutive weekly or monthly basis, and on a high carb day it's 45-50 per cent carbs, and on a low day it's 20-25 per cent

Typically, Kim (pictured) said carb cycling is done in a consecutive weekly or monthly basis, and on a high carb day it’s 45-50 per cent carbs, and on a low day it’s 20-25 per cent

Typically, carb cycling is done in a consecutive weekly or monthly basis. 

For example, Kimberley said on a Sunday and Monday, you might have a ‘high carb day’ where 45-50 per cent of your total daily intake is from carbs.

Then, on Tuesday or Wednesday, you should consume a ‘moderate’ amount of carbs – or around 30-35 per cent of your today daily intake as carbs.

‘Thursday to Saturday are low carb days, or 20-25 per cent of your total daily intake as carbs,’ Kimberley said.   

The sports nutritionist (pictured) said thousands of elite athletes swear by some form of carb cycling, because it is a proven way to promote muscle gain while minimising any increase in fat

The sports nutritionist (pictured) said thousands of elite athletes swear by some form of carb cycling, because it is a proven way to promote muscle gain while minimising any increase in fat

Carb cycling: The facts 

* In order to optimise their diets, people often now ‘cycle’ their carbohydrates in something that is known as ‘carb cycling’.

* Carb cycling is a dietary approach in which you alternate carb intake on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. 

* It is commonly used to lose fat, maintain physical performance while dieting, or overcome a weight loss plateau.

* A sample day on a plate on a high carb day includes: 

Breakfast: 3 boiled eggs, 3 slices Ezekiel (or 7 seed/grain) bread, tomatoes, mushrooms and a side bowl of mixed fruit (60 g carbs).

Lunch: 6 oz sweet potato, 6 oz lean meat or fish, mixed vegetables (45 g carbs).

Pre-Workout: 1 serving oatmeal, almond milk, 1 cup berries, 1 scoop whey protein (50 g carbs).

Dinner: 1 serving wholemeal rice, 6 oz lean chicken, homemade tomato sauce, 1 serving kidney beans, mixed vegetables (70 g carbs).

* A sample day on a plate on a moderate carb day includes:

Breakfast: Grass-fed high-protein yogurt, 1 cup mixed berries, stevia, 1 spoon seed mix (25 g carbs).

Lunch: 6 oz chicken salad with 4 oz diced potatoes (25 g carbs).

Pre-Workout: 1 banana with whey protein shake (30 g carbs).

Dinner: 1 serving sweet potato fries, 6 oz lean beef, homemade tomato sauce, 1 serving kidney beans, mixed vegetables (40 g carbs).

* A sample day on a plate on a low carb day includes:

Breakfast: 3 eggs with 3 slices bacon and mixed vegetables (10 g carbs).

Lunch: 6 oz salmon salad with 1 spoon olive oil (10 g carbs).

Snack: 1 oz mixed nuts with 1 serving turkey slices (10 g carbs).

Dinner: 6 oz steak, half avocado, mixed vegetables (16 g carbs).

Source: Healthline 

Kimberley (pictured) previously shared how to hit your goal weight without hitting a weight loss plateau, and to do this you need to avoid processed carbs and also up your fibre levels

Kimberley (pictured) previously shared how to hit your goal weight without hitting a weight loss plateau, and to do this you need to avoid processed carbs and also up your fibre levels

Previously, Kimberley has shared how to hit your goal weight when you hit a weight loss plateau. 

‘When it comes to weight loss plateaus, one of the first things to avoid eating all forms of, is processed carbohydrates – including refined sugar,’ Kimberley told Body and Soul. 

On the flip side, you should increase your consumption of fibre through wholegrains like rolled oats and fruit and vegetables.

Finally, Kimberley said if you’re no longer seeing results, you should change up your workouts so you get out of your ‘training comfort zone’.

‘By engaging in various movements, we start to utilise different muscle groups which keep our body guessing (less likely to hit a plateau),’ she told the publication.

If you’re used to high intensity workouts, it might be time to switch to light weights. 


Shreya Dhanwanthary: I’m getting offers after Scam 1992’s success, but this industry gives preference to lineage over merit

As Hansal Mehta’s web show Scam 1992 continues to garner rave reviews, actor Shreya Dhanwanthary admits that all she hoped from the show was that it’ll open doors for her. And, it did. However, she doesn’t believe in rushing into things, and from theatre, to films to web, has always chose stories she could relate to.

“I’ve always been mindful of the work that I want to be associated with. It’s not like now that my show has become successful and I’m on a different high, so my approach would change,” she says.

Before Scam 1992, Dhanwanthary did English theatre for 17 years, two Telugu films and started her Bollywood journey in 2016 with the web show Ladies Room and followed it up with The reunion, The family Man and A Viral Wedding. Her debut Hindi film was Why Cheat India (2019). So, it’s evident that she is getting more work on the web than in films.


Shreya says, “Web has given everybody a lot more opportunities. There are so many actors, DOPs, writers, editors, technicians, who wouldn’t have these many opportunities if it wasn’t for web. Earlier, films used to be an exclusive club, which got opened up a bit with TV and now with the web, it has given more playing area both in front of and behind the camera.”

The actor adds that it’s also the pandemic that saw a “sea change in the way we consume content”.

With big names venturing into the web space, does she feel it’ll affect the content-driven approach of the medium? The actor says, “I genuinely hope it doesn’t. OTT has been backing talent and I’m not saying stars don’t have talent. I just hope it’ll continue to move into the direction where equal opportunities will be given to all.”

While the success of Scam 1992 has given her career a boost, she points out that hurdles don’t get over so easily for a rank outsider.

Dhanwanthary elaborates, “Anybody who tells you anything else is just being polite. It’s obviously hard because we’re very dynasty, legacy based people and in this industry, preference is given to lineage and bloodline over merit. So yes, it’s tough, but you’ve to find innovative ways to go on. Crap is going to happen, you’ll meet people who give you useless advice, people who troll you, and every time you’ll have to keep getting up.”

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Tesla’s success helped aim a fire hose of cash at EV startups in 2020

California EV startup Canoo became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock exchange on Tuesday under the ticker $GOEV, marking an incredible milestone for the three-year-old venture.

Last week, Chinese EV startup XPeng began deliveries in Europe, just a few months after its own successful IPO in the US. Neither company is going to become the apocryphal “Tesla killer” anytime soon. But each has now succeeded at accomplishing major goals once shared by other EV startups that have failed or fallen by the wayside, like Byton and Faraday Future.

They’re not alone. Despite a major economic downturn brought on by the pandemic, billions of dollars poured into the electric vehicle space during 2020, lifting up companies like China’s Nio and Li Auto, and Lordstown Motors, Fisker Inc., and Nikola in the US. That faucet remains open, too.

Not all recipients of that money will survive. But this rush of interest in the space — accelerated by the meteoric rise in Tesla’s stock price this year — has surely provided some with enough cash to finally move beyond PowerPoint pitches and investor roadshows and start proving their worth on the road.

Alibaba-backed XPeng and Tencent-backed Nio are already doing this, having respectively delivered 4,224 and 5,291 vehicles in November. And when XPeng rolled its first exported electric vehicles off a boat in Norway last week, it accomplished something many of its peers have sought: expansion into new markets.

Selling vehicles in Europe was an explicit goal of Byton, which was also founded in China but fancied itself as a “global automaker,” with offices in Germany and the US. But Byton has now all but shuttered its North American operations, laying off hundreds across 2020, losing its CEO, and facing a potential roll-up of its Chinese operations into primary backer First Auto Works — the original state-owned automaker in China. In fact, Byton’s North American operation is apparently so destitute that it hasn’t paid its lawyers in a lawsuit against former CEO (and current Faraday Future CEO) Carsten Breitfeld, according to a previously unreported court filing.

Byton’s demise was striking, given that it had backing from such a powerful government-owned automaker. At one point not so long ago, that support made the startup seem far more legitimate than the rest. Byton was even the first of the many EV startups to complete its own factory.

That approach fell into stark relief with Nio’s, which in 2019 abandoned its own plans for a factory and instead decided to keep paying a contract manufacturer to make its electric cars. While this left Nio stuck paying a fee for every car it had its manufacturing partner build, it also meant the startup didn’t have to cover the massive cost of building out and running a factory — which was crucial when money got really tight in 2019 and 2020, according to Michael Dunne, head of ZoZo Go, a consulting group focused on the Chinese market.

“Nio said, ‘We’re not going to go that direction anymore,’ and investors originally said, ‘You’re not serious — you’re not going to have your own plant?’ Byton, meanwhile, goes that route and investors say, ‘I can count on these guys,’” Dunne says. But when both companies ran into financial trouble and the pandemic hit, Dunne says Byton’s factory turned into “an albatross.”

Now, Nio is arguably the second-most successful electric vehicle company behind Tesla (though still a very distant one) and just raised another $2.6 billion. XPeng is right there with Nio, and just raised $2.2 billion itself.

“Nio, a year ago, was in desperate straits and needed a bailout,” says Dunne, referring to a $1.4 billion deal the Chinese EV startup struck with the Anhui province earlier this year. “They were right at the edge, and then here comes Tesla with its meteoric valuation and everyone looks around and says, ‘What next?’ Since then, I’ve gotten so many calls from people saying: ‘Should we bet on XPeng? Should we bet on Nio?’”

Most EV startups, like California’s Canoo, are still just trying to get a vehicle into production. But, founded by former BMW executives who split from Faraday Future in 2017, Canoo has now accomplished something its forebear long sought: going public.

Faraday Future teased an IPO as far back as its earliest days in 2015, though, to be sure, there wasn’t much the startup didn’t talk about back then. Buoyed by its tycoon founder Jia Yueting’s fortune, Faraday Future aimed to release a super-luxury car crammed with technology and world-beating performance. The startup said it would make an EV as disruptive as the iPhone. It passed over cheap, already-built manufacturing facilities — including one that would have cost the company just $1, now occupied by Rivian — and instead announced it would build a $1 billion factory in the Nevada desert.

Jia became so known for his grand visions that he was derided in China as a “PowerPoint CEO.” Those ambitions were ultimately too much for Faraday Future to bear, too, as it has spent the years since struggling to make ends meet. Now, in the twilight of 2020, it’s Canoo that has become a publicly-traded company while Faraday Future languishes.

Canoo is one of the many companies to go public this year by merging with a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC. This method of going public allowed companies like Canoo (and Nikola, and Fisker, and many automotive suppliers) to essentially shortcut the typical IPO process by merging with a SPAC that is already traded on one of the stock exchanges.

The urgency to get onto the NASDAQ or the New York Stock Exchange was due in large part to a sort of gold rush kicked off by Tesla, which saw its own stock price skyrocket across 2020. Big announcements from the likes of Ford and GM surely helped, too.

Whatever the reason, Canoo now has a few hundred million more dollars to play with and, theoretically, easier access to raising more money as it tries to bring its electric delivery vehicle platform to market in the next few years.

Canoo is just one example. Lordstown Motors, which didn’t even exist two years ago, went public this year via a SPAC merger and is targeting a 2021 release of its electric pickup truck. Fisker is doing the same. So is electric bus company Arrival, and charging company ChargePoint. The list goes on.

It’s worth noting that these accomplishments — going public, starting deliveries, entering new markets — have not come without a cost. In Canoo’s case, the startup is now in the hands of a businessman who pivoted away from focusing on an electric van for consumers. One of its founders is gone, and while another remains CEO for now, Canoo’s new chairman recently told The Verge he’s making no guarantees.

Nio, which started as an ostensibly independent company (as far as such a thing can exist in China), ultimately had to turn to the Chinese government for help. That relationship only appears to be deepening as Nio’s joint ventures in China get cozier with the government. Meanwhile, XPeng’s rise in prominence has increased the scrutiny on its alleged role in the theft of trade secrets from Tesla and Apple.

Nikola is perhaps the shining example of how quickly the recent rush of cash into the EV space can turn into a “The Monkey’s Paw” situation. Nikola was one of the first EV startups to go through the process of merging with a SPAC, and that deal vaulted the company from relative obscurity to “hottest new stock” status. But the resulting scrutiny sparked questions about potential self-dealing, financial misdeeds, and fraud. Nikola has since had multiple deals with potential customers fall apart, seen its stock price crash from its summer highs, and its founder has distanced himself from the company.

Other EV startups on the cusp of production that raised money before 2020, or through the more traditional private investment route, have made tradeoffs as well. After Lucid Motors languished in search of the funding required to build its luxury sedan and a factory in Arizona, it ultimately turned to Saudi Arabia — which is now the majority owner.

(The outlier here is Rivian, the Michigan-based EV company that aims to bring an electric pickup truck and SUV to market next year. It has raised some $6 billion and counting after playing things extremely close to the vest since its founding in 2009. Where startups like Canoo, or Faraday Future, or China’s Nio, loudly sought public offerings, Rivian raised its money in the private markets, finding big institutional partners like Amazon and Ford along the way.)

Most EV startups will take some bad with the good, as long as the alternative is oblivion, though. The failure of their peers and predecessors to follow in Tesla’s wake is still fresh enough that they know sacrifices are necessary to survive.

There are good reasons to be skeptical about how long this run can last, or whether it’s a “bubble.” How these startups withstand the scrutiny of being a public company, or one that’s finally delivering products to customers, or both in 2021 will help sort things out.

But that wake Tesla has created is bigger than ever, and if it sustains, it could provide cover for startups to falter without imploding, and for others to shoot their own shots as well.

To wit, this week I spoke with Fraser Atkinson, the CEO of GreenPower. It’s a small Canadian electric shuttle and bus manufacturer that has toiled away since 2007, surviving in part by securing government grants in the US, and by performing mergers with two different mineral companies.

GreenPower did a traditional IPO this year that yielded about $40 million. Atkinson said GreenPower could have done a SPAC merger, which could have generated much more cash. But he said he was wary it would bring in too much money.

“That was funding we couldn’t have possibly spent on any level of production that we have planned for the company over the next number of years,” Atkinson said. “It’s so tempting if you’ve [raised a lot of cash], the pressure is on to do something with that money, to do something transformative, whereas our approach is much more incremental in terms of building the blocks up to a company that can attain profitability.”

It’s hard to imagine any one of these companies striking that kind of tone just a year or two ago. But it makes a little more sense now, when money is flowing into the industry so freely.

Turning down money, in this economy? That might be the best sign yet that there’s finally real runway for the myriad startups trying to build a business around electric vehicles.


Abu Dhabi Classic success for Heba Al Wathba and Hameem

Heba Al Wathba wins in Abu Dhabi.
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Dubai: The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday offered a look at future of Purebred Arabian racing in the country when it hosted the first Classics of the UAE season.

Even though spectators were limited due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the anticipation was palpable with a lot at stake for breeders, owners, trainers and jockeys in a sport that is absolutely thriving and fiercely competitive.

Thirteen UAE-bred fillies went to post to contest the Abu Dhabi Fillies Classic, a Prestige event over 1,400 metres, which may have unveiled a champion for the future in the exciting winner, Heba Al Wathba.

Trained by Jean De Roualle and ridden by former UAE champion jockey Richard Mullen, the three-year-old daughter of 2014 Dubai Kahayla Classic winner Rabbah De Carrere produced an eye-popping performance to win by a cosy two-and-a-half-length margin.

Mullen’s mount was making her racecourse debut but she looked like a horse who was born to run, and compete at the highest level.

There was a lot to like about of her style and temperament which will surely make her owner and breeder Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyam, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, very proud.

“That was a very good performance,” said Mullen. “She had a good draw and I was able to get her into a nice position. And when I asked her the question she picked up nicely. “She looks a very educated filly, she knew her job. There’s still a lot of improvement to come. Jean is a master with these young horses. He brings them along gradually and he knows she’s got class. You’ll see bigger and better things to come from her in the future.”

De Roualle concurred with Mullen and said: “I really like her. It’s never easy for these horse carrying the same weight, but she did what we asked her to do and I’m extremely pleased.

“We’ll give her a lot of time to recover, perhaps maybe run her once more this year, maybe not. There’s plenty of time to make her into a Classic horse.”

The Abu Dhabi Colts Classic, also a Prestige race over seven furlongs, was won in hugely impressive fashion by Hameem, who is now unbeaten in three career starts. Ridden by Adrie de Vries for Emirati handler Ibrahim Al Hadhrami, the three-year-old son of French stallion Valiant Boy, spread-eagled the 16-runner field crossing the line four and a quarters lengths clear of Kamau Xmnsor, the mouth of apprentice Abdul Aziz Al Balushi.

De Vries, also known as the Flying Dutchman, lived up to his moniker aboard the winner who was having his second start in a week.

“He did it well. I was a little bit concerned backing him so quick and going back in trip,” he said. “But he must have learnt from last week as he was travelling a lot better today

“I even hit the front too soon …. He’s a proper horse, he travels good, he’s got a good kick and he’s just very easy to ride.”

Sunday’s seven-race card also featured the Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only produced a thrilling finish as Jawal Al Reef and Richard Mullen just got the better of Dream De Montjoi, the mount of Antonio Fresu.

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Learning from failure is always a success | The State

Nobody likes to fail.

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The word failure it has lost its pejorative tinge. It is increasingly accepted as an integral part of success. Science has been built on the principle of trial and error: the more mistakes you make, the closer you get to getting it right. Why not apply the same to the business world?

Thomas Alva Edison was not only a great scientist, but also a successful entrepreneur who registered more than a thousand patents throughout his life. Many of his inventions only reached glory after a long road of disasters. Before his lightbulb illuminated mankind, the record of disappointments was such that the press of the time laughed at it; but when asked about it, the genius replied, “I have not failed. I have found ten thousand solutions that do not work.

In the same way, history is full of successful people who were thrown out of school when they were children, who lost resoundingly in all the competitions to which they entered, who suffered rejection of their works or ideas on many occasions … But they did not give up.

Failure in the company is, in my opinion, a requirement for success, as long as you know how to manage it properly. For this, it is essential to promote a corporate policy where losing coexists with winning.

Admit your own failure. Mistakes must be assumed, never covered up or transferred responsibility to others. But you also have to share them, because that generates empathy, tells others that they too can fail and shows that we can all be resilient, afloat after the shipwreck. And not only that, speaking openly about one’s own failure can lead others to find the solution that we have not found.

Show tolerance for the failure of others. When the previous point is fulfilled, it is also evident that we lead a team not afraid of failure, willing to take risks wisely. This is the only way to open the door to innovation, because people feel free to experiment with new solutions.

Curb competitiveness. In a corporation, everyone must be close and equal, without a trace of competitiveness among its components, but only towards the foreign market. In this way creativity is also promoted, Pride of belonging, well-being and, therefore, productivity.

Take care of emotions. Nobody likes to fail. It involves a significant loss of self-esteem, but when you have learned to manage your emotions You know that failure gives you wisdom you can’t get any other way, that it helps you show your resilience, that it gives you a chance to get stronger, that it awakens your motivation.

Analyze the failure. To take advantage of the advantages that failure gives us, we must analyze it: knowing if it has been due to carelessness, a lack of planning, collaboration deficiencies … And the same with success: dissecting its causes allows us to learn.

For me there is only one thing clear: not learning from failure is failing.



Great success for the food drive in Lévis

The Lévis Social Pediatric Center on Saturday doubled the goal of $ 50,000 set by the Lévis organization as part of the Dr Julien drive.

The organization, which had lowered its goals for this year from $ 100,000 to $ 50,000, drew in lines of vehicles during the entire drive.

“I think we’re going to get close to what we usually do. According to my estimate, it will be around $ 100,000 to $ 110,000. People have been very generous. The final amount will be known on Monday, ”said the centre’s general manager, Maude Julien.

This year, the Lévis clinic transformed part of the parking lot at the Les Galeries Chagnon shopping center into a car donation collection point.

Volunteers would come to the vehicles and collect the pennies with bagged quest bags.

People could also donate by credit card, using terminals that were mounted on wooden pallets.

In the past, 300 volunteers were scattered around Lévis intersections as part of the fundraising campaign.

The opposite effect

In recent weeks, the Dr Julien Foundation has been the victim of attacks by conspirators who claim that the Dr Julien Foundation is using pedosatanist symbols.

“Talk it bad or talk it right, but talk it out. I think it will have had that effect, ”said Maude Julien.

According to the latter, the organization has received many messages of encouragement. Some even mentioned increasing their donation this year in order to support them in this situation.

“Several donors told volunteers that they had discovered the Foundation because of this call for a boycott. This is all to our advantage, “she added.

Maude Julien thanks all the donors who have contributed to help the clinic, which has been facing increasing demands in recent months.

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Ten ways YOU can help make No Deal Brexit a success for Britain

Ten ways YOU can help make No Deal Brexit a success for Britain

1 The road to recovery

Buying cars made in the UK will avoid any import taxes, and help support a vital industry which employs 180,000 workers.

2 Have a little lamb

Your Sunday roast is about to become a lot cheaper if you buy lamb, as a surplus of quality British meat will likely flood the market. We produce more lamb than we consume, but punitive EU tariffs mean that farmers will face export taxes of up to 40 per cent.

3 Escape to the country

Holidaying in the UK next year is likely to be cheaper and less hassle than going abroad (you may need extra insurance and driving documents in the EU). Plus you’ll be helping a homegrown travel industry battered by the pandemic.

A Jaguar F-Type V8S convertible 

A hazy end to a beautiful spring day looking towards the Cotswold town of Stroud from Swifts Hill, Slad, Gloucestershire

A hazy end to a beautiful spring day looking towards the Cotswold town of Stroud from Swifts Hill, Slad, Gloucestershire

Your Sunday roast is about to become a lot cheaper if you buy lamb, as a surplus of quality British meat will likely flood the market (file image)

Your Sunday roast is about to become a lot cheaper if you buy lamb, as a surplus of quality British meat will likely flood the market (file image)

4 Suck it up!

With no ‘level playing field’ agreement, Britain will be able to ditch EU rules, such as the one that limits the power of vacuum cleaners to 900-watts. So if the UK repeals such red tape, you’ll be able send a message to Brussels about their regulations by buying a model up to the old 1,600-watt limit.

5 Buy, er… Japanese

If Brussels intransigence leaves us without a UK-EU trade deal, we can reward those countries that DO want to do business with us. Our new trade deal with Japan will make goods such as bluefin tuna, Kobe beef and udon noodles cheaper here, while 99 per cent of UK exports will benefit from tariff-free trade, too. We also have a favourable trade deal with Canada.

By eating more mussels (file image), mackerel, sardines and pollock, UK consumers could provide a massive boost to the nation's fishing industry which employs 12,000 people

By eating more mussels (file image), mackerel, sardines and pollock, UK consumers could provide a massive boost to the nation’s fishing industry which employs 12,000 people

6 Flex your mussels

Dozens of fish species live in UK waters, but unadventurous diners tend to eat just salmon, tuna and cod – most of which is imported from abroad. By eating more mussels, mackerel, sardines and pollock, UK consumers could provide a massive boost to the nation’s fishing industry which employs 12,000 people. A No Deal Brexit could allow British boats to catch more fish in UK waters, too, leading to cheaper prices.

7 Buy a second home

That might be economically impossible for many, but it’s a good time to invest in UK property as record low interest rates are likely to continue because of the economic uncertainty caused by Brexit. The market is currently booming, but you have to be prepared to weather its ups and downs, as house prices are expected to fall next year before staging a recovery later in 2022.

No Deal tariffs could hike the price of French cheese by 40 per cent, but that's the perfect opportunity to try British alternatives, such as Somerset brie (file image)

No Deal tariffs could hike the price of French cheese by 40 per cent, but that’s the perfect opportunity to try British alternatives, such as Somerset brie (file image)

8 Don’t worry, brie happy

No Deal tariffs could hike the price of French cheese by 40 per cent, but that’s the perfect opportunity to try British alternatives, such as Somerset brie and camembert, Baron Bigod cheese from Suffolk, Stinking Bishop from Gloucestershire or good old cheddar or stilton.

9 Raise a glass to Britain

English wines have a fast-growing reputation, picking up awards in record numbers thanks to producers such as Roebuck Estates in West Sussex and Simpsons in Kent. Foreign alcohol could face import tariffs of 18 per cent, making UK booze even more appealing.

English wine new in bottle with shop decorated represent domestic products of England and alcohol retail business on October 24, 2015 in Petworth West Sussex

English wine new in bottle with shop decorated represent domestic products of England and alcohol retail business on October 24, 2015 in Petworth West Sussex

10 Rags to riches

British-made fashion could undergo a renaissance in the event of No Deal, which could mean the prices of EU imports rising 12 per cent thanks to tariffs. Buying British would also cut carbon emissions from transport, already cited as a big concern among customers. 


HTLS 2020: Nick Jonas’ father told him to stay humble even in success, calls him ‘exceptional man with a wealth of knowledge’

Actor Priyanka Chopra and her singer husband Nick Jonas shared some unique pearls of wisdom at the 18th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Friday. In a virtual chat, they revealed the advice they had for young persons, looking to be leaders in their arenas.

Nick spoke about his father, Kevin Jonas Sr. and how he has always taught him to be humble. “I am really fortunate to have an amazing leader in my life. My father is an exceptional man with a wealth of knowledge. One of the things he always said was to walk with humility even in leadership. To that effect, his quote was ‘Live like you are at the bottom, even if you are at the top.’ Not to say that at any point in my life did I feel like I was at the top, but knowing that I have a responsibility in some ways to walk with humility in success and in times that things don’t go well, I think is solely from his influence in my life and leadership. To sum that up, it is just to live as humbly as you can because those same people who are there on the rise could be there on the fall and it’s good to have friends,” he said.


Priyanka also shared what she thought was the most important quality in a leader. “I was thrown into the deep end. I didn’t know the technique of anything. I come from a family of physicians. The one thing I learnt was to be a student of life, we can’t know everything. There is never going to be a situation, if you want to achieve a trajectory which is upwards, where you will always be prepared for anything you have to do. You will never be a 100% prepared. You just have to keep you eyes and ears open and learn and listen instead of talk,” she said.

During their conversation, Nick and Priyanka also spoke about their work and all their recent projects. The couple were here last time in March for Holi but had to go back to the US when the coronavirus pandemic became severe. “I am just really counting on this pandemic to be over. 2021 kickstarting normal so that we can actually travel,” Priyanka said about her plans. “Obviously, India is my home but Nick has a major love for the country and we really wanted to come in. So hopefully, as soon as all of this is done and the world is back to normal, we will be back in Mumbai,” she added.

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The key to his success: Errol Spence Jr. spoke about his performance and his main weapon to beat Danny García | The State

Errol Spence Jr. defended his scepters against the Puerto Rican boxer.

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Last weekend, at the first boxing function with 25,000 fans since the pandemic, Errol spence jr. defended his WBC and IBF welterweight titles against Danny Garcia, after the terrible accident that took him away from the ring for more than a year.

After his return and his victory, Spence Jr. acknowledged that he arrived well prepared for the fight, but He said he was surprised by his good performance, which he believes I could still improve.

I would give myself a ‘B’ performance. I think I did have some rust, but they were in such good shape and I took everything so seriously in training that I was able to get ahead in all aspects, “he said at a press conference.

On the main weapon which he believes gave him the victory by unanimous decision, in which two judges scored 116-112 and a third 117-111, he confessed that it was the jab, the same one that has been largely undefeated in 27 fights as a professional, something that his rival confirmed in another interview.

His jab was long and got me off the beat. That was the key to the fight. I feel like I adapted to everything else. The jab was the only hit that was better than I expected”Danny García lamented.

Errol took advantage of the microphones to congratulate his rival, since they gave a good exhibition for the public that was able to attend the Dallas Cowboys stadium last Saturday.

“I felt some of his blows, but they were insufficient to keep me from moving on. He was very strong and I want to congratulate him. He came to fight and try to take my titles, but I defended them well at home ”, he sentenced.

About his future plans, Spence Jr. commented that for now all he is thinking about is a short vacation.

I’m just thinking of seeing my children and resting on my ranch. I’m going to eat some good food and we’ll see what the future holds for us. It’s been a long year and a half so I’m going to disappear for a week or two, and then I will return ”, sentenced.




UAE success stories in 2020: Meet these women entrepreneurs

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Dubai: This year was challenging for many people; it was a year of lockdowns and the fear that comes with a pandemic. It changed lives and perspectives. It also took a chunk out of many livelihoods. However for these UAE-based women, 2020 also brought possibility and opportunity and as a result made their dream – of starting their own business – come true.

Here’s a look at some motivational stories from the UAE.

The Botanist

The Botanist, a collection of eco-friendly and toxin-free home cleaning products
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Ruby Nabil, a French-Canadian who started her career in Paris and worked there in the fashion industry for 15 years before moving to Dubai, created a plant-based, toxin-free sustainable home cleaning product. Nabil’s interest in environment-friendly products was sparked when she started a family. Nabil explains: “When I moved to Dubai, a few years ago, I set out to find natural home cleaning products to use at my home and around my family. But I failed to find any that I would feel safe to use, especially since I don’t feel safe to expose my children to chemically engineered home cleaners.”

Not satisfied with what she found in the market, she decided to start making her own cleaning products.

“I have two kids, Sasha who is 9 years old and Hedi Skander who is 6 years old. They are my true inspiration. They are extremely supportive of my new journey, and I cannot be more proud of them!” she says.

Ruby describes herself as stubborn and determined, and that’s what helped her to think about mass producing her cleaner. “I developed a product I felt was safe to use around my family: a plant-based castile soap, chemical-free and naturally scented with a range of fresh and therapeutic essential oils. The concept then grew from there into what eventually became The Botanist, a collection of eco-friendly and toxin-free home cleaning products for every room of the house, packaged in eco-friendly elegant glass bottles that you don’t have to hide away under the sink!”

The Botanist came handy in a COVID-19 year as people became more conscious about sterilising and deep cleaning their home. “And here we saw sales growing and last month we made to supermarket shelves like Spinneys and Waitrose.”

She concludes: “We’re really proud to be a UAE home-grown brand and are so grateful at the opportunities it has allowed as a local start-up. Many facilities in UAE allowed [us] as a startup and a small business to launch and grow at this time. Supporting local has never been more important.”

Lil’ Tots

Small Tots of fresh and wholesome meals for kids aged 8 months to 3 years
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Lil’ Tots, a food concept designed specifically for infants and toddlers, was founded by Rihab Saab. “I saw a white space in the UAE, a country I call my second home, having resided and worked here for over 25 years. The idea came to me when my little nephew Adam, who was 8 months old, was on a trip to Dubai with his family. They were staying in a hotel. I needed to provide him with baby food, but when I went to the supermarket, I realised that there was no fresh, tasty option.”

“Standing there in the dry shelf section where all the baby products are displayed, I felt that none of the things available suited little Adam himself. Everything was wrong including the food texture which was too creamy – he should be eating chunky food at this age – and also I thought this cant be his only source of nutrition for their long stay. I was left with no option but to go back to the traditional way of doing things and picking up fruits and veggies from the fresh food section to cook something at home instead.”

“And that was it. That was my Eureka moment. There was a need in UAE for healthy fresh food for babies and toddlers that mothers can walk into the supermarket on her busy day, grab her baby food and leave’

Rehab says Lil’ Tots offers a sustainable solution ‘It helps parents raise healthy children by feeding them right from the very beginning. Our mission is directly aligned to UAE’s focus on health issues and falls at the core of the 50 Year Challenge agenda issued in February 2020 for achieving zero child obesity rates.’

According to Rehab, the company is a trusted brand for concerned mothers “Today we operate in an innovative way across the whole value chain. We source our fresh ingredients from local markets and produce our food in a HACCP certified kitchen, our logistics partner then transports them in special refrigerated vans and not motorcycles.”

For Rehab, her success in a COVID year was supported by UAE government and the flexibility of the system. “What helped us survive and sustain this unforeseen situation is the ecosystem business model that we’ve adopted from the very beginning. But it was still not enough, and when we approached the Dubai Economic Department for assistance at the time of license renewal, we were given payment facilitations, which helped tremendously.”

My Lily Box

A Feminine hygiene subscription box
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My Lily Box is a subscription box that allows women to design and personally put together their very own feminine hygiene and self-care products to be delivered to them every two months.

For Layaly Hadad, founder of My Lily Box, there was a space in the market that she wanted to fill. “I have always felt there was something missing in the market. I could always tell that women were settling for what was available on the supermarket shelves and not what they actually wish to buy. Also the tech industry was cattering to many segments but not precisely to women. It has always been hard for us women in the MENA to get what we wanted and to access the right educational content in order to maintain our personal hygiene and personal care, so I decided to make a way.”

Hadad spent most of her life studying and working in the UAE and has been a witness to the growing e-comerce sector. “UAE became one of the most vibrant destinations to dream and build. I am very passionate about technology and its power to transform societies. I’ve been fortunate to work and learn at companies that created positive change in their fields, and my goal is to continue bringing technology and transformative solutions to scale.”

For Hadad her dream is to grow My Lily Box, for it to become the go-to platform for everything feminine. My Lily Box is set to become not only a shopping website but the next female forum in the Middle East. Growing the business means creating a platform where sensitive topics, such as women’s menstrual cycle or health, can be discussed.

She said: “Women will be able to speak freely and anonymously with each other, and with experts. All of your questions and concerns will be heard and expert advice will be given, all in one place. Plus buy all the products that at one point many women were uneasy about going out and buying themselves.”

For My Lily Box, 2020 was not only the launch year but also a year of growth. Movement restrictions meant women looked for alternative means to get their preferred products. Lily Box helped many women to buy their personal items from the comfort of their home.

“We turned the pandemic from a challenge to a tool that allowed us to test our digital ability and readiness to serve our growing consumer base. The whole e-commerce economy in UAE witnessed a surge in number of orders and a growing basket size as a result of the lockdown and consumers being at home.”

Hadad says the UAE economy makes her confident that her business will grow. “Our business grew in the lockdown by 48 per cent per month. We are supported with a number of initiatives and programs by the government. We are very happy from the level of easiness & automation in setting up our startup and incorporate our business in the UAE, we’ve also benefited from several exemptions & reduced fees that were part of enhancing the financial wellbeing of SMEs in the UAE.”

Today every women can design her own lily box on their website. Products available include hygene goods and  vitamins.

Mask Minders

A pouch for your mask, designed to offer a solution to store your mask
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Mask Minder is a pouch for your mask. It has been designed to offer a solution to store your mask in a safe and stylish way when you are out. Founder Anneka Gasan, originally from Ireland, and a mother of one child, has always been interested in starting her own business and found the idea during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“I founded Mask Minder in April 2020. After being stuck indoors for weeks during lockdown, naturally myself and my family were excited to start venturing out again. During our first trip out I noticed that we did not know what to do with our masks when we were not wearing them. Tuck them into our pockets or push them to the bottom of our handbag? I knew this was a problem that needed solving. Not only a functional solution was needed but also a fashionable one.”

The mum says: “I have always been interested in starting my own business,then COVID happened and my career was being questioned as the comany I was working for had a setback. So I used the time of lockdown to research, build the business plan and design the minders. Mask Minder was founded early April then I spent the next two months setting up the company, gaining followers, designing the website, branding and engaging with influencers and media.”

Gasan credits Dubai with part of her success. “It is an incredible place to start a business. What I have noticed is that women in this region really join forces with one another. Several networking events, social groups, conferences and meet-ups involving female entrepreneurs have been taking place, thus creating more opportunities and connections for me and my product to spread.’

As the year comes to a close Mask Minder, which was founded and launched in UAE, is available on different ecommerce websites. With the success that was Anneka found in UAE market she decided to expand into the UK market.

Honest Badger Foods

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Honest badger food is a fresh food product
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Another fresh food firm gaining popularity in local supermarkets is Honest Badger foods, founded by Yasmin Hadi. Hadi’s product is a far cry from her what her career as a geologist was leading her to.

“I have always loved food and wellness, and being able to combine the two through Honest Badger Foods is a dream come true. Before starting Honest Badger I was a geologist in Oil and Gas, working offshore (on an oil rig) across Europe and the Middle East. Cooking is something that came to me naturally, I learned at home and enjoyed as a hobby, it developed into a passion through experimenting, reading books, and watching a lot of cooking shows. That is what drove me to leave behind my career as a geologist in the Oil & Gas industry and launch Honest Badger.”

The product philosophy came from the growing lifestyle adopted by UAE residents. “Most people today have good knowledge about nutrition and wellness; they want to eat well and look after themselves. But that does not always translate into healthy habits because of the busy life we lead. Eating healthy means time, effort and planning  to shop, prepare and cook a balanced and varied diet. At Honest Badger, we want to help people achieve their wellness goals, whatever they may be.”

“Today I do what I love, develop healthy recipes. As a business owner my moto is that everyday food should be healthy and delicious. The concepts of “healthy food” and “delicious food” do not have to be exclusive. I believe healthy food can be fun, exciting and something you really crave. I saw a gap in the UAE market for healthy, delicious and indulgent food, and in an easy access to all. So I jumped on the wagon and developed the ‘Honest Badger food ‘line’ that today is being sold in supermarket fridges.”

Hadi’s ‘Honest badger range is focussed on comfort classic dishes with a healthy twist. The entire range is plant based. “I wanted to bring in my mixed heritage to the range: Shepherds pie, classic British dish, and Tepsi an Iraqi casserole. Of course, I have added a Honest badger twist, the shepherds pie is made from sweet potato, mushroom and lentils,” she says.

Honest badger foods started as a meal plan but with COVID Hadi had to develop her product to become a off-the-shelf product.

“We began offering our direct to customer meal plans in February, after initially focusing on corporate event catering. Since our first pop-up we sold out on the first and second day, we have delivered over 80,000 food products across the UAE through our healthy meal plans. While our sales have grown steadily over the last 9 months, the initial COVID lockdown and protection measures led to considerable logistical challenges. We had to rethink our delivery approach to ensure our customers received their daily meal packages.”

She adds: “‘So during lockdown the concept of our plant-based ready meal range developed. We wanted to make healthy, plant-based dishes more convenient for customers. Today I still cant believe we are now on the shelves in 12 Spinneys and Waitrose outlets across the UAE.”

What helped most in developing a business in one year that fast for Hadi was the flexibility of UAE goverment, especially smart goverment “The Department of Economic Development (DED) provided a one-stop shop for all my licensing and registration. I was able to secure my trade license within a few weeks and with minimal paperwork. The Smart Dubai initiative maximizes flexibility and minimizes administrative burdens. I didn’t have to make many visits to different regulatory authorities and submit multiple copies of documents. This is particularly important in the post COVID-19 landscape.”

An educational box for children
Image Credit: Toddle a local educational box that was also developed in 2020, and was inspired by a little boy called Ansh who is five years old. Ansh mother, Smitha Dsilva is the founder of this educational product ‘My business idea was conceptualised during COVID. With lockdown, and no schools many parents like myself were looking out for the best tools to help their children develop and be entertained indoors in a family setting.’

So was launched aiming to offer a solution for both these requirements. ‘We launched in August 2020 with just our Educational Boxes, but following the overwhelming response and welcome, we have since added a whole new range of products. Our products include Educational boxes, which can be purchased via a subscription or on a one-off basis. These boxes cover all aspects of child-development from language, communication, numeracy, logic, critical thinking, emotional and social development and as well as motor skills.’

The material according to Smitha is researched, developed and hand-picked by a panel of experienced Educators. ‘We also have added toys due to the overwhelming response of the market, catering to various learning journeys like math, language and cognitive growth. Our suite of products today also includes teacher-developed games for skill development during family bonding time, skill builder kits, handwriting development kits and lots of other fun educational resources. We also launched our hugely popular Diwali boxes and our current Ho-Ho-Holiday boxes which are the flavour of the season have got great reviews.’

What really helped Dsilva business grow fast in 2020 according to her is the efficient process of setting up in UAE. ‘I set up in 2 months, from licensing, branding, products, website, basically launched the brand in 60 days- this was due to the clarity of processes, paperwork in the country, great support for women entrepreneurs in terms of attractive business packages and a very responsive business community across the spectrum of requirements a small business has to get off the ground.’