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Demi Lovato to tackle past traumas in her new documentary Dancing with the Devil

Demi Lovato has announced details of her upcoming tell-all documentary Dancing with the Devil.

The Camp Rock legend, 28, will be releasing the YouTube Originals documentary series in March and address some of her recent troubles.

Demi tweeted: “There has been so much that I’ve wanted to say, but knew I had to say it right. DEMI LOVATO: DANCING WITH THE DEVIL will be streaming free on @YouTube starting March 23rd [hearts emoji]”.

She added: “Thank you to my family, friends, and fans for staying by my side over the years as I learn and grow.

“I’m so excited to finally share this story with you that I’ve held on to for the last 2 years. #DemiDWTD coming soon!”

Demi Lovato has announced the release of a new enlightening documentary that will see her address past traumas

The press release for the series describes it as “an honest look back at some of the most trying times in Lovato’s life as she unearths her prior traumas and discovers the importance of her physical, emotional, and mental health.”

These traumas likely refer to Lovato’s near-fatal overdose back in 2018.

Demi went on to speak out on World Suicide Prevention Day in September last year.

Demi Lovato tweets about her documentary
Demi Lovato has spoken of her excitement to share her new documentary on social media

The Cool for the Summer singer said: “Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Since a young age I’ve dealt with suicidal thoughts and depression.

“I’ve been very vocal in raising the awareness of mental health because it is possible to see the light when you start the work on yourself.”

She added: “I’m living proof that you never have to give in to those thoughts.

“I’ve had many days where I’ve struggled but please let this song be an anthem to anyone who needs it right now. You can get through whatever it is you’re going through.”

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato previously spoke out on World Suicide Prevention Day last year

Demi signed off: “My hope is that you’ll read these slides and share them with your friends and family.

“Take care of yourself, and listen to your loved ones. Remember, It’s Ok Not To Be Ok.”

The singer also released a song entitled OK Not To Be OK last year.

* Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]

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UAE

Arabian Gulf League: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai to tackle tricky Bani Yas

Shabab Al Ahli Dubai take on Bani Yas in the Arabian Gulf League
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Dubai: Last year’s runners-up Shabab Al Ahli Dubai will host tricky opponents in Bani Yas in this weekend’s Round 11 highlight of the Arabian Gulf League (AGL).

Bani Yas struck the lone goal of the match with 10 minutes remaining to ensure full points against defending champions Sharjah last week. And this Saturday, the Sky Blues will be looking forward to a similar result against their hosts in Dubai.

Despite last week’s first loss in the AGL, Sharjah have maintained their position at the top with 23 points, but find that Al Jazira are very much within striking distance with a similar tally. Al Nasr, who went down 2-1 against Al Ain last week, are not far away with 20 points, while Bani Yas are in a credible fourth position with 19 followed by Al Ain (18), Kalba (17) and Al Dhafra (15).

Bani Yas have shown a rather inconsistent form so far this season. The club from Abu Dhabi started off strongly with wins in their first three games to lead the standings. But by Round 4 they came crashing down as Al Jazira handed out a 3-1 loss followed by dropped points against Ajman and two successive losses to Kalba and Al Nasr.

However, Bani Yas have managed to turn the corner in the last three rounds with convincing wins against Al Ain, Hatta and Sharjah last week to pick up all nine points and put themselves back on track.

Disappointed at the narrow loss last week, Sharjah coach Abdul Aziz Al Anbari is convinced his team has learnt its lessons.

“There’s nothing wrong with the level of our preparations. Each time we step out it is with the sole aim of winning maximum points. But last week we paid for our lack of finishing. They [Bani Yas] made one rare move and we paid for it with our first loss of the season,” Al Anbari said.

“Hatta may be at the bottom of the standings, but it won’t be an easy match. They have always shown a good level against us in the past and I am sure they will also be on the look out for all three points. I hope my players have learnt from last week and we manage to win all three points ourselves.”

In other interesting match-ups, Al Wasl will travel to Khor Fakkan, while Al Ain host Kalba, Al Nasr make the long trip to Al Dhafra and Ajman are on the road against Al Jazira.

Khor Fakkan v Al Wasl, 9pm

Shabab Al Ahli Dubai v Bani Yas, 9pm

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Sports UK

UEFA president calls for greater support from Governments to tackle racism

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called for government backing to help football’s fight against racism.

But the Slovenian fears he will struggle because of the rise and influence of right wing regimes across Europe.

Speaking in a hard-hitting UEFA documentary called Outraged: Football Tackles Discrimination, Ceferin said: “UEFA does a lot but it is never enough.

“We have to do more but we need strong support from the governments.

“We have a problem with some governments because they have a problem with discrimination.”

Reflecting on last year’s abuse for England’s players in Bulgaria, Ceferin adds: “It was a terrible situation in that match.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin

“Idiots with their idiotic ideology who use football matches to promote that idiotic ideology.

“We have to do whatever we can to stop it.”

Adding her voice in UEFA’s new film, women’s football superstar Megan Rapinoe said: “We are seeing a rise of right wing nationalism around the world.

“It’s giving a breath of new life to these fans or other people who are like: ‘Oh, I’m not the only one who feels this way.’

“Before Donald Trump it was much more unacceptable to blatantly say racist things. Not that people didn’t feel racist things but people now feel empowered to say so as well.”

The star-studded documentary – which also deals with sexism, homophobia and the treatment of refugees – comes at a time with UEFA investigating an official in the recent Champions League game between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir.

A comment allegedly made by the official led to both sets of players walking off the pitch and refusing to return.

The doc also includes contributions from Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba, Dutch legend Everton striker Moise Kean, England defender Lucy Bronze, ex-England women’s coach Hope Powell and ex-Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.

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Sprinters to tackle Jebel Ali hill on Friday

Raahy
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Dubai: Jebel Ali Racecourse hosts its final meeting of the year which is sponsored by Emirates Airline end to end. The highlight of the six-race card is the Emirates Airlines Stakes, a six-furlong sprint which has attracted a good-looking field of nine runners led by recent course winner Raahy who steps up in trip to take on some classy speedsters.

Just three weeks ago, Raahy blazed to victory over the shortest trip when he had the beating of Jebel Ali-based Raakezz, who will be looking to reverse the form with the help of jockey Tom Marqand, who returns to Jebel Ali following a smashing 2020 season in the UK.

Raahy will once again by partnered by Dutchman Adrie de Vries who told the ERA: “He won well last time and stayed on strongly, so the extra 200m should not be an issue. Obviously the penalty makes life harder, but he should run another big race.”

Raakezz showed a lot of early speed in that race three weeks ago and with stable jockey Ryan Curatolo suspended, trainer Nicholas Bachalard has roped in Marquand, who has enjoyed much success for Jebel Ali Racecourse patron Major General Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police and Public Security.

Marquand rode two winners in a short stint for Jebel Ali Stables three seasons ago and has won three Group Ones on Sheikh Ahmed’s Addeybb this year, two in Australia as well as the Champion Stakes in Britain.

A Street Boss colt, Raakezz made a winning debut at the end of November last year over 1000m at Jebel Ali and shared a dead-heat over 1,400m, on the same course, on his final start of the campaign albeit being subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Bachalard said: “Raakezz ran very well over 1000m three weeks ago and will hopefully appreciate the extra 200m this week in a decent little race. He has improved for that outing and should give a good account. The management were keen to get Tom here as he is an exciting young jockey who has had plenty of success for Sheikh Ahmed so we are delighted he is here.”

Musabbeh Al Mheiri saddles three runners with stable jockey, Antonio Fresu aboard debutant Ocean Monarch. Szczepan Mazur from Poland rides Le Factor with Frenchman Clement Lecoeuvre on Sama Alwatan. Al Mheiri said: “Ocean Monarch is a new horse for us and one we really like because his work has been very good. Hopefully he can carry that over to the racecourse and we need to see if he handles Jebel Ali. The other pair are also training well and have the advantage of race fitness. Both have improved for their recent runs.”

Eshaasy makes his local and dirt bow for trainer Ali Rashid Al Rayhi and will have the services of Dane O’Neill for his main employer, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance.
(With inputs from the ERA)

GN Selections

Race 1:1. Tahdeed; 2. Uncle Hamed
Race 2. Iftitah; 2. Fawaareq
Race 3: 1. Dahawi; 2. Mutaraffa
Race 4: 1. Raakezz; 2. Eshaasy
Race 5: 1. Dark Of Night; 2. Poet’s Mind
Race 6: 1. Montakhab; 2. Morlock
Day’s Best: Dahawi

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Sports UK

Man City debutant Zack Steffen eyes Raheem Sterling link-up to tackle racism

Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen wants to link up with team-mate Raheem Sterling to continue the fight against racism and inequality.

Steffen, who will make his Champions League debut tonight against Marseille, is using his own VoyceNow foundation to combat racial inequality and help the most vulnerable in society.

“This year has opened up my eyes to how much good I can do off the field for the people who need a helping hand,” said Steffen.

“I have a lot of good people around me who share the same values and beliefs, so we want to help give back and help young people have as many opportunities as we had.

“For my foundation, we’re really just laying down the groundwork and getting the paperwork in order. so that in 2021 we’re going to hit the ground running.

City keeper Zack Steffen is keen to join forces with Sterling to fight against racism

“I would love to connect with Raheem and see what we can do together and if we can help each other out.”

US international Steffen, 25, revealed his dismay at Millwall fans booing their players for taking the knee before their game at the weekend and said education is the answer.

“It’s very disappointing, but it also opens up your eyes again, because not everybody obviously fully understands the situation,” said Steffen.

“We can’t teach everyone, but we can at least talk to people and have these discussions and try and show them why we are fighting.

“Why we’re taking a knee, why we’re trying to give back to the disadvantaged communities who have been oppressed.

“That’s all you can do, try to educate those people in this world that haven’t experienced these types of things that many people have experienced and the reasons why we’re fighting.”

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Technology US

You can now tackle your gadget’s exotic screws for under $20 with iFixit’s latest toolkits

Following their sea creature naming convention, iFixit has released two new screwdriver kits: the Minnow and the Moray. You probably know iFixit for their teardowns of the latest gadgets, but a number of Verge writers also swear by their screwdriver sets which come with lots of exotic bits to open up electronics yourself. These new sets are their smallest and cheapest yet, with 16 and 32 bits respectively, and both come in under $20.

Both sets come with the bits you need to take apart some of the most popular consumer tech: you can open iPhones and Macbooks with the pentalobe bits, Nintendo Switches with the tri-wing bits, and some PCs and older Apple computers with the Torx and Torx security bits. Both sets also include the basic Phillips and flatheads that you’d find yourself reaching for during everyday household maintenance, as well as the grippy handle that the included bits magnetically slot into, and a lifetime warranty. The handle also hides a built-in SIM removal tool, which could sometimes be handier than the stand-alone one that’s probably hiding in your drawer.

The iFixit Minnow comes with 16 bits and a driver.
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The Minnow driver kit costs $14.99, and has a lot of what people will need if they’re just working on newer tech devices. For people with older gadgets, however, the $19.99 Moray may be a better fit. It justifies its $5 price increase by adding more sizes of the bits found in the Minnow, as well as obscure bits like triangle (often found in toys and vacuum cleaners) and Gamebit (for older consoles such as N64, NES and SNES, Sega systems, etc.). It may also be the choice for people who do some work around the home, as it includes a couple of metric hex bits that are used in everything from bikes to build-it-yourself bar stools from Ikea.

The iFixit Moray kit

The Moray comes with the same bits as the Minnow, but adds some more sizes and varieties.
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While the sets are relatively inexpensive, shoppers who are always fixing things may want to look at some of iFixit’s other kits, such as the $25 Essential Electronics Toolkit, which comes with a lot of the same bits, plus tweezers, spudgers, and other tools that are useful for taking apart today’s glued or clipped-together devices. There’s also the Mako toolkit at $35, which includes a whopping 64 bits and has an aluminum driver handle, as opposed to the plastic ones found in the Minnow, Moray, and Essential Toolkit.

That said, having more options when it comes to repairing your devices is a good thing, and the Minnow and Moray have attractive prices for people who will only need to repair devices every so often (or for people looking for a secondary kit to keep at the office or in a backpack). With the low price points, these sets seem poised to be popular stocking stuffers, possibly from family members hinting they have computers they want you to repair. I received my own iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit from my mom a few Christmases back as a (successful) bribe to upgrade her laptop’s hard drive. Since then, I’ve used it to keep all of my tech in good working order. And all of my mom’s tech. And my sister’s. And my wife’s. You get the point.

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UAE

Abu Dhabi studies new treatments to tackle diabetes and multiple sclerosis

The UAE is known to have one of the highest prevalence rates for diabetes in the world. Picture for illustrative purposes only.
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Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre (ADSCC) will soon undertake new clinical trials to assess innovative treatments for diabetes and multiple sclerosis, two of the most pressing health challenges in the country.

The ADSCC is pioneering the OPERA trial for Type 1 Diabetes and the Objective Peripapillary Hyperreflective Ovoid Mass‐like Structures (PHOMS) trials for multiple sclerosis (MS). Both trials will explore therapeutic alternatives for treatment, and analyse the efficacy of intervention, the ADSCC said in a statement sent on Monday.

The UAE is known to have one of the highest prevalence rates for diabetes in the world, with the condition affecting 16.3 per cent of residents according to a 2019 report by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). This high incidence of diabetes puts many residents at risk of developing other chronic health issues, while also increasing morbidity and mortality rates in the country. Meanwhile, MS affects 64 people out of every 100,000, which is estimated at almost double the global average in a research paper published in 2019 by the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

“The high rates of diabetes and multiple sclerosis pose a serious threat to the quality of life of the people living in the UAE. The number of diabetes cases is a real concern, and its potential consequences are compounded by a lack of therapeutic alternatives,” said Dr Yendry Ventura, immunology specialist and ADSCC general manager.

“The seminal ‘OPERA’ and ‘PHOMS’ clinical trials will provide new insights into the treatment of the diseases to both improve the quality of healthcare in the UAE and help raise awareness about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle,” he added.

Protocols under review

Protocols for the trials are currently under review by the Ethics Committee of ADSCC before being presented to the Department of Health–Abu Dhabi for approval. In conducting the trials, ADSCC will use Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP), a United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved therapy for conditions such as Graft Versus Host Disease and Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma.

With its extensive research expertise and technological edge, ADSCC is seeking to discover the mechanisms that underpin disease immunomodulation with this therapeutic alternative and its possible impact on the efficacy of its use for intervention.

Earlier in 2020, ADSCC became the first-ever research centre in the UAE to conduct a clinical trial with the Sentad-Covid Study in April 2020. And in July 2020, ADSCC launched the “Abu Dhabi Bone Marrow Transplant (AD-BMT)” programme, which treats blood cancer patients using stem cells. To date, the AD-BMT programme has already successfully treated four patients.

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UAE

Mohammed bin Rashid calls for collective effort to tackle COVID-19 during G20 meeting


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
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Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, participated in the virtual G20 summit, held on Saturday under the chairmanship of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia under the theme: “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”.

As the current chair of the GCC, UAE participates in the G20 summit with the aim of coordinating joint efforts and promoting global cooperation to contain COVID-19 and to mitigate its humanitarian, health and economic impact on the peoples and nations all over the world.

The UAE participates in the summit, along with the G20 member countries, heads of invited states and representatives of international organisations, including Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations (UN), the World Bank Group (WBG), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Sheikh Mohammed praised Saudi Arabia’s Presidency of the G20 Summit and the great efforts it made, under the wise leadership of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, for organising the summit during these exceptional times.

“This testifies to Saudi Arabia’s global pioneering role and its keen support to global efforts to overcome all challenges facing nations of the world.”

Sheikh Mohammed described the G20 as the world’s largest platform to overcome challenges and to discuss ways to utilise countries and governments’ potentials for a better future to the world.

“Today, the world is facing the same risks and humanity shares a common destiny,” he added.

Sheikh Mohammed noted that since the onset of the pandemic, the UAE sought, under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to play an effective role in support of the global efforts to contain the virus and to step-up international cooperation in order to reach solution to the crisis which has taken toll, not only on healthcare sector, but also economic and social sectors.

“The entire world is going through critical time, anticipating an end to this crisis. This calls for collective efforts and international cooperation to ride out the COVID-19 crisis, to build strong, sustainable, and inclusive growth and recovery in all sectors and to mitigate any health, economic and social impacts.”

Sheikh Mohammed commended the participants of the G20 summit and their contributions to the efforts aimed at overcoming the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic. He renewed UAE’s support to the Group and its goals of boosting poor countries’ capabilities to deal with the current crisis.

“The UAE looks forward to contributing to the G20’s agenda and joint action to make the world better for future generations.”

The summit’s opening day saw two sessions, addressing topics of pandemic preparedness and response and building an inclusive sustainable and resilient future.



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Richarlison reacts to Cavani tackle he claims could have broken his ankle


Richalison believes Edinson Cavani could have broken his ankle after the striker was sent off in Uruguay’s 2-0 loss to Brazil.

But the Everton striker insists he bares no ill-will towards his Manchester United counterpart.

The Selecao claimed victory in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night, with the Toffees hitman heading home the second, after Arthur opened the scoring in the first half.

As La Celeste chased the game, Cavani, 33, was dismissed by referee Roberto Tobar following a clumsy challenge.

Initially booked, the official used VAR to change his decision and show Cavani a straight red.

Speaking post-game, Richarlison made light of the issue – albeit admitting he felt he could have been seriously injured.

Edinson Cavani’s challenge on Richarlison, which saw him dismissed

“I think it was a ball dispute, he went over the top.

“If my foot was stuck it might have even broken my ankle, but I think it wasn’t bad.

“He tried to steal the ball and ended up missing.”

Cavani saw red

Brazil have won all three of their opening qualifiers, putting them in pole position for a spot in Qatar.

Richarlison added: “We are not getting arrogant because we’re unbeaten.

“We know that every game is difficult and every game different but we are on the right path. Not because we’ve won but because sometimes we’ve been playing well.

“We are on the right path, we have total faith in the coaches and they have faith in us and so we’ll keep looking to achieve our objective, which is to qualify for the World Cup finals.”

He will return for Everton this weekend, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men having failed to win in his absence – having himself been sent off in the Merseyside derby last month.

Cavani, who scored his first Premier League goal for United in their win over the Toffees at Goodison Park last time out, is himself in line for a first league start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, as they meet West Brom on Saturday evening.

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Athletes bare it all in cheeky nude calendar to tackle toxic masculinity in sports


A group of athletes have stripped off in a series of very daring images for a charity calendar that promotes ‘healthier masculinity’ in sports. 

Sportsmen from around the world have bared it all for Worldwide Roar 2021, a calendar that invites men to make a ‘simple yet meaningful commitment to change by playing sport together naked in front of the world’.

The participants are seen posing on the tennis court, mountain biking and horse riding, with careful poses and cleverly-placed accessories protecting their modesty.  

Athletes are stripping off to challenge toxic masculinity in this year’s 12th edition of the Worldwide Roar charity nude calendar

The participants showcases the athletes in the buff taking on several activities, such as horse riding (pictured)

The participants showcases the athletes in the buff taking on several activities, such as horse riding (pictured)

While the calendar shows men letting it all hang out together in the nude, it also includes solo pictures, like this one of a model taking a break from cycling

While the calendar shows men letting it all hang out together in the nude, it also includes solo pictures, like this one of a model taking a break from cycling 

Worldwide Roar want to challenge our preconceived idea of masculinity as well as promoting allyship amongst men

Worldwide Roar want to challenge our preconceived idea of masculinity as well as promoting allyship amongst men 

One of the athletes practices his serve while wearing sneakers, socks, a hat and nothing else in the calendar

One of the athletes practices his serve while wearing sneakers, socks, a hat and nothing else in the calendar 

Riding solo! The calendar hopes to challenge the misogynistic idea of 'strong men' and tackle homophobia, sexism and racism as well

Riding solo! The calendar hopes to challenge the misogynistic idea of ‘strong men’ and tackle homophobia, sexism and racism as well 

Hot in oar! An athletes hides his modesty with an oar in the 2020 calendar by Worldwide Roar

Hot in oar! An athletes hides his modesty with an oar in the 2020 calendar by Worldwide Roar

Sales of the calendar raise funds for Sport Allies, a charity that empowers young people to get the most out of sport and life, regardless of their sexuality, gender identity, race or physical ability. 

Angus Malcom, founder and creative lead behind the calendar, said he wanted the calendar to raise the question: ‘how do we look at men?’ 

Angus talked about what motivated him to make the calendar in more detail. 

‘We’re all still living with the rules and repercussions of male privilege – what academics call hegemonic masculinity,’ he said. 

‘If you’re born straight, white, male and socially privileged, you still have a massive head start in life. Any other group that tries to get a seat at the table is accused of misguided ‘identity politics’, which makes no sense.

The calendar aims to send a message of unity and support among men by featuring the athletes doing several activities with others, like cycling

The calendar aims to send a message of unity and support among men by featuring the athletes doing several activities with others, like cycling 

Showing their cheeky side. In previous years, the calendar has focusing on tackling homophobia within the world of sports

Showing their cheeky side. In previous years, the calendar has focusing on tackling homophobia within the world of sports

He went on to say that ‘so-called strong men still divide and rule through misogyny and structural racism, as well as homophobia.

‘But there’s hope. Look at how collaboration led to a vaccine for Covid-19. We can bring that same spirit of allyship to tackling the global pandemic of toxic masculinity.’

He wanted the calendar to convey a message of support between men.  

In previous years, the calendar has focused on challenging homophobia in sporting culture by inviting mainly heterosexual sportsmen to strip off as a gesture of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

Relaxing in the nude. The calendar is opened to anyone who identifies as males, regardless of the sex they were born with, their ethnicity of sexual preferences

Relaxing in the nude. The calendar is opened to anyone who identifies as males, regardless of the sex they were born with, their ethnicity of sexual preferences 

Playing boules. Some of the pictures put the men in specific scenario, like this naked game of boules

Playing boules. Some of the pictures put the men in specific scenario, like this naked game of boules 

World-record holding rower and Olympian Robbie Manson, who is openly gay, has also taken part – gracing the centrefold two years ago.

‘This year, International Men’s Day is about men leading by example and I’ve always tried to do that if I can,’ the former athlete, who has since retired, said.

‘I had to break through some personal barriers to come out as LGBTQ+ and then a few more to get naked for inclusion! But it’s been worth it.’

As part of calendar, the team have also got three researchers on board including Professor Brendan Gough and Dr Adam Lowe of Leeds Beckett University and Dr Michael Kehler of University of Calgary, Canada.

Colour pictures are juxtaposed next to stylish black and white snaps of the men, like this one which sees them posing with oars

Colour pictures are juxtaposed next to stylish black and white snaps of the men, like this one which sees them posing with oars 

Gazing at the landscape. Founder Angus Malcom said he wanted to challenge the idea of 'hegemonic masculinity' which is used to justify men's dominance in society over women and different forms of masculinity

Gazing at the landscape. Founder Angus Malcom said he wanted to challenge the idea of ‘hegemonic masculinity’ which is used to justify men’s dominance in society over women and different forms of masculinity 

We're all in this together! The men were photographed with their arms on each other's shoulders

We’re all in this together! The men were photographed with their arms on each other’s shoulders 

Naked and unafraid: The athletes posed in the buff with face coverings as a nod to the coronavirus pandemic

Naked and unafraid: The athletes posed in the buff with face coverings as a nod to the coronavirus pandemic 

They aim to find out what role The Worldwide Roar can have in promoting healthier role models for men and improving mental health.

‘Our society has rightly begun to address how we look at women, and how that promotes abusive thinking and behaviour,’ said Lucas Etienne, former rower and long-time contributor, who has been working with the project on both sides of the camera for five years.

‘It’s long overdue and there’s still a long way to go.

‘That’s why we must also challenge how we look at men, and how men see themselves and each other.

‘Too many men ask to be looked at with fear and awe instead of love and respect.

‘We must drop our barriers, embrace equality and welcome being looked at by people of all genders and sexualities. I’ve done it and although I’m no exhibitionist, it’s been a positive, liberating experience.’ 

Naked by the pond. The men put on frisky display, showing their athletic bodies off in the calendar

Naked by the pond. The men put on frisky display, showing their athletic bodies off in the calendar 

Branching out! Several props, including tree branches, were used to hide the participants' modesty

Branching out! Several props, including tree branches, were used to hide the participants’ modesty 

What a ride! One of the participants was photographed fooling around with his bike for the calendar

What a ride! One of the participants was photographed fooling around with his bike for the calendar 

Nothing to see here! Two participants hide each other's bits with their towels and laugh for the shoot

Nothing to see here! Two participants hide each other’s bits with their towels and laugh for the shoot 

Baring it all. One athlete was photographed on a naked horse ride, with a white steed awaiting their trot

Baring it all. One athlete was photographed on a naked horse ride, with a white steed awaiting their trot

The Worldwide Roar 2021 calendar is available to buy from www.worldwideroar.org for £15.99. 



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