Ebene News – GB – Ulster Bank UK parent company to deliver full year financial results

New episode of #ChamberBreakers series stars Sandra Kerr, Director of Race and Equality for Community Businesses

Ulster Bank’s UK parent company NatWest is expected to release annual financial results later Friday morning as the bank is expected to exit the Irish market

Other reports indicate that no decision has been made on the future of a company founded in 1836

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the bank’s potential withdrawal was a “matter of real concern” for the government

On Thursday, he said Dublin Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe was weighing all options to try to minimize job losses and reduce the negative impact this could have on competition in the sector

He expressed concern about the effect on staff and customers of media speculation on the future of the bank

M Varadkar told Irish parliament, Dail, that if it closed in Ireland all deposits and savings would be “fully protected”

It has around 19 million retail and business customers in 174 outlets across the island of Ireland and a business banking presence in every county

In 2019, Ulster Bank’s total income fell due to nonperforming loans after a mortgage portfolio was sold

Renault said on Friday that margins and sales started to recover in the second half of 2020 as it embarked on a turnaround plan, although the COVID-19 pandemic has dragged the French automaker to 8 billion euros ($ 9.68 billion) in losses last year CEO Luca de Meo, who took over in July, is looking for ways to boost Renault’s profitability and sales while continuing to cut costs. warned on Friday that 2021 could still be tough, especially with a microchip shortage wreaking havoc in the auto industry, but said Renault was focusing on its recovery as profitability increased

(Bloomberg) – Equities were mixed and US Equity futures fell slightly on Friday after falling on Wall Street as investors pondered the impact of the recent rise in Treasury yields on Market outlook Oil added to recent losses Global equities gauge heading for first weekly decline since January as Australia lags in Asia as South Korea outperforms S&P 500 futures fell after the Index drops Thursday European contracts point higher Report showing US Initial jobless claims rose more than expected underscored challenges for recovery from pandemic Ten-year treasury yields held up US dollar Japan’s 10-year sovereign bond yield reached its highest level in more than two years amid a liquidation of the d Global pound plunged after optimistic rally over UK vaccine rollout Bitcoin fell below $ 52,000 Copper extended rise to nine-year high Benchmark Treasury yields at most high for a year have sparked a debate on whether a further leap could trigger a disruption in risky assets Recent economic data points to the fragility of the growth context, which is heavily dependent on the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine. Treasury Janet Yellen reiterated the need for $ 9 trillion in pandemic relief spending “There are so many assets that are still priced very low,” said Evan Brown, head of multi-asset strategy at UBS Asset Management, on Bloomberg TV “As soon as you get a feel for this idea that long-term rates won’t go to zero forever, then those will be the most vulnerable assets.Oil fell below $ 60 a barrel and wells slowly restarted in Texas after being hit by a big freeze The White House said it would be willing to meet with Iran, potentially paving the way for more Persian Gulf nation’s crude exports Elsewhere, gold slipped amid its worst start to a year in three decades Here are some of the major moves in the markets: S&P 500 futures fell 01 % at 7:06 am in London Gauge slipped 04% on Thursday Japan’s Topix index fell 07% South Korea’s Kospi index added 07% Australia’s S&P / ASX 200 index fell 13% Hong Kong Hang Seng Index fell 01% Shanghai Composite Rose 06% Euro Stoxx 50 futures climb 2% Currencies Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed The yen was at 10,568 per dollar Offshore yuan was at 64575 to the dollar The euro was flat at $ 1 2092 The pound was at 1 $ 3,968, down 01% Bonds The yield on 10-year treasury bills rose one basis point to 131% West Texas Intermediate crude fell 12% to $ 59 79 a barrel Gold was around $ 1,772 l ounce, down 02% For more posts like this please visit us at BloombergSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted source of business news © 2021 Bloomberg LP

(Bloomberg) – Group of Seven countries give major boost to Covax, the global initiative to fund vaccinations in low-income countries, indicating momentum could build for an effort coordinated by advanced economies to fight the pandemic The US plans to contribute up to $ 4 billion to the initiative while France will donate 5% of its secure supplies The UK will also announce its commitment during a G-7 call on Friday, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will announce a doubling of European Union funds for the program The vaccine supply in the US is set to double, according to a Bloomberg analysis, although winter storms across the country continue to slow the inoculation campaign A single dose of Pfizer Inc vaccine significantly reduced symptoms in the first four weeks, selo n a study Brazil became the third country in the world to violate 10 million cases Key developments: Global Tracker: cases exceed 1103 million; the dead pass 24 million vaccines: over 193 million vaccines administered worldwide S A wave of vaccines is coming, with millions of doses promisedCathay crew faces 49-day work cycle on new quarantine rules Biden to visit Pfizer vaccine factory as US Why delaying second Covid shot is complicated: QuickTake Subscribe to an update Daily day on Bloomberg’s virus prediction team here Click CVID on terminal for global data on cases and deaths Hungary is speeding up vaccinations, says Orban (3:09 pm HK) Hungary is on the point to increase vaccination rate to fight dangerous rise in infections, Prime Minister Viktor Orban says With Covid-19 hospitalizations on the rise, the country is at a dangerous time in the race to ensure that inoculations exceed infections, Prime Minister said on state radio in an interview The government is rolling out vaccines from Russia, in addition to injections purchased through the European Union, and it has also secured supplies for the Chinese product Sinopharm The hospital’s capacity remains sufficient, Orban said. EU to Covax to Double (2:59 pm HK) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will use a Group of Seven appeal on Friday to announce a doubling of the European Union’s cash pledge for the Covax program, according to an EU official familiar with the matter, bringing the Union’s contribution to the vaccine supplier to the poorest countries at 1 billion euros ($ 1.2 billion) G-7 countries, including the ‘US, UK and France Should Pledge Donations of Vaccine Supplies During Appeal Kenya Approves AstraZeneca Shot: Daily Nation (1:52 pm HK) Kenyan regulators have approved the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc for use in this Afri country than from the east, the Daily Nation reported Kenya will start receiving doses next week and begin its inoculation program in March, the Nairobi-based newspaper said, citing Chief Administrative Secretary for Health Mercy Mwangangi Purchases vaccine despite concerns over limited effectiveness against mild to moderate disease caused by variant identified in South AfricaUS Reiterates food unlikely Source Covid (12:38 pm HK) The US reiterated that food and food packaging are highly unlikely sources of coronavirus transmission, with Food and Drug Administration saying there is “no credible evidence” to support a link The FDA noted in a statement Thursday that Covid-19 is a disease respiratory disease transmitted from person to person, unlike foodborne illnesses spread by contaminated food Although there have been a few reports of detection of the virus on food and packaging, the FDA has stated that “the risks of infection from touching the surface of food packaging or from eating food are considered extremely low.”This statement contrasts with the approach taken by China, which tested food imports and banned suppliers whose shipments were found to be contaminated. A team led by the World Health Organization investigating the origins of the virus said last week that cold chain food items were a likely route of transmission South African vaccine deployment seen slower (12:14 pm HK) A senior South African government coronavirus advisor expects vaccine rollout slower than has been officially mapped The start of the program was delayed this month after studies showed the vaccine AstraZeneca Plc, the first to arrive in South Africa, offered little protection against mild forms of the disease caused by a variant of the virus identified late last yearThe government aims to vaccinate around 67% of the population this year This timeline may be too ambitious, said Salim Abdool Karim, who co-chairs the Minister of Health’s ministerial advisory committee on Covid-19. South Africa is expected to aim to complete the first two phases, which would cover around 43% of the nearly 40 million people it plans to vaccinate this year, he said in an interview.Philippines finds mutations (12:09 pm HK) The Philippines has detected mutations of the Covid-19 virus in its central Visayan islands, the health ministry said, while adding that more data is needed to determine if these make the coronavirus more transmissible and whether they will be considered a new variant development will not affect the drive to further reopen the capital region, which is far from the area where the mutations were discovered, said on Friday Health Secretary Francisco Duque in an online forumClinical trials of the vaccine from Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson, have started in the Philippine capital, the science department said separatelyWHO team focuses on badgers ferrets, rabbits: WSJ (10:30 am HK) A team of scientists from the World Health Organization focuses on two types of animals – badgers ferrets and rabbits – researching the origins of the coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reported Animals may carry the virus and were sold in a market in Wuhan, China, where the first cases of the coronavirus emerged Researchers say more investigations are needed on suppliers of these and other animals in the market, the Journal reported Team members have yet to establish all animals sold at UK market Surplus vaccine donation plans (7:55 am HK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Friday that UK will donate surplus coronavirus vaccine to developing countries to reignite the global battle against the Covid-19 pandemic The ‘majority’ of any future UK surplus coronavirus vaccines will be shared with the Covax program supported by the World Health Organization, the office said Johnson in a statement Thursday night This is in addition to the 548 million pounds ($ 766 million) the country has already given to the program, which aims to provide vaccines to some of the world’s poorest countriesJohnson will host a video call between leaders of the Group of Seven Nations on Friday, in which he will encourage them to increase their Covax funding, the statement said.Single Pfizer injection reduced illness among healthcare workers (7:35 am HK) Single dose of vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE significantly reduced symptoms of Covid-19 in the first four weeks after injection Among health workers who received the vaccine, symptomatic infections were reduced by 85% within 15 to 28 days of the first dose, compared to those who did not receive the vaccine, according to an analysis. from The Lancet medical journal While most workers received a second dose on time – about three weeks after the first – the booster would not have started to take effect until the study was over, so it was essentially looking at the effects of one dose, the researchers said The result lends support to health officials who recommend postponing second injections to quickly get first doses to as many people as possibleNovavax to provide 1 billion doses to poorest countries (5:40 pm NY) Novavax Inc to provide 11 billion doses of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine to Covax, a global alliance that many low- and middle-income countries rely on for protect their populations from the virus The Covax Facility is an effort led by the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Outbreak Preparedness and Innovation, and Gavi, the Novavax Vaccine Alliance, with its partner of manufacturing and distribution The Serum Institute of India announced its commitment in a statement Thursday, sending shares of the US drugmaker up 7% in post-market trade Novavax and Gavi did not still finalized advance purchase contract for supply of two-dose regimen Biden to pledge $ 4 billion in vaccines for poorer nations (5:10 pm NY) US to contribute up to $ 4 billion to Co vax, the global effort to fund vaccinations in low-income countries, but does not plan to ship any of its own vaccines overseas until the country’s demand is met, officials familiar with with the questionPresident Joe Biden will announce in a Group of Seven appeal on Friday that the US will immediately commit $ 2 billion to the program and pledge an additional $ 2 billion with terms designed to boost contributions from other countries, said officials, who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymityBrazil Gets 10 Million Covid Cases (3:08 pm NY) Cases in Brazil topped 10 million, infections have accelerated in recent weeks as a new variant spreads amid a shortage of vaccines large Latin American country reported 51,879 new cases on Thursday, bringing the confirmed total to 10,030,626, according to health ministry data It’s a toll trailing only the US and India Deaths increased by 1,367 at 243,457, second highest in the world A US Vaccine Wave Comes (2:48 pm NY) The US vaccine supply is set to double in the coming weeks and months, according to Bloomberg analysis , allowing a large expansion of doses administered across the country Currently, the US administers 16 million doses per day, constrained by the recent supply of around 10 to 15 million doses per week But the manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccines and US officials have accelerated their production and reported that the taps are about to open, delivering hundreds of millions of doses to match the growing ability to immunize people in pharmacies and mass vaccination sites A review of public statements by drug makers and of their supply agreements suggests that the number of vaccines delivered is expected to reach nearly 20 million per week in March, over 25 million per week in April and May and over 30 million per week in June In summer, it would be enough to give 45 million shots per day France will donate 5% of its vaccines to poor countries (1:59 pm NY) France commits to donate 5% of its secure supply of Covid-19 vaccines to the poorest countries through the program Covax supported by the World Health Organization A multilateral approach through Covax – a global alliance that many developing countries rely on for vaccinations – is the best way more effective to show solidarity, said on Thursday a French official who asked not to be appointed in accordance with protocolFor more articles like this, please visit us at BloombergSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted source of business news © 2021 Bloomberg LP

Honda Motor Co announced on Friday that CEO Takahiro Hachigo will step down, handing over the reins to the head of the automaker’s research and development arm, Toshihiro Mibe, on April 1 Hachigo to remain on company board, Japan’s second-largest automaker in sales said in a statement Mibe, 59, joined Honda in 1987, where she worked in engine development and the transmission business

US airlines and renewable energy companies are pressuring the Biden administration to support a sharp increase in subsidies for low-carbon aviation fuel, arguing that new incentives are needed to help fight climate change and will also make their recovery from the pandemic much greener, industry trade groups have said Reuters The push reflects the high price US taxpayers could be asked to pay as President Joe Biden seeks to follow through on his plan to both decarbonize the US economy by 2050 and help struggling industries recovering from economic collapse Air transport contributes around 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, says air transport action group

In a tournament that gave week one losers at the Australian Open a second chance, Daria Kasatkina of Russia beat Marie Bouzkova 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Friday to clinch The Phillip Island Trophy title The WTA Tour event was set up to provide players eliminated in the first week of the first major tournament of the year with an additional tournament match to make up for a 14-day COVID-19 quarantine in Melbourne In the semifinals, Bouzkova defeated 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, who was among 72 players forced into a hard lockdown after passengers on their flights to Australia subsequently tested positive for coronavirus

The semiconductor crisis that has hit the auto industry leaves automakers with a tough choice: pay, stock, or risk being left on the sidelines as chipmakers focus on more lucrative businesses elsewhere. Automakers such as Volkswagen, Ford and General Motors cut production as the chip market was swept away by manufacturers of consumer electronics such as smartphones – the chip industry’s preferred customers because they buy chips. More Advanced, Higher Margin Chips The semiconductor shortage – over $ 800 worth of silicon is packed into a modern electric vehicle – has exposed the disconnect between an auto industry marred by decades of just-in-time deliveries and a chain of supply the electronics industry that it can no longer bend to its will

Relations between police and black communities across the UK have been strained for years, even more since the start of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests last summer. have passed since the Macpherson Report revealed that institutional racism marred the investigation into Stephen Lawrence’s murder and, although the Metropolitan Police deny that systemic racism still exists within the police, some argue that little have changed Met Police came under scrutiny last year after making 43,000 arrests in London in May alone, double the number 12 months earlier Blacks have been disproportionately targeted – it has been found that they are 37 times more likely than whites to be arrested and searched in the year up to November 2020 While public discourse has largely focused on young black men and their relationship with the police, new statistics show a different picture of young black women The Joint Human Rights Committee has released its report “Blacks, Racism and Human Rights ‘male’ in November 2020 The report found that the vast majority (85%) of black people are not convinced that they would be treated the same as a white person by the police and black women (91%) are more likely than black men (77%) to think they would not be treated the same as a white person by the police Ninety-one percent of black women tend to think they would not would not be treated the same as u white person by police A number of high-profile cases have added weight to these statistics Neomi Bennett, a 30-year NHS nurse who was awarded the British Empire Medal for her nursing care, was traumatized after being targeted by police near his south London home in 2019 Officers attempted to open the door of her parked car to search her without warning; she was then dragged out of the car, handcuffed and detained overnight before being charged and convicted of obstructing a police officer He was told the search was initiated because the tint of his car windows was too dark Bennett’s conviction was overturned last May when the prosecution refused to present evidence on his appeal This is just one of many incidents that allegedly involved excessive force and which have renewed attention to police tactics against the country’s black population Last summer, Labor MP and former shadow Minister for Equality Dawn Butler accused police of being institutionally racist after she and a friend were arrested while driving in Hackney, in the east london After taking the keys to the BMW and checking the registration, officers admitted there had been a mistake and apologized, Butler told The Guardian at the time. Metropolitan Police later said in a statement that a policeman initially entered the registration number incorrectly into a computer system and neither the MP nor his friend was searched In June last year, two Metropolitan officers were arrested for misconduct after allegedly taking selfies next to the bodies of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry after they were found dead in a Wembley park In June last year, two Met officers were arrested for misconduct after allegedly taking selfies next to the bodies of sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry after they were found dead in a Wembley park The Independent Office for the Conduct of Police (IOPC) said the photos were “shared with a number of other people”, adding that the Met “was dealing with issues involving members of the public who may have receive these images ” The mother of the sisters said at the time that she felt the Met police “didn’t care” about a “black woman who lives in a council estate.” In November 2020, Metropolitan Police announced that it would recruit 40% of new recruits from ethnic minorities, while officers will have to justify their arrest and searches to community panels as part of new plans designed to quell the racial crisis ravaging Scotland Yard Before, we met Commander Dr Alison Heydari, Britain’s oldest black police officer, who joined the Metropolitan Police last year after serving nearly two decades at the Hampshire Constabulary, to discuss how to saving the broken relationship between police and black communities across the UK, and what work the Metropolitan Police are doing to regain trust and better serve and protect the black community DashDividers_1_500x100 Hi Commander Dr Alison Heydari Your career is truly impressive In what measure the work of the Metropolitan Police different from that of the Hampshire Constabulary? It’s more about scale Wherever you go in the UK policing is actually quite similar, but that’s due in large part to the scale of London In Hampshire I have run and managed similar things in the Met like community engagement, crime and critical incident management, but it’s usually a bigger scale in London and one of the things most exciting about working in a global city I was born and raised in London so coming back here was a huge privilege both personally and emotionally Joining the police was never a career I envisioned, this was the result of the ad I saw I joked with my husband about my membership and he said I would be awesome The rest is history – since working in the police force, I think I made a difference for the victims, the communities, my staff and it also made a huge difference in my life You have been called an inspiring leader and a change maker within the Met In your interview Evening Standard this week you said that The Met Police are “listening and working hard and doing a lot of work” regarding the recovery of the relationship between the police and the black community in London What work is in progress? Before the Mayor’s action plan was released in November, there was a lot of work going on building these community relationships through the Territorial Support Group (TSG) I’m working closely with someone from TSG They are doing a great job work in schools and colleges to build those relationships and break down barriers, go there to talk to black communities about what they do, their concerns and bring them back into the organization We have a lot of resources dedicated to raising awareness, increasing communication and engagement with BAME communities. I personally run a few projects, such as Behind The Badge, where we are looking at how we can use various social media to eliminate obstacles and talking to people about what it’s like to be a police officer Many of those participating are from BAME communities and black officers We ask them why they joined and why they decided to pursue a career in the police Moreover, to broaden it, policing is not just about cops – there are so many careers on the spectrum of CSIs and criminal investigations I led work on a campaign called #Listen, looking at this cohort of young black men aged 16-25 and working to dialogue with them and to listen to their experiences Distrust is generational, it is not something we can reverse in a few weeks It is a difficult and long term task that we must do Distrust is generational, it is not something we can reverse in a few weeks It’s a tough, long-term task that we need to do Commander dr alison heydari According to the force’s own published data, black people were 37 times more likely to be arrested and searched than their white counterparts Forty-three thousand stops were carried out in London in May 2020 alone and black people were disproportionately targeted Why are these numbers so high? I think some of these things boil down to careful consideration and community involvement in what we’re doing One thing we’ve been doing over the past few months is to see how black communities can participate in training on checks and searches We have black people participating in this review As a researcher myself it was around lived experience It is important for officers to learn about black experiences it is about power and it can be intrusive Having communities on board that provide this training on checks and searches and being able to provide feedback allows officers to understand the impact this can have on people These are blacks entering the police force Us have many officers who join us on a monthly basis and part of their training is to engage the community in the base command unit where they are placed This means they understand the use of their powers, their impact and understand the communities they are supposed to monitor. It is important for officers to learn from black experiences, it is about power and it can be intrusive Commander dr alison heydari It has been 22 years since the Mapherson Report ruled the Metropolitan Police “institutionally racist” In your 20 years What changes have you seen the force implement in your career in policing to restore this growing lack of confidence? What has changed as a serving police officer for black women? There have been a lot of changes in the data over the past 10 years and the number of BAME Blacks we’ve had joined the force has increased It’s going in the right direction There are things we’ve done to make sure that we are trying to encourage more communities in recruiting There are changes in recruiting to join the police and when you think about what we do to get people into the police force We have the three year apprenticeship program with a starting salary of £ 30,000 and that includes studies for a diploma So we pay you to work and get your diploma, and at the end of it you can have the choice between a long term police career and a good pension Within the police there is much more support for minority groups in terms of mentoring and coaching, development programs, and there is a greater need for black officers and staff There is discussion much more encouraging about how black officers feel, the pressures of being black and in the office I can honestly say that in my 20 years of police service this exam never really existed. are now using independent advisory groups, community watch groups and we have invitations for communities to scrutinize us That doesn’t mean the race around this is over There’s a lot for us to do I’m one of the many Met members working on how we can better engage As a black woman myself I want to encourage more black women to join the police As a member of the community e black myself, I encourage people to join the police If you don’t want to join the police, find ways to review our processes Commanding Officer Dr Alison Heydari Joint Human Rights Committee report revealed overwhelming statistics regarding young black women A number of young women have told me about their negative experiences with the Met Police One youth, who identifies as non-binary, claims to have been stopped and searched by Metropolitan Police in two times and being misinterpreted Another woman told me she remained traumatized after being strip searched against her will, with weak evidence against her Both said they were made to feel they had to justify their We have also seen a number of high-profile examples of black women being targeted by police, such as Neomi Bennett, Dawn Butler, Bianca Williams and the two officers allegedly taking selfies with them. the corpses of two black women at Wembley What does the force do to ensure that black people, especially black women, do not feel this way and receive the respect they deserve? I think we have examples of things that we’ve talked about [and] that they should be held accountable for. We need to make sure that we read the reports, the experiences and make sure that we pass that learning on to the organization. I understand people are traumatized Growing up in London myself I understand this completely Officers wear body camera videos now We have review processes in place, community monitoring, data quality groups, stop and search signs where members of the public can examine, examine, and examine body-worn cameras This enters into the learning of the organization This is why I am here As a black woman myself I want to encourage more black women to enter the police force As a member of the black community myself , I encourage people to join the police If you don’t want to join the police, find ways to review our processes As a role model, I am very privileged to be sitting here and being open to this conversation, which fosters dialogue We need more black people to examine us so that we can improve ourselves and build trust Like what you see? How about a little more R29 goodness, here? 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With me this morning is Larry Silber, President and CEO; Aaron Birnbaum, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; and Mark Irion, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Prepared remarks will be followed by an open Q&A Before calling Larry, there are a few points I would like to address

A massage gun sounds like a contradiction in terms and tbh sounds like a threat To me, at least The soothing possibilities and relaxation promised by a massage can hardly apply to something that is literally called a “gun And sounds like an out of control washing machine, right? Massage guns look like power tools but, most importantly, they don’t have a drill bit on their head – in its place is a rounded shock absorber that beats and vibrates against a target area.Depending on the model you step into, you can control the speed and depth of the massage movement; some models come with various attachments promising better targeting or relief There are now several massage guns on the market from brands like Therabody, TimTam, Addsfit and Recovapro just to name a few At first glance, a massage gun looked like a piece of equipment whose promises of pain relief and faster recovery were too good to be true, and far too intimidating for a wuss like me. In my opinion, it all came in the same. category as Huel and biohacking: the inventions of Silicon Valley trying to hack the body with aggressive and rigorous machines and manipulations instead of sinking with the ups and downs of the body It was like a product for people a lot more dedicated to fitness, athletics and #gains than I am Although I never feel muscular enough to consider myself as part of the massage gun target market, I understand the appeal, especially after a particularly intense workout. exercise regularly enough to feel the urge for muscle pain relief – I went through phases of HIIT five times a week or (for the comp experience (middle class white woman’s head) mixed bar and spin three to four times a week Currently I work at Yoga Camp by Yoga with Adriene and do long runs when I can Both exhaust my legs. ‘a way I love but often leaves me too stiff to move The resulting aches, as well as the inevitable pain of working from home on a makeshift desk (or in crooked postures on my couch), m ‘made the massage gun think a little differently I’m not alone here Massage guns have become more and more popular over the past year we have been indoors (as shown in this wild graphic from Google Trends) and I found the question of more and more frequently: do these things really work? Considering the ubiquitous marketing and the often high price tag, you certainly hope so, but it’s something you can only judge when you try it out. And so try it I did it What is a massage gun? Originally, massage guns were touted as fitness equipment that can relieve tense, sore, and sore muscles after hard training. They do this by hammering your target areas with vibration therapy or, increasingly, percussion therapy (both will be explained below) Essentially, a massage gun is a portable and sometimes deeper version of one. foam roller or sports massager and aims to relieve stiffness and pain caused by training athletes and fitness fanatics Recently renamed Therabody’s Theragun is one of the most popular in the market and has developed a following celebrity According to a recent press release, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Rashford, Kevin Hart and Shawn Mendes recently invested in the company, and everyone from Kate Hudson to Shakira to Dwayne Johnson is a confirmed fan. More recently, the massage gun has been targeted in a wider market as a ‘wellness tool’, a message that took hold last year The combination of many people working from home, moving less and not having access to the gym or massage therapy led to an increase in daily body aches, just as traditional sources of pain relief have been limited Deep tissue massages cannot be administered from a safe distance of two meters, so the handheld massage gun is mounted – and people are rushing to it How does it work? The science behind massage guns like the one I tested, the Theragun Prime, is a combination of vibration therapy and percussion therapy.Vibration therapy, unsurprisingly, involves applying vibrations to all or part of the body. “Vibration therapy stimulates the muscles, causing them to contract and relax involuntarily,” explains Therabody’s website. “Vibration therapy can relieve the body of certain aches and pains and be a generally pleasurable experience while providing type benefits. massage to user”Percussion therapy is similar but goes further (literally) Instead of stimulating the surface of the skin with vibrations, it quickly penetrates deeper into the tissue you are focusing on” Percussion therapy reaches 60% deeper into muscle than mainstream vibration massagers, which produces deeper benefits like massages, ”Therabody website explains. This deeper penetration results in more or less the same as massaging or self-releasing. myofascial (foam rolling): it increases blood flow to the treated areas, increases skin temperature, reduces muscle inflammation, releases muscle tension and breaks muscle knots It is important to note that the goal does not is not to get rid of the pain entirely, which unfortunately is not possible Some studies suggest that vibration therapy can reduce or even prevent muscle pain; others suggest that regular massages and stretching give the same results.But by penetrating deeper into the skin, Therabody claims to be able to better release tension in the muscles, while the speed of the device (40 percussions per second) replaces pain signals to your brain, making the experience supposedly more comfortable than manual muscle therapy »How does it actually work? There is little evidence that vibration or percussion therapy delivered through a massage gun works the same as in clinical studies to improve recovery. Speaking to Mic, Michael Fredericson, athletic physician at Stanford Health Care, pointed out this lack of research: “Many brands advertise their massage guns as tools that speed up recovery, but as far as Fredericson knows, it there has been no controlled scientific research studies specifically on these devices that may support these claims Although he believes they offer benefits, it is not clear whether they aid healing. “The benefit of soft tissue work done with a gun massage is that it focuses your attention on the area where you feel tension. Dr John Rusin, performance trainer and physiotherapist, told Muscle and Fitness that this makes it a neural mechanism: “You mainly affect the capacity of your body. brain to feel tension or laxity in soft tissue, whether it’s a muscle, tendon, or fascia”The massage gun (or the therapist’s hands, or the roller) focuses your attention on the strained muscle, allowing your brain to focus on and release the tension. Another way to put it is that the experience of using a massage gun diverts a form of muscle pain by producing another, more foreign sensation in the same spot, allowing that muscle tension to release This makes the experience of using a massage gun hard to describe On the one hand, it’s weird and fairly new Every Theragun model (except the latest version, the “Mini”) comes with with bluetooth connectivity and a downloadable app alongside The app offers a series of guided classes on using the Theragun for everything from warming up for a run, to yoga recovery, to sleep assistance or the relief of the ‘technical neck’ After a day of sitting curled up on myself like an uncooked shrimp, I work out a standard homework course that targets the forearms, trapezoids along the upper back and legs. shoulders, lower back and calves The four minute class seems strange and invigorating at first; the tender feeling in my arms and upper back takes my breath away and in some ways is very pleasant On the other hand the relief is far from painless I started doing yoga almost every day over the new year in an effort to improve my posture and flexibility as well as feel a bit smug It helped with these things but it also brought out aches and pains in some muscles that I didn’t had never really felt – the lower back muscles in particular When I reached the exercise targeting my lower back muscles the pain was surreal I felt like I could feel the full contour of the muscles as they vibrated in shock against the electric massage drill After m ‘being stopped, I felt drunk but not in the fun, drunk, way into the night It was more like too many, lost your friends in the club The feeling persisted long after I quit the course I tried the gun on other parts of my body and in other scenarios – on sore quads the day after a relatively long run, when the fabric felt like it was made of sparks , and under my shoulder blades where I keep a lot of tension This one felt good at first but quickly got too much and then I felt like one of those inflatable balloons outside the car washes After each experience, I felt a kind of relief; Honestly, I couldn’t tell you if it was because the massage gun had done its magic or because I was glad it was over. Is it worth it? If you are someone who trains or trains in such a way that your muscles are often tense and sore and you are looking for a sports massage in non-pandemic circumstances, I would not object to the use of ‘a massage gun There is some evidence that percussion therapy may have some benefits and at the very least it distracts from the pain and can help relieve it that way. If you are not that type of person I would suggest really weighing the pros and cons For the price – the Theragun Prime costs £ 275 – and the fact that a foam roller or stretch can achieve similar results, there are much more accessible (and less jerky) ways to tone down some shapes Of voltage You could argue that you get a lot for your money (the Prime comes with four attachments for different types of targeting, plus the app walks you through multiple types of relief) but there’s no guarantee you’ll actually enjoy the feel. people do, others don’t: my coworker ended up with a bruised back when her over-enthusiastic boyfriend tried to get her to use Some people, like me, change their mind every time they use it When it feels good I totally got the hype But when the pain in my quads was the same during use and no better later in the day it wasn’t worth it at all The rest of the time it was was like riding a bike through cobblestone streets – an endurance test before you hit the smooth tarmac on the other side Love what you see? 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When London’s famous, fast-paced fashion scene came to a screeching halt on the UK’s first stay-at-home order last March, questions about its future gripped the capital more and more. calmer Now, as the city crosses a debilitating third lockdown after a year of shutdown retail behemoths (RIP Topshop and Debenhams), post-Brexit immigration restrictions and a digital-only event lineup, the spotlight London Look Weaker This Season As Another Online-Exclusive Mode The Week Begins The urban canvas on which stylists, designers, models and photographers around the world would typically present their brightest and most daring ideas has been confined to cyberspace, as have its buyers and cronies. But out of this obscurity are emerging new opportunities suggesting a more thoughtful, connected and inclusive future as independent labels emerge from the sartorial shadow of London. London has always been at the center of the global style landscape – a dynamic destination that channels burgeoning talent and extraordinary design into the industry at large, infusing inspiration and innovation into the veins of its international organization. This is where, in recent years, names like Molly Goddard, Grace Wales Bonner and Martine Rose have been huffing and puffing long before appearing in the pages of the best glossies; where a once bustling street culture dictated how and where people spent their time and money Now, with consumers transported from the streets to their screens, the potential for discovery has expanded, which has translated into a strong desire to shop and support small businesses as the pandemic rages Enter: a coveted list of independent brands from Leeds to Manchester to Exeter and beyond – all of which are accessible anytime, anywhere, with just a few clicks As the British style scene becomes decentralized , it’s slowing down too, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing An increase in sustainable shopping habits indicates a post-pandemic retail model driven not by the product but by the goal and small brands, including agile business models are by nature environmentally conscious, are well placed to adapt For Emma Brewin, whose faux fur hats were recently spotted on a Gigi Hadid’s head in Vogue, the goal isn’t just to start small, it’s to stay small. business small enough to operate in a sustainable and more planet-friendly manner, ”she says This vision is what unites so many regional brands attracting domestic customers like digital magnets Plus, falling rents and lower cost of living , supported by the ability to reach new audiences online, creates more physical and mental space “Finding a low-rent studio has been a major blessing for my business, allowing me to start small and not run into debt It gave me the space and time to be creative and not to do so big steps from the start, ”says Deva O’Neill, founder of the tailor-made clothing brand Phaedra “Selling online has also been a major factor in my freedom – I can sew from anywhere and still be part of the slow fashion community. I have a lot to thank Instagram for! “London will always be synonymous with revolutionary style, but the pandemic-induced change of pace in the industry offers a glimpse of what fashion could be: a world in which creativity and community thrive beyond the limits of the city ​​without endangering the planet Ahead, discover seven independent brands that are a gateway to this new friendly frontier S Joon, Leeds The story: S Joon was founded in 2017 on what founder Sahar Asvandi describes as a “buy well, buy less” philosophy Having trained and graduated in contemporary dance, Asvandi worked as a teacher and choreographer, starting the brand as a way to supplement her income After selling vintage and designer accessories online and recognizing a demand for saddlebags in particular, she founded S Joon as a high quality brand focused on craftsmanship The Aesthetics: Inspired by the love of handbags. vintage hand, the designs combine sculptural forms with contemporary details to create classic yet distinctive pieces Asvandi’s love for dance continues to guide his approach to design and its influences, which take shape, movement and body Human Price Point: £ 139 to £ 585 Local Tips: Saltaire is a World Heritage Site and home to Salts Mill, home to many Bradford-born David Hockney originals and a lovely bookstore for hours of Sunday browsing Leeds has also a wonderful independent dining scene; Asvandi’s favorites include Bundobust for vegetarian Indian street food and Doh’hut for the best donut in town Leave town for the Yorkshire Dales, recently voted Europe’s Best National Park Sancho’s, Exeter The Story: Sancho’s is a sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle market that started as a pop-up shop run by Kalkidan Legesse and Vidmantas Markevicius after graduating from university in 2014 “Our goal then was to connect customers to the manufacturers who produced their clothes to tell the story of who made their clothes in the hope that this would start to change attitude towards slow fashion, ”says Legesse The Aesthetic: The aesthetic of the Sancho – well done and relaxed with minimalist details – is inspired by William Morris’ famous quote urging people to only own what is beautiful or useful. The store’s thoughtful clothing selection makes the mark. two, offering durable pieces that respond to the sense of self and comfort of every customer Legesse and Markevicius believe that ethical fashion is for all bodies and all budgets, so they prioritize affordable brands and inclusive sizing : Most clothes cost less than £ 100 and Sancho’s offers a see-through model for what you can, even making their high-end ethical pieces more accessible Local Tips: Last year the couple took a trip to Saunton Sands, the perfect beach for novice surfers, kites and dog walkers But you don’t have to go far to discover the range of small between outlets located on the same street as Sancho, including the Crankhouse Coffee micro-roaster, vegan barber shop The Roots Foundation and Bookbag, a quaint independent bookstoreROOP, Manchester The Story: Founder Natasha Fernandes Anjo’s furoshiki bags are inspired by traditional Japanese wrapping fabric used to transport clothes, gifts or other merchandise Each design features four knots and a signature scrunchie strap giving them a bit of bounce, and is created from vintage, leftover, damaged or dead fabricsThe Aesthetics: Anjo hand-performs all UK orders and aims to keep its brand green from product to packaging Due to the nature of the brand many pieces are unique or limited edition due scrap fabrics from factory seconds, stores like Abakhan, eBay, charity shops and beyond Price: £ 75 and up Local Tips: For coffee, Anjo loves Siop Shop (and her Instagram!) For food, she’s obsessed with Bundobust (yes, the same place SJoon-approved) and stops every time that she’s in the city center for her gluten-free and vegan options Anjo’s favorite local spots include the National Trust’s Dunham Massey for a ‘nice walk’ and PLY for a Ply Spritz Her studio is in Stockport, next door of Pear Mill, who she says has a huge vintage store you can get lost in for hours on end Olivia Rose The Label, Edinburgh The Story: Founder Olivia Rose Havelock says her grandmother was her biggest source of inspiration growing up: “She was the most stylish person I have ever known and still sews!” She taught Havelock to sew when she was young, and the designer says she hasn’t stopped sewing and dressing since launching her own brand was a natural next step in turning her passions into a profession. aesthetic: Olivia Rose The Label is for women who love to dress up It’s romantic and ethereal with a hint of attitude Price point: £ 150 to £ 350 Local Tips: Havelock loves to walk to Arthur’s Seat (a now extinct volcano offering stunning views of the city) and Edinburgh’s local bakeries like Twelve Triangles Her favorite restaurant is Maki & Ramen Emma Brewin, Kent The story: Emma Brewin’s eponymous brand was founded in 2014 when she started making coats and hats while working in a former pigsty she rented from friends Last year Brewin was able to buy her own studio and now each hat is handmade from start to finish of then its walls in Deal, Kent Brewin employs women locally, all of whom earn a living wage, and she operates with the intention of staying small enough to make her business sustainable and more environmentally friendly.The Aesthetic: Brewin has a word for it: sexy Price Range: £ 320 to £ 475 Local Tips: Brewin recommends Deal Saturday Market for fine wine, bread, antiques, meat, cheese, cakes and flowers She also suggests swimming in the sea, whatever the time of year “You may not thank me when you are, but you will when you are away,” she says Then find The Ship Inn to relax for a few hours with a Guinness The Ottowin Shop, Bristol The Story: When partners Lucy Lloyd and Ollie Cross designed their first shoe collection in 2016, Ottowin was born: a bespoke shoe brand that evolved into become a full shop showcasing the pair’s handcrafted creations as well as household items and clothing from other local artisans They produce less than 200 pairs per year, with a minimum lead time of six weeks for shoe orders in s the goal of encouraging customers to slow down and embrace the know-how behind each product The boutique is also home to Ottowin’s open-plan shoe-making workshop so customers can see for themselves what small-scale craftsmanship and conscious production looks like. The Aesthetics: Natural fibers, earthy yet bold colourways, and extraordinary attention to detail are cohesive throughout Ottowin’s offering, from the brand’s timeless shoes crafted in-house to its thoughtful selection of apparel and items for the House Price: £ 150- £ 320 Local Tips: The Ottowin Shop is located on Gloucester Road, which Cross describes as one of the UK’s longest independent shopping streets with a bustling scene and supportive locals For brunch and pastries, Cross and Lloyd go to Fed 303 (the cinnamon buns are ‘unbelievably good’, they promise) For bread and coffee, Bakers & Co is a stone’s throw from the shop, and for a good meal and good wine, Marmo in the city center is “a must see” Phaedra, Norwich The Story: Founder Deva O’Neill has always been interested in fashion as a form of self-expression, although her primary motivation for fashion is clothes making comes from never being able to find clothes that fit her plus size “I was constantly browsing charity shops hoping to find simpler dresses, with a very specific idea of ​​what I wanted to wear – simple clothes , beautiful and i ntemporal “, she says” Then I had a light bulb moment and realized that I could just try to create my own “Since its inception, Phaedra has strived to move away from mass consumption to turn to sustainable, transparent and ethical practices “I think challenging the status quo is a radical act, and with that comes a more conservative approach to shopping,” adds O’Neill The Aesthetics: Phaedra is designed with elegance and ease of movement in mind , striking a balance between form and function rooted in natural, muted, humble and thoughtful simplicity O’Neill started the label when she lived in rural Cornwall and the color palette and design that it brings to bear works in his work today are largely influenced by the sea and its coastline Price: All clothing is made to order with a variety of customization options Tops £ 60- £ 80, dresses £ 110- £ 130, workwear and jackets £ 130- £ 150 Local tips: minutes from the O’Neill’s studio is on St Benedicts Street, where she says you can find great charity shops, art supplies and malls, restaurants like The Bicycle Shop and Little Shop of Vegans, her prime spot for local errands In the city center, O’Neill shares that the Riverside Walk is beautiful all year round Water meanders through the best areas of the medieval town, starting at the Cathedral and ending at The Adam and Eve, Norwich’s oldest pubLike what you see? 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Vitamin C is a skin care ingredient that dermatologists and beauty experts can’t get enough of. Not only does it brighten the skin and reduce pigmentation, it’s an antioxidant, which means it protects the skin against dull environmental factors such as pollution In other words, if your goal is to have glowing skin, vitamin C will help you there Vitamin C is especially popular in fast-acting serums, but it’s not without its drawbacks For many people with sensitive skin, a daily dose of vitamin C can potentially cause a worsening, such as stinging and redness. Vitamin C formulas are also quite difficult to stabilize, and when exposed to air their effectiveness drops dramatically.This is why some of your trusty vitamin C skin care products can take on an orange tint with it. time (they’re about to expire) While demand for vitamin C shows no signs of slowing down, skin experts are talking about another hot new ingredient This one has the same abilities to improved radiance and skin protection than vitamin C without irritation or faff – and it’s called fulvic acid What is fulvic acid in skin care? Fulvic acid is still under the skin care radar, but a small handful of brands have started formulating their products with the ingredient, touting it as the next big thing Its origins are not very glamorous, notice “L ‘Fulvic acid is a substance derived from soil humus,’ says Ifeoma Ejikeme MD, Founder, Medical Director and Skin Expert at Adonia Medical Clinic Without sounding too much of a biology lesson, humus is dark organic matter that forms in the soil when plants decompose However, don’t be put off, as this has great benefits for the skin According to Colette Laxton, co-founder of skincare brand The Inkey List, fulvic acid is not an exfoliating acid like glycolic acid or salicylic acid, nor a hydrating acid like hyaluronic acid Instead, it falls into its own category as an organic acid Fulvic acid may not be not so popular laire in the UK, but Colette says skincare freaks in the Orient have been using it for a long time because it has its roots in Chinese medicine She adds that it is not as intense as vitamin C, that it is designed for the most sensitive skin types and is beneficial for treating a handful of skin conditions What are the benefits of fulvic acid on the skin? Like vitamin C, fulvic acid is an antioxidant ingredient, which means it can protect the skin against environmental factors such as pollution, smoke, and UV rays. These can otherwise have a dull effect on the skin Fulvic acid can be used on its own in a skin care product, but it is excellent in combination with a vitamin C serum or sunscreen for a brightening effect. strengthened, says Colette Fulvic acid has also been studied for its anti-inflammatory benefits, says Dr. Ejikeme, and it works to reduce skin redness and swelling Research suggests it’s beneficial in reducing the uncomfortable side effects of eczema, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis (itchy, cracked, and painful skin), as well as inflammatory acne. There is also a third advantage: it is antibacterial How to use fulvic acid in skin care? Dr Ejikeme mentions that fulvic acid is usually found in creams and lotions, but beauty brands include the ingredient in face masks and cleansers. Omorovicza’s £ 72 Ultramoor Mud Mask is a beauty editors favorite It soaks up excess oil and neutralizes dirt and impurities Elemis’ Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask, £ 37, is a bit softer and harnesses exfoliating fulvic acid and lactic acid for skin that looks fresh, glowing and glowing R29’s flagship product is The Inkey List’s Brightening Fulvic Acid Cleanser, £ 10.99, which is a Gentle Skin Cleansing Gel Peat (rich in fulvic acid) is suspended in the formula, which cuts makeup and makes skin brighter and more even over time Fulvic acid skin care products can be used on morning or evening, but to maximize the antioxidant effects throughout the day it is probably best to use it as part of your AM skincare routine Are there any side effects associated with using fulvic acid in skin care? Fulvic acid has calming properties but Dr Ejikeme says it should always be used as advised, so be sure to follow the label directions for the chosen skin care product. As with all skin care products, if you notice any redness or irritation, immediately stop using the product and if necessary contact a skin specialist. Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature articles that we love! As part of our business model, we work with affiliates; if you buy something directly from a link on this item, we may earn a small amount of commission Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions, please contact us. Like what you see? How about more R29 goodness, here? Everything You Need To Know About Using Vitamin CD Disciple is Anxiety Fighting Beauty Brand for Skin Victoria Beckham’s Smartest Skincare Hack is Free

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