Russia’s Medvedeva retains women’s world figure skating gold

HELSINKI (AP) ” With less than a year to go until the Olympics, figure skating star Evgenia Medvedeva looks unbeatable.

On Friday, she didn’t just secure a second consecutive world title, she did it with a new world record and finished 15 points ahead of her closest rival.

Unbeaten since November 2015, the 17-year-old Russian is formidably consistent. Despite the aura of invincibility that comes with her dominance, Medvedeva said her final skate pushed her to the limit of her “emotional strength.”

“There were a lot of doubtful moments where I was right on the edge of a collapse,” she said. Toward the end, “you’re skating and thinking, ‘When will this be over?'”

Medvedeva admitted to sometimes struggling with distracting thoughts she compares to “bugs in my head, scratching,” adding: “Sometimes they try to put you off and you have to cope with it, and I managed to do that today.”

Medvedeva’s free program ended with an expression of despair as her character learned she lost a loved one. That quickly turned to a broad grin of satisfaction with another impeccable skate, and a new record score of 233.41 points.

Medvedeva’s success in winning consecutive titles bucks a recent trend for Russian skating stars to burn out after a major championship success. Both the 2014 Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova and 2015 world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva struggled to recapture the form that took them to their greatest successes.

Medvedeva insists she doesn’t mind the spotlight that will come with being the favorite for the Pyeongchang Olympics ” and the star of a Russian Olympic team which has faced repeated scandals.

“I’ll feel that people support me and that will give me strength. I really hope for that,” she said, though she also said she tries “never to think about” the games.

Canadian skaters left with silver and bronze as Kaetlyn Osmond took second place with 218.13 points, and Gabrielle Daleman was third with 213.52. They were Canada’s first women’s medalists since 2009.

Osmond’s silver medal capped a remarkable comeback story after she broke her right leg badly in 2014, putting her skating career in jeopardy, while Daleman’s biggest struggle has been to convince herself she belongs among the world’s best in a breakout season for the teen.

“I just felt so relaxed and so confident going into this program,” Daleman said, admitting that until recently “I didn’t really trust or believe in myself.”

U.S. champion Karen Chen led the American team in fourth, and last year’s silver medalist Ashley Wagner was seventh. The 17-year-old Chen said of her worlds debut, “There were a few mistakes, but I’m very happy with what I accomplished here.”

Russian Anna Pogorilaya finished her skate in tears after falling three times. She had been one point off third place following the short program, but plummeted to 13th.

Russia, Canada, and the United States all secured the maximum three entries for the Pyeongchang Olympic women’s competition, but traditional skating powerhouse Japan earned only two as its top two skaters finished fifth and 11th.

Earlier, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took the lead in the ice dance, chasing a third career title following a lengthy career break.

The Canadians scored a record 82.43 points to a Prince medley, and beat their own short dance world record by almost two points.

Virtue and Moir, who won the 2010 Olympics, skipped two seasons before returning to competition last year. They last competed at the worlds in 2013.

“That was a great skate. We felt the pressure today,” Moir said. “We knew we had to bring our best, and that’s why we came back.”

Despite being unbeaten since their comeback, Moir said he and Virtue were nervous.

“You’re feeling the butterflies and you’re trying to eat lunch and it won’t go down. You get out and you’re shaky, exhausted at the beginning of your program, but we’re happy with the skate,” he said.

Two-time defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France were second with 76.89. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States were third with 76.53.

The free dance is on Saturday.

Source: New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Dance

Well known as the New Zealand dance performed by the All Blacks before a rugby match, the Haka is a traditional dance performed by the Maori of New Zealand. The dance is performed in a group, with energetic movements, foot stamping and rhythmic shouting.

Hakas are typically performed by men, with any present females providing a supporting role of singing in the background. There are exceptions, as there are some Haka that are performed with a majority of women. The most well known female Haka is the Ka Panapana, performed by the Ngati Porou.

Historically, the Haka was performed by warriors before a battle as a way to show their strength and to intimidate their opponents. Today the Haka is used as an official welcome to high profile visitors to the country.

How long does crystal meth stay in the body?

 

Crystal meth, also known as glass, ice or shards is a highly addictive man-made drug. It is created synthetically and belongs to the phenylethylamine and amphetamine class. It looks like transparent shards of broken glass, hence the name. It also comes in the form a powder and is very bitter tasting. Methamphetamine is generally administered into the body through injections, snorting or smoking. The drug triggers dopamine release in the brain, thus causing intense euphoria. However, it also causes massive side effects to the central nervous system, even resulting in an irreversible damage to brain cells. Methamphetamine abuse is still prevalent although the drug has been categorized as strictly illegal, as a Schedule ll substance. It is also not used in any of the medical practices. The triggering question, however, is how the chemical stays in the body once ingested.

There can, however, be no specific answer to this question. Meth testing conducted on the users have revealed that the time period for which the drug stays in the body completely depends on the amount of the stimulant that has been ingested and the frequency of use. Depending on these factors, the time taken for methamphetamine to completely leave the body can vary largely.

  • Considering the different stages of addiction, the greater the amount one has consumed, the more likely it is to stay inside the body.
  • The time period for which the drug is going to stay in the body also depends on the frequency of use. Meth testing has revealed that the more frequently one has been administering the drugs, the more will be the body’s tendency to retain the drug.
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  • There is one more thing known as methamphetamine resistance. Just like the body has a certain degree of resistance to other foreign items, they also have some tolerance towards methamphetamine. The consistency of ingestion could also determine the level of tolerance. Meth testing has found that users with frequent intake have higher tolerances than normal.
  • How you administer the drug also determines how long the drug is going to stay in your body. This is because the body takes a different amount of time to process the drug when administered through different processes. Meth testing shows that the drug shows fastest results when injected directly into the bloodstream. In this case, the drug remains in the body for around 72 hours. When taken through smoking, it can take around three to five to clear out of the system.

 

Why should you opt for home staging certification?

 

Home staging is becoming quite popular by the day and many people are taking it up as a lucrative business idea. And why wouldn’t they? It offers multiple benefits like less working hours, freedom from fixed 9-5 jobs, a handsome income, etc. Anyone with a knack in creative designs and presentations can do very well at home staging. Obviously, more and more people are joining home staging agencies or starting their own staging business, instead of going into the regular 9-5 drill.

Though your creative skills and artistry are the most important requirements to do well at home staging, it is often suggested that you obtain a home staging certification. Although there is no hard and fast rule that one needs to have a certificate before he/she can start working on home staging projects, yet a certification would indeed improve your prospects. Here’s why:

Learn new things – Even though you may have the requisite creative skills, no one is a know-it-all. During your training period for home staging certification, you will be able to learn about new and better ways to stage a home, find suitable staging designs based on different types of homes, how to stage homes even on a shoestring budget and much more. The experts will share their experience with you and you will be able to take benefit of their knowledge and experience. Not only that, newer concepts and ideas are added from time to time, and attending the certification classes will allow you to keep abreast of these.

Hone your skills – You may be good at designs and creativity, but to be the best in the field, you need to hone your skills. And that’s one of the most important benefits of obtaining a certification. During your training classes, you will be able to improve your artistic skills and work towards developing better designs for home staging. The more you practice, the better will your artistry become.

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So, if you have decided on taking on staging as your profession, you would better obtain a home staging certification from a reputed institute. Many of these courses are available online and you have to attend only the live projects personally, thus saving you both time and money.