Take the plunge: Health benefits of a cold shower

Muscle soreness, perceived fatigue, muscle damage and inflammation are all reduced or diminished by a cold tub bath or shower. A cold shower might entice after a sweltering, sweaty day tackling summer yard work. Yet, medicalnewstoday.com in July proclaimed four main health benefits of a cold shower: 1. Increased metabolism, because the body is working to stabilize temperature 2. Immune system booster 3. Mood enhancer 4. A way to alleviate inflammation and soreness after exertion Regarding the latter claim, Runner’s World asserted in May, “Yeah, it’s going to suck, but…

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Deadly Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas, edges closer to US

Hurricane downgraded to Category 4 but remains life-threatening, bringing winds of up to 230km an hour. Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Atlantic, continued to pummel the Bahamas, leaving a deadly path of destruction despite weakening slightly. Dorian was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane early on Tuesday but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains almost at a standstill. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at least five people had died as a result of the storm, but officials said the death toll…

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Odessa shooting: Gunman fired from job, called FBI before rampage

Police say 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator ‘was on a long spiral down’ before Saturday’s mass shooting in West Texas. The gunman who killed seven people in a spate of violence after a routine traffic stop in West Texas had just been fired from his job and called both police and the FBI before the shooting began, authorities said on Monday. Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator had been fired Saturday from Journey Oilfield Services. He said both Ator and the company called 911 after the firing…

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Tennis player Mike Bryan fined $10,000 for US Open gun gesture

The match was played hours after a man in Texas shot dead seven people and wounded 22 others. Mike Bryan, left, returns a shot as his brother Bob Bryan, looks on during a first round doubles match at the US Open in New York [Sarah Stier/AP] American doubles tennis player Mike Bryan has been fined $10,000 for using his racket to make a shooting gesture at a line judge at the US Open tournament. Bryan, playing alongside his twin brother Bob during a second-round match in New York, placed the…

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US workers put in shorter work week than world average

Assessing the nations where people toil the most and least hours per week, as Labor Day is celebrated in North America. For many people in the United States, the first Monday in September represents the end of summer – autumn is approaching as work and school schedules return to normal. Labor Day was created to honour the labour movement and the collective power of workers. As it turns out – though often criticised by Europeans as being slavishly tied to their jobs – Americans truly have something to be thankful…

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Death toll in Texas shooting rises to seven

The attacker, who has not yet been publicly identified by the police, also wounded 22 people. Authorities in the United States said on Sunday they still could not explain why a man with an AR-style weapon opened fire during a routine traffic stop in west Texas to begin a terrifying rampage that killed seven people and ended with officers gunning him down outside a movie theatre. The attacker, who has not yet been publicly identified by Texas police, also wounded 22 people in Odessa-Midland area, the second mass shooting to…

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