Carrie Fisher Once Sent a Cow’s Tongue to a Producer After He Sexually Assaulted Her Friend

When her friend was sexually assaulted, the late actress took matters into her own hands.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

On screen she fought bad guys from a galaxy far, far away, but during her time on Earth, Carrie Fisher fought bad guys a lot closer to home.

The Star Wars actress’ longtime friend, Heather Ross, opened up to a Tucson, Arizona, radio station 94.9 MixFM about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood, in the wake of the allegations leveled at producer Harvey Weinstein.

Ross revealed that an unnamed Oscar-winning producer (not Weinstein) had invited her for dinner and, when he picked her up, he pulled the car over and climbed in top of her, pinning her seat.

Ross managed to push the producer off her but as she fled, he said, “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car,”, she told the radio show.

When Ross confided in her friend Fisher, the late actress took matters into her own hands.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios,” Ross said. “I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow.”

Ross continued, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

She added that knowing Fisher had her back left an impact on her.

“It felt validating to know, ‘Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” she said.

Multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against Weinstein, 65, came to light in an Oct. 5 New York Times exposé and were compounded by an investigation by the New Yorker.

Following the initial report, Weinstein said in a statement that he was working with therapists and planned to “deal with this issue head-on.” He has since been fired from his powerhouse studio, the Weinstein Company and kicked out of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, has announced she’s leaving him.

Since the NYT article, several more women have leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, including Cara DelevingneGwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

Of the accusations, a spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

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Association for Cultural Enterprises launches Museum Shop Sunday

Raise your museum shop profile for 26 November
Patrick Steel, 17.10.2017

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3 Strength Exercises You Should Steal From Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The 84-year-old’s workout is seriously intense.

We don’t need to tell you that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is #goals. The second woman to be appointed a Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg has been fighting for gender equality since the start of her career in the 1960s. But did you know she’s a total badass at the gym too?

In the new book The RBG Workout ($15, amazon.com), Ginsburg’s longtime trainer, Bryant Johnson, details the 84-year-old’s impressive routine. The duo has been meeting for hour-long twice weekly sessions since 1999. “Sometimes Justice Ginsburg and I chat, but mostly we just get down to it,” Johnson writes. “We usually listen to PBS NewsHour while we work, and she always gives it her all.”

That much is clear once you start flipping through the 32(!) different strength exercises in Johnson’s book. Below, check out three smart moves you’re going to want to steal to work your core, arms, legs, and back.

Then show us what #RBGStrong means to you! Film yourself doing one of these exercises and post the clip on Instagram with that hashtag. You could be featured on Health‘s Insta page. (Check out our homage to RBG in the video above.)

RELATED: The Best 10-Minute Online Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

Medicine Ball Push-Ups

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1 set/10-12 reps each hand 

A. Get into push-up position on your knees on a towel or mat, one foot crossed behind the other, with one hand on the medicine ball and one hand on the floor. 

B. Lower your body until your chest is 6 to 8 inches from the floor. Push back up to starting position and repeat for 10 to 12 reps. Switch sides and repeat with your other hand. 

Wall Squat with Swiss Ball

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3 sets/10-12 reps 

A. Stand and place a Swiss ball between your lower to mid back and a flat wall. Spread your feet shoulder-width apart, with toes pointed forward. Grasp a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing in and hold them to your chest, or just let them hang to your sides. 

B. Slowly bend your knees to a 90-degree angle while inhaling. Squeeze your buttocks, straighten your legs, and exhale slowly while returning to starting position, and repeat. 

Standing Cable Row 

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3 sets/12 reps

A. Grasp the cable machine handles with hands close together. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent to relieve stress on your back. 

B. Pull the handles back toward your torso at chest level. Slowly return to starting position and repeat. 

Tip: Keep your back straight or slightly arched; do not lean back or forward. Engage your core, keeping your abs tight. Keep your chest up and pinch your shoulder blades together. 

Excerpted from THE RBG WORKOUT by Bryant Johnson, illustrated by Patrick Welsh. Copyright © 2017 by Bryant Johnson. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Patrick Welsh. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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Investor Alert: Be Vigilant for Possible Investment Scams Related to the California Wildfires

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to alert investors, including individuals who may receive lump sum payouts from insurance companies and others as a result of damage from the California wildfires, to investment scams that may take advantage of the disaster.

Natural disasters such as wildfires, floods and hurricanes often give rise to investment scams. These scams can take many forms, including promoters touting companies purportedly involved in cleanup and recovery efforts that falsely guarantee high returns, and Ponzi schemes where new investors’ money is used to pay money promised to earlier investors.

Some scams are circulated through email and social media, promising high returns for small, thinly-traded companies that supposedly will reap huge profits from cleanup and recovery efforts. For example, the SEC brought several enforcement actions against individuals and companies who made false and misleading statements about alleged business opportunities in light of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some of those cases involved pump-and-dump scams where fraudsters used fake “news” to pump up the stock price of small companies so they could sell shares they owned at artificially high prices. We also heard about fraudsters targeting individuals receiving compensation from insurance companies. 

Individuals, including those receiving lump sum insurance payouts, should be extremely wary of potential investment scams related to the California wildfires.

Be Skeptical and Ask Questions

Be skeptical if you are approached by someone touting an investment opportunity. The first thing to do is to ask the person whether he or she is licensed with the SEC or with a state. Make sure the person is licensed and registered by doing a check through Investor.gov (just click the “Search the Database” button and then type in the person’s name). 

Ask questions about the investment – and check out the answers with an unbiased source, such as your state securities regulatoror the SEC. Please read our short publication called Ask Questions before making any investment decisions.

Finally, know that promises of fast and high profits, with little or no risk, are classic signs of fraud. 

Protect Yourself

Take a close look at your entire financial situation before making any investment decision, especially if you are a recipient of a lump sum payment. Remember, your payment may have to help finance your recovery as well as last you and your family for a long time.

Below is a list of some resources that may help. If you are thinking about investing and have any questions, do not hesitate to call the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy at 800-732-0330, ask a question using this online form, or email us at Help@SEC.gov.

The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has provided this information as a service to investors. It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy. If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.

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The 7 Best Strength Exercises You’re Not Doing

This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com.

Every exercise in your strength program has a purpose — to help you build strength and muscle, burn fat and improve your fitness. While there’s a time and a place for nearly any exercise under the right circumstance, some movements are simply more effective than others. And it should be no surprise that the ones that build a foundation for skills that you’ll use in everyday tasks will be the most beneficial for improving your fitness and quality of life.

RELATED: The 15 Most Underrated Exercises You’re Not Doing, According to Trainers

So how does a lifter ensure they’re making all the right moves? If you’ve plateaued or aren’t seeing the results you’re banking on, it’s time to get back to basics with these seven moves. From increased strength, better core stability, greater athleticism and improved overall health, these key exercises need to find their way into your routine.

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1. Goblet Squat

Squats are an exercise many people struggle to perform safely and effectively. Luckily, the goblet squat is a great progression from a bodyweight squat before squatting with a bar. Because the load is held in front, the core works double-time to keep you tall, while your legs work to control your movement down and stand back up.

How to: Hold a dumbbell or kettlebell with both hands underneath the “bell” at chest level. Set your feet shoulder-width apart with your toes pointing slightly outwards (a). Push your butt back like you’re sitting in a chair and descend until your elbows reach the inside of your knees (b). Keeping your heels flat on the floor, pause at the bottom of the squat and return to a full standing position. If your heels, push your hips further back and work on partial ranges of motion until mobility and form improve (c). Repeat for four sets of 8-10 reps.

Photo: Mallory Creveling / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 50 Butt Exercises to Sculpt Stronger Glutes
 

2. Pallof Press

The Pallof press is one of those movements that looks confusing, but it’s actually incredibly simple and beneficial, says Mike Campbell, personal trainer and owner of Unleash Your Alpha. While you may not be hoisting heavy weight, the real challenge lies in resisting rotation. That makes this an ‘anti-rotation’ movement, forcing you to engage your entire core: obliquesabs, lower back, glutes and more. According to Campbell, the Paloff press will build great usable strength while adding athletic definition through the mid-section.

How to: Stand with your side parallel to the cable or band’s anchor with your feet hip-distance apart and knees slightly bent. Grab the handle with both hands and pull it in towards your chest, maintaining tension on the cable or band (a). Keeping your chest high, squeeze through your stomach and press the handle away from the body, extending the arms straight. Be sure to resist any twisting or rotation (b). Continue to engage your core, and ensure you remain square to resist the rotational force. Bring arms back in to the chest and repeat for three sets of 10 reps per side (c).

RELATED: 50 Ab Exercises to Score a Stronger Core

 Dumbbell Row

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3. Dumbbell Row

Most of us spend more time training the “mirror muscles” on the front of the body, and neglect what we can’t see, according to Campbell. But developing a strong back is key to balance things out, improve posture and avoid injury. The dumbbell row can help achieve all that, in addition to building a strong core and arms. The main muscles being used are the lats, traps and rhomboids, which reinforce good posture by pulling your shoulders back. They also aid the core in stabilizing your spine.

How to: Grab a dumbbell (20 pounds is plenty for most to start) and find a bench. Start with your left hand on the bench with left arm extended, while your right arm holds the dumbbell and right foot is on the ground (a). Retract your shoulders, brace your abs and pull the weight up until the elbow passes the side of the body (b). Lower the weight with control and repeat for three sets of 6-8 reps on each side (c).

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4. Push-Up

The push-up might appear basic, but it’s one of the best exercises you can do. The functional movement is great for training the upper-body pushing muscles — the anterior deltoids, triceps and chest. It also requires you to engage your core and allows full range of motion in your shoulder blades.

How to: Start on your knees facing the floor with your hands at shoulder-width and planted directly under the shoulders. Get into a plank by straightening your legs and supporting your weight with hands and feet (a). Squeeze your backside to keep your trunk engaged and lower your body slowly to the ground. The elbows should be slightly tucked — like arrows, rather than flared like the letter “T” (b). Descend until your chest is just above the ground and return to the starting position by fully extending your arms, and repeat (c). Note: If you can’t do five push-ups with good form, elevate your hands on a bench or chair to begin building up your strength. If they’re easy, try elevating your feet on a chair.

RELATED: 5 Advanced Push-Up Variations to Try Now

 Split Squats

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5. Split Squat

Traditional squats are great, but it’s important to incorporate single-leg movements to develop athleticism and minimize training imbalances. The split squat, a stationary lunge, does just that. The split stance requires you to balance with a narrow base of support, firing up stabilizing muscles of the hip and trunk while training your quads, glutes and hamstrings. In addition to building lower-body strength, the single-leg nature of the exercise helps improve balance and increase flexibility and stability in the hips.

How to: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Next, take a step forward with your right foot, and a large step backwards with your left foot — this is your starting position (a). Keep the front heel flat and descend into a lunge, bringing your back knee towards the floor. Stop just short of your knee of your back leg touching the ground. Keep your front heel flat on the ground (b). Pause for one second and return to standing. Perform 6-8 reps on your right leg, before switching sides. Repeat for three sets (c).

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6. Lateral Squat

The lateral squat combines two movements: a lateral lunge and a squat. The difference? The lateral squat is stationary. It requires you to move side-to-side, providing a great stretch on the groin and inner thighs while training the hips and trunk to work together.

How to: Stand tall with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart, heels flat on the ground and toes pointed forward. Initiate the movement by pushing your hips backwards, bending your left leg, and leaning to your left with your right foot angled out slightly (a). The left knee should be bent, left heel flat on the floor, and right leg extended with your weight over the left side of your body (b). This is one rep. Return to a standing position and descend doing the same movement on your right side to even things out (c). Perform six reps per leg for three sets.

RELATED: 5 Glute Bridges You Can Do in Front of Your TV

 Hip Raise

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7. Hip Extension (Glute Bridges/Hip Thrusts)

One of the most important muscle groups for any trainee — athlete, weekend warrior, or newbie — is the glutes. Yet they are often neglected and underutilized from sitting for long periods each day. According to Campbell, “When we attempt movements from running to squatting without optimal hip movement we risk injury to our hips, knees and ankles.” He notes, “Getting glutes that not only switch on when they should but are strong is crucial, and that’s where this simple yet powerfully effective movement comes in.”

How to: Position the back of your shoulders across a stable bench, feet planted firmly on the ground, about six inches away from your butt (a). Squeezing the glutes, push through your heels to rise up into a bridge position with the hips fully extended. The shoulders down to the knees should be in line, with the knees bent at 90 degrees. Hold the position at the top, glutes, core and hamstrings engaged (b). Lower the hips down and repeat for three sets of eight reps (c). Beginners can continue with just bodyweight, while advanced lifters can progress to rolling a barbell over the top of the hips.

Don’t Be Afraid to Add Weight

With all these exercises, pay close attention to form and execution. Continue to add weight to each lift once you can complete two more reps than prescribed with your training weight. Keep it up and after a few workouts you’ll start to notice rapid gains in strength and overall fitness. Within a few weeks you’ll have these exercises mastered and be on your way to having a body that better serves you!

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MA publishes Annual Report 2017

Members are encouraged to vote at the AGM in Manchester, or nominate a proxy
Jonathan Knott, 11.10.2017

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3 Things You’ll Love From Misty Copeland’s New Line of Workout Clothes

Here are our favorite pieces from the ballerina’s latest activewear collaboration with Under Armour.

Ballerina extraordinaire (and our ultimate girl crush) Misty Copeland has teamed up with Under Armour to bring you her second foray in the world of fashion with her capsule collection, Misty Inspired-By. We were lucky enough to preview the goods, and we can definitely say that every single piece is ah-mazing. Here’s a look at three items from the collection we are seriously coveting right now.

To buy: Misty Cross Back Body Suit ($80; underarmour.com

Whether you want to rock it at barre class or a night out (no judgment), this piece should be a wardrobe staple. Either way, the most important feature of this dance-inspired top is it’s rearview. Showing off your super toned back and shoulders—check!

To buy: Misty Metallic Jogger ($120; underarmour.com)

Joggers are still super hot—and so are metallics; combining the two is pretty much a genius move by the American Ballet Theater principal dancer, whose latest masterpiece, Ballerina Body recently hit shelves. Plus, this shimmery champagne is a neutral hue as well as universally flattering, so you’ll get plenty of wear out of them.

To buy: UA Metallic Anorak ($170; underarmour.com)

For even more metallic, reach for this eye-catching anorak. The relaxed fit is perfect for throwing on over leggings as you head to a workout, and the soft jersey material is sweat-wicking and boasts anti-odor technology.

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Exploring the Link Between Estrogen and Migraines

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Researchers are getting a better understanding of the link between estrogen levels and migraine headaches in women.

A new study finds that for women who get these intense headaches, levels of the hormone estrogen drop more rapidly in the days before menstruation than in women without the headaches.

“These results suggest that a ‘two-hit’ process may link estrogen withdrawal to menstrual migraine,” said study author Dr. Jelena Pavlovic, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “More rapid estrogen decline may make women vulnerable to common triggers for migraine attacks such as stress, lack of sleep, foods and wine.”

Researchers looked at urine samples of 114 women with migraines and 223 women without migraines, average age 47. Estrogen levels among those with migraines dropped 40 percent in the days just before menstruation, compared to 30 percent for those without migraines, the study found.

No similar patterns were seen with other types of hormones, according to the study.

The results were published online June 1 in the journal Neurology.

“Future studies should focus on the relationship between headaches and daily hormone changes and explore the possible underpinnings of these results,” Pavlovic added in a journal news release.

About 12 percent of Americans get migraines, and they’re three times more common in women than men, according to the American Migraine Foundation. Besides headaches, migraine attacks can include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to lights, sound and smells.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about migraine.


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Alistair Hudson appointed director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery

Director of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art succeeds Maria Balshaw
Rebecca Atkinson, 12.10.2017

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The Super-Challenging Exercise That Helped Gal Gadot Get in ‘Wonder Woman’ Shape

Get buff like Wonder Woman with this full-body workout.

We’re never getting over our girl crush on Gal Gadot, who reprises her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in this month’s Justice League. One move that got her superstrong: push presses followed by an active rest hold. “It works your triceps, shoulders, quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings while also helping with overall body coordination to eliminate muscle imbalances,” explains Hayley Bradley, an instructor with Gym Jones, which whips Gadot and other actors into superhero shape.

How to do it: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding an 8- to 10-pound dumbbell in each hand just outside shoulders, with arms bent and palms facing in. Bend knees and lower into a half squat (A), then explosively push up with legs while pressing weights up over shoulders (B); lower weights back to start. This is 1rep. Do as many as possible in 30 seconds. Next, for an active rest, rotate palms forward and extend arms up, keeping elbows close to ears (C); hold for 30 seconds. Cycle through this circuit 4 times. Do it 4 or 5 times a week for stronger, more defined arms in as little as 6 weeks.

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