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Bright and Fit Fitness App by Alice Veglio is Breaking Records in Italy

Alice Veglio is an Italian international model who started her career as a fitness trainer. Before moving to Dubai in 2018, Alice developed a holistic approach to fitness, wellness and healthcare, and founded a startup that achieved a turnover of 500,000 Euros in less than two years

Bright and fit fitness App reached an annual turnover of half million euros, by promoting a new concept of feminine empowerment.

The project was born as a new fitness startup and it’s breaking every record in Italy.

The founder is Alice Veglio, an international model and entrepreneur living in Dubai.

We interviewed Alice to better understand the beginning and the evolution of her entrepreneurial idea.

Q: Is there something that inspired you to take this new entrepreneurial path?

A: During my studying career, I approached my education by following a double path. On one hand, I had a University Degree in Economics and Business Management, on the other hand, I attended the Leonardo Da Vinci University in Rome (one of the most distinguished University in Italy for holistic sciences), where I got several certifications as fitness and wellness coach.

After completing my studies I joined financial and fitness skills together, so I worked on a new startup where fitness and wellness would have been able to work together as a whole.

I set the new goal to make holistic fitness popular among ordinary people. I hired some workers to create my staff and I began to share the concept online.

Before starting my academic career, I attended a series of internship in the United Arab Emirates since I was 18. The potential of digital business has always fascinated me.

Q: Did you encounter any difficulties when you started working on your startup?

A: Yes. The major difficulty I found was promoting the concept of holistic fitness, because it was something very little known in Italy.

Educating people on the benefits brought by holistic fitness is difficult, because it’s a disruptive concept of wellness, which puts the happiness of the single person on the same level as the results gained with training and exercises.

In our society, it’s commonly spread the misconception that it requires a strict diet connected with the loss of emotional happiness to have a perfect body.

Holistic fitness works on developing health and wellness from a unique perspective where mindset, nutrition and fitness are developed simultaneously.

The second difficulty I faced was about promoting the fitness from home, as people are used adapt themselves to gym timetables and rules, along with the stress caused by having to find a place to park the car somewhere when they want to hit the gym.

I wanted to develop a new fitness concept linked to digital business. What separated women from achieving their physical and health goals was the lack of time. My program offers the comfort of being able to always have your personal trainer with you without the need to go out. 

3) A: Covid-19 pandemic forced the Governments of many

‘I altered my personality to fit in at work’

Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Funke Abimbola, Pavita Cooper and David Wallis
The BBC spoke to four diversity champions

The lack of ethnic diversity at the top of UK companies is coming under increasing focus, with calls for change from big business groups and investors.

Surveys continue to show that black, Asian, or minority ethnic (BAME) people are under-represented in senior positions.

But some succeed, and then turn their drive and passion to helping others. The BBC has spoken to four of them.

‘I had adapted who I was to fit the environment’

Pavita Cooper runs More Difference, a recruitment and consultancy firm that promotes diversity.

Working at blue-chip firms for more than 25 years she never felt discriminated against.

But after she left, she realised she had been altering her personality to “fit in”.

“I had adapted who I was to fit the environment,” Pavita says. “I presented a version of myself that would fit in with them.”

“I’m a Sikh, and faith is important to me,” she adds. “But I made an assumption I should be just like them.”

Despite under-representation, she says people with an Asian background tend to have an easier time getting to the top of large firms than black people.

“If you’re black, generally the experience is worse,” she says.

What’s more, there’s a “hierarchy of race”, she says, with “very black women” having the toughest time of all.

One way to solve this problem is to make ethnic minority pay gap reporting mandatory, to force executives to act, she says.

‘I had to put in a lot more effort to get my foot in the door’

One black woman who managed to get into high-flying jobs in the UK is lawyer, consultant, and campaigner Funke Abimbola.

She experienced discrimination working in the legal profession, even though she had what she describes as a “privileged” upbringing.

“I had to put in a lot more effort to get my foot in the door,” she says.

She refused to change her African name, even though she says she missed out on job opportunities because of it.

And she says she had to deal with micro-aggressions – everyday sleights and indignities – on a daily basis.

For example, a client once used a racial slur in a meeting. “When he said it, he knew I was black,” she says.

As she climbed higher up the ladder, she was criticised as being “too assertive” by executives.

“White male leaders can’t deal with it,” she says. “They say I am ‘over-promoting’ myself.”

She says black people in business face “systemic barriers” such as low expectations about their potential, and that because there are so few in top businesses, black people get scrutinised more.

You have to have “real steel” to progress, she says.

‘You don’t see a lot of people who look like me’

Entrepreneur Dawid Konotey-Ahulu is involved in initiatives to try to improve workplace diversity.

He started out as a lawyer before having a successful City career, but says he faced extra hurdles compared with white people.

Is MS Dhoni Fit to Play Against Kings XI Punjab? Here’s Fitness Update of Chennai’s Skipper Ahead of KXIP vs CSK, Dream11 IPL 2020 Match

The Canadian Press

Trump said to be improving but next 48 hours ‘critical’

BETHESDA, Md. — President Donald Trump went through a “very concerning” period Friday and faces a “critical” next two days in his fight against COVID-19 at a military hospital, his chief of staff said Saturday — in contrast to a rosier assessment moments earlier by Trump doctors, who took pains not to reveal the president had received supplemental oxygen at the White House before his hospital admission.
Trump offered his own assessment Saturday evening in a video from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, saying he was beginning to feel better and hoped to “be back soon.”
Hours earlier, chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters outside the hospital, “We’re still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery.” In an update on the president Saturday night, his chief doctor expressed cautious optimism but added that the president was “not yet out of the woods.”
The changing, and at times contradictory, accounts created a credibility crisis for the White House at a crucial moment, with the president’s health and the nation’s leadership on the line. With Trump expected to remain hospitalized several more days and the presidential election looming, his condition is being anxiously watched by Americans.
Moreover, the president’s health represents a national security issue of paramount importance not only to the functions of the U.S. government but to countries around the world, friendly and otherwise.
Saturday’s briefing by Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley and other doctors raised more questions than it answered. Conley repeatedly refused to say whether the president ever needed supplemental oxygen, despite repeated questioning, and declined to share key details including how high a fever Trump had been running before it came back down to a normal range. Conley also revealed that Trump had begun exhibiting “clinical indications” of COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon, earlier than previously known.
Conley spent much of the briefing dodging reporters’ questions, as he was pressed for details.
“Thursday no oxygen. None at this moment. And yesterday with the team, while we were all here, he was not on oxygen,” Conley said.
But according to a person familiar with Trump’s condition, Trump was administered oxygen at the White House on Friday morning, well before he was transported to the military hospital by helicopter that evening. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity,
Conley said that Trump’s symptoms, including a mild cough, nasal congestion and fatigue “are now resolving and improving,” and said the president had been fever-free for 24 hours. But Trump also is taking aspirin, which lowers body temperature and could mask or mitigate that symptom.
“He’s in exceptionally good spirits,” said another doctor, Sean Dooley, who said Trump’s heart, kidney, and liver functions were normal and that he was not having trouble breathing or walking around.
In an evening health update, Conley said Trump had been up and moving around his medical