Daily Archives: March 18, 2020

Snap Fitness Bringing Free At-Home Workouts To All Gym Junkies

Partnering with FitnessOnDemand™, global fitness giant will provide free 90-day access to virtual workout platform, which includes popular workouts from Sweat Factor, SH1FT, Daily Burn, and more

CHANHASSEN, Minnesota, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Snap Fitness, the world’s premier 24/7 fitness brand, today announced a partnership with FitnessOnDemand™ to offer free 90-day global access to the market-leading virtual fitness platform for all those looking to “stay fit, stay healthy and stay home” amidst growing coronavirus concern and recommended social distancing efforts.

With the industry’s most diverse fitness video library of powerhouse brands including Sweat Factor by Mike Donvanik, Nora Tobin, SH1FT, Daily Burn, and many more, FitnessOnDemand™ virtual workouts are designed to optimize space and offer unparalleled variety, creating an ideal fitness experience for any environment. The general public can take advantage of custom content that was specifically curated to facilitate at-home workouts, all with little to no equipment and no studio required.

“We know that exercise and movement are contributing factors to a person’s mental wellness and ultimately, a well-balanced life,” says Weldon Spangler, CEO of Lift Brands, parent company of Snap Fitness and FitnessOnDemand™. “As people are asked to practice social distancing and amidst gym and business closures – for many, working out at home provides not only a way to stay fit, but also a way to stay well, both body and mind. We want to provide help where we can as responsible members of our local communities and corporate citizens of the globe. This is about making sure everyone is healthy and safe while we weather this storm together.”

Snap Fitness is committed to providing members with safe and hygienic clubs to exercise in where local government permits, and teams have been briefed on what actions they need to take, per government guidance, to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. For details on additional precautions taken at Snap Fitness gyms across the globe, visit www.snapfitness.com/coronavirus/.

Photos and additional information can be found in the digital media kit HERE. For more information on Snap Fitness or FitnessOnDemand™ or to sign up for the free 90-day offer (no membership required), visit snapfitness.com/freeapp for access.

About Snap Fitness:
Snap Fitness is the world’s most rewarding 24/7 fitness concept with over 850 clubs in the United States and over 1,800 clubs open or scheduled for development in over 20 countries. Snap Fitness offers members the opportunity to see real results. We provide the latest in fitness technology, diverse workout options, personal training, and the most supportive fitness community around the globe. A major fitness brand since 2003, we continue to evolve sustainably along with key fitness trends to provide results for every body!

About FitnessOnDemand™:
FitnessOnDemand is a global leader in the collection, curation and provision of high-quality, premium digital fitness content from some of the world’s leading names and experts in personalized fitness. The company is the only provider of Omnichannel content in the fitness industry, meaning customers can experience branded content via mobile app, smart device or in-club and in-room installation. The introduction of FLEX by FitnessOnDemand allows clubs to offer their members the same, seamless library of fitness and wellness content anywhere in the club, at home or on the go. This allows clubs to build member loyalty and brand-affinity beyond the club walls. FitnessOnDemand is a leading provider of digital fitness to many industries including health clubs, premium residential and business property developers and leading, luxury hotel chains. Content creators include Jillian Michaels, Sweat Factor, SH1FT, Zumba & Strong by Zumba and many more.

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Japan Contributes to Silencing the Guns Project

Addis Ababa: Japan reaffirmed its financial support to the African Union’s ‘Silencing the Guns’ project under the auspice of “New Approach for Peace and Stability in Africa (NAPSA)”.

Japanese Embassy in Ethiopia today announced that the Government of Japan has approved more than 130,000 USD support to the African Union Peace Fund as the budget of the country’s Fiscal Year 2019/2020.

In a press release the Embassy sent to ENA said the contribution is linked with Japan’s new initiative called NAPSA, which was announced by Prime Minister Shinzo ABE during the Seventh Tokoyo International Conference on African development (TICAD-7) summit in August, 2019.

Silencing the Guns is AU’s flagship project that aims to end all conflicts in Africa by 2020.

“Through NAPSA, Japan will support Africa’s efforts to prevent, intervene and mediate conflicts with Africa in driver’s seat,” the Embassy further stated.

The contribution aims at supporting two projects of the Commission of the African Union to promote peace and stability in the continent.

The contribution includes 45 projects in total to be implemented in 26 African countries.

Japan also supports institution building and strengthening of governance including judicial, administrative and legislative systems in order to address the root causes of conflicts in the continent, the Embassy added.

Peace Fund is intended to be the principal financing instrument for peace and security activities in Africa.

In recent years Japan’s security contribution in Africa rises with the unprecedented participation of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in an international counter-piracy operation.

Source: Ethiopia News agency

Ethiopia, Qatar Sign 18ml USD Grant Agreement

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia and Qatar have signed today an 18 million USD (570 million birr) grant agreement for the construction of Kidney Treatment Center in Addis Ababa.

The grant agreement was signed between State Minister of Finance, Admasu Nebebe and Director-General of Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Khalifa bin Jassem Al-Kuwari, representing the Government of Qatar.

The fund will be used for the construction and furnishing of a Specialized Kidney Care Center in Addis Ababa, which will provide services to patients with conditions that may lead to kidney failure and those with kidney failure.

The hospital will have a 6-floor building with a total built-up area of 6337 square meter with 77 inpatient beds, one Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with a capacity of beds and four operating rooms, ten outpatient consultation rooms, as well as six hemo-dialysis stations.

Upon completion, the Specialized Hospital will substantially alleviate shortage of dialysis service in the country and improving the quality of care for citizens, it was indicated.

Source: Ethiopia News agency

GERD Discussion Needs to Focus on Technical Issues, be Mediated in Africa: President Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said discussions on the pending issues of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) need to focus on technical analysis of experts and be mediated at the African platform.

President Sahlework Zewde and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda discussed on a range of issues including bilateral and regional issues on Monday, according to Ethiopian Office of the President.

During the discussion, President Kagame said priorities on the Nile River riparian countries should be given to technical issues and agreements can follow.

Mutual interests of the countries can well be reflected as long as the technical analysis is backed up by experts, Kagame expressed his hope.

According to him, other riparian countries’ rights to use the Nile waters for development have to equally be recognized as Egypt considers the Nile River as a ‘matter of survival’.

Mentioning that the Nile River issue is of all riparian countries, President Kagame stressed “disputes on the issue have to be mediated at African platform and Rwanda is ready to contribute its part.”

Both leaders stated that the two countries relationship is based on a solid foundation which in turn is playing a vital role in strengthening the people-to-people relations.

President Sahlework briefed her Rwandan counterpart about the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Furthermore, President Sahlework stated that Ethiopia, since the commencement of GERD construction, has been playing positive role in creating a tripartite platforms to build trust and avoid any significant harm on the downstream countries.

Source: Ethiopia News agency

Djibouti Confirms First Case of COVID-19

Djibouti has confirmed its first coronavirus case today.

Djibouti’s Ministry of Health said a Spanish national, who was part of a 32-member Spanish Special Forces unit tested positive on March 17, three days after the arrival of the unit.

The ministry added that the Special Forces unit did not come into contact with Djiboutians; and they would return to Spain.

Source: Ethiopia News agency