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Happy Halloween !

Halloween is the second most commercial holiday after Christmas making it a huge part of America’s culture. If you really stop for a minute to think about Halloween and all the strange traditions that go along with this spooky holiday, you may actually start to wonder where all these crazy traditions came from. The history behind Halloween origins might surprise you, because Halloween didn’t actually originate in America, contrary to what many people believe. Despite the fact that it may seem like it’s all about scary costumes and candy, having only became popular in the early 1900s, Halloween has its roots in pagan beliefs. Halloween market the Celtic New Year and was originally known as Samhain, which means ‘summer’s end’ in Gaelic. Long before it was Halloween, it was Samhain, a Gaelic festival that was held on the 1st of November, the day before the return of the ghosts. In […]

The Concrete Ceiling

There may be more diversity directors today, but minority women in professional and management positions say it’s still difficult to reach managerial positions of the corporate world. The metaphor of a ‘concrete ceiling’ stands in sharp contrast to that of the ‘glass ceiling’. Glass ceiling and concrete ceiling refer to the barrier that limits upward mobility of qualified people, especially women. Glass ceiling is often used to describe a situation where the advancement of qualified people in an organisation is withheld because of certain forms of discrimination. The most commonly known discriminations include racism and sexism. Concrete ceiling is also a term that describes the barrier which blocks the advancement of qualified persons. However, when compared with glass ceiling, concrete ceiling is harder to break through. Many women of colour who have made it on boards and to the top management position describe the process as breaking through not a […]

Women in the work place

The women on boards and in top management positions is increasing in almost every sector and country. Male executives may have to swallow their pride when it comes to which of the sexes do a better job at running a company. Music to my ears! A report on global businesses called ‘Women Matter’ conducted by McKinsey & Company, suggest that the firms where women are found at board or top management levels are also the companies that perform best in terms of profit and growth. This study shows how companies run differently when more women hold power. In the management suites of Adobe Systems Inc., Best Buy Co., Target Corp. and Gap Inc., women occupy as many as five of eight spots on the male chief executive leadership team. It is very interesting to note that these female executive often serve as role models for other women in the company. […]

Getting to know wine

Wine is one of the best things that have ever happened to the world. It has been around for thousands of years. Many people in the world drink wine to celebrate events, nice dinners or when in good company. A lot of wine lovers choose to make their own wine in their own back yards out of available fruits and berries found there. The different types of wines can be very intimidating but it should be something you enjoy for your own personal taste. Many wine experts say that the best way to learn about wine is to dive in and start tasting. It is important to learn for yourself which wines best suit your particular palate. One wine expert in New York gives this particular advice for beginners: taste frequently, and always with a notebook. In order to learn about wine, you have to experience as much as possible. […]

Today while I was reading I came across a very interesting fact that I wanted to share with you: every ten years or so, a typical adult eats their own by weight in chocolate. Fascinating right? For those who finding I hard to believe I swear that this is absolutely true. The typical chocolate consumption ranges from about 5kg a year in the United States to 9.5kg a year in Switzerland. But the real question is what makes us eat chocolate so much? And more importantly what is chocolate? Chocolate is one of the most popular sweet of all time! It is a food derived from the beans of the tropical cacao tree. The majority of it is grown in western Africa where high temperatures and rainfall provide the perfect growing conditions. The chocolate we eat is produced from cacao beans and is a result of a multi-stage process. The […]

The definition of mass media would be means of technology that is intended to reach a mass audience. It is the primary use of communication that can be used to reach and communicate a message to the general public. The most common platforms for mass media are newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet. The general public tend to rely on mass media to provide information regarding political issues, social issues, entertainment and other news material. Mass media has a significant role in modern culture and it has evolved significantly over time. Have you ever thought about how the latest news and information was communicated in the past? Well, before the internet, television or the radio there was the newspaper. For a very long time there was the newspaper which was the original platform for mass media. The public relied on writers and journalists for the newspaper to provide them […]

There are several reasons why it is important for inclusive culture to become the norm rather than the exception. An inclusive culture involves the full and successful integration of diverse people into a work place or industry. An inclusive culture indicates a climate in which respect, equity and positive recognition of differences are all cultivated. In the business world perfectionism, power and competitiveness are often qualities that are glorified. The majority of cultures want to be seen as stronger and better than the competition but what some companies fail to acknowledge is that when this behaviour becomes ingrained in the organisation it influences the way employees interact with one another. However, studies show that both men and women want an inclusive work culture that emphasize on integrity, collaboration that helps them reach their full potential and support other. Creating an inclusive work environment is an effective way to make all […]

The days are becoming longer and hotter which means that there is more time to be outside doing a number of different activities. Staying out in the sun might give you a nice glowing tan, but it is definitely not worth the long term skin damage that it can cause. While it may be beneficial for the mind to soak up some sun after a long dark winter if you are going to be out in the sun, you need to stay safe. Some people get a sun tan easily while others get sunburnt. People who are blonde or red hair, have light- coloured skin and light coloured eyes tend to get sunburnt easier than those with dark eyes and skin. The reason for this is because they have less melanin which is a chemical in the skin that protects it from sun damage by reflecting and absorbing UV rays. […]

I have a passion for documenting my life with stores that accompany them. I love the fact that pictures capture the sweetest moments and sometimes bitter ones too. Well, but that’s life. Pictures can manifest emotions that words cannot. Photographs allow me to express emotions that I might not be able to express verbally. I held my first camera when I was around 7 years old and since then I have never let go. It was a gift from mum and I remember how happy I was when I got it. Like the majority of mums, she was snapping everything (and still does) and recording every small achievement as well as every embarrassing moment of me and my siblings. In the beginning I have to admit that my shots were not that great but as I grew older and read more about it. That was when I started to apply […]

Want a healthier skin?

Every girl dreams about having the glowing and flawless skin that she sees in the movies and advertisements. How to have this beautiful skin? How to make it radiant? These are questions that a lot of women ask their skin specialist and dermatologist. Clear glowing skin is every woman’s dream. No one likes having pimples, dark circles, baggy eyes, zits and dark spots. The majority of people think of the skin as just the body’s outer layer, but doctors consider the skin as an important organ which means that is very much alive and had important duties. Just like any other organ the skin can be healthy or ill. It can be exercised and can wear down with age. There are different skin types and different problems associated with each skin type. Dry skin can get itchy and needs to be constantly hydrated to keep it glowing. On the other […]

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