There are several schools of thoughts on whether learning a foreign language really helps to make someone a better person. There are those who contend that through learning a different language, the person has a better understanding of their home tongue, while also having the ability to travel and really interact with other people from around the world. However, other people may say that learning a language is great, but it has no benefits to the person. With this being said, there are a few things that are known about those who do have the ability to speak a foreign language. Continue reading
There are many people who take the chance of studying abroad to get their degree. Though many people may think that this does not make sense, in all honest, many of those who do this often state that this is the best decision that they could have ever made for themselves. The reason for why this is a great decision varies, but most people simply like being able to get their degree in a way that not many other students their age are doing this. Other people like to do this due to it costing less, and many abroad colleges have great reputations that are going to impress anyone that comes across them. With this being said, there are three main reasons why a person should consider a getting a degree while abroad. Continue reading
India has its share of cultural highlights, but it is also known for the large number of people living on or below the poverty line. The health system in the country is complex and adequate health care is lacking for many members of society. This is one of the reasons that I decided to visit this unique country and to find out more about its ailing health issues. On a recent trip to the vibrant and contrasting nation, I found out some interesting details about the state of healthcare that is available now in the Indian health sector.
Preparing for the trip to India
I didn’t really know what to expect when touring India, but I knew that I would need all of the regular travel accessories as well as medicines to prevent illness. I made sure that my doctor gave me all of the required immunizations as well as provide me with anti nausea, diarrhea and malaria drugs. I knew that I would be gone for a considerable time and I needed a safe place to store some of my valuables so I decided to investigate the local storage container rental companies. I found a reasonably priced company that offered 24 hour security and secure storage. I also needed to pack a wide variety of clothes for the journey because India has a wide variety of climates! I made sure I took enough bottled water for a few days and purchased some water sanitization tablets for emergencies.
The conditions in India
Some of the conditions experienced by the poorer parts of the Indian population include malnutrition, hepatitis, and poor sanitation. There are also issues with access to safe drinking water which doesn’t help with the treatment for continued problems like malaria, tuberculosis, and dengue fever. Coronary artery disease is also an issue, with many Indians predisposed to metabolic syndrome. Unfortunately, many Indians living in rural regions are still living below the poverty line which contributes to poor health.
Available healthcare system
India supports both private and public hospitals as well as alternative treatments in the form of Ayurvedic traditional medicine. Major cities provide excellent levels of care including doctors who are fluent in speaking English. Whilst medical costs are not significant, health insurance is restricted primarily to emergency costs and hospitalization. Government hospitals are generally understaffed and provide only basic care. For a better level of treatment, private hospital care rivals those in Europe and North America with well-equipped facilities and highly trained staff.
In contrast to the city areas of India, rural outskirts remain significantly under-developed with their infrastructure for health facilities. For many of the nation’s poor, healthcare is not affordable or accessible. This situation results in many of the sick ignoring their health concerns or frequenting facilities that are not relevant for assisting them with their specific condition.
The need to expand healthcare in India to make it accessible to all communities within the country has become a primary concern for the Indian government. Whilst authorities strive for ways to make treatment available by proximity, they are also aware of the need to bridge the gap between the level of care provided in private and public medical institutions.
There is so much to look forward for this summer – glorious sun, weekends on the beach, outdoor fun, and bronzed skin! Since the warm weather is a good excuse to wear light clothing and show a bit of skin, we have, of course, prepared for this season by exercising to achieve that lithe, toned body, updating our wardrobe, etc. Perhaps what most of us fail to get ready for are minimizing our exposure to the sun and protecting our skin from its harmful ultraviolet rays. Sun exposure increases the risks of skin cancer and speeds up the ageing process but it is almost impossible to keep away from the outdoors after months of extraordinarily cold weather! We do not have to entirely ban ourselves from going out and enjoying a little sun but we do have to protect and care for our skin.
Putting on sunscreen as shield against ultraviolet rays (UVR) should be a part of our daily routine. But do you know that not all sunscreens are made equal? According to respected New York dermatologist, Lawrence Jaeger, we should ensure that the sunscreen we use provides protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. The doctor, whose profile can be found on Better Doctor, further advised to look for products that indicate “broad spectrum protection” with SPF 15 and higher. Ultraviolet radiation is a proven human carcinogen and considered the main trigger of skin cancer. Over exposure to harmful UV rays cause or enhance the development of cataracts.
UVA is a more common type of ultraviolet radiation, present on all hours of daylight, and can penetrate glass. It penetrates deep into the dermis and is largely to blame for photoageing, suppression of the immune system, and is thought to initiate the occurrence of skin cancer.
UVB is a medium-wave radiation that affects the epidermis and is the main culprit for sunburn, skin reddening, and skin cancer. The amount of UVB is at its peak between 10 AM and 4 PM. Unlike UVA, its ability to penetrate glass is insignificant. Long term damage includes premature ageing and skin cancer development.
Apart from applying water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before exposing ourselves to the sun, there are other protective measures we can take.
- Always try to find shade outdoors.
- Add tinted, UV-protective film to car windows and if possible, to house windows too.
- Cover up; wear sunglasses with UV protection and wide brimmed hats.
- Shun tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Limit if not avoid going outdoors between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- For prolonged sun exposure, use water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.
Solar radiation is not all entirely harmful as small amounts of UV are needed in Vitamin D production and treatment of diseases such as rickets, psoriasis, eczema, and jaundice. It is prolonged exposure to UVR that increases the burden of disease. It is imperative to guard ourselves from the damaging effects of overexposure.
Eating and the enjoyment of the taste of food has gone a long way from being a basic human need. It has been a very long time since we first learned on how to properly cook our foods, not just for hygienic purposes, but also that for gastronomical reasons as well. Cooking was regarded as a necessity as it preserved our foods, prolonging it’s usefulness as it does away with us needing to prepare our meals as frequently as we should, saving on time and effort as well. As we continued to develop innovative and creative means in regards to food preparations, we have also developed the knowledge of how we can make our foods more tasty in more ways than one. Thus, creating a whole new perspective in regards to our culinary skills, giving birth to a whole new form of art and science. As our society went on to develop, so did our taste for the finer things in life.
Eventually, food establishments began to serve food, from the simple bed and breakfast establishments that provided food for weary travelers, to the posh elegance of five star restaurants that cater to people with impeccable taste. Food represents more than just sustenance for the human body, as it also serves as a form of comfort that we can all fall back on, especially after a hard days work as nothing gives more comfort than a deliciously, freshly home cooked meal. It is not so surprising for most families around the world to gather together, especially on weekends to enjoy a casual backyard barbecue among themselves to just simply unwind and enjoy a meal together.
There are some however, who go out with their families and spend an entire day at the mall and eat out. This contemporary social behavior has created an ever growing demand for food establishments all throughout the world which has capitalized on the most popular form of social recreational activity. In Canada for instance, over the last 10 years, the average household was said to have spent well over $1,400 dollars a year on food that was bought from restaurants and other food establishments. The availability of food establishments all over the country has become a reason of convenience as more and more Canadians are given a very easy choice between preparing their own food for personal consumption and the ready availability of numerous food retail establishments that provide the convenience of a quick easy meal.
All over Canada, there are plenty of food and beverage establishments that provide an easy means of giving their customers a sort of way out in avoiding cumbersome food preparations in regards to home cooked meals, as most of the time, people find fast foods more convenient as it disregards the need to do the dishes after eating. The fast food industry in Canada provides employment to more than one million Canadian citizens, half of which consists of people ranging from the ages of 15 to 24 years old. Canada’s fast food service industry employs 1 out of every 5 young workers who earn from this their livelihood which contributes to Canada’s economy.
Considering that Canada is a dynamically thriving country, it is no surprise that their spending power constitutes their ability to maintain a fast paced life style. However, the demands of an active economy does put some constraints on a society’s means to have some time for itself, frequently not having enough time to do the basic menial necessity of even enabling you to cook your own meals. Thus the need to fill up certain aspects as food preparations are now relied on mostly to the fast food establishments that provide the convenience of a well prepared meal. The convenience of ordering food on-line has got to be one of the most convenient concept of providing services for those who can not afford to find ample time in preparing a decent meal.
On-line websites such as Delivery Montreal, which gives you the choice to order now or at any convenient time that suits your hectic schedule. These websites are now the most prevalent means of having the choice of availing yourself the kind of meal that you can’t find the time to prepare for yourself and your family. Besides the convenience of having to choose from a lot of different cuisines, they will also deliver it straight to the comfort of your own front door, saving you the time and effort of getting it by yourself. It also provides the convenience of having to pay for it in a number of ways that suits your convenience whether that be ATM, credit card or any other form of on-line payment.
The rising demand for take out, drive through and delivery services has steadily grown in recent years that it saw an increase of meals prepared by these fast food establishments and has since been steadily rising with an annual average growth of 61% on all related food services. Most of these meals are taken out and eaten somewhere else. It would also be interesting to know certain facts about the average Canadian households preference in regards to fast food and interestingly enough, that Canadians frequently make regular visits to fast food establishments that average at about 520 times in just one year! That is more times than the number of days in a year or roughly 1.4 times a day. In short, Canadians are very much indulged in partaking food from fast food establishments on a daily basis.
At an average, Canada has more than 90,000 registered food and drinking establishments combined, which can be converted to about one establishment for every 350 Canadian citizens. When it comes to the annual spending budget in regards to domestic food expenditure, the average Canadian household spends 30% of their total food budget on fast food and other related services, which is small considering that their American counterparts spend an average of 42%. Canadians spend an average of $6.12 dollars (including taxes) on fast food individually, which does not include the customary tip.
Over the past decade, indie culture has gotten a stronger foothold in our cultural consciousness. More and more people are enjoying what the culture has to offer as it has become very accessible thanks to the internet. When one immerses themselves in indie culture, they expose themselves to art as they are made. This is because those who participate in the culture make it a point attend as many cultural events as they can. One of these cultural events happens to be “the music festival.” The reason why I am actually writing this article is to talk about one such music festival. Hopefully, by talking about it, I get to make people understand indie culture more.
There are many music festivals that are held each year in North America, and the biggest one happens to be Koachella. Koachella is a music festival held annually that features hundreds of musicians from all over the world. Because the event offers a venue for people to see so many live acts for a fair price, many people from all over North America make it a point to go to the festival each year. Even though this year’s festival is going to be held in May, the tickets for the festival are already sold out.
Koachella is a a grassroots effort – it is made possible by people passionate about indie culture. Because it is just a grassroots effort, its organizers tend to exert a great deal effort just to keep things in order. Thankfully, there are many contractors out there who provide amazing services to the organizers. Whether it’s lighting, portable toilets, or storage, the organizers make things work by getting help from the many companies out there who offer their services at reasonable rates. Through the help of a storage company, the storage needs of Koachella’s organizers are well taken care easily.
When organizing big events, organizers need to have places where they can store equipment securely. Unfortunately, setting up such places at events can prove to be to impractical for grassroots organizations. Thankfully, such work can be contracted. What’s great is that these storage contractors offer storage solutions that are tailored to the needs of their clients. Koachella’s organizers are able to rent storage places that can house band equipment, lighting equipment, and other items of considerable size for a reasonable fee. Such storage places are set up fast and well before the start of the event.
If there’s anything we can learn from Koachella’s organizers, it’s that those who participate in indie culture really go the extra mile for their love of the scene. Even when they don’t have a lot of resources, they do their best just to make things happen (case in point: them working with portable storage companies for music festivals). If there’s one trait the people who participate in the scene value, it’s “ingenuity.” It’s not just the music festivals where we see the trait being put to good use. Indie music and film tend to be created with small budgets, after all.
Indie culture has permeated the mainstream. What was once an underground phenomenon has become a culture that almost everyone has become aware of. Many bands from the underground music scene of Canada have become very popular. Some of them have even charted in the Billbox Charts. The reason why I am writing this post is to talk about an indie band I believe deserves more attention: Phonix. In my opinion, Phonix is the most interesting band to come out of Canada in the last five years. Hopefully, this post I’m writing will get more people to look up the band’s music.
Phonix was formed back in 2007 but they only released their debut album in late 2012. Although they have garnered a significant cult following, they still haven’t broken through the charts. Many music writers actually consider this quaint – Phonix writes very catchy poppy songs, after all. In fact, what actually makes Phonix stand out from other indie bands is that their music features a delicate balance between avant-garde and poppy sounds. They play really noisy music a la Sonic Youth but at the same time, their compositions feature hooks and other musical elements that people find really catchy – not many bands are able to accomplish this feat.
While all of Phonix’ members play a big role in establishing the sound of the band, their sound is largely shaped by their primary songwriter, Thom Marsse. What’s interesting about this is that Marsse is actually the only member of the band that didn’t have formal training in music. While his bandmates have always worked in the arts, Marsse actually used to work at an executive search firm. (For more information on the executive search firm, please visit bobsearch.com). Marsse was one of the firm’s top headhunters. He was always able to find the right man for the right job. All of Marsse’s hires have proved to be very valuable assets to the companies that hired them.
While Marsse really enjoyed his work at the firm, he decided to pursue a career in music after he saw an early incarnation of Phonix play at a bar. At the time, Phonix had just lost their vocalist and Jonas Marsse (the band’s bassist and Thom’s cousin) just filled in for him. After playing their set, Jonas asked Thom to audition for the band and he did so the following day. After singing two songs with the band, Thom found the chemistry between him and the rest of the band to be electrifying; the rest of the band also felt the same. Thom immediately resigned from his job and started writing songs with Jonas and the rest.
If what I wrote here got you interested in the band, I suggest you check out the tracks “Short Distance Call” and “Mozartomania.” While these two songs don’t cover for the breadth of Phonix’ unique musicality, they are certainly enough to introduce the band to new listeners. Hopefully, these listeners end up loving the band’s music as much as I do – talented bands like Phonix need to gain more exposure in the mainstream.
Kimmy Kardaschund recently showed off her fit body at the recent Gold Maps Awards Ceremony. By wearing a form-hugging silk dress, she was able to flaunt her great body in what most people would consider a very tasteful manner. Kardaschund’s appearance surprised many people watching the ceremonies as she had given birth to her first child just 5 months ago – despite only giving birth to a child a little less than half a year ago, Kardaschund already has a body that only a supermodel would have. The reason why I am writing this post is to discuss how Kardaschund got sexier in such a short period of time. Hopefully, this site’s readers will learn something about American celebrity culture’s ways of dealing with body image issues. It is important to understand how American celebrity culture deals with it as it broadly impacts the way people who consume American culture think.
Kimmy Kardaschund’s fast weight loss can be primarily attributed to Pilates, among other things. In recent years, Pilates has entered the mainstream and has become one of the most popular workout routines for women. Although most people believe that Pilates does contribute to an overall sense of wellness, many of these people are still skeptical of the exercise routine’s weight loss effects. The truth is that Pilates does work to make people burn fat, but it only does this when paired with a healthy diet. After giving birth, Kardaschund immediately started following a strict healthy diet. Because Kardaschund combined effective exercise with a healthy diet, she was able to start losing weight immediately in a healthy manner.
Of course, weight loss isn’t the only secret to Kardaschund’s sexy figure. Two years ago, Kardaschund underwent breast augmentation at a breast augmentation beverly hills clinic. Through the amazing efforts of the doctors at the clinic, Kardaschund’s breast augmentation ended up looking very natural. Aside from this, Kardaschund ended up having no visible scars around her breast areas – this is because the doctors at her clinic utilized a no-scar form of the procedure. When it comes to no-scar breast augmentation procedures, doctors make use of a person’s belly button to insert implants in a way that does not leave even the smallest visible scar.
The no-scar form of breast augmentation is actually the most popular form of the procedure not only in California, but also in many other places. One of Kardaschund’s co-stars in her reality TV series, Leila Windsor, recently underwent the same form of breast augmentation at a breast augmentation fort lauderdale clinic. Most plastic surgeons in Fort Lauderdale claim that the no-scar form of breast augmentation is now the most popular form of plastic surgery in the area.
When people look at Kardaschund and Windsor, they immediately think that they only used natural methods to achieve their great bodies – this is not true. Many celebrities and non-celebrities also undergo plastic surgery to attain the bodies they want. There’s nothing wrong with undergoing such procedures. If undergoing breast augmentation can make one feel more confident, go ahead. What celebrities like Kardaschund and Windsor are showing is that healthy, natural weight loss strategies can be paired with plastic surgery in a good way. Hopefully, the readers of this post will gain this insight and more.
One of the dreams that many people have is to travel to other countries other than the one in which they live. For some people, this dream becomes a reality at a young age, while other people do not get to enjoy this until they are at the age of retirement. However, no matter when you decide to travel to other countries it is imperative that you do everything that you can possibly do in order to stay safe. In many countries, visitors are a prime target for crime since they do not realize the ways of the area, or they simply make an easy target. With this being said, there are several tips that are going to help you to stay safer while traveling to another country.
1. Do not wear items that attract attention. You are on vacation so dress comfortably. This does mean to avoid using jewelry and watches that scream money, since these are some of the first things that a person is going to look for when they are searching for those in which they could easily rob.
2. Consider having two wallets on you at all times. This is one of those tricks that several people are using in order to ensure that if they were to get robbed, they could always give the criminal the wallet that has little to no money in it, while still keeping the wallet that is full of their own money.
3. If you do take a cab while in a country that you are visiting, you should be sure that you are getting this cab from a company that is considered to be one of the best. Many cab companies are what the country considers to be the cab companies to call when needing a ride. Do not just get into any cab that you see as they could charge outlandish rates or even deliberately drop you off at the wrong location.
4. We recommend that you bone up on your safety protocol before traveling to a foreign country. There are plenty of websites that offer safety tips, however most of those are geared to people remaining safe at work. Instead, we recommend this video to show you how to remain safe while moving from country to country.
5. Be nice to those who are around you. You are going to find that being in a new country is full of new experiences, and when you talk to those who call this area home, you are likely to get the news on where to go and what to see. However, this does not mean that you should be over friendly with the people that you are just meeting. Try to avoid telling them that you are new to the area, or that you have no idea what you are doing, as this could make it easier for someone to take advantage of you.
6. If you decide to drive yourself, be sure that you are know the traffic laws and the way that cars are driven in the area, as every country is different. If you do something wrong, this could get you killed depending on how bad traffic is in the area that you are visiting.
Don’t let the fear of your safety keep you from experiencing a new country. Through following these simple guidelines, you can stay safe while also getting to experience a once in a lifetime event.
Traveling is something that many people love to do, no matter what their age is. While traveling, the person is going to come across many items that is going to represent the area in which they are visiting. For those who buy these items, it is often a task to figure out just how they can integrate these items into their home for decoration purposes. Those who do travel often want those who visit their home to know of their travels, and having items around the home symbolizing the area in which you have visited is a great way to do this. With this being said, there are several ways in which you can integrate these items into your homes decor.
1. Consider having a room devoted to your travels
Many people who have an extra room, such as a study or the like, often use this room to display all of the things that they have purchased while traveling. For example, they may have pictures on the walls, with each wall representing a different area in which they have visited. Other people prefer to use bookcases and shelving to display these items, allowing visitors to see everything which often leads to some great conversation.
2. Be bold
Though you may be decorating your home, there is no list that is going to state that you cannot do this in a bold way. If you do travel around the world, then you are considered to be an outgoing person who loves adventure. You will want your decorating to signify this fact. Therefore, you can place objects anywhere in your home that you want others to see, or you want to see everyday while in your home. Do not limit yourself based on what you may see as the appropriate way to decorate your home.
3. Have neutral colors in the room where items are displayed
Due to the way that most items are displayed it is always best to use a neutral or white colored wall to display the items that you have collected on your adventures. Through having a neutral wall, you are going to allow these items to really stand out and be the center point of your decorations in the room.
4. Do it how you want
This goes along with the tip of being bold and not doing what people would expect. However, you also want to decorate with these items in a way that you want. Some people prefer to have the walls and corners of a room crammed with everything that they have collected on their travels, which is fine to do if this is your style. Other people prefer to get pieces that are their favorites and put these into a room, saving their other pieces of memorabilia for special occasions or when they are talking about their travels.
The essential piece of advice to remember about decorating with items from around the world, is that you can do no wrong in this. These are your items and your home, thus do it however you feel it should be done. No matter what you do these pieces are sure to show your adventurous side and be a huge conversation piece.
A recent development in the Cayman islands is generating a lot of buzz lately due to its luxuriousness and high tech development practices that is bringing in a lot of tourists from around the world. Camana Bay is 500 acre new community for the elite in society hosting numerous high tech and high end commercial buildings, restaurants, shopping district, and apartments. Built by Ken Dart, you can see the details by clicking here. Camana Bay also features movie theaters and various entertainment venues to attract visitors, but isn’t really made for tourists. Camana Bay is sort of like a get away hotspot meant to be stayed for months at a time rather than a vacation destination.
Camana Bay is perfect for the traveler who wants to live in the Caribbean for a few months rather than just travel there for a few weeks and then off to the next place. Camana Bay offers the upmost luxurious apartments, shopping centers, and entertainment without a beautiful environment. It’s meant for people to live there and is great for entrepreneurs who want a change of pace in their life. The best part about Camana Bay is the location. Being in the Caribbean, there is a lot to enjoy. It has beautiful beaches with crystal clear water that offers endless entertainment in the form of relaxation and water sports. It is very easy to rent jet skis during your lunch break and come back to finish your work that day. Not that many places offer this kind of fun environment!
So why go to Camana Bay? If you’re an entrepreneur or someone who works from home, a few month long visits to Camana Bay would be perfect for you. It has great internet and in a time zone that is easy to work with for Americans. Additionally, there are a lot of networking opportunities in Camana Bay with the huge amount of commercial companies in the area. Since the population at Camana Bay is fairly small, it is easy to connect with these high profile people with something to talk about.
Even if you are not working, Camana Bay is a great place to be. People say it’s similar to living in America (Miami, Florida for example) with all of its luxuries and convenience, but in paradise. Not only does Camana Bay have luxury apartments, over 200 condominiums and town homes are being built to accommodate the increase of people expected to come and live in Camana Bay. These apartments will be able to be rented out much cheaper than the luxury apartments above the restaurants in the shopping center. This will allow a larger variety of people to come to Camana Bay and enjoy the scenery.
If you are able to work independently or take a few month vacation, Camana Bay should definitely be on the top of your travel destination list. With everything they have to offer, it’s a no-brainer. Our favorite part is being able to work and live comfortably in the Caribbean with all the comfort and convenience of living in a large city.
Creating an international business takes a lot of work and effort. It is not possible to establish an international business one day and expect it to grow and be successful in just a few months. It takes a lot of hard work, skill, dedication, passion, and commitment to really be able to create a truly successful business, especially in the international arena.
If, for example, you already have a locally successful business and you wish to expand your market and go global, there are some key things that you have to always keep in mind. Here is a little list of those things that will help you.
- Establish a good plan and strategy.
You have to make sure that you have a plan first. You can’t just jump headlong and land in a pool of success! You have to effectively plan and strategize first.
Keep in mind that success will only come to you if you are well prepared for it. Creating plans and strategies early on will really help you get a grasp of what you are about to face.
- Know what you are good at and harness it for your business.
You should establish the things you actually already are good at and use those as assets to propel you further in the international business sector.
Whether you are good with money, connections, or the like, you should use your talents to make your international venture as successful as it possibly can.
- Evaluate your resources.
You should prepare all of the necessary resources from money to other basics. Make financial plans, consult financial experts, and really just evaluate what you can actually afford. That way, you will know if you can really handle the international scene, economically and practically speaking.
- Value your people.
Your employees are vital to your success. If you want to make sure that you succeed in your international endeavor, you have to make sure to value your people. Give ample compensation, be fair, and be that beacon of light for success. By having good people back up your goal of gaining international success, you are sure to be able to achieve it.
- Make connections.
Once you have evaluated what your international business is going to be about, you want to create the necessary connections and partnerships that you will need along the way. Of course, there’s the obvious link you should have to your suppliers and partners.
However, now, you also have to think about global transactions and how you will handle them. For example, you can hire a customs broker company to assist you with your shipping needs. You will find that a good customs broker could actually be the key to your success!
- Take advantage of the internet.
The internet is an amazing platform which you can use in order to really get your business places. Through the internet, you can easily contact and access suppliers, consumers, and everything and everyone in between. By using this medium, you can make sure that your business is really going to be globally connected.