Eating In Colour

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Health 3In her bestselling book Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family, health expert Frances Largeman-Roth highlights the benefits of eating vegetables and fruit of varying colours.

She further states that if parents refer to fruit and vegetables according to their colours, they will succeed in encouraging their children to eat them. For example,     Largeman-Roth offered her daughter Willa “reds, oranges and greens” instead of beets, sweet potatoes and broccoli, which she claims resulted in Willa trying new, healthy foods.

The book has spawned a ‘coloured food revolution’ of sorts, and has led to nutritionists recommending fruit and vegetables of different colours to patients due to their health benefits, which include improved overall health and even weight loss.

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Spring Clean Your Home – And Body!

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Health 1Spring is upon us, and with it comes the annual ritual of spring cleaning. While it might not be the most exciting way to ‘celebrate’ blooming flowers and fresh starts, airing out the cupboards and sweeping away the dust bunnies has its benefits; it prevents allergies and keeps germs at bay – not to mention the exercise burns a few calories!

The current trend in cleaning, at the beginning of spring or otherwise, is the increasing use of ‘green’ products rather than chemical cleansers. This is because most chemical cleansers contain carcinogenic toxins, now proven to trigger ailments including allergic reactions, migraines and nausea. Examples of natural cleaning materials include micro-fibre window cloths that require only water to clean and don’t leave streaks. Then there are solutions consisting of lemon and water for cleaning windows, baking soda for wooden furniture, and borax powder (contains a natural anti-microbial agent) for getting rid of moulds. Continue reading

Mouth-Watering Easter Breads

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3rdEaster will be celebrated next Sunday, so now is time to think of traditional treats, and these extend way beyond chocolate eggs and spicy hot cross buns.

Countries around the world have their Easter favourites and bread, surprising as it may sound, tops the list. For observant Christians, after the long fast of Lent during which rich foods such as eggs, milk, fruit and desserts are avoided, Easter is the time to indulge, and for many people, sweet breads serve this purpose to the full.
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Is Your Company Driving Positive Behaviour?

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stairs-to-anspirition-4-clThere is general acceptance that “structure drives behaviour”. In an organisational context, structure is derived from policies and processes, and this is how people respond behaviourally. This behaviour eventually becomes the culture which, not surprisingly, ends up driving structure (as a response to behaviour).

Let me use a sports example: in tennis, before the second-serve rule was introduced, the speed of the first-serve was considerably slower than it is today. By allowing a second attempt, players gave the first-serve their all. Similarly in cricket, we saw the introduction of field-restrictions in ODIs that significantly changed the way the game is played. When the balance of the game gets a bit out of hand, new rules are introduced accordingly.

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Greenery, Fun And Food

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The Ferris wheel – just one of the Fun Zone’s many attractions

The Ferris wheel – just one of the Fun Zone’s many attractions

Located on GT Road, Ayub National Park is spread over 2,000 acres and is one of Rawalpindi’s most popular recreational spots.The lake in Ayub Park is shaded by acacia nilotica trees

The lake in Ayub Park is shaded by acacia nilotica trees

Inside the park… Ayub National Park is well worth a visit, especially at this time of the year. Paths meander through lush green lawns, aflame with flowers of every possible colour; many lead to the artificial lake, which is partially shaded by acacia nilotica trees. Boat rides are a popular activity; families also have barbeques by the lakeside, or take a leisurely stroll.

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The Employee Value Proposition

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CareersAn employee value proposition (EVP) is the unique set of benefits that an employee receives in return for his/her commitment and performance, which go beyond their salary. In essence, EVP is the promise that the company makes to its employees and reflects and reinforces its core values, just as the brand promise signifies what the company delivers to its customers.

A strategically developed and communicated EVP contributes significantly to employee attraction, retention, engagement, motivation and productivity. It also helps focus the HR agenda, creates a strong employee brand and can re-engage a disenchanted workforce.

Developing an EVP capable of ensuring that employers are motivated, happy and are willing to ‘go the extra mile’ for the company involves three steps. Continue reading

A Tournament Of Firsts

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Adbuzz 3rd featureScoring a century in cricket is a statement which firmly announces a batsman’s arrival on the scene. When a century is scored during a World Cup, and is the first ever to be scored by a player representing a particular country, the statement takes on greater significance.

Ahmed Shehzad’s century on March 30, 2014 against Bangladesh, during a group match in the ICC World T20 World Cup, was one such century. Not only did it underscore Shehzad’s talent as a young star, it also laid the foundation for a win against the hosts. This had followed on the heels of Alex Hales’s century three days earlier in the match against Sri Lanka, making him the first English player to accomplish the feat; England went on to beat Sri Lanka.

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Yamini Mehta Selects Pandora By Dante Gabriel Rosetti

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Rossetti, PandoraPandora (1871)
By Dante Gabriel Rosetti (1828-1882)
Oil on canvas
Signed with monogram
Dimensions: 51 x 31 inches (131 x 79 centimetres)
Estimated price: £5-7 million

Pandora, the picture coming to auction on May 22, 2014, is a stunning oil painting by Gabriel Dante Rossetti that portrays the infamous Pandora holding her box of sins. It has been in a private collection for almost 50 years.

Rossetti was a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in England that took inspiration from early Renaissance painting. His later years were inspired by his love for Jane Morris, the strikingly beautiful wife of his friend William Morris. Proserpine, a coloured chalk drawing from 1878 depicting Jane as the goddess of the Underworld was auctioned at Sotheby’s in November 2013 for a record breaking £3.3 million.

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Commercial Property In Dubai

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R E 4cIn the last five years, investment in commercial property in Dubai by Pakistani investors has increased by approximately 15%. This is primarily due to the fact that purchasing and renting property in Dubai is relatively easy for Pakistanis, and the expected return on investment (ROI) on commercial property is quite high.

Popular commercial property options include:

Office space can be purchased and rented in several high-rise buildings; popular commercial pockets include Business Bay (where several buildings are under construction), Dubai Creek, Sheikh Zayed Road and TECOM. Sheikh Zayed Road is of particular interest to Pakistani investors because office space there is smaller (and therefore more affordable) compared to the other areas.
Covered area range: 600-7,000 square feet
Monthly rental range: AED 68-98 per square foot
Purchase price range: AED 1,100-1,300 per square foot

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Amin Jaffer Selects The Baillet-Latour Mamluk Carpet

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CKS_1519_0020The Baillet-Latour Mamluk Carpet
c. 16th century
Dimensions: 102 inches x 95 inches (258x 240 centimetres)
Estimated price: £250,000-350,000

Downstairs in the stately rooms of Christie’s in London, my colleagues are preparing an exhibition ahead of the Islamic Week sales. Among the works is a small group of 26 carpets from the collection of the late Peter Lehmann-Bärenklau, a discreet German collector.

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