Why Is Cheerleading A Thing?

Of all the things that I find odd in American culture, cheerleading is one of the oddest. I guess, I can throw in Canada as well though it isn’t in anyway as big as it is in the US. India too has succumbed to the cheerleading virus with the launch of the Indian Premier League cricket league and them bringing cheerleaders for the teams. Funny thing is how many of the cheerleaders are white and not India.

Cheerleading is an activity in which the participants (called cheerleaders) cheer for their team as a form of encouragement. It can range from chanting slogans to intense physical activity. It can be performed to motivate sports teams, to entertain the audience, or for competition. Cheerleading routines typically range anywhere from one to three minutes, and contain components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting. Cheerleading originated in the United States, and remains predominantly in America, with an estimated 3.85 million participants as of 2017.

I understand women dancing. I like women. I like the energy they bring. I like women in skimpy outfits. All good. Hey, if no one is forcing them to do that, I say let them do it. However what I have seen in American schools, colleges and even some sporting events, and what I can’t understand, is how serious they take it. Especially young teens in school with even their mothers taking a big role in pushing them to get selected to the cheerleading squad. Seriously? And the routines that they have are very cheesy and silly and ofcourse in the end they have to hoot and shout and pretend like it’s the greatest thing on the planet.

I have laughed myself silly at them. I shake my head whenever I see them. And to be honest I don’t like the idea of teenaged girls in those outfits and beeing leered at. Atleast in the tv shows and movies that I have watched, the actresses who portray the “teen” is atleast 20 or 21 in most cases. Grown women is another thing. But I still find it ridiculous that this is a thing. And that’s because when you have male sportsmens and teams and female cheerleaders it’s like the women are only good to cheer on the men who are strong and athletic. Women play most of those same sports too. I would rather watch them play sports.

5 Arts That Were Never Finished

Every piece of art is a labor of love. It takes immense effort and a considerable period of time to put together an artwork that strikes the chord with the masses, and stays amongst them for generation altogether.  

However, do you know that there have been some artworks in the history of art that never happened to get completed, but still turned out to be enormously beautiful and popular paintings? Yes! These paintings are unfinished, and that is their biggest attraction. For, each of them tells a story and an incident in the past, that no pitch-perfect and complete painting clouds ever do!  

In this article, we introduce you to 5 such striking pieces of art that were never finished. These include portraits, beautiful landscapes, miniatures, and more. Let’s have a look at them one by one.  

1. President Franklin Delano

Elizabeth Shoumatoff was a famous Russian-American artist known for having painted the portraits of many famous individuals. However, what turned out to be her most famous painting is an unfinished portrait painting of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  

President Roosevelt was in awe of Elizabeth’s painting skills in their first meeting itself. Inspired by her past works, the President hired her to paint his own portrait for the White House. By their second meeting, the President’s health was deteriorating. Still, he agreed to pose for the painting. Though the President was in good spirits that day, he fell off his chair in an unconscious state, just as the painting was about to be completed. Roosevelt died a few hours later. 

Interestingly, Elizabeth Shoumatoff decided not to finish the painting and keep it as an authentic representation of the President’s final moments. Even today, the original painting is famously displayed that the place where Roosevelt died and its recreations are popular amongst the masses all over, for its uniqueness.

2. The Entombment


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The Entombment, an unfinished artistic depiction of the proceedings of Jesus’ burial, is arguably one of the most controversial unfinished paintings of all time. It’s a historical painting dating back to the 1500s. Some experts believe that painting was commissioned to the famous painter Michelangelo.  

However, there is no evidence that works actually began. The painting’s rawness and lack of depth support the argument that it was not painted by Michelangelo but rather by a lesser-known and naive artist.  

No matter what the origins of The Entombment have been and who its creator was, the painting is certainly an interesting one amongst the vast collection of Renaissance-era paintings.

3. The Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci 

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Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most famous painters of all time, has some unfinished paintings too to his credit.  Vinci was known for his lack of patience and short attention spans. Therefore, he left in the midway, the painting which did not interest him anymore. One famous example of this is “The Adoration of the Magi”. 

The painting, though unfinished, has all the elements of all famous Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces. Here, he has deviated from the traditional interpretations of the Magi and has created something truly original and new. Apart from virgin Mary, Jesus, and Magi, Leonardo has included whirling horses and some scary frightening human figures in the painting.  

Though other artists attempted to finish the painting after Leonardo abandoned it, Leonardo’s unfinished painting turned out to be more popular than only of those. And why not, though unfinished, the painting has ample of the master artist’s mastery.  

4. The Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David 

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The Death of Marat is similar to Shoumatoff’s “Unfinished Portrait”, in the way that the painting’s claim to fame is due to the historical events that it became a part of, rather than the artist’s own popularity. The painting depicts the famous political hero Jean-Paul Marat and was painted in the same year that he was killed. The background of the painting was left unfinished.  

It is believed that this was a deliberate move by the painter Jacques Louis David.  Nevertheless, the artwork is famous for its glorified depiction of the political hero, and for the sheer fact that it was one of the last paintings of him before he died. 

5. Portrait of Ria Munk III by Gustav Klimt 

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This artwork, again, goes for an interesting piece of the story. Munk family had commissioned a series of three portrait paintings to capture the memory of their daughter Ria, who had committed suicide. Ria’s mother had appointed Gustav Klimt to recreate a deathbed of her daughter through the painting. Surprisingly, the first two portraits created by Klimt were rejected by the family, and the third one ended up being unfinished.  

However, the very fact that it was unfinished, led to the painting being seen as a living testimony of the artist’s painting methods, style, and approach.  The painting indicated how much of a spontaneous painter Klimt was. Thanks to this interesting piece of information that the painting captured, it was sold for a whopping $27.8 million in 2010.  

Takeaway  

Unfinished paintings can be more interesting and exciting than you think. Having a recreation of such paintings in your collection, no doubt will make it truly worthy and unique. So, what are you waiting for? Order a recreation today, and get ready to flaunt these unfinished paintings!  

5 More Ways To Get Arrested In Finland

Not paying the TV Tax (even if you don’t own a TV)

Innovations such as online streaming have helped severely decrease the amount of people watching television or paying for cable. In Finland, though, every citizen must pay a TV tax, regardless of whether or not they even own a TV. Bad news for anyone hoping to save money with their Netflix subscription.

Keeping a gun at home

It is still up for debate whether or not it is safe and permissible to keep a gun at home for self-defense. Finland’s strong hunting culture means there is a high percentage of gun owners, yet gun control laws are still incredibly strict. One measure is that guns must be kept under lock and key at a hunting lodge rather than at home, unless the owner has been using guns for a certain amount of time. This can cause some trouble for people in remote communities who are bothered by wild animals on their land.

Freezing a track for ice skating

It is a common custom during the winter to freeze a skating track or sports field so it can be transformed into an ice-skating rink. However, some towns are banning this traditional practice due to fears of children falling and hurting themselves, which the local government is held accountable for.

Getting a haircut on Independence Day

Most Finnish businesses are closed on public holidays, such as Finnish Independence Day on December 6, but it is up to the government to decide which businesses are required by law to stay shut. Hair salons are one type of business that must close on Independence Day, or pay a €600 charge to stay open. However, it is still a tradition for the female members of parliament to all get their hair done on Independence Day, so technically they are breaking their own law.

Turning off your headlights

You might think that the long hours of the Midnight Sun mean you can give your car’s headlights a rest, but not so. Finnish law states that all drivers must at least keep their headlights dipped at all times, even during summer or in clear visibility.

5 Way To Get Arrested In Finland

Buying alcohol after 9PM

Finland has a strong alcohol culture and Finns love their beer and vodka. However, in an effort to reduce public drunkenness, cut healthcare costs, and prevent deaths, the government has put heavy restrictions on the hours in which alcohol can be sold in stores. These hours are from 9AM to 9PM – after this, the only way to purchase alcohol is at a licensed bar or restaurant.

Selling spirits

It isn’t only buying alcohol that is heavily restricted in Finland. Selling it can get you in trouble too. Anything stronger than beer or lager cannot be legally sold anywhere outside of government-run Alko stores (again with the exception of bars, clubs, and restaurants).

Not flying the flag on flag days

Most of us would consider showing national pride to be optional. However, in Finland all public buildings are required by law to fly the Finnish flag on official flag days. These aren’t just public holidays but also those related to politics, such as election and inauguration days, and other special dates, such as the day of Finnish culture, on February 28, and Marshal Mannerheim’s birthday on June 4.

Playing music in a taxi

If on a long taxi ride you ask the driver to put on a CD to pass the time, you could be landing them in hot water. If a Finnish taxi driver plays any music in their car for a paying customer, then they must pay royalties to the musician. Best take your MP3 player and a pair of headphones next time.

Not paying the Candy Tax

The government has also tried to reduce dental expenses by encouraging parents to only give their children candy once a week. They have also introduced a ‘candy tax’ on any goods containing sugar, but the definition can be strange. For instance, bottled water is taxed under this law while cookies are not.

8 More Weird Laws In Switzerland

You can’t recycle on Sundays

The Swiss love a good bit of recycling and they claim to be the best in the world at it – just not on Sundays. Just ask convicted felon Judith Schulte, a 35-year old German woman who committed the unforgivable crime of dropping off her recycling on the legally enforced day of rest. She was duly reported by one of her neighbours and offered a 250-franc fine or two-nights in jail.

You can’t cut your grass on Sundays

Look, you’re just going to make loads of noise and ruffle up some feathers, best just leave it until Monday. This is part of a much wider campaign against making “excessive noise”. The rules on this are pretty vague and vary canton by canton. The state of Geneva has a handy guide that illuminates some of the other things that are considered too noisy like taking a bath at night, or doing any kind of DIY. Just go to IKEA, okay?

Hanging out your laundry on Sunday

Just stay home, lock your doors (quietly), read a book and forget about leaving the house on Sunday. Closing your door could get you denounced, capiche?

You can’t hike naked

There’s nothing like the cool, refreshing feel of the fresh Alpine air on your nether regions. But you’ll have to pack it in when you’re in the tiny canton of Appenzell, a conservative stronghold in eastern Switzerland. After an influx of naked, supposedly German, hikers invaded their mountains, the local authorities fought back and fined one unlucky man in the buff, arguing it breached “decency customs”, setting a precedent to punish future naked ramblers. Fair enough.

You can’t ski while reciting poetry

Apparently this is forbidden, but exactly who is monitoring such an activity isn’t certain. Why would you want to do it anyway? We can only imagine how such a law came to pass.

You can’t use a high-pressure power hose on your car

Using a power hose to clean your car is “basically forbidden” in Switzerland, due to fears of polluting local water supplies and the wider environment, Reto Baumann, an environmental specialist, said in 2013. So you’ll have to make do with one of those incredibly eco-friendly drive-in washers.

Your weed can’t be too strong

Switzerland loves weed. Its government, not so much. But it does have some pretty liberal laws and decriminalised possession in 2012, replacing it with a fine system that is a little hazy. For instance, unlike most countries in Europe, permissible levels of THC (the part of weed that gets you high) are allowed up to 1 per cent (most of Europe generally cuts this off at below 0.2 per cent). If you are caught with weed the police can take it to be tested for its THC levels, if it comes back above 1 per cent you pay a fine and the cost of the drug test.

You must fear nuclear doom

Every house in Switzerland has to have, or have access to, a nuclear shelter. So if you want to build yourself a nice Swiss house, but don’t fear immediate annihilation at the hands of a nuclear strike, you might want to think twice about moving to Switzerland.

5 Weird Laws In Switzerland

Ah, Switzerland. I have never heard a bad word about this country. With her natural beauty, peaceful co-existence, beautiful snow capped mountains. Do they have some weird laws? Let’s see:

You can’t ruin the life of your child with a ridiculous name

The Swiss are intent on forcing you to care about your child’s future and the authorities apparently have to approve baby names. Specifically, “you aren’t allowed to harm the child’s well-being or be offensive to a third party” with the name. So you aren’t allowed to brand your nice, shiny baby with a name like Prada or do a Kanye and dub your spawn like a compass direction. This one is probably for the best.

You can’t urinate standing up after 10pm

Strangely enough, this applies to men. Apparently, this heinous act causes too much noise and can disrupt other citizens during their allocated sleeping times. Gentlemen, take a seat.

You can’t flush the toilet after 10pm

This one is apparently at the discretion of landlords who are allowed free reign to set their own rules on many things. You probably won’t be chucked in a jail cell but you could get a stern telling off, and nobody likes that.

You have to pay a tax for your dog

That’s right, dogs are taxed in Switzerland. Some cantons charge a flat rate while others tax you according to the dog’s size and weight. In 2011, officials in the small town of Reconvilier dusted off a law from 1904 that said dogs could be killed if their owners didn’t pay the annual tax, but they saw the light after protests from across the country and abroad. Inhabitants still have to pay the tax, mind you. Thanks, Fluffy.

You must have a buddy for your pets

If you plan to bring your favourite fluffy friend to Switzerland, you might want to get it a playmate. In 2005, the Swiss passed a law to ensure that all “social animals” (Guinea pigs, goldfish and budgerigars are cited as examples) have the company of their own kind and aren’t kept in too small cages.

Medical Businesses Face Massive Challenges In A Post COVID-19 World

It’s fair to say that the coronavirus crisis has put the entire world economy through the wringer. However, some industries are being impacted more than others. Here are the challenges for the medical world right now.


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Social Distancing

It’s clear based on scientific research and government stances that social distancing is the key way to beat the virus and prevent the spread. It’s also apparent that social distancing will need to remain in some form until a vaccine is readily available. This prevents challenges for any business or organization where people are in close proximity for long periods. That’s particularly true for medical businesses. From waiting rooms to examinations it seems almost impossible to effectively maintain social distances. However, there are steps to take here and many medical businesses are using technology to widen the gap. Examinations, for instance, are being completed through video calls. It remains to be seen whether this can provide the same accurate info as before. You can learn more about social distancing on cebm.net.

High Demand And Long Waits

Visits to the emergency room and the hospital fell sharply through the lockdown. This was likely due to people fearing that they would catch the disease in the waiting room or potentially when speaking to a doctor. Due to this, there are now massive numbers of people who need everything from check-ups to full treatments. It has led to massively long wait times for patients who need treatment. That’s why it will be important to maintain a high level of efficiency when running a medical business. Again tech can help here but now is the worst possible time to have team members that are not performing effectively. These individuals will need to be replaced without delay.

Low Levels Of Supplies

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis reports emerged that hospitals and medical businesses were lacking everything from PPE to ventilators. There were fears that hospitals were going to run out due to the expected massive level of demand. While this fear did not become a full reality, there was certainly pressure and many medical businesses that we’re seeing lower levels of demand donated their PPE equipment. Businesses like this will now need to work to build back up their supplies and ensure that they can provide the right solutions to their patients. Companies like revsuppliance.com will be essential services here to ensure that medical businesses are equipped with everything they need.

A New Lockdown

Finally, it is possible that we will be plunged into a second lockdown without much warning. Governments have already warned that this could occur at the drop of a hat if cases begin to surge once more. Medical businesses will need to be prepared for this and make sure that they have the right measures in place to deal with that possibility. This does mean that the business model needs to be flexible enough to adapt.

We hope this helps you understand some of the key challenges that the medical business industry is going to face over the next few months and even the next few years.


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Why Young People Are Stuck In Coronavirus Limbo

When the social distancing measures were announced in March, thousands of students had to quickly throw their things into suitcases, say goodbye to their university friends, and return to their childhood bedrooms.

All the teenagers who had been getting ready for GCSEs and A-levels were told that their exams were cancelled. They missed out on tearful goodbyes with their friends, end of year proms, trips abroad, festivals and 18th-birthday parties. While it is too soon to know what the impact of the lockdown will be on young people because the coronavirus pandemic is so unprecedented, it has already had a huge effect on their lives, and many feel that they are stuck in limbo.

While the social lives of teenagers are hugely important for them, it is not just that. Many of them are extremely disappointed that they have not been able to sit their exams and pass through and move on to adult life. They don’t get to sit those exams and then enjoy a long summer of fun and freedom. Many of them don’t know what to do right now and without the exams just feel aimless.

Not only do these young people feel at a loss right now but many are also worried that being part of the “COVID generation” will impair their long-term job prospects if they are just handed their grades on a plate rather than earning them.

Those that are still studying for exams next year are also feeling that their teachers are rushing them through their modules and that they are not getting the attention they need through online learning. While there is plenty of help online for study such as a blog by Stephen Troese, online courses and all the information you could ever need, it can be difficult for young people to find the motivation.

For the young people who had already made it to university, there is a different set of challenges. Not only have they had their first, second or third year of university ripped from under their feet, but they are also missing out on their independence and the experience. The students who are only in their first year of uni may have only just been settling in when they had to leave, and this is a time you can never get back.

The effect on young people’s mental health is a huge worry as young people feel stress more acutely than adults and the brain is more susceptible to life disruptions than a fully matured brain.

Writer Jon Savage, author of Teenage: The Creation Of Youth 1875-1945 said: “Every generation has its own task in its own time. When I was a teenager in the 1960s, I was terrified I would die in a nuclear war. The thought that I could die at any time changed the way I looked at the world. There are always terrible events that threaten our future until things change, and the next threat comes along.”

Unfortunately for young people now, Coronavirus is different as they can’t go out to protest against the virus. They can’t do anything, apart from stay at home and obey their parents’ house rules. Coronavirus has put the lives of young people on pause as well as giving them an uncertain future.

7 Reasons To Live In New York At Least Once!

The decision to move a new city is both an exciting and challenging one. Some of us feel attached to our home towns, while others are dying to get out and have an adventure! Perhaps living in NY is on your bucket list, but you haven’t taken the plunge and made it happen yet? There are plenty of reasons why you should move to NY, even if only for a short time. To get you all pepped up for that future move, here come seven great reasons.

1. History & culture 

New York has a rich history, part of the reason that the city attracts so many visitors from all across the world. One of the most famous landmarks in New York City is the Brooklyn Bridge, built back in 1883 when a parade of elephants was herded across (apparently to prove how strong the bridge was)! Sometime later in 1886, came the Statue of Liberty. This awe-inspiring landmark was presented as a gift from the French, to mark the American Declaration of Independence.

2. Amazing food

With a rich influence of cultures from all over the world, New York has some seriously fantastic food to sample. Looking to go Michelin Star? You’ll find 76 Michelin Star restaurants across NY. In 2019, sixteen new restaurants made this highly sought after list. Two of those new on the Michelin Star list were Atomix, serving up some fantastic Korean Cuisine, and Le Grill de Joël Robuchon, for a delicious taste of France. There are endless foodie neighbourhoods in New York, from West Village and their famous Roquefort Burgers to the tasty fried chicken and waffles in Williamsburg.

3. The creative scene

There are roughly 1,500 art galleries in New York City, everywhere from Queens and Brooklyn to across Manhattan or Chelsea. Some of the most famous in NY are The Museum Of Modern Art, The David Zwirner Gallery and Gagosian Gallery. If you’re a theatre fan, there are about forty Broadway theatres, not to mention all the venues for live music. But you don’t have to be a mere spectator to get involved with the creative scene in NY, there are many opportunities for artists here. Whether you practice painting, music, or dance, you’ll be sure to find an outlet and a tribe!

4. Beautiful parks

City life can feel a little claustrophobic at times, but thankfully there are plenty of beautiful parks to relax and chill down. There are some especially lovely parks on the Upper West Side including, the world-famous Central Park, Lincoln Towers Park and Theodore Roosevelt Park. There’s plenty to do in Central Park, while you’re here don’t forget to climb up Belvedere Castle for some amazing views.

5. Diverse people 

New York is home to people from all over the world; it’s this that contributes to the richness of the city from the eateries to the art scene. In New York, you’ll meet people from all walks of life. As a newbie in town, you might well want to join an expat group. There are some great ones on Meet Up where you can meet others in the same boat as you, whether for drinks, chats or language exchanges.

6. Rich opportunities 

New York is a huge place, no matter which industry you work in you can be sure that there are plenty of opportunities here to find work, develop your skills, or even start your own business. It’s not to stay that the job market in NY isn’t competitive, but if it’s your dream to live here, you’ve got to go after it and see!

7. The shopping 

Shopaholics will simply love New York City, home to so many of the world’s top fashion brands. When you’re walking around the city, you just can’t help but stare at some of the seriously unique styles that the NY locals wear! Fifth Avenue is probably the most famous street for shopping in NY, here you’ll find the likes of Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Madison Avenue is another top shoppers spot, and you’ll usually find it a little quieter than Fifth.

Choosing a home
One of the most important things to do is to research the different neighbourhoods in NY. It’s a massive place and living in one neighbourhood vs another offers a totally different experience of the city. It’s worth spending enough time figuring this out before you commit to a rental or purchase a home. Once you’ve found the perfect pad it’s time to start improving your home, with some fun NYC themed decor!

Taking Care of Senior Citizens: COVID-19 Pandemic

The current global pandemic has caused major disruption across the globe, and left many Americans in difficult situations. But the most at-risk age group are senior citizens and particularly those with existing health conditions, many of who are currently living in self-isolation.

So how can we take care of our parents, grandparents, and the senior citizens in our community at this difficult time? It is important to remember first and foremost not to contaminate the space of, or have physical contact with, anyone in the most at-risk groups. But there are lots of other things you can do to provide advice and support.

Health Precautions 

If you are taking care of a senior citizen – either living with them, or delivering food, medicines or other support, it is very important to take care of your own health and follow strict precautions. Wash your hands frequently, and certainly before and after coming into contact with another person, or when touching objects that someone else will use. If you’re preparing food for someone else, wash your hands carefully and wear a clean mask if possible.

Avoid crowds and confined spaces with other people wherever possible, keep your hands away from your face, and carefully dispose of used tissues. If you can use a different bathroom from an at-risk person, this is advised. Clean frequently-touched surfaces in your home often, including mobility and medical equipment used by your loved one, such as walkers, canes and handrails.

Financial Support

The COVID-19 epidemic has left many people out of work and struggling financially. As a result, the government has issued a universal stimulus check to supplement incomes in this difficult period. To receive your check, you need to have registered your taxes for 2018, or be paying tax through your work.

But many people have been asking: will senior citizens receive a stimulus check? A comprehensive answer to this question can be found through the link in blue. But generally speaking, senior citizens should be eligible to receive this financial support. If someone you care for needs to claim this money, you can check their eligibility through the IRS website. This check can be used to pay for rent, supplies, or anything else you might need. So it can be a vital lifeline for a vulnerable person. You can help make sure your loved ones are eligible to receive it.

Socialising and Emotional Support

Social distancing shouldn’t mean anyone feels isolated or lonely. It is important to encourage loved ones and senior citizens in your community to find safe ways to receive emotional support and socialise safely. This could mean daily phone calls with friends, family, and other isolated members of the community. You can also find ways to connect online, with faith groups, hobby groups, and other supportive communities. Help set up video calls and introduce any technology which might help them feel connected.

If you suspect someone might be isolated on their own, you can post a card through the letterbox with your phone number, and offer to pick up groceries or medicines, or just to have a chat if they’re feeling lonely. But be extremely careful to do so safely – wash your hands, don’t have physical contact, and clean anything you are leaving for them.

The Institute on Aging also offers a Friendship Line, for senior citizens to call in a crisis, and provide support and advice when needed.

This is a difficult time for everyone. But senior citizens are particularly at risk, and may be more isolated. Taking care of an older loved one is also a great way to keep yourself busy and feeling connected. So do whatever you can to help.

Essential Worker Roles That Need You More Than Ever

A lot of people are finding that their working lives have seen them transition to working from the home, fulfilling much of the same role but remotely. Others, however, may have lost their job due to the amount of businesses closing up shop, and others still might simply be looking to work in a field that is essential at this time of crisis. As such, here are some industries and roles that are looking for people to bolster their ranks.

Emergency services

Emergency service providers work in both paid and volunteer capacities, working with fire stations, police departments, and local town infrastructures, providing emergency services such as emergency medical care and rescue of those in hazardous conditions. Though there are fewer people out and about, there are more people who will need emergency services due to the complications caused by lockdowns throughout the local area. This can include those who need emergency care in the case of contracting coronavirus, but can also count for those who may be in peril while living in isolation.

Healthcare

Though a pivot to a healthcare career may take a longer time than most careers, it is one that is quickly welcoming nurses, admin staff, and many others to its ranks. For those who have since left the career or specialized, there are plenty of surgery jobs currently available, too. Many health care businesses are feeling an additional strain right now and need workers who aren’t even dealing directly with patients affected by the coronavirus.

Food and agriculture

Those who work in every step of the food production process, from growing and farming, to those who clean and process the foods in a processing plant, are essential at the moment. The COVID-19 crisis is proving a challenge to the distribution efforts of the global just-in-time supply chain. As such, a lot of grocers and markets are relying much more on local providers. This means that there are more opportunities for agriculture work than usual. In many cases, supermarkets, corner stores, and farm banks are also hiring more workers than ever.

Transportation

Although people are less likely to buy as many products as they did before, there has always been a large demand for more workers in the transportation and logistics sector, with the average age of delivery drivers consistently on the increase due to a relative lack of new workers. There have been fears of drivers in the transportation industry being phased out due to an eventual rise of self-driving technology. However, for the moment, such drivers are high in demand, as are those who will work in packing plants, fulfillment companies, and so on. With more and more people shopping remotely, there are more goods on our roads than usual.

Of course, the one thing to bear in mind about essential roles is that it involves dealing with a certain degree more risk of coming in contact with those who have at some point contracted the coronavirus. However, to those who feel a sense of duty in this crisis, that may not be enough to scare you off.

Who Could Live In A Country Like This?

For those who make a success of it, moving abroad can be the best life decision. Not only does it mean getting stuck into a new culture, but it’s also a chance to shake the shackles of everyday life and experience something totally new. That said, a move of this magnitude is no walk in the park. It involves getting your head around new housing laws and even working with an immigration law firm to ensure citizenship in some cases. And, that’s just the beginning!

In short, moving abroad is definitely not for the faint of heart. That’s not to say, of course, that this couldn’t still be a wise move for you. It merely means that you should first make sure that the effort will pay off by thinking honestly about whether that country is the one for you. Of course, we all have different criteria when we’re moving anywhere, especially overseas. But, if this is your first move abroad, you might be able to make the transition a little easier for yourself by choosing a destination where –

You already know the language

You’re in for a cultural shock with this move as it is, so don’t make it any harder. By selecting a country where you can already speak the language, you at least ensure you can communicate with estate agents, neighbours, and more. This also means you’ll be in with a fighting chance at making friends as soon as you touch down. That’s a far better position to be in than if communication wasn’t possible.

The climate isn’t too much of a leap

Whether you’re after fun in the sun or snow, at last, it’s tempting to look for countries with climates different to what you know. But this might not be the best idea. Adjusting to an extreme climate change on top of everything could easily overwhelm. Instead, either seek countries with a similar climate or move at a time of year that gives you a chance to transition. Otherwise, all that stunning snow will soon lose its appeal as you battle with frostbite and a totally inappropriate wardrobe.

You’ve already been and loved

A great house isn’t much good if it’s located in a destination that you’ve never visited. Worse, the fact that you’ll be doing a lot of your house hunting online means that taking a blind leap could backfire. As simple as that, you’ll touch down into a town that simply isn’t what you’d imagined. And, then you’ll have to adjust to living there! Don’t let it happen by only ever considering countries that you’ve already visited and loved. That way, you can enjoy the peace of mind that this is a destination well worth all the time and expense that you’re about to pile into it.

Moving abroad can undoubtedly be a life-affirming experience, but only if you take your time choosing the perfect place. And, that’s a goal you’ll find yourself a lot closer towards with this checklist to hand.

Snoqualmie: The Mystique Of The North-West

Washington state doesn’t get the praise it should. It’s by far, in the top 3 for the most beautiful parts of America. Although it is right in the northernmost part of the country, it’s not really known for its snowy mountains. Rather, it’s one of the best places to go if you want to explore forests, rivers and open landscapes. One of the best places to go in this great state is Snoqualmie. This small town of just 14,000, is known for its classic American architecture and its luscious surroundings. Neighboring the amazing city of Seattle, this is a small town you can come to and just relax. Everyone minded their business and is automatically polite to one another. It’s a place where you can take life as it comes. There are many homely cafes, mom n’ pop restaurants and places to hike.

The hallmark attraction

As with any state that has incredible landscapes, there is a hallmark attraction you will want to visit. The Snoqualmie Falls has been the backdrop for many Hollywood scenes and documentaries. Around 1.5 million visitors come to the falls every single year. It has a 270-feet drop making it one of the most violent yet beautiful water features in the country. There’s plenty of accommodating experiences as there are wheelchair access, handrails and footpaths up to the peak. The local diners have warm pancakes, waffles and good old black American coffee, made from local roasts. There’s also a winery nearby so you can take a few bottles that you like, home with you.

Back to nature

There’s one clear reason why you come to a town like this, and it’s the yearning to get back to nature. Book yourself on an All Rivers & Saltwater Charters adventure as you will get to explore the Seattle Area Rivers while catching some of the wildest fish in the northern hemisphere. You have professional guides right by your side, so there’s no chance of getting lost in the vast network of rivers and streams. All the equipment is provided for you, such as the tackle, bait, rod, boat, fuel, and personal gear. If this is your first time fishing, they will show you the proper technique and a few tricks of the trade to get your line a bite quicker than most. The sport of trophy fishing might take you by storm when you’re out in the wilderness.

A line to the wild

In the northernmost upper-west state, getting around was and is still challenging. That’s why the history of the Northwest Railway Museum is so fascinating. The steam locomotives made out of iron, are still engineering wonders to behold. Parts of the train station are still trapped in time, showing guests what it would have been like to arrive at this stop, in 1890 when it was built. The architecture is classic Victorian, rare to find in any North-American location.

Snoqualmie is surrounding by forests and rivers that are the same they were millions of years ago. The fresh air, incredible sights and friendly town are well worth the trip out from Seattle.

New To Anime? Give These A Watch

If you’ve never watched anime before, where have you been? In case you didn’t know, anime is the Japanese word for animation, and essentially refers to anything animated. This can be film, TV, comic books, graphic novels, etc. It tends to have a distinctive style of animation compared to, say, Disney. But anime is also very popular internationally, with many films and TV shows translated for a global audience to enjoy.

If you’re intrigued by anime and want to see what it’s all about, here are some suggestions to get you started.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away is one of the most well-known anime films, it was even nominated for an Oscar back at the 2003 Academy Awards. The story centers around a young girl named Chihiro, whose parents are turned into pigs by a witch, leaving the hero to get a job at the witch’s bathhouse to help free them. Highly rated and highly recommended, it’s a wonderful family watch that can ease you into the world of anime. Need further convincing? Read the Rotten Tomatoes reviews here.

Kite Liberator

Kite Liberator is an anime movie series that’s had people hooked for years. Available online, Kite Liberator is the second in the film series, set 10 years after the first one. Featuring a mixture of space and assassins, it’s a fast-paced adventure that will give you a fantastic introduction into the world of anime. Why not watch both movies back to back and make a movie night of it?

Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle is a wonderful anime film that is very popular amongst children and adults. The English-language version of the film has an amazing cast that includes Christian Bale, Billy Crystal and Lauren Bacall, in case you need more of a reason to watch it. Featuring magic, war and a cute owl, the story focuses on Sophie, who is turned into an older woman and along her journey to be changed back, joins the resistance against the kingdom’s ruler. It’s the ideal movie to enjoy as a family and will show you just how great anime can be.

Vampire Knight

Want to enjoy something a bit grittier? Then Vampire Knight is a great series, especially if you love classic YA movies and TV like Twilight and Buffy. The series is set in a school which is attended by both vampire and humans, but the twist is that the humans are unaware that there are vampires – with the usual high school drama added in. A fun series to get into, you’ll soon be hooked!

Discovering new movies is fantastic, and if you can find a new genre that you love, then even better! Anime will open up a whole new world, introducing you to all kinds of exciting series and movies. Need further inspiration for your movie-watching? Take a look at this big list of movies to give you some ideas of things to watch today.

5 More Strange Things About Denmark

6. Let Happiness Reign

Feeling down? Then make Denmark your next travel destination as the UN’s World Happiness Report 2016 ranks it as the happiest country in the world (while the USA came in at number 17). The European nation has been topping the happiness chart since 2013, and though there are many instances of depression during the gray winter months, overall the quality of life Danes enjoy has allowed them to hold this title year after year (this despite the fact that they have some of the highest taxes in the world). Maybe if you’re there, some of the bliss will rub off on you.

7. FYI, Porn is Legal and Widely Available Here

Maybe this is why they’re so damn happy? The Danes are a little more relaxed when it comes to sexually explicit images than some other countries. In 1969, Denmark became the world’s first country to legalize pornography. You can purchase it in just about every neighborhood convenience store or gas station, and there’s a TV station that freely broadcasts hardcore material with no barriers to access it. They do have some basic guidelines, however. Pornographic magazines must be displayed out of eyesight of children, and may not be sold to those under 15 years of age.

8. Family Trumps Food

If you want to throw a party in Denmark, expect to spend a pretty penny. Hosts can spend up to six months’ salary on one formal celebration and that covers rent, drinks, food, and entertainment (especially for “round” birthdays like 30, 40 or 50). They love to eat and drink socially and tend to prefer traditional meals like smørrebrød when they do. The interesting thing is that is that spending time with friends and family outshines what’s being consumed. That being said, New Nordic Cuisine has become a globally respected culinary trend, and the Copenhagen restaurant Noma was voted Best Restaurant in the World in four different years.

9. Hiding In Plain Sight

Flashy cars, diamonds that can be seen from outer space, and other gaudy shows of affluence have no place in Danish culture. High social position and wealth, while recognized by individuals of a similar economic position, are usually understated otherwise. This is because of the “Jante Law”—a code of morality formulated by author Aksel Sandemose in his 1933 novel A Refugee Crosses His Tracks. It emphasizes that an individual shouldn’t display material or other portrayals of superiority, and boasting in public should be avoided. So that guy in the black jeans, scuffed boots, and grey sweatshirt could be a multi-millionaire and you’d never know, unless you know.

10. This Might Drive You Batty

Creeped out by a bat in the house? They’re protected by law, so don’t dare whack it with a broom. You cannot harm or kill a flagermus. One Danish family had to vacate their house for a year because they could not get rid of these flying rats and just couldn’t take it anymore.

5 Strange Things About Denmark

1. Spicy Traditions
Let’s start with some rather odd Danish traditions surrounding milestone birthdays. If you turn 25 and are still unmarried (which is increasingly common in this country where marriage is seen as optional), the tradition is to throw fistfuls of cinnamon all over the person. We’re not talking a little sprinkle of sugar and spice. Some people are caked in it. And if you’re not wed by 30, they douse them with pepper!

2. What’s In a Name
Sorry Gwyneth and Kim, but in Denmark you wouldn’t be free to name your kid Apple or North. Baby naming is regulated by several government Ministries here, to ensure that you don’t saddle your offspring with a whimsical, frivolous or silly moniker. The culture respects sameness more than standing out, so names are pretty standard. Parents can choose from about 7000 pre-approved names for boys and girls. If you try to register an odd spelling of a familiar name, chances are it will be rejected.

3. Helmets Optional
Bicycles are the preferred method of transportation for Danes, and there are wide bike lanes along the roads everywhere you look. In fact, there are more than twice the number of bicycles than cars in the country and over 50 per cent of Copenhageners of all ages regularly get around on two wheels – and love to ring their little bells while doing it! However, it’s interesting to note that while it’s one of the most cycle-friendly nations on Earth, they also have one of the lowest levels of helmet use.

4. Rule Breakers…Nope
Danes are sticklers for rules and this can come as a shock for visitors. For example, even when no cars or bicycles are in the street, it’s a ghost town, and proverbial tumbleweed rolls past, Danes will wait patiently on the sidewalk until the flashing LED man tells them to cross rather than jaywalk. It’s shocking to see it live and easy to tell foreigners from locals when a lone Dane is left standing all alone on a recently vacated sidewalk.

5. The Legality Of Pusher Street
Amsterdam may have its Red Light District, but Copenhagen has their Green Light District. Freetown, on the island of Christiania in Copenhagen, is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood established by hippies in 1971. It began as a social experiment in alternative lifestyles and has been known for its rather liberal attitude towards drugs. The main drag is known as Pusher Street, where weed and hash were openly tolerated up until 2004. It’s now technically illegal, but the business still thrives – you just have to be a little more subtle about it. It’s a fun area to explore, but don’t don’t even think about documenting your time in this “green” bazaar however, as “No Photography” signs are everywhere, along with runners and bodyguards who ensure this remains the case.

Women And Leadership In Healthcare

Traditionally, healthcare was a significant employer of women. Even today, more than 75 percent of the workforce in most hospital settings is female, dramatically outstripping the participation of men. The majority of female workers in the industry are either nurses or janitorial, but the number of physicians is growing strongly.

But there’s a problem: the number of women in the highest echelons of the medical profession is low. CEO and senior management positions are held overwhelmingly by men.

So what’s going on here?

Well, first, it’s worth pointing out that women appear to be attracted to the medical profession because it is a “caring industry” and plays to female strengths. Many women find it highly natural to assist patients in recovering from illness. Fewer women, however, appear to be striving for the top jobs.

The reasons for the lack of female participation at the top levels of the healthcare system remain hard to identify. The benefits, however, are considerable. Research from the University of California, for instance, has found that the companies with the highest percentage of women on the board have a 74 percent greater return on investment than those with the lowest. Professional services firm McKinsey also estimates that advancing women’s quality across the world could increase global growth by $12 trillion, or two-thirds of the total value of the US economy.

Women in leadership is a pressing issue of our times. Take a look at the following infographic to find out more about the evidence for including more women in senior positions in the industry.


Infographic by Bradley University