Thanksgiving Food

What is served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? A traditional Thanksgiving dinner consists of roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.  Traditional Thanksgiving foods are sometimes specific to the day, and although some of the dishes might be seen at any semi-formal meal in the United States, the Thanksgiving dinner often has something of a ritual or traditional quality to it. Many Americans would regard it as “incomplete” without stuffing or dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and cranberry sauce. Other commonly served dishes include winter squash and sweet potatoes, the latter often prepared with sweeteners such as brown sugar, molasses, or marshmallows.

Roasted vegetables are often served, such as carrots or parsnips, celery , beets , turnips , radishes , asparagus , Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. A fresh salad may be included, especially on the West Coast. A relish tray, with various pickles, olives, onions or peppers, is often included either with the meal itself or as a pre-meal appetizer. Bread rolls, biscuits, or cornbread, the latter particularly in the South and parts of New England, may also be served. For dessert, various pies are usually served; pumpkin pie is widely regarded as traditional, although apple pie, mincemeat pie, sweet potato pie, cherry pie, chocolate cream pie and pecan pie are often served as well.

The beverages at Thanksgiving can vary as much as the side dishes, often depending on who is present at the table and their tastes. Spirits or cocktails sometimes may be served before the main meal. On the dinner table, unfermented apple cider (still or sparkling) or wine are often served. Pitchers of sweet tea can often be found on Southern tables. Beaujolais nouveau is sometimes served; the beverage has been marketed as a Thanksgiving drink since the producers of the wine set the annual release date to be one week before Thanksgiving beginning in 1985, and it is said to pair well with the wide variety of food served for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of eggnog season.

RIP Diego Armando Maradona

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, his spokesman announced Wednesday. Renowned along with Brazil’s Pele as one of the greatest footballers of all time, the Argentine World Cup winning captain died of a heart attack, having undergone brain surgery earlier this month, a member of his entourage told AFP. President Alberto Fernandez immediately announced three days of national mourning in the South American country. Shortly before the announcement that shocked a nation, Argentine media reported Maradona had suffered a serious health setback on Wednesday and was being treated by doctors at his home north of Buenos Aires.

An advanced playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona was the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then-world record £5  million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9  million. He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys during his club career, and is most famous for his time at Napoli and Barcelona where he won numerous accolades.

Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, having knocked England out of the tournament in a match which saw him score the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal and another – widely considered to be one of the greatest goals of all time. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time on the pitch, his life off the pitch was equally notorious – amid battles with drug and alcohol addiction. During his time with Italian side Napoli he won the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990, along with an Italian Cup in 1987 and a Uefa Cup in 1991.

But it was also during these years that his addiction to cocaine took hold. In 1991, the year he left the club, he was given a 15-month suspension for drug violations. In 1994 he was thrown out of the World Cup in America after failing a drugs test, before retiring from football in 1997. In 1999 and 2000 he was taken to hospital suffering heart problems, the second time requiring a respirator to breathe. In 2004, he was again treated in hospital for severe heart and respiratory problems linked to his drug abuse. He has undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse. In January, he had surgery to stem bleeding in his stomach and in July he underwent a knee operation. Three week ago he was admitted to hospital for surgery on a blood clot in his brain, before being discharged to recover at home. It was there that he died on Wednesday.

More Crazy Laws In Europe

1. Any child born in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales must be able to spell the town name by the age of six and pronounce it by the age of thirty-four.

2. In Turkey it is against the law to fall in love with a neighbor’s son, daughter, wife, servant, or animals.

3. During Sweden’s long hours of winter darkness, it is illegal to complain that you wish it were sunny.

4. Pinching a girl’s bottom is permitted by law in Italy.

5. Any Scotsman found to be wearing underwear beneath his kilt can be fined two cans of beer.

6. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requests the use of your toilet, you must allow them access.

7. It is illegal to ski down a mountain in Switzerland while reciting poetry.

8. Divorce is still illegal in the Vatican. In Malta it was legalized in 2011.

9. Noisy sandals are forbidden on the Isle of Capri, Italy.

10. In Denmark it’s not against the law to escape from prison.

Candy For Halloween

Ah, Halloween. It is the perfect little festival meant for kids and adults alike. It’s the time when children and their elders dress up and try to find new and innovative costumes and try and outdo each other in the authenticity & ingenuity of their costume design. And it’s also a time to have fun, go for parties and give out candy. What kid doesn’t enjoy getting free candy from their parents, uncles & aunts and families in their neighbourhood?

You can go and get candy from your local Walmart / Target / Loblaws or any kind of chain supermarket or the convenience store on your block. Or look out for specialty stores that offer candy products like Bazooka Joe in bulk candy supplies. You may as well go to a store online or physical and if you have the need, they would be the best to get you your needs.

Another options is Bulk Barn or something similar for buy certain candy in bulk. If you having trouble finding treats and party supplies near you stores like these make it effortless to find candies by color, flavor (mint, sour, and spicy), event (birthday, wedding, baby shower), or holiday (Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, or Halloween). You can even conveniently search international candy by nation, for hard to find Japanese or Mexican sweets!

Crazy Laws In Europe

1. In France it’s illegal to name your pig Napoleon.

2 . Driving a dirty car in Chelyabinsk, Russia can get you fined up to 2,000 rubles (about 62 USD).

3. In Milan it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except for funerals or hospital visits.

4. An English law prohibits people to die in the House of Parliament.

5. Heels are banned at certain Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis.

6. Men wearing a skirt in public in Italy can be arrested.

7. In Denmark, if a person finds a lost child, they can claim the child as their own if a parent does not turn up within 2 hours.

8. No one is allowed to play electronic games in Greece.

9. If you challenge a man to a fist fight to the death in Norway, he must accept or pay a penalty of 4 deer.

10. In Russia it is illegal to say any sentence containing more than 4 words in English.

Halloween Trick O’Treat

One of the best festivals in the world is Halloween. It’s fun for everyone and well you get free candy. Well, technically it’s not free as someone does buy it but they then give it out to kids in the neighbourhood who come knocking at their door and say “trick or treat”. SO if you are a kid it’s fun and you get candy for free. Your parents, uncles and aunts will ofcourse be buying all that candy so they can give to you as well as the other kids who come a knocking.

Ofcourse I only know Halloween from the movies and tv shows from the US & Canada. I have never celebrated Halloween except for the really lame attempts at the office (since we are an American owned BPO working for US, Canada & UK companies) and the HR tries to inject some activities during major holidays and festivals from North America, UK & India. Last year Halloween was terrible as all I saw was Harley Quinn & Joker (Heath Ledger Joker) makeups and variations of it.

I love the fact that they give out chocolates to kids. That is just a great joy for kids and adults of all ages as well. Some of the Halloween special candy is also pretty awesome looking and they have some cool wrapper designs as well. I just go crazy for that.

Should Columbus Day Be Replaced With Indigenous Peoples Day?

Speaking as an outsider, but as a human, ofcourse it should be. Why would the nation of the USA celebrate Columbus Day which is symbolic of the massacre of a people. The opposition to the celebration of Columbus Day, decrying both Columbus’ and other Europeans’ actions against the indigenous populations of the Americas, did not gain much traction until the latter half of the 20th century. This opposition was initially led by Native Americans and was expanded upon by left-wing political parties.

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. However, the celebration of Columbus Day in the United States began to decline at the end of the 20th century, although many Italian-Americans and others continue to champion it. The states of Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, South Dakota, New Mexico, Maine, Wisconsin and parts of California including, for example, Los Angeles County do not recognize it and have each replaced it with celebrations of Indigenous People’s Day (in Hawaii, “Discoverers’ Day”, in South Dakota, “Native American Day” ).

I find that the Native Americans should be getting the due that they rightfully deserve. Even now, there are cases of some white people still racially discriminating them and even ignorant idiots telling them to “go back to where they are from” – blissfully unaware that they are talking to a Native and they themselves are descendants of immigrants. The irony is appalling!

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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.