Lifestyle Glitz - September Tranquility 2016

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Lifestyle Glitz

September 2016

Tranquility

Four Postpartum

Psychological

Problems

Mothers

Need To Know

About

Eat Right, Feel

Right: Food for

Your Age

(Women Only)

How Essential

Oils Can Help

You Sleep Better

8 Most Fearsome

and Famous

Sea Pirates

of All

Times

Most Famous

Textile Companies

in South

Asia

The Three Best

Self-Driving

Cars and Why

10 Crucial Business Best

Practices You’ll Need in Your

Company

3 Best Cloud Storage

Services of 2016

How to Inflict Less Pain on Yourself:

7 Things You’re Doing Wrong

Discovery of the

Ninth Planet

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Spotlights on “The

Spellz” with Singer Nasir

Anis Khan


E A T R I G H T , F E E L R I G H T : F O O D F O R

Y O U R A G E ( W O M E N O N L Y )

With age, our digestion becomes slower and

we bring changes to our diet just so we can

feel right. We also come across new spices and

aromas, which make way into our meals. However,

are you providing your body with the required

nutrition according to your age? A nutritionist,

Ella Allred’s recommended nutrients for

women of every age group, which we shall discuss

today.

T H E Y O U N G F L O W E R : T E E N A G -

E R S

As a girl blooms from her baby days into her

youth, she becomes the focus of all eyes. Everyone

wishes to see how beautiful she turns

out to be. The young girl herself also becomes

cautious of how she appears to those around

her, combined with the social media pressure

of “perfect body” on the women.

To reach size zero, (the desirable shape), girls

opt for severe diets. Ridding their body of any

useful minerals and vitamins needed for their

proper growth. For this age, Ella lays focus on:



Magnesium and Calcium rich foods that

help the bones. (Nuts, whole grains, seeds,

and green leafy vegetables)

Omega 3 fats for the production of hormones.

(oily fish, flax and chia seeds)

P A R T Y A N I M A L ; E A R L Y T O M I D -

2 0 S

The 20s period is famous for bringing out the animal

inside a person, the odd hour parties, crazy risk and

thrills. Food people eat at this age is mostly garbage;

a tortilla chips at a party, a margarita at home. Living

at leftovers is not the way to go. What should you eat?

Here’s a hint:



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Food rich in vitamin B will support your exploratory

routine and make it easier for your body to survive

your late night alcoholic parties. (mushrooms,

eggs, green leafy vegetables, kale chips and fish)

Sufficient iron to make up for the loss in menstruation.

(sunflower seeds, nuts, fish and beef)




Fiber and zinc to enhance the skin. (fruits

and vegetables)

Protein rich foods for growth and development.

(eggs and chicken)

Almond milk instead of cow’s milk because

it simple tastes better!

W O R K I N G W O M A N ; M I D T O L A T E

2 0 S

At this age, women are often too busy changing their

passion into a successful livelihood and looking for a

new friend or even a romantic interest. In order to

deal with your hectic, fast-paced life you should:

F R E S H F I G S A S A S O U R C E O F

C A L C I U M

It is not necessary to eat these foods in their

usual form; you can make vegetable smoothies

including the trending spinach smoothie:



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Increase intake of magnesium rich foods, which

help the body to unwind and face tough situations.

(beans, avocados, dark chocolate and

whole grains)

Avoid sugar and coffee because they drain your

magnesium stores.


T H E F A M I L Y W O M A N ; 3 0 S T O

4 0 S

After building up their career and focusing on

their love life, women may want to start a family

at this age. For someone starting a family or

for future pregnancies:


its richness in protein

Try the traditional Japanese food, Natto recipe

below:



Diet revolving around folic acid. (spinach,

kale, asparagus, beans and citrus fruits)

Daily intake of citrus fruits and two servings

of green leafy vegetables

E N E R G Y L O S S ; 4 0 S T O 5 0 S

Many women at this age complain about their

energy draining out quicker and losing focus.

The production of antioxidant CoQ10 in the

body slows down from the 30s to the late 40s.

CoQ10 is required for energy and concentration.

To restore CoQ10 in the body, foods including:

Sardines/ Mackerel. (two portions per

week)

Beef and peanuts

T H E M E N O P A U S E

Most women dread this age of their lives. However,

eating required foods can make a big difference

in reducing the symptoms. For this

stage, one should consume foods containing

phytoestrogens, which are substitutes for estrogen

in the body.

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B E Y O N D T H E M E N O P A U S E

Your need for iron decreases when you stop menstruating.

Foods for this age include:

Vegetables as a source of iron instead of meat

Protein and complex carbohydrate with every

meal to avoid fluctuation in blood sugar level

and to lessen the chance of diabetes

Avoid refined sugar at all costs

Replace white potatoes with sweet potatoes

Feel happier and feel right with these health tips!

Never forget to take care of what you put into your

body.





Chickpeas, sesame and flax

Hummus

Fermented soy

Tofu is an ideal substitute for meat due to

Author Bio:

Aruba Ali has two passions – photography and studying English as a subject. Having specialized in English, she continues

to reach out to learn more and improve her skills in writing. In her spare time, she writes for Lifestyle, EBooks, and Blogs

to share her voice, expertise, and thoughts with the world.

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H O W E S S E N T I A L O I L S C A N H E L P Y O U

S L E E P B E T T E R

T H E B E S T E S S E N T I A L O I L S T O A I D

S L E E P

Each essential oil can have different effects on the

mind and body. This is why learning about the different

oils that help with sleeping disorders can you help

you better. Here are some essential oils that are ideal

for sleeping at night.

Sleeping without any interruption at night is one of

the most important aspects of any individual’s day,

as well as for their wellbeing. However, in today’s

hectic and stressful lifestyle, many people find it

difficult to fall asleep at night.

Aging is also one of the factors that come with

sleeplessness. Worrying, exhaustion, or having

emotional stress can also contribute to the inability

of getting a good night’s rest.

There are so many different ways through which

you can find relief from insomnia, but the use of

essential oils is one of the most common, natural,

and simplest methods that you can use each day

to help you sleep better at night.

H O W E S S E N T I A L O I L S A I D

S L E E P

Using essential oils will not cure insomnia or tackle

the root cause of it. However, it is a renowned

fact that essential oils can help you to relax and

calm down before bedtime. They also help you fall

asleep easily and enjoy an uninterrupted sleep.

You should know that essential oils are natural

extracts from flowers, leaves, stems, roots, and

barks of specific plants. They are highly concentrated

and to reap their benefits, using them in

high amounts is not necessary.





Lavender Essential Oil: This is an excellent choice

that helps relieves stress, and it is one that you

can also use as a sedative or antidepressant. Predominantly,

this oil is composed of alcohols and

esters and it has different therapeutic properties.

Chamomile Essential Oil: This is famous as a powerful

agent that calms the body and mind. It can

also help to alleviate depression, and lift one’s

mood. There are different forms of this oil available

in the market today, but the Roman Chamomile

is popular as the most effective one.

Valerian Root Essential Oil: For over a hundred

years now, people use Valerian root for its calming

and sedative effects. The roots have valerenic acid,

which is a GABA receptor modulator. It suppresses

the breakdown of the enzyme GABA in the

brain and causes sedation. Valerian is very effective

whether one uses internally or topically. When

using it as a supplement, it is advisable that you

dilute one drop in 4 ounces of liquid for half an

hour right before going to bed.

Marjoram Essential Oil: Again, there are different

forms of this essential oil available in the market.

Sweet Marjoram is the only suitable oil that helps

with sleep disorders mainly because it comes with

sedative and calming effects that reduces hypertension

as well as eases the nervous system.

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al economy. Cotton is the main raw material used

by textile firms. They process it and prepare it in

yarns for use in various ways.

Here is a list of the top textile companies in

South Asia:

I N D I A


Vetiver Essential Oil: This is also an excellent

oil, which relaxes and calms the body. Once

you use it, you may stay asleep all through the

night.

C O N C L U S I O N

Essential oils are best for insomnia and many other

health related problems. However, before purchasing

the appropriate one, it is advisable that

you consult with a qualified practitioner before using

any specific essential oil. It is also good to first

test them out just to ensure that you are not allergic

to them. For best results, buy the ones with

high quality.

Author: Farah Sharief

M O S T F A M O U S T E X T I L E

C O M P A N I E S I N S O U T H

"South Asia" is the term used to represent the

southern regions of the South Asian continent.

The countries in these regions include the famous

India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh,

Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan. The

textile industry in South Asia is one of the least

spoken about topics in the world. Primarily, this

industry provides clothing, yarn, and all kinds of

materials needed for apparels. Their distribution

around the world makes countries like Pakistan

very famous.

According to a research by Mr. Rao Umar Farooq

on "Markets Industry and Dynamics”, the textile

industry in Pakistan sees an annual growth by

3%, each year. This is very slow and the most

apparent reason for this is the recession in glob-











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Wardhman Textiles

Arvind Mills

Bombay Dyeing

Raymonds

Grasim Industries

Reliance Textiles

Fabindia

JCT Limited

Lakshmi Mills

Mysore Silk Factory

There are 2,500 textile-weaving factories, 4,135

finishing factories. According to a survey by AT-

Kearney, India ranks at the 4 th most promising

textile market.

P A K I S T A N


Chenab limited

Fateh Textile Mills Ltd

Nishat Mills Limited

Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Limited

The National Silk & Rayon Mills Limited

Husein Industries Limited

Kohinoor Textile Mills Limited

Safa Textile Limited

The Crescent Textile Mills Limited

Fazal Textile Mills Limited

S R I L A N K A

According to the Pakistan Textile Mills Association

(APTMA), there are 396 textile mills in Pakistan,

of which, 315 are spinning, 44 weaving,

and 37 composite units.

A F G H A N I S T A N

The country is still working on its economy, but

for starters, Spinzar is doing a great job.

There are 19 or more textile companies in Sri Lanka.

G.R.T. Tea Export

Apekz Solutions (Pvt) Ltd

TRUCO (PVT.) LTD.

Daedo Trading Co., LTD

Kingki (Pvt) Ltd,

CoCo Green (Pvt) Ltd

The Buying House (pvt) Ltd

Multichemi Exports (Pvt) Ltd

Haycolour Pvt Ltd

GREENKEEPERS (PVT) LTD

N E P A L


Spinzar Cotton Company, cotton

B A N G L A D E S H


Arun Textiles Pvt. ltd











Ha Meem Denims Ltd

Beximco Denims Ltd

Partex Denim

Chittagong Denims Ltd

Pacific Denims Ltd

Envoy Textiles Ltd

Jamuna Denims Ltd

Argon Denims Ltd

Shasha Denims Ltd

Mahmud Denims Ltd







Himchuli Readymade Cloth Udyog

Kriti Textile Pvt. Ltd

Response Clothing

Resprens Clothing

Samriddi Textile Pvt.ltd

Wool Bikri Cendra

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Anil Store Center

Budathoki Cotton Mill

Chitwan Readymade Cloth Udyog

S P O T L I G H T S O N “ T H E

S P E L L Z ” W I T H

S I N G E R N A S I R A N I S

M A L D I V E S











ADG Garments

ADG Textile Centre

Aqua Jam

Donad Garment Industries

Elegant Garment Designer

Hudhuma

Jilbaab Fothi

Maldives Garment Manufacturing Pvt Ltd

Misraab

MMI Bamboo Pvt Ltd

B H U T A N

Bio

Name: Nasir Anis Khan

Date of birth: Feb 9, 1981

Favorite movie: Legends of the fall

Favorite singer: Nusrat Fateh Ali

Aim in life: To represent Pakistan at an unprecedented

International level.

Interviewed by: Najiullah Qureishi and Alina Maniar

About The Spellz:

Before we proceed with the interview, it’s important to

introduce “The Spellz.”

Mostly the fabric of Bhutan is about weaving.

The one and only textile company here is

Kushuthara.

Kushuthara weaving

Author: Mona Sharif

"The Spellz" is a famous band created by a Toronto

based Pakistani artist Nasir Anis Khan. The band has a

strpng vision to inspire and entertain the English

speaking audiences all over the world. The Spellz reflects

the cultural diversity you find in Canada.

Nasir Khan was kind enough to give us some time to

interview him to get to know him personally.

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1. Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised in Lahore. Got all my education

from Lahore. Metric from DPS Model

Town, FSc from Govt College Lahore and BSc

from UET. I loved music all my life. Everyone in

my family sang and they were always singing

spiritual stuff that planted the seed towards

spirituality in me. But I tasted what music could

be. For me personally, it was when I started

writing my own music with my band in UET.

That was magical. Later, once I moved to Toronto,

the whole process stopped and 10 years

later, I decided to go back to my roots of making

music.

2. How did you put together the band Spellz?

What does your band name "The Spellz" mean

or represent?

It’s like casting a spell. When I am in the zone

of writing music, it casts a spell on me and in

that moment, I am not aware of my own surroundings.

That’s what makes music special

for me. Hence the name “The Spellz”.

3. How was the experience like… ‘The Spellz’

working with Daniel Weber the vocalist and the

lead guitarist of the Hollywood based rock

band, ‘The Disparrows’?

It was absolutely fantastic. He is a great musician,

but to top it off I found him to be a very

humble and a hard working person. It’s very

refreshing to see an artist like him who is ready

to work day and night just for the love of art.

That’s really hard to find these days.

4. How do you look at Pakistan’s music industry,

where is it heading? Is it grooming or failing

to produce meaningful music?

I think, it’s a mixed bag. The artists who are

established are in a good spot as they have

defined their style and genre already. For new

artists, it’s always a challenge to define who

they are and how they are different from the rest.

I feel that while there is no lack of talent, a lot of

new artists are trying to copy a hit song in Bollywood.

Personally, I feel that they are aiming for a

shortcut and there is no such thing as a short cut

in life. Every successful person regardless of the

profession has to do the hard hours and you can

only do the hard hours of practicing, training,

and redefining/redesigning if you really love it.

So, my advice to new talents in Pakistan will be

to really find the love of music inside of them and

not try to be someone else. If you sing with soul,

it will touch the souls of others for sure.

5. What is music and ‘sufism’ together for you?

Both go hand in hand. It’s like a perfect marriage.

Sufism is all about finding the One inside

of you and when you see a glimpse of the One,

you will keep diving deeper and deeper.

Music one the other hand is a channel and probably

one of the most powerful mediums. Happy

notes will make anyone happy and sad notes

make anyone sad regardless you understand the

words or not. So simply put, Sufism is the message

and music is the carrier delivering it to

hearts.

6. Do you have any regrets?

None. I am doing what I love and following the

path of God at the same time. 2 years back when

I started music again, I offered myself to Him

and said that I want to pass good messages to

the world and I want to talk about your greatness

to the world. I am happy that I am doing that.

7. Which type of music artist are you following

recently from east and west both?

Surprisingly, I don’t listen to a lot of music anymore.

There was a time when I did but not anymore.

If anything, I will listen to Coke Studio.

There is one song that took my heart away from

this season and that was Dam Ali Ali. Fantastic

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audio/video production. Kudos to Coke Studio

and Strings. I hope I can perform there one

day.

8. Did you face any hurdles in reaching this

point?

Tons of them but at the same time I am very

happy that I did. People look at a rose and

think how beautiful it is. They don’t look at the

journey of the rose. What they don’t see is that

the rose had to pass through the pains of

thorns before God gives it the beauty it wanted.

So yes, I have faltered and shattered many

times and had to sacrifice many personal

things in life in hopes that I will reach my desired

goals.

9. What are your plans for the future after this

collaboration with Daniel Weber?

Well let’s just say, I hope for many more.

(smile).

the world and working on passing messages of

peace and love. In 10 years, I want to have my

own city in Pakistan full of love and harmony InshaAllah.

I know this is what HE created me for…

13. Finally, a message to our readers and

your fans?

Create goals in life and be fearless going after

them. There is no better feeling than that. There

is nothing called a success and a failure in life.

Struggling to achieve goods is best form of learning

and the goods will always be sweeter. Love

you All! Nasir

Click here if you want to read more on NAS, or

click here to find him on Facebook.

Authors:

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10. Are you a proud Pakistani?

I bleed GREEN. One day I will be back and

making a difference. That’s the goal and the

plan. I want to have my own city of spirituality

where there is nothing but love.

11. What is the message ‘The Spellz’ are trying

to express through their music?

We are all one regardless of faith, color, gender,

race or any other borders. We are nothing

but souls captured in human bodies and that

soul is reflection of God himself. Think about, if

you are standing in a crowd, do you see the

crowd or do you see that there is only ONE. If

you see that there is only One, then you are a

true form of humanity. If you see a crowd, you

need to work on getting to see nothing but

One.

12. Where do you see yourself after 5 years?

On stage with the biggest artists from all over

Najiullah

Qureshi

Alina Maniar

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F O U R P O S T P A R T U M P S Y C H O L O G I C A L

P R O B L E M S M O T H E R S N E E D T O K N O W

A B O U T

Pregnancy brings about dramatic physical, chemical and emotional changes in the body. Few people are

aware of the influence of these changes on the mother’s mental health. Even though these effects last

only a few weeks, not being prepared for them can make them more severe and affect the wellbeing of the

baby. This article discusses four common mental health problems in the postpartum period along with

their symptoms and available treatment.

P O S T N A T A L D E P R E S S I O N

Postnatal depression is normal and nothing to

worry. Few parents expect it because nobody

talks about it enough. Both men and women experience

postnatal depression as they go

through the emotional and lifestyle changes in

the first few months after the birth of the child.

Identifying the symptoms of postpartum depression

can be difficult because cultural norms

teach mothers to ignore them and wait for them

to pass away.

Most of the time this is true, but if the symptoms

persist for more than a couple of weeks, it may

be a sign of postpartum depression. Typical

symptoms of postpartum depression include

feeling low or less energetic, frequent urges to

cry, irritability, exaggerated fear for the baby’s

safety or being alone, insomnia, marked changes

in appetite, weak concentration, and the desire

to get away from it all.

As mentioned earlier, the difficult thing about postpartum

depression is identifying that it exists. Treating

it is relatively easier since there are many cases

in which psychological therapy has helped to treat

postpartum depression successfully. Cognitive behavior

therapy (CBT) helps parents to become effective

self-monitors and to analyze the origins of their

own thoughts and behaviors. CBT develops a

heightened sense of awareness among parents

about the reasons behind how they feel, which

helps them to avoid feeling overwhelmed by negative

thoughts and develop more positive, realistic

thought patterns.

A N X I E T Y

Hormonal changes in the body during and after

pregnancy cause Anxiety. Anxiety manifests in urges

to cry as well as heightened sensitivity and irritability.

As with depression, the critical step is to identify

anxiety. This is extremely important because the

treatments of anxiety and depression are different,

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and it is easy to confuse symptoms of one with the other. Postpartum anxiety can take various forms,

including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and phobias.

Mild levels of anxiety are common during pregnancy and after childbirth as the body adapts to the

drastic changes taking place. Symptoms of anxiety include feelings of restlessness, muscular tension,

frequent episodes of feeling fearful or worried, and repetitive behaviors like checking up on the baby.

Treating anxiety can be with a combination of medication and psychological counseling. Often, both

approaches complement each other, so approaching a psychologist and a psychiatrist is recommendable.

Psychiatrists normally prescribe antidepressants that can be safely taken during pregnancy or

while the mother is breastfeeding the child to avoid any effect on the baby. Counseling methods include

behavior therapies that enable the individual to develop deeper perspective about their problems

and become better at coping with feelings of fear and worry caused by specific situations.

B I P O L A R D I S O R D E R

Compared to postpartum depression and anxiety,

bipolar disorder is relatively easier to identify.

People with bipolar disorder experience varying

emotions ranging from extremely negative to extremely

positive moods. Although it does not

seem to be so, bipolar disorder can become serious

if left untreated. An important feature of bipolar

disorder is that it is hereditary. Therefore, if

others in the family have experienced bipolar

disorder at some time in their lives, then you

should be attentive towards bipolar disorder

symptoms during and after pregnancy. Feelings

of depression and fear are common and the earliest

symptoms of the condition.

Bipolar disorder can be identified by the presence

of different symptoms for depression (the

phase of heightened negativity) and mania (the

phase of heightened positivity). The symptoms of

depression are the same as those for postpartum

depression, i.e. unexplainable urges to cry,

heightened fear and feelings of lowness. Episodes

of mania are easy to identify by reduced

sleep and high energy levels, frequent engagement

in risky behaviors, hyperactivity, irritability,

and feelings of grandiosity.

As with postpartum depression and anxiety, bipolar

disorder is controllable by a combination of

pharmacological and psychological therapies.

Medication largely consists of antidepressants

and mood stabilizers. Psychological counseling

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includes cognitive behavioral therapy and family-focused

therapy.

P O S T P A R T U M P S Y C H O S I S

Postpartum psychosis is a relatively rare but

serious psychological condition experienced by

women. A particular challenge with postpartum

psychosis is that it increases the risk of selfharm

or injury as well as harm to the baby.

Therefore, it is crucial to identify symptoms as

early as possible. According to the most recent

research on the subject, postpartum psychosis

and bipolar disorder are related. Therefore, the

two share several symptoms.

As with bipolar disorder, marked shifts in mood

characterize postpartum psychosis, thought

patterns and behavior. The symptoms may

emerge anywhere between two days to three

months after childbirth. Typical symptoms of

postpartum psychosis include insomnia, high

energy levels, irrational fear for the baby’s safety,

and decreased appetite.

Educating oneself about the possible mental

health issues during childbirth goes a long way in

developing an emotionally healthy mother who

can provide the necessary care to her baby. Having

someone to talk to during pregnancy and creating

a relaxing, supportive environment for the

first few weeks after childbirth can help to reduce

the severity and duration of postpartum

psychological problems.

Postpartum psychosis is relatively complex;

hence, one must sought its treatment should

as soon as the symptoms have been detected.

Medications are usually the first line of defense

and a good psychiatrist will generally recommend

a course of antidepressants, mood stabilizers

and antipsychotics to control the manicdepressive

episodes. In many cases, the mother

will need admission in a psychiatric ward to

receive treatment and to minimize the risk of

self-harm or harm to the baby.

Cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal

therapy are usually a great help in developing a

positive relationship between the mother and

the baby. It also helps to deal with symptoms.

In severe cases, treatment may involve electroconvulsive

therapy.

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topics. With a varied educational background

that encompasses science, commerce and the

humanities, he values the ability to accommodate

diverse perspectives and sensibilities on

the things he writes about.

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P I R A T E S O F A L L T I M E S

Many of those who have watched the famous sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean” would know

one name for sure – Barbossa. He was close to the original pirate and a modification of the

actual name. Here’s a list of ten of the most feared pirates of old times and interesting facts

about them:

T H E B A R B A R O S S A B R O T H E R S

‘Barbarossa’ in Italian means “Red Beard.” The Barbarossa Brothers sailed from North Arica’s

Barbary Coast, capturing any European vessel they came across in the Mediterranean Sea. The

two brothers, Aruj and Hizir targeted a Sardinian warship, two papal galleys, and Spanish boats.

Aruj lost his arm to the Spanish when they engaged in a battle. In 1516, Aruj has been in charge

of the Barbary Coast by the Ottoman sultan of that time. Hizir took over this post two years after

his brother died. He became famous by the name “Khair-ed-Din” and spent the rest of his lifefighting

Christian enemies. He fought the “Holy League” fleet formed by the pope too.

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S I R F R A N C I S D R A K E

Queen Elizabeth I, named Francis Drake “My Pirate.” He was

among the privateers that the English government licensed to attack

the Spanish ships. The group of privateers went by the name

“Sea Dog” and made quite a name. Drake went on a famous voyage

between 1577 and 1580, which made him the first English

captain to circumnavigate the earth. On this voyage, he lost four

out of five of his boats, raided several Spanish ports, captured several

Spanish ships carrying gold, and he executed a subordinate

for plotting mutiny. When he returned to England, the Queen

dubbed him a knight. Eight years after that, he played a big part in

defeating the Spanish Armada.

To find out why the Spanish Armada was one of the greatest failures despite being a great fleet,

watch the video below:

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F R A N Ç O I S L ' O L O N N A I S ( A K A J E A N - D A V I D N A U )

History says that the François L’Olonnais was

one of the many famous adventurers of his

time in the 1600s. He was French and became

a buccaneer. State sponsored privateers and

outlaws raided the Caribbean Seas during that

time. He became famous for raiding Spanish

ships and attacking coastal settlements. Upon

arriving at the Caribbean, he made quite a fearsome

reputation for his excessively cruel behavior

as an indentured servant.

Alexander Exquemelin described François l'Olonnais

as a man who tied a cord around the

necks of his victims and strangled them until

their eyes would pop or and hacked his victims

to bits and pieces. Once he suspected someone

of betrayal and he cut out the heart and

even took a bite off it. However, in 1668, karma

struck him when Exquemelin wrote that cannibals

captured him and ate him.

H E N R Y M O R G A N

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Henry Morgan may be the best of all the pirates known from the buccaneering period. He supposedly

ordered his cohorts to lock citizens of Puerto Principe (Cuba) within the confines of a

church while they plundered the town without hindrances of any sort. Then he went on to capture

Porto Bello (Panama) by using priests, mayors, and women as a human shield. He led

several other brutal raids against two more towns in Panama and Venezuela. In 1672, his arrest

changed his life and he served the acting governor of Jamaica in 1678, and then between

1680 and 1682. The irony in his life was that the Jamaican government passed an anti-piracy

law and Morgan actually assisted in the prosecution of pirates.

C A P T A I N K I D D

Captain Kidd was a Scottish sailor. His full

name was Captain William Kidd, and he

was one of the most respected privateers

that sailed in 1696 to hunt pirated who

troubled and occupied the Indian Ocean.

However, he later turned into a pirate himself

and started capturing vessels like the

Quedagh Merchant. He also killed a subordinate

with the aid of a wooden bucket,

which earned him a fierce reputation. At

some time on his way home, he stopped at

New York’s Gardiners Island to bury treasure.

At this time, a massive abandonment

by his crew left him crippled with only a few

companions. He had an encounter with the British East India Company and they arrested him,

taking him back to England. There, they executed him and left his decaying body to hang at

the banks of River Thames to serve as a notice to other pirates. The London Gazette reported

this.

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C A P T A I N B L A C K B E A R D

laying low when the British Navy attacked

him and his crew. Legend says it took five

gunshot wounds and twenty stab wounds

before he took his last breath. Romanticized

versions of Blackbeard have played in movies

like the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and

“Treasure Island” over the past years.

C A L I C O J A C K O R J O H N

R A C K A M

His birth name was Edward Teach but as a

pirate, he went by the name “Blackbeard.”

He intimidated his enemies with his long,

braided facial hair, slinging multiple daggers

and pistols across his upper body. He

captured a French slave ship in 1717, and

retitled the vessel to “Queen Anne’s Revenge.”

He reequipped 40 guns into it, and

with some extra firepower, he blockaded

the port of South Carolina and Charleston.

His demand was a large chest of medicines,

and until the people of the town provided

this, he continued occupying the area.

Blackbeard died a month later while

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Calico Jack received pardon for his earlier piracy acts in 1719. The following year he went

back to sea and seized a 12-gun sloop that he found at the Nassau harbor (Bahamas).

Among his crew were the only two women pirates that ever terrorized the Caribbean Sea.

One of them was Anne Bonny who had left her husband to tie the knot with Jack. The other

was Mary Read who purportedly sailed disguised as a man for quite some time. However,

another pirate took over Jack’s boat while he was drunk. Only Read, Bonny, and one other

man tried to resist the takeover. John Rackam hanged a month later whereas the two women

escaped the noose because they were pregnant. However, Read died in prison later, but

no one knows what happened to Bonny.

M A D A M E C H E N

Cheng Yih formed the biggest

pirate confederate in history in

1805. His wife, Madame Cheng,

took over his business after he

died two years later. She expanded

it further, and approximately

70,000 men with 1,800

ships joined her command. Her

husband had adopted Cheung

Po Tsai, who later became Madame

Cheng’s lover. Together,

they attacked ships in the South

China Sea, demanded protec-

tion money from coastal inhabitants, and captured seven British sailors. However, in 1810,

she sought a pardon when the Chinese authorities started to crack down on piracy. In her

youth, she lived as a prostitute and then ran a large opium smuggling business.

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Stay tuned, there will be more to read about pirates!

Author's Bio: Mona Sharif has been a blogger for the past five years, writing in different

niches ranging from travel to health and everything related to lifestyle. She

writes for us on part time basis to strengthen her profile as a writer.

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1 0 C R U C I A L B U S I N E S S B E S T P R A C T I C E S

Y O U ’ L L N E E D I N Y O U R C O M P A N Y

When you study project management as a course, you will marvel at so many details you

learn. However, only a few weeks later, you forget them. If you are one of those people who

prefer to go by the books and focus on the principles of project management, then it’s inevitable

that you forget the details that make project managers worth rivalling. Here are ten crucial

business best practices that you will need to keep in mind for the betterment of your

company.

# 1 : C O M M U N I C A T E W I T H P R O-

J E C T S T A K E H O L D E R S

Communication is the key to getting the right message

across and to make sure your project has a

great kick off. This means talking to everyone on the

team including stakeholders, managers, valued user,

sponsors, and clients.

# 2 : F O R M A R I S K M A N A G E M E N T

A N D R E S P O N S E T E A M

Every task and project in the company has different

risk levels. This is why you need to form a team responsible

for tackling risks. This can help you maintain

the projects in the progressive state without

getting out of hand. You should think of the risk

management team as the first line of defense in

case there are problems you encounter.

# 3 : H O S T A P R O J E C T K I C K - O F F

M E E T I N G

To manage any project successfully, you must align

all stakeholders. The best way to do this is in a

meeting. Involve everyone related to the project.

Address everyone’s expectations and both foreseen

and unforeseen risks and problems. This helps en-

sure proper communication and keeps everyone involved

in the loop. Make sure that everyone has a

healthy approach to the project.

# 4 : C L E A R C O N F U S I O N S U S I N G A

W O R K D E F I N I T I O N D O C U M E N T

When things go wrong, sorting out who is responsible

for specific things can be a problem. However, with a

detailed work definition document you can avoid confusions.

The document must define what you need and

by whom. Everyone can understand their roles and put

efforts accordingly. In order to create accountability,

which is also an important business best practice, you

can use the document. Get every stakeholder to sign it

if you must.

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you need. Documentation helps you track discrepancies

and helps with accountability.

# 7 : A S K F O R C R I T I C I S M O R

F E E D B A C K

# 5 : I M P L E M E N T W O R K P L A N S

( C R U C I A L B U S I N E S S B E S T

P R A C T I C E )

A work plan helps you stay up-to-date and

helps meet deadline without forgetting. Without

a proper work plan, you cannot track any

project at various stages. The key here is that

when you measure progress every now and

then, you stay focused on completing it.

# 6 : D O N ’ T I G N O R E T H E P O W-

E R O F D O C U M E N T A T I O N

Being a project manager means that you cannot

let any assignment slip your supervision.

Moreover, following deadlines and making sure

you and your team meets the targets is a crucial

business best practice. If you slip, the CEO

will ask questions like why it happened, what

the cause was, and how to prevent it in future.

A slip up will be proof of your being a weak

manager and you cannot afford this. Despite

all your efforts if there are slip-ups, you need

answers to the situation. You need to draw evidence

and track the cause. For this, documentation

can be the source of every information

Nobody is perfect. Despite all your business best

practices as a manager, you will have some good

days and bad days. Not everyone will be happy

with your performance, despite all other achievements

you’d had. Nonetheless, asking for criticism

and feedback can help you keep yourself in

check. Seeing your performance from another’s’

perspective will help you improve your management

skills.

# 8 : C O M M U N I C A T E T H E I M P A C T

O F D E C I S I O N S Y O U M A K E

Saying yes to any project or a new task is easy.

What’s tough is managing the project’s overload.

Whenever you approve a new project, it is your

duty to assess the impact of your decisions. Plan

a budget and make sure it works according to

the plan.

# 9 : M A N A G E A L L O L D A N D

F R E S H A G R E E M E N T S

A new agreement means changes in the scope of

the original project. Whenever a new development

happens, it’s a business best practice to

make everyone sign the agreement document.

This way, stakeholders can have a clearer idea of

the scope of the project and its impact on the

company at large. An agreement also avoids confusions

with deadlines.

# 1 0 : H O L D A P R O J E C T C O M-

P L E T I O N M E E T I N G

Once a project completes, holding a meeting to

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make sure everyone knows about it is a very good business best practice. It is a time when everyone

involved should reflect on the progress, achievements, ways of optimizing next projects, and correcting

past mistakes. Wrap-up meetings are a time when you can discuss lessons learned and help everyone

in the team, including yourself, improve.

Continuously improving your management and optimizing strategies can go a long way with both time

and budget management. Thank you for making time to read this blog. Feel free to share your thoughts

or suggestions about it down below in the comments section. You may want to the infographic we have

about business best practices.

Author: Mona Sharif

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3 B E S T C L O U D S T O R A G E S E R V I C E S O F 2 0 1 6

The use of online storage such as One Drive,

Google Drive, Dropbox, and many others has

become an important facet of our daily lives.

Business personnel and individuals are using

online storage tools frequently nowadays to

store their data. We have rounded up the top

five online storage services used in 2016.

D R O P B O X

Unlike its rivals, Dropbox offers its services to

clients that use platforms like Linux and Blackberry

along with the usual Windows, Android,

iOS, and Mac OS X. Dropbox has an official app

for its Windows phone users. Moreover, it has a

various storage plans.

The free account has a standard 2GB storage,

which is quite enough for storing documents.

However, if you need to store images, videos,

or music, it definitely be too small. Nevertheless,

no worries, you can upgrade to Dropbox

Pro, which offers 1TB of storage for $9.99 a

month or you could buy it for a year for $99.99.

Dropbox also gives an additional space of

500MB if you get a friend to sign up with Dropbox,

but there is a limit of 16GB to this. You

also get 1GB of storage space if you set up a

mailbox account and you get to have an additional

250MB of storage if you take a tour of Dropbox

basic. You can also get a 3GB storage space

if you enable your camera uploads to Dropbox;

this automatically uploads your images on your

smartphone or tablet. Dropbox also offers 50GB

of space for two years if you buy certain tablets

or smartphones.

Here is how Dropbox works:

Dropbox creates a folder on your PC, which synchronizes

with an online version. This feature

enables you to have your data with you whether

you are online or offline. Although, this feature is

not available on mobile devices by default, you

will have to select your files in order to get them

to work offline. Dropbox has a very good offline

editing feature.

Dropbox files and folders are easy to share with

others, but the basic account does not allow you

to set permissions, which means that other users

can delete files. However, Dropbox backs up

changes to files for up to 30days, so you could

always recover deleted data. If you upgrade to

Dropbox Pro, you will be able to set permissions

and set expiry times to links you have shared.

Dropbox has servers encrypted with AES 256-bit

encryption and files uploaded or downloaded are

secure with SSL.

Dropbox remains a solid online storage service

provider and it is compatible with many platforms

and devices.

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O N E D R I V E

Microsoft’s one drive offers a very impressive

15GB of free storage space and you get an additional

15GB of space by linking the camera

roll to One Drive. Users, who sign up with Office

365, get unlimited storage space.

Unbelievable right? Well, in November 2015,

announced that it would cut down on all storage

allowances and remove the 15GB bonus

you got by linking camera roll. It would revert to

t 5GB storage. It blamed a minority of its users

who abused the service by storing hundreds of

gigabytes of videos.

One Drive has a modern UI. It is easy to create

folders or files on the internet. It supports Office

files and One Note formats because of the

tight office integration. Windows 10 introduces

selective sync, which allows you to synchronize

selected files to your laptop or PC.

One drive allows you to share media and files

easily with friends and colleagues. It allows you

to connect to various social media networks

like Facebook. This does not really improve

productivity but does make it easy to share

files.

There is a feature that allows you to access

files on another PC remotely through the one

drive website. However, take note that if you

are concerned with privacy, Microsoft like Apple

has the rights reserved to scan your documents

and files to check for copyright material

or files that are explicit in nature.

The changes in storage coming to one drive are a

disappointment, there was a time when one

could easily recommend one drive as a very good

storage solution, but that is not the case now.

G O O G L E D R I V E

Similar to the ways One Drive links its self to other

Microsoft products, Google drive too does the

same. Google drive links itself to various services

Google offers.

Google drive offers 15GB of free space once you

create an account or if you link it to an already

existing account. In fact, you get a Google drive

account if you use any Google service like Gmail,

you tube or even Google calendar.

Google Drive’s shares its storage space across

all other services Google has to offer, so for example

large attachments in your email will be

stored in the 15GB space you have. Photos

backed up from a smartphone also get stored in

the 15GB space.

When uploading heavy data like videos or photos,

Google drive gives you the option to choose

between “High quality” and “original”. High Quality

offers a great upload quality and a reduced file

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size without taking up space in your storage. Original

on the hand takes up storage space.

Unlike its rivals, Google does not offer any ways of

adding extra storage space, although you can get

100GB free for two years if you purchase a Chromebook.

Author: Samiullah Sharief

T H E T H R E E B E S T S E L F -

D R I V I N G C A R S A N D

W H Y

Have you heard? The concept of self- driving cars

is the next big thing in automotive technology.

There will be driverless vehicles running around

the road doing your chores like picking and dropping

your kids to and from school. Self- driving

cars have been under development by many car

manufacturers. Many well-known car manufacturers

such as Toyota, Honda and Audi have

shown a great interest in self-driving cars. In fact,

we should be seeing self-driving cars on our

roads in a couple of years. Here’s my list of three

best picks from the list of best self-driving cars

that are yet to come.

of Lexus SUVs with the self-driving technology.

Soon, Google manufactured its own car called

the Google car. The Google car has been on the

streets of California for testing purposes. Google

recently announced that its fleet of self-driving

cars had completed a million miles of road testing.

Google does not intend on becoming a car

manufacturing company, however it has hopes it

can have self-driving cars on roads by the year

2020.

Google cars have had 14 minor accidents, although

Google insists that the accidents were not

the cars’ fault, because the cars were manually

driven or that another vehicle was at fault.

Google cars didn’t undergo tests under harsh

weather conditions such as heavy rainfall or

snow. Google cars fail to detect potholes and do

not stop for human beings or police when being

signaled to stop. Google hopes to fix these issues

by 2020.

# 3 O F 3 S E L F - D R I V I N G C A R S :

G O O G L E

Google had made its interest in developing a selfdriving

car quite public. It announced in 2012

that it was working on the self-drive technology

and it began modifying cars like Toyota, Lexus,

and Audi. Google successfully built its first fleet

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# 2 O F 3 S E L F - D R I V I N G C A R S : M E R C E D E S B E N Z

Mercedes Benz has been researching on the self-driving car concept for quite a while. In

fact, its most well-known self-driving car is the F 015, which Mercedes calls its “research

car”. The design of the car aims to make it look very futuristic; it has a luxurious interior and

is quite roomy. The research car has enough room for working and sleeping while you are on

the move.

Mercedes' most notable involvement with self-driving technology has been with the "research car"

called the F 015.

The car design was supposed to be ultra-futuristic in every way, with the interior of the car being extremely

luxurious and roomy, offering plenty of room for things like working and sleeping. The two front

seats of the car can also turn around so that the two sets of seats can face each other. The entire design

of the car is provide a unique driving experience starting from the year 2030.

As far as the technology behind it goes, Mercedes is careful not to label the car a concept car, instead

preferring to call it a "research car." In short, it is using the new car to develop its own self-driving technology.

Mercedes says that it has made significant advancements in this; however, the car still doesn't

react very well to rain or extreme heat.

It's important to note that the car is still a prototype, however it does highlight the fact that Mercedes is

seriously working on self-driving technology.

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# 1 O F 3 S E L F - D R I V I N G C A R S : F A R A D A Y F U T U R E F F Z E R O 1 E V

This is by far, my most favorite, groundbreaking vehicle. It is an all-electric supercar, which

pushes the boundaries of modern driving machinery. Faraday Future is the name of a new

tech-based company situated in Nevada. Its debut vehicle, an ultra-fast, self-driven sports car

came out in 2016’s Consumer Electronics Show, which held in Las Vegas. However, it will officially

be available for sale in 2017. It has a strong engine with 1,000 horsepower; its driving is

almost completely autonomous, it has a smartphone docking system right in the center of the

steering wheel, and it has other high tech features to impress users. This my dear readers is

the future of self-driving vehicles!

There are still more to come!

Samiullah holds a degree in Software Engineering. He is passionate about

writing blogs and reviews about technology. His hobbies are driving, watching

TV Shows like Top Gear, Mega Factories and he follows Popular car

magazines.

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S E C R E T S T O H O M E I M P R O V E M E N T – E V E N

W I T H L O W B U D G E T

Undoubtedly, the real estate market these days is unpredictable. The prices/rents of so many homes

are outrageously soaring high. This leaves people with one choice-to stay put in their present home

and say goodbye to their dream of living in a bigger and more lavish one. However, what most people

don’t know is that some minor home improvement touches to your home can also add an incredible

change.

Even in this down economy, millions of smart interior decoration tips could transform the entire look of

your home. In fact, some home improvements can also add significant value to your home when you

decide to sell it.

So, what kind of home improvement projects are worth the money? Let’s have a look!

R E M O D E L I N G Y O U R K I T C H E N

Most homeowners consider their kitchen to be the heart and soul of their home. For this precise reason,

remodeling it is definitely worth every bit of money. Whether you own an old-looking or deluxe

home, a contemporary looking kitchen can surely transform the entire appearance of your home. You

could make minor changes that are affordable, including:

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Repainting: do you know that fresh paints, especially cool colors can actually go a long way towards

upgrading the entire look of your kitchen? In addition, they are relatively cheap! It is advisable

that you use low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints. They not only help to make

the kitchen more eco-friendly, but they also keep you and your family away from inhaling benzene

(common in regular paints).

Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances: it is best to replace all old appliances with newer, energy

efficient ones. They are not only ideal for the environment, but they also help you to save money

as they use up lesser energy.

P R O P E R L I G H T I N G F O R A N O T I C E A B L E T R A N S F O R M A T I O N

Good lighting can instantly lift up your spirit and at the same time, add a new dimension to your

home. Along with dimension, proper lighting can add a new personality to your home and add a welcoming

touch to it. So what kind of atmosphere do you want in your home? A relaxing and light or

exuberant and exciting one?

You can tune the lighting levels and invest in affordable, yet classy looking chandeliers or light fixtures.

LED lights are good options. They last a long time and actually tend to do wonders! They also

help to save energy, thus reducing financial tensions.

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A R T I S T I C D E C O R S F O R A N A R T S Y T O U C H

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Incorporating simple creative elements into your home like health-promoting plants, fancy floral arrangements,

or artistic paintings can transform it. They are quite affordable and help to upgrade the

look of homes. Apart from aesthetic appeal, they also promote feelings of serenity and calmness.

Something as simple as an ornate rug, textured wall covering, or elegantly framed family photos can

help greatly when it comes to the addition of some noticeable flair to your deluxe home!

So who says you can’t live in a modern home even in this down economy? Try these minor upgrades

and notice the effects they have on the beauty of your home!

Author Bio:

Farah Sharif is an established writer with special interest in fashion, makeup tips, and the latest in various other niches.

Over the past 3 years of working as a ghostwriter, she learned a lot about writing eBooks, blogs, articles, marketing

content, product reviews, and other forms of web content. She shares her expertise with us to offer our readers

the best and informative content.

D I S C O V E R Y O F T H E N I N T H P L A N E T

Sounds impossible to believe that there may be yet another planet in our solar system, but it true. Scientists

have found evidence of a new and mysterious world. Here’s why they think there is a ninth planet:


Astronomers say they found newly found Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO) that suggest where the 9th planet

should be

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The mysterious planet is almost as large as Neptune

Caltech scientists found evidences of its existence in January 2016

Since this new discovery, numerous scientists have been looking at the documented facts to confirm

proof of its existence. It has been getting a lot of attention and now, Mike Brown of the academic

home of NASA, Caltech, claims he found substantial evidence to back this theory. This is why they

made an official announcement about the new discovery.

Astronomers believe that this gas giant sits at the last limits of our solar system and it is about ten

times larger than Earth. It is gaseous and resembles Neptune and Uranus.

Ever since scientists have discovered it, the mystery surrounding it has made scientists work harder to

confirm its existence. The evidence found so far is under constant scrutiny. Professor Mike Brown

claims that the evidence strongly suggests that their suspicions about the ninth planet are almost confirmed.

He even tweeted the photo of the planet showing the plot of the newly discovered KBO as

shown below:

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Sometime ago, Brown also wrote, “Hey Planet Nine fans, a new eccentric KBO was discovered.

And it is exactly where Planet Nine says it should be.”

The KBO is “uo3L91” and appears with a blue line in the graph below:

A subsequent tween by Brown said that the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS) made the discovery

on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Planet Nine has an opposite orientation from outer

planets. Brown also tweeted that, “I haven’t done the statistics yet, but I suspect this takes the probability

of this being a statistical fluke down to ~.001% or so.”

However, it is important to mention that so far there is no conclusive evidence. A number of researchers

are still working on the theory, based on the few facts found until date, which suggest the existence

of a Planet IX or even Planet X.

Author: Mona Sharif

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H O W T O I N F L I C T L E S S P A I N O N Y O U R S E L F :

7 T H I N G S Y O U ’ R E D O I N G W R O N G

Pain is inevitable, at one point or another you’re bound to get hurt. At times, a person becomes the

source of bad happening to you, so you focus all your anger and energy on that person. Are you guilty

of this charge as well? You curse them, despise them and ask yourself, “How could he/she? After all

that I have done.”

The saddest truth is; you are the one who becomes your own worst enemy; you hurt yourself. It may

seem rather far-fetched right now, but just give it a thought. You meet someone, you become friends,

that person is super nice, you’re happy, you start expecting him/her to be the same like this and to

treat you the same way. You build impossible scenarios in your head where you expect them to bring

you moon and the stars. Somehow, you forget that people are imperfect; they are unable to fulfill the

standards you set for them. When such a thing happens, your brain starts thinking where you went

wrong. Here is where you went wrong:

E X P E C T A T I O N

When you expect something from someone, you’re putting yourself up for heartache. That is because

a person is untied to your thoughts about them. They cannot always treat you the way you

wish to be treated. Even if you treat them exceptionally, they may only treat you commonly. Expecting

equal treatment from them is almost a joke.

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Perhaps, it becomes hard not to expect at all

when things are going so well, but you can at

least try to expect a bit less. Try not to build a

perfect image of that person; the way you want

them to be after all they’re not a puppet. Accept

them the way they are and be with them

as they are with you. That way, you will face

fewer disappointments.

If you still are unable to give up the habit of

expecting, channel all your expectations towards

yourself. If you expect love, love yourself

as much as you want others to love you. If you

want respect, give yourself the respect you deserve.

Whatever kindness you do, try not to

expect anything in return for it.

D E P E N D E N C Y

You may believe that your friend would stand by

you when you need them and it may even be

true. However, if you think that he/she will always

be there for you and ready to help you at

all times, you are living in a bubble. At one point

or another, your friend will let you down. He/she

may have had never disappointed you in the

past. Nevertheless, at a certain point, one of

you will lose touch, e.g., when you get married or

if you start a new job. To sum it up; you may be

important for him/her right now, but for how

long?

Therefore, it is important to learn to survive on

your own, to see yourself as a complete person.

This does not simply mean not to ask for help

when needed, it means to be okay if no one is

there to help you. It means you will be there for

yourself.

N O T P U T T I N G Y O U R S E L F F I R S T

Are you one of those who are always ready to

put others needs before yours? If yes, you may

feel tired of making so many sacrifices and not

getting much in return. Unknowingly, you are

draining your energy by constantly making others

happy and forgetting about your own happiness.

If such a friendship or relationship ends, it

hurts even more because you gave them your

all.

So, always put yourself first. Putting yourself

before others means to love and care for yourself.

It means to respect your boundaries and

not let anyone else cross it. You should be able

to say “no” when you want to without feeling

guilty. Never allow anyone or anything to destroy

your inner peace. Sometimes it’s okay to deacti-

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vate Facebook, to switch off phone just so you

can recharge yourself. The key is to do what is

good for you and your body.

Make yourself a priority in every relation. This

will also give the other person space to enjoy

their alone time. In the end, both of you will be

able to perform better because you won’t be

worn out or cranky.

Try not to plan for many years ahead. Not everything

has to go as you wish. It may even be better

than you hoped! So, just take a deep breath and

go with the flow. Nothing lasts forever so just enjoy

what you have right now. Live every moment

as it passes without worrying about the future or

regretting over the past; both of them are not in

your control.

P L A Y I N G T H E V I C T I M

When things don’t go your way, you open the

long lost file of “everything that ever went

wrong”. You assume that life should be fair,

which is not a mature way of thinking. You feel

bad for yourself thinking that life is unfair to you

even though you’re a nice person. You become

stuck in this constant loop without making any

progress.

Although, you may not be fully responsible for

what happened, but it is always good to ask yourself

if you played any part in it. This will allow you

to own up to your mistakes and take responsibility

for your actions. So in the future, you will be

more aware of the control you have over your life.

O V E R S H A R I N G

O V E R P L A N N I N G

Often you have been wishing, waiting and

wanting someone for so long that you ruin

everything before it begins. You destroy it by

over thinking, planning every moment and

forgetting to enjoy the moment.

In search of advice and approval, you allow too

many ears to listen to your story. In reality only a

few actually care about you, the rest are either

curious or jealous. They might even try to ruin

your relation deliberately by giving bad advice or

saying something hurtful.

It’s better to trust no one instead of trusting the

wrong person and regretting later onwards. Always

be very careful while trusting and opening

up to people.

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C O N T R O L L I N G

Sometimes in a relationship or an extremely closed friendship, you start to feel like you have a

say in everything the other does; they are obliged to ask for your permission. You get angry and

disappointed when they don’t follow your advice or do as you say. This leads you to the belief

that they don’t care about you because they’re not accepting the life you have planned for

them.

However, the truth is, a person is not bound by the rules you set for them. At times, they will

make their own choices even if you disapprove of them. You may think you know what is best

for them, however they may not agree with you. Trying to control someone only pushes him or

her away from you. A person is like a bird, no matter how beautiful their cage is, all they want is

to be free! So set them free!

Author: Aruba Ali

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W H Y S E A P I R A T E S B E C A M E E X T I N C T A N D D O

T H E Y S T I L L E X I S T

People usually speak of sea pirates or sea bandits like something of a legend. The truth is that

they were real, and they did exist. They are no myth nor fable. In fact, they existed in great

numbers at one time. There may never have been a hype about their existence. However, the

world has experienced problems by them in different places around the globe. What needs

pointing out is that modern sea bandits are different from those of the past in many ways.

Nonetheless, their activities and actions remain an unchanged pirates’ code.

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M O D E R N P I R A T E S

Piracy became a serious problem in the early

1980s. Since then, the numbers of their attacks

on people traveling by sea increased.

Between 1993 and 2003, their numbers

tripled and in 2004, the world experienced

more than 200 pirate attacks worldwide.

Catching these modern sea bandits was just

as difficult as it was to catch their ancestors.

No authority could do much on the sea, and

even though countries invested in sea police

or military defenses, there wasn’t much success.

Moreover, modern sea bandits could use many

of the old tricks their ancestors used. They

could hide behind the flag of any state they

chose to belong to, which made it almost impossible

to recognize and arrest them. In fact,

it may come as a shock but not all governments

were against sea bandits. Some collaborated

with them. Today, pirates are frequently

present in the Southeastern and Southern Asia

regions. Some still sail in the South American

sea and South of the Red Sea. They wear

masks, are good with disguising, and have a

very aggressive nature.

There are two kinds of modern sea bandits:

organizations of sea bandits and minor sea

bandits. As the name implies, organizations of

sea bandits are large operating groups. Their

goals are to loot small ships they come across

at sea. They attack to complete their agreed

business and are mostly a link in some criminal

chain. On the other hand, minor sea bandits

work independently and have smaller goals. They

work for no one and loot small ships.

P I R A T E S A R E S E A R O B B E R S

People may call them “Pirates” but they are no

different from the ‘Sea Robbers’ of old times.

Modern sea bandits use speedboats, have sonars,

use radars, and stick to the most recent

technology. They use machine guns, rocketpropelled

grenades, torpedoes, and all kinds of

weapons at sea. They may even have access to

satellite communications. They can locate any

ship they want to target. They have a new and

advanced style of robbing people, but in the end,

they are sea robbers.

P I R A T E S F R O M 3 0 0 Y E A R S A G O

No matter how the modern sea bandits act, they

will remain the same as the sea bandits from

three hundred years ago. In the past, sea bandits

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kidnapped people for ransom, robbed ships, and murdered people at sea. They used the most brutal

ways of that time to attack people. Some of those sea bandits have left the world with a fearsome

reputation.

W H Y P I R A T E S B E C A M E E X T I N C T ?

Pirates haven’t become extinct. They

just became less popular. The reason

for this is that modern technology has

helped people protect themselves better

at sea. Acquiring weaponry is no

longer as easy as it was at one time.

As awareness about the attacks at sea

increased, governments around the

world have taken every measure to

stop these people. Although they still

operate, they do so at a very low level,

which is almost negligible.

Author: Mona Sharif

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C A N T A B L E T S H E L P I M P R O V E L E A R N I N G

O U T C O M E S F O R C H I L D R E N I N S C H O O L S ?

More and more schools, in developed as well as developing

countries, are introducing tablets in classrooms

as the primary instrument for delivering educational

content. Experts say tablets are more efficient

than textbooks and traditional learning activities because

they provide a larger database for information,

are more engaging and interactive, and are affordable.

But, do tablets improve the effectiveness of the

educational process and increase students’ ability to

learn?

What about the apprehensions of several parents that

exposure to mobile devices at a young age could well

turn their children into zombies? This article discusses

the potential for tablets to improve learning outcomes

for children as well as some of the challenges that

parents, teachers, and school administrators are grappling

with as they strive to deliver education in more

effective and efficient ways.

One of the benefits of using tablets in

schools on which there is consensus is that

tablets increase engagement between learners

and the educational content. Tablets are

more interactive than textbooks and incorporate

different forms of media. This leads

to stronger engagement and receptivity to

what people present using the tablets. Studies

have also provided evidence to support

the claim that tablets lead to improved

learning outcomes in several key areas, including

literacy, mathematical skills, and

scientific concepts. Tablets allow children to

learn and strengthen their concepts through

online tutorials, apps, games and assessment

tools, something that is not possible

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on such a large scale with traditional learning tools.

Another benefit of using tablets is that they place a

very large trove of knowledge at the disposal of the

students. A single tablet can store more information

than hundreds of textbooks and makes even more

accessible via the Internet. This makes accessing information

on the tablet easier than searching for it in

a book or a traditional library. All of these features

help to make the learning process more efficient and

seamless for the students.

Not only are tablets excellent repositories and transmission

channels for knowledge, they are more affordable

and convenient. When compared with other technological

tools such as computers, tablets are more

affordable for school administrations as well as parents.

Children find it easier to carry a tablet to school

than a load of books. This makes learning

seem less cumbersome and painful to students.

Tablets are a useful instrument for delivering

seamless educational experiences. By

making learning materials and other educational

content accessible from the cloud,

children can use mobile technology to access

lessons at home, on the bus, and at

school. Online assessments that deliver

feedback in real-time make the evaluation

process more efficient and allow students to

identify areas for improvement quickly.

An important area where tablets have recently

shown positive results is in early

childhood education. While research on the

use of tablets in education has traditionally

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to respond to descriptive, analytical or reflective

questions.

School administrators face the additional

task of sourcing, evaluating and acquiring

educational content available online in the

form of websites, eBooks, interactive tutorials,

educational games, assessment tools,

and learning apps for the entire curriculum.

Several factors such as compatibility with

the local culture and teaching methodology,

costs of teacher training and supporting infrastructure,

and effect on learning outcomes

need consideration before making

any significant investment.

Teachers need to get on board if tablets are

to be useful successfully in the classroom.

Teachers need to develop ways in which

th0y can incorporate the tablet in daily lesson

planning and student assessment. They

should get training so that they are familiar

with the various features of the tablet and

the online learning and assessment tools

that they have to use. Most importantly,

school administrators and parents need to

devise ways to monitor the use of tablets in

order to ensure that students do not use

tablets for non-educational activities. They

need to invest in parental controls as well as

filtering and detection systems to ensure

that children do not access objectionable

content on their tablets and are safe online.

There is no turning back from where we

stand today with regard to the use of tablets

in the classroom. The challenges are as relefocused

on secondary and tertiary education, recent

studies have shown that the use of tablets helps to

improve learning outcomes in kindergarten learners.

This improvement is due to several factors. For instance,

the touch-screen interface makes learning

more accessible to children at a younger age, which is

a significant development considering that the children

are at a stage where their motor skills are developing.

Another feature of tablets that promotes learning

is the use of multimedia content including games

and interactive apps to deliver information. Tablets

also come equipped with video players and cameras

that allow teachers to deliver content in the form of

images, video and games.

Of course, for many parents, teachers and school administrators,

the use of tablets represents a drastic

shift in the way children learn, and, more importantly,

in the way teachers conduct lessons. Many parents

and educators are worried about children becoming

too reliant on their tablets to access information and

to do homework. There is also the risk of becoming

addicted to technology, especially as more schools

introduce tablets at the kindergarten level. The instant

gratification to which young children become accustomed

when using a tablet may lead to psychological

and behavioral issues in their social and interpersonal

relations as well.

From the learning perspective, there are some challenges

that we need to address. For instance, teachers

cannot rely on tablets as the sole medium of student

evaluation and assessment. While the tablet may

be a convenient tool to enter single-click responses to

assessment questions, one may not use it effectively

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vant and valid as the benefits of using tablets as a vital learning tool in schools. Tablets offer an efficient

and effective way of delivering diverse content to students in ways that strengthen engagement

and interest in the learning process. At the same time, there is an urgent need to develop robust policies

and standards for tablet use by schools and parents to ensure that the use of tablets does not obstruct

the overall physical, psychological, emotional and social development of the child.

Today, there is no returning.

Author: Noman Ahmed

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