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Letters

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This week’s lettersBreeding discontent among real backbone of the nation Having read the article ‘UK has long way to go on keeping workers informed’(16 March), I felt rather aggrieved at the following comments: ‘We need everywoman to have 2.1 babies’; ‘British women are simply not delivering the babieswe need’; and ‘Older people tend to be more stable, more loyal and morecommitted workers’. The UK has still done very little to help support the working women who havechildren. Women have to have career breaks to have children. And despiteflexible working arrangements, etc, the UK still has one of the highest chargesfor childcare and nursery provision. Women cannot afford to stay at home and take care of the children, and thecost of quality childcare is extortionate. I have two children aged two and eight. I work full-time as an HRprofessional, but can only just afford to pay for morning childcare, whichtakes half of my net take-home pay. My husband has to work nights [to be aroundduring the day] so that we can cut the cost of childcare and after-school club.If the UK economy needs us to ‘breed’ more, someone has to take a close lookat the issues involved. We are still stuck in a very old, traditionalenvironment, where flexible working is only effective on paper – not inpractice. The current salaries and long-hours culture do not balance withchildcare provision. As for ‘older, more committed employees’, we should not assume that justbecause they have passed their young family days they will therefore have sparetime and more commitment, and will not have to rush off to collect childrenfrom school. Tina Robinson Details supplied Networking really is a business benefit HR Hartley – whoever you are – I couldn’t agree more with your comments inPersonnel Today on 9 March (I am sorry I have only just gotten around toresponding – I have been too busy networking). As an employed HR professional, the use of local networks with other HRpeople/employers in the same town was obvious to me when developing newpolicies, sourcing suppliers for training, etc. Unfortunately, my experiencereflects your recent article, which said other HR professionals are not alwaysresponsive to networking. In HR we often work on confidential information. Aremy colleagues just applying it to everything they do? Or are they using it incompetition for the (often limited) talent in the workforce? I would like to say a positive word for networking. When you share knowledgeand contacts, people appreciate you, and that is a nice feeling. Networkingalso develops other business skills, such as the ability to present yourself.Last, but not least, you get to meet some interesting people – a bonus forthose of us in the people profession. I attend the Oxon HR Club, a networking event held in Oxford once a month.The event has good-quality speakers and without doubt contributes to my professionaldevelopment. We are keen to find other HR professionals to attend. If you knowanyone who is lurking in the Oxford area on the second Thursday of the month atabout 7.30pm who would like to give networking a go, send them our way. Deborah Atkins Consultant, HR Insights Knee-jerk solutions are not the best way I read with interest the article entitled ‘It’s the way we work… not thepeople’ (Features, 16 March). The gist of the challenge to the status quo made by John Seddon is thattop-down, hierarchical, ‘command-and-control’ work structures are a major partof the organisation problems – as much as 95 per cent; that HR is at bestaddressing the 5 per cent of an organisational system that represents thepeople; and that adopting a systems-thinking approach (instead of a‘command-and-control’ hierarchy) to organisational structure may hold somepromise. It is quite possible to have a hierarchical structure in the organisationand still take a systems approach. As a former systemsengineer-turned-organisation development person, it may be easier for me totake this view than others. The key is to find the root cause of the problems, and then act accordingly.People at every level of an organisation (especially senior managers) are verygood at responding to problems. Unfortunately, their actions are mostlydirected at the symptoms, and not the root causes – partly because of perceivedtime pressures demanding quick fixes. Here is an expensive example from real life. Stapleton is the old airport atDenver in the US. It was plagued by delays. Excited politicians didn’t conducta root-cause analysis of why the delays had occurred. If they had, they wouldhave seen they were due to limited parallel runways. Instead, they built a veryexpensive new airport that proved inconvenient to some local residents, wascompleted late and over budget in key aspects (See Six Sigma For Everyone, byGeorge Eckes, page 47). I believe organisations – including HR practitioners – are just as quick tojump to a solution as the politicians in the example above. That, for me, isthe real issue facing organisations. Martin Schmalenbach Organisation development adviser, Hampshire County Council Unemployment stats seemingly ‘created’ So unemployment is low according to Government statistics? Hmmm. Settingaside the transient nature of the lower-paid sector, if that is truly the case,it’s at odds with your recent article which stated that recruiters are delugedwith website applications (1,200 each week at Microsoft alone). Customs &Excise received more than 5,000 applications for a handful of managerial posts,and the Department for Work and Pensions has been inundated with responses fora local unit. If the employment market is so buoyant, why are there so many people chasingthe same jobs? The profusion of recruitment ads create a vision of plenty untilyou realise that multiple agencies are all handling the same client. I know of good professionals who have experienced difficulty in securinginterviews (let alone jobs) because of the high volume of applicants. Ageism isanother factor – how many greys are reflected in the statistics? Contrast this with the continual merging and ‘downsizing’ of businesses aswell, and things don’t quite seem to stack up. I think there’s some creativeaccounting going on. Jayne Robinson Details supplied Brown’s job cuts will be a costly mistake As a civil servant trying to gain promotion at this time, I believe thatGordon Brown is making the biggest mistake of his political career. Many of the departments in the Civil Service are already under extremepressure due to massive staff shortages. Many pay deals have to be financed viastaff savings. Almost 25 per cent of staff in the Department for Work andPensions (DWP) are on short-term casual contracts. Efficiency will only improve when staff have genuine job security, receivethe right wage for the right job and get the proper training required to givethem the skills to deliver to the public the services they ask for. A DWP employee Details supplied MI5 committed to development of HR I am pleased to confirm that the success of the Security Service’s (MI5)recruitment drive (News, 23 March) is mirrored by the success of its recentonline chatrooms on Graduate Prospects’ Careers Chat Live, on which employersand students are able to sound each other out in a pressure-free forum. MI5’s two Careers Chat Live sessions beat all expectations in terms ofpopularity: compared with an average of 30-50 people, 260 students andgraduates logged on to question the panel on burning job-search issues. The most frequent questions were about the social implications of workingfor MI5 and which languages are currently required (Arabic, Urdu and Gujaratiare the top three). The fact that the service is making the effort to explore new routes to thegraduate employment market demonstrates its commitment to developing the HRfunction to meet its recruitment needs. Mike Hill Chief executive, Graduate Prospects LettersOn 6 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Aker Solutions completes its largest subsea trees project in Brazil

first_imgThe contract value was approximately NOK 4.6 billion (USD 800 million). Aker Solutions landed a deal with Petrobras to provide subsea equipment for deepwater pre-salt field developments in Brazil in March 2013. This marks the conclusion of the company’s biggest project in Brazil. The company established a new subsea factory in Curitiba in Parana state, 800 kilometres south of Rio de Janeiro. Posted: over 7 years ago This deal led to Aker Solutions’ further investment and expansion in Brazil. “FA 2011 was a project of great milestones, since the first delivery ahead of schedule to the very end by manufacturing with reduced manpower capacity due to the pandemic,” Aker Solutions said. Aker Solutions 1st subsea tree delivery for Petrobras’ FA 2011 60 XMT project The so-called FA 2011 project saw Aker Solutions deliver the first of sixty subsea trees for Petrobras in July 2015. Posted: over 7 years ago Categories: Business & Finance Norway’s Aker Solutions has delivered the last of 60 sets of subsea trees for pre-salt exploration for Petrobras. Brazil: Aker Solutions Starts Construction of Subsea Manufacturing Plant This technology centre replaced the current plant and officially opened in April 2016, employing about 850 people.last_img read more

Chelsea sink Saints, Ozil cracker downs Newcastle

first_imgAt Stamford Bridge, Chelsea sealed their second successive win to move within 11 points of City and draw level on points with second-placed Manchester United, who face West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.After a tame opening from the champions, who started with star striker Alvaro Morata on the bench following a back injury, Antonio Conte’s side finally opened the scoring in first-half stoppage-time.Marcos Alonso provided the breakthrough, the Spanish wing-back curling a free-kick past flat-footed Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster from 35 yards.Chelsea have won eight of their last 10 league matches, but City remain out of reach for now.“When you do not score the second goal, you have to suffer. You are afraid at every corner and free-kick,” Conte said.“We dominated the game, shooting 24 times, but we needed to score the second to be relaxed.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea kept their faint Premier League title hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Southampton, while Mesut Ozil’s stunning strike fired Arsenal to a 1-0 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday.With runaway leaders Manchester City in action against Tottenham Hotspur later on Saturday, the focus turned to the clubs desperately trying to hang onto their coat-tails. West Ham piled pressure on Stoke boss Mark Hughes with a 3-0 win in a match delayed by an hour after a power outage plunged parts of the bet365 Stadium into darkness before kick-off.West Ham’s Mark Noble converted an 19th minute penalty after Erik Pieters fouled Manuel Lanzini and former Stoke striker Marko Arnautovic added a second in the 75th minute.Diafra Sakho hit the third with four minutes left as West Ham climbed above struggling Stoke into 15th place.Brighton and Hove Albion’s Glenn Murray missed a penalty in his team’s 0-0 draw against high-flying Burnley at the Amex Stadium.Murray won a first-half penalty when he was fouled by James Tarkowski, but the Brighton forward couldn’t take advantage as he blazed the spot-kick high over the crossbar.Huddersfield Town thrashed Watford 4-1 to record their first away win since the opening day of the season. Elias Kachunga scored Huddersfield’s first away goal since August, poking home after Watford failed to clear a sixth-minute corner, and the Terriers doubled their lead through Aaron Mooy in the 23rd minute.A bad afternoon for Watford got even worse when Troy Deeney was sent off by referee Michael Oliver for a lunge on Collin Quaner in the 33rd minute, making it three red cards in their last three games.Laurent Depoitre bagged Huddersfield’s third in the 50th minute before the visitors had Jonathan Hogg sent off for a second booking.Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure got one back with a powerful 68th-minute strike, but Mooy’s 89th-minute penalty wrapped up the points.Christian Benteke put his penalty misery behind him to inspire Crystal Palace to their first away win of the season as 10-man Leicester City were beaten 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.Benteke scored his first goal since May in a victory that came a week after he defied team orders by taking and missing a crucial penalty against Bournemouth.After the Belgian striker’s 19th-minute opener, he set up Wilfred Zaha for a 40th-minute goal, with Bakary Sako adding the third in the final moments as Palace moved up to 14th place.Dismal Leicester had birthday boy Wilfred Ndidi sent off for diving in the second half.Share on: WhatsApp At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal won for the first time in four league games to boost their bid to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish.Heavily linked with a move to Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of the season, Ozil showcased his talents for any interested clubs when he put Arsenal ahead in the 23rd minute.After an Alexis Sanchez shot deflected into Ozil’s path, the German midfielder smashed a superb volley past Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot from the edge of the area for his third goal of the season.Newcastle’s eighth defeat in their last nine league games leaves Rafael Benitez’s side mired in relegation trouble.“Ozil’s goal was a gem. It’s good that he scores important goals,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.– Pressure on Hughes –last_img read more

Is There a Community Garden in Shrewsbury’s Future?

first_imgSHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury residents are invited to join the Shrewsbury Garden Club (SGC) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Borough Hall as it hosts a town hall meeting on a possible community garden for Shrewsbury. “Growing Together A Community Garden” will feature organizers from the Oceanport, Tinton Falls and Monmouth University community gardens who will discuss their experiences creating and maintaining successful community gardens. Shrewsbury residents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts about the project, including site selection, costs, funding, educational and volunteer components. For more information or to register your interest in participating in a community garden project in Shrewsbury, contact the SGC at [email protected] or on Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/shrewsburygardenclublast_img read more

Saints looking to three-peat; get pushed by Nelson contingent

first_imgThe Saints advanced to the final by knocking off the University of Victoria Vikes in two games.The Vikes, with a pair of Nelson Leaf grads — forwards Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill — and a coach behind the bench who is a graduate from Nelson Minor Hockey —Harold Schamhart  — made remarkable strides this season.The Vikes, with no less than 10 rookies on the roster, watched the Saints narrowly escape the first game in overtime — 4-3— before scoring two quick second-period goals to eliminate UVIC — 4-1— in game two.Both Willans and Horswill fit seamlessly into the Vikes squad.Willans finished the season with five goals and 14 assists for 19 points while Horswill scored four times and added 14 assists for 16 points.Both players played all 24 games for UVIC.The puck drops on Game One of the BCIHL Final at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Centre on Friday night.Game Two will also start at 7 p.m. on Saturday and if necessary Game Three will be played on Sunday (time to be determined). The Selkirk College Saints are looking to become the first team in BC Intercollegiate Hockey League to capture three straight titles.The Saints host Simon Fraser Clan beginning Friday at the Complex in Castlegar.“Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought we would be in this position,” said Selkirk defenceman Lucas Hildebrand after Saturday’s game.“When I came here, I didn’t really know what to expect. This third year has really opened up my eyes to how great this program has become. Everybody has done such a great job, starting with [Selkirk College Athletics Director] Kim [Verigin] and [Saints head coach] Alex [Evin], it’s just incredible to be part of it and I’m loving every minute of it.”last_img read more

Barbados Women too hot for Jamaica

first_img At Sion Hill, former Windies captain Merissa Aguilleira played a key role as Trinidad and Tobago bounced back from their first-round loss to inflict a six-wicket defeat on Guyana. The right-handed Aguilleira controlled the defending champions’ run chase with an unbeaten 30 as they overhauled a paltry target of 83. Aguilleira faced 50 deliveries and counted four boundaries. Caneisha Isaac had earlier taken four for 22 from eight overs to wreck Guyana for 83 all out off 42.4 overs. She was supported by West Indies Women off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who collected three for 15. In the other game at Park Hill, Twenty20 World Cup star Afy Fletcher produced a solid all-rounder performance to help Windward Islands brush aside Leeward Islands by 75 runs. She struck 29 in the Windwards’ 179 all out off 41.1 overs and returned to take three for 23 as the Leewards were bowled out for 104 off 36.2 overs. KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC): Teenaged West Indies batting star Hayley Matthews made her presence felt, stroking an unbeaten half-century to fire Barbados to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Jamaica in the second round of the Women’s Regional Super50 here yesterday. Set a meagre 88 for victory at the Arnos Vale Stadium, Barbados romped home in the 24th over with the right-handed Matthews carving out a delightful 56 not out. Kycia Knight fell cheaply for five in the fifth over with the score on 20, but 19-year-old Matthews partnered with Reshelle Griffith (14) to add 40 for the second wicket and take Barbados to the brink of victory. Matthews struck 10 fours in her 73-ball knock. There was no such enterprise from West Indies Women’s skipper Stafanie Taylor, who was dismissed without scoring as Jamaica, sent in, were bowled out for 87 off 34.1 overs. Her Windies teammate, Chedean Nation, top-scored with 17, but it was medium pacer Deandra Dottin who shone, ripping through the innings with a spell of four for 22. Fast bowler Shakera Selman, who has also played for West Indies, claimed two for 17. AGUILLEIRA PLAYED KEY ROLElast_img read more

Back down to earth

first_img“It’s not the despair – I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.”John Cleese probably didn’t have Queens Park Rangers in mind when he uttered that immortal line in the film Clockwise – in fact as far as I’m aware he has no affiliation with the club (athough my grandad did use to service his car at a garage in Holland Park).But the phrase was quite possibly at the forefront of many QPR fans’ minds after the heroics against Liverpool were followed by a pitiful display at Sunderland.The villain of the piece, once again, was Djibril Cisse or ‘Agent Cisse’ as a Chelsea mate of mine has labelled him, convinced the Frenchman was parachuted into W12 by Roman Abramovich as payback for ‘Terrygate’.“It was a good week for Roberto Di Matteo’s side – but even they had to bow down to Brentford when it came to dishing out the award for west London’s team of the week.”Cisse received his second red card in four games since joining the R’s after a wild lunge at Fraizer Campbell in the 3-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light.Curious to see if this hothead – who will now spend seven of his first 12 Rangers games suspended – had reached double figures for red cards during his tempestuous career, I decided to look up his stats on Soccerbase.The results were not what I was expecting. To my astonishment, Cisse has only been sent off twice since making his professional debut – once against Wolves, once against Sunderland, both within the last eight weeks . This could only happen at QPR.In truth, Rangers could have had 14 players on the pitch in Wearside and still would have lost, suggesting that incredible 12 minutes against Liverpool was just a flash in the pan.And let’s be honest, it was only Liverpool, who got turned over by Wigan at Anfield in their next game.Fulham can count themselves unlucky not to have left Old Trafford with a point on Monday night.Danny Murphy was clearly hacked down by Michael Carrick, yet referee Michael Oliver waved play on.Still, it was hardly surprising given that the last time an opposition player got anything up there, Terry and June was considered cutting edge comedy.Chelsea’s hero in Lisbon.Sir Alex Ferguson graciously accepted it was a stonewaller – although you suspect he might have had a different view if it had been awarded and put away.Goal-line technology technophobes Uefa would argue that their highly successful experiment of having an additional two assistants on the line may have helped, although judging by Wednesday night’s shocker at the San Siro, Barcelona might not agree.The Catalan giants had to settle for a 0-0 draw in the end but moved a significant step closer to a Champions League semi-final showdown with Chelsea.Blues supporters were saluting The Man Who Came in From the Cold after Soloman Kalou netted the only goal against Benfica in Portugal.The Ivorian, cruelly dubbed ‘Hasn’t Got A’ by an old colleague of mine, popped up in the 75th minute following a pinpoint cross from Fernando Torres to leave Chelsea firm favourites to progress.Indeed, winning the Champions League may be the best chance Chelsea have of qualifying for next year’s tournament after a goalless draw with Spurs kept them five points adrift of their London rivals in the race for the final qualifying spot.All in all, though, it was a good week for Roberto Di Matteo’s side – but even they had to bow down to Brentford when it came to dishing out the award for west London’s team of the week.The Bees went into last weekend on the back of three straight defeats and without a goal for five hours.Two games, six points and five goals later they had seen off Rochdale and Preston, with their slim hopes of a play-off place resurrected.To top it all off, ‘Chertsey Gaz’ wrote this on the Griffin Park Grapevine after spotting new signing Clinton Morrison on the sidelines against Rochdale: “He must have signed at least 30 autographs for the kids during the second half, with Uwe Rosler watching but turning a blind eye.”It’s stories like this that restore your faith in The Beautiful Game.Before I go, news has just been leaked about the brief team talk Arsene Wenger will give his men before they stride out onto the Loftus Road turf on Saturday: ”Fill yer boots, lads.”Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

New ‘living fossil’ joins coelacanth

first_img27 October 2006A PhD student from Johannesburg’s Wits University has uncovered a 360-year-old fossil of a small boneless fish species still found swimming, largely unchanged, in today’s waters – again proving that South Africa is a rich repository of evidence of the evolution of life on earth.The lamprey, a parasite that sucks the blood of other fish, joins South Africa’s coelacanth as one of the world’s remarkable “living fossils”.Robert Gess, a student at the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, found the fossil fish after slowly chipping away at 300 cubic metres of rock with a penknife. The rock was recovered after blasting for the construction of the N2 bypass around Grahamstown nearly 25 years ago.The find is described in the 26 October 2006 issue of Nature, the world’s most prestigious scientific journal, in a paper co-authered by Gess and his supervisors, Professor Bruce Rubidge of Wits and Dr Mike Coats of the University of Chicago.“Apart from being the oldest fossil lamprey yet discovered, this fossil shows that lampreys have been parasitic for at least 360-million years,” Rubidge said. The find is 35-million years older than the next-oldest lamprey fossil so far discovered.The fossil of Priscomyzon riniensis, a species of lamprey that lived 360-million years ago. Lampreys are boneless, so fossils of the fish are rare (Image: Nature)Lampreys are long, eel-like parasites that attach themselves to and feed on other fish. Of the 46 000 known species of vertebrates, lampreys and hagfish are the only surviving jawless vertebrates. Lampreys are also the most primitive of the vertebrates, having changest the least from their earliest ancestors. Other than having no jaws, lampreys have no paired pectoral and pelvic fins, and no scales.A drawing taken from the fossil parasite. The lamprey’s mouth parts are clearly visible (Image: Nature)“This fossil changes how we look at lampreys today,” said Coates. “They’re very ancient, very primitive animals, yet with highly specialised feeding habits.”The new fossil shows that the anatomical evolution of lampreys has been more conservative than scientists thought, Coates said. Although they’ve lengthened slightly, they specialised early and successfully in their evolution and so have remained largely unchanged for the past 360 million years.The find is also remarkable for being a nearly complete soft tissue impression. Without bones or much cartilage, lampreys don’t fossilise easily, so preserved specimens are rare.“These are pretty insubstantial animals,” Coates said. “Lacking a bony skeleton, they rot down, leaving no hard parts like a skull or ribs. So if a fossil site is discovered that yields impressions of the delicate remains of these animals, then this site needs to be explored thoroughly for other examples of exceptional preservation.”The scientists will continue to sort through much of the indeterminate material that is emerging from the ongoing dig.Dedication and passion“This discovery is a monument to the dedication and passion of [Gess], who has spent many months patiently excavating and unearthing the elusive secrets from the prehistoric past,” Rubidge said.Gess has named the specimen Priscomyzon riniensis. The first name is Latin, meaning “ancient lamprey”, and Rini is the isXhosa name for Grahamstown. Preserved showing the underside, the fossil is less than five centimetres long and features a set of 14 teeth surrounding the mouth that is proportionately larger than its descendents today.“The most striking feature of Priscomyzon is its large oral disc, edged with a soft outer lip, supported by an annular cartilage, and surrounding a circular mouth,” the authors wrote in Nature. “This is the first clear evidence of a Palaeozoic lamprey with an oral disc.”According to the scientists, this find greatly adds to what was a severely limited lamprey fossil record and, for the first time, places the origin of modern lamprey morphology deep within the Palaeozoic period. It adds essential new detail to the emerging and changing picture of early vertebrate evolution.Until now, the lamprey fossil record included only those that show a side view but reveal little of the gill basket and feeding apparatus.The new South African fossil shows that these anatomically specialised fish are holdovers from ancient marine ecosystems. Obviously exceptional survivors, these animals predate the advent of modern fish and have survived the world’s four major extinction events.“There are few representatives of these early branches in vertebrate evolution that are still around today,” Coates said. Although highly specialised in their own right, these primitive animals are used as surrogate ancestors for comparative research on living jawed vertebrates.“It gives us a calibration point,” Coates said. “We study lampreys because, in many respects, they’re so primitive. They never had jaws, they never had [true] teeth, they never had fins, they never had limbs. Lampreys provide a glimpse of conditions early in vertebrate evolutionary history.”The lamprey lifecycleNearly 50 species of lampreys are found today in temperate rivers and coastal seas. Some live in fresh water for their entire lives, but most are anadromous, hatching in fresh water, migrating to the ocean to grow and mature, and migrating back to fresh water to spawn and reproduce.When adult lampreys return to fresh water, they stop feeding during winter and spawn the following spring. Eggs hatch after about three weeks and become blind larvae, called ammocoetes. After four to seven years, the ammocoetes metamorphose into juvenile lampreys called macropthalmia, which migrate out to the ocean and become parasitic adult lampreys, living just a year or two and growing up to 60 centimetres long.Lampreys have a sucker-like mouth with a ring of cartilage that supports the rim of the mouth. It fastens on to a living fish with its teeth, rasps at the host’s soft tissues with its piston-like tongue, produces strands of mucus to trap the food and feeds on the body fluids. A fish attacked by lampreys may be severely injured or even killed. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Final destination

first_imgWhile the wedding album becomes an ageless reference point for your youthful charm and rosy beauty, the real journey with Prince Charming picks up pace only with a memorable post-nuptial trip. A smart bride planning a destination honeymoon will always choose nymph-like elegance over sunburns, hay-like hair and fashion disasters.,While the wedding album becomes an ageless reference point for your youthful charm and rosy beauty, the real journey with Prince Charming picks up pace only with a memorable post-nuptial trip. A smart bride planning a destination honeymoon will always choose nymph-like elegance over sunburns, hay-like hair and fashion disasters. A little bit of pre-honeymoon planning and prudence can promise a fairy tale end to your story. This month experts share their views on how to make a style statement on your honeymoon.Tropical sunsetsThink tropics, think high temperatures and humidity. A romantic sneak out against the backdrop of radiant sunlight and torrential rains could turn out to be sensuous and sublime or horrid, depending on your skill at preparing yourself for the moments you want to freeze in time. Save your beautiful saris and favourite pair of jeans for more regular occasions. Don a kaftan to look like an Arabian enchantress. Originally adorned by the sultans of Istanbul, kaftans in their modern avatars instantly transform you into a celestial muse, while raising your comfort levels and seduction quotient. Floral, embroidered or plain solids-choose and charm.Mini-skirt, halter one-piece, off-shoulder dress or long skirt-all these are variations of a single, magical piece called the sarong. Suitable for all body shapes, a sarong can be adjusted with style to deflect attention to a chiselled torso or gorgeous legs. Pack light and look enticing with this trend that has deservingly survived over six centuries.However, if your style is more casual and chic, and you’re planning to tan on the beach, then go for an over-sized t-shirt and snug shorts. Worn over a swim-suit or otherwise, these will eroticise your look in a jiffy. Effortless and easy to carry, this combination is sure to make heads turn as you flaunt your toned legs.Glow wormSafeguard, cleanse and nourish your skin to look your best. Shield your skin against the pitiless sun with an SPF 20+ sunscreen and avoid oily cosmetic products. Exfoliating caked up skin is a must so use a gentle make-up remover. Remember that dry skin tends to improve in humid weather. Hence it requires less oil based moisturising than usual.advertisementRoman holidayCool breeze, pleasant sunshine and just the right amount of rainfall. The only thing that can queer the field is bad planning. The safest yet most stylish option for a European honeymoon is going back to the classics. A knee length tunic or a well-fitted shirt with form-fitting trousers will make you look both elegant and irresistible. Tried, tested and followed by generations of women, classic chic can do no wrong. Stick to colours like beige, white, navy blue and purple. Black of course is synonymous with grace.It is important for a couple honeymooning in Europe to make friends with the rain. If wet denims and drenched dresses is not exactly what you want, then go for a trendy trench coat. Gabardine, thick cotton or leather-flaunt the very latest. For romantic evening dinners, ditch the regular and indulge in something opulent. Gift yourself a cherished memory with a picture-perfect you in an evening gown for this special occasion.Glow wormBe gentle to your skin against the biting wind. Use a cream-based cleanser to remove make-up and avoid using alcohol-based astringents, wipes and colognes. Remember to wear sunscreen, preferably one that moisturises. Guard yourself against the penetrating UV rays of the stark, snowy slopes.Call of the wildAmid the chilly breeze, snowcapped mountains, lush green fields and rocky ter rain, you can experience the joy of a warm and cozy honeymoon. As the pleasant cold wind brushes against your cheeks and turns the tip of your nose icy red, make sure that you are cuddled up in thermals, embroidered jackets, pashmina shawls and windcheaters. Covering up well is always a good idea because no one wants to spend their honeymoon shivering and sneezing, all because you weren’t prepared.Hand in hand with your beloved, as you trek through the rocky terrain to the hill top, sporty shoes like Tod’s, track pants and your most comfortable pair of jeans are a must. Don’t forget to carry your mufflers, caps and gloves with you to avoid constant headaches and painful blisters, which can result from exposure to cold winds. Make sure you break the monotone of the track suit with some colourful options for caps and gloves.Glow wormHill stations call for ample moisturising. Pack in those fragrant body moisturisers, lip balms, hand and foot creams. Since hilly areas supply plenty of fresh air, your skin radiates naturally. Having survived cake-up sessions during the bustle of your wedding ceremonies, your skin deserves a break. Let it breathe, go bare faced and flaunt your beautiful skin. Stick to a basic sunscreen to avoid getting burnt by the seemingly innocuous sun. And remember to hydrate constantly. A honeymoon is quality time spent with your partner away from all that crowds your life back home. Looking fresh and feeling good about yourself are thus important factors when you are getting to know someone so intimately. Smart planning, which involves dressing for the weather and occasion as well as accessorising well, will save you the trouble of last-minute shopping trips at expensive stores abroad. Besides, if you’re well prepared, and make your beauty regime effortless, you’re sure to woo and charm your husband and make your honeymoon a holiday that both will cherish for a lifetime.advertisementTropical1. Go for casual dresses that can easily transition from day-to-night with an accessory.2. A sunscreen with SPF 20+is a must.3. Avoid oily cosmetics.4. Ditch your denims for comfortable khakis or cotton shorts.5. Always exfoliate your skin post-make-up.European1. Opt for dresses that are classic in their cut and colour.2. Prepare yourself for untimely rains.3. Spend time choosing a special evening dress.4. Go for creamy moisturisers.5. Use a mild face wash.Hills1. Stay stylish and warm in jeggings and smart jackets.2. Carry a pair of sports shoes for an adventurous hike in the hills with your partner.3. Flaunt a make-up-free look. It’s low maintainance and fun.4. Drink plenty of water.5. Don’t forget to carry your colorful scarves, gloves and caps.Inputs from Gayatri Shahani, head buyer, Ensemble Delhi; Madhuri Agarwal, regional medical coordinator, Kaya Skin Clinic; Vivek Sahni, managing director, KAMA Ayurveda; and Anuradha Ch, director, Anoo’s Hyderabad.last_img read more

James Yap inks 3-year extension with Rain or Shine

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The two-time MVP signed his fresh contract with team owner Raymond Yun and team governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon present at the Elasto Painters’ office.Yap, who spent his first 12 years with the Purefoods franchise, became part of the Elasto Painters roster in 2016 in a direct swap for Paul Lee.“First of all I would like to thank the Lord and my Rain or Shine family,” said Yap in an Instagram post. “Boss Raymond Yu, Boss Terry Que, Atty. Mondragon, Mr. Edison Oribiana, coach Caloy [Garcia], teammates, my family, friends, and to all my fans.”Despite being 36 at the time of his signing, Yap is still considered as one of the more lethal shooting guards in the league.Last season, Yap averaged 10.3 points on 39% field goal shooting and 36.3% from deep along with 2.6 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img James Yap is set for the long haul with Rain or Shine after signing a three-year extension on Thursday. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach train together again Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more