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Digital Decoded: With 24 million people streaming music and podcasts each week, there are huge opportunities for brands to target people on-the-go with relevant and timely messages.
Consumers in the UK are increasingly streaming music and podcasts to their connected devices, with 24 million people now doing so in the UK each week, according to the latest audio survey by RAJAR.
With that comes opportunities for brands to target consumers with relevant digital audio ads within playlists, radio ad breaks or podcasts, which can be highly targeted to both a listener’s interests and location.
In the next instalment of Marketing Week’s Digital Decoded series, we speak to Oliver Deane, director of commercial digital at radio group Global about how brands including O2 and Deliveroo are connecting with listeners on the go.
He says digital audio works particularly well when synchronised with out of home advertising, as it can be used to highlight specific nearby stores and local offers. People that were served a geo-targeted O2 ad, for example, were 67% more likely to go into a store afterwards than those that didn’t hear the ad.
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Winter’s over. It’s time to turn off the fireplace and stow away the blankets. Now that it’s spring, you want sun. You want space. You want to feel free and lighthearted rather than cozy and cooped up—but how do you make the transition from the most frigid season to the most joyous season? From glass room dividers to banana leaves, here are six ideas for a spring refresher.
Replace Solid Walls with Glass Room Dividers Glass door room dividers open up a house, letting the sunlight in and giving the entire space an open, airy feel. In other words, it’s a perfect renovation project for spring, when the sun comes out and the whole world looks just a little bit fresher and a little bit happier. Although many people save glass partitions for the big rooms, such as the living room or dining room, room dividers for the bedroom also make a smart investment, particularly if you want the room to look bigger and brighter.
Replace Solid Doors with Glass Doors In addition to room dividers, consider replacing solid doors with sliding glass doors to free up floor space and let the light flow unhindered from room to room. At the end of the day, it’s a relatively painless way to reimagine your interior. Unless you’re tearing down an existing wall, installing a new room divider requires no major construction.
Rearrange the Furniture There are ways to rearrange furniture that make your interior feel fresher and more expansive. By getting rid of unnecessary pieces and separating large furnishings, you can free up space for foot traffic. Try a little harder, and you might also have room to meditate or even do some yoga. When rearranging, pay close attention to the flow of the room. The best part? It’s free.
Simplify Your Life Most people do some sort of spring cleaning between March and June, but how many make a concerted effort to clear the clutter out of their lives? We’re not just talking about old mail. If you really want to get back to basics, go through the house and figure out what you don’t need. Send area rugs away for cleaning, stow away the knickknacks, pare down the decorations, and cover the upholstery with slipcovers. In other words, you don’t have to throw anything out in order to simplify your life.
Bring Out the Foliage
The flowers are blossoming outside, so why not bring a floral freshness inside? If you’re not allergic and don’t mind watering every now and then, consider a bouquet of hydrangeas, purple orchids, or peonies. If you prefer more low-maintenance foliage, then consider succulents. Statement leaves (e.g., banana leaves and philodendron leaves) also make for great spring décor.
Add a Splash of Color There are many of ways to add color to your home, whether you paint the walls, replace the pillows and blankets, buy new kitchen chairs, or invest in new vases. Now that the passion for minimalism has receded, you can embrace brighter colors without fear of disapproval. Need ideas? Gelato colors are hot this year, as are indigo blues and “glittery” gold.
Visit our gallery for more ideas on how you can use sliding glass doors and glass room dividers to liven up your space for spring.
I’m at a ‘cusp of something’ moment: I did my trigger shot last night and the retrieval is tomorrow. More bloated/uncomfortable than previous cycles and doc’s a tad concerned about Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), but I’m hoping that its close enough to the border for it to be a non-event.
I am currently giving the girls their final lectures on the extremely bad behaviour expected on their upcoming first dates: “Straight for the home run. Show that you’re having a good time to keep the sparks flying! And save the small talk for later!”
Basically, I’m telling these girls to turn every trick they know. Go forth … and multiply! Oh, how that tune is going to change.
Truth be told, I always find this part of IVF a bit harder than the two-week wait (TWW – when you’re waiting to take a pregnancy test).
The TWW is an interlude (even if it can often be one with a very sad ending). For the most part, you cannot actually tell if you’re pregnant or not, or if you’re getting more pregnant or less pregnant as you go (early symptoms be damned). You. Just. Wait. Often, you find SOMETHING to distract you, at least for the moments you aren’t prematurely peeing on things. You symptom spot, Google random things constantly (“is cream cheese soft?” “Steak/miso soup/cheesecake/chocolate/green tea/hot showers/tennis and ivf/pregnancy/tww).
You join chat groups, think of baby names, climb walls, eat Brazil nuts and avocado. In between, you sometimes earn a living. But you can hold on to the fact that you’re PUPO: Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise.
The retrieval and the five days that follow, though, are a strange kind of no-man’s land. You’re as barren as you began and you don’t actually ever exhale. How many eggs? How many mature? Did the boom-boom in the glass room go as planned?
The retrieval and the five days that follow though… they are a strange kind of no-man’s land. You’re as barren as you began and you don’t actually ever exhale. How many eggs? How many mature? Did the boom-boom in the glass room go as planned?
And as an essential part of you sits in someone’s Petri dish, you stare at the phone, willing it to ring – and only with good news. It’s an INSANE amount of pressure with very few distractions. We’ve lost a tremendous number of eggs/embryos along the way in each of our cycles, so I’m constantly bracing myself for the worst.
But that’s not to say I’m not trying to stay as positive as a bluebird on LSD, holding out crazy amounts of hope for my miracle embabies. I’m sitting in my acupuncturist’s clinic waiting to see how she wants to up the girls’ pre-fertilisation game (there will, however, be no cupping, I assure).
Keith and Michelle Clark watched “This Old House’’ for years. Open houses were their idea of the perfect date.
So when the family of four left a cookie-cutter home in Texas in 2016 to move to Omaha for Keith’s new job at Mutual of Omaha, the Clarks knew just what they wanted: a craftsman house with all of its wood charm and unique features.
“It doesn’t go out of style,’’ Keith says. “With its good craftsmanship and great design, it holds up over time.’’
They also prefer older neighborhoods, and a five-bedroom peach home they found near the University of Nebraska at Omaha was intriguing.
After spotting the lemonade stand down the street, they were willing to look past the stucco exterior and an all-glass enclosure on the south side of the now 4,500-square-foot home. Reports that 10 kids already lived on the block sealed the deal.
“The architecture and double lot and a true neighborhood put us over the top,’’ Michelle says.
Still, the façade of the 1918 house didn’t look right. Keith’s research at the W. Dale Clark Main Library uncovered a World-Herald newspaper article with a picture of the house in 1937.
“Someone had neutered the overhangs and eaves,’’ Keith says.
The eaves were flush with the house; no overhangs remained.
That was the jumping off point of an ambitious renovation that restored the eaves and overhangs, removed the glass room, added 1,800 square feet on two levels, replaced most of the windows, added a wraparound porch, replaced stucco with siding and repainted the house a historic blue.
That was just the outside. The family lived out of the kitchen for nearly five months while Phase I of construction was completed inside. The addition created a family room and master bedroom suite. Every bedroom now has a walk-in closet, a rarity in Dundee. Insulation was blown in.
The Clarks, who worked with Andy Hearn of T Hurt Construction and Paul Kelly of PJK Architecture, were meticulous about the restoration of the house, built by Norris and Norris. Keith did hours of research, and the couple found inspiration for trim and styling choices in a comparable home in the Field Club neighborhood.
Gone are the rosettes that had been added to the casements and crown moldings. The fireplace surround in the living room now matches the penny tile in the redone downstairs powder room. The mantle has the same corbels as the exterior façade.
Michelle said Hearn was amazed that they wanted to transform the house to its original appearance. Its craftsman roots, however, ensures that it still looks fresh and current.
For the Clarks, the project is a dream come true. “It was years and years of wishing and hoping we could do this,’’ Michelle says.
It was also the first time they made improvements that they could enjoy instead of just doing upgrades to sell a home, as was the case in Detroit and San Antonio.
“We wanted to do it for us,’’ Michelle says.
Phase II will involve a redo of the 1980s kitchen and a second floor bathroom. In Phase III — far down the road — a bathroom likely will be added to the third floor.
Michelle says the only thing she regrets is not putting in a heated floor in the master bath.
This is probably not the right time of the year to write or post about anything related to enjoying the sun as it is peak summer in India. But then who can resist the charm of spending some time in a plant-laden sunroom. Sunrooms need no season or reason as the magic of sunlight and sun-kissed plants are a good enough to indulge or dream about. It does not matter which season you are living through for you can always find moments and benefits of spending time soaking in a bit of the gentle sun.
Sunrooms give us the best of both the worlds; warmth, security and comfort of home with views and stories of outside. With weather getting more and more unpredictable, sunrooms give us a chance to witness the seasons, the colors, the changes, from the comfort of your home.
I do not have a sunroom but will never give up a chance on having one, at least once in my lifetime. There is something about these rooms of glass that let inside the magical rays of sun, the vistas of green gardens, and connects your world with the outside. Of course, there also needs to be a view worthy of opening up your house with walls of glass.
While we drool over the sunrooms and green conservatories, wise men and women had invented them for all practical reasons. People from cold climes and grey weather had to make use of whatever little sunshine came in their lives.
Whereas in India, going by the ancient wisdom of Vaastu (which makes a lot of sense from the sunlight perspective) most of the Indian households either face the east or west direction. The main doors, windows and cooking areas are exposed to the rising or setting sun, letting in abundant sunlight that not only disinfects the areas but also brings in the bright positive energy that man benefits from. Not to mention the how much our bodies needs sunlight for the essential Vitamin D.
Sunrooms are not restricted to huge houses that have the luxury of creating an additional structure. Sunrooms can be made anywhere. It is about opening a part of your house to the have the sunlight in. Nowadays, apartment owners are converting a good part of the balconies into sunrooms. Houses now are doing away with the brick and concrete walls and trading in for glass. Windows are increasingly getting bigger and better. But I still fancy the good ol sunroom that is almost a separate structure, yet an extension of the house.
Sun rooms have the potential to become ideal places to live, cook, entertain, play, study, paint, work and even sleep. These are peaceful retreats where every little thing feels like celebration of life.
The thing that adds life to the sunrooms are plants, plants and more plants. It is symbiotic that sunrooms look lush with plants, keeping it cool and oygeneted and in turn there there is plenty of sunlight for the plants to thrive. While there are many sunroom styles ranging from hi-tech, modern to ornate… simple sunrooms with lots of sunlight and thousands of plants works for me.
Here are some of the sunrooms that I came across and have bookmarked them. They not only serve as an inspiration but also keep reminding me to have one of my own someday soon. Enjoy.
Its the bright sunlight that makes sunrooms so inviting. Life-giving sunshine filters through the glass and happy leaves casting a dreamy spell. Wood, wicker and plants never fail to warm your mind, body and soul.
What an absolute delight to cook, eat and entertain in these sunlit spaces. Though this may not be practical in tropical countries at all times of the day, it still makes morning and evening meal making so endearing. So perfect. Image Source
White can be too bright for a sunroom that is flooded with sunlight. Tone it down with contrasting colors. For colder climes and grey weather, this color works.
Im caught off guard with use of this color in the sunroom. And that means any color could work. Even if it didn’t, there would be enough sunlight and plants to salvage the situation. Image Source
Sober, warm, rustic, and neat. With the bamboo blinds down, this can be quiet a place for the afternoon siesta. And a great place to call it a day… hot beverage, book, warm lights, happy plants, earthy accents. It is so perfect.
Make hay while the sun shines now better translates to make power when the sun shines. What better way than having your sun-room harvest solar energy. An amazing green idea that should be a must-do for all sunrooms.
I love it that you have wandered till here and are still reading… which means you are probably as crazy as I am (or more) about these sunlit spaces. So tell me what is your style? How do you imagine your sunroom to look like? Do share so that I can hopelessly fall in love with more sunrooms, once again.
The sun had not set so much as been swallowed by grey storm clouds one November evening in Galle Fort, along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The packs of teens with selfie sticks, giddy newlyweds walking with intertwined fingers and dads with gigantic DSLR cameras had all been promised a spectacular sunset, and so they’d stationed themselves along the 16th-century wall, hoping the cloud cover would pass and they’d see the sky turn the colour of cotton candy and the sun sink into the Indian Ocean. It never happened.
In an instant, a heavy rain came down and the dozens of tourists who’d gathered ran for shelter, away from the water. But it didn’t matter – the better sights were away from the shoreline anyhow.
When it comes to tourist draws, Sri Lanka is known best for its beaches: those lined with palm trees in Mirissa, the whale-watching ones in Kalpitiya, the kind that draw surfers in Arugam Bay.
But I didn’t so much as dip a toe in the Indian Ocean on this journey. I had come here to explore how, in the aftermath of a long civil war and a catastrophic tsunami, this tiny island country has quietly established itself as a design destination.
The trip that took me from the southern coast up to the capital was a journey through both space and time.
I saw some of the continent’s best preserved Dutch colonial architecture from the 18th century in Galle, the modernist design that blossomed on the island in the second half of the 20th century in Bentota and the best of contemporary art and design that has emerged in the postwar era in Colombo.
Dutch colonialism in Galle Fort
On account of the sunset-interrupting rain, dinner service had started early that day at the Fort Printers hotel. By 7 p.m., the dining room was full of couples trading bites of Sri Lankan lobster curry and lamb tagine as their umbrellas made small puddles on the floor.
The bones of the Fort Printers hadn’t changed much since it was built in the 18th century. From the wide, arched doorways to the wood-shuttered windows, all details unique to colonial architecture of the time were preserved by mandate of UNESCO, as is the case with all other buildings constructed during that period within the fort. In its many lives, the Fort Printers was a school, a bank, a printing press and now a hotel (my room for three nights, on the top level, was once the headmaster’s office when the building was used as a school). Since its construction, one of the only changes permitted was the addition of a narrow pool flanked by frangipani trees, Petar Prokic, the residence manager at the hotel and restaurant, told me.
“It’s because we put it in in 2005, just after the tsunami, when the country was still at war,” Prokic explained with a nervous chuckle. “They’d never let us do it today.”
He saw the reservation log from 2005, the year after the Boxing Day tsunami, when the country was still in the throes of what would be a 25-year civil war: There were five reservations, for the entire year. The war ended in 2009 and until then many foreign tourists wrote off Sri Lanka as too dangerous to visit. The few souls that ventured to this part of the country were rewarded for their bravery with incredibly long journeys, as the road between Colombo and Galle was littered with military checkpoints.
The quietness of that time remained during my mornings within the fort. The streets were silent save for the occasional polite “watch out, pedestrians, I’m coming up behind you” honk from a passing scooter, or the familiar bars of Fur Elise (as composed for an arcade game) that played from the speakers of passing auto rickshaws that sold fresh bread.
By afternoon, when we set out to find a late lunch (one afternoon at A Minute By Tuk Tuk, where I feasted on a plate of grilled prawns; the next day at Poonie’s Kitchen, which serves a killer salad thali) the streets were alive. There were packs of German and British tourists toting Lonely Planet guides and parents on scooters, picking up their daughters in starched white uniforms from the all-girls’ school in the centre of town. The whole fort could be explored on foot, without a map, in a day. But I’m married to an architect who likes to admire nice joinery, so we needed a full 2 1/2 days to properly stare at, photograph and comment on the impressive gables on the Dutch Reformed Church, the stately courtyards and restored teak beams on the house-to-inn conversions, the thick walls at the National Maritime Museum and Old Dutch Hospital, the latter of which has been converted into a shopping and eating hub.
After dinner each night we’d wander the winding streets, peeking in through the windows of the Dutch colonial homes that hadn’t hung curtains. Though the exteriors were in keeping with UNESCO’s strict guidelines on colours (ash, light yellow and white were permitted), finishes and doors in keeping with the original design of the properties, many current owners had furnished their spaces with the colonial furniture that become popular during the British rule. They arranged their elegantly curved cane-woven planter’s chairs and long teak benches around the living-room TV, where they watched cricket matches or the evening news or, on a few occasions, looked out the window to return our curious stares.
Tropical modernism in Bentota
It was almost noon, the sun cresting in the sky, when our car pulled up beside a group of farmers standing in a field, whacking at tall green stalks with their blades.
Our driver rolled down his window to confirm we were on the right path to our destination. “Lunuganga?” he asked, interrupting the half-dozen farmers who had been loudly chatting in Sinhala, naming the estate we were looking for.
They beamed knowingly. “Geoffrey Bawa?” they asked in reply. Our driver nodded and they pointed down the road.
The late Bawa, the Frank Lloyd Wright of Sri Lanka, is a household name here. His most famous work is in Colombo – the Sri Lankan Parliament building, the Seema Malaka Buddhist temple – but here, to his former country estate in Bentota, halfway between Galle and Colombo, to see the best example of the style of architecture he pioneered: tropical modernism. On a previous trip to Sri Lanka, we visited C. Anjalendran, an architect who studied under Bawa, who insisted that this was the best place to observe his mentor’s genius.
Before Bawa bought the land in 1948, it was a rubber plantation and before that, a cinnamon estate. Now the landscape, marked by mahogany, jack and blue olive trees, seemed inspired by an English garden but with a certain wild, untamed quality: moss-covered concrete stairs that led up to Bawa’s buildings echoed the terraced land around it, simple concrete structures framed spectacular panoramas of wide green fields, an intentional clearing in the trees opened up the view over Cinnamon Hill. There was no prize-winning rose garden. Vines that hadn’t been pruned back in ages had twisted recklessly over small buildings, becoming secondary roofs.
Included in the garden tour was a traditional thali lunch – rice with nine Sri Lankan side dishes, including shrimp curry and gotu kola sambol (shredded greens with coconut) – eaten on the back patio of one of the many tasteful properties on the estate. The interiors were luxe, but, like all of Bawa’s work, gave importance to local context: the palette was mostly stark black and white with a few nods to the natural surroundings in pops of green, brown and beige.
After lunch, Lahiru, our guide from the garden tour let us explore a bit more, and we caught a few glimpses of the envy-inspiring guests who had booked one of the property’s six vacation suites. I broke away from Lahiru for a moment to stand under the Glass Room, a suspended windowed suite that was the bridge between two other buildings on the grounds that Bawa designed in the eighties, and it was then that I realized why Anjalendran was so adamant we visit this place. A woman in a tank top and shorts was lounging in an easy chair under the gabled roof with exposed beams and through the glass behind her, I could see a thick tangle of foliage planted behind the building. Even in this modern space, the wild exterior was within reach.
After seeing preserved colonial architecture in Galle and Bawa’s 20th-century vision in Bentota, it made sense to end our trip jumping to the present, to Colombo: the most aggressively contemporary part of the country. Construction crews were at work building luxury hotels on the city’s waterfront – a major development project that had been stalled for decades by the war – and the art world, too, was also trying to make up for lost time.
“Where I find Sri Lankan art is strong lies in its history,” Annoushka Hempel, the founding director of the Colombo Art Biennale (which had its fourth run in December), told me in her eponymous Colombo gallery. “[The war] isolated it from most of the region and world.”
From that incubator, paintings, photographs and installations that dwell particularly on themes of identity, conflict, loss, separation and memory have flowed out – many by young, emerging artists. When we visited, the chic Saskia Fernando Gallery was exhibiting a series of haunting photographs of rescued family albums washed up on a shore in the final stages of the country’s civil war. But not everything was as sobering.
After a lunch of red-snapper head cooked in a creamy red curry and thick, crispy slices of fried fish at Upali’s in Cinnamon Gardens, we jetted south to the Colombo 3 district, home to Barefoot, a bright gallery and shop whose wares borrowed from the traditions of Indian craft but were injected with a playful, uniquely Sri Lankan vibe: highly pigmented cotton sarongs, dumbara-woven tablecloths, wild-boar stuffies in orange and red plaid. Most alluring was the shop-within-a-shop for Stick No Bills, a purveyor of cheeky, mod Sri Lankan posters. Some designs were actually pulled from the archives and restored such as the smart 1950s-era Air Ceylon ads), others were new designs, evoking that impossibly slick mid-century aesthetic and casting Sri Lanka as a glamorous, stylish travel destination. It was as if they’d been carefully preserved in a time capsule during the war and now were now being reissued.
Colombo is such a small and manageable capital city that three days was enough time to pick up on the city’s patterns and to establish routines, as if we were locals. We avoided travelling at rush hour with one exception, and as a result had no trouble hailing a metered taxi or calling an Uber to jet around the city. We spent our evenings with what felt like a large swath of the city’s middle class, sitting on a bench at Galle Face, a seaside park, and snacking on freshly fried sticks of jackfruit in white paper sleeves and little bags of tart mango slices tossed in chili we bought from boardwalk vendors. With the exception of one splurge dinner at the famed Ministry of Crab, we relished meals at local kades (small shops or eateries), where a family-sized portion of red rice was served with vegetables, sambols, pickles and any combination of fiery meat and fish curries one’s heart desired. We ate till we were full, ambled about and looked at art till we were hungry again and then repeated the cycle.
Surprisingly, our favourite stop on our eat-and-art crawl was the unassuming Sapumal Foundation, a gorgeous, rambling bungalow down the same quiet lane as Hempel Galleries. The house was originally occupied by Harry Peiris, an iconic portrait artist and the founder of Sri Lanka’s influential ‘43 Group, but now resembled the comfy home of a serious art collector. I wouldn’t be surprised if the endless rooms filled with Peiris’s work and that of comrades George Keyt, Lionel Wendt and Ivan Peries might be the largest private collection of art, private or public, in the country.
Though the art on display was the least appealing to us, the one space we returned to again and again was Paradise Road Galleries (the former office of Bawa) which was just a short walk from Colombo Courtyard, a hotel we’d booked for its proximity to so many design points of interest. The space was moody and stylish, a contemporary restoration of a colonial bungalow, and – because it housed an upscale restaurant – that seemed to be thriving the most of all we visited (and had the best-curated gift shop of any I’d seen in the country).
On my third visit to Paradise Road, which was just meant to be for dessert, it was raining lightly outside. As soon as I stepped into the long, white-washed hallway in front of the courtyard, the most jaw-dropping part of the property (and where much of the art is displayed), I stopped, mesmerized. The narrow pool that cut through the centre of the courtyard had come alive. The pool’s inky water, which would otherwise sit undisturbed, was brought to life by the raindrops dancing on its surface. It seemed like a perfectly executed art installation, but was merely nature entering a space as it was designed to do. “Really,” I thought, while snapping one mediocre photo after another, “who needs the beach?”
If you go
Fly to from Toronto to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo via London with SriLankan Airlines. You can hire a taxi to take you to Bentota and then on to Galle. Head to the Galle railway station just outside Galle Fort and buy an inexpensive same-day ticket to return to Colombo – make sure you sit on the side of the car where you’ll get an ocean view for much of the journey.
In Colombo, the sustainability-focused Colombo Courtyard Hotel is the base to explore some of the city’s best design attractions by foot (the rest are a not-so-far taxi or metered tuk tuk ride away). On lazy or rainy days, the hotel is a gallery unto itself, which displays the inventive sculptures of Prageeth Manohansa and drawings of Anup Vega among others. Rooms from $112.
For architecture buffs, the Fort Printers hotel is the best place to rest your head in Galle Fort. The property has been impeccably maintained in a way that preserves its 18th-century roots but with (UNESCO-approved) contemporary touches so it doesn’t feel stodgy or museum-like. Opt for the Sri Lankan-style breakfast by the pool and at least one lunch or dinner at the restaurant, which offers Mediterranean and nouveau Sri Lankan cuisine. Rooms from $212.
The art and design must-sees
In Colombo: Sapumal Foundation, Paradise Road Galleries, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Hempel Galleries, Barefoot, No. 11 (home of Geoffrey Bawa)
In Galle Fort: Dutch Reformed Church, Old Dutch Hospital, Meera Mosque, Stick No Bills
The writer’s stays at The Fort Printers and Colombo Courtyard were covered by the hotels. Part of her travel was sponsored by SriLankan Airlines. They did not review or approve this article.
Women who return to work after childbirth face a number of obstacles, including the need to breastfeed their babies or, at least, to pump milk so that their child can have access to fresh nourishment. In order to help them transition back from pregnancy to a regular work schedule, lawmakers have stepped in and demanded that employers provide a helping hand by creating a dedicated breastfeeding room in the workspace.
Why Are Employers Required to Provide Breastfeeding Facilities?
A breastfeeding room is more than a mere convenience for women who are returning to work after delivering their babies; it’s the law. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers must create a separate room in which women can breastfeed or pump milk.
Various state laws also make provisions for breastfeeding. The goal is to make the workspace a more hospitable place for everyone, and smart employers should treat the guidelines as an opportunity rather than a burden.
For starters, they must allow women to take breastfeeding breaks for up to one year after they give birth. Not only that, but they must also provide mothers a separate space in which they can express milk.
It doesn’t matter how big or small the business is. The law applies to every workplace, with only one exception—companies with less than 50 employees if they can prove they would suffer “undue hardship” if made to comply.
Lactation Room Guidelines
Lactation room requirements for employers aren’t onerous, but the government does expect employers to follow a few basic standards for every lactation room at work. It cannot be a bathroom, but it need not be a permanent area, either. It must be private, clean, and close to the workspace. It must also be available whenever a woman needs to breastfeed.
In other words, you can’t repurpose a bathroom stall and call it a “breastfeeding room.” You can’t open up a broom closet and force women to pump milk in unsanitary conditions. You can’t locate the room a mile away, at another facility, and expect your employees to hike long distances every time they need to pump milk.
So, how can a business comply with federal requirements for lactation rooms? What do they need to make their employees’ lives easier and their businesses run smoother?
Finding the Best Lactation Room Designs
The simplest and best solution is to erect a breastfeeding room divider made of smoked, frosted, black, or laminated glass. By installing a partition, employers can skip the hassle. No need to renovate existing rooms. No need to construct new ones. The best part is that a glass partition offers privacy, cleanliness, and ease of access—all in one package.
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Who wouldn’t want to unwrap a Jo Malone gift set this Christmas? Let’s be honest, most people would LOVE to find one of those little beauties sat under their tree on December 25, all wrapped with a shiny black bow.
But with price tags exceeding £200, the chances of Santa bringing you one is actually quite minimal…
Luckily, that’s where Aldi comes in. Earlier this year, the budget supermarket launched its own range of Jo Malone-inspired candles and to say they sold like hot cakes would be an understatement. At £3.99 a pop, the whole world and its dog got in on the action, leaving the shelves bare.
This Christmas, Aldi is sprinkling its magic again by launching its very own Jo Malone-inspired gift sets.
Among the range is a luxury three-piece set, containing a trio of travel-size candles for just £9.99. Coming in a choice of two scents, Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Pomegranate Noir, and Freesia & Pear or Orris & Sandalwood, Sage & Sea Salt and Red Roses, these little wax delights will certainly lift spirits in January.
More importantly, given that one single Jo Malone candle can set you back £23, this is a bargain not to be sniffed at – quite literally.
Meanwhile, Aldi is also offering a Luxury Diffuser Gift Set, also priced at £9.99. Again, similar diffusers flew off the supermarket’s shelves back in September, so you’d best get in there quick.
The set is available in two ‘trios’ of scent combinations: Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Pomegranate Noir, and Freesia & Pear or Orris & Sandalwood, Wood Sage & Sea Salt and Red Roses. Together with the candle gift set, it goes on sale in store on Friday 7 December.
Meanwhile, if this isn’t enough to fill a loved one’s stocking, or if you just simply fancy filling your own, Aldi is currently selling a giant three-wick centrepiece candle for £9.99.
Just to compare, a similar Jo Malone candle will leave you £120 lighter… Oh, and there’s a £3.49 Premium Glass Room Spray on sale at the moment too – if they’ve got any left.
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Showtime‘s Billions: Season 3, Episode 7: Not You, Mr. Dake is an episode of alliances, manipulations, savagery, and destruction. The summit between two rivals and the woman in the middle in Not You, Mr. Dake is illustrative of where the three have come – the end of the road. Their old animosities and agendas were not maintainable in the face of litigious survival. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Charles “Chuck” Rhoades Jr. (Paul Giamatti) and Head of Axe Capital Robert “Bobby” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) are instantly pees-in-a-pod, all shrouds of decency thrown aside as they mentally search for a patsy to save them. Axe Capital In-house Performance Coach Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), in this key moment and without hesitation, made the quickest descent from a moral and upright individual to a person that would do anything to survive.
These moments in Not You, Mr. Dake raised an interesting question: what would a good person do when faced with the end of their career and possible jail time? Would they go down proudly and stoically with their head held high or would they get down into the muck and do whatever it took to survive and sustain their way of life? Wendy Rhoades answered that question, at least for herself, in Not You, Mr. Dake.
Wendy’s manipulation of Axe Capital Analyst Dudley Mafee (Dan Soder) in Not You, Mr. Dake is entertaining, especially the musical cues utilized and the physical contact. It was like watching Margaery Tyrell subtly manipulating Tommen Baratheon in Season 4 of Game of Thrones.
Axe Capital Chief Investment Officer Taylor Amber Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) has increasingly shown the hallmarks of natural leadership ability. It began towards the end of the last season of Billions and has continued throughout this season. In Not You, Mr. Dake, Taylor jumps from the signs of being a good, natural leader to being a good leader. When Taylor sees Dudley Mafee in a state of crisis, ‘they’ immediately give him sound, uncompromisingly moral advice. Counsel of that nature and grade can solidify a person’s resolve to take right action. What Taylor says to Mafee came from ‘their’ core, a core like Mafee’s, one that had not been corrupted by the dark side of high finance like the leaders of Axe Capital.
As ‘they’ stare at a glass room meeting in progress in Not You, Mr. Dake, it is fascinating watching Taylor’s brain work, ‘their’ imagination take flight, piecing together something that still alludes ‘them’, and subsequently paying a visit to Performance Coach Wendy Rhoades. A simple statement to and response from Wendy told Taylor all that ‘they’ needed to know about trusting ‘their’ instincts. Like with the financial market, Taylor has read the situation accurately (even though she doesn’t know the full scope of what she’s read) on Mafee and the lack of Wendy’s role in solving his crisis of conscience.
Seeing Taylor remind Wendy Rhoades of her professional obligation to Axe Capital Analyst Mafee, Wendy suppressing her chagrin until Taylor leaves her office, is an impressive showdown. It is a role reversal. The counselor becomes the counseled as Wendy knows Taylor is right about her ethnics and whose interests should be first and foremost.
Not only has Taylor grown to lead the traders and the quantitatives of Axe Capital, she has grown to manage other employees as well.
Not everyone in Not You, Mr. Dake got away with simply being wrapped across the knuckles like Dr. Wendy Rhoades for her undisclosed malfeasance.
One person is soundly savaged in Not You, Mr. Dake while another person gets destroyed. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) sees his Axe Capital case dismantled piece-by-piece, in front of his eyes, and behind-the-scenes in Not You, Mr. Dake. It’s an instance of Connerty counting his chickens before they are hatched. The viewer actually feels sorry for Connerty – it is basically him against a team of covert operatives that play by no rules. Connerty is made to look like a fool in front of the Eastern District of New York i.e. the type of prosecutor that brings cases with no evidence or at the least, the type of prosecutor that doesn’t get his facts straight before going to court.
When he goes back to the Southern District of New York’s Attorney’s Office, Connerty will be one of last semi-honest prosecutors (Connerty got Butch ‘The Pouch’ Probert fired to protect a source, tainting Connerty from that point forward) in the office – Chuck Rhoades has been corrupted by his own self-interest and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Kate Sacker (Condola Rashad) has been corrupted by Chuck. In addition to the aforementioned, Connerty will be returning to the Southern District with his head held low and with perceptible animosity toward Chuck Rhoades and Kate Sacker. It will not be a sustainable or healthy work environment for any of them.
The person destroyed in Not You, Mr. Dake is Dr. Gilbert (Seth Barrish). Chuck Rhoades’ leveraging of Dr. Gilbert, session-by-session, may be the best scenes in the episode. Chuck uses all of the tools that he has acquired during his career as a lawyer to gain compliance from Dr. Gilbert. Chuck gets the same admission against interest, with practiced silence and kompromat, from an innocent person (innocent of the particular crimes he is being accused of) that he would have gotten from a criminal. The viewer doesn’t think the doctor will bend or break during the session, he is most-likely just as smart as Chuck (maybe smarter), which is what made Chuck’s gambit all the more intense.
The court case celebration at the end of Not You, Mr. Dake is initially exciting to Bobby Axelrod but it becomes hollow, rather quickly. Axe realizes that he has no one to share the moment with, unlike Chuck Rhoades and Wendy Rhoades. Chuck and Wendy’s moment on the bed, not having sex (or getting more “creative”) but simply holding hands, says: they have each other, they preserved, and are together, body and soul. Axe doesn’t have that, not anymore, which is why he sinks, inch-by-inch, into the hot tube. Bobby Axelrod’s reality, his new reality, depresses him beyond the effects of the happy pill he has just consumed.
Under the shade of a mango tree, I sat half-reading ‘The Bookseller of Kabul’ and half-gazing at a bald eagle swooping lazily above the calm waters of Victoria Lake.
Wafting into my dreamy state of mind came my hostess Lotte’s voice, inviting me to her kitchen for a little surprise. We were going to try one of her old recipes – dairy-free dark chocolates stuffed with walnuts, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts, especially handcrafted for this newbie vegan!
My home in the hill country of Sri Lanka! Photo via Airbnb.
In a world where even my own family mocks me for going vegan, my Sri Lankan-Dutch hosts in the distant hill country of Sri Lanka went out of their way, not only to make me feel welcome in their world, but also ensure I was well-fed in their meat-loving home.
That’s exactly why I use Airbnb. The lifelong connections we make with people along the way is the very essence of travel.
Home-cooked curries, all vegan except the chicken dish on the left.
That afternoon, I pinched myself for the umpteenth time as I stepped out of my glass-walled room for a dip in the infinity pool, in the backdrop of mist-covered Knuckles mountains; was I living out a billionaire fantasy on my humble travel blogging income?
As we broke the ice, I learnt that Lotte, who grew up in the Netherlands, travelled the world at a time when Greece was just a bunch of sleepy islands. To reach the (now famous) island of Ios, she jumped off a big boat with her backpack in the middle of the sea and let the islanders catch her on their small boats! But it was in Sri Lanka, where her grandfather once lived, that she decided to put down her roots; she met Shadwell and they built this beautiful home in Digana, an hour up from Kandy.
Together, the three of us drove past the sleepy Tamil village, to hike in the wild coconut plantations, when Shadwell jolted the car to a stop in the middle of the wilderness. “Coffee beans!,” he chimed with the glee of a kid who had finally found his treasure. It was a wild bush full of ripe coffee beans, and we picked them one by one, into our palms, to take home, roast and drink – real Sri Lankan coffee!
My hosts have candle-lit dinners daily because you don’t need a special occasion to celebrate life. Over curry-licious Sri Lankan meals – think jackfruit chips, beetroot curry, pol roti, red rice and dishes whose names I forget – we discussed the India-Sri Lanka connection; Shadwell, a history enthusiast, introduced me to the legend of the king who was exiled from India, crossed the sea to Sri Lanka and married the forest queen, which led to the birth of the Sinhala people. I think to myself how much we’ve grown apart since.
My hosts Lotte and Shadwell in the golf course.
A lifesize sleeping Buddha in an underground cave in Digana.
The week goes by in little moments. I hear from them about the haunting apparition a local girl saw in the village and managed to capture on her phone; when tested in a lab in Colombo, the experts concluded it couldn’t have been photoshopped. The photo, now on Shadwell’s phone, of a young girl, in white, on all fours, is etched in my memory. I wake up to the sound of birds chirping as Victoria Lake shimmers below, swim and do yoga in my glass room. I join Lotte and Shadwell to mingle with expats in the scenic golf club nearby, and visit an orphanage for children of the war, full of heartbreaking stories and hope. I read and write, spend hours sipping rose vanilla tea and swapping travel stories with Lotte, and forget that I’m merely passing through this part of the world…
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Placing a deposit is nothing new for a season ticket holder. Asking for $100 to have the privilege of following a team to a new city? That’s a little different.
Raiders fans got a curious offer from the team that allows them to spend $100 now to ensure they have a spot in Las Vegas when the team’s new stadium is finally completed. It might seem like a neat offer, except for the fact, you know — current season ticket holders live in California and all.
The knife has already been driven into the hearts of die-hard fans, and this is just twisting it even more. The request to save a seat is accompanied by a hype video showing off the stadium’s new spot in Vegas, which boasts an impressive glass room, minutes from the Vegas strip and games inside that look like they were lifted out of Madden 2001.
So, Raiders season ticket holders: Rush now to get your spot in a stadium that isn’t built yet for an undetermined date so you can watch your favorite team in a new city. You’d think the team might be a little more understanding of how much this is hurting fans, but nope.
The best-selling Aldi candles, along with the new diffusers, are coming to store this weekend as gift sets – just in time for Christmas
The Jo Malone inspired Aldi candles and diffusers available as Aldi Specialbuys have been so hugely successful the discount supermarket is now offering a NEW limited edition range of Christmas gift sets. Hitting stores from this Sunday 3rd December, the limited edition gifts won’t hang around for long so be quick – once they’re gone, they’re gone!
The Luxury three wick candle would make the ideal centrepiece on the Christmas table, if you decide to treat yourself before Christmas that is! This 700g candle is benchmarked against Jo Malone’s Deluxe candles which sell for £120, this deliciously scented three-wick wonder is just £9.99!
The indulgent candle gift sets, at just £9.99 each, contain three single wick travel candles, ideal for any candle fan! Available in two scent combinations; the first of Lime, Basil & Mandarin; Pomegranate Noir and Freesia & Pear. The second combination includes Orris & Sandalwood; Sage & Sea Salt and Red Roses.
The Luxury Candle Gift Sets will be available in store from 7th December.
Forget frankincense, this Christmas give the gift of Freesia & Pear; Lime, Basil & Mandarin; Pomegranate Noir or Red Roses! All of which are available as luxury room sprays, individually wrapped in the beautiful packaging – that is so smart already, all you need do is add a bow on top. The 100ml Premium Glass Room Sprays are just £3.49 each.
The famous Aldi candles
They’re back! Having sold out multiple times, Aldi has new stock of its luxury, Jo Malone-rivalling candle range. And the great news is that this time, the collection is here to stay!
When you think of scented candles, it’s fair to say that budget German supermarkets aren’t perhaps where you would expect to find them. However, back in early March, the Aldi versions of three of Jo Malone’s most popular fragrances were so highly in demand that they sold out. They were then launched again on 21 March, just in time for Mother’s Day, to an equally strong reception, and again in April.
At just £3.99 for 290g, it’s no wonder the Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Pomegranate Noir and Freesia Pear candles have been flying off the shelves. And after the unprecedented customer demand, Aldi has announced that the range will be available in store for good, so there’s no need to panic buy! For the moment, they won’t be available online, but we’ll update you if that changes.
With their glass jars and metal lids, not to mention the near-identical names, the candles don’t have much to distinguish them visually from the £44 Jo Malone candles. Not surprisingly then, during the sell out in March, people were found to be putting the Aldi candles on eBay at highly inflated prices.
With regards to the candle itself, John Davis at European Flavours & Fragrances (EFF), Aldi’s fragrance house, said: ‘Not only do Aldi’s premium candles equal the quality, strength and performance of high-end alternatives, but they are significantly larger than their premium counterparts meaning the fragrance is likely to be stronger, too.’
Aldi hopes to make luxury products more accessible to everyone. ‘Our customers loved the luxury candles when we first launched them in March,’ says Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi. ‘We’ve listened to customer feedback and are looking forward to seeing the candles back in store, permanently. This is a great example of our commitment to offer premium products at amazingly low prices, allowing customers to buy luxury products without over-spending or compromising.’
A January 12 article on the website of O Globo, one of Brazil’s most widely read daily newspapers, alleges that Brazil’s government is seeking to work with Google to customize search results for Brazilian users, based on their location and possibly other characteristics.
According to the O Globo article, which did not name its sources, the government is hoping to tailor search results related to a controversial pension reform bill, which the Congress is scheduled to vote on in the near term. Google has made no public statements on the matter.
O Globo reports that members of President Michel Temer’s administration met Google representatives in early January to discuss the viability of directing users’ queries to official content produced by the government. According to the article:
It would work more or less like this: a rural worker who searches ‘pension reform’ would see content that explains that this category of worker won’t be affected by the current version of the bill.”
The highly unpopular pension reform bill is the boldest component of Temer’s austerity package, which is aimed at keeping the public deficit under control. Since late 2016, the government has been struggling to secure support for the bill in Congress, and has since proposed a more moderate version of the bill. The stakes are even higher now as lawmakers worry that approving such an unpopular bill will hurt their chances of re-election in October.
If Google were to agree to such a proposal, the company would undercut its own previous arguments about the service it provides. In numerous court challenges, including multiple cases in Brazil, Google’s lawyers have argued that the search engine is a “neutral intermediary,” a algorithmic system designed to show users “relevant” information, according to a set of (highly subjective) metrics intended to determine relevance.
The idea also raises significant questions about the reach of Brazil’s Marco Civil da Internet, or Civil Framework for the Internet. Passed in 2015, shortly before the impeachment process began for former President Dilma Rousseff, the law protects network neutrality by prohibiting “discrimination or degradation of traffic for commercial purposes while permitting it for emergency and public calamity situations.” It does not explicitly address content discrimination for political purposes.
This comes as battles over internet neutrality take place around the globe:
Ethiopia’s ruling coalition is paying people to promote its agenda — and harass its opponents
A series of government documents and chat logs, leaked by sources suspected to be inside the regime, reveal that the Ethiopian government is paying social media commenters to influence online conversations in the government’s favor. Among the documents is a list of individuals and the precise amounts of money paid to them for pro-government and anti-opposition postings. Most of the people on the list are already government employees. The revelations are consistent with increasingly aggressive pro-government, anti-opposition online campaigns, which have coincided with a rise in online hate speech online and persecution of independent journalists.
Mexican regulators threaten community phone network over fee waiver
Indigenous Community Telecommunications, Mexico’s first and only association of community indigenous service providers, may be forced to stop operating after being charged one million pesos by Mexico’s national communications regulator for the radio frequencies it uses. Indigenous Community Telecommunications requested an exemption from payment as they are not-for-profit and have no commercial use, which was accepted as part of their initial licensing agreement. One year after they began operations, their request for exemption from the fee was denied. The group is challenging the resolution.
Social media gag order extends to university employees in Jammu and Kashmir
This week, faculty and staff at the University of Jammu, in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, learned that a 2017 regulation restricting state employees from certain types of speech on social media will extend to university employees as well. The 2017 regulation indicates that “no government employee shall engage in any criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government.”
Iran has an Access to Information law — and Rouhani wants to start using it
The protests in Iran that broke out in late December could open an opportunity for the government to put into practice the country’s Access to Information law, which was passed in 2009, but has yet to be fully implemented. In the wake of the protests, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a speech on the importance of transparency in governance, arguing, “We have no way other than clarity for rooting out corruption; we must all go inside a glass room so that people can see every measure we take.”
Sinking ship succumbs to censorship under Germany’s anti-hate speech law
Twitter blocked the account of satirical magazine Titanic under the newly implemented German anti-hate speech law, NetzDG. The magazine’s account was shut down for 48 hours after it republished a deleted post parodying the anti-Muslim tweets of a far-right German politician, according to Columbia Journalism Review. The law gives social media platforms 24 hours to remove posts reported by users as being illegal.
UK plans to fight disinformation, somehow
The UK government is setting up a dedicated national security task force to counter disinformation spread by state actors, amid an investigation of claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign. No further details have yet been revealed about the operations of the new unit.
The NSA is listening more carefully than we thought
A new report from The Intercept reveals that the US National Security Agency has technology that can identify people by the sound of their voices, which is captured in a unique file called a “voiceprint.” The report draws on classified documents dating from 2004 to 2012, and indicates that US intelligence agencies have been using the technology in counterterrorism operations since as early as the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. The report raises legal concerns about the right to privacy, particularly as voice identifiers are a unique form of biometric data.
UN says more people need internet access, especially women
The United Nations Broadband Commission announced new targets for 2025 to support the expansion of global internet access, with the ultimate aim of connecting the 50% of the world who are currently offline. The 2025 targets urge countries to establish national broadband plans, make internet access more affordable and increase opportunities to build digital skills.
The commission also lowered the threshold for internet access “affordability” from 5% to less than 2% of monthly gross national income (GNI) per capita, reflecting increased sensitivity to income inequality. These proportions were first proposed by the Alliance for Affordable Internet in their 2016 Affordability Report. The targets also call for gender equality in all areas of internet use, acknowledging that women and girls are among the groups least likely to benefit from the digital economy.
Top Photo | A demonstrator carries a statue in the likeness of Brazil’s president Michel Temer during a protest against Brazil’s president Michel Temer at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 28, 2017. (AP/Leo Correa)