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Friday, April 21, 2017

#Maternitystyle: Heavily-Pregnant Ciara flaunts her big bump and Gucci sneakers in new photos

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31-year-old Ciara poses with her growing baby bump at a tennis court in a simple figure hugging black dress and tops of with a black & white pair of sunnies.

The singer captioned the phtos: 'Truly A Balancing Game In These #Gucci Stacks & This Big Belly!'

Creative!
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Victoria Beckham bestowed with Order of the British Empire

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Fashion designer Victoria Beckham was recognised for her charity works recently The former Spicy Girl was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Prince William at Buckingham Palace in London.

It was an absolute pleasure to be at Buckingham Palace today,” Beckham, 43 said in a statement. “I’m proud to be British, honored and humbled to receive my OBE from the Duke of Cambridge. If you dream big and work hard, you can accomplish great things.” Victoria’s husband David Beckham was likewise made an OBE in 2003.

Recall that Beckham became UN goodwill ambassador in 2014.

Congrats!

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Stephanie Okereke-Linus and Hubby Mark 5th Wedding Anniversary

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The beautiful actress and mother of one took to social media to celebrate her 5th wedding Anniversary with her husband Linus Idahosa.  She shared above photo and wrote:
Dear God,
 On this particular day your ray of light shone on our Union and both our lives have never remained the same. Let your light continually shine upon us for without you we are nothing and with you we are everything.
To my Lover, best friend, best husband, Papa Maxwell -Happy 5th year Anniversary💋💋❤️❤️🥂#LinusIdahosa #stephanielinus
FKB wishes the couple a happy anniversary.
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Kate Middleton looks chic in red Armani suit for Heads Together Charity in London

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Kate Middleton stepped out with her husband Prince William and brother-in-law to visit a school for mental campaign in London.

Kate Middleton:
The 35-year-old Duchess of Cambridge looked gorgeous in red suit for the Heads Together charity event.

Nice dress.

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Drinking Beet Root Juice rejuvenates an aging brain -New Study

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A new study published in the peer-reviewed Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences has revealed that drinking a beetroot juice supplement before working out makes the brain of older adults perform more efficiently, mirroring the operations of a younger brain, according to a new study by scientists at Wake Forest University.

"We knew, going in, that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain," said W. Jack Rejeski, study co-author. "But what we showed in this brief training study of hypertensive older adults was that, as compared to exercise alone, adding a beet root juice supplement to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what you see in younger adults."

While continued work in this area is needed to replicate and extend these exciting findings, they do suggest that what we eat as we age could be critically important to the maintenance of our brain health and functional independence.

This is the first experiment to test the combined effects of exercise and beetroot juice on functional brain networks in the motor cortex and secondary connections between the motor cortex and the insula, which support mobility, Rejeski said.

Beets contain a high level of dietary nitrate, which is converted to nitrite and then nitric oxide (NO) when consumed. NO increases blood flow in the body, and multiple studies have shown it can improve exercise performance in people of various ages.

The study included 26 men and women age 55 and older who did not exercise, had high blood pressure, and took no more than two medications for high blood pressure. Three times a week for six weeks, they drank a beetroot juice supplement called Beet-It Sport Shot one hour before a moderately intense, 50-minute walk on a treadmill. Half the participants received Beet-It containing 560 mg of nitrate; the others received a placebo Beet-It with very little nitrate.

The study concluded that Older adults who exercised and consumed Beet Root Juice demonstrated greater consistency within the motor community and fewer secondary connections with the insular cortex compared with those who exercised without Beet Root Juice. The exercise + Beet Root Juice group had brain networks that more closely resembled those of younger adults, showing the potential enhanced neuroplasticity conferred by combining exercise and Beet Root Juice consumption.

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American Actress Julia Roberts becomes Word's Most Beautiful Woman for the 5th time

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Julia Roberts was named People magazine's world's most beautiful woman in May 2017 issue.  This is her fifth time of gracing the cover.  She was earlier honoured in years 1991, 2000, 2005 and 2010.

The 49-year-old is married with three children.  

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Five Tips to improve workplace relationships

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Dealing with employees who don’t get along or who have outright fallen out with each other is one of the most irritating and time-consuming tasks managers have to deal with.

Strained relationships in the office don’t just cause a bad atmosphere, they can have a real impact on productivity and performance. Employees don’t have the conversations they need to because they are worried about upsetting a colleague ‘yet again’. Team meetings are tense, irritable affairs where people play games and seek to undermine their colleagues. At worst – and if not addressed – disputes between peers can escalate into outright aggression with shouting matches in the office.

Managers have to deal with these difficult scenarios – but sometimes they can unwittingly be the cause. The way they organise work and manage the team can inadvertently cause rifts and bad feelings between colleagues.

So what are the factors that lead to strained working relationships – and how can managers make sure they are not exacerbating the situation?

1. People don’t understand each other’s roles
“She’s always out of the office, I never know where she is.”

“Why does he get all the interesting work while we’re left to deal with the dross?”

“I’m the only person who seems to be making an effort around here.”

Misunderstandings about colleagues’ roles are at the root of many difficult workplace relationships. If people don’t know what their peer’s priorities are, or what they are expected to deliver, they may come to the conclusion they are slacking or doing something they are not supposed to. Jealousy and resentment very quickly arise and before you know it, you’ve got a dysfunctional team. Managers need to make sure team members are clear about their own roles, but also understand the boundaries of other people’s jobs and what they are trying to achieve. If they have the bigger picture and can see how everyone fits in, they are more likely to collaborate and support each other.

See: 5 'New Tips' to Get Ahead in Your Career

2. Managers have their favourites

It’s human nature for managers to have their ‘favourites’. Maybe they rate some employees higher than others or naturally have a greater affinity with particular people. Sometimes, this plays out unconsciously in the ways teams are managed. Certain people always get the plum assignments, are first in line for training or are regularly singled out for praise. They are allowed to work flexibly whenever they want, and their holiday requests are always granted. Employees are not daft. They know if they are not one of the ‘chosen’ ones and will feel overlooked and undervalued. Resentment at unfair treatment – whether real or perceived – bubbles up and begins to cause problems between colleagues. Managers need to take a look in the mirror and ensure they are not inadvertently causing discord in the team by favouring particular employees.

3. The business doesn’t value collaboration

Is the work environment you are creating as a manager competitive or collaborative? Competition does, of course, have its place. Some disciplines, such as sales, thrive on setting employees up against one other in order to drive greater performance. You would be surprised, however, how many strategies and processes unwittingly set people up to compete when they could achieve better results through collaboration.

If people feel they need compete against peers, they will pursue their own agenda and may even actively try to undermine or even sabotage the work of their colleagues. Taking a more collaborative approach and making it clear employees should be supporting each other will result in improved performance, not to mention a more harmonious environment.

4. Colleagues genuinely don’t like each other

It’s a fact of life that some people just don’t like each other. Colleagues find each other’s habits irritating, are wound up by their general approach or don’t get each other’s sense of humour. In life, we can generally avoid the people we don’t like. At work, we are often forced to spend huge amounts of time in each other’s company. As a manager, you have to accept that however hard you try, there may be people in your team who are never going to hit it off.

The best you can do is try wherever possible to separate the warring factions, allocating people to different projects and avoiding situations where they will have to work closely together. If that’s not possible, you may need to appeal to the common sense of both parties, acknowledging they may have issues with each other, but setting some rules of engagement and pointing out the impact their behaviour is having on the morale and performance of the rest of the team.

Check 4 Types of Relationships That Can Make or Break Your Career


5. It’s all work and no play
The happiest teams are often those where people are able to work and have fun together. Enforced jollity is never a good idea, but if you can find ways for people to get to know each other on a personal level, it will lead to better working relationships all round. It doesn’t have to be a big event. The occasional team lunch, drinks at 4 pm on a Friday or a trip out to the local bowling alley are all easy to organise and can make a real difference to the way colleagues gel. Be conscious of the different ages, abilities and interests in your team, particularly if you are organising something physical. And remember that not everyone will want to socialise with colleagues – and that’s OK.


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