Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Omicron Can Be Found Almost Anywhere. Probably.

How common is the Omicron variation in the United States? Given its unique characteristics—it appears to cause milder sickness but spreads much more quickly—a it's critical public health issue that necessitates a new way of thinking about personal and community dangers. Given the time it takes to sequence and report samples, it's also a difficult question to answer in real time.


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported just before Christmas that Omicron was responsible for 73 percent of the country's most recent cases. That number, which marked a startling sixfold growth in just a week, stuck with us and has shaped our collective thinking about the pandemic's current situation ever since.

However, the CDC updated its initial estimate to 23 percent a week later, indicating that although everyone was focused on Omicron, Delta, a nastier, more fatal variety, was remained the main concern.

Researchers have had more time in the weeks since to figure out how Omicron is spreading across the population. That kind of real-world data is exactly what they need to improve their modeling, so their most recent predictions are likely to be more accurate. And what are the results of those projections?

Omicron is virtually widespread, accounting for nearly all new cases in the United States. This is true across the country, while some areas, such as New England and the Midwest, still have a significant amount of Delta, as shown in gray on the pie charts below:


Nonetheless, the most recent data are what the CDC refers to as a "Nowcast," which is a model that forecasts the current situation based on prior trends. The most current real data is from the week ending Dec. 28, when Delta accounted for over 62% of all incidents.

While it's evident that Omicron is on the verge of a statewide takeover, we can't be certain it's actually happened; after the surveillance and sequencing work is completed, the current Nowcast data could be revised downward. Indeed, there are hints that Delta isn't completely gone: it still accounts for about 40% of new cases at the U.S. Capitol's testing lab in Washington, D.C., for example.

Many of us, from lawmakers to school officials to ordinary citizens, have rethought the pandemic in light of the fact that we're now dealing with a milder strain of the virus—one that spreads so quickly that infection appears all but unavoidable. What's less obvious is how many individuals realize that such reasoning is based on early data that will be revised later.

The CDC's Nowcast is a very helpful public health tool, but it can't be more than a guess. The more cautious among us, such as the immunocompromised and others at high risk, should act as though Delta is still there, at least until more conclusive data becomes available. (By Alex Fitzpatrick)

Saturday, December 25, 2021

8 Holiday Fashion Ideas

The holiday party season can be a source of serious wardrobe problems, but we have plenty of suggestions to help you inject some festive spirit into your look!


The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means a calendar full of festivities as well as a calendar full of seasonal sartorial conundrums. It can be difficult to put together a look for a holiday party, but we have put together a handy list of eight tips that we are confident will help you out. What is our top recommendation?

HAVE A GREAT TIME! This holiday season is all about standing out — and more than a little sparkle — so keep your shyness to yourself until after New Year's.

1. Start with eye-catching outerwear.

Each evening, it is likely that it will be cold outside when you arrive at your holiday soirees, so a stylish coat is a must-have. It is the first thing people notice, and it can be used to tie your entire outfit together. Make sure it is perfectly fitted — you can always take it to your friendly neighborhood tailor for some alterations — and if you want to up the ante on style, try one with a fashion-forward silhouette or an interesting texture, such as fur or embroidery. Last but not least, adorn your overcoat with a broach or cinch it with a belt to make it stand out!

2. It is your time to shine!

There is no better time of year than the holidays to use glitter. Include a glistening piece in your holiday ensemble, such as a sequined skirt, a metallic blazer, or a pair of cute, crystal-embellished shoes. But be careful not to overdo it; limit yourself to one or two pieces per outfit. You do not want to be misidentified as a Christmas tree, do you?

3. To reflect the spirit of the season, add a splash of color to your look.

While a little black dress is always a safe bet for any party, it is a rather dull option for the holidays. Try incorporating the season's popular jewel tones, neons, or acid brights into your outfit to get into the holiday spirit!

4. Embrace the velvet renaissance.

It may be difficult to resurrect this '90s trend, but it is ideal for the holidays. If you are still not convinced, try a dress or coat in the soft, shimmering fabric in rich tones like plum or burgundy — if that does not work, try a pair of velvet shoes or an accessory like a hat or scarf. Hey, if Alexander Wang can do it, it is certainly worth a shot.

5. Eye-catching jewelry is required.

The holidays are the perfect time to wear an armful of bangles, a massive bib necklace, or a cocktail ring the size of a doorknob. Make a statement with your jewelry, but keep the rest of your outfit simple.


6. Try out a daring, festive beauty look.


Fans of a smokey eye, a bold red lip, or an intricate up-do, rejoice! We all know that these looks are not for every day, so when the holidays arrive, try something more directional and daring.

7. Experiment with textures and layers. 

Simplicity is best left for another season; during the holidays, you should look festive and interesting. Try it in leather, lace, faux fur, or all-embellished-everything!

8. Remove the denim.

You have 11 months to wear your skinny jeans, so store them until the party season is over. Instead of denim, try a pair of tapered black trousers or a brightly colored pair of pants. You do not want to come across as too laid-back!

Monday, December 06, 2021

Fashion Industry: Several Points to Consider

The fashion industry is made up of a variety of smaller, more niche industries. Many people only think of online stores, design houses and brands, and fashion magazines when they think of fashion. Other craftspeople and industries, on the other hand, work in the clothing industry. 



There are those who make and sell fabric and notions, of course, but there are also flower makers, embroiders, seamstresses, and a variety of other craftspeople. Models, stylists, hair stylists, make-up artists, model agents, photographers, and a slew of other non-fashion businesses make up a larger fashion eco-system when it comes to fashion shows and marketing.

Change happens quickly and frequently in many industries, particularly those that cater to consumers. The consumer and the industry are always changing. Fashion retailing has evolved from large fashion houses, fashion magazines, and retail stores to include TV channels selling a variety of goods, including fashion, and then the Internet and online retailing.

The rise of the Internet has had an impact on the fashion industry in general, not just the selling end. It is used in supply chains, advertising, communications, brand awareness, and other areas, and it has blurred the line between business and consumer. Social media platforms have become crucial not only for selling fashion but also for forecasting and predicting future trends. Bloggers and other influencers can help sell products, but they can also be used by "Fashion Forecasters" who use Instagram, other social media channels, and street-style blogs to predict what is next.


The following are just a few of the topics to be aware of. Finding articles in full-text databases and reports as well as articles on the Internet is a good way to learn about new industry trends.

When looking at the industry, these are just a few of the more obvious concepts to consider. That has been included because it exemplifies the idea that certain aspects of the fashion industry require in-depth investigation as part of a larger picture. (Burhan Abe)

Thursday, November 18, 2021

YOUR DNA


RAKxa, Bangkok’s Leading Fully Integrative Wellness & Medical Retreat introduces new YOUR DNA programme with Thailand’s re-opening to international visitors.



With Thailand’s re-opening to international visitors, RAKxa, Bangkok’s leading fully integrative wellness & medical retreat, is ready to once again welcome guests to enjoy its innovative integration of preventative healthcare through cutting-edge technology, ancient holistic treatments and immersive nature experiences.





RAKxais one of the few wellness retreat in Thailand to be certified SHA Plus by the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration and their “Sandbox program”. The certification recognisesRAKxa for its achievement of health safety standard and having 100% of its staff vaccinated. RAKxa is committed to the highest levels of health and safety, placing the well-being of its guests and staff first, and delivering a safe, comfortable and exceptional experience to all.

RAKxa introduces its new “YOUR DNA” wellness programme which decodes one’s genetic health risks and starts with a personal advanced and holistic medical guidance to lifelong wellbeing. The all-inclusive wellness package consists of a health and wellness consultation, wellness doctor consultation, function fitness assessment, three wellness cuisine meals per day, two holistic treatments at RAKxa Jai and RAKxa Gaya, accommodation in a Garden Villa, daily tea break, two medical treatments at VitalLife, complimentary minibar in Villa, complimentary daily fitness and leisure activities, complimentary use of the water therapy suite including vitality pool, steam room, herbal steam as well as chill shower and cold plunge pool.

About RAKxa


Located on Bangkok’s preserved ‘Green Lung’, an emerald oasis nestled along the Chao Phraya River, RAKxa delivers tailored wellness programmes designed by world-class medical doctors and traditional healing experts. This ground-breaking enhanced wellness retreat is the first of its kind in Thailand and promises a fully transformative experience through personalised three-to-fourteen day programmes with long-term health goals in mind. RAKxa’s programmes include YOUR DNA, Long-Covid, Immunity Boosting, Detox, De-Stress, GUT Health, Mobilisation, Weight Management, Facial & Body Solution and a Discover RAKxa programme.




RAKxa’s transformative experience begins at home and carries on long after guests leave, unearthing a complete blueprint of health that enables certified medical doctors from VitalLife, a subsidiary of Bumrungrad International Hospital, and holistic therapists to prescribe a precise treatment plan based on the packages available.

VitalLife medical doctors work alongside experts of time-honoured healing disciplines in RAKxa’s Holistic Wellness Centre, bringing science and tradition together. RAKxa’s holistic treatments span Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic treatments and energy healing practices.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Santanera Brings Cross-Cultural Delight into The Heart of Canggu, Bali


In keeping with Bali’s melting spot spirit, Santanera is a true manifestation of cross-cultural delight, fusing the best of Latin American flavors, European influences, and local ingredients into a quintessential tapas restaurant.






Situated in the heart of Canggu, Santanera is a contemporary, smart-casual Bali restaurant and bar with a sleek, stylish and cozy vibe, featuring an impressive three-story space that evolves with the hours of the day and eye-spoiling artwork courtesy of the artist Due Hatue.

Set to open for the public on November 18, Santanera can accommodate up to 140 guests, where they will be able to enjoy themselves and lose track of time with the backdrop of a majestic seaside ambiance. Guests may also climb the spiral staircase leading to a lush rooftop with a garden feel to enjoy a better sea view while being provided with a collection of flavourful wine and delectable delicatessen. Our lavish private function room, framed by floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring archways, is also available where guests can mingle, graze on plates-to-share, and connect. Valet parking is also provided.

Born out of lifelong passions for seasonal and sustainable produce, Santanera is the brainchild of Andres Becerra and German Rincon, two culinary connoisseurs from Colombia. Having crafted scrumptious dishes at a handful of award-winning restaurants in various countries, the two chefs focus on concocting organic, farm-to-plate tapas with primed and refined ingredients at this Canggu restaurant and bar. Whether smoked, whipped, marinated, or chargrilled, guests may enjoy all-fresh, nourishing delicacies from the land and sea, sourced both domestically and internationally, complemented with a wide array of wine and cocktails available at the Santanera bar.







Starting out at his parents’ restaurants in Bogota, Andres’ passion for the hospitality industry developed exponentially during his formative years which led to his move to Australia, where he began his cooking career at Melbourne institution, Movida Original. Afterward, he moved to Movida Aqui, where he sharpened his skills and became Head Chef. Driven by the urge to expand his repertoire internationally, Andres traveled to Europe where he staged at Michelin-starred restaurants, RELAE in Copenhagen and Els Casals in Catalunya, the two leaders in farm-to-table cuisine. At present, Andres weaves in his myriad of award-winning, international experiences to the Santanera kitchen.

Meanwhile, German’s career began at two of Bogota’s very best restaurants: Leo Cocina y Cava, a fine-dining restaurant founded on Colombian ethnobotany and gastronomy, and Patria, a neighborhood restaurant that showcases Colombia’s quintessential flavors. It was here that German refined his craft and expertise in Latin American flavors, before migrating to Australia where he gained experience cooking cuisines from across the Mediterranean. 

After landing in Melbourne, German began his stint at the Italian restaurant Giuseppe Arnaldo and Sons, before taking the helm as Head Chef at Tetto di Carolina in South Yarra. At Santanera, German is ready to embark on a new culinary adventure by merging the classic Latin American taste profile with European and Asian flourishes.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

10 Best Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi



Abu Dhabi, a city brimming with life welcomes you with its top-notch infrastructure, a vast expanse of desert, some beautiful beaches, adrenaline-pumping adventure activities, and exquisite luxury hotels.

The capital of UAE, it’s one of the seven cities that form the Emirates. The city showcases traditional Arabian culture and heritage with dollops of stunning modern architecture to take your breath away. The city has tons on offer and you’ll feel pretty lost wondering which ones should be a must on your itinerary. Don’t you worry. We have compiled this list of the 10 best places you must visit on your visit to Abu Dhabi.

 



1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Built of milky-white marble and with its 82 domes and beautifully decorated walls, floors, and ceilings, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque leaves every visitor absolutely speechless. You’ll get to see the world’s largest carpet here at the main prayer hall covering all of 60,570 square feet. The carpet is the fruit of painstaking effort put in by 1200-1300 weavers for almost two years. The dazzling chandeliers have been imported from Germany and they add a new dimension to the mosque’s beauty.

 



2. Ferrari World

Inspired by the Formula 1 giants Ferrari, speed is the mantra at Ferrari World. The Ferrari World is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa which zooms through at a remarkable 240 kms/hr. You can get deals on Ferrai World Tickets here, but this usually available some time. There’s also a gallery displaying some stunning Ferrari models. Go for the Scuderia Challenge on a virtual Yas Marina circuit to get a hang of driving a Ferrari. It’s a day filled with fun and adventure with your family and friends at the Ferrari World.

 



3. The Emirates Palace

This magnificent luxury hotel is a benchmark in opulence. Even if you choose not to dine here, do visit the place to witness the stunningly decorated interiors with gold finish. Inspired by traditional Arabian culture, the hotel houses rare artifacts. Don't forget to look up and take in the spectacular beauty of the large central dome. If budget isn't a constraint, do drop by at the Le Café, which serves, yes you heard it right, Gold Capuccino, coffee with a sprinkling of real 24-carat gold flakes.

 



4. The Abu Dhabi Corniche

Take in breathtaking views of the gorgeous city skyline from the Abu Dhabi Corniche promenade. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is a perfect place to unwind. You may take a relaxing stroll along the beach or you may cycle around a bit. For something more exciting, go for speed boating. You may also rent a bike to explore this beach with a separate section for families. The beach also has showers and umbrellas for you to relax beneath.

5. Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum located on the Saadiyat Island is a stunning display of modern architecture. The dome above is a sight to behold. The dome is web patterned and the rays of the sun filter through to create a stunning visual effect. Apart from being an architectural wonder, the Abu Dhabi Louvre also exhibits works of art from all around the world and enjoys the distinction of being the Arabian Peninsula’s largest art museum.

 



6. Heritage Village

If you are looking to delve deeper into the Arabian culture and the traditional way of life of the Arabs, head for the Heritage Village. It’s a fine display of Persian heritage at this recreated village with its tents, wooden houses, camel sheds, and shops selling craft items. The Heritage Village also has its own museum to tell you more about age-old Arabian customs and traditions.

7. The Warner Bros. World

The Warner Bros. World, as the name suggests is a display of the world of Hollywood films produced by the production giants. There are 6 themed zones, all inspired by movies from the production house of Warner Bros.- Gotham City (Batman), Bedrock (The Flinstones), Cartoon Junction (Hanna-Barbera), Metropolis (The Superman), Dynamite Gulch (The Looney Tunes), and the Warner Brothers Plaza, a showcase of Hollywood in all its splendor.

8. Etihad Towers Observation Deck

A complex of 5 towers, tower 2 of the Etihad Towers welcomes tourists to an observation deck for a breathtaking birds-eye view of the stunning Abu Dhabi skyline. Located right opposite the Emirates Palace Hotel, Vin Diesel driving through three towers in a Lykan Hypersport here at the Etihad Towers was a major crowd puller for the movie Furious 7. There’s a fee for entry into the observation tower, but considering the experience up there, it’s money well spent.

9. Saadiyat Island

One of the most beautiful beaches in Abu Dhabi, the Saadiyat Island is where the Saadiyat Beach Club and the Park Hyatt and St. Regis have their private zones. Access to the beach is free and exclusive to the residents at these properties. To spend a day here, you’ll have to visit the Saadiyat Beach Club for unlimited access to the lounge, Jacuzzi, sauna, pool, and the beach. The turquoise blue waves of the sea meeting the clean sands of the beach is a sight to behold.

 



10. Desert Safari


The Desert Safari truly makes your holiday memorable. There could be no better way to explore the desert than this wonderful safari. Opt for activities like the adrenaline-pumping dune bashing and sandboarding, or the more relaxing camel riding. The day draws to a close with a sumptuous BBQ dinner and camping under the dark desert sky. Live entertainment shows like a belly dance performance add some spice to what is truly a heady experience.

Conclusion

Abu Dhabi is a city that mesmerizes visitors with its charm and beauty. It’s a perfect blend of modernism and tradition. The city welcomes you with many attractions, so many that you may feel confused. Have a pleasant stay in the city and pick the places you visit from our list to enjoy the best the city has on offer.

Friday, February 05, 2021

Is Passive Income Just a Trend?



Passive income becomes more popular by the day. This fascination with passive income has led to a lot of content being written about how you can generate passive income, as well as myths that surround it. 


Passive income may very well be the most trending thing right now. That said, there are many people who do not fully understand what passive income is. We will take you through its definition, how sources are set up, and how to create passive income with no investment through Honeygain.

Passive Income Definition

Many people falsely believe that any income that is not from your primary source is passive income. Actually, real passive income is income that you earn without having to put in any ‘active’ effort. Certain passive income sources require almost no effort, and you can consider revenue that you earn from them as ‘free money’.

In order to fully harness passive income, you usually need to put in the initial effort to build a few sources. Each successful source is an income stream that you can rely on. So the more income streams you build, the higher your passive income is.

Why Passive Income is Trending?

Passive income has become extremely popular over the last few years. This is because the general economic condition of young people has worsened, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet. As such, it is necessary for most millennials to find ways to pay the bills and maintain their standard of living.

People usually turn to passive income as it does not require a lot of effort to maintain. The fact that you can earn free money from passive income while you have a full-time job makes it very enticing. With the massive increase in the number of searches, more and more guides are coming up which explains how you can set up passive income sources.

Sadly, not all of them explain the kinds of passive income sources, and most of them fail to manage the expectations of the readers.



How to Setup Passive Income Sources

As you may have guessed by now, the higher the effort needed to set up a source, the higher your potential income. There are people who pursue passive income with the intention of being a millionaire.

However, the amount of effort required to do such a thing is extraordinary. If you are someone who does not want to work 12 hours a day for years to set up passive income sources, then you should look for low-effort sources.

Low effort sources will obviously pay less, but they will also require little effort. Another advantage of these sources is that they do not require investment at the beginning. Someone who tries to set up a real estate empire will need millions of dollars, but someone looking for free money through apps that pay may require nothing at all.

One of the easiest passive income sources to set up is Honeygain. If you have been wondering how to create passive income with no investment and little effort, then read further:

Passive Income with No Investment through Honeygain

With Honeygain, you can sell your bandwidth to Fortune 500 and other trusted companies. These companies will use your bandwidth for market research, SEO purposes, and Ad Verification. Honeygain will pay you $1 for every 10GB of data shared.

The best thing about the app is that you can install and forget about it. It will work in the background and keep on generating money for you. Once you have $20 in your account, you will be able to withdraw your earnings through PayPal.

You can download the app for Windows, macOS, and Android from the Honeygain download page. Set it up now and start making passive income!

Conclusion

We just went through some of the reasons why passive income is trending right now. The idea of free money seems interesting, but the reality is that you need to put in effort and money in order to make the big bucks.

The alternative for you is apps like Honeygain, which can help you create passive income without investment. While you cannot expect to be a millionaire through Honeygain, you can increase your monthly income by a reasonable amount.