Ever had to call in sick with a headache or food poisoning because you felt too awkward – or embarrassed – to say you had terrible period pain?
One Mumbai-based company is now offering women an automatic paid day off on the first day of their period if they have severe cramps – or other menstrual pain – making being in the office unmanageable.
Culture Machine Media released a YouTube video featuring some of its 75 female employees to mark the policy launch, and created a petition on Change.org calling for First Day Of Period (FOP) Leave Policy to be implemented across India.
The company argues that women should not have to ‘keep periods hidden’, writing alongside the video: ‘It’s time we address that women menstruate and it is okay to take a day off to get through the discomfort.
The first day was chosen, the firm explained because it was when most women reported experiencing bad pain.
When the video – which has now been viewed more than 135,000 times – was shot, Culture Machine employees had no idea about the plan.
It shows female staff talking about how they feel on the first day of their periods and asking them if they have ever had to make up excuses to take time off to cope.
The responses varied, with some saying they experienced severe pain and others reporting mood swings. All said that they would like the option of taking the day off.
Some had previously felt too awkward to explain to a male boss why they couldn’t make it into the office.
On discovering the policy would be implemented, one employee said: ‘I think it’s damn cool in the sense that it is saying: Hey! [Bad period pain] is a good enough reason for you not to come to work.’
While the company’s petition, launched in conjunction with female employees, has received 25,000 signatures within one week and interest is growing.
The company is not the first to launch ‘menstrual leave’ as a policy. Nike adopted it back in 2007 and being allowed time off for period pain is a federal legal requirement in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Women with attractive husbands are more likely to develop an eating disorder due to the pressure to match the husbands good looks.
Research from Florida State University shows wives who crash-diet to slim down are often driven to do so if they feel their husband is better-looking than them.
They found men were rarely motivated to do the same, regardless of how attractive they considered their wife to be.
Experts say the research is key to improving resources for women who suffer eating disorders, and could be useful information for couples to keep in mind for their relationship.
‘If we understand how women’s relationships affect their decision to diet and the social predictors for developing unhealthy eating behaviors, then we will be better able to help them,’ said lead author, doctoral student Tania Reynolds.
‘The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive.’
Reynolds added that research shows women tend to over-perceive just how thin their partners want them to be and, as a result, may inappropriately pursue dieting and a thin body.
‘One way to help these women is for partners to be very reaffirming, reminding them, “You’re beautiful. I love you at any weight or body type,”‘ Reynolds said.
‘Or perhaps focusing on the ways they are a good romantic partner outside of attractiveness and emphasizing those strengths: “I really value you because you’re a kind, smart and supportive partner.”‘
That extra motivation to diet did not exist among women judged more attractive than their husbands. As for men, their motivation to diet was low regardless of their wives’ attractiveness or their own.
The study, published in the journal Body Image, offers productive insights about relationships.
It hones in on a scenario in which a woman fears she will fall short of her partner’s expectations – something marriage counselors warn is all too common.
Reynolds and fellow researcher Dr Andrea Meltzer, assistant professor of psychology at FSU, say understanding the predictors that increase a woman’s risk of developing eating disorders and other health problems could lead to earlier assistance.
The study advanced existing research from Dr Meltzer’s lab that found marriages tend to be more successful and satisfying when wives are more attractive than their husbands.
It examined 113 newlywed couples – married less than four months, average age late 20s, living in the Dallas area – who agreed to be rated on their attractiveness.
Each participant completed a lengthy questionnaire focusing in part on their desire to diet or have a thin body. Some questions included, ‘I feel extremely guilty after eating,’ ‘I like my stomach to be empty,’ and ‘I’m terrified of gaining weight.’
A full-body photograph was taken of every participant and rated on a scale of one to 10.
Two teams of undergraduate evaluators studied the photos: one at Southern Methodist University in Texas focused on spouses’ facial attractiveness, while another at FSU looked at body attractiveness. The evaluators varied in sex and ethnic makeup.
‘The research suggests there might be social factors playing a role in women’s disordered eating,’ Reynolds said.
‘It might be helpful to identify women at risk of developing more extreme weight-loss behaviors, which have been linked to other forms of psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dissatisfaction with life.’
Dr Meltzer added: ‘In order to better understand women’s dieting motivations, the findings of this study highlight the value of adopting an approach that focuses on a couple’s relationship.’
Reynolds thinks an interesting next step for research would be to explore whether women are more motivated to diet when they are surrounded by attractive female friends.
He recently made headlines after his visit with US President Donald Trump and subsequent announcement of his assistance in creating 1 million jobs in the United States. He has inspired and empowered millions of people around the world especially with his incredible and true rags-to-riches story and now, Kenya will have the privilege of hosting the sensational Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma.
According to Forbes, Jack is worth an estimated $29 billion and this includes his 7.8% stake in the Alibaba Group — China’s answer to Amazon — and close to 50% stake in the payment-processing service, Alipay.
Although Alibaba and Jack Ma aren’t household names outside China, it’s worth noting that Alibaba is worth more than Facebook and processes goods more than eBay and Amazon combined!
What’s his story?
Ma Yun a.k.a. Jack Ma is among the rare breed of self-made billionaires with humble beginnings. Born in Hangzhou, south-east China, he was raised alongside his elder brother and younger sister at the rise of communist China and its isolation from the Western regions. His parents were poor and made a living as traditional Musicians-Storytellers. That income wasn’t adequate to have them even considered as middle class at the time.
Rejections and failures
Without money or connections, the only way Ma could get ahead was through education. Jack Ma failed in his Primary School examinations twice! He failed thrice during his Middle School exams. When applying to universities after his High school, Jack failed the entrance exams twice, before finally joining University. He even applied and wrote to Harvard University ten times about being admitted – and got rejected each time.
He graduated in 1988 and started applying to as many jobs as he could.
Jack tried and failed to get a job at a several places after applying to them about 30 times in total! He once recollected at an interview, “When KFC came to China, 24 people went for the job. Twenty-three people were accepted. I was the only guy who wasn’t.”
He was also one of the 5 applicants for a job in Police force and he was the only rejected being told, “No, you’re no good.”
At one of his interviews, when Jack was asked about his past rejections, he stated “Well, I think we have to get used to it. We’re not that good.” Naturally, he learned to overcome the pain of rejection and how to treat rejection as an opportunity to get better every time.
When former US president Richard Nixon visited Hangzhou in 1972, there was an increase of tourists in his home-town. It was like a tourist Mecca and Jack wanted to make the most of it. He always wanted to learn English. He spent his early mornings riding his bike to a nearby park and at the city hotel, he met visitors and gave them tours for free in exchange for English lessons.
It was then he met a tourist who gave him the nickname ‘Jack’ because she found his name “difficult to spell”.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English, he worked as a teacher at Hangzhou Dianzi University and earned just $12 a month!
Computers, the Internet and technology
Jack was captivated by the internet when he first used it during a trip to the US in 1995. He had just begun a translation business and he made the trip to help a Chinese firm recover some money. His first search online was “beer” and surprisingly, he found no Chinese beers in the results. It was then that he made a decision to found an internet company for China.
His first two ventures failed but four years later, he got together 17 friends in his apartment and convinced them to invest in his vision – an online marketplace he called “Alibaba.” This website allowed exporters to list products which customers could buy directly.
Initially, Alibaba hadn’t a single penny from outside investors but soon got attention and raised $20 Million from SoftBank – a Japanese telecom company that also invests in technology companies and another $5 Million from Goldman Sachs in 1999.
Building trust among the people of China that an online system of payment and package transfers is safe was the biggest challenge Jack Ma and Alibaba faced, a challenge that Jack will cherish for life.
Fast forward to 2005, Yahoo invested $1 billion in Alibaba in exchange for close to 40% stake in the company. This massive for Alibaba — at the time it was trying to beat eBay in China — and it would turn out to be a big win for Yahoo as well, netting it $10 billion in Alibaba’s IPO alone.
At an interview, Ma told Bloomberg that he knew Alibaba had made it big when another customer offered to pay his restaurant bill.
“I’m your customer of Alibaba group, I made a lot of money and I know you don’t make any money,” said the customer. “I’ll pay the bill for you.”
The company’s $150-billion IPO was the largest offering for a US-listed company in the history of the New York Stock Exchange at the time. It also made Ma the richest man in China, with an estimated worth of $25 billion.
This made Ma an extremely wealthy man though he has made very few flashy purchases and he still maintains some pretty modest hobbies. “I don’t think he has changed much, he is still that old style,” Xiao-Ping Chen, a friend of Ma, told USA Today in an interview.
He likes reading and writing kung fu fiction, playing poker, meditating, and practising tai chi.
After the IPO, Alibaba employees threw a huge party at the company’s Hangzhou headquarters in celebration. Ma told employees at a press conference that he hoped they would use their newfound wealth to become “a batch of genuinely noble people, a batch of people who are able to help others, and who are kind and happy.”
Ma’s visit to Kenya
Ma’s visit to Kenya is scheduled for July 20 where in the morning hours, he will engage entrepreneurs at NaiLab who will have a fireside chat with Jack on “The role of small businesses in global trade”
In the afternoon, he will lead a delegation representing Chairmen and CEOs of leading companies in Asia. Industries represented will include: ecommerce, financial services, health, real estate, technology, and pharmaceuticals.
The objective of this busiess-to-business session will be to introduce Chinese and African leading business players to cultivate mutual understanding and initial relationships.
It will also serve to present and discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing the future development of the economies in Africa and the special role that technology, education, entrepreneurship and young people can play.
the secluded eatery, in a move perhaps inspired by medieval royalty, separately, though in different SUVs rather than horse-drawn carriages.
And no doubt the couple had plenty to talk about, following the birth of daughter Rumi and her twin brother, the creatively named Sir, last month. In an intriguing move, the couple have taken steps to trademark their newborns’ monikers.
They were surrounded by security guards as they made their way into the upmarket restaurant at around 8 pm.
The 47-year-old rapper, real name Shawn Carter, arrived first, while his Crazy In Love star wife then turned in a $60,000 Cadillac Escalade of her own.
She’s one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
And Serena Williams never did it for the money, according to a new interview with Uninterrupted.
The 35-year-old champion revealed that she didn’t even bother to memorialize her first check for $1 million in winnings.
‘I never touched it’ she began, referencing her first big time payment.
‘I just put it in the bank’ she continued, before admitting ‘I just remember I went through the drive-thru to deposit my check. They were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this.’ So I ended up going inside.’
It seems she truly had no interest in the funds, as she has no record of receiving the epic amount.
‘I should have taken a picture of it. Selfies didn’t exist back then,’ she lamented.
Money never seemed to figure into the athlete’s mind as she continued to destroy opponents and set records during her career.
‘I’ve actually never played for money,’ she confirmed ‘I thought you would just go out there and you would hold a trophy.’
Indeed, she wasn’t actually aware of how the funds were even distributed to winning players.
‘Not once did I think about a check. In fact, when I first turned pro, you had to go pick up your check,’ she recalled.
Kagwe Mungai is not only talented when it comes to producing good music but he is also blessed with good looks.
Looking at him one would think he has grown up with a silver spoon in his mouth but that is not so. Kagwe opened up during an interview with the Standard where he said he had to work many jobs to survive.
Kagwe says, “I was a dishwasher, a bartender, a DJ, a barber, a tutor and many more.”All this was meant to earn him an extra coin back in campus.
He has worked on songs such as Give It To Me Feat King Kaka, Creeper, Hot This Year, Doctor, Biggest Fan, TKK Feat. Madtraxx, Bad Girls and The Dee
Kagwe is among few Kenyan artistes who have worked with both international artistes and African entertainers. Apart from being a great musician Kagwe is a certified saxophonist, composer, songwriter, singer and rapper.
Having worked along side musical acts in the United Kingdom, Mungai had the opportunity to collaborate with musicians and poets such as Run toto Run, Louise Victoria, Julie Wangombe. Kagwe Mungai’s most notable collaboration was with Fena Gitu in the song Dutch. The song managed to peak at number one on several charts in Kenya and abroad.
As young as 14, he was writing songs and developing ideas with a four-track recorder his older brother brought home one day.
The news is fast-spreading that American Gospel singer Don Moen is dead.
The website, Houston Chronicle TV that broke the news, had quoted President Donald Trump and Bishop T.D. Jakes as paying tribute to the gospel artist and worship leader.
American news outfit Houston Chronicle TV reported;
An American singer-songwriter, pastor-evangelist, Don Moen has died after short battle with stomach pain. His family confirmed that he died early this morning at General Acute Care (GAC) Hospital in California shortly after being rushed to the hospital.
“The cause of his death is not immediately known as the body is deposited at the morgue for autopsy. President Donald also has expressed his tributes, saying Don Moen was “one of the best gospel artists that the country has ever produced,” it said.
However, after the news hit the webs, the pastor and evangelist took to his official Twitter to share a photo of himself, father, son, and grandsons – as a big picture of four generations.
He captioned the photo: “Celebrating 4 generations in Minnesota today! Here’s a photo of my Dad, son John holding Bennett and me holding Luke. Love my family!!!”
Celebrating 4 generations in Minnesota today! Here's a photo of my Dad, son John holding Bennett and me holding Luke. Love my family!!! pic.twitter.com/DBTKwXfMKs
A third of companies are concerned about young people’s attitude to work, a report by business leaders says today. Many lack the mindset required to survive in a work place.
With many graduates and school leavers lacking the mindset and skills required to thrive in the workplace, the CBI said teachers needed to better reflect the importance of ‘attitude and aptitude for work’.
There are also worries about the literacy and numeracy skills of young employees, with firms admitting they have had to run classes for recruits.
The CBI/Pearson survey of 344 firms found that 32 per cent were dissatisfied with graduates’ ‘attitudes and behaviours of self-management and resilience’, with 40 per cent saying they lacked customer awareness.
Some 33 per cent of business leaders were unhappy with the literacy of young applicants, while 29 per cent said their numeracy wasn’t up to scratch. Faced with a skills shortage, two in five businesses (41 per cent) have been forced to do remedial training for school or college leavers.
The CBI said stretching academic standards ‘should not be the sole focus’ for schools as ‘broader personal development aspects risk being pushed to the sidelines’.
Firms believe primary schools should focus on developing literacy and numeracy (67 per cent), self-management (41 per cent) and communication skills (34 per cent).
The report said: ‘Personal attitudes, aptitude, readiness to learn, effective communication skills and a sufficient capacity to cope with numerical data are the key enablers. It is critically important that all young people are helped to develop as fully as possible in these areas.’
Josh Hardie, the CBI’s deputy director general, said: ‘Quality of teaching, learning and careers inspiration defines the life chances of young people.’
Dr Mary Bousted, head of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: ‘With savage cuts to further education funding since 2009… it is unsurprising that businesses are struggling to find enough skilled staff.’
A professional runner from Kenya who was out training on a nature trail in the woods near his home in Maine says he encountered two charging black Bears but was able to outrun them during a frantic sprint to a nearby vacant house for cover.
Moninda Marube said when he saw the bears early Wednesday his instincts kicked in and he did what he does best: run.
He told the Sun Journal that the Bears were 20 yards away from him and a vacant house was 20 yards away in the opposite direction.
So he made a run for the house, with the Bears closing to within 10 yards by the time he found safety on the house’s screened porch.
‘I had to think very fast,’ he said. He knew that jumping into the lake wasn’t an option.
‘In my head, I know I can’t swim. I fear swimming. I fear water.
‘Secondly, I knew I could not climb up a tree because bears can climb a tree. ‘The only solution I had at that time was to be able to run.’
Immediately after he turned his back to the bears, they began charging at him.
‘This is the only savior,’ he thought at the time. ‘That house will be my refuge.’
Once he reached the house, he tried kicking in the door on the porch. When that didn’t work, he managed to open the latch and lock himself inside.
The bears followed him to the door, then stopped and began sniffing.
All that separated him from the bears was the thin screening in the door, he said.
‘They could see me. I could see them,’ he said.
The bears stopped, not realizing they could’ve easily crashed through the flimsy porch screens, Marube said. They sniffed around for a while before wandering away.
But Marube said that’s easier said than done.
He said he knew that black bears can climb trees, so he couldn’t climb to safety. He said he considered jumping in a nearby lake, but he can’t swim.
He said he initially engaged in a stare-down with the bears but the bears charged the moment he turned his back on them.
Marube, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington who finished third in the 2012 Maine Marathon and won the 2013 half-marathon, said he’d once encountered a leopard perched in a tree while alone in Africa – but the bears were scarier.
He said he learned an important lesson from his close encounter with Maine’s wildlife: ‘Just make peace with people. You never know when your day comes.’
Serena Williams’ tennis coach has revealed he was angry that she deliberately did not tell him about her pregnancy ahead of the Australian Open.
Back in January the 35-year-old tennis champion racked up another grand slam win against her sister Venus during the tournament – but Patrick Mouratoglou confessed he had no idea at all she was expecting.
Speaking during an appearance on Good Morning Britain today, Patrick, 47, who has been coaching the 23-time grand slam winner since 2012, also cast doubt about her return to the court after she gives birth.
‘She played yesterday and the day before so mentally she’s already preparing for her comeback. But you never know, once she has the baby in her arms we’ll see how she feels,’ he said.
Serena stunned everyone when she announced she was having a child with her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, back in April, meaning she had played and won the Australian Open newly pregnant.
Asked by GMB presenter Ben Shephard about how he felt about his star player’s baby news he joked he didn’t have a clue.
‘Not at all, and I’m angry she didn’t tell me.
‘I think she was herself so surprised, she didn’t expect it. I think she kind of panicked.
‘I mean it’s crazy to be ready to play a major and find out that you’re pregnant a few days before. So I think she thought, “OK let’s not say anything and pretend I’m not and see what’s happening” – and she won the tournament.’
Serena’s post-pregnancy plans
Speaking of whether Serena will return to the sport after giving birth he added: ‘I mean it’s very difficult to say. I’m not a woman.
‘But I know for a woman to have a baby it changes completely your life. But we’re speaking on a regular basis with Serena and she definitely wants to come back, she’s talking about it all the time.’
Patrick said that the expectant mother was still ‘playing tennis every day’, and recently shared a clip of herself practising on the court where she didn’t miss a beat as she hit the ball back and forth.
‘She played yesterday and the day before so mentally she’s already preparing for her comeback.
‘But you never know, once she has the baby in her arms we’ll see how she feels. If she feels like doing all that effort to come back or being a mother which is great, too. It’s a choice that she will make at that time.’
A ‘tired’ working mum never considered the possibility her husband was drugging her at their Sydney home so he could sexually assault her daughter, a jury has heard.
The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, on Thursday said she noticed ‘powdery substances’ in drinks made by her husband and she would suffer ‘extreme and sudden tiredness’ that led her to seek medical tests.
‘You just reassured me I was tired … I trusted you and I believed you,’ she said at the Downing Centre District Court during her cross-examination by the accused.
‘I would ask you ‘have you put sugar in it?’ and you would say ‘no I haven’t done anything’… (but) it would taste different to when I made the drink.’
The 45-year-old man is representing himself after pleading not guilty to drugging his wife and stepdaughter.
He has pleaded guilty to 99 charges relating to the sexual abuse of his stepdaughter which started when she was 12.
A doctor told the jury the girl said her stepfather would crush travel sickness tablets to mix in her mother’s food and drink, and when she fell asleep he would have sex with the stepdaughter.
A meat tenderiser found in the home had a small amount of white powder on it that was found to contain three different drugs.
‘At any stage did you think… that someone, probably your husband, was drugging you?’ the accused asked the woman.
‘No, I didn’t… you would always throw me off the scent,’ she said.
The woman said she raised concerns about her husband’s close relationship with her daughter – whispered arguments, early morning walks on the beach and long gym sessions.
On one occasion she told him to ‘stay the f*** away from my daughter.’
‘I was angry about the way you were behaving towards her,’ she said. She denied she was jealous of their close relationship.
The court previously heard SD memory cards discovered in the lining of the stepfather’s jacket contained 78 videos and 778 images which showed him sexually and indecently assaulting the stepdaughter, and in some of the footage she appeared to be asleep.
The mother said she found another SD card in her desk that she thought had family photos on it.
‘But it didn’t. It had photos of you assaulting my daughter,’ she said on Thursday.
If Lemonade was the accusation album, 4:44 is the apology.
Jay-Z’s new record was released on Thursday night, with fans immediately delving into the lyrics to search for possible responses to wife Beyonce — and they did not come up empty-handed.
In at least three of the tracks, the 47-year-old appears to make a series of revelations that allude to his ‘infidelity’, his clash with Solange Knowles two-years ago, and that his newborn twins had been conceived ‘naturally’, despite speculation he and Beyonce had favoured IVF treatment.
In Kill Jay-Z, addressing himself, he raps ‘You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away.’
Eric Benét famously cheated on then wife Halle Berry.
‘I don’t even know what else to say / N***a, never go Eric Benét / I don’t even know what you woulda done / In the future, other n***s playin’ football with your son.’
Fans were quick to realise the last line referenced fellow rapper Future’s attack on footballer Russell Wilson for being a stepfather to his son, Future Jr.
In the same track, Jay-Z also appears to reference his infamous lift fight with his sister-in-law Solange Knowles at the Met Gala in 2014, admitting it was his fault.
Footage of the pair coming to blows had surfaced at the time, with Solange appearing to lash out at the Holy Grail rapper.
In his new song, Jay-Z raps: ‘You egged Solange on knowin’ all along / All you had to say you was wrong,’ he raps.
He then goes on to say in his track Family Feud: ‘Nobody wins when the family feuds,’ and has even appeared to name-check ‘Becky with the good hair’, whom many believed was Jay-Z’s mistress after Beyonce’s song Sorry that featured on her Lemonade album.
‘Yeah, I’ll f*ck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky / A man that don’t take care his family can’t be rich,’ he raps.
Beyonce, meanwhile, provides backing vocals on the track.
Jay Z revealed his mother is a lesbian on his new album 4:44.
The superstar made the revelation about Gloria Carter in the lyrics to the soulful track Smile.
‘Mama had four kids but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long, that she’s a thespian,’ raps Jay Z, who has spoken of how his father’s absence contributed to his troubled youth in public housing in Brooklyn.
‘Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her / I just want to see you smile through all the hate,’ he raps.
In doing so, the husband of Beyonce confirms for the first time hushed rumors about his mother’s sexuality. He also explains how she turned to substances to cope with the stigma.
Smile opens with a snippet from Stevie Wonder and closes with a poem by Gloria herself, who recites: ‘The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me.’
Jay Z, like many rappers of his generation, employed homophobic slurs in his early music but was also one of the first prominent voices in hip hop to speak out in favour of gay rights.
Jay Z elsewhere throws veiled barbs at other rappers, including onetime protege Kanye West, who last year ranted against Jay Z and in support of then President-elect Donald Trump before entering a hospital.
The rapper has especially harsh words for the estate of pop icon Prince, a longtime rebel in the music industry, who had signed a deal with Tidal shortly before his death.
He denounces the ‘greedy bastards’ who have commercialized Prince with moves such as bringing his catalogue onto leading streaming service Spotify.