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Monday, 13 August 2018

August 13, 2018

5 Nigerian School Girls Win Gold in World Technovation Challenge in US

Anambra Nigerian School Girls Win World Technovation Challenge

The 5 Girls from Anambra State in Nigeria who represented Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, US on August 9th this year won the Gold Medal in the contest.

The team lead by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu Ugwu defeated representatives of other technological giants including the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to clinch the Gold Medal!
The Anambra girls who have now become Africa’s Gold Girls is made up of five brilliant girls including:
Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.

The world champions who are reported to be attracting a lot of attention in the world’s greatest technological hub won the challenge with a mobile application called the FD-Detector which they developed to help tackle the challenge of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

Under the tutelage of Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu the CEO of Edufun Technik STEM, the Golden Girls spent 5 months researching and developing FD-Detector which swept through over 2000 competing applications to get to the finals in San Francisco.
Anambra Nigerian School Girls Win World Technovation Challenge

Techovation is a programme that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the programming skills they need to emerge as tech-entrepreneurs and leaders.

Every year, girls are invited to identify a problem in their communities, and then challenge them to solve them by developing Android applications that would address those problems.

115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.

The girls will also be attending Field trips, life-changing workshops including a networking session during their one week stay in USA.

The Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria – Chief Willie Obiano had personally sent thrm off to the US in a brief ceremony at the last executive council meeting where he charged the girls to put Nigeria and Africa on the global technological map with their rare talent.

Friday, 10 August 2018

August 10, 2018

5 fruits that will help you lose wight real fast!

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Do you wish to lose some weight? Then, it's high time you started eating some healthy fruits. Fruit not only helps reduce belly fat, but it can also reduce the risk of some types of chronic diseases. Fruits also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other nutrients important for good health. Fruits are indeed part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan.

In research, fruit has actually been tied to weight loss, not weight gain. One study found that overweight and obese adults who ate more fruit experienced greater weight loss than those who didn't. Another study, which followed more than 130,000 adults over 24 years, found that consuming fruit was associated with improved weight loss over time.

Below are some fruits you should start eating to lose weight fast:

  • Watermelons 

This juicy fruit is loaded with water and low in calories, making it ideal to eat for weight loss. Consuming watermelon will ensure you're hydrated. And when you're getting plenty of water, your body can work optimally. Also, when you're hydrated, you won't confuse thirst with hunger and overeat unhealthy fare. Combine watermelon and some savory and spicy ingredients for a refreshing twist with our simple and quick watermelon gazpacho recipe. Or, try our salad that offers the sweetness of watermelon, tartness of lime, saltiness of feta and olives, and semi-spicy herbaceousness of arugula.


  • Oranges: 


orange fruit
Add some tang to your diet with this nutrient-dense, low-calorie fruit. Oranges provide only 47 calories per 100 grams. Orange is considered to be a negative calorie fruit which means that it contains less calories than what your body requires to burn it. Simply put, you burn more than you eat.


  • Apples: 


Apples are easy to carry as a snack, and they're low in calories (a medium-sized apple is 72 calories, says the CDC) and lack sodium or fat. So, they can be a component of any weight-loss diet. Apples are one of the best fruit sources of filling fiber, which means you'll be satisfied enough to avoid binges throughout the day. In fact, research has shown that eating a fiber-filled apple before a meal can fill you up so you eat fewer calories. Plus, they can help reduce your cancer risk, promote heart health and give you energy, to boot. They're also helpful at balancing blood sugar, which can help you make better snacking decisions because you won't be desperate to get something into your belly quickly.


  • Bananas: 


banana fruit
A medium, slightly green banana will boost your metabolism and fill you up. A banana is a great way to boost energy and an ideal post-workout snack. Opt for a banana over an energy bar to ensure that you're really getting a healthy treat. Plus, a banana can help prevent muscle cramps and regulate your blood pressure.



  • Grapefruits:


Eating half of a grapefruit before each meal can lower levels of insulin, a fat-storage hormone, which can lead to weight loss. Because grapefruits are loaded with water, they keep you hydrated and satisfied, helping you eat less. Plus, the fruit contains fat-burning enzymes, categorizing it as a weight-loss superfood. And because it takes more energy to digest this fruit, it helps you burn more calories. This fruit powerhouse also is a good source of protein, vitamin C, folic acid and potassium.


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August 10, 2018

The Complete History Of Lipstick

The Lipstick.

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Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that apply color, texture, and protection to the lips. - Wikipedia

Many colors and types of lipstick exist. As with most other types of makeup, lipstick is typically but not exclusively, worn by women. Some lipsticks are also lip balms, to add color and hydration.

Although the name originally applied to the baton (stick) of material, within a tubular container, usually around 10mm in diameter and 50mm in length the term has now generally transposed to the material itself, regardless of method of application.

No argument, lipsticks are one of the inseparable part of our makeup which enhances the beauty of women.

The History of Lipsticks.

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Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Egyptians like Cleopatra crushed bugs to create a colour of red on their lips.

elizabeth taylor helped popularize red lipstick
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 Also, around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their lips for face decoration. Ancient Egyptians wore lipstick to show social status rather than gender.They extracted the red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, but this dye resulted in serious illness. Lipsticks with shimmering effects were initially made using a pearlescent substance found in fish scales.

During the Islamic Golden Age, the notable Andalusian cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis) invented solid lipsticks, which were perfumed sticks rolled and pressed in special molds, and he described them in his Al-Tasrif.

The Chinese made some of the first lipsticks that were made from beeswax over 1,000 years ago to protect the delicate skin of the lips. During the Tang Dynasty (CE 618-907), scented oils were added to them, which gave the mouth an enticing factor.

In Australia, Aboriginal girls would paint their mouths red with ochre for puberty rituals.

Lipstick trends

Throughout the early 20th century, lipstick came in a limited number of shades.

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Dark red was one of the most popular shades throughout the 19th and 20th century. Dark red lipstick was popular in the 1920s. Flappers wore lipstick to symbolize their independence. Lipstick was worn around the lips to form a "Cupid's bow," inspired by actress Clara Bow. At that time, it was acceptable to apply lipstick in public and during lunch, but never at dinner.

In the early 1930s, Elizabeth Arden began to introduce different lipstick colors. She inspired other companies to create a variety of lipstick shades. In the 1930s, lipstick was seen as a symbol of adult sexuality. Teenage girls believed that lipstick was a symbol of womanhood. Adults saw it as an act of rebellion. Many Americans, especially immigrants, did not accept teenage girls wearing lipstick. A study in 1937 survey revealed that over 50% of teenage girls fought with their parents over lipstick.

In the mid-1940s, several teen books and magazines stressed that men prefer a natural look over a made-up look. Books and magazines also warned girls that wearing cosmetics could ruin their chances of popularity and a career. The implication of these articles was that lipstick and rouge were for teen girls who acted very provocatively with men. Despite the increased use of cosmetics, it was still associated with prostitution. Teen girls were discouraged from wearing cosmetics for fear that they would be mistaken for "loose" girls or prostitutes.

By the 1950s, movie actresses Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor helped bring back dark red lips. A 1951 survey revealed that two-thirds of teenage girls wore lipstick.

red lipsticksIn 1950 chemist Hazel Bishop formed a company, Hazel Bishop Inc., to promote her invention of long-lasting, non-smearing 'kissproof' lipstick ("stays on you... not on him"), which quickly gained acceptance. At the end of the 1950s, a cosmetic company named Gala introduced pale shimmery lipstick. Later, Max Factor created a popular lipstick color called Strawberry Meringue. Lipstick manufacturers began creating lipsticks in lavender, pale pink, white, and peach. Since parents generally frowned on teen girls wearing red lipstick, some teen girls began wearing pink and peach lipsticks, which became a trend. White or nearly white lipstick was popular in the 1960s. Rock groups such as the Ronettes and the Shirelles popularized white lipstick. Girls would apply white lipstick over pink lipstick or place under-eye concealer on their lips. During that time, many lipsticks were either matte, sheer, or slightly shiny. In the 1960s, lipstick was associated with femininity. Women who did not wear lipstick were suspected of mental illness or lesbianism.

In the 1970s, a number of cosmetic companies introduced lipsticks in more unusual colors such as iridescent light blue (Kanebo), frosted lime green (Conga Lime by Revlon), and silver sparkled navy blue (Metallic Grandma by Biba). M•A•C cosmetics continues to release limited edition and highly collectible lipsticks in a wide range of colors and finishes, including unusual hues of violets, blues, and greens.

Rocker Marilyn Manson helped popularize dark lipsticks in alternative subcultures.
Black lipstick became popular in the late 1970s and into the 1990s. In the 1950s, black lipstick had been worn by actresses starring in horror films. It became popular again due in part to punk and goth subcultures.

In the mid-1980s, so-called mood lipstick was sold to adults by mainstream cosmetic companies. This type of lipstick changes colors after it is applied, based on changes in skin's pH that supposedly reflect the wearer's mood. Previously these had been available as little girls' play makeup. They had another resurgence in the very early 21st century, offered by inexpensive as well as more exclusive cosmetic lines, and color changing chemicals also appeared in lip gloss, such as Smashbox O-Gloss, and blush, such as Stila Custom Color Blush.

In the 1990s, lipstick colors became semi-matte. Shades of brown were very popular. These shades were inspired by several shows such as "Friends". In the late 1990s and into the 21st century, pearl shades became very popular. Lipsticks were no longer matte or semi-matte, they were shiny and contained several interference pearls.

In 2012, bright bold lip colors became trendy again with saturated colors such as hot pink, neon, and orange.

kylie lipsticks
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In 2014 and early 2015 nude lipsticks were coming up to be incredibly popular. These lipsticks follow the general trend where "less is more". Examples of celebrities promoting this trend are Paris Hilton and Gigi Gorgeous.

In late 2015 and 2016 liquid lipstick, which applies like a gloss but dries matte, became popularized with brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills. Its most common form comes in a tube, applied with an applicator wand.

Lipstick also has many variations including lip balms, glosses, crayons, pencils, liners, and stains. Balms and glosses tend to be more translucent and not as dark or vibrant.

Source: Wikipedia


August 10, 2018

Want A Perfect, Healthier Hair? Here’s why you should stop exposing your hair to the Sun.

Do's and Dont's For Healthy Hair...

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  • Don’t leave your hair to dry naturally after a shower.


Now you know this!

Do you know that ditching your hairdryer and leaving your hair to air dry after a shower actually does more harm than good.

According to the Australian Vice President of Smart Devices, Dr Tim Moore, leaving your hair wet could actually be damaging it and causing split ends. How? Wet hair swells, which puts pressure on the cuticles and causes them to break.

Speaking to Yahoo, he said: "The hair is made up of a cortex, which is the area that pulls the shape of your hair and then cuticles around the side, which are a bit like roof tiles.

"The other thing is that when the hair is wet it loses its strength. So, the hair is half as strong when it's wet."

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  • Stop excessively exposing your hair to the sun, it damages your hair. 

"Your hair can burn just like your skin – you simply can’t feel it," says Annabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley. "UV rays act on hair in a similar way to bleach; they degrade its protein structure, leaving strands weaker and more vulnerable to breakage and further damage. Whilst in the sun, you should apply asun protective spray to your hairliberally to lightly coat each strand that contains ingredients that protect the hair from the sun. 
Anabel suggests using a daily sun-protective mist, like the Philip Kingsley Sun Shield. It works to guard hair from UV ray damage and is also incredibly lightweight so it won’t affect your style."

"When hair becomes damaged by the sun, its physical and aesthetic properties are adversely affected. Moisture content is low, the outer cuticle is raised and perhaps broken, and strands are therefore left dry, inelastic, dull, overly porous, hard to manage and more susceptible to environmental damage."
To repair damaged hair, Anabel Kingsley suggests using a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, like the Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticizer. "This plumps strands with moisture to add bounce, manageability and strength, smoothes the hair cuticle to create shine, and leaves hair looking much more vibrant."

Although, Vitamin D is good for hair;

Hair expert Anabel Kingsley explains, "Vitamin D deficiency can, and often does, disrupt the hair growth cycle resulting in hair loss. Vitamin D is key to hair growth as each hair follicle has a Vitamin D receptor attached to it. 

A deficiency is very common - I would say at least 80% of my clients are lacking – most notably those who work in an office or live in a city, like London, where the sun is a rare commodity. I therefore always send clients to have a blood test to check their Vitamin D level.

I suggest most people do this once yearly. To boost Vitamin D levels, The NHS has some good advice and recommends “regularly going outside for a few minutes around the middle of the day without sunscreen… the more skin that is exposed the greater the chance of producing sufficient vitamin D before burning”. Many people find it helpful, and indeed necessary if they already have a deficiency, to take a daily Vitamin D3 Supplement. You can buy these in almost any pharmacy."

In Addition… 

  • Shampooing your hair everyday is BAD for you!

In general, if you clean your hair every day, it strips the follicles of their natural oils, leading to split ends and dull looking hair. Your scalp can also dry out, causing dandruff and hair loss, while colour fades at a faster rate when washed everyday.

"You wash your face frequently to remove dirt and oil; do the same for your hair but your exact regime and frequency of wash should depend on your hair texture and the specific needs of your scalp," says Kingsley. "If you have fine hair, choose a body-building shampoo and conditioner to gently cleanse and moisturise. 

If you have an itchy or flaky scalp, use products that will counteract this, such as a soothing anti-microbial flaky/itchy scalp toner and an exfoliating scalp mask. If your scalp has a tendency to get greasy, use a toning tonic after every shampoo. 

For dry hair, apply an intensive weekly pre-shampoo conditioner once weekly to restore elasticity, bounce and shine.”

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

August 09, 2018

Prince Harry Loved Meghan Markle's Wedding Beauty Look So Much He Personally Thanked Her Makeup Artist!

From: Cosmopolitan.com

Meghan Markle's Wedding Day Picture
Meghan Markle's Wedding Day Look!

When it came time for Meghan Markle's makeup artist to decide on a look for the most important day *ever*, Daniel Martin decided that the most important thing was making her look like herself. For example, he really wanted her freckles to show. Apparently, Prince Harry loved the finished look.

“After the ceremony Harry kept saying thank you,” Daniel told InStyle. “He was thanking me for making her look like herself.”

Martin said he wanted it to be anything but trendy. He went for timeless and classic.


“The last thing you want [is] to look at your wedding pictures and go, ‘Remember when highlighting was the rage?’ ” he said. “At the end of the day, you want to look like your best self.”

Meghan Markle's Wedding Day Picture

And she definitely did look like her best self. When she got to the altar, Prince Harry said "You look amazing." When Martin saw Markle after the wedding to do touch-ups, he said he was overcome with emotion because of how beautiful everything was.

“That’s when I started crying,” he explained. “It was the first time [she] was able to be there in person. It was almost like she looked at me and said, ‘What did you think? How’d it go?’ And I lost it. It was so moving and so perfect and the day couldn’t have been better.”


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August 09, 2018

Kylie Jenner Says She's a Feminist: "I Don't Depend on a Man or Anybody Else"

"I make my own money and I start my own businesses, and I feel like I'm an inspiration for a lot of young girls who want to stand on their own." - Kylie Jenner.

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"I do consider myself a feminist," she told Glamour UK in interview for the June cover. "I'm a young woman, for one thing, and I don't depend on a man or anybody else. I make my own money and I start my own businesses, and I feel like I'm an inspiration for a lot of young girls who want to stand on their own."

We've known that she's an entrepreneurial icon for a long time now, so it's incredibly cool to see Kylie speak up and be proud of her success. Makeup collections rarely sell out immediately, so the fact that her lip kits consistently sell out within minutes is a jaw-dropping achievement. (One recent restock even literally broke Google.)

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Kylie Jenner

She continued to explain that she pays for everything she owns, even though some haters might want to chalk up her fancy lifestyle to her family's success.

"I haven't had a dollar of my mom's money for five years," she explains. "Ever since I started earning my own money, I've paid for everything: All my cars, houses, clothes, everything. I like to know exactly what's going on and I'm actually quite careful with what I spend."

Kylie Jenner: feminist role model, business hero. <3

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

August 08, 2018

The Ultimate Face Shape Guide You Really Need To Know About!

From: Cosmopolitan.com


While the beauty of beauty is the freedom that comes with it, it’s helpful to have a frame of reference, and the best frame is your very own face. Whether it’s selecting the most complementary makeup looks or choosing the best hairstyles, your face shape can be an effective tool to use as a guide. Unfortunately, much like analyzing the aspects of your eyebrows and nose, determining your face shape is a lot easier said than done.

If you’re not sure what category your features fall under, don’t worry. Jean Haner, Chinese face reading expert and author of The Wisdom of Your Face, gives her expert insight below and breaks it down to a simple process.


  • TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENT


For starters, it’s best to tie your hair back and pull your hair off your forehead so you can see your entire face. Most of determining face shape comes from being able to see the top of your hairline and all of your jawline. Then, whip out a flexible measuring tape and take yourself back to third grade geometry. Measure the four key parts of your face, listed below.

Forehead Width: Run your measuring tape across your forehead from hairline to hairline, making sure the measuring tape is placed at the widest point. Jot this number down.

Cheekbone Width: Starting at just past the outer corner of one eye, extend your tape measurer across the bridge of your nose to slightly past the outer corner of your other eye. The measuring tape should be even and sit just above the cheekbones in the same spot on each side of your head. Add this measurement to your notes.

Jawline: Locate the base of your jaw, which can be found underneath your ear. Run your tape measurer along the edge of your jaw until you reach the middle of your chin. Continue to measure the other side or simply multiply that number by two. Indicate this number as your jawline measurement in your notes.

Face Length: Place the tip of your measuring tape at the middle of your hairline and stretch it downward until it reaches the tip of your chin. When done properly, the measuring tape should run directly over your nose. Add this last number to your list.


  • DETERMINE YOUR SHAPE

Now that you've gathered your measurements, sort through the six common face shapes listed below, eliminating the types with descriptions that don't align with your own characteristics.

ROUND SHAPE
selena gomez round shape face
Selena Gomez

With your measurements in mind, ask yourself the below questions. If you answer "yes" to the first question, move to the next. If you answer "no," skip to the next face shape.

Forehead: Is your forehead rounded at the hairline?
Cheekbone: Is the width of your face essentially the same as the length?
Jawline: Does your jawline have rounded versus sharper edges?
Face: Is the length of your face essentially the same size as the width?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you have a round-shaped face! 


SQUARE SHAPE
demi lovato square shape face
Demi Lovato
With your measurements in mind, ask yourself the below questions. If you answer "yes" to the first question, move to the next. If you answer "no," skip to the next face shape.

Forehead: Does your hairline follow a straight line? Is your forehead essentially the same width as your jaw?
Cheekbone: Are there minimal curves to your cheekbones? Do the sides of your face follow a straight line from your jaw to your forehead? Is the width of your cheekbones about the same as the width of your forehead and jaw?
Jawline: Do you have a strong, squared jawline? Do the sides of your face follow a straight line from your jaw to your forehead?
Face: Is your face about as long as it is wide?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you have a square-shaped face! 


DIAMOND SHAPE
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Anna Kendrick
With your measurements in mind, ask yourself the below questions. If you answer "yes" to the first question, move to the next. If you answer "no," skip to the next face shape.

Forehead: Is the width of your forehead smaller than the width of your cheekbones?
Cheekbone: Are your cheekbones significantly wider than your forehead? Are your cheekbones wider than your jawline?
Jawline: Do you have a narrow chin area and does your chin have a strong point? Is your cheekbone measurement wider than your jawline?
Face: Is the length of your face shorter versus longer?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you have a diamond-shaped face!


OVAL SHAPE
beyonce oval shaped face
Beyonce
With your measurements in mind, ask yourself the below questions. If you answer "yes" to the first question, move to the next. If you answer "no," skip to the next face shape.

Forehead: Is the width of your forehead smaller than the width of your cheekbones? Do you have a tall forehead?
Cheekbone: Are your cheekbones the widest part of your face?
Jawline: Do you have no sharp angles on your jaw or chin?
Face: Is your face longer than it is wide?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you have an oval-shaped face!


HEART SHAPE
kourtney kardashian heart shaped face
Kourtney Kardashian
With your measurements in mind, ask yourself the below questions. If you answer "yes" to the first question, move to the next. If you answer "no," skip to the next face shape. 

Forehead: Is your forehead wider than your jawline? Is your hairline rounded? Bonus: Do you have a widow's peak (a V-shaped point in the hairline at the center of the forehead)?
Cheekbone: Is your cheekbone width about the same as your forehead width? Are they both wider than your jawline?
Jawline: Do you have a narrow jawline? Does your chin have a strong point?
Face: Is the length of your face short versus longer?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you have a heart-shaped face! 


RECTANGULAR SHAPE

With your measurements in mind, ask yourself the below questions. If you answer "yes" to the first question, move to the next. If you answer "no," skip to the next face shape. 

Forehead: Does your hairline follow a straight line? Is your forehead essentially the same width as your jaw? Do you have a tall forehead?
Cheekbone: Are there minimal curves to your cheekbones? Do the sides of your face follow a straight line from your jaw to your forehead? Is the width of your cheekbones about the same as the width of your forehead and jaw?
Jawline: Do you have a strong, squared jawline? Do the sides of your face follow a straight line from your jaw to your forehead?
Face: Is your face twice as long as it is wide? Does your face have a square resemblance but appear slightly longer?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you have a rectangular shaped face! Find out what your face shape means here, and learn how to best contour and highlight for your features here.

*If you're still having trouble deciphering between square and rectangle, you can often distinguish a rectangular shape from its straight/horizontal hairline, extended middle, and very defined/square jawline.*


A BLEND OF SHAPES
Jennifer Lopez
Not everyone falls into a singular face shape! Haner points out that many people end up being a combination. If none of your measurements perfectly aligned with a specific category, you’re not alone. Although the most common fusion is rectangular and oval, other mixtures are indeed possible. That doesn’t mean you’re more limited in the beauty space–think of it as getting the best of both worlds! Play around with looks from both spaces and figure out which ones you prefer.





August 08, 2018

#girlpower: SingleTrack Sisters Fat Bike Team helps girls build self-esteem, confidence

From: Cardillac News
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The smile and sense of accomplishment is something special.

So, too, is the rise in confidence and self-esteem.

Those are things Kamie Wade has seen a lot of in the last eight months.

She wants to keep seeing them, too.

Wade, with the help of some good friends and associates, started the SingleTrack Sisters Fat Bike Team this past winter.

The non-profit group helps girls age 14-18 get into biking, whether they want to do it competitively or for fun.

In the short amount of time they've been together, the girls have developed a sense of camaraderie, had a ton of fun, learned a lot about themselves and each other and, in general, developed something special.

Wade asks each girl to write their thoughts after a race and they also spend time with surveys and on personal growth.

One response speaks to the heart of what's happening.

"The major reason why I never joined a sports team was because I am ULTRA self-conscious about doing any physical activity. I'm finally learning to fight that voice in my head through this team."

Wade was taken aback.

"That was so powerful to me," she said. "When you hear that from a young girl, you feel good."

Wade started SingleTrack Sisters with that type of growth in mind but to also fill a void she feels passionate about.

Wade has been competitive most of her life but also was one of those teenagers in school that didn't fit into traditional sports so she went looking for alternatives. She found biking and triathlons and has spent a lot of time there.

She made the change to competitive biking a couple of years ago and found a sport that was very rewarding but limited in its scope.

"There was a big imbalance between men and women. I would say the ratio was nine-to-one and I'm not used to that because triathlons are pretty even. Where are all the women?" she said.

The second thing was the distances.

"I realized there's actually discrimination against women and I hadn't experienced that before," Wade said. "I'd go to races and the men would have their distances and us women-folk would have our distances that we'd race.

"When I questioned that, all the race directors could tell me is that's what women want. I asked who are these women? No women I know want that."

Wade's next step was to figure out how to get her passion and love of biking out there for more women and girls, in particular, because very few — if any — were racing.

"I remember as a teenager, the joy and freedom I felt when I rode my bike," Wade said. "I want to share that with these girls.

"My biggest focus is to reach the girls that were like me…that were outdoorsy or active and adventurous but they didn't fit into traditional sports or they do play one sport but they want more."

SingleTrack Sisters started with Wade, a board of directors and four girls.

The next step was equipment and that's an expensive step.

Fat bikes run around $1,000 and are designed with one rider in mind. Things like helmets, gloves and specialized pedals are also part of the game.

So the group set about fundraising and asking for help with donations.

They've built a stable of eight bikes that the girls are completely responsible for — from upkeep to maintenance to cleaning after each ride.

As the team grows, so do the needs. There are also more girls who want to join but need the basic equipment.

"I don't want girls to feel like they can't be part of a team because they can't afford it," Wade said. "I can't really afford to buy a $1,000 bike and that's a lot for parents to come up with. I don't ever want that to be a limiter, though. The girls have done four fundraisers to earn money, plus we've applied for grants and gotten donations.

"Every penny we've gotten has been sunk into equipment for these girls to build up the fleet."

While the biking is the end result, it's what that builds in each girl and what they are doing to get there that makes helping this group worthwhile, Wade said.

"It's more than just riding…these girls are learning life skills," she said. "I have set guidelines that they agree to be a part of it.

"They have to be involved in the community through volunteering; they have to represent the team and the community in a positive and healthy way; they're required to be involved in the marketing and promotional campaigns; they assist in grant writing; and they are required to learn basic bike maintenance."

That sense of belonging has led to new friendships and being able to overcome obstacles.

A pair of riders were set to take part in the Traverse City Trails Festival last month and were entered in the eight-mile kids' race. The riders, their parents and Wade arrived at 9 a.m. for the race only to discover that it was scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Instead of sitting around for four hours, both girls jumped into the 25-mile race despite having never gone further on a single-track course than 11 miles.

One of the girls wrote about the experience.

"At my first race, I showed up for an 8-mile race and ended up doing 25 (27.5) miles instead. I loved it, though. Everyone was very encouraging and asked about our group which was awesome because I know people follow our group! I enjoyed being in the woods on single track. It's very stress-relieving being on your bike, it like I just pushed all my worries away and just moved my legs and kept going. Even though I got last place (haha!), I still loved being out there with people that are so nice and encourage you the whole way!"

The girls now spend more time with each other in school and have become good friends.

There's still a piece to the puzzle, though, that SingleTrack Sisters needs help with Jerseys.

It might seem like a small thing but as they say, "look good, feel good."

"Now that the girls have grown, they're getting into more races and they're getting more experience because we're going to more and more race venues," Wade said. "We bought them nice performance shirts with our name and graphics on it to wear in races.

"We're showing up at these races, looking around and seeing all these other kids in their really decked-out uniforms and I can see the girls' faces…they kind of shrink away a little bit. I brought them together and said just because they look fancy in their nice uniforms doesn't mean they are any faster or better than you. Do not feel intimidated or inferior in any way."

That said, Wade would like the girls to be rewarded for their hard work.

"Our girls that represent the Cadillac community need jerseys," she said. "I need someone to step up to the plate and want to invest monies to get these girls in professional-looking riding kits.

"We're working for the money we've gotten and we're earning it but we can only bake so many cookies. We need someone to step up that wants to invest in our girls."


August 08, 2018

OMG! Fried Chicken in a Waffle Cone Is the Latest Food Trend.

Source: US Food

Fried chicken and waffles is nothing new, but fried chicken served in a waffle cone is the latest trend taking the food world by storm! 

Leading the pack is a New York City restaurant called Chick’nCone.

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The trendy dish is exactly as it sounds – pieces of fried chicken topped with sauces such as Kick’n Ranch, Yella BBQ or Buffalo Blue served inside a vanilla waffle cone, just like ice cream. Billed as a fork-free version of chicken and waffles, this decadent meal is already hugely popular in the Big Apple.

In fact, the treat has proven to be so well-liked that Chick’nCone co-owner Jonathan Almanzar tells Us Weekly his establishment will sometimes sell up to 875 cones in an eight-hour day, or four cones per minute.



For something even more extravagant, the NYC eatery also serves off-the-menu specials such as a Sriracha mac and cheese fried chicken waffle cone, which consists of fried chicken bites tossed with mac and cheese, and presented in a cone that’s swirled with spicy Sriracha sauce.

The idea for Chick’nCone, Almanzar says, came from a love of comfort food. “Comfort food is typically difficult to eat and not mainstream at all,” he explains. “We designed a food that has all the flavors and the portability to make it a easy to eat, grab and go, down home food.”

According to Almanzar, the secret to Chick’nCone’s success lies in the chicken itself, which is local, fresh, and breaded with a secret mix of buttermilk and Panko breading. “It’s crispy, juicy, and flavorful,” he tells Us Food.

Though fried chicken served in a waffle can be found on restaurant menus from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, Almanzar hopes to make the craze even more common. “We have sold over 20 franchises in the last three months and we will be opening our next location at The Exchange in Fort Collins, Colorado next week,” he says.

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Monday, 6 August 2018

August 06, 2018

Girls Who Code encourages young women in STEM, one coding class at a time.


Source: www.cnet.com
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The nonprofit’s Summer Immersion Program aims to catch girls before their interest in computer science depreciates.

On July 12, 2014, Macie Cooper, then a 15-year-old, made a strong statement about her future in her journal. It was definitive; she left nothing to the imagination.
“I have officially decided on this day I’m going to major in computer science,” Cooper wrote, while participating in a Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program.

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Four years later, Cooper has kept that pledge to herself, majoring in computer science and studio art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 
Cooper, who has an infectious confidence, says the seven-week program cemented her love for computer programming.
“A lot of my activities afterward stemmed from me participating in the program,” she said. “Because I had the support system, I had the knowledge and I had the confidence”.

Girls face countless obstacles pursuing education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a group of studies collectively known as STEM. Those obstacles include stereotypes of what girls should and shouldn’t study, gender biases and often unreceptive climates for female students in science and engineering departments at colleges and universities.
Even if they find their way into STEM courses, girls say they feel out of place. More than a quarter of middle school girls and a fifth of high school girls report they’re too embarrassed to ask questions, according to a study by Microsoft and KRC Research. In addition, 32% of middle school and 35% of high school girls report they don’t feel supported by their teachers and classmates.

Girls Who Code aims to change that. The 6-year-old program strives to create welcoming spaces for girls interested in programming and close the gender gap in tech. the nonprofit has hosted thousands of incoming 11th and 12th grade girls across the country through its annual Summer Immersion Program since 2012. The organizers of Girls Who Code hope the program will encourage more tech companies, which are overwhelming male, to hire and retain employees from diverse backgrounds.
The disparity between girls’ and boys’ involvement in STEM starts early. Girl’s interest in computer science drops between the ages of 12 and 14 according to a Google-Gallup study, just when boys are becoming more interested in the field.

Girls Who Code is part of the broad push to get young girls interested in STEM, and it says it's already making an impact. Its alumni are majoring in computer science or related fields at a rate 15 times the national average, and some girls have returned to their host companies as interns or full-time employees. The organization's #HireMe platform lists internship and employment opportunities from company partners. In 2017, those companies received more than 500 applications for posted positions.

Other programs are also working to promote young women in STEM, including Girls Makes Games, a 3-week camp that teaches girls ages 8-17 how to code their own video games. Partner companies include PlayStation, Xbox and Intel. Supermodel Karlie Kloss also hosts a summer coding camp for girls ages 13-18 called Kode with Klossy, which this year takes place in 25 cities.



Saturday, 4 August 2018

August 04, 2018

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August 04, 2018

HOW TO CORRECTLY & EXACTLY MEASURE YOUR BRA SIZE FOR BEST COMFORT

See how you can accurately determine your bra size!

Originally seen at: Seventeen. Click here to read full post..
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You KNOW when your bra doesn't fit right. You just feel it!  Well, fret no more, here's how you can perfectly measure your bra size!


1. Measure your band size.

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Wrap a tape measure around your ribs, just under your boobs. “Exhale to get the smallest measurement possible, and don’t try to stand up super straight or stick out your chest more than normal," says Orit Hashay, founder of the online bra retailer Brayola.
This is your band size —the numerical part of your bra size. If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number.

2. Measure the fullest part of your bust.
This is the first step in determining your cup size. Wrap the tape measure securely around your bust, but don't cinch it. If you're between two numbers, round up.

3. Subtract your bust measurement from your band size.

Once you’ve rounded up whatever needs to be rounded up, subtract your band size from your bust measurement. The difference between the two numbers determines your cup size:
Less than 1”: AA
1”: A
2”: B
3”: C
4”: D
5”: DD
(If the difference is more than 5”, you may want to head to a specialty bra retailer to get fitted by a pro so you can make sure you’re getting the extra support you need.)
Quick example: Say your bust measurement is 36.5” (rounded up to 37”) and your band measurement is 33” (rounded up to 34”). The difference is 3 inches, so your ideal bra size is most likely 34C.

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