Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018!

Revellers across the world are forgetting the turmoil of the past year to cheerfully welcome the 2018 to the sound of music and fireworks.The new year slowly crept in from the far east, kicking off first in Samoa and the Christmas Island in Australian territory.Bells have since rung across Hong Kong and other parts of China when the clocks struck midnight at 4pm UK time.

A mesmerising display of multi-coloured fireworks broke out over Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne sung in English and Chinese.

In Beijing, a 7.8 km-long stretch known as ‘Beijing’s backbone’, brightly lit up all the way from Yongding Gate in the south all the way through the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.South Korea and Tokyo joined the loud celebrations when the clocks struck midnight at 3pm GMT.In Seoul, a dazzling show of fireworks burst out from the Lotte World Tower, where the official party will continue to rock into the morning.

Joining the celebration, party-goers in North Korean capital Pyongyang were pictured watching as the clocks struck midnight, followed by fireworks over the Juche Tower monument.


Fireworks illuminate the city’s skyline during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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New Year’s Eve: Celebrations in Beijing sprung up outside the Forbidden City

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New Year’s Eve: Revellers in Tokyo, Japan, opted out for more traditional celebration

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New Year’s Eve: Australia celebrated with a colourful rainbow form Sydney Harbour Bridge

To the east in Japan, many locals joined the traditional Joya no Kane celebration which saw temples up and down the country ring their bells a total of 108 times.Meanwhile in Tokyo, residents of the metropolis celebrated out in the streets and clubs. Thousands of balloons were released from Tokyo Park and fireworks went off at the Sea Paradise Aquarium in Yokohama.The clocks in Australia and New Zealand chimed midnight at 1pm UK time, with jubilations erupting across Sydney and Auckland.

Around 1.6 million spectators gathered in Sydney Harbour to witness one of the most stunning pyrotechnic shows in the world.


Fireworks explode over the Selamat Datang Monument in downtown Jakarta as Indonesia welcomes 2018

The main highlight of the night involved a colourful rainbow of fireworks, lasers and light cascading down the side of Sydney Harbour Bridge to celebrate the legalisation of gay marriage this year.However it took over two hours for the whole of Australia to celebrate the new year, due to being caught in not one, but five different time zones.Meanwhile in New Zealand, fireworks lit up the Auckland and Wellington skyline as thousands lined the streets to usher in 2018.

Thailand overturned a ban on fireworks for a series of stunning New Year displays.

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Paris welcomed the New Year with a light and fireworks display on the city’s Arc de Triomphe

Hong Kong welcomes in 2018 with extravagant fireworks

India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan welcomed the new year a short while later, with millions coming out to see the fireworks in events across the region.Dubai’s New Year celebrations are renowned for their extravagance and this year was no exception.Thousands turned out to see the display, which featured around the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – and included a light show, a firework display and even lasers!

Moscow and Ankara followed with some spectacular scenes in the Russian capital before a number of Eastern European countries, including Hungary, Greece and Ukraine, welcomed 2018.

Lights and fireworks lit up Paris’s Arc de Triomphe and Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate as France and Germany also welcomed in the new year at 11pm UK GMT.

The London Eye erupted in fireworks after Big Ben struck midnight. The sky sparkled with colours of red, blue, pink and green in the city’s largest New Year’s Eve firework display ever.

New York City and the US East Coast celebrated the New Year with its famous ball drop in Times Square at 5am UK GMT.

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Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Angel de la Independencia in the New Year’s eve celebration

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Fireworks light up the sky during the new year celebrations at the Navy Pier, Chicago

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New Year’s Eve celebrations in San Francisco

Mexico City, Chicago and Guatemala City celebrated the New Year at 6am GMT, with revellers in Chicago having to layer up as it was the coldest New Year’s Eve in Chicago since 1969.

There was an official reading of zero degrees just as it hit midnight in the Windy City and thousands packed the Navy Pier for the big countdown.In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas the New Year was celebrated at 8am, as security was tightened in Las Vegas following the deadliest shooting in modern US history just three months ago.

A fireworks display took off from the top of seven of the city’s world famous casino hotels, starting at the Stratosphere and continuing to Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and MGM Grand. More than 80,000 pyrotechnic firings that illuminated the sky in gold, red and green.

Hawaii was one among one of the last places to celebrate the New Year at 10am GMT, but it was the residents of Baker Island and Howland Island – the tiny outlying states in the US -which was the last place to celebrate the New Year at 12pm GMT – 12 hours after revellers celebrated the occasion in the UK.

A Great Boss Is Good

A Great Boss Is Goodd

I lost one of my managers a couple of years ago and I can’t seem to forget him or the legacy he left behind. He was one of my earliest examples of true leadership. I often refer to him as “The Memorable Leader.”

I had a family emergency and before I could finish explaining to him the situation. He said, “And you are still standing here talking to me? Why aren’t you out the door yet? I’ll cover for you.” I smiled then went to my desk, took my belongings and left. Thereafter, he had my full commitment.

Here are five qualities of memorable leaders:

  1. Integrity & Authenticity go hand in hand. Joseph was honest with employees even though this trait was sometimes unpopular with top management. He often took the slack for his team. If leadership is not authentic, then what is it?
  2. Humility. True leaders always aim to serve rather than be served. Being humble makes you more approachable to your followers and allows you to create an environment of open communication and more effective feedback.
  3. Empathy plays a critical role in one’s ability to be a successful leader. It sharpens your “people acumen” and allows leaders to develop and maintain relationships with those they lead. Leaders that possess this trait always make time for people.
  4. Communication Skills – Great leaders are able to communicate their vision in such a way that motivates their team. They are great communicators; quick to listen and slow to speak. They possess high emotional intelligence (EI).
  5. Inspirational- Joseph didn’t need a title to get us to complete tasks. He had our full support. Words such as “Good work team,” “You are the best”, “I trust your judgement” were at the top of his dictionary. Team spirit was high during his reign.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Managers are forgotten but true leaders live on in the hearts and minds of followers. Sometimes I can still picture Joseph walking through the office, greeting staff on mornings, and might even give me a little nod or pat on the back. Those were the special moments I still hold dear. It doesn’t take much to create those special moments with your team.

Good bosses are few and far in between, but if and when you get one, really appreciate them.

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You Can Eat Your Bread & Lose Weight

You Can Eat Your Bread & Lose Weight

How to Eat Bread and Still Lose Weight

Bread lovers, rejoice!

You can eat bread—and still lose weight!

If you’ve ever gone on a diet, you know bread is usually on the list of foods you shouldn’t even think about eating. That’s because bread is generally perceived as fattening.

But if you’re like me, you don’t want to give up bread in order to be thin. I love to have a toasted slice topped with half a mashed avocado and a bit of garlic salt. So yummy! I eat that almost every day with either breakfast or lunch.

So what’s the trick to eating bread and not gaining weight?

You simply have to know which breads are best for weight loss. After all, not all breads are created equal. Research shows that refined, white-flour breads are associated with weight gain and belly fat—but whole grain breads can actually help with weight loss.

I’ll recommend specific breads for you to try, but before I do, here are some general guidelines that can be helpful for you, since different stores carry different brands.

How to Tell if a Bread is Good for Weight Loss

So, white bread is bad, and wheat bread is good, right? Well, not exactly, because wheat bread is just a misleading name for white bread. Instead of looking for something simply labeled1 “wheat,” you want to go for bread that is whole wheat or whole grain. White breads often try to masquerade as whole wheat or whole grain breads, so it’s easy to get fooled by brown tinted bags, pictures of waving wheat, or healthy-sounding words, like “natural” or “multigrain.”

Slick marketing tactics can make you think you’re buying something healthier than it really is. To make sure you don’t get tricked, here are some foolproof guidelines that will make you a savvy shopper for weight-loss-f3riendly breads:

  • The bread should say “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” (or both) on the front of the package.
  • One slice should have at least 3 grams of fiber.
  • One slice should have no more than 3 grams of sugar.
  • There should be no hydrogenated oils2, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list.

The 3 Best Breads for Losing Weight

1. Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted 100% Whole Grain Bread

Sprouted whole grain bread is better for weight loss

This brand is the best of the best because:

  • All the ingredients are organic.
  • The bread is sugar free.
  • All the grains are sprouted whole grains, which increases the nutritional content and helps keep blood sugars lower.
  • In addition to the sprouted whole grains, the bread contains two types of sprouted beans, which increases the protein content and also helps keep blood sugars lower.
  • This bread is excellent for pre-diabetics, diabetics, or anyone who wants to keep their blood sugars lower.

Look for this bread in the freezer section of your grocery store and in health food stores.

2. Silver Hills Sprouted Whole Grain Breads:1

This sprouted bread is great for weight loss

These breads earned a worthy second place, because:

  • They are non-GMO and vegan.
  • They are made with organic sprouted whole grains.
  • All breads have at least 3 grams of fiber per slice, but most have 4 or 5 grams
  • All breads have only 1 or 2 grams of sugar per slice.

Look for it in the healthy bread section of progressive grocery stores, at health food stores, and Aldi.

3. Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread, 100% Whole Wheat

This is one of the best breads for weight loss

Rounding off the top-three list, this bread has a number of things going for it:

  • There’s no misleading labeling. This bread is exactly what it says it is: 100 percent whole wheat flour.
  • Free of high fructose corn syrup, it stays within the guidelines of 3 grams of sugar (or less) per slice.
  • Each slice of bread has 3 grams of fiber—enough to rank as a gold-star weight-loss bread.

Other “Honorable Mention” Breads That Are Worth Trying

If you’re not able to find the breads listed above at your local grocery store, here are some honorable mentions you might want to try. Though much better than white breads, these brands have less fiber than the top three in the previous list, making them slightly less effective for weight loss.

1. Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat, 100% Whole Grain Bread – Sugar Free

This sugar free whole wheat bread is a good choice.

2. Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread

This bread is a good choice

3. Oroweat 100% Whole Grain Bread

This bread is a good choice

4. Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread

This bread is a good choice

5. Sara Lee Soft & Smooth 100% Whole Wheat Bread

This bread is a good choice

How Much Bread Can I Eat and Still Lose Weight?

Remember, no matter what kind of bread you eat, you still don’t want to fill your plate with it. All bread, even whole grain bread, is a processed food, not a natural fiber food, like fruits, veggies or beans. That means bread should be limited to 25 percent of your plate.

We recommend having no more than one slice a day.

Since sandwiches generally require two slices of bread, we encourage you to give open-faced sandwiches a try.

Check out these open-faced sandwich ideas:Avocado Sandwich

Chickpea Salad

Open Faced Sandwich Ideas

Bread is Back on the Menu

You can enjoy bread and still lose weight, as long as you follow the simple guidelines above. I know it works, because I follow these guidelines myself. Most days of the week, I enjoy a slice of whole grain bread, while the rest of my plate is piled with scrumptious, satisfying, natural fiber foods.

No doubt, many other breads out there meet our best-breads criteria, but I couldn’t find them at our local grocery stores here in Ardmore, Oklahoma. So if you discover a winning bread in your neck of the woods, please share it with me. I know our readers will appreciate it as well.


Diana Fleming

Diana Fleming, PhD, LDN,

Inhaling Delhi Air is Like Smoking!

Inhaling Delhi Air is Like Smoking!



Breathing in Delhi air equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day


New Delhi (CNN)It was early on Tuesday morning when residents in the Indian capital of Delhi first began to notice the thick white haze that had descended across the city.

Initially viewed as a mild irritant, by mid-week its debilitating effects were evident to all, as the city struggled to adapt to the new eerie, martian-like conditions brought about by the pollution.
With visibility severely reduced, trains have been canceled, planes delayed and cars have piled into each other, with multiple traffic accidents reported across the city.
The sense that this is now a city under siege has been enhanced by the unusually far-reaching actions of the Delhi government.

The Delhi government has suspended all civic construction projects as part of several emergency measures intended to help tackle the pollution crisis.

On Tuesday afternoon, city chiefs closed all public and private schools, requesting instead that the city’s tens of thousands of school-aged children remain indoors; on Wednesday, they banned incoming trucks and halted civil construction projects; while on Thursday, they announced new plans to begin implementing a partial ban on private car use as of next week.
But as the city woke up Friday to a fourth straight day of heavy pollution, practical considerations were being overtaken by more serious concerns, with journalists and doctors warning residents of the long-term health implications.
Air quality readings in the Indian capital have reached frightening levels in recent days, at one point topping the 1,000 mark on the US embassy air quality index. The World Health Organization considers anything above 25 to be unsafe.
That measure is based on the concentration of fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, per cubic meter. The microscopic particles, which are smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, are considered particularly harmful because they are small enough to lodge deep into the lungs and pass into other organs, causing serious health risks.

Many Delhi commuters have taken to wearing protective masks.

Across the capital, doctors reported a surge in patients complaining of chest pain, breathlessness and burning eyes.
“The number of patients have increased obviously,” said Deepak Rosha, a pulmonologist at Apollo Hospital, one of the largest private hospitals in Delhi. “I don’t think it’s ever been so bad in Delhi. I’m very angry that we’ve had to come to this.”
Breathing in air with a PM2.5 content of between 950 to 1,000 is considered roughly equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day, according to the independent Berkeley Earth science research group.

A report by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur carried out in 2014 found that vehicle omissions accounted for 20% of Delhi's annual PM2.5 levels.

Suffocating feeling

According to experts, Delhi pollution is made up of a combination of vehicle exhaust, smoke from garbage fires and crop burning, and road dust.
Writing on Twitter, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s chief minister, described the city as “a gas chamber.
Unsurprisingly, stores selling masks and air purifiers have reported a jump in sales, as many of the city’s wealthier residents look to mitigate the smog’s more harmful effects.
But outside on the city’s streets, the majority of people — unable to afford expensive preventive measures — are forced to endure the conditions as best they can.

Many of Delhi's residents are either unaware of the dangers of breathing in polluted air, or are unable to afford masks and other protective measures.

“My eyes are tearing up from the smoke and I feel suffocated,” said college student Swati Kashyap, while waiting for her bus amid congested traffic.
Yogesh Kumar, a cab driver, spends his day in a car. As he speaks, he regularly pauses to cough. “My doctor told me twice to wear a pollution mask, but I didn’t,” he said.
Those who do cover their face are usually not wearing N95 grade masks, the standard for filtering out PM 2.5 particles. Most of the masks are makeshift — a kerchief tied over the mouth underneath a motorcycle helmet or a scarf tied over the head.

Indian commuters drive past the city's famous Hanuman Temple amid heavy smog.

Fatima, who uses only one name, said she started to wear a scarf to cover her face earlier this month. A patterned scarf covers her entire face, showing only her eyes and black cat-eye glasses.
“The upper part is because of religion,” she said, laughing. “And the lower part is for the pollution.”


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