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Pregnant Serena Williams has posed naked on the cover of August's Vanity Fair magazine.

The tennis star found out she was expecting her first child with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian just before the Australian Open in January.

Business suit care

Fashion

A lot of you who wear suits have requested for an article on how to clean and maintain your suits. The basic rule that must constantly be observed when cleaning your clothes is: READ THE LABEL CARE INSTRUCTIONS.

For instance, there are some clothes that should only be dry cleaned. The attached label on the clothes will indicate whether it should be dry cleaned, machine washed or hand washed.

Islamic dress code

Fashion

Islam instructs both Muslim men and women to dress in a modest way. For women clothing must cover the entire body, only the hands and face may remain visible.

Hopefully, this coming Monday Muslims across the world would be celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr. It is an important event for Muslims across the globe. The name translates into English as the ’festival of breaking of the fast’.

Kwabena Kwabena

Fashion

As tattoos became purely fashion statements and less symbolic of group membership, they have evolved into something wearers sometimes regret or change our minds about because sections of society have still not come to terms with them.

Dorothy Amenuke shows her art at Nubuke (Library photo)

Fashion

An exhibition of works by Dorothy Amenuke, a lecturer in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, opens at 10.00am on Saturday, June 17 at the Nubuke Foundation, East Legon in Accra.

Dubbed ‘Twists, Turns and Broken Doors’, the exhibition entails amorphous shapes, shapes, screens and rows made up from hand printed jute, hand-made paper, palm fibre, a variety  of threads and netting,  polyester fabrics, scroll-like tapestries and  tubular forms  which she has transformed  through several  iterations and manipulation.

Fashion Forum holds another event

Fashion

A fashion show and display of some exquisite designs heralded the sixth edition of  the Fashion Forum’s quarterly panel discussion programme  at  the British Council Auditorium in Accra.

The event, which brought together mostly professionals and beginners in the fashion industry as well as students, saw graduates from the Fashion and Design Departments of the Radford University College, Accra Technical University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Blue Crest School of Fashion exhibit their latest collections.

Do you dislike – maybe even hate – a job you once loved? It’s probable, based on statistics alone.

Around two thirds of people in careers across the spectrum, from factory workers to doctors and pilots, have reported a lack of engagement and a high level of dissatisfaction at work. The main reason? Many of us feel undervalued, spinning our wheels at work on too many meaningless projects at once, and rarely on things we enjoy.

But there’s good news. You can turn things around, and reverse the feelings of disenchantment and disillusion, as long as you’re willing to be proactive and make some changes. With a few careful steps, a bit of self-analysis, and tough talk with your boss, you can transform a job you despise into one that you love, or at the very least, can tolerate.

First, though, the facts.

How to turn it around

If you’ve learned to hate your job, first you should know that it’s not your fault – at least not entirely. Part of the problem is that society has built up the idea of what a job should be, says Dr Paul White, a US-based psychologist, consultant, and author.

“People start working and think they can go in and save the world and use all of their creative talents to solve problems,” White says. “Especially for entry-level positions, there are few jobs that will work on big-picture issues and require any creative energy.”

The first step to turning things around, White says, is self-management. Consider whether your expectations are too high, at least perhaps for your current position, and temper your expectations for work.

Then, analyse why you’ve learned to dislike work, says Scott Elbin, a leadership coach and author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. Consider why you took the job initially and remind yourself what you liked about it when you started it.

That should help you realise what areas you’d like to see fixed. From there, create “actionable steps” to change your job, Elbin says. “Don’t be thinking you’re going to go from hating to loving your job overnight,” he says. “Think 20-30% satisfaction at first and work up to something better.”

Time to take risks

That’s not a difficult thing to achieve if you work on small things first, says George Elfond, CEO of Rallyware, a San Francisco-based software company that helps train new employees.

“There could be small details that make a huge difference in your happiness,” Elfond says from Ireland. The simple things – like stocking your desk with better snacks, going for an afternoon coffee, or working somewhere outside the office – could soon add up to consecutive good days.

Once you’ve got little fixes, it’s time to address the big things. You’ve already learned to dislike your job, so Elfond suggests it’s time to take some risks on how to fix it.

“Go ahead and experiment,” Elfond says. “What do you have to lose when you already hate the job you’re doing?”

That might mean trying to get out from under a boss you dislike. Maybe ask for a temporary assignment to another department, or volunteer for tasks that would mean you’ll be reporting to someone else. Perhaps your boss will be offended, but Elfond says there’s little risk if the relationship is already sour.

If parts of your job have become mundane and automatic, concentrate on what you can control. Are there tasks you can avoid or allocate to someone else? For doctors, for instance, maybe that’s putting more energy to time spent with patients and less on administration duties that could be allocated to other colleagues.

In short, it’s about working with your manager and colleagues and doing what you can to rewrite your job description, says Thomas Calvard, lecturer in human resource management at the University of Edinburgh.

Be proactive in bringing these changes to your boss, Calvard says. Most likely your manager doesn’t know that you’re unhappy with parts of your position, and maybe you could be given more flexibility in defining your day-to-day work.

“We’re talking about people getting back to why they loved their jobs, and that’s about perhaps redefining what they do and how they do it,” Calvard says.

The best day, every day

For Anita Bowness – global practice leader for business consulting at Saba Software in Ottawa, Canada – there’s a simple solution for anyone wanting to turn around a job they’ve learned to hate.

“Think about your best day at work, the times you’re happiest,” Bowness says. “Then consider how you can duplicate it every day.”

This happened to Bowness at a previous employer, where she had simply become uninterested in the work she was doing every day. She became the victim of “scope creep,” assigned to IT-related tasks when her background was more in human resources.

Her boss called her out on it one day, asking why she was so disengaged, and Bowness realised she had to make a change. Bowness then asked if her job could be redefined, allowing her to concentrate more on the things she enjoys. Eventually her manager moved her to a new role where she found the work far more rewarding.

Now, as a manger herself, Bowness has asked employees who report to her to do the same best-day-at-work analysis.

“Many people feel like work isn’t fulfilling to them,” Bowness says. “But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can figure out a way to make it fulfilling again.”

 

If it seems like you’re spending more time stuck in traffic — you might be. In the top 20 most traffic-congested cities in the U.S., only Phoenix drivers spent less time in traffic in 2016 than they did in 2015, according to a study by traffic data company, INRIX.

Californians have it the worst. Los Angeles has the No. 1 worst traffic in the world, with San Francisco following close behind at No. 4. Los Angeles drivers spend more than 104 hours annually stuck in traffic, but New York City (89 hours), Atlanta (71 hours) and Miami (65 hours) are some of the nation’s worst cities for traffic, too.

When she took to social media three weeks ago, former Citizen Television news anchor Janet Mbugua opened a Pandora’s Box that the society would rather mask.

Her seven-minute video, aptly titled Some of the Things They Don’t Tell You About Childbirth, was an instant Facebook hit. In the video, Janet talks about her experience with lochia, the vaginal discharge after giving birth — known in medical circles as puerperium — which contains blood, mucus, and uterine tissue. Many may cringe at this but it is an expected discharge which typically continues for four to six weeks after childbirth, the postpartum period.

Well, let me share with you these few lessons I wish I had known back in the day. It may still be useful to someone out here.

Curt von Badinski

Life

Curt von Badinski, a mechanical engineer and co-founder of a San Francisco-based tech company, has a six-hour daily commute from Los Angeles – most of it by plane.

Five days a week, he rises at 05:30 for the 15-minute drive to Bob Hope Burbank airport, for a 90-minute flight to Oakland, located 353 miles (568km) north west. For a monthly fee of $2,300, he can access unlimited flights on a single-engine turboprop airplane.

We all know we're supposed to show up to work on time, respect our managers, and meet deadlines as assigned. But here are a few things not to do if you want to succeed on the job.

Complain too much

It's one thing to occasionally express your displeasure with the way work situations are being handled, but if you get into a routine where you're griping to your coworkers on a consistent basis, you'd better change your ways.

You may have fallen for a man who likes to see things his way. And while you can’t get rid of his stubborn streak, you might be able to gently prod him in a kinder direction for the sake of your relationship.

You can stay together, remain happy and stay true to yourself, even if you’re dating a guy who sometimes can get a little hard to handle.

Few things are as frustrating as hitting it off with a great guy and then never hearing from him again.

How many hours have you spent trying to dissect why a guy never followed up with you…especially after things seemed so promising?

Every girl dreams of meeting Mr Right — the man who will give her all the attention she needs, be understanding, date her alone shower her with love and have good values.

Unfortunately, however, the common phrase you hear many young girls say is that: All the good guys already have partners. This makes girls end up competing with other girls in their relationships.

A man and woman are equal but uniquely different

Relationships

Last week, one of the greatest schools in Africa, and obviously the very best in Ghana, Achimota School, a grey city founded on outlaw hill, celebrated its 90th anniversary.

The founding fathers had a vision for the school; to produce men and women who would go out as ‘living waters to a thirsty land’.

You know the time has come. He just isn’t the one for you and you know you’re going to break his heart.

He’s been swooning over you for months and as much as you like hanging out with him, in the end, he simply doesn’t rock your boat.

relationship

Relationships

You’ve fallen in love, and now you want to make sure your partner is assured that your feelings are genuine.

Saying the words “I love you” is music to the ears, but there are other ways to demonstrate through actions and attitudes the feelings you have. Consider these: