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Kamala Harris represents the few whose decision to engage in politics was born out of the desire to give a voice to the voiceless diaspora in America. She became the first California attorney general with African American or South Asian ancestry after defeating Republican rival Steve Cooley in the 2010 election for the position.   Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father. The family lived in Berkeley, California, where both of Harris’ parents attended graduate school. Although, Harris’ parents were later divorced when she was 7 and her mother was granted custody of the children by a court-ordered settlement.

After the divorce, her mother moved with the children to Montreal, Québec, Canada, where Shyamala took a position doing research at the Jewish General Hospital and teaching at McGill University. After graduating from Montreal’s Westmount High School in Quebec, Harris attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in political science and economics. She began her leadership experience at an early stage in life as she was elected to the liberal arts student council as freshman class representative, a member of the debate team, and joined the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She then returned to California, earning her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1989.

Harris began prosecuting murder, robbery, and child rape cases as deputy district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, serving in the position from 1990 to 1998. Then, as managing attorney of the Career Criminal Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, a position she filled from 1998 to 2000, with this position Harris prosecuted cases involving serial felons. Harris used her position to create a significant decline in Crime in San Francisco, with Harris as head; the San Francisco District Attorney’s office increased the percentage of dangerous criminals sentenced to prison by more than half. She also tripled the number of misdemeanor cases sent to trial and prosecuted the parents of truant children, which helped slash the truancy rate by 23 percent. She made California safer by prosecuting transnational gangs that exploited women and children and trafficked in guns and drugs. She led comprehensive studies and investigations into the impacts of transnational criminal organizations and human trafficking in California. Harris is an outspoken advocate for immigrant and women’s rights, and a proud member of the resistance against Donald Trump’s presidency.  In 2003, Kamala Harris made history; she was elected as the San Francisco district attorney, becoming the first woman, black, and South Asian to achieve this feat.

Kamala Harris was a fighter who continued to defend her people in time of crisis. She led comprehensive studies and investigations into the impacts of transnational criminal organizations and human trafficking in California.  She also fought for California families in the wake of the financial and national mortgage crisis, when she challenged Wall Street greed and took on the big banks, winning over $20 billion for homeowners, creating the multidivisional Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to crack down on fraud, and passing a “Homeowners Bill of Rights,” establishing the nation’s most comprehensive anti-foreclosure protections. Kamala was proud to lead the team that helped bring down California’s Proposition 8 at the U.S. Supreme Court and to fight for marriage equality nationwide. Throughout her career, Kamala has been a leading advocate for innovation and reform in the criminal justice system.

She introduced or co-sponsored the legislation to reform our criminal justice system, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, make higher education tuition-free for the vast majority of Americans, protect the legal rights of refugees and immigrants, and expand access to affordable, quality health care by creating a Medicare for All-style program.

She has won so many awards and accolades. Harris won endorsements from California’s political elite while campaigning for attorney general, including Sen. Diane Feinstein, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. On the national stage, Harris had the backing of former U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Leaders in law enforcement endorsed Harris also, including the then police chiefs of San Diego and San Francisco.

Harris’ numerous honors, include being named one of California’s top 75 women litigators by legal paper the Daily Journal and a “Woman of Power” by the National Urban League. Additionally, the National Black Prosecutors Association gave Harris the Thurgood Marshall Award and the Aspen Institute chose her to serve as a Rodel Fellow.  She was also elected to the board of the California District Attorneys Association. She received the endorsements of numerous groups, including EMILY’s List, California Legislative Black Caucus, Asian American Action Fund, Black Women Organized for Political Action, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Mexican American Bar Association, and South Asians for Opportunity

Kamala Harris depicts a woman with strength and a heart for the people as she continues to remain a fearless advocate for the voiceless and vulnerable.

Watching little Lily, drag her mom round the toy store in search of a pink plush Unicorn, left me with the question – “what is it with Kids and colors?” I remember having a conversation with a colleague who told me that her sister helps her little children identify colors by purchasing a blue item for her son and pink for her daughter. It’s amazing how parents help their kids to identify colors by surrounding them with a lot of colorful items.

It has been observed that lots of colors are associated with children even though we live in a world totally surrounded by a wide range of colors. Imagining the setting of a typical pre-school or an early –grade – school one could wonder if some particular colors possess innate ability to speak to children or could it just be an arbitrary coincidence which occurs around the globe?  The love kids have for colors cannot be underrated seeing that it improves their learning process and makes learning fun. It has been discovered that children tend to remember colors faster than verbal cues or writing this signifies that having a colorful learning environment for children can promote retention in the learning process.

The learning process and ability of children will greatly improve when parents become fully aware of the impact of colors on a child’s learning process. The behavior of children towards a colorful environment especially when learning reveals that colors have the ability to inspire, soothe, excite, heal and even agitate. This is probably why most knowledgeable parents consider colors when making some vital choices for their children like purchasing of educational items, re-painting the children’s room, baking a child’s birthday cake, preparing a meal for a child who is a picky eater and so on. 

 Dr. Robert Gerard suggests that every color has a specific wavelength, and each of these wavelengths affect our body and brain in a different way. This means that using the right color, and the correct selection and placement can seriously affect the feelings, attention, and behavior of children when learning, recognizing this can help parents or teachers leverage on the advantage of colors for a child’s mental development and learning in general.

The behavior of children towards a colorful environment especially when learning reveals that colors have the ability to inspire, soothe, excite, heal and even agitate. This is probably why most parents consider colors when making some vital choices for their children like purchasing of educational items, re-painting the children’s room, baking a child’s birthday cake, preparing a meal for a child who is a picky eater and so on. 

Colors give children words to interpret the world around them, as it boosts their ability to compare and contrast experiences and things around them. I can vividly recall little Lily telling her mom that the doll at the toy shop was as black as night time.

The answer to the question “what is it with kids and colors?” can only be found on the lips of the three years old girl who cries over a friend’s pink dress even though she is adorned with a more gorgeous black dress or the little boy who picks a tasteless but colorful cup of ice-cream at the expense of a delicious white vanilla ice-cream.

One of the first ability to compare things was said to have been brought about by colors. During one of my visits to a grocery store I overheard this cute kid calling the storekeeper “Santa”, everyone present at the store laughed out loudly but no doubt, I think the innocent child was right; of course the storekeeper what fully adorned in a red and white outfit with a cone-shaped cap on his head. The color of his attire could only remind this little child of Santa Clause. It is obvious that colors have its way of setting a reminder of the names of the object in the mind of children. A 3-year-old child who sees the shape of a semi-circle colored yellow might not associate the picture with any other thing than a banana, and this is as a result of its color.

In conclusion, it is of great importance to note that color psychologists have linked color with brain development, decreased absenteeism, enhanced productivity and even a productive transition from childhood to adulthood. Recognizing these tremendous effects of colors on a child’s learning ability, it is advisable that one needs to take a more academic and research-oriented approach in considering a perfect colorful environment for a child. In order to improve your child’s learning ability, be sure to incorporate the right element of colors as you homeschool and paint the perfect picture for your child’s educational future.

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Picky eating is one of the most rampant and identifiable problems of a child. Most parents are faced with catastrophe preparing meals for a child who is a picky eater.  The effect of picky eating if not identified at an early stage can make a child struggle with food throughout their whole childhood and sometimes even as adults. Picky eating is often a concern for mothers who worry about their children receiving enough good nutrition which is necessary for child’s development.

Nothing is more perturbing than having a child whose growth process and license to a healthy life is hampered due to picky eating habits. Mealtimes can hold little or no joy for you because you have to struggle to feed your child.  Force feeding a child is not only stressful but also frustrating to both the parent and the child.

Sri Devi Mageandran, a Senior Speech-Language Therapist who specializes in paediatric feeding and swallowing disorders says; “Oftentimes picky eating habits may be due to underlying sensory issues. These issues are part of a bigger sensory processing problem that can affect the child’s daily activities”. A parent who discovers her child’s picky eating habits at an early stage stands a higher opportunity to curb those habits before the harmful effects begin to manifest in the child’s health. A study of eating behavior in young children found that up to 50% of parents consider their children to be picky eaters. Another study found that picky eating persisted in some children through 9 years of age.

The eating habits and behavior of a child should be taken seriously by parents and not considered as a norm or taken as an oversight, considering that nutritional status influences the mental function of growing children. If your child is a picky eater, important micronutrients may be deficient and this deficiency might lead to lack of attention and low mental performance in your child. Paying close attention to a child’s eating habit involves keeping track records of the child’s growth. Growth can be tracked through growth charts that show the ideal weight and height of your child. You can plot your child’s growth on these charts. If you notice a substantial lag, a growth plateau or a negative growth (weight loss) it is best to consult the pediatrician.

Below are Seven Red Flags that Show your Child is a Picky Eater:

  1. If he or she gags or even throws up at the sight, smell, touch, or taste of some foods.
  2. If your child avoids all foods of a particular texture or from a specific food group such as meats or vegetables.
  3. If your child will only eat when distracted by a tablet, the TV, toys, books, or even parents singing or telling stories.
  4. When a child is unable to eat the rest of what the family is eating at meals because their diet is so limited.
  5. A picky eater child typically Snacks instead of eating a meal.
  6. He or she has difficulties transitioning from milk to semi-solid food by 12 months.
  7. A picky eater when hungry will rather eat sweets and fatty foods instead of healthy foods.

It requires a lot of patience to carefully study a child and get rid of possible wrong eating habits like picky eating so, if you have identified your child as a picky eater then it is very necessary to begin to seek solutions to those wrong eating habits. Always remember that children love fun so even while seeking out a method, try to add a little bit of fun to their meal plan as this can boost interest in eating for children.

Usually, for someone who is particularly scared of spicy food, when you go through a restaurant’s menu and you notice some meal selection with a good amount of spiciness to it, you are quick to avoid them and move on the next sweet and savory selection.

While food with a lot of spicy in it may not be for everyone, it is advisable that you try it once in a while. You may not build the tolerance to munch on some raw pepper, but you might be helping your body to remain healthy. One of the main ingredients for our meal today is the Chili Pepper.

Chili pepper, while a hot spice also contains a rich amount of capsaicin (gotten from Capsanthin, which gives its red colour), which serves as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. This very small sauce has been known to be a major ingredient in treating inflammatory diseases and cancer.

This very interesting benefit of chili pepper is not the only one that can be derived from it, as it also helps to build immunity in the body; the beta-carotene contained in chili pepper can be converted into vitamin A (gotten from the Lutein in it) which is essential for good eyesight and developing membranes to fight against pathogens. Vitamin C is also another vitamin that can be gotten from chili pepper to help increase the white blood cells and fight germs.

Other benefits of chili pepper are; reduction of insulin levels, relief of congestion and prevention against sinusitis, it also keeps the good old ticker ticking.

In parts of Asia, especially Indonesia, the Sambal is a paste made from mixing a variety of chili peppers. Usually, this can be accompanied with secondary ingredients like shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, palm sugar, lime juice and rice vinegar.

The word “Sambal” has its origin from an Indonesian loanword of Javanese origin, Sambel and is a native in most Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore dishes.

Sambal has many recipes that can be served with other dishes as a hot and spicy condiment. Since not too many people are comfortable with eating spicy food, the Sambal has gone through variations over the years and different recipes with ranging consistency have been developed. They could either be mild, hot or extra hot (for the adventurous ones).

Preparing the Sambal is an easy straightforward process that can either be gotten off the shelf or prepared traditionally with a stone pestle and mortar. You just need all your ingredients and then grind it up all into a paste and you are good to go. Based on how you like your Sambal, it can be served either raw or cooked.

Since chili pepper is one of the main ingredients in making the Sambal, some of the most common varieties of chili pepper used in preparing it are:

  • Habanera: also known as Adyuma and can be identified with yellow colour and block shape.
  • Cayenne pepper: this pepper is red, shiny and has an elongated shape.
  • Madame Jeanette: also, an elongated pepper with a yellow-light green colour and irregular shape.
  • Bird’s eye chili pepper: is green-red in colour and very spicy.
  • Chili pepper: also, green-red in colour but has a mild spiciness. It is important to note that the green chili peppers are milder than the red ones.
  • Cabe taliwang: much spicier than the Bird’s eye chili, the Lombok Island or “the Island of Chili” supposedly derives its name from it.

So, while you might want a glass or two of water beside you, or maybe even a jug, having a bit of spicy chili or just the mild ones can be good for your health.

For a healthy life, go Chili

Having a woman on the board of an organization often impacts positively on the growth and successes of the organization. Gender diversity goes a long way in stirring development in the society, it also serves as a milestone in bridging gender inequality.

Many countries and economies are gradually adopting gender diversity and appointing women into strategic position on their board. Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited (HKEX), which owns and operates of the stock exchange joined this practice when Laura Cha was appointed as the chairman of the company as the first woman to hold such top role since the inception of the organization.

Cha was born in Shanghai, China in the year 1949, she was two years old when her parents decided to leave China for British Hong Kong.

Cha is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also has a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law and was a member of a Chinese American political and cultural organization, known as the Committee of 100.

She is not new to the boardroom and an expert when it comes to the financial market. Her huge portfolio in the business industry is well spoken of in Asia’s business scene.

Cha has consistently represented the women society in Asia excellently, besides business, she is also one of Asia’s female philanthropists who has assisted less-privilege. She has also been recognized for her philanthropic contributions.

Cha started her career in Law and practiced with Pillsbury Madison and Sutro, one of the powerful law firms in San Francisco, California. She left California for Hong Kong around 1994, where she continued her law career at the Coudert Brothers.

Throughout the 1990’s, she worked with Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission and was finally made a Deputy chairman in 1998. She moved to Beijing in 1991 to take up the role of vice-chairwoman at China Securities Regulatory Commission, where she served from 2001 to 2004.

Cha was appointed to the vice chairwoman position by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and she became the first person outside mainland China to join the Central People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China at the vice-ministerial rank.

Two years later, she was named a director of HKEX for six years.

She has also served as Hong Kong’s delegate to the 11th National People’s Congress. Cha received the awards of Gold and Silver Bauhinia Stars from the Hong Kong Government for public service.

She also served as the Chairman of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Millstein Center of Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University.

She has been in the Unilever boardroom since 2013 as a Non-Executive Director and also non-executive deputy chairwoman of HSBC.

In April 2018, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) named Laura Cha the new chairman and first woman to head the stock exchange operator since the company’s 18-year history.

She succeeded her predecessor Chow Chung Kong, who stepped down after six years in the role.

However, beyond business and career, Cha has a happy family; she is married to Victor Cha Mou Zing a business tycoon in Hong Kong and the couple has two children.

As a woman, you would want to make sure that you are always in the right healthy state to perform your daily functions which may range from handling business at the office to sorting out the dirty laundry at home and getting them cleaned. This is why it is important that you should always be in tip-top shape all the time.

Usually, women will be advised to keep a constant check on their vitals, especially their heart levels in order to prevent stress-induced strokes or any abnormality in their body system. Then, the question arises, “How do I keep daily and regular check on my vitals?”.

Heading down to the clinic for these regular check-ups on a daily basis can be a bit of a task on its own and still add to the stress which truthfully, we are trying to reduce. Therefore, it is logical that a solution which is easily accessible and understood by just about anyone is introduced into the market for purchase by women.

Now, considering the two key phrases there; easily accessible and understood, a device or you could say, a cloth has been designed specifically for women to keep track of all their vitals and provide them with their health information at any given time. What is this innovative piece of cloth you might ask? It is the Mi Pulse Smart Bra!

Don’t be too surprised it’s a bra, every woman has one or two (well, maybe quite a good number), so it is logical that it should also serve a huge purpose in helping a woman keep herself healthy and looking good.

Although, this bra is mostly being used by women athletes to monitor their heart rates during training and competitions, who says your regular household wife or working mum can’t have one, I mean walking up and down those stairs is excellent cardio after all.

The sports bra integrates the best ECG-level heart rate monitoring technology in it and still provides you with comfort while wearing it. The bra makes use of the most advanced conductive smart fabrics with fully integrated, tri-mode heart rate monitors with support for various wireless medium like the ANT+. Bluetooth Smart and 5.3KHz analog used in most residential and commercial exercise equipment to provide excellent accuracy.

Now, this bra has been designed with no hard-plastic component in it, hence, you do not need to look for a quiet corner to fix your bra or bother with any chafing discomfort you might have; comfort, durability and stylishness are hugely considered in the design of this bra. And of course, it is easily washable using your machine!

Depend on the device or equipment you would want to use during your exercise routine, the Mi Pulse Smart Bra can syndicate seamlessly with an iOS or Android mobile device, fitness watch, bike computer or gym equipment which is quite awesome in terms of flexibility of use.

So, if you need to keep regular check on how you are feeling on the inside without having to go through the stress of rushing down to the clinic, the Mi Pulse Smart Bra should be in your collection of clothes. It is functional and still very much stylish for outdoor use.