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Forbes’ 15 Most Powerful Couples In The World

May 23, 2013 at 6:23 am Comments are Disabled

The top 100 ladies on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women range from politicians, CEOs, activists, billionaires, and celebrities, and all are at the top of their game. This year, some of the women in the list have been honored enough to have a partner who is as equally influential.

The power couples are a testament that whether they’re tackling global crises or ruling the world, it sometimes takes two. Here’s a look at the Forbes’ list of the world’s 15 most influential couples:

obamaBarack and Michelle Obama

The current First Lady of the United States is enjoying a 67% approval rating from Americans, making her more popular the her husband. With the public a part of their love story, the President has never been shy about expressing his admiration for the FLOTUS. In his election night victory speech, the president-elect then gushed as he said, “I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation’s first lady.”

Bill and Melinda Gates

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As if being the World’s Richest Man is not enough, Bill Gates is also the World’s Most Generous man thanks to the work of the foundation that he founded and runs with wife Melinda Gates. The couple’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave away $3.4 billion last year, have boosted its efforts of ridding the world of polio by 2018, and plan to give modern contraceptives to another 120 million women by 2020 with an annual donation of $140 million. Melinda, an alumnus of Duke University, delivered a commencement address at her alma mater this spring and encouraged the Class of 2013 to recognize “the boundless dignity of all people.”

Bill Gates is World’s Richest Person

May 20, 2013 at 1:59 am Comments are Disabled

bill-gates2After five years out of the top spot, Bill Gates reclaimed the #1 spot as the richest man in the world, taking the title from Mexican Carlos Slim.

The net worth of the Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hit a five-year high on Thursday, reaching $72.7 billion, surpassing Slim’s, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The 57-year-old Gates, though still chairman of Microsoft, owns only about 5% of it according to Forbes. Microsoft shares are up 28% this year, which adds to Gate’s fortune that has risen 15% this year as per Bloomberg.

According to reports from Bloomberg, Slim’s net worth dropped about $3 billion due to regulatory issues with his company, America Movil SAB, the largest mobile phone operator in the Americas. Mexico’s government recently passed a law that reforms the telecommunication industry by boosting competition. Slim’s company controls 80% of the landline phone market and 70% of the wireless market in Mexico, according to Forbes.

Jaguar F-type Stars In ‘Desire’

May 15, 2013 at 8:28 am Comments are Disabled

Jaguar released the short film ‘Desire’ that features the new Jaguar F-Type and British actor Damian Lewis at Sundance London. The carmaker collaborated with Ridley Scott Associates in its production. The film also stars Spanish actor Jordi Molla and American actress Shannyn Sossamon. Award-winning singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey penned the title song to the film, entitled ‘Burning Desire’.

Jaguar-F-Type-Desire1The film screened for the first time at London’s The O2, which attracted media from all over the world. Director, Adam Smith, says that the film is “a real adventure; a story of betrayal, retribution, passion and greed.” Adam Smith, Director of Desire, commented, “We were hugely excited when Jaguar approached us to work on this film, and with such a fantastic cast. For us, Sundance London is the perfect setting to screen ‘Desire’ to a global audience.” “Desire” is synonymous with some iconic moments in cinematic history. The producers are very excited about reigniting this powerful combination.

Will “Desire” be a box office hit upon release? Find out more from Vikas Yogi at CarDekho.com.

Still A Man’s World: How Women Are Missing Out In The Job Market

May 14, 2013 at 1:56 am Comments are Disabled

Gender wageThe average woman still has to work harder to get pay equal to that of her male counterparts. This is what the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) found out after they analyzed the gender trend in the employment market. A woman misses out on $433,360 in salary over for 40 years, according to the NWLC’s April report. The NWLC further states women need to work for 12 more years just to close the difference between their incomes.

There are three reasons for this large gender gap, according to Katherine Gallagher Robbins, a senior policy analyst at NWLC. About 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women who work for less than $10.10 an hour. This problem is further exacerbated as women slowly lose out on the number of jobs in higher-paying industries.

Discrimination also plays a role as women with children are passed over for promotion. Children-less female coworkers get more opportunities in the workplace. These problems continue to rise, if fair policy is not created and implemented any time soon.

The Ideal Gown for a Summer Wedding

May 10, 2013 at 4:50 am Comments are Disabled

Summer is a great season to tie the knot. The nice weather and the sun are just perfect for an outdoor wedding. A beach wedding is perhaps one of the most desirable options for the season. The idea of having a wedding in the Hamptons, for instance, will definitely leave the bride-to-be very much excited. However, you need to keep in mind that choosing your gowns for a beach wedding can be a little tricky. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.

Formality of Event

How formal will the occasion be? Of course, this is one thing you should have in mind as you do the preps. You need to make sure that your gown is suitable for the formality or casualness of the occasion. If you plan a formal dinner after the ceremonies, then a custom-design formal gown would be perfect. If it’s a casual picnic-style occasion, then you can go for a less formal and more laid back cut.

Fit and Shape

Your wedding gown should highlight your curves; after all summer is the best season to flaunt your sexy body. This is why it’s important to choose one with a flattering fit. This way, you can be more confident of how you look as you walk on the sandy aisle. In case you’re not sure if a certain dress or gown fits you well, then get an honest advice from a female friend or a family member. In most instances, they have better eyes to determine the best fit for your body type. But of course, your preference matters most because you will be the one wearing the dress.

Dress Material

It’s summer; you can’t go for thick, heavy materials like velvet or brocade, unless you want to sweat the entire time. Choose materials that are light and flowing. Thin and delicate materials such as chiffon, charmeuse, and crepe are the best materials for your gown. There is also a plethora of wedding colors to choose from like pastels, citrus, and various shades of green and blue.

Don’t forget that your comfort is second to none. You deserve to look your best during your wedding, but make sure you can still move, walk, and breathe freely and comfortably.

Village Bridal and Boutique understands your need for a beautiful yet comfortable dress for the occasion. They specialize in handcrafted designer gowns that are perfect for weddings and special events. You may visit www.villagebridals.com to check out their collection.

Digital Giants’ Bid To Simplify Landscape, Reduce Jargon

May 8, 2013 at 9:03 am Comments are Disabled

Digital titans Google and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) are on separate charges to raise publisher and brand awareness about the intricacies of the advertising sector, especially on mobile, with focus on streamlining the landscape and removing jargon.

digital playersThe IAB has already started convincing media-owners and planners about the benefit of making use of real-time bidding (RTB) technology to market and buy ad inventory.

The focus of the scheme is to reduce the amount of jargon in the programmatic ad trading, which aims to build target markets for its ad-serving products. Damian Lawlor, a key person from Google, said the series of “roadshows” intend to make brands and media owners realize that such technologies are no longer on the same plane. Lawlor added that the effort is also to dispel the publisher worries that marketing their technology will result in lower ad costs. Read the rest of the story here.

Smoking Poses Bigger Threat To Women

May 6, 2013 at 1:49 am Comments are Disabled

Smoking may pose bigger health risks to women more than men, researchers say.

woman smokingAccording to a Norwegian research study, women smokers have a higher risk of acquiring cancer than men. The researchers analyzed medical records of 600,000 people and found out the bowel cancer risk linked to smoking was twice as high with women compared to men.

According to a report from cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention reports, women smokers had a 19% percent increased risk of disease while men smokers had a 9% increased risk.

The research showed that nearly 4,000 participants developed bowel cancer. Women who started smoking when they were younger and those who had smoked for decades were at a substantially increased risk of bowel cancer.

The university team that conducted the research says it is the first study to show women who smoke less than men and still get more colon cancer. They were unable to record other factors, however, that might affect the risk of this cancer.

Michelle Roberts of BBC News Online gives the full report on this news.