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International Women's Day

If you happen to be visiting Romania these days, you’ll be surrounded by different stalls selling Mărţişor (if you’re curious to know what that is, you can learn more about it here) and flowers. Lots and lots of flowers.

You would think Romanian men are the most romantic in the world and they like to pamper the women in their lives with flowers as soon as the first sign of Spring appears. I will not comment whether that is true of not (so girls, you’ll have to find out on your own), but what I can say is that March is considered the Month of Women. 
You might think that is because March is the moodiest month of the year, so it resembles to a woman’s tantrums (guess that is kind of true). The real reason behind it though is that in the first weeks of March Romanians have different celebrations which honor women, one of which is actually ‘Women’s Day‘.
A little history
As we all know, women haven’t been considered equal to men for a long time throughout history. It was unconcievable for a woman to do jobs considered fit for a man only… like being a mechanic or running a company. And even today, studies show that women earn less for the same job a fellow man would do.
March, 8th marks a series of events when women decided to stand up for themselves and try to change the order of the world.
    Women can do it

  • March 8, 1857 – protest of women working in the textile industry in New York, which criticized working conditions and low wages. Protesters were attacked by police
  • March 1859 – New York textile industry employees form their first union
  • March 1908 – 15,000 women protest in New York demanding reduction of working hours, better pay and voting rights
  • February 28, 1909 – first celebration of International Women’s Day, after the Socialist Party of America issued a statement to this effect (it was the last Sunday of February, and it continued to be celebrated like this until 2013)
  • 1910 – the first Women International Conference is organized in Copenhagen and decide to establish an International Women’s Day. The idea was presented by Klara Zetkin as an International Women’s Day to be celebrated on the same day (which was not yet decided) in every country on the globe, symbolizing the efforts of all women in the world for a better life (right to education, right to vote, the right to work and to hold public office).
  • March 19, 1911 – over a million women in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland celebrate International Women’s Day
  • February, 1913  – Russia celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time and decided the date of 8th March as the official date, which remained the same until today.
  • March 8, 1913 – Women in several European countries protesting against the increasing tensions in Europe
  • March 1917 – Reacting to the death of over 2 million soldiers during World War I, Russian women started a protest strike called “bread and peace”, which began on 23 February 1917 in the Julian calendar (March 8 in calendar Gregorian). Four days after the start of the strike, the Tsar (Nicholas II of Russia or Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov) was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. Alexandra Kolontai- which at that time was the minister in the first government of the Soviet Union – was the one who persuaded Lenin to proclaim the day of March 8 as offcial Women’s Day
  • May 8, 1965 – International Day of Femi is declared non-working day in the USSR
  • 1975 – International Women’s Day was officially recognized by the United Nations. United Nations proclaimed 1975 the International Year of Women, and the period 1976-1985 became the UN Decade for Women
  • 1982 – a number of women from Iran make a very courageous gesture by removing their burkha (a gesture which was illegal)
  • 8 March 2005 – a worldwide march is organized to popularize a “World Carta for Women”
  • March 8, 2009 – The International Committee of the Red Cross warned that nursing women is ignored in many countries at war

Nowadays we have females as minister, women astronauts, women teaching in universities, women who work and have a family at the same time. In the media we increasingly see models of strong and achieved ​women. Although the mentality has changed much from the years when the International Women’s Day was just an idea or from its first celebration, there is still discrimination against women. Although for many of us on the 8th of March is a day of gifts and flowers, love and appreciation, there are still women for which this day represents hope and strive for better. Women are still not paid equally, not present to the same extent as men in politics and business, and domestic violence is still a serious problem even in the present.

Women’s day Today

International Women’s Day is celebrated in the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Eritrea, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Guinea Bissau, Iceland, India, Italy, Israel, Laos, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia.
In Arab countries, Muslim women are almost always presented as victims of tradition and patriarchal system of society in which they live. Contemporary history of countries such as Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt include nevertheless female figures who led the country towards democracy.

In Algeria, it is a palpable truth, starting with the struggle for liberation from French occupation, women have fought with sword in hand alongside their men. In the 70s there were always women in parliament and government ministers.

Although it started in the early years of the last century as a social and political celebration, the day of 8th March gradually turned to be a special day when men express their love and affection for women.  Usually men gift flowers to all the women in their lives: mothers, sisters, teachers, co-workers.


Tulips Women's day
Tulips – Symbol of 8th March, Women’s Day, Photo taken by Kıvanç Niş

In Romania and Bulgaria the traditions of the communist era are still preserved and on March 8,  they celebrate Mother’s Day as well. On this day children make gifts to their mothers, grandmothers, and women teachers. When i was little for example, close to mother’s day we would have an arts and crafts class where we would make all kinds of cards and small gifts for our moms. We either painted something or designed using plasticine or even pumkin seeds. Everyone was really excited and tried their best to make the prettiest gifts.

Girl gifting her mom flowers on Women's day
Girl gifting flowers to her mom on Women’s Day

On women’s day you can get all kind of discounts at restaurants, bars, plays (if you are in Bucharest, there’s a nice offer right now at the National Theater), even dancing classes. As it is a day of celebrating women, if you are one you can be surprised by the amount of people who would honor you. It can be just exiting the subway while going to work or when a policeman stops to check your papers or even when you are going to the grocery store.

Policemen giving flowers to woman
Policeman ‘fining’ a lady driver with a flower

If you are wondering what celebrations are organized in your country, you can check the International Women’s Day page, which has posted events for this day around the world.

Oh! Just a little fun Fact: I guess Romanian men felt kind of neglected, since women had their own special day celebrated, but they didn’t have theirs (although there actually is an International Men’s Day celebrated on 19th November – which they don’t know about). So a Romanian beer brand decided to set the score right and they declared the day of 5th May as Men’s Day. Though it’s not a recognized legal celebration, women across Romania decided to play along and just give them extra attention on that day.

Happy International Women’s Day, Ladies!
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Top 10 Simple Health Changes To Boost Your Well-Being

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It does not matter how old you are, where you live, or what your occupation is, your health should always be a top priority. However, most of us are a little bit guilty of letting our well-being slide from time to time. With that being said, read on to discover some of the simple ways you can give your health a boost today.

  1. Get rid of at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals – You may be shocked by just how many items in your life contain toxic chemicals. This includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets. Get rid of one of these items and replace it with something natural instead. This is something you should make a habit to do every few months or so. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this can make. 
  2. Deep breathe for at least five minutes – Throughout the day, you should make sure you take the opportunity to deep breathe for at least five minutes. Why? Well, there have been numerous studies that have shown that deep breathing can help to lower stress hormone levels. This means that you will feel better, get an improved night’s sleep, and you will have less anxiety too.
  3. Drink more water – You probably expected this to be on the list, but the importance of drinking more water should never be ignored. Your body needs water for almost every function. If you are dehydrated, this could be the cause of headaches, pains, aches, and a number of other symptoms.
  4. Have one veggie night per week – A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially. So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too. There are so many great recipes online that can give you ideas regarding tasty and creative dishes that do not incorporate any sort of meat or fish. Once you start off with one night per week, you may then decide that you want to up it to two nights, and so on. However, it always helps to start off small so that it is easier and more manageable, and you can then get used to it.
  5. Sign up for an online pharmacy – Nowadays, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the Internet via an online pharmacy. This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never experience delays with your medication. If you are someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you cannot get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you. Your medication will be delivered to your door with a click of a button.
  6. Make a dedicated effort to lower your stress levels – There is no denying that we live in a very stress-filled world at the moment! The world we live in is one that has heaps of pressure, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and keep those stress levels low. However, it is vital that you find a way to do so. After all, if you don’t adrenal fatigue and health can start to take a tumble, which is the last thing you want. For those who are unaware, adrenal fatigue relates to a group of different symptoms that impact people who are under a lot of physical, emotional, or mental stress. From being a single parent to having a stressful job, there are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling. Therefore, we recommend that you look for different ways to reduce those stress levels so that you can enjoy a more calming and peaceful life. Whether it is doing some breathing techniques or taking more regular breaks so you can have moments for yourself, there are a lot of different ways that you can make sure you are keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The importance of this should not be overlooked, as stress can impact our mental and physical health in so many different ways. 
  7. Do something nice for someone every day – You will be surprised by how good this makes you feel, and by how much this has a positive impact on your health. It’s all about mental well being. When you do something nice for another person, you are benefitting their health, as well as your own. First and foremost, there is no denying that it feels good to hear some nice words for someone or to get a helping hand when you need it. You feel recognised and appreciated, and this is something we all need. At the same time, doing something nice for someone else and seeing their reaction can make you feel amazing too. After all, doing something good for someone is a gift for yourself at the same time. You will find that the deed continues throughout the day, making you feel great and happy within yourself. 
  8. Incorporate some movement into your commute – If you do not have an active job, this is particularly important. Sitting at a computer all day can be bad for your health. One way to combat this is by incorporating some movement into your commute. If you can walk or bike to work, you should give this a go. If not, start parking your car further away from your place of work so that you have to walk there and back. You should also start using the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
  9. Start meal planning – You will find it much easier to eat healthily if you plan your meals. At the start of every week, make a menu of what you are going to cook for dinner every evening, as well as what you are going to make for your lunches every day. Not only will this help you to eat better, but you will save money too. Make sure you incorporate some healthy snacks into your food prep for work. This will stop you from going to the vending machine whenever you are bored or your energy is zapped. The great thing about the times we live in at the moment is that you can easily get recipes and meal prep inspiration online. So, if you are struggling, simply do a little bit of digging online and we are sure that you will find a lot of different options when it comes to meal ideas and clever food prep suggestions for the week ahead. Not only is this going to help you to be more organized, but you will find that it actually saves you quite a bit of money in the process. After all, when we do not have a food plan for the week ahead, we tend to spend a lot of money on items we do not need. Food can end up going in the bin because we do not use it. This ends up in an awful lot of waste, and we should all be looking to reduce this, so meal prep is great in many ways.
  10. Keep a journal – Last but not least, keeping a journal is good for a person’s mental health. You should write down your thoughts. It doesn’t need to be a long entry; you can simply jot down a few bullet points every evening. This will help you to articulate your thoughts so that they do not wear you down. After all, it can be very difficult to sleep if you have lots on your mind. A lot of experts advise this approach for people who suffer from insomnia. One of the main reasons why a lot of people struggle to get the hours of sleep they need is because they cannot shut off when they go to sleep; their minds are still going at a million miles per hour. They are thinking about what they need to do the following day and any worries or concerns that they may have. Because of this, it very much makes sense to keep a journal so you can offload some of these thoughts and worries and you can have a much more restful night of sleep. Once you get into the habit of doing this, you will see that it actually does make a significant difference when it comes to drifting off and enjoying a good night of rest. 

So there you have it: some of the best ways to give your health a boost. The suggestions that have been provided are really simple and easy, so there is no excuse not to give yourself a bit of TLC. we are sure that you will start to notice a difference as time goes on. However, as is the case with anything, it requires patience and persistence. You cannot expect to turn your health around in one night.

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Why Buy A Business, Rather Than Start One

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There are good and bad sides to buying a business and starting your own business from scratch. For lots of people, the positives of buying an established business outweigh the positives of starting a business. Here are the reasons why buying an existing business could be the right choice.

Easier To Secure Finance

All businesses will need finance. Unless you can fund your business yourself, you’ll need to secure financing from investors. Most lenders will be more willing to lend money to an established business that they can already see is doing well, rather than risk an unknown factor. 

Income From Day One

One of the downsides of starting a business is that most start-ups will go through an early stage where they don’t make much, if any, money. For some entrepreneurs, this stage can last for several years. 

During this stage, you will need to pay out for things like your premises, as well as equipment, installation of equipment, stock, materials, fixtures and fittings, legal and professional fees, a license, uniforms, and more. 

If you don’t have finance in place or another form of income, this stage can be very tough for a new business owner. If you buy a business, you can start earning from day one, and avoid this tricky period where you might be out of pocket.  

Established Brand

When you buy a business that already exists, you are also buying into a brand that is already known, recognizable, and has a track record. You get the business complete with all the trademarks, copyrights, and websites associated with it, as well as the business locations

This means that your business will already have customers, lenders, suppliers, and other contacts that are confident in the business already. 

Instant Customer Access

An existing business also has customers already, which can help you succeed straight away. You can use a range of strategies and marketing to build on the existing customer base, but won’t have to struggle to build a customer base from scratch. 

Established Network Of Contacts

When you start a business from scratch, a lot of your time and energy has to be put into building up a network of contacts. 

All businesses need to have supplier and marketing contacts, so buying an existing business that already has those contacts in place allows you to hit the ground running.

Like money lenders, suppliers and marketing companies are more likely to offer you more favourable terms if your business has been around for a while and they know it.  

Focus On Growing The Business

When an entrepreneur starts a new business, they will have to put a lot of their energy into getting their business off the ground. This takes a lot of time and can be very tiring. 

On the other hand, when you take over a business that is already established, you’ll be freer to focus on the areas of the business that most need your attention, aiding the growth of the business as a whole. 

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Temperature Controlled Transport: What is it?

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Transport logistics is not only based on transporting goods from point A (origin) to point B (destination), but also involves other aspects that are not so well known to end users.

For instance, a factor that can be decisive is the temperature-controlled transport of goods. Such is the importance of this that there are logistics companies specialized in the distribution of products sensitive to thermal changes.

These companies have vehicles equipped with systems that can maintain the right temperature, keeping the product safe through temperature fluctuations.

What is temperature controlled transport?

A temperature-controlled shipment is one that guarantees the cold chain of the product, without it being subjected to sudden changes in temperature and always without exceeding the values of a safety interval.

The purpose of this cold chain is to guarantee the optimum condition of the product from the time it is picked up until it is delivered. This is why temperature controlled transport is in such high demand for proper product maintenance.

Cold chain in food

The cold chain is a key factor in food safety since it guarantees the preservation of food in optimum conditions.

Food safety is closely linked to health, to the point of being a right recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Therefore, if the cold chain was to be broken during the distribution, the food could not be delivered and would need to be discarded.

Several factors are involved in keeping the food cold chain intact:

  • Storage in cold or refrigerated chambers.
  • Transport in temperature-controlled vehicles
  • Storage in display cabinets or refrigerated chambers at point of sale
  • Other goods requiring temperature-controlled transportation

Whenever we talk about refrigerated transport, we usually think of the food cold chain, but there are other types of goods that also need temperature-controlled logistics to maintain their conditions intact until they reach their destination.

The main goods that need to be transported under temperature control are flowers, chemical or biological products, medicines, live animals or photographic films.

Medicines

There are certain medicines that need to be stored and transported at low temperatures so that they do not lose their curative properties. 

An example is vaccines that have weakened live viruses and if subjected to sudden changes in temperature, these microorganisms would die and their effectiveness would be null.

Chemical or biological products

Some chemical or biological goods also need to be transported in an environment that guarantees a stable temperature from collection to delivery.

These goods are of mere importance since they can be considered dangerous. Hence, they must be treated very carefully.

Live animals

The current legislation also contemplates that the transportation of live animals over long distances must be subject to a temperature control that ensures values between 5 and 30 degrees Celsius with an interval of up to +/- 5ºC depending on the outside temperature.

Flowers

Something as delicate as flowers also need to be transported under optimum temperature conditions so that their scent and beauty are maintained at the point of delivery. 

Besides, flowers are a very apt simile for the importance of temperature-controlled transport in today’s logistics because the ultimate goal is the welfare and health of humans and animals. Undoubtedly, a very necessary end.

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