About half of China’s loans to developing countries are ‘hidden,’ study finds

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte meets Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign trade agreements on Belt and Road Initiative, on March 23, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte meets Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign trade agreements on Belt and Road Initiative, on March 23, 2019 in Rome, […] Click here to view original web page at www.cnbc.com

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‘Never Compensated’ Woman with Demanding Bosses Goes Viral for Her Trying-to-Quit Post

Claire Petrie, a U.K. woman, certainly did, which is why she took to LinkedIn recently to announce to all that she was finally quitting her job . “My bosses have really been taking advantage of me. I do the work of AT LEAST ten different people, work seven days […] “My bosses have really been taking advantage of me. I do the work of AT LEAST ten different people, work seven days a week, holidays, and they even call me in the middle of the night when they need something! And I’m never compensated or even really thanked,” wrote Claire, who, according to her LinkedIn profile, is presently a partner at two events services companies. “So I finally told them today that I quit, and I’m going to go take some time for myself while I figure out what to do next,” she continued. There was just one problem. “They just laughed at me and said, ‘You can’t do that, Mom.’ Well, I tried. Back at it, I guess.” Yup, it all makes sense now. That demanding af job is MOTHERHOOD. Claire’s hilarious post has now gone viral with almost 5,000 reactions and over 400 comments. Many found her post to be incredibly relatable, and shared their own stories of trying to “quit.” “Yep, being a mother is a 24/7 job with no break. I sometimes tell my children I’m on strike. They don’t accept that,” commented one user. Another admitted, “I sometimes tell my two [kids] I am changing my name and no longer called mum. So they say, ‘No prob, Michelle.’” “I resigned and stormed out in a blaze of glory last night … Then had to unfortunately go back inside holding my head in shame. Grrrrrrrrrrrr children,” commented another. Others in the LinkedIn community said her post really got them, and they weren’t expecting the surprise ending. “Brilliant! I thought it was a typical office-related post … How wrong! Being a parent = being always on duty, but it’s the best job ever!” wrote one user. And then some further encouraged her, jokingly, to find a way out of such a demanding job. “You can go on strike though or simply refuse to do certain jobs anymore. It forces the bosses to learn how to do it,” commenter another person on LinkedIn. Claire herself is surprised by how well-received her quitting announcement has been—to the point that she’s supposedly been receiving job opportunities. “This post has been absolutely brilliant … I posted this, fully expecting a telling off by the LinkedIn Police. Thank you for all of the job offers … will have a think.” Click here to view original web page at www.workingmother.com

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Six Boating Babymoon Destinations: Boat Hire in Greece, UK & Rest of Europe

For parents-to-be looking to book a ‘babymoon’ holiday with a difference before their baby arrives, the boat hire website Click&Boat recommends six boating locations well-suited for a romantic and relaxing pre-baby trip in in the UK and Europe. Whether expecting parents are looking to sail close to home prior to the birth of their baby and ‘staycation’ in England or travel further afield to holiday hotspots abroad, Click&Boat has over 30,000 boats available for a boat hire in Greece, the UK, France and all over the world, with or without a captain. Both experienced and novice sailors, or those with no previous experience at all, can hire boats for the day or even longer, as many boats on the platform can be rented with an on-board crew or skipper. Explore the Ionian Islands with boat hire in Greece The modern Bavaria 32 sailboat, located in Greece’s Sivota Marina, boasts two double cabins, so it’s the ideal choice for an active couple who would like to celebrate a new addition to the family with a boat hire in Greece and embark on an island-hopping adventure together. For sharing photographs with loved ones back home during the trip, the boat also has on-board Wi-Fi, along with an electric fridge and cooking equipment, plus an indoor and outdoor shower. From Sivota Marina, babymooners can sail to incredible bays located at the Ionian Islands of Meganisi, Lefkas, Kastos and Kalamos.  Click here to view original web page at www.mybaba.com

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European startups navigate long, winding road to self-driving future

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Far from the sunny, wide streets of Phoenix, where Waymo’s self-driving taxis ply their trade, a handful of European startups are developing driverless cars to navigate the clogged, chaotic, rain-swept roads of European cities. Startups such as Oxbotica, FiveAI and Wayve that are testing cars […] Click here to view original web page at www.reuters.com

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White House scraps key plan to lower U.S. drug prices; may target drugmakers

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday scrapped one of its most ambitious proposals for lowering prescription medicine prices, backing down from a policy aimed at health insurers and raising the possibility of new measures focused on drugmakers. FILE PHOTO: Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules are arranged in […] Click here to view original web page at www.reuters.com

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American Eagle to start selling cannabis-based products this year

Pedestrians pass in front of an American Eagle Outfitters Inc. store in San Francisco, California, on May 15, 2017. American Eagle Outfitters Inc will start selling cannabidiol (CBD)-infused personal care products in the United States later this year, entering a fast-growing market for daily consumer goods made with cannabis […] Click here to view original web page at www.nbcnews.com

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Many teen girls pressured by partners to get pregnant

(Reuters Health) – Nearly one in eight sexually active teen girls are pressured by their partners to have unprotected sex and try to conceive when they don’t want a baby, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as reproductive coercion, a form of relationship abuse that can […] (Reuters Health) – Nearly one in eight sexually active teen girls are pressured by their partners to have unprotected sex and try to conceive when they don’t want a baby, a U.S. study suggests.  Researchers focused on what’s known as reproductive coercion, a form of relationship abuse that can involve things like poking holes in condoms, hiding birth control pills, physically hurting girls who refuse to have unprotected sex, or threatening to break up with them if they don’t want a baby.  The study team examined survey data from 550 sexually active girls 14 to 19 years old who sought care from high school health centers. Overall, 12% reported experiencing reproductive coercion within the past three months, and 17% reported physical or sexual abuse.  “Abuse among all types of romantic relationships is common,” said Amber Hill, lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania.  “Reproductive coercion, another form of relationship abuse, involves a range of behaviors that include pressuring a partner to become pregnant when they don’t want to be, destroying birth control or preventing the use of birth control, and removing condoms during sex (to get her pregnant),” Hill said by email. “Reproductive coercion impacts teens as well as adults and leads to poor health outcomes, such as unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.” Click here to view original web page at www.reuters.com

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Queensland Jobs Available (Updated as of July 8)Jobs Available in Queensland

Add to Favourites Looking for Work in Queensland? Welcome to the available Jobs Section — our pick of the most relevant and flexible Queensland jobs for mums like you! All the jobs are mum friendly, updated daily and are current (as far as we know!). via queenslandbrides.com.au Work from […] Click here to view original web page at www.stayathomemum.com.au

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Pink Proves She’s Unbothered by the ‘Parenting Police’ in Hilariously Sarcastic Post

Singer-songwriter Pink is no stranger to mom-shaming —and her excellent reaction to one internet user’s attempt to criticize her parenting skills proves she’s totally unfazed by it. Earlier this week, Pink posted a photo of her with her son, Jameson, 2, at the Tierpark Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany. […] Click here to view original web page at www.workingmother.com

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A Woman-Centered Economic Agenda: Improve Access to Paid Leave, Paid Sick Days, Child Care

Ensuring that a growing economy is equitable and benefits all workers is an important policy priority for all elected officials. Given that women’s earnings and economic security are central to the health and well-being of U.S. households and the overall economy, each election cycle presents an opportunity to highlight […] Click here to view original web page at www.momsrising.org

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R&B singer R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges: media

(Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, NBC News said, citing unidentified law enforcement officials. FILE PHOTO: Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly arrives for a child support hearing at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 6, 2019. […] Click here to view original web page at www.reuters.com

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Why I’m at Peace with My Weight Gain

“Resistance keeps you stuck. Surrender immediately opens you to the greater intelligence that is vaster than the human mind, and it can then express itself through you. So through surrender often you find circumstances changing.” ~ Eckhart Tolle I took a deep breath, feeling the recent change in my […] “Resistance keeps you stuck. Surrender immediately opens you to the greater intelligence that is vaster than the human mind, and it can then express itself through you. So through surrender often you find circumstances changing.” ~Eckhart Tolle I took a deep breath, feeling the recent change in my belly. I pinched at my belly rolls. They were familiar, I’d had them before, but recently I had gone through a period of over a year where I was in a smaller body. Now I was gaining weight again. I refuse to step on the scale, so I don’t actually know how much weight I’ve gained. I can just feel it in the extra belly rolls and the snugness in some of my clothes. In my mind, I have two choices: to wage war on my body or to surrender to the weight gain. Surrender is the ability to let go of the crushing weight of societal and personal expectations. It’s waving the white flag, signifying I’m giving up all the diet culture methods I’ve tried so hard to make work. I’m acknowledging that they actually never worked in the first place. This option isn’t always so easy, though.  For some context, I’m a body positive and fat positive activist. I advocate for acceptance and health at every size. I tell others they’re worthwhile just as they are. Though when it comes time to put them into practice within myself, it’s very challenging. I still have days where I suck in my stomach, hoping to appear skinnier to the world and to myself. I try to shrink to become small enough. I feel as though my worth lies in the number on the scale (even though I’m a stranger to it now). I lie to myself and say that I’m never going to find a partner if I keep gaining weight. I beat myself up about the food I’ve consumed and I compare myself to other people. My body positive journey is far from perfect; I struggle with all of these things. One big reason is internalized weight stigma or fatphobia. It infests my mind and can take over if I’m not careful. I mean, look at the world: We fear and despise fat. People are bullied and discriminated against because of being in larger bodies. Fatphobia is very real. It’s ingrained subconsciously; our society trains us to be this way.  The Body is not an Apology outlines some ways in which fatphobia rears its ugly head. In jobs, fat employees tend to be paid less for the same work. In dating, they often deal with people who fetishize them rather than seeing them as humans. In fashion, there are rarely sizes available beyond a size 16. In medicine, doctors see them as weak-willed and lazy. This is not surrender in our society. This is bullying and prejudice. No wonder it’s hard for people to accept their changing bodies—there are so many consequences for being fat. The irony of fat-shaming in the name of health is that it actually causes adverse health effects. According to a survey done by Esquire magazine, two-thirds of people report they’d rather be dead than fat. Can you imagine the damage this amount of stress does to one’s system? No wonder we’re terrified of gaining weight. We let those messages infiltrate our minds, and they drive us to pinch at our belly rolls as if we’re the worst people ever. On the other hand, being thin means being accepted, flying under the radar, even being complimented. It means that life is easier because you’re not oppressed in this way. Still, fatphobia manages to creep into all of our minds. Click here to view original web page at tinybuddha.com

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China’s influencer incubator

(Credit: Ruhnn Holding) Until last year, Zhang “BB” Xi was just another 20-something with a dream of making it big. The 23-year-old from the sprawling city of Chongqing had around 300,000 fans across all her social media platforms who watched her beauty tutorials and vlogs. It was a large […] Click here to view original web page at www.bbc.com

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