real women are various

women everywhere are beautiful courageous imperfect and various

the white blood plastic caricature is not who we are and not something we should or need to strive towards
embrace our diversity and shift away from western pressure and manipulation

Is this what real beauty looks like?
By Steven McIntosh
Entertainment reporter
31 October 2017
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Mihaela took these photographs in Kathmandu in Nepal (left) and Reykjavik, Iceland
“Go to Google Images right now,” says photographer Mihaela Noroc, “and search ‘beautiful women’.”
I do as she tells me. Millions of results come back.
“What do you see?” she asks. “Very sexualised images, right?”
Yes. Many of the women in the top pictures are wearing high heels and revealing clothes, and most fit into the same physical mould – young, slim, blonde, perfect skin.
“So beauty all the time is like that,” Mihaela says. “Objectifying women, treating them in a very sexualised way, which is unfortunate.
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L-R: Portraits taken in Germany, Italy and France
“Women are not like that. We have our stories, our struggles, our power, but we just need to be represented, because young women, they see only images like this every day, so they need to have more confidence that they can look the way they look and be considered beautiful.
“But,” she adds, “Google is us, because we are all influencing these images.”
Mihaela has just released her first photography book, Atlas of Beauty, which features 500 of her own portraits of women.
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Pushkar, India: “I was happy to see women have joined public forces all over the world”
The Romanian photographer’s definition of beauty, however, appears to be that there is no definition. The women are a variety of ages, professions and backgrounds.
“People are interested in my pictures because they portray people around us, everyday people around the street,” Mihaela explains.
“Usually when we talk about beauty and women, we have this very high, unachievable way of portraying them.
“So my pictures are very natural and simple. And this is, weirdly, a surprise. Because usually we are not seen like that.”
Each of the book’s 500 portraits has a caption with information about where it was taken, and, in many cases, the subject.
The locations are varied, to put it mildly. They include Nepal, Tibet, Ethiopia, Italy, North Korea, Germany, Mexico, India, Afghanistan, the UK, the US, and the Amazon rainforest.
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Mihaela took these photographs in Colombia (left) and Milan, Italy
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Captain Berenice Torres is a helicopter pilot for the Mexican Federal Police
Some locations, however, proved more problematic than others.
“I approach women I want to photograph on the street. I explain what my project is about. Sometimes I get yes as an answer, sometimes I get no, that really depends on the country I’m in,” she explains.
“When you go to a more conservative society, a woman is going to have a lot of pressure from society to be a certain way, and her day-to-day life is carefully watched by somebody else.
“So she’s not going to accept being photographed very easily, maybe she’s going to need permission from the male part of her family.
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Sisters Abby and Angela were photographed in New York
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A guide at a military museum in Pyongyang, North Korea
“In other parts of the world they are extremely careful because there might be issues concerning their safety, like in Colombia. Because they had Pablo Escobar and the mafia for so many years.
“So they say ‘OK, so you’re going to take my picture but I’m probably going to be kidnapped after that because you’re part of the mafia and you’re not who you’re saying you are’.”
She adds: “If somebody were to start this project just with men, it would be much easier, because they don’t have to ask permission from their wives, sisters or mothers.”
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Left: Pokhara, Nepal. Right: “This is what shopping looks like for many people around the world,” Mihaela says of her portrait taken in Nampan, Myanmar
Mihaela says she occasionally puts pictures through Photoshop, but not for the reasons you might think.
“When you take a picture, it’s usually raw, and that means it’s very blank, like a painting, you don’t have the colours you had in the reality.
“So I try to make it as vibrant and colourful as it was in the original place. But I’m not making anyone skinnier or anything like that, never, because that’s very painful.
“Because I also suffered as a woman growing up from all kinds of difficulties, I wanted to be skinnier, look a certain way, and that was also related to the fake images I saw in day-to-day life.”
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Idomeni Refugee Camp, Greece: This woman and her daughters fled the war in Syria
It’s safe to say Mihaela’s photography book is quite different tonally to, say, Kim Kardashian’s 2015 book of selfies.
“These days, the bloggers, the famous people of our planet have set this unachievable and fake beauty standard, and it’s very difficult for us as women to relate to that,” she says.
“Kim Kardashian has 100 million followers on her Instagram page and I have 200,000, so imagine the difference – it’s astonishing. But slowly, slowly, I think the message of natural and simple beauty will be spread around the world.”
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L-R: Portraits taken at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Omo Valley in Ethiopia and Delphi, Greece
So what’s the best piece of advice Mihaela could give to anyone keen to get into photography? Buy a good quality camera? Learn about lenses and angles?
Not exactly.
“Buy good shoes,” she laughs, “because you’re going to walk and explore a lot.”
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Lisa was backpacking through Berlin when Mihaela met her
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PRESENCE IS GOING WITH

It’s deadly to fall in love with your own voice, but the higher you go, the more you need to talk effectively.

Brevity with clarity is gold in a frenetic world.

presence is going with even when challenging ideas

The top 10 rules for talking like a leader:

The only reason to open your mouth is to make something better. (If you only remember one rule, make it this one.)
Be brief. The longer you talk, the less effective you become. The Gettysburg address was 272 words.
Be brief and ask, “What else would you like to know?”
Stay present with others. Presence is “going with” even when challenging ideas. You aren’t present when pushing your own agenda at the expense of others.
Ask people what they need to know, before telling them what they need to know.
Stay on topic. Chasing rabbits is for dogs.
Explain yourself. Don’t give people the benefit of your conclusions without explaining how you found them.
Include purpose when giving direction. Busyness is a fog that obscures the big picture.
Tell stories. (Remember rule #2.)
Stay calm if you expect to connect. Strong emotion intimidates

park and pray fines!

One of the things i love about living here is the freedom to pray where ever you are
Stop doing what you are or were doing and pray

How ever parking and endangering yourself and others is not wise or safe

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-41719621#

alternatives to a’level’s

it makes absolute sense
In this day and age we need to acknowledge that not everyone is academic but they are smart and also intelligent
So choices are essential and different routes to employment also

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/education/alternative-to-a-levels-helps-pupils-at-abu-dhabi-school-prepare-for-industry-1.669809

Amazing real men are rare
What a star

Mind you i have never really understood why women don’t always have the necessary equipment with them at all times
YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE

https://www.indy100.com/article/woman-period-hike-man-help-tampon-pads-embarrassing-story-reddit-menopause-8009151

WOMEN MUST STOP COLLUDING

T o effect change women them selves have to stop colluding as well as men not acting in a predatory and bullish manner.
In this interview Tippi Hedren states Alma Hitchcock apologises for her husbands behaviour!
So she knew and colluded!
What a state of affairs
And this is not just in the film industry also health care and probably everywhere

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-41689158/actress-tippi-hedren-talks-about-being-sexually-harassed-by-alfred-hitchcock

food security

FOOD SECURITY
Along with water this is critical and a very wise move from the very wise leader
Even more wise as recycling and use of ‘ugly’ produce is the way forward
Perfect fruit and veg should be a thing of the past!

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announces UAE Cabinet reshuffle
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announces new appointments in the ministerial shuffle via Twitter on Thursday

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Juman Jarallah and James Langton
October 19, 2017
Updated: October 19, 2017 08:02 PM

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launches Dubai 10X at the World Government Summit. Last year, he announced the reshuffling of the UAE Cabinet at the event. Wam
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launches Dubai 10X at the World Government Summit. Last year, he announced the reshuffling of the UAE Cabinet at the event. Wam
New ministers of state for artificial intelligence and food security, with a continuing emphasis on youth, are among the highlights of a reshuffle of the UAE Cabinet announced on Thursday.

The changes, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, were about the science and technology of the future.

One of the most senior appointments saw Noura Al Kaabi move as Minister of State for the Federal National Council to become Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. “Her cultural and media experience will complement Sheikh Nahyan’s career in the Ministry,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

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Sheikh Nayhan bin Mubarak, the previous Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, has become Minister of State for Tolerance. Sheikh Mohammed called Sheikh Nahyan “the face of the UAE, Arabs and international… and he is a great asset to the UAE’s soft power”.

“Brother Nahyan bin Mubarak in his great social and community strength… and his wide international relationships… and his love for all community aspects is more than capable of rooting tolerance in the UAE and the region,” he said.

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New UAE Cabinet Members, as announced by Sheikh Mohammed

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Sheikh Mohammed thanked Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, who previously held the post, saying she had represented the UAE well at international events and represented Arab women in the finest way.

He also thanked Saqr Ghobash, the former Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, who oversaw many of the country’s labour reforms. For his four decades of service for his country, and his “dedication and sincere love for the people. You have the appreciation of the Emirati people,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

Fresh faces in the Cabinet include Oman bin Sultan Al Olama, 27, as the first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. The appointment comes just two days after Sheikh Mohammed announced the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, a major initiative in the UAE Centennial 2071 objectives.

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Sheikh Mohammed said AI is “the new wave after the Smart Government upon which all our services, sectors and future infrastructure will rely on”.

The new post of Minister of State with responsibility for research and planning for the UAE’s food security has been given to Maryam Al Muhairi.

“Food security is a future national issue, its foundation will be research and scientific projects … we have great confidence in our youth,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

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Another young addition to the cabinet is Sara Al Amiri, 30, who is appointed Minister of State with responsibility for advanced sciences. Her responsibilities will include the research, development and manufacture of “scientific competencies”, Sheikh Mohammed said.

Ms Al Amiri is also responsible for Emirates Scholars Council and is head of science for the Emirates Mars Mission, which aims to send a probe to Mars for 2020.

“We want hundreds of role models like Sara in the UAE’s future,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

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Hessa Buhumaid becomes new the Minister of Community Development. She was previously Assistant Director for Government Services in charge of the UAE Government Service Excellence Programme.

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Sheikh Mohammed said: “The Emirati family is the biggest guarantee in social cohesion and I wish her all the best.”

The post of Minister of Community Development was previously held by Najla Mohammed Al Awar, whom Sheikh Mohammed thanked for her service to the country.

Ahmed Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education, has had his portfolio expanded to include Advanced Skills to ensure lifelong learning among the country’s young people. He was also named chair of the Federal Authority for Human Resources.

Mr Belhoul will be responsible for equipping the UAE’s young people with skills for the future, said Sheikh Mohammed.

Nasser bin Thani Al Hameli was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, with Sheikh Mohammed observing that the UAE’s efforts to employ nationals in key roles still had some way to go, and noting that Mr Al Hameli would help in that regard.

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The appointments were not entirely about youth.

Zaki Nusseibeh has been active in government since 1968, acting as interpreter to the first President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed. He is also Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and cultural adviser at the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs. The father of Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and President of UN Women, he becomes a Minister of State.

Zaki Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and cultural adviser at the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs, has been appointed Minister of State by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National
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Abdul Rahman Al Owais assumes the post of Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, in addition to his current duties as Minister of Health.

Abdullah Mohammed bin Touq was appointed Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet.

“Mr bin Touq is a graduate of leadership programs and an active member of a practical team,” Sheikh Mohammed said on his Twitter feed.

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The changes, Sheikh Mohammed said, were part of the transition to the UAE centennial in 2071 saying the goal was to: “Develop knowledge, support science and research, and involve young people in leading the march.”

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UAE Cabinet changes:

Hessa Buhumaid: Minister of Community Development

Noura Al Kaabi: Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

Suhail Al Mazroui: Minister of Energy

Abdul Rahman Al Owais: Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Minister of Health

Zaki Nusseibeh: Minister of State

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak: Minister of State for Tolerance

Nasser Thani Al Hameli: Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation

Ahmad Belhoul: Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and chair of the Federal Authority for Human Resources

Maryam Al Mehairi: Minister of State (with emphasis on food security)

Sara Al Amiri: Minister of State (with emphasis on advanced sciences)

Omar Sultan Al Olama: Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence

Abdullah Mohammad bin Touq: Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet