Technology is omnipresent and it is accessible to all the ages in Canada and kids are no exception to it. Today, kids have become the target audience for the companies to offer the products or services like Kik Messenger and Tumbler. There are contradictory views for parents to make the technology accessible to the kids.
Some people think that technology adds to the skills, improves concentration, connects to their loved ones (who live away from them). Technology may include TV, mobile, internet, Games, IPads). Here are few benefits of technology:
Almost 60% of the grand parents in North America live away from their kids. Kids do not like to talk on phones instead they want to interact with the devices and technology solves this purpose by video conferencing or story telling apps.
It also helps kids to retain more stuffs in terms of their educational assignments.
Improves Hand-Eye Coordination and Cognitive Ability: Playing games on phone or laptop
On the flip side, technology is considered to be an obstacle which takes kids away from doing physical activities which lead to physical, mental, and social growth. It has become one of the main cause of obesity as kids tend to stick to technology for hours.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has calculated that the average time a child spends on internet, TV, video games in North America is approximately 7 hours a day. Also, almost 33% of kids in America are obese due to technology.
It also impacts kids’ social skills as they end up getting addicted to the gadgets. It also changes their behavior towards people surrounding them and getting irate is one of the examples.
Therefore, technology, if used in limit is beneficial, but the moment it gets overused by kids, it is harmful. It is the responsibility of parents to keep track of the usage and divert their minds when needed.
Equality remains just a word, at a place where there is a crystal discrimination engraved in the fabric of diplomacy. For decades, women have been fighting hard to achieve a status, that is at least at par with men in various aspects of life.
Women are being paid less in comparison to men holding the same profiles in an organization for the same job. It reflects the situation where women face a barrier to their career growth, referred to as ‘The Glass Ceiling’: a keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements.
According to a Globe and Mail report, “Of Canada’s top 500 companies, just 25 are led by female CEOs. Over the last 15 years, the percentage of Canadian women in senior corporate positions has improved marginally representing the change in the trend.”
In the words of Corry Stevenson, an oil and gas professional, “One of the most common issues that our society have been facing for a very long time: the pay gap between genders.” She added, “yes, the gender pay gap exists. It is not a myth, it is real. Many countries’ women suffer from the discrimination in pay that they receive for their hard work.”
Furthermore, the gap is not only between men and women, it also depends upon the ethnicity of the woman. The below chart shows the impact of gender pay gap on women of different ethnicity.
The gender wage gap study conducted in the USA shows the difference in the earnings in 20 common occupations in the year of 2015. The report shows a significant difference between the earnings between men and women. If you look at a study by statistics portal in the UK, you will find that the result is same as the USA wherein the median hourly earnings for full-time employees-female in 2016 was 12.82 whereas the male received 14.16. This is a substantial difference to be acknowledged.
It is imperative to compensate people on how well they work and not on what gender they are. It’s time for firms to realize that it can no longer retain the discrimination that it has been bringing up for decades. Women are no longer submissive and are raising their voice against any sort of discrimination. The power of women is their knowledge, skills, capacity and sensitivity to their environment. In my opinion, the glass ceiling will break leading to better society with equality and wellness. missing
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Imagine an organization where members light candles and pray for the healthy married life without considering distance and time as a barrier. A place where a couple in Manitoba, Canada blesses and worships for a couple in Manila, Philippines.
WWME Weekends, an event conducted to invite couples to join the club, happens twice a year, targeting 20 couples per Weekend. The event brings the existing as well as new members together and involves 13 different talks by instructors qualified by the organization.Started in 1952, Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) aims at proclaiming the value of marriage.
The organization welcomes married couples and priests (who are married to the Church). It got started in Spain – by Father Gabriel Calvo – with the notion to develop an open, honest married life and to form a sacramental relation serving each other.
It has its presence in 90 countries and has helped to fix 1.6 million marriages. The Church Universal series captured WWME and defines it as an organization making a positive difference in the world through their charitable words and prayerful lives.
The talks at WWME Weekends are reviewed, assessed, and approved before delivering. They teach and follow the practices to build relations in the presence of a priest. In a WWME Weekend, there are three married couples sharing their experiences in the presence of a priest.
The couples are then invited for a “Journeying” event, once every month, to nourish and practice the learnings from the WWME Weekends. Each group makes their own circles (regions) and work towards developing and training a new circle.
Currently, there are five circles called Regions, Manitoba being Region five. Mr. Stan Amaladas, a board member of WWME, explains, “They have sacraments: Sacrament of Marriage and Sacrament of Holy Orders.”
The idea is to solve problems, practice the positive dialogues as a couple, and enhance the sustainability of marriages. Mr. Amaladas added, “It focusses on celebrating what’s already taking place in the relationship. 90% of the couples come to build togetherness in their marriage.”
Across the world, the organization motivates the circles to be connected emotionally and they bless each other, no matter how far are they located. The members are available 24×7 on WWME Weekend.
WWME is a defined platform to give direction as well as inspiration for married couples. The motive is to create the built-in values required to make marriages a success. The message they convey: they are “Tremendously Biased: Biased for Sustained and Happy Marriages”. For more information, visit www.wwme.org.
Mr. Ram Sharma is a senior consultant at Delhi Transport Corporation. Based in New Delhi, Mr. Sharma has four decades of professional experience in technical and operational leadership in the automobile industry.
Prior to freelancing, he served as a deputy chief general manager for Delhi Transport Corporation, managing a staff of 10 thousand employees. He gained exposure in vendor management, public relations, resource planning, project management, purchase decisions, and tender handling. He has led multiple valuable projects including fuel consumption control, pollution under control centres regulation, and diesel conservation. In addition, he has held top management positions in reputed organizations such as the general manager in Metro Transit, and City Life Travels.
The board of Transport decided to involve him as a Vigilance Officer where he monitored official relations with government agencies such as Central Vigilance Commission, Central Bureau of Investigation, and Anti-Corruption Units. He has developed and directed policies governing the organizations’ operations division.
Mr. Sharma holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, India.
As per the theme of my blog which is “Positivity and how to keep it up and running”. To make it sure as to whether I am going in the right direction, I got an opportunity to interview Ms. Dipti Sharma, a Learning and Development professional. Ms. Sharma has a rich experience of 10+ years in training and development. She has been a Learning & Development (L&D) Manager with a great background providing leadership and managing the implementation of Company’s Learning Development strategy. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and completed many certifications specialized in L&D including Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). She is an inspiration and a hub of knowledge and learning. She has also been working as a freelance trainer in many management schools and organizations on topics like Grievance handling, chasing our Passion,
Here are few of the insights by her:
Question: What is the concept of being Positive?
Answer: Positivity can be explained in many ways, but there are two major things.
- Imbibing Positivity: We can spread a bright environment by using the positive words/language even when we talk. For example, rather than using “I can”, start using “I have to”. Once we have excelled using positive words/language. The next step is to sustain positivity.
- Sustaining positivity: It is really hard to have a control on our thoughts, but we have the power to drive them into our way. For example, if we are getting negative thoughts, then try to think about the best time we had in our life. It is not easy, but not impossible.
If you do what is easy, your life will be hard, If you do what is hard your life will be easy
Question: What is the secret to being positive all the times?
Answer:: Realize the meaning of life and be thankful for everything that we have. Show Gratitude and it would give an immense feeling of inner peace and happiness, hence generating the positivity within us
Question: How should we start the process?
Answer: There are 3 steps to get it done
- Ask what you want: We should have a quality time with ourselves to solve the big problems and question “What do I want?”. The asker is the only person who can answer this question.
- Believe that it will surely happen: Once we know the desire, then BELIEVE that it will happen. It is certain that we have to take necessary actions to achieve the desire, but the force with the actions helps to get it done.
- Feel that you have Received: While we are working towards the accomplishment of the desire, start feeling that we have already got this. This thinking will multiply the positive force.
Question: What are your Suggestions to the world?
Answer: Reflect what we hold within. A positive mind and pure heart are the keys to peaceful living. Exchange the positive vibes with everything around us and sense the difference. Share our knowledge with others rather than confining it to ourselves and limiting it to our own domain. If we share, we will get in return as well. We will be able to expand our reservoir.
How many of us have ever experienced the moment when you get out after a refreshing dip in the water on a sunny beach? Aaahhhhhh… This is how you feel after practicing the guitar. The way we need food for our body to keep working, we need food for our soul to keep going!
For those who can feel the magic of music, it is indeed food for the soul. It brings a sense of relaxation, inner peace, and a connection with one’s self. Before we decide to take up any work that we do, we generally tend to ask ourselves: What is in it for me? Let’s take a step back from the material desires we have been holding onto, and realize the innumerable benefits that we can derive from music!
1. Beats Stress- The strings of the guitar have the magic of calming us down, no matter how much stress we carry. It just changes our mood in a nanosecond.
2. Focuses on the PRESENT – The emotion of the current moment comes to life while our fingers play through the strings of the guitar. It also enhances concentration and a mental-physical coordination.
3. Makes Us Ambidextrous – We, generally, tend to use either the left or the right hand for most of the work that we do. The story is different when we play guitar as we use both of our hands while playing it. With one hand we pick the strings and the another hand is used for creating sound (either strum or lead)
4. Creates Positive Vibes: Not English, Neither Spanish, Nor Hindi, Mandarin or the sign language either! The universe has a common language. Nature communicates through vibes that we sense. Music helps us eliminate the negativity and absorb the positive vibes. It makes mind peaceful while leaving us fully rejuvenated and new!