Diamonds have been glorified since modern history. The so called royalty, movie stars and the rich buy diamonds for show and pomp and also as investments. It is said there was a time one could walk along in South Africa and Botswana and kick diamonds as children do stones. So what made these gemstones a commodity to lust for?
As the end of 2016 is approaching, most people are reviewing their To-Do lists for this past year. New Year’s resolutions are being prepared; but before we make them, we should first have a reality check. Not to underestimate the importance of other aspects of each individual's life, but the financial status of Millennials is at the top of the list to be reviewed. So let’s examine the pros and cons of the lifestyle of the largest demographic in the world from the aspect of finances. Here are the biggest mistakes that this generation is making financially, with a few tips and tricks about how to avoid them or make their consequences less severe.
Are you one of those people who stand around in crowded places and wonder why everyone is such a stranger? You are not the only one; in fact, we all look around and wonder why we are all strangers, and yet familiar strangers. The spaces we occupy dictate the way in which we interact with each other. Surely you don’t expect a stranger to hug you at a bus station, but isn’t that acceptable at a bar?
Most people live in the belief that dreams are something unimportant, irrelevant, and useless. No matter that ordinary dreams are recipients of important messages and lessons that often we do not take seriously. Is it possible that a special world opens in our minds during sleep, a world that finds solutions in our dreams to the problems of our waking hours? Stephen LaBerge, founder of the Lucidity Institute, holds that it is a scientifically proven fact that people find solutions to their problems in controlled dreams, the dreams that LaBerge also refers to as lucid dreams.
In recent months, tragedies at sea have sadly raised everybody’s awareness of the greatest immigration crisis since the Second World War and have cast a bright light upon an ongoing humanitarian calamity in the Middle East. Large numbers of Syrian asylum seekers off the coasts of Southern Europe have awakened debates about the migrant issue and have set in motion a lengthy decision-making process to determine how to address the situation. Meanwhile, countries on the peripheral borders of the EU are still waiting, in the absence of fundamental European reforms, for more precise regulations. Persistent instability at Europe’s southeastern boundaries calls out for realistic solutions, feasible and sustainable plans, and the voice of the EU’s leading Institutions. But what about the young citizens of Europe? They represent the future, and they have the right to raise their voices up, too.
With his opponents waiting for the tiniest faux pas, Alexis Tsipras led the Radical Left party SYRIZA to a long-waited victory on January 25, 2015. “The verdict of the Greek people ends, beyond any doubt, the vicious circle of austerity in our country. The verdict of the Greek people annuls today, in an indisputable fashion, the bailout agreements of austerity and disaster. The verdict of the Greek people renders the Troika a thing of the past for our common European framework”, he declared the night of the elections from the podium, when the counted votes secured an undoubted victory.
Can you imagine that we are gradually reaching an era where Internet will be so overwhelmingly pervasive in every daily activity of our lives that we won’t even be aware of its existence?