19 March 2016


Father's Day, whenever it is celebrated around the world, is an opportunity to recognize fathers for their contributions to their families and to society.  Each country sets its own dates for Father's Day and has some of its own traditions around the opportunity to show love to Dad at home and in the community.
Traditions vary for Father's Day celebrations around the world, according to a Time magazine article in 2015.  For example, some countries link Father's Day to the Feast of St. Joseph, which celebrates Joseph of Nazareth, father of Jesus, which is on March 19.  In Germany, Father's Day is celebrated by men loading wagons with beer and heading off into the woods.  In Russia, Father's Day overlaps with their Defender of the Fatherland Day. So, while fathers are honored, many of them march in military parades in their home towns on the same day. 
Father's Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and in most other countries on the third Sunday in June each year. READ MORE...

10 March 2016

Are we heading towards a generation gap?

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The World in 2050 - Future study presented by Frank Appel

Join us on our journey into the year 2050. What will influence everyday reality then? Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL: "Only those who think about alternatives can devise robust strategies."

9 March 2016


We have all heard of the midlife crisis -those feelings of worry, doubt or dissatisfaction that some people experience when they reach middle age and reflect on what they have, or have not, achieved in their lives. But for some time now, people have also been talking about the quarterlife crisis, which affects many young people between the ages of 18 and 35.

Listen to five people talking about que quarterlife crisis and match the statements a-h to the speakers 1-5. Three of the statements are not required.

a-I share my problems online with people in a similar situation.
b-Many twentysomethings are envious of their friends.
c-Young people are too demanding.
d-My expectations have not been met.
e-The problems are not specific to twentysomethings.
f-Life used to be easier.
g-Teenagers have and easier life than twentysomethings.
h-Having a range of options makes life interesting.

a-speaker 5
c-speaker 3
d-speaker 2
f-speaker 4
h-speaker 1

8 March 2016

Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included

Yes, we all know it’s the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and at home. It’s not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody.

3 March 2016


Grey hair could be banished forever after scientists found the gene responsible, which they believe can be turned off.

George Clooney
George Clooney may embrace his grey hair, but for the millions who cover up the end of dyeing could be in sight Photo: Getty
Spotting the first grey hair is a disheartening rite of passage for most people.
But a major breakthrough by British scientists could mean that future generations will no longer suffer the inevitable indignity of the ageing process.
Researchers at University College London have discovered the gene responsible for grey hair and are confident that it will be possible to create drugs or cosmetics to switch it off.
Grey hair is caused by the depletion of melanin, which is responsible for the pigment in hair, skin and eyes, making blondes lighter and brunettes darker.

Old before your time: When your body really starts going downhill

There's no denying the ticking of a woman's biological clock  -  but men are not immune, either. French doctors have found that the quality of sperm starts to deteriorate by 35, so that by the time a man is 45 a third of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Here, with the help of leading clinicians, Angela Epstein identifies the ages when different parts of the body start to lose their battle with time.


Starts ageing at 20
As we get older, the number of nerve cells  -  or neurons  -  in the brain decrease. We start with around 100 billion, but in our 20s this number starts to decline. 
By 40, we could be losing up to 10,000 per day, affecting memory, co-ordination and brain function. 
In fact, while the neurons are important, it's actually the deterioration of the gaps between the brain cells that has the biggest impact, says Dr Wojtek Rakowicz, a consultant neurologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London.