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Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

7 Essential items every woman should carry in her makeup kit

The most important accessory for any woman at any time is her makeup kit. An ideal makeup kit should have anything and everything a woman might need to get the perfect look or to just brush up her makeup. A makeup kit can be a lifesaver no matter where you arebe it your home, your office, at a party, while you are traveling or any other place that you can think of. But there are thousands of products available in the market today as makeup products become more diverse. It can get quite confusing to choose the necessary items for your makeup kit. Even worse, you might forget about a makeup product completely which can leave your makeup looking incomplete. That is why we have come up with a list of products that are essential additions to any woman’s makeup bag. You can rest easy and never have to worry about your makeup with these items with you.

Skin CreamThe first and foremost item for any makeup kit will be the skin care products. No matter what type of look you are after, you need to have a good skin cream in your bag at all time. Well, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to skin cream. Each of us has a different type of skin. There are different moisturizing creams available in the market today for different skin typesbe it dry skin or oily skin. Research and choose a cream that is suitable for you personally and never ever leaves home without it. It is the basic setup required for any type of makeup to be successful. A good moisturizing cream goes a long way in keeping your skin soft and supple making you look younger and more youthful.

Sunscreen – no matter how hard you have taken care of your skin or the makeup you have done, a few hours out in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. That is why a proper sunscreen is a very important part of a makeup bag. The important thing to keep in mind while buying a sunscreen is that it is a functional product as well as a cosmetic product. You have to look beyond the brands when buying a sunscreen and look for SPF ratings that are suitable for your climate and region.

Face cleanerlong exposures to makeup items can be bad for your skin. That is why it is recommended to take off your makeup before your go to sleep at the end of the day. Thats when a face cleaner comes into play. A good face cleaner not only helps in saving you plenty of time but can also help remove the makeup more effectively. This helps give you’re a rest while you are sleeping and allows the skin to breathe.

Foundation and concealera foundation is literally the foundation for every makeup session. They help set up an even tone for your skin even before you start your makeup and are essential in helping your other makeup products perform to the best of their potential. The trick to finding a perfect product for your skin, in this case, is hit and trial. So, test as many products as you can before making the final purchase. Take care in matching these to the skin tones of the areas you are going to use them on. This can help you from your skin having an unnatural shade while you are out socializing.

Eyeliner – an eyeliner is one of those makeup products that help highlight your eyes. It is one of the very few products that can be used standalone. Even while going for that a natural look; a good eye shadow helps in looking sharp and distinctive. You can apply it to your eyelids to get that always alluring smoky look or you can add it to the crease to add more definition. Though there is a wide range of colors available in the market today, nothing beats the look and feel of black eyeliner, making it an essential element in any woman’s makeup kit.

Blushthe most common area which is neglected while doing makeup, especially when you are a little low on time, are the cheeks. But women do this at their own peril. The color of flushed and healthy cheeks looks good on everyone and anyone and helps you look more beautiful and healthy at the same time. This look can be obtained with the help of a blush. Brighter shades are the pick of the crop here because more unnatural colors can be a bit harder to carry and work with. A blush brush can help you get perfect flushed looking cheeks every single time, making them a welcome addition to any makeup kit.

Makeup brushesthere is no overlooking the role of makeup brushes in helping you get the perfect look that you so desire. These are literally the tools of the trade when it comes to makeup. Even though fingers can be used to apply most of the cosmetic items, they lack the finesse and reach that a makeup brush can provide. There are different types of makeup brushes available in the market today. A foundation brush is necessary to apply your foundation more precisely. It gives you more control over what sort of makeup you can do and keeps the skin texture more even while applying foundation or concealer. The other essential makeup brush for your makeup kit is the blush brush. A good blush brush should be fluffy, helping you apply most of your powder and blush products. There are also other brushes available in the market but these two will help satisfy most of your makeup requirements. Also, research well if you are going for a look and makeup style. You might need to add other products and brushes that might be necessary for getting that look. That is why a little research will help you avoid any disaster and will help you be equipped for what you want.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

King Salman extends Eid Holidays for all employees (Saudi+Expats) by one week

On 21st June 2017, King Salman of Saudi Arabia issued a Royal Decree to appoint Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia replacing Prince Muhammad bin Naif. It is reported that Prince Mohammed bin Salman was chosen as crown prince by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council during a meeting at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah in the early hours of Wednesday. The New Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has served in the capacity of the defense minister and chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs.

In order to celebrate this moment, as Saudi Arabia is following a mindset where the leadership of Saudi Arabia is going to the hands of new and young leaders who understand new trends and demands of young people, King Salman has extended Eid Holidays for all public-sector employees by one week. All the public-sector employees in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia irrespective of their nationality (Saudis+Expats) would be enjoying an extended Eid Holidays till July 09, 2017. They were expected to return to office by July 01, 2017.

Earlier in the month of Ramadan, King Salman, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque realizing the needs of their citizens and expatriates working in the government sector, issued orders to pay one month salary in advance to all government employees by June 18, 2017.  This generous gesture by the monarch in issuing his directives to the pertinent authorities to pay this month’s salary in advance is meant to meet the citizens’ needs and to assist them in their purchases for Eid Al-Fitr, as the Ramadan salaries were scheduled to be paid on Shawwal 2, 1438H. Recommended: King Salman orders to pay 1-month advance salary to all employees (Expats+Saudis)

This is not the first-time King Salman has helped its citizens. At the time when he took the office of King of Saudi Arabia, he released two months’ bonus to all Saudis working in the government sector. The news has been a great surprise for the expatriates and Saudis working in the government sector.

Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud was born 31 August 1985 in Jeddah. He is the youngest minister of defense in the world. Mohammad is also chief of the House of Saud royal court and chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs. We wish him best of luck on taking this new position. We believe and hope that the Kingdom will witness unprecedented prosperity in the reign of the leadership of new blood.

Source: Arab News

Yasmeen, 2nd female pilot of KSA hopeless to work as a pilot for Saudi Airlines

Yasmeen Mohammad Al Maimani set up the record of being the second Saudi female to become a pilot. In 2014 she got her commercial pilot license. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) awarded Yasmeen her license. Hanadi Zakaria Al-Hindi is the very first Saudi female to become a pilot. In 2005 she could pass the exams and training to become a pilot. She studied at the Middle East Academy for Commercial Aviation which is in Jordan. She could get her commercial pilot license in 2014. Her excellence was acknowledged and she was honored with a contract by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s Kingdom. She was awarded a 10 years’ contract to fly a private jet at the kingdom of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.

Yasmeen, however, is not lucky enough as Hanadi Zakaria Al-Hindi. Yasmeen is still in search of a job as a pilot in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Yasmeen was a bright student. While studying in high school, she would obtain good marks and it was quite easy for her to pave a future in fields like medicine, architecture or even engineering. Her grades at high school were good enough to secure a seat in any good and renowned university. Yet she had a dream and passion of becoming a pilot. Since she graduated she dreamt of sitting in the plane’s cockpit and flying a plane high in the skies. She was overwhelmed by the imagining herself being a pilot, having the plane’s control in her hands and being suspended in the sky. When her family became aware of her dreams, they stood by her.

Yasmeen has appreciated her family’s support. They had stood by her and let her go to Jordon. She got herself admitted to a private academy for aviation. Her expenses like tuition fee at Jordan were borne by the family. Studying hard there, she could get her license only within a year.  When she came back to Saudi Arabia in hope of flying a Saudi plane, she couldn’t find a job as a pilot. She did not lose hope and started attending training sessions organized for pilots. She got her license renewed yet it seems like it was useless.

When an American Airline offered her to represent it in the Gulf region she readily accepted the tempting offer. According to Yasmeen, her 50% tuition fee was borne by the airline. She continued her partially sponsored studies for a year and a half in the field of aviation. 

With her studies completed, she returned to her nation in hope of a job. She got her license from GACA. She was unlucky to be appointed as a pilot so undertook a job at Rabigh Aviation Academy. The job is of administrative nature and does not allow Yasmeen to fly a plane. She is serving as head of the pilots at the academy. We hope that Yasmeen’s talent is absorbed rightly by the Kingdom, we hope to see Yasmeen flying a plane for Saudi Airlines!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

10 Useful Tips for the Diabetic Patients fasting in the month of Ramadan

15 hours long fast in summers is a tough task to undergo for a normal person. Yet it is even more difficult for a diabetic person. A person with diabetes can suffer a high level of glucose in their body at the Suhoor and Iftar time. Also, 15 hours long fast can cause dehydration. Thereby a diabetic person can go through high blood sugar levels and dehydration in the month of Ramadan if they fast.  Dr. Farhana bin Lootah is a medical specialist at the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre. She has guided the DIABETIC Muslims about fasting in Ramadan. So, if you are diabetic and wish to fast, here are some healthy tips for you.

1-When you break your fast at the iftar time, do not eat in excess. Eating in excess would lead to after meal Hyperglycemia (high sugar level). Always try to break your meals in parts. Take small parts of the meal after small intervals. This way you sugar level won’t rise.
2-There are two types of Diabetic patients: one having type-1 diabetes other having type 2. The ones with type 1 diabetes are vulnerable to high risks and shall consult their doctors upon fasting. If such patients are keeping fast, they shall be regularly being monitored. The sugar level shall be checked vigilantly and insulin should be given according to the diet of the patient.

3-If one is a type-2 diabetes patient, it is normally safe for them to fast unless their diabetes follows huge fluctuations. Also, they need to consult their doctors and work out a diet plan for Ramadan.
4-You can safely fast if your medical program has been issued by your doctor. You need to have a well-balanced diet, exercise, and control sugar levels.
5-Break your fast slowly: start off with small quantities. This will help avoid indigestion. Not stuff yourself at once.

6-If you were following a healthy diet plan, then there is no need to change it. Make sure you include the Meat, chicken, and fish, Rice, beans, and bread, Milk and yogurt, Vegetables and fruits in your diet.
7-Avoid sweet meals and desserts at iftar time. This would give an unnecessary and risky boost to your blood sugar levels.
8-Try to drink plenty of water during non-fasting hours so your body remains hydrated during the fasting hours.

9-Do not keep a fast without eating anything at Suhoor. Mostly people remain asleep as they say that they had eaten enough. This is wrong. Always wake up for Suhoor and eat healthy foods. Keeping a long fast without eating would cause low blood sugar levels and imbalanced glucose levels.

10-It is advised to intake carbohydrates as they slowly release energy. Some healthy carbohydrates suitable for Suhoor are Cereals made from oat, Rice with beans or pulses, Fruits and vegetables and Bread. You can intake pitta bread and chapatti in Suhoor for a healthy start off fast.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

6 Conditions for searching the Houses of People Saudi Police must comply with

The police have to search for houses in certain cases. It becomes necessary to carefully scan the house of suspect to get equip with proofs. In certain other cases, the house of suspect has to be searched by the police to get to the suspect himself. So, there are different nature and types of cases where it becomes necessary to scan a house. To mention a few of the cases, a police may search a house for: it is a warehouse of criminal or criminal activity took place there, reported drugs and weapons inside, catching a murderer or a person involved in money laundering. Well, of course the police have the right to search a house if it finds necessary.

Yet the authorities now have described the six conditions that police must abide by for searching a house. These conditions are must follow by the police otherwise the police themselves will be subject to penalty. The police who do not abide by the conditions shall be made accountable in front of the authorities. So, here are those 6 necessary conditions that the police shall abide by for searching a house:

1-The police shall be vigilant of collecting evidence: it shall highlight the evidence spotted at the crime scene and shall bring it forth. The evidence of any kind shall be handed over to the investigation officer after careful collection by the police. This condition is imposed as it will help to solve a criminal case: small evidence can help unfold a mystery!
2-The police shall be careful while searching the house. It shall take precautionary measures that are necessary for the safety. Thereby it is instructed to the police to take help of the explosive experts if the house is suspected to be equipped with weapons and ammunitions. So, if the investigation officer doubts that the house may be having weapons in it, the police shall fist call for explosives experts before searching the house.

3-While searching the house, the police might be able to find some or a lot of money inside. So, the money that is found by police while searching the house shall be clearly reported to the concerned authorities.
4-All the belongings found shall be separated: this means that in the case of more than one accused, the belongings shall be reported separately for each accused. A separate report for each shall be prepared for this purpose.

5-The relevant experts shall be called by the police for carefully examining the documents found inside the house.
6-The police have the authority to seize the items only if it is necessary. Otherwise seizing items are not allowed.

A lawyer and a legal counselor, Nawaf Al-Nabati, commented on the conditions. He said that police have the knowledge about these conditions and they carefully abide by it. The criminal investigation officers are very vigilant to follow all the instructions and there is rarely a case where they have violated an instruction and regulation while searching a house.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

SR 500 fine if somebody caught placing brochure in a residential building

Laws and rules are made for the betterment of the people. When a country passes a law, and puts into action, it is for the safety and prosperity of the citizens. Rules are not made in a single day or in a moment. A complete work is done before putting it forward. For instance, if any law is to be passed, the lawmakers ponder upon its benefits and losses. If benefits are necessarily required by the society, only then a law is passed. These days there is a buzz of the law passed by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs. The law that has been put into statement is that no organization can promote their product or service by placing brochures.

According to Mr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh who is the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, a ban has been imposed upon the distribution of brochures meant for marketing, promotional and advertisement purposes. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh confirmed that all the municipalities, as well as mayoralties among Saudi Arabia, have been notified about the matter.  Thereby, from now onwards no one can drop a brochure at the residential buildings. As per direction from the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, a ban has been imposed on the placement of brochures at doorsteps of houses and distribution at public places.

To make sure that everyone abides by the law, a penalty has been specified for the law violators. Accordingly, anybody found placing a brochure at residential buildings and public places shall be facing a fine more than SR 500. This fine is levied for violating municipal rules. The reason the law is enacted is that brochures are a source of environmental pollution. They cause unhygienic environment. This has been announced by the Saudi press agency itself. Thereby to maintain a healthy and hygienic environment, it was necessary to take this step.

Mr. Abdullatif Al Sheikh, also directed that strict measures shall be taken against law violators. Anyone undergoing this violation either is individuals, companies, commercial organizations, shops (retail or wholesale) shall face harsh penalties. Not only a ban has been imposed on placing brochures at public places and at doorsteps of residential areas, but also the sticking bills are banned. All organization and individual are now prohibited from sticking bills that have a promotional purpose for their good or service at a public place.

So, beware and don’t use brochures and sticking bills for promotion of a god or service. If the authorities find a brochure, they shall impose penalties linked to the Identity Card of Saudi nationals and Iqama of expats. The number given on the brochure shall be traced down for the very purpose.    We hope that everyone would abide by the law and we will not be hearing news of penalties imposed on law violators! There are other ways of promotion, go for those!

Source: Saudi Gazette

Friday, June 16, 2017

Qatari Husband puts glue in his wife’s genitals to ensure she does not cheat on his back

Courts are established to provide Justice. The courts are there to see that who violated the laws and rights and then accordingly punish the culprit. If the courts are unable to provide justice, the society surely will move towards being an unjust one.  A case, unique of its kind, was presented in a court of Qatar. A husband glued his wife’s genitals on basis of suspicion and doubt. The husband who aged 33 years was to go abroad as per a business trip. He believed that his wife would cheat him as he would not be here and thereby glued her genitals. The husband confessed this in front of the court. He also told that he was suspicious of his wife’s character as she had liked a post of his cousin on Facebook.

The cousin’s whose post was liked by the wife is only 12 years old! So, upon this act of his wife, the Qatari husband thought that his wife was having adulterous intentions. So, as a prevention measure, he tried to glue her genitals! The Qatari man has awfully amazed the world: Such a huge suspicion on such a minor act! And then an out of the world reaction! I mean was he is his senses? His stupid act leads his wife to suffer medical complications. She was taken to the hospital in an emergency condition as she was suffering from high-intensity pain.  When the case came up before the court, everyone was expecting a huge penalty for the maniac husband for his very stupid action. However, the court surprised everyone.

The case was heard by the Judge named Muhammad Bin Saden in the Court of Justice located in Doha. The judge gave remarks that the Qatari man had brought harm to his wife: an unjust harm was provided by the husband to his wife. The husband intentionally practiced the act of gluing the genitals. This was an awkward way of harming someone. After carefully examining the photos and related evidence, the judge passed the remarks that the suffering by the wife was justified. Thereby the wife shall be subject to 100 lashes.

Yes, the poor soul first suffered torture and then upon seeking justice was punished with 100 lashes. The judge justified the punishment saying that 100 lashes to the wife shall prevent future misunderstanding among wife and husband. The wife should have prevented the misunderstanding among them. The judge gave the order to husband to pay only 40 Riyals as a fine. 40 Riyals are no more than $10! 40 riyals fine for such a severe action! The judge also told the husband to not use glue on his wife again!

The justice has not been upheld by the Qatari court. The judge Muhammad Bin Saden has disappointed the world. I believe that the wife shall take the case to the higher court and challenge the judge’s sentence. Muhammad Bin Saden, with all due respect, you are calling for a society where a man can violate rights of women and in return, the women will be subject to punishment! This is highly unjust.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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