Career in art and photography: How to turn your hobby into a profession

What if your hobby could become your profession? Here’s how you can turn your hobby of art and photography into a career. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines hobby’ as an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure’. If this leisure time’ activity can be converted into a livelihood generator then so much more better earning a livelihood from what you love to do. A walk down in a well-frequented park will bring you across many people walking around with a sketch book and pencil or a camera,…

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Chinese fashion group EP Yaying to expand into the US and Australia

Chinese fashion group EP Yaying is planning to expand beyond Asia by launching in the US and Australia by next year. The group is bullish about the increasing popularity of the Chinese culture-inspired fashion, and believes it will resonate with foreign consumers. EP Yaying started as a small garment factory in 1988 and in 2016, it has adopted a dual-brand development strategy to cater to different customer bases. Its EP brand offers contemporary international fashion styles while Yaying focuses on “deep exploration of China’s traditional culture, aesthetics, fashion and craftsmanship…

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Qatar Airways Buys Into Fast-Growing Chinese Market, With One Eye On The Future

Qatar Airways has taken a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in China, in a potentially significant new development for the Gulf airline’s global investment strategy. The Qatari carrier announced the purchase on January 2, saying it had bought the shares just before the turn of the year. The deal gives it a useful foot-hold in what is expected to become the largest aviation market in the world in the coming decade. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade body for the world’s airlines, predicts 1…

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How This Founder Turned Her Love For Travel Into A Profitable Business

If you’ve planned a vacation, you know that it can be time-consuming to search for the best things to see and do during your stay. Melissa Biggs Bradley, the founder of Indagare, created the solution she wanted for herself. Indagare is a members-only travel agency for luxury travelers — with customized itineraries and unlocked access to destinations, activities and upgrades. “In 2007, I launched Indagare as a member-based travel site with curated content and community reviews and as soon as we went live, our members began asking us to plan their trips,”…

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3 women turned their grandmother’s secret beauty recipes into a successful business

The recipes for the skincare products were derived from a secret diary that was found by the creators of the brand. Photo: Mail Today THE launch of vegan skincare brand First Water is what fiction is made of – three women discover secret beauty recipes in an old journal belonging to their grandmother, and turn them into a successful family business. Speaking with LIFESTYLE, cofounder Noor Arora recalls, “We found this journal that used to belong to my great-grandmother, which had a number of homeopathic remedies and topical beauty recipes.”…

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Swing into the party season at home with cocktail-inspired furniture and accessories

The party season is swinging into action once more, but this year, hosting soirees at home has become the new going out, as more and more of us swap the cocktail bar for the kitchen. Entertaining at home was predicted by drinks giant Diageo to be a key lifestyle trend for 2017, and interiors have followed suit, with elegant, statement furniture in luxurious materials making the move from the hotel bar to your living room. Several key trends, including the vogue for velvet, marble and metallics (not to mention the…

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Apple Watch Series 3, Which Makes Calls, Turns Comic Book Fantasy Into Reality

HIGHLIGHTS The new Apple Watch Series 3 comes with cellular connectivity option It now features over 40 million songs via Apple Music Apple Watch has another non-cellular Series 3 variant More than two years after releasing the Apple Watch, Apple Inc has finally been able to replicate 1940s comic strip technology, an advance that analysts say will spur sales. The Series 3 of the Apple Watch, released on Tuesdayalong with the much-anticipated iPhone X, features wireless LTE connectivity. That means customers will be able to make phone calls or send text messages from the watch…

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Dear parents, take note. Children who snore are likelier to grow up into obese adults

If your child snores, don’t ignore it. It could lead to some serious health trouble later in life. A team of researchers has shed some light on the vicious cycle of childhood obesity and snoring. Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) looked at the relationships among maternal snoring, childhood snoring and children’s metabolic characteristics – including body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance, which reflects future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease – in approximately 1,100 children followed from gestation through early adolescence. Led by endocrinologist Christos…

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Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers. Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times. The approach has been shown to work in mouse studies, described in the journal Science. The researchers say the technology could help patients around the world. Childhood immunisations come with tears and screams. And there are a lot of them. Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib and hepatitis B at…

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United Bank of India slips into red with Rs 211 crore net loss in first quarter

State-owned United Bank of India (UBI) on Saturday reported a net loss of Rs 211.46 crore during the first quarter ended June, on rise in Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) and higher provisioning. The bank had registered a net profit of Rs 38.32 crore in the April-June quarter of previous fiscal. Total income of the bank during the reported quarter was marginally up at Rs 2,852.61 crore as against Rs 2,819.37 crore year ago, the bank said in a regulatory filing. Bank’s bad loan proportion rose substantially as gross NPAs rose to…

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