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With 2018 drawing to a close, it’s time to pick your favourites in all categories. Here are the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles of 2018.   ‘Asymmetry’ by Lisa Halliday This work weaves together two people, Ezra Blazer, an editor, and aspiring writer, and Amar Jaafari, an Iraqi-American economist, in two parts – “Folly” and “Madness” respectively, their tales seemingly unrelated by connected by a shocking finale. Despite being

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With 2018 drawing to a close, it’s time to pick your favourites in all categories. Here are the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles of 2018.

Asymmetry

 

‘Asymmetry’ by Lisa Halliday

This work weaves together two people, Ezra Blazer, an editor, and aspiring writer, and Amar Jaafari, an Iraqi-American economist, in two parts – “Folly” and “Madness” respectively, their tales seemingly unrelated by connected by a shocking finale. Despite being Halliday’s first novel, it reads as one by an established, mature writer and is an engaging work of metafiction.

“The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai

A contender for the Booker Prize and National Book Award, this fictional work takes the reader through an empathetic yet unsentimental journey through mid-80s Chicago and the 2015 Paris attacks, the AIDS epidemic and a mother’s search for her lost daughter.

“The Perfect Nanny” by Leila Slimani

This unconventional domestic thriller surrounds the tale of a nanny who has murdered the children in her care, racial and class-based tension and forbidden desires.

“There There” by Tommy Orange

The author’s debut novel is picaresque and deals with questions of identity and myth in the context of a group of Native Americans as they travel to a powwow, placing tranquil and beautiful moments of a bygone time beside the now.

Old books

“Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan

Juxtaposing the waning slave trade with a new world of possibility, and an unbreakable bond between a white slave master’s brother and a young black slave, the novel is an unequalled work of compassion and imagination.

“American Prison” by Shane Bauer

Taking root in the author’s time as an undercover guard at a prison, the novel deals with the rampant violence, negligence, and horrors that pervade a multibillion-dollar industry that is the prison system.

“Educated” by Tara Westover

This novel takes us through the author’s life as the youngest of seven in a survivalist family, and her journey to becoming a Ph.D. scholar in Cambridge, bringing out an uncontainable need for knowledge.

“Frederick Douglass” by David W. Blight

This detailed biography covers the details surrounding Douglass who rose from a slave to be one of the most inspirational figures of 19th century America.

 

“How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan

 

Incredibly personal, Pollan delves into the history of psychedelics and our interest in them as a society. He examines what happens when we give into the child-like wonder psychedelics bring us, and our existence as conscious beings in this world.

“Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

This memoir takes us through the author’s struggle in balancing between the bohemian ideals of her artistic mother and the luxurious world of her father, Steve Jobs.

Best Gadgets Of 2018

If you’re a person who is looking to splurge on the best tech out there, you need to make sure you’re getting the cream of the crop. So here’s a list of the top gadgets of 2018 for you to choose from, category wise.

Phone – Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – With its signature infinity screen and dual 12MP back cameras which are the best for low-light photography in the market, this phone is second to none.

Phone

Laptop – Huawei MateBook X Pro – Despite being relatively new to the laptop game, Huawei has knocked it out of the park with this system sporting a stunning screen, incredible battery life, and performance, all at a competitive price.

TV – Samsung Q9FN QLED – Samsung has really gone all in with their TV with the most spectacular HDR10+ and QHDR EliteMax technology working together with a powerful, well-rounded sound system to give consumers the best viewing experience.

Fitness Tracker – Moov Now – This unconventional tracker does not have the GPS tracking or even a screen but makes up for it in its affordable price and unbelievable six-month battery life, tracking your steps, sleep, running and many more.

Fitness

Games Console – PS4 Pro – In the PS4 vs. Xbox battle, this console has gained an edge by supporting both 4K and HDR technologies, and maximized processing speeds, for the ultimate gaming experience.

Camera – Nikon Z6 – A full-frame mirrorless, this camera bags all the points for features, performance, price, and detailing, along with an ergonomic body and easy to use controls.

Tablet – iPad Pro 11 – This tablet is the best money can buy right now, with all earlier issues having been ironed out; the Apple Pencil connects to it magnetically and boasts an insane amount of power for a tablet.

Smartwatch – Samsung Galaxy Watch – The sporty watch has gained some style, along with an impressive battery life of four days, rotating bezel, and the most amazing wearable OS Tizen.

 

VR Headset – HTC Vive – With intuitive controls and a stunning resolution of 1080p screen per eye which enables the user to access an impressive 13×13 feet space, this headset is the best in the world right now.

Headphones – Sony WH-1000XM3 – Despite being a new model, these headphones have been best in the world for two years in a row, with excellent noise cancellation, amazing sound quality and a battery life of 30 hours.

Best Movies Released In The Year 2018 So Far

Pop corn

This year, we saw movies that were ground-breaking as well as movies that were downright awful. Genres were set ablaze, and some releases even questioned the usual genre tropes that we usually see.

The political and social climate that we now see has also ushered in movies that in a few years will be considered as social commentary. The likes of Adam McKay, Pawel Pawlikowski, and even Alfonso Cuaron have all managed to etch their names as this year’s movie knights. Let us look at some of the best movies that were released this year.

Movies

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The sixth entry in the series saw Tom Cruise risking his life as he attempted and succeeded in pulling stunts that were previously thought to be impossible, no pun intended. Many have even labeled this movie as the best action movie to be released in recent memory. Ethan Hunt, the main protagonist of the series, is given the mission to retrieve three plutonium cores a terrorist. Henry Cavil of DC’s Superman fame is also seen in an all new avatar. Fallout is a must-watch for any action movie enthusiast, and fans of the series will not be disappointed with what is in store for them.

Annihilation

The sci-fi genre has lately been stagnant with many movies that were previously hyped before production delivering very little in terms of actual content. Annihilation is one movie that has managed to rise above the newly established rut in sci-fi. The film stars Oscar Isaac as a soldier and Natalie Portman as a biologist, married to each other, with the latter trying to uncover what happened to her husband. Annihilation is based on the book written by Jeff VanderMeer whereas the screenplay and direction are carried out to perfection by the talented Alex Garland.

 

BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee’s newest film, BlacKkKlansman follows Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington, a black rookie detective who’s undercover and Flip Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver, the Jewish partner of Stallworth. Zimmerman and Stallworth pose as a single racist man with one acting as the voice and the other acting as the person himself in order to gain the trust of a white supremacy group’s leader, David Duke, portrayed by Topher Grace. The film is based on real-life events that took place in the 70s and mirrors the uprising of white nationalism that we now see in the United States.

Benefits of corporate real estate consulting services

When moving into the property, construction and project market it is important that you have the right foundations in place to ensure that your business is going to survive the likely ups and downs in the foreseeable future.

As with any business, a lot of planning goes into the initial stages of any project or investment and property is no different. There are so many different things to consider and a corporate real estate consulting firm is certainly one of those things.

A corporate real estate consulting agency is going to lead your business in the right direction and advise you on any projects or investments as to whether they are good, bad or if you should be going about it another way.

Confidence

Having another voice by your side and someone that you know you can trust such as a member of a corporate real estate consulting firm is going to give you and the rest of the business confidence in your decisions.

Not only is a corporate real estate consulting business able to help with decisions and projects but they are also there if anything goes wrong with advice on the best solutions.

All of this should give your company great confidence in investments and great a supportive, calm and winning environment thus pushing employees to perform at their best. This also eases the pressure, and as the winning culture is maintained employees are encouraged to work hard to continue success.

Professional advice

Corporate real estate consulting firms are experts in their field so being able to constantly refer to them for advice is going to ensure that your business is making the best possible decisions. This again links back to the idea of confidence being instilled within the team.

Receiving professional advice also means that you are likely to have more than one potential avenue when it comes to a given property or project. Having multiple options in front of you means that you are able to choose not only the best investment in the short term but also consider long term opportunities.

Professional advice from a corporate real estate consulting firm is going to be extremely beneficial from both a financial perspective as well as building morale within the team.

Experience

Experience in the field is an invaluable knowledge tool. A corporate real estate consulting agency is going to have detailed and in-depth experience in the property industry. Having dealt with many cases before, when it comes to your business it is likely they have seen similar, if the not same, circumstances previously.

Being well equipped to deal with any given situation instils confidence in your business and also creates a sense of financial security. Gaining professional advice from a team who has been in the industry for a long time and has thus gained valuable experience puts your firm in strong hands.

Alternative perspective

This point may not seem like the most valuable on the surface but in the long run it is going to be very beneficial. Employees who have likely worked for your firm for a number of years are often taught, be it consciously or subconsciously, to think in a particular way that sticks strongly to the company values.

By employing a corporate real estate consulting team you are able to gain a third-party perspective on all matters both from a professional point of view and a personal one. building relationships with these people is going to be beneficial in delving deeper into investments and producing greater opportunities.

Having a team that is able to give an alternative perspective on investments and decisions is likely to help your business grow and succeed in the future.

How to Become More Healthier

Fitness

Your body is a physical shell that takes you through life. How you deal with your body decides whether it will be bogged down, or flourish. Here we share a few tips to help guide you to a healthier lifestyle.

Jogging

Drink more water

Our bodies are made of 60% water which makes it essential to all our functions. Additionally drinking enough water (2.7-3.7 liters per day) helps with weight loss. Even when away from home, make sure you carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep affects your concentration, causes premature aging, and leaves you leaving lethargic. Ensure that you get 6-8 hours of sleep daily for a healthy body and mind.

Pick exercises you enjoy

Exercising increases your lifespan, lowers risk of diseases, and aids in weight loss. Picking activities that you enjoy will make you want to do it naturally without the usual worry and hesitation.

Enrich your diet

Cut out processed and unhealthy junk foods. Include more fruits and vegetables for proper vitamin and mineral intake. Fermentable fibers such as those found in unripe bananas, cooked and cooled rice/potatoes help maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Switch out red meat with white meat, as the former has been shown to increase the risk of colon cancer. White meat such as fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin D which protect against cancer.

Stretch

Cook your own meals

Not only does cooking your own meals allow you to experiment and modify food to your taste, but also gives you complete control over what goes into each meal, as compared to a sub-standard restaurant or junk food.

Barefoot walking/running

Barefoot running/walking helps for better posture, and reduces the stress on your feet and joints.

Purge negativity from your life

Positive mental health is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Cut out toxic people who foster negativity, and ensure that your own negative thoughts do not drag you down either.

 

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol, being a diuretic negatively impacts brain, liver, and lung functions. Cut out, or at least, cut down in alcohol consumption.

Avoid smoking and passive smoking

Smoking is the main cause of lung, kidney, and oesophageal cancers, as well as heart diseases. Second-hand or passive smoking is just as harmful as actually smoking. There is no risk-free level of passive smoking.

Get routine check-ups

Not all diseases manifest immediately or in the same manner. Get regular blood tests, urine tests, mammograms and pap smear(for women), and colonoscopies, etc. to ensure that your body is healthy.

Strategic Planning And Its Importance In Business

Vision

Strategic planning is key for better performance, focus, teamwork, direction, and overall long-term success. Let’s look at 11 essentials for an effective, strategic plan.

Company Vision

A 100-word vision statement should be made available to employees and customers to tell them key facts about your business – the direction, the goal, and so on.

Personal Vision

This is for you to know what you want your business to bring into your life – growth, profit, early retirement, or time management.

Personal Vision

Know your business

Knowing where your business is currently and finding out where you can make improvements for steady growth and success (for instance through SWOT analyses) is vital to any business.

Set short-term goals

Establishing reasonable, specific and enforceable goals for the next 36 months will give you an idea of what your business can realistically achieve over a specific time period.

Outline strategies

Once you have your short-term goals in place you must devise strategies to achieve them, for instance, coming up with a development plan, researching competitors, etc.

Make an action plan

Even the most intelligent strategies cannot be put to use without an action plan that is a changeable, updateable working document that outlines the steps to be taken to implement strategies.

Strategic Communication

Good teamwork is facilitated through result oriented communication that cuts out excessive meetings that take up time and resources. Communicate strategically to figure out the how, when, where and why of each action plan.

Regular review and modification

A regular review of your goals, strategies and action plans will shed light on your progress to date and update you on any modifications that need to be made to increase effectiveness.

Be accountable

With time, leaders tend to become too accepting of underperformance. Having a close yet objective outlook enabled by a business coach or mentor will keep you on your toes and push you to keep the standards high.

Be adaptable

Not everything will always go according to plan. An effective leader will be able to amend action plans and strategies at the drop of a hat, often pushing the business to exceed the set plan, and exploiting weaknesses in the market.

Strategic planning team

Being the owner does not entail doing everything alone. A team of key management staff and employees will help formulate and execute effective business strategies, as well as to reduce errors and adapt to anything that may come your way.