The inhabitants of Rjukan in southern Norway have a complex relationship with the Sun. “More than other places I’ve lived, they like to talk about the Sun: when it’s coming back, if it’s a long time since they’ve seen the Sun,” says artist Martin Andersen. “They’re a little obsessed with it.” Possibly, he speculates, it’s because for approximately half the year, you can see the sunlight shining high up on the north wall of the valley: “It is very close, but you can’t touch it,” he says. As autumn wears on, the light moves higher up the wall each day, like a calendar marking off the dates to the winter solstice. And then as January, February and March progress, the sunlight slowly starts to inch its way back down again. Continue reading →
In January last year, Rebecca Self found her salary had dropped by almost 30% pretty much overnight.
It wasn’t from a demotion, cost-cutting or a corporate restructure – Self’s pay packet was slashed by a shift in currency markets, an issue that affects many expats working around the world.
Self is a leadership consultant based in Zurich, Switzerland. An American expat, she gets paid from different countries in different currencies – she’s paid in dollars through a firm in Qatar in the Middle East, and also in euro through a firm she works for in Sweden. She then converts her earnings into Swiss francs. Continue reading →
Warren Edward Buffett (/ˈbʌfᵻt/; born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is considered by some to be one of the most successful investors in the world. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, and is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest in 2015. In 2012 Time named Buffett one of the world’s most influential people.
A significant career change can be overwhelming. This five-year plan could help.
Seven years ago, Donna Lubrano was a personal fitness trainer. Today, she teaches business courses for Northeastern University in Massachusetts in the US — but moving to a completely different career certainly wasn’t easy. Continue reading →
What you need to know
Get certified: Certificates from the Gemological Institute of America, American Gem Society and European Gemological Laboratory ensure quality and verify cut, clarity, colour and carat weight.
Check the return policy: Not all fine jewellers accept returns because of the potential for diamonds to be replaced with stones of lesser value.
Investment quality: White diamonds graded D through F, with D being best, and larger coloured diamonds can be a safe investment alternative.
Find insurance: Many home or renters’ insurance policies sell extensions to cover diamond jewellery. Some companies such as Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co specialise in jewellery insurance. Continue reading →
A plum position opens up in a different department in your company. You think you’d be the perfect fit and would jump at the opportunity but what will your current manager think? And what if you don’t get it? What message will you be sending?
Six experts weigh in below on the pros and cons of applying for a new position in-house.
With job-hopping the new norm among millennials, many employers should be happy that their workers are applying in-house rather than elsewhere. Continue reading →