The world is shrinking. Not literally, but economically. Travel and trade have been made easier than in earlier times because of advancement in technology and science. And, that has brought countries closer than ever before. The world economy today is inter-related, and trade between nations has increased multifold, opening up avenues of import and export of various goods, commodities, and services to benefit people everywhere. All this necessitates the use of different currencies for business and living.
Forex or foreign exchange is the decentralized trading of currencies between different countries. For example, if you live in the United States and visit your local department store, you would find products from around the world in the different aisles there. Fabric or spices from India, cheese from Switzerland and France, dates from the Middle East, electronic watches from Japan, pears from Australia and so on. To procure them, either you or the importer has to pay for these in their respective currencies. Here currency exchange takes place. The equivalent of the various currencies are paid in US dollars.
Foreign exchange of currencies happens through computers. The foreign exchange market is open 24 hours a day, for five and a half days a week, in major financial markets in London, New York, Tokyo, Zurich, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, and Sydney, in every major time zone.
As such, the forex market can be extremely active any time of the day, with price quotes changing constantly. The price of a nation’s currency regarding another currency is called an exchange rate, currency quotation or forex rate. The need to exchange currencies is the primary reason why the forex market is the largest, most liquid financial markets in the world.
Trading currencies based on your perceived value of it is possible. If you think a currency will increase in value, you can buy it, and if you think it will decrease, you can sell it. The European Union currency, Euro (EUR) is the most traded currency with the United States Dollar (USD) in the world.
Are you old school and miss playing the fun board games and toys you played as a kid? Are you already bored of spending hours playing the same set of online games with your peers?
If you nodded to both the questions, then you might be interested to know that it is not late. You can still give a break to your online games and have a sleepover with your friends where you enjoy some of the best classic board games of all time.
Are you not sure which board games to start with? Here is a list of some fun board games that you can give a shot at:
• Chinese Checkers
Created in German, this board game can be played by two, three, or six people. For playing this game, you need the traditional Chinese checkerboard, which is in the shape of a six-pointed star. The six-pointed star consists of holes that have six different colours of marbles in them. The inside of the board has a hexagon with holes. The game is quite simple, using the single step or hop-over-a-piece method, you must move your pieces to the corner of the pointed star opposite you, called the “home”.
This game is not everyone’s idea of fun but for all those nerds out there, you are in for some real fun.
• Apples to Apples
This game consists of two decks of cards, one consisting of Things and the other of Description. It unfolds by a player drawing a Description card from the pack. He/she must show the card to the other players and they then pick a Thing card among their cards that best describes the description. After this, all the players secretly place the card on the table face down. The active player then turns all the cards and chooses one Thing card that best suits the Description card. The winner gets to keep the Description card and play as an active player in the next round.
The winner here is the person who has the maximum number of Description cards.
This is a popular board game that is played even today by adults and children alike. It is a drawing guessing game. Two teams play this game, wherein in every turn the team players try to guess the specific word that their fellow player is trying to convey. The game board has tiles that tell you the category you need to draw. The drawer picks up a card from the deck, then draws a word that corresponds to the category on which the team’s marker is.
For this game, you will require muscles more than brains . The game is played on a big plastic mat that has colored circles. There is a spinner attached to this game mat. The spinner has four sections: left foot, right foot, right hand, and left foot, which then have red, blue, green, and yellow labels.
In this game, the players are supposed to put their feet and hands in absurd positions which will eventually make everyone fall.
• Risk Board Game
It is a game full of strategies, conflict, and planning. The board on which the game is played is interesting in itself. It consists of a political map of the earth, with six continents divided into 42 territories.
Now let’s get to the basic gameplay. You might have figured till now that the goal of every player is to capture the whole world and eliminate other players in the process. Each player gets an allotted territory and colored territory card of different sizes, representing the army troops. The game is taken forward by attacking and defending territories turn by turn according to the dice roll.
Note that this game can go for hours and sometimes even days until one person wins.
So, which one of the above is your favorite?
Too much of juice and too little milk could be the reason of lack of calcium in kids. Over processed or fast food is calorie dense but it is nutritionally skimpy. Here is a brief list of nutrients and the food products they are found in abundant that can be a good source of power for your kids and improve their immunity.
Calcium: It is crucial for a child to get habitual of eating calcium rich foods. Calcium rich foods are loaded with vitamin D. This helps in making their bones strong and prevent type one diabetes and other diseases. Some of the best sources of calcium are cheese, yogurt, milk, fortified foods like cereals, waffles and soy milk.
Vitamin E: A great source of antioxidants, vitamin E helps in repairing damaged cells. Kids are deprived of their daily dose of vitamin E because of the fat-free or low fat foods we give our kids to keep them from gaining those unhealthy pounds. The best source of vitamin E are avocado, nuts, peanut butter, wheat germ and spinach.
Fiber: Including high fiber diet in your kid meals helps protect them from various chronic diseases later in life.
Different pediatricians have different recommendations as to how many grams of fiber a kid’s meal should include. Generally, the amount of fiber equivalent to two slices of whole-grain bread, a cup of strawberries and a cup of brown rice is ideal for daily fiber intake. However, you should include the amount of fiber recommended by your pediatrician. Some rich sources of fiber include high fiber cereals, beans, lentils, chickpeas, whole-grain bread, oatmeal, popcorn, nuts, ground flaxseed, sweet potatoes green peas etc.
Potassium: Potassium is a key nutrient in maintaining blood pressure and healthy fluid balance in the body. Pistachios have the highest content of potassium of all the nuts. Kids who are not allergic to nuts can consume them by making trial mix by tossing some unshelled nuts with dried apricots. Some of the best sources of vitamin E include bananas, oranges, white and sweet potatoes, yogurt, cantaloupe, tomatoes and fishes such as cods.
Iron: Deficiency of iron is common among overweight children, who may have high calorie but a nutrient-poor diet. Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. It also plays an important role in brain development in kids. Some of the best sources of Iron include shrimp, beef, chicken, beans, fortified hot and cold cereals etc.