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The Freedom Hub

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The Freedom Hub

Human trafficking is something we picture unfolding in the underbellies of developing nations, but according to the 2013 Global Slavery Index, at least 3000 people are living as slaves in Australia. Sandra was lured to Sydney from her home in the Pacific Islands in 2005 with the promise of Australian residency in return for working as a housekeeper for the family that secured her plane ticket. For the next three years, Sandra worked for no pay. She cooked, cleaned, and took care of the children and in return was threatened and abused, unable to contact her family, or leave. The...

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What To Wear When The Weather Is Neither Here Nor There?

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What To Wear When The Weather Is Neither Here Nor There?

The 'trans-seasonal wardrobe' is a phrase coined by fashion journalists to describe those versatile pieces used to create layers of warmth, ensuring comfort as the weather cycles between seasons. Two fabrics recognised for being both lightweight and possessing temperature-regulating abilities are silk and cashmere, ideal for keeping you both cool in summer and warm in winter. Heading into a new season means it's time to scope out what's trending and zero-in on the wisest purchases for an effortless new season update. Undoubtedly the current key wardrobe item is a pair of high-waisted denim jeans with zero stretch - a la...

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Brick-and-Mortar vs e-Commerce

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Brick-and-Mortar vs e-Commerce

Brick-and-mortar and e-Commerce companies are fighting tooth and nail for consumers’ attention and dollars. Whilst the majority of all retail sales still take place in retail stores, e-Commerce sales are rapidly rising. There are a number of fundamental differences between traditional retail shopping and new online (e-Commerce) shopping, with the most significant being the end distribution. e-Commerce companies provide easily accessible information about their product, often better than their retail competitors. Whilst the retail experience allows customers to touch and feel products, and prospective customers can seek active assistance from sales assistants, the best e-Commerce stores provide more product information...

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Go With The Flow - The balancing act of yin and yang

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Go With The Flow - The balancing act of yin and yang

Yin and yang is one the most recognisable symbols in Chinese culture, but do you know what it actually represents? In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also yin-yang or yin yang, 陰陽 yīnyáng "dark—bright") represents balance and continual change.Yin and yang describes how seemingly opposite forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they interrelate to one another. They are dependent opposites that must always be in balance. The opposites flow in a natural cycle, with one continually replacing the other. Just as the seasons cycle and create a time of heat and cold, Yin...

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Love, Love Me Do ...

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Love, Love Me Do ...

Lovers and the greeting card industry have much to be thankful for when considering the origins of the tradition of St. Valentine's Day. The first clear references occurred in the late 1300s in Europe, where a tradition relating to February 14 – St. Valentine's Day – was first linked to romantic love.  St. Valentine's Day is the day on which birds returned in the very early (northern hemisphere) Spring to choose their mates. (Spring was thought to occur earlier in the 14th century.) Although history books abound with references to Roman festivals from which St. Valentine's Day may derive, there...

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