Colorism – A Silent Bias in the World of Diversity

Colorism, what is it? The word “diversity” when used in the workplace conjures up many meanings, often determined by where in the world you are. In the United States and especially in the southern states most people immediately think- race. In some parts of the US and within most other countries, people will think- race and gender. Within organizations that have launched diversity and inclusion initiatives the meaning of “diversity” broadens to include LGBTQ, age, abilities and many of the other differences among us that when respected creates a healthy and productive diversity of thought. Rarely, however do people think of colorism as an aspect of diversity and bias.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Although the word ‘color’ is included as one of the many factors protected against discrimination, my work nationally and internationally continually surfaces an unconscious bias related to skin color regardless of ethnicity. In the US, until the 60s and 70s, the darker an African American person’s complexion the less likely that person would reach a high status in the workplace; the lighter the complexion and straighter the hair the more likely teachers Black and White would favor that child. Although thankfully this bias is fading as it relates to job advancement, research still indicates that little girls prefer to have fair skin and believe dark skin is bad and/or ugly. In the 80s and still present today, various media depict lighter skin tones as more attractive, and darker skin tone scary or dangerous.

My global work reveals the same bias. Often I am told, we just need to focus on gender equity because race is not an issue here, our culture is open and accepting. I am told, we are all French, or English, or Mexican no race or ethnic bias exists here. Yet, when I observe the community at large and the workplaces in particular, bias regarding tone of skin is evident. The lighter the skin the higher the position held. Immigrants and their descendants in countries around the world with darker skin hold the less prestigious jobs. Globally, skin lightening creams are sold and used even when the people, usually women, using them know of the potential health dangers.

Factors Influencing Solar Panels Efficiency

Efficiency of solar panel is probably one of the reasons why most potential customers hesitate to swap their power source from conventional type to solar power. The worry of many consumers is whether after incurring the cost of solar system installation, the system will produce enough solar power to meet their needs.

Out of the total sun energy that strikes a solar panel only a fraction of it is harnessed and converted into electrical power. Efficiency of a solar panel can be gauged depending on the amount of sunrays it is able to capture and turn into usable power. On average a standard solar panel for home use converts only 20% of the total amount of solar energy that comes into contact with the solar panel. To convert the direct current generated by the solar panel to alternate current a further 15% is lost remaining with only 5 percent for use by the appliance. This means you have to compute the total amount of power that you need so that you can determine the number of solar panel you need to buy.

There are however new technologies that are coming up which are aimed at increasing the efficiency of solar panel. An increase of up to 40% in efficiency and be attained by coating the solar cell with a thin absorbing material. Further, 40% efficiency can also be achieved by use of silicon wafer which is the most commonly used material. Nano particles and magnetic modules are more superior materials with as much as 80% efficiency and the former have an added advantage of harnessing the solar energy even at night.

Get a Handle on Installing Cabinet Hardware

Now that youve picked out the hardware of your dreams, you need only to install them to finish the look of your cabinets. If youve never installed hardware before, you might be intimidated by the idea of using a level or marking off the correct spots for placement; you might be particularly intimidated by the thought of using the dreaded drill. Take a breath before you begin and dont worry about the task ahead. The entire process is easy and fairly quick. Make sure to have the following tools on hand as you start. This will ensure a smooth process and will diminish the chance of a mishap.
1.Drill (most commonly a 3/16 drill bit)
2.Level
3.Marker
4.Masking tape
5.Nail or center punch (to make an indentation for where to start the drilling)
6.Screwdriver (Phillips or flathead depending on your specific hardware)

Knobs or handles

Whether you are installing knobs or handles, you should first try to choose a piece that has the same drill center(s) as the existing hardware. If you are choosing hardware for cabinets that havent been drilled before, knobs are the easiest choice since they have only one screw. Some types of knobs and handles come with attached screws, making a simple procedure even more effortless.

Successful Home Improvement Starts With These Tips

Home improvement projects can be very difficult, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. If you are unclear about how to get started planning your project, take a look at these ideas for getting things off the ground properly.

When buying a home, always set up a home inspection by a professional. Home inspectors inspect the home for repairs that are necessary. If you call in a professional that is a third party they will be able to keep things civil.

It’s time to pop those flooring bubbles! The air in a vinyl floor bubble can be released by slicing it. Doing this will only flatten the bubble for a short period of time. It can come back if you do nothing. In order to permanently repair this part of the floor though, you are going to need to put an amount of fresh glue in. A glue-filled syringe will make the job easy.

More Storage with Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to kitchens, one of the most important elements to maintain beauty and functionality is storage. To keep things as organized as possible leaving the heart of your home clutter-free and pleasing to the eye, enough space to stash away all your cooking and dining items should be ensured. With this said, this article discusses how to achieve more storage with kitchen cabinets.

Cabinet Organizers

Adding more storage does not necessarily mean more or bulkier kitchen cabinets. Making use of what you already have is the smartest way to efficiently add space. Try to open your cabinet doors and look at your cupboards and shelves to see how things are arranged. Here are some tips on how you can organize the contents better:

Importance Of Aircraft Interior Designing Services

Comfort is an essential factor when it comes to the interior design of an aircraft. There have been numerous researches done on aircraft design technology so far. However, only a fraction of public scientific information is accessible that addresses the passengers opinion. In the past hundreds and thousands of trip reports and passenger interviews had been used to collate views about various aspects that needs to be enhanced in order to design a comfortable airplane interior body.

Aircraft interior designers of eminent companies specializing in avionics engineering services look into various aspects of aircraft interior design and manufacturing. Aircraft interior design capabilities of such companies comprise product design and certification support, ceiling panels, sidewalls, stowage panels and many more.

Leading companies in aerospace manufacturing engineering services today also specialize in many areas of aircraft cabin interior design and manufacturing. The cabin interior support services comprise a mixture of aircraft interior design activities of the interior constituents and assemblies that includes creating certification documentation. These companies have received accolades over the years for their contribution in defense section and the commercial aircraft domain. Other services offered are listed below:-

Modern Turnkey Interior Design Projects In India

Before writing about modern turnkey interior design projects in India it would be worthwhile if we get familiarize with the term turnkey itself. Well, it must be understood that turnkey project is one which is constructed and sold in a ready to use condition. Modern turnkey interior design projects in India offers specialized and innovative design services for effective and economical accomplishment of all kinds of interior jobs which include architectural designing, interior designing, interior decoration, maintenance and landscaping in a package or in part or individually.

It must be understood here that the value of interior design holds such strong significance that it simply cannot be given a miss. The beauty of any building, commercial or residential rests heavily on the way it is decorated and designed and it is here that interior designing play its role and render yeomen services in making the structure look extremely pleasing.

No wonder then that interior designing solutions in India are a big hit. Particularly in capital Delhi their popularity has no rivals. Indeed, interior designers in Delhi are doing a brisk business. House interior designers in India are especially in great demand as more and more people wake up to the benefits of having an impeccably designed interiors in their houses.