5. GOOSEBERRIES: These close relatives of currants require a temperate climate. In regions where summers are searing, gardeners should provide the plants with partial shade. The classical music editor of The New York Times takes up his longtime role once again as chief media apologist for the Vienna Philharmonic. In a about the orchestra, James Oestreich plants a big wet kiss on Clemens Hellsberg, its chairman and archivist, lauding him as force for change. He dismisses the orchestra continuing discrimination against women as a issue not worth mentioning except in passing, let alone its exclusion of people of color.
If the smell of money isn’t alluring enough, an Abu Dhabi bank is marketing scented credit cards to women in the Middle East. Al Hilal Bank recently released a credit card with a built in “applet” that absorbs the smell of perfume, aimed at attracting female customers. The card also comes with a nicely boxed signature scent and a number of perks, from discounts for female centric brands to airport lounge access.The bank said that the card was designed for “young, ambitious and empowered women” as a way to stand out.”Today’s modern Emirati woman wants to send out a strong message about her individuality and her capacity to become a productive member of society while staying true to her heritage,” said Mariam Yousef Ahli, Al Hilal Bank’s head of corporate communications, in a press release.Related: The richest women around the worldThe scented cards are part of wave of ways banks are targeting female customers, offering products and services geared specifically toward women.Last summer, Mashreq Bank released a diamond encrusted Solitaire card, which, aside from the bling factor, comes with benefits like personal shoppers, access to invitation only previews of luxury brands’ latest collections and benefits that can be redeemed with brands like Mulberry, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera.The bank also came out with a “selfie” credit card, which allows users to upload photos of themselves from their phones and have them printed on their cards.According to Mary Dean, founder of KickSkirt, an advertising agency specializing in marketing to women, these cards are enticing because they allow women to express individuality.”Because women are often covering themselves, these cards are another way to express that they are successful, that they’re special, that there is something premium about them,” she said.Related: American Express to raise credit card ratesOver the last decade, the UAE saw a spate of women’s banking initiatives.