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  1. First things first, 'Avengers: Endgame' is an absolute masterpiece. Don't get me wrong, this plothole I'm going to talk about doesn't make the movie any less amazing. In fact, I didn't even notice it till I watched it for the second time. No one did. I guess we were all just blown away by the epicness of it all. But, once the dust settles, and I could think clearly about everything I had just witnessed, there was only one question that popped into my head. Be warned, there are SPOILERS AHEAD! If you are part of the select few who haven't watched 'Avengers: Endgame' yet and want to go into it without any spoilers, STOP READING right here! Don't say you weren't warned. Don't go crying in the comments about how I ruined your experience by giving out spoilers. You're the idiot if you keep on reading from here on out without watching the movie. © Marvel Studios Okay, now that the spoiler alert is out of the way, let's get right to it. The two main characters get very different endings. One, Iron Man, gets to save everyone and finally rest while, the other, Captain America gets his happy albeit kind of selfish ending. Iron Man's journey has come full circle from the events of 'The Avengers.' All he wanted to do from the first Iron Man movie onwards was save the world and he finally did it. He lost his life in the process and that's just one of the reasons it is a huge sacrifice. He also gave up his perfect life (with Pepper and Morgan) so that everyone else who had lost their loved ones could get another chance at happiness. The perfect story arc for his character who started off as selfish and arrogant. © Marvel Studios As for Captain America, he has always been the selfless hero who puts everyone else ahead of himself. His own needs are always secondary and every single decision he takes is for the greater good. He is infallible in that sense and is everything a hero and the leader of the Avengers should stand for. So, you could forgive him for being selfish for once and choosing to stay in the past with Peggy Carter after returning all the Infinity Stones. No complaints here either. But then, old Captain America shows up on the bench where Bucky, Sam and Professor Hulk are waiting for him to return through the Quantum tunnel. At first, you enjoy this scene with Bucky's knowing smile and Sam's shocked expression when Cap passes his shield to him. Then you see Cap getting his dance with Peggy and the movie ends on the perfect note. The first Avenger is also the last one you see on screen. Can't see anything wrong with these scenes, can you? Well, there is one problem. How the hell did old Captain America end up on that bench? Answer this question and I will be forever grateful. © Marvel Studios The answer is not simple. Let me break it down into multiple reasons supporting this ending and why they aren't possible: The Rules Of Time Travel Every movie uses what it considers it's own rules for time travel. 'Avengers: Endgame' did the same thing. The rules are simple. Time is relative. So, if you go into the past and change something, your present won't change. You will be creating an alternate timeline. The past will become your future, your present will become your past which can't be changed by the new future you're creating, as Professor Hulk eloquently puts it. © Marvel Studios The Ancient One adds to this saying that when you remove a single Infinity Stone from a particular timeline, you create an alternate timeline where that stone ceases to exist. Professor Hulk has a solution for this. Return every single Infinity Stone to the exact time they took it for. That makes sense and that's where Captain America's final mission leads him. To return every Infinity Stone to the exact moment in time they took them from. If he just showed up on the Quantum tunnel at the end of the movie as Old Captain America, things would have been fine. Captain America Gets Benched It's safe to assume that Captain America is proficient enough to return every Infinity Stone to the right time and place. After that, he decides to live out his life with Peggy Carter. Basically, take the long road to the future. But, how would a timeline where there are two Captain Americas suddenly merge at the end, where he shows up on the bench in the original timeline? It's just not possible. © Marvel Studios If they let him live his life with Peggy Carter in a world where he dismantles Hydra before it infiltrates SHIELD, rescues Bucky before he can cause so much damage, helps the Avengers defeat Loki and take down Thanos, while still leading a happy life with Peggy, I would have been satisfied. But, he shows up on the stupid bench and ruins this theory. Captain America Has Mastered Time Travel Here's another one. Captain America has become a master at time travel. He makes sure he stays with Peggy Carter but lives a very reserved life without impacting any of the major events that take place in the world since he knows there's another Captain America out there handling stuff. The first problem with this is that Captain America, the bravest and purest Avenger would have to sit back while Hydra infiltrates SHIELD, Bucky dismantles governments and murders Tony's parents among others and all the other gruesome things that take place in the main timeline without doing anything. That's not the Captain America we all know and love. © Marvel Studios But, even if he does manage to do that, there's another problem with this theory. Even the smallest of changes could have a huge impact on the timeline and hence create an alternate one. For example, he still has to eat. That's food that would have otherwise gone to someone else. All the food he has eaten over 70-80 years. That's enough to create a new timeline. Time travel isn't as simple as you'd think. The One That Might Just Be True Here's the last one. It's the most plausible of the lot. Still pretty unbelievable. But, it could be true. So, Cap returns all the Infinity stones and then lives his life with Peggy Carter. Once he's done with that life, he takes out the Quantum time travel device Tony Stark created and uses it to travel back to the main timeline with his shield. But, instead of showing up on the new Quantum tunnel he shows up near it. © Marvel Studios He then walks to the place he remembers his friends were waiting for and sits on that bench. That's when everyone sees him and everything else happens as we see at the end of the movie. Although highly implausible, this is the only thing that makes sense. Is there any other explanation? Please help me! I'm losing my mind…
  2. The wait for everyone's favourite (yeah, its already assumed that you enjoy it) 'Game Of Thrones' is about to end soon, because Winter, which may be coming to an end in our world, is yet to come in April. So many teasers, leaked pictures, millions of BTS shots later, fans are desperately waiting for just one thing, ie.- the final trailer to drop on our heads! However, seems like that's not happening just yet. HBO has dropped a video montage of what we should expect this year and there was a tiny footage from 'GOT' as well. My heart stopped when seeing this new Euphoria and The Righteous Gemstones footage and started again at Watchmen. 2019 is my new favorite year. #HBO2019 pic.twitter.com/ybbE1i1Ffb — HBO (@HBO) February 24, 2019 You saw that, right? When Arya Stark finally gets to behold the magnificence of Khaleesi's dragons (we're assuming it's Drogon here) you can't help but long to see more, but unfortunately, the shot brutally cuts then and there. Obviously, GOT fans are now officially pissed with HBO and want the makers to stop trying everyone's patience and just drop the final trailer already. a dream come true for little Arya Stark #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/FauoVIALGf — arwen ðï¸ kh3 spoilers (@drogonsdaughter) February 24, 2019 HBO when we ask for a trailer for season 8 or game of thrones pic.twitter.com/8cJQAdsJXn — Zuhaila (@Zuuzuux) February 20, 2019 me banging on hbo's door and begging for the goddamn game of thrones trailer pic.twitter.com/XTk3aoXsee — âµ chi âµ (@starksdany) February 18, 2019 We're like really tired and upset and when will HBO get a clue about our desperation? Me looking for #GameOfThrones season 8 trailer pic.twitter.com/kg53gKFeaP — Akar Mohamad (@AkarMohamad2) February 18, 2019 Where's the Game of Thrones trailer?! pic.twitter.com/HNKUrjXyhj — G L O R I A (@aciroxo) February 24, 2019 Clearly, a girl has seen the dragons, but we still have not seen any sign of the trailer! Can it happen soon enough?
  3. Are you trying to get fit but are confused where and how to begin because of the contradictory information on the internet? I can understand your predicament because I was in a similar position some years ago when I started my fitness journey. The funny thing is that the amount of misinformation has increased with social media fitness celebrities and uninformed gurus misleading general public into buying their services. In this article, I am going to list down the things that you should and shouldn't do when you first start your fitness journey. So, let's dive right into it. 1. Don't Starve Yourself Dieting to lose fat does not mean starving yourself to death. On the other hand, eating to bulk does not mean oats, chicken breast and brown rice 5 times a day, 7 days a week. In most cases, a small caloric deficit of 300-500 calories does the trick and you do not have to change the way you eat drastically. You can simply start tracking your food and cut out unnecessary calories like excess cooking oil, sugar, unnecessary snacks and junk. You can easily create a deficit to start seeing results. Not going too low on calories become even more important when you are trying to be fit and not just lose weight. You need energy to train and eating too little will only be detrimental to your goals. Calories should always be higher so you have the necessary energy to recover from your training. Don't fall into the trap of eating chicken and broccoli every day because your gym trainer says it's “healthy”. © Thinkstock Images 2. There's No One Magic Diet With the rise in the popularity of social media fitness coaches, nutritional zealotry is on a rapid rise as well. Different diets are preached as better than others when it comes to achieving different fitness goals and carbs are blamed for almost everything that is bad out there in the world. While in reality individual application under proper context is what makes a diet best for someone. Not because of a magic percentage of protein, carbs and fats. Want to lose weight? Eat in a caloric deficit which can sustain your training with protein intake optimised. The ratio of carbs to fat doesn't really matter. Try not to go too low in either carbs or fat. Want to gain muscle? Eat in a slight caloric surplus with protein intake optimised. The ratio of carbs to fat still doesn't matter. 3. Don't Play The Number Game People often come to me and say, “I have twenty kilos to lose. Can you help me?” My answer typically is - 'No'. The reason being that most people do not have any idea about how much fat they are holding in their body and just come up with up a number that they think they should lose. Instead of trying to lose fat, you should focus on becoming fit. Obsessing over a number is what makes most people give up when they don't see a scale weight progress. In reality, being fit is a lot more than just losing the number of kilos that you have in mind. Focus on building muscle, improving your health markers, improving your quality of life, being fit functionality rather than just trying to lose some weight, the calculations of which are almost certainly incorrect. © Pixabay 4. Be Realistic Always be realistic about your end goal. Most people make the mistake of thinking that once they lose the excess fat, they'll end up looking like John Abraham. While in reality, no matter how hard you diet, you won't be as muscular as you think unless you've already spent some time building mass. Also, if you diet (starve yourself) just to lose fat and don't pay attention towards quantifying your nutrition or strength training, you'll end up skinny-fat, weak and unhealthy instead of ripped or shredded. You might have “abs” but they won't be very impressive; without a doubt, you'll have better pancreas definition than anything else. You would need to bulk and cut at least 3-4 times to look like a fitness athlete that you want to. Conclusion Don't make the same mistakes that every beginner makes. Instead of following a cookie cutter plan from a gym trainer or so called fitness expert who promises to 'transform' you in a matter of weeks, a gradual, more personalized approach suited to our needs, preferences and lifestyle is the way to do things. Don't gamble with your health by trying to force things. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
  4. Something seems amiss when one talks about the prospects of an Asian team at World Cup. With the exception of South Korea at the 2002 World Cup, Asian teams have failed to leave a mark at the world's biggest stage. Iran, being one such traditional Asian powerhouse, has always dominated weaker opposition within the AFC, but have been nothing more than bystanders at the World Cups. In 2014, Iran found themselves in a group with Nigeria, Bosnia Herzegovina and Argentina. After a hard-fought draw with Nigeria, Iran looked like salvaging a draw against Argentina until Lionel Messi produced a moment of magic in the dying minutes of the game. Finally, they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat in the final group game against Bosnia Herzegovina. As expected, Iran finished last in the group and bowed out of the World Cup. With Iran placed in the “Group of Death” this time, their fate is likely to be no different. However, if recent form is anything to go by, Iran may not bow out as meekly as they did the last time. In 34 matches in the last 3 years, the Iranians have lost just thrice. They were unbeaten throughout their qualification campaign and qualified with relative ease. However, this does not tell the full story. A majority of these 34 matches came against the vastly inferior opposition. Since the turn of the year, Iran have played 5 matches and lost twice, against Tunisia and Turkey, who can be said to be of comparable quality to the Iranian side. © Reuters The signs are ominous that the Iranians show signs of crumbling when faced with superior opposition. And it is this mental block which their manager Carlos Queiroz will need to address, if they are to be anything more than bystanders in this group. Queiroz has led the Iranians for 7 years without a trophy or any significant achievement during his reign. And this time, he is up against his home country in the group and may have a point to prove against the Portuguese, who unceremoniously sacked him as their manager in 2010. Given the limitations of the Iranians, Queiroz has assembled a disciplined side with the right mixture of youth and experience. If they are to stand any chance of qualification, Queiroz needs to ensure that the experienced lot step up to the challenge. © Reuters This Iranian side, however, presents a stark contrast to the previous sides that have appeared at the World Cup. 12 of 23 players currently ply their trade with European clubs. That hasn't always been the case, and, in recent years, the upcoming Iranian players have shown a willingness to move out of the Middle East and test themselves at the highest level. Masoud Shojaei, the Iranian captain, may have had an indifferent season with AEK Athens, but his team will look upon him to provide creativity in the final third, if they are to better their 2014 goal tally of 1 goal. Ashkan Dejagah, the only player with Premier League experience was the bright spark in a Fulham team that got relegated in 2014. © Reuters He possesses a bullet right foot and will look to cut it on his right and curl the ball into the top corner. Up front, however, lies the Iranians' biggest assets in Sardar Azmoun and Reza Ghoochannejhad. Azmoun, who plays with Rubin Kazan in Russia, already has 23 goals in 32 international caps. Ghoochannejhad was the scorer of Iran's sole goal in Brazil in 2014, and Iran will once again look towards him to spearhead the attack. Even the most optimistic of pundits will not fancy Iran to progress from this group. Carlos Queiroz knows the size of the task that lies ahead of him. However, if the stars of this Iranian side were to step up, Iran could make things very interesting in this group. Squad Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis), Seyed Hossein Hosseini (Esteghlal), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo). Defenders: Ramin Rezaeian (Ostende), Voria Ghafouri (Esteghlal), Steven Beitashour (Los Angeles FC), Seyed Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Alsaad), Mohammad Ansari (Persepolis), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Seyed Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny), Omid Nourafkan (Esteghlal), Saeid AGhaei (Sepahan), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal). Midfielders: Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar Perm), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens), Ahmad Abdolahzadeh (Foolad), Saman Ghoddos (Ostersunds), Mahdi Torabi (Saipa), Ashkan Dejagah (Notthingham Forest), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiacos), Ali Karimi (Sepahan), Soroush Rafiei (Al-khor), Ali Gholizadeh (Saipa), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis). Forwards: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar), Karim Ansarifard (Olympiacos), Mahdi Taremi (Al-Gharafa), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen), Kaveh Rezaei (Charleroi).
  5. In this combination of file photographs created on June 3, 2018, Russia´s Maria Sharapova (L) plays a forehand return to Netherland´s Richel Hogenkamp during their women´s singles first round match at French Open on May 29, 2018 and (R) Serena...
  6. Zinedine Zidane. Photo: AFP file MADRID: Zinedine Zidane has told Liverpool his Real Madrid team are hungrier than ever to win the Champions League, despite clinching the title in three of the last four years.Real are gunning for an...
  7. When Lahore Qalandars met Islamabad United in the previous encounter, the match ended with a nail-biting Super Over DUBAI: With the harsh memory of losing to Islamabad United in this season's most thrilling encounter last week, Lahore Qalandars will look to avenge their defeat and end their losing streak when they face the Reds in today's first encounter in Dubai. In a nail-biting match that went all the way down to a Super Over, Islamabad held their nerve to come out at the right side of the match. Looking much more confident since, the Misbah-led team is now at 4th position on the points table, with 3 wins and 2 losses so far. Lahore's nightmarish run, however, continues. The team has lost all five of its matches so far, drawing the fans' ire for some inexplicable judgment calls that have only extended its woes in the tournament. Lahore Qalandars Head coach: Aqib Javed Captain: Brendon McCullum Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Dinesh Ramdin, Anton Devcich, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Raza Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah In the spotlight geo_embedgallery Islamabad United Head coach: Dean Jones Captain: Misbah-ul-Haq Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Mohammad Hasan, Chadwick Walton, Rohail Nazir, Luke Ronchi, Amad Butt, JP Duminy, Hussain Talat, Samit Patel, Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Samuel Badree, Steven Finn, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Zafar Gohar In the spotlight geo_embedgallery
  8. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e8a013484c0e0f63e4572a1c424480b3.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMzEvMjAxNyA3OjI1OjI3IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9UnpZUFgwWmZZSmpJOUpUOXY0b3IrZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the "London game plan" has become obvious now as it seems former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is desperate for another National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO)-like deal. The PTI chief, in a series of tweets, said that the former prime minister still wants to retain control of the party and use it to malign the National Accountability Bureau. Imran alleged that the Nawaz will pressurise the judiciary and military for another NRO. ?He is desperate for NRO to avoid conviction on money laundering and save his Rs300 billion stashed abroad from being frozen,? tweeted Imran. Imran further said that Nawaz Sharif has no concern how much damage he does to the nation ?to save his ill-gotten Rs300 billion stashed outside Pakistan?. The PTI chief didn?t spare Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as well, saying that the premier is reducing Pakistan to a "banana republic". Imran also accused Abbasi of defending Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Nawaz arrived in London from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia late Sunday to hold a high-level party huddle. The huddle decided that Nawaz would continue as the head of the PML-N but also tone down his tirade against state institutions on the basis of his "unfair trial". The former prime minister said that he will return to Pakistan to attend the corruption trial against him on Friday. Last week, the accountability court hearing corruption references against the Sharif family issued bailable warrants for the former premier in the three references against him as he has lately been a no-show in the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. The hearing was then adjourned until November 3, with the last chance for the former premier to ensure his presence in court.
  9. Sat in his hillside grocery shop in a Bangladesh refugee camp, Rohingya Muslim Momtaz-ul-Hoque takes a break to listen to an audio recording on his mobile phone, while children and passers-by gather round to hear the latest news from Myanmar. ?I listen because I get some information on my motherland,? said Hoque, 30, as he plays a message on WhatsApp explaining the Myanmar government?s proposals for repatriating refugees. Hoque has been in Bangladesh since an earlier bout of violence in Myanmar?s Rakhine state in 1992, but the number of refugees in the camps has swelled dramatically to more than 800,000 in recent weeks, after a massive Myanmar military operation sent around 600,000 people fleeing across the border. Tens of thousands of exhausted refugees have arrived with little more than a sack of rice, a few pots and pans and a mobile phone powered by a cheap solar battery, and many are desperate for news of what is going on back home. With few news sources in their own language and low levels of literacy, audio and video messages distributed on apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube have become a community radio of sorts for the Muslim minority. Dozens of WhatsApp groups have sprung up to fill the information gap. Their offerings range from grainy footage of violence, to listings of the names and numbers of people missing in the chaos of the exodus, or even an explainer from educated Rohingya on how to adjust to life in the camps. 100 PERCENT TRUST At a shop selling cold drinks in the Leda refugee camp, two men played ?WhatsApp news? through a loudspeaker. Out of breath, a man narrated a scene purportedly from a village in Myanmar?s Buthidaung region, according to Mohammed Zubair, a refugee who translated the broadcasts for Reuters. ?They are surrounding the village. We are under attack from the military and the mogs...some people are seriously injured,? Zubair translates the speaker as saying, using a derogatory term common in Bangladesh to refer to ethnic Rakhine Buddhists. ?I trust it 100 percent,? Zubair said of the information. Reuters was not able to verify the account. The WhatsApp groups tend to have hundreds of members, meaning that the spread of information depends on people passing on the news. Many of the listeners do not know who is sending the message or the trustworthiness of the broadcaster. Some said outdated or inaccurate reports were common. ?In some cases, we got audio messages of villages burning in Myanmar, and when we contact people in those villages, there?s nothing,? said one refugee inside a tea shop in Bangladesh?sKutupalong camp. Other refugees said videos of violence claimed to have been filmed in villages in Myanmar turned out to be footage from other countries. LISTENING IN THE DARK Many also worry that the unregulated nature of WhatsApp groups increases opportunities for voices keen to push an agenda rather than share facts. Rohingya rebel group the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - whose Aug. 25 attacks on security forces triggered the latest crisis - and its followers have been among the most active adopters of WhatsApp to spread their message. Audio messages urging support, updates on the latest military movements and official press releases dominate some groups. Several refugees in Bangladesh said they had no idea if the messages, often posted by people with phone numbers registered in the Middle East or other parts of Asia, were actually from ARSA members. Refugees also worry that Bangladeshi security forces want to monitor the broadcasts, and are looking in the camps for ARSA supporters. At the tea shop in Kutupalong camp, refugees have stopped listening to the broadcasts on loudspeakers during daylight hours, preferring to gather clandestinely at night instead. Still, many Rohingyas say social media platforms play a crucial role in keeping spirits up among the community. ?The Rohingya people are not organised,? said Hoque, the grocer. ?They cannot take out their frustration any other way, so this is a way of protesting.?
  10. Rescue team members work after an earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril MEXICO CITY: Tempers began to fray in Mexico City on Friday as the search for survivors amidst the twisted rubble of collapsed buildings became increasingly desperate three days after the country?s most deadly earthquake in a generation. Tuesday?s 7.1 magnitude quake levelled 52 buildings in the sprawling Mexican capital, leaving thousands homeless and close to 300 people dead. Apartment blocks, a school and a textile factory were among the structures that were destroyed. Human chains of rescuers sped up efforts, assisted by dogs and heat sensors, refusing to give up hope of finding survivors. Efforts were not fast enough, though, for some family members waiting outside an office building that collapsed in the fashionable Roma neighbourhood. As storm clouds gathered over the city, families worried that rain could slow the pace of rescue efforts. Protesters held signs addressed to President Enrique Pena Nieto and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera. ?Mancera and EPN: We demand results? read one sign. ?They are still alive. Don?t kill them? and ?We don?t want machines? read others, referring to rumours that the military would use bulldozers to hasten the removal of rubble deemed unlikely to harbour survivors. President Enrique Pena Nieto insisted rescue operations would continue, despite dimming chances of finding anyone else alive. Mexican soldiers and volunteers, supported by teams from as far afield as Israel and Japan, have so far rescued at least 60 people from the ruins in Mexico City and surrounding towns. Across the city, thousands of rescue workers and special teams using sniffer dogs combed wreckage. For many, the search was highly personal. Firefighter Teresa Ramirez Flores, 40, was helping search an office building in Mexico City?s Roma neighbourhood where her cousin Carolina Muniz, a 43-year-old accountant, was on the second floor when the building collapsed. ?I would happily lose my life doing this, even more so because my cousin is inside,? Ramirez said, describing a feeling of impotence as she tried to reach her cousin. ?We want to be superheroes so that our country doesn?t suffer,? she said at a site where volunteers brought a wheelbarrow filled with candy for the rescue teams. After three days, rescuers were finding more dead bodies than survivors, but authorities said that signs of life had been picked up by dogs and sensors at several sites. On a number occasions, hundreds of rescuers broke into spontaneous renditions of Mexico?s national anthem. ?I was surrounded by people who I had never seen before and I may never see again, but in this moment we were brothers,? said Alejandro Barrera, a 27-year-old volunteer carrying rubble in a human chain for the second consecutive day. ?I won?t get tired until they don?t need the brigades any more,? Barrera said, his name written on his arm to identify him in case he was injured. Exhaustion, frustration, big blunder Tuesday?s massive quake struck on the anniversary of the deadly 1985 tremor that killed some 5,000 people in Mexico City. As the shock of this week began to subside, exhaustion crept in, along with growing discontent. On Thursday, Mexico?s Navy apologised for communicating incorrect information in a story about a girl supposedly trapped under a collapsed school in Mexico City. A frantic effort had been made to reach the child, dubbed Frida Sofia by local media, but it turned out that the widely-publicized story had been false, leading to anger. Francisco Ortiz questioned whether attention directed at trying to rescue the phantom girl had diverted resources from other places where they were desperately needed, like the apartment building where his sister, Maria, was trapped beneath debris. Authorities had waited until Thursday to begin searching the building. The owner, Juan Salazar, said all the renters had been accounted for before realizing that Ortiz?s sister Maria, a maid, had been washing clothes on the roof when the quake struck. Salazar said he called civil protection and also implored passing brigades of rescue workers to help, but it was two days before rescue efforts began. ?It was negligence. Nobody wanted to take responsibility, neither the army nor Civil Protection,? said Ortiz. ?We are hoping for something good from God.? On Friday afternoon, after a full day?s search, rescuers pulled Maria?s body from the rubble. Homeless, forgotten Across the city of 20 million people, many whose dwellings had become uninhabitable sought a place to call home, raising the spectre of a housing shortage. Senior officials said there could be 20,000 badly damaged homes in the states of Morelos and Puebla. In the hard-hit Roma neighbourhood, Jorge Hernandez and a team of volunteers from Mexico City packed up to move on to isolated villages in Morelos. He said they were doing so after military commands declined their assistance. Mexico City ?is over saturated with support and there are very remote communities in Morelos that have not received help. That?s why we are going there. There, they need so much help,? Hernandez said. As signs of tensions surfaced, the country?s unpopular political class strove to shine. Disaster relief is sensitive for politicians in Mexico after the government?s widely criticized response to the 1985 quake caused upheaval, which some credited with weakening the one-party rule of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The PRI said in a statement that it would be donating 258 million pesos (10.66 million pounds), or 25 percent of its annual federal funding, to help those affected by the earthquake. After news of the PRI plans, leftist presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador upped the ante, proposing donating 50 percent of his National Regeneration Movement party?s 2018 federal funding to support victims, an offer matched by the conservative National Action Party. The full scale of the damage has not been officially calculated although the United States Geological Survey estimated it at up to $10 billion.
  11. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who visited rescuers at the Rebsamen school, warned that the death toll could rise. ? AFP MEXICO CITY: Adriana Fargo nervously bites her lip as she waits for news on the fate of her seven-year-old daughter, feared buried in the earthquake-hit remains of a Mexico City elementary and middle school. At least 21 children died when a three story wing of the Enrique Rebsamen school collapsed after a 7.1 magnitude quake struck Mexico on Tuesday. Thirty children are missing, and some could still be alive. "No one can possibly imagine the pain I'm in right now," said Fargo, wrapped in a blanket as she sat with other anguished parents Wednesday in an improvised shelter near the school. What is the girl?s name? Fargo's fists tighten and she stares at the ground, unable to pronounce her daughter's name. Her lips strain as she holds back what appears to be a mournful wail of pain. After sunrise there was a glimmer of hope amid the torture of uncertainty: rescuers confirmed that they located a girl alive and trapped in the rubble. There was a call for absolute silence as the rescuers slid a thermal scanner down a narrow crack where they had made contact with the child. "We are very, very close to people who could be alive. We're working with thermal cameras and canine units," said volunteer rescuer Pamela Diaz, a bread baker by profession. "We keep moments of absolute silence to listen for survivors. They tend to cry out or bang on walls," she told AFP by telephone. Another rescuer, 42 year-old Flor Gonzalez, gave a grim description her experience. "Last night I counted five cadavers that were removed from the school," said Gonzalez, a dentist who spent the night volunteering at the school. "I saw when they notified one of the parents . ... it was devastating," she said, as tears swelled in her eyes. A third rescuer, speaking on condition of anonymity, earlier told AFP that there were signs of even more survivors -- possibly 20 children trapped inside a classroom with a teacher. He said there also appeared to be nine lifeless bodies in the debris. Up to now, 11 children and at least one teacher were pulled alive from the rubble. However, rescuers also pulled out 26 lifeless bodies -- all but five of them children, said rescue coordinator Jose Luis Vergara. President Enrique Pena Nieto, who rushed to the site late Tuesday, warned that the death toll could rise. At least 217 people were reported killed by the earthquake. Picks, shovels and hands Fargo's husband joined the hundreds of soldiers, firefighters and rescuers clawing away at the debris since the quake struck. Armed with picks, shovels and even their bare hands, the crew worked through the night in their desperate search for survivors. "Silence, please!" a police officer barked through a megaphone. "Don't walk, don't breathe, we're trying to hear voices!" Any sign of life from under the rubble was welcome. A stream of volunteers, many with lamps attached to their helmets, carried long wooden beams to prop up building sections that were in danger of collapsing. Other volunteers formed a human chain to hand baskets of bottled water to the rescuers. The baskets then returned filled with debris. Maria del Pilar Marti, a teacher who works at the Enrique Rebsamen school, said that many children stayed in the building when the quake hit. "We had to take cover in our classrooms until the quake ended," she told Televisa news. "Then we were covered in a cloud of dust when part of the building totally collapsed." Tuesday's earthquake struck as the country was recovering from an 8.2 magnitude quake that hit on September 7 in southern Mexico, killing around 100 people and destroying homes. In the aftermath Mexican authorities said they had inspected the country's schools, and verified that the structures were quake resistant. The earthquake also hit on the anniversary of a massive 1985 quake that killed more than 10,000 people, an event that still haunts a country that has seen its share of disasters. 'It's chaos' Power outages, intermittent cell phone coverage and roads closed due to debris complicate the rescue. In front of the school, two people sat at a table with a computer at an informal control center, keeping track of the children and teachers who died, those who were rescued and those still missing. "It's chaos ... there are children that escaped the school but were injured, and are alone in hospitals without their parents," one of the people keeping track of the victims told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Meanwhile here at school there are desperate parents that can't find their children."
  12. Barcelona had a much better pre-season tour of the United States than their arch-rivals Real Madrid. The Catalans defeated the Los Blancos 3-2 alongside victories over Juventus and Manchester United. But, on Sunday during the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup final, the Ernesto Valverde side lost 1-3 and had nothing to show for the might they boast of. Clearly, all the positive feeling has dissipated since Neymar left and the mood as the campaign approaches is clouded by pessimism. As the Spanish giants veer from one failed transfer move to the next in their desperate attempts to reconstruct a squad reeling from Neymar's exit, they have now acquired the services of Brazil's Paulinho for 40 million euros. Reuters It would be Barcelona's first signing since they sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 200 million euros. But, at the age of 29, Paulinho doesn't really look like the kind of guy Barcelona fans were hoping for. The Brazilian midfielder had joined Tottenham from Corinthians for 17 million euros in 2013. Two years later, he moved to the Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for a mere 14 million euros before a desperate Barcelona came bearing a hefty paycheck. Paulinho has scored nine goals in 41 international appearances since making his debut in 2011, and was a member of the squad that won the Confederations Cup in 2013. But, as per Barcelona's transfer targets, he is definitely an under-achievement. And, Twitter wasted no time in poking fun at the Catalans. When you realise that Paulinho is actually Barcelona's 4th most expensive signing of all time.. pic.twitter.com/bB4jSb1Uv3 — Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 14, 2017 â Neymar sold â LFC won't sell Coutinho â BVB won't sell Dembele â Lose to 10-man Real Madrid â Signed Paulinho Barcelona board today: pic.twitter.com/a5XqX40Keb — Transfer Talk (@EPLBible) August 14, 2017 Paulinho: March 2017 - Voted the worst ever player at Tottenham August 2017 - Signs for Barcelona for €40m. pic.twitter.com/doJFtC0jQW — Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) August 14, 2017 Paulinho: Welcome To Barcelona ðµð´ • Goals • Skills • Assists • https://t.co/HFzVOKcz9V — Pad (@ManLikeAlli) August 14, 2017 Barça have officially announced the signing of Paulinho pic.twitter.com/kVsD3JsfdX — Leo Messi (@messi10stats) August 14, 2017 Spurs fans when they see Paulinho is now Barcelona's 4th most expensive player ever! ð ð ð ð pic.twitter.com/HpgTB98Q0K — 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) August 14, 2017 Asensio 3.5M Ceballos 16.5M Kroos 25M Kovacic 30M Modric 30M Isco 30M Paulinho 40M pic.twitter.com/P3ZlSpC33B — Salim (@Nexlizz) August 14, 2017 BREAKING: Barcelona sign former Spurs midfielder Paulinho for €40m. ð³ Making him the club's 4th most expensive signing of all-time. ð pic.twitter.com/WnErptKhpW — SPORF (@Sporf) August 14, 2017
  13. Climbers climb to Camp 2 on the Kinshofer route the day the photographer reveived the last SMS from Alberto Zerain while climbing Nanga Parbat, Pakistan June 24, 2017. Photo: REUTERS Search team leader Alex Gavan wept uncontrollably after a helicopter dropped him at a Himalayan base camp on June 28, certain an avalanche had killed the two men he was searching for as they tried to conquer Pakistan's "Killer Mountain". Gavan, a Romanian climber, had abandoned his own efforts to scale the world's ninth-tallest mountain a week earlier to lead the search for Alberto Zerain from Spain and Mariano Galvan from Argentina. Detailing the desperate search for Zerain and Galvan for the first time to Reuters, Gavan said he had even spoken to them over a satellite phone just a day before they went missing on June 24, when they stopped responding to calls. The two experienced climbers had chosen a daring route to ascend the 8,126 metre (26,660 feet) Nanga Parbat via the treacherous 13 km (8 miles) Mazeno Ridge, which had been scaled successfully only once before. However, Gavan became desperate after June 24 when Zerain and Galvan lost radio contact near the ridge, realising that the two men had run out of food. Rescue efforts were called off after a final helicopter flight over the ridge on July 1. Photographic evidence suggests an avalanche had struck some time in the preceding eight days. "Just where the avalanche debris is was their last GPS location," Gavan told Reuters, speaking of their last known signal on Mazeno Ridge. "In the photos you see the tracks of the climbers ... suddenly end at the avalanche fracture line and do not appear anywhere after the fracture line," he said. Geographically, Pakistan is a hot destination for climbers, but climbing deaths are also common. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 metres (22,966 feet) and is home to the world's second-tallest mountain, K2. In all, it has five of the world's 14 summits higher than 8,000 metres (26,247 feet). However, Pakistan offers other challenges for climbers. In 2012, gunmen dressed as policemen stormed the 4,200-metre (13,780-foot) Nanga Parbat base camp, killing 10 foreign climbers and a Pakistani guide. ELITE CLUB Galvan and Zerain both loved climbing. The Spaniard was part of an elite club of climbers who have scaled the world's two tallest mountains, Everest and K2. Galvan climbed Everest in 2012 but an attempt to climb K2 alone and without oxygen ended at 7,300 metres (23,950 feet). Romania's Gavan said the search for Zerain and Galvan was delayed by a day because they did not have insurance, which meant he had to find the collateral for a rescue mission. Gavan, who wrote a report on the failed search, said the pictures taken during a second helicopter search on July 1 were conclusive proof that the two men died in an avalanche. "We looked down the ridge, we looked in the valleys, we looked everywhere, we triple checked," he said. An eight-member team from the Pakistani mountaineering company Karakorum Expeditions began a new ground search on Friday despite Gavan's evidence. "The team will search on the Mazeno Ridge of the Nanga Parbat, where the missing climbers are believed to be buried under an avalanche," company spokesman Mehboob Ali said. Gavan described that operation as "irresponsible", saying it would "only endanger more people's lives".
  14. Life in Taiwan is quite miserable right now. Hospitals have started to save on money, ambulances have been saving on fuel and in turn, top-notch HR executives are being hired at every doctor-hood operational. For just one simple thing—to hire a nurse that'll bring them double the business. And this is nothing. More than a thousand doctors have lost control over their hormones and are turning into patients for one big reason. Before you too, lose control, here's the reason... ©Instagram/Carina Linn Seems all justified to you now? Nope? For a minute then, just hold that bulge... ©Instagram/Carina Linn Not able to? No worries, just deal with it till you finish reading this. This melting lava in these pictures above is Taiwanese resident, Carina Linn. Full-time nurse and with just 54 posts on her Instagram, she's already the sexiest woman on the internet. Okay wait, she's thirsty right now, let's give her a minute... ©Instagram/Carina Linn Time to continue. An employee of Taiwan's Min-Sheng General Hospital, Carina was apparently not even expecting this fame. Like, what? Can she look into the mirror, at least for once? Oh, it might be cracked. ©Instagram/Carina Linn While speaking to Legit News recently, she said "I am me, I do things that make me feel happy, I don’t think that I am anything special or extraordinary, I am just someone leading an ordinary life." It's true, her assets are quite ordinary too. No? Don't believe me? Here's evidence... ©Instagram/Carina Linn Don't you dare now stare into the screen. ©Instagram/Carina Linn Anyway, I'm off now—off to the garden that grew flowers on her top. Attending nature's call, I call it. Bye!
  15. The 500 metre square liquor ban is not just a blow to jobs and the places being affected by it, but it is also an arrow to the heart of every person who goes to these places in Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Mumbai, since these are the worst affected areas. The watering holes have been going dry and already running heavy losses. © Twitter However, where there is a will, there is a way, right? So the authorities at Cyber Hub and Ambience Mall, Gurgaon have decided to take matters in their own hands and have come up with a unique way to tackle this tricky situation. The developers in the area are now changing the direction of their entrances. If you are wondering what purpose that solves, well, changing the entrance means that technically, it increases the motorable distance from the prescribed 500 metres. Even though this is not particularly in sync with the court norms and might be a violation of planning rules, everyone is ready to take that big risk. © Twitter The procedure to measure the motorable distance was scheduled to begin today, so you see what a clever move this was? Amidst this ruckus, the Leela Hotel at Ambience mall is facing an issue with the closed entrance. The entry to Ambience Lagoon apartments has been affected and residents are not happy about it. But like they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.
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