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  1. Zartaj Gul says the government has no plan to shut down the cosmetic industry in the country
  2. From the era of Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendraâs Sholay, toxic masculinity has been a much-debated aspect of the Bollywood culture. We have time and again questioned this tryst. Back in the 70s, we had male characters that were shown to be macho and female characters were reduced to damsels in distress. Cut to the 90s, we accepted characters like Prem Mehra from Biwi No. 1 who cheats on his wife but the load of the blame is only shared by the girlfriend for an extra-marital affair, instead of the husband. Then we have movies like Veer Zara and Gadar where men were made heroes and they crossed borders to save the women they loved and well, the female characters were just either loyal partners or just loved daughters. Maybe, itâs just the kind of liberation that the women characters got on screen. Yes, things have changed as now there are movies where you have male leads challenging the toxic masculinity and showing the different shades of men who support women. But, the aspect of toxic masculinity is still very much prevalent 21st-century movies and itâs time that this trend needs to stop. So, we are here to talk about 5 Male Bollywood characters that glorified toxic masculinity and we are not okay with it: 1. Kabir From Kabir SinghThe movie completed a year of its successful run yesterday. It might have got all the applause for Shahid Kapoorâs acting prowess but it was questioned for the character he portrayed as it romanticized toxic masculinity. Well, there is this handsome and hyper alpha male Kabir whoâs obsessed with a submissive Preeti. Thatâs very projection is questionable, let alone pin-pointing every aspect in the movie. Kabir doesnât even let Preeti choose her own friends for that matter and we are celebrating Kabir as if he is some epitome of how men should be. 2. Chulbul Pandey From DabanggWhen famous actors like Salman Khan play such roles, how do you expect a change? You might argue that the portrayal of Chulbul was more done in light of a comic spectacle but, itâs very problematic. If you have watched Dabangg, you know it all. Let me give you a few examples from the movie. So, Rajjo is devastated and is mourning her fatherâs death and Chulbul not only gatecrashes the funeral but also tells people not to grieve as itâs time for Rajjo to celebrate her new life with him. Like seriously? In fact, he introduces himself properly to Rajjo after their marriage. The very item number is questionable as it says, âMunni Badnam Hui Darling Tere Liyeâ. I rest my case here. 3. Bunny From Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniSo, many men want to be like Bunny and actually, for that matter, many women want to live life Bunny style. But, the character is problematic and accepting it as it is not a cool idea. Bunny wants to live his life and he decided to live it fully. When he comes back, he realizes his love for Naina. Everything was acceptable till this moment, but you will lose your sanity when he goes to claiming his right on her when he, himself, is not very sure about commitment. Thereâs a scene wherein Naina is sitting with a friend (played by Rana Daggubati) and Bunny is jealous and thinks itâs his right to shun the other man but what about seeking the approval of Naina. 4. Sonu From Sonu Ke Titu Ki SweetyWhile I get it that Luv Ranjan wants to show things according to how men feel, this puts me in a very uncomfortable position as it shows a different picture of men who have multiple issues with the opposite gender. So, Sonu advises Titu, who is having issues with his new girlfriend, to have post break-up *** instead of getting into a new relationship. It doesnât stop here. Sonu gives a character certificate to Sweety and tries every way into manipulating Titu to leave her. Do men think of women as only gold-diggers? Now, thatâs objectionable, isnât it? 5. Rahul From Kuch Kuch Hota HaiThinking why Rahul is on the list? Well, he, too, is a prime example of toxic masculinity. From falling in love with someone whoâs beautiful and is not a tomboy to saying things like basketball is not for women, Rahul is nowhere close to being an ideal man but we still idolize his character and in fact, think he is how men should be. Itâs time that we stop showing only one shade of men as in reality; there are men who are supportive of their partners so why not celebrate them instead? View the full article
  3. Engineer, industrial designer and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk finally made his dream come true when his company SpaceX successfully managed to send two astronauts into space in their very own rocket ship earlier today. What makes this achievement so special is that it opens the doors to the possibility of commercial space travel and a completely new era of space exploration, the very reason why Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp 18 years ago. The blast-off took place without a winkle in execution and the National Aeronautics and Space Administrationâs (NASAâs) Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode off into the sky. Images from the launch have ever since been making rounds on social media and have the viewers in complete awe of how majestic it appeared: Falcon 9 lifts off from historic Launch Complex 39A and sends Crew Dragon to orbit on its first flight with @NASA astronauts to the @space_station pic.twitter.com/UOoaKiQaFk â SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 31, 2020 NASA also shared recorded footage of the two astronauts from inside the âEndeavourâ capsule, before Bob and Doug gave us a tour of their fancy spacecraft which is currently en route to the International Space Station, where the two will spend between 1-4 months as a part of this mission. Welcome aboard the @SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft! In this video from space, @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug reveal the name of their capsule: Endeavour. Take a look inside as the crew continues their journey to the @Space_Station: https://t.co/K9S5mejONx pic.twitter.com/mvH8UhE5FW â NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020 And while Musk may have taken a giant leap towards realising his dream of populating foreign planets, the common people of Twitter couldnât help but show their jealousy towards those who got the opportunity to leave Earth on the spaceship in such horrible times. super jealous of these SpaceX astronauts leaving earth right now, talk about timing. â ððððð â½ (@becccasky) May 30, 2020https://t.co/T2HOUnAdid Good call leaving earth. ð½ â Magi-Carlos (@CtotheARLOS) May 31, 2020Riots everywhere and people leaving earth. Wtf is going on. Wait for me.... â Just Looking (@JustLoo29276504) May 30, 2020Lowkey jealous of those astronauts that got to leave earth today, congrats @SpaceX â Ronak Patel ⢠(@_patel4k) May 31, 2020Saw this on Instagram and had to steal! Haha!! Iâm definitely jealous of them!! ð¼ #2020 #nasa #spacex pic.twitter.com/cFJvWsks3j â Michelle C Bush (@michelleCbush) May 31, 2020Other than the coronavirus pandemic taking over the world, causing people their lives and livelihood and pushing them into poverty, the US is also battling racism and police brutality. Ever since the horrible death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests and riots have flooded the country which takes pride in being called âthe land of the free and the home of the brave.â Dude brought a bow to SLC riots, got taken out. pic.twitter.com/K58QpwBDkU â Garth Mortensen (@voldemortensen) May 31, 2020 Itâs not just America that has been fighting the demons of their backyard. India too is struggling from the locust attack, ruing the crops of farmers from states such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Heartbreaking stories of people losing their loved ones are making headlines every single day. Many are resorting to crime just to fill their stomach. A man broke into a roadside eatery in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district to steal food as the coronavirus-induced lockdown had left him famished https://t.co/tz8U3LyUZ7 â SK Iyer (@iyer_sk) May 31, 2020 Given the situation, their envy towards the two astronauts away from this toxic planet is completely understandable. View the full article
  4. Have you ever been to a shop where you saw the sign âIf Broken, Considered Sold?â Well, it seems the Chinese government just got a taste of that very medicine. © Twitter/memelord As per an article by the English daily newspaper, The Daily Express, Germany has sent a bill to the Chinese Government for all the loses that the European country had to put up with because of the novel Coronavirus. © Reuters No matter where one stands on the virusâ origin, whether it was manmade or it originated in the wet markets of Wuhan, one cannot deny the haphazard manner in which the Chinese state authorities have handled the outbreak and the manner in which it tried to cover up certain facts, and at times straight-up lied, both to its citizens and international regulatory bodies. © Reuters Naturally, the world right now is not looking at China with a favourable lens. Nevertheless, that anger and frustration could not be taken as the excuse of the racial bigotry and xenophobia that has been observed to becomes the norm. People with mongoloid facial features all over the world have been targeted, abused and attacked. Delhi man spat at Manipur girl shouting Corona. If you think that this is unacceptable, can you stop addressing North Easterners as Chinki, Momo etc and stop your friends from doing same, if applicable?#NoToRacism #Respect #NorthEast #NoChinki #India pic.twitter.com/obj0uXcfem â Raaj Biswas (@xploreraj) March 23, 2020 The Germans, though, have a different way of doing things. Instead of indulging in idiotic and xenophobic rhetorics, a German national daily, which goes by the name Bild has come up with an itemised bill or invoice as to what the Republic of China owes to Germany. © Twitter/Disclose.tv The bill has broken pretty much everything down - losses from tourism, losses from the film industry, losses from small business, and losses from airlines, among other things. The bill comes up to be 149 Billion Euros, which we converted into Indian Rupees, just for fun. In Indian Rupees, the figure stands at Rs 1,24,15,00,00,00,000. For those of us who had to pay a little extra attention at school during maths classes, Thatâs Rs1.24 Lakh-Crore. © Reuters As big and as hefty as these figures are, they represent something significant. According to the article, Germany is the fourth country after the UK, France, and the USA in calling out the actions of the Chinese state authorities. © Reuters The invoice, which wasnât a government document, but what a newspaper has put together, actually, has Beijing riled up, and furious, with Chinese state authorities calling the move to be xenophobic, and an action that instils nationalistic pride in the wrong way. © Reuters However, given how the Asian community has been attacked in North America and Europe, and how people with mongoloid facial features are being targeted, we think the Chinese state authorities might want to look up the word 'xenophobia' in a dictionary. If only there was a way to communicate with them. Perhaps over Twitter? Oh right, sorry, they donât have Twitter in China... View the full article
  5. Just when we thought dating tends couldn't get any worse there's a new list of habitual traits in relationships and generic dating that emerge. Today we're going to talk about 'fleabagging' and it's something we all need to be wary of, no matter what. Based on the popular series that made a significant impact on the younger generation, fleabagging is constantly dating people who aren't good for you! Yes, now there's another name for this trend. Other than calling it gas lighting, toxicity or even emotional abuse, you can club all of these under 'fleabagging' and make things easier for you. © BBC So, just like Phoebe Waller-Bridge's iconic character in Fleabag, this is the word for those of us who just can't get enough of the people who really don't make us very happy, and apparently there are a lot of fleabags on the dating scene. According to a research portal Plenty of Fish, 38 percent of blokes experience fleabagging and admit they get into a habit of dating women who are not good for them. So if you're prone to attracting women who're diabolically wrong for you, you have to realise you're a fleabagger and that you're fleabagging. Here's how you know you're fleabagging and maybe change that habit around by attracting someone who is good for you: (1) Change Your PatternYes, attraction works on a pattern and what you truly desire. If you don't recognise the pattern and change it about, you will indulge in the same old myriad of experiences and people. That's why recognise who and what you attract towards yourself and change it around to avoid fleabagging altogether. © Yash Raj Films (2) Meet Someone Different One way to change your pattern is to meet someone who is absolutely different from the usual women you've been meeting all along. So, if you recognise a similar streak in someone, maybe look for someone who can confidently give you the feeling of 'I've never met someone like her before'. © AA Films (3) Take A BreatherIf you've been fleabagging constantly, it's a good idea to take some time off for a while and really think about what and who you need to be around so you stop attracting people who are not good for you. After a toxic relationship is finally over, you should definitely take some time off and visualise what you want for your future and what you need to change and avoid to make things better © AA Films While fleabagging might have a fun ring to it, it's been a serious problem since relationships have existed and it's time to recognise why you are fleabagging in the first place and change it immediately. View the full article
  6. Every relationship stands the test of time and resilience and if the relationship falls apart, there is nothing much anyone can do. Yes, you can try and make things work but if they don't work out, then itâs best to part ways as amicably as possible. Well, in most cases this is the best narrative possible. However sometimes, if you're in a relationship with a narcissist and you fortunately recognise their toxic traits and break up with them eventually, they suck you back into their lives, for that mere sense of validation, attention and anything else that can feed their empty and shallow hearts, and that my friend is known as 'hoovering'. © Thinkstock Narcissists create a stringent and manipulative environment in a relationship. They gaslight till you subconsciously become a giver in every sense and after taking what they truly need, they get used to emotionally abusing their significant other, to derive what they desire the most. If the other person in the relationship recognises this trait well enough, they in all accountability try and break away. More often than not, the narcissist lets them do so and gives them time till things pacify. When a considerable amount of time passes by, you probably receive an engaging text from them about how they miss you and how you can fill the void, and that's where, you go back to them like a bad penny, being hoovered into their relentless trap again. Your partner contacting you out of the blue, while pretending nothing bad has happened in the past, is a big sign of hoovering. It's different if your ex isn't an established narcissist. Then he or she genuinely wants to make the relationship work. But a narcissist twists conversations by saying things you've been wanting to hear like, how they miss you and how your heart still belongs to them, knowing pretty well how to emotionally manipulate you, so you give in completely. Once you're in the same trap again, they ambush you with emotional jargon and slowly take you towards where you were already stuck before! © Fox Star Studios So, to recognise classic signs of being hoovered by someone who is toxic for you and the relationship, you have to take into account why you two were not together in the first place. Although hoovering does have classic signs, each relationship is different and the level of hoovering can be quite subjective. Here are some traits for you to figure out if you're being hoovered back into a toxic relationship or not, the one you courageously got out of in the first place! (1) Re-establishing Communication That's the first step to recognise your toxic ex is trying to hoover his or her way back into the equation. They will pretend like they're still in a relationship with you and talk like old times, just to win you back into their lives. It's a classic trait to re-establish any contact and you have to recognise it as soon as it starts happening. (2) Declaring Their Love It could be a little strange to hear an ex declare their love for you if they've had trouble doing that in the past, when you both were together. They're only doing so right now to reel you back into their lives but slowly, they will go back to their old ways. They will say and do things you've always wanted them to do because they know exactly what you desire or desired from your equation with them. (3) Being Overly Apologetic If they've never apologised for the way they've treated you, be wary of their apology when they're trying to make their way back into your life. They'll show repentance and will be overly apologetic just so you melt with all their self-pitied stories and give them another chance. © Eros International (4) Being Indirectly Manipulative If you don't respond, they'll manipulate you till you do. They'll use your family and friends to get back to you. For instance, he or she might contact a close friend and try and sell their sob story to them, in the hope that the friend will convey their message to you. If this happens, make sure you tell your friend to not pay heed to anything your ex says to them. They'll use all necessary manipulative tactics to get you back in the same space you were once before. It's on you to recognise these tactics and stay away consciously. (5) They'll Use The Guilt Tactic Narcissists are excellent manipulators and use guilt as the biggest tool at their disposal. If they're trying to hoover you back into a relationship with them, they will always use tools to guilt you. For instance, they'll talk about how they're vulnerable and need help or a friend to talk to or someone to fill the emptiness in their heart or even point out how their life has been meaningless since you left them. Their sob story is infamous for getting what they want and they'll definitely use that for you, so you're guilted into believing they've actually mended their ways and truly need a friend. Stay strong and don't get swayed by their manipulative tactics. © Luv Ranjan It's an established fact that once a narcissist, always a narcissist. It's difficult to change a narcissist or point out their flaws for them to openly accept them. Their ego will never allow them to change for the better and they will always feed on people's emotions like energy vampires, till they're satisfied. View the full article
  7. At a time when love letters have turned into mushy BF/GF appreciation Posts, first sightings are made up of edited social media pictures, Matches are Artificial Intelligence-ly made, and all it takes for us to find âThe Oneâ (or the flavour of the season) is a right swipe on our phone screen - the rich essence of the good olâ love of the old days has gone amiss. Or has it? Maybe instead of vanishing away, romance has just changed its appearance, shifting along with every other change that modern society brings. Despite this evolution, thereâs a host of toxic behaviors that continue to show themselves in love - that you may have noticed with that less-than-ideal date from last weekend, or even a couple thatâs lasted for years. When the world goes offline, and the prying eyes of âfollowersâ are not to be found anywhere, and the âlikesâ are hard to come by, the face of modern-day love stories undergo a transformation that doesnât quite look like the love we grew up wishing for. Our writers have weighed in with their perspective on the how and what about the five things you definitely need to keep a check on when looking for romance - both big and small. Guilt-TrippingDevlina: âWe could have had a great time out if you didnât insist on attending your grandmaâs birthdayâ, âno wonder your ex left/hated thisâ, âI wonder how I ended up here with youâ - first off, these are HUGE red flags that you shouldnât be ignoring. If your partner has been using these sort of retorts to come back at you and guilt-trip you for doing something you want to/love to do, or holding you hostage emotionally for taking a stand and not siding with them, itâs time you remind them the relationship is not bigger than your individuality and voice. Sharan: I donât think itâs possible to have a relationship without guilt of some kind occuring every now and then - people are different, and sometimes a partner doesnât match up to our expectations (and vice versa). The problem for me arises when someone attempts to induce guilt on the basis of insecurity - say guilt-tripping me for spending time with a friend, instead of having an open and frank dialogue about their feelings. Ignoring Consent © Eros International Devlina: âHow could you say no to such a simple thingâ, âjust give it a try for meâ, âweâre doing this, whether you like it or notâ - if any of these ring a bell, chances are, your partner needs a refresher on âconsentâ. If they are making you feel bad for saying no, or forcing you to do something youâre not okay with or even checking your phone without your permission, these are all signs that they do not respect your right to say no or choose for yourself. That canât ever be healthy for a relationship. Sharan: While consent regarding *** and intimacy is a clear-cut requirement for any healthy relationship, I feel that it matters even on mundane things for a simple reason - practising consent implies respect and the knowledge that you earn a partnerâs trust and that youâre not simply entitled to it. Sure, sometimes we do things in relationships that weâre not particularly enthusiastic about, it happens. However, being vocal and taking the effort to confirm consent shows that you arenât in a relationship for your own desires - but for a shared experience with another human being. Forcing Them To Choose © UTV Motion Pictures Devlina: Again, this brings us to, âyou either spend your weekend with your family or meâ or âyou either stop doing that or weâre doneâ - choosing for you on your behalf and giving you senseless ultimatums clearly means your partner is coming from a place of selfish needs and narcissistic pleasure of getting the âupper handâ in the relationship - there is no place for this in loving relationships. Sharan: Yeah⦠this one is never fun. Could be a situation like forcing you to choose between groups of friends or even different sides of a family - giving someone a âdo what I want or weâre overâ line is at its best laughably childish, and at its worst, emotionally traumatising. Holding someone hostage in a relationship is a serious red flag, and I donât see any reason why someone should continue to stay - especially when relationships with people who care for you are at risk. Being A Control Freak Devlina: âWhy are you friends with her on Facebookâ, ââyou canât go to that party without meâ , âdonât take his/her callâ - if you have heard anything along these lines from your partner and are turning a blind eye to whatâs an obvious case of insecurity and jealousy, I suggest you pick your poison and get down to having that conversation about drawing the line when it comes to your personal space. Sharan: Itâs one thing to give constructive criticism as a partner, but an entirely different kind of issue when someone begins to control your freedom and choices as an individual. Itâs a hard line to draw as well - sometimes we just want to see our partners happy, and give into that pressure too often. However, if you find yourself constantly compromising on activities and personal choices such as your hobbies or interests, itâs time to speak up and reconsider things. You might be a partner, sure - but youâre an individual first. Playing The Blame GameDevlina: âYou forced me to take this extreme stepâ or âI wouldnât have done that if I werenât so angry at youâ - whether this brings back memories of angry outbursts, physical violence or emotional abuse, we suggest you come clear about how it's totally unacceptable and walk out the door for good. Man or woman, nobody deserves to go through this shit, no matter the âexcuseâ. Sharan: Weâve all seen the pattern before, either in real life or on TV - thereâs that one person who does something awful, and justifies it by seamlessly transferring the blame onto their partner. Classic example of adding insult to injury, huh? I think anyone who resorts to this instead of behaving like a normally functioning adult has some serious issues to unpack - and Iâm not sure if dealing with endless excuses sounds like my idea of a âfun relationship.â View the full article
  8. We sometimes find many relationship habits unhealthy and try to quit it, though some habits just make our lives and relationships easier. Being in a toxic relationship is not a good idea but falsely accusing your relationship as being toxic is also a dumb thing to do. We are not asking you to stay in a relationship if you're unhappy but at times we need to find the thin line between toxic and 'tolerable'. So, here is a list of five habits in a relationship that we think are toxic but will actually help your relationship go a long way- 1. Letting Go Of Conflicts At Times © Dharma Productions People focus on resolving every argument when in a relationship but at times it's healthier to let go of some fights. Some conflicts are un-resolvable and fighting upon them are only going to make things worse. So, just keep in mind that some battles are not worth fighting for and save your relationship by avoiding conflicts. 2. Feeling Attracted To Other People © Dharma Productions We want to be attracted to our partner all the time but that's biologically not possible. You need to accept that you might feel attracted to other people and that's okay. It doesn't mean that you're falling out of love with your partner but just admire someone else apart from them for their qualities. Acting upon our attraction or liking is in our hand and our actions are responsible for making or breaking a relationship, as attractions are mostly temporary and love is real. 3. Spending Time Apart © Dharma Productions It's always better to do what you want to do rather than focusing on your partner all the time. Valuing your relationship is important but moving ahead in your life and fulfilling your dreams is equally important. It's important to give space in a relationship as it only makes the bond stronger. Spending time apart also makes you regain the lost spark in a relationship. 4. Accepting Each Other's Flaws © Dharma Productions No one is perfect and as soon as we accept each other's flaws the better the relationship is going to be. You need to like and accept each other for who they are then decide for yourself if you really want to be with them. Somewhere or the other we have to settle as no human being is perfect. 5. Unintentionally Hurting Each Other © Dharma Productions When in a relationship, we do things at times that the other person might not like or get hurt due to it. Sometimes they get hurt and sometimes we get hurt. The bottomline is to not pretend that you're happy and express if you're hurt as it is okay to be hurt. Your honest opinion is only going to make things easier for both of you. View the full article
  9. Diwali is over and so is our reason to officially take any leaves in the name of festivals until Christmas; but what's left with all of us is a thick layer of smog and 'hazardous' air that we'll have to breathe on our way to work from now on. Well, thanks to the air quality, at least we can now apply for sick leaves. According to the reports and surveys, Delhi's overall air quality index (AQI) was at 506, a day after Diwali. In the early hours, the AQI reached 999. So, unless you're really terrible in Mathematics, you can calculate how toxic the air has become for us. © Reuters When some people were busy bursting firecrackers and doing their bit to contribute to the already high air pollution in Delhi, there were some who were doing what they are good at - making hilarious memes on air quality. Soon, the hashtag #DelhiChokes started trending and while we were already coughing and sneezing in the 'hazardous' air, these hilarious made us choke more with laughter. Delhites going to work after Diwali : #DelhiChokes #DelhiPollution pic.twitter.com/hu6WpG5oxA — Humor Beingð (@followTheGupta) October 28, 2019 #DelhiChokes Outsiders to delhi people... pic.twitter.com/g58P3kccxI — नादान परिà¤à¤¦à¥ð®ð³ (@Gauri_doonite) October 28, 2019 Delhites today.#DelhiChokes pic.twitter.com/3Bxn7jqqve — Ravi Jha (@ravijhha) October 28, 2019 #DelhiChokes After Every Diwali Delhi Be Like:- pic.twitter.com/EeLTBG9UDA — Lihos niaj (@LihosN) October 28, 2019 - Alexa! How can I reduce pollution in Delhi? - Here is the list of countries that allows voluntary euthanasia - ...#pollutionfreediwali#pollution#DelhiChokes — vipin (@Garhwali_Guy) October 27, 2019 #DelhiPollution. #DelhiChokes Delhi Guy Going To Work after Diwali pic.twitter.com/PNzrxQvIUQ — S Ravind King (@sravindking) October 28, 2019 #DelhiChokes Delhites after diwali celebrations: pic.twitter.com/SR5U25ZLmZ — Memeswalibandi (@Memeswalibandii) October 28, 2019 View the full article
  10. Founded in 1886 by workers from the Dial Square munitions factory, Arsenal remains one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The London-based club, owing to its success over the years, has developed a massive fanbase, often referred to as the 'Gooners' derived from the club's nickname as 'Gunners'. Many fanzines, blogs, podcasts and fans websites have been dedicated to the Premier League club. From boasting of 27 million supporters (worldwide) in 2005, Arsenal crossed the 100 million mark in 2011. When it comes to social media, Arsenal, earlier this year, were estimated to have 76 million fans over digital platforms, making them the sixth most popular football club in the world. © Reuters But, in the age, where a football club's fan armies are generally regarded as the team's twelfth man, Arsenal's fanbase appears to be truly living up to their nickname as 'Gooners', for all the wrong reasons. Despite being a popular club, Arsenal and its players have been often exposed to the toxic side of their fanbase which appears to have no regards for one of their own. Over the years, Arsenal as a football club is often noted for constant, dissatisfied criticism of the team by many of its own supporters, even at times of success. While criticising one's own team is nothing new in football, the Arsenal fans have a tendency to take it a notch further. One of the notable incidents involves Arsenal cult hero Emmanuel Eboue who was driven to tears by jeering Arsenal fans in 2008. Enduring a torrid time after coming on as a substitute against Wigan Athletic, Eboue found himself substituted not long after his initial steps on the field. And, as he was being substituted, the Arsenal fans cheered in delight. Eboue's condemnation by 60,000 fans in front of millions watching tv around the world remains the worst part of Arsenal fans' nature, for me. In a way I do feel for Xhaka as Emery made him the object of the fans' ire (Luiz anyone?), but he didn't help matters with his reaction. pic.twitter.com/QqnpfZzcXe — Gilles ð³ð¬ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ (@GrimandiTweets_) October 28, 2019 The Arsenal defender was visibly distraught as he left the pitch with former striker Emmanuel Adebayor consoling him. The Ivorian footballer ripped off his globes and looked crestfallen after his treatment at the hands of his own club fans. The 'Gooners' didn't even leave their longest-serving manager Arsene Wenger and hurled abuses at the respected Frenchman during his final years at the club. A similar incident came to the fore recently when Arsenal hosted Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium. Taking a 2-0 lead within nine minutes from kick-off, the Gunners saw a resurgent Palace brigade pulling a goal back through a penalty in the 32nd minute before Jordan Ayew scored the equaliser in the 52nd minute. Should Granit Xhaka remain @Arsenal captain? — Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 28, 2019 With the hosts desperately searching for a winner, Arsenal coach Unai Emery substituted captain Granit Xhaka in the 60th minute. And, as the Swiss footballer slowly made his way off the pitch, the home supporters started booing their captain for wasting time on the pitch. As the booing continued to grow louder, Xhaka reacted by waving his arms at the crowd, cupping his ears and appeared to swear before taking his Arsenal jersey off. Irked by the fans, Xhaka snubbed manager Emery for a handshake and raced down the tunnel, rather than occupying his place on the bench. I'm actually speechless Preciana brown shouting abuse at @Aubameyang7 after the game on Sunday; “£2000 a year to watch shit? **** off”. Weird she's shouting it at the player that's bailed us out on numerous occasions Then it puts them off stopping for legit fans pic.twitter.com/VFDnjmL42Z — saxon71 (@stuafc71) October 29, 2019 As Arsenal squandered their lead to eventually settle for a 2-2 draw and, in the process, just a point, the 'Gooners' were visibly upset and, after taking Xhaka to the task, they targeted club striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After the game, as the Gabonese footballer left the ground in his car, few Arsenal fans were seen hurling abuses at the 30-year-old striker. There is no doubt that Xhaka was wrong to take his own sweet time in getting off the pitch, especially when his club was running out of time to find a winner. He was wrong to goad the booing fans. He was wrong to cup his ear to their jeers. He was wrong to swear at them. He was wrong not to acknowledge Emery. He was wrong to take off his shirt. He was wrong to storm straight down the tunnel. That's surely not what you expect from an Arsenal captain. Didn't want to post these pictures but felt I had to. This is Lucas Torreira's emotional reaction to the abuse Granit Xhaka received after his substitution, in tears and inconsolable. Absolute love and respect for his captain. pic.twitter.com/ijKOvwkYx2 — Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) October 28, 2019 But, given his status and role as captain, didn't Xhaka deserve a little respect, if not for his contributions and skills, surely for the armband he donned while playing in an Arsenal shirt? As fans, we surely want our players to give their best and hate the sight of losing. But, while we build astronomical expectations from these superstars, why can't we regard them as human beings who are capable of committing mistakes and get affected, just like us. Had it been any other club, it would have probably been overlooked as a one-off incident. But, given the history of the Arsenal fanbase, this appears to be business as usual for the trouble-making 'Gooners' - the same fanbase who can't seem to stop boasting about the club's class, tradition and history with pride. View the full article
  11. Well, it is that time of the year again when Delhiites regret spending thousands of rupees on expensive firecrackers as they wake up wheezing and coughing in the middle of the night with their eyes all red and burning. The sun is barely visible and there's this thick sheet of smog that prevents the warm rays from touching the ground. Till about 8 pm, it felt so good to see and hear no crackers. But alas! The clock struck 10 and Delhi NCR forgot all about air pollution. Such a shame. We'll all be breathing this toxic air because of your ignorance. pic.twitter.com/4VAVJi5lbN — Sohini Guharoy (@sohinigr) October 27, 2019 As it is, the Capital is infamous for having one of the worst and the most toxic atmospheres in the world, add to that the additional and unwarranted effects of bursting crackers during Diwali and you have yourself a toxic dirty bomb ready to explode and take thousands of lives, just like it does every single year. While it is safe to say that the localities' lungs are already doomed, people from the rest of the parts of the country and certainly the people coming in from other countries do not deserve to suffer and struggle in the suffocating air of the city. Delhites going to work after Diwali : #DelhiChokes #DelhiPollution pic.twitter.com/hu6WpG5oxA — Humor Beingð (@followTheGupta) October 28, 2019 Various environmentalists have therefore decided to make an attempt to change the mind of the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and change the location of the Indian cricket team's match against the visiting Bangladesh side which is scheduled to take place on November 3 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. "On the 3rd of November India is scheduled to play against Bangladesh in a T20 match at Feroz Shah Kotla at a time when pollution levels are expected to be between severe to hazardous," activists Jyoti Pande and Ravina Raj Kohli wrote in the open letter. "In the light of extreme pollution in Delhi, we would like to request you to consider shifting the venue for the first T20 outside of Delhi," they wrote. BCCI worried about #IndvsBan as level of Air pollution has gone up in Delhi. Time has come for Bhakts to call Sourav Ganguly an anti national pic.twitter.com/oKLlGYpDlQ — Abhishek (@ImAbhishek7_) October 28, 2019 "Making our cricketers play a physically demanding sport for 3-4 hours in Delhi's toxic air will end up doing more damage to our cricket team's health in the long run," they added. The progressively worsening situation of Delhi is just beyond a reason to worry for the residents of the city and they know that. What is rather nerve wracking to see is how normalised it has become in the region and how people are learning to live with it other than limiting and eventually reversing the damage. After all, how much can an air purifier help you once you leave your house? View the full article
  12. If your partner has been hurt in her previous relationship, you'll see signs that you don't see in people who have been happy and content in their love life. If you have been heartbroken or devastated in one of your relationships there are chances that you have the fear of past repeating itself on you. These issues can be tough to cope with for both you and your partner but the only way to overcome this is to work on it together. Here are five signs which show that your partner has had a history of toxic relationships: 1. They're Slow In Opening Up © Cine 1 Studios Depending on what your partner has been through in the past, there is a chance that there is a lot of personal work to do and if your significant other has trust issues there are chances that they are going to take a lot of time to open up. All you need is to be a little supportive and give them some time. 2. They Get Angry Quickly Toxic relationships often have high amounts of invalidation. If your partner gets angry easily or is short tempered, this is the right explanation that they may have gone through something really hurtful in their past. But this doesn't mean that they'd do whatever they want to or ill-treat you. The best way is to find a middle ground and see how both of you can work it through communicating properly. 3. They Don't Easily Trust You © Red Chillies ENtertainment They have major trust issues and give you a really hard time trusting you or believing you. So, it's best if you can give them some assurance and genuinely be honest with them. 4. They're Secretive They would expect you to tell them everything but they won't easily tell you most of the things. They will take a lot of time to open up and will only tell you their secrets when they trust you wholly. And trust us that time is far away! 5. They Can't Commit © Red Chillies Entertainment Someone who is wary of committing is someone who is scared that he or she will land back into the same situation again. They will try to mould you in a way that they want things to work according to them. It's best that you create some boundaries, be supportive, communicate and overcome the fears together.
  13. We're going to talk about an age old dating trend which has found a new name and is incessant in its occurrence and let's face it, can be quite lethal. We're talking about 'Love Bombing' and it's the worst manipulative move in today's dating game. No, love bombing isn't bombarding someone with love. Well, not entirely. It's a lot more than that. (c)Pintrest Love bombing is an emotionally abusive situation in a relationship where the victim goes through manipulative withdrawal after being showered with love and affection. The victims are usually people who have gone through emotionally strung out, abusive relationships in the past and haven't worked on changing their particular pattern; hence they get manipulated easily into another damaging relationship, because they haven't worked on their past issues. Such people attract relationships with narcissistic folks, making them vulnerable to the concept of love bombing. (c)Pintrest It's basically a weapon disguised as affection and you may get a lot of it from the person who is love bombing you, but her ultimate motive is to manipulate you in to believing it's all real. So, in order to avoid being love-bombed, especially when you've just come out of a serious relationship, here's what you can do: (1) Take Things Very Slow One major fact about love bombers are they will get under your skin and your psyche way too quickly. They will give their all, in little time and suddenly it'll feel like this fits perfectly well. Because love is blind, quite literally and before you know it, after a boatload of love and affection they will show you a side you were never privy to before. While giving you the attention that you always craved for, they also shower you with gifts, which in most cases is a transactional process for them. All these moves are quite calculative and well thought out, before they start withdrawing and showing you their true colours (mostly their abusive and controlling side) before the romance starts to fizzle out. (c)Pintrest So, in order to avoid that situation, take it slow at first and make sure you know the person fairly well, before you're drawn or lured in to their trap. Love bombers are impatient people. They want everything to go rather quickly so you have to take your own time to figure what you need to and in case they bail, because you were taking your time, they were worth it to begin with. (2) Don't Delve Into Future-Talks Love bombers love talking about the future, in little to no time. You may feel you have found the right person who is giving you everything you've ever desired including making future plans with you. From wedding plans to how many kids you both want to have, everything will be laid straight out like the best made plans. But there's a catch. Future talks with a love bomber are sure shot signs of red flag. It's tricky because love bombers trick you into believing they are an important part of your life and indispensable to your future happiness. (c)Pintrest Make sure you don't indulge in any future plans with them, until you're sure and significant time has gone by and you've figured out their true intention. Otherwise they will leave you with a million dreams for the future and disappear. (3) If They Start To Seem Difficult, Leave A few traits you can't miss when you're with a narcissistic love bomber is that they will play on your insecurities, their unreasonable demands and expectations will increase, things will obviously start to fizzle out and the relationship will feel like a constant emotional-merry-go-round. These are the signs you need to watch out for, when things start getting a little too aggressive and abrupt and leave. Save yourself some hurt and recognise these patterns. You will know how they treat you, which will be very different from how anyone in a 'normal' relationship would. (c)Pintrest Most times it's a human tendency to feel good about oneself and attract people who make people feel good about themselves. Sometimes people go through heavily abusive relationships and make it a pattern to attract people who will behave the same way the others have in the past, with them. The solution is to break the pattern and introspect as to why you let certain people into your life. Love bombing is one of the most toxic forms of abuse and if you realise the traces early on, you can definitely break away and live without the unnecessary toxicity. Or just pay attention to the pointers mentioned above and be at guard with love bombers who may come your way.
  14. 'Boys will be boys' - this is such a common phrase, unfortunately. But finally, people are realizing the negative impact of it. No, don't let boys be boys and excuse any kind of horrible behaviour. Don't just let boys be boys but hold boys accountable for their actions, because let's be real, it's about damn time. Toxic masculinity is a thing that everyone needs to fight against, regardless of the gender, but first people need to understand what it means. Trying to get through to people about the same topic, Gillette released a powerful ad. The ad tries to shed light on all the negative consequences of letting boys be boys, the biggest example being the #MeToo movement. If no one sets a good example for little boys, they will grow up to do the same things that have been happening for years and the cycle of toxic masculinity will never ever be broken. But, it's high time for a change and the powerful ad is advocating what's required right now. “Boys will be boys”? Isn't it time we stopped excusing bad behavior? Re-think and take action by joining us at https://t.co/giHuGDEvlT. #TheBestMenCanBe pic.twitter.com/hhBL1XjFVo — Gillette (@Gillette) January 14, 2019 Of course, this was met with backlash, but it was great to see the appreciation for it as well. After reading all the negative tweets, I feel like people who are hating on it don't even understand the concept of toxic masculinity but rather think that it's just calling all men toxic when it's so clearly not the case. I'd like to thank Gillette for reminding me how horrible it is to be man. This should sit well with your customers. NOT. — Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) January 14, 2019 So basically being asked to behave like decent human beings and treat other human beings with respect is asking for too much. No one is saying it is horrible to be a man, people are just saying ignoring or perpetuating the horrible behaviour by some men has been creating a bad environment for everyone. I've used @Gillette razors my entire adult life but this absurd virtue-signalling PC guff may drive me away to a company less eager to fuel the current pathetic global assault on masculinity. Let boys be damn boys. Let men be damn men. https://t.co/Hm66OD5lA4 — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2019 I shouldn't really be surprised that Piers Morgan is also ranting about it online, I would have been shocked if he hadn't said anything. Piers, it's a global assault on toxic masculinity, not masculinity, but the fact that you can't even distinguish the two says a lot about you. Hey @Gillette, I have an idea, stay out of politics. Real men already stop other guys from acting badly. A razor company should want me to shave with your product. And, btw, I'm extremely masculine. And there's nothing wrong with that. #TheBestMenCanBe — Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) January 15, 2019 When did asking people to be good human beings become political? And, yes there's nothing wrong with being masculine. Thank you, next. So nice to see @Gillette jumping on the “men are horrible” campaign permeating mainstream media and Hollywood entertainment. I for one will never use your product again. https://t.co/uZf7v4sFKm — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 14, 2019 If you can't comprehend the message, maybe you're part of the problem and that's why you felt personally attacked. Take some time to sit back and reflect on your own actions rather than ignoring this realization. Dear @Gillette: Some men are violent misogynists. Most are willing to die to protect our liberties and freedoms (including those of women). It is grotesque to repeatedly ascribe collective guilt onto half of humanity known as men. Being a man is not a disease nor a pathology. https://t.co/CAxGadDiD6 — Gad Saad (@GadSaad) January 14, 2019 No one is calling all the men in the world horrible, just the ones who still don't understand how their actions have so many horrible consequences. Its main message seems to be "don't HAVE a dick". https://t.co/VvD7HPFfqi — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2019 Just FYI, you don't need to have a dick to be a man, because you know, trans men exist. Okay, I feel like that was enough hate, and enough answers to hate so let's enjoy some sensible tweets by woke people. .@Gillette's new campaign thoughtfully and critically examines what "The Best a Man Can Get," the brand's iconic tagline, means today. A must watch. https://t.co/5WKmfferhl — Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) January 15, 2019 And, people seriously have a problem with people trying make the world a better place. Once again, I'm very much okay with this shift in cultural standards. "Be a good human" is getting ever-more commercially viable. I'm down with a future where it's cool to be protective and proactive at making the world better. https://t.co/iYsGxBQ9QF — Mika McKinnon (@mikamckinnon) January 14, 2019 Take notes. THIS is how you use your brand. THIS is how you engage with your audience. Gillette being aware of mostly having a male audience and using their influence as a global brand to make a change for the better. other companies take notes pic.twitter.com/KCdxKDLji0 — laq (@spidervesre) January 15, 2019 It's so damaging and it's time for change. Folks are upset @Gillette? No #men and #masculinity are not #toxic. But #Toxicmasculinity is a cultural belief that real men don't cry. Real men don't show fear. Real men don't lose. Real men take what they want. This thinking isn't new. It is toxic and it damages men and women. https://t.co/EWBJeRZnZm — Jeffrey Reddick (@JeffreyaReddick) January 15, 2019 Same. aaaaannnnnd Gillette made e cry at my desk https://t.co/9HYV24ZDbV — 20Pemberteen (@DaveYourFave) January 15, 2019 Very well done. Exploitative? Maybe. Brave and timely? Absolutely. Also, I cried. Well done, @Gillette. #foroursons https://t.co/4hYNcgsxoX — Emily Andras (@emtothea) January 15, 2019 It truly is. Amazing call to action. https://t.co/MF1Hivkjfu — Marcus J. Carey (@marcusjcarey) January 14, 2019 Exactly. Thanks for this Gillette. I agree. We absolutely as men can do a better job instilling better morals and behavior overall with one another. Handing those core values down to our kids is paramount. And don't tell me it doesn't exist. Not all of us sure. But enough to change. https://t.co/3UVbnq2WtO — Max Gonzalez (@GassyMexican) January 15, 2019 Shave everything! Screw toxic masculinity. This is an awesome step to take. Great ad. *urge to shave things increases* https://t.co/ebAQ0ZsB0m — Joaquin Baldwin (@joabaldwin) January 14, 2019 We definitely do. lmao woke razor blades is the future we deserve https://t.co/diAPiIvnsA — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) January 14, 2019
  15. Relationships are great. Until they aren't! Sometimes, even the ideal relationships start becoming toxic. Out of nowhere, you start feeling that you aren't happy anymore and it might be best to part ways. © Warner Brothers At times, it's true. When you spend a fair amount of time with your partner and get to know them better, you realise that they aren't the person what you are looking for. In that case, you can consider parting ways. But at times, the problems arise because of petty reasons which are quite normal and can be dealt with easily. Following are three such subtle sighs which will tell you that your relationship is turning toxic and you should work on it to avoid a bad breakup: 1. Unnecessary Fights Every couple fights, this isn't anything to worry about. But if your fights become regular; and when you are with your partner if most of your time goes arguing over unnecessary things, then there is something to worry about. You should find out the actual reasons for your fights. Communication is the key here. Talk to your partner; figure out what is it that you want from each other and then work on it. The whole drama can be avoided with just one healthy conversation. 2. Less Physical Intimacy When you two have lived together for a long time, then it's completely natural to not get intimate as much as you did at the start of your relationship. Daily *** does turn into twice or thrice a week when you have lived together long enough. But if it has become non-existent, then it is a matter to worry about. You need to figure out the cause of it. © Dharma Productions It could be the mundanity, or maybe the emotional distance between you two. If it's the first one, time to spice things up and go '50 Shades of Grey'. But if it's the latter, you should take a deep look into your relationship. See what is driving you away from each other and then deal with the problem. 3. Unavailability & Ignorance If you feel like your partner is ignoring you, then it's a serious issue. It's completely okay to have personal space and some 'me-time', but if the interactions and communication are seizing to exist, then it means the relationship is going on the wrong road. And there's definitely a reason behind the growing distance. © Warner Brothers There is a good chance that your partner is no longer interested in you and that's why ignoring you. In this situation, the best you can do is calmly talk to them and tell them to share whatever is on their mind. And accordingly, you can work things out. It's not easy to find the right partner. If you think you have found one, work hard on your relationship to make it work. You never know if you'll get it again or not!
  16. In this picture taken on February 26, 2018, shows Pakistani residents carrying pots filled with drinking water from a handpump on the outskirts of Lahore. Photo: AFPKOT ASADULLAH: Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition...
  17. In this picture taken on February 26, 2018, shows Pakistani residents carrying pots filled with drinking water from a handpump on the outskirts of Lahore. Photo: AFPKOT ASADULLAH: Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition...
  18. Facebook has been trying to clean up its platform for years now thanks to troll accounts and semi-censored content being posted by users. The downvote button is being used to flag 'bad comments' which might come out as having “bad intentions or is disrespectful.” As per the report, in a way, Facebook is trying very hard to not make this new button come out as a dislike button. For now, Facebook seems to have rolled out the Downvote feature only for public pages created in Australia and New Zealand. Facebook's 'Downvote' button is restricted to comments on public posts and doesn't apply to the posts themselves. There are no additions to the list of reactions under each post. © Ben Slater / Twitter This feature is very similar to what's found on Reddit, where users react or engage with comments via an upvote/downvote button. The company is said to be putting its trust in the user base to help Facebook flag offensive public posts and comments. This new addition is being seen as Facebook's attempt to fight fake news. In addition to introducing features such as this one, Facebook is turning to machine learning to also scan articles for falsehood. The feature hasn't be rolled out in India yet but we are expecting Facebook to have a global roll out in the coming few months. © Ashslay / Twitter Facebook already ranks comments by relevancy based on likes and replies. But the Downvote button could ensure that if objectionable comments rise up and stall discussion, Facebook will know. Back in 2015, CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to a Q&A about a dislike button, saying: “We didn't want to just build a Dislike button because we don't want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people's posts. That doesn't seem like the kind of community we want to create.” Source: IANS
  19. Do you know why people wander into mountains and wants to go trekking to places where very few have left their marks? It is because they want to go into the unknown and discover new things and challenge their limits. Most of the time getting out of your comfort zone is the way forward. Here are a few bad habits that we slowly adopt in life, which we need to get rid of in order to achieve our maximum potential. 1. Idolizing We all need people around us to learn from. We may also follow a leader but it does not mean that we start imitating their each and every activity and end up losing our ability to distinguish between what is right and wrong. They had their problems in life and you will have yours and they will be different. Adopt their qualities that will make you a better person but don't go for blind faith. 2. Peer Comparison No two lives are the same and similarly, it is foolish to compare yourself to other some individual's status. You do not know what resource they must have inherited or how much time they might have taken to build their empire. Instead of negative comparison, you should focus your energy on the things that will take yours towards your target. 3. Always Saying 'I Wish' Or Waiting For The Right Time To Come If you are the kind of person who says “I wish I knew German, so I could have applied for my dream job" or "I wish could quit my job and start my own business,” then you need to come to terms with the fact that there is no 'I wish' if you want to accomplish something. If you are not learning German then you simply don't want that job. If you can't sacrifice your high profile lifestyle to start your own business, then you simply don't deserve it. You just need to do it with whatever you have and wherever you are, as there is no right time if you are waiting for one. 4. Having A Low Opinion Of Yourself Not doing a job you love often puts people in a situation where they start dreading their life and feel like they cannot change the circumstances. We are all equal but successful people are simply obsessed with their passion. You can start your own business, you can switch your career, you can go and study abroad, you can become a travel writer. All you need is to believe in yourself. 5. Blaming Or Pointing Fingers Blaming people and stating it is a reason for your failure is a poor excuse. Stop blaming others and take the responsibility. This will make you more vulnerable to the real-life problems and you will get your own experience to learn from. 6. Judging People You definitely do not know every rich guy's past, nor do you know the whole story behind every poor man's condition, then why judge them? Leave your judgments behind, and move forward. 7. Needing To Have All The Right Answers Or Seeking Perfection No one is perfect in this is world and that is the beauty of it. If you are waiting for the time when you will have all the answers in life, then you will never be able to move ahead. The art is to admit that you 'don't know' and then learn and that's how it works. 8. Prioritizing Comfort First If you have ever climbed a mountain, you will know that it was the discomfort that gave you what you desired and not your comfort zone. You will feel insecure and may also have self-doubts but you need to get used to that feeling and keep moving. It is the view from the top that makes it worth it after all. Photo:©Thinkstock(Main Image)
  20. We all might die soon, yay! And, if that happens, we'll have to blame – or thank – China. An out of control Chinese Space Station carrying 'highly toxic' chemicals could hit earth in just a few short days. China's first prototype station, Tiangong-1, has been out of service since all control over it was lost in 2016, but is now reported to be hurtling back to earth. The 8.5 tonnes Space Station contains quite a bit of hydrazine, which is basically rocket fuel. Since it is traveling parallel to the equator at the most northern and southern points of its orbit, there is a high chance of it crashing into cities like New York, Barcelona, Beijing, Chicago, Istanbul, Rome, and Toronto. © China Manned Space Engineering Office While talking to MailOnline, Dr. Hugh Lewis, a senior lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton said, “The spacecraft is traveling around a more or less circular orbit, which is tipped with respect to the equator at 43 degrees. If you plot this path on a map of the Earth, it produces a sine wave pattern, with the slower curve of the wave in northern and southern latitudes and the faster straighter sections running from east to west.” He went on, “We can't say precisely where, as we don't know which orbit it will come in on. At this point in time, it's very difficult to say. If you take how far in advance you make your prediction, the rule of thumb for error is around 10 percent. At the moment, that's roughly 10 days or 160 possible orbits. If we were to predict again with a week to go, this would narrow to less than one day or 16 possible orbits. My expectation is, what little of the craft survives the atmosphere, will impact the ocean.” © Twitter Okay, I take back the 'we're going to die' thing because apparently no one has ever been harmed by space debris coming back to earth. Also, 10-40 percent of the satellite is expected to survive this re-entry.
  21. Ghanaian artist Joseph Awuah-Darko poses as Agbogbloshie electronical waste dumpsite in Accra on November 29, 2017. Joseph is the founder of Agbogblo.Shine Initiative, an organisation that advocates the use of design thinking to galvanize social change in Agbogbloshie to stop climate change. Photo: AFP 1 ACCRA: Joseph Awuah-Darko sits on a stool at one of the world's largest electronic waste dumps, watching polystyrene and insulation cables burn on the blackened ground. "It´s survival and dystopia," says the 21-year-old British-born Ghanaian, surveying the stretch of wasteland around him as dense plumes of acrid smoke rise into the air. Awuah-Darko and his university friends have ambitious plans for the sprawling Agbogbloshie dumping ground in Ghana´s capital, Accra. In January this year, he co-founded the non-profit Agbogblo.Shine Initiative, which encourages people working at the dump to turn waste into high-end furniture. The dump workers typically risk exposure to harmful fumes by burning obsolete and unwanted appliances such as mobile phones, computers, televisions and plastics that are brought to Ghana from around the world. After burning, they salvage and resell copper and other metals from these leftovers of modern consumer culture. The dump and scrapyard sit next to the heavily polluted Odaw River in the slum-like area, home to an estimated 40,000 people. Ghanaian artist Joseph Awuah-Darko works on a clock, the pieces of which were found at Agbogloshie dumpsite, at his workshop at Ashesi University College where he studies, outside Accra on November 29, 2017. Photo: AFP The United Nations has said that salvaging materials for recycling provide income for more than 64 million people in the developing world. Ghana is said to have the largest informal recycling industry in Africa and imports some 40,000 tonnes of this e-waste annually. 'We are suffering here' When Awuah-Darko first saw the piles of circuit boards, wires and plastics at Agbogbloshie he decided he wanted to use his artistic talent as a force for change. So he set up the Agbogblo. Shine project with Cynthia Muhonja, a fellow student from Ashesi University, about an hour's drive from Accra. Ghanaian artist Joseph Awuah-Darko works on a clock, the pieces of which were found at Agbogloshie dumpsite, at his workshop at Ashesi University College where he studies, outside Accra on November 29, 2017. Photo: AFP They repurpose the electronic scraps, "upcycling" them into furniture, and offer training for the young men who work at the dump to create the pieces. The students straddle two worlds -- a privileged life on the lush campus of a private university in a forested area, and the harsh reality of life for some of Ghana's poorest people. Mohamed Abdul Rahim, who is in charge of about 20 young men, has been working at Agbogbloshie since 2008. The 25-year-old from the north of Ghana works 12-hour days, six days a week. On average the workers make only about 20 cedi each ($4.50, 3.75 euros) a day. He knows the work is bad for his health but doesn´t see any other option. However, he is optimistic that Awuah-Darko´s initiative will help. "We are suffering here because the heat is there, the smoke, too, it disturbs us. If we see good work we will go join it and leave this," he says. The toxic fumes hurt his lungs, while his hips and waist ache from carrying heavy objects to burn. The money he earns supports his mother, wife and three children. Young men burn e-waste at Agbogbloshie dumpsite in Accra on November 29, 2017. The dumpsite is located in Agbogbloshie slum, a former wetland in the 60´s and home of refugees who fled the conflict in the north of Ghana during the 80´s. Photo: AFP The ground he works on is black, muddy and littered with plastic bags, cables, bottles and broken shoes alongside smashed television sets and computer monitors. Workers use plastics and polystyrene as fuel to melt down components to extract the copper. Grandfather clock Awuah-Darko recognises that the people of Agbogbloshie "are basically in pursuit of what we all want, which is a better life". "Unfortunately, the side effects or the by-product of this is the detriment of their health," he said. He hopes that this initiative will not only improve their lives but also the planet, as waste from the site is given another life. Women sell water sachets at Agbogbloshie dumpsite in Accra on November 29, 2017. The dumpsite is located in Agbogbloshie slum, a former wetland in the 60´s and home of refugees who fled the conflict in the north of Ghana during the 80´s. Photo: AFP Awuah-Darko´s first upcycled work is a grandfather clock, made from a galvanised car axle, aluminium and part of a discarded wall clock. Two high-end hotels in Accra are currently vying to buy the unusual timepiece, he said, and with such interest, he has plans to create more and expand operations. Awuah-Darko sees a future where around 100 people from Agbogbloshie can leave their harmful work to build furniture. He also wants to exhibit the creations at major galleries around the world and sell them at auction houses. That would be a world away for someone like Mohammed Sofo, a thin 26-year-old with small tattoos on his face. But Sofo wants to live in a world where he does not have to burn waste to survive. "Some people think we are bad because they think we are mad persons," he said. "If we get money no one will look at us like that. Someday will come when no one will be working here."
  22. India topped the list of countries with babies at risk, followed by China NEW DELHI: As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies´ developing brains. The UN´s children´s agency, UNICEF, said Asia accounts for more than 16 million of the world´s 17 million infants aged under one year living in areas with severe pollution -- at least six times more than safe levels. India topped the list of countries with babies at risk, followed by China, UNICEF said in a report. Satellite imagery used to assess pollution levels around the world found that South Asian countries accounted for 12.2 million of the total number of affected children but that there is also a growing problem in African cities. Air pollution has already been linked to asthma, bronchitis, and other long-term respiratory diseases. "But a growing body of scientific research points to a potential new risk that air pollution poses to children´s lives and futures: its impact on their developing brains," UNICEF said. The report highlighted links found between pollution and brain functions "including verbal and nonverbal IQ and memory, reduced test scores, grade point averages among school children, as well as other neurological behavioural problems." "As more and more of the world urbanises, and without adequate protection and pollution reduction measures, more children will be at risk in the years to come." ´Danger in the air´ The ultra-fine particles in city pollution can damage the blood-brain barrier -- a delicate membrane that protects the brain from toxic substances. Damage to the membrane has been linked to Alzheimers and Parkinson´s disease in the elderly. UNICEF also highlighted the growing risk from minute particles of the iron ore magnetite which is increasingly found in urban pollution. The nano-particles, which easily get into the blood stream, are highly dangerous to the brain because of their magnetic charge and have also been linked to degenerative diseases. The author of the "Danger In The Air" report, Nicholas Rees, told AFP that toxic pollution is "impacting children´s learning, their memories, linguistic and motor skills." Delhi closed schools in early November after doctors declared a public health emergency, but quickly reopened them -- provoking anger from parents who accused authorities of "playing with children´s health". The crisis saw large swathes of north India and parts of neighbouring Pakistan blanketed in acrid air -- an annual phenomenon as cooler air traps particles near the ground, cause pollution levels to spike. In China, where air pollution has cut life expectancy in the industrial north by three years, the government has imposed production curbs on industry to counter a smog crisis that rivals India´s -- but progress has been patchy. UNICEF urged more efforts to cut pollution, and also to reduce children´s exposure to the poisonous smog which has frequently reached hazardous levels in Indian cities in recent weeks. It called for a greater use of masks, air filtration systems and for children to avoid travelling when pollution levels are at their highest. Rees said masks help "but very importantly they have to have good filters and they also have to fit children´s faces well. A mask that does not fit the face well won´t work."
  23. A civil defence member breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria, April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah/Files UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump on Thursday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria ahead of planned votes on rival US and Russia resolutions that could spark Moscow?s 10th veto on Syria action. Trump said on Twitter that the joint inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which decided who is to blame, was needed to prevent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons. The inquiry, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), found the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent sarin in an April 4 attack. If the Security Council cannot agree on a renewal, its mandate will expire at midnight Thursday. ?Need all on the UN Security Council to vote to renew the Joint Investigative Mechanism for Syria to ensure that Assad Regime does not commit mass murder with chemical weapons ever again,? Trump said in a note on Twitter. A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted. While Russia agreed to the 2015 creation of the JIM, it has consistently questioned its findings, which also concluded that the Syrian government used chlorine as a weapon several times. Diplomats say there is little support among the 15-member council for the Russian draft, which Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has said aims to correct ?systemic errors? of the inquiry, Diplomats said the United States had amended its draft in a bid to win Russian support. Russia has vetoed nine resolutions on Syria since the conflict started in 2011, including blocking an initial US bid on October 24 to renew the JIM, saying it wanted to wait for the release two days later of the inquiry?s report that blamed a sarin gas attack on the Syrian government. Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013 under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States.
  24. It's been over a week since Lahore?s skyline has been shrouded in toxic smog, reducing visibility and prompting health concerns amongst the citizens. The opaque haze first became most visible on October 30 in Pakistan?s second-largest city. On most days, readings of the PM 2.5 ? tiny particles that can get lodged in the lungs ? were off the charts, reaching as high up as 700 micrograms per cubic meter. While the World Health Organisation?s air quality guidelines stipulate a safety limit of 35 micrograms per cubic meter in 24 hours. The low visibility has also resulted in accidents, killing one person, to date, and injuring several others. Yet, the Punjab government has not declared a public health emergency. Even more troublingly, weather forecasts predict the dirty air to persist for a more few days. ?There is chance of light rain by November 13 or 14, which would help dissipate the smog,? says Mohammad Riaz, the chief Meteorologist in Lahore, ?The weather pattern is now changing. But this is just a possibility right now.? A Pakistani vendor carries balloons on a street amid heavy smog in Lahore on November 9, 2017 - AFP1 Last year, the city-dwellers witnessed a similar spike in air pollutants and density of harmful particles. ?The first three days of November are the most hazardous, in terms of complaints of respiratory problems and infections. This pattern is unlikely to change in the coming years,? adds Riaz. According to Punjab?s Environment Protection Department, there are three causes of pollutants in Lahore and its adjoining areas. Majority of the smog-forming particles billow in from India, where authorities are trying to crack down on crop burnings and coal plant emissions. As for local contributors to the pollution stew, in the city of 11 million, there are 7 million registered motor vehicles, which have been dirtying the air all year round. Then, there is the industrial sector in urban areas. ?Since last year, in northern Lahore, we have shut down over 200 units of steel factories,? Tauqeer Ahmad Qureshi, Director of the government-run Environment Protection Agency, tells Geo.tv, ?They will have to prove that they have taken measures to be environment-friendly before they are allowed to open again.? On Tuesday, the government also pushed school timings in order to ensure children avoid travelling at early mornings, when the air is most dense. On Oct. 21, the Punjab government released its policy document on controlling smog in the city. The suggestions include controlling the burning of municipal waste, banning the burning of crop residue, better traffic management and launching a public awareness campaign. It is unclear if any of these rafts of measures have been implemented as yet. Last November, at the time of onset, Lahore had only one air quality monitoring station. This time, the EPD transported five more from cities, including Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Chakwal. Data from the stations has not been released to the public. With reporting by Benazir Shah India and Pakistan need to talk about air pollution today Smog is not a new problem. It has been recurring in India and Pakistan for the last at least three years now. Policymakers, in both countries, have a good idea about the root causes of the air pollution in their cities. By: Hammad Naqi Khan Now, the Indian side has taken some urgent initiatives to deal with this, such as banning firecrackers during Diwali celebrations and pushing smog-emitting vehicles off the roads and halting construction work. Also, burning crop stubble can lead to FIRs, fines and even jail time in India?s Punjab. Unfortunately, these measures have not been very effective, as is evident these days with the density of the smog. Our side, on the other hand, has woken up to the crises too late, only acting when there was enough uproar. Pakistani motorcyclists ride along a street amid heavy smog in Lahore - AFP The uptick in air pollution is a public health emergency and has been declared so in India. But, for India and Pakistan, it is also an opportunity to put their difference aside and sit together. Pollution knows no boundaries. People already are, and in the future, will be dying on both sides of the border. If we pool in our resources, compare statistics from the air quality monitors, and develop collaborative policy solutions that can be implemented in both Punjabs, we can hammer out a long-term solution to tackle air pollution. In the long-run simply banning farmers from setting their crops ablaze won?t help. Other solutions should be explored; one could be to subside machines that farmers can use to clear their fields. Right now, Pakistan is blaming the India side for polluting its air. Maybe when we sit together, face to face, we can be more realistic. Hammad Naqi Khan is CEO/DG WWF-Pakistan Pakistan and India should use SAARC to collaborate on smog There are no two ways about it. Smog is not just an India or Pakistan issue it is a regional issue. Both countries need to collaborate in order to find a sustainable solution. The only proper forum to do that, at the moment, is through the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). By: Zakia Shah Nawaz Khan The nature of this emergency is such that let?s say Pakistan effectively tackles smog and India is still struggling, we will, regardless of our efforts, still be affected by air pollution. Hence, it has to be a joint effort. Smog is pollution, plain and simple, and it is harmful to us. No one wants it to linger any longer. We have to clean our air. Now to do that, we need to have a three-pronged strategy ? a long-term solution, a medium one and a short-term solution. Punjab is already implementing some urgent, short-term measures. Further to nip this evil in the bud, we have to be sure of its root cause. Is the smog caused only by agricultural factors? How much do urban factories and polluting cars contribute? Even if we ban crop stubble burnings, we have to provide farmers with an alternative. A Pakistani vendor rides on his bicycle on a street amid heavy smog in Lahore - AFP Now, is the time for us to say, enough is enough. The developed world did this to us. We are a developing country. We did not pollute the planet's air. There is no turning back at this point. We have to, absolutely have to, find a way to save our future generations. As for India, the federal government can initiate contact across the border. The Punjab government cannot on its own. Parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh are also being enveloped in smog so the matter is no longer limited to one provincial government. It is, and should be, on the state?s agenda. Zakia Shah Nawaz Khan is Punjab?s Minister of Environment What role can we play?
  25. A man covers his face with a handkerchief as he walks ina park on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, November 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters 1 NEW DELHI: The Indian capital declared a pollution emergency and banned the entry of trucks and construction activity as a toxic smog hung over the city for a third day on Thursday and air quality worsened by the hour. Illegal crop burning in the farm states surrounding New Delhi, vehicle exhaust emissions in a city with limited public transport and swirling construction dust have caused the crisis, which arises every year. The problem has been compounded this year by still conditions, the weather office said. A US embassy measure of tiny particulate matter 'PM 2.5' showed a reading of 608 at 10am when the safe limit is 50. An hour before it was 591. PM 2.5 is particulate matter about 30 times finer than a human hair. The particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs, causing heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and respiratory diseases. Residents complained of headaches, coughs and smarting eyes. Many stayed home and restaurants in some of the city?s most crowded parts were deserted. ?I?d like to assure people that the central government shall do everything possible to bring about improvement in air quality in Delhi and the Nation Capital Region,? federal environment minister Harsh Vardhan said as authorities faced criticism for failing to take steps to fight a problem that erupts every year. The haze covered India Gate, a war memorial in the centre of the city where Britain?s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were due to pay respects in a two-day trip ending on Thursday. Schools have been shut for the week and late on Wednesday, the city administration announced a set of measures to try to clean up the air. Commercial trucks have been banned from the city unless they are transporting essential commodities, all construction has been stopped and car parking charges raised four times to force residents to use public transport. The Delhi transport department said it would take a decision later in the day on whether to introduce an ?odd-even? scheme under which cars with license plates ending in an odd number are allowed one day and even-numbered cars the next. But experts said these measures were unlikely to bring immediate relief. ?There is such a cloud over us that you probably need artificial rain or some such to clear this,? said Dr Vivek Nangia, a pulmonologist at Delhi?s Fortis hospital. Video images shot by ANI, a Reuters affiliate, showed farmers illegally burning crop stubble in Rohtak, about 65km from Delhi. Farmers in Haryana, where Rohtak is located, and Punjab, the two big agrarian states surrounding Delhi, burn millions of tonnes of crop waste around October every year before sowing the winter crop of wheat. State authorities say it is hard to enforce the ban unless farmers, a powerful political constituency, are given funds to buy machinery to clear their land. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said in a Twitter post: ?Situation is serious but Punjab helpless as problem is widespread & state has no money to compensate farmers for stubble management.?
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