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Day: December 17, 2015

Beijing smog is so bad people are buying cans of air imported from Canada
Asia, ENGLISH

Beijing smog is so bad people are buying cans of air imported from Canada

    Morning commuters wear protective masks to shield from extreme smog in central Beijing It’s an especially bad time to depend on a nose, mouth, and lungs for breathing if you’re in Beijing. While few can afford the pleasures of a leisurely mountain escape in nearby Zhangjiakou, a whiff of Banff is within reach! “Red alert” smog levels hit China’s capital city earlier this month—the highest alert issued since the color-coded system debuted in 2013. As a result, some residents are taking the desperate measure of buying clean air from a can. For Troy Paquette and Moses Lam, it’s a very good time to be in the business of selling an invisible element. After successfully selling sealed plastic bags of air on eBay (the first for 99 cents, the second for $168 after a bidding war), ...
THE UN’S SILENCE
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

THE UN’S SILENCE

Mozammel H. Khan: Despite history's numerous precedents, the word “genocide” did not exist until legal scholar Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew who found shelter in the United States, coined the term in 1943. On December 9, 1948, the UN unanimously adopted a convention on genocide, identifying it as a crime “committed with the intention to destroy in whole or part a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” Called The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, it was adopted by the General Assembly on December 9, 1948, and came into effect on January 12, 1951. The word “genocide” that gradually entered the lexicon of international law has been used to officially character-ise the mass slaughter of Armenians, Jews and Rwandans in the 20th century. The UN recogni...
Symptoms that could mean you need to go to hospital now according to experts
ENGLISH, Life Style

Symptoms that could mean you need to go to hospital now according to experts

    With the rise of online symptom-checkers, it can sometimes be tricky to know when an unexpected condition warrants a trip to A&E. In response to the problem, Reddit users on the AskReddit area of the website were invited to flag symptoms which require immediate hospital treatment. Both doctors and patients shared their advice and personal experiences on the thread. We have sifted through the most popular comments to see whether the advice stands. Such behaviour could be a sign of a stroke: when the blood supply is cut to part of the brain. This condition requires immediate medical attention. In order to raise awarenss of the signs of a stroke the NHS advises members of the public to remember the acronym FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time. Face – the face may have dropped on o...
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO DEFEND YOUR MOTHERLAND?
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO DEFEND YOUR MOTHERLAND?

Ishtiaq Ahmed: It's the middle of September, 1971. The location is Shonir Char, an inconspicuous fictional village under Barisal District, Sector 9 of independent Bangladesh. But Shonir Char is of great strategic importance to both the nefari-ous Pakistani Army, who are currently occupying it by force, and the Freedom Fighters who want to secure this crucial outpost. Surrounded by Madhumati River, the village has suddenly become critical because of the recent emerging char (river islets). The Pakistanis have also set up a watch-tower which gives them visibility of any enemy approaching their stronghold. At the break of midnight, a group of five Freedom Fighter commandos approach Shonir Char by first swimming through the dark waters of Madhumati and then crawling on the sand dunes of the bu...
Smog and pollution alert as Sahara dust cloud cloaks Britain turning skies red
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Smog and pollution alert as Sahara dust cloud cloaks Britain turning skies red

    A striking sunset picture taken in Norwich Sands swept to Britain from the SAHARA have caused incredibly vivid blood-red sunrises across the UK this morning. However, the dust storm will bring killer smog and “blood rain” today, it is feared. Asthmatics have been warned to stay indoors – as have people suffering other health problems. A smog alert has been issued for much of the UK as the African sand smothered the land. And Britain could face the warmest December for 70 years as ¬temperatures soar to 16C – 10C higher than the average for this time of year. Experts warned those with chest ¬problems to avoid strenuous exercise. Asthma UK’s Andrew Proctor said: “People with asthma must take extra care this week. “We are facing a perfect storm of asthma triggers, with air pol...