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Football Festival is here with a bang! Gear up for FIFA World Cup 2018

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Today, when Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in the Russian capital of Moscow, the 21st World Cup tournament will officially be underway, heightening the excitement over the month-long football bonanza.

What is FIFA to the general masses?

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The excitement among people is at peak at this point of time. Some are honest to goodness, revealing that they look forward to it even though they understand nothing about football. Most women planning to watch the game admit that their only interest in the month-long tournament is spotting attractive players.
Men, however, have dictated humorous rules to their partners. These include “no talking during the game”, “the remote control belongs to me for the month”, “you should not pass in front of the TV while I am watching the game, you better crawl” and “make sure you don’t ask silly questions like is this Chelsea versus England”.

FIFA World Cup 2018

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The 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament will take place in European Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.

Most Expensive Football Championship

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The Russian government marked a budget of around $20 billion, later on budgeted at $ 11.8-14.0 Billion surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil hereby setting the costliest the championship ever held.

Teams

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The final tournament will involve 32 national teams. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The selected teams include the smallest country by population — Iceland, to the first timer Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland and Sweden) and four Arab nations (Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia).

Zabivaka — The Mascot

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Zabivaka symbolies an anthropomorphic wolf dressed in the colors of the Russian national team. Zabivaka’s name is a Russian word which means “to strike”, he describes the traits of an aspiring football player who is “charming, confident and social”.

The Match Ball

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The official match ball of the 2018 World Cup called “Telstar 18” that is based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from 1970 (first introduced on 9 November 2017).

The Official Song

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The official song of the tournament is “Live It Up”, with vocals from Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi, released on 25th May. The FIFA World Cup released Official Music Video on 8th June.

The Ceremony

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The opening ceremony will be headlined by British pop icon Robbie Williams. The famous Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will join the artist on the stage. Apart from the two performers, Opera singer Placido Domingo, and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez will also perform at the Opening Ceremony to give it a classical touch. Russian musicians, including pianist Denis Matsuev, global opera stars Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eivazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Albina Shagimuratova will also be a part of the extravaganza expected to have a live audience of over 80,000.

The final performance will include rendition of the official World Cup song titled Live It Up.

In the End — Chic Slogans

What do you need to win the World Cup? Guts, talent, ability to handle pressure, concentration, one heck of a kick or an inspirational slogan. Read on:

AUSTRALIA

Be brave, be bold, Socceroos in green and gold

BELGIUM

Red Devils on a mission

BRAZIL

More than five stars, 200 million hearts

Argentina

Together for a Dream

CROATIA

Small country, big dreams

SERBIA

One team, one dream – Serbia

SPAIN

Together we are invincible

URUGUAY

The sun shines in Russia, the sky is all light blue

PORTUGAL

The past is glory, the present is history

GERMANY

Let’s write history together

ENGLAND

Send us victorious

JAPAN

Fighting now Samurai blue!

And the most coolest of them all,

POLAND

Go Poland!

(Not much of slogan writers I suppose…)

Prepare yourself for a football festival, get your slogans and choose your team. Because football maybe kicked by foot, but strikes goal in hearts!

” He who knows the fire that is within himself shall ascend unto the eternal fire and dwell in it eternal. ” -The Emerald Tablets A normal, unassuming college going ephebe who has a flair for searching bliss in Antiquity, generally in written form. Mythology, History, Indology, Cultural Anthropology, Architecture, Thoth in flesh and bones, a trivia buff always ready to learn and grow, firmly believes in -- if you want to change the masses for good, educe them instead of inducing them.

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Nobel Prize 2018: Major highlights and motivations

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Time and again, people have proved that strong strings withstand the tests, no matter how great the pressure! Nobel Prizes were thus, introduced keeping in mind the strength that inspires billions.

Imagine sleeping on a footpath or park bench, or studying under street lights, or serving as slaves to ruthless people, or working so hard that you almost died. Imagine protecting others with your life in the line, imagine being shot if you raised your voice to protest.

IMAGINE.

People receive awards not just by doing something great, but by finding greatness in hardships, in challenges they face to achieve their goals. Such people are idols, for they show how to achieve greatness, which is far worthy than success.

Here are the Nobel Prize winners of 2018 whose outstanding works made the world gasp in wonder.

 

Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology

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James P. Allison and TasukuHonjo will receive the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. Allison’s early research focused on understanding how the human immune system defends the body from pathogens and cancers, with an emphasis on the role of immune cells called T cells. He went on to develop an antibody that blocks a CTLA-4 protein that led to the disintegration of existing tumors. Ipilimumab(antibody) was the first remedial which improved survival for patients with this deadly disease.

Honjo researched & identified the protein PD-1 on immune cells. After meticulous research, he saw that it also operates as a brake on T cells, but that it functions in a different way to CTLA-4.

 

Nobel Prize for Chemistry

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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been bestowed on Frances H. Arnold for the “directed evolution of enzymes” and, to George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter for the “phage display of peptides and antibodies.”

In simple words, Directed Evolution is a lab method where mutation and screening in used to speed up the genes natural selection process. Arnold introduced random mutations into the gene for a starting enzyme, used microbial genes and screened mutated genes for the desired activity.

Smith’s research was sequencing the chromosomes of the collected phages to produce genes for proteins with desired binding affinity. Winter extended phage display to screening for different antibodies.

Their work involves techniques that are now, used worldwide and their research will set new patterns for upcoming researchers.

 

Nobel Prize for Peace

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Gynecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad have jointly received the Nobel Prize for peace.

Nadia’s story is sad and inspiring at the same time. She was abused and raped by the IS army. Verbal and violent abuses are a part of the IS military strategy and, girls like Nadia served as weaponry against religious minorities.

Dr. Mukwege has spent his time in helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He and his staff have treated thousands of victims to such assaults.

They have received a high appraisal for their efforts to prohibit sexual violence in war and armed conflicts.

 

There are so many big and small things that our eyes miss, but once seen through, they show what human beings are capable of achieving. Don’t be afraid to face challenges. Just so you know, “if you to be in history, you have to solve the mystery!”

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#MeToo The much talked about hash tag, is here on Wordhazard Too.

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” If she did n’t want ‘me to’ touch her, why did she even wear such and such kinds of clothes?

Why did she drag my name into “ #MeToo ”?,  at least I didn’t rape her!

Why is she bringing this all after 8 years? “

 

Allegations are false and totally fabricated. It is to defame me. If only touching her was such a big issue, she could have voiced them.

Aren’t the above sounding familiar, why won’t they?

With the tsunami of allegations and lots of confessions, especially the previous week in India has again stirred up the hashtag game. This time Bollywood has chosen to speak up against the injustice done to the women.  And this looks very promising that women from other sectors shall to get instilled and speak up.

Starting from the very well known Nana Patekar being accused of sexual harassment, it has enveloped famous directors as Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai and not forgetting, actor Alok Nath.

 

Let’s drive back into the history of #memovement:

 

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Did you know, the phrase MeToo came into existence in the year 2006?

 

Yes, people, it has taken about 11 years to come into its total effect.

 

Tarana Burke, a social activist, and community organizer began using the phrase “Me Too” in 2006, on the Myspace social network as part of a campaign to promote “empowerment through empathy” among women of color who have experienced sexual abuse.

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Tarana while listening to the story of a 13-year-old harassed girl “remarked –MeToo” and since then decided to use it for spreading the awareness.

 

The phrase gained its power when it was tweeted in 2017:

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The phrase “Me too” was tweeted by Milano on October 15, 2017, and had been used more than 200,000 times by the end of the day and tweeted more than 500,000 times by October 16  On Facebook.

Talking about Hollywood, a report said  425 well-known public figures have been publicly accused.  According to Bloomberg news, “that’s more than one newly reported person facing accusations each day, on average, for the last 12 months.” And that’s one whooping fact.

Questions like-

 

Where is the proof?

 

Why is she speaking now?

 

Isn’t is disrespectful for the man?

 

Why didn’t she quit the place silently?

 

How does she remember things as old as 20 years ago?

 

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People must understand, in this patriarchal society where even voicing over harassment is itself one major issue, it is not that one person who needs to be punished , but the entire sick mental thinking that feels wearing short dresses, keeping silent, smiling and talking in a friendly manner provokes or gives you the authority to even finger touch the women without her consent is ethical, just because you are a man ,then I must remark, you are the most dangerous element existing  for the entire humanity.

It’s definitely about equality and here, the question about some #metoo statements being fabricated cannot be ruled out. It is true that many at times men are made the scapegoat and are extorted money, and in such cases, necessary actions and belief in the right judgment by higher authorities must be infused. Be assured if you haven’t done any wrong.

The day, when every woman and every man stops ignoring and starts being proactive and concerned, I don’t think one more victim like me may have to heavy heartedly write and tell yes, it’s #MeToo even.

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Happy Birthday to the living legend, the Angry Young Man : Mr. Amitabh Bachchan

Shatakshi Saxena

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To Mr. Bachchan,

Sir, 11th October is not just a date but a festival for all of your fans around the globe. Everyone knows you as the Angry Young Man, the Anthony from Amar Akbar Anthony and many such names that are a true reflection of your hard work and success. For the world you might be all of these characters first but for me, you are an inspiration, a living legend. Since the moment I have begun watching films, your persona has had a huge impact on me as a person. I remember watching Anand for the first time and realizing that your on screen presence was my off screen happiness. Sir, you for me are someone who inspires me to keep moving for life is fullof ups and downs.

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I have my own way to cherish 11th October by watching all your movies on TV that are telecasted. From Sharaabi to Baghban, KhudaGawah to Paa and many more movies that have a special place in my heart. Your every character has a story to tell and very easily connects with my soul. I’ve admired you on that chair of Kaun Banega Crorepati and at the same time danced to the beats of Badumba song. I’ve laughed my heart out in SattepeSattaand cried every time you shed a tear on screen.

I remember as a child I always complained, why Mr. Bachchan has to die in the climax of most of his films? Those climax scenes of Sholay, Paa, 102 Not Out have all made me feel so sad. I’ve grown up watching your films and adoring your dialogues. From “Hum Jahan Khade ho Jaate Hain Line Wahin se Shuru Ho Jaatihai to KabhiKabhi Mere DilmeinKhayalAata Hai”, they have been my favorite. From Rang Barse to Main YahanTuWahan, your voice has always been so connective and mesmerizing. Meeting you in person and being able to express what you are to me is my dream. To witness your charismatic persona, to hear those dialogues live is my dream.

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Your movies are an eternal part of my life. Baghban has made me realize not just what family means but also the essence of true love. Mohabatein has made me witness the strong man whose ethics are his priority. Sharaabi has taught me to stay grounded no matter how rich you are. Paa, 102 Not Out taught me to live life to the fullest. While we see you work, we realize there is no end to legendary art and talent. Your work is eternal and so is your personality. The industry is blessed to have you as someone whose admiration for anything or anyone is a blessing for them.

No award or honor is greater than the honor of being a living legend and yet so grounded and humble. I heard someone saying that you are just 36 years for you had a rebirth after the accident in Coolie. I was not even born then but every time I see you sir, I thank God for making me so lucky to watch you. On this birthday of yours, I wish you all the happiness, success and health. May you continue to work and may we meet soon someday sir. For me you are no less than a teacher, a guide and a man of honor.

For me, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan is not just an actor but a feeling of respect, honor and purity. Your journey will continue to motivate me to be a person who gained respect through his unique work and humble gestures. I’ll continue to try my luck in KBC and all other ways in the hope to meet you sir. Words will always seem less for me to describe your importance in my life. I know one thing for sure that if I meet you someday, I’ll just cry out of happiness. My words will have no way to come out expect my eyes. Happiest Birthday Sir !

With best wishes,

Your greatest fan!

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