BTS’s ‘Life Goes On’ Did the Impossible


Indeed, “Life Goes On” attempts to commiserate without getting consumed by grief. “One day, the world stopped / Without any prior warning,” Jungkook sings in a honey-toned voice edged with exhaustion. “On a street with footsteps since erased, / Here I am, fallen on the ground,” Jimin continues, rising to a desperate falsetto. In his rap verse, RM paints a vivid image of trying to outrun a rain cloud before admitting his helplessness: “I must merely be human.” The members each add their own texture to the song, creating a sense of togetherness out of individual alienation. “Here, hold my hand / Let’s fly to that future,” Jungkook and Jin sing together before the chorus erupts: “Like an echo in a forest / The day will surely return / As if nothing happened / Yeah life goes on … like this again.”

If “Life Goes On” received airplay, non-Korean-speaking audiences would, of course, not understand most of the lyrics. But the aural warmth of the vocal harmonies, combined with the English refrains (“Life goes on” and “I remember”), make it the sort of healing track that could resonate with many listeners in a difficult year. (Alicia Keys seemed to agree, posting a short, all-English cover of the song over Thanksgiving weekend that went viral.)

The other new songs on Be create a more holistic emotional picture of pandemic life; the album is like a giant mood ring orbiting the listener. “Fly to My Room” is a jaunty track, full of delicious synth stabs and playful electric organ, about finding adventure amid claustrophobia. (“This year’s been stolen from me / I’m still in bed / I feel nauseous / It’s killin’ me slowly,” Jimin sings.) The midnight-colored lullaby “Blue & Grey,” originally written by V for his solo mixtape, reflects on the depression and malaise of quarantine existence. (“As ever, is this blue question mark / Unease or gloom / Perhaps it’s an animal of regret / Or a me, born of loneliness,” Suga raps.) These songs couldn’t be more different in energy or tone; back to back, they speak to BTS’s stylistic omnivorousness.

Be might be born of frustration and a sense of powerlessness, but it seeks to energize, not wallow. “Telepathy,” a funk-filled bop mostly written by Suga, delights in the thrill of a long-awaited reunion (“I think about these streets of ours that the stars have allowed for us,” RM raps). “Dis-ease,” largely written by J-Hope, is ostensibly about the sickness of overworking; an old-school hip-hop track with a slick, half-time bridge, this is for rap lovers. Aside from “Skit” (a recording of the members celebrating the No. 1 win of “Dynamite”), the final new song is “Stay,” a dance track originally intended for Jungkook’s solo mixtape that seems designed for the catharsis of a stadium performance. “When I open my eyes, it’s again / A room devoid of people,” Jin sings in a near whisper before the track builds to a pulsating beat for its anthem-like chorus: Yeah, I know you always stay. Those words hold particular meaning for ARMY, especially those who organize to stream and buy BTS’s music in defiance of an indifferent industry.





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Living a Better Life with HIV


AIDS is a disease caused by human immunodeficiency virus, which targets and weakens the body’s immune system. So in my opinion, lifestyle changes, starting with nutrition, to prevent infections is one of the best ways to live a better quality life with HIV, according to Dr. Lina Velikova, MD, Ph.D.

Every year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day, the theme for 2020 is “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility

Tips to Quality Living with Better Choices:

Maintain a Strong Hygiene Routine

Those who are HIV positive should have a strong hygiene routine, starting with frequent hand washing with soap to prevent germs from entering the body.

Wash Fruits and Vegetables

It’s important to remember to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.

Avoid Touching Raw Meat

Cross-contamination occurs when bacteria are spread from one food product to another. This is especially common when handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs.

Raw meat and poultry have a number of microbes, some that are naturally present and others that might be acquired during the slaughtering process. The natural protective barrier of an AIDS patient, against microbes, is generally weak. Therefore, it is recommended for AIDS patients to avoid touching raw meat and poultry directly or to take precautionary measures such as wearing gloves.

Consume Properly cooked Eggs and Fish

Never eat them raw. According to FDA Food Safety guidelines issued for HIV/AID patients (www.fda.gov) “Cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm. Use only recipes in which the eggs are cooked or heated to 160°F.”

Fish, eggs and meat have naturally-occurring microbes in them. Proper cooking at a high temperature kills these microbes and thus protects you from a possible infection. These microbes include Salmonella species, E.coli and other similar bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Even healthy people should be careful about consuming poorly cooked eggs and meat, but especially those that are HIV positive.

Your Daily Calorie Intake

HIV_diet

Women with HIV require an additional 300 kcal of food daily. Why? Their bodies have to work harder to fight off infections. All that extra work uses up more caloric energy, which means eating healthier foods becomes more and more important.

This includes macronutrients, micronutrients and carbohydrates. Vitamins A, B12, iron and zinc are essential for building immunity and should therefore be added to the daily routine as well.

Try to have small frequent meals.

A Healthy Diet

In case of diarrhea, which affects many AIDS patients, eat soups, drink plenty of water, fresh juices and starchy foods. A strong healthy diet can prevent infections from ever happening and even delay the progression of the disease.

Workout to Build Immunity

HIV-walking

Exercise frequently to keep the body strong is important for AIDS patients. Walking is the most convenient and simple aerobic exercise one can do. One of the recommended exercises for patients living with HIV and AIDS is 30-minute aerobic routine exercises with medium to high intensity-levels as these were proven to yield significant improvements in cardiorespiratory conditions and reduced perceived stress among the infected.

Light weight lifting with muscle-building will help increase stamina . Other beneficial exercises include dumbbell bench press, crunches and lunges.

Note: Always ask your doctor for a green signal before starting any of these exercises except walking, which can start anytime.

“Overall, I would say that incorporating a healthy diet and regular exercise is the key to living a better life with HIV.” adds Dr Velikova.

Bio: Dr. Lina Velikova’s journey into the world of medicine started in 2004. After her graduation, she became motivated to become an immunologist. Her areas of expertise include autoimmune diseases, sleep medicine, transplantation medicine, immunotherapy, and pediatric immunology.

Disclaimer
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.



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The story behind the hit TV series For Life – Channel 4 News


A man imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit is a familiar theme for a courtroom drama – but what makes For Life distinctive is that it’s based on the real life story of Isaac Wright Junior.

He was wrongly convicted of being a drugs kingpin and while in prison he vowed to change the system that put him there.

We spoke to him and the actor Nicholas Pinnock who plays the character inspired by his life in the series.



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Karabakh Rivals Adjust to Life Along New Borders


Pomegranate harvest is in full swing on a field Zhorik Grigoryan nearly lost in the recent fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed  Nagorno-Karabakh region. 

Azerbaijani forces were just 50 meters (less than a mile) away from the farmer’s land in the eastern Martuni district when a Moscow-brokered peace deal halted weeks of clashes over the restive region and saw the deployment of Russian peacekeepers there.

“There is no fear. (Armenian) soldiers are positioned on the ceasefire line, Russian troops are present,” Grigoryan tells AFP, adding: “But we are concerned about the future”. 

The 73-year-old farmer keeps a watchful eye over a dozen young men from the village of Berdashen as they fill large sacks with the dark red fruit that will be sent to the Armenian capital Yerevan to make juice and wine.

A short distance from the pomegranate field, Azerbaijani and Armenian soldiers are standing guard close to a road that runs from Martuni to Aghdam, a district in the north that Armenian separatists ceded to Azerbaijan. 

In late September fresh clashes broke out between the ex-Soviet rivals over Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke from Baku’s control in a war in the 1990s.

Under the truce signed on November 9, Azerbaijan reclaimed swathes of territory that for three decades were controlled by Armenian separatists.

New borders

Not far from the road to Aghdam, an Azerbaijani flag attached to a utility pole flutters above a makeshift guard post with only a tent and stacked tyres to protect a handful of soldiers on duty.

On the opposite side, 15 Armenian soldiers have also set up an equally simple camp. 

The soldiers watch each other without allowing tensions to take hold.

“There is no problem,” says officer Mishik Grigoryan, 45, who is in charge of the post. “We are ready to defend our land.” 

Some 200 metres away on a strip of concrete, Russian peacekeepers are guarding a checkpoint flanked by armored vehicles.

The new border is marked by one-meter high wooden stakes, their tips painted in red and white.

Like many Armenians, Grigoryan did not welcome the ceasefire agreement that saw separatists lose control of several districts surrounding Karabakh and the historic town of Shusha.

“I am not satisfied with the outcome of the war because we have lost so many people and territories,” Grigoryan says bitterly.  

His three grandchildren were serving in the military when the war broke out. One of them died, another is in a Yerevan hospital with injuries. 

The third is still on duty. 

‘No means to fight’

Another small camp near the road is manned by a dozen Armenian soldiers between the ages of 18 and 20, who keep watch over the Azerbaijanis from behind a long earthen mound more than two meters high.

Soldier Minas says he was born in Yerevan but migrated to Crimea, a peninsula on the Black Sea that was annexed by Russia in 2014. 

Once war broke out, Minas decided to return and join the fighting. 

He says he “regrets” the way hostilities ended but adds that it wasn’t an equal battle: “It was difficult, we had no means to fight”. 

He talks about military drones that frequently attacked their positions on the frontline. 

Many of his comrades died in the six weeks of fighting that claimed more than 4,000 lives. 

Like several of his fellow soldiers Minas is yet to take off his uniform and continues his service for 35,000 drams (73 dollars; 60 euros) a month. 

He hopes to get married soon but doesn’t know he will be able to leave his post.

Around noon, a taxi drives into their camp bringing sacks of fresh food to the young servicemen. 

Minas says one of the soldiers recently had a child: “Today, we are celebrating”. 



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Tim Minchin on his career, family life and friendships


Tim Minchin / Occupation Comedian, actor, composer, songwriter / Age 45 / Status Married /
Best known for West End/Broadway musical Matilda

“I realise now, as a parent, that mum’s love for us, which manifested itself in anxiety, was the seriously anxious love you have for your children.”Credit:Damian Bennett

My maternal grandmother, Val, lived up the road from us in Swanbourne, a coastal suburb of Perth. She was a nurse in Australia during World War II. Her love had a certain hospital-corner aspect to it, which she passed on to my mum, Ros. When we four kids were sick, Mum was like,
“I know it’s hard but dry your tears, let’s not be ridiculous about it.”

Mum is the burning, furious nuclear furnace at the centre of our curiously loyal and close family. She has gone from being an incredibly healthy 71-year-old to being a very sick woman. I visited her in Perth recently, and have fallen in love with her again. I realise now, as a parent, that her
love for us, which manifested itself in anxiety, was the seriously anxious love you have for your children.

For a lot of boys who go to a same-sex school, as I did, women hold this sort of mystery, but they weren’t mythical to me. They weren’t a siren on a rock or a princess in a castle, but rather, the stuff of my life. My grandmother, mother, two sisters and cousins are pretty fierce women.



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Why Miller High Life is the Classiest Compromise at the Dive Bar


Life is full of trade-offs. Go home early or stay out all night? Aim for quality or max out on quantity? But when it comes to Miller High Life, maybe we can have it all. And by “all,” of course, we mean: A) chugging the so-called champagne of beers while, B) inwardly acknowledging that it’s just a cheap macro lager. So, to recap, if those qualifications work, then yes, we definitely can have it all.

Miller High Life is a beer that overcomes low expectations with elevated carbonation. Introduced by the Miller Brewing Company around New Year’s Eve of 1903, the beverage made its debut into civil society in a stunning clear-glass number, with gold foil wrapped around its gazelle-like neck and plunging shoulders.

With a bottle resembling upper-crust cousin champagne, High Life seemed destined to bring grandeur to the masses. During its first few years on the scene, the product was advertised with an illustration of a woman dressed in a ringmaster’s costume, clutching a whip and tray of High Life beers.

Then something happened in 1907. According to company legend, Miller’s advertising manager A.C. Paul was alone and lost in the Northwoods of Wisconsin when he had a powerful vision: The High Life girl sitting in the crook of a crescent moon.

Like a bubbly burst of whatever Paul was drinking—probably High Life—a phenomenon was born. Miller’s Girl in the Moon soon became one of the most recognizable advertising mascots of all time.

The Miller High Life ‘Girl in the Moon’ icon of the Miller Brewery complex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nina Alizada / Shutterstock

For about 60 years, High Life remained the brewery’s flagship beer. During that time, it was priced similar to other premium macros like Budweiser. But after losing market share for years to competitors and newer Miller brands, High Life was taken down a notch. In 1993, it became a value brand that associated with the likes of Busch and PBR.

Vanquished like a social outcast, High Life became the beer of bristly old men, who drove trucks and lamented about the good ol’ days when honest beers were treated like sparkling wine and no one knew what the hell an International Bittering Unit was.

Then the roaring 2000s arrived, and High Life went ironically retro. Eventually, urban dive bars were serving what some call the Low Life special: A High Life with a shot of well whiskey. Slide on down, cans of budget brew, and make space for clear sparkling bottles. The champagne of beers was back, just in time to class things up.

The persistent qualities of High Life are no surprise to some. In 2017, New Jersey’s oldest resident at the time sadly passed away. Agnes Felton had become famous during her final decades, partly for crediting the secret of her longevity to drinking a few bottles of Miller High Life with some Johnnie Walker Blue Label every day.

Fenton lived a remarkable life, being one of the first Black women to own a restaurant in Tennessee. In 1943, after she recovered from a benign tumor, it was her doctor who recommended a daily dosing of the champagne of beers. (History doesn’t record if her doctor discovered this Long Life special in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, but it seems reasonable.)

Possibly in homage to Fenton, and certainly to modern dive bar patrons, a few years ago Miller revived its 1970s High Life slogan: “If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer.”


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Managing Someone Whose Life Has Been Upended


The pandemic marks the first time in a century that the entire planet is going through the same disruption at the same time. For businesses, that means every employee is going through a life transition at the same time. Those transitions range from the loss of a loved one to the loss of income to the loss of child care.

These transitions are so widespread that executives and managers alike have no choice but to step in and try to help. The good news: There is evidence on how to help employees navigate these types of events.

I spent the last five years talking to people about the biggest transitions their lives. What I learned is that the average adult experiences around three dozen disruptors in the course of their lives, that’s one every 12 to 18 months. These disruptors can be involuntary (a downsizing or a cancer diagnosis) or voluntary (starting a new venture, having a child).

We get through most of these disruptors with relative ease. We adjust, draw on our support networks, and move on. But every now and then, one of these disruptors — or more commonly a pileup of two, three or four or them — rises to the level of truly disorienting and destabilizing us. I call these events “lifequakes” because they’re higher on the Richter Scale of consequence and have aftershocks that last for years.

The pandemic represents a massive, collective lifequake. But while this lifequake has been involuntary, the life transition that grows out of it must be voluntary. We must choose to take the steps. A life transition, at its heart, is the period of adjustment, creativity, and rebirth that helps one find meaning after a major life upheaval.

So what role do managers play in this process? A hallmark of the first century of management theory was that “personal issues” like lifequakes should be kept separate from “office issues”; “work” and “family” need not mix. When private matters did arise, the advice was often: Take a leave of absence; use your personal days; let us know when you’re back on the job.

That strict separation of church and state had already been eroding in recent years with the influx of more moms into the workplace, more dads into the parenting space, and 24/7 connective technology into every space. The once-airtight membrane that divided work life from family life had already become more porous.

The pandemic has blown that membrane to smithereens. Working remotely, supervising children doing remote learning, even something as relatively minor as finding a quiet space for an uninterrupted call have all forced changes. Issues that were once the sole domain of family are now the undeniable terrain of business.

The bottom line: At exactly the moment your employees most need you, you need a plan to address entire realms of their lives. Here, based on my research, are four pieces of advice you can give to help your team members manage their life transitions in a way that doesn’t upend their work lives.

Start with transition superpowers.

The most valuable thing a manager can provide someone going through a life transition is calm, empathic perspective: You will get through this. That posture begins with pointing out that transitions have a clear structure that may not always be apparent to someone just entering one.

Transitions involve three phases. I call them “the long goodbye,” in which you mourn the old you; “the messy middle,” in which you shed habits and create new ones; and “the new beginning,” in which you unveil your fresh self. Each person tends to gravitate to the phase they’re best at (their transition superpower) and bog down in the one they’re weakest at (their transition kryptonite). And most important of all, these phases need not happen in order.

The best advice: Start with your superpower. Since managers tend to know the strengths and weaknesses of their employees, helping them determine where to begin would be a simple and helpful step. Those who excel at navigating emotions might start with the long goodbye; those who excel at blocking out noise and plunging into challenging initiatives might begin with the new beginning; those who excel at spreadsheets or complex tasks might begin with the messy middle.

Rob Adams, for example, was a management consultant from Cincinnati who took over the Simon Pearce glassware company 10 days after the Great Recession hit in 2008. While it took him a year to accept defeat in that job, once he did, he quickly pivoted and moved his family to Africa to run a nonprofit. “Saying goodbye was hard for me,” he said. “But once I was done, I relished the messy middle. I’m a consultant; fixing problems is my expertise.”

Use rituals to say goodbye.

The long goodbye has proven to be particularly challenging during the pandemic. Early on, most of us expected we would absorb the impact of the virus, then return to normal. After a while, we realized we weren’t going back. The key to navigating a shift like this is to accept that it’s an emotional experience. I asked hundreds of people the biggest emotion they struggled with in their life transition. Fear was the most popular reaction, followed by sadness and shame. Some people cope with these emotions by writing down their feelings; others plunge into new tasks.

But eight in 10 say they turn to rituals. They held memorial services, got tattoos, visited sweat lodges, purged. Following a brutal year in which she lost her job in Hollywood, had a blowup with her mother, and went on 52 first dates, Lisa Rae Rosenberg jumped out of an airplane. “I had a terrible fear of heights, and I thought, If I can figure this out, I can figure anything out.” A year later she was married with a child.

Managers can play a helpful role in this process by encouraging colleagues to use collective, symbolic gestures or experiences, either with colleagues or not, as a way of making the statement that they’re going a change and are ready for what comes next.

Everyone profits from sharing.

Many of the tools for navigating transitions are connected to one of the three phases. But one tool has no temporal element at all: It floats, it reoccurs; it happens all the time. It’s sharing your story with others, and it’s one part of a life transition where managers can be most impactful, by welcoming, even encouraging, team members to open up about their challenges.

Human beings like to share. Personal revelation releases soothing chemicals in our brains and activates special systems in our bodies that help us relate better to others. When people relate their most traumatic experiences, their blood pressure, heart rate, and other physiological functions rise in the short term, but afterward fall to below where they were before their confessions — and remain there for weeks afterward.

When Dwayne Hayes, who working in publishing in Michigan, returned to work after his wife gave birth to stillborn twins, he hoped to avoid people and bunker down in his cubicle. A colleague whose wife had been pregnant at the same time, approached him in the hallway and offered a hug. “It was exactly what I needed,” he said.

My research shows that people respond to different kinds of advice. Around a third of people, like Dwayne Hayes, prefer what I call comforters (I love you; I trust you; you can do it); a quarter prefer nudgers (I love you, but maybe you should try this); while a sixth prefer slappers (I love you, but get over yourself). While encouraging team members to communicate about their transitions can be valuable, don’t make assumptions about the type of feedback they’d like to hear. Ask before you advise.

Priorities will change.

A life transition is fundamentally a meaning-making exercise. It is an autobiographical occasion, in which we are called on to revise and retell our life stories, adding a new chapter in which we find meaning in our lifequake. The lifequake itself may have been positive or negative, but the story we tell about it has an ending that’s upbeat and forward-looking.

This may be the most important role managers can play. Clearly communicate that everyone is dealing with the same kinds of adjustments; reassure them that minor accommodations in their work schedules are not an existential threat to their jobs; remind them that life is nonlinear and that modest career oscillations, even ones that oblige them to step away for a while, are not permanent and can altered once the pandemic passes.

Above all, stress to them a truth we all need to be reminded of these days: transitions work. Ninety percent of the people I spoke with got through their difficult time. By being an outlet as well as a source of both wisdom and comfort, you’re not just being a good colleague and friend, you’re also being a good leader.



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Alice Clark has been in mining for 30 years and while life has changed, women are still in the minority


A remote outback Queensland camp is where Alice Clark began her career as an exploration geologist for a gold mining company more than 30 years ago.

A few hours south of Mount Isa in north-west Queensland and “pretty close to nowhere” is how she describes it.

Now Professor Clark is a leader in her field, part of a prestigious and elite group, as one of three Queensland women elected into the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) this year.

Back when she first started, full of excitement and enthusiasm for the job, it was very much a man’s world.

At that time, having morning tea in the crib room meant sitting down to a table littered with pornographic magazines.

“That was a long time ago,” Professor Clark said.

“That would never happen now and I think that’s a really good thing.

Professor Clark is currently working on technology that will reduce the amount of waste generated by mining.(Supplied: University of Queensland)

Professor Clark is currently working on technology to reduce the amount of waste generated by mining.

“That means you’re not drilling big holes, you’re not digging big holes, you’re in-situ dissolving the metals and bringing them up to the surface in a benign environment,” she said.

“So the waste heaps that you see around large mines and the big tailings dams would become either significantly reduced or not necessary at all.”

In the past decade or so, she said she had noticed more women entering the male-dominated field, but not enough.

Such is the gender disparity, the Federal Government this year released its 2020 Action Plan to address the problem.

According to Government figures, of those who complete tertiary science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) studies, just 21 per cent are women, while 79 per cent are men.

Geologist Professor Alice Clark stands at the Great Court of the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus in Brisbane.
In the last decade or so, Professor Clark has noticed more women entering the male-dominated field, but not enough.(Supplied: University of Queensland)

‘We need diversity’

Professor Shazia Sadiq, a data engineer and computer scientist at the University of Queensland (UQ), has also been elected to the ATSE Fellowship.

There are 128 women and 748 men who have been elected — a ratio the ATSE is working to even up.

Professor Sadiq’s research spans business and technology in the realm of big data, social media and artificial intelligence.

“We’ve seen this whole pervasiveness of technology everywhere, so the whole world is revolving around it,” Professor Sadiq said.

“We’ve seen it in this last year more than anytime else.”

Professor Sadiq has also developed programs to help young people and women pursue careers in IT.

Professor Shazia Sadiq stands in a computer lab at the University of Queensland.
Professor Sadiq has also developed programs to help young people and women pursue careers in IT.(Supplied: University of Queensland)

“Lots of the stigma associated with tech careers — that people work in dark rooms and in garages and they hack away — I think a lot of that has been dispelled over the years,” she said.

The next generation

As executive dean of a faculty with more than 8,000 students, UQ professor Vicki Chen sees the next generation of engineers, architects and computer scientists.

“We still have classes where there are 10 per cent women … despite all our best efforts to attract them to these disciplines,” Professor Chen said.

She said part of the problem was a “traditional view” of engineering.

“It’s somebody in a hard hat, or it’s doing a fly-in fly-out job,” she said.

“We have great people doing that, but we also have such diversity of places they can go.”

Professor Vicki Chen sits in an office at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.
Professor Chen’s work has made her a trailblazer in her field.(Supplied: University of Queensland)

As well as overseeing the faculty, Professor Chen has conducted internationally recognised research into membrane separation.

It has led to new methods for purifying water and recovering valuable resources, such as lithium or protein, from waste products.

The work has made her a trailblazer in her field and prompted her election to the ATSE, something she called “a fabulous honour”.



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