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Six Movies to Watch During Quarantine

Welcome to the 2nd day of our program, 14 days together. Here are some incredible movies that you will definitely enjoy! Grab your popcorn and get ready. Ready to blast it?

The Ugly Truth

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Preview: Abby, a lovelorn TV producer, finds herself in the midst of tests when she strikes a deal with her chauvinistic colleague, Mike, who wants to prove to her the accuracy of his relationship theories.

Jerry Maguire

Genre: Drama/Melodrama

Preview: Jerry Maguire , a very successful sports agent, gets fired from his work for exposing the illegal and immoral stuff going on in his profession. He then starts his own agency, however, he manages to find only one client.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Sci-fi

Preview: In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Genre: Sci-fi/ Action/ Drama

Preview: William Cage, a solider who is being caught in a time loop, tries to save Earth and the human race from an alien species.

30 Days Of Night

Genre: Horror/ Action/ Thriller

Preview: An Alaskan town experiences darkness for a month each year. After the last rays of light fade, a group of vicious vampires attack the town.

Central Intelligence

Genre: Comedy/ Action

Preview: After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

Six Workout Suggestions

Day 1: We are all sitting in our homes during quarantine with nothing to do but stare at our ceilings. As promised, today, we are starting the #14_days_together plan with some home exercises to get that blood pumping with the least equipment.

—Squats

What muscles does it work on?

1.Quads. 2.Glutes.

How to do it?

1.Find a foot stance that feels best for you. Pointing your toes slightly outwards helps some, but keeping them parallel is fine, too. If you’re not sure what’s best, start by putting your feet shoulder-width apart and pointed about 15 degrees outwards.

2.Tense your abs like someone is about to punch you.

3.Look straight ahead and stand tall!

How many calories does it burn?

4-6 calories a minute.

-Pushups

What muscle does it work on?

1.Chest. 2.triceps.

How to do it?

1.Begin with your chest and stomach flat on the floor.

2.Exhale as you push from your hands and heels, bringing your torso, chest, and thighs off the ground.

3.Pause for a second in the plank position — keep your core engaged.

4.Inhale as you slowly lower back to your starting position.

How many calories does it burn?

Atleast 7 calories a minute.

—Lunges

What muscle does it work on?

1.quads. 2.glutes.

How to do it?

1. Stand tall with feet hip-width apart. Engage your core.

2. Take a big step forward with right leg. Start to shift your weight forward so heel hits the floor first.

3. Lower your body until right thigh is parallel to the floor and right shin is vertical. It’s OK if knee shifts forward a little as long as it doesn’t go past right toe. If mobility allows, lightly tap left knee to the floor while keeping weight in right heel.

4. Press into right heel to drive back up to starting position.

5. Repeat on the other side.

How many calories does it burn?

From 5-9 calories a minute.

—Dumbbell curls

What muscle does it work on?

1.biceps.

How to do it?

1.Hold a dumbbell in each hand at the sides with palms facing in toward the side of the thigh and arms straight down.

2.Position the feet comfortably about shoulder-width apart. Brace the core muscles to be ready to lift the weight.

3.Lift one dumbbell toward the shoulder, rotating the arm as it moves up so that the palm with the dumbbell is now facing upward (supine) and the elbow is pointing to the ground with the forearm almost vertical. Keep the elbow close to the body. Exhale while lifting.

4.Lower to the side position and perform the same movement with the other arm. Inhale while lowering the weight.

How many calories does it burn?About 6 calories a minute.

—Planks

What muscles does it work on?

1.abs.

How to do it?

1. Plant hands directly under shoulders (slightly wider than shoulder width) like you’re about to do a push-up.

2. Ground toes into the floor and squeeze glutes to stabilize your body. Your legs should be working, too — be careful not to lock or hyperextend your knees.

3. Neutralize your neck and spine by looking at a spot on the floor about a foot beyond your hands. Your head should be in line with your back.

4. Hold the position for 20 seconds. As you get more comfortable with the move, hold your plank for as long as possible without compromising your form or breath.

How many calories does it burn?2-5 calories a min.

—Jumping jacks

What muscle does it work on?

1.abs.2.body flexors.

How to do it?

1.Stand upright with your legs together, arms at your sides.

2.Bend your knees slightly, and jump into the air.

3.As you jump, spread your legs to be about shoulder-width apart. Stretch your arms out and over your head.

4.Jump back to starting position.

5.Repeat.

How many calories does it burn?About 8 calories a minute.

What Is Covid-19



*1-What is the Coronavirus?*
The virus we are currently facing is actually called COVID-19 ,caused by the virus called SARS-cov-2, which is one of the members of the Virus family, called Corona viruses.
Four of these viruses have always been around, and aren’t more dangerous than the flu. Chances are, you’ve been infected with one of them and treated it as a common cold that your immunity stood up to and fought off within a week or two.
However, in 2002, the first ever case infected by the SARS-coV-1 virus appeared in China. The virus is believed to have been transferred to humans through eating a type of small mammals. And although the virus spread rapidly to 26 countries, and killed 10% of it’s hosts, humans were able to repress it ,and it compelety disappeared in 8 months.
In 2012, another member of the family appeared in KSA, called MERS-coV. MERS-coV was originated due to feeding on camel meats ,which resulted in severe respiratory infections in humans. This time round, the fatality rate was more than 30%, and the disease was extremely severe. However, it was suppressed before spreading to other countries and compelety disappeared.
And last but not least, SARS-cov-2, causing the COVID-19 which has shown the extremely rapid spread of the disease and panic alike.
It started in November 2019, when a group of patients in Wuhan showed abnormal symptoms of unknown disease, later known to be COVID-19.


*2-Why is COVID-19 causing this panic?*
While the previous two viruses had much higher fatality rates, the COVID-19 is still the one we aren’t able to control.
SARS-coV-1 and MERS-coV had very severe symptoms which were easily noticed on patients who were then quarintined.
The problem with COVID-19 lies in the subtleness of its symptoms especially on healthy hosts ,who mistake it for a common cold or bacterial infection and leave their homes, only to infect a group of other people, who then repeat the cycle of spreading it over and over again.
The COVID-19 has a fatality rate of only 3%, but at the current rate of it’s spread, 70% of the population will have been infected by 2021.


*3-How is it transmitted?*
So far, the virus is known to be transmitted through droplets from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing entering your system.
This might be direct, through close proximity with an infected person, or indirect, by touching an infected surface then touching your hands to your face.


*4-Should I be scared?*
Yes and No.
If you’re relatively young and have no major health issues, there’s a huge chance your immunity system will be able to fight  the virus.
However, with being infected, you risk infecting elderly people, people with respiration difficulties, or infants whose immunity hasn’t been built up yet is big. These are the cases where COVID-19 may be considered fatal. It is important to stay cautious.


*5-What’re the symptoms?*
High fever, dry coughs, headache, aching all over the body.


*6-How do I protect myself? And what should I do if I notice symptoms on myself?*
You need to stay home as much as you possibly can.
Avoid being in close proximity with people ,and keep your hands off any unsanitized surface, people’s hands, and your own face.
Wash your hands frequently with water and soap.
If you suspect symptoms on yourself, call the professionals.
Do not go to a hospital since it may risk you transmitting it to someone or vice versa.
You will be tested ,and accordingly sent home or to isolation to avoid the spread.


*7-Why aren’t there drugs and vaccines yet?*
The virus is still very new,and truth is, we don’t know much about its structure and functions yet, but doctors and researchers all around the world are trying their best to study the virus and find solutions.


*8-Is it true the virus was synthesized in labs?*
No. The virus is far too complex to have been sythesised and although many people do support the theory, it has been proven compelety illogical.
Countries who were suspected to have synthesised the virus are some of the most affected.
It is unwise to spread such theories in a time where people are already panicking and need to stick together the most.


*9-The COVID-19 Do’s and Dont’s*
Do:
-Wash your hands
-Avoid Crowds
-Stay aware to symptoms
-Read information from trusted sources
-Avoid direct phsyical contact with people
-Follow instructions given by health ministries around the world
-Laugh about Corona virus memes, but still take it seriously


Don’t:
-Ignore the risks
-Buy in bulk. This only encourages traders to increase prices and causes shortage in many supplies ,which drastically harms other people, especially those who cannot afford buying in bulk like you do.
-Go out unnecessarily
-Spread rumors
-Take unprescribed antibiotics. They have no effect on viruses. You’re only harming yourself by taking unnecessary medication.


In a nutshell, there isn’t a need to panic, but we have to remain cautious ,stay home ,and pray for all patients and doctors to safely get through this.
Stay tuned for a list of activities you can do during quarintine to kill boredom!
Stay safe!


*All information sourced by WHO and Healthday news.*

Violence In Teenagers

Going through worldwide difficult circumstances, teenagers’ moodswings are most likely to resurface during these days. By time, it becomes harder to figure out whether your anger moments were influenced by hormones or is there more into that that needs to be recognised before it turns into a real problem. The only way to figure this out is to learn the signs of youth violence.
Youth violence refers to violence that occurs among individuals between the age of 10 and 24. It includes actions of both verbal and physical abuse. A young person who shows signs of savagery can either be a victim of abuse , or perpetrator, or both. Even past traumas that a person may experience as a toddler may take a heavy toll on his/her moral behavior as an adult. In the past few years, male teenagers were believed to show more signs of teenage violence than females; however, female teenage violence is on the rise.
Aggressive behaviours that an individual might practice can be divided into two types.
An individual might practice bullying, verbal abusing, fistfighting. Although such actions do have bad consequences, they usually don’t result in a major damage such as death or serious injuries. This type is usually unconsciously normalised as a simple moodswing. However, it might later result in falling into the second type
On the other hand, an individual might practice serious aggressive actions such as rape, assaults, homicide and robbery. These types of actions might result in serious consequences such as death, or sentences to jail.
The poisonous tree of youth violence my grow out from many different roots:
Media influence:
Nobody can deny how much movies lately started sugarcoating the fake image of the bad boys by showing how girls might get heads over heals at the sight of a bad boy and how charming their mysterious personality can be. Thus, alot of male teenagers get encouraged to recarnate into the mysterious handsome devil, blindly imitating the villain’s actions of violence, abuse, womanising, and sleeping around.
Traumas and past experiences:
A child’s mind does take notes of alot of details happening around him which molds him into the type of person he will be as he grows. The bridge connecting between the childhood and adulthood happens to be the teenage years, where a person truly gets to discover his passions, priorities, and self. The main factor that influences this discovery is perhaps his memories as a child. Traumas, accidents, and child abuse surely play a massive role in driving a teen to fall into teenage violence.
Drugs and alcohol usage:
Alcohol and drugs usage directly affects the body’s physical function, reduces self-control and the ability to avoid risks. Also, They can increase emotional lability and impulsivity that makes teenagers more likely to fall into different violent actions such as rape, assults ,and fights.
6 )Red warning flags of teenage violence:
Increased fascination about death
An observed change in school performance
Disinterest and Withdrawal from friends, family or usual activities.
Detailed discussion or plans to commit acts of violence
Increased fascination about weaponry
Being callous or lacking empathy for others
At the end of the day, you, my reader, are the only one who can notice any change in your actions that might need some light to fall upon. Watch out for yourself!

 

The Soundless Screams

"The soundless scream of a drowning mind"
Save the dying
Save the sick
Save the drowning?
Not a thing
For everyday
610,000 people die from a heart attack
And 800,000 from a heart break
Why can we never see?
Why do we never care?
The sadness in someone's eyes
The pain and the despair
We answer a simple groan of pain 
But ignore the soundless scream of a drowning mind
We give a hand to those whose bodies feel pain 
But never to those whose heart do
We wipe away the tears of disease
But look away at the sight of sad tears
Help the drowning?
No we can't
Help the sick?
Oh we'll donate
For years and years we've pretended to understand
Pretened to know and to know how it feels
But guess what?
You don't
Because when you look at your sick daughter lying in bed, your heart breaks
But when your son tells you he's depressed, you wonder, is he?
You answer the wince of pain
But you choose to pretend you don't hear the soundless scream of a drowning mind.
While a fight with bacteria can make your stomach knot up
The fight with yourself will make your heart shatter
Your brain stutter
Your screams soundless but you beg for them to see
You beg for a hand to pull you out
Beg for a rescue for your drowning mind
But they chose to look away
They chose to ignore the soundless scream of a drowning mind

Movie Suggestions


Since we are forced to stay at home, this is the perfect time for watching movies/tv shows. Here are some mind blowing movies that we recommend.

Interstellar(2014) ,A movie that changed the way i look at the space. It is a scifi/drama movie that takes place in a period of time in Earth where dust & diseases are spread ,destroying all the natural resources on Earth. Therefore a group of explorers led by pilot Cooper seeks to travel on an unknown space journey through the blackhole in order to search for another planet fit for human life. The greatness of this movie is discovering the unknown.

The Shawshank Redemption(1994). This movie is considered by many as the best movie ever. Personally, i think of it as a stunning masterpiece of art.
It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State prison for the murders of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence. He befriend Red Redding, a fellow prisoner. They have a great friendship over the years, eventually finding comfort and salvation through committing to good morals. The acting and cinematography in this movie is beyond excellent to the point that it touches your heart in every scene.

Series:

Breaking bad (2008-2013) “Say my name ” “I am not in danger I am the danger ” ” I’m in the empire business “. Thats Heisenberg, formerly Walter White ,a chemistry teacher, discovers that he has cancer and decides to get into the meth-making business (drugs) to repay his medical debts while trying to hide his business from his pregnant wife & his son. His priorities begin to change when he partners with Jesse Pinkman, his former student, becoming the great HEISENBERG. As I am writing this, I am getting nostalgic remembering the best two weeks of my life watching this legendary show.

Who Will Set On the World’s Throne?

       This life is a carousel of people trying to present and prove themselves over each other. Some people are using their beauty while others are using their intelligence. The combination of beauty and intelligence is commonly rare, it happens once in a blue moon. The one who has got both ,brain and beauty, defiantly has the luck of the draw. Every person has his own strengths and weaknesses, and the good traits definitely speak out about the person in some or other way.It's also a way of giving a first expression to people. A beautiful person with his wrong thoughts cannot excel; similarly, an ugly person with a pleasing soul faces many problems throughout his life to prove himself and his abilities. A beautiful person exerts no effort when proving his deeds because s/he is surrounded by many people who only love his beauty. When we come to  talk about who will set on the world's throne – beauty or brain-, there we go, plenty of points, both with and against the issue. Hope we can switch the light on some.

        Let's first start with the saying: "beautiful eyes are romantic movies that attract all lovers". That means that the beauty which the eyes hold can definitely switch all sights and rule the entire globe with its attraction. Here, I will cool it up with a simple example. If you are shopping somewhere and suddenly your eyes just hit a beautiful person, you’ll directly think to yourself- "oh my god how is this person so beautiful"-. You’ll just do what can't be done to have a little talk with this person. You will think of being friends with this person constantly; although you never thought of how this person's personality would be. One way or another, this person will get the total official attention from you. But sticking to the idea of beauty in our society is like a great debacle. Some people can really attract you when you first see them but when you get to know them; you you realize how cruel their personality is. By time, they'll  get defunct.  If we compare the time it takes you to like a beautiful person and an intelligent one, we’ll find out that beauty paves a faster way to success with its charm and charisma. However, the brain takes time to like it because it’s something abstract. I can't admire the brain of someone from the first sight ,but I might after some time. Beauty implies commitment, and our world today favors appearance and external looks, this is kind of a shame. I am not saying that all people that have the magic of beauty have a cruel soul ,but a psychological study proved that 45 percent of the angel looking people are inner devils. That's why it’s a shame to find a cruel soul followed by a lot of people and a sugary soul kept lonely. The problem is that these followers might regret following this person when his/her inner face is finally uncovered and they realize how ugly it is. 

         The brain is ultimate. Beauty would fade away with time, but the brain is eternal and it gets polished and shines more with time and increasing age. It simply gives us light with the example of that when people grow up their mind gets wider and their experience robes get longer while their beauty thread will be torn. Let me make it more accurate for example: look at the models and the TV stars and how beautiful they are however, by age, they will fade and they will lose a huge percentage of their beauty and what will remain is the brain power. I agree that people's brains become enervated by time, but this starts by the age of 60 and not all people pass by this stage. There are some fit and healthy people who remain with their true mental abilities until the day they die. Have you ever heard about someone who remained with his youth and beauty till the funeral day? The answer is no, except if this person died young. The second thing that proves that the brain can roll over beauty is that your health circumstances can easily affect your beauty. Eating junk food, for example, can turn your skin to be yellowish. A broken tooth can change your smile from a Hollywood smile that everyone wants to see, to make you yourself hate smiling in public. Not getting enough sleep might keep black eye bags and this is a nightmare to all beautiful people. The adverse times are the right ones to judge; the brain lights and lines its way out from the difficult situation, however, beauty gets tugged up into the trouble. This means that if a really pretty person fell into a problem and a smart one did too, the smart one has the map that shows him where the exit corridor and the key are that just makes him or her run out of this trap. Poor this beautiful, his or her beauty won't sake him or her out of here. Their beauty can't lead them to any exits; nor even show them a little sympathy to help them put it back together. Personally, I think the brain craves at this point. If we look around, we will find a lot of relationships that faced success with no beauty but, with intelligence while many relationships ended because it lacks smartness. Like sharing your forever with someone who is smart enough to understand you and solve your problems but they don’t have that sense of beauty is definitely better than sharing it with a beautiful person who can't even understand his own thoughts, and guess what he or she  might be from those 45 percent of devilish souls. Beauty is God’s creation which cannot be made better, whereas, the brain can be developed and enriched by human experience whether it was painful or a joyful experience, but beauty will be stable till the day it totally fades away. Brain power is insecurely powerful that even rewards like Miss World and Miss Universe are won on the basis of their intellect, smartness and also due to their actions toward some circumstances they face, not only beauty.


   Beauty can't be brainy but brainy can be beauty, which means that by the presence of plastic surgeries now a day people with the brain power are easily able to be beautiful by confirming one of those surgeries, or by just applying an extra dose of beauty products or self-care treatments on themselves. Otherwise, beautiful people will never grab brain power ,because it's not something to be bought ,it's not a passion that can be drunk ,and it's not something that can be paid for; so even if hell froze they will never ever gain that brain power.     

      There are some leftover people and lonely people who are very ignored for their lack of outer beauty, though their brain is a treasure. Due to this they get depressed and harm themselves, starve themselves and blame themselves till they die. And what a shame the whole world would stand a second for.

       Beauty and brain need to go hand in hand in humans, that is, no point trying to make a beautiful flower intelligent without being blessed with brain power authority. Beauty doesn't only mean the external appearance of a person it also means the beauty of the soul. The beauty of a person may be his intelligence, and not only by being a star from Mariah. Every person has his own source of beauty that should be respected in all situations,so don’t be a narrow minded person that judges books by their covers without walking through its chapters. Don’t judge a person by his/her look without viewing their inner beauty.