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Have you ever matched with someone online and realised you have no idea what to say to them? Do you worry about setting a bad impression with the first thing you say? In the world of virtual dating, it can be hard to think of ideas to go beyond 'hey' or 'hello', but nothing beats the chemistry of a good conversation to calm the nerves! Your first (virtual) date should be lighthearted and a two-way street. The easiest way to do so is to ask questions that matter to you and check your partner's interest in the same. All in all, don't be afraid to be yourself, after all the aim is to find someone as like-minded (or goofy) as you are.
Having introduced people to their love stories for over two decades from all around the world, dating app OkCupid lists down five conversation starters that will get you and your date talking!
'What's something that you really want to do?'
Being able to uninhibitedly discuss your dreams, goals, and desires on a first date can be a terrific approach to get to know someone better. Your goals don't have to be strictly professional-sharing what you'd like to achieve, whether it's learning to play the guitar or mastering Italian cooking, might help your date gain a better understanding of your life and priorities. Break the ice with your partner and ask what they seek from their life and what they truly wish for. In fact, 34 per cent of daters on the platform find questions around the partners' goals, plans and wishes a good conversation starter.
Your goals don't have to be strictly professional-sharing what you'd like to achieve. | Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
'Dogs or cats?'
Pets too have been perfect conversation starters for millennials; getting to know if your date is a pet parent, their views on adopting pets, and their bond with these furry creatures can reveal interesting insights about their personality while also giving them the opportunity to learn about you. Safe to say, millennial daters in their search for unconditional love, look at the relationships their potential partners have with their furry friends with 31 per cent of daters reveal that pets are an ideal way to start a conversation with their match.
Pets too have been perfect conversation starters for millennials. | Photo by Andrew S on Unsplash
'What's next on your watchlist?'
There's no shortage of streaming services or access to movies, shows, or literature in today's world. With this in mind, discussing TV shows you're watching, recommending must-see movies, and telling your match more about your all-time favourite novels can help keep the conversation flowing while you and your date learn more about each other's personalities and favourite characters. And who knows, this might even lead the way for a virtual movie date or book reading session!
Discussing TV shows you're watching, recommending must-see movies, and telling your match more about your all-time favourite novels can help keep the conversation flowing. | Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash
'What do you want from a relationship?'
When seeking a long-term relationship, it's important to know if the person across the screen is looking for the same thing. Twenty per cent of the daters revealed that learning about their partner's perspectives and what they seek from a relationship is an intriguing conversation starter. This can stem from the fact that dating has changed phenomenally during the pandemic, and millennials have discovered an impatience with entertaining dead-end connections and instead truly investing in the one with potential. The focus has shifted to discovering romance and compatibility with a potential partner through the quality of conversation and time spent together.
The focus has shifted to discovering romance and compatibility with a potential partner through the quality of conversation and time spent together. | Photo by Stefan Cosma on Unsplash
'What's next on your travel bucket list?'
Travel! The perfect conversation starter to break the ice and transport your date into a dreamy world where you could go wherever you want to -- soaking under the sun by a beach, backpacking across the country, or watching the Northern lights. Travel will open the door to a multitude of other topics such as food, cuisines that your partner is fond of, places that they've been to already or what's on their wishlist. And this just might help you and your date decide where to get a bite in the city or try something that you wouldn't have otherwise!
avel will open the door to a multitude of other topics such as food, cuisines that your partner is fond of. | Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
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Macao Grand Prix Museum is officially open to visitors and residents after a massive renovation. Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) commenced the expansion construction project of the Macao Grand Prix Museum in 2017. The goal was to offer local and visiting museum-goers an innovative, fun-filled, educational and interactive journey into the world of the Macau Grand Prix's motorsport culture. Upon completion of expansion construction this March, the museum had partly come into trial operation to refine and optimize the museum based on the feedback from different organizations and residents.
With its sophisticated confluence of history, sports, popular science, technology, culture, creativity and barrier-free accessibility approach, the Museum officially opens to the public in a brand-new design. The museum will gradually enrich its future calendar with parent-and-child interactive workshops and other activities to elevate the "tourism + sports" synergy.
Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) commenced the expansion construction project of the Macao Grand Prix Museum in 2017.ians
Interactive games include racing simulation
The Museum is equipped with a range of interactive game facilities. With an admission ticket (i.e. pit passe), visitors can access self-service kiosks to register and set up their own profile, choose their preferred racing team to save records of interactive game results. Museum visitors can experience the thrill of motor racing through the games. Some of the interactive games include the Batak Reaction Challenge, G-Force Challenge of Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix and MotoVR Race Experience. Every pit pass grants the opportunity to experience each game once.
Guided tours are available in four languages to cater for different demands
It also provides complimentary public guided tour services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese and English, which can be signed up on their website.
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New U.S. studies released Friday show that COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection against hospitalizations and death, even in cases involving the highly contagious delta variant. One study, which followed 600,000 people from April through mid-July, found that people who were not vaccinated were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die than those who were fully vaccinated.
The unvaccinated were 4.5 times more likely to get infected, according to the study released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also released two other studies that show vaccine protection appearing to wane in older populations, particularly those 75 and older.
The studies also show an increase in milder COVID-19 infections among fully vaccinated people. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said during a White House COVID-19 briefing Friday that the data showed "vaccination works and will protect us from the severe complications of COVID-19." The release of the studies comes a day after U.S. President Joe Biden announced a new vaccine mandate requiring big companies to ensure their workers are vaccinated. The order could affect as many as 100 million Americans.
The agency said several vaccine manufacturers are conducting vaccine trials involving children. Photo by CDC on Unsplash
Republican officials in several states joined Republican calls to fight the new mandatein court. Mississippi's Governor Tate Reeves, a Republican, said Friday that Biden's federal vaccine requirements were "clearly unconstitutional" and that Mississippi would join other states in filing a lawsuit. Montana's attorney general, Austin Knudsen, also promised Friday to fight the new federal vaccine mandate in court as soon as the full guidelines are released.
Also Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned parents of young children not to seek to have children younger than 12 inoculated with currently available vaccines. The agency said several vaccine manufacturers are conducting vaccine trials involving children.
"Children are not small adults," the FDA said in a statement, "and issues that may be addressed in pediatric vaccine trials can include whether there is a need for different doses or different strength formulations of vaccines already used for adults." The FDA said it is "working around the clock to support the process for making COVID-19 vaccines available for children." The statement said the FDA scientists "very much hope to have pediatric COVID-19 vaccines available in the coming months."
In other developments Friday, Denmark lifted the last of its COVID-19 restrictions. Vaccine passports are no longer required to enter nightclubs; the rule was removed for other venues Sept. 1. On Saturday, Denmark will celebrate its new status with a sold-out concert for 50,000 people.
The Scandanavian country's vaccine rollout has gone well, with 73% of its 5.8 million population fully vaccinated, including 96% of those 65 and older. In France, former French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn was charged Friday over her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Agence France-Presse. Buzyn was charged with "endangering the lives of others."
French officials Friday also unveiled new restrictions for U.S. travelers not vaccinated against the coronavirus. Those travelers now must show "pressing grounds for travel" in addition to the previous requirement of a negative COVID-19 test. In South Africa, health officials began vaccinating children, taking part in clinical trials of China's Sinovac Biotech inoculation for children 6 months to 17 years. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center said early Saturday that it had recorded 223.9 million global COVID-19 cases and 4.6 million deaths. The center said 5.6 billion vaccine doses have been administered. (VOA/ MBI)
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American newspaper based in the New York city, recently published an article in which they called many members of the Taliban government as “stalwarts".
The article was published on September 7, 2021, and the headline of the article was: “Taliban Appoint Stalwarts to Top Government Posts".
It must be noted that since a very long time, the United States of America (USA) is of the view that Taliban is a "movement" and not a terrorist group. According to the USA, all that the Taliban does, be it bombing or killing, is because they are fighting for their “rights" and “dignity".
The article which was published by the New York Times on September 7 also stated how the forming of the Taliban government is justified, as Afghanistan has been struggling for stability since 2001.
At the same time, the same article mentioned that many members of Taliban are recognised as terrorists by the United Nations and United States, too. And now, the irony is that these recognised terrorists are set to lead a country!
The article by the New York Times was published when the Taliban announced a 33-all men-member cabinet of the Afghanistan government which will be headed by Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund, the new Afghan prime minister.
It must be noted that this was not the first time when the New York Times glorified the Taliban. Earlier, too, this news agency has published many articles which were not “for" the Taliban, but they neither were “against" them.
To understand the approach behind this act, it must be noted that these kinds of articles are written in order to gain sympathy the of readers, so that they start viewing terrorists as victims of oppression. This, in the end, leads to nothing but chaos, and poses a great threat to the world community.
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