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Daniel Kajmakoski, the Macedonian singer who will represent his country at the Eurovision Song Contest this year, was actually named after Daniel Popovic, the expand=1] charmer who ran for Yugoslavia in the 1983 edition of the contest.

Daniel, who always kisses the picture of his mother he keeps in his pocket before going on stage, will sing his track “Autumn Leaves,” which was originally in Macedonian before it was, sadly, changed into English. In the singer’s own words, “Autumn Leaves” talks about his first love, brings him back to his first feelings of love, reminds him of his childhood, the place he was born — all that with “pure and naive but warm-hearted emotions.”

Macedonia, whose Eurovision name is “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, reached its best score in 2006, when it came 12th. Because of the country’s poor results, the country’s broadcaster MRT even held a survey last June to ask the Macedonians what they thought their singers weren’t doing right and what they should do; their response was something like “Get out of there!” MRT, however, decided to give it another go this year — you never know.

Unfortunately, we don’t think it’ll work, but then again, Eurovision works in mysterious ways.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 0.25/10

Was there enough glitter? 1.5/10

Ok to quit your day job? 1.25/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 1/10

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India is one of the world's worst countries for air pollution, with women more likely to be affected by the problem than men. Now, experts and activists are fighting to reframe pollution as a gendered health crisis.

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MUMBAI In New Delhi, a city that has topped urban air-pollution charts in recent years, Shakuntala describes a discomfort that has become too familiar. Surrounded by bricks and austere buildings, she tells an interviewer: "The eyes burn and it becomes difficult to breathe". She is referring to the noxious fumes she routinely breathes as a construction worker.

Like Shakuntala, women’s experiences of polluted air fill every corner of their lives – inside homes, in parks and markets, on the way to work. Ambient air in most districts in India has never been worse than it is today. As many as 1.67 million people in the country die prematurely due to polluted air. It is India’s second largest health risk after malnutrition.

This risk of exposure to air pollution is compounded for women. Their experiences of toxic air are more frequent and often more hazardous. Yet “policies around air quality have not yet adequately taken into account gender or other factors that might influence people’s health,” Pallavi Pant, a senior scientist at the Health Effects Institute, a nonprofit in the U.S., told The Wire Science.

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