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  1. French women have taken to social media to share tales of sexual harassment, outstripping the #MeToo campaign with a name-and-shame hashtag #BalanceTonPorc - or 'expose your pig'. Photo: AFP file LONDON: French women have taken to social media to share tales of sexual harassment, outstripping the #MeToo campaign with a name-and-shame hashtag #BalanceTonPorc - or 'expose your pig'. The initiative, launched by a French journalist who lives in New York, follows the #MeToo campaign, where tens of thousands of women have taken to Twitter and Facebook to recount experiences of being verbally abused, groped, molested and raped by bosses, teachers and family. The French women have gone further, with some naming names rather than just sharing their experience of abuse or discrimination. Among the posts were allegations of sexual abuse, rape threats, and of filming up women's skirts. "A photographer told me 'we could do the photos, or we could just have ***,'" wrote one woman who called herself Audrey Merveille. "One bouncer rescued me from a guy in a nightclub, only to then say he deserved a kiss for his trouble," said another, who called herself Nathalie Marchak. French minister of gender equality Marlène Schiappa applauded the initiative, saying: "Twitter cannot replace legal action but it is a first step for many women." "Anything that allows women to talk is a good method. I understand that being behind a screen can make it easier to put extremely difficult issues into words," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an email. The social media campaigns were sparked by public outcry over allegations that movie producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business. Earlier this week, Schiappa announced plans for a new law against sexual harassment and violence that would fine men for wolf-whistling and lecherous behavior, among other measures. "There are 220,000 incidents of sexual assault and 84,000 of rape per year [in France]," said Schiappa. "Those numbers have got to come down." She said her ministry would embark on a "Tour de France" to consult citizens on proposed provisions to the law. For some women, #BalanceTonPorc is long overdue. "I've lived in Paris for five years and already been physically assaulted twice, and I've lost count of the number of insults and marriage proposals," entrepreneur and prominent feminist Marie Beauchesne told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Others, however, have criticised the campaign, which is trending on Twitter in France, denouncing it on social media as focused on revenge and public shaming rather than on legislative progress. French actress Catherine Deneuve told French magazine Valeurs Actuelles that she found the campaign "disgusting", adding: "Does it contribute anything? Will it solve the problem?"
  2. Artefacts and memorabilia are displayed during a preview of 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' exhibition at the British Library, in central London on Oct 18, 2017, marking the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Photo: AFP LONDON: The British Library has conjured to life the magical world of Harry Potter in a new exhibition featuring the oldest objects in its collection alongside never-seen items from J.K. Rowling´s personal archive. "Harry Potter: A History of Magic", which opens in London on Friday, includes Chinese oracle bones from 1192 BC ? the oldest datable items in the library´s vast collection ? as well as annotated sketches, notes and books by the author. Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the world-famous series, the display brings together nearly 100 other historic treasures, including cauldrons and scrolls, with original material provided by Potter publisher Bloomsbury. Chinese Oracle bones, the oldest dateable items in the British Library's collection from 1192 BC, on display at the "Harry Potter - A History of Magic" exhibition at the British Library, in London on Oct 18, 2017. Photo: AP Artworks by Jim Kay, illustrator of the books, including paintings and sketches of key characters, are also among the exhibits. The four-month show, which took a year to curate, has sold a record 30,000 advance tickets, with an additional 11,000 made available free to school groups, which have a day and a half reserved for them each week for exclusive visits. "It´s the biggest, best thing happening in London at the moment," said Jamie Andrews, head of culture at the British Library, as he unveiled the exhibition to the media on Thursday. To tell the history of folklore and magic around the world, the curators set up eight themed viewing rooms based on subjects studied at the books´ Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from "Alchemy" and "Astronomy" to "Defence Against the Dark Arts" and "Care of Magical Creatures". Among the many dazzling displays is the Ripley Scroll, a six- metre (20-foot) manuscript of symbolic imagery from the 1500s describing how to create the philosopher´s stone, which in the books is able to give everlasting life. A member of British Library staff points at the Philosopher's Stone on the 16th-century Ripley Scroll, which describes how to make a Philosopher's Stone, at the "Harry Potter - A History of Magic" exhibition at the British Library, in London on Oct 18, 2017. Photo: AFP A stunning celestial globe dating from 1693 has been enlivened by a collaboration with Google Arts & Culture with interactive screens offering an augmented reality experience of the stars and constellations. Other highlights include the Battersea Cauldron dating back to 800 BC, which was dredged from the River Thames; a mermaid, reputedly caught in Japan in the nineteenth century; and the first record of the charm "abracadabra", written in ancient Greek. "Our exhibition sets J.K. Rowling´s wonderful Harry Potter stories in the wider cultural context," said Julian Harrison, the lead curator, who said he hoped it would appeal beyond the books´ fans. "It demonstrates that many of the stories that she features relating to cauldrons and broomsticks, unicorns and dragons, they all have historical, mythological precedence," he said. The exhibition also features two rooms showcasing rare Harry Potter material, such as a unique first edition of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone" annotated and illustrated by Rowling. Rare international editions from among the nearly 80 different language versions published, including Tibetan, Turkish and Ukrainian, are also on display. Rowling said in a statement the library had done "an incredible job". "Encountering objects for real that have in some shape or form figured in my books has been quite wonderful," she said.
  3. This is one degree every stoner would be proud to flaunt. Northern Michigan University is now offering a 4-year degree course in marijuana. We are not kidding, we are not high. It's a study in the medicinal value of the plant, its cultivation, commercialization and marketing. “When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, 'Wow, cool dude. You're going to get a degree growing marijuana,'" said Alex Roth, a sophomore enrolled in the program. © Thinkstock Photos Unlike what you are thinking, the course is not about only marijuana. The students of the course would not be growing marijuana (sorry to douse your stoner hopes) or studying it in particular, rather they'd be focusing on plants whose effects are similar to that of marijuana. © Thinkstock Photos If you think the course is going to be as breezy as a marijuana high, you are wrong. It is a rather technical study in the biology and chemistry. Brandon Canfield, associate chemistry professor at the university, said while talking to Detroit Free Press, “This is not an easy program. It's a really intense, biology chemistry program.” © Thinkstock Photos This is a first of its kind programme that combines all sciences and commercial aspects of marijuana. While there are other universities that offer courses in law and policy pertaining to marijuana, the Michigan University course focuses on the science of the plant too. Well, what can we say, this course is gonna give you one hell of a high. H/t - Detroit Free Press
  4. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are expected to be indicted today in the corruption references filed against them in an accountability court. The references were filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Though Maryam and Safdar are reportedly in the country, the former premier is in London with his sons ? who, too, are accused. However, Nawaz is likely to still be indicted today as a representative on his behalf will plead the charges against him. Nawaz's plea to halt proceedings Nawaz Sharif pleads SC to file one corruption reference instead of three Petition terms illegal filling of three similar corruption references; calls on SC to halt trials until single reference is filed On October 13, the former prime minister filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the 'concurrent' corruption references against him. It also calls upon the Supreme Court to halt the accountability court proceedings of the three references against the Sharif family until a single reference is filed. Indictment deferred At the last hearing on October 13, the former prime minister did not appear in court as he is in London, along with his sons, to be with his wife who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Lawyers' commotion delays Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar's indictment until Oct 19 Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar were both in court today but the judge halted the proceedings after lawyers protested against police high-handedness The former premier's legal team nominated Zafir Khan as the "pleader" ? the person who will stand for Nawaz in court during his indictment. Moreover, Judge Mohammad Bashir also approved NAB's plea to declare Hussain and Hasan Nawaz proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them. Commotion at last hearing A commotion by members of the legal fraternity on Friday forced the accountability court judge to adjourn proceedings minutes after they began. As the hearing went under way, the lawyers began protesting inside the court for beind disallowed to enter the premises by security personnel. They claimed the Islamabad High Court has allowed lawyers to be present inside the judicial complex as well as the accountability court as "it is an open court". Punjab AAG Khawar Bhatti assaulting a police officer on Oct 13, 2017. Photo: Geo News The lawyers also argued with the deputy attorney general and created a commotion, forcing Judge Mohammad Bashir to leave for his chamber and abort the proceedings. NAB officials said that they were manhandled by the lawyers as well and the head of their prosecution team, Sardar Muzaffar, was pushed from the dais. After Punjab Additional Advocate General Khawar Ikram Bhatti was caught on camera slapping a police officer outside the court premises, the Punjab government on October 16 dismissed him from service. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. Court approves Maryam, Safdar's bail; separates cases of Nawaz's sons The hearing has been adjourned until Oct 13 when Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar are expected to be indicted Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  5. Chelsea and AS Roma served up a rip-roaring 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as both clubs stayed firmly on course for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Edin Dzeko scored twice on his 100th appearance for Roma in an enthralling contest as the Italians stormed back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining, only for Eden Hazard to salvage a point for Group C leaders Chelsea with a header. The goal flow began in the 11th minute when David Luiz?s curler put Chelsea ahead and when Hazard doubled the home side?s advantage in the 36th, it looked like being a routine night for Antonio Conte?s side. Aleksandar Kolarov fired Roma back into contention before the interval though and Dzeko?s double in the space of six minutes, the first a scorching volley, looked to have earned Roma only their second win in 16 attempts on English soil. Hazard?s equaliser kept Chelsea top with seven points from three games with Roma on five -- three ahead of Atletico Madrid who were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by Qarabag. ?It is a good result for both teams but when you are 2-0 up at home you must win the game,? Hazard said. ?Now we have to play in Rome but we will try to win the game. After two defeats it?s not easy to bounce back.? Chelsea, reeling from successive Premier League defeats, spent much of the first half on the back foot but were clinical when it mattered as they moved into a 2-0 lead. The hosts went ahead when Luiz, playing in central midfield in place of the injured N?Golo Kante, produced a stunning curler from 25 metres past Roma keeper Alisson Becker. Radja Nainggolan and Diego Perotti wasted gilt-edged chances for Roma and those misses looked terminal for Roma?s hopes when Chelsea struck again with a 36th-minute counter-attack. Alvaro Morata and Hazard combined before Morata?s cross spun off a Roma defender and into the path of Hazard who rammed home his side?s second. Conte said he never felt his side were ?in control? and the tide began to turn Roma?s way when Kolarov was allowed to burst into the area before firing a shot that nicked off Andreas Christensen on its way past Thibaut Courtois and into the net. Roma began the second half full of purpose and Dzeko looked poised to tap-in Kolarov?s low cut back only to see the ball diverted off his toes by the alert Courtois. A disgruntled Luiz was replaced by Pedro but Roma had taken a stranglehold and levelled in stunning fashion as Dzeko belted an unstoppable left-foot volley beyond Courtois. Six minutes later Dzeko took his tally for the season to 12 goals in all competitions for club and country, the Bosnian hitman left unmarked to head in Kolarov?s free kick. Roma?s lead lasted only four minutes though as Hazard glanced in Pedro?s cross with a superb header. There was still time for both sides to win a classic encounter, the best falling to Dzeko who inexplicably headed wide from point-blank range. Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco praised his side?s character. ?We were two goals down after two individual mistakes but we had 70 percent of the ball in the first half,? he said. ?We tried to win with the right mentality.?
  6. One of the bigger decisions a community manager has to make as a community grows is whether to employ proactive or reactive moderation (or a combination of both). This isn’t always a conscious decision; sometimes forum moderation features are toggled without giving much explicit thought to the style of moderation desired and the pros and cons of doing so. It’s worth taking a moment to consider the reasons behind each type, and come to a justification for one or the other. Firstly, let’s discuss what we mean by proactive and reactive moderation. Proactive Moderation With a proactive approach to moderation, the goal is to prevent bad content from ever appearing in public. The primary way that this is achieved is by having moderation staff review all content posted, and manually approving it after deciding whether it is acceptable. Another feature that could be classed as proactive moderation is administrator screening of new registrations. When a new user registers in the community, their account can be placed in a ‘validating’ state, requiring an administrator to review the information submitted and deciding whether to approve the account. As you might expect, proactive moderation is the safest way to ensure bad content doesn’t make it to public view. However, the significant drawback is that users won’t see their content immediately, which can be frustrating and severely stifle productive discussion. At worst, it can push users away from your community altogether. Heavy-handed moderation is often viewed negatively by members who are trying to participate, and can ultimately backfire. With a proactive moderation approach, it’s important that you communicate with members one-to-one if they post content with good intentions but which doesn’t meet your criteria. This can reduce resentment over wasted effort, and gives them the opportunity to adjust their approach for future content. Reactive Moderation In contrast, a reactive approach to moderation allows user to post freely, without explicit pre-screening of content, with moderators reacting to issues as and when they arise. Reactive moderation is, generally speaking, a more pleasant experience for users because it allows them to engage fully with the community. However, there is of course the risk that unsuitable content is seen in public, at least temporarily. Choosing a reactive approach doesn’t have to mean a free-for-all. There are many features you can use to make identifying and dealing with bad content a quick and painless process, while still allowing users to contribute freely to the community: Report center Allows users to identify bad content and submit notifications to moderation staff for prompt action. Badword filter, URL filtering and keyword triggers Prevent common swear words and other divisive terms from being used by censoring them or replacing them with ***. You can also blacklist undesirable URLs from being used within posts. Plus, automatically watch and moderate posts that contain terms you specify. Warning system Where a user has proven to be problematic, the warning system in Invision Community allows you to track infractions and apply punishments to the account. These can range from a simple warning message, to suspension, to complete ban. Users can be required to acknowledge the warning before being able to see the community again. Moderation queue Individual users can be placed into the moderation queue, requiring all content they post to be screened by a moderator before being visible - a good compromise that means you don’t need to screen all content, just that from troublemakers. Spam service The IPS Spam Defense Service is a free service that automatically reviews new registrations to your community to determine whether they match any known spammers, using data crowdsourced from other Invision Community sites. The service can virtually eliminate known spammers from your community, preventing them from ever causing a problem. One-click spam cleanup If a spammer does make it into your community, removing their posts and banning them is a one-click action for moderators. Saved actions Saved actions make it quick to apply multiple moderation actions in one go. For example, if members often post support topics in a non-support forum, a saved action would allow moderators to move the topic and reply to let the member know what happened - all with a single click. Which is the right approach for your community? Every community is different, so there’s no one answer here - that’s why Invision Community includes features that enable both approaches, to allow you to determine which to use. In general, we suggest thinking of reactive moderation as the default stance, and increasing the amount of oversight you make depending on the circumstances. There are exceptions of course. For example, in a situation where a user posting personally-identifying information in a public forum could have a profound implication for personal safety, a proactive moderation approach might be more desirable. Similarly, if it’s essential that users receive correct information that has been vetted by your staff, you may want to review content before it appears (though in this case, other techniques might be considered, such as staff labelling content once it is ‘approved’ by them). Your choice need not be entirely one or the other, either. While Invision Community has moderation settings that apply to the entire community, it’s also possible to apply different settings on a per-forum or per-member group basis. Communities often make use of per-group moderation as a way of screening new members. This is achieved by putting new members into a ‘limited’ group that requires content to be reviewed by a moderator. Then, using Invision Community’s group promotion tools, the member is automatically moved to a regular member group once they have a specified number of approved posts (usually a low number; one to five works well). This approach reduces the danger of a rogue member signing up and creating a problem, without requiring the resources to screen every new post to the community. Finally, whichever approach to moderation your team ultimately finds work best, we recommend creating a clear, detailed set of community guidelines that outlines the boundaries of the community, and what you consider acceptable and unacceptable from members. Most users don’t set out to create problems for you, and referring to your guidelines can often put the lid on any trouble before it starts. We hope this overview proves helpful to both new and established communities. If you have any approaches to moderation that you think others might be able to learn from, please go ahead and share them in the comments below!
  7. TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed US President Donald Trump´s aggressive criticism as "rants and whoppers" while vowing that Tehran would stick to its nuclear commitments. "I don't want to waste my time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute US president," Khamenei said in a speech to students in Tehran, published on his Telegram channel. It was his first response to Trump's bellicose speech last Friday in which he called for tougher sanctions to curb Iran´s "destabilising activities" in the Middle East. "They are angry as today the Islamic Republic of Iran has disrupted their plans in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq," Khamenei said. "Everyone be assured that this time, too, America will be slapped and defeated by the nation of Iran." Khamenei said the world should not be fooled by Trump's public persona. "The US president displays stupidity, but this should not cause us to ignore America´s mischief," he said. He said Iran would stick by its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, which Trump has threatened to "terminate" unless the US Congress tightens sanctions on the country. Khamenei welcomed Europe´s strong support for preserving the nuclear agreement but also urged it not to follow the same line as Washington. He rejected suggestions, notably from French President Emmanuel Macron, that more negotiations were needed on Iran's ballistic missile programme and regional operations. Europe "must refrain from entering into our defence issues", Khamenei said. "To ask the same thing (as the Americans) about why Iran is present in the region ? well, deal with it. "Or to ask why Iran has missiles ? well, why do you have missiles? Why do you have nuclear weapons? We will not accept the Europeans going along with America´s bullying."
  8. Disclaimer: This conversation is injurious to male privilege and entitlement. As I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed, I am flooded by #MeToo posts. Days have passed by and it is STILL on my wall. #MeToo. I don't even need to exaggerate. The sheer number of women sharing personal accounts of their sexual assaults is just disturbing. Having grown up with two sisters and having been a constant witness to sexism against women throughout my life, it's not a surprise. At least not for me. I've been there when a bunch of rowdy guys cornered my own sister right under our house. I've been there when my friends were inappropriately touched or taken advantage of when drunk. We've all been there. We've all seen it happen right in front of our eyes – at bus stops, in dark (and well lit) alleys, in the metro, at our own homes even. Women getting assaulted is not brand new information. But to see so many women come out and talk about it, women who wear skirts and women who don't, women who drink and women who don't, women who are sexually active and virgins, is still disturbing and unsettling. But the most alarming thing here is that most men are STILL missing the goddamn point entirely. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images We need to talk, dear men, because someone needs to have this conversation with you. First things first, it matters little if #NotAllMen assault when #YesAllWomen have faced it at some point in their lives, more than once even. If I had a rupee for every time I tried explaining to the men around how common an occurrence it is for women to be molested, I'd be saying this on a podium right now, on national television. It's as hopeful as it is disheartening to see women speaking up about being sexually assaulted. I sincerely hope it floods every guy's newsfeed and that's all they see and hear for the next few days. Because it's not just important but necessary for us to know how grave an issue it is. Misogyny isn't a third world fad. Sexism is real and there's no way you can debate it. You might have been discriminated against or sexually assaulted as a man and nobody is belittling your experience. But if every woman in this country has been molested, if women are living every day fearing for their life, there's something fundamentally wrong with our existence. If you don't think as a human being, let alone as a man, something is essentially wrong with you! © Unsplash I also see where the ignorance and insensitivity comes from. We perpetrate it as men. We encourage it. We grow up normalizing objectification of women, in the name of 'bro talk' and 'locker room' banter. Don't tell me it's not true. Reducing girls to the size of their breasts, getting away every time by slut shaming them, never having known the idea of consent, seeing the men of your own family (sorry, I mean, the 'head' of your family) treat 'their' women like child bearing possessions that need to be policed and tamed, exercising your power over women to emphasize on your own masculinity (which is more fragile than bone china) – you've been a constant witness. If not as an active participant, then at least as a silent spectator. I've seen you do it some times and I've let you do it. I didn't correct you when I should have. Because 'chalta hai yaar what's the big deal?' Tell you what, it is a big effing deal. Because if each one us (who could tell sexism from humour, which excludes most men anyway) would've called out people around us, raised our voices when we saw men visibly leching at a girl and making her uncomfortable or taken down every guy who slut shamed girls for wearing what she wanted and being sexually active, maybe it wouldn't have snowballed to this extent today. You and I are just as responsible for #MeToo. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images I'm guilty of being silent, way too many times. Times when I knew I should've spoken up but didn't because it was convenient to stay out of an argument. Because 'mujhe kya, I'm not the one saying it'. Every time a colleague or a friend made a disgusting remark that reeked of blatant misogyny and sexism, I'd laugh it off like everyone else because who wants conflict on a Monday morning. And that's EXACTLY what needs to change. We as people, need to speak up and call out every sexist bullshit we see around us, even at the cost of being a 'killjoy' or a 'mangina'. To all those who think a hashtag on Facebook won't make a difference, well, if I'm up at midnight writing this, and you're reading this, it clearly is making a difference. As it should. I hope more men stand up and pledge to nip this evil in the bud by not encouraging friendly guy banter that revolves around objectifying women, and calling them b*****s and w****s amongst other things. I know it's going to be really hard for us to look for more topics to have the 'guy talk' about (since our idea of masculinity is basically just misogyny), but we'll survive. © Unsplash You owe it not just to equality and women, but to your own conscience as well. If you've furthered it, even if intentionally so, you gotta make the mends. I'm with the women of this world in the #MeToo movement. If you are too, drop in a #MeToo in the comments box below. Let the women know they have allies in us.
  9. LONDON: Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third baby in April, Kensington Palace announced on Tuesday. The couple -- the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- were "delighted" to confirm the month their child is due to be born, a brief statement said. Kensington Palace announced Kate´s pregnancy last month after she was forced to cancel an engagement because of extreme morning sickness. The Duchess has continued to suffer from the condition but made a surprise appearance at a royal engagement on Monday. She is due to visit Norway and Sweden with William on an official visit early in 2018. The couple already has two children: Prince George, born in 2013, and Princess Charlotte, aged two. Both were born at St Mary´s Hospital in London, where William was delivered in 1982.
  10. England?s age-group teams might have dazzled on the global stage in various youth tournaments in 2017 but the senior side is not yet of a standard to be a serious title contender at next year?s World Cup, former striker Alan Shearer told Reuters. Gareth Southgate?s side went unbeaten in their qualifying campaign for Russia but has been criticised for lacking a creative spark after scoring only 18 goals in 10 games in a group containing lowly-ranked Lithuania and Malta. ?I don?t expect us to win the World Cup in Russia next year, even with the success of our teams underneath that level, be it the under-21s, the under-19s or the under-17s,? Shearer said in an interview from Bengaluru. ?I don?t see us going to Russia and winning the tournament. No.? England?s recent record at the quadrennial showpiece event has not been inspiring with the 1966 champions, who reached the quarter-finals in 2002 and 2006, exiting at the round of 16 stage in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Their worst performance came at the last edition in Brazil when they failed to get past the group stage, while the Euro 2016 exit at the round of 16 stage after defeat to Iceland left little optimism among England?s supporters. Shearer, who was in India for a Premier League fan park event where roughly 40,000 spectators watched the top matches of the weekend on a giant screen, thinks that will prove to be a nadir. ?What I would expect is to see an improvement on what we saw in France in the European Championships 18 months ago,? said Shearer, who scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for England. ?It shouldn?t be too difficult to improve on that when you consider the performance we had in the game against Iceland when we were knocked out of the tournament. ?Very much similar to other campaigns when we had results in the qualifiers. We are there now but we have to go one step further and we have to show improvement.? In stark contrast to the national side, the England Under-20s won the World Cup in South Korea in June before their Under-19 team became European champions in Georgia the following month. The young Lions have also won the Toulon Tournament this year and are through to the last 16 of the ongoing Under-17 World Cup in India. Shearer, who scored twice in four appearances at the 1998 World Cup finals in France, felt one of the reasons why England were unsuccessful at the top level was because young English players are not playing in the Premier League. YOUNG ENGLISH COACH ?Part of the problem is lot of these boys in the league teams with England are not getting the chance to play at the club level,? Shearer said. ?Clubs like Man City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal tend to spend big on foreign players who the managers or the clubs feel are pretty much guaranteed for success. It?s difficult for these managers as they have to deliver success tomorrow. ?To put in a young player, he needs time to settle and feel his way into the Premier League and clubs are not prepared to do that.? Shearer has, however, backed former teammate Southgate to succeed as the national team manager. ?I am pleased that we were able to give an English player, a young English coach the opportunity to try and do it at that level,? Shearer said. ?More often than not over the past years we have gone and spent big on foreign managers and they haven?t proved successful at all. ?I am pleased we have given the job to an English guy who has played in tournaments, I have played with Gareth in tournaments also, so he is aware what tournament football is about and what you need to try and do to get to the latter stages. Hopefully, that will stand him in good stead.?
  11. Gareth Bale may have scored more decisive goals for Real Madrid than Luka Modric since the pair swapped Tottenham for the Spanish capital, but the Croatian midfielder has proved far more popular to Real fans than his teammate. Modric will be the only former Spurs player available to the European champions when they host Mauricio Pochettino?s side on Wednesday in the Champions League as Bale is still recovering from a calf injury, the 18th fitness setback he has faced in less than five seasons in Spain. Bale, who was signed by Real in August 2013 for a then world record fee of 100 million euros (£88.7 million), had a dream debut season in Madrid, striking decisive goals in the King?s Cup final against Barcelona and the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. He has added a further nine trophies since then and overtaken Gary Lineker as the top scoring British player in La Liga, but an accumulation of injuries have stunted his growth and meant he has missed 67 games since his arrival. Madrid, however, have rarely missed his presence: they stormed to the Champions League and Liga double last season when he missed more than four months with an ankle injury and calf problems. A study in newspaper AS showed Real are 10 percent more likely to win games when Bale does not play, while online surveys show that fans overwhelmingly would prefer to see either Marco Asensio or Isco in his place. Bale?s shy personality and inability to speak Spanish have not helped his cause and he often appears distant from his teammates, an outsider in a fiercely strong collective. He received a cacophony of boos when taken off in the 2-2 draw with Valencia but a couple of weeks later demonstrated his trademark explosiveness to score against Real Sociedad. He then produced his strongest performance in over a year in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, a display which earned the praises of the Spanish media, including in AS, whose repeated criticism of Bale has been tantamount to a campaign to get him to leave the club. There was no happy ending, however, as Bale ended the game with a calf injury which is likely to keep him out until November. In a recent news conference, Real coach Zinedine Zidane said he did not know when Bale would return and faced repeated questions about whether the Welshman?s injury record could lead to the club being forced to sell him. DELICATE STATUS Bale?s delicate status in the Spanish capital contrasts with Modric, who has developed into Real?s most influential midfielder, the player who has overseen their transition from counter-attack specialists into a team that embraces possession. Modric, however, endured a difficult start after his 40 million euro move from Tottenham in 2012 as he was deployed in an advanced role under Jose Mourinho and newspaper Marca named him the worst signing of the close season. Redemption came with a thunderous long-range goal against Manchester United in 2013 and he truly began to thrive under Carlo Ancelotti, although it is under Zidane where he has really shone. The Santiago Bernabeu crowd regularly sings the 32-year-old?s praises, while last season he even took the plaudits of rival supporters, earning a standing ovation at Eibar after engineering a 4-0 win at the Basque minnows. ?After four years at Tottenham I hit the ceiling and I needed new challenges to take my career to the next step,? Modric said in an interview with UEFA.com on Sunday. ?Real Madrid were the right club for me and when I learned they were interested in me I didn?t care about anything else in the world. Now I?m playing the best football of my career and feeling good every day.?
  12. LISBON/MADRID: At least 36 people died in wildfires raging through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and another three in neighbouring northwestern Spain on Sunday and Monday. Firefighters were battling 50 blazes in Portugal and a similar number in Spain. Portugal?s government asked for international help and declared a state of emergency in territory north of the Tagus river - about half of its landmass. Flames ripped across Iberian countryside left tinder-dry by an unusually hot summer and early autumn, fanned by strong winds as remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia brushed coastal areas. Television footage showed abandoned villages with many houses in embers and charred vehicles left on the roads. Portuguese opposition parties and the media harshly criticised the government for failing to prevent a new wave of deadly fires after the country?s worst-ever forest fire in June that killed 64 people. Prime Minister Antonio Costa, however, refused to sack his interior minister and defended his government?s attempts to reform the troubled forestry management system. ?It?s a structural problem that we are facing... This is not a time for resignations, but for solutions. Everything has to be transformed into reforms, to provide responses that the country needs so that nothing stays the way it was after this year,? he told reporters after a television address to the nation. ?We are aware that the country wants results from us and we?re running against time after decades of negligence,? Costa told reporters after his address. POOR LAND MANAGEMENT At the heart of the problem is poor land management in Portugal, where traditional small plots have become fire hazards after being abandoned by successive generations of landholders who moved to the cities. Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa said climate change was also to blame. ?We are facing new (weather) conditions ... In an era of climate change, such disasters are becoming reality all over the world,? she said, citing the wildfires burning in California. The weekend fires also injured 63 people in Portugal, civil protection service spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar said. The toll could still increase as seven people were unaccounted for. Water-spraying planes could not be deployed against most fires due to gigantic plumes of smoke that reduced visibility. But Gaspar said rains expected late on Monday and on Tuesday in the north of Portugal were likely to bring some relief. The Lisbon government has been criticized for a slow, inefficient response and a lack of fire-prevention policies, leaving Portugal with Europe?s largest expanse of woodland burned by wildfires. Portugal?s fires have burned over 40 percent of the total in all of the European Union this year. With just 2.1 percent of the EU?s landmass, Portugal suffered the biggest fires during 2008-16 as well, with an average of 36 percent of the total. Three people died in Spain?s northwestern Galicia region - two of them women found inside a burnt-out car, the third a man in his 70s killed as he tried to save his farm animals, according to local media. Most of the fires in Galicia were started deliberately, said Alberto Nunez Feijoo, head of the regional government. Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said some of those responsible had already been identified. They could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted. At least two persons were arrested in Portugal for allegedly starting fires.
  13. Mahira Khan. Photo: File Pakistan?s beloved actress Mahira Khan is in the media spotlight again and for good reason this time. After pictures of the actress with Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor stirred a social media controversy and backlash from audiences, Mahira has a message that she wants you to listen. In a recent public appearance, the actress gave a strong message to all the women out there. ?Let nobody?s opinion define who you are. And if anybody defines who you are, let it be yourself. Because, including me, and all the women out there, we are all worth it,? the diva said. The actress? message comes at a time when the social media is abuzz with a movement against sexual abuse after prominent celebrities made sexual harassment allegations against the American film producer and former studio executive Harvey Weinstein. Mahira, Ranbir pictures become target of fans' criticism Pictures were taken in July, while Ranbir Kapoor was shooting for Dutt biopic in New York Mahira stayed strong in the face of severe criticism on the pictures with Ranbir that didn?t sit well with fans who couldn?t relate to the Humsafar actress clad in a white backless dress, smoking on the streets of New York City. Her latest message shows that the actress truly believes in empowerment. More power to you Mahira!
  14. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan submitted in the Supreme Court on Monday details of £100,000 pounds with regards to the disqualification case being heard against him. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar is heading a three-member bench hearing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi's petition against Imran calling for his disqualification for owning offshore companies and receiving foreign funding. Disqualification case: Imran submits documents in SC The documents include two letters which created controversy as Imran's signatures on them reportedly differed The documents submitted today state that Imran only contested and won the 2002 and 2013 elections and did not take part in the 2008 polls. They state further that Imran had foreign currency accounts in two banks in Pakistan but after 2000 he did not have any account outside the country. In a message on Twitter, Imran said by the grace of God and thanks to [ex-wife] Jemima's record keeping, he has submitted all the additional money trail record demanded by the Supreme Court. "My record of £672k now before SC in entirety. Meanwhile, NS [Nawaz Sharif] not provided any doc beyond fraud Qatari letter of Rs 300bn money laundering," he wrote in another tweet. He also quipped that a 'friend' called him to had he been in Imran's place, his former wife would have taken money from Sharifs and put him in jail. At present, the court has wrapped up its proceedings in the case but not given a verdict as it is hearing the second part of Abbasi's petition ? against PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen.
  15. That's right. After Kit Harington, another 'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, has got engaged. Sophie and her fiancé Joe Jonas have been dating for a year now. Sophie is merely 21 years of age, but hey when you know, you know. Besides, she has been married twice on the show; reel experience amounts to something! We hope Tyrion, who is still married to her on the show, is not much heart-broken. © HBO Both Sophie and Jonas shared the news on the Instagram pages with a picture of the engagement ring. I said yes. A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Oct 15, 2017 at 10:39am PDT Marriage hasn't exactly been cakewalk for her character Sansa and the internet just doesn't seem to forget it. The North has also not forgotten Littlefinger's twisted 'love' for her! A man has no name littlefinger disguises as joe jonas to marry sophie turner you can't fool me asdghdjsllwznz pic.twitter.com/5667kL2Yka — princess (@princessumali_) October 15, 2017 I swear! Joe Jonas just proposed to Sophie Turner & I swear, on the old gods & the new, if GoT is delayed bc of ANOTHER wedding there will be issues. — Kristina Barry (@steemarie14) October 15, 2017 Told ya! Jon and Sansa… Telling @Meah_rose5 that Sophie Turner just got engaged to Joe Jonas ð­ I'm so glad I met someone who GETS it pic.twitter.com/8606LhUxzH — Chloe (@chloeruffennach) October 15, 2017 Did. Not. See. That. Coming JOE JONAS IS GOING TO BE A STARK? The final season of 'Game of Thrones' is going to be wild. — Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) October 15, 2017 If you liked it, then you should've put a ring on it Sansa Stark is engagedð± so that's what happens when you get little finger out of the way — Iffy (@Kantesgirl) October 15, 2017 It's all in the family Breaking: Sansa Stark is engaged to a Jonas brother — giuliana allegrotti (@familygiuls) October 15, 2017 Only last month, it was Kit Harrington i.e. Jon Snow who got engaged to Rose Leslie, his Wildling girlfriend from the show. The two are quite a pair and their engagement announcement sealed the deal for many GOT fans. There have been reports about how the shooting of the next season of GOT would be halted for their wedding. With Sophie in queue for a wedding too, we just hope the shoot is not delayed further! Ah well, looks like we know who'll get the Iron Throne after all Sansa Stark And Jon Snow NIGHT KING HAS CROSSED THE WALL AND YOU BOTH THINKING ABOUT BETTING MARRIED NOW ?!!!#MisplacedPriorties — S• (@DREAM0FSPRING) October 15, 2017 We wonder how Littlefinger is taking the news Joffrey would have been crushed Er..Sansa is still married to Lord Tyrion We just want 'Game of Thrones' season 8 on time please!
  16. It's a stated fact that human beings are social animals and usually practice 'groupism' to share and liberate certain ideas, beliefs, ways of living, trends and companionship. 'Groupism' started when man was still learning how to gather and hunt food. Men and women alike would do most things in groups and that became a societal norm, which apart from providing a fresh perspective for the members of the group, also provided validation for each other. 'Groupism' has transcended and evolved from nuclear thoughts and activities to something more formidable and blended. Due to a rather feisty onset of technology and social media, interactions have become a bit too vivid and opinionated and that can sometimes be borderline cynical in nature. Judgments and negativity loom through these interactions and validation for the same is sought through various social media platforms. The best example of where people share their views and beliefs nowadays is Whatsapp. Whatsapp as an interactive app has become too malleable for heavy doses of information that can offend various participants and scrutinise an individual's thought process to no end. Recently 'groups' on Whatsapp are trending a great deal and everyone has an opinion to share on each group. Literally everyone! It's the modern day equivalent of 'groupism' we've been seeing for centuries now. Family Whatsapp groups are an inevitable escape and sometimes they become a bit too obstinate. The problem though with such formal groups is that if you're a part of them, it's difficult to check out or leave. The unfamiliar doses of contradictions that you gather from such groups often question your own beliefs and theories, the ones that you endured through years and years of self discovery and wisdom. If you ever do brave the art of 'leaving', you will first be schooled by your parents on how obnoxious that act is and then forcefully be added back, with a barrage of taunts from your extended family. Annoying AF! But then we came across Namaah @The_HappyNoodle, who decided enough was enough and courtesy could go take a hike, when she decided to leave her family group. Before exiting the group though, Namaah wrote an exit message, explaining why it's wise to let someone leave a particular community because sometimes it's detrimental to their being. She also went on to explain how it's not an act of being 'asocial' but simply a matter of choice. She took to Twitter to share her exit message and we sure as hell are proud of her for taking such a staunch stand! In today's personal victory, I quit my extended-family WhatsApp group. I cannot fully express the relief I feel. pic.twitter.com/E02iXtbLvh — Namaah (@The_HappyNoodle) 11 October 2017 What's the best part? A lot of other Twitter users encouraged her act and replied with many more positive tweets for her stand. We're hoping this gives the millennial a big bright cue to not be a part of forced 'groupism' and make choices that aren't termed as 'awkward' or 'obnoxious'. pic.twitter.com/3VK7hMvXBk — Gadgetwala (@ankitv) 11 October 2017 pic.twitter.com/MtZ3oAgUHL — Namaah (@The_HappyNoodle) 11 October 2017 ð pic.twitter.com/5VjjEuFFLt — Amulya (@amulyashruthi) 11 October 2017 Thank you for the courage. Permission to use this as a template for my own exit (if I ever manage it?) — Aakriti Anand (@itirkaa1105) 11 October 2017 Nice! I wanted to exit from such grps too. But I took another path. I just rebutted each insensitive post, now, none share such things. :) — Priyabrata Tripathy (@PriyabrataT) 12 October 2017 I did this too, a few months ago. Best decision ever. No more waking up to pathetic wife jokes or community jokes. Good for ya! — Purva Sawant (@purvasawant) 11 October 2017
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  18. Onlookers peer through windows shortly after the first ever commercial flight landed at St Helena airport near Jamestown, October 14, 2017-Reuters JAMESTOWN: One of humanity?s most isolated outposts joined the 21st century on Saturday when the British island of St. Helena, home to ?the world?s most useless airport?, welcomed its first commercial flight. As the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down on the forbidding volcanic outcrop in the middle of the south Atlantic, the travel and history buffs on board clapped and cheered. ?I?ve never felt so emotional in all my life,? said Libby Weir-Breen, a British travel operator who has been bringing tourists to the island, 1,200 miles (1,900 km) west of the African nation of Angola, for the last 12 years. She had flown in specially from Scotland to be on the plane, and dabbed away tears as it touched down on the spectacular cliff-side runway. ?I never thought I?d see this day,? she said. The 4,500 people living on St. Helena, a British colony since 1658 - most famous as the windswept outpost where French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte breathed his last - might also be forgiven for thinking the day would never come. There has been talk of building an airport on St. Helena since the 1930s. The best site ? one of the few flat spaces on the notoriously craggy island ? was ruled out because of a nearby breeding ground for the wirebird, an endangered species of plover. An airport at the new site, on top of a valley filled in with 8 million cubic metres of rock, suffered numerous setbacks and delays as costs ballooned to 285 million pounds, to the horror of the British government. The runway and terminal were completed in 2016 but the official opening was pushed back another year after test flights were buffeted by wicked cross-winds, making it unsafe for large aircraft to use. A fire truck sprays water over the first ever commercial flight to land at St Helena airport near Jamestown, October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ed Cropley With Britain mired in financial austerity, the London media were quick to condemn it as a white elephant, or ?the world?s most useless airport?, with a price tag of more than 60,000 pounds for every Saint, as the island?s residents are known. Priceless Before the opening of the airport, which will receive weekly flights to and from the South African commercial capital, the only way to St. Helena was a five-night voyage from Cape Town aboard the RMS St. Helena, a British postal ship. With the risk of wind-shear limiting the size of planes and numbers of passengers ? Saturday?s flight had room for 100 but only 68 on board due to weight restrictions ? the hoped-for tourist boom is unlikely to materialise. Hotel capacity has jumped in the last few years from just a few dozen rooms to more than 100, but, with a maximum of 3,500 visitors a year, the island is unlikely to be weaned off the 53 million pounds it receives in aid every year from London. Besides Napoleon?s old house, Longwood, and a cemetery holding some of the 6,000 Afrikaner prisoners sent there by the British during the Anglo-Boer wars in South Africa, St. Helena offers scuba diving and walking in pristine natural wildernesses. Governor Lisa Phillips dismissed the critics and said that even before it accepted its first commercial flight, the airport had proved its worth in the last 18 months by enabling several life-saving emergency medical evacuations, including a newborn child. ?I?ve seen the headlines about the world?s most useless airport, but for St. Helenans this has already been the most useful airport,? she told reporters after greeting them on the tarmac. ?It?s priceless.?
  19. KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan Chief Farooq Sattar said on Sunday that the authority to maintain law and order should be given to Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, claiming that then the infamous knife attacker would not stand a chance. MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar was addressing a gathering in Mahmoodabad area. During his address, Sattar demanded that the hold of the community police should be given to the mayor Karachi. ?If the system of eliminating crimes is under the mayor then within 24 hours will unveil every knife attacker,? said Sattar. The MQM-P chief said that the conspiracy against his party is a conspiracy against Pakistan. Sattar said that if weapons can be recovered from water tanks then the ?knives shouldn?t be out of grasp as well?. Since September 25, at least 16 attacks by a knife attacker, riding a motorcycle, have occurred in the city's eastern district. The suspect, who has posed quite a challenge to the authorities, remains at large, evading arrest and baffling authorities after a fresh spate of knife attacks on women, concentrated mainly in Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Gulshan-e-Iqbal areas.
  20. WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has gambled with US diplomatic credibility by attacking an Iran nuclear deal that his European allies cherish as a benchmark for international cooperation. And in doing so the US president has underlined the risk that his "America First" foreign policy will translate to one of "America Alone" as he confronts future crises. Between nationalist speeches, protectionist gestures and high-octane Twitter outbursts, observers have struggled to identify a coherent strategy behind Trump´s decisions. But one thread does stand out as he pulls out of trade deals, provokes allies and tears up international accords -- he seems determined that no international ties will bind him. The United States emerged as the indispensable superpower in the wake of World War II in part through its leadership in a global rules-based system of treaties and alliances. 'Withdrawal doctrine' But, as Trump made clear last month in a speech to the UN General Assembly, his vision is of a world where America is just the most powerful in a network of sovereign nations. "Trump foreign policy has found its theme: ´The Withdrawal Doctrine´," quipped Richard Haass, the influential president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Trump has not yet withdrawn from the Iran deal, although he made it clear that he is ready to do so if Congress and sceptical US allies do not agree to new sanctions. He did quit the UN cultural organisation, this week. He has collapsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and appears to be poised to destroy the bigger NAFTA treaty. Time and again his bluster has put in question America´s commitment to its NATO allies, and time and again he has ordered reviews into the utility of remaining in UN agencies. He has even declared that America will drop out of the biggest -- and arguably most important -- accord in world history, the 196-member Paris climate deal. As might be expected, former members of President Barack Obama´s administration are furious and bewildered at what they see as an abdication of US leadership. "Once again, Trump is throwing into question the ability of the US to keep its commitment to international agreements," former top aide Ben Rhodes said. "Other nations will not want to enter into agreements with the United States," he warned. Ego and ideology Former secretary of state John Kerry, who negotiated the Iran deal, called Trump´s decision a "reckless abandonment of facts in favour of ego and ideology." Trump, he said, "weakens our hand, alienates us from our allies, empowers Iranian hardliners, makes it harder to resolve North Korea and risks moving us closer to military conflict." But Democrats are not the only ones criticizing the Republican billionaire's stance. Nicholas Burns a professor at Harvard´s Kennedy School of Government and, like Haass, a veteran of George W Bush´s administration is scathing. "We´re withdrawing as global leader under Trump," he said, dubbing the decision to dump the TPP and Paris and undermine the Iran deal "historic mistakes." Washington´s traditional allies in Europe were at first cautious in their approach to Trump, hoping he would mellow as he grew into the Oval Office role. But they were outraged by his Iran gambit, and united in their response. "It is clearly not in the hands of any president of any country in the world to terminate an agreement of this sort," declared EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. "The president of the United States has many powers (but) not this one." In Washington, having failed to get through to Trump despite the support of some of his top advisers, European diplomats are now lobbying Congress to save the Iran deal. Nevertheless, the Iran decision at least has some strong supporters in Washington. American leverage An outspoken group of foreign policy hawks, backed by influential senator Tom Cotton and Trump´s UN ambassador Nikki Haley, had been pushing for "decertification." And they, at least, agree with Trump that his tougher stance could give America more leverage, rather than less, with its foreign partners. "If anything, the decision to decertify but keep the US in the deal could serve to bolster US credibility," argues Behnam Ben Taleblu, of the Federation for Defense of Democracies. Trump, he says, is "sending a message that the US will not be a party to agreements where it feels it has a material disadvantage." This theory will be put to the test almost immediately. In the weeks to come Trump and senior US officials will attempt to build a coalition to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
  21. 'Stranger Things', a show that tells the story of a group of Dungeons & Dragons-loving preteen friends in 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, who stumble upon a disturbing government conspiracy in their own town, was kind of a surprise hit when it came out in July 2016. Even though the first season consisted of just eight episodes, the Netflix Original series managed to develop a huge cult following. But, it has been more than a year since we've seen the gang, and waiting for the second season has been getting unbearable. With the release date getting closer and closer, Netflix has decided to gift us another trailer to get us even more excited for the next instalment. The trailer came out yesterday, appropriately on Friday the 13th. © Netflix The first season followed Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson and Lucas Sinclair go in search of their missing friend Will Byers. Will has been taken to the Upside Down, which is sort of an alternate reality where everything is the same, yet different. Although the place appears to resemble the real world, it is grey and lifeless. Moreover, it is inhabited by what the boys call the 'Demogorgon' — a monster that feeds on people. Though he is rescued successfully, everything is far from alright, with the season ending on a giant cliff-hanger. © Netflix The second season will be set a year after the events of the first one, showing the repercussions of Will's stint in the Upside Down. The trailer kicks off with Eleven retrieving the waffles that Hopper left for her in the woods. They've also showed that Will is still quite messed up from his time in the Upside Down and keeps having flashbacks. We also get glimpses of the gigantic shadow monster that has appeared in other trailers. © Netflix The monsters are getting bigger, the kids are getting more intense, and Joyce is more frantic than ever. “These are not nightmares,” Hopper tells Joyce. “It's happening. And it all leads back to here.” All the episodes of season 2 will be released on Netflix on October 27. Here's the final trailer before the season debuts.
  22. Arvind Kejriwal, the man that everybody loves to troll, is the laughing stock of Twitter yet again for a reason that is sad and funny (sorry, not, sorry), all at the same time. His iconic Maruti Suzuki WagonR, you know the one he loves to talk about, has been stolen in the national capital. The car was stolen right outside the Delhi Secretariat on Thursday and guys; it has now become a matter of national concern. The car was lovingly dubbed the 'AAP Mobile' and the political leader used it to camp and sleep in during a protest against the Delhi Police at the Rail Bhawan in 2014. He also drove around in it for his campaigns and it's safe to say that the car was well-loved. © Twitter However, of late, the car was not being used by him. In fact, it was being used by Vandana Singh, the Aam Aadmi Party's in-charge of the youth wing and the party's media coordinator, and was often seen parked at the party office at central Delhi's Deen Dayal Upadhya Marg. Kejriwal of course is heartbroken and so are the rest of his party. “I want this car back. There are a lot of emotions, memories attached to it. Whoever returns the car, I will give him a suitable reward, which will be much more than what he will get from selling the car,” announced AAP's Naveen Jaihind, a senior leader from Haryana. AAP's emotional attachment is understandable. But as we all know, folks on Twitter are ruthless when it comes to trolling. For the common man, hearing the news of a car being stolen is an everyday thing but when it's the CM of Delhi suffering from the unfortunate incident, people lose it and Twitter was right there to console them! From his obsession with PM Modi to his mufflers, nothing was spared. Here are some of the most ruthless and hilarious tweets: V Sad to know Kejriwal's Blue wagonR car was stolen, but saddest part is he wasn't inside when it was stolen ðð#bluewagonR — Niranjan Appaji (@AppajiNiranjan) October 13, 2017 Kejriwal's iconic WagonR stolen.. This is the second thing Kejriwal ji has lost after becoming CM.. first thing was his honesty & integrity. — Paresh Rawal Fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) October 12, 2017 Kejriwal's iconic WagonR stolen. When you want to have a new car. This is how you have to stage a drama. ððð — ÑυÑgιcαâ ραgÑ 57 ð (@yogirajab) October 13, 2017 Got a shocking NEWS today: Kejriwal's blue WagonR was stolen. Now the shocking part is, i didn't hear him saying "isme Modiji ka hath hai." — Ajay Manjrekar (@Ajaymanjrekar7) October 13, 2017 So someone stole kejriwal's Wagon R. How to identify it. When someone presses the horn it sounds "modiji modiji" :D #kejriwal #Modi #wagonr — Anshuj Garg (@anshujgarg) October 12, 2017 Mystery around my stolen #WagonR has been solved. Disturbing visuals caught on cam in d parking area. Request this person 2 return my car ð pic.twitter.com/qEa3TQei1F — Aurobindo Kejruddin (@KejriTrolls) October 12, 2017 Why are they worried about Kejriwal's car getting stolen ?Wherever the thieves will take, it will automatically take a U-turn & come back. — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) October 12, 2017 Before : AAP ki Sarkar Now : AAP ki Sar — Tanmay (@tanmay_ayush) October 12, 2017 Winter is coming, so someone thought of stealing a bunch of mufflers from his car. — Uzair Hasan Rizvi (@RizviUzair) October 12, 2017 pic.twitter.com/4tXobjEv5w — मासà¥à¤¸à¤¾à¤¬ (@PreetJack) October 12, 2017 While several hours have passed since the car went missing, there is no news about its whereabouts. Although the exact amount of the reward wasn't revealed, given Kejriwal's love for the car, it'll probably be a good one. So maybe it's time to show off your secret inner FBI skills?
  23. Friday and 13th- a day and date which when combined can scare the hell out of anyone and everyone. And if you look at your calendar right now, you'd realize that today is unfortunately the unlucky day. To make it worse (or better) 20th Century Fox is here with the long awaited trailer of the X-Men spinoff, 'The New Mutants'. First things first, it isn't as vivid and flashy like a superhero movie. In fact, it's creepy and horrifying and dark and all things one associates with a classic horror movie. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, it is intended to be the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series. © Marvel While the Marvel's comics were about a younger generation of 'gifted' students coming together at a school for the first time, the film is set largely in an eerie asylum where young mutants are kept in cells and observed for study. Bottom line being, it takes the X-Men universe within the four walls of a dark hollow hospital setting. The cast of the film is nothing short of exciting as it stars some of the most talented young actors of Hollywood. The film follows five mutants – Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Anya Taylor-Joy (Split), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why), and Blu Hunt (The Originals) who are held in a secret facility against their will as they are considered “dangerous”, try to fight their way out. © 20th Century Fox © 20th Century Fox The film is directed by the 'The Fault in Our Stars 'director, Josh Boone. In an interview, he said, “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no super villains. We're trying to do something very, very different.” He took to his Instagram to tease the audience about the arrival of the trailer today. There's Something New To Fear #tomorrow #newmutants #teaser #xmen #thenewmutants #fridaythe13th A post shared by Josh Boone (@joshboonemovies) on Oct 12, 2017 at 7:09am PDT And it does look very, very different. The trailer kind of gave away a 'Stranger Things' vibe, only scarier. It doesn't provide with too many details but all that is shown is enough to leave you unsettled. It opens with a voice over from Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga,) interviewing a new subject. Reyes asks the child if she has ever hurt someone and if she has ever experienced anything “abnormal”. The shot cuts to Reyes sitting in front of an array of monitors, calmly watching other children located throughout the facility. © 20th Century Fox Watch the trailer here: The film is set to hit the theatres on April 13, 2018 which of course, is a Friday.
  24. ZURICH: While London?s sewers can get clogged with fatbergs made up of grease and diapers, it seems Switzerland?s waste system is flecked with silver and gold. Researchers last year detected 3 tonnes of silver and 43 kg of gold in effluent and sludge from waste water treatment plants - amounting to around 3 million Swiss francs ($3.1 million). But before people start hunting in their drains for jewellery, the government study said the tiny particles were likely to be mostly from the watchmaking, pharmaceuticals and chemical industries, which use the metals in their products and processes. ?You hear stories about an angry man or woman throwing jewellery down the toilet, but we didn?t find any rings, unfortunately,? report author Bas Vriens said on Thursday. ?The levels of gold or silver were very small, in the micrograms, or even nanograms, but when you add them up it?s pretty substantial.? Researchers are now studying if it is worthwhile to extract the metals that end up in sewage sludge before usually being burnt, but so far it has not found to be cost-effective. Higher levels of gold were found in the western Swiss region of Jura, believed to be linked to watchmakers that use the precious metal to decorate their expensive timepieces. There was also a higher concentration in the southern canton of Ticino due to the gold refineries in the area. This was the only region where it might make sense to recover the metals, Vriens said. Other trace elements including rare metals such as gadolinium - used in medical imaging - were also found by the scientists from the government?s Institute of aquatic science and technology (EAWAG). Their discovery is the latest example of wealthy Switzerland finding riches in unusual places. Last month an investigation was launched after toilets at a Geneva bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $100,000 in high-denomination banknotes - a bit different from the huge fat mass that blocked an east London sewer. The Swiss metal concentrations complied with regulations and were removed before humans drank the water again, the study said. ?It wouldn?t make sense for people to boil their tap water to recover gold or silver because it has already been filtered out before it re-enters the drinking water supply,? Vriens said.
  25. There are many situations we face in our lives which make us question the ingenuity of the universe. Some of them are harsh, some funny and some beautifully ironic. One of them is falling for our respective ex's close friend! So, if you're in a situation where you're head over heels in love with someone who helped you make things work with your ex in the past and now you want to make things work with this person, there are a few do's and don'ts you can adhere to. Because, let's be honest, there are a few rules we need to stick to, to maintain the slightest bit of decorum and decency to get through this complicated situation. Think About The Past For This One There are certain factors that will help you decide if you should tread on egg-shelled grounds, if you are considering dating your ex's friend. Think of how close a friend this person was to your ex. Was she your ex's best friend or a mere friendly acquaintance? What is their relationship now? Are they closer than what they were when you were dating your ex or have they drifted apart? These things will help you understand how to gauge the situation and act on being friendly with your ex's friend. Make sure you have all the clear cut answers though. Do some research. (not in a stalkerish way). © Thinkstock Do Not Approach Your Ex's Friend For The Wrong Reasons Make a move only if you genuinely feel for your ex's friend. Do not, we repeat, do not make a move to seek revenge on your ex by dating their friend! That's childish and not fair to both of them. It's best to clear out any bad air between you and your ex before you make any decision, whatsoever. © Thinkstock Tell Your Ex! If you do plan to make a move on your ex's friend, make sure your ex is kept in the loop. You guys might not be in touch but considering you met your ex's friend, through your ex, it's only fair you inform your ex about it. It's not to seek their permission but to have a little bit of integrity and respect for the person you once shared your life with. Similarly, your ex's friend should also speak to your ex (her friend) if she wants to date you or have something exclusive with you. © Thinkstock Seek Advice From Other Peeps It's always good to get a fresh perspective from a third party and it would be great if the third party knows your ex too. So, if you have a common friend, ask for their advice on how you can or should go about this. It can be dicey and tricky if you ex is completely against the idea of you dating one of her friends, so if you can get a friend to give their opinion on this, it would be great! © Thinkstock Do What You Feel Is Right While you may contemplate going ahead with your decision to date your ex's friend, there might be many obstacles along the way. There might be people who will judge you or ask you to not go ahead with your decision. Primarily, there are only three people who are involved in this situation; your ex, who needs to be in the loop, her friend, who you have feelings for and your feelings for her should be mutual and you. So if your morals and ethics allow you to express your feelings for an ex's friend, you should go ahead with the decision. Remember though, you're responsible for your own actions and if everything works out in the end, you're good to go! © Thinkstock This one can be a tricky situation but if you handle it well with tact and honesty, it will go as and how you want it to.