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  1. ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken a suo motu notice of the Turbat incident in which 20 bodies were recovered over a span of around four days. The chief justice on Sunday sought detailed reports within three days from the director general of Federal Investigation Agency and the inspector general of Balochistan on the incident. He also questioned the role the relevant authorities have decided to play in preventing such incidents. Five bullet-ridden bodies found in Turbat Levies sources said all the deceased belonged to Gujrat On November 15, 15 bodies were found in Buleda area of Turbat tehsil in Kech district of Balochistan. The bodies bore bullet wounds and were of people from different parts of Punjab, including Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Sialkot. It was found out the 15 people were en route to Europe through Iran for jobs. They were being taken by an agent, whom they had paid for their illegal migration. Later, on the night of November 17, five more bodies were found in the same tehsil, Turbat, albeit at the distance from the previous spot. Bodies of five men found in Turbat sent to their hometown Five bullet-riddled bodies were found in Tajban, Turbat on Saturday The five bodies were found from Tajban area of Turbat, closer to Panjgur. Documents found with the deceased revealed the five people were friends belonging to Gujrat in Punjab. While speaking to Geo News, Balochistan Government Spokesperson Anwarul Haq had said their assessment showed the five were killed in the same incident in which the 15 were shot dead. He added their bodies were found in an operation that was launched in the area after the first 15 bodies were recovered.
  2. PARIS: Homesharing giant Airbnb announced Tuesday that it will automatically cap rentals in central Paris to 120 nights a year, bringing it in line with the French capital´s legal limit. But Airbnb was quickly criticised for not imposing the new restriction -- which will begin in January -- across the entire city. The measure will be applied in four central Parisian districts "which have faced the pressure of tourism and trade, as well as a particularly strong housing shortage over several decades," Airbnb said in a statement. "It´s unbelievable," Paris city hall official Ian Brossat told AFP. "This means that Airbnb will not enforce the law" in the city´s 16 other districts or arrondissements, he said. Brossat accused the company of "making an announcement that violates the law as a gesture of good will," calling for it to apply the rental limit in the whole of Paris. Paris is one of Airbnb´s top markets, with some 65,000 sites listed. Another 35,000 are available from similar online platforms. As a major tourist destination, Paris has slapped limits on the short-term rental of apartments and rooms as they compete with hotels, encourage property speculation and reduce the housing available to residents. From December 1, anyone wanting to rent their Paris apartment on an online platform will have to get a registration number. Airbnb was founded in 2008 and offers accommodation ranging from single bedrooms to entire homes in 65,000 cities in 191 countries.
  3. Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who has resigned, is seen during Future television interview, in a coffee shop in Beirut, Lebanon, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi1 BEIRUT: Saad al-Hariri warned on Sunday Lebanon was at risk of Gulf Arab sanctions because of Hezbollah?s regional meddling and said he would return to Lebanon within days to affirm he had resigned as the country?s prime minister. In a television interview, the Saudi-allied Hariri held out the possibility he could yet rescind his resignation if Hezbollah agreed to stay out of regional conflicts such as Yemen, his first public comments since he read out his resignation on television from Riyadh eight days ago. He indicated the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese in the Gulf could be at risk, as well as trade, vital to the stability of the Lebanese economy. Hariri said his resignation was intended as a ?positive shock? to his country, which he saw in danger. Top Lebanese government officials and senior sources close to Hariri believe Saudi Arabia coerced Hariri into resigning and has put him under effective house arrest since he flew to Saudi Arabia over a week ago. Ahead of his interview, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Hariri?s movements were being restricted in Saudi Arabia, the first time the Lebanese authorities have publicly declared their belief that Riyadh is holding him against his will. Hariri said he was a free man. The resignation and its aftermath have thrust Lebanon back to the forefront of the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Aoun refused to accept Hariri?s resignation unless he tendered it in person in Lebanon. Hariri says can travel 'tomorrow' if he wants Hariri ? who has not returned to Lebanon since he declared his shock resignation ? said he stepped down for the sake of the Lebanese national interest, repeatedly saying the country must stick by a policy of ?disassociation? from regional conflict. ?I am freely in the Kingdom, and if I want to travel tomorrow, I will travel,? Hariri said of his presence in Saudi Arabia. He said he would return to Lebanon within two or three days. When he resigned on November 4, he said he feared assassination. His father ? a long-serving former prime minister ? was killed by a bomb in 2005. Hariri said he must be sure his security had not been penetrated before returning. Hariri?s eyes welled up with tears at one point in the interview. Asked by the interviewer if he would take more questions, Hariri said no because he was tired. ?We know there are American sanctions (targeting Hezbollah), but (do) we add to them also Arab sanctions? What is our interest (in that) as Lebanese, because we see today interventions in Yemen and Bahrain by Iran and Hezbollah,? said Hariri. ?Disassociation is the foundation of Lebanon?s interest. Where do we export our goods, is it not to the Arab states? Where do our sons work ...?? he added ?We must work to preserve this interest, and this interest was threatened, so, for this reason, I did what I did,? he said. He singled out Yemen ? where a Saudi-led alliance is bogged down in a war with Iran-allied Houthi rebels ? asking what a Lebanese group was doing there, in reference to Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia has accused Hezbollah of a role in firing a ballistic missile from Yemen towards Riyadh earlier this month. In order for him to go back on his resignation, Hariri said the ?the diassociation (policy)? must be respected and regional interventions by Hezbollah halted. ?Lebanon cannot bear them,? he said. Hezbollah is Lebanon?s most powerful group thanks to a powerful arsenal. It has deployed fighters to Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad. The group denies a role in the fighting in Yemen but is fiercely supportive of the Houthis in its statements. Aoun says contact with Hariri restricted Hariri?s resignation from abroad and the week of silence that followed has destabilized his country ? where Muslims sects and Christian and Druze factions fought a civil war from 1975-1990 ? often backed by rival powers around the region. After Hariri announced his resignation, Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon of declaring war against it because of Hezbollah. The Hezbollah leader on Friday said it was Saudi Arabia that had declared war on Lebanon. Western countries including the United States and France have reiterated their long-standing policy of support for the Lebanese government since the Saudi declaration that the Beirut government was a hostile party. Before Hariri?s interview, Aoun said Hariri?s situation in Saudi Arabia threw doubt over anything that he had said or would say, and his statements could not be considered as an expression of his full free will. Aoun said Hariri was living in ?mysterious circumstances? in Riyadh which had ?reached the degree of restricting (his) freedom? and ?imposing conditions on his residency and on contact with him even by members of his family?. Saudi Arabia has denied Hariri is being held against his will or that he had been forced to resign. It has advised its citizens not to visit Lebanon and those there to leave as soon as possible.
  4. Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), arrives at the German Parliamentary Society offices before the start of exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke BERLIN: Immigration and climate policy are the most contentious issues in exploratory negotiations between three parties seeking to form Germany?s next government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, adding that she wants proper talks to start in 10 days. Despite weeks of exploratory discussion, Merkel?s conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens remain far apart on climate, immigration and energy policy, and they disagree on where the blame lies for the lack of progress. ?For me, it is clear that on the subject of finances the question is how we can use the room for manoeuvre (in the budget) so that everybody can have their priorities implemented while at the same time ensure that we have a balanced budget,? Merkel said in a video message on Facebook. ?On the subject of climate protection, challenging goals for 2020 that we undertook as federal government under my leadership are not so simple to meet,? she added, shortly before a meeting with other party leaders to try to nudge the talks forward. ?The theme that is especially important for us is the issue of immigration and integration,? she said. ?These will be difficult issues.? Party leaders are hoping for a sharper focus on policy detail to reinvigorate negotiations that have barely inched forward since a national election in September. Merkel said she wanted the exploratory talks to end on Nov. 16 after which the parties can launch proper negotiations that can conclude with a coalition agreement. The FDP and Greens blame each other for the lack of real progress. ?By dragging their foot on climate protection, the FDP are playing into the hands of climate change deniers like (U.S. President Donald) Trump,? Greens party chair Simone Peter told a news conference. ?The lack of seriousness has to stop.? Emissions record But Greens co-leader Cem Oezdemir signalled in an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung that the ecologist party would be ready to relent on its insistence that the next government commit to removing all combustion engines from roads by 2030. ?It?s clear to me that we alone would not be able to insist that 2030 will be the year when combustion engines are no longer,? he said. The Greens wanted, instead, a ?clear commitment? that the cars of the future are emissions-free, he added. FDP leader Christian Lindner said the hard work of finding common ground was only now beginning. ?There haven?t been attempts to build bridges in the past two weeks because that wasn?t the purpose,? he said. ?We look forward in this phase to moving from outlines to the facts and goals that need to be harmonized - or not, as the case may be.? Senior Greens complain that talks have been hamstrung by the FDP?s lack of preparedness. After a four-year absence from the federal parliament, the FDP lacks the policy expertise needed to negotiate the compromises that are needed, Green officials say. But Lindner said he opposed the Greens? desire to ?make an example of industrial Germany? by forcing it to meet expensive and constraining climate protection targets, and he suggested Germany could have a greater impact on the climate by helping other countries to improve their emissions record. For Merkel, the awkward three-way negotiations, forced on her after her conservative bloc shed votes in the election, represents her best chance of securing a fourth term in office, with many believing failure would oblige her to stand aside. With her former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), determined to go into opposition after a disastrous election, Germany could face a lengthy period of drift at a time when many in Europe look to Berlin for leadership on issues ranging from eurozone governance to trans-Atlantic ties.
  5. If you are an ardent fan of Bollywood, then hatred for Gabbar Singh, Teja, Shakaal or Mogambo will come naturally to you. We just love to hate Bollywood villains and basically all those who play negative roles and try to bring doom upon our heroes. We thought our hatred will remain the same for Alauddin Khilji, who is being brought to reel-life by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But, all that hate vanished when Ranveer Singh appeared in the trailer, leaving us gasping for air. © Viacom 18 Pictures With kohl-lined eyes, wild tresses, a deadly stare and a scar across his face, Ranveer portrayes Sultan Khilji with such perfection that we feel the role was meant only for him. After sporting a long mane and beard and living the lavish lifestyle of a Sultan, Ranveer has finally parted ways with Mr. Khilji. Yes, Singh is now back to the basics and by the looks of his new haircut, it seems he is all set to sweep women off their feet with this boy-next-door look. While speculations are rife about this being a 'post-breakup' haircut , we are eagerly waiting for Deepika Padukone's reaction to this chic look. Old me A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Nov 6, 2017 at 7:12am PST The actor who believes in living larger than life recently got a new haircut, which broke the internet. If you are wondering why it's such a big deal, don't try too hard, because the person is discussion is Ranveer, who is known for doing the quirkiest of things without holding himself back. And THIS is being touted as one of the major fashion moments that has set tongues wagging. In process A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Nov 6, 2017 at 7:12am PST Also, this question is for all you die-hard fans of Ranveer Singh. Does this new look remind you of anything or anyone? Well, for us, he looks strikingly similar to Bittoo Sharma, from his debut movie 'Band Baaja Baaraat'. Yes, it seems like he accidently got inside a time travel machine to revisit his debut days and we aren't complaining because he looks every inch dapper and swanky in this look. New me ! Voila ! ð¤ð¾ A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Nov 6, 2017 at 7:13am PST With not even a month left for the movie to hit the theatres on December 1, all eyes are now glued to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus project 'Padmavati'. And as fresh controversies continue to pour in; our excitement too is reaching a pinnacle. From the vandalism on the sets to the actors' first looks from the movie, 'Padmavati' has been turning several heads and how, making this wait harder for us with each passing day. After 'Padmavati', Ranveer will be seen in Kabir Khan's upcoming biopic on Kapil Dev and Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' opposite Alia Bhatt.
  6. Virat Kohli - file photo NEW DELHI: Indian Virat Kohli reclaimed his throne as the world's best one-day international batsman Monday after smashing his sixth ton of the year in India´s series-clinching victory over New Zealand. The India skipper, who cracked a 106-ball 113 in Kanpur, surpassed South Africa's AB de Villiers as number one as he resumed the top spot after a gap of just 10 days. Kohli was the top run-scorer in the New Zealand series, accumulating 263 over three matches including his 32nd ODI century on Sunday as India secured a 2-1 series victory. He also paired with opener Rohit Sharma for a 230-run stand as they became the first batsmen to share four double-century ODI partnerships. Kohli, 28, who also tops the Twenty20 batting chart, also became the fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs in the game at Kanpur´s Green Park Stadium.
  7. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont kept friends and foes guessing on Wednesday on whether he intends to unilaterally declare independence as the Spanish government prepares to impose direct rule to stop the region breaking away. Puigdemont spurned an invitation to explain his position to the Senate in Madrid on Thursday ? an indication of the rigid stands taken by both sides in Spain?s gravest political crisis since the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975. He also kept his silence on whether to call for a new regional election, a move which might prompt the Madrid government to postpone its plan to take over Catalonia?s institutions and police. The next few days could prove crucial in the battle of wills that has followed an independence referendum on Oct. 1, which Madrid declared illegal and the Catalan government said endorsed its claim to statehood. While it is not clear how the central government will take over in practical terms, nor how Catalan civil servants and police will react, some independence supporters have threatened a campaign of civil disobedience, raising the possibility of ugly confrontations. The Catalan secessionist drive is the most serious existential challenge to a Western European country since the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, when voters in the end decided to stay part of the United Kingdom. It has caused deep resentment elsewhere in Spain, caused a flight of business from the wealthy region, and worried other European leaders who see it as fanning separatist sentiment elsewhere on the continent. Madrid has rejected Puigdemont?s calls for dialogue to resolve the situation, saying he first must withdraw an ambiguous declaration of independence made earlier this month. But it did invite to him address the Senate on Thursday. However, late on Wednesday the Catalan leader turned down the offer, a spokesman for the regional government said, on the grounds that Madrid had already announced its plans to impose direct control on the autonomous region. The Senate is expected to give the green light for that on Friday morning. It was still unclear if Puigdemont would make a unilateral declaration of independence, which, given the opposition from the Madrid government as well as European leaders, would be merely symbolic. ROCK AND HARD PLACE Also up in the air was whether he would call a snap regional election, something a senior Catalan politician said on Tuesday was being considered. He could still do this on Friday before the Senate strips him of his powers and imposes direct rule. Some Spanish political and business leaders, along with most Catalan newspapers, have backed the idea as a snap election could forestall direct rule and help break the deadlock. Calling an election could also either strengthen Puigdemont?s mandate if pro-independence parties won, or allow him a graceful exit if they did not. An opinion poll published by the El Periodico newspaper on Sunday showed a snap election would probably have results similar to the last ballot, in 2015, when a coalition of pro-independence parties formed a minority government. The actual steps to enforce direct rule could be taken gradually in order not to inflame the situation. Catalonia said on Monday it was confident its officials, including the police, would defy attempts by Madrid to take over institutions.
  8. MULTAN: A judicial magistrate on Monday extended the remand of Mufti Abdul Qavi after recording the accused's statement in the Qandeel Baloch murder case. The remand of the cleric was extended for another four days after Qavi's statement was recorded in an ambulance. The magistrate, Pervaiz Khan, had earlier in the day had asked the police to present the cleric in court after the law-enforcement agency failed to present him before the magistrate. Qavi was later transferred back to the hospital after his statement was recorded. Dr. Zafar of Institute of Cardiology said the decision to discharge the cleric would be taken on Tuesday. A second angiography for the cleric was scheduled to be held today after the first angiography had revealed that one of the arteries in patient?s heart is blocked. A sessions court, hearing the model and social media icon's murder case, had remanded the accused into police custody for four days on October 19. The doctors had also reasoned that Qavi?s custody cannot be handed over to the police till the patient?s health recovers. The development comes a day after Baloch's parents claimed that the prime accused of their daughter's murder ? Mufti Abdul Qavi ? had offered millions in bribe to withdraw the case. "We won't forgive our daughter's murder in exchange for the money, cars, and houses [offered to us]," Qandeel's parents said. "We are happy that Qavi was arrested and request the Chief Justice of Pakistan to keep a close eye on the case." On October 12, a court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Mufti Abdul Qavi in Baloch?s murder case. Qandeel Baloch Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies that polarised Pakistan, was allegedly strangled in July by her brother Muhammad Waseem. He said she had brought shame on the family and confessed to his crime in a press conference after his arrest. Prior to her death, Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security. In Facebook posts, Baloch, 26, spoke of trying to change "the typical orthodox mindset" of people in Pakistan. She faced frequent abuse and death threats but continued to post provocative pictures and videos.
  9. If you want an edge in your lifting capacity and you are a natural athlete, Creatine is your savior. In the same way, if you want your muscles to have a fuller look, creatine is the supplement that will help you. With this piece I will break down the science behind the consumption timing of creatine and how it affects its efficiency. Also, should you be taking creatine on non training days? Let's dig into the answers. Creatine Timing- Pre Or Post Workout? The question- should creatine be taken before, or after the workout? Or can it be consumed irrespective of the clock? To answer this, let's look at some studies. A study conducted by Exercise Metabolism Unit compared the timings of supplement intake. One group consumed creatine near to their workout (Pre or Post) and another group took creatine keeping a gap in between their workout (Pre or Post). The group which took creatine soon before or after their workout gained more strength and muscle mass as compared to the group that took creatine in the morning or in the evening, irrespective of workout timings. Therefore, it certainly does make sense to take creatine near to your workout, either immediately before or after. Creatine On Rest Days- Should You Or Shouldn't You? The only purpose to take creatine on rest days is to keep creatine levels in your muscles elevated. If you are loading creatine, you have to follow the loading cycle which requires you to take 20gm of creatine irrespective of your training days. If you are on the maintenance dose of 3 to 5gm per day, you still have to take it on the rest days to maintain the high levels on creatine concentration in your muscles. However, it is more important to not to skip creatine on rest days if you are loading creatine otherwise loading will not happen. A continuous high dose of 20gm is necessary for 5 days to load it. On the other hand, even if you miss a maintenance dose of 3 to 5grams on your rest day, it won't make a major difference. Ideally, you should take it on rest days too. Another important thing to note is that creatine absorption increases if it is consumed with carbohydrates. Also, protein and amino acids also increase the extent to which your body retains creatine. Therefore consuming creatine with a balanced meal of carb and protein is also a good strategy to follow for maximum absorption of creatine. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  10. The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery owned by The Carlyle Group is seen at sunset in front of the Philadelphia skyline, March 24, 2014. REUTERS/David M. Parrott/Files HOUSTON: Oil prices fell more than 1 percent on Thursday, breaking four days of gains, pressured by larger-than-expected product inventories in the United States and profit-taking after a recent run-up in markets. Brent crude settled down 92 cents (or 1.6 percent) at $57.23 a barrel. The global benchmark is still about 30 percent above its mid-year levels. US light crude settled down 75 cents (or 1.4 percent) to $51.29 but is still nearly 25 percent higher than June?s lows. Ongoing tension in the Middle East has boosted prices, but analysts say those concerns may now be priced into the market. ?The geopolitical risk that came rushing into the market is starting to come out,? John Kilduff ? a partner at hedge fund Again Capital LLC ? said. Kurdish officials said thousands had fled the Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad. Iraq said it expects to restore Kirkuk?s oil production to last week?s levels by Sunday. SPDC ? Royal Dutch Shell?s subsidiary in Nigeria ? lifted force majeure Thursday on Bonny Light crude oil exports. Meanwhile, Chevron Corp said it temporarily suspended oil and gas drilling activity in Iraqi Kurdistan. Analysts said they have seen some profit-taking after two weeks of gains. Energy equities were also weaker, falling to 3-1/2-week lows. US President Donald Trump last week refused to certify Iran?s compliance with a nuclear deal, leaving Congress 60 days to decide further action against Tehran. That could imply the resumption of sanctions against Iran, which reduced supply by about 1 million barrels per day (BPD) during the previous round. However, it is unlikely the United States will get the same level of cooperation from other countries as it did when it previously sanctioned Iran. Analysts said crude supply should keep tightening if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and partners, including Russia, agree to an expected extension to their deal to curb production. The market turned bearish on Wednesday after the US Energy Information Administration reported a surprise drop in US refining rates and an unexpected build in fuel stocks last week that signalled slower demand in the world?s top oil consumer. The fuel build overshadowed a 5.7 million-barrel slump in US crude inventories and an 11-percent tumble in crude output last week to 8.4 million BPD as production was shut in by Hurricane Nate.
  11. Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker delivers a speech in central London, on the security threat facing Britain October 17, 2017/REUTERS LONDON: Britain faces the most acute threat ever from militants seeking to inflict mass attacks, often with spontaneous plots that take just days to bring to execution, the head of the MI5 domestic intelligence agency said on Tuesday. After four militant attacks this year that killed 36 people in Britain - the deadliest spate since the London ?7/7? bombings of July 2005, MI5 chief Andrew Parker said the threat was at the highest tempo he had seen in 34 years of espionage. ?The threat is more diverse than I have ever known: plots developed here in the UK, but plots directed from overseas as well, plots online, complex scheming and also crude stabbings, lengthy planning but also spontaneous attacks,? said Parker. ?Attacks can sometimes accelerate from inception, through planning, to action in just a handful of days,? he said in a speech in central London. The director general of MI5 rarely gives public speeches. The last was in 2015. Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq have been in retreat for two years: They lost their de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa, on Tuesday and have been forced back into an ever-diminishing foothold along the Euphrates river valley. But as their territory, wealth and swagger decline, the militants have intensified online propaganda which has helped radicalise and inspire extremists to attack civilians across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Parker said there had not yet been a large influx of British militants returning home from Syria and Iraq. 'More threat, faster' Britain has foiled 20 plots in the past four years, with seven attacks prevented in the past seven months, Parker said. He said there were 500 live operations involving 3,000 people involved in militant activity. MI5, established in 1909 to counter German espionage ahead of World War One, is tasked with protecting British national security and so takes the lead, along with the police, in countering militant attacks. But after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, MI5 began a review of how it handled intelligence on the bomber, Salman Abedi, who was known to the intelligence agencies. Abedi was not among the 3,000 people currently under active investigation by MI5, although he was one of around 20,000 people known to have some connection to extremism. ?When an attack happens, we are determined, using the harsh light of hindsight, to squeeze out every last drop of learning,? Parker said. ?We are constantly evolving to stay ahead.? MI5, which employs around 4,000 people, says it does not have the resources to monitor every suspicious person. It works alongside the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, which operates abroad, and GCHQ, Britain?s eavesdropping agency. ?Not King Canute? Britain has repeatedly demanded that Silicon Valley companies do more to suppress extremist content and allow access to online communication. After British militants rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and went on the rampage through packed bars, stabbing revellers in June, Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain must be tougher on stamping out militancy and proposed regulating cyberspace. Parker said militants? abuse of the internet could slow down the rapid pace of the hunt for attackers. ?This pace together with the way in which extremists can exploit safe spaces online can make threats harder to detect and give us a smaller window to intervene.? Britain?s interior minister, Amber Rudd, said earlier this month that WhatsApp?s end-to-end encryption communication services allowed paedophiles and organised crime groups to operate beyond the reach of the law. But Parker refrained from naming any companies directly and called for a nuanced partnership to tackle militants and serious crimes such as child abuse. ?I am not somehow King Canute trying to hold back the tide of developing technology and wouldn?t wish to be heard that way,? he said. ?Technology is not the enemy, indeed it holds many opportunities for us.? When asked directly whether Google, Facebook and Amazon were doing enough to prevent communications among militants, he said: ?There is a reasonable expectation, I think, from all of us but also from the public at large that these companies would do what they can to help us deal with these worst excesses.?
  12. Theater actor/movie actor and baller royalty, Jim Sarbh has a signature dressing style and that is, of 'just not caring enough'. There's just so much effort he puts in in looking a certain way, that it's almost negated when he's all dressed up. He's what we call—a throw-on maven. But that's something we established a long time ago. Today in the era of iconic tracks and their writers in his Instagram captions, Mr. Sarbh is standing for one big anthem—to diminish rules of conventional dressing. Having said that, we won't call him wacky. Or, a crazy menswear symbol. We've said this earlier and we're saying it again, he's as capital-F as capital-F celebrity fashion could get. ð·@dakpadakpadakpa ðð@anuj.bhutani. 'Friday I'm In Love' by The Cure. A post shared by Jim Sarbh (@jimsarbhforreal) on Aug 26, 2017 at 8:52am PDT with panther @radhikaofficial at @vogueindia WoY awardsâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸ @anaitashroffadajania. ð@khanijo for this pink when you turn out the light outfit ð@gucci shoes @tanster24. 'Pink' by Aerosmith. A post shared by Jim Sarbh (@jimsarbhforreal) on Sep 25, 2017 at 12:45am PDT Take for example, his most recent outfits—his tryst with pink in a Gaurav Khanijo two piece suit, a one-legged antic in an Anuj Bhutani number and a Gucci moment in a seahorse jacquard evening suit and trousers. All outdoing the actor's own version of floor-scraping sartorial abilities. That said, he's no way on a path to proving a vital point to the men out there. While his style outings could be easily mistaken as missteps to some (cc: his fits, silhouettes, pairing skills), that's the lad's way of making a pro-move in fashion. He's pared down, experimental, but always a kilometer away from the usual. And that to us, is fair. IIFA. With the magic eye @tanster24, ðto @dsquared2 @zegnaofficial ð @louboutinworld. 'Underdog' by Sly and the Family Stone. A post shared by Jim Sarbh (@jimsarbhforreal) on Jul 15, 2017 at 2:09am PDT ð‍ð¨@tanster24 ð@armani @tommyhilfiger @louboutinworld. 'Minha voz, minha vida' by Caetano Veloso. A post shared by Jim Sarbh (@jimsarbhforreal) on Jun 13, 2017 at 5:34am PDT If you're looking at pulling off a chef shirt outside your kitchen, appliqué on your cuffs or even an animal on your chest, chance are—you'd find inspiration on Sarbh's dope Instagram. Even further, if formal wear tickles your bones, you might spot him in a wool coat, posing by some greens on his social media. His style could be monumental and a little off beat, but that doesn't mean he doesn't appeal to the masses. To be frank, he does have a style chop for men with varied personal styles. ð@sukritigrover @anaitashroffadajania. 'Loser' by Beck. A post shared by Jim Sarbh (@jimsarbhforreal) on May 21, 2017 at 5:03am PDT There's nothing @jimsarbhforreal can't do. Including elongated silhouettes and loose AF trousers ðð» A post shared by MENSXP (@mensxpofficial) on Oct 11, 2017 at 1:11am PDT But besides his apparel nuances, your grooming advice be damned, Jim is often spotted in his nest of a mane. Screaming of ample hydration, frequent conditioning and knocking every fade/undercut out there. Incentive? His curls always mate well with his psyched dressing patterns. So in conclusion, unless you're ill-advised on what to wear this season, just like us, we'd suggest you pit stop at Jim Sarbh's menswear den for some #inspo.
  13. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during his interview. Photo: Arab News ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the days of Pakistan?s dependence on the US to meet its military requirements have ended. In an interview to Arab News, published on Monday, the premier said the world should recognise Pakistan?s efforts in fighting the ?world?s war? on terror. ?If one source dries up, we have no option but to go to another source. It may cost more, it may consume more resources, but we have to fight that war, and that?s what we emphasised to all the people that we met.? ?We have major US weapons systems in our military, but we?ve also diversified [our arsenal]. We have Chinese and European systems. Recently, for the first time we inducted Russian attack helicopters,? Abbasi informed. Responding to a question, the premier said that US? newly devised policy to include India for peacebuilding in Afghanistan will be detrimental for the region. ?We don?t believe that injecting India into the Pakistan-US relationship will help resolve anything, especially in Afghanistan, where we don?t see any role for India. India has a relationship with the US, and that is between them and the US,? Abbasi said. He added that Pakistan wants an ?equal relationship or partnership with the US, like every other nation? and wants to work with Washington in resolving regional and global issues ranging from the ?economy to nuclear matters?. He said that in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and side meetings, he stressed that nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan. "We?re partners in the war on terror, and that?s what we emphasised. We emphasised to everybody we met [at the UNGA] that nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan?. He disclosed that investigations showed that the person who carried out a suicide attack on deputy chairman of Senate in Mastung, Balochistan on May 12 was an Afghan national who had crossed the border for the attack. ?The reality today is that much of the area bordering Pakistan is controlled by the Taliban. The people we?re fighting in Pakistan today, their sanctuaries are in Afghanistan, their leadership is living there, the planning is done there, the logistical bases are there, and they regularly cross the border and attack our installations. We recently had a suicide attack on the deputy chairman of the Senate. He survived, but 22 people were killed. It was by an Afghan national who had crossed the border to attack his convoy deep inside Pakistan,? he said. Abbasi said that in the recently held meeting between Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Asif told his counterpart that Islamabad pursues a zero-tolerance approach to ?all terrorist and militant groups.? He called his meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, ?very constructive?. ?There was no meeting scheduled (with President Trump). In fact, the meeting with Vice President Pence wasn?t scheduled [either]. It was at their request,? the prime minister said.
  14. KARACHI: Mercury may rise more than 40 degrees Celsius in the metropolis on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the prediction of the Meteorological Department. ?Due to the developing low pressure area off Indian Coast in the Arabian Sea, the sea breeze along Pakistani Coastline will weaken. Under such conditions, temperatures along Pakistan coastal areas including Karachi will gradually increase during the next 4-5 days resulting into moderate heat wave conditions,? read the press statement. The experts advised to remain cautious in the severe hot weather. Officials advise drinking lots of water to brave the heat and avoid dehydration. It is, therefore, wiser to not go out during the peak sunlight hours to stay safe from a heatstroke. The use of ice packs, cold sheets, and wet towels is advised to beat the heat.
  15. MURREE: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited his alma mater Lawrence College Ghora Gali on the occasion of its 157 foundation day on Thursday. The prime minister addressed the ceremony and reminisced about his youth days he spent in the college as a student. ?Almost 42 years ago I studied from this place and it was a golden time period of my life,? said Abbasi. This institution is one of the finest and has produced numerous prominent personalities and politicians, he added. The Lawrence college was formed in 1860 after Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence. The College caters to educational needs of students from all four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in as the 18th prime minister of Pakistan on August 1. Abbasi was elected as the new prime minister following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court.
  16. Sydney and Melbourne could regularly face 50 degree Celsius (122F) days within 25 years even if Australia meets its Paris global warming targets, a new study warned Wednesday. Other areas across the country should also prepare for extreme heat, said the research led by the Australian National University (ANU) and supported by the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, an international consortium. The study assessed the potential magnitude of future extreme temperatures under the 196-nation Paris Agreement, which targets curbing increases in global temperatures to between 1.5C and 2.0C above pre-industrial levels. "Major Australian cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, may experience unprecedented temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius under 2.0 degrees of global warming," said lead author and ANU climate scientist Sophie Lewis, adding it could occur by the 2040s. "The increase in Australian summer temperatures indicates that other major cities should also be prepared for unprecedented future extreme heat." The study's climate modelling projected daily temperatures of up to 3.8C above existing records in the states of Victoria and New South Wales, despite efforts to curb warming. In ratifying the Paris agreement last year, Australia set an ambitious target to reduce emissions to 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030. This would represent a 50?52 per cent reduction in emissions per capita between 2005 and 2030. With its heavy use of coal-fired power and relatively small population of 24 million, Australia is considered one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters. Lewis said dealing with such heat in cities would need proper planning, with hospitals better equipped to cope with more admissions. Australia has just experienced its hottest winter on record amid a long-term warming trend largely attributed to climate change. Maximum daytime temperatures were 1.9C above the long-term national average of 21.8C during the June-August season, the Bureau of Meteorology said last month. Data from the weather bureau and national science body CSIRO shows Australia has warmed by approximately 1.0C since 1910. More recently, over 200 weather records were broken during the last summer, with intense heatwaves, bushfires and flooding plaguing the December 2016-February 2017 season. The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, said only immediate climate action internationally could prevent record extreme seasons year after year. "One of the hottest years on record globally in 2015 could be an average year by 2025," said Lewis. Fellow researcher Andrew King, from the University of Melbourne, said the study team used a combination of observations and modelling to assess how the magnitude of record-breaking events may change in the future. "Previous scientific studies have focused on how current temperature extremes have been impacted by climate change, or on how the frequency of these current extremes will change in the future," said King. "This study takes a different approach and examines how the severity of future temperature extremes might change in the future."
  17. KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi said on Friday that the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan is a writing on the wall. Speaking to Geo Pakistan, he predicted that the Supreme Court?s decision on Imran Khan?s disqualification will come in coming next ten to fifteen days. ?Court only accepts banking transaction and statement which Imran Khan never gave,? adding, ?it has been more than year Imran has failed to give money trail. He makes his friends party to the case to protect himself.? Imran disqualification case: SC again dissatisfied with PTI counsel?s response Justice Umar said that the documents do not prove that Imran Khan brought money back from London Disqualification only outcome of SC hearing against Imran: Abbasi PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi claims Imran Khan has not submitted any document to prove money trail He added that there is no space left for Imran Khan in the case. ?Imran is out from the case, he will soon be disqualified.? The PML-N leader said that PTI chairman never gave tax more than Rs150,000 in his lifetime. The Supreme Court in its last hearing stated that the PTI lawyer failed to give a satisfactory response in the Imran Khan disqualification case. During his arguments, PTI counsel Naeem Bukhari said that an email has been sent to Imran?s former wife Jemima Khan. Jemima has confirmed receiving 75,000 pounds, said Bukhari, adding that she has assured that she will send the bank details after finding them. Justice Umar said that the documents do not prove that Imran Khan brought money back from London. The petition The petition seeks the disqualification of Imran Khan and PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for the non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and for PTI being a foreign-funded party. On September 23, Abbasi submitted documents in the Supreme Court containing tax returns provided by Imran to the Election Commission of Pakistan in his nomination papers for the 2003-2006 period. The documents submitted by Abbasi included financial details of the sale of Imran?s London apartment in 2004. The documents also do not have any mention of a loan taken from Imran?s former wife Jemima Khan for the PTI chief's Bani Gala residence. In one of the previous hearings, Justice Bandial observed that a discrepancy exists between documents submitted by the PTI chairman earlier and now. Moreover, the chief justice observed during the course of hearing that the PTI chairman has submitted copies of documents that are unverified.
  18. Rescue team members work after an earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril MEXICO CITY: Tempers began to fray in Mexico City on Friday as the search for survivors amidst the twisted rubble of collapsed buildings became increasingly desperate three days after the country?s most deadly earthquake in a generation. Tuesday?s 7.1 magnitude quake levelled 52 buildings in the sprawling Mexican capital, leaving thousands homeless and close to 300 people dead. Apartment blocks, a school and a textile factory were among the structures that were destroyed. Human chains of rescuers sped up efforts, assisted by dogs and heat sensors, refusing to give up hope of finding survivors. Efforts were not fast enough, though, for some family members waiting outside an office building that collapsed in the fashionable Roma neighbourhood. As storm clouds gathered over the city, families worried that rain could slow the pace of rescue efforts. Protesters held signs addressed to President Enrique Pena Nieto and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera. ?Mancera and EPN: We demand results? read one sign. ?They are still alive. Don?t kill them? and ?We don?t want machines? read others, referring to rumours that the military would use bulldozers to hasten the removal of rubble deemed unlikely to harbour survivors. President Enrique Pena Nieto insisted rescue operations would continue, despite dimming chances of finding anyone else alive. Mexican soldiers and volunteers, supported by teams from as far afield as Israel and Japan, have so far rescued at least 60 people from the ruins in Mexico City and surrounding towns. Across the city, thousands of rescue workers and special teams using sniffer dogs combed wreckage. For many, the search was highly personal. Firefighter Teresa Ramirez Flores, 40, was helping search an office building in Mexico City?s Roma neighbourhood where her cousin Carolina Muniz, a 43-year-old accountant, was on the second floor when the building collapsed. ?I would happily lose my life doing this, even more so because my cousin is inside,? Ramirez said, describing a feeling of impotence as she tried to reach her cousin. ?We want to be superheroes so that our country doesn?t suffer,? she said at a site where volunteers brought a wheelbarrow filled with candy for the rescue teams. After three days, rescuers were finding more dead bodies than survivors, but authorities said that signs of life had been picked up by dogs and sensors at several sites. On a number occasions, hundreds of rescuers broke into spontaneous renditions of Mexico?s national anthem. ?I was surrounded by people who I had never seen before and I may never see again, but in this moment we were brothers,? said Alejandro Barrera, a 27-year-old volunteer carrying rubble in a human chain for the second consecutive day. ?I won?t get tired until they don?t need the brigades any more,? Barrera said, his name written on his arm to identify him in case he was injured. Exhaustion, frustration, big blunder Tuesday?s massive quake struck on the anniversary of the deadly 1985 tremor that killed some 5,000 people in Mexico City. As the shock of this week began to subside, exhaustion crept in, along with growing discontent. On Thursday, Mexico?s Navy apologised for communicating incorrect information in a story about a girl supposedly trapped under a collapsed school in Mexico City. A frantic effort had been made to reach the child, dubbed Frida Sofia by local media, but it turned out that the widely-publicized story had been false, leading to anger. Francisco Ortiz questioned whether attention directed at trying to rescue the phantom girl had diverted resources from other places where they were desperately needed, like the apartment building where his sister, Maria, was trapped beneath debris. Authorities had waited until Thursday to begin searching the building. The owner, Juan Salazar, said all the renters had been accounted for before realizing that Ortiz?s sister Maria, a maid, had been washing clothes on the roof when the quake struck. Salazar said he called civil protection and also implored passing brigades of rescue workers to help, but it was two days before rescue efforts began. ?It was negligence. Nobody wanted to take responsibility, neither the army nor Civil Protection,? said Ortiz. ?We are hoping for something good from God.? On Friday afternoon, after a full day?s search, rescuers pulled Maria?s body from the rubble. Homeless, forgotten Across the city of 20 million people, many whose dwellings had become uninhabitable sought a place to call home, raising the spectre of a housing shortage. Senior officials said there could be 20,000 badly damaged homes in the states of Morelos and Puebla. In the hard-hit Roma neighbourhood, Jorge Hernandez and a team of volunteers from Mexico City packed up to move on to isolated villages in Morelos. He said they were doing so after military commands declined their assistance. Mexico City ?is over saturated with support and there are very remote communities in Morelos that have not received help. That?s why we are going there. There, they need so much help,? Hernandez said. As signs of tensions surfaced, the country?s unpopular political class strove to shine. Disaster relief is sensitive for politicians in Mexico after the government?s widely criticized response to the 1985 quake caused upheaval, which some credited with weakening the one-party rule of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The PRI said in a statement that it would be donating 258 million pesos (10.66 million pounds), or 25 percent of its annual federal funding, to help those affected by the earthquake. After news of the PRI plans, leftist presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador upped the ante, proposing donating 50 percent of his National Regeneration Movement party?s 2018 federal funding to support victims, an offer matched by the conservative National Action Party. The full scale of the damage has not been officially calculated although the United States Geological Survey estimated it at up to $10 billion.
  19. Italian motorcycling ace Valentino Rossi has returned to training just 18 days after suffering a double leg fracture, his Movistar Yahama team confirmed. Rossi underwent surgery in Ancona, in eastern Italy, on September 1, a day after a crash in training, discharging himself from hospital the following day. The 38-year-old rode his first couple of laps around the Misano circuit on Monday before the session was cut short by rain, his team said. "The evaluation of Rossi's physical condition was inconclusive," the team said with a decision expected midweek on whether the veteran will attempt to take part in this weekend's Aragon MotoGP. If Rossi cannot compete his place should be taken by Dutch Superbike rider Michael van der Mark. Rossi missed the San Marino Grand Prix but remains fourth in the standings, 42 points behind world champion Marc Marquez of Spain and Italy's Andrea Dovizioso with five rounds to go. Rossi won the Dutch MotoGP in Assen in June to reignite his dream of a 10th world title and is fighting to be fit for the final races of the season which finishes on November 12 in Valencia.
  20. ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau on Friday assured the Supreme Court on Friday that it will be filing an appeal against the Lahore High Court's (LHC) decision quashing the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharif family and others. The assurance was made by NAB's prosecutor general during the hearing of Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed's petition in the court seeking re-opening of the case. The matter was heard by the five-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, that was hearing review petitions against the court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. Sources said on Thursday that after the apex court rules on the appeal, the anti-graft body will be able to pursue the case once more. The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) had submitted the entire record of the Hudaibiya Paper Mills to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panama case. Earlier, the Awami Muslim League chief, one of the three petitioners in the Panama Papers case, had submitted a petition in the apex court against NAB's failure to reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. The petition stated that on July 21, during the hearing of the Panama Papers case, NAB had informed the apex court it would reply in seven days regarding the reopening of the Hudaibiya case. However, the bureau failed to reply within the stated time period and NAB chairman was even sent a notice in this regard but that too has yet to be replied to, the petitioner claimed. Moreover, it was stated in the petition that the apex court had also directed for probing the Hudaibiya case in its July 28 judgment. NAB had decided to not reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharif family. Order NAB to reopen Hudaibiya case, AML chief petitions SC Sheikh Rasheed says failure to do so would strengthen money laundering in the country The decision was taken by NAB authorities on the grounds that earlier in October 2011, a Rawalpindi division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) restrained the accountability court from proceeding in the matter after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family challenged the revival of the references and requested the court to quash the cases. NAB authorities also stated that the Supreme Court had not clearly directed to reopen the Hudaibiya case in its July 28 judgment. The anti-graft watchdog's prosecution branch had also given its advice on the case. Hudaibiya Paper Mills case The Hudaibiya Paper Mills were allegedly used as a cover by the Sharif family to launder money outside the country in the 1990s. It was in relation to this case that the Sharif family's trusted aide, Ishaq Dar, recorded a confessional statement on April 25, 2000 in front of a magistrate in Lahore. On the basis of that confession, a reference was filed by the NAB before an accountability court against the Hudabiya Paper Mills, three Sharif brothers, Dar and others. That reference was struck down by the Lahore High Court on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011. Dar had claimed that he had made the 'confession' in duress and disowned the statement.
  21. Switzerland?s Martina Hingis and Taiwan?s Chan Yung-Jan won the US Open women?s doubles title on Sunday when they rolled past the Czech partnership of Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2. It was the first grand slam title for Chan but the second in as many days for Hingis, who won the mixed doubles with Britain?s Jamie Murray on Saturday. The victory took Hingis?s career grand-slam tally to 25, including five singles titles, 13 doubles and seven mixed doubles. ?Two in two days; I was Michael Jordan?s number 23 when I started here and now 25 sounds even sweeter,? said Hingis, who played the U.S. Open singles final on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court 20 years ago, beating Venus Williams. ?It was an amazing feeling to play here in the singles final against Venus Williams,? Hingis said. ?We were two teenagers making the finals playing here for the first time at Ashe Stadium and coming back 20 years later it is a wonderful journey.? Hingis and Chan stormed through the draw without dropping a set and in the final did not face a breakpoint as they simply overwhelmed Hradecka and Siniakova. Fittingly it was Hingis who sealed victory with a thundering forehand down the line. Hingis and Chan had met the Czech duo twice before this season, winning both meetings including the final in Indian Wells.
  22. Boxer Amir Khan addresses press conference in Islamabad. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Boxer Amir Khan, while addressing a press conference on Friday, remarked that he is currently only focusing on boxing. ?My next fight is either in November or December,? he told the media, adding that his dedication can be gauged from the fact that he is working rather than celebrating Eid with his family. ?I am dedicated towards boxing,? he remarked. Speaking about his academy, he said that it is open for everyone. ?I made the gym for the betterment of the community. Anyone who wants to come is welcomed.? During the event, he also introduced a young boxer from his academy, Usman Malik. ?Usman will represent Pakistan in the boxing competition in Spain,? he shared. Malik belongs to Islamabad and has been training at Amir Khan Academy, Amir pointed out.
  23. ‘Look What You Made Me Do', Taylor Swift's most recent single and the first track from her next album ‘Reputation', just came out five days but has already managed to break four major streaming records. © Taylor Swift/Youtube Being streamed more than any other song in a single day, ‘Look What You Made Me Do' was played a total of 10,129,087 times on Spotify last Friday, the day of its release. On top of that, the song even broke YouTube's one-day streaming record. © Taylor Swift/Youtube When the music video for the song released, which was two days ago, it garnered 43.2 million views in 24 hours, smashing the record set by Psy, whose video for ‘Gentleman' was watched 38 million times in one day back in 2013. © Taylor Swift/Youtube As soon as Taylor's video crossed Psy's record, her director, Joseph Kahn, took to Twitter to celebrate, telling fans "you are all amazing". 39 million youtube views in 24 hours. World record. YOU DID IT. You are all amazing. THANK YOU!#LWYMMDvideo — Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) August 29, 2017 It wasn't just the music video that went on to break records, though; the lyric video also attracted 19m views on its first day – more than double of the previous record-holder, which was ‘Something Just Like This' by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. © Taylor Swift/Youtube A few months back, Ed Sheeran made headlines for getting the most Spotify streams in a day for his hit song, ‘Shape of You', but one of Ed's closest friends has come out and snatched that record also, with ‘Look What You Made Me Do' holding the record now. © Taylor Swift/Youtube The song is basically about Taylor Swift owning up to all of her old controversies and bad press, basically taking back her ‘reputation'. There are so many references in the video, and her fans have literally spent the last two days finding out each and every one. You can hate or love Taylor Swift, but you can't ignore the clever imagery and lyrics she has used in this song. After all, it succeeded to capture everyone's attention and the song and video are what everyone has been talking about since its release. Now, we'll just have to wait and see what the whole album has in store for us.
  24. Tropical Storm Harvey caused widespread flooding in Houston that inundated homes and submerged highways on Sunday as residents of the fourth most populous U.S. city hunkered down in anticipation of several more days of "unprecedented" rainfall. Harvey came ashore late on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years and has killed at least two people. The death toll is expected to rise as the storm triggers additional tidal surges and tornadoes, with parts of the region expected to see a year's worth of rainfall in the space of a week. The storm has caused chest-deep flooding on some streets in Houston as rivers and channels overflow their banks. More than 25 inches (64 cm) of rain have fallen in some parts of the city, the National Weather Service said, forcing some residents onto their rooftops, while others sought refuge at emergency shelters. Scenes of rising floodwaters in the sprawling metropolis recalled the devastation that struck New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Total precipitation could reach 50 inches (127 cm) in some coastal areas of Texas by the end of the week, or the average rainfall for an entire year. "What we're seeing is the most devastating flood event in Houston's recorded history. We're seeing levels of rainfall that are unprecedented," said Steve Bowen, chief meteorologist at reinsurance firm Aon Benfield. The center of Harvey was still 125 miles (200 km) from Houston and was forecast to arc slowly toward the city through Wednesday. Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday because its winds had slowed, but days of torrential rain are forecast. Texas Governor Greg Abbott told a news conference that new tornado warnings were expected later on Sunday. President Donald Trump plans to go to Texas on Tuesday to survey damage from the storm, a White House spokeswoman said on Sunday. The storm struck at the heart of the country's oil and gas industry, forcing operators to close several refineries and evacuate and close offshore platforms. The Gulf is home to about nearly half of the nation's refining capacity, and the reduced supply could affect gasoline supplies across the U.S. Southeast and other parts of the country. The swift rise of floodwaters surprised authorities, and Houston residents with boats were asked to help with rescues. Emergency services told the city's 2.3 million inhabitants to climb onto the roofs of houses, if necessary, to escape the water. People in Houston and other areas of Texas were asked not to leave their homes, even if they flooded, as roads were impassable. "The water was right at our door," said Jasmine Melendez, a 23-year-old Houston mother of three, including a week-old infant. "We were also worried about the kids, especially the baby." Melendez was sheltering at the downtown George Brown Convention Center, where hundreds of people had already shown up for water, food and baby supplies. IMPACT SIMILAR TO ALLISON The Harris County Flood Control District said Harvey's impact rivaled that of Tropical Storm Allison, which dropped more than 40 inches (102 cm) of rain in Texas in June 2001, flooded 70,000 homes and caused $9 billion in damage. "This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced," the National Weather Service said on Twitter. Harvey slammed into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kph), making it the strongest storm to hit the state since 1961. Harvey ripped off roofs, destroyed buildings, flooded coastal towns and had cut off power to about 280,000 people in Texas as of Sunday. "Within less than a half hour, we had 7 to 8 inches of water in our first floor," said Brian Hoskins, 25, a petroleum engineer who lives in Houston. Many people were stuck in vehicles on raised highway sections with dips in the roads ahead of them flooded. The Twitter account of the sheriff of Harris County, which includes most of Houston, was inundated with rescue requests and his team was unable to respond quickly to all of them. The Twitter account for Harris County 911 said people should not call if their lives were not threatened. "There are a number of stranded people on our streets, calling 911, exhausting needed resources. You can help by staying off the streets," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Twitter. Two deaths had been confirmed so far - one in Rockport, 30 miles (48 km) north of Corpus Christi, and in west Houston on Saturday. Millions of barrels per day of fuel production have been halted, and gasoline prices rose ahead of the storm. Benchmark gasoline futures were likely to rise again as shutdowns extended from to the refining hub of Houston, including Exxon's Baytown refinery, the second largest U.S. refinery. Houston's Bush International and William P. Hobby airports canceled all commercial flights on Sunday. The Ben Taub Hospital in Houston's Medical Center was being evacuated on Sunday. An American Red Cross emergency shelter was forced to shut due to flooding and the group opened two more. Abbott said 1,800 members of the military would help with the statewide cleanup. A further 1,000 people were conducting search-and-rescue operations, and several other states were sending emergency personnel. The size and strength of Harvey dredged up memories of Katrina, the 2005 hurricane that killed 1,800 people in a disaster made worse by a slow government emergency response. Trump, facing the first big U.S. natural disaster since he took office in January, signed a disaster proclamation on Friday, triggering federal relief efforts. Abbott said 50 counties had been declared state disaster areas. Jose Rengel, a 47-year-old construction worker who lives in Galveston, was helping with rescue efforts in Dickinson, Texas, southeast of Houston, where he saw water cresting the tops of cars. "I am blessed that not much has happened to me, but these people lost everything. And it keeps raining," he said.
  25. A man looks at motorcycles tipped over by strong wind from tropical storm Pakhar in Macau, China August 27, 2017. Photo: Reuters HONG KONG: Tropical storm Pakhar brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just four days after one of the strongest typhoons on record, Hato, caused serious flooding and damage in the territories and killed at least 10 people in the gaming hub. The two cities lowered their typhoon signal to Number 3 in the early afternoon, after Pakhar brushed passed and landed in the southern Chinese city of Taishan in the morning. Both cities issued their third-highest weather warnings, storm signal Number 8, early in the day as winds intensified and heavy rain lashed down, churning up rough seas and prompting alerts of flooding in low-lying areas. No serious damage has been observed in Hong Kong so far. The government said it has received 13 reports of flooding and 159 reports of fallen trees. Hong Kong?s weather observatory said in the early hours that winds occasionally reached storm force in the southern part of the territory and hurricane force on high ground on Lantau Island to the west of the city where the airport is situated. Pakhar?s arrival comes as the cities are still reeling from Hato. While Hong Kong escaped major damage, Hato devastated Macau, the world?s largest gambling hub, killing at least 10 people, injuring 244 and exposing critical infrastructure flaws after it left the city without water and power for days. The maximum sustained winds recorded at Cheung Chau and Chek Lap Kok were 114 and 76 kilometers per hour (71 and 47 miles per hour), respectively, in the morning, with maximum gusts at 136 and 101 kmh. China?s Meteorological Administration maintained its yellow typhoon warning, the third-highest of four levels, as of midday Sunday and said torrential rains are expected in several southern provinces through Monday afternoon. Typhoon Hato leaves 16 dead after lashing southern China Eight died in the gambling hub of Macau, where images showed cars underwater and people swimming along streets Airport Authority Hong Kong reported 300 flights have been canceled or delayed, and around 30 diverted to other places by noon. Hong Kong?s flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, said the storm would cause delays and cancellations to flights arriving and departing on Sunday and Monday. Some ferries to Macau and outlying islands in Hong Kong resumed service after the typhoon signals were lowered. In Macau, the storm will pose a major setback to clean-up efforts that saw Chinese People?s Liberation Army troops deployed to help remove mountains of stinking debris strewn across some heavily flooded districts battered by Hato. Power has been restored in the territory but some areas still lacked water supply as of Saturday evening, the Macau Government Information Bureau said on its official website. The government said the city still faced a severe challenge in removing huge piles of waste from the streets, with 2,600 tonnes of debris collected on Saturday alone. Shower facilities and changing rooms at four public swimming pools have been opened to accommodate residents with no water facilities. Four Hong Kong journalists were denied entry to Macau on Saturday to cover the storms and relief effort on grounds they "posed a risk to the stability of internal security," according to reports from the media companies they represented. The Hong Kong Journalists Association expressed "deep regret" over the incident and urged Macau to respect press freedom. Police chief Ma Io-kun told a press conference on Saturday he was not aware of the case, but said the government respects press freedom "very much".