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  1. Parents always want to protect their kids from anything and everything under the sun and it's quite understandable, because they want to keep them secure. Reasonable. But what happens when this love triggers their overprotective instincts and they set out to control their kids' lives? We guess John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz might be in a better position to answer this, since that's exactly what they will be doing in the upcoming comedy movie 'Blockers'. © Universal Pictures Since time immemorial, Hollywood has been making big bucks by stressing on the importance of prom night in teenagers' lives and how their parents freak out, imagining their kids losing their virginity one fine day (or should we say night). So what makes this one special that the rest? The mighty John Cena as an overprotective dad, who even dares to chug beer through his (I can't even) butt for his daughter? Of course! But this isn't the only 'special' element. The movie smartly plays around the concept of using emojis for conveying sexual messages – you know just millennial things – and how poor parents are trying hard to decode those *** emojis. © Universal Pictures The premise of the movie is slightly cliché; a trio of parents who have seen their daughters grow up together, stumble upon a group chat where the daughters are busy chatting through emojis. Turns out, the three have signed a '*** pact' where they will lose their virginity on their prom night. Well, definitely the shock was bigger than walking in on kids masturbating. So the parents decided to ruin the prom night for their kids and go to extreme lengths to stop them from having ***. We wonder if the thought of teaching their kids to have safe *** ever crossed their minds, it could have been a less painful option, especially for John Cena. While Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz share a great comic timing, professional wrestler John Cena managed to tickle our funny bones as well with his hilarious antics. 'Pitch Perfect' writer Kay Cannon wears the Director's hat for this film which stars Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlan as the beautiful daughters. The coming-of-age comedy movie is expected to release on April 6, 2018.
  2. One of the tigers rescued from the destroyed Magic World amusement park near Aleppo/AFP THE HAGUE: Two tigers rescued from an abandoned zoo in the war-torn Syrian town of Aleppo are to be given a new home in a Dutch sanctuary, the animal refuge said Friday. Brother and sister, Sultan and Sayeeda, will arrive Monday in The Netherlands after they were among 13 animals evacuated earlier this year from the "Magic World" zoo and amusement park in the ravaged Syrian city. The Four Paws charity, which goes to the aid of animals in distress around the world, brought the tigers out of Syria and into Turkey at the end of July along with five lions, two bears, two hyenas and two dogs. After a short stay in Turkey to be cared for and treated for neglect, the animals were taken to Jordan in mid-August. While most of the 13 beasts are staying there, Sultan and Sayeeda, who were badly emaciated and de-hydrated, are to be cared for at the Felida refuge in northern Nijeberkoop. The felines, which will be housed in the sanctuary's quietest areas, will receive special medical treatment to help them get over the trauma of the war and develop a more natural behaviour. They "were living in a war zone. They were thirsty and hungry. They could hear lots of noise from the bombings" and suffered a lot of stress as a result, said Simone Schuls, the director of the refuge. "It's a great second chance for these animals," she said, adding the pair may eventually be rehoused elsewhere depending on their recovery. In April in a tough mission in Iraq, Four Paws also rescued a lion and a bear, the last survivors of the ravaged zoo in Mosul.
  3. Rohingya refugees wait at a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) post after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal. Photo:Reuters COX?S BAZAR: Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh were skeptical on Tuesday about their chances of ever going home to Myanmar, even though the government there has given an assurance it would accept people verified as refugees. More than half a million Rohingya have fled from a Myanmar military crackdown in Rakhine State launched in late August that has been denounced by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, saying it is fighting Rohingya terrorists who have claimed attacks on the security forces. The government has said anyone verified as a refugee will be allowed to return under a process set up with Bangladesh in 1993. Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Monday to work on a repatriation plan, and a Myanmar government spokesman confirmed it would go along with it, provided people could verify their status with paperwork. But many refugees in camps in Bangladesh are scornful. ?Everything was burned, even people were burned,? said a man who identified himself as Abdullah, dismissing the chances that people would have documents to prove a right to stay in Myanmar. At the root of the problem is the refusal by Buddhist-majority Myanmar to grant citizenship to members of a Muslim minority seen by a mostly unsympathetic, if not hostile, society as interlopers from Bangladesh. Though Myanmar has not granted Rohingya citizenship, under the 1993 procedure, it agreed to take back people who could prove they had been Myanmar residents. But a day after Bangladesh and Myanmar announced apparent progress, a Bangladeshi foreign ministry official appeared resigned to a difficult process. ?This is still a long procedure,? said the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to media. There were already nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh before the latest exodus, but Myanmar had said it would only accept, ?subject to verification?, those who arrived after October 2016, when a military offensive in response to Rohingya insurgent attacks sent 87,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi official said. ?We said that many Rohingya refugees have no documents, so this process should be flexible. Myanmar said they will decide who will get involved in the verification,? the official said, adding that Bangladesh wanted international agencies to be involved. Myanmar?s government spokesman said under the 1993 pact, even a hospital record was enough to prove residency, but it was only Myanmar, not Bangladesh, that could verify citizenship. ?We have a policy for the repatriation process and we will go along with that,? the spokesman, Zaw Htay, told Reuters. ?BREAK THEIR PROMISE? But even if refugees have documents, many are wary about returning without an assurance of full citizenship, which they fear could leave them vulnerable to the persecution and curbs they have endured for years. Amina Katu, 60, laughed at the thought of returning. ?If we go there, we?ll just have to come back here,? she said. ?If they give us our rights, we will go, but people did this before and they had to return.? Last month, Anwar Begum told Reuters she had fled from Myanmar three times. The first time was to escape a 1978 crackdown, and she returned the following year. She fled again in 1991 and returned in 1994. ?I don?t want to go back,? the 55-year-old added. ?I don?t believe the government. Every time the government agrees we can go back, then we?re there and they break their promise.? Investigators appointed by government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan recommended in August that Myanmar review a 1982 law that links citizenship and ethnicity and leaves most Rohingya stateless. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told a meeting in Geneva on Monday that the link between statelessness and displacement was nowhere more evident than with the Rohingya. ?Denial of citizenship is a key aspect of the discrimination and exclusion that have shaped their plight,? he said. Grandi called for a two-track approach to tackle issues of citizenship and rights and inclusive development to stamp out poverty in Rakhine State. Separately, the U.N. refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities are working to contain an outbreak of diarrhoeal diseases in the camps, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told a briefing in Geneva. Refugees are still crossing into Bangladesh, though at a slower rate, a spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration said. A Reuters photographer saw smoke plumes on the Myanmar side of the border but it was not clear what was alight. Rights groups say more than half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine State have been torched. Myanmar officials have said they have attempted to reassure groups of fleeing Rohingya but they could not stop people who were not citizens from leaving.
  4. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main rival Martin Schulz make their last-ditch appeal for votes ahead of Sunday´s elections BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main rival Martin Schulz return to their home bases to make their last-ditch appeal for votes ahead of Sunday´s elections, urging Germans to shun anti-migrant populists. Merkel will end her punishing campaigning schedule in her Baltic coast constituency Saturday. But far from heading to districts where her Christian Democratic Union enjoys its strongest support, she is visiting districts in the town of Greifswald and the island of Ruegen where the Alternative for Germany topped her party´s score in state elections last year. Social Democrat chief Schulz meanwhile will take his rally to Aachen, a western city next to his hometown of Wuerselen. Although Merkel´s party enjoys a double-digit lead over the second place SPD, alarm is growing among mainstream parties as the latest polls show support for the hard-right AfD rising in the final campaigning stretch to between 11 and 13 percent. That means that around 60 lawmakers of the openly anti-immigration party could sit in the German parliament for the first time since World War II, a prospect prompting established parties to urge voters to shun the upstarts. ´Shame for our nation´ At Merkel´s final major stump speech on Friday evening at the southern city of Munich, dissenters blew whistles and vuvuzelas and chanted "get lost", seeking to drown her out. But the 63-year-old refused to be derailed from her stability-and-prosperity stump speech, telling the crowd that "the future of Germany will definitely not be built up through whistles and hollers." Merkel, whose rallies across Germany had been plagued by organised AfD supporters, also called people to go out and "vote for the parties that are 100 percent loyal to our constitution". In an appeal for voters to close ranks and keep the AfD out, Schulz told a rally in central Berlin that "this Alternative for Germany is no alternative. They are a shame for our nation." Martin Schulz and Chancellor Angela Merkel/File photo Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, also a Social Democrat, said the party is led by "people who incite hate, who spread Nazi propaganda". "For the first time since the end of the Second World War, real Nazis will sit in the German parliament," said Gabriel. Challenge taboos Two months of campaigning have been largely low-key, with few hot-button issues dividing the main contenders. While Merkel has been pushing her stability and prosperity agenda and Schulz seeking to sway voters with his pledges for greater social equality, the AfD has diverted attention. Sueddeutsche Zeitung columnist Heribert Prantl praised the chancellor for not only pressing on with her rallies despite protests from AfD supporters, but also giving a clear rebuttal to the populists. But the columnist regretted that it only came late in the campaign when it became "clear how the political climate in Germany will change with the AfD in the Bundestag." "Not only nationalist politicians, but racists and bigots too will enter parliament," he wrote, adding that "the seriousness of the situation was only recognised too late." Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, said the AfD "will challenge key themes" in parliament, warning that taboos since 1945 that could be breached include how Germany views its World War II past and the question of what makes a German. One of two AfD leading candidates, Alexander Gauland, had called for Germans to stop atoning for the war past. He had also sparked outrage when he said integration commissioner Aydan Ozoguz should be "disposed of in Anatolia", suggesting that she will never be German because of her Turkish origin.
  5. The Floyd Mayweather- Conor McGregor face off was more like a international event, a public holiday , except everyone in the world (okay, most of us) watched them knock each other silly. Floyd created a new version of his personal history by winning an insane amount of money (around one million pounds) and everyone went ape sh*t crazy. © Twitter So with Mayweather retiring off to a wonderful life, his current lifestyle involves him showing off his new ‘retirement' home in Beverley Hills. He is literally just chilling around like a diva. Relaxing in 90210. A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Sep 18, 2017 at 10:12pm PDT Chillin, like a villain Livin' life in Beverly Hills. A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Sep 18, 2017 at 9:54pm PDT Also, not to forget, he gave a wonderful peak into his expensive winery and watch collection. That's a lot of money in one picture. My wine cellar in my Beverly Hills castle. A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Sep 18, 2017 at 10:30pm PDT When it comes to luxury timepieces, Hublot is in a class of its own! As a collector of great watches, it's my personal opinion that every man and woman should have at least one of these classic timepieces in their collection. The Hublot brand knows, time is precious! #HUBLOT #timepieces #watches A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Sep 18, 2017 at 6:40am PDT Talking about his wealth, his Instagram is actually full of Floyd showcasing his skills. Rolls Royce Wednesday 2 Drop Heads Phantom limousine Phantom Limited Edition EWB Ghost Wraith Film Credit: @agentearle Music Artist: @jaybling @dj_jaybling A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on May 17, 2017 at 6:41am PDT Also, he hangs out with Dan Bilzerian, so he has some hype to live up to! Money makes money, come battle me and @danbilzerian at @blitzfantasy #Moneyteam A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:09am PST The man is living the life. So what are your retirement plans?
  6. If you have been following the standup comedy scene in India, you would know Sumit Anand. We came across a fairly recent standup gig he performed on being an engineer, working from home, and dealing with your maid when you are all of the above. Talking about his lazy routine, he confesses the most difficult part of his job is dealing with the maid. © YouTube/Sumit Anand It has its perks though: © YouTube/Sumit Anand Watch Sumit Anand talk about being lazy in a world where everybody is running to finish first. Since you already have your headphones out, you cannot not watch this hilarious gig by Abhishek Upmanyu on breakups and respecting your elders. We all have that one friend who brings up his breakup in every conversation: © YouTube/Abhishek Upmanyu You can't miss his trademark ‘masooda' joke! If you have watched his live gigs, you'd know the ‘masooda' joke is the highlight of many a show. A rather uncommon joke about gums, it's even more hilarious with Upmanyu's live antics. Say "I got ‘em nice masoodas" in the comments section below if anyone has ever commented on your erm…masoodas.
  7. The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is pictured in Hollywood, Florida, US, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri HOLLYWOOD: Eight elderly patients died Wednesday after being left inside a stifling South Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma, prompting a criminal investigation and adding a tragic new dimension to mounting loss of life from the storm. The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess the damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the US mainland this year. Irma killed at least 29 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and South Carolina combined, authorities said. One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, Irma bore down on the Caribbean with devastating force as it raked the northern shore of Cuba last week before barreling into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 215 kilometres per hour (130 miles per hour). It then ploughed north up the Gulf Coast of the state before dissipating. In addition to severe flooding in areas across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, one of the chief hardships facing Floridians has been widespread power outages that initially left more than half of the state without electricity. Some 4.2 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighbouring states, down from a peak outage tally of 7.4 million customers on Monday. The power losses had fatal consequences at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill ? a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami. Three elderly residents were found dead on Wednesday inside the sweltering facility, which had been left without air conditioning, officials said. Five more patients from the nursing home later died at a nearby hospital, they said. Police said they have opened a probe into possible criminal negligence. ?The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside,? Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters on Wednesday. ?It was very hot on the second floor.? More than 100 residents at the nursing home were transferred to neighbouring branches of Memorial Regional Hospital, along with patients from a nearby facility that also was evacuated due to the police investigation, Hollywood city officials said. The eight who died ranged in age from 71 to 99, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner?s office. The cause of their deaths has yet to be determined. But most of the surviving patients ?have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, and heat-related issues?, Regional Memorial Hospital spokesman Randy Katz told reporters. Police were first called to the facility at about 4:30 AM but authorities did not arrive until after 6 AM, officials said. Florida Power & Light said it had provided electricity to some parts of the Hollywood nursing home but that the facility was not on a county top-tier list for emergency power restoration. ?I am going to work to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place,? Governor Rick Scott said in a statement. ?This situation is unfathomable. Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe.? New damage estimates Irma caused about $25 billion in insured losses, including $18 billion in the United States and $7 billion in the Caribbean, Karen Clark & Co ? a catastrophe modeller ? estimated on Wednesday. The Florida Keys were particularly hard-hit, with federal officials saying that 25 percent of homes were destroyed and 65 percent suffered major damage. Most residents had left by then and police have barred re-entry to most of the Keys to allow more time to restore electricity and medical service and bring water, food and fuel. President Donald Trump is due to visit the region on Thursday. Irma wreaked total devastation in parts of the Caribbean, where at least 43 people have died. People who fled their homes in hard-hit islands including St. Martin and the US Virgin Islands that were all but cut off from the world for days arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, late Tuesday. Michael Benson, 65, of St. John in the US Virgin Islands, said he lost everything. ?My house, my business, both my vehicles, everything is gone,? said Benson, who was stopping in San Juan before continuing to Boston to seek refuge with his wife?s brother. ?But we have life. We rode out that horrible storm in a shower that I had reinforced after Hurricane Marilyn,? Benson added. Irma hit the United States about two weeks after Hurricane Harvey ploughed into Houston, killing about 60 and causing some $180 billion in damage, mostly from flooding.
  8. Whenever Apple launches any new product, the whole world stops and pays attention. And, this time was no different. In case you were living under a rock, Apple just unveiled three new iPhones, but the highlight was obviously the iPhone X. The phone is packed with a lot of new and innovative features, but the facial recognition feature is the one that stole the show. Everyone is talking about it, making jokes and memes about it, including celebrities. But, WWE superstar John Cena honestly came up with an award-worthy tweet. The 16-time world champion could not stop himself from joking about how difficult it would be for him to use iPhone X, you know, since nobody can see him. Here's the hilarious tweet that has already been retweeted by more than 2,50,000 users, and has almost 4,50,000 likes. Sooo #iPhoneX about #FaceID ...ummmmm .... what do I do? — John Cena (@JohnCena) September 12, 2017 And, it's not just the tweet, but also the reactions it has garnered that are priceless. WikiHow has the answer to everything. ð¢ð¢ð¢ — wikiHow (@wikiHow) September 12, 2017 You can't even see him, and yet he looks so done. John, they are workin on that feature for you — Blake (@Mavs_b) September 12, 2017 Forget actual famous, now he's internet famous, and that's what matters most today. John Cena is a legend for this tweet — Palo Bomaye (@pitikoane) September 12, 2017 Poor Johnny. When John Cena realized he can't use FaceID — Asatiir (@asatiir) September 12, 2017 Nope, you really can't see him. This the iPhone facial recognition looking for @JohnCena ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Thabo09 IG/Snapchat (@Thabo09) September 12, 2017 In short, John Cena is a legend, even though we can't even see him.
  9. Aleem Dar LAHORE: Pakistan's most respected and distinguished cricket umpire Aleem Dar on Monday said that standing in his first T20 international at home is going to be a memorable feeling as he has never supervised a T20 match in his own country. "It is going to be a different event as it has its own significance and is going to be a memorable moment of my career," he said while talking to APP here on Monday. He stood as umpire in as many as 41 T20 international games abroad but not in one match on the Pakistani soil. Aleem has the unique distinction of being the recipient of ?ICC umpire of the year? thrice in recognition of his excellence in the field of umpiring. "I have achieved a number of milestones in my umpiring career but standing in my own home ground will be something which I will always cherish in my memories as I have supervised a lot of T20 games abroad," he said. Aleem, who is from Lahore, welcomed the return of international cricket to Pakistan and said he was delighted to see that the deadlock has been broken and international cricket is being played in the country. "It is a historic moment that the ICC-chosen World XI having noted players from seven cricket-playing countries is playing in Pakistan and definitely it is going to have a long lasting impact on the country's cricket," he said. ICC?s Giles Clarke pays tribute to Pakistan for bringing international cricket back home ?It?s been a long road, I?m happy to see Pakistan hosting international cricket again? He said the credit to bring back international cricket to Pakistan goes to the game?s ruling body, the ICC and Pakistan Cricket Board as collective efforts were made by these bodies to help address the cause of international cricket in Pakistan. Aleem said the tour of World XI will be a defining moment in Pakistan cricket and will give a tremendous boost to the PCB?s efforts for overall development of the game. Aleem will only be supervising the opening encounter between World XI and Pakistan on September 12, along with Ahsan Raza (on field) and Shozab Raza (third umpire). The ICC has appointed Sir Richie Richardson as the match referee of the series. After umpiring the match, Aleem will fly to Dubai to attend an umpiring workshop being held there under the aegis of the ICC. The rest of the matches of Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World XI will be supervised by the home umpires.
  10. DALLAS: A gunman killed seven people at a home in a Dallas suburb on Sunday evening before being shot dead by police called to the scene, authorities said. The shooting took place in Plano, a suburb north of Dallas. David Tilley, a spokesman for the Plano Police Department, said the shooter was killed by the first responding officer after an exchange of gunfire. The officer was not injured. Seven people were found dead in the Plano home. Two additional shooting victims were taken to a local hospital. Their condition was unknown. ?We?re trying to put all the puzzle pieces together,? Tilley said. There was no information yet on the relationship between the suspect and the victims. Local media reports that the shooting occurred at a Dallas Cowboys viewing party could not be confirmed either.
  11. Indian security forces officials patrol a street in Srinagar during a strike call in Sept 2016. Photo: Reuters SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in occupied Kashmir today against Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh?s visit. The call for the shutdown was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All markets and business establishments are closed, while traffic is off the roads in Srinagar and other parts of the territory, reported Geo News. The resistance leaders in a statement issued in Srinagar said: ?The strike is being observed by the people of Kashmir to prove to the world community and the Indian leadership that genuine people?s movement in Kashmir cannot be crushed by using military might or harassing the leadership.? Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh Singh arrived in Srinagar on Saturday on a four-day visit to the territory. Meanwhile, the authorities have imposed restrictions in areas falling under Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal and Maisuma police stations in Srinagar. Railway authorities have suspended train services between north Kashmir?s Baramulla and Jammu?s Bannihal towns. Forces? personnel have been deployed in strength in Srinagar. The restrictions have been put in place to ensure Singh's visit remains peaceful. Meanwhile, Gilani continues to remain under house arrest while Farooq was placed under house arrest on Friday night and Malik remains imprisoned at Central Jail, Srinagar.
  12. Grant Elliott's 'Bat Drop' moment during PSL 2017 ISLAMABAD: Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott, who is part of the World XI squad touring Pakistan for a three-match T20 series next week, is looking forward to going to Lahore which he says already feels like home. "I have never been to Lahore so I'm really looking forward to that. I suppose, going to Lahore will feel like I am going home," Elliott told cricket forum The cricketer, who also represents Pakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalandars, said it is exciting to be playing cricket in Pakistan while also making a difference and playing a small part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan. "I hope that we are potentially taking a small step towards bringing international cricket back to Pakistan at some stage," he said. The 38-year-old said he is hopeful that the Pakistan Cricket Board would be able to provide the same level of security as provided at the PSL final at the Gaddafi Stadium earlier this year. "These matches in Lahore will be a step or perhaps the turning point for international cricket to return to Pakistan," he remarked. The World XI will play three T20s against Pakistan for the Independence Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15.
  13. geo_embedgallery JERUSALEM: Israeli police on Tuesday evicted a Palestinian family from the east Jerusalem home in which they lived for over half a century, making way for Israelis deemed the legal occupants. Plans for the eviction had been criticised by the European Union, United Nations and various Western governments, though not the United States. Fahamiya Shamasneh, 75, told AFP police arrived unannounced before dawn and forced her out of the house along with her husband Ayoub, 84, their son and his family. The couple had lived in the house in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem near the historic Old City for 53 years. Palestinian Fahamiya Shamasneh, 75, cries as Israeli policemen evict her from her family home, in which they lived for over half a century, in the Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem - AFP An AFP journalist saw young Jewish men moving into the building after the family were escorted out. "It is the hardest day," Fahamiya Shamasneh said tearfully on the street after being evicted. She said she was heating milk for her grandchildren when "they knocked on the door and said 'open its the police'. "They took us out and threw us outside. "What greater injustice is there than this? Maybe we will sleep in the street." The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said it would seek to support the family financially to find another home. The Shamasnehs had for years been fighting a court battle against Jewish claimants who said the building was their family property, which they fled when east Jerusalem was occupied by Jordanian troops in the 1948 war that led to the creation of the Jewish state. Under Israeli law, if Jews can prove their families lived in east Jerusalem homes before the 1948 war they can demand that Israel's general custodian office release the property and return their "ownership rights". During that war, thousands of Jews fled Jerusalem as Jordanian-led Arab forces seized the city, while hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled from land that was later to become Israel. No such law exists for Palestinians who lost their land. geo_embedgallery 'Dangerous trend' The Shamasnehs say they had paid 250 shekels ($70) a month to the general custodian since 1967, an arrangement used by the settlers' side as proof that the family acknowledged its status as tenants. In 2013 the Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Jewish claimants. Tuesday's eviction was the first in the neighbourhood since 2009, according to Israeli anti-occupation group Peace Now. Israel sees Jerusalem as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern sector as their future capital. Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community. Around 200,000 Israeli Jews now live in east Jerusalem in settlement homes considered illegal under international law. Scott Anderson, head of UNRWA's West Bank operations, said such expulsions made peace between Israelis and Palestinians harder to achieve. "We all support the two-state solution and a negotiated peace process. The expansion of settlements is not helpful to that end," he told AFP. Peace Now says the house is part of a larger process of establishing settlements in Sheikh Jarrah. "The eviction of the Shamasneh family, who resided in the house since 1964, is not only brutal but it is also indicating a dangerous trend that could threaten a future compromise in Jerusalem," the Israeli NGO said in a statement. Arye King, director at the Israel Land Fund and a de facto spokesman for much Jewish settlement growth in Jerusalem, told AFP last month he wanted the area to go "back to being a Jewish neighbourhood". "It is happening slowly, slowly," he said.
  14. Nawaz Sharif with his wife Kulsoom before the latter was taken into the operation theatre at a hospital in London. Photo: Murtaza Ali Shah LONDON: Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, after undergoing a successful throat cancer surgery is currently staying at son Hasan Nawaz?s home for recovery. Kulsoom, who underwent the operation on Friday, is expected to receive chemotherapy treatment starting this week. Doctors will decide this week when she may be able to return to Pakistan, informed sources. Meanwhile, Sharif, who went to London to tend to his ailing wife last week, is likely to return to the country by September 10. Kulsoom Nawaz discharged from hospital after successful throat cancer surgery Kulsoom stayed in the hospital overnight on Thursday before being discharged Last month, Kulsoom underwent medical check-ups in London, after which doctors diagnosed her with throat cancer. Maryam Nawaz ? her daughter ? later confirmed on Twitter that her mother was diagnosed with lymphoma, the cancer of the lymph nodes. Kulsoom left for London unexpectedly on August 17 for a medical checkup ? on the day when her nomination papers for the NA-120 constituency were accepted amid political hype. During Kulsoom?s absence, Maryam is running her by-election campaign. The seat fell vacant after the Supreme Court on July 28 disqualified Nawaz in the Panama Papers case over charges of concealing his salary from a Dubai-based company that he claims he never received.
  15. Bloomberg got their hands on some pictures of the next iPhone and derived some information about how it would function. We are already familiar with the new model and some of its features however, some new details have recently come to the surface. The iPhone 8 is set to function without the home button and here's what Bloomberg has to say about it. © Twitter The images revealed that the iPhone 8 will have very thin bezels and will sport a screen that will be larger in size as compared to the iPhone 7. The device is said to have facial recognition technology which will work using the front-facing camera that will be contained at the top of the screen. The iPhone 8 is also rumoured to have a glass bar and a larger power button. According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 8 will also have a redesigned app dock which will work similar to the iPad iOS 11 dock. © iDrop News Having said that, the biggest change the iPhone will face is the removal of the home button. The home button is now going to be ditched and will instead work with gestures. The bottom of the screen will have a thin bar that can swipe up to open the phone and also to fire the multitasking interface when unlocked. And without a home button, how do we access Siri? ‘Hey Siri' isn't always reliable. Perhaps Apple will simply include a new button for Siri on the dock? Source: Bloomberg
  16. Today, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur but could that be a possible reality for every one of us?. No, it won't be. Someone has got to work for somebody else to run their business. Then how will that dream of one day becoming your own boss come true? And, why would your boss or manager be happily honoring you with the privilege of working from home for your own comfort? Doesn't that seem like a very unlikely scenario? Especially, here in India? Corporates have enslaved its employees in the 9 to 5 routine for so long. But can they do that forever? Or should I say, should they? ©YouTube It seems like researchers have found a middle path to keep both corporates and the employees happy. A smart and evolved experience for both the parties where freedom will drive more creativity and unimaginable results. Here is a summary of two different studies done at Harvard, and Stanford Graduate School of Business on the same subject. According to a recent study, conducted by HBR, the result reveals that in the composition of the workforce in 5-10 years, full-time permanent employees will account for only about 50% of their staff. This means the other half will consist of freelancers, building a more diversified and a hybrid workforce. Now, all of the 50% of the full-time employees won't be actually working from their workplaces, many of them will be working from home. The study has definitely brought some good news for everyone. ©Truelancer “The composition of the workforce in 5-10 years, full-time permanent employees will account for only about 50% of their staff”- Harvard study Nicholas Bloom, a professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business professor says requiring an employee to be in the office is an outdated work tradition, set up during the Industrial Revolution. The problem with this tradition is that it ignores today's sophisticated communications methods and long commutes, and actually hurts firms and its employees. To support his argument, Nicholas studied China's largest travel agency, Ctrip. The company is headquartered in Shanghai and has 20,000 employees with a market capitalization of about $20 billion. The company leaders were aware of how expensive real estate is in Shanghai. They asked their employees to volunteer for a study in which half of the workforce will work from home for nine months, and only come into the office one day a week, and the other half would be working from the office, full time. ©Pinterest Do you know what the result was? It was literally eye=opening for everyone. The company had a 13% improvement in performance from people working at home. And company reported that it made about $2,000 more profit per person at home. An incredible result to change the perception of many that working from home is not a negative notion at all. ”The company reported that it made about $2,000 more profit per person at home.” - Nicholas Bloom Nicholas counted two major reasons for this happening: -First, “people working from home actually work their full shift. In the office, they might get delayed due to traffic, may take a long lunch with a colleague, or leave work early to simply let a repair person in.” -Second, “Productivity increases when your environment is near to your comfort level. Nicholas says,“The office is actually an amazingly noisy environment. There's a cake in the break room; Bob's leaving, come join. The World Cup sweepstakes is going. Whatever it is, the office is super-distracting.” Following the trail of quite unexpected results, the Nicholas study also found that resignations at the company dropped by 50% when employees were allowed to work from home. “This way not only do the employees benefit, but the managers benefit because they can spend less of their time painfully advertising, recruiting, training, and promoting. “ “The resignations at the company dropped by 50% when employees were allowed to work from home.”- Nicholas Bloom Nicholas added, “ The experiment led Ctrip to roll out a work-from-home option to all its employees.” A happy employee & a less stressed manager increased productivity and profit, and a contributed to a green environment. That pretty much sums the point to embrace the change as soon as you can, as at the moment it seems inevitable.
  17. Pre-workouts are one of the most popular supplements in the market. However, the problem is that most of them are under dosed for improving performance. The ones that are well dosed are priced ridiculously high. In this article, you will learn how to make your own pre-workout supplement which will actually enhance your mental and physical performance and also give you explosive pumps. 1) Caffeine- Cost: INR 240 for 30 200 mg pills This is the most potent substance in any pre-workout supplement. Caffeine has numerous studies showing that it notably elevate alertness, power output, and concentration. It is also shown to slightly increase testosterone (12%), training capacity and fat oxidation. The effective doses are 200-400 mg for which you get caffeine pills, usually costing INR 700-800 for 100 tablets (200mg/tab). One serving of 200 mg prior to the workout is sufficient to give you a kick. 2) Citrulline Malate- Cost: INR 700 for 30 5g servings Majority of pre-workouts contain arginine for vasodilatation and enhancing pumps. Unfortunately, arginine produces no effect as it is metabolized in the body by an enzyme arginase. Citrulline Malate is a more potent way to increase plasma arginine levels. The effective dosage for getting substantial pumps during workouts is 5-10g. But pre-workout supplements only contains 2-3g of citrulline! You can buy citrulline malate as an individual supplement which costs INR 800-1000 for 200g. If you can get it from England or U.S. it will cost even less. 3) Choline Bitartrate- Cost: INR 500 for 30 1000mg servings Probably something you have not heard before. But this wonder compound can take your workouts to the next level. Choline bitartrate has shown to enhance cognitive function and greatly increasing focus. If you intend to squat 200kg, you have to be in the zone, there is no room for distractions. And Choline Bitartrate can aid you in this. It is also shown to intensify power output. One pilot study noted a 14% increment in power output. You can get this compound from a chemist or look for it up on Google. It costs INR 350-500 for 60 500mg tablets. Effective doses are 500-2000mg. In just INR 1200-1500 you can make your own clinically dosed pre workout supplement which will actually work. Best part you can adjust the dosages according to your body response. Hope you set some PRs with this MensXP exclusive Pre-Workout! Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube,, Facebook and Instagram.
  18. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal said on Thursday that Pakistan doesn?t need a certificate from anyone for its counter-terrorism efforts. Speaking to journalists at the 95th passing out parade at the police training centre, Siyal said the provincial government with the support of Pakistan Army will soon eliminate the remaining few terrorists in the Karachi Operation. He appreciated the role of paramilitary forces in establishing law and order in the metropolis. ?Sacrifices of law enforcement personnel to maintain law and order is not hidden from the people of Pakistan. We should appreciate Rangers? role in establishing peace,? he said. ?The government is grateful to Pakistan Army for training Sindh police," he added. ?Police will meet the expectations of people.? Siyal said that the crime rate in Karachi is comparatively lesser than in big cities of many other countries. Responding to a question, the home minister said that the Sindh government has presented a workable bill against corruption. He was referring to the controversial National Accountability Ordinance 1999 Repeal Bill 2017, which was passed recently to limit NAB's role in the province. The law has been challenged in the Sindh High Court.
  19. Image Courtesy: Khartoum Center KHARTOUM: Russia's ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinskiy, was found dead at his home in Khartoum on Wednesday, the Sudanese police said. The cause of death remains unknown, but Shirinskiy was known to have suffered from high blood pressure, a spokesman for the police told Reuters. Sudan's foreign ministry expressed its condolences to Russia in a statement, hailing Shirinskiy's diplomatic efforts.
  20. There are days when you just don't feel like hitting the gym. But that certainly doesn't mean that you don't want to or shouldn't exercise. To get out of the regular rut, here are 4 bodyweight exercises that you can do at home. Be warned though, these are not easy to complete. 1. Plank Planks engage your abdominals, lats, glutes and deltoids when you balance yourself. The technique is quite simple. Place your arms on the floor, Palms facing downwards. Now focus the weight of your body onto your arms while framing a perpendicular angle at your elbow. Make sure that your spine is straight. Your body should be in a straight plane while you are in position. Hold the posture for at least 30 seconds to really feel that burn. 2. Side Plank The side plank is a variation of the exercise that we have discussed above. It focuses on your obliques along with abdominal muscles. From a front plank position, lift one hand in the air and tilt your body to one side. Now balance your whole body on the elbow which is on the floor. Keep your foot on top of the another so that your hips are off the ground. Hold the position for at least 30 seconds and try and add more time from there on out. It isn;t easy, but getting ripped isn't supposed to be easy. 3. Lunges Though it primarily focuses on your glutes it is a good exercise for your quads, hamstring and calves as well. Lunges can be done in various forms- like static lunges and walking lunges but the basic technique remains the same. Stand straight, take one step forward, while the other foot remains at the same spot. Bring your forward foot ahead so that the knee of the other leg touches the floor and the front shin is perpendicular to the floor. The front knee should be over your ankle and should not track over your foot. Now you can either do alternate lunges at the same spot or do walking lunges or backward lunges to create variety in your workouts. 4. Burpees If you want to do cardio at home, while also working on your agility, burpees are the exercise for you. Start with your feet underneath your hips, place your hands on the ground and jump your feet back to get into the pushup position. Perform a push-up with your whole body touching the ground. Then stand up and jump off the ground at a height of at least six inches. Perform this complete movement as one repetition. Perform maximum repetitions. This works your entire body, and trust me when I say that most high-level athletes swear by burpees.
  21. It's been some time since you made up your mind to hit the gym, right? But then it's either motivation that holds you back and sometimes other reasons, like your busy schedule. After all, you are not a bodybuilder who can spend all his time building his physique only. You are busy earning your living through a normal 9 to 5 job which sometimes goes on way beyond that. Ultimately, this becomes a reason for not working out. Some people have odd working hours and night shifts. When they have time to hit the gym, the gyms are not open. So what's the solution? Well, it's simple. If you can't go to the gym, build one at home. Here is the list of the basic equipment with which you can perform a full body workout. 1) Olympic Bar With Weights © Thinkstock This is the bar with which you perform exercises like a squat, deadlift, bench press, overhead press, clean and press etc. It can also be used to do other exercises as well. With the bar, you can purchase weighted plates that fit the bar well. Choose a strong bar if you are planning to use it for the long term. When you progress with heavier weights, you will need a heavy duty bar which can sustain the weight. 2) Dumbbell Bars With Plates © Alibaba In a gym, there are around twenty sets of dumbbells but you can't go ahead and purchase the same for your home gym. Buy two dumbbell bars on which the plates can be mounted and screws can be used to tighten it. With this, you can adjust the dumbbell weight as per your requirements. 3) Adjustable Bench © Rogue With an adjustable bench, you can add variety to your workouts. Bench pressing, chest flys, sedated dumbbell curls, incline curls can be done on a bench easily. You also have the option to use the incline and decline position to hit your chest with various angels. Another advantage is that it does not occupy too much of floor space. It's like any other bench in your house with the added advantage of shifting the inclination. That's all the equipment you need to workout at your place. So what are you waiting for? Go build your very own home gym! 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.
  22. WASHINGTON: A raid on the Virginia home of President Donald Trump's former 2016 election campaign manager showed an investigation of possible ties between the campaign and Russia is intensifying and focused on the financial dealings of Trump associates, sources familiar with the probe said. Longtime political consultant and lobbyist Paul Manafort is being investigated for possible money laundering and has been targeted as someone who might testify against former colleagues, said two people familiar with the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort's spokesman Jason Maloni confirmed on Wednesday that the FBI executed a search warrant at one of Manafort's homes. "Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well," Maloni said in an email. Manafort's house in Alexandria, near Washington, was raided in the early morning of July 26, the Washington Post reported. The previous day Manafort had met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff, the Washington Post reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the probe. Tax documents and financial records were sought by agents for Mueller in the raid, the New York Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. Mueller's team is poring over Manafort's financial and real estate records in New York and his involvement in Ukrainian politics, the two sources told Reuters last month. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal called the raid a "highly significant step" and said it was "typical of the most serious criminal investigations dealing with uncooperative or untrusted potential targets." The FBI did not immediately return a request for comment. Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for Mueller's office, declined to confirm the raid. Trump has been attacking Blumenthal on Twitter this week after the senator urged Mueller to press his inquiry forward. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the presidential race, in part by hacking and releasing emails embarrassing to Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, to help him get elected in November. Trump has called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt." Allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Moscow have hounded the Republican president since he took office in January, presenting a major distraction from his policy agenda. Russia has repeatedly denied meddling in the US election. FINANCES SCRUTINIZED The Manhattan District Attorney?s office has been trying to track money that Manafort used to buy properties in New York, and looking into millions of dollars of loans later taken out on the properties, according to a person familiar with the matter. The prosecutor issued a subpoena to Federal Savings Bank, a small Chicago bank founded by a former Trump campaign adviser, and is interested in the loan paperwork, the person said. It is unclear when the subpoena went out, but the first subpoenas in the probe went out months ago, the person said. Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., declined to comment. Steve Calk, the bank?s chairman and CEO, who was named to Trump?s economic advisory council during the campaign, declined to comment through a spokeswoman for the bank. "Mr. Manafort's real estate loans are all arm's length transactions at or above market rates,? said Maloni. ?There is nothing unusual about buying real estate through an LLC." The New York Attorney General?s office also is looking into Manafort?s real estate transactions, another person said. 'PAPER TRAILS' One question for investigators was whether Manafort had knowledge of any Trump campaign dealings with Russia, including meetings with Russians with government ties, said one source familiar with Mueller's work. The same question was relevant to investigators in regard to Trump's fired former national security adviser, retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the source said. "Financial matters have paper trails that can be easy to pick up and follow, so that's a logical place to start," the source added. Congressional committees are looking at a June 2016 meeting in New York with a Russian lawyer organized by Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. Trump Jr. released emails last month that showed he welcomed the prospect of receiving damaging information about Clinton. Manafort attended the meeting. Legal experts noted that the FBI had enough evidence to get approval for a search warrant concerning Manafort. "Somewhere, there now exists under seal what is likely a very detailed affidavit laying out criminal allegations involving Paul Manafort, and specifically, there is probable cause to believe he has committed a crime or there is evidence of a crime at his home," said Alex Little, a former federal prosecutor now with the law firm Bone McAllester Norton. A Senate Judiciary Committee aide said the panel has received more than 20,000 pages of documents from Trump's presidential campaign, Manafort and Trump Jr.
  23. Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal: File image KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal confirmed on Wednesday that as many as seven SHOs have been suspended for their failure to control crime in their respective police domains. Speaking in a press conference, Siyal said: ?situation will not get better until punishments are not given,? adding, ?the suspended SHOs were working in their professional capacity for the last three months.? The provincial home minister said that government is putting efforts to bring betterment in the police department. He added that his office is always open for the public. Sindh government has withdrawn powers of Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khawaja to decide the transfers and postings of senior police officials in the province. Approved by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, the order empowers the Services, General Administration and Coordination Department of the provincial government to issue the transfers and postings of SPs, SSPs and equivalent officers with direct approval of the chief minister. "Chief Minister Sindh has been pleased to approve that the transfers and postings of Superintendents of Police (BS-18)/ Senior Superintendents of Police (BS-19) and equivalent shall be issued by the Services, General Administration and Coordination Department," reads the order issued by provincial Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon. According to the notification, the order is in accordance with Rule 9(2) of the Sindh Civil Servants (Appointment, Promotion & Transfer) Rules, 1974. The government's order of August 9, 2016, whereby powers were delegated to the IGP for transfers and postings of SPs and SSPs "is hereby cancelled/withdrawn", reads the order. Issues between the provincial government and IGP Khawaja surfaced last year, when the latter was sent on ?forced leave? in December.
  24. This file photo ? taken on June 26, 2017 ? shows Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R), flanked by Deputy President William Ruto, gesturing during the unveiling of the Jubilee Party's manifesto in Nairobi. AFP/Simon Maina NAIROBI: Unknown gunmen attacked the home of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday seriously injuring a policeman, less than two weeks before the country votes in high-stakes polls, two security sources told AFP. Ruto was not home during the attack. An officer from the elite police General Service Unit (GSU) was seriously injured, a security official ? who was not authorised to speak to the press ? said. "There are armed people who staged the attack and have shot the GSU officer and stolen his gun,? the official said. Security forces are trying to establish if there are still attackers in the deputy president's "expansive" home near the town of Eldoret, some 312 kilometres northwest of the capital Nairobi, a senior police officer said. "More security personnel have been deployed and a security operation is ongoing," the officer said. The attack occurred despite the round-the-clock presence of guards from the GSU's top-notch reconnaissance unit. A spokesman for Ruto declined to comment but the security official said the deputy president had left the house shortly before the attack to attend a rally alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta, his running mate who faces a tight re-election contest on August 8 against longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga. Ruto's home sits in Kenya's western Rift Valley area, the flashpoint for an outbreak of election violence after the disputed 2007 polls that killed 1,100 people and tarnished Kenya's image as a regional beacon of safety and stability. According to opinion polls, this year's election will be close and tensions have been rising. Odinga has repeatedly claimed the government is scheming to steal the election, while Kenyatta has accused Odinga of trying to delay the polls. Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of threats and voter intimidation in Naivasha, a flashpoint town in 2007 and one of the potential hotspots in this year's election. In the Rift Valley, hate speech flyers have been circulating and some local residents have already left their homes. The 2007 bloodshed haunted both Ruto and Kenyatta long after it ended when the International Criminal Court put both on trial for orchestrating the violence. Those charges were later dropped, with ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda blaming a relentless campaign of victim intimidation for making a trial impossible.