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  1. Apple announced their most expensive iPhone yet i.e. the iPhone X and there are a few exceptional users who want to pimp out their smartphones with utmost luxury. (c) Gray Yes, there are enough stupid people out there who would spend $1,345 on an iPhone case that costs more than the iPhone X itself. A Singapore based company Gray made the Advent Collection iPhone case that is made of titanium. Why is it so expensive? (c) Gray According to the company, the case is made of a solid block titanium that is further processed into a case. The case is then given treatment to give it a rainbow glow and each of the cases are numbered, like pieces of art. For a phone case that has a simple job of protecting your smartphone, it's awfully expensive and unnecessary. Having said that, most luxury products are not about functionality or needs as it is all about exclusivity. Is it worth the money? (c) Gray To be honest, an iPhone case that relatively protects your smartphone well can cost up to INR 3,000. An Otterbox or Spigen but if you want to feel special and have a high income to waste $1,345, then you should probably check it out. The Advent case has sharp angles and gives its a very aggressive look. It reminds us of many supercars because it has the same masculine look you can expect from a Lamborghini car. Here's a video then explain the super expensive iPhone cover better. Each Advent iPhone case is individually hand-torched and details such as the logo & the unique serial number are etched with a laser. Gray's limited edition Advent Aurora is made of aerospace grade 5 titanium, which is two times stronger than stainless steel but weighs only half. This metals usually used in aircrafts and is one of the reasons why it carries such a heavy price tag. Only 100 are available, so if feel splurging on an iPhone case, you better hurry.
  2. This file photo taken on March 2, 2014 shows producer Harvey Weinstein arriving on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. ? AFP LOS ANGELES: Two more women were due to go public Friday with horrifying details of sexual attacks they say they were subjected to by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. They include a case being investigated by Los Angeles police of an Italian model and actress who says the 65-year-old producer raped her after dragging her into the bathroom of her hotel suite in Beverly Hills in 2013. Her lawyer Dave Ring is due to discuss her case -- the sixth rape allegation against Weinstein -- at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles, although it was not immediately clear whether she would appear in person. Also on Thursday, a former actress who accuses Weinstein of sexual assault will appear at a news conference with celebrated women's rights attorney Gloria Allred. Weinstein allegedly told her that to get a job, she'd have to be good in bed and sleep with directors and producers, Allred said. The entertainment tycoon is accused of decades of sexual abuse and harassment by around 40 actresses, including stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Mira Sorvino, Tarantino's ex-girlfriend. The veteran producer, who resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company this week, having already been sacked as its co-chairman, has so far denied all allegations of forcing himself on his accusers. He was expelled from Hollywood's motion picture Academy on Saturday and the Television Academy's board of governors voted late Thursday to begin "disciplinary proceedings" which could see him ousted from that organisation too. Los Angeles police confirmed to AFP on Thursday they were investigating the case of Ring's client, which takes Weinstein's potential legal woes to a new level as it falls within the 10-year statute of limitations for the crime. 'Very aggressive' Until now, most of the accusations Weinstein faced were more than a decade old. The alleged victim, then 34, told the Los Angeles Times the incident occurred at the Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel after she attended the 8th annual Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest in February 2013. He showed up "without warning" in the lobby and asked to come up to her room, she told the newspaper. She said she offered instead to meet him downstairs, but added that he was soon knocking on her door. "He... bullied his way into my hotel room, saying, ´I´m not going to (have *** with) you, I just want to talk,´" the mother-of-three is quoted as saying. "Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked. He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me." Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino admitted in an interview published Thursday by the New York Times he had known for decades about Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct. "I knew enough to do more than I did," Oscar-winning Tarantino, 54, told the paper of his friend and mentor, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. "There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things." Weinstein and Tarantino have worked closely for decades since the producer distributed "Reservoir Dogs," in 1992.
  3. 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.
  4. Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers said Monday. Better land use could reduce carbon dioxide 37 percent, enough to hold global warming below two degrees Celsius by 2030, as called for by the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to a report in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Natural climate solutions could reduce emissions by 11.3 billion tons per year by 2030, which is equivalent to halting the burning of oil, it said. "That is huge potential, so if we are serious about climate change, then we are going to have to get serious about investing in nature, as well as in clean energy and clean transport," said Mark Tercek, chief executive officer of The Nature Conservancy, one of the institutions which contributed researchers to the study. At present, land use contributes about a quarter of the planet's carbon emissions, the leading greenhouse gas that causes the planet to warm up. According to researchers, the biggest way to slow down climate change is by planting more trees and stopping deforestation, since trees absorb large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Better stewardship of forests "could cost-effectively remove seven billion tons of carbon dioxide annually by 2030, equivalent to taking 1.5 billion gasoline-burning cars off the roads," said the report. Next in line is changing farming practices, which could "cost-effectively deliver 22 percent of emissions reductions according to the study, equivalent to taking 522 million gasoline cars off the road." Smarter farming solutions include improving the use of chemical fertilizers to allow better crop yields and reducing emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. "Other effective interventions include planting trees among croplands and improved management of livestock," it said. Finally, experts urge the conservation of wetlands and a halt to the draining of peatlands, which hold about one quarter of the carbon stored by the world's soils. Peatlands are disappearing fast, with some 1.9 million acres (780,000 hectares) lost globally each year, largely due to palm oil cultivation. "Their protection could secure a store of 678 million tons of carbon emissions equivalent a year by 2030 -- comparable to removing 145 million cars from the streets," said the report. These nature-based solutions must be accompanied by cuts in fossil fuel, said co-author William Schlesinger, professor emeritus of biogeochemistry at Duke University. "The results are provocative: first, because of the magnitude of potential carbon sequestration from nature, and second, because we need natural climate solutions in tandem with rapid fossil fuel emissions cuts to beat climate change," he said.
  5. There are some movies like Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' that leaves the viewer with their own interpretation of the events. Friends ends up going to war with each other as they try to put across their own perception of the movie, as each person tries to enforce their own theory. It can get pretty brutal! We are all guilty of scrambling to the Internet- our only friend at such times- when we are left baffled by insane plots and 'oh-my-god' shock endings. Here is a list of such brilliant movies with the most twisted storylines that have the best of us pulling our hair out by the roots! 1. The Machinist © VOSTFR.club The iconic flick shows Christian Bale in a shocking avatar, completely different from his buff superhero role and instead as an insomniac lathe-operator who hasn't slept for almost an entire year. His emaciated, skinny appearance will terrify and leave you in awe at the same time, as it shows his complete dedication towards the role. Trevor (Christian Bale) experiences unusual occurrences at work and home. And at times it seems like a strange man follows him everywhere, but no one else seems to notice him. It is tough to differentiate what's illusion and what's real. Watch it for how unusual it is. A mind-blowing movie that will give you a never-before experience. 2. The Wailing © Roger Ebert 'The Wailing' is a South Korean horror movie and I would say it is one of the best one of its kind that I have ever seen. From a Shaman, to a mysterious Japanese man, a woman in white and a haunting plague, it has all the ingredients to make a perfect scare flick. Watch it and figure out for yourself who the 'real' demon is. 3. Beyond the Black Rainbow © VOSTFR.club 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' is a Canadian science fiction-horror film written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, which is also his feature film debut. The story revolves around a young woman who despite being under heavy sedation, tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasi (apparently) futuristic society. It is the kind of movie which will not let you leave your spot, will keep your eyes glued to the screen and your mind perplexed… all at the same time. 4. The Fountain © idillionaire It is the story of a man who is desperately trying to save his wife from dying. Pretty simple right? Wrong! The story takes place in three different timelines – past, present, and future. The three different men represent one man's pursuit. Watch this awesome science fiction melodrama and see for yourself if you can solve the puzzle. 5. Donnie Darko © Time Travel Nexus What if you get a chance to save the world from its doom? A parallel universe is created by mistake, which could mean the end of the real world. A troubled teenage boy, Donnie finds himself ready with all the powers to take on the ultimate challenge. This is his chance where he could make and break rules to save the real world. 6. A Beautiful Mind © IMDb 'A Beautiful Mind' is an American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. There are high chances you have already seen this masterpiece, but if you have not, believe us when we say you are going to get your mind blown away. Nash develops a new concept of governing dynamics which is still utilized and considered as one of the best and path-breaking concepts of time and ever. Be prepared for the shock twist. You have been warned. 7. Jacob's Ladder © arhivach.org The main character is a Vietnam war veteran who is struggling to separate delusions from reality. (Hollywood sure loves this concept!) The movie begins with Jacob and his platoon being suddenly attacked in Vietnam and just a few seconds later Jacob is found living in New York, where he finds odd, terrified people around him. Unable to remember what happened in Vietnam he loses his ability to determine what's real and what's not. Watch the movie to find out if you are in the same boat as Jacob. 8. Shutter Island © LOS40 Another gem in the list is our beloved Leonardo DiCaprio's master performance which left our skin crawling and gave us sleepless nights. It is the story of two US marshals, who are sent to an asylum on a remote island in order to investigate the disappearance of a patient. And when they arrive, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) starts uncovering a shocking truth about the place. What could it probably be? Who is lying and who should he trust? You will find yourself inching towards the edge of your seat with every passing minute. 9. Fight Club © iTorrent A complete mind f*** movie. With its psychedelic cinematography and power packed script, 'Fight Club' is the film where you see Brad Pitt in all his glory and you become an instant fanboy! It is the story of an insomniac white-collar office worker, who is looking for a way to change his life. By chance, he crosses paths with Tyler, a devil-may-care soap maker. Together they form an underground fight club that evolves into something even they had never imagined. Nope. Can't tell you anything more than that. Watch for yourself and get ready to have your jaw drop to the floor. 10. American Psycho © American Psycho As the name itself suggests, it is the story of a filthy rich American psycho Patrick Bateman. He is a troubled guy who has all the comforts in life a person could ever wish for. Despite having an apartment suite, a limo, a personal secretary and a bevy of beauties, there is something he desperately wants but doesn't know what it is. His complete lack of empathy towards humans turns him into committing gruesome murders. We suggest you watch this with the lights on and preferably before it gets dark.
  6. WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has gambled with US diplomatic credibility by attacking an Iran nuclear deal that his European allies cherish as a benchmark for international cooperation. And in doing so the US president has underlined the risk that his "America First" foreign policy will translate to one of "America Alone" as he confronts future crises. Between nationalist speeches, protectionist gestures and high-octane Twitter outbursts, observers have struggled to identify a coherent strategy behind Trump´s decisions. But one thread does stand out as he pulls out of trade deals, provokes allies and tears up international accords -- he seems determined that no international ties will bind him. The United States emerged as the indispensable superpower in the wake of World War II in part through its leadership in a global rules-based system of treaties and alliances. 'Withdrawal doctrine' But, as Trump made clear last month in a speech to the UN General Assembly, his vision is of a world where America is just the most powerful in a network of sovereign nations. "Trump foreign policy has found its theme: ´The Withdrawal Doctrine´," quipped Richard Haass, the influential president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Trump has not yet withdrawn from the Iran deal, although he made it clear that he is ready to do so if Congress and sceptical US allies do not agree to new sanctions. He did quit the UN cultural organisation, this week. He has collapsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and appears to be poised to destroy the bigger NAFTA treaty. Time and again his bluster has put in question America´s commitment to its NATO allies, and time and again he has ordered reviews into the utility of remaining in UN agencies. He has even declared that America will drop out of the biggest -- and arguably most important -- accord in world history, the 196-member Paris climate deal. As might be expected, former members of President Barack Obama´s administration are furious and bewildered at what they see as an abdication of US leadership. "Once again, Trump is throwing into question the ability of the US to keep its commitment to international agreements," former top aide Ben Rhodes said. "Other nations will not want to enter into agreements with the United States," he warned. Ego and ideology Former secretary of state John Kerry, who negotiated the Iran deal, called Trump´s decision a "reckless abandonment of facts in favour of ego and ideology." Trump, he said, "weakens our hand, alienates us from our allies, empowers Iranian hardliners, makes it harder to resolve North Korea and risks moving us closer to military conflict." But Democrats are not the only ones criticizing the Republican billionaire's stance. Nicholas Burns a professor at Harvard´s Kennedy School of Government and, like Haass, a veteran of George W Bush´s administration is scathing. "We´re withdrawing as global leader under Trump," he said, dubbing the decision to dump the TPP and Paris and undermine the Iran deal "historic mistakes." Washington´s traditional allies in Europe were at first cautious in their approach to Trump, hoping he would mellow as he grew into the Oval Office role. But they were outraged by his Iran gambit, and united in their response. "It is clearly not in the hands of any president of any country in the world to terminate an agreement of this sort," declared EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. "The president of the United States has many powers (but) not this one." In Washington, having failed to get through to Trump despite the support of some of his top advisers, European diplomats are now lobbying Congress to save the Iran deal. Nevertheless, the Iran decision at least has some strong supporters in Washington. American leverage An outspoken group of foreign policy hawks, backed by influential senator Tom Cotton and Trump´s UN ambassador Nikki Haley, had been pushing for "decertification." And they, at least, agree with Trump that his tougher stance could give America more leverage, rather than less, with its foreign partners. "If anything, the decision to decertify but keep the US in the deal could serve to bolster US credibility," argues Behnam Ben Taleblu, of the Federation for Defense of Democracies. Trump, he says, is "sending a message that the US will not be a party to agreements where it feels it has a material disadvantage." This theory will be put to the test almost immediately. In the weeks to come Trump and senior US officials will attempt to build a coalition to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
  7. RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Saturday said that there is no more room to 'do more' to fight the war against terrorism in other countries. Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, Ghafoor said that Pakistan has done a lot the armed forces has done a lot in Pakistan and 'will do more for Pakistan and with our institutions' but we have 'no more room to do more? for other countries.
  8. BERLIN: Volkswagen will make its three mass-market brands more distinct to reduce overlaps and defuse tensions within the carmaking group, its chief executive said on Thursday. The German company is striving to make savings and become more efficient to help fund a costly shift to electric vehicles in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal. CEO Matthias Mueller said the automaker?s executive board had set out a new focus for its mass-market VW, Skoda and Seat brands based on 14 customer groups in its core European market. ?The key challenge is [to achieve] a perfect market coverage with clear territories for the brands,? he told a strategy meeting of about 400 managers in Wolfsburg. ?We must now be able to better use the synergies that our unique alliance of brands offer than we have done to date.? The move may help to smooth relations between the brands. VW sources told Reuters last week that managers and unions were seeking to curb competition from lower-cost stablemate Skoda, move some of its production to Germany and make the Czech brand pay more for shared technology. That sparked a backlash at Skoda. Concerned about the possibility of losing work to Germany, the Czech brand?s main union threatened to cut back on overtime work. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka also demanded talks on the issue with Skoda?s leadership. The positioning of the brands is ?an emotional theme that recently made waves,? Mueller said. ?Of course, it is an extreme challenge sometimes to steer this tanker and to balance the (different) interests,? he added. In a next step, Volkswagen will pursue greater differentiation between its premium brands and expand the strategy to other regions, Mueller said, without being more specific. Separately, Mueller said the group expected to make major savings in development costs at premium brands Audi and Porsche through their new shared PPE production platform for electric cars. ?On balance we expect 30 percent less workload? compared with the current MLB and MSB platforms operated separately by Audi and Porsche, the CEO said, without being more specific.
  9. In September, US warplanes dropped more bombs than in any single month since 2010, driven largely by Trump?s strategy of trying to reassert pressure on militants after several years of drawdown by foreign troops. Photo: Reuters KABUL: Civilian casualties from Afghan and American air strikes have risen more than 50 per cent since last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, as troops increase attacks on militants under a new strategy announced by US President Donald Trump in August. As of the end of September, at least 205 civilians had been killed and 261 wounded this year in air strikes in Afghanistan, UN investigators said in a quarterly report. At least 38pc of those casualties were caused by international military forces, while the majority were attributed to the Afghan Air Force, which has begun to conduct more attacks on its own. More than two thirds of the civilian victims were women and children, the report said. In September, US warplanes dropped more bombs than in any single month since 2010, driven largely by Trump?s strategy of trying to reassert pressure on militants after several years of draw-down by foreign troops. A spokesman for the US military command did not immediately comment on the report. General Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defence, rejected the findings and said the government took civilian casualties seriously. ?It is quite obvious that Taliban and other insurgent groups cause more civilian casualties,? he said, adding that insurgents also ?use civilians as human shields and hide in residential areas?. Overall civilian casualties decreased slightly compared to the same period last year, the report said. At least 2,640 civilians were killed and 5,379 injured this year, compared to 2,616 killed and 5,915 injured in the same period of 2016. The drop reflected fewer casualties from fighting in populated areas, the report noted, as militants failed to capture any major cities. The head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, praised the Afghan government for formally endorsing a national policy designed to reduce civilian casualties. ?The government owes it to its citizens, particularly the victims of the armed conflict, to ensure full implementation of the policy through a concrete action plan,? he said. Overall the UN attributed 64pc of civilian casualties to anti-government militants like the Taliban and Daesh. Pro-government forces were responsible for 20pc overall, while the remainder was attributed to joint fighting or unidentified groups, according to the UN.
  10. The death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has risen to 44 three weeks after the storm ripped through the island, Governor Ricardo Rossello said Wednesday. In a statement in which he also asked Congress for more financial assistance, Rossello updated the toll released on Tuesday after another person died due to a fractured skull. "There are also four deaths confirmed to be related to leptospirosis," he added, referring to a rare bacterial disease contracted through the urine of infected animals. With over 5,700 people living in shelters and most of the island still without electricity and running water, the risk posed by contagious diseases is amplified because the landscape and infrastructure remains severely damaged following the Category Four storm. As a result, Rossello added that he has asked President Trump for an additional $4.9 billion under the Community Disaster Loan program. "This program will allow the island the funds it needs to meet operational and payroll expenses," the governor wrote. Last Wednesday, Trump asked Congress to approve an emergency aid package of $29 billion for Puerto Rico. The latest request adds to "billions we expect to receive for other aid we have requested," Rossello said. The governor's office did not respond to queries about the total amount of aid requested, which is now equivalent to around half of Puerto Rico's debt of some $73 billion. Maria devastated the island amid a severe financial crisis, with the government filing for bankruptcy in May. The crisis has caused 10 percent of the population to leave since 2006, with unemployment reaching 12 percent and poverty 46 percent. Figures of the latest exodus are unknown, but it is believed Maria's destruction has prompted thousands of Puerto Ricans to leave for the US mainland, with most heading for Florida.
  11. Oil prices edged up on Wednesday, extending 2 percent gains recorded the previous day, on signs that markets are gradually tightening after years of oversupply, although the outlook for 2018 remained less certain. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were trading at $51.07 per barrel at 0127 GMT, up 15 cents, or 0.3 percent), from their last settlement. Their 2 percent rise the day before took them back above $50 a barrel. Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $56.71, up 10 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close. Brent also rose 2 percent the previous day. Traders said they would look to the US fuel inventory data on Wednesday and Thursday for indicators on price direction. A US federal holiday on Monday delayed the release of weekly inventory numbers by a day. The American Petroleum Institute (API) is scheduled to release its data for last week at 2030 GMT on Wednesday, and the US Department of Energy?s report is due Thursday. Overall, analysts said short-term conditions were tightening. ?We...raise our Q1 2018 (Brent) price forecast by $5 per barrel to $56,? Barclays bank said. ?Inventory draws will likely cause the market to refocus on geopolitical risks and low levels of spare capacity.? Price support is also coming from economic growth, which the International Monetary Fund forecast late on Tuesday would be 3.6 percent globally this year and 3.7 percent for 2018. Brent has so far averaged $52.7 per barrel this year. By the end of the year, Barclays said it expected Brent to have averaged around $53 per barrel. Despite this, Barclays said oil could dip again in 2018, with second-quarter 2018 Brent to fall back to $48 a barrel, thanks largely to rising global output. A pact between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers including Russia to cut output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in order to prop up prices is due to expire by the and of March 2018. Discussions to extend the pact are taking place, but production elsewhere is rising. ?It has...been a tricky year for OPEC,? said Lukman Otunuga, analyst at futures brokerage at FXTM. ?Although Saudi Aramco plans to make ?the deepest customer allocation cuts in its history? by cutting 560,000 bpd next month, its impact could be diluted if the US shale producers see this as a Christmas gift.? US producers are not participating in any pledge to restrain supply, and output has risen by 10 percent this year to over 9.5 million bpd. C-OUT-T-EIA Speaking in an interview at the Reuters Global Commodities Summit, Ian Taylor, chief executive of top oil trader Vitol, said on Tuesday that US output would climb by another 0.5-0.6 million bpd next year before flattening out. Overall, Taylor said, markets were ?boringly rangebound? and that ?margins are very, very tight?.
  12. PESHAWAR: Dengue claimed two more lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 52 in the province. According to the Dengue Response Unit of the health department, the deceased have been identified as 65-year-old Mehar Taj, wife of Jumma Khan, and 70-year-old Aslam, son of Mukarram Umar. The deceased were admitted to Khyber Teaching Hospital on October 5, 2017. The DRU also informed that around 1790 dengue tests were conducted on Tuesday, out of which 368 were found to be dengue positive. A total of 121 dengue patients were admitted on Tuesday for treatment, raising the total number of dengue patients seeking treatment in different hospitals to 427. Hundred and three patients were discharged from different hospitals after improvement in their conditions.
  13. KARACHI: A bearish trend at the Pakistan Stock Exchange was witnessed as the KSE-100 index closed below 41,000 points on Tuesday after witnessing a negative change of 1.19 per cent. The index lost 489 points during the day's trading session with investors trading shares valuing more than Rs5.47 billion. The market closed at 40,610 points, reaching a high of 41,112 points during the day's trading. A constricted trading session was witnessed with KSE-100 volume trading 121.7 million shares today. Power generation and distribution stocks led the volumes with 78.4m shares being traded followed by commercial banks with 14.6m shares traded.
  14. Illegal migrants arrive by boat at a naval base after they were rescued by Libyan coastguard in the coastal city of Tripoli, Libya, May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/Files SABRATHA: A force allied with Libya's unity government in the people-smuggling hub of Sabratha has detained more than 3,000 migrants, a security official said on Saturday. "We arrested 3,150 illegal immigrants of different Asian, Arab, and African nationalities," the force's commander Bassem Ghrabli said. His force said Friday it had driven a rival militia ? led by the head of a former people smuggling network ? out of the city after three weeks of fighting. The clashes left 39 people dead and 300 wounded, according to the unity government's health ministry. The fighting also damaged schools, hospitals and UNESCO-listed archaeological treasures in Sabratha, 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of Tripoli. Following the ouster and killing of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a NATO-backed 2011 revolution, the city became a major hub for clandestine migrants seeking a chance to head to Europe. Taking advantage of a security vacuum, some local smugglers controlled whole sections of the city and even built their own landing piers, equipped to launch dozens of migrant boats a day. The Government of National Accord has struggled to impose its authority in a country where dozens of militias hold sway and a rival government backed by military strongman Khalifa Haftar controls much of the east.
  15. KARACHI: A bullish trend at the Pakistan Stock Exchange was witnessed as the KSE-100 index closed above 41,100 points on Friday after witnessing a positive change of 2.09 per cent. The index gained 844 points during the day's trading session with investors trading shares valuing more than Rs7.38 billion. The market closed at 41,312 points, reaching a high of 41,343 points during the day's trading. A normal trading session was witnessed with KSE-100 volume trading 81.7 million shares today. Cement stocks led the volumes with 31.2m shares being traded followed by technology and communication with 16.8m shares traded.
  16. KARACHI: A suspected terrorist was killed in a police encounter late Wednesday night in North Karachi, Geo News reported. In the encounter which took place near W-22 bus stop, the terrorist was killed while two of his accomplices managed to flee, SSP Central Irfan Baloch said. Police recovered four hand grenades, six pistols, China rifle, 7mm rifle and three Awan bombs from the terrorist?s possession. Another shootout took place in New Karachi Industrial Area in which a suspect was arrested in injured condition, while his co-accused escaped. A pistol with three rounds, two M/cycles, repeater and eight mobile phones were seized from the criminals. Terror bid foiled in Multan The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) said it had gunned down two suspected terrorists at Sher Shah Bund area of Multan early Thursday, foiling a terror plot in the city. According to CTD officials, the raid was carried out on a tip-off about the presence of terrorists linked to a banned outfit in the area. The suspects resorted to firing when the police approached their hideout. In the retaliatory fire which followed, two terrorists were killed while three others managed to escape in the darkness, the officials said. Police also recovered a cache of explosives and sophisticated weapons from their possession.
  17. The GM logo is seen at the General Motors Warren Transmission Operations Plant in Warren, Michigan October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook WASHINGTON: General Motors Co?s self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, has more than doubled the size of its test fleet of robot cars in California during the past three months, a GM spokesman said on Wednesday. As the company increases the size of its test fleet, it has also reported more run-ins between its self-driving cars and human-operated vehicles and bicycles, telling California regulators its vehicles were involved in six minor crashes in the state in September. ?All our incidents this year were caused by the other vehicle,? said Rebecca Mark, spokeswoman for GM Cruise. In the past three months, the Cruise unit has increased the number of vehicles registered for testing on California streets to 100 from the previous 30 to 40, GM spokesman Ray Wert said. Cruise is testing vehicles in San Francisco as part of its effort to develop software capable of navigating congested and often chaotic urban environments. Investors are watching GM?s progress closely, and the automaker?s shares have risen 17 percent during the past month as some analysts have said the company could deploy robot taxis within the next year or two. A U.S. Senate panel approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow automakers to greatly expand testing of self-driving cars. Some safety groups have objected to the proposal, saying it gives too much latitude to automakers. As Cruise, and rivals, put more self-driving vehicles on the road to gather data to train their artificial intelligence systems, they are more frequently encountering human drivers who are not programmed to obey all traffic laws. In filings to California regulators, Cruise said the six accidents in the state last month involved other cars and a bicyclist hitting its test cars. The accidents did not result in injuries or serious damage, according to the GM reports. In total, GM Cruise vehicles have been involved in 13 collisions reported to California regulators in 2017, while Alphabet Inc?s Waymo vehicles have been involved in three crashes. California state law requires that all crashes involving self-driving vehicles be reported, regardless of severity. Most of the crashes involved drivers of other vehicles striking the GM cars that were slowing for stop signs, pedestrians or other issues. In one crash, a driver of a Ford Ranger was on his cellphone when he rear-ended a Chevrolet Bolt stopped at a red light. In another instance, the driver of a Chevrolet Bolt noticed an intoxicated cyclist in San Francisco going the wrong direction toward the Bolt. The human driver stopped the Bolt and the cyclist hit the bumper and fell over. The bicyclist pulled on a sensor attached to the vehicle causing minor damage. ?While we look forward to the day when autonomous vehicles are commonplace, the streets we drive on today are not so simple, and we will continue to learn how humans drive and improve how we share the road together,? GM said in a statement on Wednesday.
  18. ISLAMABAD: As many as three terrorists involved in committing heinous offenses relating to terrorism were executed at a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa jail after a trial in military courts, informed ISPR. The convicted terrorists were involved in attacks on Pakistan International Airline plane at Peshawar Airport, killing of innocent civilians, attacking armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Detail of each case is attached. 1. Sajid S/O Ibrahim Khan. The convict was a member of a proscribed organisation. He was involved in firing on a Pakistan International Airline plane landing on Peshawar Airport which resulted in the death of Mrs Maqnoon and injured two other passengers. He was also involved in the killing of innocent civilians and attacking law enforcement agencies which resulted in the death of Pir Israr along with his eight family members, civilian Niaz Gul, Assistant Sub Inspector Sajid Khan. The convict was in possession of firearms and explosives. He admitted his offenses before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence. 2. Behram Sher S/O Khairan. The convict was a member of the proscribed organisation. He was involved in the destruction of Government Girls Primary School as well as attacking armed forces which resulted in death of a soldier and injuries to two other soldiers. He was also in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence. 3. Fazal-e-Ghaffar S/O Shehzada. The convict was a member of proscribed organisation. He was involved in attacking armed forces which resulted in death of four soldiers and injured another soldier. He was also in possession of a suicide jacket. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.
  19. The death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has more than doubled to 34, a spokesman for Governor Ricardo Rosello said on Tuesday. The worst hurricane to hit the US territory in more than 90 years directly killed 19 people, said Pedro Cerame, the governor?s director of communications in Washington. Just hours earlier when President Donald Trump visited the island to survey the damage the official death toll remained as it has for days at 16 dead.
  20. WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States would try ?one more time? to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade. ?We need to try one more time to make this strategy work with them, by, with and through the Pakistanis, and if our best efforts fail, the president is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary,? Mattis said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. Mattis added that he would be travelling to Islamabad soon, but did not give more details. Possible Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan?s status as a major non-NATO ally. When asked by a lawmaker whether revoking of Pakistan?s major non-NATO ally was amongst the options being considered to deal with Islamabad, Mattis said: ?I am sure it will be.? Pakistan argues that it has done a great deal to help the United States in tracking down terrorists and points out that it has suffered hundreds of deaths in militant attacks in response to its crackdowns. US officials have told Reuters that the United States will send about 3,500 additional troops to Afghanistan. Dunford said that the current cost for the United States in Afghanistan was about $12.5 billion a year, and the new strategy would cost an additional $1.1 billion.
  21. Dear men, are women running away from your perfectly groomed, clean shaven baby face? And is this after you've shaved your mane because you read somewhere that bearded faces are unhygienic and a turn off for women because they probably have leftovers from Friday night's dinner, ash from the cigarette you last smoked and bacteria from all over the place, stuck in it? via GIPHY Well, a baby face is going to get you nowhere, sadly, so grow your mane back and take better care of it because a study revealed that women are far more attracted to men that sport a rugged beard than to angel face Anthony's. No it's no longer just a hunch and we're not faffing based on a dime a dozen bearded-men-are-sexy memes that circulate on the internet. An actual study was conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia where it was found that women were not only more sexually attracted to bearded men, they would choose to enter a long term committed relationship with them, over clean shaven ones. via GIPHY The study revealed that bearded men were considered more mature and masculine than clean shaven ones as "...beards may signal men's age and masculine social dominance". Huzzah for fuzz monkeys, you'll draw women to you instantly, and buck up angel faces, time to get on the beard-wagon. But wait... nothing is as easy as it ever sounds, and don't take anything at face value, there's more to this than meets the eye, the fine print, if you will. Let's talk about your future based on the length of your beard, shall we? via GIPHY Flaunting the morning after stubble and disheveled hair everywhere you go may make you feel masculine, and since it is a beard, and based on what we just told you you'd think you'll land your forever lover with it-- but no. The same study claims that men with stubble may be sexually attractive to women, far more than clean shaven or full bearded men, but not enough to ask you to put a ring on them. Bummer. We didn't want to give sexy stubble sporters heartache but if it is long term they seek, they're going to have to take their mane to the next level. It was observed during the same study that, “If you ask women to judge clean shaven, stubble or bearded men, we found rising masculinity with more beard. However sexual attractiveness peak at stubble”. Full beardedness gets full score, the longer the beard, the higher the chances of wedding bells with your lady lover! via GIPHY We suppose after getting a load of this, a large chunk would want to go cannonballing into fullbeardedness, a carefree few would want to stick to the slick stubble and even fewer would want to continue with the clean shaven look. We'll repeat your beard horoscope before signing off: Fullbearded men are likely to enter a long term relationship in the near future Stubble studs are likely to enjoy short term flings in the days to come Clean shaven angel faces are going to have a harder time finding both long term relationships and short term flings unless they get a full beard or a stubble. via GIPHY P.S.- there's an array of beard grooming products in the market, just for you. So, if you want to fare well with the ladies, we suggest you get your hands on some.
  22. The iPhone X is all set to go on sale in less than a month and we can expect to see a very high demand for the device in the coming weeks. The high demand is surely destined to bump up Apple's profits, however, another company will also make billions on the iPhone X. © YouTube According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is the main supplier for the Super Retina display and the South Korean company is set to make around $110 from each iPhone X. Samsung is a conglomerate that owns a component manufacturing arm that is responsible for making smartphones like the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8. The report further adds that iPhone X sales will yield at least $14 billion in revenue for Samsung, which is far more than what they earn from Galaxy S8 sales. Samsung is only estimated to make $10 billion in profits from its own flagship device. © MensXP Samsung and LG have a monopoly is the world of display technology where Samsung owns at least 90% of the market share. It is the only company that has the capability and the manpower to supply OLED panels for Apple's smartphones. © BCCL Although Apple may have paid a huge price this time around to outfit the iPhone X with an OLED panel, rumours suggest that the Cupertino giant is looking to switch to LG for cheaper display panels. © Apple Apple and Samsung share a very weird relationship when it comes to the technology business. Apple and Samsung define the epitome of a healthy rivalry but are also reliant on each other for advancements. To find out a bit more about their relationship, we recommend you watch this video by Nerdwriter.
  23. Oil fell more than $1 a barrel on Monday as a rise in US drilling and higher OPEC output put the brakes on a rally that helped prices notch their biggest third-quarter gain in 13 years. Iraq announced its exports rose slightly in September while a Reuters survey showed OPEC overall boosted output. [OPEC/M] US drillers added six oil rigs in the week to Sept. 29, bringing the total count to 750, data from General Electric Co?s (GE.N) Baker Hughes energy services firm showed on Friday. ?We?ve seen them add rigs for the first time in seven weeks, so that changes sentiment as well,? said John Tjornehoj, energy market analyst at CHS Hedging. Brent crude LCOc1, the global benchmark, settled down 67 cents or 1.2 percent to $56.12 a barrel. It had notched a third-quarter gain of about 20 percent, the biggest increase for that quarter since 2004, and traded as high as $59.49 last week. US crude CLc1 closed down $1.09 or 2.1 percent to $50.58. The US benchmark posted its strongest quarterly gain since the second quarter of 2016. Oil prices climbed last week on tension in Iraqi Kurdistan after the region?s independence vote. ?The big short-term risk is obviously the pipeline,? said James Williams, president of energy consultant WTRG Economics. ?So far Turkey hasn?t closed the Kurdish pipeline.? The rally had also been driven by signs that a three-year crude glut is easing, helped by a production cut deal among global producers led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. But a Reuters survey on Friday found OPEC oil output rose last month, mostly because of higher production in Iraq and also Libya, an OPEC member exempt from cutting output. However, Libya?s National Oil Company in a letter on Monday declared force majeure on deliveries from Sharara, the country?s largest oilfield. Middle Eastern oil producers are concerned the price rise will stir US shale producers into more drilling and push prices lower again. Key OPEC producers consider a price above $60 as encouraging too much shale output. Hedge funds have accumulated a record bullish position in middle distillates such as diesel, heating oil and gas oil, anticipating stocks will be relatively tight this winter. ?We?ve seen a run-up in heating oil futures, and I think that particular product has supported the rise of WTI,? said Tjornehoj, while noting that distillate prices fell on Monday. ?As we reverse here lower we see the recent strong correlation continuing.?
  24. Las Vegas Metro Police officers gather near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Strip/Reuters LAS VEGAS: A gunman opened fire at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 200 others before the suspect was killed by police. Police identified the suspect as a local Las Vegas man who acted alone, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at a briefing. But authorities were seeking an Asian female who police described as a companion of the suspect, he said. Las Vegas police later identified the suspect as Stephen Paddock. They said that rumours of other shootings in the area were false. Off-duty police were believed to be among the victims. Witnesses on social media said the shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean. US media, including Fox News, reported that Aldean was performing around 10:45 pm local time on Sunday when the rampage began but that he had been bundled safely off stage at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling mecca. CNN reported all the artists were safe. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/2b88ffb076ac118822af2822df65bb7a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMi8yMDE3IDk6Mzk6MjIgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT03a3RYM3Vta3U2TGdZK3dRNVExcktnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping and entertainment. Police have disclosed no information that would suggest a motive for the shooting or revealed the identify of the suspect. Even so, the rampage was reminiscent of a mass shooting at a Paris rock concert in November 2015 that killed 89 people, part of a coordinated attack by militants that left 130 dead.
  25. You might know him as the main man of New York-based band Goldspot. Yes, we are talking about the composer and singer of song Evergreen Cassette. A song that many of us have heard during our college days. Singer and guitarist Siddhartha Khosla followed his passion and made his name in the tinsel town for a strong understanding of melody. In the past few years, he has created some amazing compositions for shows like The Neighbors, and The Royals films such as Fat Camp and Liv. But what got him the real critical acclamation is his score for Emmy nominated NBC's show 'This Is Us'. Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Sterling K Brown, the song has struck all the right chords among the audience and many have called it a tear-jerking track. The man is winning hearts with his beautiful composition and we ain't complaining. Bring it on Khosla, we totally love your creations! As Khosla gears up for the second season of the show, we interviewed the man who is moving many with his music and asked him about music, his inspiration, favourite composition and what's next in line. How did music and singing happen for you? What inspired you? My parents, growing up, they would play all the cassettes of old Hindi songs from the 1960s and 70s that they grew up on. And that's all I listened to as a kid in the US. I heard all the music they got with them from India. And that's how I learnt to sing as well because I heard all these Kishore Kumar songs and Mohammed Rafi songs…all these great legendary singers. So, that was my first introduction to music…listening to all this Hindi music and singing those songs. How did you form Goldspot? Right after college, I decided to form this band with one of my best friends from home. So, we just decided we would start a band together. It was pretty simple. I mean…we had a band in high school and then after college, we decided that we had to start a band together. And we ended up leaving after the first year of us doing this so that I can sing. So, yeah…it was right after college and I kind of had a choice between law school and starting a band. At one point, I thought I was just going away to law school, but in a weird twist of fate, I came to law school entrance and I had to cancel my score because the professor ended three of the sections early and I didn't get a chance to finish the test. I immediately cancelled my score and said that I'm not going to law school and instead, I'm going to start a band. Were your parents disappointed? Oh yeah, but today they couldn't be happier. Which Indian artist inspired you? Kishore Kumar. I think Kishore Kumar has one of the most beautiful voices of all time and the arrangements of the songs, especially that of SD Burman and RD Burman songs. They were just so beautiful! To this day, they are still my favourite artists. What inspired you while you were composing the music for 'This is Us'? You know, I'm working with such strong material…the vibe and the producing and the directing…it's just so incredible! I'm like ‘Dan Fogelman created this show and I know him from many years ago, he was my college roommate, we have a history together too' and any good art comes from the heart, from our personal narratives. That's what Goldspot is about for me and This is Us is about for him. And so, what inspires me is his stories and his experiences and also having been there with him through…you know the trials and tribulations of life that we all go through. To see that on screen through this incredible show just inspired me! And then we have this amazing cast…some of the best actors I've ever seen on screen together. So, if you have great quality work given to you for which you have to write music…it's pretty inspiring and pretty easy! Out of all the music that you've ever composed, which one is your favourite? Umm…I don't know…I think it's a tie actually. I guess in Goldspot music, probably the best thing I have ever written was Rewind. And then for This is Us, I wrote a song with a friend of mine called, ‘We Can Always Come Back To This'. It's a slow song, it's supposed to feel like a classic slow record from the 1970s in Memphis. I didn't sing it, but I wrote the song with a friend of mine and I produced it. To me, that was the most challenging thing I've ever done. That was not something in my normal deck. It was the kind of thing I had never done before! I welcome the challenge and it was a blessing really. Does your Indian origin make a difference to the kind of music you compose? Yeah, I think it does. You know, there are certain things that are the product of something we've done before or experienced before. I am who I am today because of all my education in Hindi music and western music. And my sound is a hybrid of those two worlds and singing is an integral part of who I am. It's in my blood. When I am writing, I am subtly referencing those sounds and melodies in my music. If given a chance, would you want to compose music for Bollywood? Well, if it's the right project, yes. What do you think is the future of Indie rock? I think it will always have a future. Indie rock means independent rock and there are always going to be independent artists and bands for as long as music will be in existence. It's where the future of music comes from. Music has always kind of come from them independently creating the sound. Indie rock will be followed. What do you do when you're not making music? I spend time with my kids and my wife. When did it dawn upon you that you've arrived? What was your ‘pinch me' moment? I don't think it's ever dawned on me that I've arrived. I still don't know if I've arrived. I just know that the key to doing anything is investing in yourself and believing in yourself. If you don't invest in yourself and believe in what you're capable of, then you'll never achieve what you want to achieve and you'll never know what you're meant to achieve. So, I really believe that the one thing I've done right is believed in myself and followed my passion. I know that it's a journey. I've had albums that have completely failed and albums that are completely successful. I've worked on film and television projects that have completely failed and film and television projects that are completely successful like This is Us. So, the key is to not stop. The key is to understand that your journey in life and your journey as an artist…any profession for that matter..is to never stop. Who is your favourite artist internationally? I'm a Beatles fan. What's next in line? I'm doing a new Marvel series called The Runaways for Hulu and a new CBS show called Me, Myself and I and Season 4 of Royals and now we're just getting started on Season 2 of This is Us that airs on Star World and pretty much will go on for months. So, there's a bunch going on. There's a couple of movies…there's one called The Sounding which is playing in all sorts of film festivals around the US. How's it going with This Is Us? Do you have anything in mind specifically for This Is Us now? This is Us…I don't have anything planned. I write a lot of music for the show. I get to work on episodes of the show, obviously, before anybody gets to see them. That's what I'm doing now. I've already gone through the first few episodes of Season 2 - you'll get to watch them every Saturday night from coming Saturday on Star World and honestly all I can say is that…this season is just so compelling. It's incredible! Do you plan to come to India to perform? Yeah, I do! I want to come. My schedule is…you know, brutal. I have been working most of the year now, 6-7 days a week sometimes. As soon as I get a break, I would love to come there. Which cities are you looking at performing in? You know, the festivals that I had done before…in Pune, Bombay, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore…those are always kind of…those areas are…maybe this time kind of mixed in with Kolkata…or you know, any place that will have you.