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  1. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/9d1876698416f33de1cb535c47faa13e.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi85LzIwMTggMTI6MjE6NTAgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0zcCtuZlM5cGhFWXB4Tnd6anc4R213PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement?Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Dr Farooq Sattar and the party?s Rabita Committee have been at loggerheads over the allotment of Senate tickets. On Friday, the rift intensified as the Rabita Committee wrote a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) aimed at wresting authority from Sattar. The letter informed the ECP that the authority to issue party tickets rests with the Rabita Committee, not the party chief. ECP notification regarding party tickets However, ECP officials in response to the letter have stated that the authority to issue tickets rests with the party chief or a person nominated by the party chief. The letter sent by the Rabita Committee stated that according to Section 19(a) of the party's constitution, the authority to nominate candidates for election rests with the Rabita Committee. It further adds that the Rabita Committee had in its session finalised the names of candidates for the Senate of Pakistan elections. Finally, the letter informs the ECP that the authority to write letters to the commission with regards to candidates rests with Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and if the power to issue tickets to candidates rested with any individual that power stands withdrawn. MQM-P deadlock: Sattar, Rabita committee field separate candidates for Senate elections 'We were united in the past and shall remain united in the future too' The letter to the ECP comes at a time when the rift between party chief Farooq Sattar and members of the Rabita Committee has widened. Both sides fielded separate candidates for the Senate election. The issue stems from Sattar wanting to award a Senate ticket to Kamran Tessori, a move which has been opposed by the Rabita Committee. ?This seems like an internal coup against Sattar whose stand for Tessori seems to be backfiring,? said analyst Shahzeb Khanzada. ?There are several reasons why this issue was not resolved. Whatever the final outcome it will be harmful to both sides,? said senior analyst Mazhar Abbas. ?Fail to understand importance of Tessori? ?I cannot comprehend how Kamran Tessori has this much importance,? said Faisal Sabzwari as he spoke to reporters. The MQM-P leader revealed that Sattar had told Rabita Committee members that the party would not contest the Senate elections if Tessori did not contest. During the news conference, Sabzwari maintained that Farooq Sattar remained the party chief, however all authority rests with the Rabita Committee. ?It is the Rabita Committee which would hand over authority to the convener or party chief,? he added. When asked about the decision to write a letter to the ECP, Sabzwari responded: ?This decision was taken when we were unable to meet Farooq Bhai (brother) at his residence last night.? ?Will award tickets to candidates? Earlier, Dr Farooq Sattar had maintained that he would award tickets to Senate candidates. "If a leader is responsible for taking the party ahead, he should also be given authority," Sattar said. "This can't happen that all failures are due to the leader, while he has got no authority," he added. Sattar announced that he would chair a meeting of the Rabita Committee for the party?s Senate nominees tonight.
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/4db09629bbd79f6727621d17c2cf6ccb.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMTQvMjAxNyAxOjQyOjU0IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9S2dwdmNOSDlNNTIrK3ZlSkxTeGFpZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LONDON: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the country is moving towards instability and the current circumstances in Pakistan are not satisfactory. Nawaz added that the country, which was progressing well, is now moving towards instability after the July 28 decision. "I said it during my rally in Quetta too, such decisions become the reason for anarchy in a country," said the former prime minister. Nawaz is in London after the court had exempted him for a short duration from appearing in the hearings held for the NAB references registered against him. Nawaz said his government has worked hard during the last four years to improve the country and the circumstances of the masses. Govt will complete tenure, polls to be held on time: PM Abbasi The visiting PML-N leaders also met former premier Shaukat Aziz at his residence yesterday to offer their condolences on the demise of his son However, he said, terrorism which was under control during his leadership is again rearing its head in the country. "CPEC projects have slowed down, projects are not progressing at the speed as they were during our tenure," elaborated Nawaz further and added that the stock exchange, which was hovering around 54,000 points, has now dropped down to around 37,000 points. "These are all economic indicators. Political instability effects the country." Nawaz also expressed his dismay at the current circumstances. Earlier today, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif arrived at Hasan Nawaz's office in London to meet party leader and former premier Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz's daughter Maryam, Shehbaz's son Salman, and other members of the family were also present at the meeting. Abbasi said the government would complete its tenure and elections would be held on time. "The government will complete its tenure and elections will be held on time," said the prime minister, reiterating the government's stance. The prime minister also said that the merger of FATA with KP is part of the agenda and some reservations raised are being allayed. The PML-N leaders also met former premier Shaukat Aziz at his London residence yesterday to offer their condolences on the demise of his son. According to credible sources privy to developments in PML-N, Nawaz has also recently met former finance minister Ishaq Dar in London. The meeting was held at the residence of Nawaz's son, Hasan Nawaz, wherein the present situation of the country came under discussion, sources said.
  3. MONTREAL: Mice in Canada are mutating and migrating farther north in response to climate change, according to McGill University research released Monday. The study ? published in the journal Evolutionary Ecology ? found that "milder winters have led to physical alterations in two species of mice in southern Quebec in the past 50 years", lead researcher Virginie Millien said in a statement. It also adds to evidence that "warming temperatures are pushing wildlife north", she said. Over the past decade, researchers looked at two common species found in eastern North America ? the deer mouse and the white-footed mouse. As winters got milder, the white-footed mouse moved farther north at a rate of about 11 kilometres (seven miles) per year, according to the study. At the Gault Nature Reserve on Mont Saint-Hilaire, about 40 kilometres east of Montreal in the Saint Lawrence valley, nine out of 10 species caught in the 1970s were deer mice, while only 10 percent were white-footed mice. Those proportions are now reversed as more white-footed mice have crossed the Saint Lawrence River, northbound. "Evolutionary theory predicts morphological changes in response to climate warming, but there is very little evidence for it so far in mammals," Millien commented. Comparing data from as far back as the 1950s, researchers also discovered that the skull shape of both species had changed over time. The changes are similar in both species but more pronounced in the white-footed mice. Their molar teeth also shifted positions, which the scientists surmised "may be related to a dietary shift caused by climate change, combined with competition for food resources between the two species of mice". This "could reflect changes in the type of food that the mice need to chew". It remains to be seen "whether these changes are genetic and will be passed on to future generations ? actual evolution ? or whether they represent 'plasticity', the capacity of some species to adjust to rapid environmental change", the study concluded. Regardless, the changes are significant. "We are talking about bones and teeth, hard structures that are not easy to bend," Millien said.
  4. The spat between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan seems to be getting messier with each passing day, leaving Bollywood and their fans perplexed about what's going to happen next. Controversies are pouring in with each new development and the nation is visibly divided between who is right and who is wrong. What started as a candid mention about a ‘silly ex' during one of her interviews has become a matter of grave importance and it will be a lie if we say that we are not interested in knowing how the upcoming events will unfold. Almost everyone is curious to know who is telling the truth, and while Kangana has been vocal about her side of the story since the beginning, it is only now that Hrithik has spoken up about the issue. He finally broke his silence on Thursday, revealing certain details that we weren't aware about. Ever since this controversy played out in full public view, fans have been taking sides of their respective celebrities and in all honesty most of the views were emotion-driven. Not many focused on the facts or details that were revealed throughout. Even most celebrities chose to stay away from this discussion. Also there is no denying that from the beginning of this controversy, people have conveniently charged guns towards Hrithik, making him the bad guy without any strong evidence. Not that we are trying to demean Kangana but at least, let's not jump to any conclusions before the issue is sorted out. And that's exactly what actor Farhan Akhtar too appealed to his fans in a moving Facebook post about the whole issue. © film kraft Without naming the two parties, Hrithik's ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' co-star expressed his concern over how some sections of media have “consciously or unconsciously, pushed one side of the narrative WITHOUT having or presenting any evidence to back the claims being made by the woman. They've accepted her story at face value.” He even raised the issue of discrimination against the other party. © Facebook He further states that “Although it is true that in most cases it is a woman that has been wronged, there is a difference between ‘most' and ‘all'.” He also points out the various details that most of us either forgot to notice or didn't care about while taking a stand on behalf of our favourite celebrities. He even urges people to not take sides since no one knows what the truth is. This is what he posted on facebook. Other celebs too commended Farhan's words and shared similar thoughts. Beautifully written Farhan....it's important...it's true! https://t.co/zoY4VKahfw — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 8 October 2017 Well written and very fair Farhan. I concur. https://t.co/NXBUAiLq3O — Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) October 8, 2017 Powerful thought https://t.co/rlXj3Qg5Mv — Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) October 8, 2017 In fact, actress Yami Gautam too took to Facebook to share her thoughts about the entire controversy, which is only worsening with each day. She even urges people to not make it a gender war.
  5. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un makes a statement regarding US President Donald Trump's speech at the UN general assembly, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang, September 22, 2017/KCNA via REUTERS SEOUL: Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea?s Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions. The report cited an unnamed intelligence source saying South Korean and US intelligence officials detected missiles being transported away from North Korea?s Missile Research and Development Facility at Sanum-dong in the northern part of Pyongyang. The report did not say when or where they had been moved. The missiles could be either intermediate range Hwasong-12 or intercontinental ballistic Hwasong-14 missiles, according to the report, though the missile facility at Sanum-dong has been dedicated to the production of intercontinental ballistic missiles. A source from South Korea?s defense ministry said he could not confirm details of the report or whether there has been any unusual activities in the area mentioned. South Korean official have voiced concerns that North Korea could conduct more provocative acts near the anniversary of the founding of its communist party on Oct. 10, or possibly when China holds its Communist Party Congress on Oct. 18. Amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea and US forces recently held their first joint short range air defense training exercise in South Korea, according to a statement released by the US Pacific Command on Friday. The statement did not give the date of the exercise, but said the next exercise is scheduled to take place over the next few months as the two forces become more familiar with each other?s capabilities.
  6. The whole world went in a major emotional meltdown after the lead vocalist of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington committed suicide at his home in California. We are still shaken and are in utter pain over Bennington's demise, with his absence being deeply felt by every music lover. © Reuters Remembering Bennington, his wife Talinda Bennington shared a heartwarming video of him laughing and spending quality time with his family just hours before his death. Before sharing the video, she tweeted “My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done. I'm showing this so that you know that depression doesn't have a face or a mood.” We couldn't agree any more with Talinda. In the 40-second clip, Bennington was seen laughing with his family, after he tried a different kind of jelly beans, only to spit it out for its weird taste. She wrote, “This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him.” This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him. #fuckdepression #MakeChesterProud pic.twitter.com/VW44eOER4k — Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) 16 September 2017 Depression is much bigger and worse than what you or I can ever imagine and even if we try to understand the emotional and mental turmoil, sadness, dejection and pain a person is going through, we'll only be able to touch the tip of that iceberg called Depression. Chester Bennington committed suicide on 20th July and ever since his death, Talinda is helping and supporting others suffering from depression. Her hashtags #f**kdepression and #MakeChesterProud speak volumes for her efforts. In fact, she has been actively encouraging people to stay strong in the battle of depression and urging them to express themselves and talk to family and friends to fight depression. Although he is not with us anymore, but his songs will definitely remain with us till eternity.
  7. Someone seems to have cast a spell on some sneakers in New York. Like imagination taking a physical form, these shoes are seen with real time moving images and videos, just like the moving images in photo frames in J.Ks Harry Potter series. Isn't that magical. But, who is behind all this? © YouTube ShiftWear, a New York-based company had launched its concept on an online-crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo a year and a half ago. So the catch is that these shoes have a flexible HD display on them which is visible in daylight too. So, now, you can create, sell, and download any design with the same mobile app with which you will use to customize your shoes. Yes, just with a tap on your smartphone. You can set a playlist of your choice and check out the awesomeness. When you wear them, they will define who you are. The good news is that ShiftWear is not restricting the pre-orders to just New York as they can be ordered worldwide. So, whether you are in India or anywhere mentioned in their list, you can order them now. The company has very recently announced its six designs: two high-top, two medium-top, and two low-top sneakers, which are available in black-and-white. You can customize the fiber while ordering your sneakers which will add to the additional charge. The original cost is around $500 which is paid in two installments. After all, one sneaker, but many designs. Not that a bad deal! © YouTube These sneakers have a curved electronic display which lights up with color, pictures, and animations you choose. The app has real time design marketplace featuring the hottest designers and animators. So, the next time you like something you see, just tap to select it and instantly the design is right there on your shoes. Ta da! You can just change the design as easily you change your phone's wallpaper or ringtone. Now talking about the tech and durability, you have: © YouTube - wireless connectivity(Bluetooth and wifi both), which will let you pair and share any design. - It charges as you walk (Piezoelectric Effect) - Wireless charging to reduce the hustle, i.e. no need to plug in. You just have to place your shoes on a charging pad and that is it. - Packed with Accelerometer and Gyroscope that enables a step, tilt or move to trigger designs. - No surprise, it is stain, oil and dust resistant too. - They are waterproof and completely machine-washable - These ShiftWear sneakers have Kevlar fiber coated soles that stand up to the streets and are ready for any weather condition. Are you ready for some magic?
  8. Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson has had a long journey. From struggling to get into his college football team to winning 17 wrestling championships to becoming one of the most loved Hollywood stars, The Rock has come a long way. The man works out like a beast and has never shied away from hard work. © Instagram/The Rock In a moving post on Instagram, The Rock shared how his father taught him an unforgettable lesson in life – one that made him the man he is today. He revealed how his father pushed him to strive harder in life, to give his everything to a task at hand. To sweat it out even if it meant getting his ass whipped. He says: “Leaving it all...means you give every f*cking ounce of effort you can, to give the best performance you can give. Whatever it is you do, whatever job you have.. at the end of the day, leave it all there.” Leave it all on the set. Back when I was a punk kid my dad would take me to the gym on weekends and kick the shit outta me in the weight room and on the wrestling mats. He'd say you didn't get up early to come here and give half ass effort. Leave it all in the gym. Years later when I played ball at The U, we applied the same principles: we left it all on the field. When I became a pro wrestler, that was part of my nightly pre match prayer. Asked for the strength to leave it all in ring - whether I was wrestling in flea markets or sold out stadiums. Leaving it all...means you give every f*cking ounce of effort you can, to give the best performance you can give. Whatever it is you do, whatever job you have.. at the end of the day, leave it all there. Rampage has been the most physically grueling role of my career. Got my ass kicked and handed back to me the whole movie. But I'm grateful to go to bed 💯 satisfied I left it all on the set. Who the **** am I kidding, I don't sleep, but if I did, I still left it all on the set. #LeaveItAllPhilosophy #Rampage A post shared by therock (@therock) on Jul 8, 2017 at 10:22am PDT The full text of his post: Leave it all on the set. Back when I was a punk kid my dad would take me to the gym on weekends and kick the shit outta me in the weight room and on the wrestling mats. He'd say you didn't get up early to come here and give half ass effort. Leave it all in the gym. Years later when I played ball at The U, we applied the same principles: we left it all on the field. When I became a pro wrestler, that was part of my nightly pre match prayer. Asked for the strength to leave it all in ring - whether I was wrestling in flea markets or sold out stadiums. Leaving it all...means you give every f*cking ounce of effort you can, to give the best performance you can give. Whatever it is you do, whatever job you have.. at the end of the day, leave it all there. Rampage has been the most physically grueling role of my career. Got my ass kicked and handed back to me the whole movie. But I'm grateful to go to bed 💯 satisfied I left it all on the set. Who the **** am I kidding, I don't sleep, but if I did, I still left it all on the set. #LeaveItAllPhilosophy #Rampage Dwayne's father Wayde Douglas Bowles, also known as Rocky Johnson, is a former professional wrestler and a winner of many wrestling championships. His life hasn't been easy but the man overcame hardships and taught his son a lesson in strength. Dwayne shared his dad's heartbreaking story last year, when he bought his father a car as a Christmas gift. He says in the post: “In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954.” Bought my dad a Christmas gift and surprised him. He's had a hard life. This one felt good. My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest. Crazy story, my dad's dad died when he was 13yrs old. That Christmas, my dad's mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I'll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice. Cops were called. They told my dad's mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he's gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like does now. Over the years, I've moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive - which he'll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else. Hell, I'll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won't ask;). Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work. Also, makes me appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say "If you're gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you're gonna cry, then go home to your mother". I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey. 😂👍🏾. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas! #DwantaClaus🎅🏾 A post shared by therock (@therock) on Dec 30, 2016 at 10:15am PST The Rock has often been vocal about his admiration and love for his father. His father's tale of struggle is an inspiration for many, but the lessons he taught his son are even bigger. Fathers can give you immense strength and now we know from where Dwayne Johnson gets his.
  9. LEFT: US President Donald Trump stands in front of a US flag while listening to US first lady Melania Trump give a speech to US troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella before returning to Washington D.C. at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst; RIGHT: The Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background, is seen from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica, in this NASA handout photo. REUTERS/British Antarctic Survey WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump may be dragging out his decision on whether to ditch the Paris climate agreement, but major American corporations have not waited for a government signal to start cutting their carbon emissions. Before Trump had even raised the possibility of scrapping US involvement in the landmark 2015 treaty, Coca-Cola and engineering giant General Electric (GE) already had pledged to reduce their carbon footprints by 25 percent and 20 percent, respectively, by 2020. Apple, meanwhile, boasts of running its US operations on 100 percent renewable energy. "We believe climate change is real and the science is well accepted," GE CEO Jeff Immelt said last month, offering a stark contrast to an administration that features prominent climate change deniers. Agribusiness giant Monsanto told AFP it was "committed" to helping "farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change". Even energy-sector heavyweights ? those who seemingly have the most to lose from tougher environmental rules ? are joining the trend started by the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global warming "well below" two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Oil giant Chevron "supports continuing with the Paris Agreement as it offers a first step towards a global framework", spokeswoman Melissa Ritchie said. Rival ExxonMobil recently implored the White House not to exit the climate treaty in order to respond effectively to climate "risks". 'Saves them money' Just a few years ago, the US business world was using all its weight to impede climate talks, notably leading to the collapse of a 2009 summit in Copenhagen. But many companies now find their image at stake in the United States, where opinion polls indicate the public are concerned by global warming and want to remain in the Paris agreement. While growing environmental awareness has played a role, corporate America's conversion is not solely the result of do-gooder impulses. "The companies are increasing their commitments in the climate area irrespective of (Trump's) decision because it saves them money, it reduces their risks and most importantly, it's a massive market opportunity," said Kevin Moss of the World Resources Institute. The bottom line has indeed shifted for businesses. Major investors are exiting fossil fuels and companies are facing increasing pressure to adapt their growth models to a world without carbon. "Our customers, partners, and countries are demanding technology that generates power while reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency, and reducing cost," said GE's Immelt. Oil prices have fallen through the floor in recent years, with a barrel of benchmark crude hovering around $50, down from more than $80 a decade ago. As a result, investing in the sector is much less profitable. As a sign of the times, Exxon shareholders on Wednesday voted to force the company to factor in tougher climate policies on emissions and disclose how they may affect company revenues. Structural changes Trump also has pledged to revive the coal industry but given the boom in natural gas, which produces 50 percent less carbon dioxide and is far cheaper than coal, most experts say that will be difficult to accomplish on a large scale. Still, fracking, or hydraulic fracturing ? a principal means of natural gas extraction ? also faces stiff criticism for its environmental impacts. The costs of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, also have come down sharply, thanks in part to investment and public subsidies that have made the sector more attractive. Melissa McHenry, a spokeswoman for the major US generator American Electric Power, said her company had diversified into renewables and was investing "in renewable generation and other innovations that increase efficiency and reduce emissions". Lynn Good, head of Duke Energy, told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that "because of the competitive price of natural gas and the declining price of renewables, continuing to drive carbon out makes sense for us". There is still scepticism in certain quarters, particularly on the costs of climate policies. The American Petroleum Institute, an industry body representing 625 businesses, is wary of "government mandates that could increase energy costs", according to spokesman Eric Wohlschlegel. But Moss of the World Resources Institute said withdrawal from the Paris accord will not stop the momentum, and companies will continue down their current path "even without it because everybody else is doing it". "The only countries we'll be in the company of if we pull out are Syria and Nicaragua," he said.
  10. You may have seen many pocket printers that connect with your phone but the device we want to talk about today is a little different than what you may have already experienced. The device is called Prynt Pocket and it uses augmented reality technology to create images that essentially resemble Harry Potter style moving pictures. How It Works When you print a picture from the pocket printer, the native app will store and upload a live photo/video of the picture you just took. The photo is uploaded to the cloud and whenever someone scans the printed image via the Prynt app, the static image starts to move. The video/live photo that was uploaded to the cloud overlays the scanned image as you can see below: Who's ready for today's teaser video?! Keep an eye out for it —https://t.co/rXhIEvPUUA pic.twitter.com/HelS6JFofF — Prynt (@prynt) May 17, 2017 The Prynt Pocket currently retails for $149.99 (About INR 9,700), which is more than most pocket printers out there. However, the added augmented reality feature is a plus point and the pocket printer is compatible with any smartphone of any size. Granted, there may be better ways to share photos with people, the shock factor and watching someone else's reaction to these moving images is incredibly satisfying. These moving pictures can be used for countless festivals and scenarios such as Diwali, Holi or even a wedding and make them so much more interesting and special. The Prynt Pocket does not use traditional ink catridges but instead uses ZINK paper which transposes images to paper using a heating process. However, the ZINK paper re-fills cost considerably more than traditional cartridges. The only plus point here is that one can order the ZINK paper straight from the Prynt app.
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  12. US President Donald Trump is trying to determine how keeping his promise to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could affect his hopes of brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians, the US secretary of state said on Sunday. Since taking office in January, Trump has shown signs of shelving his campaign pledge to move the embassy from Tel Aviv, while vowing to do what is necessary to clinch a Middle East peace agreement. "The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told NBC's "Meet the Press." He spoke just days before Trump starts a Middle East trip that includes meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Israel regards Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all foreign countries to base their embassies there. The relocation is strongly opposed by many US allies as the Palestinians also claim the city as their capital. Tillerson said Trump's decision would depend greatly on how it is seen by governments in the region, including "whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction." His comments drew a quick response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Israel's position has been stated many times before to the American administration and the world," Netanyahu's office said in a statement. "Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem will not harm the peace process, it will do the opposite. It will advance it by righting a historical wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel."
  13. Greece’s agricultural sector has been performing well as of late, despite the struggling overall economy being the talk of the 'European town' since the 2008 financial crisis. However, what has contributed to this growth and what goes on behind the scenes has largely remained hidden. In an in-depth conversation with Al-Jazeera, 20-year-old Adnan Ahmed – one of the undocumented immigrant farm workers in Athens – reveals that desperate people with an aim to provide a better life to their families are tricked into such low-paying, and often, abusive jobs. "Before you arrive you are told that you'll be able to save a lot of money and send some to your family," he told the publication, adding that they are promised basic necessities for little cost. Workers like Ahmed find their bridges back home burnt once they reach foreign countries, due to the fact that they are mostly there with no money, do not have a legal status there, and face language barriers. Living conditions are not adequate either, considering that anywhere from 10 to 30 men are accommodated in large rooms with bunk beds, but with despicable sanitary conditions and little or no means to cook food. Working for nearly 10 hours daily and no days off, these immigrants comprise almost 90% of the country’s labourers. They move farms every six months or so as the seasons change. "This is like 19th-century cooking," commented Amir Ali, a 25-year-old Pakistani hailing from Gujrat, in an attempt to lighten his dismal condition. "In Pakistan, we don't live like this, we'd use gas cookers." Ahmed works under foreman Faisal Razza, a 19-year-old who has rapidly risen in ranks after learning Greek. This is the kind of farm-work hierarchy the immigrants have to accept. Some of these foremen are understanding and considerate, but many others find their hands tied by the bosses, who they’re liable to pay. What’s worse is that the rent they’re supposed to pay is usually not manageable in the money they earn, which piles up to form debt they can’t get out of forming a never-ending spiral. Due to this, workers who are bold enough to ask permission to leave are refused to do so by their bosses as one or more co-workers are indebted and the dues must be settled first. It can become so ugly that some of these fruit-and-vegetable-pickers have been locked in rooms for days with guards outside. Adding the cherry on top is the fact that they are discriminated against in terms of wages as well. Pakistani workers are paid €22 for 100 crates of oranges, but their Albanian counterparts get €28 euros for the same amount of work. "In Pakistan, even our farm animals live better than we do in Greece," said Ahmed. Finding no hope, some of these immigrants try to escape. The publication mentioned a worker who somehow managed to run away. He was forced to barter his cell phone to afford travel by bus. Most of these workers fell into a trap by some friend or acquaintance. Of those interviewed, one had resided in Malaysia and had a good job, while another used to work in Saudi Arabia. Both were lured in and are now distressed over what they are paid … that is if their bosses do pay. Professor Charalambos Kasimis, the general secretary at Greece’s Ministry of Agriculture, shed light on this topic. "Pakistani [workers] are here illegally, without families, and naturally their status is lower in terms of wages, resident status, and of course, the issue of rights – they have no rights," he said. A scheme, which was launched by the nation’s government last year, entailed a voucher system for undocumented workers pertaining to basic rights and an equitable pay. It didn’t work out then because the employers wouldn’t compensate fairly. However, Emily Dickinson said, “Hope is the thing with feathers, […] and never stops at all,” and that’s what Professor Kasimis believes in. He thinks the plan will be successful this year.
  14. American actor and human rights activist, Ashton Kutcher, gave an impassioned speech to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Ending Modern Slavery. Kutcher was speaking as the co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. Here’s a part of the speech made by Kutcher: "The right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away, it's raped, it's abused, it's taken by force," Mr Kutcher said. He further added, "Technology can be used to enable slavery, but it can also be used to disable slavery.” “Can we build the tools that are better than their tools to fight what is happening?" he asked. The most stirring part of Kutcher’s speech involved him retelling an instance of a child being raped by an American man. "I've seen video content of a child that's the same age as mine, being raped by an American man who was a *** tourist in Cambodia. This child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play," Kutcher narrated. Kutcher’s digital firm has developed a "Spotlight" tool, which he said has helped 6,000 victims in 6 months. With more initiatives like this, child sexual abuse can be strictly monitored and reported, to help those in need. Watch the complete speech here:
  15. Anupam Kher has written a beautiful letter to his late father, Pushkarnath Kher, but not as you would have expected. The letter, shared on Twitter through nine tweets, is incredibly moving, to say the least. Take out those tissues people, because this tweet-letter will move you to tears. Dear Dad! It has been 5yrs today, since you left for a better world. We are all fine, courageous & smiling. Thanks to your #LifeLessons.:) — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 Dear Dad! There is not a single moment that we don't think of u. Memories have no time table. They just spring up. Like ur calming smile.:) — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 Dear Dad! Mom misses u. Tho she never says it. But we know it. She keeps referring to u as a 'Kind & Funny Man'. Thanks 4 being like that.:) — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 Dear Dad! @RajuKher1 is his usual self-loving & magnanimous. He misses u wen he has a drink. Reema, Pranit & @vrindakher miss Gaasha ji.:) — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 Dear Dad! Kirron is doing a great job in Chandigarg. @sikandarkher is working with us at @actorprepares. We all laugh a lot thinking of u.:) — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 Dear Dad! Chacha ji, Neelam, Priyanka, Bhavna, Ruchi & Tanvi r fine. Ruchi got married 2 Ankit. Wen we meet we talk about u & laugh a lot.:) — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 Dad Dad! I am doing fine. I have 4 international films releasing this year. I have 83,81,345 followers on twitter. Most of them love me.:) — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 Dear Dad! You have gone for 5years. But you taught us about life so smiling & subtly that we can deal with any situation effortlessly. :) — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 Dear Dad! I will never forget the last two words you said to me just few hours before you went away. And That's what I do. I 'LIVE LIFE'. ?? — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 10, 2017 While you may point out everything that’s wrong with social media now-a-days, stories like these remind us that what matters at the end is the people you love and the people who love you back.