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  1. Two weeks ahead of elections in Egypt, the media have been under close scrutiny, with an increase in cases of journalists being arrested and websites blocked CAIRO: Egypt´s judiciary announced Monday it has set up a hotline to gather complaints of "fake" news in the traditional or electronic media that could pose a threat to national security. Two weeks ahead of elections in Egypt, the media have been under close scrutiny, with an increase in cases of journalists being arrested and websites blocked. "The Egyptian judiciary has set aside mobile telephone numbers to receive complaints on the instant messaging app WhatsApp and by SMS, so long as the name of the complainant and their personal details are given," it said in a statement. It said the initiative was aimed against "premeditated fake information damaging to national security and the country´s interests".
  2. Since the day 'Dhadak' was announced, Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter have been in the news. And now a video from the sets of the film is taking over the internet. 'Dhadak' is a Hindi remake of blockbuster Marathi movie Sairat. This teenage love-story movie broke all the records in the Marathi film industry becoming the highest grossing film ever. And now we will see Janhvi and Ishaan stepping in the characters that were originally portrayed by Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar. (c) Dharma Productions Well, it goes without saying that when the remake of a film is made that is already loved by millions, the new actors have to leave no stone unturned to justify what was already done once brilliantly. And that is what is being expected of Janhvi and Ishaan. (c) Dharma Productions In the video that has gone viral, we can see Janhvi and Ishaan sitting with few friends and having a conversation. While Janhvi is laughing and talking, Ishaan, on the other hand, looks lost in his own thoughts. The scene indeed looks enchanting, and the gorgeous laugh of Janhvi reminds us of the iconic Sridevi. Wonder what's happening in the scene? Check out the picture and the video now: Pic: #JanhviKapoor and #IshaanKhattar on the sets of #Dhadak Click HereðððLink on bio . . . . . . . . . . . . #KareenaKapoor #salmankhan #amirkhan #Super #aliabhatt #deepikapadukone #Bollywood #ShahRukhKhan #hollywood #bollywoodfashion #indianfashion #celebrityfashion #fashionblogger #superstar #celebstyle #bollywoodactress #bollywoodhotness #model #newoutfit #bollywoodstyle #bollywoodactor #fashion A post shared by Pixeles 24 (@pixeles_24) on Mar 10, 2018 at 10:27pm PST Viral video of Jhanvi Kapoor #On the set of #dhadak #jhanvikapoor #ishankhatter #dhakad #jhanvikapoor A post shared by Bollywood Newzz (@bollywoodnewzz) on Mar 9, 2018 at 10:11pm PST #JanhviKapoor and #IshaanKhattar on the sets of #Dhadak A post shared by Sathish (@sathish_pro) on Mar 10, 2018 at 10:05pm PST Talking about Janhvi, it's just been few days since she has returned to work after the sudden demise of her mother Sridevi that shook the entire nation. And just few days ago, the pictures of her from the sets even went viral. Many even said that Janhvi in a saree reminds them of her late mother. ðधड़ठà¤à¥ शà¥à¤à¤¿à¤à¤ पर लà¥à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤¾à¤¹à¥à¤¨à¤µà¥, साड़ॠमà¥à¤ लठरहॠहà¥à¤ बिलà¥à¤à¥à¤² माठशà¥à¤°à¥à¤¦à¥à¤µà¥ à¤à¥à¤¸à¥ ! (Janhvi Kapoor Back To Shooting For Her Upcoming Film Dhadak) ðà¤à¤¾à¤¹à¥à¤¨à¤µà¥ à¤à¤ªà¥à¤°(Janhvi Kapoor) माठशà¥à¤°à¥à¤¦à¥à¤µà¥ (Sridevi) à¤à¥ à¤à¤ªà¤¨à¥ रà¥à¤² मà¥à¤¡à¤², दà¥à¤¸à¥à¤¤ à¤à¤° à¤à¤ªà¤¨à¤¾ सबà¤à¥à¤ समà¤à¤¤à¥ थà¥à¤. शà¥à¤°à¥à¤¦à¥à¤µà¥ à¤à¥ यà¥à¤ à¤à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¤ à¤à¤¸ दà¥à¤¨à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ सॠà¤à¤²à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ बाद à¤à¤¾à¤¹à¥à¤¨à¤µà¥ बिलà¥à¤à¥à¤² à¤à¥à¤ सॠà¤à¤ थà¥à¤. हालाà¤à¤à¤¿ माठà¤à¥ à¤à¥ दà¥à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ à¤à¤¸ सदमॠसॠà¤à¤¾à¤¹à¥à¤¨à¤µà¥ à¤à¤­à¥ तठपà¥à¤°à¥ तरह सॠà¤à¤¬à¤° भॠनहà¥à¤ पाठहà¥à¤, लà¥à¤à¤¿à¤¨ à¤à¤¼à¤¿à¤à¤¦à¤à¥ à¤à¤¿à¤¸à¥ à¤à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ बाद à¤à¤¹à¤¾à¤ थमतॠहॠà¤à¤° à¤à¤¸ बात à¤à¥ शायद à¤à¤¾à¤¹à¥à¤¨à¤µà¥ à¤à¤à¥à¤à¥ तरह सॠसमठरहॠहà¥à¤ à¤à¤¸à¤²à¤¿à¤ à¤à¤¬ वॠà¤à¤ªà¤¨à¥ फिलà¥à¤® 'धड़à¤' à¤à¥ शà¥à¤à¤¿à¤à¤ पर वापस लà¥à¤ à¤à¤ हà¥à¤. To Read More Visit Our Website Link in bio #jhanvikapoor #dhadak #movie #shooting #bollywood #debut #sridevi #daughter A post shared by Meri Saheli (@merisahelimagazine) on Mar 8, 2018 at 9:34pm PST It has also been reported that Karan Johar is concerned about the young actress and has asked the team to go easy on Janhvi, as she is still copping with the loss. And back home even the Kapoor family is trying their best to be by Janhvi and her sister Khushi's side. In fact, on Janhvi's 21st Birthday, Anshula hosted a dinner party where we saw Sonam Kapoor along with other family members. ð ð #kapooranddaughters ð· @sanjaykapoor2500 A post shared by sonamkapoor (@sonamkapoor) on Mar 6, 2018 at 10:38am PST For the next few days both the actors will be seen shooting some romantic sequences. The first half of the movie has already been shot in Rajasthan. Soon the two will be off to Kolkata to shoot for the post-interval part. Coming back to this video, it goes without saying that the two are taking this very seriously and giving it their best, which makes them look like the promising debutants already.
  3. US President Donald Trump signs the presidential proclamation placing tariffs while surrounded by workers from the steel and aluminum industries at the White House. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump pressed ahead on Thursday with import tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent for aluminum but exempted Canada and Mexico and offered the possibility of excluding other allies, backtracking from an earlier ?no-exceptions? stance. Describing the dumping of steel and aluminum in the US market as ?an assault on our country,? Trump said in a White House announcement that the best outcome would be for companies to move their mills and smelters to the United States. He insisted that domestic metals production was vital to national security. ?If you don?t want to pay tax, bring your plant to the USA,? added Trump, flanked by steel and aluminum workers. Plans for the tariffs, set to start in 15 days, have stirred opposition from business leaders and prominent members of Trump?s own Republican Party, who fear the duties could spark retaliation from other countries and hurt the US economy. Within minutes of the announcement, US Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a Trump critic, said he would introduce a bill to nullify the tariffs. But that would likely require Congress to muster an extremely difficult two-thirds majority to override a Trump veto. Trump says tariffs will be 'very fair,' names winners and losers Trump said Mexico and Canada could get carve-outs if talks to renegotiate the trilateral NAFTA trade agreement go well Some Democrats praised the move, including Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who said it was ?past time to defend our interests, our security and our workers in the global economy and that is exactly what the president is proposing with these tariffs.? Trump?s unexpected announcement of the tariffs last week roiled stock markets as it raised the prospect of an escalating global trade war. He appeared to have conceded some ground after concerted lobbying by Republican lawmakers, industry groups and US allies abroad. Canada, the largest supplier of both steel and aluminum to the United States, welcomed the news it would not immediately be subject to the tariffs, but vowed to keep pressing Washington until the threat of tariffs had disappeared.Trump offered relief from steel and aluminum tariffs to countries that ?treat us fairly on trade,? a gesture aimed at putting pressure on Canada and Mexico to give ground in separate talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump economic adviser Cohn quits after dispute over tariffs White House said the timing of Cohn?s departure from his role had not been finalized but was still a few weeks away Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said NAFTA talks were ?independent? of Trump?s tariff actions and should not be subject to outside pressure. In Beijing, China?s Commerce Ministry said on Friday it ?resolutely opposed? the tariffs and that they would ?seriously impact the normal order of international trade.? While Chinese steel exports to the United States have been suppressed by previous anti-dumping duties, the broad ?Section 232? national security tariffs are widely seen as aiming to pressure Beijing to cut excess steel and aluminum production capacity that has driven down global prices. US steel stocks, which have gained for weeks on anticipation of the tariffs, fell after the announcement, with the Standard and Poor?s composite steel index ending down 2.53 per cent against a half per cent gain in the broad S&P 500. Trump speaks with world leaders, no tariff exemptions: Commerce Secretary ?I know he?s had conversations with a number of the world leaders,? Ross said Century Aluminum shares fell 7.5 per cent, while Alcoa dipped 0.9 per cent. The Canadian dollar and Mexican peso gained slightly against the US dollar. Seeking clarity A senior Trump administration official said other countries could seek talks with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to find ?alternative ways? to mitigate the threat to US national security posed by their steel and aluminum exports to the United States. It was unclear whether they would involve quotas or voluntary export restraints, but the official said that permanent exemptions for Canada and Mexico might result in higher tariffs on other countries to maintain 80 per cent capacity usage targets for domestic producers. European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said: ?The EU is a close ally of the US and we continue to be of the view that the EU should be excluded from these measures. I will seek more clarity on this issue in the days to come.? US steel- and aluminum-consuming industries sharply criticized the tariffs as damaging them with higher costs. Trump says US steel, aluminum sectors 'decimated' by unfair trade Trump has vowed to take steps to crack down on imports of steel and aluminum ?The US will become an island of high steel prices that will result in our customers simply sourcing our products from our overseas competitors and importing them into the United States tariff-free,? the Precision Metalforming and National Tooling and Machining associations said in a joint statement. Countermeasures? Several major trading partners have said they might respond to the tariffs with direct action. Countermeasures could include European Union tariffs on US oranges, tobacco and bourbon. Harley-Davidson Inc motorcycles have also been mentioned, targeting Republican US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan?s home state of Wisconsin. Even as Trump threatened tariffs and prodded his NAFTA partners, 11 nations gathered in Chile to sign a landmark Asia-Pacific trade pact, one that Trump withdrew from on his first day in office last year. Trump, who won the White House after a career in real estate and reality TV, has long touted economic nationalism, promising to bring back jobs to the United States and save the country from trade deals he views as unfair. That has put him at odds with many in his Republican Party, traditionally a supporter of free trade.
  4. SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software ?bots? which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. ?These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targetting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter ? including elections in the United States and around the world,? Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post. The move was the latest by Twitter to enforce rules aimed at curbing disinformation, propaganda and provocation. Since the 2016 election, Twitter and others discovered how ?bots? had been used to sow political divisions and spread hoaxes. ?One of the most common spam violations we see is the use of multiple accounts and the Twitter developer platform to attempt to artificially amplify or inflate the prominence of certain tweets,? Roth wrote. ?To be clear: Twitter prohibits any attempt to use automation for the purposes of posting or disseminating spam, and such behaviour may result in enforcement action.? Posting duplicative content, replies or mentions from an array of accounts one controls, by hand or by bot, is forbidden, according to Twitter. ?Bulk, aggressive, or very high-volume automated retweeting" is also banned, along with using multiple accounts to perform automated actions at the service such as following people, Roth said. A sole exception to the rule was applications designed to broadcast weather, emergency or other public service type announcements, according to Twitter. Developers were given until March 23 to bring applications into compliance with the tightened rules or risk suspension. ?Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us,? a Twitter spokesperson said. ?Today?s update to TweetDeck and our developer platform is an important change to ensure we stay ahead of malicious activity targetting conversations on Twitter.? Follower counts fall The crackdown is part of an effort to weed out automated and fake accounts, a move which rankled some conservative personalities. Some users woke on Wednesday to find a sharp drop in followers, prompting a series of hashtags on the platform such as #TwitterLockOut and #TwitterPurge. The cause was an ongoing effort to ?identify suspicious account behaviours that indicate automated activity? or other policy violations, a Twitter spokesperson told AFP. And, despite conspiracy theories that quickly gained traction at Twitter, the service denied any political bias. ?Twitter?s tools are apolitical,? the spokesperson said. ?This is part of our ongoing, comprehensive efforts to make Twitter safer and healthier for everyone.? Twitter last month said the number of Russia-linked accounts firing off tweets evidently aimed at the US election in 2016 was more widespread than initially determined. An indictment issued this week by US special counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, named the Internet Research Agency, described as a bot and disinformation operation which sought to sow divisions in American society using social media.
  5. Rohit Sharma raises his bat after getting to his century, South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Port Elizabeth, February 13, 2018/BCCI PORT ELIZABETH: Rohit Sharma ended a personal South African hoodoo and set up a series win for India in the fifth one-day international at St George´s Park on Tuesday. Sharma´s 115 was his first major innings in three tours of South Africa -- and India´s 73-run win enabled the tourists to take a winning 4-1 lead in the six-match series, their first success in seven bilateral or multi-team series in South Africa. "It´s a wonderful feeling to have created some history," said Indian captain Virat Kohli, who praised what he described as a "complete performance" by his team. "The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well." South Africa´s chances of overhauling India´s 274 for seven plummeted when they lost their first three wickets inside the first 13 overs. Hardik Pandya struck crucial blows by dismissing JP Duminy and AB de Villiers. Hashim Amla played a measured innings of 71 and shared partnerships of 62 with David Miller and 39 with Heinrich Klaasen. He was run out by a direct hit from Pandya, effectively ending the home team´s hopes. Indian wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were effective on a slow pitch, taking four and two wickets respectively. "Our batting wasn´t up to scratch," said South African captain Aiden Markram. "We lost wickets in clumps. But we have to give credit to India, they´re playing incredibly well." Low-scoring run broken Sharma´s 17th one-day international century ended a run of low scores in South Africa. In 19 previous innings across both Tests and one-day internationals, his previous highest score was 47 and he had scored only 249 runs at an average of 13.11. He said he had ensured that he stayed in a good frame of mind despite not making big scores. "I have been enjoying South Africa. It´s a good place to play cricket. I knew I didn´t have to change a lot and the runs would come," he said. With the series won, using only 12 of India´s 17-man squad, Kohli said: "We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few (other) guys a chance." Although he was the mainstay of the innings, Sharma was at least partially complicit in two run-outs, both of which happened after he sent his batting partner back. The first run-out accounted for captain Virat Kohli, who made 36 -- his lowest score of the series -- in a second wicket stand of 105 with Sharma. Kohli called Sharma through for a risky single, then could not beat JP Duminy´s direct hit at the bowler´s end. Ajinkya Rahane was the second run-out victim, playing a ball to mid-on and almost reaching the other end of the pitch before realizing Sharma was refusing a run. Sharma hit 11 fours and four sixes in his 126-ball innings but should have been caught on 96 when Tabraiz Shamsi dropped a straightforward offering at third man off Kagiso Rabada.
  6. India's Virat Kohli celebrates his century during the One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and South Africa. -AFP CAPE TOWN: Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his mastery of South Africa's bowlers as he made his second century of the series in the third one-day international against South Africa at Newlands on Wednesday. Kohli made 160 not out in an Indian total of 303 for six after the tourists had been sent in on a good batting surface. He had made 112 and 46 not out in leading India to wins in the first two matches of the six-game series. The 29-year-old took a relatively sedate 119 balls to reach his 34th one-day international hundred, hitting only seven fours, but added another five fours and two sixes off 40 more balls in a blazing finish to the innings. Kohli was content to play the supporting role in a second-wicket stand of 140 with Shikhar Dhawan, who pounded 12 fours in making 76 off 63 deliveries. The pair came together after Rohit Sharma was caught behind off Kagiso Rabada in the first over without a run scored. South Africa clawed their way back before Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar added an unbeaten 67 for the seventh wicket in the last 7.2 overs of the innings. South Africa, with an injury-weakened batting line-up, were required to make the highest successful run chase in ODIs at Newlands.
  7. Model Bella Hadid presents a creation from the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2018 collection in a show that was presented in Lauren's private garage for New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, US, September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Files NEW YORK: Ahead of the New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the industry is unveiling new professional guidelines to combat the kind of sexual harassment and assault allegations plaguing some of the world?s most renowned fashion photographers. Designers, show producers, and photographers are asked to provide spaces "where models can change in privacy" at runway shows, according to recommendations sent by Council of Fashion Designers of America president Diane von Furstenberg. Released Thursday, the text referred those who have "in any way felt threatened or unsafe" to resources compiled by the Model Alliance, which combats sexual harassment. "The current climate has been marked by brave women and men and their revelations about an unacceptable culture in politics, sports, and entertainment, as well as in fashion," von Furstenberg said in a message accompanying the guidelines. The CFDA?s move ahead of Monday?s Fashion Week kick-off comes amid the #MeToo movement and the wave of sexual misconduct accusations that have accompanied it, targeting fashion figures including photographers Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber, and Mario Testino. All three once widely celebrated photographers are now barred from collaborating with Vogue and Vanity Fair publisher Conde Nast. Conde Nast recently unveiled a "Code of Conduct" that seeks to "safeguard the dignity and well-being" of workers. It has namely banned the use of unaccompanied models younger than 18, and all shoots involving nudity or sexually suggestive poses must be approved by the subject in advance. Alcohol and illegal drugs also have been barred. The group extended the policy to its entire stable of publications around the world.
  8. After braving violent protests of the Karni Sena, pleas to ban the movie across various states, and removing an 'I' to satisfy the anger of most fringe groups; Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus finally saw the light of day on January 25th as 'Padmaavat'. © viacom 18 motion pictures While the release of the movie was far from being a smooth sail, post-release days don't seem to be that great either, given the fresh controversies brewing each day. Recently, actress Swara Bhaskar also wrote an open letter to Bhansali, pointing out the depiction of 'Jauhar' in the movie; which got certain mixed reactions from the fraternity as well as the cast of the movie. Overall too, the fans and critics seem to be divided in their opinion about the movie. © viacom 18 motion pictures However, despite the endless controversies that Bhansali and his 'Padmaavat' find themselves in, one can't take away from the fact that this movie was indeed a visual treat and a spectacular account of courage, bravery, and valor of the Rajput community. Bhansali's movies majorly focus on grandeur, opulent sets and rich detailing and this movie too shone brightly in its full beauty. And in the 2 hours 40 minutes, if you couldn't figure out the time, effort and hard work that the entire cast and crew invested in the film, then you HAVE to check these pictures out. 'Padmaavat's' production designer recently shared a series of images from the film sets. Reportedly, the sets were designed and created by Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty. From designing royal palaces to the makeshift tents used for war scenes, these pictures speak volumes about Bhansali's extraordinary vision. While, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor brilliantly portrayed Goddess queen Padmavati and Maharawal Ratan Singh; it was Ranveer Singh who took home the cake with his portrayal of mad king Alauddin Khilji. And this picture is proof of the amount of hard work that has gone into the making of Ratan Singh and Khilji. © BCCL The film opened to a great response at the box office and has earned nearly Rs. 110 crore in the country and approximately Rs. 212 crore globally.
  9. Unlike the 2014 season where he bagged Rs 14 crore or the 2015 edition that saw him netting Rs 16 crore, the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was not really favourable for Yuvraj Singh. The out-of-favour Indian cricketer was on the verge of going unsold without any interest from the franchises before Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) bought him at his base price of Rs 2 crore. But, Yuvi is not the kind of cricketer who lets things like that affect him. He is a jovial character whose wit and humour has struck a chord with Indian cricket fans over the years. For a man who loves poking fun at others, Yuvraj didn't even spare his wife Hazel Keech before trolling her on social media. When your wife is busy posing and your smouldering face photobombs ð¤¨ð¤ and then u make her selfie sexier 𤨠@hazelkeechofficial ð A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) on Jan 29, 2018 at 10:28pm PST Recently, when Hazel clicked a selfie, the Punjab cricketer photo bombed her and uploaded the picture on his Instagram account with a cheeky caption that read: "When your wife is busy posing and your smouldering face photo bombs and then u make her selfie sexier”. Having successfully trolled his wife, Yuvi was probably basking in the glory when Hazel decided to give her dashing husband a taste of his own medicine. Is this Selfie Sexier because you're in it @yuvisofficial ?? (Im scared people will still vote yes) hehehe..... finally i got a sneaky sleeping selfie of you ðªâï¸ A post shared by HazelKeechOfficial (@hazelkeechofficial) on Jan 29, 2018 at 10:44pm PST In a befitting reply, Hazel uploaded a selfie on her Instagram account where Yuvi was caught taking a nap. But, it was the sassy caption that undoubtedly won over the fans. "Is this Selfie Sexier because you're in it @yuvisofficial ?? (Im scared people will still vote yes) hehehe.....finally i got a sneaky sleeping selfie of you," the caption read. Yuvi might have smashed bowlers on the cricket field, but the recent incident proves that he's no match to his wife Hazel Keech at home.
  10. A majority of the iron freaks do not keep an account of their strength levels in the gym. You can track your body weight, macronutrients and consume the best supplements, but if you aren't tracking your strength levels, you won't grow. Period! Why is checking strength so important? Strength is a precursor of muscle hypertrophy. It serves as a tool which can indicate if you are building or losing muscle. If you are gaining weight and also gaining massive strength, it suggests you are building solid muscle. If you are dropping weight while still gaining some strength, we can quite confidently say that you are losing fat and building muscle simultaneously. So How Do I Get Started? © YouTube Before you start doing the right thing, stop doing the wrong exercises i.e. Progressive Sets! Having trained individuals from all major states in India, I have noticed this is how most people perform their working sets: Set 1 Light, Set 2 Moderate Weight, Set 3 Heaviest. Chances are you are doing the same. Add here's the problem(s) with this method- 1) The first few sets are meaningless and serve merely as warm-up. They don't challenge your muscles to an extent where they are forced to grow. 2) You are unnecessarily pre-fatiguing your muscles before lifting the heaviest weights. You should lift the heaviest when your muscles are fresh. 3) Tracking your strength levels week by week is very difficult because there are different loads on each set. The right way to get stronger and bigger Perform Straight Sets instead of progressing on each set. Warm up and hit the heaviest weight you can lift for the given rep range on an exercise. For example if you have 3 sets of 8 reps on the bench press start with a weight you can lift for no more than 9-10 reps. The first two sets will be challenging (you will have 1-2 reps reserved in your body) and you might hit a failure on the third set which is alright. Now that you know how much to lift in each set, let's talk about how to get stronger from workout to workout, week by week. I recommend the wave-linear progression method for beginner to intermediate lifters. Below is a sample template which will give you an overview into this method. © T-Nation As you can see on week 1, we are starting with the higher end of rep range on an exercise and as the week progresses, we are decreasing the reps and increasing the loads. Notice: In THE 5th week, we are again starting at the higher end of rep range but we are a little bit stronger than week 1. (62.5 vs. 60 kg) The increments mentioned here will vary from person to person, depending on experience levels. A beginner might be able to increase more loads compared to an intermediate/advanced level lifter. I highly recommend investing in fractional plates (tiny plates which weigh 200 g - 1 kg), which will allow you to progress week to week. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  11. From the day Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced his movie 'Padmavati' to this date when it finally saw its release (after numerous cuts and CGI cover up) as 'Padmaavat'; the trajectory of this movie has been far from being a smooth sail. And one of the biggest obstacles in its path is the Karni Sena, who have been constantly demanding a ban on the movie's release. © vaicom 18 motion pictures Fresh controversies kept on brewing as we inched closer to the release date, and such was the terror of Karni Sena that 'Padmaavat' makers had to cover Deepika Padukone's midriff using CGI in the 'Ghoomar' song. It's funny how people got triggered so easily by something that they haven't even seen yet. We guess one will have to now think twice before calling India a democratic country because clearly freedom of expression has gone for a toss. © vaicom 18 motion pictures The Karni Sena is leaving no stone unturned in giving their protest a nasty and violent face, glimpses of which we saw last evening when they burned down vehicles, attacked a school bus WITH children in them and vandalized different places and properties across the country. While things have taken a nasty turn and has wrapped the whole country under an invisible garb of tension, people, however, couldn't help but laugh at the irony of the result of Karni Sena's own actions. © Twitter Yesterday, a group of Karni Sena members gathered at Jyoti Talkies Square in Bhopal, to protest against the movie's release. Yes, just another day. But amidst the vandalism, they burnt down a Maruti Swift car parked nearby. However, it turns out that they mistakenly burnt the car of their own group member, Surendra Singh Chauhan. Talking to PTI, Bhopal DIG Dharmendra Choudhary said, “A car caught fire during the protests. It is a matter of investigation whether the vehicle was torched or it caught fire. We have detained three protestors from Jyoti Talkies Square in this connection.” Although it is still unknown if the car was torched or it caught fire during the protest, Twitter was already left in splits and couldn't help but say that Karma is indeed a b***h. Karhi Sena so smart that they torch their own fellows car...are these Rajputs Karni Sena or bunch of drug addicts https://t.co/bwTkY4lOCe — Scorpion (@utterlybutterly) January 25, 2018 And thus a car committed jauhar to protect the Rajput pride.#SelfImmolation#IndiaWithPadmaavat@sanjayuvachahttps://t.co/9A6eRBym5D — Aditya Shrivastava (@ShriShriAditya) January 25, 2018 Itne duffer hain yeh log! Hahahahaha https://t.co/0k2KGwcDDg — Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) January 24, 2018 By setting fire to the car belonging to one of its own goondas, Karni Sena has proven it is ready to give AAPTARDS and Congressis a stiff competition in terms of STUPIDITY. — Rupa Murthy (@ProudBhagavathi) January 25, 2018 Hadd hai...ganja pi ke protest kar rahe the ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Kiuð (@BeautifulKiu) January 24, 2018 Karni Sena men unknowingly set a fellow activist's car on fire in Bhopal. Jaisi Karni vaisi Bharni. #HAAHAHHAHHAHAHA#Padmavaat #KarniSena — Nidhi Vijay Sharma (@nidhi_ism) January 25, 2018
  12. LONDON: Britain announced Tuesday it was setting up a new national security unit to combat "disinformation", just weeks after Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of using fake news to undermine Western institutions. "We are living in an era of fake news and competing narratives," the prime minister's spokesman said. "The government will respond with more and better use of national security communications to tackle these interconnected, complex challenges." The new National Security Communications Unit was approved at a meeting of the National Security Council, which comprises ministers and senior security officials. "This will be tasked with combating disinformation by state actors and others," the spokesman said. "It will more systematically deter our adversaries and help us deliver on national security priorities." In a speech in November, the prime minister accused Russia of mounting a "sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption", including meddling in elections. "It is seeking to weaponise information, deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions," she said. She warned: "You will not succeed... The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise."
  13. Lloyd Pope registered record figures of 8 for 35, Australia v England, Under-19 World Cup, quarterfinal, Queenstown, January 23, 2018/IDI via Getty Images WELLINGTON: Australian Lloyd Pope´s record-breaking eight-wicket spell at the Under-19 World Cup on Tuesday has left the leg-spinner "on top of the world", as the feat sparks comparisons to the legendary Shane Warne. Pope took eight for 35 against England to spin Australia into the semi-finals and set a new benchmark at the youth tournament, which is currently under way in New Zealand. "I always love playing for my country whether I´m taking wickets or not, so going out there and doing it with some really good mates is an awesome experience," a beaming Pope told reporters. "I was on top of the world really today. I mean to win a quarter final is awesome," he added. The 18-year-old came into the attack with England cruising at 47 without loss as they chased Australia´s modest total of 127. But, just as Warne did on numerous occasions, Pope soaked up the pressure and bamboozled England´s batsmen to have them all out for 96. "I´ve always loved to bowl wrong´uns from an early age," Pope said when asked about his lethal googly. "It´s a big part of my game and I love bowling variations and just working on new things in the nets." Aussie media, still smarting from the senior team´s ODI series loss to England, seized upon the red-headed tyro´s heroics in Queenstown. "The new Shane Warne has arrived," Pope´s home-town paper the Adelaide Advertiser trumpeted on its website. Cricket Australia´s website cricket.com.au likened his impact to Warne´s in the 1999 World Cup, when he took four for 29 against South Africa. Even the game´s governing body, the ICC, could not resist the comparison, saying: "This could justifiably be called a Warne-esque spell. "This has a claim to being Australia´s most explosive scene-bursting moment since Shane lobbed one up to Mike Gatting in 1993," it added. Warne, the so-called "sheikh of tweak", remains among Test cricket´s greatest wicket-takers, with 708 scalps over a stellar 15-year career. His gravity-defying delivery to Gatting announced his arrival on the world stage and has been called "the ball of the century". Warne himself was effusive about Pope´s performance. "This is terrific & brings a huge smile to my face. I had the pleasure of meeting this impressive young man in Adelaide a while ago," he tweeted. "Was nice to have a bowl with him too -- Lloyd give it a rip -- well done & congrats! Spin to win my friend."
  14. Immigrants, activists and elected officials staged a press conference in New York on January 8 to demand that the Department of Homeland Security extend Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans. Photo: AFP WASHINGTON: The US government announced Monday the end of a special protected status for about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants, a move that threatens with deportation tens of thousands of well-established families with children born in the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the end of the "temporary protected status" (TPS) granted to Salvadorans already in the United States in 2001, when two major earthquakes rocked the Central American country. They were given 18 months to leave or be deported, which officials said is enough time for a legislative solution to be crafted by Congress to allow them to stay. "Only Congress can legislate a permanent solution addressing the lack of an enduring lawful immigration status of those currently protected by TPS," said the Department of Homeland Security. Part of a broader crackdown on illegal immigration by President Donald Trump, the move comes after 59,000 longtime resident Haitians and 5,300 Nicaraguans were stripped of similar protections late last year, after having been allowed to set deep roots inside the United States for decades. Democrats in Congress are also fighting to protect the right to stay inside the US of 690,000 young immigrants known as "Dreamers," people who arrived in the country as children. Trump has said he will back a compromise on the Dreamers if Congress budgets $18 billion to build an anti-immigrant wall along the border with Mexico. Canada said it wanted to "make sure we´re ready" for an influx of Salvadorans, in an effort to prevent the kind of massive flooding of the border that took place after the US ended protections for Haitians. 'My life is here' Many, if not most, of those shielded by TPS had originally entered the country illegally or overstayed visas, but the programme had effectively allowed them to settle down without the constant fear of deportation. Previous governments rolled over the protected status with little debate, but Trump has pursued a tougher "law and order" approach to the issue. For TPS beneficiaries, the decision was a thunderbolt. "My life is here," said Minda Hernandez, a 48-year-old housekeeper from Long Island who fled conflict in El Salvador 20 years ago -- leaving a one-year-old child behind. "This is where my home is, where I pay my taxes. I am happy here -- even if I work myself to death." Now she fears most for her 16-year-old son, who was born in the United States. "There are so many gangs and crime back there," she said. "But how could I leave him here alone?" In San Salvador, President Salvador Sanchez Ceren avoided criticizing Washington and focused on the 18-month grace period. Ceren´s administration "considers this decision to be a recognition of the contribution of our compatriots who hold this migratory benefit, who are an important workforce in that country," the presidency said. Ceren´s government has grown closer to the United States, and was one of only eight countries at the United Nations to support the US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel´s capital in December. Important to US & Salvador economies Without a change in the law, some 195,000 Salvadorans will be forced to leave the country by September 9, 2019, in what amounts to one of the Trump administration´s most substantial moves yet to enforce its crackdown on illegal immigration. This impacts large communities of deeply-rooted people in California, Texas and around the US capital -- more than 135,000 households -- according to the Center for Migration Studies. Nearly all have jobs, over a quarter own homes with a mortgage, 10 percent are self-employed and about 10 percent have married US citizens. They are as important to the Salvadoran economy as they are to the US. Remittances from the more than one million Salvadorans across the United States account for a large chunk of Salvadoran GDP. "We are not criminals. We came here to realize the American dream, which unfortunately we cannot obtain in our country," said Hugo Rodriguez, a 48-year-old Salvadoran cook in Brooklyn´s celebrated Peter Luger Steakhouse. "We have succeeded due to our work... We are a part of the economic engine of this country." The decision will also impact nearly 193,000 children of Salvadorans born inside the United States -- who have citizenship rights unlike their parents. Washington union activist Jaime Contreras, who arrived from El Salvador in 1988 and earned his citizenship, called the DHS decision "shameful" and "inhumane." "We have 18 months to pressure Congress and tell them it´s time once and for all to give TPS holders a path to citizenship," he said during a small protest outside the White House immediately following the announcement. "Today´s decision is a poignant reminder that we have an anti-immigrant president who turns his back on hardworking families and insists on governing by fear and intimidation," said Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.
  15. Arguably one of the most popular and iconic cricketer in the modern era of the sport, Virat Kohli once again gave his fans a lot to cheer for after a sensational run in 2017. Tearing his opponents apart, the right-handed batsman amassed 2,818 runs last year - the third-highest tally ever recorded in a calendar year. Only Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara with 2,868 runs in 2014 and Australia's Ricky Ponting with 2,833 runs in 2005 have scored more runs than the Indian captain in a single year. Following an unforgettable year, Kohli faced a daunting task to continue his fine run in the overseas conditions against the likes of South Africa in a gruelling tour. © Reuters But, the fans were somewhat convinced that their pragmatic leader will come good yet again. However, what eventually unfolded in the first Test in Cape Town, didn't just have Team India on the backfoot, but also left the fans disappointed. After a decent bowling performance by the Indian side, the star-studded batting line-up of the no. 1 Test side fell like a pack of cards. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma failed miserably against the fiery bowling attack bolstered by Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Kangiso Rabada and Morne Morkel. © AP Even the all-mighty Kohli couldn't negate the seam bowling prowess of South Africa as his stay at the crease was cut short by Morkel at a lowly-score of just five runs. Barring Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the dismal show of the Indian batsmen left India reeling, and Kohli's wicket was a big nail in the coffin for the Indian batting line-up. It was only a matter of time before Indian fans expressed their disappointment and began criticising the Delhi lad on the social media. There were a bunch of fans who even made Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma the scapegoat for her husband's forgetful outing. But, there was one fan in particular who arguably took it too far. Devastated by his favourite cricketer's performance in the first innings, a Kohli fan got so upset that he attempted self-immolation by pouring kerosene on his body before setting himself on fire. The man has been identified as Babubal Bairva - a resident of Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh. [UNSEEN VIDEO]: @imVkohli with teammates leaving for hotel as the 3rd day of 1st test is called off due to rain! #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/BNf3muVLq2 — Virat Kohli Fan Club (@TeamVirat) January 8, 2018 The 65-year-old was immediately rushed to a local hospital after his family and neighbours heard his cries before rushing in to douse the fire. The retired railway employee suffered injuries on his head, hands and face. But, thanks to the immediate medical care, he is now in a stable condition. "The man in his statement accepted that he was too upset with the dismissal of Virat Kohli and set himself ablaze. During the probe, we found no other reason which could have driven Bairva to this extreme step," News18 quoted the Do Batti police station Assistant Sub-Inspector PS Alawa as saying. Surprisingly, this isn't the first time when a fan had gone to such extremes. Last year, following India's heart-breaking defeat against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final, Bidyut - an ardent Indian cricket fan in Bangladesh - committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.
  16. Indian fishermen/ file photo KARACHI: Pakistan released on Sunday 147 Indian fishermen from a prison in Karachi?s Malir as a goodwill gesture. According to jail officials, the fishermen were sent to Lahore Cantt station, where they will set of for India through the Wagah border. The Edhi Foundation officials said that the travel expenses of the Indian fishermen were paid by charity. On Jan 1, Pakistan government handed over the list of 457 Indian prisoners including 58 civil and 399 fishermen in Pakistan, to the High Commission of India. According to Foreign Office statement, this step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on 21 May 2008, under which both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other?s custody twice a year, on 1 January and 1 July, respectively. Pakistan was scheduled to release 146 fishermen on 08 January 2018 (Monday). The Indian Government will also hand over the list of Pakistani prisoners to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
  17. Mark Zuckerberg ? the founder and CEO of Facebook ? speaks onstage during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, US, April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday his goal for 2018 was to put the business he co-founded on a more solid footing, a break with his longstanding practice of setting a purely personal annual goal. ?The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do,? Zuckerberg ? at 33, one of the world?s wealthiest people ? wrote in a post on the No. 1 social media network. In past years, his New Year?s resolutions have included learning Mandarin, reading two books a month and travelling to US states he had not yet visited. This year, his post described Facebook as standing at a crossroads that required his attention. He cited the spread of hate speech on social media, use of Facebook by Russia and other countries to disseminate propaganda and criticism that the platform can be an addictive waste of time. A new law in Germany requires social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter Inc, to remove online hate speech or face fines. In the US, lawmakers have criticized Facebook for failing to prevent Russian operatives from using its platform to meddle in the 2016 US elections. In addition, ex-Facebook executives have publicly questioned whether using the network leads to unhealthy behaviours. Zuckerberg said his ?personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on fixing these important issues?. He added that the pledge ?may not seem like a personal challenge on its face?, but that he would learn a lot. He did not say what he would do. ?We won?t prevent all mistakes or abuse,? he wrote, ?but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools.? The issues Zuckerberg mentioned have created public relations and regulatory challenges, but have not made much of a dent on Facebook?s bottom line. The social network reported $16 billion in net income on $36 billion in sales during the 12 months that ended on September 30. Shares on Thursday traded at $184.94, up 0.1 percent.
  18. Children run down the stairs of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, US, October 29, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files NEW YORK: Visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now have to pay $25 to enter if they do not live in New York state starting March 1, a first in half a century. Since 1970, this cultural landmark on New York's Fifth Avenue only asked for a "suggested" donation of $25 per adult, which Met president Daniel Weiss noted was "uncommon". Under the new policy, the fee ? which will be paid largely by tourists ? will fetch a ticket that lasts for three days and also covers entry to the museum's annexes ? Met Breuer for modern and contemporary art, and The Cloisters for medieval and decorative arts. "We think that is an extraordinary value," Weiss said. In order to not penalize students from New York and the surrounding region, they will only be asked to pay what they can. Students and seniors visiting from other regions will get reduced fares of $12 and $17, respectively. Entry will be free for children under the age of 12. The move follows months of talks with New York City Hall. Fred Dixon, president of the city's destination marketing organization NYC & Company, said City Hall accepted the new policy of this "catalyst" of cultural tourism, confident it would not negatively impact tourism. "The role the Met plays (in tourism) is tremendous," added Dixon. Weiss, who landed in his current post in 2015 to bolster the prestigious museum's finances, noted that while 63 percent of visitors paid the full suggested price in 2004, only 17 percent did so last year. So while attendance kept increasing, admission revenues were flat. Pointing to "a significant diminution in the effectiveness of our policy," Weiss stressed that "admission revenues would still be one of the lowest of all art institutions we have seen in the last 12 years." Admissions would still account only for a fraction of the Met's annual budget of $305 million. They currently account for 14 percent of revenue. Even with the new mandatory fee, they would still only represent no more than 17 percent of revenue, according to Weiss. The Met receives relatively minimal public subsidies ? compared to the world's other top public institutions, such as the Louvre in Paris ? and obtains most of its revenue from donations, which cover half of its annual budget.
  19. Anil Kapoor feed a piece of cake to Salman Khan. Photo taken from Anil Kapoor's Twitter profile Veteran actor Anil Kapoor celebrated his 61st birthday with Salman Khan on the sets of their upcoming movie, Race 3, Salman is a new addition to the Race franchise. ?Who says an on-set birthday has to be boring? My birthday was made extra special by Salman Khan and Tips team. Thank you all for your love and wishes,? Anil, whose birthday was on December 24, tweeted on Tuesday. He also put up a photo of him feeding a piece of cake to Salman. Anil?s hard work was praised by his friend Satish Kaushik in a tweet. ?Kapoor saheb shooting even on your birthday?that is the passion you have for your craft,? Kaushik tweeted on December 24. ?Must be the best birthday because you started a new film on this auspicious day.? Anil and Salman share good work chemistry as the two have featured together in films such as Biwi No 1, No Entry, Yuvraaj and Salam-e-Ishaq. The Race 3 team also presented Salman, whose birthday is on December 27, with a gift of a Being Human t-shirt with wishes penned on it by them.
  20. Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk talks after closing the polling stations during Beirut's municipal elections in the Interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon May 8, 2016. REUTERS/file BEIRUT: Lebanon has set a date of May 6 next year to hold its first legislative election in nearly a decade, potentially transforming the politics of a country caught in a confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk signed a decree setting the date on Friday, allowing the vote to go ahead at last. The election has been postponed three times since the last vote in 2009, with politicians citing security concerns, political crisis and a dispute over the election law. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri?s coalition government, which took office a year ago, agreed on the new election law in June, but setting the date was held up while officials debated technical details and registered Lebanese citizens abroad. Lebanon?s political landscape has shifted dramatically since the last election. Hariri?s pro-Western, Saudi-backed political alliance has split up. For the past year he has led a power-sharing government which includes the heavily armed, Iran-backed Shi?ite movement Hezbollah, despised by his Saudi allies. Hariri sparked a political crisis last month by announcing his resignation while in Riyadh and denouncing Hezbollah and Iran. He stayed abroad for two weeks before returning, and finally withdrew his resignation last week. Lebanon has a complex electoral system designed to maintain civil peace in a country where Sunnis, Shi?ites, Christians and Druze fought numerous civil wars since independence in 1943. The 128-seat parliament includes 64 Christians apportioned among seven denominations, and 64 Muslims, including equal numbers of Sunnis and Shi?ites. The country is divided into districts that each vote for multiple lawmakers according to strict religious quotas. The president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the parliament speaker a Shi?ite Muslim, representing the three biggest groups in parliament. The international community has repeatedly stressed the importance of Lebanon holding timely elections to restore confidence in its institutions and maintain stability. Machnouk said Lebanese abroad would be able to vote on April 22 and 28.
  21. Ross Taylor acknowledges the cheer for his 17th Test century, New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd Test, Hamilton, 3rd day, December 11, 2017/Getty Images HAMILTON: A record-equalling 17th century by Ross Taylor had New Zealand closing in on a series sweep against the West Indies after day three of the second Test in Hamilton on Monday. The West Indies, set a world-record target of 444 to win, were in trouble at 30 for two by stumps with two full days of play remaining. It was New Zealand´s day as they shut down the West Indies for 221 to lead by 152 on the first innings. New Zealand declared their second innings at 291 for eight, with Taylor 107 not out, and then took two top-order wickets by stumps. Taylor joined the late Martin Crowe and current captain Kane Williamson on 17 Test centuries. The 33-year-old, who offered two chances in an otherwise majestic innings, reached the milestone driving Raymon Reifer to the boundary for only the 11th four in his 198 ball innings. Williamson was earlier out for 54 as he looked to lead New Zealand to a series sweep following the innings victory in the first Test. The current record for a victorious fourth innings chase is 418, achieved 14 years ago when the West Indies reached the target against Australia for the loss of seven wickets. Taylor did give chances in a near majestic innings, with a top edge from Miguel Cummins flying just out of reach of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and on 35 he was dropped in the gully by Shai Hope off Shannon Gabriel. Boult on hat-trick New Zealand were 263 for eight when Taylor brought up his hundred and with tailender Tim Southee (not out 22) plundering more boundaries they added a further 28 runs before declaring. The West Indies first innings folded quickly on the third morning with Trent Boult taking the last two wickets to fall in successive balls. But he missed out on a hat-trick when the West Indies batted again -- needing a wicket first ball he removed Powell on his third delivery. As New Zealand built on their lead, the West Indies continued to fight with Miguel Cummins reviving memories of a time when the calypso cricketers had seriously venemous bowlers. He zipped the ball around the ears of the New Zealand batsmen in a short-pitched salvo mixed with full-length deliveries to have three for 69. His scalps included Williamson for 54 when the New Zealand skipper could not get his bat down fast enough on a yorker the ripped out the middle stump. It was Cummins first ball after lunch and followed his first ball caught and bowled dismissal of Jeet Raval for four in the morning session. He returned to the short delivery to send off the inconsistent Henry Nicholls for five when an attempt to fend the ball away was taken by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich. Mitchell Santner had a life when an edge off Cummins burst through Dowrich´s hands to the boundary, and he was hit on the helmet when he ducked into a ball that did not bounce as expected. But when the short-pitched salvo ended it was spinner Roston Chase who accounted for Santner, caught at long-on for 26. New Zealand were 190 for five at tea and declared three wickets later to have 40 minutes bowling at the West Indies before stumps.
  22. For many years, the football world looked at the city of Manchester and found United reigning as supreme leaders. There was a time when Manchester City were scared of thier cross-town neighbours. It lasted an age, from City's 5-1 win at Maine Road in 1989 right up to their 1-0 triumph in the 2011 FA Cup semifinal. Despite the odd win here and there in that 22-year period, City fans largely dreaded the derby day and often prepared themselves with excuses before the match just in case their side let them down again. But, the past six years have witnessed City rise through the ranks to prove they are more than just United's noisy neighbours. Fast-forward to the present day, City are far from the side with tails between their legs. In fact, the Cityzens are leading the Premier League charts with a cushion of eight points achieved on the back of 13 consecutive league wins - the joint-longest in EPL history. To sum it up, on 10 December, when City visits Old Trafford for the high-voltage Manchester derby, they will have a rare chance at history to create a new record for longest-winning streak. Reuters It's safe to say that City fans aren't scared of the derby anymore, rather it's United who have found themselves chasing their unpopular city rivals this season. Well, it's needless to say that all those things set up the perfect premise for the Sunday thriller which is already being presumed as the title clash as the football world gears up for a major power shift in Manchester. There'll be no shortage of excitement and the level of football expected to be played renders an epic showdown. But, at the heart of it all is that two-hander, the itch that refuses to be scratched. The rivalry between the two men - Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho - behind the curtains pulling all the strings. With its deeply personal animus, its shades of light and dark, the Jose-Pep story has been told many times but it remains a deliciously cinematic affair which undoubtedly adds more teeth to the Sunday thriller. Birth Of A Rivalry Reuters "Friendship...Well, no, not quite friendship, but a working relationship," this was how Guardiola looked back on his time with Mourinho when they first met at Barcelona in 1996. The Portuguese arrived as a coaching assistant to Sir Bobby Robson, whom he had worked for at Sporting Lisbon and Porto as a translator. On the other hand, Guardiola was growing into a senior member of the Barcelona squad with his own Catalan nationalism, named captain under Robson's successor Louis van Gaal. Guardiola and Mourinho did interact during their time together but, like Pep stated earlier, it was all professional. Lurking in the shadows, Mourinho stayed long enough to learn at the feet of Van Gaal to develop his own set of coaching skills. But, his time at Barca was always clouded by the nickname 'The Translator' - a title that undermined his coaching quality and responsibility. Unperturbed by what people thought of him at Barca, Mourinho used all his experience from Camp Nou and built his own coaching legend elsewhere. In 2008, he had assumed the Barcelona coaching job was his for the taking. But, with Guardiola's appointment, the Portuguese was once again reminded what he or his achievements meant to the Catalan giants. Thus, almost a sibling-like conflict came to the fore. Maiden Battle Ground Reuters As the dichotomy presented itself - Jose the dark angel and Pep the natural heir, there was no better place for the duo to face-off than the Champions League. The stage was set with Guardiola building Barcelona and Mourinho rebuilding at Inter Milan and ready to prove his naysayers wrong after getting the boot at Chelsea. Following a tepid group-stage meeting, the rivalry between the two managers was set by a raging encounter in the tournament's semi-final. Amid some controversy and outspoken remarks, the first-leg eventually went in favour of the Portuguese after Inter Milan eked out a 3-1 win at the San Siro in 2010. Eight days later, despite being reduced to 10-men owing to a red card for Thiago Motta, Mourinho's tactics stifled Barcelona who could only muster a 1-0 result in the second-leg. The defending champions suffered an embarrassing exit from the competition as an impassioned Mourinho charged down the pitch in celebration at the final whistle. Spanish League Debacle Reuters While their time in the La Liga spanned for just two seasons, Mourinho and Guardiola pit their wits against each other on 11 occasions where the beautiful game quickly transformed into an ugly off-field battle. After notching up the Champions League honours with Inter Milan, Mourinho understandably drew the attention of Real Madrid. While the Los Blancos were trying to cope with Barcelona's dominance in Spain, Mourinho appeared to be the befitting answer for Guardiola's tactical acumen. Their first El Clasico went in favour of the Spaniard after Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 5-0. Their already-fiesty relationship deteriorated further when the two teams locked horns four times in 18 days in three competitions. A La Liga draw was followed by a Copa del Rey title win for Real Madrid, before a toxic two-legged Champions League semi-final summed up the affairs. A disputed decision in the Copa del Rey final instigated Gaurdiola to claim: "He's been winning off the pitch all season. Let them give him a Champions League for it so he can enjoy it and take it home". Guardiola's men responded on the pitch with a 2-0 win in the first-leg of the Champions League. Thanks to his explosive press conference, Mourinho was banned from the dugout for the return leg which ended in a 1-1 draw allowing Barcelona to progress further. The following season brought an end to their rivalry with Guardiola chosing to take a sabbatical before eventually joining Bayern Munich. But, it was not before the darkest hour in their rivalry shocked everyone. In the first of the six Clasicos that season, a strong challenge from Real's Marcelo lead to a scuffle between the two benches where Mourinho was seen poking Guardiola's assistant - Tito Vilanova - in the eye. The New Hunting Ground Reuters After carrying out their operations in La Liga, the football fanatics were elated to see the old rivals taking up their respective roles in the Premier League. With Guardiola being roped in by Manchester City, the Red Devils - just like Real Madrid - opted for Mourinho to maintain pressure on their city rivals. Despite the big-bucks signings and major squad reshuffle, their first season in-charge didn't really go as expected by their respective fans as both the Manchester clubs failed to lift the EPL title which was eventually won by Antonio Conte's Chelsea. While City finished at the third spot with 78 points, United were left languishing in sixth place with just 69 points to show for their efforts. Following their frailities in the first season, both Mourinho and Guardiola seems to have settled in pretty nicely. But, so far in the ongoing season, it's the Spaniard who seems to be in a better place than his Portuguese counterpart. It will not really be surprising if Guardiola comes out on top this Sunday, but then again, you never know what Mourinho might pull out from under his sleeve in this crunch match. Though their rivalry has probably passed its prime and the managerial sibling might have toned down the aggression over the years, these two men will surely not be uniting the blue and red of Manchester any time soon.
  23. Chinese military personnel at a parade. Photo: File BEIJING: China?s military on Sunday launched a website inviting the public to report leaks and fake news, as well as illegal online activities by military personnel, the latest step in a push to ensure Communist Party control over the internet. Beijing has been ramping up measures to secure the internet and maintain strict censorship, a process that accelerated ahead of the party?s five-yearly National Congress that took place in October. The new website is an effort to implement the guiding spirit of the Congress and will help maintain a ?clear internet space? surrounding the military, according to 81.cn, the military?s official news portal. Citizens are encouraged to use the platform to report online content that attacks the military?s absolute leadership and distorts the history of the military and the Communist Party, the website said. Cases of military personnel illegally opening online social accounts and publishing unauthorised information should also be reported, it said. President Xi Jinping has made China?s ?cyber sovereignty? a top priority in his sweeping campaign to bolster security. He has also reasserted the ruling Communist Party?s role in limiting and guiding online discussion.
  24. German driver Michael Schumacher celebrates winning the European Formula One Grand Prix in 1995 in Nurburgring, Germany Michael Schumacher's Grand Prix-Winning Ferrari sold for $7.5 million in New York on Thursday, setting an auction record for a modern-era Formula One car, Sotheby's said. The seven-time world champion's 2001 Ferrari F2001 sparked furious bidding, roaring past its pre-sale estimate of $4-5 million at Sotheby's flagship post-war and contemporary November evening art sale. It put the buzz into a night that otherwise fell short of the dizzying heights reached by Christie's on Wednesday selling a painting of Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci for a record $450.3 million. Sotheby's said it was the first time that a rare automobile was included in an art auction and the decision appeared popular. Michael Schumacher's Grand Prix-Winning Ferrari has been sold for $7.5 million at Sotheby's New York, setting an auction record for a modern-era Formula One car The sleek, low-slung, fire-engine red vehicle may not have been a work of art, but Gregoire Billault, senior Sotheby's vice president, called it "the very best racing car ever sold at an auction." The German racing legend has not been seen in public since suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013. His record of seven titles and 91 career victories remains unchallenged. When it came to the art, Sotheby's headline lot, a Francis Bacon triptych of the artist's lover sold for $38.6 million, well within its estimate of $35-45 million. The auction record for a Bacon triptych is his "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" which sold for $142.4 million at Christie's in 2013. Sotheby's other standout Thursday was an iconic 1972 Andy Warhol portrait of the founder of Communist China, Mao Zedong, which sold for $32.4 million, the auction house said. Exhibited in Berlin, Turin and Paris, the painting had not previously been on public display since 1974. The other 10 "Mao" paintings of the same size are in prestigious collections, including the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
  25. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he arrives for a session of the National Constituent Assembly at Palacio Federal Legislativo in Caracas, Venezuela, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/Files CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro?s socialist government has set a high-profile location near the presidential palace in Caracas for Monday?s hotly awaited meeting with investors to discuss renegotiating $60 billion in foreign debt. The newly created debt renegotiation committee will meet with creditors at 2 PM (1800 GMT) at the government?s ?White Palace? opposite the presidential building, Finance Minister Simon Zerpa said on Saturday. Market sources had said Zerpa plus committee head and Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, who are both on US sanctions lists for corruption and drug-trafficking accusations respectively, would sit out the meeting to allay any fears about legal repercussions for anyone meeting them. But Zerpa?s exhortation to attend, plus the location of the meeting right opposite the Miraflores presidential palace, appear to indicate the meeting will not be a low-profile affair. ?Once again, we invite investors to register their participation in this meeting,? Zerpa, who is also the finance boss of state oil company PDVSA, said in a tweet. A PDVSA source said both he and El Aissami would be present, but there was no official confirmation. Maduro?s move a week ago to summon bondholders for talks about ?restructuring? and ?refinancing? roughly $60 billion in bonds has spooked markets worried Venezuela may be heading for default amid US financial sanctions. Measures by US President Donald Trump?s administration against the Maduro government, which it accuses of being a ?dictatorship? that has impoverished Venezuela?s 30 million people through corruption and incompetence, effectively bar US banks from rolling over the country?s debt into new bonds. Venezuela did, however, appear to be honouring its most recent debt payment, $1.2 billion due on a bond from PDVSA. Two investors told Reuters they had finally received payment, albeit delayed. Who will come? It is unclear how widespread investor participation in Monday?s meeting will be. US-based creditors are not prohibited from attending the meeting but are barred from dealings with officials such as Zerpa and El Aissami. With no sign of reforms to overhaul a moribund economy and those two on the government?s committee, economists are puzzling whether Maduro really wants to refinance the debt. Rather, some speculate, he might be preparing the ground for an inevitable default by the cash-strapped government after which he would blame Washington, or he could be seeking to leverage foreign investor pressure on Trump to ease sanctions. ?We do not hold big hopes on Monday?s bondholder meeting,? New York-based financial services company Stifel said in a report. ?It likely will be just an information session, in which bondholders probably would be more interested in hearing whether the past-due coupons will be paid than how a restructuring can be done.? On the streets, Venezuelans know little of the ins and outs of the complex debt debate, but they are praying for an improvement to dire hardships. Many are skipping meals during the fourth year of a recession that has seen shortages of basics, soaring prices, and a collapsing bolivar currency. In power since 2013 after the death of predecessor Hugo Chavez from cancer, Maduro has so far prioritized debt payments over imports, compounding Venezuelans? hardships. A default might give a short-term financial reprieve to the government, enabling it to raise imports with a presidential election approaching in 2018. But it could also do further economic harm if investors pursue debts aggressively, including going after assets in the all-important oil sector.