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  1. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivers the semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, US, on February 27, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/file WASHINGTON: Jerome Powell heads for his first interest rate increase as Federal Reserve Chairman this week with an unanswered question looming above others: could his optimism about the US economy lead to more hikes than markets have prepared for? Powell?s public comments and Reuters conversations with his Fed colleagues since January, when he was confirmed as chairman, suggest such fears are overblown: Powell, the consensus-builder, may make some tweaks to reflect changing economic conditions but is as committed to gradual, moderate rate increases as his predecessor Janet Yellen who adopted that approach. The new chairman?s overriding concern will be to sustain one of the longest US recoveries for as long as possible, according to conversations with Fed officials and analysts. But given signs that the economy?s potential has strengthened, that might mean a policy-tightening cycle that lasts longer, with rates going a bit higher than earlier thought. Powell was widely seen as a choice of continuity when President Donald Trump picked him. He served as one of the Fed governors during the central bank?s transition from crisis-era stimulus to a more balanced approach that led to three rate increases last year in response to steady growth and falling unemployment. Yet uncertainty over how the 65-year old lawyer and former investment banker would steer the Fed was on full display last month when global stocks sold off briefly after Powell?s first congressional testimony. Investors initially took his upbeat assessment of the US economy as a sign he was more of a policy ?hawk? than Yellen, and that four rate hikes might be in store for this year rather than the three previously telegraphed by the Fed. This might still turn out to be the case. Even the dovish Fed Governor Lael Brainard noted recently that the economy?s ?headwinds are shifting to tailwinds.? But a stronger economy does not necessarily mean the Fed is abandoning its balanced assessment of risks to growth and price stability. Rather, it can give Powell wiggle room in balancing nudging inflation up after more than five years below target, and guard against the risk of runaway prices as some $1.8 trillion in tax cuts and new government spending take hold. Under Yellen, the central bank was still more guarded about the economic impact of such fiscal stimulus that could overheat an economy already near full capacity, but also boost business confidence and productivity, giving the rates more room to rise. One hint whether the Powell Fed now sees more policy leeway will come on Wednesday when the central bank will publish its new median estimate of the so-called neutral rate of interest - the level that neither stimulates nor chills the economy. This rate has drifted down to a 2.75 percent median, from 4 percent in 2013. A rise to, say 3 percent, could signal the fiscal stimulus and recent data like the blockbuster February jobs report have begun convincing Powell and others that the gradual rate-hike cycle could go on for another couple years or more, allowing extra room to cut rates in the next recession. IF IT AIN?T BROKE The Fed is expected to lift its policy rate to a range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent at the end of its two-day meeting on Wednesday and also update its assessment of the economy. Months of synchronised global growth, some signs of US price pressures and fears Trump's protectionist steps could escalate into a trade war have fanned concerns within the Fed that inflation, now a bit below its 2-percent target, could accelerate. Some policymakers also worry the tax cuts could stoke risky investments that could tip the economy into another downturn. But the Powell Fed is likely to take extreme care not to over-react to stronger economic data, according to a series of public statements by policymakers and minutes of their January meeting. Investors can also take comfort from what those who have worked with Powell describe as his ?if it ain?t broke, don?t fix it,? approach, which ultimately helped him land his job. While Powell has shown little appetite for sweeping changes, such as revamping an inflation-targeting regime as advocated by some of his colleagues, the new Fed chief has already begun setting his own tone. He is ?careful and practical but definitely open to new approaches,? said Narayana Kocherlakota, former Minneapolis Fed president who worked with the then-Fed Governor Powell between 2013 and 2015. For one, Powell, a Republican former Treasury official who enjoys his regular private meetings with lawmakers of both parties, emphasises a warmer relationship with Congress and avoids venturing outside of the Fed?s strict policy remit. During his first appearance on Capitol Hill as Fed chief, when asked what he was willing to do to ensure economic growth benefits all Americans and not just elites, Powell stuck to the script saying the Fed simply lacked the tools to do that. That marks a contrast to the era when Yellen and her predecessor Ben Bernanke were in charge. Their years in office were dominated by innovation and experimentation in the face of crisis, an overhaul of how the Fed sets and communicates policy, and sometimes free-form public discussions about social issues like inequality that put Yellen in particular at odds with the Republicans who control Congress. So far Powell has dropped no hints of immediate changes to press conferences or other means of communication. His reluctance to take unnecessary risks may convince him that any change could confuse the public, do little to improve policy, and draw unnecessary political fire.
  2. The finals of the Nidahas Trophy, 2018 between India and Bangladesh was quite an experience to witness. The fans were thrilled to see an eventual nerve-wrecking match between the two sides, as some good cricket was being played, in the right spirit. Dinesh Karthik, who smashed a sixer off the last ball, led India to a four-wicket win, over Bangladesh. Being asked to bat first, Bangladesh scored 166/8 in 20 overs with Mushfiqur Rahman making 77 runs off 50 balls. India had a good start but somehow stumbled midway, and needed 34 runs from the last two overs, before Karthik came in to bat. Karthik scored a total of 22 runs, in the 19th over, against pacer Rubel Hosain, making India win the finals in Colombo, while the whole stadium went into a frenzy! (c)Twitter Although Sri Lanka, the home team, wasn't contesting in the series, the local fans went all out showing their support for the men in blue! One could have easily mistaken the venue to be a stadium anywhere in India! The Indian Cricket team garners a lot of support anywhere they play in the world. Usually, the majority of the fans showing support are mostly Indians. But this time around, while playing on Sri Lankan soil, the Indian team was thrilled to see so many locals fans showing them their utmost and thorough support. We speculate this could also be due to the 'virtual semi-final match' between Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka held on the 16th of March, which did not go too well for the Sri-Lankan team, as Bangladesh won by two wickets at the R Premadasa Stadium. (c)Indiatimes All said and done, India's victory was not the only exhilarating event of the evening. At the end of the match, the Indian players truly acknowledged the support they received in Colombo from the locals and did an honorary victory lap, with an Indian fan holding up the Sri Lankan flag proudly, while the entire Indian team thanked the supporters in the crowd! Talk about heartfelt gratitude and the Indian team knowing the right way to show it. They truly are the finest gentlemen in blue! (c)Twitter Watch the moment here: Indian Team thanking to SL Fans before the Post Match presentation #lka #NidahasTrophy2018 final #INDVSBAN pic.twitter.com/b8bnW1IdKf — DANUSHKA ARAVINDA (@DANUSHKAARAVIND) 18 March 2018
  3. Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 is now officially official. The company posted the dates on its site, noting that its big annual developer's conference will be returning to San Jose on June 4. This year, the event is taking place in San Jose, as it was last year, at the McEnery Convention Center. It'll be the 29th annual WWDC and will run from Monday, June 4 to Friday, June 8. Traditionally, Apple announces details of the next version of iOS, updates to Apple TV software, watchOS, and macOS. All of which are of direct interest to all of us, as well as developers, for whom it's crucial. Last year, the updates included the announcement of the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature for iPhones, a radical redesign of the App Store, and the announcement of Monument Valley 2 and updates for the iPad in iOS 11. © Apple New hardware announcements also can play a part during WWDC. Apple last year announced the HomePod speaker and the iMac Pro computer. We may well see new iPads and/or updated MacBooks in June, too. But don't expect an iPhone announcement: That's still expected in September. Based on the most recent rumours, Apple could announce a new cheaper MacBook with a Retina display that costs around $999 and a new iPad that could take advantage of features like Face ID and Animjoji. © MensXP The new version, iOS 12, will reportedly emphasize reliability and performance instead of new features after iOS 11's bug-beset rollout. Still, other rumours suggest Animoji is due for an update: it's reportedly going to be integrated with the FaceTime video messaging app and it may arrive on newly released iPads. Improvements to Siri are also reportedly in the works. Last year at WWDC Apple debuted ARKit, and since then, developers with apps in every category on the App Store have embraced inventive ways to engage customers with virtual experiences overlaid in the real world."
  4. Ok folks, we'll admit it. We have now gotten tired of endlessly crushing on Virat and Anushka. And we had this happy realization after some of our lovely readers mentioned the same in our comment section about how we are obsessing over 'Virushka'. Well, we can't help it if their Instagram feed is more interesting and kickass than yours and everyone else's combined. But, now it's time to look past 'Virushka' and focus on two of the greatest and most successful Bollywood actors of this time – Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. The couple is like yin and yang of Bollywood. While, one is known for being elegant, the other is literally a bomb always on the verge of explosion. BCCL The couple has had their fair share of ups and downs in the relationship. And despite innumerable denials, breakup rumours, wedding rumours and what not, the couple seems to be having the time of their lives after they won the award for being the biggest 'Entertainer of the Year'. BCCL At the Hello Hall of Fame Awards held in Mumbai, Deepika received the award by her idol, Rekha; while Ranveer was given the award by Yohan and Michelle Poonawalla. But, that's definitely not the best take-away from the award show. We're backstage at the #HHOF18 with your favourite stars and some of the nation's finest super achievers… Stay tuned for LIVE & EXCLUSIVE updates! #HHOF18 #HELLOHallOfFame #StayTuned #LiveAndExclusive @deepikapadukone @ranveersingh A post shared by HELLO! India (@hellomagindia) on Mar 11, 2018 at 10:59am PDT The best thing that happened was after the event, when the couple posed for pictures together for the magazine. And Ranveer being Ranveer, the goofball and cheesy romantic he is, got down on his knees for pictures and went on to set new standards for couple photo-shoots. So let's settle for what looks close to how their pre-wedding photoshoot will be like. We're backstage at the #HHOF18 with your favourite stars and some of the nation's finest super achievers… Stay tuned for LIVE & EXCLUSIVE updates! #HHOF18 #HELLOHallOfFame #StayTuned #LiveAndExclusive @deepikapadukone @ranveersingh A post shared by HELLO! India (@hellomagindia) on Mar 11, 2018 at 10:56am PDT With 'Padmaavat' still going strong at the box-office, and Deepika and Ranveer getting a lot of praises and good reviews, hidden in the pile of death threats; this year surely has Deepika and Ranveer written over it. And with wedding rumours doing the rounds, it's getting difficult to contain all this excitement inside.
  5. geo_embedgallery DUBAI: Luke Ronchi's magnificent 77 catapulted Islamabad United to a six-wicket win on Thursday, as Lahore Qalandars suffered their sixth consecutive defeat of this season. Lahore posted their highest total of this season, 163-8, buoyed by a quick fifty by Anton Devcich and a late cameo by captain Brendon McCullum. But Ronchi's quickfire batting made the target look inadequate, as Islamabad chased it down with 14 balls to spare. Duminy fell after a 17-ball 21 off Sunil Narine's delivery, but Shadab Khan, sent in one down, kept the momentum going. Ronchi brought up the fastest fifty in PSL history (off 22 balls), taking Islamabad to run-a-ball. 1st innings geo_embedgallery For Lahore, Anton Devcich stood out with 62 off 42 and McCullum posted 33* off 12 to compensate for a slower middle order, after Islamabad United won the toss and elected to field in today's first Pakistan Super League (PSL) match. Fakhar Zaman unleashed some quick boundaries, helped along by Kiwi batsman Devcich, in for Umar Akmal. But Fakhar's bold cameo ended at 34 when JP Duminy had him caught behind, with Lahore at 56-1 (6.4 overs). Devcich kept the run rate ticking, reaching 50 from just 29 balls. Agha Salman, after an impressive cameo earlier this tournament, was sent back to pavilion for 8. Sluggish batting by Denesh Ramdin slowed down Lahore's momentum. He was dismissed for 9 off 19 balls, followed soon after by Devcich, as Lahore stumbled at 122-4. Sunil Narine was clean bowled by Faheem Ashraf, as Lahore lost their fifth wicket at 149. Next man in, Sohail Khan lasted only two balls before his stumps were knocked off by Mohammad Sami. Faheem Ashraf led the wickets tally for Islamabad with figures of 3-32. Lahore Qalandars Head coach: Aqib Javed Captain: Brendon McCullum Playing XI: Islamabad United Head coach: Dean Jones Captain: Misbah-ul-Haq Playing XI:
  6. The Louvre?s tour of Iran reflects France?s determined use of cultural diplomacy as it seeks to rebuild traditional ties with Iran/ AFP TEHRAN: Journalists flooded Iran´s National Museum on Monday for the arrival of more than 50 artworks from the Louvre -- the first major show by a Western museum in the country´s history. The show reflects France´s determined use of cultural diplomacy as it seeks to rebuild traditional ties with Iran, even as their officials hold tense talks over political and security issues. The doors were unsealed for journalists at the National Museum in central Tehran, which is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary, a day ahead of the public opening. Among the items shipped over by cargo plane were a 2,400-year-old Egyptian sphinx, a bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and drawings by Rembrandt and Delacroix. "Some were definitely easier to transport than others," said Judith Henon, one of the experts sent by the Louvre. "Our Iranian partners really liked the sphinx, but it weighs close to a tonne and was extremely complicated to put in place." The show marks the culmination of two years of work since a cultural exchange agreement was signed during a visit by President Hassan Rouhani to Paris in January 2016. "Relations between France and Iran are old and profound because France was a pioneer of archaeological exploration here," Jean-Luc Martinez, president of the Louvre, told AFP. "This completely unprecedented exhibition... allows us to make the link between this glorious moment and relations that date back to the 19th century." Cultural ties France has deep cultural ties with pre-revolutionary Iran, and the National Museum itself was built by a Frenchman, Andre Godard, in 1938. While Britain and Russia battled for political influence in 19th century Persia, it was the French who led the way in archaeological affairs. "France had priority on cultural questions in the late 19th century and was the only one doing digs in Iran," said Julien Cuny, one of the Louvre´s curators for the Tehran show, and an expert on Iran. So as not to hand over everything to Britain and Russia, the Persian monarchs handed control of certain issues to other countries, and cultural affairs ended up largely with France. "As a result of that, it was the French that set up the antiquities service here in 1930," said Cuny. That helped preserve France´s reputation among Iranians even as that of Britain, the United States and Russia plummeted in the years ahead of the 1979 Islamic revolution. "Back in the day, the British were looking for oil while we were doing archaeology, so our relations have focused on positive things. It´s an image that has stuck," said a French diplomat. The irony is that the show opens just as France and Iran find themselves in a tense diplomatic moment. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was Monday in Tehran to inaugurate the Louvre show, but more importantly to hold difficult talks over ballistic missiles and interventions in the region. Iran´s conservative press accused him of insulting the Iranian people with his criticisms of the missile programme and labelled him a "lackey" of US President Donald Trump. The cultural domain offers a chance to focus on the positive re-engagement between France and Iran, which has also been seen in a number of trade and investment deals involving carmakers Peugeot and Renault as well as energy giant Total since the 2015 nuclear accord. University links are another branch, with some 1,700 Iranians currently studying in France. "This exhibition reflects the shared ambition to bolster our relations. We want to say that Iran is coming back to international normalisation," said a diplomat accompanying Le Drian.
  7. BRUSSELS: NATO said Friday that Russian threats to its members were "unacceptable and counterproductive" after President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new arsenal of hypersonic weapons billed as "invincible". With ties between Russia and the West at post-Cold War lows over the Syria and Ukraine conflicts, Putin stoked fears of a new arms race with the announcement on Thursday of high-tech weaponry that can travel at many times the speed of sound. Putin's presentation during a state of the nation speech featured video montages of missiles crossing mountains and oceans, heading over the Atlantic, though the Kremlin later insisted the maps used did not represent any actual countries. "Russian statements threatening to target Allies are unacceptable and counterproductive," NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in a statement. She said the alliance would press ahead with its twin-track approach with Russia - dialogue paired with strong deterrence and defence. Moscow has been angered by NATO's expansion into former Soviet satellite states in eastern Europe and Putin warned that Russia would respond to any attack on one of its allies, though he said it would only ever be defensive in nature. Russia is also concerned by the US-led alliance's missile defence system in Europe, which it sees as a provocation, though NATO rejects the criticism. "As we have repeatedly made clear, the alliance's missile defence is neither designed nor directed against Russia. Our system defends against ballistic missiles from outside the Euro-Atlantic area," Lungescu said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump shared concern in a phone conversation over Putin's claims, Berlin said Friday, and analysts have warned Putin was effectively challenging Washington to a new arms race. "NATO is a defensive alliance, which stands ready to defend all members against any threat," Lungescu said. "We do not want a new Cold War or a new arms race. All Allies support arms control agreements which build trust and confidence, for everyone's benefit."
  8. The race between the Soviet Union and the US to conquer the final frontier i.e. space, reached dizzying heights back in the 1950s. Space flight was considered the holy grail of all sciences and therefore both countries put massive resources into it. However, a little know expedition might have just sparked an interstellar race for testing nukes. Project A119 was developed by the U.S Air Force in the 1950s. Dubbed “A Study of Lunar Research Flights”, the project had just one core mission – to nuke the moon and one-up the Soviet Union in the race to space supremacy. Many thought that the project would help improve the perception of the US at home, and prove that they were doing better than the Soviet Union. © illuminatiwater Scientists in the US first planned to use the Hydrogen bomb for the project, but later dropped the idea because it would have been impossible at the time to propel the bomb into space due to its weight. Finally, a W25 warhead was selected with a yield of 1.7 kilotons. In contrast, the little boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a yield of 13-18 kilotons. Although the project didn't go through, one of the project leads on A119, Leonard Reiffel (a physicist) later said that hitting the moon with an intercontinental ballistic missile would have been easy and that means hitting the target within the designated limit of about 2 miles. This accurate hit would have made the explosion visible from Earth (if it detonated on the surface and not in a lunar crater) and made the desired impact on US' enemies. The plan was later rescinded because the higher-ups in the government felt that the public would not respond positively to dropping a nuke on the moon. © whaleoil In 2010, it was revealed that a similar Soviet project also existed under the codename “E”. Under the Soviet plans, project E-1 was planned to reach the lunar surface while E-2 and E-3 were planned to photograph the far side of the moon; E-4 was destined to be a nuclear strike to display Soviet power outside the union. While none of the two missions took off, the race to one-up each other might have sparked a real life interstellar crisis courtesy American inventiveness.
  9. Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: Geo News file PATOKI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is all set to hold a public meeting in Patoki today. The Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif along with other prominent leaders is expected to address the rally. Shehbaz likely to be elected interim party president After Nawaz Sharif's disqualification as party head, the ruling party is likely to elect Shehbaz as its interim president at a meeting of the central working committee (CWC) in Lahore later today. The Punjab chief executive would likely be elected as the permanent party president through the party's general council within 45 days. The party leadership earlier agreed that apart from the senior vice-president of the party, the CWC can also elect another office-bearer as the interim president. The meeting is likely to adopt a resolution reposing its confidence in Nawaz Sharif.
  10. MILAN: Designers to the stars Dolce & Gabbana opened the gates of fashion heaven on Sunday in a spectacular catwalk show featuring drones, one of the last events of Milan?s popular fashion week. Church chants welcomed guests, with the gates of heaven used as a background to the catwalk. At the show?s start, bells chimed, the gates opened and drones flew out, carrying the brand?s handbags down the catwalk.
  11. US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traded compliments and declarations of enduring "mateship" at the White House Friday, striving to put an ill-tempered first phone call behind them. From the moment Trump strode out to greet Turnbull on the South Lawn and they shared a side-by-side stroll along the colonnade to the Oval Office, it was clear the pair were ready to put on a show. Both sang the praises of a more than century-old relationship, with Trump picking up his guest?s reference to 100 years of US-Australian "mateship ? a term that you used very beautifully, Mr prime minister." For his part, Turnbull flattered, saying he was "inspired" by Trump?s tax cuts, and adding for good measure that the US president?s leadership on infrastructure was "admired around the world." Trump suggested he wanted to visit Australia soon and said it was "an honour to have Prime Minister Turnbull, Mrs Turnbull ? friends of mine and friends of Melania?s for actually quite some time." He announced a littoral combat ship would be named the USS Canberra, after the Australian capital, which the US president pronounced with a heavy emphasis on the second syllable. "The relationship that we have with Australia is a terrific relationship and probably stronger now than ever before, maybe because of our relationship, our friendship," Trump said. It was not always so. The pair held an infamously bad-tempered telephone call early on in Trump?s presidency. Officials say Trump exploded and hung up after he was told about a Barack Obama-era deal to move refugees from Australia to America. Diplomats ? and even a mutual friend, golfer Greg Norman, who was at the White House on Friday ? rushed to repair the damage. Longtime war allies Australia has fought alongside the United States in every modern war, including Vietnam, and is a key part of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network. The United States remains one of Australia?s largest trading partners and, seen from Canberra, a vital counterbalance to growing Chinese assertiveness in Asia-Pacific. Turnbull, a former Goldman Sachs banker, thanked Trump and Melania for their "hospitality and friendship." "It?s 100 years of mateship we are celebrating, 100 years since the first time American and Australian soldiers went into battle together," he said. This year marks the centennial of the Battle of Hamel, on France?s Western Front, when troops from both countries fought under Australian command. "We have been fighting side-by-side in freedom?s cause ever since," Turnbull added. "100 more to come." The pair have met since the infamous call, most notably in May aboard the Intrepid, moored in New York. That military and Hollywood-tinged pow-wow was designed to appeal to America?s showbiz-inclined president. Getting down to business, Trump said that the pair would discuss "trade deals, we are working on military and protection and all of the things that we would be discussing." Turnbull?s entourage, however, had one eye on events at home. During his time in Washington, his deputy prime minister resigned after successive scandals over sexual harassment, his citizenship and a threat to euthanize dogs belonging to Hollywood actor Johnny Depp.
  12. For most Mumbaikars, vada pav is their forever love. But for two Mumbaikars, this delicacy is not just their favourite food but is in fact, their bread and butter. (Pun intended) © Twitter Sujay S Sohani and Subodh Joshi were classmates at Bandra's Rizvi College in 1999 where they studied hotel management. Both of them decided to pursue a postgraduate course from London, after which they both managed to get decent jobs in reputed hotels. Sounds so perfect, right? Well, it was, until 2007, when the recession hit the entire world. Among the unfortunate ones was Sujay, who lost his job at a five-star hotel. © Facebook/Subodh Joshi Disappointed and with no idea as to what he should do, he approached his old friend Subodh and told him how he doesn't even have enough money to buy a vada pav. © Facebook/Sujay S Sohani Little did he know that this joke would change his life forever! The duo decided to take a huge risk and set up a vada pav stall in London. After a lot of research, they decided to settle upon a Police ice-cream cafe in Hounslow. However, the owner of the cafe allowed them to set up two tables for a rent of £400 (Rs. 35,000) a month. In August 2010, they finally opened their stall and started selling vada pav and dabeli at cheap prices. While vada pav was being sold for only £1 (Rs 80) and dabeli for £1.50 (Rs 131), it was still difficult for them to attract the London crowd. They realised soon they need to advertise their product and so they started offering the product for trial in the busy shopping street for free. Their strategy was to sell these 'Indian burgers' for half the price of other burgers that were available. And luckily for them, it worked. Their business started to grow 6 months later and the two tables were soon, not sufficient. © Facebook/Shree Krishna Vada Pav, UK While they did find another stall a few meters away, a Punjabi restaurant called 'Big Bite', approached them and asked if they'd like to do business with them. That was the beginning of the Shree Krishna Vada Pav stall as a restaurant. © Facebook/Subodh Joshi Till then Sujoy retained his old job but after the restaurant opened, he quit his job and started to work full time for the restaurant. Now, they have three branches of their restaurant spread across London and also take orders for weddings and parties. Also, it isn't just vada pav that they are selling now. Their menu now includes 60 street food dishes from India including pav bhaji, vada missal, bhelpuri, paani puri, kachoris , samosa etc. From just two people, Shree Krishna Vada Pav now has 35 employees and an annual turnover of nearly Rs 4.40 crores. Their story is proof that how you react to a crisis is more important that the crisis itself. You can either cry about it for the rest of your life or take it up, heads on and move on to do bigger and better things.
  13. As soon as Netflix announced that it will be making its way to India, fans of the online streaming service were ready with their credit cards. But when it finally was available, it caused widespread disappointment across the country as the content available was different and way too less as compared to other countries. So in a way to compensate for the same, Netflix decided to go ahead and make content with Indian actors and storylines that would be relatable to the Indian audience. Its upcoming show 'Sacred Games' is an attempt at the same and its first look sure looks promising. © Netflix The first thing that got us intrigued is the fact that it is based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel of the same name by author Vikram Chandra and is being directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. © Goodreads Our hopes were already at an all-time high and then we got to hear the next best news which is the cast of the show: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte. And today, the Twitter account of Netflix India provided us with the first look at them. The deadliest games are the ones we've been fooled into playing. Here's the first look of #SacredGames pic.twitter.com/F1gBkaVGSf — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 23, 2018 Radhika's serious and solemn expression and Nawaz's unsettling smile sure look intriguing. © Twitter (Netflix India) © Twitter (Netflix India) But its Saif's character that has all our attention. © Twitter (Netflix India) It's clear that Saif is playing the role of a Sikh police offer and his blood splattered face is just what was needed to get the audience hooked. Good job Netflix! The series would revolve around Inspector Sartaj Singh (Evidently Saif) and Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. Sartaj's life is going downhill for a variety of reasons when an anonymous tip promises him an opportunity to capture Ganesh. But of course, it isn't going to be as easy as it seems. While the two indulge in a classic hide-and-seek game, it becomes clear that both of them are a part of something which is way larger than it appears to be. A story full of violence, betrayal, corruption, and politics awaits us. On being asked about the release date by a user, Netflix just tweeted that they will keep us posted. Soon, Aditya. We'll keep you posted. — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 23, 2018 Well we are already hooked and can't wait to watch what Netflix has got in store for its Indian audience.
  14. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/75de486b5e6bfcc21e9cf4ca7f46bc80.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8yMS8yMDE4IDEwOjA5OjI3IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9V2xrbDdDck9CQnI2L2wraDZSOUtWZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] Video: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan vowed on Thursday to hold a 'grand public rally' in Islamabad, the date of which he will announce later, to show that the people of Pakistan stand with the judiciary. Addressing the media after a meeting of the PTI's parliamentary party, Imran said he will show Nawaz Sharif why he was deposed, referring to the oft-repeated question of the former prime minister. The PTI chief said he will announce the date of the rally after touring the country for the party's membership drive and consulting with party leaders. "They [Nawaz] are now heading for a clash of institutions on the basis of having a people?s mandate. I will show them that the public stands with justice, not them," said Imran. Earlier, Imran criticised the former prime minister for damaging the country's institutions. He claimed that Nawaz has destroyed organisations like the Federal Board of Revenue and National Accountability Bureau in a bid to protect his corruption. The PTI chief also condemned the ruling party members for helping hide their leader's corrupt wealth instead of exposing it in the national interest.
  15. I've rarely met anyone who isn't a fan of the iconic TV show 'Friends', because come on, it's the greatest sitcom of all time, and that's not just me saying it, it has officially been ranked as one. We still sit and watch all the reruns on Comedy Central all the time (I honestly record all the episodes on TV because 'Friends' is the best thing to watch while eating dinner) because it's still that funny to watch as it was the first time. But, with 'Friends' coming on Netflix recently, there were so many people who watched the show for the first time and obviously it was well received by most of them. But there were still people out there pointing out all the problematic things about the show. Okay, I agree anything and everything can be problematic at some point but watching a show from the 90s keeping today's time in mind can be a bit of an unfair comparison. It's such a loved and relatable show that we still happily watch it and it has withstood the test of time flawlessly; it did not do that by being 'so problematic and offensive'. The show has been accused of a number of different things – sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and fat shaming. Okay, let's break all of them down. The fat shaming part is obviously related to the running gag of 'Fat Monica' and poking fun at her weight. The transphobia comes from the fact that Chandler was ashamed of his drag-queen dad. Remember when Ross couldn't believe that a guy was a nanny, and then just assumed he was gay because of his profession? That's the sexism accusations. And, lastly the show is being called homophobic because Chandler was paranoid about being perceived as a gay man. Wow, that was a lot! Now, let's move on to Matt LeBlanc's reply, because that is what we're here for. Disagreeing with all the criticism, he said, “I've heard those rumours too about people taking pot shots at Friends, but I don't want to get into that. I disagree with all that. I see young people enjoying and loving the show. Everyone gets up in arms about one thing or another these days. I think that will go as quickly as it came. I don't think it's something Friends will be judged by.” He went on, “On Top Gear we tend to steer clear of any sort of political content, nothing too topical. On Friends we steered clear of that kind of thing, too. Friends was about themes that stand the test of time - trust, love, relationships, betrayal, family and things like that.” Well, we're still talking about 'Friends', even 14 years after it went off air, so I guess that's all the proof you need about how it can stand the test of time.
  16. A model presents creations during the #MeToo Fashion show during New York Fashion Week in New York, US, February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff NEW YORK: A fashion show inspired by the #MeToo social media campaign aimed at exposing sexual misconduct across the US opened Friday in New York with models sporting angel wings handcuffed to men in pig masks. Dressed in a floor-length black and white gown with leather trim and wings at her shoulders, Cheyenne Jacobs, 22, stopped at the end of the runway to declare herself a survivor of sexual abuse, giving the audience a brief account of being sexually assaulted in high school and raped in college. ?I would like to take this moment as a stand of my healing, how far I?ve grown and also to say that this is not only a movement, not just stories, but we?re real people who have gone through real things,? she said. The #MeToo Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week was the brainchild of Myriam Chalek, creative director of fashion website American Wardrobe. ?I don?t think this fashion show is going to change things overnight, but if it can be a step further then I guess I?ve done my part. A woman who has been empowered is a woman who is unstoppable,? Chalek told Reuters in an interview. To the pace of trendy music, women from several walks of life ? some smiling and others more serious ? first strutted down a runway to display their designer clothes, then reappeared handcuffed to male models wearing pink pig masks. Among them was Alicia Kozakiewicz, 29, who was abducted in 2002 near her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by a man who contacted her online, a case that made international headlines as one of the first such kidnappings of the internet age. Walking confidently down the runway in a black leather hood and dress cinched at the waist with a corset, Kozakiewicz paused to explain how she overcame victim-blaming, even by her family, and became a motivational speaker and aspiring actor. ?The me-too movement is not about man-hating; it is not about fighting violence with violence,? said Kozakiewicz. ?It is, however, empowering women and girls to live in a world free of fear so that they can be safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.? While the show featured American Wardrobe fashions, Chalek said the event was nonprofit. Since October, hundreds of women have accused powerful men in business, politics, media, and entertainment of *** abuse, joining the #MeToo social media movement that has shone a light on sexual assault and harassment in U.S. life. In the fashion world, sexual abuse allegations have also come from men. The New York Times reported last month that more than two dozen male models and assistants who worked with high-powered fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino say they were subjected by them to molestation, sexual advances, and unnecessary nudity. Lawyers for both photographers told The Times they denied the allegations, which nevertheless prompted the magazine company, Conde Nast, to suspend its work with them. Reuters could not independently confirm any of the accusations.
  17. A model displays fashions during the Rodarte Spring-Summer 2017 Runway show at New York Fashion Week, New York, US, September 13, 2016. AFP/Timothy A. Clary/Files NEW YORK: New York Fashion Week kicks off the global fall/winter 2018 season fighting to stay relevant blighted by sexual harassment scandals, an industry in chaos, and designers jumping ship. More than 230,000 people flood the US financial capital to attend the style-fest that generates nearly $900 million a year for the city. It is currently scheduled twice-yearly in February and September. But as social media influencers wrestle power from fashion editors and buyers, more labels than ever are opting out this season, abandoning New York for Europe or tearing up the runway show altogether. Here is a look at the top trends expected to dominate when Fashion Week formally gets underway on Thursday, preceded by three days of men?s shows. #MeToo The sexual harassment watershed engulfing the United States and rocking the fashion industry has seen the Council of Fashion Designers of America unveil new guidelines in an attempt to clamp down on misconduct. "We have zero tolerance for unsafe environments and strongly encourage everyone in our industry to report abuse in the workplace," wrote CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg in a letter announcing the guidelines, which also raise awareness against eating disorders and advocate greater diversity. Misconduct accusations have seen celebrated photographers Terry Richardson, Mario Testino and Bruce Weber barred from collaborating with Vogue and Vanity Fair publisher Conde Nast. The magazine empire has issued a new "Code of Conduct" to include bans on alcohol on sets, on under-18 models without a chaperone, and for nudity or "sexually suggestive" poses to be agreed beforehand. But the Model Alliance has demanded "meaningful and lasting change," saying "voluntary standards" without education, proper complaint mechanisms and independent enforcement "are not going to work." Marchesa, the label of Harvey Weinstein?s estranged wife Georgina Chapman, cancelled their Valentine?s Day show, still reeling from the fallout of his downfall over multiple allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape, in favour of "an updated format." Added to the schedule is a #MeToo fashion show ? named for the movement against sexual harassment ? on Friday to raise awareness. "The only way to change things is to be united... and stand up and say, ?That is not OK, we are not going to accept this anymore,?" organizer Myriam Chalek told The Daily Beast. Period of chaos Alexander Wang, the New York king of cool whose urban chic is so adored by off-duty models, is making his swansong before this summer ditching the traditional February-September calendar in favour of June-December. His departure follows the exit of Proenza Schouler and Rodarte for couture week in Paris on the same schedule, and Altuzarra, which moved to Paris Fashion Week. "Why do something that?s not working?" Stephanie Horton, chief strategy officer at Alexander Wang told a recent industry event in New York. "The business model needs to change because the consumer has changed." Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, predicts that other designers could follow suit. "I think it?ll be a period of chaos, maybe, but chaos always calms down at some point," he told the same event in New York. Great escape Tommy Hilfiger is taking his see-now, buy-now fashion roadshow to Milan, Rihanna?s Fenty collaboration with Puma is taking a break, and rap superstar Kanye West chose to unveil his latest instalment for urban sportswear brand Yeezy last week on Instagram, modelled by his wife Kim Kardashian. British former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is marking her last show in New York before celebrating her label?s 10th anniversary in London. Spanish label Delpozo is already moving to London and Tome to Paris. Bucking the trend is Italian luxury house Bottega Veneta, showing at the American Stock Exchange on Thursday as a one-off to celebrate a new boutique on Madison Avenue. New York state of mind Look out for the influencers ? the breed of bloggers, Instagramers and celebrities whose followings can shift markets and who are particularly dominant in New York. "We?re so embedded in pop culture, in media and entertainment," explains Kolb. Model royalty Face and figure alone are no longer a guarantor of hitting the big-time. Instead it?s genes, having the right name and an Instagram following. Think 16-year-old Kaia Gerber, look-alike daughter of Cindy Crawford already collaborating on a collection with Karl Lagerfeld, Kendall Jenner, half-sister of Kim Kardashian, and Gigi and Bella Hadid, daughters of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Yolanda Hadid. No longer just the face of brands, their huge celebrity following is a meal ticket for brands and they can monetize that. Think Calvin Klein?s recent underwear campaign featuring the Kardashians.
  18. Hillary Clinton ? then the US Democratic presidential nominee ? poses for a picture during a campaign event in Cleveland, Ohio, US, October 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files WASHINGTON: Although worldwide human rights are at risk with the United States ceding its leadership role, the momentum behind women?s rights has ?never been stronger?, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday. Women?s rights advocates have become more vocal and show no signs of quieting down, said Clinton, who lost a bid in 2016 to become the first woman US president. She spoke at a ceremony honouring international human rights activists. Since Clinton?s loss to the incumbent president Donald Trump, women?s rights supporters have staged massive worldwide protest marches and accelerated efforts to promote equal pay and end the gender wage gap. The #MeToo and #TimesUp social media campaigns have arisen against sexual harassment and misconduct, while a US effort to register new voters and put female candidates in office aims to help roll back Trump?s policies such as restrictions on birth control. ?The steady drumbeat of women demanding to be heard about their experiences has never been stronger,? Clinton said. ?We are not going back, and women?s voices are not shutting up,? she said. Globally, however, she said human rights are in danger due to a premium on ?top-down authority? and less respect for the rule of law. ?It?s gotten better, but we?re at a flexion point where I fear it could begin to deteriorate and become worse again,? Clinton said, The US is no longer playing its historical role as a ?beacon? for international human rights and justice and as a fighter for those ?under the whip and the gun?, she said. ?I don?t want us to grow tired or feel like it?s none of our business anymore,? she said. ?We have to do more to reestablish America?s voice in this.? Clinton spoke at Georgetown University?s Institute for Women, Peace and Security to honour Nadia Murad ? a Yazidi human rights activist ? and Myanmarese human rights advocate Wai Wai Nu. Murad ? a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking ? was one of about 7,000 women and girls from the Yazidi minority captured and sold as *** slaves by Daesh militants in 2014. She recounted her experience in a book The Last Girl, published last year. Murad said through an interpreter that she was hoping a tribunal set up by the Iraqi government would soon bring Daesh militants who held Yazidis captive to justice. ?To be honest, I?m not so good because the things that we hoped for and the things that we worked still are not accomplished yet,? she said. ?We still are not there yet.? Wai Wai ? a member of the persecuted Rohingya ethnic and religious minority in Myanmar ? is a former political prisoner. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  19. Malala Yousafzai being interviewed by David Letterman - Netflix After 33 years and over 6,000 episodes of Late Night and Late Show with David Letterman combined, when the king of late-night talk shows took a bow in 2015 it seemed the party was over. But, David Michael Letterman at age 70 is back with a six-part interview series on Netflix titled 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction' and staying true to the name his lineup really needs no introduction. With the state of Late Night TV having evolved (for the better or worse - depending on your taste), Letterman's new show is not how you would remember him. There is no rush, no breaks, no forced jokes and when the audience does laugh its not because they have been cued to do so. In the first episode Letterman's guest was the 44th president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. While Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai was rumoured to appear in the second installment of the show, that spot is going to be featuring George Clooney when the new episode comes out this Friday. It is expected that the interview with Malala will be the third serving of 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction'. Surprisingly while the Netflix audience knew Obama was the guest, during filming, the audience at Aaron Davis Hall at The City College New York was unaware who the surprise guest would be. Barack Obama being interviewed by David Letterman - Netflix In a relaxed atmosphere, Barack and Letterman talk about family vacations, their children, books, what each is planning next and the 1960's civil rights movement. The last on that list, was meshed into the onstage interview with a pre-recorded segment where Letterman walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama with Congressman John Lewis. They talk about Bloody Sunday the flashpoint of the movement when Lewis along with 400 marchers attempted to cross the bridge to protest against White vs Black voting rights in Montgomery (the state capital) geo_embedgallery In the segment Lewis drives it home linking the Bloody Sunday march in Selma to paving the way for Obama to enter the White House. Interestingly during the entire interview Obama doesn't take any jibes on Trump - which might disappoint viewers. He does talk about social media as opposed to mainstream media and also talks about how the internet will show results depending on an individuals bias.
  20. Former President Asif Ali Zardari. Photo: File LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples? Party will show its political strength in a public gathering scheduled at the historic Mochi gate ground here today to express its support to the Kashmiri struggle against the Indian state brutality. Former president Asif Ali Zardari, and the party?s provincial leadership will address the gathering today. The party leaders have directed workers to reach venue ground at afternoon. Interestingly, in the recent by-election (NA-120) held in Lahore, the PPP candidate Faisal Mir received only 1414 votes. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Kulsoom Nawaz won the seat by receiving 61,745 votes. Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is also holding a public gathering at Muzaffarabad today. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider will speak on the occasion. Kashmir Solidarity Day: PML-N to hold public gathering in Muzaffarabad Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz are expected to speak in a public gathering today in Muzaffarabad Millions of Pakistan across the globe mark the day to express their support to the Kashmiris in the struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination under the United Nations (UN) resolution. A one-minute silence will be observed nationwide at 10 AM to pay homage to the sacrifices of the people of Kashmir and their struggle. President Mamnoon Hussain will address the main ceremony of the Kashmir Solidarity Day in Islamabad today (Monday). Different documentaries encompassing the decades-old Kashmir struggle would also be shown. In their separate messages on Kashmir Solidarity Day, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have said that the dream of peace and prosperity in the region will remain elusive without resolving the Kashmir dispute. 'Every day is Kashmir Solidarity Day for Pakistanis' In a special message on the day, Pakistan?s representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said: ?Today is the day for solidarity with Kashmir, but for Pakistan and Pakistanis every day is the day for Kashmir solidarity.? ?Here, in UN we raise this [Kashmir] issue again and again, and ask for implementation of UN resolutions,? she remarked. ?We are observing this day to pay tribute to the Kashmiris who have struggled since last 70 years. Their sacrifices will never go to waste. Pakistanis are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their Kashmiris brothers,? she added. 'Hearts of Pakistanis, Kashmiris beat together' Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair remarked that the hearts of the people of Pakistan and Kashmir beat together due to their unanimity in terms of religion, beliefs, culture and traditions. In his message issued on eve of Kashmir Dar, Sindh governor said that right to self-determination of the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir needed to be urgently accepted so as to help restore peace in the region.
  21. Super Bowl half-time entertainer Justin Timberlake gives a news conference about his upcoming performance in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque LONDON: Justin Timberlake caused a national controversy when he performed the Super Bowl halftime show with Janet Jackson in 2004, and the pop singer said on Thursday not to expect his partner in crime to appear this time around. Timberlake on Sunday will return to America?s biggest stage 14 years after a ?wardrobe malfunction? overshadowed his last gig at the National Football League?s championship game. ?To be honest I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests. There?s a whole list. I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it. From NSYNC to (Jay-Z) to Chris Stapleton to Janet,? Timberlake told a news conference in Minneapolis. ?But this year... my band, the Tennessee Kids, I feel like they are my special guests and I am excited this year to rock the stage and it?s going to be a lot of fun.? Timberlake infamously ripped off part of Jackson?s garment during their halftime show performance in Houston and briefly bared her breast. The incident coined the phrase ?wardrobe malfunction.? The Parents Television Council published an open letter to Timberlake on Thursday asking the 10-times Grammy winner to keep his performance ? which is estimated to draw more than 100 million viewers ? friendly and safe for children. ?The fallout of your performance during Super Bowl XXXVIII has left an indelible mark. You really threw us ? and millions of parents who were watching with their kids,? the group wrote. ?The now-infamous wardrobe malfunction was the biggest news story for weeks, even at a time when the nation had launched into war in Iraq.? The letter continued, ?We ask you to keep the halftime show friendly and safe for the children watching, and who may be hoping to emulate you one day.? New elements Timberlake did not reveal too many details of his upcoming performance but did say his ?Can?t Stop The Feeling? hit song from the movie ?Trolls? will be included along with plenty of dancing, while also promising something new. ?Without giving too much away we are doing a few things with this halftime show that they have never quite done before,? said Timberlake, whose new album Man of the Woods comes out on Friday. ?I always like to push, to be able to do something like that. But also, on a more serious note, it?s a moment where you have the opportunity to bring so many people together through what I think is the greatest art form, which is music.? Timberlake will have around 13 minutes to perform at halftime of the game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. Timberlake, who turned 37 on Wednesday and was serenaded to ?Happy Birthday? by some of the attending media, took many light-hearted questions but also stressed how grateful he was to be able to share his passion for writing and performing music. ?We want everyone to have a ton of fun, that?s my main objective with the halftime show,? said Timberlake. ?I like to make dance music so I hope everyone?s dancing. I think that?s the greatest thing anyone can do to express joy.?
  22. In an interview with Forbes Elon Musk's father, Errol Musk said, “As far as Elon is concerned, I worry, what now? What is there? I get worried that he is getting bored of sending stuff to NASA every week or two weeks. I mean this is becoming passé… He is one of those people, and certainly was as a boy, if he suddenly decides it's not interesting anymore he just kind of drops it. I doubt he will though.” As far as his personality is concerned, Elon Musk is the kind of person who is easily bored and moves on to other thngs if he doesn't see himself being pushed. © collectSPACE On another note, let's suppose you lived in the same neighborhood as Thomas Edison, observing his daily schedule; Would you consider him a crazy man? He would always be storming in and out of his laboratory, sometimes staying there for days on end. It was also rumored that he was so obsessed with his work that he would not bathe or change his clothes for days while he was on the hunt for something no one had ever thought of before. He literally worked on ten thousand experiments to invent the light bulb. That's crazy, right? © YouTubeMotivational Stories & Quotes There was a time when he was declared not fit for school due to his bad grades. Young Edison didn't fit into the system which forced him to be homeschooled by his mother and well, rest is history. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Ray Kroc, Charles Dickens, Richard Branson, Johnny Depp are all high school dropouts. These are the people who have changed the world with their brilliant work. None of them saw their future in schools. Someday if your child considered dropping out of college to start something of his own would you support him? Maybe you want them to be safe and live an average life. A compromised life starving them of what they could have become. Do you know that Albert Einstein could not speak until he was 4 and Thomas Jefferson had an inability to relate to others? Sir Isaac Newton was quiet and was not good at small talk. He had extreme focus and would even forget to eat when he had too much to think about. Even Nikola Tesla had an intense sensitivity to light and sound. Considering societal norms now, Einstein should have been treated for Asperger's syndrome. Tesla possibly had a phobia and Sir Isaac Newton's would have some kind of social anxiety disorder. Thomas Edison would have an attention deficit disorder and so on and so forth. © Wallpaper Clicker All of these geniuses had bizarre habits, unconventional approaches, and they all lived eccentric lifestyles which did not fit within the standards of society. But, eventually who changed the world? The ones who were trained to go to school, then to college, survive a job and then save enough for retirement? Hell no! The reality is that we are not machines and we need not be normal and exactly the same. The world needs more of such people as they are the ones who give our life meaning. This is what exceptional brilliance looks like. They may not have much in common with the rest of the world but they are all very similar to each other. These are the people who dared to walk away from what is percieved to be normal and march to the beat of their own drummers.
  23. With Apple set to report quarterly results Thursday investors and others are cautiously watching to see whether its newest iPhone will help fuel momentum for the world's most valuable company. Photo: file SAN FRANCISCO: With Apple set to report quarterly results Thursday investors and others are cautiously watching to see whether its newest iPhone will help fuel momentum for the world's most valuable company. Despite Apple's spectacular trajectory in the decade since the introduction of the iPhone, the California technology titan is facing challenges on whether it can continue growth. Apple´s image meanwhile has been bruised by revelations that the company updated its mobile software to slow the performance of old iPhones as batteries weaken from age. Apple share price has eroded in recent weeks on speculation that sales of its flagship iPhone X have been far less than expected. The company is staking much of its future on the redesigned iPhone X -- the 10th anniversary edition of the iconic handset -- introduced last year. Although Apple does not normally break down sales by individual models, some analysts have expressed concern that the newest and most expensive iPhone is a laggard, while others say Apple has delivered on its promise with a fuller range of handsets. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech data released on Tuesday indicated that Apple´s flagship iPhone X in December was among the top three best-selling devices across Europe, Australia, Japan, "urban China," and the US. "The full results for the last quarter of the year show that Apple´s decision to release three new handsets over a staggered period, including the ultra high-end iPhone X, has been a sound one," said KWC global director Dominic Sunnebo. "Given that in December iPhone X made it into the top three best-selling devices across all key regions, particularly in urban China where it was the top selling model, the pricing strategy seems to have been vindicated." Post-smartphone world? Some analysts say Apple needs to think beyond the smartphone if it is looking to secure its future. "We´re rapidly approaching the era of smartphone market maturation, and quite possibly, the end of smartphone market growth," said chief analyst Bob O´Donnell of Technalysis Research. And, while smartphones remain popular, voice-commanded machines, wearable computing, augmented-reality glasses and other innovations could make handsets seem like ´old technology´ in the not too distant future, the analyst reasoned "Challenges for the iPhone X and other high-end smartphones go well beyond just the appearance (or not) of a replacement ´super cycle,´" O´Donnell said in a blog post. Smartphone upgrade rates are at record low levels and do not appear poised to rebound in the current quarter, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk. "The sustained lengthening of the replacement cycle appears driven simply by customer choice to hold onto their phone longer," Piecyk said in a note. Dipping into cash hoard Apple is in a unique position following a major tax overhaul which has prompted the company to reveal plans to bring back most of its $269 billion in profits held overseas, providing funds to pay dividends, buy back shares, invest in research, or make acquisitions. Rumors being floated included the notion that Apple might want to buy streaming television giant Netflix to beef content in its services business. Netflix´s value based on its share price is more than $88 billion, an amount of cash Apple could afford given its overseas cash, according to Swarup Gupta of Zacks Investment Research. "Such a buyout would also add to Apple´s services muscle," Gupta said. While there appear to be threats to Apple share price this year, there also appear to be an array of opportunities, according to Gupta. Apple has touted the growth of its services business, revenue from which rose 34 percent last year to almost $8.5 billion, according to Zacks. Apple could also start making money from sales of voice-commanded HomePod speakers infused with Siri virtual assistant software. HomePod will make a belated debut this year, taking on Amazon Echo and Google Home devices Gupta noted that the controversy over slowing of older iPhones "has dented the reputation" of the brand. "But given the nature of Apple´s fan following, it could easily be forgotten in the months to come unless another major slip up happens on the company´s part," he said.
  24. When it's your birthday, chances are you go on fancy dinners, throw a house party where people get drunk and dance till they drop on the floor, or if you have the best friends on the planet, then maybe you plan a small trip to the hills, right? Well, Bollywood does not believe in doing anything ordinary. After all, it is the industry that sells you dreams and grand ideas, so how do you expect people from B-town to have ordinary birthdays? Currently, the 'it' group of Bollywood: Kareena, her sister Karisma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Malaika Arora and a few others are setting the Goan waters on fire with their party skills as they call in Amrita Arora's 40th birthday. #eternalthreesome♥ï¸...#ammuhottyturns40 A post shared by Malaika Arora Khan (@malaikaarorakhanofficial) on Jan 30, 2018 at 8:20am PST Lets get this party started....... ammuuuuuu @therealkarismakapoor @maheepkapoor @seemakhan76 @mallika_bhat @dollysidhwani @rozz_truly @natasha.poonawalla #bebo #ammuhottyat40#happy #40#saifu#happyhippee#goa A post shared by Malaika Arora Khan (@malaikaarorakhanofficial) on Jan 30, 2018 at 12:04am PST Their entire star-studded crew of buddies flew to the party venue in a private jet, because that's how you do birthdays when you are freaking rich. #herewecomeð#amu's40th#goa#friendshipgoalsð­â¤ï¸ A post shared by KK (@therealkarismakapoor) on Jan 30, 2018 at 12:27am PST We can't really make out the theme of this birthday party but the pictures are pretty good. Let's get the party started ððð#amus40th#funtimes A post shared by KK (@therealkarismakapoor) on Jan 30, 2018 at 8:03am PST Some more pictures from the crazy party! The gang has left for Goa to celebrate Amrita Arora's 40th Birthday in Goa! Follow @mannatsaysthat #amritaarora #kareenakapoor #kareenakapoorkhan #saifalikhan #taimuralikhan #malaikaarorakhan #malaikaarora #maheepkapoor #seemakhan #privatejet #flight#themeparty #party #birthdayparty #birthdaygirl #happybirthday #celebration #laugh #dance #drinks #friends #family #feathers #ootn #style #fashion #lookbook #mannatsaysthat #bollyglitz #karishmakapoor A post shared by BollyGlitz (@mannatsaysthat) on Jan 30, 2018 at 7:43pm PST A fun night in Goa! The gang has left for Goa to celebrate Amrita Arora's 40th Birthday in Goa! Follow @mannatsaysthat #amritaarora #kareenakapoor #kareenakapoorkhan #saifalikhan #taimuralikhan #malaikaarorakhan #malaikaarora #maheepkapoor #seemakhan #privatejet #flight#themeparty #party #birthdayparty #birthdaygirl #happybirthday #celebration #laugh #dance #drinks #friends #family #feathers #ootn #style #fashion #lookbook #mannatsaysthat #bollyglitz #karishmakapoor A post shared by BollyGlitz (@mannatsaysthat) on Jan 30, 2018 at 7:38pm PST The birthday girl has turned 40 and a new decade is reason enough to celebrate. #Amritaarora celebrates her 40th birthday...ð°ð . Follow ð @BOXOFFICEADDA . @malaikaarorakhanofficial @therealkarismakapoor @amuaroraofficial . #BOXOFFICEADDA #kimkardashian #bollywoodactress #shilpashetty #sunnyleaone #katrinakaif #eshagupta #ileanadcruz #jacqlinefernandez #kritisanon #priyankachopra #tammanahbhatia #urvarshirautela #dishapatani #kritikharbanda #rakulpreet #shrutihassan #kareenakapoor #catherinetheresa #karishmakapoor #deepikapadukone #mallaikaarorakhan #shriyasaran #miakhalifa #shradhakapoor #jenniferlopez #kajalagarwal #poonampandey #sherlynchopra A post shared by BOXOFFICEADDA (@boxofficeadda) on Jan 30, 2018 at 6:55pm PST Your squad goals ð¯ð #AmritaArora #MalaikaArora #KareenKapoorKhan #SaifAliKhan #bebo #bollywood #birthday #celebs #thelifestyleblog #thelifestyleblogpk A post shared by The Lifestyle Blog Pakistan (@thelifestyleblogpk) on Jan 30, 2018 at 12:34pm PST These sisters don't only take the cake but the bakery as wellâ¼ï¸ Tooooo hot to handle ð¥ Double Tap if you agree ððð¥ #kareenakapoorkhan #kareenakapoor #karishmakapoor #ammuhottyturns40 #amritaarora #hotties #sister #sistergoals #bebo #bollywood #followmefollowback #followback #karfashionista A post shared by KarFashionista (@karfashionista) on Jan 30, 2018 at 10:28am PST Here we are trying to get our friends to finalise that one jinxed Goa plan that never happens, and then there these celebrities who never fail to make others jealous.
  25. There are some sequels that make you want to wait for the next instalment but not the same can be said about abysmal 'Hate Story' franchise. With every subsequent release, it just keeps getting worse! It's high time that the people who actually made 'Hate Story' (all 4 parts of it) put this terrible franchise to rest, once and for all. (c) T-Series After 3 films, comes the fourth one starring Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi & Vivan Bhathena,, which essentially packages an old story in new bottle. It's all about love, ***, dhokha and revenge. How original, isn't it? (c) T-Series The trailer reminds us of old Hindi films where we have seen this over a zillion times now, but the only new factor is Urvashi Rautela's unnecessary skin show in order to add some kind of sleaze factor. Except that Urvashi has nothing substantial to offer. (c) T-Series In the fourth 'Hate Story' film, you have Karan and Vivan who are essentially brothers. Urvashi plays a girl who is in love with Karan. On the other hand, you have Vivan who also loves Urvashi and Punjabi actress, Ihana Dhillion plays his girlfriend. Vivan is essentially mad in love with Urvashi, which forms the premises of the film. Talk about a ridiculous love triangle! (c) T-Series The sequences and the dialogue in the film will literally make you cringe. You also see Gulshan Grover playing father to both the heroes. (c) T-Series The trailer says it's not a love story....it's a hate story. Well, we didn't feel any hate, maybe more like apathy, but you should check out the trailer yourself and let us know if you felt any emotion whatsoever. Directed by Vishal Pandya the film will hit the screens on March 9, 2018.