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  1. Films are incomplete without their heroes. It is the legacy of our favorite heroes that we keep coming back to it every other time a new installment of a film gets released. However, it is not just a hero who completes the film; villains play a key feature in building the most important stories of all times and make us hate them forever. Phil Keoghan once said, "For any good story you need the adversary, the heroes, and villains". You need a good mixture to make it work. The rivalry between heroes and villains is what drives the film business as much as good scripts and good direction. Remember the most epic hero-villain rivalries of all times? Which all names strike your mind when you think about the most memorable combats in movies and TV series? Here, we have curated a list of the greatest hero-villain conflicts which will instantly make you feel nostalgic. Some of these battles have resulted in blockbuster hits and have given us reasons to watch them again and again. In the list, we have tried to cover the most iconic hero-villain duos keeping in mind their popularity amongst the viewers. Read below to know how these duos made us their die-hard fans! Batman and Joker © Warner Bros Well, not enough can be said or written about the almost poetic hatred between the hero and villain of the second movie of the latest Batman series. What Batman and Joker gave us was incomparable and unforgettable. 'The Dark Knight' was a movie that broke all records and majorly because of the unique rivalry between the hero and the villain. Both masked men--one a symbol of peace and stability while the other the face of chaos, their story is breathtaking! The fact that the fight is beyond materialistic or tangible goals makes the story unique. Professor X and Magneto © 20th century fox Marvel's X-Men is a successful franchise with 10 blockbuster hits under its name. The franchise plans to release 4 new movies this year. One of the most famous rivalries of all time is seen between Professor X and Magneto in the X-Men series. What makes this hero-villain duo more special is that they have a common lineage and strong history. Both the characters happen to be the forefathers of an uncanny mutant revolution. The difference in opinion here is that one of them wants to co-exist with the humans while the other conspires to conquer the throne for his kind and is ready to end life on planet earth. Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort © Warner Bros As a 90s kid, I have grown up hating the one who cannot be named and loving the chosen one. J. K. Rowling gave a generation its favorite hero and the most popular villain. One had the strength of love while the other lacked it, the two hated each other with equal passion. We can never forget all the Avada Kedavara moments from the Harry Potter series. Rowling made us hate Voldemort from the core of our hearts as we rooted for Harry throughout a decade. The last part of the book and movie were much anticipated and tasted limitless success because the finale saw the end of Voldemort. Superman and Lex Luthor © DC One of the most popular antagonist-protagonist duos of the DC franchise is Superman and Lex Luthor. The former is a God descended from heaven to protect the earth against all evil while the latter is a complete anti-hero. The intense fight of principles and beliefs between these two characters has given us some roller coaster jitters in the Superman movies. Sherlock Holmes and Jim Moriarty © BBC Wales Sherlock Holmes, the on-screen adaptation of the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has been topping the TRP charts for seasons now. The hero-villain duo (Sherlock Holmes and Jim Moriarty) is a rage among viewers and rightly so. These two men are equally smart and intelligent. The kind of chemistry that their hatred creates on the screen is almost tangible. Moriarty is the ultimate archenemy of Detective Holmes and the sophistication with which both of them portray borderline sociopath traits is simply mind-blowing! Holmes describes Moriarty as the Napoleon of crime. Wolverine and Sabertooth © screen rant The brawl between Marvel's Wolverine and Sabertooth is one that the world would pay to watch. Another popular X-Men duo, these two characters are brothers who cannot be killed. They are almost equally strong and have similar powers. This makes their fight sequences even more interesting. Watching these two brothers fight to death gives viewers enough opportunities to gasp and hoot at the same time! Neo and Agent Smith © warner bros Some villains are so evil that they make us believe that no matter how many times the devil fails, it always finds its way back. Agent Smith of The Matrix franchise is one such villain. Deceptive, cruel and heartless, Agent Smith conspires and creeps back his way each time. To fight this kind of a villain, you need a hero like Neo. Determined to free the humanity of The Matrix, Neo consistently fights this antagonist and declares that good always wins. There are no bad villains, for we have all heard of Sir George Martins famous quote which goes something like this: Nobody is a villain in their own story. We're all the heroes of our own stories. Well, it cannot be denied that a story is as good as well-portrayed are its protagonists and antagonists. The stronger the hatred between a hero and a villain, the more gripping their tale is. We hope you enjoyed this list of some of our favorite such amazing duos.
  2. As a just-turned-20 star kid, breathing the same oxygen as us, Ahaan Panday already has the spotlight on him. More so, because of his mother's unprecedented (read: highly intentional) PR skills, his celebrity clout's constant, unconditional support and that big film banner contract he grabbed a while ago. As a matter of fact, as per our personal experiences, he's being heavily guarded against unnecessary (cc: negative) media attention and from anything that'll take away from his big film debut (that'll be on floors very soon). To sum it up, the lad's got everything going for him right now. © Instagram/Ahaan Panday But while there's a lot of fanfare around Ahaan anyway, not much has been spoken about his dressing abilities. One, because he's no style maven (nor is he in a hurry to achieve that status). And two, because he dresses as he pleases, wears 'practicality' over his shoulders and stays away from conventional sartorial tricks. While heading out for a movie he's seen in T-shirts + joggers, at a red-carpet event in classic formal wear and on occasional visits, in semi-formal gear that's appropriate for the event. He's exactly like most 20-year-olds of the world (only with much-wealthy parents). © Viral Bhayani But if there's any aspect of his recent dressing abilities that has caught our attention, it's his knack for wearing formal wear like a pro. From his debut at the Le Bal des Débutantes in Paris, in the latter half of 2017... © Instagram/Deanne Panday To his choice of outfit for his 20th birthday... © Instagram/Deanne Panday And to his recent stunt in a tuxedo for the cover of Peacock Magazine (that made a few headlines lately), looks like, Ahaan's quite a formal wear god in the making. © Peacock Magazine Moving step-by-step: For France's prestigious Le Bal des Débutantes, the star kid turned every head wearing an iconic tailcoat, featuring no contrast between his primary pieces and the neck accessory. Having said that, he's pulling the ensemble off with utmost ease! Plus, brownie points for choosing an iconic example of dressmaking, for his big debut at the French ball. © Instagram/Ahaan Panday Fans For instance #2, at his 20th birthday celebration, Panday opted for a very classic, monochromatic tux. Something, that really stood for his big leap into the noble 20s, indicating that he's only getting closer to being a well-matured adult. © Times of India And moving onto his most recent media coverage—the cover of Falguni and Shane Peacock's brand-new venture, the 'Peacock Magazine'. While the choice is a tuxedo once again, what's making it special is the fact that it happens to be a uniform of the world's biggest celebrities (on the red-carpet, magazine editorials or maybe even not). Plus, the lad's brought the outfit to a close with patent leather dress shoes; another staple of global A-listers. © Peacock Magazine Bringing us to the conclusion, that much like predictions of India's industry experts, we too are seeing a bright future for Ahaan Panday. Attaboy!
  3. A wild wolf has been found in the northern Belgian region of Flanders for the first time in more than a century, an environmental group said Saturday. Photo: AFP file BRUSSELS: A wild wolf has been found in the northern Belgian region of Flanders for the first time in more than a century, an environmental group said Saturday. "Our country was the only one in continental Europe to have not been visited by a wolf," since the animal began recolonising the continent, Landschap said. Overhunting, industrialisation and urban sprawl progressively led to the disappearance of the wolf from most of Western Europe since the beginning of the 20th century. Since the Bern Convention of 1979, the wolf has gone from public enemy to a protected species as "a fundamental element of our natural European heritage". In some countries, like Romania and Poland where there have always been wolves, people adapt to treat an attack on sheep "like an accident, like a flock that falls into a ravine", says Farid Benhammou, a specialist on predators. But in the new zones of wolf colonisation ? in France and in some regions of Italy and Spain ? there are major tensions, with farmers particularly unhappy at their re-emergence. The wolf detected in Flanders in early January had an electronic tracker collar around its neck which allowed it to be identified as coming from neighbouring Germany. The same animal had been spotted around Christmas in the Netherlands, according to Landschap. "In recent days the wolf has stayed near the Flemish town of Beringen and the military base at Leopoldsburg. The animal has covered 500 kilometres (300 miles) in ten days," the group said. In 2011 hidden cameras picked up images at night of what was very likely a wolf in the Ardennes region of southern Belgium. But without any DNA traces, or any further appearances, the sighting could not be confirmed. Groups in support of biodiversity welcomed the latest news of a wolf detected in Belgium, calling on the government to adopt a strategy to encourage the return of the species to the country on a more permanent basis, including compensation to farmers whose livestock are attacked.
  4. Friends is a classic TV show, no one can deny that. You can watch any episode at any point on time and still be very entertained. I know I'm not the only one always watching the reruns on Comedy Central these days. Recently, it was voted as the greatest sitcom of all time, and honestly, no surprises there. But, you know what's surprising? There are still so many people in the world who haven't seen even a single episode of 'Friends'. This is all of us when someone tells us they've never seen 'Friends'. It's been 24 years since the show premiered, and finally, on New Year's Eve Netflix released all 10 seasons for streaming in the UK. The One with the Show Everyone's Been Asking Us to Add. — Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) December 30, 2017 And, people have a lot of thoughts. Let's see everyone's first impressions of the greatest sitcom of all time, shall we? Fair warning – This may make you start another binge-watch session of the entire show. So first things first... my god the hair — Daniel Faulkner (@TheDanFaulkner) January 5, 2018 Accurate description? Watching Friends for the first time ever. Like Chandler and Rachel, Hate Ross, Joey creeps me out, Phoebe's fun in a scary way. And why does everyone mock Monica for trying to keep a clean, organized home? — Ellen Natalie (@EllenNatalie87) January 7, 2018 Well, Ross just sucks. Watching through Friends for the first time. Ross is a monster. What is Rachel seeing in him — Bee Wakefield (@Bee_Wakefield) January 5, 2018 Just really sucks. I'm watching Friends all the way through for the first time and Ross is an absolute ass. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE HIM? — Becky ð¾ (@Blupye) January 4, 2018 But, they were just on a break. I'm watching friends for the first time and for fucks sake can we just end the Ross/Rachel thing either way? Even when he's getting married to someone else we gotta do it? — Etruscan she-wolf (@chingchongcw) January 3, 2018 There's appreciation for the famous clothes. watching #friends properly for the first time.....I just want all the outfits minus the awful shoes pic.twitter.com/G0Ux0aX1Se — alisha (@alishajordanXO) January 9, 2018 And obviously, Monica. no offence but Monica Geller deserves Rachel Green level appreciation and attention. pic.twitter.com/KbBKF9BIhR — minnie (@minmakesmusic) January 4, 2018 People caught onto that early. Watching Friends on Netflix and it's basically just nipples — Big Ron Bentham OBE (@UncleRBenson) January 9, 2018 We want answers. Watching FRIENDS on Netflix and I have questions: 1) was there no room in the wardrobe budget to purchase bras? 2) how cold were those sets? — Blake Northcott™ â­ï¸ (@BlakeNorthcott) October 31, 2017 Yay, more hate for Ross. Watching Friends for the first time n all I can say is that Ross is an absolute turnip — ⣠Annie ⣠(@justmagica_l) January 6, 2018 Same. Watching Friends with the boyfriend for the first time. His reaction when Ross says “Rachel” instead of “Emily” ðððð pic.twitter.com/a4z9tOIjeu — Ellyn Tyler (@MissEllynphant) November 26, 2017 That's just a normal night for me. There's an episode of Friends where a group of 26 year olds are shocked that they drank 5 bottles of wine between 7 people over an entire evening and honestly that's way more unrealistic than the massive apartment thing. — Rebecca Manning Reid (@RebeccaCNReid) January 9, 2018 What kind of monster skips the into to Friends? Why, when I'm watching Friends, does Netflix ask if I'd like to 'Skip the intro'? Erm, no I want to sing along and do the clap to the intro like the melt I am?? — connor. (@connxrriding) January 9, 2018 You just gotta do it. If you don't drop everything to do the ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ in the friends theme song why even bother watching it ? — Alli Hutchison (@alli__hutchison) January 10, 2018 And, all of us summed up in one tweet. New year, same episodes of Friends I keep rewatching — Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) January 1, 2018
  5. Alexi Smith, better known as Noriyaro, is a Japan Domestic Market (JDM) enthusiast, who's latest video capture of Japan's flamboyant Bosozoku culture has been doing rounds on the automobile as well as fashion dominated parts of the internet. The video "Bozozuko Nights" is a window into a world where souped up JMD vehicles do adrenaline pumping manoeuvres and produce ear ripping sounds-- ranging from rad paint-jobbed cars with wide and low bodykits to bikes with flashy LED lighting, the video sums up this fascinating subculture in a little over 3 minutes. Check it out, you won't regret it, especially if you're a "Fast And The Furious" fan (that's the real life Tokyo Drift right there!) Noriyaro's video sent us spiralling back into the history of Japan's JDM culture; one thing led to another and we found ourselves making a list of the 10 most attractive JDM cars of all time. While some out of them aren't displayed with mods, their aesthetics are unparalleled to this day. Enthusiasts will know these vehicles aren't just a beauty to behold but were actual asphalt beasts in their time. 1. 1984 Honda Mugen GT-4 © GTPlanet Originally a CRX, the Mugen GT-4 was amped up with a wide body kit, USR engine, upgraded transmission and branding graphics on the milky white bodywork. The performance vehicle won several championships in its lifetime, starting with the Road Atlanta, which incidentally also marked its entry into the racing circuit. 2. 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata © BringATrailer A Car And Driver review of the 1990 Mazda MX5 in the 90s defined it as the return of the lost "simple, honest sports car". The review also stated that the most important feature of the Miata was the fact that it was powered by a "front-engine— rear-drive powertrain". And the body? Sculpted to perfection and light as a feather as per 90's standards. 3. 1990 Mitsubishi 3000GT © Armeniabirding Powerpacked with a V6 engine pumping 300hp and an all-wheel drive the 3000GT was an absolute rager in the 90's! Its side vents were reminiscent of the Ferrari Testarossa and pop-up headlamps were just the cherry on top of the glossy red bodywork icing. 4. 1990 Acura NSX © thetruthaboutcars A Honda street-flame, marketed in the U.S. under the Acura badge, the 1990 Acura NSX is one of the best looking performance vehicles of its time-- an anime futuristic vehicle of your dreams come to life. From its sharp lines to its 270hp generating "best-sounding V6 (engine) ever" (according to Car And Driver), this Honda had all the makings of a low-key supercar in its day. 5. 1992 Mazda Autozam AZ-1 © JDM EXPO If this JDM beauty didn't steal your heart in one look, nothing else ever will. There's a reason why Mazda is working hard on making a come back today and it's because once upon a time it was slurp-worthy owing to vehicles like the Autozam AZ-1, after all who doesn't want a Gullwing-door cutie that's not a Delorean? 6. 1993 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR © Wikipedia One look at this monster and you know it was built to set the streets ablaze. Expect nothing less from the R33 GT-R, and stalwarts like Jalopnik have gone on to describe it as "one of the greatest performance cars ever built". At 330hp and a lightweight bodywork moulded to perfection, the R33 was born a challenger! 7. 1999 Nissan Silvia Spec-R © Supercars Supercars are rarely ever elegant, but the Nissan Silvia Spec-R was the pin up for JDM performance vehicles in the 90's. It had taken time to attain that high-flying position and all Nissan really wanted to do was play with the looks of their next best vehicle-- ergo, the eye candy, Silvia Spec R. 10/10 performance, 11/10 style! 8. 2002 Mazda RX7 Spirit R © autoTrader It was the last RX7 of its kind and it went out like a bang. The 2002 Mazda RX7 Spirit R was shapelier than Kim Kardashian's bottom and packed the power of 276 ponies-- something you wouldn't be able to take your eyes or hands off of. 9. 2002 Toyota Supra JZA80 © Wikipedia The last of the Supra series, the A80 came in a run of the mill design that was popular in JDM at the time, but one can't deny it was easy on the eyes. The vehicle was also, reasonably powerful at a turbocharged engine pumping 280hp. 10. 1997 Honda CR-X del Sol © Zombiedrive A compact pretty with a tagra-style roof, there's only one word to describe her -- cheerful. The Honda CR-X del Sol or "the sun" is a happy car because it would allow in sunlight and any kind of light mostly brings cheer (unless something's on fire, that's not cheerful at all). Zippy, peppy and bodacious, the del Sol has got to be JDM's best vintage car yet.
  6. NAWABSHAH: Former president and Pakistan People?s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that in the next general elections, Nawaz Sharif and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N will be part of opposition. The PPP co-chairman was speaking to media in Nawabshah, where he said that the elections in Senate will take place. ?Nawaz?s B-team is incapable of solving issues,? said the former president. Zardari said that there is no prospect of a technocrat government in the Constitution. The PPP co-chairman while referring to the turbulent Pakistan-US relations said that the new government will help have better relations between the two allies. It will be detrimental to let ties with the United States deteriorate, said the former president. Zardari said that the provincial government has given funds worth Rs300 million for clean drinking water in Nawabshah, adding that the party will strive to provide better education and health facilities.
  7. Despite completing almost 24 years, it feels like only yesterday that a bunch of 'Friends' (Rachel, Joey, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe) came into our lives and showed us what true friendship means. They also gave us a reason to burn with jealousy over their perfectly imperfect lives and how they managed to be with each other through thick and thin, in their luxurious apartments that we still don't know how they got in the first place (since everyone was struggling with their jobs in most part of the show.) Yes, we are talking about our beloved sit-com 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S'. © warner bros. I have seen every episode of the show a thousand times already, yet each time the song 'I'll be there for you' plays on the TV, no matter which corner of the home I am in, I rush to go and watch the show. The point is, 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' will always have a special place in our hearts and we don't think there's any other show or bunch of characters that can leave such an impact on our minds. © warner bros. Having said that, we don't think we are the only ones who think this way. According to Ranker https://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-sitcoms-in-television-history, 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' has been crowned as the greatest sitcom of all time and we feel it rightly deserves this accolade. And with this, it has left behind shows like 'The Simpsons', 'The Big Bang Theory', 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Everybody Loves Raymond', and 'Seinfeld' to name a few. via GIPHY This is not the only list and we are sure it won't be the last to rank 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' as the number one show. Earlier, in a list released by IMDb, the show ruled the first spot in 'The 30 Greatest Sitcoms of All Time'. These lists are proof that 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' rules our hearts like no one else and we don't think there can ever be a show that will enjoy such cult status, although we hope to see such great shows real soon. via GIPHY The show ran for a decade (1994-2004), the actors went home with huge paychecks by the end of the last season and the characters got their own happy ending. But, what stayed with us were the memories, which are still fresh in our minds like it happened yesterday. via GIPHY Be it Ross' hilarious ordeals with his lesbian wife and her girlfriend, Chandler's annoying ex Janice, Phoebe's insane songs, Monica and Chandler's amazing love story, Joey's love for food or the friends taking turns to ogle at the Ugly Naked guy; we don't think we can get over this show ever, no matter how old we get. via GIPHY As we remember all those happy memories, let's listen to our favourite theme song of 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S'…again!
  8. There are just a few weeks left to go for India's most watched reality show to come to an end. As the show chugs along , the anticipation to see who wins the 'Bigg Boss 11' title is creating quite a stir nationwide. Be it in terms of drama, a steamy love story, a brutal fight, friends turning into foes, and more, BB season 11 had everything that a show needed to gain high TRPs. And the producers of the show know exactly what India loves and are cashing in on the craze and making the last few weeks for the contestants rather tough. (c) Colors This week saw an unexpected twist inside the Bigg Boss house. The commoners faced the celebrities, just to get the ticket to the finale. In the process, some week old friendships were tested, while some failed, some relationships came out even stronger. We saw four of the strongest contestants, Hina Khan, Shilpa Shinde, Vikas Gupta and Luv Tyagi being nominated for elimination. (c) Colors While many are speculating who would be leaving the house tonight, we can definitely confirm that it will be Luv Tyagi. The decision for the same was decided via live voting where the audience voted for their favourite contestant outside the BB house in a mall where the four contestants were given a chance to interact with their fans and make a vote appeal. Well, it goes without saying that Luv has survived in the game despite many strong contenders living in the house. While many thought he would be out within the first few weeks, Luv made it to top 6, playing the game strategically and smartly. (c) Colors Talking to MensXP a source said, “Audiences were asked to vote for the contestant they support. People went crazy, you should have seen the love they have for these people. However, when the final voting count took place, it was Luv who received the least number of votes and will be eliminated from the house, unless the producers come up with a twist to retain him, which is unlikely at this stage.” Now with just 5 contestants left, it will be interesting to see who wins BB 11 and conquers the title. Let us know who you think will be the last contestant standing.
  9. Crypto currency Ethereum tokens (Ethers) have reached $1,000 on multiple major exchanges for the first time ever. This is an all-time high and the result of a multiple-day rally. The total market capitalization of others currently available is now $100 billion. One week ago, Ether was trading at USD 752. Since then, it has seen a surge of about 40 percent in its valuation. For the major part of December, the value of one Ether was swinging between USD 700 and USD 800. It is currently the third-largest cryptocurrency by market value, after being dethroned by another altcoin, Ripple's XRP, last week. Its market capitalization shot above $100 billion for the first time Thursday, according to Coinmarketcap data. © ETHNews Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin said in a blog post-Tuesday that the non-profit foundation that oversees the blockchain network was launching two new subsidy programs to support research into the scalability and development of the distributed ledger. Distributed ledgers store vast amounts of transactions on a decentralized network of computers. Ethereum also runs on a blockchain, also maintained by miners. But unlike the Bitcoin blockchain, Ethereum is designed specifically to carry out “smart contracts,” which are automated agreements for an exchange of value. (also called “scripting.”) Smart contracts are a way to cut the middleman out of financial transactions; a network of nodes carry out agreements by independently verifying them. The Ethereum blockchain not only records every ether transaction, but also the most up-to-date form of every smart contract. © Ehtereum Founder Vitalik Buterin, Picture by TechCrunch Banking giants have also increasingly looked to Ethereum for another set of solutions. In mid-December, a group of financial companies including UBS, Credit Suisse, and Barclays announced plans to test the Ethereum blockchain in the hopes of making it easier to meet new European Union reporting standards under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II. Ripple, however, has overshadowed Ethereum's recent rise, with the former cryptocurrency now ranking as the second largest by market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap—outranking Ethereum's $100 billion value by nearly $40 billion. © YouTube The largest cryptocurrency by market cap, Bitcoin, is down on the day, having dropped from its week's high of $15,393, according to CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). Bitcoin has mostly traded sideways over the last week, with prices staying in the $13,000 to $14,000 range interrupted briefly with a drop to nearly $12,000 on Dec. 30.
  10. We're going to go ahead and say it- 2017 was the worst. Everyone around the world was desperate for a fresh start. And this time, we saw a lucky few celebrating the New Year not just once, but twice. How, you ask? By travelling back in time, of course. via GIPHY Let us enlighten you. Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flight HA446 got to welcome 2018 twice; first in Auckland in New Zealand and second, by flying back to Honolulu in Hawaii which was still in 2017. via GIPHY Well, New Zealand and Hawaii sit on either side of the International Date Line and the flight crossed the International Date Line on its journey from Auckland to Hawaii. Honolulu is a full 23 hours behind Auckland, so as the plane took off at just after midnight on January 1 from New Zealand, it was still 1am on December 31 in Hawaii. Flight Radar 24 took to Twitter to proudly make this announcement. Time travel is possible! Flight #HA446 just took off from New Zealand in 2018 and will land in Hawaii back in 2017! pic.twitter.com/3KsCEniCOL — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 31, 2017 And just like us, the internet could not absorb this piece of information. pic.twitter.com/Z4GIliNezg — Fahad M. AlBarrak (@FMB23) December 31, 2017 pic.twitter.com/B7nxBQrM7s — Dan (@Dan_Crampton) December 31, 2017 pic.twitter.com/5aVgLl8OzR — Justin Drawbaugh (@jdraw8) December 31, 2017 Let's be real. You did this JUST so you could celebrate New Years more than once. — Taylor Harris (@AntVenom) December 31, 2017 This literally blew my 8 yr old's mind and made his day. He's so excited- thanks for sharing it Jess. — Jacoba Urist (@JacobaUrist) December 31, 2017 pic.twitter.com/CtyNq8Yijz — Alexis&PeterAdam&Eve (@AlexisGreaves) December 31, 2017 pic.twitter.com/D2nVIrd2X3 — John Bremner (@johnbremner_) December 31, 2017 Although 2017 was a pretty messed up year and not worthy enough to go back to it, we have to admit that this was pretty cool.
  11. As 2017 is closing out, here's a thought – of all the days and months spent partying, impressing girls and trying cool new things, how much time did we actually spend with our family? Definitely not enough. Well, we can always start fresh. This New Year, let's put our family first and find cool, new ways to spend more quality time with them. To help you out, we've listed down some fun and entertaining activities you can indulge in with your family to make them feel loved. 1. Plan A Weekly Family Night Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Just one night a week is a great start to make your family feel loved and cared for. You can spend the night karaoke-ing, playing games or simply Netflix and chilling. The important thing is you do it together. 2. Family Vacations Are The Best Way To Bond Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images We often head out for vacations with our friends to discover the different corners of the world, but what about our family? It isn't too difficult or boring to once in a while head out on a vacation with them. You can make it an annual ritual that you'll stick to. Think of places that they would want to visit and get your tickets booked already! 3. Always Have A Meal Together Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Having every meal of the day together might just not be possible, owing to our different schedules and plan, but what you can do instead is fix one meal, preferably breakfast, as a family meal and spend time conversing with each other. From office banter to your views on politics, share it all with your family. 4. Get Together And Share Family Stories Thinkstock Photo/Getty Images Dig out those old photo albums, sit together in a cosy room and listen to your parents tell you how they first met each other! From stories of their romance to saas-bahu drama's in your family, every situation from the past makes for a great story. The more you pay attention to your family and their stories, the more they'll feel loved and needed. 5. Get Your Hands Dirty In The Kitchen Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Whoever said that men don't need to step into the kitchen forgot that most of the popular chefs around are men! So stop making excuses and step into the kitchen once in a while to help your mother or partner out. You could do the most basic things like handing her the spices or chopping vegetables, it's the gesture that counts. 6. Secure Their Future Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images You already do so much for your family. You ensure that all their needs are met – be it the best car to go around and have a good time, a big comfortable home to feel good and comfortable in, the best school so that your kids can get the best education, new games and gadgets, the best clothing and accessories, etc. However, we all know that life is uncertain and it's best to be prepared for tomorrow. So you need to ensure that the family doesn't have to compromise on the lifestyle you have given them, even when you aren't around. To ensure this, you need to sit them out and plan a Term Insurance policy that will benefit them. Educate them about the uses and benefits of the same. You can invest in a huge term cover at a small premium and ensure that the cover amount will be enough to meet your family's needs even in the absence of the policyholder – the bread earner of the family. Term insurance plan is a form of a life cover which provides security to your family in case of an unfortunate event. You just have to pay a nominal fee of Rs.32.27/- per day for a cover of Rs.1 Crore. With the help of this amount, it will be possible for your family to meet their daily expenses and maintain the lifestyle you have given them and at the same time manage their future expenses. Take a step towards your family's future by calculating your premium here.
  12. If you've ever had trouble preparing for your exams while away from home, you will relate with this completely.
  13. Once and for all, let's just accept it and say it out loud- Men love their hair and would like to keep their head full for as long as they can (read: till death does them apart). But how many of you have stepped out of the shower, only to panic later to see the amount of hair in your hand, when you comb your locks? You know every drop contributes to an ocean, and you can see your dreams of a head full of hair drowning in a vanishing ocean of strands, if that's even possible. As we are all set to begin the New Year in 2018, let's focus on our body and health and find a cure for that receding hairline before it is too late! But, you need to understand the problem to know how to curb it. Here's everything you should know about hair loss, in general: 1. Thank Your Families For The Receding Hairline (OR NOT) Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Experts say that hair loss in men has to do with genetics. Even if your parents have a crown of hair intact, it could be your great-granduncle you owe this 'gift' to. 2. Your Testosterone Could Also Be Responsible Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Male pattern baldness is caused by a by-product of testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. It clings to your hair follicles and makes them shrink over time. 3. Hair Loss Progression Can Vary From Men To Men Thinkstock Images/Getty Images While you might be dealing with rapid hair loss, with your hair thinning in a matter of years, your friend could be 'lucky' enough to deal with more gradual hair loss, which can take up to 15-20 years. 4. Over-Exercising Is Not Good For Your Health And Hair Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Exercising is good, until you start pushing your body far past its limits. If you're exhausting your body in the gym to the point that it can't recover, your body will take energy from things like hair growth in order to survive and this could lead to massive hair loss. 5. Having An Under Or Overactive Thyroid Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Your thyroid hormones regulate energy levels and help control a lot of the way your body functions like helping the body stay warm, maintaining metabolism, etc. Having an underactive or an overactive thyroid can lead to dry, brittle hair and thinning. 6. Stop Panicking And Visit An Expert Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Instead of trying to self-diagnose, it's important for anyone who notices a decrease in hair density to visit experts right away so they can conduct tests that will help you understand why it's happening and figure out the optimal treatment. 7. Know When To Opt For A Hair Transplant Treatment Thinkstock Images/Getty Images In the past, the only solution to hair loss was to wear toupees and wigs. However, with the advancement in technology, there are better and more permanent problem-solvers in the market- a hair transplant. And let me tell you one thing, it's not as scary as you might think. The key to locking down this method of treatment lies in understanding your hair growth and pattern with an expert. Dr Amit Karkhanis, the founder of Dr Tvacha Clinic, a leader in the market, boasts of giving nearly 50,000 men a hair harvesting procedure. Dr Tvacha Clinic offers prices that are affordable to most. The procedure can be done in just a few hours with minimal time lost from work/college and the results can be seen very quickly after the surgery. The success of a hair transplant depends on how severe the hair loss has been. If you're completely bare and there's a greater area to cover, one might not have enough donor follicles to do so convincingly. This is why it's advised that it's better to get a hair transplant done sooner rather than later. Many men have benefitted from this and you could too! Click here to book an appointment or call on +9122-71237000. This is a sponsored brand story by Dr. Tvacha Clinic and the liability for the same solely rests with them. The content has not been created, verified or edited by Times Internet Limited, or Times Group.
  14. Once and for all, let's just accept it and say it out loud- Men love their hair and would like to keep their head full for as long as they can (read: till death does them apart). But how many of you have stepped out of the shower, only to panic later to see the amount of hair in your hand, when you comb your locks? You know every drop contributes to an ocean, and you can see your dreams of a head full of hair drowning in a vanishing ocean of strands, if that's even possible. As we are all set to begin the New Year in 2018, let's focus on our body and health and find a cure for that receding hairline before it is too late! But, you need to understand the problem to know how to curb it. Here's everything you should know about hair loss, in general: 1. Thank Your Families For The Receding Hairline (OR NOT) Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Experts say that hair loss in men has to do with genetics. Even if your parents have a crown of hair intact, it could be your great-granduncle you owe this 'gift' to. 2. Your Testosterone Could Also Be Responsible Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Male pattern baldness is caused by a by-product of testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. It clings to your hair follicles and makes them shrink over time. 3. Hair Loss Progression Can Vary From Men To Men Thinkstock Images/Getty Images While you might be dealing with rapid hair loss, with your hair thinning in a matter of years, your friend could be 'lucky' enough to deal with more gradual hair loss, which can take up to 15-20 years. 4. Over-Exercising Is Not Good For Your Health And Hair Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Exercising is good, until you start pushing your body far past its limits. If you're exhausting your body in the gym to the point that it can't recover, your body will take energy from things like hair growth in order to survive and this could lead to massive hair loss. 5. Having An Under Or Overactive Thyroid Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Your thyroid hormones regulate energy levels and help control a lot of the way your body functions like helping the body stay warm, maintaining metabolism, etc. Having an underactive or an overactive thyroid can lead to dry, brittle hair and thinning. 6. Stop Panicking And Visit An Expert Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Instead of trying to self-diagnose, it's important for anyone who notices a decrease in hair density to visit experts right away so they can conduct tests that will help you understand why it's happening and figure out the optimal treatment. 7. Know When To Opt For A Hair Transplant Treatment Thinkstock Images/Getty Images In the past, the only solution to hair loss was to wear toupees and wigs. However, with the advancement in technology, there are better and more permanent problem-solvers in the market- a hair transplant. And let me tell you one thing, it's not as scary as you might think. The key to locking down this method of treatment lies in understanding your hair growth and pattern with an expert. Dr Amit Karkhanis, the founder of Dr Tvacha Clinic, a leader in the market, boasts of giving nearly 50,000 men a hair harvesting procedure. Dr Tvacha Clinic offers prices that are affordable to most. The procedure can be done in just a few hours with minimal time lost from work/college and the results can be seen very quickly after the surgery. The success of a hair transplant depends on how severe the hair loss has been. If you're completely bare and there's a greater area to cover, one might not have enough donor follicles to do so convincingly. This is why it's advised that it's better to get a hair transplant done sooner rather than later. Many men have benefitted from this and you could too! Click here to book an appointment or call on +9122-71237000. This is a sponsored brand story by Dr. Tvacha Clinic and the liability for the same solely rests with them. The content has not been created, verified or edited by Times Internet Limited, or Times Group.
  15. Social media is unforgiving. Anyone and everyone can get trolled for literally anything, and it doesn't even matter if you're a celebrity. Who would have thought that an innocent picture of a family celebrating and wishing everyone a merry Christmas would get so much hate? But, it's Twitter and people can be so cruel, it's disgusting. Mohammad Kaif is the latest target of these Twitter trolls, after being attacked for just celebrating Christmas, that's it. He shared an adorable picture of his family sitting by a Christmas tree along with a bunch of gifts and captioned it “Merry Christmas ! May there be love and peace”. Merry Christmas ! May there be love and peace. pic.twitter.com/DnZ2g7VTno — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 25, 2017 He got a lot of angry replies and comments because he was apparently defying the traditions of Islam. Bhaijaan mera dil dukh gaya ye post dekhkar delete kariye Aur ye tyohar hum musalmano ka nahi hai iski mubarakh baat bhi dena gunaah e kabira hai — MOHAMMAD Aftab Alam (@AftabAl79667292) December 25, 2017 There's more. Bhaijaan I don't like this post ye new year hota to theek tha but ye tyohaar hum musalmaanon ka nahi hai I hate this post please delete and (Allah) se tauba karo — MOHAMMAD Aftab Alam (@AftabAl79667292) December 25, 2017 secular country... Secular people...But think about your religion first.. Before doing this kind of activity. — Md Younus Khan (@Younus21) December 25, 2017 Actually, at this point I don't even know if they're being serious or not. Shame on you — sagir ahmed (@rockstar3817) December 25, 2017 What's the point? ikk musalman ho k chrismas manatee huwe sharamm nhi ati apko????? thodaa too khuda se khauff khao kaif bhaiii — Rahim Sheikh (@SheikhRahim_) December 25, 2017 Apni Duniyan keliye Islam ku sharminda na karo.tum jo wish kiye ho uska matlab pehle samjho.Mohammed naam rakhne se Musalman nahi banjata hai koi.. — Mohammed Anees (@aneesm986) December 26, 2017 Facebook comments were no different as well. But fortunately, there were a lot of people who don't get offended easily and replied wishing him and his family. Merry Christmas to u, Pooja and the two little munchkins! ð — Mumtaz Bhalla (@MumtazBhalla) December 25, 2017 Wish you too Merry Christmas.....I know you are one of them..but believe me if we celebrate all festive it's too good....it's not only to distribute gifts but to take out time for ourselves and our family ....I love you as Human and your thoughts. @sachin_rt @YUVSTRONG12 Merry Xm — Manoj Kumar (@Manoj1418) December 25, 2017 Merry Christmas Sir... — Asfaq Ahmed Abidi (@AbidiAsfaq) December 25, 2017 And this is not even the first time the former cricketer has been randomly trolled. A few months back, he was trolled for playing chess, (https://www.mensxp.com/sports/cricket/38557-trolled-for-playing-chess-mohammad-kaif-shoots-bigots-down-with-a-befitting-reply-on-twitter.html ) that's pretty much it. These Twitter trolls honestly need a job or a life so they can stop attacking people over such tiny matters.
  16. ExxonMobil?s Hebron oil platform off the coast of Canada?s Newfoundland & Labrador, June 13, 2017. Courtesy ExxonMobil Canada/Handout via REUTERS/Files NEW YORK: Oil prices surged to 2-1/2-year highs and US crude touched $60 a barrel in light trading volume on Tuesday, boosted by news of an explosion on a Libyan crude pipeline as well as voluntary supply cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Armed assailants blew up a pipeline pumping crude oil to the port of Es Sider on Tuesday, cutting Libya?s output by up to 100,000 barrels per day (BPD), according to military and energy sources. The state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) said in a statement the output had been reduced by 70,000 to 100,000 BPD, adding that the cause of the blast was unclear. The North African country?s output had been recovering in recent months after being held down for years amid armed conflict and unrest. Brent crude ? the international benchmark for oil prices ? settled at $67.02 a barrel, up $1.77 (2.71 percent). During the session, front-month prices touched a high of $67.10 a barrel, their highest since mid-May 2015. US crude climbed $1.50 (2.6 percent) to end the session at $59.97 a barrel after touching a session high of $60.01 ? the highest since late-June 2015. The impending restart of Forties ? a key North Sea pipeline ? limited the extent of the rally. Oil and gas flows through the pipeline will be increased gradually, its operator Ineos said on Tuesday, adding that the Kinneil processing plant was partially restarted. ?Keep in mind that the field and pipeline are old and it may have issues and it?s probably why the market isn?t selling off,? Scott Shelton ? a broker at Durham, North Carolina-based ICAP ? said. Trading activity was thin following the Christmas holiday and London trading was muted during Boxing Day. About 72,000 contracts of front-month Brent futures changed hands on Tuesday, well below the typical daily average of more than 250,000 contracts. In the US, the energy complex was led higher by heating oil futures. Prices rose as much as 3.6 percent to a session high of $2.0410 ? the highest since early June 2015 on forecasts for cold weather. Brent has risen 17 percent in the year to date while US crude has rallied about 11 percent so far in 2017. The OPEC ? plus Russia and other non-members ? have been withholding some output since January 1 to relieve a glut. The producers have extended the supply cut agreement to cover all of 2018. Iraq?s oil minister said Monday there would be a balance between supply and demand by the first quarter, leading to a boost in prices. Global oil inventories have decreased to an acceptable level, he added. That outlook is earlier than predicted in OPEC?s latest official forecast, which calls for a balanced market by late 2018. US shipments to China ? one of the world?s biggest oil consumers ? have benefited from the OPEC-led output cuts. Russia, however, was China?s largest crude oil supplier for the ninth month in a row in November, topping Saudi Arabia for the year so far, China?s customs data showed on Tuesday. While the OPEC action has lent support to prices all year, market participants have said the unplanned shutdown of the Forties pipeline on December 11 is what helped push Brent to its 2-1/2-year high. Forties is the biggest of the five North Sea crude streams underpinning Brent, the benchmark for oil trading in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Still, rising production in the US is offsetting some of the OPEC-led cuts. The US rig count ? an early indicator of future output ? held steady at 747 in the week to December 22, according to the latest weekly report by Baker Hughes. US crude oil inventories were likely down for a sixth straight week, while gasoline stockpiles saw a probable build last week, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.
  17. Christmas celebrations for the Kapoor family is no ordinary affair, especially considering that was the first proper Christmas for tiny Taimur Ali Khan and mommy Kareena Kapoor. The pictures comprised the three generations of the Kapoor family, having Karishma with her two kids, Kareena, Randhir with wife Babita, Saif Ali Khan and Taimur of course. Apart from the mains, Rishi Kapoor, his wife Neetu and son Ranbir Kapoor were also seen in the get-together pictures. Tiny Taimur had his birthday bash on Dec 19 ? the day the famous celebrity couple child turned one. The celebrations revolved around the village theme in the family estate of Pataudis.
  18. Nothing makes us happier than spending time with friends and family during the holidays. We wish vacation time came more often and made our lives easier and less tiresome. While some are lucky enough to have a gala time with their families, there are some of us who just can't (damn those last-minute work calls!). Ask a journalist, a cop, a soldier, a helper to name few......we can be called on-duty anywhere anytime. That's life for us. But come on! Let's not get grumpy. With an entire line-up of web series you can always enjoy the festive feeling no matter with who you are. With family, friends or just alone, have a jolly time watching some of the best Holiday-themed episodes that will make you feel right at home all warm and cozy. 1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S (Seaon 4, Episode 10) (c) Twitter The 6 FRIENDS from NYC have been cracking people up generation after generation. This is also where the ULTIMATE “Went to the store sat on Santa's lap” song sung by Phoebe at the Central Perk was composed and sang. Classic stuff man! PS: Please tell Joey, Christmas will be snowy! 2. How I Met Your Mother (Season 2, Episode 11) (c) CBS This show was all about Ted narrating his kids the tale of how he met his wife and their mother. But it's the Christmas episode that tops the list. Remember when Ted called Lily the B word and she almost cancelled Christmas in a fit of rage? Oh, also the time when Ted set up fairy lights that danced to the tune of AC/DC to wish a sad Robin a Merry Christmas? “Ohh I'm on a highway to hell!” You don't wanna miss this one. 3. This Is Us (Season 1, Episode 10) (c) NBC If you're up for an emotional joyride, this is your go-to! A family that lives together, sticks together celebrates Christmas together and this is a case of just that. Nothing bad ever happens on Christmas Eve remember? A beautiful episode that managed to bring that warm smile across our lips. You know you're doing it right if this is your pick! 4. Black Mirror (Season 2, Episode 4) (c) Netflix Ah! Who would have thought Black Mirror would slot in a Christmas special? Meet Matt, and Joe, men stationed at a remote outpost in the snowy wilderness. Swapping life stories, and how they ended up where they are, these two men are trying to make the best of the festive day. A bit different from your everyday festive story, but nonetheless riveting. 5. The Big Bang Theory (Season 3, Episode 18) (c) CBS Nerdy Christmas anyone? If you're the Sheldon Cooper of the gang, then you will keep adding a tad bit of science, engineers and nerdy board games to your celebration. The Christmas episode from the show involves Sheldon freezing and incapacitating one of his competitors and another where he gives Penny a rare 'Sheldon Cooper' hug, in return for the Leonard Nimoy 'DNA' she gave him as a present. 6. Mad Men (Season 5, Episode 10) (c) AMC The wishes you make on Christmas indeed have the power to come true. Harry helps out a friend in need. Don and Joan find common ground over drinks, and post drinks; Don finds a renewed interest in bagging the coveted deal. The spirit of Christmas sure is floating around here. 7. Modern Family (Season 7, Episode 11) (c) ABC Here's a show that has 'Silent Night' played in almost every one of its holiday episodes. One that had people getting cross with each other and then reuniting as they understand the true meaning of the occasion. Lily found a new love. Cam and Mitchell zero'ed in on a new hate. And the rest of the family simply took in the vibe of the last day of the year! So what are you waiting for? 8. Stranger Things (Season 1, Episode 8) (c) Netflix This series might be all about the thrill, but it just has to be on this list. What is Christmas if not the season of joy and hope? After a long search for her child, Joyce is finally reunited with Will. The Dungeons and Dragons are out again, and best of all, Steve's chilling out at the Wheelers. Wear you adorably silly Christmas sweater and watch this one. 9. Orange Is The New Black (Season 1, Episode 13) (c) Netflix The best way to end a season on a high note is to close it with a banging storyline. And add to it some festivities; you have a stellar drop of the curtains. A pageant at Litchfield Penitentiary, a song by Poussey, and Piper and Tiffany's bloody brawl – merry day indeed! 10. The BoJack Horseman Christmas Special (Season 1, Episode 12) (c) Netflix It is rare for a show to provide you a glimpse of a show within a show, let alone a full episode. Going on a road less taken, in this one-off episode, Todd and BoJack sit down together on Christmas to watch an old episode of Horsin' Around – the very show that made BoJack famous. 11. Sherlock (Season 4 Episode 1) (c) BBC 'The Abominable Bride' – not so much a Christmas special as it was a Christmas gift from the creators of Sherlock to the fans across the world. Set in the 1890's, Sherlock and a moustached Watson solve cases across town. 12. Will and Grace (Season 1, Episode 7) (c) NBC And finally a classic. Presenting to you a chip of the old block. Will and Grace has been responsible for the after hour wonder show slot that got all the older people of the house laughing till it's time to sleep. Remember when Grace broke into 'Have yourself a merry lil Christmas' right in the middle of the snow. Well, it's time to relive that again. And hey! Have yourself a merry little Christmas yourself! P.S. Don't forget to order lots of food as it's totally ok to gain those few pounds this season!
  19. Evacuated migrants taken out of detention centres by the UNHCR from Tripoli in Libya arrive at the military airport Pratica di Mare in Rome, Italy, December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi PRATICA DI MARE: The United Nations began bringing African refugees to Italy from Libya on Friday, evacuating them from detention centres whose conditions have been condemned by humanitarian groups as inhumane. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have fled conflict or poverty at home and are now trapped in Libya, where they had hoped to pay people smugglers for passage to Europe via Italy. It is the first time the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Libya has evacuated refugees directly to Europe. An Italian C-130 military plane landed at an airport south the capital carrying 110 women and children, and a second flight is expected to bring more than 50 people later in the day. The African migrants, including many small children, were covered in blankets or bundled in coats as they disembarked from the plane on a chilly evening. ?We really hope other countries will follow the same path,? Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR?s Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean, said in a statement after the first plane arrived. ?Some of those evacuated suffered tremendously and were held captive in inhumane conditions while in Libya. Five of these women gave birth while in detention, with only the very limited medical assistance,? Cochetel said. The UNHCR estimates about 18,000 people are being held in detention centres for immigrants that are controlled by the Tripoli government and it aims to evacuate as many as 10,000 next year. Italy?s Catholic Church will house many of the new arrivals in shelters across the country, Church charity Caritas said, as the migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen go through the country?s asylum request process. Migrant arrivals to Italy have fallen by two-thirds since July from the same period last year after officials working for the UN-backed government in Tripoli persuaded human smugglers in the city of Sabratha to stop boats leaving. Italy is also bolstering the Libyan coast guard?s ability to turn back boats. Italy?s move to open a safe corridor for some of the migrants follows criticism by rights groups who have condemned the country?s efforts to block migrants in Libya in exchange for aid, training and equipment to fight smuggling. ?This should be a point of pride for Italians,? Interior Minister Marco Minniti told reporters on the tarmac. ?This is the just beginning. We will continue to try to open this humanitarian corridor.? Migrant smuggling has flourished since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with more than 600,000 making the perilous journey across the central Mediterranean in four years. Tens of thousands of migrants are estimated to be detained by smugglers, and the African Union says that as many as 700,000 migrants are in Libya. The UNHCR has registered more than 44,000 as refugees and asylum seekers. The UNHCR classifies Friday?s arrivals as ?vulnerable? refugees, which means they are children, victims of abuse, women, the elderly or have disabilities.
  20. American Airlines longest serving flight attendant, Bette Nash (R), 81 years old, greets passengers disembarking from her daily return flight to Boston at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport in Arlington, Virginia - AFP 1 WASHINGTON: American Airlines Flight 2160 from Boston has just arrived in Washington, DC, and Bette Nash, 81, helps the passengers disembark. They embrace her, take photos, and express their thanks. It's always like this. After six decades crossing the skies as a flight attendant, Nash still has impeccable style, incredible energy and a constant smile. She has lost only one thing: her anonymity. Kendra Taylor, a passenger, beams after taking a selfie with the octogenarian, whom she had hoped to meet. "When I saw her I was like, 'Oh my gosh.' I just saw her on TV last week!" In a dark suit accented by a coloured scarf, with her hair in a bun, Nash lends herself to accolades and plays with the compliments. She is the undisputed star of the Airbus jet, rather than the captain, Mike Margiotta, who emerges from the flight deck. "Very professional," he says of his model hostess. "She's got that old-school way of doing things." In the United States, pilots must retire at 65 but there is no such restriction on commercial flight attendants, of whom Bette Nash is probably the world's most senior. See her gliding through the terminal concourse, pulling her suitcase, and it's hard not to be taken by the admiring words one hears about her. "I start my day at 2:10 in the morning. I have two alarm clocks and when they go off I don't lie there, I get up," Nash says. At her home in Virginia, bordering Washington, Nash prepares food for her only son, who is disabled, and who will be waiting for her return to solid ground. From furs to flip-flops Primped, and fueled by "a couple of eggs," she arrives before sunrise at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Nash prefers the Washington-Boston-Washington route, on which she gets priority because of her incomparable seniority. In this undated picture from a personal album courtesy of Bette Nash, Bette Nash poses for a photo in her flight attendant uniform in Washington, DC - AFP She was 21 years young and Dwight Eisenhower was president when Eastern Air Lines recruited her as a "stewardess," a word which -- like Eastern itself -- has disappeared from use. At that time, travel by air was the preserve of a certain elite. "There were a lot of men because they were doing business, and women came on with their fur coats, and their finery and their hats and everything. You didn't have... the flip-flops and the sneakers and things you do today," Nash says. Her own uniforms ranged, through the years, from conservative to elegant, and "wild." "When (president) John Kennedy came into office and everything, things started opening up, so we wore crazy uniforms. We even had hot pants for a brief period, and these boots," she remembers. In those earlier times, which seem almost prehistoric, there were no plastic meal trays. Hostesses cooked lobster and duck a l'orange equally well, and carved the meat. In first class, passengers dined with silverware and porcelain. "We had five carts: we'd start with a beverage cart, then we'd have an hors d'oeuvre cart, then we'd have the entrees cart." Desserts followed, and then finally came "a cordial cart." There was no mixing of classes. Flights were either all first class or "tourist" class. Betty Nash will celebrate her 82nd birthday on December 31 - AFP A rare honour In the less-opulent class, "we sold sandwiches and milk. Sandwiches were 50 cents and milk was 15 cents," Nash says. "We just had coffee, tea, hot chocolate and bouillon." Strikes, mergers, buyouts, Nash has gone through all the somersaults of the US aviation industry. She even worked for Trump Shuttle, an airline briefly owned by current President Donald Trump in the early 90s. During one unforgettable approach to Washington, her plane was hit by turbulence so violent that part of a toilet separated, and it seemed as though a wing hit the ground. "It was just terrible," Nash said, recalling lightning that "kept on coming in and I think we even flew over the White House that night, which was really illegal." The plane had to return to New York. Ten years ago, for her 50th anniversary on the job, Nash's plane was welcomed on the tarmac by sprays of water from fire engines -- an honour normally reserved for veteran pilots or the baptism of a new plane. Who imagined that Nash would still be there? "I am not going to work until I am 90," she says, before adding on the subject of retirement: "I don't want to think about it!" Bette Nash will celebrate her 82nd birthday on December 31.
  21. LAHORE: Pakistan People?s Party senior leader Aitzaz Ahsan denounced on Thursday the qualms earlier expressed by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq regarding assemblies not completing their tenure, saying that the Pakistan Muslim League-N is making statements which are misleading and deceptive. The senator was speaking to media outside Lahore High Court, where he claimed that the PML-N is habitual of blaming ?third parties? for its problems. The PPP leader said that the elections will be held on time and problems will be resolved soon. ?The Army isn?t hatching conspiracies against the PML-N, the judicirary is in fact providing it relief,? said Ahsan said. The PML-N is surrounded by the iqama-related issues, he stated. The PPP leader was of the opinion that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should be punished apart from being disqualified. Aitzaz Ahsan condemned the recent incident in Multan on Wednesday, in which lawyers protested the shifting of the judicial complex and resorted to vandalising the new building. He said that the Supreme Court or the LHC should have been approached by the disgruntled lawyers. On Wednesday, in an interview on Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath, the National Assembly Speaker said that he fears assemblies will not be able to complete their tenure. NA speaker expresses fear over assemblies not completing tenure Ayaz Sadiq expresses concern over delimitation bill not being passed yet Sadiq also said uncertainty was looming and has been fuelled by instances such as the delimitation bill not being passed. Also reacting to Sadiq?s statement, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif asserted that assemblies would complete their tenure and there was no problem which would lead to a delay in elections in the country.
  22. Are you alien to Bollywood and the humungous list of movies it has in its bag? Are you someone who has barely watched a handful of Hindi movies? Well, even if you have ticked the above boxes, there are certain names you will remember no matter what and Karan Johar is one such name. From making a cameo appearance in 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' to becoming one of the most sought after and successful directors in Bollywood, Karan Johar or as some call him KJo, has come a long way. © Dharma Productions Even if you don't remember most of his films, there is no way on earth that people will forget his directorial debut film! It was a movie which gave us a character no one else can ever dare to recreate – the one and only diva 'Poo'. Yes, we are talking about 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum' that completed 16 years today. Do you feel old already? We surely do. #I6yearsofK3G....a film that is exceptionally close to my heart....have the most beautiful memories...thank you @SrBachchan @iamsrk @iHrithik @kajol #jayaaunty #kareena #rani for making my experience so special.... A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:50am PST Even today, the wave of 'K3G' rules our minds, thanks to the ensemble cast, brilliant acting and of course an over-the-board script that struck the right chord with the audience. © Dharma Productions And now that very movie has completed 16 years and its proud director KJo shared an amazing series of pictures that took us right down memory lane. He posted pictures from behind the scenes and brought back all those amazing memories attached with the film. #16yearsofK3G......the age of innocence A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:51am PST Who do you think did it better? Karan Johar or Kareena Kapoor? Me overacting trying to teach KAREENA what to do!!! ð#16yearsofk3g A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 13, 2017 at 9:51pm PST Watching over the emotional climax reunion #16yearsofk3g A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 13, 2017 at 9:52pm PST We can already imagine Karan Johar saying (in Poo's style) “You're so P.H.A.T…Pretty Hot And Tempting”. It seems I was obsessed with Poo!!!! #16yearsofk3g A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 13, 2017 at 9:54pm PST And we found another reason to go and watch 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum' again. Last minute adjustments #16yearsofk3g A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 13, 2017 at 9:55pm PST While we were swimming in the pool of nostalgia, it was Kajol who stole the limelight with her hilarious reply. After Karan posted the picture, Kajol was quick to recollect that it was the same shot that was taken when she broke her finger and was on painkillers. © Dharma Productions As we were containing our excitement after reading their replies, Farah Khan too jumped into the banter and started a separate hilarious discussion altogether. © Dharma Productions From Amitabh Bachchan playing a typical patriarch, Shah Rukh Khan playing his obedient son who falls in love with a free-spirited Kajol and leaves the house when Amitabh disapproves of her, to Laddoo's insane body transformation and the self-obsessed Poo; every character made the movie a memorable affair for all Bollywood fans. But if at all there was a K3G sequel to be made, we would want a movie solely focusing on Poo's life.
  23. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the US-Korea relationship during a forum at the Atlantic Council in Washington, US December 12, 2017. ? Reuters WASHINGTON: No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behaviour, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson?s offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions. ?Given North Korea?s most recent missile test, clearly right now is not the time,? a White House official told Reuters. Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was ?ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk,? appearing to back away from a key US demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. The White House has declined to say whether President Donald Trump, who has taken a tougher rhetorical line against North Korea than Tillerson, gave approval for the overture. A day after Tillerson?s comments at Washington?s Atlantic Council think tank, the White House official, who declined to be named, laid out a more restrictive formula for any diplomatic engagement with North Korea. ?The administration is united in insisting that any negotiations with North Korea must wait until the regime fundamentally improves its behaviour,? the official said. ?As the secretary of state himself has said, this must include, but is not limited to, no further nuclear or missile tests.? In his speech, however, Tillerson did not explicitly set a testing freeze as a requirement before talks can begin. He said it would be ?tough to talk? if Pyongyang decided to test another device in the middle of discussions and that ?a period of quiet? would be needed for productive discussions. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Wednesday appeared to walk back part of Tillerson?s proposal, saying there would have to be a suspension of North Korean nuclear and missile tests for an undefined length of time before any talks could take place. ?And we certainly haven?t seen that right now,? she told reporters, insisting Tillerson had not unveiled a new policy and was ?on the same page? as the White House. Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea?s weapons advances have grown this year and recent exchanges of bellicose rhetoric have fueled fears over the risk of military conflict. Tillerson?s relationship with Trump has been strained by differences over North Korea and other issues, and he has seen his influence diminished within the administration. Senior administration officials said late last month that Trump was considering a plan to oust Tillerson, though the secretary of state has dismissed that. Tillerson said in his speech that Trump ?has encouraged our diplomatic efforts.? Trump, however, tweeted in October that Tillerson was ?wasting his time? trying to negotiate with North Korea. China, Russia welcome Tillerson offer Tillerson?s overture came nearly two weeks after North Korea said it had successfully tested a breakthrough intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put the entire United States mainland within range. North Korea has made clear it has little interest in negotiations with the United States until it has developed the ability to hit the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, something most experts say it has still not proved. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said following Tillerson?s speech that China welcomed efforts to ease tension and promote dialogue to resolve the North Korea standoff. Russia also welcomed Tillerson?s statement, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying. Ahead of Tillerson?s speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang?s most advanced ICBM, state media said on Wednesday. Despite that, a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tillerson?s remarks followed speculation North Korea might be willing to talk having announced it had completed a major milestone with last month?s missile test and suggested he was trying to take advantage of a potential opening.
  24. In this photograph taken on November 18, 2017, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari speaks during an interview with AFP at his home in Karachi KARACHI: A decade after Pakistan?s first female Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, her son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is striving to reclaim his mother?s mantle. Since Benazir?s death, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has seen its fortunes plunge, and few are willing to bet on Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, now the party?s chairman, shepherding it back to glory. In an interview with AFP, Bilawal spoke about expectations and the legacy of his family. With questions lingering over his ability to lead the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal argues that this youth is an asset: ?I have time on my side.? Bilawal is expected to contest the next general election from his mother?s seat in Sindh, however, he admits that his task is a lonely one. ?If I was to say I had a life, that would be a lie,? Bilawal told AFP, adding that ?Netflix is a life saver.? According to analysts, Bilawal faces an uphill task in the next general elections with Imran Khan on the ascent and the ruling PML-N of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif clawing at support.
  25. Brazilian side Gremio beat Mexico?s Pachuca 1-0 with a goal by winger Everton five minutes into extra time on Tuesday to book a place in the Club World Cup final. The 21-year-old substitute drifted inside from the left and hammered home a fierce strike that Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar Perez could do nothing to stop. The Porto Alegre side will meet the winners of Wednesday?s semi-final clash between holders Real Madrid and Al Jazira of Abu Dhabi in Saturday?s showpiece. ?We were nervous at the start and we didn?t need to be,? said Gremio coach Renato Portaluppi. ?We played football and we started to create more chances in the second half. ?It?s the end of the year as well, we are tired but we were the better team and now we can concentrate on the final.? Gremio, winners of the Intercontinental Cup - the forerunner to the Club World Cup - in 1983 and runners-up in 1995, will now aim to become the first non-European team to win the title since compatriots Corinthians beat Chelsea in 2012. Both Latin teams fought out a scrappy 90 minutes in Al Ain that featured 35 fouls and few clear-cut chances. Gremio were the slightly more positive side, particularly in the second half, with Edilson coming close to scoring with three free kicks and Pachuca keeper Perez doing well do turn a goal-bound shot from Luan round the post after an hour. At the other end, Gremio defender Bruno Cortez made two excellent blocks in the first half while Pachuca?s Victor Guzman scraped the outside of the post with a header after 80 minutes. The defeat was another letdown for the CONCACAF Champions League winners, who had Victor Guzman sent off for a second yellow card with 10 minutes of extra time remaining. The Mexican side have now played in five Club World Cup tournaments without reaching the final.