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  1. You may be accustomed to searching things on the internet and often you are caught off guard by the predictive search. Whether you're on Google or on any other platform, predictive search helps you reducing search times and can also result in things you are never meant to search. © BCCL Having said that, you can type two words in Facebook's search bar and you will be prompted with a few predictive options that you may click on by mistake. Remember, if you do type these words in the search bar while you're in office or school, you can get into trouble. When you type the phrase “video of” into the search bar, you will be greeted with some sexual or violent autocomplete suggestions. Of course, if you accidentally click on these search results, it won't exactly show you the content that matched the search suggestion. Here are a few examples: If you type just "video of" into you facebook search bar some very disturbing and horrible things come up..... what the heck @facebook ?! its seriously disgusting — Annelise Jr. (@annelisejr) March 16, 2018 Very normal predictions when you type "video of" in Facebook's search bar pic.twitter.com/6jm0j696O0 — Eric Morrow ð§ (@morroweric) March 16, 2018 Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh pic.twitter.com/tGuHvMLKzL — Mike Murphy (@mcwm) March 16, 2018 Facebook mostly shows results to find other Facebook users or what everyone is talking about. For example, if you type “Black Panther” or “Modi”, it will pop up what your friends or the pages you like are sharing on the platform. Today, Facebook is facing a similar conundrum as Google due to the auto prediction it implements in the search bar. Google has been spending years to clean up search results that are racist, sexist, anti-Semitic in nature. For example, if you typed in “Are Jews” into Google's search bar, it would automatically suggest the question, “Are Jews evil?” © BCCL Since then, Google allows users to report objectionable and offensive search results and now has a autocomplete policy in place that prevents objectionable suggestions to pop up. Will Facebook implement a similar policy? We will know in time. Source: Mashable
  2. SHARJAH: Luke Ronchi and Alex Hales powered Multan Sultans to post a 186-run target against Islamabad United on Tuesday. Maintaining his fiery form, Ronchi cemented solid basis for the United to reach a high-scoring total as he scored his third half-century in the tournament. The Kiwi batsman was well assisted by Alex Hales and middle-order batsmen, Asif Ali and Hussain Talat. Umar Gul took two and Imran Tahir took one wicket for United. Second Innings Spinner Samit Patel gave an ideal start to United as he bowled a double-wicket over by striking down Kumar Sangakkara and Saif Badar. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf and Amad Butt ended innings of Ahmed Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood respectively, while Shadab Khan dismissed Sultans' skipper Malik. First Innings Multan Sultans won the toss and elected to field in their match against Islamabad United tonight. A direct hit by Shoaib Malik ended opener United's opener JP Duminy's (6) time on the crease. The early setback was diluted by Luke Ronchi as he played a knock of 58 runs off 36 balls, including six boundaries and three sixes on the strike rate of 161.11. The Kiwi batsman was dismissed by legspinner Imran Tahir as he tried to slog sweep. Alex Hales gave an easy catch to Sohaib Maqsood at the cover area when the team score was on 126. geo_embedgallery United's emerging top-order batsman Hussain Talat (36) returned to the pavilion as Kieron Pollard took his catch. A blitz of four boundaries and one six came to an end. Skipper Malik confirmed that his team has made two changes in their squad as Junaid Khan and Hardus Viljoen were rested; Ross Whiteley and Umar Gul are in. Meanwhile, United has also made two changes as Alex Hales and Imad Butt came in for the respective places of Steven Finn and Zafar Gohar Islamabad XI: AD Hales, L Ronchi, JP Duminy, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Misbah-ul-Haq, SR Patel, Shadab Khan, Amad Butt, Mohammad Sami. Multan XI: KC Sangakkara, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, KA Pollard, Saif Badar, RA Whiteley, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Gul. Islamabad are in red-hot form, with five wins in seven matches so far. Their victory streak began from a dramatic win against Lahore Qalandars in Super Over thriller, after which the Reds defeated Karachi Kings, Lahore (again) and Peshawar Zalmi to secure 10 points and joint-top position with Quetta Gladiators on the points table. Misbah's side has been further boosted by the inclusion of England batsmen Alex Hales and Sam Billings, who joined the squad in UAE following the end of the series in New Zealand. Multan, however, look shaky at fourth spot. After a flying start to their PSL campaign, the team has been languishing and needs to win tonight to consolidate their place in the top four.
  3. With a genuinely quick pace and a fiery attitude, Kagiso Rabada has undeniably established himself as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from South Africa in recent years. For someone who came to the fore with his heroics in the 2014 U-19 World Cup, Rabada has not only evolved, but, in the process, he has become the bowling spearhead of the national team. His majestic spells and artistry with the ball were on full display as South Africa stunned India, the World No. 1 Test side 2-1 in the three-match series. Even in the ongoing ODI series, Rabada has been a force to be reckoned with, especially cutting a sorry figure for someone as experienced as Rohit Sharma. © BCCL While his bowling skills ranks him high in the list of top seam bowlers in the modern era, his feisty attitude and on-field display has often gotten him into trouble with the International Cricket Council (ICC). A similar incident came to light in the fifth ODI between India and South Africa which has earned him more backlash. Kagiso Rabada waves Shikhar Dhawan goodbye after finally taking his wicket. ð #SAvIND 5th ODI. ð The ð¥in this LAD! pic.twitter.com/wQhrN2942s — Andiswað (@bonoswagg) February 13, 2018 In the eighth over of India's innings, Shikhar Dhawan was looking dangerous and poised for yet another big score before Rabada got him caught out at deep square leg. And, as the Indian opener began his long walk into the hut, the South African seamer waved at him before pointing towards the dressing room. Taking note of the incident, the ICC found Rabada guilty of a Level 1 breach of its Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel and imposed a 15 per cent fine on his match fees. In the process, the 22-year-old also received one demerit point for his antics at Port Elizabeth. © BCCL The South African fast bowler now has five demerit points on his disciplinary record after receiving three demerit points against Sri Lanka in a ODI on 8 February, 2017 and one demerit point during the Lord's Test against England on 7 July 2017. Rabada was subsequently suspended from the Trent Bridge Test against England after his accumulated demerit points reached four following the Lord's breach. If Rabada reaches the next threshold of eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, he will be suspended again from either two Tests; one Test and two ODIs/T20Is; or four ODIs/T20Is, whichever comes first for the player.
  4. Ross Taylor acknowledges the cheer for his 17th Test century, New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd Test, Hamilton, 3rd day, December 11, 2017/Getty Images HAMILTON: A record-equalling 17th century by Ross Taylor had New Zealand closing in on a series sweep against the West Indies after day three of the second Test in Hamilton on Monday. The West Indies, set a world-record target of 444 to win, were in trouble at 30 for two by stumps with two full days of play remaining. It was New Zealand´s day as they shut down the West Indies for 221 to lead by 152 on the first innings. New Zealand declared their second innings at 291 for eight, with Taylor 107 not out, and then took two top-order wickets by stumps. Taylor joined the late Martin Crowe and current captain Kane Williamson on 17 Test centuries. The 33-year-old, who offered two chances in an otherwise majestic innings, reached the milestone driving Raymon Reifer to the boundary for only the 11th four in his 198 ball innings. Williamson was earlier out for 54 as he looked to lead New Zealand to a series sweep following the innings victory in the first Test. The current record for a victorious fourth innings chase is 418, achieved 14 years ago when the West Indies reached the target against Australia for the loss of seven wickets. Taylor did give chances in a near majestic innings, with a top edge from Miguel Cummins flying just out of reach of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and on 35 he was dropped in the gully by Shai Hope off Shannon Gabriel. Boult on hat-trick New Zealand were 263 for eight when Taylor brought up his hundred and with tailender Tim Southee (not out 22) plundering more boundaries they added a further 28 runs before declaring. The West Indies first innings folded quickly on the third morning with Trent Boult taking the last two wickets to fall in successive balls. But he missed out on a hat-trick when the West Indies batted again -- needing a wicket first ball he removed Powell on his third delivery. As New Zealand built on their lead, the West Indies continued to fight with Miguel Cummins reviving memories of a time when the calypso cricketers had seriously venemous bowlers. He zipped the ball around the ears of the New Zealand batsmen in a short-pitched salvo mixed with full-length deliveries to have three for 69. His scalps included Williamson for 54 when the New Zealand skipper could not get his bat down fast enough on a yorker the ripped out the middle stump. It was Cummins first ball after lunch and followed his first ball caught and bowled dismissal of Jeet Raval for four in the morning session. He returned to the short delivery to send off the inconsistent Henry Nicholls for five when an attempt to fend the ball away was taken by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich. Mitchell Santner had a life when an edge off Cummins burst through Dowrich´s hands to the boundary, and he was hit on the helmet when he ducked into a ball that did not bounce as expected. But when the short-pitched salvo ended it was spinner Roston Chase who accounted for Santner, caught at long-on for 26. New Zealand were 190 for five at tea and declared three wickets later to have 40 minutes bowling at the West Indies before stumps.
  5. Conor 'Notorious' McGregor is by no means a regular guy. The Irish fighter has made a name for himself after absolutely annihilating his opponents with his ruthless MMA skills in the UFC. However, his impeccable set of fighting skills recently drew a lot of criticism after he decided to deploy them outside the Octagon. The 29-year-old had recently courted controversy after rumours of his involvement in a bar brawl thronged social media. McGregor was reportedly heavily drunk at the Black Forge Bar in Crumlin, Dublin in Ireland before having an altercation with a fellow customer. According to reports, McGregor was seen by punters on Sunday night entering the bar before the melee erupted which involved the UFC posterboy, a young man, a man in his 50s and a fourth man. The reports further suggest that the young man was punched in the head, while the man in his 50s - claimed to be a close associate of drug dealer Graham 'The Wig' Whelan was punched twice in the face. Instagram/@thenotoriousmma But, if former MMA heavyweight Brendan Schaub is to be believed, UFC posterboy McGregor could very well be in some serious trouble. On an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Schaub revealed: "People that I know in Dublin are blowing me up and saying, 'It's real. Conor is in a bit of trouble,'". Check out the video of the said podcast below. "(McGregor) has a friend from one area of Ireland that's in the mafia and got beat up by these guys. Conor finds out that the guys who beat up his friend are in this bar, so Conor comes in there and beats the hell out of that guy. That guy is associated with a pretty intense mafia family over there, so now there's a hit out on Conor for $900,000," he added. Apart from Schaub, Irish crime reporter Paul Williams also spoke with a similarly ominous tone about the UFC champ's alleged entanglement with the Kinihan crime family on Newstalk Breakfast - an Irish radio program. Instagram/@thenotoriousmma "I have to say that Conor McGregor is in a very dangerous place right now. He has come into conflict through probably no fault of his own, with a group of very, very dangerous people who are tied up with the Kinahans," he said. If Conor is still in-country, Williams claimed that he'll be advised to leave. "I would say, in the next 48 hours, if he is still in the country, I understand from my sources that the Gardaí will be approaching him to give him a GIM form, which is a Garda Information Message, which is basically to tell him that there may be threats to his safety," he concluded. This isn't the first time McGregor has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. A few weeks back, his escapade at the Bellator 187 event where he was cheering for his teammate Charlie Ward ringside attracted a lot of criticism. In a turn of shocking events, McGregor rushed into the cage and shoved referee Marc Goddard before slapping a commissioner in the face.
  6. Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui perhaps didn?t anticipate the strong backlash he would receive once snippets from his book went public. The actor recently had excerpts from his memoir ?An ordinary life? published in a daily. Little did he know, that following the content being public he would be embroiled in a legal battle for defaming women he had brief affairs with. It came to the extent where he had to pull back his book and apologise on Twitter. Nawazuddin had revealed snippets of his affair with his ?Miss Lovely? co-star and another former girlfriend Niharika Singh, after which a Delhi-based lawyer filed a complaint against him with National Commission for women. Niharika had accused Nawazuddin for exploiting and disrespecting women in order to sell the book. The actress said she came to know later about Nawazuddin?s wife back in his village. Niharika said she didn?t have any knowledge of the content and she didn?t give her consent for the memoir. Sunita Rajwar, another woman mentioned in the book, said that the book is about manipulation of events, calling it ?extraordinary lies?.
  7. Yasir Shah took 2-25 as Sri Lanka struggled to 69-4, needing a rearguard action to save the Test. Photo: AFP File ABU DHABI: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah grabbed the key wicket of Dinesh Chandimal to leave Sri Lanka fighting to avoid defeat after the fourth day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The prolific wicket-taker took 2-25 as Sri Lanka struggled to 69-4, needing a rearguard action to save the Test. Pakistan will be expecting to push for victory in the opening match of a two-Test series on the fifth and final day. It was tough to negotiate spin on a fourth-day Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch, but despite a 32nd Test five-wicket haul for veteran Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath, Pakistan posted 422 to take a slender three-run lead. Sri Lanka had made 419 in their first innings. At the close, Kusal Mendis was batting on 16, with nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal on two, after a day of fluctuating fortunes. Herath´s 5-93 in 40 overs were well foiled by a brilliant 76 by Test debutant Haris Sohail, as initially, it looked as though Sri Lanka would take a first-innings lead. Pakistan then hit back in the second innings through Shah, who first had opener Dimuth Karunaratne caught for 10 and then dismissed first-innings centurion Chandimal, caught at slip, for seven. Sohail followed his responsible knock by claiming Kaushal Silva´s wicket, whom he trapped leg before for 25, while part-timer Asad Shafiq had Lahiru Thirimanne for seven. The 28-year-old Sohail´s impressive Test bow has come despite a career-threatening knee injury which required surgery in 2015. "The last two years were tough for me as there was a lot of talk on my injury," he said. "But thankfully I am here and played a responsible knock. I was under pressure because we needed to take the lead, so I had to play a responsible knock which I did." Earlier in the day, Pakistan too were struggling at 316-6 and were in danger of conceding a healthy lead with Herath using all his experience and guile. The 39-year-old left-arm spinner, who now has 394 wickets in 84 Tests, gave his team the much-needed wicket of a resolute Azhar Ali, luring him into an uppish drive which was brilliantly caught at short mid-wicket by a diving Mendis. Azhar´s defiant knock of 85 lasted more than five hours and included four boundaries, but with his dismissal, Pakistan´s hopes of building a lead looked slim. But Sohail had other ideas as he added an invaluable 50 for the ninth wicket with tail-ender Hasan Ali to lift Pakistan from 340-8. Sohail hit seven fours and two sixes before holing out to paceman Nuwan Pradeep, who finished with 2-77. Hasan´s whirlwind 25-ball 29 featured three sixes and two fours. The second and final Test ? a day-night affair ? will be played in Dubai from October 6.
  8. Firecrackers are very, very normal in the festive season. And so are Nehru jackets, Bandhgala suits, Angrakhas (cc: Shahid's Padmavati one) or for most men—long/short kurtas. However, personally, we're obsessed with the Nehru jacket. It can be dressed down, dressed up, customised in every way and can even walk parallel to its most formal cousin, the bandhgala suit. But last night, our interest in the piece was absolutely unparalleled. Reason being: Hrithik Roshan's recent outfit that featured a stellar Nehru jacket x Angrakha pedigree, left a stunner down Indian menswear for us. © Viral Bhayani From Manish Malhotra to Kunal Rawal, literally everyone's been on the Nehru jacket parade for years now. And since it's inception, there's never been a dearth of this ethnic wear staple at stores. Plus, there's velvet, silk, 100% cotton, mixed race with Angrakhas or Sherwanis, just so many interpretations the jacket comes in these days. And let's not forget, celebrities adore wearing it. But that's not what's important here, at least as far as Mr. Roshan's outfit is concerned. © Viral Bhayani If it hasn't hit you yet, there's a lot to love about Hrithik's outfit here. Let's begin with his top half—flap over detailing, a very unusual pop colour for a late evening outing, asymmetrical kurta and a small patch of fabric casually resting around his left shoulder. Phew...but great! The bottom half too, isn't far behind. His bottoms, to begin with, are neither too wide legged nor slim-fitted, but aren't looking odd at all. Having said that, the footwear pairing is our favourite aspect about this outfit! Not a very bold choice of colour, but blue oxford shoes with a pop yellow ethnic jacket is a smart choice, we must say. © Viral Bhayani Since you now know 'what to wear' and 'how to wear it' this festive season, keep your worries at bay and get back to the drill.
  9. KARACHI: Home Minister Sindh Sohail Anwar Siyal on Tuesday labelled Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain a "trouble-maker" and called for his execution on treason charges. Speaking to media, the home minister said remaining trouble-makers would also be crushed under operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. He said the provincial authorities have written a letter to the federal government for bringing Hussain back and punish him over the killing of two activists of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). "We are aware at whose behest such statements are being issued," Siyal said, in response to recent statements by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf and former home minister Zulfikar Mirza. Commenting on security during Muharram, the provincial minister claimed the provincial government has made foolproof arrangements to ensure public safety, besides requesting the Ministry of Interior for suspension of mobile phone services on 9th and 10th Muharram. Earlier to this, Siyal distributed orders for appointments in the agriculture department and its subsidiaries among nearly a hundred individuals, on the son-quota basis. "No one has any quota in government jobs. All of these jobs will be given to deserving people in the province on merit," he said.
  10. LONDON: Arsenal's Europa League encounter with Cologne finally got underway an hour late on Thursday despite police making arrests after dealing with "disorder" at the Emirates Stadium as German fans occupied home sections of the ground. Thousands of ticketless supporters of German club Cologne arrived at the Emirates, while travelling supporters who did have tickets were unable to gain access to the ground for the Group H opener, with kick-off delayed by an hour in the interests of "crowd safety". The match did begin at its rescheduled time of 9:05pm local time (2005 GMT), having been pushed back an hour from its original 8:05pm (1905 GMT) start. Some Arsenal fans called for the Cologne supporters to be moved to designated away areas but stewards decided to leave them where they were, with a club spokesman telling Britain's Press Association: "The players were relaxed and preparing for the game despite the delay... The decision to go ahead was the best option and the safest option." Cologne fans, who had been singing before kick-off, had even more reason to celebrate when Jhon Cordoba's 40-yard strike gave the visitors a ninth-minute lead. "Officers are dealing with disorder at the Emirates Stadium where fans have gathered for the Arsenal vs FC Koln match," said a pre-match statement issued by London's Metropolitan Police. "A policing plan is in place for the game. Additional officers have been deployed." A subsequent statement confirmed arrests had taken place. "Arrests at 2141hrs (2041 GMT) = four people have been arrested on suspicion of public order offences," Scotland Yard said. One social media post appeared to indicate scuffles inside the ground, with Richard Conway, a BBC sports news correspondent, tweeting: "Koln (Cologne) fans fighting with stewards inside Emirates stadium. Group arrived in home end and fought their way into away section." Earlier reports suggested as many as 20,000 Cologne fans had gathered in London just hours before Thursday's kick-off despite only 3,000 tickets being made available to away supporters. Posts on social media sites showed large numbers of Cologne fans singing and marching around Oxford Circus in central London. Meanwhile Arsenal issued a statement on their website warning travelling fans they risked being kicked out of the ground if they bought tickets in the sections of the Emirates reserved for home supporters. "Please note visiting supporters that purchase a ticket in the home end for this fixture are likely to be ejected from the stadium," the statement said. Cologne are currently bottom of the Bundesliga table, having lost all three of their opening games in this season's German top flight. But they qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth last term. Cologne coach Peter Stoeger, asked on the eve of the Group H opener if he had a message for the thousands of travelling fans, replied: "Enjoy the pubs!"
  11. Humanity is the biggest religion of them all and while the communal divide is largely driven by feelings sown by political scams, we are stronger than anything like that. Recently due to heavy rains in Uttarakhand, the Muslims in the area faced a lot of trouble in offering their Eid prayers. It is then that a gurudwara in Joshinath opened its doors and hearts for the Muslim brethren to offer their prayers. Uttarakhand-Devotees offered prayers at a Gurudwara in Joshinath as they were unable to do it at Gandhi Maidan due to heavy rains #EidAlAdha pic.twitter.com/FIzQientks — ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2017 Many parts of the country are struggling with the problem of heavy rainfalls already. The Muslims in the area used to gather at a ground in the area which was now flooded. So the management of the gurudwara called for this impromptu decision and offered their halls for the prayers. “The incessant rains for the past couple of days had rendered offering Bakr-Eid Namaaz at the traditional Gandh Maidan and local municipal board hall difficult. This led us to approach Govindghat-based gurdwara management committee senior manager Seva Singh for permission to offer Namaaz there. The gurdwara has ample space to accommodate sizable devout,” said Salim Raja from the Joshimath Muslim Committee. Back in August 2012, a similar situation of the rainfall made it difficult for the Muslims to offer prayers and the Gurudwara was opened for them. In a country where communal issue rise like the water level every day, we need these examples of brotherhood to remind us the importance of community and co-existence. © Twitter Eid-Al-Adha was celebrated all over the world. It is also known as the festival of sacrifice and is very important for the Muslims. Natural calamities can sometimes be a hindrance in rituals but instances like these make you believe that nothing is impossible if there is love and unity
  12. Bollywood?s seasoned actor Rishi Kapoor knows the style of remaining in news, while turning a complete blind eye to the controversy his social media posts can potentially stir. Recently, a police complaint was filed against the veteran actor for posting an indecent and offensive picture of a minor on his Twitter account, according to India media reports. An NGO, Jai HO Foundation submitted the FIR against Kapoor at Mumbai?s police station, stating that the case should be registered against the actor under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences and IT Act. The actor had posted a naked child's picture and following the controversy deleted it from his account. Although after a while he posted another video in which a young boy touches a girl standing next in line to him, who slaps another man in retaliation as she mistakes him as the offender. Rishi Kapoor ?concedes?, congratulates Pakistan on victory ?Yes Pakistan, you have defeated us. Well played, outplayed us in all departments! Rishi Kapoor in the past had posted tweets condescending the Pakistan cricket team in ICC Champions Trophy final in June. Following Pakistan?s historic win against archrival India, Rishi Kapoor congratulated team Pakistan for its victory.
  13. Scrapped aircraft at the tarmac of the former international Hellenikon airport in Athens, Greece, July 16, 2017. Photo: Reuters ATHENS: New York property developer Mike Angeliades has wanted to create a golf resort in his native Greece for a quarter of a century. But just when the plan seemed within reach, the past caught up with him. Three years ago Angeliades won a state-sanctioned competition to develop a beachfront property on Rhodes, the Aegean island he left as a teenager. Then last year the authorities dropped a bombshell. "The then culture minister ... declared the whole area an archaeological site," he told Reuters. Now the project to invest up to 400 million euros ($470 million) is stalled. "We are still waiting for an answer from the ministry on what they plan to do." Angeliades, who emigrated to the United States in 1960, is among a number of foreign investors ready to plow large sums into a country just emerging from economic depression, only to wonder if they're really welcome. Conflicts between development and conservation affect many countries. But in Greece, concerns for the environment and antiquities are combining with labyrinthine laws, zealous officialdom and hostile political ideology to create hurdles that even investors familiar with the country cannot understand. Greece's recovery depends largely on foreign investment. Seven years ago it embarked on a privatisation programme to raise 50 billion euros for the near-bankrupt state. To-date, it has brought in just 4.4 billion, and government critics say excessive red-tape is a major reason for the dismal performance. For frustrated developers, the suspicion is that Greece is biting the hand that feeds it. But many Greeks feel bound to protect their country's 3,500-year-old cultural heritage and some of Europe's most beautiful coastline from excess development, however pressing the need to raise cash. "There are some people who think that antiquities are a pile of rocks and they say 'oh well, we already have enough of them'," said Thodoris Dritsas, a member of parliament for the ruling leftist Syriza party. "Syriza lawmakers don't share that view," he told Reuters. Jigsaw Publicly, the Greek state says it is actively pursuing investments. But the track record seems to tell a different story sometimes, especially in the case of a waterfront property that was once the site of Athens airport. For the past 16 years, the old Hellenikon terminals have stood abandoned on a sprawling wasteland three times the size of Monaco, along with derelict water sport venues used for the Athens 2004 Olympics. Backed by Chinese and Gulf investors, Greek developer Lamda came up with an 8 billion euro plan to build one of Europe's biggest coastal resorts, covering 620 hectares (1,532 acres). The project was to be a game-changer for Greece, bringing in hundreds of thousands of tourists and creating 75,000 jobs in a country where unemployment is still over 20 per cent. Syriza strongly objected to granting a 99-year lease on the state-owned site while it was in opposition, keen to turn the area into a public park. Then after winning power in 2015, it was forced to relent on its ideological rejection of privatisation and accepted the development under a third international bailout deal for Greece. But the problems weren't over. Greek authorities delayed decisions on whether part of the old airport buildings should be classified as historic, and on the course of action should antiquities be found. Then the forestry department declared 3.7 hectares of eucalyptus, cypress and olive trees on the estate as protected woodland. The Lamda consortium, which includes Chinese conglomerate Fosun and Abu Dhabi-based developer Eagle Hills, had hoped to start work by June. However, the archaeological and forestry issues have delayed the submission of the plan and the start of a licensing process, a spokesman for Lamda told Reuters. The process is estimated to take about nine months, Lamda CEO Odisseas Athanassiou said, so now the firm cannot set foot on the plot before April next year. The trees stand in an awkward spot. "It's the tourist and entertainment heart of Hellenikon," Athanassiou told shareholders in June. "Millions of euros have been spent to determine where to put what and it's like a puzzle. You can't take one piece of the puzzle from one place and place it elsewhere." The consortium spent three months last year trying to persuade authorities the airport runway used for 60 years was not a listed monument. It also plans to plant a park covering about a third of the site, but still the project is languishing. The Greek flag flutters over the main entrance of the airport July 16, 2016. Photo: Reuters Mixed signals Since 2011, privatisation generally has made slow progress under a variety of center-left, center-right and technocrat-led governments. But the Syriza-led administration, which was dragged kicking and screaming into the 2015 bailout, has sent particularly mixed signals about Hellenikon. "The government considers Hellenikon its utmost priority," Deputy Economy Minister Stergios Pitsiorlas told Reuters. "There are a last few problems," he said, but a decree allowing the project to go ahead would be issued by the end of this year, as stipulated by the latest bailout deal. Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis likewise told local Syriza activists in April that the government would not put any obstacle in the project's path. However, a video of the meeting posted on YouTube shows him apparently questioning its feasibility. "If you see Hellenikon completed, give me a ring!" he tells the laughing audience. "I am convinced ... no private investor can pay out eight, nine or 10 billion from his pocket." Opposition to the project remains strong. "We think it hurts the economy, society, urban planning and the environment," said activist Panos Totsikas. "It is a monstrosity." Lamda unveiled a detailed plan for Hellenikon last month, setting off the start of a public consultation and other actions which are supposed to wrap up with the decree. Athanassiou says progress is vital in encouraging more investors to join his project and others. "Every day there is a delay, the country misses an opportunity to become not only a tourist attraction but also an investment and cultural one," he said. Archaeologists warn that development must not threaten the very sites that visitors wish to see. "If we fail to protect our cultural environment as a crown jewel, tourism products that potential investors want to sell will lose their value," said Stathis Gotsis of the Greek Archaeologists' Association. "Declaring and demarcating an area as an archaeological site doesn't mean that you cannot have an investment there. It can go ahead and be well protected and supervised by the archaeological department," he told Reuters. For instance, construction of the Athens Metro since the 1990s has unearthed important antiquities which are now on display for visitors and local people alike. Invest in Greece Privatisation is handled by a government agency, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF). This is responsible for sell-offs ranging from the railway network to seaports and airports. HRADF and the state entity which owns Hellenikon filed an appeal in May against the forestry authority's decision. A decision is still pending. New HRADF chief Lila Tsitsogiannopoulou said her agency has tried to "clean up" state assets before putting them up for sale but unforeseeable events hampered its efforts. "The agency's duty is to bring the two worlds to the same table and resolve the problems," she told Reuters. Foreign direct investment stood at 2.8 billion euros last year, an 11-fold rise since 2010 when Greece took its first bailout, with Germany the main contributor. But that remained 35 per cent lower than before the crisis in 2006. Doing business in Greece has not been easy. The country ranked 61 out of 190 countries, behind Mexico and Rwanda as well as most of its European Union peers, in a World Bank report. In terms of enforcing contracts, Greece ranked 133rd. Costas Mitropoulos, a former HRADF chief, blamed conflicting laws and inconsistent ministerial decisions for the general malaise. "That inevitably leads to delays, complicates decision-making and results in political interference," said Mitropoulos, who is now an executive director at PwC. Tsitsogiannopoulou insists the golf project on Rhodes will go ahead like Hellenikon. HRADF will fund archaeologists to define which parts of the plot could reveal antiquities. Angeliades said his final decision whether to go ahead with the investment depended on how significant the findings are. "It's not easy, as you understand, to build the whole project with archaeologists over our heads. It's a very big project and we cannot stop every time there is a finding." Like many members of the Greek diaspora, he has strong ties with his homeland. But he said: "How can any investor come and make an investment without living in fear that with any given law he stands to lose money?" Now aged 76, Angeliades fears his ambitions are slipping away. "This is a project from my soul ... and I am not getting any younger."
  14. Khursheed Shah addressing media in Sukkur SUKKUR: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Saturday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s disqualification would have repercussions for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan too. ?Imran would definitely be out if the prime minister is disqualified,? Shah claimed. Speaking to media here, the opposition leader said he has advised the prime minister to step down as his ouster would be inevitable after the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case. ?It is up to Nawaz Sharif now whether he steps down or not,? Shah said. Commenting on media reports about the disgruntled interior minister, Shah said that Chaudhry Nisar seems apprehensive about the ?junior politicians of the PML-N giving out reckless statements?, adding that he hopes Nisar recovers from his back pain and presents his stance before the public.
  15. What is the similarity between a foodie and a stoner? Both of them get happy and high doing what they love. So, to tap both these powerful congregations, Papa John’s (some employees to be precise) came up with a fabulous idea which kind of backfired on them. In what can be called a very dramatic investigation, a drug racket was busted in Sammamish, Washington where two Papa John’s employees were arrested for selling drugs. They were allegedly selling ecstasy, LSD, cocaine and other drugs outside the restaurant in their parking lot. © Wikimedia Well, it wasn’t any regular raid where the cops got a tip and caught hold of the peddlers. This investigation, which was dubbed as ‘Operation Extra Olives’ by the King County Sheriff’s Department, went on for nearly six months where two undercover detectives acted as potential buyers. You might think (while reading this) that we are narrating some thrilling movie plot where the cops busted the criminals in one of the most kickass ways, but it’s actually true. If you were travelling to Washington and visited Papa John’s and ordered for a pizza with “extra olives”, chances are that you would have got cocaine or marijuana instead in your pizza boxes. “Extra Olives” was the codeword used by the dealers and the buyers. © Pexels According to a report published in CNN, Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said “What the detectives would do is they’d order pizza and go out and wait in the parking lot. The employee would bring the pizza out and in the box would be the cocaine.” Initially, the cops got in touch with only two employees but when they ran out of stuff, the cops were introduced to their friends and that’s how they nabbed the other three. According to the investigators, they have recovered $28,000 cash, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, oxycodone, LSD and methamphetamine. Now, that’s insane. While the four were arrested, a fifth suspect later turned himself in. © Pixabay In fact, cocaine residue was also found around the Papa John’s cash register and in the employee washing area. However, Papa John’s steered themselves clear of this entire ordeal by issuing a statement stating that the pizzeria “has zero tolerance for this type of offensive and illegal behaviour. The franchise has confirmed that they employees involved with this situation are no longer employed and we apologize for their actions.” They further said, “The franchisee is working in full cooperation with local law enforcement to resolve this matter. Furthermore, food safety and sanitation is of the utmost importance to Papa John’s.” Well, clearly both the pizzeria and the customers got more than just pizzas. While, the former got arrested, the latter got their chance to score some stuff when their local peddler vanished from the scene. After this incident, all we have to say is that Papa John’s had more sides to offer than just calzones, breadsticks or chicken strips. Source: CNN
  16. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella before returning to Washington D.C. at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst SIGONELLA, ITALY: With trouble facing him back home, U.S. President Donald Trump ended his nine-day overseas journey in dramatic fashion on Saturday, addressing U.S. troops at a campaign-style rally. Trump flipped traditional U.S. foreign policy upside down on his tour through the Middle East and Europe, coddling Middle Eastern leaders with questionable human rights records while demanding traditional European allies pay more for their defense. At a Group of Seven summit in the resort town of Taormina on the island of Sicily, Trump refused to entreaties from the other six allies to maintain U.S. support for the Paris climate agreement, insisting he needed more time to make up his mind. In a hangar at Naval Air Station Sigonella, which is also on Sicily, Trump was introduced by his wife Melania, who has raised eyebrows during the trip by twice flicking away her husband's hand when he tried to hold hers. "My husband worked very hard on this trip and I am very proud of him," she said. Trump, whose Marine One helicopter landed from Taormina to the soaring soundtrack of the "Air Force One" movie, emerged from two days of closed door summitry to declare his trip a success. Trump said he had helped forge more international cooperation in the fight against Islamist militants, a threat he said was underscored by a suicide bomber in Manchester, England, and the killing of Coptic Christians in Egypt. "It was a tremendously productive meeting where I strengthen American bonds," said Trump. "We have great bonds with other countries and, with some of our closest allies, we concluded a truly historic week." Trump skipped the traditional end-of-trip news conference to avoid facing questions about a host of problems he faces upon his return to Washington later on Saturday. His May 9 firing of former FBI Director James Comey has raised concerns about whether he was trying to squelch a federal probe into his campaign's ties with Russia last year. The questions have been intensified in the wake of disclosures on Friday that a senior adviser, Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts with the Russians in December about opening a secret back channel of communications with Moscow. Trump used his trip to promote "America First" policies, promoting $110 billion worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and telling G-7 allies that the United States needs a more level playing field on trade. His body language on the trip demonstrated his typically brash behavior, dramatized by his demands that NATO allies pay more for their defense and his refusal to explicitly declare that the United States backs Article 5 of the alliance's charter, which requires each member to come to the defense of each other. His pushing aside of the prime minister of Montenegro to get in place for a family photo generated headlines across Europe. At Sigonella, Trump said his appeals to NATO allies to pay more was working. "Money is starting to flow in," he said. "It's only fair to the United States. We're behind NATO all the way. But we want to be treated fairly."
  17. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might be the richest cricket board in the world, but when it comes to Indian cricketers, the wages earned by the so-called demigods is way below global standards. So much so, that they are ranked fourth after England, Australia and South Africa. Realising the discrepancy in their salaries, the Indian cricketers have now urged the BCCI to fatten their purse. And, leading their chorus is none other than Indian captain Virat Kohli himself. Through a joint presentation to Committee of Administrators (CoA) and BCCI in Hyderabad on Sunday, Kohli and Team India coach Anil Kumble proposed a new three-tier gradation payment system with Test players being paid the highest followed by ODI and T20 players. © BCCL The proposal is believed to entail a hike of over 150 per cent from the current Grade A payments of Rs 2 crore to a whopping Rs 5 crore. While their demand understandably struck a chord with the Indian cricketers, it can potentially impact the elite status of former Indian captain MS Dhoni. Since, Dhoni is only plying his trade in ODIs and T20s, the new proposal, once into effect, could arguably see a notable deduction in the payment to the Jharkhand cricketer. It is yet to be ascertained if Dhoni would be made an exception once the new system is approved. Dhoni's fate hangs in balance with the BCCI's Special General Meeting (SGM) likely to discuss the proposal on 26th May. © BCCL According to the existing payment structure, Grade A players get Rs 2 crore, Grade B players earn Rs 1 crore, while Grade C players make Rs 50 lakh. The contracts are exclusive of the match fees, which is Rs 15 lakh for a Test, Rs 7 lakh for ODI and Rs 3 lakh for a T20 game. The new proposal will see someone like Cheteshwar Pujara - who only plays Test cricket - earn more than those featuring in ODIs and T20s since the Test gradation category carries a bigger valuation. Amongst a proposed raise for the cricketers, Kumble has also mooted a hike to the tune of 30 per cent for himself which could see his salary rise to around Rs 8 crore from the current Rs 6 crore pay-out. The Indian coach has also proposed a 50 per cent hike for the support staff. © Reuters If the recent media reports are to be believed, the CoA - appointed by country's apex court - is one the same page with the senior cricketers who also have the backing of the top board officials. The Indian board has also made it clear that the players will not be paid more than 26 per cent from the BCCI's gross profit from home matches and the ICC events. Unable to match the likes of Australian stars including Steve Smith and David Warner who earn around Rs 7 crore and Rs 10 crore respectively, Kohli's new proposal would surely aid the Indian cricketers but, by the looks of it, his brainchild will probably leave his predecessor red-faced.
  18. Photo: courtesy Indian Express Comedian and actor Sunil Grover, known for his character Dr Mashoor Gulati, has had quiet an eventful year. Sunil was in news for his feud with another comedian and talk-show host Kapil Sharma. As a result of the fight, Sunil walked out of The Kapil Sharma Show. Ever since, Sunil has done many live shows and was expected to perform in India?s city Ahmedabad on May 27. However, another show organiser filed a complaint of cheating and criminal conspiracy against the comedian, according to Indian media. According to the event organiser, Rajpal Shah, comedian?s manager had promised him that Sunil will perform at Shah?s event. However, the contract was breached and now Sunil is holding a similar show in Ahmedabad, Shah had claimed. Rajpal filed a complaint under section 417 and 120 (B) of Indian Penal Code. Upon this Sunil?s manager had said that they keep getting enquiries for a specific date in India and abroad. However, the comedian could not perform at Shah?s event due to another event, scheduled on the same date. ?I returned him the advance amount of `10 lakh? [INR 1million]. So there's no case of cheating and I have all the bank statements which I can present for the same," he added.
  19. Assistant Commissioner Ali Asghar - File Photo ISLAMABAD: Assistant Commissioner Ali Asghar was allegedly shown the door after a polio team vaccinated the excise director's child ? against the family's wishes ? on Thursday. Excise Director Mariam Mumtaz reportedly expressed her anger when the child was vaccinated despite her husband's refusal, sources told Geo News. Mumtaz conveyed her displeasure to the Islamabad Chief Commissioner Zulfiqar Haider following which Asghar's services were surrendered to the Establishment Division. In a written response to the chief commisioner's explanation call, Asghar stated that he was willing to apologize to the female officer despite not being at fault. According to sources, Asghar received threats from Mumtaz's husband. On the other hand, Mumtaz claimed that she had resolved the matter by allowing the polio team to administer the vaccination to her child. "The chief commisioner should be contacted for further comments on the matter," she said. An unrest in officers of the administration surfaced following the incident, sources reported. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/1d196d0625f22231d4871ea904dc4a16.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9NS8xOS8yMDE3IDc6MTU6NTkgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0yZjdMdDliMmdSV1N3MlNmQy81ZCtRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center]
  20. US President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey. The explosive new development on Tuesday followed a week of tumult at the White House after Trump fired Comey and then discussed sensitive national security information about Daesh with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The Comey memo, first reported by the New York Times, caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation. The White House quickly denied the report, saying in a statement it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey." Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the Republican president fired Flynn on Feb. 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations last year with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. “I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey, according to a source familiar with the contents of the memo. The New York Times said that during the Oval Office meeting, Trump condemned a series of government leaks to the news media and said the FBI director should consider prosecuting reporters for publishing classified information. Coming the day after charges that Trump disclosed sensitive information to the Russians last week, the new disclosure further rattled members of Congress. "The memo is powerful evidence of obstruction of justice and certainly merits immediate and prompt investigation by an independent special prosecutor," said Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal. Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the memo. Republican US Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of a House of Representatives oversight committee, said his committee "is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready." In a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Chaffetz set a deadline of May 24 for the FBI to produce "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President." Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan backed Chaffetz. "We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo," said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Legal questions Legal experts took a dim view of Trump's comments, as quoted in the memo. "For the president to tell the FBI to end a potential criminal investigation, that's obstruction of justice," said Erwin Chereminsky, a constitutional law professor and dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law. "This is what caused President Nixon to resign from office." But the experts said intent was a critical element of an obstruction of justice charge, and the president’s words could be subject to interpretation and possibly put into the context of other actions, like Comey’s termination. The fact that the president apparently said he “hoped” Comey would end the Flynn investigation rather than more directly ordering it “makes for a weaker but still viable case,” said Christopher Slobogin, a criminal law professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. Flynn's resignation came hours after it was reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House weeks earlier that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Kislyak before Trump took office on Jan. 20. Kislyak was with Lavrov at the White House when Trump disclosed the sensitive information. A spokeswoman for the FBI declined to comment on the details of the memo. An emailed fundraising appeal by Trump's political organisation and the Republican National Committee sent out after reports of the Comey memo said Trump was being victimised by an "unelected bureaucracy." "You already knew the media was out to get us," it said. "But sadly it’s not just the fake news… There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire 'America First' movement." The new development came as Republican and Democratic lawmakers pressured Trump to give a fuller explanation for why he revealed sensitive intelligence information to Lavrov. The information had been supplied by a US ally in the fight against Daesh, the officials said.
  21. NEW DELHI: An administrator of a WhatsApp group was in deep trouble for sending a message containing a morphed picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 30-year-old resident of Karnataka was arrested after a complaint was registered, according to Indian media reports. Indian police said that a picture of the PM was morphed to ‘look ugly and obscene’ and then forwarded. Although some reports claimed that the admin was not responsible for sending the picture but a group member was. As many as two Indian state governments had earlier issued directives last year, saying that social media admins were liable for content circulated in groups. Though the rule was overturned by the Delhi High Court last December, this arrest signals otherwise. Last October, in a similar incident, a group admin was held. BJP (India's ruling party) leaders had gathered at a police station in Uttar Pradesh to file a complaint against the man, who was allegedly overseeing objectionable posts against Modi.
  22. According to Business Insider, BlackBerry managed to sell only 200,000 phones last year and it virtually means they sold absolutely nothing. BlackBerry was a leader in smartphone sales not so long ago; however, this is not the case today. BlackBerry’s sales made up 0% or 0.0482 to be precise, in the last quarter of 2016. Business Insider managed to spot the stat in the report from research firm, Gartner. In the fourth quarter of 2016 alone, more than 432 million smartphones were sold all over the world, out of which BlackBerry only managed to sell 207,900 units that were running Blackberry’s native operating system. When compared to giants like Apple and Google, BlackBerry’s market share is almost negligible. In the same quarter of 2016, Apple sold 77 million units as compared to 352.7 million units running Google’s Android operating system. However, BlackBerry devices using the Android operating system are not included in the figures but the fact that BlackBerry’s endeavours to sell a successful smartphone are all but dead. © BCCL Google enjoys high volumes of sales simply because Google gives their operating system to smartphone manufacturers for free and most of these manufacturers operate in countries like India and China where low-cost handset sales are always hitting the roof. Apple’s strategy to keep prices high and selling their phones at a premium helps them maximise their profits. This is partly because Apple does not share its operating system with any other manufacturer, giving them the advantage of exclusivity and full control of their brand image. Source: Business Insider