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  1. It's a known fact that one of the greatest prequisites required for some good *** is how you initiate a kiss. Making out is as essential as pre-heating an oven to bake your goodies. If you need your baked goods to be perfect, play around with the temperature a little first. Most people have different techniques and indulgences where kissing is involved. If you're trapped in the fervour of emotions, kissing someone you like can be exciting and intense at the same time. If it's something casual, then it's only fair to have your tongue game on point and make it an eventful victory, with the most flexible part of your body. A good kisser, who knows how to use his tongue just about right, will go a long way, as opposed to someone who is just crappy at kissing. To be absolutely honest, tongue kissing can be a scary ordeal. It's like putting something moist and slimy into another person's moist and slimy body cavity and acing the technique. If you do it wrong, there is no coming back from it. I mean it's not as bad as being held at gunpoint or escaping a nuclear attack but it dims your chances to get laid, if at all. So, if you're a first timer or want to use your tongue with your partner more adequately, check out some of these super easy ways to do so. Take It Slow You're not going to war really, you're in a very free flowing, easy going sort of space so don't rush it! Unless, of course, it's a heated make out session. Ease your way into kissing and for crying out loud, don't stick your tongue right in at first and move it around like a mouse looking for cheese. Kissing someone should be relaxing and sensual, so go in nice and slow and when you settle in, you'll eventually find your groove. © Giphy Follow Your Partner's Lead You can tell almost instantaneously when the right time is to move in with your tongue. If they appreciate the initiation, they will open their mouth wilfully for you to go about and explore. Just take the lead here and go with your partner's flow and you'll fall in sync. © Giphy The Pressure Should Be Just About Right The pressure has to be just about right. Think about it like a handshake. If it's too aggressive, you'll end up squeezing the life out of someone's hand! If it's too limp, you're a pansy. So, it really all depends on the kinda pressure you apply. Don't force your tongue down their gullet, that'll just repel them. It will also lead to teeth clashing, or pushing them back with force, which can get annoying. Just be tender and gentle, when you first initiate a kiss. © Giphy Don't Shy Away If your partner isn't taking the lead then don't shy away taking it instead. It's absolutely okay to. Just slide your tongue gently and touch their lip with your tongue, so that they slightly part them, so you can slide your tongue all the way in. If they don't react, you needn't worry. Just pull back gently. They might not be ready for some tongue action yet! © Giphy How Much Tongue Is Too Much Tongue? Using too much tongue can absolutely ruin the kiss and make her lose interest in you altogether. When you start kissing someone, don't use your tongue at first. Think of it this way- your tongue is your final armour you're gonna slay her with! Figure how to use your lips instead, at first. Start with a slight peck on her lip and then caress her lips with yours before you pull the big guns out. When there has been enough lip action, slowly inch your tongue towards her lips and part them gently. Gently being the keyword. if you do it too aggressively, it can go a bit overboard. Remember, your tongue is a very strong muscle, so don't rush it in! Once there is some sort of reciprocation from her end, with her tongue, you start swirling your tongue around her mouth slowly and if she appreciates that, you're good to go! Always go with the 'less is more' technique. © Giphy Swirling Is The New Sexy When you finally find a home for your tongue inside her mouth, gently swirl it around at first. Don't thrust, it's not your dick! you want to feel her mouth with her tongue, not injure it! Also, don't lick her teeth or let your tongue lay there, flaccid wondering what to do next! It's best to kiss and tongue at the same time. So when you do swirl your tongue, use your lips to kiss her too. Here's a trade secret: sucking on your partner's tongue and lips is a big turn on and by sucking we don't mean suck the life out of it. Gently suck on either, like it's a piece of candy. © Giphy Practice On Your Hand Yes, you read that right! That's the best way to figure how much pressure your tongue is actually capable of. Try practicing on the back of your hand. Push your tongue against it as hard as you can then as soft as you can and when you find a middle ground, go with exactly that pressure when you use your tongue during the kiss. © Giphy There isn't anything to get nervous or anxious about kissing or getting some tongue on tongue action. If it's your first time with someone or first time ever, just go with your natural instinct and base that on your partners reaction to your touch. Kissing is therapeutic and tonguing is sexy! So mix the two up as much as you possibly can!
  2. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will allow the Chinese yuan to be used for imports, exports and financing transactions for bilateral trade and investment activities, in a move economists said Wednesday would simplify a massive Chinese investment project. Both public and private sector enterprises may use the yuan for bilateral trade and investment, the central State Bank of Pakistan said in a statement issued Tuesday. "As per current foreign exchange regulations, Chinese Yuan (CNY) is an approved foreign currency for denominating foreign currency transactions in Pakistan," it said. "In terms of regulations in Pakistan, CNY is at par with other international currencies such as USD, Euro and JPY," it added. The bank said that in light of a massive Chinese infrastructure project in Pakistan, the move would "yield long-term benefits for both the countries". The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $54 billion project launched in 2013 linking western China to the Indian Ocean via Pakistan, has been hailed as a "game changer" by Pakistani officials. They hope the power stations and transmission lines built as part of the project will help ease Pakistan´s chronic power crisis. Economic analyst and former government adviser on finance Salman Shah welcomed the State Bank´s move, saying that avoiding dollar transactions in the implementation of CPEC would "simplify matters very considerably". The Chinese economy is now one of the biggest in the world, he said, justifying the use of the Chinese currency of choice.
  3. Experts suggest less than 2 hours screening time for children under the age of eight Medical experts have urged smartphone users to limit excessive usage as this may lead to damage to eyes in the long term because of the many hours spent staring at screens. As much as we depend on our mobile devices for viewing and responding to emails, checking the weather, reading headline news, and posting status updates on Facebook, our smartphones may be causing us some vision problems. Health expert, Dr Sharaif Astori said long-term blue-light exposure may lead to juvenile macular degeneration and soon, a point may come when the eye cannot see real colours properly. He said, short-term and immediate effects include the formation of a red eye, lack of concentration and sleep, body ache, change in psychological attitude, etc. According to some studies, experts suggested less than 2 hours screening time for children under the age of eight. If a visual skill is lacking or not functioning properly, a child will have to work harder. This can lead to headaches, fatigue and other eyestrain problems. Parents and teachers need to be alert for symptoms that may indicate a child has a vision problem. Eye specialist, Dr Sadia Ahmed said the number of cases is increasing and more youngsters are coming to us with this problem. "Exposure to blue lights leads to stress, cataract, unstable concentration, headache and retinal degeneration." Youngsters are advised to spend less time on video gaming. "They should wear protective glasses, reduce the brightness of the electronic devices and avoid small screen phones. One should keep the fonts big to avoid strain on the eyes," Dr Sadia added. She suggested to blink eyes again and again, minimize glare, take breaks while using smartphones, adjust brightness, tweak text size and contrast and keeping a clean screen.
  4. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Image Courtesy: REUTERS video/Screenshot SEOUL: Kim Jong Un warned the United States on Monday he had a ?nuclear button? on his desk ready for use if North Korea was threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was ?open to dialogue? with Seoul. After a year dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over Pyongyang?s nuclear weapons program, the North Korean leader used his televised New Year?s Day speech to declare his country ?a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power? and call for lower military tensions and improved ties with the South. ?When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment,? Kim said. ?Both the North and the South should make efforts.? Kim said he would consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February. ?North Korea?s participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to showcase the national pride and we wish the Games will be a success. Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility,? Kim said. South Korea said it welcomed Kim?s offer. But US-based experts saw Kim?s speech as a clear attempt to divide Seoul from its main ally, Washington, which has led an international campaign to pressure North Korea through sanctions to give up weapons programs aimed at developing nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States. ?We have always stated our willingness to talk with North Korea anytime and anywhere if that would help restore inter-Korean relations and lead to peace on the Korean Peninsula,? a spokesman for the South Korean presidency said. Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee, said it welcomed North Korean participation and would ?discuss relevant matters with the South Korean government as well as the International Olympic Committee.? South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said North Korea?s participation would ensure the safety of the Olympics and proposed last month that Seoul and Washington postpone large military drills that the North denounces as a rehearsal for war until after the Games. Asked to comment on Kim?s speech, US President Donald Trump said: ?We?ll see, we?ll see,? as he walked into a New Year?s Eve celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. ?Pokes at the fissure? The US State Department did not respond to a request for comment on Kim?s New Year?s address, but analysts said it was an attempt to weaken the US-South Korean alliance. ?This speech pokes at the fissure that has lain below the surface in US-South Korean relations, and seems designed to drive a wedge there,? said Douglas Paal, a former senior US diplomat who heads the Asia program at Washington?s Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. ?President Moon needs a successful Olympics and the US drive to increase pressure fits poorly with the Southern agenda.? Evans Revere, another former senior US diplomat who took part in unofficial talks with North Korean officials last year, said Pyongyang would likely try to extract concessions as a ?price? for Olympics participation. ?It?s hard to imagine Seoul falling for this,? he said, adding that Seoul and Washington had so far stayed in synch in the pressure and isolation campaign. Revere said Kim?s speech contained the strongest defence yet of North Korea?s status as a permanently nuclear-armed country. ?Implicit in Kim Jong Un?s speech is a willingness to engage with others, including the United States, on the basis of their acceptance of the ?reality? of North Korea?s permanent nuclear status. That?s not a basis on which the United States is prepared to engage,? he said. Moon took office last May pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue. But North Korea snubbed his overtures, including an offer to hold inter-Korean military talks about ceasing hostile activities along the border, as it tested missiles at an unprecedented pace. Kim said that rather than encouraging US measures that ?threaten the security and peace of the Korean peninsula,? Seoul should instead respond to overtures from the North, and ?stop nuclear war exercises with foreign forces.? ?Reality, not a threat? North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September in defiance of international sanctions, raising fears of a new conflict on the Korean peninsula. After North Korea tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in November, which it said was capable of delivering a warhead to anywhere in the United States, Kim declared his nuclear force complete. He continued that theme in his New Year?s address, announcing that North Korea would focus in 2018 on ?mass-producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment?. That, Kim said, was ?irreversible with any force?, making it impossible for the United States to start a war against North Korea. ?The whole territory of the US is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office and this is just a reality, not a threat,? he said while emphasizing that the weapons would only be used if North Korea was threatened. Kim?s customary New Year?s speech is closely watched for indications of the policy direction the unpredictable and reclusive leader is likely to pursue in the coming year. Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for East Asia until last April and now at the Asia Society Policy Institute, said there was an argument to be made to encourage North Korea?s Olympic participation but that it should not be taken too far. ?It?s perfectly legitimate to dial down some of the signalling and the rhetoric ... but not to load up their tray with concessions in advance. We should reward responsible behaviour, but not try to bribe North Korea into behaving; that doesn?t work,? he said. Nam Sung-wook, a North Korea expert at Korea University in Seoul said Kim was likely to tone down his weapons testing ? at least ahead of the Olympics. ?What North Korea is most afraid of is being forgotten in the international arena,? he said. ?Without launching missiles and conducting a nuclear test, North Korea will be in the spotlight just by attending the Winter Olympics.? Harry Kazianis, director of defence studies at Washington?s conservative Center for the National Interest, said that if North Korea did participate in the Olympics, there could be a lull in tensions, but only a brief one. ?As we move into the spring, Pyongyang will once again test all different types of missiles and weapons,? he said.
  5. If you're reading this right now, looks like, you have a beard. Or a slight stubble to say the least (for your consolation, we're letting it qualify as a beard). But no matter what length, the truth remains: you need to maintain what you've grown on the face. Especially since it is winter, the dry-er months are here and in all probability, it's going to influence the quality of your whiskers. But fret not, we're not sending you on a hunt for 'grooming essentials', or giving a masterclass on beard-ing products. To make you the best version of yourself, easily and without effort, we're simply listing them down for you: 1. Beard Oil © Raw Nature As the temperature dips, it all comes down to moisturising the skin under your beard. Obviously, to keep it hydrated, soften that facial blanket and avoid an annoyance called 'beard itch'. Now, you'd ask why a moisturiser isn't a better bet instead? It's simple: beard oil is comparatively runnier than a usual moisturiser, so it'll reach the dehydrated skin underneath your mug, much easily. Makes sense? MensXP Recommends: Raw Nature's Coffee Bean Beard Oil 2. Beard Wash © Beardo For starters, let's just call it a beard shampoo. Because really, beard washes solve the exact same purpose: they grease out the dirt and oil build-up. And one of the primary reasons why your beard needs a timely wash, is because that's the only way of allowing usage of products like beard wax, balms etc (else, too may products will spoil the broth). Besides, there's no harm in keeping your strands clean, bro. MensXP Recommends: Beardo's Godfather Beard Wash 3. Beard Comb © Beardo This may sound alien to some, but #1: beards combs actually exist and #2: you need to hold them very dear. And not because we (or you) think they're cool, but because they help in absorbing your beard oils/balms deep into the beard; which is imperative. Plus, since its primary purpose is to separate individual strands, use the comb to style and shape the beard! MensXP Recommends: Beardo's Beard Shaping And Styling Comb 4. Beard Scissors © Tweezerman Let's burst your bubble: trimmer/shavers aren't the only beard trimming products of life. In fact, their much-cheaper cousin and absolutely basic, a pair of beard scissors are very existent and very crucial too. Especially, for days when there are pesky strands jutting out or when someone says, "Dude, your cheekbones and jawline skirting ain't tight". Snip a little and bring in change, quick. MensXP Recommends: Tweezerman's Moustache Scissors 5. Beard Conditioner © Clinique India Just how it is with hair conditioners, their beard equivalents solve the exact same purpose: soften the scruff. Which to be honest, after all the trimming and product application; is the least you probably deserve. Look out for ingredients like argan oil and shea butter. Or else, just buy the product above (or below). MensXP Recommends: Clinique For Men's Two-In-One Beard Conditioner + Skin Hydrator
  6. Awan denies ownership of the white Toyota SUV impounded by Customs officials. ? Geo News ISLAMABAD: Authorities on Friday impounded a not-customs paid vehicle in Islamabad, which was allegedly under use of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Firdous Ashiq Awan. Customs officials reportedly stopped a white Toyota Land Cruiser on the motorway and demanded documents from driver on Friday, which were provided. Upon inspecting the documents, it was revealed that the vehicle was non-customs paid, with its chassis number forged. When asked, the driver, Imran, told officials that the vehicle is under use of PTI leader Firdous Ashiq Awan. "I have been driving the vehicle for 3 to 4 months and have travelled to Lahore, Sialkot and Islamabad," the driver said in response to the officials' queries about the vehicle. Pictured is the driver, Imran, who was taken into custody. ? Geo News Awan, who has also served as federal minister for information and broadcasting between 2011 and 2013, denied ownership of the SUV. "This is not at all my car," the former minister said, rejecting the claims as "false and baseless." Customs sources, on the contrary, maintained the impounded vehicle belongs the PTI leader. The driver of the said car was taken into custody. The SUV has been dispatched to a laboratory for further verification, it has been learnt.
  7. Alright people, we know you have seen their photos and videos a hundred times already and are probably bored by now. But honestly, what can we do? With different photos coming up every other minute and setting the internet ablaze, we can't help but stare and wonder: How can a couple look so perfect? Their wedding was like a dream wedding: It was fancy but intimate, took place at an exotic and perfect location with everything and everyone just looking their magical, regal self, especially the newly-weds. The handsome groom even sang a song for his bride. How can we not obsess? First things first, here are two more pictures of the duo from an after-wedding party, looking great as always. With the DJ of virushkas wedding! #virushka #viratkohli #anushkasharma A post shared by Virushka (@anushkaviratwedding) on Dec 11, 2017 at 11:53pm PST Virat & Anushka During Post Wedding Party! â¤ï¸ð #VirushkaWedding #Virushka A post shared by Virat Kohli (@viratkohlifc) on Dec 12, 2017 at 12:01am PST Now since we have their new pictures out of the way, let's get to the good…no, great news. All these photos that we have seen till now are probably just the trailer. Because they obviously have thousands of other wedding photos waiting to see the light. And guess what? Reportedly, they would soon be in a magazine and not just any other magazine. Their photos would be published in a reputed American fashion magazine, the proceeds of which would go to a charity. A post shared by Sabyasachi Mukherjee (@sabyasachiofficial) on Dec 11, 2017 at 1:08pm PST Giving back to the society in any way and by anyone is always appreciated. We are definitely elated with this news since this is something that is extremely unique and would make their D-day even more special. Not just for them, but the rest of the world as well.
  8. The Lady Reading Hospital banned the use of mobile phones by hospital staff in operating rooms. Photo: PESHAWAR: The Lady Reading Hospital Medical Teaching Institution Peshawar banned the use of mobile phones by hospital staff in operation theaters on Thursday. Notification of the Lady Reading Hospital. Photo: Lady Reading Hospital According to a notification by Lady Reading Hospital medical director: "There will be a complete ban on use of mobile phone in operation theatres (regular OTs/ Emergency Deparment OTs) and all kind of staff have to keep their mobile in the lockers." The notification added, "Anyone found violating the order, their mobile will be confiscated and disciplinary action will be initiated against him/her." According to a research, as many as 66% surgeons using their phones in the hospitals, including in operating theatres and intensive care units. The use of cell phones in operating rooms is quite debatable. Some people argue that the danger stems from the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) produced by the mobiles, adding that they should be kept at a safe distance form the medical equipment. However, others have found that the electromagnetic radiation is not as hazardous as it is believed to be.
  9. [embed_video1 url= style=center] ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of Defence James Mattis called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and highlighted Pakistan?s concerns emanating from Indian use of Afghan soil, said a statement released from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Mattis also said that Pakistan has done much more than its due share despite capacity constraints but shall remain committed for peace as a responsible member of international community. He reiterated Pakistan?s support to peace and stability in the region, the necessity and right of Afghan refugees for a respectable and early repatriation and the existence of terrorist safe havens across the border in Afghanistan. The meeting was focused on regional security with particular emphasis on Afghanistan as well as other matters of mutual interest. COAS Bajwa acknowledged the history of US engagements with Pakistan especially the ongoing efforts for continuing the positivity for peace in the region. Earlier, Mattis said that Pakistan and US can jointly play an important role in the Afghan peace process. ?Pakistan and the United States, together, can play an important role to establish peace in Afghanistan,? Mattis said according to a press note issued by the US embassy. The US Secretary of defence further said that Pakistan should double its efforts against the war on terrorism. The top brass of the civil and military leadership, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, met the US dignitaries. Pakistan?s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant-General Naveed Mukhtar also met with the US delegation, the press note said. US wants ties with Pakistan to move forward, says Mattis after meeting PM US Defence Secretary is also expected to meet COAS General Bajwa during his Pakistan visit In his meeting with PM Abbasi earlier today, Mattis said that the US wants to take its longstanding ties forward with Pakistan and a common way needs to be found for continuous ties with Pakistan. Lauding the professional capabilities of Pakistan Army, the US defence secretary said he was aware of the sacrifices rendered by the Army and he values the capability of the force. Earlier, James Mattis arrived at the Nur Khan Airbase on Monday afternoon where he was received by officials from the defence and foreign ministries. Prior to arriving in Pakistan, Mattis said he intends to ?work hard on finding the common ground? and ?work together? with Pakistan ? where he arrives today for his first visit since taking over the charge of the Pentagon. The US secretary of defence's trip aims "to re-affirm the enduring US commitment to partnerships" in the region, according to a press release by the US Department of Defense. Mattis began his crucial five-day tour of the Middle East ? including Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait ? and Islamabad on Friday.
  10. File Targeting gangs in Britain who groom children to carry drugs with tough anti-trafficking laws and the threat of life in prison sends a strong message to criminals who enslave others, the country?s anti-slavery tsar and police said on Tuesday. Thousands of children - some as young as 12 - are estimated to be used by gangs to carry drugs between cities and rural areas in Britain, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA). Police forces have seen a rise in the exploitation of and violence towards children, and have identified more than 700 criminal operations in the so-called ?county lines? drug trade, said Vince O?Brien of the NCA, which is dubbed Britain?s FBI. By using Britain?s landmark Modern Slavery Act for the first time to charge alleged drug dealers in two upcoming criminal trials, the police and prosecutors hope to tackle the use of children as drug runners with the threat of harsher sentences. ?This is an important step, to send out a message to those exploiting and trafficking vulnerable people, including children ... that we can bring the full force of the law against them,? said O?Brien, who heads the NCA?s drug operations. Britain is regarded as a leader in global efforts to combat slavery. The 2015 law introduced life sentences for traffickers, better protection for people at risk of being enslaved, and made businesses check their supply chains for forced labour. ?Police and prosecutors must consider using this legislation to its full, so that these ruthless criminals are brought to justice for what they are ? child traffickers,? said Kevin Hyland, Britain?s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Using Britain?s anti-slavery laws to prosecute criminals who exploit children to traffic drugs may also prompt a shift away from punishing the young mules for drug offences, said Nazir Afzal, a former Chief Crown Prosecutor for northwest England. ?It starts out with money, but then these children - mainly young boys - become slaves to their masters,? said Afzal, who now advises the government and trains lawyers and judges. ?There is growing recognition recently that they are victims of slavery, having been groomed, blackmailed and threatened with violence,? he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. At least 13,000 people across Britain are estimated by the government to be victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say the true figure could be in the tens of thousands with slavery operations on the rise.
  11. JI Amir Siraj-ul-Haq on Saturday criticised the government's decision to 'use force' to disperse the ongoing sit-in in the federal capital. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Amir Siraj-ul-Haq on Saturday criticised the government's decision to 'use force' to disperse the ongoing sit-in in the federal capital. "The government's decision to use force against the sit-in has complicated the situation," Haq said. "Government representatives shouldn't have quit the use of dialogue [to resolve the matter]," he said. MQM-P chief Farooq Sattar said that the 'operation was inevitable,' but political parties should have been taken in confidence before launching it. Photo: Geo News However, Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Farooq Sattar said that the 'operation was inevitable.' "The operation, to establish the writ of law, was inevitable," he said. "But the government should have taken all political parties in confidence before launching it." The operation to clear Faizabad Interchange from protesters staging a sit-in commenced early morning on Saturday. The situation remained tense in the federal capital throughout the day after heavy contingents of police, Frontier Corps (FC), and Rangers were deployed to the interchange, where tear gas and water cannons were used disperse the protesters. Islamabad protest: Over 200 people injured, Pakistan Army summoned The Government of Pakistan summoned the army under Article 245 in aid of civil power The sit-in paralysed the federal capital for almost three weeks after protesters belonging to a religious party remained camped at the Faizabad Interchange. Protesters were staging the protest against a change in the finality of Prophethood oath in the law when the government passed the Elections Act 2017 last month. The change, dubbed a clerical error by the government, was immediately fixed as an amendment was passed later.
  12. Back in 1882, when Australia recorded their first Test win on English soil after beating England at The Oval, a satirical obituary was published in a British daily - The Sporting Times. The obituary took a dig at English cricket team, claiming it had died and "the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia". Since then, the mythical ashes has gone to become one of the most exciting and gruelling contests in international cricket. The environment is electric, the contest is closely-fought and the intensity is at an all-time high. But, what makes Ashes one of the biggest contests in the sport, is the quality of cricket on the back of some friendly banter. But, fast-forward to the 2017-18 Ashes series, and you'd realise how far this old cricket rivalry has come from its premise. There has been a great increase in the level of competition with a new crop of stars looking to make an impact. But, in the present day scenario, cricket seems to have taken a back seat with trash-talking and insults flying around. Reuters The build-up to the ongoing Ashes series has been classic case showing how current and even former players feel it's utmost important to intimidate each other by getting into their skin with words. But, how far is too far? That's exactly the question we left asking when the Barmy Army - a boisterous group of travelling English supporters - targetted Australian vice-captain, David Warner. Instagram/@candywarner1 The notorious fan group is infamous for rattling the opposition players with insults and vulgar chants from the stands. But, this time - thanks to the vocally chaotic build-up - they seem to have attained the license to go an extra mile. And, that's what the Warners and fans across the globe witnessed they used David's wife Candice to rattle the Aussie opener. Instagram/@candywarner1 The Barmy Army have posted the lyrics to some of their more offensive anthems where one song, in particular, makes reference to David and his wife Candice, highlighting her infamous toilet tryst in a Sydney bar with New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams. Instagram/@candywarner1 "Davie Warner is over the hill, Came second to Sonny Bill," the chant goes. The horrific insult is bound to infuriate the Warners and could prove particularly humiliating to Candice who is often seen attending her husband's matches with their two young daughters Ivy Mae and Indi Rae. Instagram/@candywarner1 "I wasn't in a state where I didn't know what happened, but you don't think of how your actions, when you're drunk, can have an effect on your life," Candice said of the infamous incident where she allegedly had *** with Sonny in a toilet cubicle at the Clovelly Hotel in 2008. Instagram/@candywarner1 Apart from his wife, Warner was also laughed at for his bar incident in 2013. Sharing a few drinks with Joe Root, Warner lost his cool and punched the England star after the latter reportedly held a wig to his face and mocked South Africa's Hashim Amla who is a close friend of the Oz batsman. "He'll only pick a fight with men in a wig, When he opens his gob, We think he's a kn*******b, With Root our captain we'll take the urn home," the Barmy Army anthem reads. The rivalry between Australia and England has always been fiery with a bit of a banter every now and then. But, over the years and especially in this series, the focus on cricket has gone down while the insults are getting more brutal and obscene - something which is not worthy of any series, let alone the hallowed Ashes.
  13. Honda Motor said on Monday it will use Facebook Inc?s custom audiences tool to find car owners with defective Takata airbags. Photo: Reuters file Honda Motor said on Monday it will use Facebook Inc?s custom audiences tool to find car owners with defective Takata airbags. The tool, which allows advertisers to reach a specified list of users, will match encrypted email addresses associated with recalled vehicle identification numbers to Facebook users. Japan?s Takata Corp?s air bag inflators have been linked to at least 18 deaths and 180 injuries around the world because they can rupture and shoot metal fragments into vehicles. Honda, whose vehicles account for 17 of the 18 deaths worldwide, has been by far the most aggressive in reaching out to affected customers. A report issued on Friday by an independent monitor of the Takata recalls said more than 10 million U.S. vehicles and 18.5 million faulty Takata air bag inflators remain unrepaired in the largest ever auto recall. Automakers have recalled or expect to recall by 2019 about 125 million vehicles worldwide to replace air bag inflators, including more than 60 million in the United States.
  14. ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry on Friday the usage of force against the protestors staging a sit-in at Faizabad Interchange is the last option. Chaudhry passed the remarks during a session of the Senate's standing committee on interior. He added that many options to resolve the situation have been used and the routes will be cleared soon. Chaudhry admitted that the government was deceived by the protestors as the representatives of the religious parties had promised, when travelling to Islamabad from Lahore, that they would leave after offering prayers but later refused The minister of state for interior further said that 14 cases have been registered against the protestors. Islamabad protesters issued last warning after defying court orders to disperse Two religious parties have been camped at Faizabad Interchange for over a week The chair of the committee, Senator Rehman Malik, also instructed the federal government and the Ministry of Interior to clear the routes and disperse the protestors in three days and also to submit a report regarding the sit-in. Chief Commissioner Islamabad Zulfiqar Haider told the committee that negotiations with the protestors have taken place on political, religious and administrative levels but the protestors have not changed their stance. Earlier today, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) took notice of the non-implementation of its earlier orders directing the dislodging of the protest sit-in at Faizabad Interchange. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed the authorities to vacate the key route from the protesters by 10am Saturday. Following Friday's court order, the district administration called a meeting in which it decided to give the protesters a 'last chance', according to sources. It was decided that the protesters will be given until 10pm tonight to disperse on their own. In case of a refusal, the government has put on alert the police as well as paramilitary forces. Supporters of religious parties have occupied the capital?s key junction as part of their protest against the change in the Khatam-e-Nabuwat (Finality of Prophethood) related clauses in the country?s electoral laws. They have demanded the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid and other officials responsible for what the government termed a ?clerical mistake?.
  15. New Delhi on Thursday announced driving restrictions that will take half the cars in the city off the roads after a spike in pollution that doctors have labelled a public health emergency. Photo: AFP file NEW DELHI: New Delhi on Thursday announced driving restrictions that will take half the cars in the city off the roads after a spike in pollution that doctors have labelled a public health emergency. "The situation in Delhi is so bad and if the pollution can be brought down in any way, we will do it," the city's transport minister Kailash Gahlot told reporters as he announced plans to limit private car use to alternate days from Monday.
  16. The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged farmers to stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to help ensure the drugs remain effective in fighting life-threatening diseases in humans. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals and humans is contributing to the growing threat of "superbugs", which become immune to existing drugs and allow minor injuries and common infections to become deadly. "A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement launching the UN agency's new recommendations. "Strong, sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe," he added. Millions could die Action is certainly needed: Researchers estimate that by 2050 some 50 million deaths globally will be attributable to antimicrobial resistance. A world without functioning antibiotics would be like "going back to the dark ages," warned Marc Sprenger, who heads WHO's Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat. "People will just die because of (regular) infections," he told reporters in a phone conference, warning that common procedures like hip replacements would also no longer be possible since the risk of infection would be too great." A review of nearly 200 separate studies, commissioned by the WHO and published in The Lancet Tuesday, indicated that cutting antibiotic use in food-producing animals could have a significant impact on the problem. Restricting antibiotic use in livestock and on fish farms led to a clear reduction in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in those animals, the review showed. A review of a far smaller number of studies meanwhile suggested "a similar association in the studied human populations, particularly those with direct exposure to food-producing animals," it said. Antibiotics have long been routinely used in healthy animals to promote growth and prevent diseases. In some countries, around 80 percent of the total consumption of medically important antibiotics is used in the animal sector, according to WHO numbers. This is believed to have contributed to a situation where "some types of bacteria that cause serious infections in humans have already developed resistance to most or all of the available treatments and there are very few promising options in the research pipeline," WHO said. The UN health agency is now calling for a complete halt to the use of antibiotics for growth promotion, and also for disease prevention, except in cases where disease has been detected in other animals in the same flock, herd or fish population. And it said it "strongly recommends an overall reduction in the use of all classes of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals." WHO categorises antibiotics currently used in humans and animals according to their importance to human medicine. It said animals should be treated with the drug listed as "least important" to human health, and not with those classified as "highest priority" or "critically important", which are often the last resort or only option for treating serious bacterial infections in humans. WHO stressed that there were numerous options to using antibiotics for disease prevention in animals, including improving hygiene and better use of vaccination.
  17. Miss Peru pageant contestants tore down the glitzy façade of the event as they used the platform to raise awareness regarding violence against women. In a segment, where the women are required to introduce themselves and give their measurements, the contestants highlighted the violence against women statistics in their country, reported Buzzfeed. The pageant organiser, identified as Jessica Newton, remarked that the decision to raise awareness regarding gender-based violence sought to empower women. ?Everyone who does not denounce and everyone who does not do something to stop this is an accomplice,? she added. Here is a list of all the women who shared the gender violence statistics of Peru: ?My name is Camila Canicoba and I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country.? Photo: courtesy YouTube ?My name is Juana Acevedo and my measurements are: more than 70% of women in our country are victims of street harassment.? ?My name is Luciana Fernández and I represent the city of Huánuco, and my measurements are: 13,000 girls suffer sexual abuse in our country.? ?My name is Melina Machuca, I represent the department of Cajamarca, and my measurements are: more than 80% of women in my city suffer from violence.? ?Almendra Marroquín here. I represent Cañete, and my measurements are: more than 25% of girls and teenagers are abused in their schools.? ?My name is Bélgica Guerra and I represent Chincha. My measurements are: the 65% of university women who are assaulted by their partners.? ?My name is Romina Lozano and I represent the constitutional province of Callao, and my measurements are: 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014.? Amid a global climate where known Hollywood faces have been alleged to engage in violence against women, and women speaking more openly about their abuse and harassment as part of #MeToo movement, the move seeks to put the spotlight on the fact that women across the globe are fighting for gender equality.
  18. LONDON: Britain?s navy has fired nine sailors serving on a nuclear-armed submarine after they tested positive for using cocaine, the country?s defence ministry said on Saturday. The crew were from HMS Vigilant, one of four Royal Navy submarines which operate the Trident nuclear missile system. ?We do not tolerate drugs misuse by service personnel. Those found to have fallen short of our high standards face being discharged from service,? a Royal Navy spokesman said. The Daily Mail newspaper reported that the sailors had failed drugs tests while the submarine was docked in the United States to pick up nuclear warheads and undergo work, and the sailors had been accommodated in hotels on shore. A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment on the location of the incident but said: ?There is no evidence to suggest any individual was under the influence while performing their duties.? The ministry also confirmed the submarine?s commander had been relieved of his command pending investigation, but declined to give details. Previous reports said this was due to an earlier unrelated incident. Britain?s four nuclear-armed submarines each carry eight operational missiles and 40 nuclear warheads, and have a crew of 135. Since 1969 Britain has had at least one nuclear-armed submarine on patrol at all times.
  19. US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis SEOUL: US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis on Saturday warned North Korea of a "massive military response" to any use of nuclear weapons as tensions remain sky-high ahead of Donald Trump´s visit to South Korea. Pyongyang in recent months has sparked global alarm by conducting a sixth nuclear test and test-launching missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, while Trump and the North´s young ruler Kim Jong-Un have traded threats of war and personal insults. Mattis, on a trip to Seoul for annual defence talks, maintained that diplomacy remained a "preferred course of action" but stressed, "our diplomats are most effective when backed by credible military force". "Make no mistake -- any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated," Mattis said at a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Song Young-Moo. "Any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response, effective and overwhelming," Mattis said, adding Washington "does not accept a nuclear North Korea." "I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States will accept North Korea as a nuclear power," he said. Mattis did not specify the threshold of nuclear weapon activity that would trigger a military response. Pyongyang´s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month that his country could test a nuclear bomb over the Pacific. But Mattis said Pyongyang should "harbour no illusion", saying the isolated state is militarily "overmatched" by the US and South Korea -- a key ally of Washington that hosts 28,500 US troops. ´Not rushing to war´ Mattis´ trip comes ahead of Trump´s first presidential visit to South Korea next month as part of his Asia tour which also includes Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. All eyes will be on Trump´s message to the North and Kim. Trump is expected to deliver a speech at the South´s parliament and to visit an US military base during a November 7-8 trip to Seoul. Trump´s recent remark that "only one thing will work" with the North fuelled concerns of a potential conflict on the divided peninsula where the 1950-53 Korean War had left millions dead. But Mattis has repeatedly stressed a diplomatic solution to ease tension during his trip to Asia this week, saying Washington was "not rushing to war" and its goal was "not war." North Korea ruler Kim Jong-Un Some Trump advisers have said US military options are limited when Pyongyang could launch an artillery barrage on the South´s capital Seoul -- only about 50 kilometres from the border and home to 10 million people. The North is estimated to have some 10,000 artillery pieces and at least 50 short-range missiles stationed along its heavily fortified border with the South. The country has made significant progress in its atomic and missile technology under Kim, who took power after the death of his father and longtime ruler, Kim Jong-Il, in 2011. Since then he has overseen four of the country´s six nuclear tests and hailed its nuclear weapons as a "treasured sword" to protect itself from potential invasion by the "imperialist enemy" the US. Growing nuclear threats by the North prompted calls by some Seoul lawmakers to deploy tactical US nuclear weapons in the South, but Song dismissed such a possibility. "We believe that tactical nukes are not worth deploying to the Korean peninsula," Song said, adding Seoul was capable of responding to potential nuclear attacks by the North without its own atomic weapon.
  20. Lounging on the couch, with a cup of coffee in your hand, if you've ever dreamt of becoming good-looking in an instant, let's burst your bubble—that's impossible. Because in one single word, 'neglect' isn't acceptable in men's grooming. The sunlight was streaming all over the couch (but you were without SPF-protection), you don't sleep well (because clearly, having coffee is more important) and hence, those bags under your eyes; all these habits are more harmful for your face than polythene bags for the globe. The problem is, most of us neglect certain aspects about grooming. And no, we're not referring to shower gels, face washes or shampoos/conditioners. Think night creams, nose/ear trimmers and other such products that gather dust in life. Remember: there's a reason why David Beckham looks like himself (even at 42), and not like a tobacco-chewing wrinkly dimwit. Nevertheless, it's never too late, tick off every grooming product below for some brownie points in life. 1. Face Serum © NNNOW Most men would be hearing these words for the very first time. Why? Because, men. Back to the point, face serums are a major boon for your skin. They're much lighter than moisturisers and drown deep in your skin to eliminate issues like dry skin, dark spots or visible fatigue. As per your skin problem, pick a product. 2. Night Cream © Kiehls You have a rule of washing your face before sleeping. Now, make another one: of using a night cream right before crashing. Unlike all the crap your skin goes through in the day, it gets some respite while you're happily snoring. Using a product that relaxes your skin (while it's already in hibernation mode) doubles the effect for its extended life. 3. Nose/Ear Trimmer © Braun You can dress well, smell great and even bed well, but with pesky strands up your nose/ears, you'll probably not even reach #3. So, do yourself a favour and snip those obnoxious strands. Just invest in a dual trimmer like one from Braun and drive right into a trim. 4. Hand Cream © Kama Ayurveda As opposed to your everyday face moisturiser, hand creams target the skin around your joints, knuckles or any dry spots that appear out of nowhere because of daily struggles. This is exactly why your hand needs a hand cream, and not just a moisturiser. Stop the neglect and invest in one today. 5. Under Eye Gel/Cream © Kaya When it comes to puffiness/dark circles, you need one single product to put things in place. Under-eye creams/gels with ingredients such as caffeine or vitamin K keep your blood vessels under the eyes in check and kick dark circles off your life. Point being, drop some cash on one.
  21. Life starts where the church ends. It's full of setbacks and pit falls. Results take time to show and if you aren't willing to put in the hustle, you won't make it. You'll be beat down on your knees and forced to not look up. What you do in situations like these decide your course of future. If you are going through such a situation remember why you lift. Remember what keeps you under the bar when the weight's trying to crush you. If life's taking you down, take life to the gym and remember these 5 things to come up strong and resilient. 1) Remember All The People Who Told You That You Wouldn't Grow. Remember The Discouragement. © YouTube Just like bosses who can't see you grow will discourage you at every endeavor you try to make, alike will be some gym bros. They will cut your way more than often. They will try to belittle you at every step. It will hurt but so does lifting heavy. The choice is yours. Either step down and fall back in your comfort zone or take the beating and ready yourself to slap them right back in the face with your hard work and success. 2) Remember The People Who Love You And Have Your Back. Remember The Love. © YouTube Love over hate. While haters will always be large in numbers, the people who love you should still prevail in your life. Whenever subjected to hate, remember the faces of people who have had your back, no matter what. A lot will try to take you down but only a few while levitate you. Count the evens and ignore the odds. 3) Remember The Efforts You Have Made To Come As Far As You Have Come. Remember The Struggle. © YouTube Road to success demands a lot of 'proving yourself'. So does progressing in the weights room. But make sure you prove things to yourself, not to others. Your hard work has brought you wherever you are. Don't start comparing yourself with others. Peer pressure is a silent killer. Even if defeats come and try to make you quit, just remember how hard you have worked to be where you are. 4) Remember The Passion You Have For Your Goal. Remember The Hunger. © Tnation Everything in life gets down to how hungry you are to achieve your goals. If you were hungry while imagining it, stay hungry while trying to achieve it and stay hungry while in the process. Just like The Rock says it- stay hungry and be the hardest worker in the room. 5) Remember That Withdrawal Is Not The Solution. Remember To Survive. © YouTube While sometimes all you feel like is pulling out of the situation but more than often that's not the solution. Everything seems to cave in and negativity surrounds but sun is only seen by the people who survive the cold night. Gains are made by guys who bear the pain and make progress. Quitting is never a solution. Surviving is.
  22. We all are enamoured with how the iPhone X works and we haven't really seen how it functions in the real world. We've seen countless images and recently videos by Apple employees interacting with their iPhone X smartphones. The Pre-order date is right around the corner and we have been getting more detailed and vivid videos of the iPhone X. © Apple A new video leaked and was originally uploaded to Imgur that shows the basic functionality of the iPhone X UI. Apple has made some drastic changes in the user interface in order to accommodate the iPhone X and one of those features is a new app switching gesture. The iPhone X has a glorious edge-to-edge OLED display and has also removed the home button to accommodate the screen. © Apple As of now, we don't know how the iPhone X and iOS 11 work together and how the UI accommodates the “notch”. In the short video below we can see how the app switching gesture actually works. All you need to do is simply swipe from one corner of the screen to the other. It feels natural and fluid and the animation makes it look even better. App switching on iPhone X looks pretty smooth. (via — Webastiaan the Sith (@sdw) October 25, 2017 Since this is the first iPhone without a home button, we can confidently say Apple did a wonderful job in compensating with gestures. It looks good, fast and intuitive to allow users to manage apps easily. Other gestures that are known to us is the multitasking feature, where a user simply has to swipe up to launch the 'card-based' app switching interface and long press the gesture to open the menu. iPhone X will be available for pre-order from tomorrow and you can follow our guide on how to get your hands on it.
  23. Even before its release, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘2.0' has been stirring quite a storm by releasing images and videos from behind the scenes. Earlier this year, the makers shared a glimpse of their magnum-opus project, through a short clip that showed how the team is gearing up for one of biggest releases of 2018 that will be larger than life. Well, when you have two stalwarts in one frame even terms like ‘unparalleled' and ‘exceptional' are understatements. © Lyca Productions While our excitement has already reached the pinnacle, the makers are ensuring that it stays there until the movie's release, by sharing awesome videos of the film's making. Director Shankar is spreading his Midas touch on ‘2.0' and thanks to him our curiosity and excitement is growing with each passing day. And if you feel that we are exaggerating about the potential of this film, then this video is for you. For those who don't know, this movie has been shot using the latest 3D technology cameras directly. While talking about the film, Rajinikanth said “I was mesmerized when I saw the first shot in 3D on the screen. I was repeatedly watching it.” Akshay Kumar too voiced his opinion stating that “Working in 3D was much harder than I imagined. From the film set to every single shot, it was important for everything to be perfect.” The actors were joined by the film's cinematographer Nirav Shah, and lead stereographer Ray Hannisian who further discussed about the challenges and efforts that go in while shooting a 3D movie. Hannisian has earlier worked with big guns like Katy Perry, U2 and The Black Eyed Peas. © Lyca Productions As we all eagerly await the release of this promising film, this 3D featurette gives us an idea of how opulent and kickass this movie is going to be. While Rajinikanth reprises his role as Dr. Vaseegaran, Akshay Kumar is making his Kollywood debut and will play the role of his nemesis. Actress Amy Jackson too is a part of this project. After watching this video, we can say that this movie is going to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2018, possibly surpassing the likes of ‘Baahubali' and Stephen King's ‘It'. It is slated for a January release.
  24. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled to regain communications services. The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites. Photo: Reuters File WASHINGTON: The US Federal Communications Commission said late on Friday it had approved Alphabet Inc?s application to provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through balloons. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled to regain communications services. The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites. Alphabet, which announced its Project Loon in 2013 to use solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to provide internet service in remote regions, said in an FCC filing it was working to ?support licensed mobile carriers? restoration of limited communications capability? in Puerto Rico. Earlier on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he was forming a Hurricane Recovery Task Force with an emphasis on addressing challenges facing Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. ?It is critical that we adopt a coordinated and comprehensive approach to support the rebuilding of communications infrastructure and restoration of communications services,? Pai said in a statement. Separately, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said in a Twitter posting late on Friday that he had a ?great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight. Teams are now talking; exploring opportunities. Next steps soon to follow.? Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc, said on Friday the company would send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island over two weeks ago. Musk said he was diverting resources from a semi-truck project to fix Model 3 bottlenecks and ?increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.? In late September, Tesla said it was sending hundreds of batteries that can store power generated by solar panels to Puerto Rico to provide emergency help in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
  25. A son of the late actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn on Thursday sued a children?s charity bearing her name to stop it from putting the Hepburn name on a wide array of clothing, handbags, portraits, umbrellas and other items. Sean Hepburn Ferrer, who once chaired the Audrey Hepburn Children?s Fund, accused the charity of infringing trademark and other rights belonging to him and Luca Dotti, his half-brother. Dotti and Ferrer had founded the charity, which was once called Hollywood for Children Inc (HFC), following their mother?s 1993 death at age 63. Ferrer?s lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles follows a lawsuit that the charity filed against him in February in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The charity in its lawsuit said Ferrer?s ?increasingly hostile actions? impeded its ability to take part in exhibitions and raise money, and sought to stop his alleged interference. ?We stand by the allegations in our state court case,? Steven Young, a lawyer for the charity, said in an interview. ?Mr. Ferrer, for reasons known only to him, continues to try to disrupt and destroy the ability of the Audrey Hepburn Children?s Fund to raise money for various children?s charities. We are confident that the judicial process will ensure a just result,? Young said. In Thursday?s lawsuit, Ferrer said he resigned as chairman in 2012 amid disagreements over spending, but let the charity use his mother?s name, persona and legacy case-by-case. He said he has granted no such rights since 2015 and that the charity?s subsequent infringements falsely suggest that he, Dotti or their mother endorsed them. ?HFC is contending effectively that it has been granted a perpetual, worldwide license to do whatever it wants with Audrey Hepburn?s name and related intellectual property,? Lawrence Segal, a lawyer for Ferrer, said. ?That is not the case.? Dotti did not join his half-brother as a plaintiff. ?There is a disagreement between Mr. Ferrer and Mr. Dotti as to the requirements for granting a license,? Segal said. Thursday?s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an injunction against further infringements. Hepburn starred in many successful 1950s and 1960s films, including ?Sabrina,? ?Breakfast at Tiffany?s? and ?My Fair Lady.? She devoted much of her later life to charity, becoming a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. US President George H.W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom six weeks before her death.