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  1. Five people in the swearing-in photo no longer work in the White House. Photo: NYT Below are the top White House officials who resigned, or were fired, dismissed or reassigned. FBI Director James B. Comey and Obama administration holdover Sally Q. Yates who was serving as his acting attorney general were fired by the . Chief strategist: Stephen K. Bannon Stephen K. Bannon. Trump decided to remove Bannon only seven months after he got on board. The former chief strategist is a right-wing nationalist who clashed with other senior White House advisers and members of Trump's family. A source close to Bannon said that he had submitted his resignation to the president on August 7. Communications director: Mike Dubke Mike Dubke. Dubke resigned just after three months of joining the Trump government as the communications director. He told colleagues that the reasons for his resignation were ?personal.? National security adviser: Michael T. Flynn Michael T. Flynn. Trump demanded Flynn's resignation more than two weeks after he was told that the national security adviser had lied to the vice president and was vulnerable to blackmail by Russians Deputy national security adviser: K. T. McFarland K.T. McFarland. McFarland, who was brought to the White House by Flynn, was named the ambassador to Singapore in mid-May. Her exit was announced just four months after she joined Trump's White House team, the NYT reported. Chief of staff: Reince Priebus Reince Priebus. Priebus was pushed out just six months after he was taken on board. Trump's chief of staff tendered his resignation after the US president told him he wanted to make a change and offered the job to John Kelly. Communications director: Anthony Scaramucci Anthony Scaramucci. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired Scaramucci just a week after he joined as the communications director, after a vulgarity-laced telephone call with a New Yorker reporter was made public. Press secretary, communications director: Sean Spicer Sean Spicer. Spicer resigned, telling Trump that he disagreed with his hiring of Scaramucci as communications director. He lasted on Trump's White House team for six months. Deputy chief of staff: Katie Walsh Katie Walsh. Walsh was forced out by Jared Kushner and other West Wing officials just two months after she joined. She joined the pro-Trump outside group America First Policies. Senior director for intelligence, NSA: Ezra Cohen-Watnick Ezra Cohen-Watnick. More than six months after he was appointed by Flynn, Cohen-Watnick exited Trump's White House team. He was pushed out by Lt Gen H. R. McMaster, who succeeded Flynn. Deputy chief of staff, NSC: Tera Dahl Tera Dahl. A former writer for Breitbart News who was appointed by Flynn, Dahl left the White House for a post at the United States Agency for International Development in less than six months after she was appointed as the deputy chief of staff of NSC. Middle East adviser, NSC: Derek Harvey Derek Harvey. No explanation was given for the exit of Trump's Middle East Adviser for NSC. Harvey was appointed by Flynn and was widely reported to have been at odds with McMaster. His exit came after more than six months of his joining. Director in the strategic planning office, NSC: Rich Higgins Rich Higgins. Higgins was forced out after writing a memo arguing that Trump was being subverted by an array of foreign and domestic enemies, including ?globalists? and officials of the ?deep state.? Senior assistant press secretary: Michael C. Short Michael C. Short. The senior assistant press secretary quit Trump's team just six months after he came on board. Short, who had been close to Spicer, resigned shortly after Scaramucci confirmed to reporters that he was planning to fire Short.
  2. Before I start off on the crux of this article, I'm going to say this: I think of myself as one of the “Smart Ones” I refer to in the headline here. Confused? Here's one of many such incidents… At a bar, I once had someone try to make a judgment about the way I drink my whisky (Yes, I'm a woman who drinks whiskey)—with mineral water, no ice. “Who mixes whisky with water?” the nutcase quipped, rather brazenly. “Umm… I do (also, what's your problem, dimwit?),” I snapped back, eyebrows contorted to the expression of someone who sees something weird. “Nah, a real whisky lover drinks it neat!” he retorted and gulped his Jack Daniels right down his gullet. You'll find proud pea pods like these in almost every club in a city like ours (guess which one I'm talking about). Cut to the present when I'm thinking that douche was so stupid and full of himself, his whisky might have spilled over of being that full. Pexels Now, coming to the point (because there always is one)… According to recent research conducted by two chemists, Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman, adding water to your whisky actually enhances the concentration of the flavour compounds that are said to be found on the surface of the amber nectar; and it is these compounds that add to the taste and aroma of the alcohol on being consumed. Pexels In an interview to the Guardian UK, the two chemists reveal that while neither of them is big on whiskey, what they are big is the chemistry behind the drink. So, to put to test, whether or not whisky tastes better with dilution, or when reversed, Karlsson and Friedman devised an experiment wherein the two of them developed a simple computational model to look at how water and ethanol—two of the most basic ingredients in whisky—interacted with a flavour compound called guaiacol that comes from charred oak casks, used to mature Scotch; known to have a characteristically sweet, smoky flavour. Björn CG Karlsson Karlsson went on to explain how one end of the ethanol molecule is attracted to water, while the other end is repelled. In layman terms the meaning translates to the fact that at very low concentrations, ethanol tends to collect at the surface, where the molecules can roughly align themselves in their preferred direction, with the water-repelling side facing upwards towards the air and the other, facing down—under the surface of the alcohol. At a higher concentration, the ethanol doesn't fit at the surface and so, it escapes downward and into the bulk of the liquid, clustered into pockets. The guaiacol is more strongly attracted to the ethanol than the water which means that the alcohol concentration determines how much of it is found near the top of the glass. So, the guaiacol follows the ethanol, wherever it goes. Following so far? Piotr Miazga on Unsplash So, what the paper that has been published in the Scientific Reports' journal says is that when whisky is diluted from 45 to 27% the density of the guaiacol at the surface of the drink is boosted by more than one third. Keep in mind that in a distillery, cask strength whisky is quintessentially diluted to 40-45% from an alcohol percentage of more than 60. Pexels To further solidify the findings, David Williamson, of the Scotch Whisky Association, added that diluting whisky with water also prevents the taste from overwhelming the more delicate and complex flavours of the drink. “The other factor is ... reducing the alcohol sensation on the nose and tongue,” says Williamson. So, adding water to whisky enhances the taste and the aroma of the drink, while balancing out the base notes with the more delicate ones, so the consumer can get a whiff and a taste of all of it. Matthew Pauley, an assistant professor at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, however, is of the opinion that in order to “take apart” a whisky's taste, he preferred the industry standard of diluting to 20%. “It's all very well doing it on a computational model. I'm not pooh-poohing the results, but I'd like to do the test.” Pexels Pauley may or may not be right but the research seems to validate what many of us whisky drinkers, who dilute it with water, already know to be true. And one doesn't necessarily need science to know so. When it comes to the exact amount of water to be used for diluting the drink, it's up to an individual's palate. So, while one might like to add ice cubes and let them simmer to contain the overwhelming taste of whisky; another might go for a balance of whisky with mineral water to really enjoy their drink—to each one's own. And that's how whisky should really be consumed any way. Unless, of course you want to turn out like the dimwit at the bar, or a Pauley, both of whom are too rigid (and I daresay a little pretentious) in their set “beliefs” of the alcohol.
  3. The two moth old issue was just about to laid to rest, but China (yet again!) decided to trigger Indians. This time they definitely hit us below the belt with this unbelievable video covered by China's official news agency, Xinhua News. But before that, here is a quick recap of everything that happened in those two months. 1. China attempted to build a road in the Doklam region – a disputed territory located in the Chumbi valley at a tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China. Bhutan obviously could not afford to act. Thus it sought India's help. 2. Chinese forgot one important thing, Indians don't like proper roads. Duh! On a serious note, if that road was made, it could pose threat to India and its national security at its so-called ‘chicken's neck' sector. 3. Chinese diplomats were quick to react and then began the Cold war. We don't care about that, as long as it isn't followed by a World war. Still, here are a few statements, in case you are a stranger to the capabilities of the people in power whose primary job is to keep civilians angry. From 3rd August, that is less than 24-hour after the invasion, six organizations nationally recognized in China—delivered a barrage of warnings to India stating the possible consequences of their actions. Wu Qian, China's defence minister said, “Don't push your luck and rely on unrealistic illusions”. In a speech marking the 80th anniversary of the founding of the PLA on 1st of August, Xi sternly affirmed: “Nobody should nurse any hope that we will swallow the bitter fruit of harm to our national sovereignty, security and development interests.” 4. Neither of the two involved countries can afford a war right now. Because Beijing is about to hold the BRICS summit in the Fujian province, which is one of the biggest foreign policy events for them. And India simply can't afford a war since China can attack the chicken's neck and part the North-eastern states from the remaining states of India. Also, the motive of wars like these isn't to resolve the issue, but to fuel hatred in the hearts of patriotic citizens. If it weren't true, India could release the China war report and lay the truth out in the open. Coming back to the parody of actual news, let's discuss the segment aired by the Chinese news network. The seven sins committed by India, which the reporter pointed out were: “Trespassing, violating a bilateral convention, trampling international law, confusing right and wrong, putting the blame on the victim, hijacking a small neighbor and sticking to a mistake knowingly.” © China Xinhua News GIRL! The Sardar jokes aren't funny. We used to make them in second grade. If you were trying to be funny, your clearly blinded self-efficacy definitely made me laugh. Also, stick tight to that job and also to your country. You would never find a job with that sense of humor in India or any part of the world (I imagine). © China Xinhua News We don't even need to apply wit in reply to this, facts will suffice. The least you could have done was a simple Google search. Here is how Google, India and Bhutan see the boundaries of the three countries versus how China sees it. © China Xinhua News © China Xinhua News She called us a bad neighbor. This one genuinely made me laugh. Half of the stingy Indians would be dead of starvation if we weren't good neighbors and supplied each other with everything from toast to toasters. This whole issue is an example of how good a neighbor we Indians are. We came to Bhutan's rescue against you bullies. Here is the entire video! Be warned, here's a trigger warning! #TheSpark: 7 Sins of India. It's time for India to confess its SEVEN SINS. pic.twitter.com/vb9lQ40VPH — China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 16, 2017 Listen China; there is only one way you are getting Doklam, “Aaja lad le”. I am sad that you won't ever be able to figure out the meaning of that sentence since you can't Google (established earlier) and more importantly don't care enough to look into the facts before making claims. PEACE!
  4. While the world is trying to reverse ageing and fitness models kind of represent the carnal desire for every one to stay young and fit, here is one absurd example of a fitness model who is spending millions to actually look like he is 60. IdÄ na Åniadanie. @pytanienasniadanie @tvp.pl . #fitfam #strong #instafit #muscle #fitlife #fitspo #beard #training #polishboy #selfie #aesthetics #lifestyle #ripped #polska #noexcuses #bodybuilding #bodybuilder #6pack #transformation #physique #fitnessaddict #fitnesslifestyle #bodybuildingmotivation #aesthetics #fitnessfreak #poland #warsaw #photooftheday #motywacja #luxurylife A post shared by Pawel Ladziak - Polish Viking® (@pavel_ladziak) on Aug 2, 2017 at 1:04pm PDT Sometimes life's heavy so it's better to be strong to carry all the weight... Thx @fotoman6 for photo A post shared by Pawel Ladziak - Polish Viking® (@pavel_ladziak) on Jul 24, 2017 at 9:00am PDT He is like new wine in an old bottle, combining the classic salt and pepper look with the body of a dapper dude. This is me in my natural habitat, surrounded by tons of heavy objects /metal. Keep on lifting . Photo by @fotoman6 . . . #biceps #musclemodel #shredded #motywacja #fitness #sixpack #gym #fit #gymlife #fitnessmotivation #fitgirl #beastmode #abs #gymmotivation #motivation #beast #determination #results #workhard #hardwork #discipline #fitness #fitspiration #gymtime #trainhard #staystrong #bestrong #beast #fit body #bodyperfect A post shared by Pawel Ladziak - Polish Viking® (@pavel_ladziak) on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:46am PDT He's known as the Polish Viking back in his homeland and is actually only 35-years-old! For all those who say that i never smile... sometimes i do! . A post shared by Pawel Ladziak - Polish Viking® (@pavel_ladziak) on Jun 19, 2017 at 2:17pm PDT His before and after pictures are more like a shocker, than a surprise Do you remember that photo of mine? I agree, it's so bad but it is motivation for me and you. Same as everyone I fight with my weakness. I still can remember where I started and where I am now. I'll never surrender because I don't want go back! Let's stick together team and make a deal - I motivate you and you motivate me!. A post shared by Pawel Ladziak - Polish Viking® (@pavel_ladziak) on Jul 25, 2017 at 10:09am PDT Perhaps he belongs to a rare breed of men who actually rock the vintage vibe harder than puberty ever hit them. long long time ago ðð¤£ð . #fitfam #strong #instafit #muscle #fitlife #fitspo #beard #training #hustle #hot #poland #workout #handsome #model #aesthetics #lifestyle #ripped #gymselfie #noexcuses #bodybuilding #bodybuilder #trainhard #6pack #diet #physique #fitnessaddict #fitnesslifestyle #bodybuildingmotivation #noexcuses #fitnessfreak A post shared by Pawel Ladziak - Polish Viking® (@pavel_ladziak) on Aug 1, 2017 at 1:04pm PDT I am actually going to call him Snow White. He's rocking this look better than any man we know.
  5. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that it is not right to say that we have resisted or had differences with all army chiefs. He added that he and his government has also had cordial relations with certain army chiefs. The former premier said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was affected due to the month long sit-ins "but inspite of that, the country progress". Sharif said this in an interview with the BBC on Thursday ? his first detailed interview with foreign news media since his ouster as prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him on July 28 in the Panama Papers case. Nawaz was ousted by former army chief Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless coup in 1999. After the coup, he was jailed and later allowed to leave the country and go into exile.
  6. Of all the noteworthy words our beloved Captain Jack Sparrow said in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, there was one dialogue that kind of stuck in our minds - “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate”. And we guess neither Johnny Depp nor the kids of BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada will forget those words, especially after Depp paid a surprise visit to the hospital dressed as Jack Sparrow. Today #BCCH patients were delighted by a visit today with one of the world's most famous pirates, #CaptainJackSparrow. pic.twitter.com/ORsDDsO84Z — BCChildren'sHosp Fdn (@BCCHF) August 15, 2017 No treasure can be bigger than bringing a smile on someone's face and making them feel special and Depp did exactly that. The hospital appreciated the actor's gesture by posting pictures of the 54-year-old Depp who is currently busy shooting for his new comedy drama ‘Richard Says Goodbye'. #JohnnyDepp showed he has a heart of gold by stopping by and spending over 5.5 hours with our patients and their families yesterday. pic.twitter.com/ZnJxqMzBqH — BCChildren'sHosp Fdn (@BCCHF) August 15, 2017 They wrote, “Johnny Depp showed he has a heart of gold by stopping by and spending over 5.5 hours with our patients and their families yesterday.” They wrote in another post that “Johnny Depp as “Captain Jack Sparrow” sails into Vancouver to visit BCCH patients.” Johnny Depp as “Captain Jack Sparrow” sails into #Vancouver to visit #BCCH patients. pic.twitter.com/rB3N9Z9tbf — BCChildren'sHosp Fdn (@BCCHF) August 15, 2017 Depp looked really happy and excited to be meeting and posing with the kids and we are sure that his young fans didn't feel any different. © Facebook / BC Children's Hospital Foundation In the five hours he spent at the hospital, he not only spent quality time with patients but also participated in sword fights with some of them and filled the air with laughter and joy. © Facebook / BC Children's Hospital Foundation In a video posted by the hospital on their Facebook page, the actor was seen playing with the kids and jokingly said one of the young patients “How do you do? I have no sword. I come in peace.” © Facebook / BC Children's Hospital Foundation The kids too were extremely excited and elated meeting their favourite pirate. One of them even said in the video, “I didn't wake up in the morning knowing I was going to see Johnny Depp today.” He didn't get out of his character while enjoying with the kids and made their dreams come true. This is not the first time that the actor paid surprise visits to his fans. In April, the actor reportedly surprised riders on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Last year, he visited Great Ormond Street Hospital in London as well.
  7. After a brilliant showing at the Paralympics and Deaflympics, India continued its fine run with a historic outing at the World Dwarf Games in Canada. The Indian contingent once again delivered a stellar performance in Canada after securing a commendable tally of 37 medals at the mega event. At the 7th edition of the World Dwarf Games where nearly 400 athletes took part, the 21-member Indian contingent bagged 15 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals. Joby Matthew led India's charge with six individual medals. Bangalore's CV Rajanna bagged a gold in the 200m race, while Devappa More won his gold in the 100m race. © Twitter Speaking to HT, Joby Matthew said: "I had a wonderful experience. I participated in badminton doubles, badminton singles, shot put, javelin, discus throw and power-lifting. We are very much proud to be Indian athletes". Wonderful effort by Team India. Standing tall with 37 medals(15 gold)at World Dwarf Games known as'Olympics of little people'held in Toronto pic.twitter.com/04R5J1mkct — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 17, 2017 “This year was fantastic. They have done an excellent job. We want to give a gift to the country on Independence Day. Coming here, we have been given so much respect, we are very proud of that. We are happy to give 15 gold medals to the country on August 15,” Team manager Shivananda Gunjal said. Brilliant! So proud of the contingent. https://t.co/iU4slJLrJW — Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) August 17, 2017 Their exploits attracted praise from all corners of the country, with Sports Minister Vijay Goel leading from the front. "Brilliant! So proud of the contingent," he tweeted. © Twitter Braving all the obstacles and making do with limited resources for their preparation, the Indian athletes left Canada on the night of 15 August with smiles on their faces and medals around their necks after they had the Indian tri-colour fluttering proudly for a record 37 times on the world stage.
  8. “We are just testing your security”! We don't know if HBO will be able to forget this sarcastic comment anytime soon, especially after their cyber firewall was breached yet again. Just like Daenerys and the Dothraki attacked Jamie Lannister's forces from the sky and ground in episode four's ‘Loot Train Attack'; a hacker group called OurMine took over HBO's social media accounts like a boss. HBO couldn't even fully recover from the blow of the Game of Thrones' script leak and the hackers are already back to haunt the company and the makers of the show. © Twitter HBO In fact, not just HBO's main accounts, OurMine didn't even spare the network's beloved ‘Game of Thrones'. They hacked into the show's Facebook account as well. To rub salt on HBO's festering wound, the hackers posted “Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security.” OurMine reportedly holds a notorious reputation for f**king things up with major entertainment companies. According to the BBC, last year, the group targeted Netflix, and later attacked Twitter accounts of Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Google's CEO Sundar Pichai. © Facebook HBO Although the posts were removed shortly after the hack, the damage was already done and Twitter , obviously, had a field day. @hbo looks like they got hacked again. This came up on my feed not 20 mins ago pic.twitter.com/TQMY04TicZ — We Have No President (@Alberto64971055) August 17, 2017 Well, there you go again, @HBO . #HBOHacked pic.twitter.com/VZNuC6GV2Z — Samyak Sibasish (@SamyakSibasish) August 17, 2017 Dear HBO. You might as well release #GoTS7 You are surrounded... #HBOHacked pic.twitter.com/XgU4BcVy3n — David Wald (@DavidRWald) August 17, 2017 OMG! Hacked again? Upgrade your security HBOðð — CEELIN (@CeelinRobles) August 17, 2017 And HBO is in some way hacked once again. I'm pretty sure that all of their passwords are set to HBO123. pic.twitter.com/z7sFdrlv2s — #Broken Jimmy Kouns (@JimmyKouns) August 17, 2017 HBO hacked again. At this rate prepare to see the season finale by Saturday... #HBOHacked — Ambassador Ortizðµð· (@SkyGriever) August 17, 2017 HBO to Hackers: Who trained you? Hackers: No One ð #HBOHacked — Mark Chhun (@mark_chhun) August 17, 2017 #HBOHacked that's what you get for hurting one of her dragons pic.twitter.com/NZEE86QUsx — osha (@oshawildling) August 17, 2017 #HBOHacked that's what you get for hurting one of her dragons pic.twitter.com/NZEE86QUsx — osha (@oshawildling) August 17, 2017 You need better guards.. ð#HBOHacked pic.twitter.com/Go2EMzbpSq — Saâd (@SAAD_NightOwl18) August 17, 2017 At least the hackers could have given HBO some time to recuperate from the leaks of the unaired episodes of ‘Game of Thrones' and HBO Spain's accidental broadcast of episode 6, but then we all know life isn't fair after all.
  9. Pak Sarzameen Party Founder Mustafa Kamal speaking to media on August 17, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party Founder Mustafa Kamal hailed the Muhajir community for ?breaking ties? with Muttahida Qaumi Movement while speaking to media on Thursday. ?As an Urdu-speaking man, I am quite proud of my identity. I am so proud that after 30 years of supporting MQM and its chief, Altaf Hussain, the Muhajir community no longer supports the party.? In the last 30 years, members of Muhajir community voted for MQM nine times, donated hides worth billions of rupees to the party, gave the party zakat. But, now the community does not blindly follow the orders of Altaf Hussain, he remarked. ?For the longest time, Altaf was considered the voice of the Muhajir community. Whatever he said, was believed to be the voice of Muhajir community.? However, now the community no longer wants to be affiliated with him, he said, adding that people have realised that Altaf Hussain is different from the Urdu-speaking community. PSP will not resort to violence, says Mustafa Kamal after worker's death The citizens of Karachi need to support PSP if they want to see a peaceful Karachi, said the PSP chief Altaf Hussain had urged his followers to celebrate day of mourning on Independence Day but the Urdu-speaking people paid no attention to it. Instead, the Independence Day was marked with fervour, he claimed. He further said, ?Indian channels were provided with photographs and videos of people burning the Pakistani flag. These images serve no purpose other than promoting propaganda.?
  10. Amir Khan posing with his ex-wife Faryal Makhdoom. Photo: Getty Images The controversial marriage of boxer Amir Khan to fashion blogger Faryal Makhdoom keeps getting more convoluted as more days pass. Recently, Faryal posted a selfie wearing an uncharacteristically casual outfit consisting of dark jeans and a black Kenzo jumper. But it was the glittering diamond ring on her left hand that really caught the eye. She captioned the picture as: ?Been Low key. But I promise I?m reading all your comments & love. I miss you guys.? Faryal then added the broken heart emoji and told her ?#instafamily? ?I see you.? Amir Khan, Faryal Makhdoom: Back together or going separate ways? Tweets, deleted ones, and a lot of blame game has left everyone confused After an ugly Twitter spat that led to what seems like a split between the couple, Faryal had finally broken her silence on Friday over her estranged husband?s accusations that she cheated on him with fellow boxer Anthony Joshua. "The screenshots sent to Amir were 'fake' and Amir thought Joshua and I were speaking? when we have never even met," she wrote. "Anger took the better of him and he tweeted away without thinking there was absolutely NO truth to it.? "It's all cleared up with both teams now and again, there was NOTHING like that going on. Apologies for all this nonsense. Let's get on with life now?" Amir appeared to have accepted her apology, as he tweeted Joshua her note acknowledging that there was no "truth to it" and wished him "all the best".
  11. Ever since stepping into the spotlight for their stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Mumbai Indians, both Hardik and Krunal Pandya have been busy scaling new heights in their respective cricket careers. While Hardik has been busy cementing his spot in the Indian side on the back of some brilliant performances, his elder brother Krunal has been playing his trade for India A. For the cricketers who fought off financial crisis early in their life, the Pandya brothers have clearly come a long way to establish themselves and support their family. On the 16th of August, the two Indian cricketers showed everyone what their father means to them. © BCCL Hardik had just surprised his father by slamming his maiden Test hundred during the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka. But, the biggest surprise was yet to be revealed. The Indian all-rounder made his father proud by gifting him a car. Krunal took his father to a car showroom, while Hardik was available on a video call from Sri Lanka. Hardik was apparently helping his brother and father in selecting the car. So glad to see his face lit up like thatâ¤this is the guy who should get all the happiness in life and deserves all the credit, my dad! pic.twitter.com/G55mBHpraw — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 16, 2017 Hardik shared the video of the entire episode with his fans on Twitter. "So glad to see his face lit up like that?this is the guy who should get all the happiness in life and deserves all the credit, my dad," he tweeted. When their father, Himanshu Pandya, agreed to buy the red car, the showroom manager came and said: "This is your car. You are the owner". Touched by Hardik's gesture, an ecstatic and emotional father took the phone and said, "I love you" to his younger son. Hardik, too, responded with a series of tweets that highlighted his love for his father. (2/4) He was the one who left everything what he had for me & @krunalpandya_official and which takes a lot of courage to do. — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 16, 2017 (3/4) Only for our careers and I can't thank him enough for all he has done. So that's a small surprise for him which made me cry ⤠— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 16, 2017 Moving from Surat in order to continue his sons' regular cricket training at Vadodara had already imposed tremendous hardship on Himanshu Pandya. Being the sole bread-earner for his family, Hardik's father - who had to shut down his small-time car-finance business in Surat in hopes of better training facilities in Vadodara - tried working in odd jobs to aid his family. The struggles of their family were already enough when his father got a heart-attack, not one but two heart-attacks in a single night. Six months later, Pandya Sr. suffered another heart-attack to the sheer horror of his family. But, a timely medical attention averted the danger to his life. © Twitter From that moment on, the lives of Hardik and his brother Krunal changed completely as their family witnessed their worst-ever phase in life with a financial crisis and the risk of losing their father haunting their very own existence. But, that was then, and this is now. The days of despair are far gone and it's great to see the Pandya brothers repaying their parents for all the sacrifices they've made to see them succeed.
  12. Someone seems to have cast a spell on some sneakers in New York. Like imagination taking a physical form, these shoes are seen with real time moving images and videos, just like the moving images in photo frames in J.Ks Harry Potter series. Isn't that magical. But, who is behind all this? © YouTube ShiftWear, a New York-based company had launched its concept on an online-crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo a year and a half ago. So the catch is that these shoes have a flexible HD display on them which is visible in daylight too. So, now, you can create, sell, and download any design with the same mobile app with which you will use to customize your shoes. Yes, just with a tap on your smartphone. You can set a playlist of your choice and check out the awesomeness. When you wear them, they will define who you are. The good news is that ShiftWear is not restricting the pre-orders to just New York as they can be ordered worldwide. So, whether you are in India or anywhere mentioned in their list, you can order them now. The company has very recently announced its six designs: two high-top, two medium-top, and two low-top sneakers, which are available in black-and-white. You can customize the fiber while ordering your sneakers which will add to the additional charge. The original cost is around $500 which is paid in two installments. After all, one sneaker, but many designs. Not that a bad deal! © YouTube These sneakers have a curved electronic display which lights up with color, pictures, and animations you choose. The app has real time design marketplace featuring the hottest designers and animators. So, the next time you like something you see, just tap to select it and instantly the design is right there on your shoes. Ta da! You can just change the design as easily you change your phone's wallpaper or ringtone. Now talking about the tech and durability, you have: © YouTube - wireless connectivity(Bluetooth and wifi both), which will let you pair and share any design. - It charges as you walk (Piezoelectric Effect) - Wireless charging to reduce the hustle, i.e. no need to plug in. You just have to place your shoes on a charging pad and that is it. - Packed with Accelerometer and Gyroscope that enables a step, tilt or move to trigger designs. - No surprise, it is stain, oil and dust resistant too. - They are waterproof and completely machine-washable - These ShiftWear sneakers have Kevlar fiber coated soles that stand up to the streets and are ready for any weather condition. Are you ready for some magic?
  13. VIENNA: Tests show that some imported egg products in Austria have been contaminated with a potentially harmful insecticide, Austria's food safety agency said on Monday, adding to the list of countries affected by an international health scare. Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, and hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands. "Fipronil was detected in a quarter of the samples," Austria's Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) said in a statement, adding that 80 samples had been taken from a range of products. Contamination was found in wholesale products used in the restaurant industry that had come from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland, AGES said, without elaborating. The contaminated products would be withdrawn immediately, even though there was no public health risk, it said. "The highest measure recorded was 0.1 milligrams (0.000003 oz) per kilogram (2.2 lb), or more than 10 times less than the highest measure recorded until now in Belgium," AGES said. Some national regulators in Europe have voiced concern that many contaminated eggs have entered the food chain, mainly through processed products such as biscuits and cakes. While a large amount of contaminated eggs would need to be eaten to show negative health effects, fipronil is considered moderately toxic and can cause organ damage in humans. Fipronil is widely used to treat pets for ticks and fleas but its use in the food chain, for example to clean out barns, is forbidden in the European Union. Germany received at least 28 million possibly contaminated eggs, nearly three times the number previously reported, the Neue Osnabrueckner Zeitung newspaper reported in Wednesday editions. It cited data obtained by the government of Lower Saxony from a European Union database. Dutch authorities on Thursday arrested two directors of the company at the center of the food safety scare, with prosecutors saying they suspected them of threatening public health and possession of a prohibited pesticide. Fresh eggs sold in Austria are mostly produced within the country, and the health ministry had said last week there was no indication that the Austrian poultry industry had been affected. The first reports of suspected cases in Austria last week involved eggs that had been processed abroad and imported. "There is no indication so far that fipronil was detected in Austrian products, especially in fresh Austrian eggs," health ministry official Ulrich Herzog told ORF radio. Batches of possibly contaminated eggs from the Netherlands and Germany have been shipped to Sweden, Switzerland, France and Britain, EU filings showed earlier this month.
  14. geo_embedgallery NEW YORK: Once outdated relics in a digital world, painted advertisements are flourishing once again in New York, putting a dose of hip attitude into 21st century commercial art in the city that never sleeps. Toiling under the blazing sun of a heat wave, Justin Odaffer puts the finishing touches to a Ray-Ban ad he has spent several days painting on the facade of an East Village building in downtown Manhattan. For the past seven years, Odaffer -- who has a degree in fine art -- has painted ads on walls in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago for Colossal Media, which has risen from nowhere to become the leader in painted advertising. "Basically we created a revival," says Odaffer. Without the company he works for, he believes painted ads would be hanging "by a very thin thread." But setting up the company in 2004 was a leap of faith, admits Paul Lindahl, co-founder of Colossal, which is based in Brooklyn´s hipster hub of Williamsburg. "Technology was taking over and there was really no need for hand painting at the time. Nobody cared," says Lindahl, who comes from a family of Hungarian immigrants. "It was expensive. It was slow," he concedes. "I didn´t know if there was a future in it at that point. I just knew that I loved it." Thirteen years later, his company has 70 employees, paints 450 to 500 murals a year in major US cities and is eyeing sales of $24 million in 2017. Even though painted ads take longer and cost more, they offer advertisers a unique opportunity to set themselves apart. Seeing painters in action can generate buzz on street corners. "People are astonished," says Odaffer. "That´s why this company has done so well. It´s because people can actually watch the process." But is it art? That buzz carries over onto social media, fueled by photographs and videos which enhance brand visibility and advertising, says Lindahl. "That brings value to what we do. What we realised along the way is yes, this thing takes longer than a digital ad or print ad but that´s part of the benefit. It´s performance art. People stop and they wonder and they´re intrigued." Chris Cockerill, general manager of the New York office for Lamar Advertising, one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the world, agrees -- even if the growth still accounts for a fraction of the overall market. "We´re seeing more around the city. It´s a unique product that advertisers are asking for now. In the past, it´s been something a little more difficult to sell," he says. Lamar does not work with Colossal. Lindahl attributes the growth to multiple factors -- luck, timing, the "do-in-yourself" trend and the enduring popularity of street art. Colossal secures its own walls and real estate, which means it can sell a package to advertisers with space and the painted ad without having to depend on another advertising company. But are commercial ads really art? Odaffer says definitely. "It´s still the same process as other street art," he said, adding that many of the painters started out in some form of street art. "I see nothing wrong with it," says graffiti artist BG 183, a member of the oldest New York graffiti collective that is still active, Tats Cru. "The quality of the painting has improved a lot," says Cockerill. "It stands out better than it has in the past. It makes them (advertisers) feel like it´s more of a hip-looking kind of ad."
  15. Remember childhood injuries, following which you were forced to drink hot milk mixed with turmeric (doodh with haldi)? Well, your elders were not just torturing you with a poor tasting drink but feeding your body with a very potent anti-oxidant compound. Turmeric, something which is present in every Indian kitchen is not merely a curry powder. Indians have known its benefits and used it as a medicine in Ayurveda since thousands of years. And lately, it has been backed by the scientific community as well. What Haldi Actually Is? The active ingredient present in turmeric i.e. curcumin is what gives it the distinct yellow color. It is similar to other polyphenols and is a very potent anti-inflammatory and cancer preventive agent. It is similar to Fish oil but it has a lot more benefits from cognitive to metabolic improvements. In this article, you'll learn how this ancient Indian compound can support your fitness goals. 1) A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Compound The effects of curcumin are very similar to any synthetic anti-inflammatory drug. While synthetic drugs have side effects and may only be prescribed when needed, curcumin on the other hand, is a natural substance without side effects. Inflammation is an essential physiological function. Without our body's inflammation mechanism we would have no protection against pathogens. Although, short term (acute) inflammation works in our favor, but prolonged (chronic) inflammation which is a result of modern day stressful lifestyle is a key contributor to many western diseases. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's and much other health detrimental conditions. Including curcumin in the diet ensures the prevention of chronic inflammation 2) A Powerful Pain Killer At Higher Doses This is one benefit that our grandmother knew well before science confirmed it. This is the reason why you got a glass of hot milk mixed with turmeric every time you got injured. Curcumin is proven to relieve pain significantly at higher doses of 400-500mg. The pain relief benefits were found in post-operative patients and people suffering from arthritis and osteoporosis. This is comparable to 2g acetaminophen in potency. (a powerful painkiller). 3) Joint Support In Old Aged Or Injured Individuals As discussed earlier, curcumin is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory compound. It is able to reduce a variety of inflammatory signals and a majority of they are linked with arthritis and swollen knee joints. In an eight month study with osteoporosis patients' the performance on the treadmill was significantly improved. Patients could cover twice the distance they could before after supplementing with curcumin. 4) Enhanced Cardiovascular Health Curcumin has shown to work against cardiac muscle growth (cardiac hypertrophy) and inflammation. This greatly enhances one's cardiac health and also prevents the risks of heart attacks and heart failures. 5) Increased Blood Flow Don't confuse increased blood flow with high blood pressure. The former being advantageous to health and latter is damaging. Increased blood flow has many benefits from better blood purification, greater lymph mechanism and overall well-being. Curcumin at the dose 100-150mg was able to produce improved blood flow results. About 80mg of curcumin was able to increase the Nitric Oxide content in blood up to 40%, which is greater than any other expensive nitric oxide or Pre Workout Supplement. Enriched nitric oxide content in the blood means greater pumps while weight lifting which we all love. How To Take? Although curcumin is present in turmeric kept in your kitchen shelf the concentration is extremely low: 1-2% by weight. Therefore, in order to get the benefits of curcumin supplementing with 50-200mg would be a better choice. You can also consume a high dose of turmeric 10-20g, enhancing the absorption of curcumin. Consume curcumin supplement with black pepper for better absorption. Peprica a compound present in black-pepper greatly boosts the absorption of curcumin up to 200%. Also, curcumin is a fat soluble compound so it'll be a better idea to have it with a fatty meal like who egg, dry fruits or meat. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  16. We live in a time where smartphones are getting bigger displays in smaller bodies but Xiaomi is still making a smartphone for people who love even larger screens and primarily consume video. Smartphones are usually 5-inch and upwards in size today and are now considered the norm. However, the phablet market is still largely left untapped. Today, a 6-inch smartphone is considered to be large enough to fall into that category and we used the smartphone to draw some conclusions. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Mi Max 2 is meant for users who love large screens and a massive battery to support their habits of consuming video content. The Mi Max 2 has a 6.44-inch screen and is priced at Rs 16,999. Let's find out what the massive budget phone has to offer. What We Love The Mi Max 2 has a beautiful metal unibody in tandem with other Xiaomi smartphones and has the same characteristics as its predecessor. There is no camera bump and has the fingerprint sensor at the back for easy accessibility. Being a massive smartphone, the placement of the fingerprint reader is within reach and aids in unlocking the device without any problems. It has curves in the right places to make the smartphone fit perfectly in your palm. The smartphone may have a 6.44-inch screen, but the smartphone feels big enough to be considered compact for its size when in hand. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The marquee feature of the smartphone is obviously the screen and the display on the Mi Max 2 is just wow. For a phone that does not cost as much as other large screen phones, Xiaomi has done a great job at keeping the colours very vivid. In order to consume video content, you need to have good speakers to hear audio. The smartphone has two stereo speakers to give that extra crisp and warm audio. In fact, when I use the smartphone to watch videos in my bathroom (we all do it), I do not need earphones since the clarity of the audio is good enough to keep me engrossed. The smartphone performs well when it comes to daily usage. We experienced no such glitches or lag while browsing the internet or trying to use basic functionalities. The Mi Max 2 has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor which made the experience very fluid and intuitive. The chipset was coupled with 4GB of RAM that is more than enough to watch videos and play games without any glitches. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Mi Max 2 boasts of a massive battery and rightfully so. It has a 5,300 mAh battery that easily lasts up to 2 days. Of course, if you watch videos for hours you can expect the smartphone to last 1 full day. The massive battery also acts as a safety net so that you can keep watching videos for a long time without having to charge the phone every few hours. The Mi Max 2 also comes with a USB-C port that aides in faster charging times. What Can Be Improved Being a massive smartphone, you can expect it to cause a little discomfort when it's in your pocket. Being my personal opinion, the smartphone is not easy to carry in your front pocket due to the massive body. If you wear skinny jeans or even normal jeans, you're better off storing the smartphone in your back pocket. The Mi Max 2 has a 12-megapixel primary camera which did not meet up to Xiaomi's standards in our opinion. When comparing other Xiaomi smartphones to the Mi Max 2, we definitely think that the camera needs to be improved. The smartphone would often over-expose images and even struggle to autofocus for macro shots. Low-light photography is also not dependable often leaving images with a lot of noise and grain. Having said that, the manual mode let us take some amazing shots and you can have a look below to draw your own conclusions: © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Final Say © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a great device if you love to consume video content. The affordable price of the Mi Max 2 makes it the only smartphone in the category to offer such a large screen. The Mi Max 2 caters to a niche that may not appeal to everyone but still does the job it is meant for. If you love photography and want a budget smartphone, we would recommend the Red Note 4 instead of Mi Max 2. In my honest opinion, the Mi Max 2 would make a great secondary device to watch content and play games but would impractical to use every day as it won't even fit my front pocket. Having said that, it is still easier to use the Mi Max 2 over a tablet and is perfect if you travel a lot.
  17. He is a star, adored by millions of fans; he is Bollywood's original khiladi; he is fit as a fiddle even at 50; and yet he takes out time to cook at home. Not just cook an ordinary meal, but make white chocolate mousse for his dinner guests. Akshay Kumar, you are setting the bar too high for us ordinary mortals. Twinkle Khanna shared a picture of her husband Akshay Kumar and son Aarav, making dessert for their guests. Father and son busy making soufflé and layered white chocolate mousse for our dinner guests.I have trained my boys well :) #dessertstory #sundayshenanigans A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Aug 13, 2017 at 4:05am PDT Akshay's cooking skills are no surprise; the actor worked as a chef in Bangkok where he had gone for martial arts training. A man of many talents, he makes sure his children imbibe them too. He is known to have trained son Aarav with a strict fitness routine. His son has a black belt in Kudo, a Japanese martial art. Every day is a #FathersDay if you have a son like that :) #MakingMemories â¬#blessed A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:44am PDT One of the biggest Bollywood stars in the country right now, Akshay has time and again spoken up for what's right. With the release of his latest film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', Akshay bats for the need of toilets in villages. Now you could be the biggest star of the country but at the end of the day, you still have to cook for the missus! Perfect husband, perfect father, perfect khiladi. Okay gotta go; have to start learning how to boil water.
  18. Mumbai--this city has a different meaning to different people. Whether you are a Mumbaikar or not, this city will surely make its place in your heart. For some, it's that place that gives a kick start to your dreams while for some it's a place that teaches you a lot about life. But for people who love to explore their taste goblets, Mumbai is one such place that has all kinds of places under its roof. Yeah, we definitely love it for the huge variety of food that it serves you. When visiting this place you tend to visit popular places like Kala Ghoda Cafe, Leopold Cafe, so on and so forth, but Mumbai has other tons of places that every millennial must visit. To give you an idea of where you should visit next, here's our pick of must try out 8 places in the Maximum city. Try out a new eatery every day! Cafe Bandra © Facebook Well, there isn't anyone who hasn't heard of Bhhaijaanz. The same team has come up this new place Cafe Bandra and boy it offers you a variety of cuisines. Just when you think you have enough theme-based eateries, this place comes up. Just when you enter you can't help but look at the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and a map of Bandra, made with plenty of screws. The menu has plenty of options from tandoor items to fusion dishes, make your pick. A perfect homage to Bandra. Where: 85 Luis Belle, near Toto's Garage, junction of 16th and 30th Road, Bandra West. Cost for 2: 1200 approximately. What to eat: Coriander Relish Sweet Potato, Sriracha Prawns, and Whatman Burger. Above and Beyond © Facebook The vibrant interior is the first thing that grabs your attention here. Nestled in Mahakali, Andheri East, this is an ideal place for your friends to eat, gossip, drink and play board games all day long. A great option for vegetarians and we guarantee you that nothing on the menu will disappoint you. From drinks, appetizers to mains, everything tastes excellent. The great thing is that it also serves Sheesha. Where: Ramanna Compound, Mahakali Caves Road, Opposite Dominos Pizza, Andheri East Cost for 2: 1000 (doesn't serve alcohol) What to eat: Lovely lemonade, Mushroom Caramelised Onion Sandwich, Soya Keema Tikki Burger, Waterchestnut and Artichoke Pizza and Smooth and Silk Chocolate Cake. P.S. There dessert is to die for! Cafe Bogeto © Cafe Bogeto Vegetarians rejoice! Cafe Bogeto serves such palatable veg food that you truly won't miss non-veg even a bit. This place will make definitely make you fall in love with veg cuisine as they have ample options and every dish is worth a try. Ideal place for family outings and value for money. Where: Jain Lakshmi Mansion, Opposite Navjeevan Society, Mumbai Central, Mumbai Cost for 2: 900 What to eat: Molten Mushroom, Three Mushroom Soup, Burmese Khaowsey and Michael Jackson Shake. Lima © Twitter Looking out for one such place that could serve you South American cuisine? Well, you think it's difficult to find one? Head right to Lima and taste the magic. Where: 2 North Avenue, Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai Cost for 2: â¹1500 (with alcohol) What to eat: Grilled Chicken Liver with Andean herb Chimmichurri and Sea Bass Ceviche. Blanco © Facebook This Santorini inspired restaurant is a perfect place to hang with your gang. From Greece themed bar to Aztec patterns interior and umbrella-shaped steel lights, this all adds up to the vibe of the place. Keeping the season in mind, this place has curated a new menu inspired from monsoon and it's totally worth trying. Plus, they have amazing sheesha too! Where: 201/202, Samarth Vaibhav CHS, Andheri Lokhandwala Cost for 2: 1400 (with alcohol) What to eat: Chicken Fritters, Semolina Crusted Calamari Rings, and Wood Smoked Chicken Pizza. MYX © Twitter Finding a new place to take your dear ones? Look nowhere else, MYX is the right place to go. From the awesome Ambience to innovative dishes, they are just amazing. Light on the pocket, great in taste! Where: Ground Floor, Navratan Apartment, A.B. Nair Road, Near Juhu Post Office, Juhu, Mumbai Cost for 2: â¹1200 (with alcohol) What to eat: Crispy Mozzarella Shells and Truffle Edamame Risotto The Village Shop © Facebook When looking for a place to spend some me time or just hang out with someone close, this is the ideal pick for such times. You won't even release in no time, this will become your favourite go-to spot. And of course, their food is spot on too! A great place for healthier food options. Where: 53, Serpis Villa, Chimbai Road, Hill Road, Bandra West Cost for 2: 1100 What to eat: Walnut and Pesto Sandwich, Mutton Stew and Almond Cake Patch of Sky © Facebook This new rooftop, vegetarian restaurant cum lounge is becoming a popular place among the millennials. This is a wonderful place to wine and dine and have a chilled out evening sipping your favourite cocktail. Where: Hotel Aureole, Bima Nagar Society, Telli Gali, Near Andheri East Station Cost for 2: 1000 What to eat: Roasted Butternut Squash, Mezze Platter, and Mushroom Risotto,
  19. Heritage sites and monumental buildings across Pakistan were decorated with lights on the occasion of Pakistan's independence day on Monday. Streets nationwide brimmed with green and white decorations, historical sites were also illuminated to celebrate Pakistan's 70th independence day. Parliament House, Islamabad Punjab Assembly, Lahore KMC Building, Karachi WAPDA House, Lahore Railway Station, Lahore Faisalabad Chowk Police Station, Karachi
  20. “One bad fish can spoil the whole pond!” while we all grew up listening to this statement, the police department has often experienced it firsthand. Because of some corrupt cops, everyone gets thrown in the pool of stereotype and negativity. However, thanks to some efficient, honest and helpful officers, people's perception towards them is gradually changing. Having said that, no matter what we say, nothing can really suffice the amount of sacrifice and courage our police officers display to ensure our safety. Irrespective of the situation we are stuck in, we can depend on them to help us come out of it and we don't think there's anyone who can understand it better than this girl, who was rescued by a cop from the creepiest yet difficult situation. © Wikimedia (For representation) “What has been your worst ‘nice guy' experience?” Well we are not asking this question, this query was raised on a Reddit thread and that's how we came across this heart-warming story of an off-duty cop, who gave the most fitting reply to a guy misbehaving with his date. The story was shared by Reddit user ThrowAwayForPancakes, which has now become a source of inspiration for many. A woman went on a date with a man, who after some time started threatening her by saying horrible words. The man was constantly passing lewd comments and at one point even said “well, least I know you can swallow right?” He said it so loudly that the girl got embarrassed and asked him to stop, but he went on to say “sweetheart I picked you up, I know where you live” being least shameful of his actions. © ThinkstockPhotos The moment the Reddit user got up to fight with the man, an off duty cop who was sitting at another table with his family intervened and deals with him in the most badass way. By the end of their discussion, the man literally rushed out of the restaurant after the cop asked him to never come in contact with the woman. While, we are really moved by this entire turn of events, what's more touching is the way how cop comforted the girl. He told her that his daughter is of her age and unless she has someone to pick her up she can join his family and they will drop her safely. At times, these comforting words are the greatest form of security one can get. As expected, the woman joined the cop's family and that's how a cop not only saved the girl but also our user who was all set to beat that guy up. It is instances like these that restore our faith in the society. While we are in awe of this cop for his badass yet coolest response, we also appreciate how the guy was almost ready to fight for what is right. Instead of playing a mute spectator, he was willing to raise his voice. We need more people like him.
  21. Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson is one of the biggest stars on the planet. After a successful career as a professional wrestler, he flawlessly transitioned into an incredible actor and ‘rocked' the movie industry. And, just as flawlessly, he has managed to transform his infamous Brahma Bull tattoo that had been on his right arm for about 20 years. Even though it had been his signature ink since his wrestling days, the ink wasn't that impressive, to say the least. © The Inquisitr But, not anymore! It took 3 sessions and 22 hours of painful hardwork under Nikko Hurtado's inky needle, but the tattoo has been completely transformed. Dwayne Johnson himself has deemed it the ‘evolution of the bull' and it actually looks really cool. Evolution of the bull begins w/ @nikkohurtado. I've engrained this bull in my DNA for two decades. My core. Humbly, it's also become a symbol of strength, resilience, heart, power and defiance to so many people around the world. I got this tattoo when I was just a kid. Now I need it to reflect me as a man. All my ink is a rite of passage and spiritual and the MANA (power and spirit) has to be right before we begin. Mana is strong with world renowned Nikko. We talked for hours about the man I am today, compared to who I once was. And who I'll always be. We all desire to grow and evolve. The mana is right.. let the blood and pain begin. #EvolutionOfTheBull #WheresMyVicodin A post shared by therock (@therock) on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:36pm PDT After the tattoo was done, he posted a comparison picture on Instagram, with a lengthy and poetic explanation in the caption of what this new ink represents and means to him. Evolution of the bull. Blood, sweat & years. After 3 sessions and 22hrs of tattooing with world renowned @NikkoHurtado, the story's almost done.. Every detail is a reflection of my own personal history. From the cracks and heavy damage in the bone representing life's hard lessons I've learned over the years. Just like scars and wrinkles - I'm so grateful to have 'em because they're earned. To the horns, not pointing up or out to the side, but pointing straight ahead representing relentless energy and forward progress. The core and anchor of this image is in the eye. Look closely and you'll find the life, energy, power and you'll feel the MANA (spirit). The eye tells the story of a disruptive positive energy always ready to dent the universe. Depending on the light and angle, sometimes the energy's subtle and sometimes it's glaring. But it's always alive and ready to disrupt the universe and love and protect my family and all things I love with intense passion and gratitude. Cheers to living, learning, evolving and growing. And to the positive disrupters ready to dent the universe. #EvolutionOfTheBull #TheDisrupter #TheMana #NowLetsBreakOutTheTequila A post shared by therock (@therock) on Aug 11, 2017 at 8:26am PDT He wrote, “Every detail is a reflection of my own personal history. From the cracks and heavy damage in the bone representing life's hard lessons I've learned over the years. Just like scars and wrinkles – I'm so grateful to have 'em because they're earned.” Through this experience I've learned a lot. Everyone always sees what is on the outside what is shown of our lives no one truly knows behind the scenes. @therock is a true gentleman how I came to tattoo him I do not know. I am a truly blessed human. (Thank you Matt) the process of tattooing a client starts with a meeting always finding out what it is they want. Tattoos are markings on the body that are with you for ever. Imagine choosing a birthmark. The tattoo has to represent you, who you are and what you feel, your image and your personality. @therock and I spend time going back and fourth showing him different ideas, different horns different mana. I always want to do what I want to do but I always have to remind myself that when I tattoo a client it is for them and theirs to wear the rest of their lives. I am excited to tweak and build this tattoo a little further after it heals. When I complete a tattoo in one sitting it is never finished my clients all know this to well. I let the tattoo heal, live, age a little before I come back to it and layer it see what it needs to give it the sculpting or life it requires to be abandoned because we all know art is never finished it is simply abandoned. I am grateful I am blessed I have been given the new gift of knowing about "Mana" thank you world your are nothing short of amazing. Thank you @therock till next time same channel same page! It's your friendly neighborhood tattoo artist. A post shared by Nikko Hurtado (@nikkohurtado) on Aug 11, 2017 at 9:49am PDT Honestly, is there something this man can't do?
  22. Love Saturday night parties and are tired of listening to EDM every time? Well, you've finally got something peppy to groove to this season. Priyanka Chopra is back again with her latest single and to be honest, we already love it. From giving us tracks like ‘Exotic' and ‘In My City', the gorgeous diva is here once again to impress us with her voice and vocal talents. Going a step further, she has collaborated with Will Spark this time to give us ‘Young and Free'. PeeCee has not just sung this song but has also written the lyrics as well. And we bet her fans are going to love this tune as no one knew that Priyanka was close to relasing this single. From the lyrics and beats, her voice creates magic, and there is nothing to not like about this amazing song! It's already on our playlist and we can't help but play it on loop. Something new, something different... yes, it's my voice, but that's not all... Stay tuned for the full story…. #YoungAndFree @will_sparks August 11th Spotify Pre-Save Link: https://mtl.fm/youngandfree A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:41am PDT “I wrote this song at a very precarious time in my life. These lyrics were born from a need for freedom, whatever that freedom may mean to each one of us. Being young and free is a state of mind that we all need to find in this crazy world to survive. What I love most about this track is the spontaneity from which it was born. While I was writing, Will was mixing the track into a roar of emotions and rebelliousness. It all came together in a true creative way. Will has taken the lyrics and given them life. This song reminded me of how much I love making music,” Priyanka Chopra said to Billboard.com. Talking about his experience working with Priyanka, Will said, “Collaborating with Priyanka has taken it to a whole new level. Her message and incredible voice combined with my production style has created something unique.” Play it LOUD #YoungAndFree #OutNow pic.twitter.com/inr2Vr2iGs — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 11, 2017 Isn't the song really cool? You can check out the entire song here. Tell us what you think about her latest single.
  23. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on August 11, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. AFP/Jim Watson WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday ignored international calls for restraint in his face-off with North Korea, warning Pyongyang that it would "truly regret" taking any hostile action, as the US military is "locked and loaded." Trump has been engaged all week in a war of words with the North over its weapons and missile programs, as US media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead. The Republican billionaire has progressively ramped up the tone throughout the week ? after brandishing a threat of unleashing "fire and fury" on Pyongyang, he said Thursday maybe that statement "wasn't tough enough". The North's official KCNA news service countered in an editorial that "Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war," calling the US "the heinous nuclear war fanatic". The saber-rattling has intensified daily, sparking worldwide concerns that a miscalculation by either side could trigger a catastrophic conflict on the Korean peninsula. China, Russia, and Germany have urged both sides to tone down the rhetoric. "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully, Kim Jong Un will find another path!" Trump wrote Friday from his golf club retreat in New Jersey, where he is on a working vacation. Later in the day, he lashed out at Pyongyang's plans to launch missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, urging Kim to heed his warnings. "I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean," Trump told reporters. "If he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast." 'Be cautious' China ? Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally ? urged Trump and Kim to avoid any further escalation. "We call on the relevant parties to be cautious with their words and actions, and contribute more toward easing tensions and enhancing mutual trust," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement. Beijing has repeatedly pushed resuming long-dormant six-party talks to peacefully resolve the mounting tensions, but its position has been overshadowed by Trump and Kim's emerging game of brinkmanship. Trump has called on China to "do a lot more" to heap pressure on Kim. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was "very alarmed" at Trump's tough talk, and said Washington should take the first step toward cooling tensions. "When a fight has nearly broken out, the first step away from the dangerous threshold should be taken by the side that is stronger and smarter," Lavrov said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined the intensifying chorus of calls for restraint, saying diplomacy was the answer. "Germany will very intensively take part in the options for resolution that are not military but I consider a verbal escalation to be the wrong response," she said. Nearly a week ago, the UN Security Council unanimously passed fresh sanctions against Pyongyang over its weapons program, including export bans, a new punishment that could cost North Korea $1 billion a year. "This is clearly a time for all the parties to focus on how to de-escalate and lower the tensions," said the spokesman for United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric. Tensions on the Korean peninsula tend to increase when Seoul and Washington launch major military joint exercises, and the next, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, is set to kick off around August 21. 'Tragedy of war' US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appeared intent Thursday on easing the tension, describing the prospect of war as "catastrophic" and saying diplomacy remained the priority. Asked Friday if Mattis was aware of Trump's latest tweet, spokesman Colonel Rob Manning simply said the Pentagon chief was "in close and constant contact with the president." A White House official noted: "There are military plans for just about any crisis we may face in the world. (?) This isn't anything new." In China, the state-run Global Times said Friday that Beijing should "stay neutral" and not intervene on Pyongyang's side if it triggered a conflict. Meanwhile in South Korea, calls mounted for Seoul to develop atomic weapons of its own, with the Korea Herald saying in an editorial: "Now is time to start reviewing nuclear armament." 'Bereft of reason' Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have been tense for months, in the wake of the North's repeated missile tests, including two successful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) test launches in July that are believed to have brought much of the US mainland within range. North Korea raised hackles in the United States when it announced a detailed plan to send four missiles over Japan and towards Guam, an island territory of some 165,000 people, where some 6,000 US soldiers are based. Pyongyang said the scheme to target the island, a key US military outpost in the western Pacific, was intended to "signal a crucial warning" as "only absolute force" would have an effect on a US leader "bereft of reason." The tough talk caused global markets to plunge this week, with stocks in the red again Friday in Asia and much of Europe.
  24. Eating is a natural phenomenon. We need food to survive and relish and like a lot of natural instinctive things men will always gorge on food on an autopilot, when it's right in front of them. Well, it's all cool if you're stuffing your face with pizza with your boys and acting unruly while on the PS4 but when you're out dining a lady, we suggest you be a gentleman and treat the meal you're gonna have with her like the event of a lifetime. So it's best you pay attention to a few deets and live to share the tale of how your table manners and etiquettes impressed the bejesus outta her. 1. Pull out the chair for her and seat her down before you sit down yourself. Women just don't find this chivalrous but attentive as well. © Thinkstock 2. Put your phone aside and your eyes on her. Women find it offensive if her date is fiddling about with his phone or his gaze leaves hers and follows another random woman. © Thinkstock 3. Always ask her what she wants out of the menu first, before you start placing the order for yourself. This gives her a sense of the fact that you're a selfless man and of course well mannered. © Thinkstock 4. Always take an average sized helping of whatever you've ordered. If you take a lot in you're plate and shove it down your throat, not only will that be piggish but how will you ever have a conversation with a whole lotta food in your mouth? 5. Don't forget to use that serviette. It's there for a purpose right? Make use of it. Best is to place it on your lap, whenever your order comes in. 6. Do your knife and fork placement homework well in advance. Nothing is more bizarre than you stumbling about with your knife and fork held in the wrong hand. Also, make sure you use them, if the food calls for it. 7. Of course, this one's a classic and most men forget in usual banter. Don't eat with your mouth full of food. It's disgusting and she really doesn't need to see the tiny morsels of chicken sprouting out from your mouth whilst you talk! Oh, also, stop talking with your mouth full. Chew, swallow and then continue the conversation. 8. Take it easy on the onion and garlic intake. We mean, it's just for a night and we're sure you can keep away from a smelly breath. Just in case you can't resist that fish in garlic butter with a side of onions, always have Listerine strips ready, at your disposal! © Thinkstock 9. Stop staring at her while she eats. It's very uncomfortable to stare at someone eating! Engage her in a conversation instead. © Thinkstock 10. Cardinal rule- keep your elbows off the table! It's something we're taught in grooming school and if you missed out no this, we're telling you now. Also don't stretch about to get something from her end of the table. Ask her for it politely and you shall have it. (Works for mostly everything in life!) 11. You need to let her know you're done, after you're done. Place your knife and fork together on your plate, right after you finish your meal. © Youtube 12. If she's a slow eater, don't be impatient. Act like you're absolutely okay if she's still eating and maybe start off with some lame jokes to make her comfortable. © Pexels 13. Well, here's a tricky one. Who pays for the meal? Definitely take your wallet out, whenever the bill comes to the table. If she reaches out for her purse, then she definitely wants to go dutch. If she offers to pay, ask her if she would like to go dutch. If she doesn't reach out for her wallet, you pay. Simple. 14. Don't get drunk on your first drink, for crying out loud! This will make her a wee bit uncomfortable. Unless of course you both decide to go a bit overboard with your wine, don't be a sole survivor here, you probably won't hear from her or else. See, aren't these simple and easy do's and don't to remember? All you have to do is make a lady feel special when she's out with you, even at the dinner table. Who knows you might get lucky for a second date, even with a piece of spinach stuck between your teeth the entire night.
  25. In a recent row involving a former engineer who published a memo on diversity that generated a lot of controversy on social media and within the company, Google has currently been in damage controle mod. The reaction to the memo led the web giant's subsequent decision to fire him. And the internet isn't happy about it. (c) Twitter A group of street artists are plastering posters and other forms of artwork that send the message that if you like to challenge the accepted belief with different ideas, you need to “think different”. The artwork above has been plastered everywhere near Google's offices in protesting their unsavoury practices. Employees working across Silicon Valley are divided about Google's decision and a survey was conducted earlier this week by Blind. It is an anonymous corporate chat app and Bind asked its users if they thought Google should have fired James Damore. Over 4,000 employees from different companies including Google weighed in their opinions. (c) Blind At least more than half i.e. 56% of Google's employees responded and thought it was not right for the company to fire Damore. In fact, many responses from other companies had a similar outcome indicating significant support for the former engineer. Business Insider says, “At Uber, 64% of employees who participated in the survey thought Google shouldn't have fired Damore. Employees at Apple and LinkedIn were nearly evenly split in the poll but leaned slightly toward approving Google's decision. Meanwhile, 65% of respondents from Lyft were good with the way it went down.” Dammer was fired earlier this week and since then he has accused Google of a left-wing bias and also questioned the effectiveness of the company's diversity programs. During an interview with Youtuber Stefan Molyneux on Tuesday, Damore stood by his memo. "I've gotten a ton of personal messages of support, which has been really nice," he said. "I got that at Google before all of this leaked. Lots of upper management was shaming me.” (c) Twitter Damore's firing has created a division which is clearly highlighted by Blind's poll and some in the tech industry are supporting his opinions laid out in the memo. Others do not necessarily agree with his opinion but believe that should not have been fired for expressing them.