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  1. White House was looking at sending direct payments to all Americans, as well as aid to embattled airlines, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
  2. A US indictment unsealed in New York alleges Huawei and its proxies conspired "to misappropriate intellectual property" from six US firms
  3. A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran. Photo: ReutersIran’s launching of more than a dozen missiles at American-led forces in Iraq on Wednesday came after years of preparing for a confrontation with its superpower foe, whose forces are vastly larger and more advanced, reported Reuters news agency on Wednesday. The Gulf country has more than 500,000 active-duty personnel, including 125,000 members of its elite Revolutionary Guards, according to a report last year by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. But international sanctions and restrictions on arms imports have made it hard for Iran to develop or buy more sophisticated weaponry. To compensate for the imbalance, Iran has developed “asymmetrical” responses - ballistic missiles, deadly drones and a web of militia allies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, among other things - with the aim of being able to inflict pain while avoiding the traditional battlefield. Iranian minister Amir Hatami walks at an exhibition in Tehran, Iran, Faberuary 2, 2019. Photo: ReutersAlso read: Iran missile strike: Tehran claims 80 dead in attack on US bases “From a conventional military perspective they would get absolutely hammered,” said a British former military commander who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. “Their conventional military is very, very sparse and quite old and quite out of date. They’ve spent all their money on asymmetric attack capabilities. In that regard they’re very well prepared.” Until Wednesday, the strategy had deterred a direct conflict with the US as tensions spiked since Washington quit a multi-lateral nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions. Gulf rival Saudi Arabia recently witnessed the damage that missile and drone assaults can cause, after a strike on its oil facilities last year briefly halved production and knocked out 5% of global crude supply. Riyadh and Washington blamed Iran for the attack. Photo: ReutersAlso read: Khamenei says Iran strike on US bases ‘a slap in the face’ for Washington Iran has built the largest stockpile of ballistic missiles in the Middle East. Some are based on the older, widely used “Scud” designs, with a range of at least 750km (466 miles). Others, based on the North Korean No Dong, can reach up to 2,000km, within reach of Israel or southeast Europe, according to a US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report last year. The Revolutionary Guards fields a fleet of missile-armed speedboats and midget submarines it can deploy against US military ships or commercial tankers to disrupt the flow of oil in Gulf waters, where Washington says Tehran attacked six tankers last year. “If you look at ships, tanks, jet fighters, Iran looks very weak. But if you’re looking at anti-ship missiles, ballistic missiles, UAVs and things like that then it looks a lot more capable,” said Jeremy Binnie, Middle East and Africa editor for Jane’s Defense Weekly. Photo: ReutersAlso read: Ukrainian jet crashes in Iran, all 176 on board dead Iran’s fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used for surveillance or armed with explosives, according to military experts. “Iran in the Persian Gulf doesn’t really need to have big ships, not necessarily frigates and destroyers. Speedboats, gun boats, missile boats can do the job,” said Hossein Aryan, a military analyst who served 18 years in Iran’s navy before and after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Major-General Qassem Soleimani, whose killing in a US drone strike in Baghdad last week sparked the Iranian retaliation on Wednesday, was the head of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force. The group handled clandestine operations outside Iran, working closely with allied military forces and militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Screen capture from video showing Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, left, during the opening of a production line to produce Iran's Mohajer 6 drone, in Tehran. Also read: Iran attacks US bases in Iraq, US assessing situation: Get the latest updates here Iran’s leaders have promised harsh reprisals over the death of Soleimani, who was a national hero to many Iranians but considered a dangerous villain by Western governments. He was buried in Iran on Tuesday after tens of thousands mourned him in a ceremony led by Iran’s supreme leader. US officials have said Soleimani was killed because intelligence indicated forces under his command planned attacks on US targets in the region, although they have provided no evidence. Former Iranian general Qassem Soleimani (left) with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei . Photo: WikiAlso read: Iran conflict: Pakistan advises citizens to 'exercise maximum caution' while travelling to Iraq Democrats in the US Congress and some of the party’s presidential contenders warned that the escalating conflict could spark a wider war in the Middle East. Lebanon’s Hezbollah, along with a handful of the Iraqi militias closely allied with Iran, have already pledged to take revenge against American forces for Soleimani’s death. More than 5,000 US troops are in Iraq along with other foreign forces as part of a coalition that has trained and supported Iraqi security forces against the threat of Islamic State militants. American troops are also stationed at bases in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, which hosts Al-Udeid air base, the largest US military facility in the region. Bahrain is headquarters of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
  4. Gal Gadot and her husband, Yaron Varsano, would produce an American adaptation of the Israeli comedy series ?Malkot? (Queens).According to an Israeli newspaper, the actress and her husband will work together on the series which follows the...
  5. The animated musical, which follows beloved characters from the 2013 hit 'Frozen' as Queen Elsa and the gang travel to an enchanted forest, took in $86 million in domestic theaters Friday-Sunday. Photo: FileA Thanksgiving record haul kept Disney's...
  6. Over the years, the world of sports has witnessed numerous doppelgangers and lookalikes who have a tendency of enticing fans with their stark resemblances to popular sportspersons. But, the case of Alison Becker is more of a case of a mistaken identity that has allowed her to make an impact on social media one week after another. The American actress, who shares almost the same name with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, has witnessed a huge influx of public interest and massive rise to her followers on social media. For an actress, who previously hosted VH1's Top 20 Video Countdown, Becker doesn't really need publicity in the first place, but she isn't really complaining about an increased public interest. Excited to announce that I will be joining Liverpool as a goalkeeper! — alisonbecker (@thealisonbecker) July 17, 2018 It all began when thousands of Liverpool fans skimmed and fell for a tweet she posted in relation to the arrival of Brazilian footballer Becker as the Reds new goalkeeper. And, from that moment on, a relationship between Becker and the last community she expected to be a part of has blossomed. "The LFC fans have just been so embracing and absolutely lovely. I first found that we shared a name before he joined Liverpool, just because I'm a human being and I Google myself! When he joined Liverpool, I kind of wrote out a joke Tweet before he made it official and the response was just shocking to me," the 42-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com over the phone from Los Angeles. I am truly honored. THANK YOU!!! @lfc@LFCUSA#YNWApic.twitter.com/vEwEHqwwTj — alisonbecker (@thealisonbecker) August 29, 2019 "I think the reason it got picked up is because - even though I'm definitely not as famous as he is, I'm an actor here and have the verified blue checkmark on Twitter - people just skimming and seeing the checkmark on Twitter must have assumed I was him. That was when it really blew up in a great way," she added. On 19th July 2018, Liverpool announced the signing of Alisson for a staggering fee of £66.8 million - making the Brazilian the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, surpassing the likes of Man City's Ederson. Since then, Alisson has been a key ingredient in Jurgen Klopp's vision for Liverpool which continues to scale new heights in club football. "At first the jokes were just off the cuff and I was ad-libbing," she states. "Once I started learning all these terms like 'clean sheets' and 'between the sticks', now I feel like I can plan out my Tweets a little more. Everyone has just been so incredible. I'm an actor and I'm also a director. I just did a music video and I put it out to Liverpool fans like, 'Hey, if you want to know what I do in my life, I just directed this video'," the American star said. Yesterday I scored 4 baskets in my women's recreational basketball game. Today I'm the best male goalkeeper in the world. Don't stop dreaming, y'all. https://t.co/Nv7sGOz0bk — alisonbecker (@thealisonbecker) September 24, 2019 "All the comments now under the video on YouTube are just 'YNWA'. The musician who made the video, she's like, 'Who are all these people? What does YNWA mean?' I'm like, 'Well, that's a funny story'. I've always liked soccer but I've never been a huge football fan. Now I find myself really along for the ride," she revealed. Separated by just a single letter, Becker continues to witness a barrage of messages directed at her on social media as many still continue to mistake her as the Reds keeper. And, the American actress is making the most of it. "Many did mistake me at first and many still do. After a game, I'll get a lot of Tweets. Some of them I can tell are in on the joke and some of them will just lay into me about how well they think I did. If anyone is in on the joke I love it. But if anyone comes at me with criticism, I'll just come back with something like, 'Well, at least I can tell the difference between a male goalkeeper and female comedian!'," she disclosed. . @LFCUSA@LFC@Alissonbecker Super excited to announce I'm accepting the offer to play for Liverpool as keeper! Not sure who they have right now in the position, by I guess he wasn't working out... pic.twitter.com/2mGEdjsksh — alisonbecker (@thealisonbecker) June 29, 2019 Such has been her popularity that she even received a Liverpool goalkeeper jersey signed by the No. 1 himself last summer. The prized possession now takes pride of place up on a wall at her Californian home. Despite playing football as a child, her move to put the goalkeeper's jersey on the wall continues to confuse the visitors at her residence. "Some people who come into my home and are familiar with the sport are like, 'Oh my God, where did you get that?' Other people are just like, 'Why is your name on that jersey?'. I haven't played soccer since I was probably 12 or 13, so it's been quite some time. And I never played goalkeeper. So watching his skill is just so far outside what I could do. But then again, I don't know how he would do in an audition in Hollywood!," she concluded. View the full article
  7. 22-year-old Kinsey Wolanski took the footballing world by storm as she invaded the pitch during this year's Champions League final. The American model stormed the pitch in a black swimsuit that sported the name of the adult website run by her boyfriend and YouTuber Vitaly Zdorovetskiy. She was immediately arrested by authorities in Madrid after her antics, before being released later. It has now come to light that as further punishment, she has been fined €15,000. According to reports, she has been handed a €5,000 (almost â¹4 Lakh) fine for storming onto the pitch and an additional €10,000 (almost â¹8 Lakh) fine for illegally trying to advertise her boyfriend's website. $3.97 million: Value, in equivalent advertising time as of 5:30pm ET, garnered by Vitaly Uncensored, an adult site featured on the clothing of streaking model Kinsey Wolanski, according to @ApexMGAnalytics. Wolansky is girlfriend of YouTuber Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who owns the site pic.twitter.com/R3obTmdKYU — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 1, 2019 However, the fine is a small sum to pay as the website has reportedly garnered â¹27 Crores in publicity through the fiasco and apparently, membership on the website has grown to 32 million members. Meanwhile, Wolanski's social media handles blew up predictably, before being taken down. In a rather uneventful game, in which a Mohamed Salah penalty in the 2nd minute and a surprise goal from Divock Origi was enough for Liverpool to clinch their 6th European Trophy, Wolanski's antics were the biggest talking point. © Reuters After the story broke, reports have come out saying that the cost of legally advertising a brand during the UCL final is close to $4 million (â¹27 Crore), ie, a little more than the revenue generated by the website through the stunt. Surely a fine of in and around â¹12 Lakh for â¹27 Crores worth of publicity is a small price to pay...
  8. Growing up in a nation full of cricket-crazy men, we find it unbelievably unlikely that comprehending and understanding the rules of the game would be difficult. It's pretty simple, hit the ball with the bat and make runs. If the ball rolls to the boundary, it gives you four runs. If it flies across, it's a six. The team that ends up with the highest total wins the match. Easy, right? But there are people in this world who possess the talent of being able to ruin almost anything in this world and that is exactly what happened to this poor American YouTuber. 26-year-old, former American football player and current YouTube sensation, Conner Sullivan made plans to visit India, the land of diversity, Royal Enfield and well, cricket! During his time in the national capital of New Delhi, Sullivan decided to check out an Indian Premier League match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab. Unaware of what goes on in a match of cricket, he bought a ticket to the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium and entered in the final overs of the second innings. © YouTube/Conner Sullivan To his excruciatingly hard luck, he met with a self-proclaimed Indian “professional cricketer” who decided to stick with him for the rest of the evening because that's how we are. We are overfriendly people, guys. Whenever the poor vlogger asked why something was happening the way it was, our buddy's answer was “because I am a professional cricketer”. © YouTube/Conner Sullivan Our “Professional Cricketer” With Sullivan “It is Indian baseball,” the man in black once shouted, to the hard cringe of every Indian cricket fan who watches Sullivan's videos. The guy even ruined 'lassi' for the pitiful American, who tried his best to become a part of the Indian culture by calling the beverage by its original name but our “professional cricketer” had to call it “sugar buttermilk”. Why? “Because I am a professional cricketer!” Check out the full video here:
  9. Colin O'Brady from Portland, Oregon just wrote history by becoming the first person to get across the Antarctica alone, with no outside aid. He trekked across the continent over a span of 54 days, which was almost considered impossible until the man did it, and achieved the impossible! While O'Brady made his journey across the 1,500 kilometres in the bone-chilling cold, his friends and family could track his movement real-time online. Once he successfully completed his journey, O'Brady called his family in Portland and said “I did it” through his teary exhilaration. View this post on Instagram Day 54: FINISH LINE!!! I did it! The Impossible First â. 32 hours and 30 minutes after leaving my last camp early Christmas morning, I covered the remaining ~80 miles in one continuous “Antarctica Ultramarathon” push to the finish line. The wooden post in the background of this picture marks the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, where Antarctica's land mass ends and the sea ice begins. As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided. While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey. I'm delirious writing this as I haven't slept yet. There is so much to process and integrate and there will be many more posts to acknowledge the incredible group of people who supported this project. But for now, I want to simply recognize my #1 who I, of course, called immediately upon finishing. I burst into tears making this call. I was never alone out there. @jennabesaw you walked every step with me and guided me with your courage and strength. WE DID IT!! We turned our dream into reality and proved that The Impossible First is indeed possible. “It always seems impossible until it's done.” - Nelson Mandela. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 26, 2018 at 12:55pm PST His wife Jenna Besaw said in an interview, “it was an emotional call. He seemed overwhelmed by love and gratitude, and he really wanted to say thank you to all of us.” 33-year-old O'Brady posted about the first leg of his journey on Instagram, which he labelled as 'The Impossible First'. On Wednesday, O'Brady wrote that he covered the last 129 kilometres in one big impromptu push to the finish line that took over a day's time! View this post on Instagram Day 50: STRUNG OUT BUT STILL MOVING. I can't believe I been out here all alone for 50 days. Even having lived it, I can't quite wrap my mind around it. This wind storm still has not subsided so I spent another day getting beat down. Fingers crossed I catch a break on the weather soon. I've been writing a lot about the mental game as it's clearly the most crucial part of this challenge (or any challenge for that matter). However today I want to honor my body and health. I wholeheartedly believe that nothing in life is more important that being healthy. Without that it's hard to do or do fully. I'm so fortunate to have parents that instilled that in me from a young age, teaching me the importance of healthy eating and exercise. My dad is an organic farmer so I guess you could say it's in my blood. Despite feeling exhausted and worn out, I'm grateful for having lived a healthy lifestyle, for without that I'm certain my body would have given up by now. And on the health front, I'm glad to be partnered with @Grandrounds who go above and beyond to guide people to the highest quality healthcare. It's incredible to know they provide access to medical expertise literally anywhere on the planet! #GrandRounds #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 22, 2018 at 8:46pm PST In his exact words, this is how he felt once he crossed the 'invisible line' onto the other side where his goal lay, “While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey.” View this post on Instagram Day 42: DREAMS INTO REALITY. Even though I'm 50 miles past the South Pole now, I can't help but post one more image from the day I arrived - a dream come true. Plus, today is a very historic date. On December 14, 1911, this day exactly 107 years ago, Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole. Talk about inspiration. That was a true journey into the unknown that took years and years to complete. I finished a bike ride in 2016 and got the spark of inspiration for this project. I immediately came home and wrote it all down on my whiteboard. Since that day I've been working everyday to turn this dream into reality; training, fundraising, researching. The key is that each day I took a step toward making my dream a reality even with countless setbacks and mistakes made along the way, I kept trying. I haven't realized the dream yet. That's what I'm doing every day out here...taking step after step to make it come true. Whatever you are dreaming of in life, be that in business, art, music, love, entrepreneurship, sports - it can be anything. Stop just dreaming and take the first step. As in the immortal words of Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it!!” But dreaming alone won't get you there. If it's going to work, action is required. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible Shoutout to @samuel.a.harrison for snapping this amazing shot of me. Samuel and another scientist from the South Pole station read about my journey in the @nytimes and came outside to the Pole to cheer me on! A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:55pm PST It isn't the first time that someone has tried to traverse across Antarctica, but all those who did, either had assistance, reinforced supplies or kites that propelled them forward. 2016 saw the tragic end of British explorer Henry Worsley, who attempted an unassisted journey across Antarctica, and died of exhaustion towards the end of the trek. View this post on Instagram Day 37: GROWTH. I'm no longer the same person I was when I left on the journey, can you see it in my face? I've suffered, been deathly afraid, cold and alone. I've laughed and danced, cried tears of joy and been awestruck with love and inspiration. They say growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. I can safely say that's 100% true in this case, and I'd say it's very possible I haven't yet felt the highest highs and the lowest lows of this journey yet. Nearing the bottom of the world...18 miles in the books today. Closer each step. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 9, 2018 at 5:24pm PST The trek hasn't been an easy one for him, and he confessed that he considered quitting a number of times along the way. In November, this is what he had to say, “There were several times I considered stopping, putting my tent back up and calling it a day. I wanted so badly to quit today as I was feeling exhausted and alone, but remembering all of the positivity that so many people have been sending, I took a deep breath and focused on maintaining forward progress one step at a time and managed to finish a full day.” View this post on Instagram January 2016 at the South Pole. This photo was taken at the beginning of my Explorers Grand Slam expedition. Less than three years later, I'm looking forward to passing through there again! I'm 30 days into my journey to complete a solo, unsupported, unaided crossing of Antarctica. Yesterday I reached 87 degrees the final waypoint before turning my path directly toward the Pole. Today, I'm ~170 miles from the South Pole and making my way one step at a time! If you haven't seen the Sunday @NYTimes article already, pick up a copy today. Top of the fold cover of Sunday Sports, the article features a day in the life rundown of what my hour-by-hour routine looks like as I cross Antarctica. @jennabesaw tells me there is a beautiful illustration of my IG photo update from Day 15. I can't wait to see it; will someone save me a copy? ðThanks again to @adamskolnick for reporting. Link in Bio. Check it out! And, be on the lookout for my regular evening IG update later today. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/sports/antarctica-ski-race.html A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 2, 2018 at 9:53am PST O'Brady didn't give up on his dreams and constantly kept his goals in sight, which is why he was able to achieve the unachievable! All of us, regardless of our nationality must be proud of O'Brady's grit and achievements! View this post on Instagram DAY 9: THE NEW YORK TIMES. This photo ran in NYTimes today with a great piece “Man Against Nature, And Man” about my Impossible First project and Lou Rudd's expedition. I have nothing but the utmost respect and empathy for anyone who sets audacious goals for themselves and takes action to achieve them. Wishing Lou a safe and successful journey. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/sports/antarctica-race.html A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Nov 11, 2018 at 6:05pm PST The man who has 3 world records to his name, covered 7 summits and is a pro-endurance athlete, deserves to be at the top of the world for what he has achieved. This one calls for major celebrations, which only seem inevitable once O'Brady reaches home to the cheerful welcome of his family and friends.
  10. They say we must not challenge the laws of nature, yet more than often, we end up doing exactly the oppposite. At this point in civilisation, we seem to be obsessed with challenging nature. The same attitude of an American tourist visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands seems to have brought him to a tragic end. It is being reported that a 27-year-old American man named John Allen Chau has been killed by the local endangered tribe of the area. Arrows were shot at the victim who was taken to the North Sentinel Island, where the indigenous Sentinelese live. © Pinterest The Sentinelese tribe is well-known for resisting any interaction with the outside world, and as of 2011, their population was estimated at 40. Reports suggest that the tribes are facing a threat from outsiders, who often bribe the locals in order to gain access to them. Seven fishermen have been arrested in relation to the American's death, as they are allegedly responsible for taking the American to the area. An NDTV report states that the fishermen told the police that they last saw the American man being hits by numerous arrows after he landed on the island on November 16. © YouTube The report also quotes a source revealing disturbing details, “He was attacked by arrows but he continued walking. The fishermen saw the tribals tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body. They were scared and fled but returned next morning to find his body on the seashore," the source said. While this seems pretty scary, we feel that the man should have known better than to approach the tribe which is known to attack outsiders who try to interact with them. Regardless, do you think what the tribal people did is justified?
  11. Surprisingly, Judge Kavanaugh has been able to achieve something very akin to what the 26/11 or 9/11 did to the world. Brett Kavanaugh, the now (infamous) US attorney, has brought the world together on a single platform, and has given people around the world a common subject to consider, dissect and share their observations on. If you're wondering about the why and how of the aforementioned claim, then it seems like your current affairs skills have failed you, just like the current president of The United States Of America has failed his people (time and again), but most notably the women and children of the country. © Reuters President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh earlier in July, to share the prestigious bench as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, would have been the man's ultimate rise to glory, however, the shabby deeds of his past have now resurfaced and have stripped the man of his facade, as well as the good fortune of climbing up the ladder unopposed. So, What's The (Back)Story? While it isn't every day that you get to witness a top US judge being publicly tried in a widely publicised assault case, and surely not one that isn't just restricted to the four walls and sound-proofed high ceilings of the courtroom, but has promptly moved into people's living rooms, this one gets your attention for reasons that are more poignant than the involvement of Trump. © Reuters It was post Kavanaugh's nomination by the US president, that an anonymous account of a reported sexual assault carried out by Kavanaugh in high school surfaced in the public realm. The Washington Post later identified the author as a psychology professor at the Palo Alto University named Christine Blasey Ford. The news soon picked up pace and a lot of dirt was dug in the process. In the following months, numerous other women came forward with their personal experiences of having lived through incidents of sexual misconduct at the hands of Kavanaugh. The second most prominent confession came from Deborah Ramirez, who happened to be Kavanaugh's classmate at Yale University. © Reuters While Ford stated that Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothes and sexually assault her as a “stumbling drunk” teenager at a friend's party 36 years ago in high school, Ramirez alleged that Kavanaugh inappropriately exposed himself during a dorm-room party, when they were in college. Other charges of alcohol abuse also did the rounds around the same time. What's Been Up? Media houses around the world have been blowing up with all the latest scoop on the Brett Kavanaugh - Christine Blasey Ford issue, but what hasn't been given enough credit, is the fact that a woman decided to speak up against a personal injustice, knowing full well what it meant and what it would do to her when she went public with her story, regardless of the fact that it has been 36 years since the incident took place. © Reuters The very fact that she chose to speak up against the appointment of the very person who assaulted her, and asserted that he would not do justice to his latest role in the American judiciary, needs to be heeded by each one of us. But, of course, that is not to be expected of the Trump Government that sees too adamant to clear Kavanaugh and place the conservative dimwit on the bench without any “unnecessary trials”. The point every conservative Republican, and the US President seem to be fixated on, is that why did Ford choose to go public with the details after 36 years since the alleged assault. Cloaking her trauma in political colours and giving it a false flavour, which it clearly doesn't deserve, they have come up against all the allegations that have been levelled at Kavanaugh, calling them shams, and disregarding the woman's claims as mere “charges” that target a “qualified and deserving candidate”. © Reuters The Curious Case Of Kavanaugh The charges called for a much needed public hearing and an FBI probe on public demand, which left Kavanaugh's public image and honestly, even his wits too, in complete shambles. The public hearing came as a revelation of the judge's true demeanour and exposed the man for who he truly was. Right from losing his temper, talking over the senators, to giving a glimpse at his lack of judgement in the matters related to law, such as dodging questions and outrightly denying charges, the man made an absolute fool of himself on live TV. Not just that, but Kavanaugh was a hilarious subject to behold as he cried reminiscing about his old schoolmates, lifting weights at a friend's place in high school, and the many stories his father would share on Christmas Eve based on the 'calendar inputs' he maintained. Such impassioned, teary defences most definitely made us question why the world claims that women are overly emotional, when Ford's testimony, one coming from a survivor, was an example of absolute composure. © Reuters What's funnier still, is that he claimed the 'Devil's Triangle' to be a drinking game when questioned by a senator, and most of us know it's anything but that! Any college-going kid would tell you it's a threesome involving two men and a woman. What's more, when directly asked if he has ever been drunk to lose the sense of a situation, or if he would support an FBI investigation, he completely evaded the questions and instead, shot back remarks that were totally hilarious! Bottom Line While the final confirmation rested upon the results of the FBI probe, which came out earlier, the White House has now cleared Kavanaugh of all the charges having found “no corroborations” of sexual misconduct against him. The news comes as yet another blow of disappointment for the masses, and does the job of publicly mocking every sexual assault survivor's experiences and trauma around the world. © Reuters To some extent, it goes on to show the fate of women who build up the courage to speak out against their perpetrators, make themselves vulnerable for larger good and get treated as pawns and liars. It's a sad precedent to set in today's times and we can only wonder what debacles await the American nation when people such as Trump and Kavanaugh come together to rally each other's causes. Sad times indeed for the women in this world.
  12. Imagine going about your day and driving along the usual roads you generally prefer, only to spot a real, life-size Batmobile whizzing ahead of you amidst a steady flow of traffic. That would be one highlight of our day we surely would not take for granted and well, there seem to be others who feel the same way and made the most of this terrific situation they found themselves in. © Facebook An Ontario Provincial Police officer recently had the good luck to spot a real Batmobile plying on the road she was patrolling and she did just what you expect. The officer made use of the escorting lights and signalled the driver of the Batmobile to pull over. Once done, she stepped out of her car and moved over to greet the driver, Stephen Lawrence, dressed in actual Batman costume and looking like the man himself to the hilt. However, while it might have seem to a passerby that the officer was about to give him a warning, what actually transpired between the two was more than interesting. Soon after hitting the brakes on the beast, Lawrence jumped out of it to ask the officer if all was okay and the reply made him more than happy to comply to the request. © Facebook The officer requested that “I would like to not miss my opportunity and get a photograph with you,” tells Lawrence who was quoted by Global News. Sure enough he agreed to it and he shared that it makes him more than happy to get clicked with fans and bring smiles to their faces but what worries him are the phone cameras people take out to click the Batmobile's photo while they are still behind the wheels. © Facebook Lawrence adopted the role of the comic book hero years ago because of some personal connections that he'd been able to build up with the character and loves to entertain people's wish to get clicked with him but he has urged people to be careful on the road and not put lives at risk when they spot his Batmobile and get all excited to click pictures. We say what a great guy and what an innovative concept to bring the much loved hero to life.
  13. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dominated the North American box office this weekend. Photo: Universal Big-grossing films Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 again dominated the North American box office this weekend, but two new...
  14. Who wouldn't love to own an American muscle car? We've seen so many in movies and would kill for a chance to drive one. Yes, The Ford Mustang did finally make its way to India, but it's nothing like the muscle cars on this list. If Vin Diesel were to go through this list, we're pretty sure he would approve. These cars are just that damn good! 1. 1970 Buick Skylark GSX Stage 1 1970 can be considered one of the best years ever for muscle cars. The Buick was late to this party but that doesn't mean they were going to be left behind. There were only 400 built and getting your hands on one of these can be a little tricky. But, driving one is going to be one hell of a ride! © YouTube The Skylark GSX Stage 1 produced 510 lb-ft of torque which was a record it held among American production performance cars all the way till 2003. 2. 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi Super Track Pack When the Baracuda was redesigned in 1970, it got rid of all commonality. It was available in convertible and coupe. No one was calling it the 'economy car' anymore, that's for sure. © YouTube They were among the first muscle cars to earn some serious money at the auction. This isn't going to change anytime soon. 3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO ZL1 Chevrolet offered quite a few different types of engines in 1969 but, the aluminium block on the ZL1 was, by far, the most powerful. These cars were only available on special order and were mostly ordered by professional drag racers. © YouTube There were only 69 cars that were sold and that just adds to the exclusivity of owning one. If you can find an owner eager enough to get rid of it… 4. 1970 American Motors Rebel Machine Did you know there was a car manufacturer called American Motors? Well, it's not a big name today, but in 1970, it was machine for every rebel! It wasn't the fastest out there but it could beat 'a Volkswagen or your old man's Cadillac' any day of the week. © YouTube There's a neat way to check if the AMC Rebel Machine you buy is genuine too. The unique placement of the VIN on the frame rail proves you might be able to copy the looks, but there are some details that just can't be copied. 5. 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Drag Pack The first Ford on this list and boy is it a pretty one. The car came with a 429 Super Cobra Jet engine and 4-speed transmission that shifts effortlessly. © YouTube But, let's face it, the only reason you would want to own this one, is because it's a cool looking Ford Mustang that not too many people own. 6. 1963 Chevrolet Z-11 Impala Chevrolet knew what the public wanted way before anyone else. The Chevrolet Z-11 Impala is everyone's dream come true in just about every department. This is the car that resulted in the Chevy becoming the best-selling car in the United States, a record it held for over 10 years. © YouTube While the 2018 version is no longer the beast that it used to be, the 1963 Impala will always be remembered for its unique look. Good luck trying to find one.
  15. Alden Ehrenreich plays the title role in "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which has topped ticket sales in North America despite falling below expectations. Photo: AFP"Solo: A Star Wars Story" clung to the top spot in North American theaters this weekend...
  16. Tara Reid, the 42 year old American Pie star recently broke the internet when she posted a photo with friends while vacationing in Dominican Republic. The picture caption read - "Having the best time with my girls in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic." Fans were quick to slam her for promoting an unhealthy lifestyle and pleaded her to eat properly and get healthy. One of the comments said, "I'm gonna need you to put on 30lb before you post again, thanks" and another added: "Don't they sell cheeseburgers where you are ?" While not everybody was happy with this image of Tara Reid, some people actually defended the star. "Wow so much hate!! You know why people end up taking extreme measures with their appearance,” read one comment. However, the general outrage over Tara Reid instagram post continued unabashed. Some fan even went on to say this: "are you blind don't encourage unhealthy body image" and someone else said: "Please see a therapist! Wow you were so beautiful before what happened to you?!" But Tara recently insisted she's 'never been anorexic' and said that what she eats is her choice. She told the Daily Mail: "I am not anorexic. I have never been anorexic and I don't have an eating disorder... I am just thin. "People are overweight and we don't attack them every time they go out," she explained.
  17. China's movie market made more than 20 billion yuan between January and March, according to Chinese box office figures. Photo: AFP SHANGHAI: China surpassed North America to become the world's largest movie market during the first quarter of...
  18. You talk about fine stand-up acts in India and the first name that comes to your mind is of Vir Das. He is supremely talented and can crack you up within seconds. His 'The Boarding World Tour', in which he traveled across 6 continents and more than 26 countries, gained him a huge fan following. And now the man is back, adding another feature to his hat. Signing a new show with ABC, Vir will soon be seen in a Warner Brothers' dramedy series weekly, 'Whiskey Cavalier'. The show will be both action-packed and a comedy at the same time, tracing the life of tough but tender FBI super agent, Will Chase aka Whiskey Cavalier. Vir will be seen playing one of the main leads named Jai Datta in the series. Not many know this, but Vir shot the pilot episode of the show at the beginning of the year in Prague. Mitron... A post shared by Vir Das (@virdas) on Apr 29, 2018 at 12:27am PDT First, it was Priyanka Chopra who made her way in the West like a boss with Quantico and Vir seems to be following the same steps. When Vir was asked about this new venture he said, "I had such a good time shooting the pilot. It's an exciting time to bring Indian voices to American television. This is a comedy team and a cast that is the right mix of laughs and action. I'm looking forward to saving the world with some hilarious people. It was something that the universe sent my way while I was on tour in the US. I ended up meeting Bill and the team and we found this character together,” he added. This Thursday I thought I'd scare the hell out of you. Throwback to one of the most fun things I've ever shot. A dance anthem for shitty male dancers like myself. Tag someone you want to NACHO ð A post shared by Vir Das (@virdas) on Mar 22, 2018 at 6:49am PDT Well, Priyanka Chopra's loss with 'Quantico' being cancelled turned out to be fruitful for Vir. America beware, you have another Indian all set to take your job!
  19. You talk about fine stand-up acts in India and the first name that comes to your mind is of Vir Das. He is supremely talented and can crack you up within seconds. His 'The Boarding World Tour', in which he traveled across 6 continents and more than 26 countries, gained him a huge fan following. And now the man is back, adding another feature to his hat. Signing a new show with ABC, Vir will soon be seen in a Warner Brothers' dramedy series weekly, 'Whiskey Cavalier'. The show will be both action-packed and a comedy at the same time, tracing the life of tough but tender FBI super agent, Will Chase aka Whiskey Cavalier. Vir will be seen playing one of the main leads named Jai Datta in the series. Not many know this, but Vir shot the pilot episode of the show at the beginning of the year in Prague. Mitron... A post shared by Vir Das (@virdas) on Apr 29, 2018 at 12:27am PDT First, it was Priyanka Chopra who made her way in the West like a boss with Quantico and Vir seems to be following the same steps. When Vir was asked about this new venture he said, "I had such a good time shooting the pilot. It's an exciting time to bring Indian voices to American television. This is a comedy team and a cast that is the right mix of laughs and action. I'm looking forward to saving the world with some hilarious people. It was something that the universe sent my way while I was on tour in the US. I ended up meeting Bill and the team and we found this character together,” he added. This Thursday I thought I'd scare the hell out of you. Throwback to one of the most fun things I've ever shot. A dance anthem for shitty male dancers like myself. Tag someone you want to NACHO ð A post shared by Vir Das (@virdas) on Mar 22, 2018 at 6:49am PDT Well, Priyanka Chopra's loss with 'Quantico' being cancelled turned out to be fruitful for Vir. America beware, you have another Indian all set to take your job!
  20. Actress Ashley Judd. Photo: VarietyActress Ashley Judd, one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, sued the disgraced mogul Monday, alleging he defamed her after she rejected him.The complaint filed in Los...
  21. Mary Kathleen. Photo: Geo NewsAn American woman travelled all the way to Haripur, Pakistan to marry a man she met on Facebook.Mary Kathleen met Adeel Awan when he first sent her a friend request on Facebook after which the two got to...
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