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  1. The Chinese Super League (CSL) was supposed to start later this month but the campaign was indefinitely postponed by the coronavirus outbreak
  2. Barely five days after winning the 'Best Actor' award at the Golden Globes, Joaquin Phoenix has made headlines yet again for getting arrested at fellow actor Jane Fonda's climate change protest at Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. The actor was invited to the weekly protests - which aimed to raise awareness for the cause through a civil disobedience movement. Phoenix went onstage in front of around 300 people, giving them the following address. The speech was short and unplanned with Phoenix choosing to highlight the importance of food choices and the hand of America's meat and dairy industry as a significant contributor to the ongoing global warming crisis. “Sometimes we wonder what can we do in this fight against climate change, and there is something that you can do today and tomorrow, by making a choice about what you consume,” Phoenix said. “There are things I can't avoid. I flew a plane here today, or last night rather, but one thing I can do is change my eating habits,” he added. Despite the well-meaning sentiment, reactions on social media were largely mixed. Some criticised Phoenix for being unspecific and somewhat inaccurate about his message. Climate change is real but get your facts straight in what the largest contributors to it are!!! — Clint Ellis (@ClintEllis9) January 11, 2020 While others called him out for using a private jet to fly into D.C. - a practice that he criticised just this week during his Golden Globes speech - "We don't have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards — and back," Phoenix had said. ...after lecturing ppl for flying to climate change events, Phoenix flies from CA to DC to get arrested at a CLIMATE EVENT. Terrible #duplicity #Hypocrite — IntegrityCounts (@3mdive) January 10, 2020 While most of them criticised Phoenix I can't stop commenting everytime I see this today. He is absolutely out of his mind — Accountant4trump (@Acountant4Trump) January 10, 2020 Let me know when these woke actors go and protest the pollution in China and India. I'll wait. — Tony Semeraro (@Redeemed54) January 10, 2020 They flew in to get arrested. And will fly back on private jets...but okay whatever gets you thru the day. — Maureen (@maureen7579) January 10, 2020 Some shared their commiserations We are arresting people for protesting? — Benjamin Bradshaw (@benjbradshaw) January 10, 2020 freedom to protest ha — r/Sino (@SinoReddit) January 10, 2020 Besides Phoenix, veteran Hollywood star Martin Sheen also turned up for the protest and got arrested by the police. Actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Susan Sarandon were also present. The actors and around 147 others were detained by the police for 'crowding, obstructing or incommoding' - all of them were later released. View the full article
  3. The 77th Golden Globe Awards just took place in Hollywood and we weren't shocked with the results. Well, at least not where Joaquin Phoenix was concerned! The actor won a Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture drama for his role as a troubled Arthur Fleck in Joker. While winning the award is one thing, giving one hell of an acceptance speech is another and that's exactly what Phoenix ended up doing at the Beverly Hills Hotel. After acknowledging his fellow nominees in his speech, Phoenix, who has never been keen on award shows as such said- "There is no F***ing best actor". © Twitter He also went on to thank Todd Philips, the writer and director of Joker and also said, "I'm such a pain in the ass, I cannot believe you put up with me.” in his speech. Even though a lot of his speech was bleeped while he was on stage (since he used a lot of 'F-word'), he nailed the way he delivered every aspect of it. The words chosen and the sentiments behind those words, everything was appreciated not just by the audience present there but by the Twitter world as well. "Contrary to popular belief I don't want to rock the boat. The boat is fucking rocked," is one of the things he said. Phoenix even talked about climate change where he thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its meat-free meal, while stating "recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change. It's a very bold move, making tonight plant-based,” "We don't have to take private jets to Palm Springs ... I'll try to do better, and I hope you will too." the vegan actor added. © warner Bros Pictures Not only did Phoenix think the awards are quite useless in general, he also talked about social issues everyone should be concentrating on currently. And he did all this while still celebrating the work of his fellow nominees. Quite an actor, if I may say so myself! Obviously the Twitter fraternity lauded his speech and praised it to no extent! Joaquin Phoenix calling out the bullshit of Awards Season and celebrating the work of his fellow nominees! Plus he breaks down while acknowledging Rooney Mara... THIS IS WHY WE LOVE HIM!!!!!! #GoldenGlobes #FilmTwitter pic.twitter.com/kNWfh1IRj5 — Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) January 6, 2020 Joaquin Phoenix is giving no **** in his speech and I'm living!#GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/bYBtNDvJjd — Miguel Parpadeos (@miguelparpadeos) January 6, 2020 Joaquin Phoenix, maybe the actor of his generation, calls out Hollywood, on live television, for using private jets, but then gets cut off by the orchestra. This is why I hate the Globes. — Jordan Ruimy (@mrRuimy) January 6, 2020 Some people weren't truly pleased with his speech. Joaquin Phoenix's speech is basically a blank mad lib — Kristin Chirico (@lolacoaster) January 6, 2020 can't wait to see Joaquin Phoenix travel to the BAFTAS in a canoe he carved out of reclaimed wood #GoldenGlobes — Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) January 6, 2020 That room is not feeling Joaquin Phoenix's speech! Yikes! #GoldenGlobes — Chad Darnell (@ChadDarnell) January 6, 2020 I am enjoying everyone in the audience nervously watching Joaquin Phoenix. #GoldenGlobes — DC (@dcb97) January 6, 2020 Everyone in the audience during Joaquin Phoenix's speech #GoldenGIobes pic.twitter.com/9MNHtkxcLH — Austin S. Harris (@austinsharris) January 6, 2020 Joaquin Phoenix: the world is going to hell and we're millionaires I think we can do more than send well wishes the #GoldenGlobes audience: pic.twitter.com/vaSYBFY2f9 — â¿ (@thatsrach) January 6, 2020 And here's some more love for him. Joaquin Phoenix has officially won the Golden Globe for Best Actor (Drama) for JOKER. I want to fucking cry. Heath Ledger would be so incredibly proud tonight. Easily the most acclaimed & beloved lead performance of the year. This is Joaquin's Oscar to win. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/p0YtVzr2o9 — Jesabel (@JesabelRaay) January 6, 2020 Joaquin Phoenix is coming for that Oscar. pic.twitter.com/rK5lNlyiEE — Films to Films (@FilmstoFilms_) January 6, 2020 While his speech got a lot of love and hate, we're more concerned about what he's going to come out with in 2020 and whatever it is, we hope it's as good as his role as Arthur Fleck in Joker. View the full article
  4. If you're a die-hard fan of Valentino Rossi, and have grown up idolising Giacomo Agostini, it is already settled that you love the world of two-wheeler racing, and live for the thrill and danger that come with it. And while you may practise the sport in your hometown, sometime away, we know you dream big. So today, we have listed out five of the most toughest race tracks in the world that are every biker's dream. 1. TT Course, The Isle Of Man iomtt.com The Isle of Man TT Mountain Course is the holy grail of all motorsports across the globe, and undoubtedly one of the most dangerous ones too. Started in 1904, the event takes place every May and June at the Isle Of Man, a tiny country between England and Ireland, that doubles up as 37.73-mile arduous, claw-shaped mountain course with sharp bends, deadly turns and bumpy roads, set between gorgeous, hilly green landscapes. 2. Silverstone Circuit motorsport.com Located right next to the Northamptonshire villages of Silverstone and Whittlebury, the circuit hosts the British round of the MotoGP series. The Silverstone circuit is every pro-biker's dream, and why wouldn't it be? The legendary corners and straights, the thrill of the track and the camaraderie of the pits, add to the adrenaline rush. 3. Suzuka Circuit Suzuka Circuit Suzuka Circuit at Suzuka City is the first full-scale international racing course in Japan with five configurations - the car full circuit, the motorcycle full circuit, the "Suzuka east," "Suzuka west car," and "Suzuka west motorcycle" configurations. Some of the circuit's major events include the Asia Road Racing Championship, Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours and MFJ Grand Prix Superbike Race. 4. The Sepang International Circuit MotoMalaya Designed by German architect, Hermann Tilke, The Sepang International Circuit is a motorsport race track in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. The main circuit, which is 5.5 kilometres long, is known for its sweeping corners and wide straights. Some of the major events of the circuit are Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prixx 2019, Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race 2019, and 2019 Pirelli Malaysia Superbike Championship. 5. Mugello Circuit Mugello & Tuscany With a total track-length of 3.2 miles, Mugello Circuit at Tuscany, Italy is known for its fast curves and incredible slopes. Constructed in 1974, the circuit is situated 292 metres above sea level, and has 15 steep turns. When we talk about the craziest race tracks in the world, we also need to include mind-blowing super-bikes that race on these tracks. One such bike that fits the bill of adventurous racing is the all new TVS Apache RR 310 with an engine capacity of 312.2cc that delivers best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. TVS Apache The bike is well-equipped with advanced aerodynamics to achieve maximum downforce, minimum wind blast and higher top speed. But that's not it. Reverse inclined engine makes upstream air being used effectively to pass through the air filter with ram effect. This gives a compact engine layout and optimum engine temperature at all conditions. Besides, RR 310's lightweight trellis frame is perfect for racing. It offers higher stiffness with best structural efficiency for total control, excellent dynamic response at higher speeds and ease of maneuverability to cut through city traffic. And if you're a biker yourself, here is what makes the bike the ultimate racecraft. TVS Apache The rider triangle is optimized for better load distribution on the shoulder that gives excellent steering control and good low-back comfort. The seat profile is sculpted for ease of sliding around to achieve precise racing line while hitting the apex. Sounds like a machine made for every adrenaline junkie ever!
  5. Despite their superhuman strength, unbelievable goals and breathtaking display on the field, the much-decorated footballers are just as human as the rest of us. While most professional footballers die years after leaving the sport, some aren't deemed lucky enough in that regard. In fact, there have been various accidents and scenarios that have led to players dying on the pitch itself, or a few days later due to injuries suffered in those incidents. And, that's not all. Football has also witnessed some stars losing their life to gruesome murders and other bone-chilling incidents. Here's a list of footballers who tragically died and left the game too early: 1. Piermario Morosini © Reuters Italian midfield man Piermario Morosini died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match between his club Livorno and Pescara in 2010. Morosini collapsed in the 31st minute of the encounter, made an effort to get up, but fell right back on the ground. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead upon arrival. Right after the death of the 25-year-old, it was being reported that if the ambulance had reached a minute earlier, the case could've been different. Although, later it was confirmed that it wouldn't have made any difference. Astonishingly, the three doctors who tended to Morosini were found guilty of manslaughter years later. All three of them were handed suspended prison time for failing to abide by the laid down medical protocol. It is also questioned as to why a defibrillator wasn't used despite the stadium having two of them. Many reputed medical experts believe that the player's life could've been saved if a defibrillator was used. 2. Daniel Jarque © Reuters The famous Andres Iniesta celebration in the World Cup of 2010 always brings back the memory of the late Espanyol defender Daniel 'Dani' Jarque. Jarque spent his entire senior career at the Catalan club after joining them in 2001. Aged 26 at the time, he was named the club's captain in 2009, but one month later, Jarque tragically passed away at the team's training base in Coverciano during Espanyol's pre-season tour in Italy. The news stunned all of Spain, and Iniesta, in particular, who was left emotionally traumatized after his close friend's passing. One year later, the ex-Barcelona man scored the only goal in the World Cup final against the Dutch. An emotionally gratified Iniesta dedicated the most important goal of his career to Jarque when he demonstrated his undershirt which said: "Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros" (Dani Jarque, always with us) written on the front side. 3. Andres Escobar © Reuters The darkest hour in Colombian football surfaced when Andres Escobar was shot dead upon his return from the 1994 World Cup. Escobar played for Atletico Nacional and Young Boys in domestic football, and also represented the Colombian national team on 51 occasions. His rise to the global stage provided a glimmer of hope to the poverty-stricken people of his hometown Medellin. He was the nation's heart and soul, but things took an unexpected turn in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In a match against USA, the defender scored an own goal after getting his slide to cut off a pass horribly wrong. The host nation went on to win the game 2-1 and Escobar was being scapegoated unlike any other player in the past. After returning from the World Cup, Escobar, despite several warnings, stepped out to meet with friends on the bone-chilling evening of 1st July 1994 and visited two pubs in town. Later that night, he was surrounded by three men and a woman in the parking lot of El Indio bar. Pretty soon an argument ensued, and Escobar pleaded for his innocence, claiming that the own goal was a mistake. But despite his protests, two of the men pulled out their guns and shot him six times. After the incident, reports claimed that one of the killers had clamored "Gol!” after every single shot. Escobar's legacy though, still lived on as his funeral was attended by over 120,000 people. The shooting took a heavy toll on many of his teammates, as some quit the national team while many hung up their boots altogether. 4. Marc-Vivien Foe © Reuters Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe died after suffering a heart attack during the Confederation Cup final of 2003 against Columbia in Lyon, France. Foe, who was 28-years-old at the time, collapsed in the 72nd minute of the match and was stretchered off after various failed attempts to revive him on the pitch. The medical staff tried both CPR and oxygen, yet all efforts were in vain. He was taken to the medical center in Gerland Stadium, barely alive, but passed away moments later. The cause of his death was not known at the time, but a second autopsy stated that a condition called “hypertrophic cardiomyopathy”, known to substantially increase the chances of death during any intense physical activity, was the reason behind Marc-Vivien Foe's death.
  6. Germany, the defending World Champions crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a stunning 2-0 loss to South Korea. In a game where they required a single goal to progress, the Die Mannschaft couldn't get past a resolute South Korean defence. They became the third successive champions to crash out at the group stage, after Spain and Italy in the previous two world cups. An inspired Japanese side also beat Colombia 2-1, with the Blue Samurai progressing to the round of 16. Against the established order, against the odds, teams find a way to win and create an upset. We list the biggest upsets of the World Cup over the years: 1. Senegal vs France (2002) The 1998 World Cup Champions crashed out at the group stage itself, and it was the not-fancied Senegal, who booted the Les Bleus out of the tournament. © Reuters A Papa Bouba Diop goal was enough to see the French in the Group A encounter, with Senegal progressing to the quarterfinals. They lost to Turkey then. 2. Cameroon vs Argentina (1990) Defending champions Argentina were expected to brush aside Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup. The African nation scored through Francois Omam Biyick and led on to their lead. They finished the game with 9 men, with a man being sent off six minutes before the goal and in the 89th minute. Though the Argentines reached the final (a 1-0 loss to Germany), this was considered one of the biggest upsets of Italia 90. 3. South Korea vs Italy (2002) Hosts South Korea faced the Azzuri in this round of 16. The Koreans missed a 4th minute penalty, and almost paid the price when Christian Vieri scored in the 18th minute. © Reuters They equalized through Seoul Ki-hyoen in the 88th minute and scored the winner through Ahn Jun-Hwan in the 117th minute. Though the game was marred in controversy with several controversial decisions, including a Totti red card, the South Koreans progressed to the semi-finals. 4. Scotland vs Netherland (1978) The 1970's saw the rise of 'Total Football' - a tactical theory where any outfield player can take over the role of any other player in a team. It was started by Johann Cyruff at Ajax before he brought it to his national team. Scotland quickly went 3-1 after 70 minutes in their Group 4 encounter, only for the Dutch to set up a tense finale with a late goal. Scotland failed to progress, but this was one of the upsets of the 1978 World Cup. The Netherlands went on to lose to Argentina in the final. 5. North Korea vs Italy (1966) Italy have featured twice on this list, and have been knocked out by the two disputed states of the world in two World Cups. At England 1966, nothing was expected much of the North Korean team. © Reuters They lost 3-0 to the Soviet Union in their opening game, but earned a historic 1-0 win over Italy in their next game, courtesy of a Pak Doo-Ik goal. They went 3-0 up in the quarterfinals against Portugal, only to run into a certain Eusebio, who led Portugal to a 5-3 win. 6. West Germany vs Hungary (1954) The Mighty Magyars of the 1950's saw Hungary go unbeaten for an incredible four years on the international scene. Led by Ferenc Puskas, they had beaten England 6-3 in November 1953. In the 1954 World Cup final, they went 2-0 up after eight minutes. In what is now known as the Miracle of Bern, Helmut Rahn scored a brace to lead West Germany to a 3-2 win, and a first World Cup title. 7. USA vs England (1950) An American team, composed of part time players went up against the mighty England. The English had a record of 23 wins, 3 losses and 4 draws post World War 2. In what was a mighty upset, Joe Gaetjens scored the only goal for a USA victory. The next goal that America would score, would be on their home soil, 44 years later. 8. Bulgaria vs Germany (1994) In what was the 1994 World Cup's biggest upset, Bulgaria beat defending champions Germany in the quarterfinals. Led by the inspirational Hristo Stoichkov, the Bulgarians earned a 2-1 win, despite a Lotthar Matthaus goal. They went to lose to Italy at the semifinal stage. Stoichkov finished as the top scorer of that tournament, with six goals. 9. Netherlands vs France (2014) Euro Champions and the World Cup winners, Spain were expected to defend their title in Brazil. They even went ahead to a 27th minute Xabi Alonso penalty but were then hit by a Dutch storm. © Reuters A stunning Van Persie header and a speeding Robben saw Spain lose 5-1. The La Roja went out to lose their next encounter to Chile 2-0, thus dumping them out of the World Cup. 10. Uruguay vs Brazil (1950) Brazil had started celebrating their win days before the game. In those times, the World Cup was played in a round-robin format, not in the present knock-out formats. Gold medals were made, and a crowd close to 2 lakh people gathered at the Maracana. In what is considered the most shocking of World Cup results, Uruguay earned a 2-1 win, with Alcides Ghiggia scoring the winner on 16th July 1950. Ghiggia died exactly 65 years to the day in 2015, the last surviving player on the pitch that fateful day.
  7. It is often said that vodka is a woman's drink. But the reality is not that. If you visit a pub or drop by at a friend's house party, you will come across many men who enjoy sipping vodka pegs. Moreover it is also used to make some great cocktails. Vodka is one such alcohol that can be easily mixed to make various tasty drinks that you can enjoy at your home. Many flavoured vodkas are available these days. Flavours like potato, grapes, citrus, mint are among the most popular one. So, here are the best vodkas that have a great texture along with some uniqueness: Ketel one If you are looking for the smoothest vodka then this one will be the best for you. You will be delighted to just enjoy one peg of this vodka with only 3-4 ice cubes. You will feel the freshness of citrus along with honey when you will drink it. Grey Goose This vodka will hardly leave you disappointed. So if you are confused about which one to order, Grey Goose is the ultimate answer. Other than its clear vodka, one can try the pear flavoured one. Absolut Get hold of an excellent vodka with the help of Absolut. It is a clean tasting one. Their flavoured vodkas are preferred by many people because there is some uniqueness. Van Gogh It is one of the most popular premium vodkas. It is one of the best because it is not only smooth and clean but also very refreshing. Flavours like citrus, orange as well as mango along with caramel and espresso makes it a well known vodka. Belvedere If you want to enjoy a taste of vanilla and soft cream with spice, white pepper or almond and nuts in vodka then go for Belvedere Vodkas. It is very smooth and clean. It sets the best example for the excellent flavoured vodkas. Beluga Noble Want to taste some vodka that has no harsh smell and has a rich taste along with soft flavour? This vodka will help you relish a refined and rich taste. Chase This vodka contains the taste of white pepper and potato that is freshly sliced. It is very clean. Sometime you can also taste a hint of black pepper and nuts. Ogilvy It is a clean and balanced vodka with a rich taste of citrus, black pepper and toffee. You will also enjoy the wonderful smell of citrus fruit, walnuts and apricots while having a sip. Holy Grass If you love vodkas that come with a smooth and creamy finish, then Holy Grass will satisfy your thirst. It is fresh as well as delicate. The spirit will give you a taste of apple juice. It will complement the sweet taste. Reyka It is made from barley and wheat. It tastes very sweet. When you mix it you will enjoy having it more. So adding some lemon, mint and blackberries will make this vodka taste perfect. Thus you can pamper yourself by selecting one from this wide range of quality vodkas or even get some for your best friend's bachelor party.
  8. The Brazilian husband and wife have the unusual hobby of traveling around the world pretending they´ve just got hitched again. Photo: InstagramSAO PAULO: Passersby cheered and cars honked as the couple in wedding clothes posed for pictures on the...
  9. As the world marks Mother's Day, let's take a look at vintage pictures of mothers from across the globe. These photos show the ways different mothers around the world have supported children?their own, their neighbours', and even those of...
  10. Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah remarked on Sunday that ?aliens? are part of electoral systems across the globe including Pakistan. Photo: Geo News screen grab1SUKKUR: Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah remarked on Sunday that ?aliens? are...
  11. Humankind is capable of so much worse than murder and treason, and these stories of cruelty endured by gang members as part of their initiation rituals are the only proof you need. Not only are these some of the most insane and dangerous gangs the world over, their gang rituals will make you tremble with fear too. 1. MS-13 © daily star When it comes to MS-13 nothing is too brutal. They have a series of disturbing rituals. MS-13 makes the new members withstand 13 seconds of a bestial beat down by elders of the gang. The members who aren't involved in the beating enjoy the countdown of 13 seconds which is almost always slower than the clock. The dedication of MS-13 group members is often calculated with the face tattoos they fashion. Certain members even have the letters 'MS' tattooed across their face. MS-13 is one of the only gangs in the world which accepts female recruits. But it is definitely a disgusting trade. Those who wish to join are expected to have *** with multiple gang members. In a particular case in New York, the members were also found guilty of sacrificing teenagers in a satanic ritual. They raped three girls all in the age range of 15-16 and pounded them with baseball and machetes. 2. Knights Templar Cartel © guradianlibertyvoice The Knights Templar's initiation ritual involves the consumption of the heart of a human child. That is considered as a proof of their loyalty. A similar ritual is performed by Latin Kings. They pressurize the new members to perform cannibalism. 3. Junky Funky Kids © warpedspeed The Junky Funky Kids are one of many gangs in the Cape Flats region of Cape Town, South Africa. They are amongst the man gangs who recruit children with difficult living situations. Any child who wishes to join the gang is expected to walk a certain distance with elder members occupying both sides of the path. They are not standing to welcome the child, anything but that. This tradition is called as the 'jumped in' or 'beat in' where new recruits are expected to survive the beating and make it to the end. Those members aren't standing unarmed; they carry planks, clubs and other weapons to give the child a real beating. 4. Roto Rituals © gigazine Roto gang members created a ritual where they made the new recruits watch the cruel massacre of another guilty member to cause fear. It was this very ritual that destroyed the gang when a new recruit couldn't stand the slaughter of another member and informed the police. 5. Baptized With Human Waste © Pinterest Hunter S. Thompson is an acclaimed writer of a nonfiction novel Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. During the time he spent with The Hell's Angel gang to research for his book he came across a disturbing ritual. He stated that every new member has to get dumped by a mixture of urine and faeces (collected from more senior members of the gang). 6. Yubitsume © scmp Yakuza is known for its traditional practices. However, their punishments rituals are the most infamous ones. If a member is found guilty he will be asked to follow Yubitsume ritual which involves self-amputation of their left little finger. 7. Umbrella Test © chaostrophic Numbers gang is a South African prison gang with the members identified by their inmate number. They have a hierarchy of membership. The type of member you will become is decided based on a question; what would you do if it were raining and you had just one umbrella with another gang member? If your answer is that you will share. You are made the male prostitute of the gang and if you dared to answer that you will stand in the rain with another member then you have to attack a white prison guard. 8. Fireworks At Work © riodoce This ritual isn't practiced by one particular gang instead by most gangs of Taiwanese background. A ritual dating back to 1970s, it is generally practiced to determine a new gang leader. The rules are simple; the last man capable of withstanding the onslaught of fireworks becomes the leader. 9. Kill A Man © dailybeast It's news to none that Aryan Brotherhood dominates prisons of the United States of America. Reports of the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests that the population of The Aryan Brotherhood accounts for less than 0.1% and still are held responsible for 25% of federal prison murders. A former member admitted that the initiation process of the gang involves killing another man. He recalled his experience saying that he stabbed a fellow inmate 37 times in the presence of guards and other inmates. 10. Chinese Triads: Strawberry Smoothie © Viva-LatiNUS The Chinese branch of the infamous Triads gang proves the stereotype of Asian gang brutality true with this particular ritual. Those who wish to be a part of the Chinese Triads are served a welcome drink of "strawberry smoothie". Not the kind your mother makes, one made with the blood of their senior members.
  12. Dark drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and mother-daughter comedy "Lady Bird" were the top winners at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday on a night marked by barbed comments about sexual harassment in Hollywood and passionate odes to those breaking their silence on the issue. Here's a complete list of winners: MOTION PICTURE Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the award for the best picture, best actress, and best supporting actor. Photo: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri1 Motion Picture, Drama: ?Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.? Actor, Motion Picture, Drama: Gary Oldman, ?Darkest Hour.? Actress, Motion Picture, Drama: Frances McDormand, ?Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.? Director, Motion Picture: Guillermo Del Toro, ?The Shape of Water.? Supporting Actor, Motion Picture: Sam Rockwell, ?Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.? Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Allison Janney, ?I, Tonya.? Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: ?Lady Bird.? James Franco brought Tommy Wiseau onstage along with his brother Dave Franco, who co-stars The Disaster Artist. Photo: courtesy Actor, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: James Franco, ?The Disaster Artist.? Actress, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Saoirse Ronan, ?Lady Bird.? Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, ?Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.? Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, ?The Shape of Water.? Original Song: ?This is Me,? from ?The Greatest Showman,? music by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul. Animated Film: ?Coco.? Foreign Language: ?In the Fade.? TELEVISION Dystopian saga ?The Handmaid?s Tale? and drama ?Big Little Lies? won the top television honours at Sunday?s Golden Globes awards. Photo: Handmaid's Tale Dystopian saga ?The Handmaid?s Tale? and drama ?Big Little Lies? won the top television honours at Sunday?s Golden Globes awards. Series, Drama: ?The Handmaid?s Tale.? Actor, Drama: Sterling K. Brown, ?This is Us,? Actress, Drama: Elisabeth Moss, ?The Handmaid?s Tale.? Series, Musical or Comedy: ?The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.? Actor, Series, Musical or Comedy: Aziz Ansari, ?Master of None.? Actress, Series, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, ?The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.? Television, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV: ?Big Little Lies.? Nicole Kidman won best actress in a limited series at the Golden Globes for her work as Celeste in HBO?s ?Big Little Lies.? Photo: NBC1 Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Nicole Kidman, ?Big Little Lies.? Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Laura Dern, ?Big Little Lies.? Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Alexander Skarsgard, ?Big Little Lies.? Actor, Limited Series for Motion Picture Made for TV: Ewan McGregor, ?Fargo.?
  13. Actress, movie and television producer, and chief executive of her OWN cable channel, Winfrey, 63, was celebrated as a role model for women and a person who has promoted strong female characters-Reuters LOS ANGELES: Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to be awarded a Golden Globe for lifetime achievement on Sunday, delivering an impassioned speech in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. Actress, movie and television producer, and chief executive of her OWN cable channel, Winfrey, 63, was celebrated as a role model for women and a person who has promoted strong female characters. Her honor came in a year when the awards show, Hollywood?s first leading up to the Oscars, was dominated by a scandal that has seen the downfall of dozens of powerful men as women break years of silence. Winfrey, who along with most of the show?s other attendees donned a black gown to show support for victims of sexual misconduct, was the first black woman to receive the annual Cecil B. De Mille award, joining the likes of Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Sophia Loren. Winfrey used her speech to praise women who have shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, and to declare that ?a new day is on the horizon? for girls and women. ?And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they become leaders that take us to the time where nobody has to say ?me too? again,? Winfrey said, referencing the social media movement raising awareness about sexual harassment. Winfrey was raised in poverty by a single mother and went on host the top-rated talk show ?The Oprah Winfrey Show? for 25 years before ending it in 2011. ?I want to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.? During her speech, she recalled being inspired as a child by previous Cecil B. DeMille award winner Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win a best actor Oscar. ?It is not lost on me that at this moment there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award,? Winfrey said. She produced and acted in the 2014 civil rights movie ?Selma,? and 2017?s ?The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? and was Oscar nominated in 1986 for her role in ?The Color Purple? which she later helped finance as Broadway musical. Even after ending her daily talk show, her influence on popular culture remains strong. Forbes last year estimated her net worth at $3 billion and placed her third on its list of the America?s richest self-made women.
  14. Billed as the most raucous event in the showbiz calendar, the champagne-drenched Hollywood Foreign Press Association´s annual prize-giving is a draw for filmmakers and actors looking to create some buzz ahead of March´s Academy Awards LOS ANGELES: Hollywood´s elite head for the red carpet Sunday for the Golden Globes, the glitzy launch of the entertainment industry´s awards season, with sexual harassment scandals casting a long shadow over celebrations. Billed as the most raucous event in the showbiz calendar, the champagne-drenched Hollywood Foreign Press Association´s annual prize-giving is a draw for filmmakers and actors looking to create some buzz ahead of March´s Academy Awards. But this year´s ceremony, seen as the first big opportunity for the industry to unite against a pervasive culture of sexual misconduct brought to light by the downfall of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, may strike a more somber tone. Here are the nominees in key categories for the 75th Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out on Sunday in Beverly Hills: Film Best film, drama "Call Me by Your Name" Dunkirk is among nominees for Best Film, drana "Dunkirk" "The Post" "The Shape of Water" "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Best film, musical or comedy "The Disaster Artist" "Get Out" "The Greatest Showman" "I, Tonya" "Lady Bird" Best actor, drama Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name" Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread" Tom Hanks, "The Post" Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq." Best actress, drama Jessica Chastain has been nominated for Best actress for "Molly´s Game" Jessica Chastain, "Molly´s Game" Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water" Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Meryl Streep, "The Post" Michelle Williams, "All the Money in the World" Best actor, musical or comedy Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes" Ansel Elgort, "Baby Driver" James Franco, "The Disaster Artist" Hugh Jackman, "The Greatest Showman" Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out" Best actress, musical or comedy Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul" Helen Mirren, "The Leisure Seeker" Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya" Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird" Emma Stone, "Battle of the Sexes" Best supporting actor Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project" Armie Hammer, "Call Me by Your Name" Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water" Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World" Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Best supporting actress Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound" Hong Chau, "Downsizing" Allison Janney, "I, Tonya" Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird" Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water" Best director Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water" Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk" Ridley Scott, "All The Money in the World" Steven Spielberg, "The Post" Best foreign language film "A Fantastic Woman" "First They Killed My Father" "In the Fade" "Loveless" "The Square" Best animated feature "The Boss Baby" "The Breadwinner" "Coco" "Ferdinand" "Loving Vincent" Television Best drama series "The Crown" "Game of Thrones" "The Handmaid´s Tale" The Handmaid´s Tale is among the nominees for Best TV show "Stranger Things" "This is Us" Best drama actor Jason Bateman, "Ozark" Sterling K. Brown, "This is Us" Freddie Highmore, "The Good Doctor" Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul" Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan" Best drama actress Caitriona Balfe, "Outlander" Claire Foy, "The Crown" Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Deuce" Katherine Langford, "13 Reasons Why" Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid´s Tale" Best musical or comedy series "Black-ish" "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" "Master of None" "SMILF" "Will & Grace" Best musical or comedy actor Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish" Aziz Ansari, "Master of None" Kevin Bacon, "I Love Dick" William H. Macy, "Shameless" Eric McCormack, "Will and Grace" Best musical or comedy actress Pamela Adlon, "Better Things" Alison Brie, "Glow" Issa Rae, "Insecure" Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Frankie Shaw, "SMILF" Best limited series or TV movie "Big Little Lies" "Fargo" "Feud: Bette and Joan" "The Sinner" "Top of the Lake: China Girl" Best limited series or TV movie actor Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies" Jude Law, "The Young Pope" Kyle MacLachlan, "Twin Peaks" Ewan McGregor, "Fargo" Geoffrey Rush, "Genius" Best limited series or TV movie actress Jessica Biel, "The Sinner" Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies" Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette and Joan" Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette and Joan" Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies" Films with most nominations "The Shape of Water" - 7 "The Post" - 6 "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" - 6 "Lady Bird" - 4
  15. It is always fascinating to find a time capsule hidden in plain sight. With every new discovery about mankind's past, you start to paint your own version of the people you have never met. In any which way, the discoveries are only a window into a long-forgotten civilization as we come to terms with how little we are really aware of our own kind and just how many secrets the earth holds. Archaeologists, with the help of satellite-mapping technology, have discovered ancient lava domes in the Middle East. These mysterious structures have been found to run in different shapes, well into a number of thousands across Saudi Arabia. Thanks to Google earth, the newfound archaeological puzzle is the Middle East's own Nazca Lines and now has an equally curious name, 'The Works of the Old Men'. © Flickr/ilkerender So what are these mysterious structures and why are archaeologists so intrigued by their presence? Geoglyphs, as they are called, are ancient structures that resemble a certain shape or form when viewed from a higher ground. These are usually found on lava fields and run between 25 to 70 metres which makes the comprehensibility of the structure on ground level almost impossible. More than anything, geoglyphs should remind you of the crop circle phenomenon that Hollywood has romanticised over the decades. Even though they are miles apart on the reality scale, you do tend to wonder about the strangers that are stencilling their artwork onto our planet. History While researchers argue and contrast the purpose of these geoglyphs with their age and culture, they are nonetheless shrouded in eerie mystery. Estimated to have been created 2,000 years ago, the recently discovered domes are being referred to as 'wheels', because of the recurring design of a common circle with spokes inside. The existence of the geoglyph from over centuries ago makes it an antiquity that has been lying in plain sight of the people. Imagine walking and living by a heritage site for years without even knowing of its existence. Unlike the self-explanatory “Rakesh loves Sunita” inscriptions that we have popularised, the geoglyphs come with a purpose and these actually made life easier for the people. Scattered across continents, here is a list of geoglyphs that have managed to astound researchers and ordinary folks alike for decades since their discovery. The Nazca Lines in Peru © Youtube/Destination Tips The Nazca Lines was discovered in 1939 and is believed to date back to 200 BC to 500 AD. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is believed by many to have 'ritual astronomical functions'. Some theorists even believed it to be a medium of communication with alien visitors. Initially, researchers also theorised that the designs were aligned with astronomy; however, the theory was quickly dissolved and it continues to pique the imagination of archaeologists and researchers till date. Even though no conclusive proof was achieved on the subject, it remains to be an extraordinary feat of an ancient civilization. Marree Man © Marreehotel.com Found in Australia, the geoglyph is a gigantic impression of an indigenous man hunting birds with a stick. Touted to be the second largest geoglyph, it is currently at the mercy of geographical and natural forces that are slowly adding to the gradual fade of the Marree man. Theories suggest that it was created in the modern times. Discovered in 1998, there were suggestive reports that the Marree Man was the creation of American troops. However, upon the discovery of the site, miscellaneous items were found in a small pit nearby, which included a satellite photo of the Marree Man, a jar with a small flag of the US, and a note referring to the Branch Davidians; a religious group known for the Waco raid in 1993. In 1999, an anonymous fax from a hotel in Oxford, England, mentioned a plaque that was buried five meters south from the nose of the Marree Man that was intended to be dug up for a 'prominent US Media figure' before the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Officials discovered the plaque in the mentioned location, and it read “In honor of the land they once knew. His attainments in these pursuits are extraordinary; a constant source of wonderment and admiration.” Intriguing to say the least! Uffington White Horse © Wikimedia Commons Believed to be a representation of the legend of St. George slaying a dragon on the Dragon hill or his horse, this geoglyph was found in Oxfordshire, probably first created during the Bronze Age between 1200 B.C. and 800 B.C. The Uffington White Horse is the only geoglyph with a known prehistoric origin. Over the stretch there are close to 24 of these hill figures. Believed by many to date back to the Iron Age due to the similarity in the images found on coins from that period, more recent studies by the Oxford Archaeological Unit have placed the Uffington White Horse in the Bronze Age, around 3000 years ago. Other theorists however believe that it represents Epona, a Celtic horse goddess. Paracas Candelabra © Wikimedia Commons Dated back to around 200 BCE, the Paracas Candelabra is a geoglyph from the Andes region of Peru. The purpose and the people responsible for creating the geoglyph are still under study and consideration. The design appears to be a three-pronged fork, debated to resemble a cactus or a candle stand, hence the name. There are a number of theories surrounding the significance and meaning of the geoglyph, the most common one associating it with the symbol of the Incan creator god Viracocha; the trident. Believed to be the creator of the universe, his trident held magnificent reverence from the tribes. However, another popular theory is that the geoglyph is a symbol of the local Jimson weed, a hallucinogenic herb that may have held ritualistic significance. The gigantic design is a supposed beacon for people tripping on the drug. Atacama Giant © Wikimedia Commons Suggestive of its name, the Atacama Giant lies in the Atacama Desert, Chile, covering an area of 86 metres in height alone making it the largest geoglyph in the world. Believed by many to be a depiction of a deity of the local inhabitants from 1000-1400 AD, the producers of this geoglyph have been the dwellers of the region, the Tiwanaku and the Inca. According to some theorists, the geoglyph could be an astronomical calendar that would track the movement of the moon. Other theorists suggest more controversial purposes to the geoglyph, which is alien visitations. However, most historians argue that Atacama Giant does not only have a ritualistic significance but also a practical one, owing to the large number of geoglyphs scattered around the area. Suggestive of land marking by the ancient tribes, researchers believe that many of these geoglyphs served as markers for water sources and salt flats. Nevertheless, with its robot-like face, this one continues to baffle researchers and history enthusiasts alike. Like many other ancient structures, the geoglyphs seem to bring out as many questions without much answers, the most recent addition to them being the 'Works of the Old Men'. Perhaps there was a three-eyed raven at some point on this planet, and an army of dead people that fought many Jon Snows, but for now, all we have are these pretty drawings on the ground. How unbelievably far we have come as a race is the possibly the most important take away from every new discovery of an ancient past.
  16. Nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Best Director, Motion Picture category, (L-R) Guillermo del Toro, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg are seen in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/File Photo LOS ANGELES: Women were shut out of the directors race at the 2018 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, while Ridley Scott?s scramble to reshoot ?All the Money in the World? led to a surprise nod for actor Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey. Greta Gerwig, who made her solo directorial debut with the warmly reviewed coming-of-age tale ?Lady Bird,? was snubbed in a category in which Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg were nominated. Patty Jenkins, who delivered box office superhero smash ?Wonder Woman,? was also left out, along with directors Dee Rees, of Netflix Inc?s racial period drama ?Mudbound,? and Kathryn Bigelow, of the racially charged drama ?Detroit.? ?It?s a terrible shame, to be honest,? said McDonagh, who wrote and directed small-town drama ?Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.? ?I know there have been great screenplays by women recognized this year but not directing, and maybe that will change in the Oscars.? Gerwig, 34, was nominated for best screenplay for writing ?Lady Bird,? which also landed two acting nods for its star, Saoirse Ronan, and supporting actress, Laurie Metcalf. Metcalf told Reuters that Gerwig?s ?Lady Bird? set was collaborative and stress-free. ?I?m spoiled rotten,? Metcalf said. ?She just made it a beautiful and personal experience for the entire cast and crew.?
  17. Uber executives are travelling the globe to reassure regulators that the company is changing the way it does business, after a massive data breach revealed last week became the latest controversy to hurt the ride-service firm?s reputation. Uber Technologies Inc is also continuing talks with Japan?s SoftBank Group Corp for an investment, Brooks Entwistle, Uber?s recently appointed chief business officer for Asia Pacific, told Reuters on Monday. His comments come on the heels of Uber?s disclosure last week that it covered up an October 2016 data breach involving 57 million customers and about 600,000 drivers. Uber said it paid two hackers $100,000 (£75,075) to destroy the stolen data and keep the matter a secret. The revelation, made by Uber?s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a blog post, prompted governments in countries including Britain, the United States, Australia and the Philippines to launch probes into the breach and Uber?s handling of the matter. The global backlash will test Uber?s new collaborative approach to regulators, a stark change from the rule-breaking culture created by former CEO Travis Kalanick. ?We have changed tacks in so many ways in dealing with regulators, dealing with governments,? Entwistle said in an interview in Tokyo, where he is meeting Japanese officials and potential business partners. Nevertheless, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Kimberly Foxx, the public prosecutor for Cook County, Illinois, said on Monday they filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Uber for its failure to protect the data of its customers and drivers, alleging the company violated local laws by failing to promptly disclose the breach. Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit. Also on Monday, fresh questions came from US lawmakers demanding an explanation for the company?s handling of the breach. Republican senators John Thune, Orrin Hatch, Jerry Moran and Bill Cassidy sent a letter on Monday to Khosrowshahi seeking answers about the data theft and cover-up, which they called ?a serious incident that merits further scrutiny.? The senators requested a response from Uber by Dec. 11. Hatch chairs the Senate Committee on Finance and Thune chairs the Commerce Science and Transportation Committee. In a separate letter sent Monday, Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat and advocate of the technology industry including the on-demand sector that includes Uber, sent a letter to Khosrowshahi with detailed questions about Uber?s security systems and rationale for covering up the breach. SOFTBANK DEAL The disclosure of the 2016 data breach at a time when Uber is trying to bring in SoftBank as an investor has spurred speculation about the price of the deal. SoftBank and Dragoneer Investment Group agreed on Nov. 12 to lead a group that would invest as much as $10 billion in Uber, people familiar with the deal previously told Reuters. The group plans to directly invest $1 billion to $1.25 billion at Uber?s current $69 billion valuation, and also buy at a lower valuation shares held by existing investors and employees. The goal is to take a 14 percent to 17 percent stake. Uber has plans to disclose the pricing of the SoftBank deal in formal tender offers to existing investors early this week, sources told Reuters. It will likely take a few weeks for investors to decide whether to take the offer. ?The transaction is still underway and it?s an extraordinary validation that an investor like SoftBank would look at Uber,? Entwistle said. Uber said on Friday it had informed SoftBank about the data breach prior to informing the public. However, ?our information at the time was preliminary and incomplete,? a spokesman said. ?We also made clear that our forensic investigation was ongoing.? A person familiar with the matter said SoftBank had already factored any negative impact from the breach into its negotiations with Uber and did not expect the hack to have a significant impact on price. However, a separate source familiar with the matter said SoftBank could still use Uber?s situation as leverage to secure better terms for the investment. The person said SoftBank has not yet made a final decision on whether to renegotiate. A SoftBank spokesman declined to comment. REGIONAL PLANS SoftBank has become a prolific investor in ride-hailing firms across Asia, including Southeast Asia?s Grab, China?s DiDi Chuxing and India?s Ola, leading to expectations it could drive consolidation in the region. While Uber sold its business in China to DiDi last year, it remains committed to operating in the broader region for years to come, said Entwistle, who joined the company in August. The firm has not given up on the Japanese market, which has barred non-professional drivers from offering taxi services, and is working on partnering with traditional taxi firms, he said. Uber hopes the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could provide a venue to demonstrate the value of ride-sharing firms in a potentially lucrative market, he said. ?We are innovating and in some markets that will take longer and we realise that,? Entwistle said.
  18. Governments around the globe launched investigations into Uber Technologies Inc after the company disclosed it had covered up a breach that exposed data on millions of customers and drivers, the latest scandal to rock the ride-hailing firm. Authorities in Britain and the United States, two top Uber markets, as well as Australia and the Philippines said on Wednesday they would investigate the company?s response to the data breach. Some US lawmakers called for Congressional hearings and implored the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into the matter. Uber said on Wednesday that it has been in touch with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several states to discuss a hack last year that exposed data on millions of customers and drivers, the latest scandal to rock the ride-hailing firm. ?We?ve been in touch with several state Attorney General Offices and the FTC to discuss this issue, and we stand ready to cooperate with them going forward,? an Uber spokesperson said in a emailed statement. Uber said on Tuesday that in late 2016 it had paid hackers $100,000 (£75,213.29) to destroy data on more than 57 million customers and driver stolen from the company and decided not to report the matter to victims or authorities. The money-losing ride-hailing service is known for the tough stance it has taken against regulators as it seeks to aggressively expand and compete with existing taxi services. Attorneys general in at least four US states, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York, said they had launched investigations into the breach. ?We have serious concerns about the reported conduct,? Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. US Senator Richard Blumenthal took to Twitter to call for the FTC to investigate Uber, describing the company?s behaviour as ?inexplicable? and asking for the FTC to impose ?significant penalties.? The FTC, which investigates companies accused of being sloppy with consumer data, said it was looking into the matter, but declined to say if it had launched a formal investigation. ?We are aware of press reports describing a breach in late 2016 at Uber and Uber officials? actions after that breach. We are closely evaluating the serious issues raised,? an FTC spokesman said. US Representative Frank Pallone called for a Congressional hearing. ?If Uber did indeed secretly pay-off the hackers to keep the breach quiet, then a possible cover up of the incident is problematic and must be investigated,? Pallone said in a statement. Britain?s data protection authority said it would work with agencies in the United Kingdom and overseas to investigate the matter. ?If UK citizens were affected, then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed,? James Dipple-Johnstone, deputy commissioner of the UK Information Commissioner?s Office, said in a statement. British law carries a maximum penalty of 500,000 pounds ($662,000) for failing to notify users and regulators when data breaches occur. ?Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies,? Dipple-Johnstone said. The stolen information included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 57 million Uber users around the world, and the names and license numbers of 600,000 US drivers, according to a blog post by Uber?s new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO in August. Uber said it fired its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and a deputy, Craig Clark, this week over their role in the incident. Sullivan, formerly the top security official at Facebook Inc and a federal prosecutor, served as both security chief and deputy general counsel for Uber. Sullivan declined comment. Clark could not be reached for comment. Kalanick, through a spokesman, declined to comment. The former CEO remains on the Uber board of directors, and Khosrowshahi has said he consults with him regularly.
  19. RAWALPINDI: More than 21,000 members of Bohra community from across the globe, including near 12,000 Indians, participated in their annual congression in Karachi, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement on Friday. The event was organised during Muharram in Karachi from September 22 to September 30 after a gap of 21 years, the statement added. Bohra Community members are returning to their countries after the culmination of their annual congression. A number of Indian citizens who travelled by road through Wagah border Gate expressed their acknowledgement for peaceful environment and hospitality extended to them during the stay, states the Pakistan Army's media cell. Director general Punjab Rangers visited the facilitation centre established at Wagah border for their arrival/ departure. The Pakistani Consulate had established special counters within the premises and dedicated extra staff to facilitate the community for visa issuance. "The mission is pleased to have issued visit visas to the Bohra community members for Pakistan on very short notice," a diplomat at the Consulate said. Hundreds of Bohra community members flock to Karachi to observe Muharram Ashra The community is organising Muharram Majalis in Karachi after a span of 19 years Pakistan?s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Moazzam Ahmad Khan told this correspondent that the government of Pakistan has given special permission to missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to issue visas to the Bohri community. ??I am very grateful to our consular staff who worked extra-hours just to facilitate the Bohri community with issuing visas on an urgent basis,?? the ambassador said. Khan also expressed his satisfaction over Pakistan?s improving image as a peace-loving country.
  20. KARACHI: For the first time in more than 20 years, the Bohra Community in the city is hosting their spiritual leaders from Mumbai, India, and tens of thousands of other Bohras from around the world for the holy month of Muharram. Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifud­din, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, arrived in the city on September 14. Since then he has conducted a series of sermons on different themes including justice, brotherhood, forgiveness, and piety. Dr Saifuddin, who travelled from India, is expected to narrate events of historical and cultural significance and discuss issues impacting the community. For Ashra, the community has built extensions to their main mosque on II Chandrigar road to double the capacity of the complex. Moreover, the hotels near Bohra community's Taheri Masjid have been completely booked and bus companies have also been hired to ferry attendees from different parts of the city. It is expected that the traffic operations near II Chundrigar Road will remain disputed for the next two weeks.
  21. Muslims across the globe celebrated Eid-ul-Azha on Friday. In Palestine the largest congregation of Eid prayers took place in the al-Aqsa Mosque while in the UAE the largest congregation took place in Abu Dhabi. In the United Kingdom and other European countries, Eid prayers were held in various mosques. Eid was also celebrated in different parts of the world including the United States of America, Africa, Japan, Canada, Indonesia and Bosnia Indonesians attend an Eid al-Adha prayer in Surabaya, East Java province on September 1, 2017 - AFP Filipina Muslims gather to pray during Eid al-Adha in Taguig, a suburb of Manila - AFP Muslim perform the morning Eid ul-Azha prayer at a mosque in the southern Iraqi city of Basra - AFP A handout picture released by the official Twitter page of the Syrian Presidency on September 1, 2017, shows President Bashar al-Assad performing the morning Eid ul-Azha prayer at the Grand Mosque of Qara - AFP Afghan Muslim men sit on the ground as they listen to Eid-ul-Azha sermon prayers at Shah-e-Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul - AFP Bosnian Muslims perform the morning prayer at the Skenderija sports centre in Sarajevo - AFP Egyptian Muslim devotees perform the morning Eid ul-Azha prayer outside al-Sedik mosque in the northeastern suburb of Sheraton in the capital Cairo - AFP Libyan Muslims embrace in Martyrs´ Square in the capital Tripoli on September 1, 2017 - AFP Afghan men offer Eid-ul-Azha prayers in Jalalabad on September 1, 2017 - AFP Members of Russia´s Muslim community pray in a street outside the Central Mosque - AFP A Palestinian girl carries balloons while celebrating at the main square in Gaza City - AFP Afghan policemen greet each other after offering Eid-ul-Azha prayers at a mosque in Ghazni province - AFP A man dressed in a clown outfit distributes balloons to children by the Dome of the Rock inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound - AFP Syrian children ride in carriages decorated in balloons along a damaged street in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib - AFP A Palestinian girl flies a helium balloon shaped like a dolphin by the Dome of the Rock inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound - AFP A man sells sheep during the Eid ul-Azha celebrations in Istanbul - AFP A child stands as people pray to mark Eid ul-Azha , in downtown Rome - Reuters
  22. <p dir="ltr">While many actors are comfortable doing the same role again and again, Manoj Bajpayee is one of those actors who has gone out and picked up all the unconventional roles.</p> <p>From leaving the critics impressed to winning many hearts, the actor has proved that he can play any role effortlessly. Be it him as Bhiku Matra in 'Satya', Sardar Khan in 'Gangs of Wasseypur' or Professor in 'Aligarh', Manoj has portrayed some powerful characters that people will remember forever.</p> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/While many actors are comfortable doing the same role again and again, Manoj Bajpayee is one of those actors who has gone out and picked up all the unconventional roles. From leaving the critics impressed to winning many hearts, the actor has proved that he can play any role effortlessly. Be it him as Bhiku Matra in 'Satya', Sardar Khan in 'Gangs of Wasseypur' or Professor in 'Aligarh', Manoj has portrayed some powerful characters that people will remember forever. And now he is all set to receive the highest honour at the Festival of Globe to be held in California for his immense contribution in the Indian film industry. He will also lead the India Day Parade as the chief guest and grand marshal to mark the landmark 70th independence of India on August 13. For people who aren't aware of the Festival of Globe, FGO takes place in the Silicon Valley near San Francisco. Like various film festival, this is a platform for entertainment, cultural and business exchange. Films are screened, celebrities, investors, politicians, and others come under one roof for an award function and the parade. Talking about felicitating Manoj, Founder Dr. Romesh Japra said in the statement, “It is a moment of pride for us to have this great actor of Indian cinema as our prestigious guest for this year. Our journey with the festival began 25 years ago, right about the time Manoj ji made his foray into Indian cinema. We are grateful for having him and welcoming him to The Bay Area and pay a fine tribute and introduce him to our ‘golden' city and his thousands of fans.” Apart from this on the work front, Manoj at present is busy shooting for his film 'Aiyaary' where he will be seen with Sidharth Malhotra, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Rakul Preet Singh, Anupam Kher and others. The film is all set to hit the theatres in 2018 on Republic Day. "></iframe> <p>And now he is all set to receive the highest honour at the Festival of Globe to be held in California for his immense contribution in the Indian film industry. He will also lead the India Day Parade as the chief guest and grand marshal to mark the landmark 70th independence of India on August 13.</p> <p>For people who aren't aware of the Festival of Globe, FGO takes place in the Silicon Valley near San Francisco. Like various film festival, this is a platform for entertainment, cultural and business exchange. Films are screened, celebrities, investors, politicians, and others come under one roof for an award function and the parade.</p> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JezwsQKpXuU"></iframe> <p>Talking about felicitating Manoj, Founder Dr. Romesh Japra said in the statement, “It is a moment of pride for us to have this great actor of Indian cinema as our prestigious guest for this year. Our journey with the festival began 25 years ago, right about the time Manoj ji made his foray into Indian cinema. We are grateful for having him and welcoming him to The Bay Area and pay a fine tribute and introduce him to our ‘golden' city and his thousands of fans.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Apart from this on the work front, Manoj at present is busy shooting for his film 'Aiyaary' where he will be seen with Sidharth Malhotra, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Rakul Preet Singh, Anupam Kher and others. The film is all set to hit the theatres in 2018 on Republic Day. </p>
  23. The moment we feel that we have seen enough, someone from some distant corner of the world pops up from behind to prove why we are too early to breathe a sigh of relief. Rituals and traditions are an imperative part of our lives and identity. While, we love some of them, there are some which we follow out of respect for our parents and elders. Having said that, we often think of our traditions to be mundane, but there are some communities in the world that have some of the wackiest and weirdest rituals which will shake your reasoning from the core. 1. Famadihana – Dancing With The Dead In Madagascar © wikimedia While we mourn the loss of our loved ones, the Malagasy people of Madagascar remember them in a very unusual way. And by the looks of it, it seems they have taken the word ‘different' to a whole new level. ‘Famadihana' or ‘Turning of the Bones' is a funerary tradition which is celebrated once every 7 years. People open up the family crypts, bring out the bodies of their ancestors and rewrap the remains in fresh cloth. People then dance with those corpses around the tomb. 2. Bullent Ant Gloves – Sataré Mawé Tribe in the Amazon © YouTube If growing up wasn't a painful and exhausting task already, the Amazon's Sataré Mawé tribe makes it a living hell for boys so let's just thank our stars that we weren't born there. Boys, as young as 12, are made to place their hands in a glove with innumerable bullets ants inside, because that's their way of judging whether you have what it takes to become a man…or not, we don't know. All we know is that a bullet ant's sting is the most painful sting in the world which can often lead to temporary paralysis. Apparently, the boys have to keep their hands in the gloves for nearly 10 minutes and have to go through this ritual 20 times. 3. Wearing A Clay Plate On The Lower Lips – Mursi Tribe from Ethiopia © wikimedia While some of us spend insane amount of hours and sh*t loads of money on make-up, the Mursi and Surma tribes women pay a huge price to look beautiful. For them, beauty lies in the hard clay plate they wear on their lower lips – larger the plate, the more beautiful she is considered. The moment girls hit puberty, their two lower front teeth are removed and a hole is pierced in the bottom lip that is then stretched out to place the lip plate. From the time they hit puberty, these women face so much in the name of beauty. 4. Death Ritual In The Yanomami Tribe from the Amazon © Thinkstock/Getty Images Cannibalism is scary, but Endocannibalism is creepy and spine-chilling to say the least and the Amazon's Yanomami Tribe performs exactly that in their death ritual. The people here consume the ashes of their deceased loved ones. That's right, they cremate the bodies and then make a soup out of their ashes and bones and drink that as a way of keeping their spirits and virtues alive in them. 5. Bride Kidnapping – Kyrgyzstan © Thinkstock/Getty Images While some people are still fighting for the rights of women, there are others who are busy following a tradition that celebrates the abduction and kidnapping of women. ‘Bride Kidnapping' or ‘Ala Kachuu' is a shocking tradition that still persists in some parts in Kyrgyzstan. Be it consensual elopement or non consensual abduction, the rules of this ritual are outright bizarre and controversial. In this tradition, the girl is abducted from her house and kept at the guy's home for days. The female relatives of the boy's family then convince the girl to marry her abductor. Because who gives a f**k about consent or choice, right? 6. Thaipusam – Body And Face Piercing © wikimedia ‘Thaipusam' is an Indian tradition that celebrates the occasion of Goddess Parvati giving a spear to Lord Murugan (Lord Kartikeya), also known as the god of war. In this tradition, the devotees carry a pot of milk and pierce their bodies and faces with skewers, hooks and a trishula among other pointed objects. Some people even pierce their tongues and cheeks. Talk about body piercing? Their game is spot on. ‘Thaipusam' is also celebrated in Mauritius, Malaysia and Singapore to name a few other places. 7. Women Wearing Brass Ring Coils Around Their Neck – Kayan Tribe © wikimedia The women in the Kayan tribe from Myanmar have a unique beauty ritual and that is wearing multiple brass rings around their necks. The larger the number of coils, more beautiful they are. Also known as ‘giraffe women', these girls start wearing those coils from the young age of 5 and as they grow older, the small coils are replaced with longer ones. There are many hypothetical theories behind this tradition, one of them is the desire to look more attractive and the other one is that wearing coils helps women resemble a dragon which is an important figure in the tribe's folklore. 8. A Chicken's Liver Decides The Fate Of Couples – Daur Group, China © Thinkstock/Getty Images In India, while we seek help from a temple priest to fix a wedding date, the Chinese people have an unwavering faith in a chicken. We are not kidding, engaged couples and families in China's Daur ethnic community, dissect chickens' livers to learn about the fate of their relationship. If the liver is found to be healthy, they can continue planning their nuptials and set a wedding date. But if the liver is not in a good condition, they will have to continue searching for a liver that is healthy.
  24. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has conveyed his wishes for the holy month of Ramazan to Muslims in Pakistan and all over the world, a tweet by Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations said. ?COAS conveys 'Ramzan Mubarak' to people of Pakistan and Muslims across the globe. "May Allah continue His blessings upon us ? Amen," the tweet reads. Ramazan will be observed in Pakistan from Sunday, after the Ruet-e-Hilal committee announced on Friday that Ramazan moon has not been sighted. Saudi Arabia, along with other Gulf states, and several other countries observed the first day of Ramazan on Saturday.
  25. Shehbaz Sharif addressing inaugural session of two-day business conference in Lahore. Photo: courtesy Twitter/Government of Pakistan LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif remarked on Monday that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is being praised all across the globe. He was speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day business conference, titled ?International Seminar on Business Opportunities in Punjab?, in Lahore. ?God has given us a gift in the shape of CPEC,? he said, adding ?We should take full advantage of this.? "CPEC is one of the first fruits of belt and road. Pakistan is the first beneficiary of this wonderful vision." He further remarked, ?Our friends are happy and our enemies are tense.? CPEC project is more transparent than any other project. The work on energy projects under CPEC in currently under way, he added. Shehbaz directs to expedite combing operations in Punjab Officials also present initial report of the DHA Lahore blast to the CM, which claimed eight lives and wounded 30 others on Thursday 52 countries want to be part of CPEC: PM The prime minister spoke informally to media in Gwadar, where he arrived today Despite having resources, no one has used coal in the last 70 years, he claimed. The coal power plant is in its last stages of construction. Earnest effort is required for the completion of development projects in the country, he urged. Many countries have invested in Punjab, he remarked, adding ?we want foreign investors to come to Pakistan.? He also assured that foolproof security will be provided to the foreign investors. On terrorism, he said, ?the government is bent on eliminating the menace of terrorism. Our military jawans [soldiers] are sacrificing their lives and we will not settle without eliminating the plague of terrorism,? he stressed.
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