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  1. Coronavirus has stripped one and all of any glamour surrounding their lives. People, rich or poor, are looking at this crisis in the eye and trying their best to help India and fellow countrymen come out of this alive. So, when push came to a shove, given Indiaâs steady growth in positive Coronavirus cases, powerful and famous Indians stepped forward to extend special aid that would help India fight the COVID-19 outbreak a little bit harder and better. These famous Indian personalities were kind enough to offer their personal offices and even homes to help those in need to fight the infection better. 1. Sonu Sood © Reuters The Mahindra Group CEO was one of the first people who offered to open up the Mahindra Resorts and turn them into temporary healthcare facilities to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. He also added that the Mahindra Group will also facilitate the manufacturing of ventilators to deal with the countrywide shortage for the crucial coronavirus infection-fighting equipment. 3. Shah Rukh & Gauri Khan © Instagram The kind Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group won a million hearts when it was announced that the Tata Group has opened the doors of its Taj properties in Maharashtra to help doctors and medical staff in need of rest and proper treatment while they leave away from their homes. Sharing the news on social media, NCP leader Supriya Sule wrote, âThe Tata Group is providing accommodation at the Taj Hotel, Colaba and Taj Lands End, Bandra for Doctors and Nurses working in BMC Hospitals amidst Corona Virus Crisis.â 5. Bhaichung Bhutia © TOI Amid the news of growing COVID-19 cases in Delhi, and with many on-duty doctors and nurses testing positive for the infection, Keshav Suriâs The Lalit opened up its rooms to double up as quarantine facilities for doctors who were in need of accommodation away from their homes. The hotel is currently hosting COVID-19 doctors from Lok Nayak Hospital and GB Pant Hospital in Delhi and allowing them to self-quarantine in this time of crisis. View the full article
  2. The Coronavirus pandemic has initiated a lockdown in most countries that has resulted in minimal human interaction, and while it's a privilege to be able to stay at home amidst the pandemic, it can, inevitably, get a little lonesome at times. Amidst these strange times, people are finding new and creative ways to participate socially while adhering to social distancing norms. Case in point, Scott Duggan from the Frankfield Villas neighbourhood in Ireland who works at a theatre company, decided to use his equipment amidst the lockdown to project a classic film for the neighbourhood's entertainment. © TWITTER/ @CLAREMKEOGH For this, the neighbourhood, set up their couches, patio heaters, outdoor lights and refreshments in their front gardens while adhering to the social distancing guidelines to watch the 1953 Marilyn Monroe classic comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes all together. Frankfield Villas is a small neighbourhood in Ireland with a terrace of 14 houses on Windmill Rd in Cork City which is the second-largest city in Ireland. © TWITTER/ @CLAREMKEOGH Scott Duggan is the technical manager of the Cyclone Rep theatre company. To carry out this project, whilst the film was projected onto the gable-end of a house on the terrace, the sound was broadcasted on people's radios separately to make sure that people stay put in their respective balconies. Ann Lynch, a fellow neighbour, who has lived in the neighbourhood for almost 54 years told the local publication that this was the best idea she had ever seen. © TWITTER/ @CLAREMKEOGH Scott Duggan told the publication that he did it to maintain a sense of community and solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. He further added, âThe absence of the shared experience has been one of the most difficult things that people have had to adjust to across the globe over the last number of weeks. Whether that experience is the cinema, the theatre, the local pub, sports events or major public gatherings, staying apart is not normal behaviour for huge swathes of the population." © TWITTER/ @CLAREMKEOGH Talking about the accessibility of OTT platforms in Ireland, he added, âOlder people may not have the ease of access to streaming services that are taken for granted in other households. The impromptu movies provide some safe entertainment and an important sense of community that a lot of people are missing out on right now.â He definitely wants to host another one of these social distance adhering movie nights. He said, âThe movie night was so well received on the street that we are looking to do it again." Scott Duggan wants to set up a similar arrangement for nursing homes or elderly care centres near his locality. View the full article
  3. Well, you might be thinking that month after month you read about a small Italian town selling and listing houses in tiny villages for the price of peanuts. Trust me, I feel the same when I read and then write about it, but turns out not all things in life are complicated. At least not for the Italians, who have given us wonderful cuisine and picturesque holiday destinations. So in case you have always fancied about buying a âsapno ka gharâ for yourself, maybe this is your time to do some research and homework. Bisaccia, a small town in the Campania region, near the beautiful Naples has a cluster of houses waiting to be taken and given some major TLC. However for Rs. 78, they are not giving you Italian furniture and marbles but hereâs what the real deal is. The tightly-knit architecture of the villages there are apt for a big group of friends or families to move in together and buy land jointly. Mayor Francesco Tartaglia elaborated the situation and explained how it could work ideally. "We face a very particular situation here. The abandoned [area] spreads throughout the most ancient part of the village. Forsaken houses are clustered together, one next to the other along the same roads. Some even share a common entrance. That's why we welcome families, groups of friends, relatives, people who know each other or investors to join forces. We encourage them to buy more than just one house to actually have an impact and breathe new lifeâ, he said. Many towns in Italy have been happily disposing off unused, vacant village houses for sale and luring people with insane prices because the population there is next to nil. The good part is that you get to buy land from the government and no third party brokers are involved. View this post on Instagramð¸ Foto di @borgoreporter â Buongiorno a tutti voi amanti dei piccoli centri dâItalia! Iniziamo la giornata in Campania a Bisaccia! Siete mai stati qui? ð --- Foto selezionata da ð¨âð» @acareddu â Segui ð @borghi.italiani e scopri con noi i Borghi più belli d'Italia ð®ð¹ --- Tag ð #yallersitalia #borghiitaliani --- #bisaccia #avellino #campania #ilikeitaly #whatitalyisA post shared by (@borghi.italiani) The mayor also explained what awaits new residents in this beautiful town. âOur folklore and traditions are the product of a picturesque contamination between regions, we celebrate Carnival with local masks and have a variety of fairs and foods that embrace all regional traits. It's like getting the best of three regions in one single place,â he said. âBisaccia is dubbed the 'genteel town' because, despite the hardship, its people have always been respectable, welcoming, hard-working and resilient. Newcomers here are pampered and taken care of. We want this place to shine again," he added. If you ask me, Iâd love to move in right away if only I had a group of friends whoâd be willing to leave. Anyway, a human being can dream right? View the full article
  4. Photo: Reuters SHANGHAI: China on Sunday put into effect new regulations that require Chinese telecom carriers to scan the faces of users registering new mobile phone services, a move the government says is aimed at cracking down on fraud.The...
  5. When the temperature hits even 15 degrees, most of us start cribbing about how cold it is, how we cannot step out of our houses and decide to call it a day when we'll do absolutely nothing, but stay in the comfort of our blankets. While we have the privilege of doing that, there are some people out there braving hostile terrains and harsh weather to ensure that we're safe in our homes. One such person is CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) Constable Aijaz. In a post that is now going viral on social media, a CRPF constable is seen performing his patrolling duty in the union territory of J&K despite massive snowfall in the area. © Reuters Kashyap Kadagattur shared the picture on Twitter with the caption, "No, this is not Batman. He's Constable Aijaz of CRPF performing his duty in Union Territory of J&K despite massive snowfall. Policing is a 24/7 service. CRPF means business. CRPF stands for professionalism." No, this is not Batman. He's Constable Aijaz of CRPF performing his duty in Union Territory of J&K despite massive snowfall. Policing is a 24/7 service. CRPF means business. CRPF stands for professionalism. #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/UvuUoLsHE4 — Kashyap Kadagattur ð®ð³ (@iamkash_kr) November 8, 2019 CRPF Constable Aijaz may not be a superhero, but his courage and dedication to serve his country is much greater than that of a superhero. And I don't think I am the only one who thinks this way. Ever since the picture was shared on social media, people can't stop praising him for his diligence and sincerity. More than Batman for me , I don't know if Batman exist but Mr Ajiaz do. crpf works in much harder environments with strict discipline without any complaints. — Shail016 (@shail016) November 9, 2019 Salute is merely a small word to the sacrifices of our CRPF and Army Jawans. More power to you all for keeping us safe. ðªðð — Pranavsinh (@Pranavsinh9) November 8, 2019 Salute to the braveheartð — Rogerï¸ð®ð³ð®ð³ (@roger_007_2019) November 8, 2019 No, this is not Batman. He's Constable Aijaz of CRPF performing his duty in Union Territory of J&K despite massive snowfall. Policing is a 24/7 service. CRPF means business. CRPF stands for professionalism. #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/UvuUoLsHE4 — Kashyap Kadagattur ð®ð³ (@iamkash_kr) November 8, 2019 Our men and women in uniform always set an example for the rest of us. Respects. — Sandeep Singh (@cptsandeepsingh) November 8, 2019 This is the indomitable spirit of CRPF. Always vigil and alert be it in rain sun or snow.we Keep performing job with utmost sincerity. Best wishes ðððððððð — *Step-Soldier* Anup Singh (@Anup_ExCOBRITE) November 8, 2019 Bcos of such sacrifices from those Bravehearts, we sleep peacefully at night. My salutes to all our Security Services. Jai Hind. — Aji John (@AjiJohn16) November 9, 2019 Although, no amount of words will suffice to show our gratitude towards our soldiers, we salute them from the bottom of our hearts for everything they do for us. View the full article
  6. A few months back, Xiaomi launched the Mi Bluetooth Speaker in India and has been looking forward to expanding its smart home lineup in the country. The company has a wide range of smart home products in China and is slowly bringing them to India. In fact, the company has recently launched a new Mi Home Store in its Bengaluru office, where all these products are up for display. Today, the brand has launched its Mi Security Camera and Mi Air Purifier in India. The two have been launched alongside the Mi Band 3 and Mi TV 4A Pro. A dig at the market outside of smartphones is not new for Xiaomi, as it had previously launched the Mi Powerbank and even ball pens called Mi Rollerball Pen. © Xiaomi Starting with the Mi Security Camera, it is an affordable way to keep an eye on what's going on inside of your home. The Mi camera offers motion detection alerts and records motion events locally, which means you don't have to pay for cloud storage. The camera can be easily kept on a table or stuck to a wall, it has a wide angle lens that can capture 1080p video and provides up to 30 feet of black-and-white night video thanks to an infrared sensor. It also has inbuilt dual-band Wi-Fi circuitry (2.4GHz and 5GHz) along with a microphone. © Xiaomi The camera can be accessed from the Mi Home mobile app that is available for Android and iOS. It opens to a home screen that displays all connected cameras and with a single tap, the live feed will be available. The Mi Air Purifier is already available in India and with firecrackers going off everywhere, Diwali is a fitting occasion to introduce the budget-friendly Air Purifier 2S that comes with a high-precision laser sensor to improve response to contaminated air. © Xiaomi The Air Purifier 2S packs a dose of smarts you don't see in most competitors, such as Wi-fi connectivity and remote management from the Mi Home app. The fan never stops spinning unless you power the device down and Xiaomi says, the custom-made motor draws a mere 4.8 watts in normal operation. The addition of a small OLED display makes operations very convenient. The Mi Security Camera is priced at Rs 2,699 and will available from October 10th, while the Mi Air Purifier is priced at 8,999 and will available from tomorrow. © Xiaomi Xiaomi also launched a new Mi Suitcase that comes with a dual locking mechanism. The suitcase is ultra light and has been built keeping portability in mind. The metal casing is very thick and you'll know the bag can handle the rough flights and conveyor belts.
  7. Before we tell you why Google Wi-Fi is perfect for Indian homes, it would be fair to tell you that I bought Google's mesh router system for my personal use. Since this product was bought, it would be fair to tell you my opinion rather than writing an official review. I moved into a new home recently and I've always faced the issue of Wi-Fi coverage in my home. Indian homes are usually made of concrete thick walls that prevent the Wi-Fi signal from reaching all corners of the house. I recently got myself a gigabit connection and I needed a Wi-Fi system that would reach the far end of my house. The home I'm currently living in is 2,100 square feet and required a mesh router setup. © Google Today, traditional routers cannot deliver enough coverage and range extenders are often not reliable. Mesh routers are now taking over and I invested in getting myself a three-pack Google Wi-Fi. It costs less than Netgear's Orbi and delivers an experience that you would expect from a mesh router. After using Google's Wifi, I don't think I'll ever switch to a traditional Wifi again. It's Easy To Setup © MensXP Setting up the Google Wifi was probably the easiest thing we've encountered and it was even easier to set up the access points. Assuming you already have an internet connection, you can connect one of the Google Wifi points to your modem/router with an ethernet cable and it will automatically start broadcasting. You will need to download the free Google Wifi app on your iPhone or Android device to proceed further. The App will now let you configure your Wi-Fi network by simply scanning the QR code at the bottom of the Wifi point. You can then name your network and set a password. Once you are done with the procedure you can simply repeat the process of scanning the QR Code for installing additional points. It literally takes seconds for the Google Wifi to recognise additional Wifi Points. © MensXP Now that you're all set-up, you can use the Google Wifi app for additional features such as setting up a guest Wi-fi, test speeds, track the mesh network's health or monitor your network in general. The app has an inbuilt speed testing feature which means you don't need to use third-party apps to test your speed. How Did It Perform © Google Since I have a gigabit internet connection in my home, Google Wifi was able to optimise speed to the maximum even when we were far away from the nearest WiFi point. We were able to stream 4K movies on Netflix in three separate rooms at the same time without facing any buffer period. It was able to automatically prioritise traffic and distribute crucial bandwidth without any issues. Google Wifi is all about providing you with coverage, the speed of your internet depends on your plan or your ISP. Here is a screenshot of the speed I was getting 20 feet away from the nearest Google Wifi point: © MensXP Why Google Should Get It To India Currently, Google does not sell 'Google Wifi' in India officially as I purchased mine from the United States during my travels. The Google Wifi is reasonably priced and is the only affordable option when taking its competition into consideration. Google offers more units, is easy to setup and performs well. It's everything the Indian market and homes needs and with Google Home now available in India, it would be a perfect addition to the ecosystem. Indian homes, in general, have thicker walls than the west and in order to combat the problem of connectivity, Google Wifi is the only affordable answer right now.
  8. Dyson unveiled a high-powered cord-free vacuum cleaner in India, which has been designed to clean cars, homes and indoor environments. It features Dyson's own digital motor V10, which helps in linear airflow and improved suction to capture hidden particles. Sir James Dyson, Chief Engineer and Founder, Dyson, said: “A strong performing machine starts with an efficient motor. The Dyson digital motor V10 is Dyson's most advanced. It has enabled us to entirely change the format of a vacuum cleaner and to achieve Dyson's best ever cord-free machine performance. The Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum is so light, so powerful, it can deep clean anywhere in your home, across various surfaces and floor types.” © Dyson The motor in the Cyclone V10 can continually adjust to give maximum performance, while the vacuum cleaner has an array of pressure sensors to ensure better cleaning. It is capable to identify its elevation, altitude, barometric pressure, temperature and even the weather. It is capable of identifying the altitude difference between the floor and a table. Here's the Cyclone V10 in action: Dyson makes me want to spend money I don't have. #DysonIndia #Dyson #cyclonev10 A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on Jul 25, 2018 at 1:43am PDT Dyson claims that the Cyclone V10 is capable of lasting up to 60 minutes on a single charge and has a new and improved battery management system. The machine also has a responsive trigger which translates to the vacuum cleaner firing instantly when the trigger is fired. © Dyson The Cyclone V10 comes with two motorized cleaner heads, one for carpets the other for hard floors, while 7 additional tools for cleaning various surfaces can be bought separately. These different heads cater to various surfaces such as sofas, upholstery, mattress and more. © Dyson This is where it will hurt the average consumer, the Dyson Cyclone V10 is not something you can buy without thinking twice. The Dyson Cyclone V10 will cost Rs 44,900 in India and will be available to purchase from Dyson.in, Amazon and offline stores in Delhi and Bengaluru. All Dyson machines come with a two-year warranty on parts and labour. Dyson has also tied up with various banks to offer zero cost EMI options to consumers across all its channels. What do you think about the Dyson Cyclone V10? Would you buy one for your car/home? Let us know in the comments section.
  9. Police stand outside a home run by the Missionaries of Charity, in Ranchi, India. Photo: ReutersNEW DELHI: India has ordered an immediate inspection of all childcare homes run by a religious order founded by Mother Teresa after a nun was arrested...
  10. Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. Photo: Reuters PAHOA, HAWAII: Approximately 600 homes have been swallowed by lava flows from Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island...
  11. Police try to stop people belonging to the Dalit community as they take part in a protest during a nationwide strike. Photo: ReutersHundreds of Indian security forces enforced a curfew on a tense district Wednesday after a mob set fire to the homes...
  12. LOS ANGELES: Replica Tuscan castles, minimalist mansions and country cottages in the rarefied Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles could soon be reduced to ashes, their owners' fame and wealth providing little immunity against California's latest raging wildfires. "We're evacuating the street you must leave!" a police officer barked into a bullhorn, amid the din of helicopters and airplanes dropping fire retardants. "The fire is at the end of this street," added one of his colleagues. The officer knocks on each door on the street - home to the likes of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, pop superstar Beyonce and media magnate Rupert Murdoch - to make sure no one is left behind. The luxurious multi-million homes here are threatened by the fire named "Skirball", a blaze that destroyed 200 hectares in less than 24 hours. At least four homes were already reduced to ashes, while Murdoch´s property, along with his vineyard, was surrounded by flames. Evan Klein, a photographer in jeans and a white t-shirt, locked his door taking only his cameras and his dog, who waited for him on the passenger seat of his vintage sedan. His wife was already at work. "We woke up at 5:30 (Wednesday) morning and the fire was on the hill and was coming right towards us," he told AFP. "It was pitch black out and you were seeing orange on that hill, and it became enormous at the end of the street," he said. He hoped that the fire would remain contained - even as authorities said the wind was expected to dramatically pick up as Thursday progressed. Like a car on the highway Sheldon Shire had just turned the ignition on his car and was getting ready to head over to his son's house. He and his wife Joni were nervous. They are taking "papers, valuables, works of art, letters from our grandchildren, photos of our weddings, passports, computer passwords," she said. "It´s hard to choose. All of a sudden everything has a lot of value," adds the brunette with a bob cut and round glasses. Greater Los Angeles has been struck since Monday evening with several blazes like the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, about 45 minutes' drive from the city. It has claimed one life and swallowed more than 80,000 acres and 150 buildings. Local fire chief Captain Anthony Valdez said conditions were the worst he'd seen in 20 years "because of the low humidity and the wind - it was blowing at 50 miles per hour with gusts up to 80 mp/h," he explained as branches and vegetation devoid of moisture popped noisily in the background. The Rupert Murdoch estate, multiple opulent mansions and a vineyard surrounded by heavy gating, was threatened by several blazes. By dawn, Skirball, which has already threatened the Getty Center museum and its collection of masterpieces, was "was coming to you as fast as a car on the highway" with flames higher than 10 meters, said Valdez. As he and his team battled the blaze, they "took down the door of a house and hid there until the fire passed us," he added. He gestured to two houses that have already been razed to the ground on the hills at the end of the adjoining Moraga Lane. A firefighter for the past 30 years, Valdez had already spent nearly 48 hours on his feet, but this was far from his first rodeo. "We do cat naps for 10 to 20 minutes," he added, preparing for a long night ahead. The last Bel-Air fire in 1961 left 500 homes destroyed and prompted revision of the city´s fire code.
  13. FLORIDA CITY/MARCO ISLAND: Storm-shocked Floridians returned to shattered homes on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Irma pushed inland, leaving more than half of all state residents without power and city streets underwater from Orlando and Jacksonville into coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Downgraded to a tropical storm early on Monday, Irma had ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record before barreling into the Florida Keys on Sunday and plowing northward along the Gulf Coast and moving inland to wreak havoc across a wide swath of the third-most populous US state. Still, the scope of damage in Florida and neighboring states paled in comparison with the utter devastation left by Irma as a rare Category 5 hurricane in parts of the Caribbean, where the storm killed nearly 40 people - at least 10 of them in Cuba - before turning its fury on Florida. Especially hard hit in the United States was the resort archipelago of the Keys, extending into the Gulf of Mexico from the tip of Florida?s peninsula and connected to the mainland by a single, narrow highway, Governor Rick Scott told a news conference on Monday. ?There?s devastation,? he said, adding that virtually every mobile-home park on the island chain was left upended. ?It?s horrible what we saw.? While some evacuees from the Keys expressed anger at authorities refusing to allow them to return to their homes on Monday, the US Defense Department said as many as 10,000 residents who had stayed put on the island may now be stranded and in need of evacuation. Monroe County fire officials said later they would reopen road access on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) for residents and business owners from Key Largo, the main island at the upper end of the chain, as well as the towns of Tavernier and Islamorada farther to the south. No timetable for reopening the remainder of the Keys was given. In Miami, which escaped the worst of Irma?s winds but experienced heavy flooding, residents in the city?s Little Haiti neighborhood returned to the wreckage of trailer homes that were shredded by the storm. ?I wanted to cry, but this is what it is, this is life,? Melida Hernandez, 67, who had ridden out the storm at a nearby church, said as she gazed at the ruins of her dwelling, split in two by a fallen tree. Severe flooding was reported on Monday in northeastern Florida, including Jacksonville, where police were rescuing residents from waist-deep water as the St. Johns River rose to levels unseen since 1846. ?Stay inside. Go up. Not out,? Jacksonville?s website warned residents. ?There is flooding throughout the city.? The city also warned residents to be wary of snakes and alligators driven into the floodwaters. Before dawn on Monday, Florida National Guard troops and local firefighters rescued nearly 150 people from dozens of flooded homes in western Orlando and ferried them in large trucks and rescue launches to a shelter on higher ground. As Irma crossed into Georgia later in the day, packing sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (100 kph), the storm?s tidal surge unleashed flooding in coastal communities from Brunswick and Savannah, Georgia, to Charleston, South Carolina. In Charleston, waves crashed over the city?s Battery sea wall and filled downtown streets for blocks. The storm claimed its first known US fatality over the weekend in the Keys - a man found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds. At least one other possibly storm-related fatal car crash was reported on Sunday in Orange County, Florida. On Monday, two people were killed by falling trees in two Atlanta suburbs, according to local authorities. Some 6.5 million people, about one-third of Florida?s population, had been ordered from their homes ahead of Irma?s arrival, and more than 200,000 people sought refuge in about 700 shelters, according to state data. Scott urged evacuees all over the state to stay put for now rather than rush home, saying downed power lines, debris and other hazards abounded. ?Don?t put any more lives at risk,? he said. Without power One of the biggest lingering problems was widespread power outages, with utilities reporting some 7.4 million homes and businesses without electricity in Florida and neighboring states. They said it could take weeks to fully restore service. Scott said 65 percent of Florida was without power. Travel into and out of the state likewise remained stymied. Miami International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, halted passenger flights through at least Monday. Police in Miami-Dade County and Fort Lauderdale reported making 48 arrests for looting. The Keys were largely evacuated before the storm struck with winds of up to 130 mph (209 kph), and police established a checkpoint on Monday to keep displaced residents from returning while authorities work to restore power, water, fuel supplies and medical service. Some seeking re-entry argued with police who stopped them at the first of a series of bridges leading to the island chain. Irma?s arrival in Florida came around two weeks after Hurricane Harvey claimed about 60 lives and caused property damage estimates as high as $180 billion after pummeling the Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana with heavy rains and severe flooding. Insured property losses in Florida from Irma are expected to run from $20 billion to $40 billion, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated. That tally, lower than earlier forecasts of up to $50 billion in insured losses, helped spur a relief rally on Wall Street as fears eased that Irma would cut into US economic growth. As shelters began to empty on Monday, some 7,000 people filed out of Germain Arena in Estero, south of Fort Myers. The crowd included Don Sciarretta, 73, and his 90-year-old friend, Elsie Johnston, who suffers from Alzheimer?s disease. ?For the next storm, I?ll go somewhere on my own like a hotel or a friend?s house,? Sciarretta said. ?I?m not going through this again.?
  14. HOUSTON: Historic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey killed at least seven people in Texas and was expected to drive 30,000 from their homes, as officials on Monday warned that floodwaters would likely rise in the coming days as the storm hovers over the US Gulf Coast. Thousands of National Guard troops, police, rescue workers and civilians raced in helicopters, boats and special high-water trucks to rescue the hundreds of people still believed trapped in Houston, the nation?s fourth-largest city. The storm was the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi, about 220 miles (354 km) south of Houston. It is believed to have killed at least six people in Harris County, where Houston is located, according to Tricia Bentley, a spokeswoman for the county coroner?s office. A 60-year-old woman died in neighboring Montgomery County when a tree fell on her trailer home while she slept, the local medical examiner?s letter said on Twitter. More deaths were suspected in neighboring counties. As stunned families surveyed the wreckage of destroyed homes along the nearby coast and roads that were not flooded but clogged with debris, Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned Houstonians to brace for a long period of disruption. ?We need to recognise this is going to be a new and different normal for this entire region,? Abbott told reporters after touring the damaged coastal city of Corpus Christi. Harvey was expected to remain over Texas? Gulf Coast for the next few days, dropping another 10 inches to 20 inches (25-51 cm) of rain, with threats of flooding extending into neighboring Louisiana. In scenes evoking the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, police and Coast Guard teams have rescued at least 2,000 people so far, plucking many from rooftops by helicopter, as they urged the hundreds believed to be marooned in flooded houses to hang towels or sheets outside to alert rescuers. Harvey?s center was 85 miles (137 km) south-southwest of Houston on Monday afternoon and forecast to arc slowly toward the city through Wednesday, with the worst floods expected later that day and on Thursday. Schools and office buildings were closed throughout in the metropolitan area, home to 6.8 million people, on Monday as chest-high water filled some neighborhoods in the low-lying city. Numerous refiners shut operations in the nation?s refining and petrochemical hub. The US Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that it was releasing water from the nearby Addicks and Barker reservoirs into Buffalo Bayou, the primary body of water running through Houston. Officials warned that would lead to more flooding. ?The more they release it could go up and it could create even additional problems,? Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned. The release was necessary to prevent an uncontrolled surge of water, which Turner said ?would be exponentially worse.? Torrential rain also hit areas more than 150 miles (240 km) away, swelling rivers upstream and causing a surge that was heading toward the Houston area, where numerous rivers and streams already have been breached. The high floodwaters made it hard for some residents who had fled their homes to find safe places to stay. Christe Fletcher, 37, fled her house after it flooded to waist-deep, but was struggling to find a safe route to the hotel where she had reserved a room. ?It?s kind of hard to get there because all of the roads are closed,? Fletched said. ?It?s the worst experience you can go through.? 'NOT COMPLAINING, WE'RE ALIVE' About 5,500 people were in shelters as of Monday morning, city officials said, with Federal Emergency Management Agency director Brock Long forecasting that as more than 30,000 people would eventually are expected to be placed temporarily in shelters. Many area residents were left in limbo, wondering what remained of their flooded homes. Regina Costilla, 48, said she and her 16-year-old son had been rescued from their home by a good Samaritan with a boat. She sat and worried until she was reunited with her husband and large dog, who had been left behind because they didn?t fit into the boat. ?I?m not complaining, we?re alive,? said Costilla. ?When I saw the forecast of the storm I said I?ll be happy if we get out with our lives.? Houston did not order an evacuation due to concerns about people being stranded on city highways now consumed by floods, Turner said. Abbott, who had suggested on Friday that people leave the area, declined to second-guess the mayor on Monday, telling reporters, ?Decisions about evacuations are something that are behind us.? TRUMP TO VISIT US President Donald Trump plans to go to Texas on Tuesday to survey the damage, a White House spokeswoman said on Sunday. On Monday he approved an emergency declaration for Louisiana. Trump, facing the biggest US natural disaster since he took office in January, signed a disaster proclamation for Texas on Friday, triggering federal relief efforts. "We're dealing with Congress. As you know it's going to be a very expensive situation," Trump told reporters on Monday. Almost half of the US refining capacity is in the Gulf region. Shutdowns extended across the coast, including Exxon Mobil's facility in Baytown, the nation's second largest refinery. The floods' path of destruction could destroy as much as $20 billion in uninsured property, making it one of the costliest storms in history for U.S. insurers, according to Wall Street analysts.
  15. Firefighters work to put out a fire in Biguglia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, on July 24, 2017. AFP/Pascal Pochard-Casabianca BASTIA: Dozens of firefighters were battling a blaze on the French island of Corsica on Monday that has spread across 900 hectares of forest and was threatening homes, emergency services said. Residents were evacuated from homes at the edge of the town of Biguglia, on the island's northeastern coast. "The fire is very fierce and heading to urban areas of Biguglia," lieutenant-colonel Michel Bernier, of Corsica's civil defence forces, told AFP. "We are awaiting reinforcements," said regional deputy fire chief Jean-Jacques Peraldi, adding that around 150 people were battling the blaze aided by more than a dozen fire engines. Local official Gerard Gavory said that three firefighting planes were also involved, and "have been surveying the area to make sure no homes are affected". Another fire on the south of the island, which destroyed 110 hectares around the town of Aleria, was brought under control on Monday, Bernier said.
  16. This file photo taken on April 09, 2017 shows PSG Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria - AFP1 PARIS: Investigators raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of the club's Argentinian stars Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore on Tuesday in a tax fraud probe, legal sources said. French prosecutors launched the investigation in December following revelations by the "Football Leaks" website concerning financial transactions and other details involving top football players. Di Maria and Pastore are being investigated in connection with the probe into the use of tax havens to hide earnings from the marketing of image rights, the sources said. The leaks also targeted Real Madrid´s Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United´s Paul Pogba. The Paris head office of PSG as well as its administrative offices were raided, the source told AFP, confirming a report by French investigative newspaper Mediapart. According to the newspaper, the raids were the first in connection with the tax evasion allegations contained in the leaks published in December by Mediapart along with a consortium of media outlets known as European Investigative Collaborations. The paper alleged that Di Maria, who joined PSG in August 2015 from Manchester United, had pocketed at least 5.1 million euros ($57.2 million) between 2013 and 2016 through offshore transactions. According to Mediapart, PSG signed a contract with an offshore company in Panama through which it took a share of the player´s earnings, although the club told the paper it had never received a commission from any tax haven company.
  17. India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has raided the homes of former finance minister P. Chidambaram and his son, television news channels reported on Tuesday. A total of 14 locations in Chidambaram's home city of Chennai were searched by the CBI, India's main federal crime-fighting agency, Republic TV reported. A CBI spokesperson in New Delhi could not confirm the raids. Chidambaram, who served in the Congress government that was voted out of office in 2014, could not be reached immediately for comment.
  18. OTTAWA: The Canadian army has begun to deploy in eastern Canada, where flooding from heavy rain forced new evacuations on Saturday ahead of peak floods expected on Monday or Tuesday. Water levels continued to rise on Saturday from Toronto and Lake Ontario up to 500 kilometers (300 miles) downstream of the St. Lawrence River, especially in Quebec province, where some 400 troops have been dispatched. The worst is yet to come, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard warned on Saturday. "The water will continue rising over the next two or three days," he said after visiting the town of Rigaud, east of Montreal, which has been flooded for more than a week. The government ordered the troop deployment on Friday. "Our troops are responding quickly and professionally, and are already beginning to deliver critical support to Canadians affected by the flooding," Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said on Saturday. Torrential rains have added to runoff from melting snow that has caused rivers to overflow their banks, posing a critical situation from Ottawa to Montreal. The emergency services warned that rising waters would reach regions east of Montreal, where precipitation by Sunday night could reach between 90 and 125 millimeters (3.5 to 5 inches). Near the Atlantic, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization warned residents to remain on alert until Monday, saying water levels are near or above flood stage in many regions and expected to rise. In Quebec, the province hardest hit by the flooding, more than 1,500 homes have been flooded in 121 towns and cities and nearly 1,000 people evacuated, the emergency services said. "I understand people are reluctant to leave their homes," Couillard said, "but if you´re asked, do it for your own safety."
  19. In the ongoing wedding season, most of us are either getting wedding updates on our Facebook feeds or are busy attending one. Believe it or not, but 2016 has been one of the most happening years in terms of weddings – be it top celebrities getting hitched, or people making unusual entries to their own weddings and who can forget the most iconic wedding of the year – Janardhan Reddy’s daughter’s Rs. 500 crore wedding. © YouTube Having said that, not everyone spends that much money on their weddings y’know. Some people put that money to good use as well. Manoj Munot, a businessman from Maharashtra, had saved over Rs. 70 to 80 lakh for his daughter Shreya’s wedding, but he changed his mind and decided to spend that amount to provide 90 houses to the homeless people. © YouTube Shreya said that she was really happy with her father’s decision and was elated to see the joy in the eyes of those who will now benefit from this gesture. Currently, nearly 40 families have moved into these cottages and many people are expected to shift soon. With the weather getting chillier day by day, this move is really a great initiative to help homeless people with the harsh weather. We need more people like them who think selflessly towards the betterment of society. Source: The Better India
  20. It has been eight months since India began the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant and it will soon be replacing California's Topaz Farm. The solar power farm is situated in Kamuthi, which packs a massive 645 megawatts and has the capability to power over 1.5 Lakh homes. The facility will consist of over 2 million solar modules, 154 transformers, 576 inverters and over 6,000 kilometers worth of cables. The power plant is spread over 2,500 acres and cost around $680 million to build. What is hilarious is that the Topaz Farm took over two years to construct and can only generate up to 550 megawatts. It also cost the American government 2.5 billion dollars. What a waste. The Adani group is the organisation behind this project and said the following “Before us, the largest solar power plant at a single location was in California in the U.S. That was 550 MW and was completed in around three years. We wanted to set up a solar plant of 648 MW in a single location in less than a year,” said Adani CEO Vneet Jaain. We have a long way to go before we reach the goal of supplying solar energy to over 60 million homes by 2022. India is still the third highest consumer of fossil fuels which has caused many environmental issues for the region. National Geographic recently documented Adani’s goal to make the biggest solar power plant in the world and you can catch a glimpse of it below:
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