Sep 262017
 
Kashmir?s plight

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi gave a perfect reply to the vitriolic remarks of India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. In her address at the UN General Assembly session in New York, Lodhi said that the hostility that India has towards Pakistan is for all to see. Although India is using terrorism as a state policy especially when it comes to dealing with Kashmir, the world community has turned a blind eye to this. This is such a sad state of affairs, one wonders when will the UN wake up to its responsibility and resolve the dispute of Kashmir? Tasneem Yaseen (Lahore) Click for detailed story

Sep 012017
 
US Open: Final major silverware up for grabs

This piece is being written amidst first round action, but a lot has already happened to have a decisive impact on the year’s final major even before the first point had been played at the US Open. World No 2 Andy Murray, the 2012 champion, who was unseated from the summit by Rafael Nadal only a couple of weeks ago, joined the likes of Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori in an elite group of players absent from Flushing Meadows. For Murray and Djokovic, the two men that dominated men’s tennis in 2016 and have been the two most successful over the past five years, 2017 was as pear-shaped as it could get. That it came off the back of a historic year for both – Murray finishing the year as World No 1 and Djokovic completing the career Grand Slam in Paris – has made it an even bigger shock. Even so, what has arguably made their absence all the more conspicuous is the return to the top of men’s tennis for Nadal and Roger Federer – who have shared three majors and four ATP Masters 1000 titles between them this year, and barring a major upset should be the top two of men’s tennis post-US Open, regardless of the final outcome. Federer and Nadal, the two most decorated men’s tennis players, have not only defined tennis’ most illustrious era but also created the sport’s most high-profile rivalry. It was under the shadows of these two [Read More…]

Aug 292017
 
Nadal, Osaka shine as rain causes US Open havoc

Rafael Nadal took his US Open first-round record to 13-0 but Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka stole the headlines by knocking out defending champion Angelique Kerber as torrential rain caused more than 50 matches to be shelved Tuesday.As players ran for cover from drenched outside courts where just 90 minutes of action was possible, and only three matches completed, Osaka’s big-hitting game flourished under the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium.The world number 46, born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, won 6-3, 6-1 as sixth seed Kerber became the first US Open women’s defending champion to lose in the first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.World number one Nadal, meanwhile, began his campaign for a third US Open title with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-2 win over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.The 31-year-old Spaniard recovered from 3-5 down in the opening set against the 85th-ranked Lajovic, who has never won a match in New York.“When I was down in the first set, I just tried to be there as he was playing well and controlling the points,” said French Open champion Nadal, who is chasing a 16th major.“But the end of the first set was very important. I got the break back and after that, everything changed.”Osaka, who surrendered a 5-1 final-set lead on the same court in losing to Madison Keys in the third round 12 months ago, fired 22 winners as Kerber went tumbling out of the world’s top 10 as well as the tournament.“At 4-1, I was [Read More…]

Jul 312017
 

LOS ANGELES: Actor and Pulitzer-winning playwright Sam Shepard has died from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a representative for his family said on Monday. Shepard, 73, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play Buried Child, died last week at home in Kentucky on Thursday, surrounded by his family, spokesman Chris Boneau said in a statement to Reuters. Buried Child was the story of a family’s dark secret and, like many of his works, touched on disillusionment and broken families. His other plays included the Tony-nominated True West, Curse of the Starving Class and Fool for Love. Panama Papers exposé wins Pulitzer Prize Shepard’s stoic manner and rugged good looks made him a solid choice to play test pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff – a role that earned him an Oscar nomination. His other films included Days of Heaven, August: Osage County, The Notebook, Black Hawk Down and Steel Magnolias. Shepard also wrote the script for Paris, Texas, the 1984 film directed by Wim Wenders that won the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984, and Robert Altman’s screen version of Fool for Love. Most recently, he played patriarch Robert Rayburn in Netflix’s thriller Bloodline, his final on-screen role, and released a novel, The One Inside, in February. Shepard grew up in the West and Midwest with a father he described as a violent alcoholic. After dropping out of college, he spent a few months with a traveling theater [Read More…]

Jul 102017
 
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Jun 192017
 

A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors. Andrew Weissmann, who headed the US Justice Department’s criminal fraud section before joining Mueller’s team last month, is best known for two assignments – the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organised crime cases in Brooklyn, New York – that depended heavily on gaining witness cooperation. Securing the cooperation of people close to Trump, many of whom have been retaining their own lawyers, could be important for Mueller, who was named by the Justice Department as special counsel on May 17 and is investigating, among other issues, whether Trump himself has sought to obstruct justice. Trump has denied allegations of both collusion and obstruction. “Flipping” witnesses is a common, although not always successful, tactic in criminal prosecutions. Robert Ray, who succeeded Kenneth Starr as the independent counsel examining former President Bill Clinton, noted that Trump’s fired former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has already offered through his lawyer to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity, suggesting potential willingness to cooperate as a witness. Donald Trump’s personal lawyer hires his own lawyer amid Russia investigation “It would seem to me the time is now to make some decisions about what you have and what leverage can be applied to get the things you [Read More…]

Jun 162017
 

NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s tweets antagonise, insult and drive headlines around the world. Now, they’re on display at a tongue-in-cheek presidential Twitter library a stone’s throw from his New York home. Comedy Central’s The Daily Show hosted by Trevor Noah, emboldened by soaring ratings since Trump took office, put together the one weekend only, free of charge pop-up exhibition to lampoon the president and make visitors think. From Friday until Sunday, members of the public are invited to stroll through The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, soak up some of his most notorious tweets, and fire off one or two of their own from a golden toilet. "The Daily Show Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library", the first of its kind, opens in New York until June 18 pic.twitter.com/fGl9NRhzgu — AFP news agency (@AFP) June 16, 2017 “He is a damn fine Twitterer,” South African comedian Noah told reporters. “Never before has a president been so transparent, and at the same time so opaque.” Many Americans may already feel saturated by coverage of the president’s tweets, which have seen him attack Barack Obama, political rivals, London’s mayor and wade in on celebrities’ love lives. But the exhibition seeks to squeeze out every ounce of nuance from Trump’s love for the 140-character medium, his preferred way to communicate with supporters, bypassing traditional media and even his own White House spokespeople. The concept is a play on the US tradition of every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt establishing a post-tenure [Read More…]

May 022017
 

Microsoft Corp on Tuesday unveiled Windows 10 S, a streamlined version of its popular operating system, geared toward low-cost laptops for students, as it tries to take share from Google’s Chrome OS-run computers. The company said the Surface laptop integrated with Windows 10 S is priced from $999 and will be available for pre-order starting Tuesday. Check out the highlights from today's #MicrosoftEDU event: pic.twitter.com/AGbXlOX9wg — Microsoft (@Microsoft) May 2, 2017 The new version of the operating system comes days after Microsoft reported third-quarter revenue that came in below Wall Street’s estimate, as sales of its Surface tablets and laptops slumped in the face of revamped competition. Dubai becomes first city to get its own Microsoft font Windows 10 S, compatible on mobiles and desktops, has a simple login app that allows schools to create logs on any devices in a few moments, Microsoft said at an education conference in New York. Microsoft said it has also tied up with companies such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Futijsu, Toshiba, HP, and Samsung to offer a range of Windows 10 computers for students priced from $189. The company also introduced a new code-builder addition to its Minecraft education edition to help students learn coding skills through the popular game. The new edition of Minecraft will be available from the new school year. The post Microsoft unveils Windows 10 S for its Surface laptops appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Apr 072017
 

A restaurant in New York has temporarily brought to life an eatery envisioned by Tupac Shakur, coinciding with the late rapper’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Sweet Chick, a Southern-style restaurant in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, transformed into ‘Powamekka Cafe’ on Friday, based on Shakur’s plans that were written on three handwritten pages in his personal journal, the restaurant said. The pop-up cafe, recreated in collaboration with Shakur’s estate, will be open through Sunday and will feature some of the rapper’s favorite dishes such as macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, cheese fries and fried chicken wings. Karachi’s top 10 restaurants, according to TripAdvisor It will also have some of the rapper’s personal photos, poetry and memorabilia on display and special items for fans to purchase. Shakur, who was 25 when he was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996, is one of the most influential figures in rap history. He will become only the sixth rap act to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Have something to add in the story? Share it in the comments below.  The post New York restaurant brings rapper Tupac’s cafe vision to life appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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