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

Mar 292017
 
Galaxy S8 phones launched by Samsung, includes virtual assistant Bixby

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its new Galaxy S8 smartphones, incorporating the virtual assistant Bixby, as the market leader seeks to rebound from a chaotic handset recall and a corruption scandal.The South Korean giant's mobile chief DJ Koh told a New York event the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets marked “a new era of smartphone design.” Fitted with screens of 5.8 and 6.2 inches, the two handsets include Samsung's upgraded digital assistant Bixby, competing in a crowded field that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.The most striking feature of the new phones is what Samsung dubs an “infinity display” – an expanded glass screen that covers the entire front of the device and appears to curve seamlessly around its edges. The home button has been replaced with a pressure-sensitive section embedded under the screen. Both phones are water resistant and allow for biometric authentication with fingerprint and iris scanners.Bixby marks a further step into services for the world's biggest smartphone vendor, allowing users to shop, search for images and get details about nearby places with image recognition technology.Samsung's services chief Sriram Thodla said Bixby would allow for better navigation of applications on the phone.“We've built intelligence into the camera,” he said.“If you see something you want to buy, just point the camera at it and Bixby will find it from one of our partners.” The digital assistant will also enhance the phone's capabilities as a remote control for connected home devices, Thodla said.The South Korean electronics giant late last [Read More…]

Feb 162017
 
Visas for the UN conferences

The visa refusal by the US to the deputy chairman of Senate to attend the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting in New York has yet another dimension to it. Even if the conference which was held under the auspices of the UN was on the US soil, how could the US limit its attendance by controlling the issuance of visas to delegates from other countries?  This shows the hegemonic authority of the US over the UN. Though the UN Secretariat is in the US, various offices of the organisation are located in many other countries where international moots and conferences are held under the auspices of the UN. The US refusal to issue a visa to a member of one country can lead to other nations following suit. It would, therefore, be appropriate for the UN to have its own visa system to invite delegates for international conferences without giving control of the issue to the country where the moot is to be held. Col (r) Riaz Jafri Rawalpindi Click for detailed story

Jan 202017
 
Trump sworn in as 45th US president, vows to eradicate 'radical Islamic terrorism'

Donald Trump became the 45th president of United States on Friday, and placed the battle against "radical Islamic terrorism" at the heart of his foreign policy, vowing to work with allies to destroy the militant threat.“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth,” he declared.The 70-year-old Republican billionaire placed his left hand on a bible used by Abraham Lincoln and recited the 35-word oath spoken since George Washington, and then launched into a much-anticipated inaugural address.“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people,” Trump told a crowd of hundreds of thousands massed on the National Mall.“Together we will determine the course of America, and the world, for many, many years to come,” he said.“From this day forward, it's going to be only America first.” Trump's inauguration caps the improbable rise to power of the Manhattan real estate mogul, who had never before held elected office, served in the government or the armed forces.A crowd of hundreds of thousands looked on, including outgoing president Barack Obama and Trump's defeated election opponent Hillary Clinton – who narrowly missed out on becoming America's first female president.Meteoric political rise When Trump descended the escalators of his glitzy New York tower in June 2015, his run for office was dismissed and even mocked.His staff, many shunned [Read More…]

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