Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Malia Obama Is at Harvard and Students Are Actually Keeping Their Chill

Freshman move-in day at Harvard University had a bit of an edge this year thanks to the arrival of Malia Obama.
While incoming students toted their boxes into their dorms Tuesday, Barack and Michele Obama's 19-year-old daughter was right there in the crowd, ready to kick off her college career following a gap year, the Boston Globe reported. Clad in a Harvard baseball cap, a "smoking kills" graphic top and khaki shorts, the former First Daughter tried to keep a low profile on campus by pulling her cap low and rocking a dark pair of shades in a sea of students.
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According to the Globe though, her fellow classmates didn't make a fuss as she settled in. "Nobody rushed toward her or tried to get her attention. No phones came out," the publication reported. That gave Malia the chance to proceed like any other freshman on move-in day. After a quick change to a black T-shirt, shorts, and white sneakers, she popped back outside to chat with friends near a brick building.
Malia's move-in comes just a day after the former POTUS—a Harvard Law grad like the former First Lady—was spotted enjoying dinner at his alma mater's Harvest restaurant in Harvard Square Monday.
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While Malia hasn't publicly revealed her major just yet, she is said to be an aspiring filmmaker and explored opportunities in the film industry, before taking her place in Harvard's 2021 freshman class. In addition to interning at The Weinstein Company film studio this year, she also previously worked on the sets of Girls and Extant.

Lindsey Vonn slams 'despicable' leak of intimate photos hacked from phone

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is threatening legal action after "intimate" photos of her and ex-boyfriend Tiger Woods surfaced online earlier this week.
“It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos," Vonn's rep told ABC News in a statement on Tuesday.
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"Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests. She believes the individuals responsible for hacking her private photos as well as the websites that encourage this detestable conduct should be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law,” the statement said.
No information was given on the individuals or group responsible for the hack. The websites that allegedly published the illicit pictures were not named in the statement.
The Olympic gold medalist, 32, and the golf superstar, 41, dated for almost three years before calling it off in early 2015.
"I will always cherish the memories that we've created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart," Vonn wrote on Facebook at the time of the split.
A request for comment from Woods' rep about the hack and the photos was not immediately returned to 

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star calls five-game ban 'incomprehensible'

Cristiano Ronaldo says a decision by Spain's administrative sports court to uphold his five-game ban for pushing a referee is "incomprehensible".
The court told AFP it had rejected the 32-year-old Real Madrid forward's appeal after he was sent off in the 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Super Cup.
He got a one-match ban for two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee after he had been sent off.
"From injustice to injustice, they will never bring me down," he posted.
The two bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1, and for a dive.
Ronaldo has already served two games of his ban - last week's second leg, which Real won 2-0, and Sunday's 3-0 La Liga win against Deportivo La Coruna.
The Portugal forward will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis, but can play in the Champions League.

In pictures: Photoville photography festival in New York

Brooklyn's Photoville festival features more than 75 exhibitions. Here is a selection of images in the exhibition.

Photoville is staged in and around shipping containers positioned under Brooklyn Bridge. In one image, by Josh Haner, a lone polar bear looks out to sea, highlighting the effects of climate change which have melted its frozen environment.

Abbie Trayler-Smith's work is part of a series exploring obesity among the young. Her intimate portraits explore the everyday struggle of those dealing with the psychological effects of being fat in a society that values thinness.
This shot is by Lynn Johnson, for National Geographic's Gender Revolution issue. She photographed subjects from the United States, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Samoa, who shared their stories of gender identity.

In this powerful image, a Venezuelan family stand next to their empty fridge. Meridith Kohut has been chronicling the worst economic crisis in the history of the country and the lives it has affected.

This anonymous image is part of Lost Rolls America, a project collecting old rolls of film left behind by members of the public. Photoville is in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, from 13 to 24 September.

Trump vows to 'close government' to build Mexico wall

Trump vows to 'close government' to build Mexico wall

US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 22, 2017Image caption

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Donald Trump touched on immigration, healthcare and his enemies during the Arizona rall
yDonald Trump has vowed to close down government if that is what it takes to build his wall along the Mexico border.
The US president told supporters at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being "obstructionist".
During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far right groups "a platform".
Mr Trump also said he thought he would "probably end up terminating Nafta", the trade deal with Mexico and Canada.
On North Korea, the president sounded a hopeful note about the possibility of a reduction in tensions over Pyongyang's missile tests and nuclear programme.
Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Mr Trump said: "I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us".
"And maybe - probably not, but maybe - something positive can come about," he added.
But while his comments were met with cheers inside the conference centre, anti-Trump protesters who had gathered outside the rally clashed with police after the rally had finished.
Police deployed tear gas after the protesters threw bottles and rocks, Reuters news agency reported.
Large inflated figures of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and President Trump are seen above ant-Trump protesters outside the Phoenix Convention CenterImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionProtesters hold up an inflatable Joe Arpaio, whom Mr Trump hinted he would pardon
President Trump began and finished his speech by urging the American people to come together.
But he quickly turned on familiar foes, beginning with the media which he said had misrepresented his "perfect" words in the wake of the violence at a far-right rally in Charlottesville , which left one woman dead.
He accused "truly dishonest people in the media and the fake media" of "trying to take away our history and heritage" because, he said, they "don't like our country".
Mr Trump also read out part of a speech he had given a few hours after Charlottesville, but left out the controversial claim that "both sides" had to shoulder the blame.
Mr Trump's attention then turned to immigration, and to the Democrats who he said were "putting all of America's safety at risk" by opposing the wall he wants to build along the US's southern border with Mexico.
He said immigration officers who worked in the area said it was "vital" to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.
Mr Trump concluded: "If we have to close down government, we are building that wall."
Mr Trump also used the rally to hint he would pardon controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man who rose to national prominence because of his tough stance against illegal immigration.
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump cheer him at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017.Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionSupporters could be heard to chant "CNN sucks" during the rally
He told the crowd Mr Arpaio - who was found guilty of criminal contempt in July - "is going to be just fine", but would not formally pardon him at the moment because "I don't want to cause any controversy".
His comments directly contradicted those of White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who said on Tuesday "there will be no discussion of that today".
Mr Arpaio, 85, was found to have violated a judge's 2001 order that he cease detaining migrants who are not suspected of having committed a state crime.

Goa bypoll: Voting underway in Panaji and Valpoi constituencies

The bypolls in Panaji were necessitated after sitting BJP MLA Sidharth Kuncolienkar resigned to facilitate the entry of Manohar Parrikar.

Polling for the by-election in two assembly constituencies in Goa is underway after voting began at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
Former Defence Minister and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is contesting from the Panaji assembly seat against Congress’ Girish Chodankar and Anand Shirodkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch.
In the Valpoi bypoll, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane takes on Roy Naik, son of Congress MLA Ravi Naik.
The bypolls in Panaji were necessitated after sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Sidharth Kuncolienkar resigned to facilitate the entry of Parrikar, who was rushed to state politics in March to head a coalition government in Goa assembly.
In Valpoi, the bypolls are being held after Rane resigned as a Congress MLA, before he was inducted in the Parrikar-led coalition government as a Health Minister.
At least 51,000 voters in both the constituencies are eligible to cast ballot, according to Chief Electoral Officer Kunal.
The run up to the bypoll was marked by aggressive campaigning by both the Congress and the ruling BJP.

Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce

India's top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women's rights activists.
In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice "un-Islamic".
India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times.
The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called "triple talaq" custom.
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The cases were filed by five Muslim women who had been divorced in this way and two rights groups.
"Muslim women in India have suffered for the last 70 years. It's a historic day for us, but it doesn't end here. I cannot tell you how much Indian women have supported us, despite their religions," Zakia Soman, an activist from Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, one of the groups which contested the practice, told reporters.

What is instant divorce?

In recent years, there have been cases in which Muslim men in India have divorced their wives by issuing the so-called triple talaq by letter, telephone and, increasingly, by text message, WhatsApp and Skype. A number of these cases made their way to the courts as women contested the custom.
Yet triple talaq divorce has no mention in Sharia or the Koran, even though the practice has existed for decades.
Islamic scholars say the Koran clearly spells out how to issue a divorce - it has to be spread over three months, allowing a couple time for reflection and reconciliation.
Activists say most Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned triple talaq, but the custom has continued in India, which does not have a uniform set of laws on marriage and divorce that apply to every citizen.

What did the court say?

Three of the judges called the controversial practice "un-Islamic, arbitrary and unconstitutional". One of the judges, Justice Kurien Joseph, said the practice was not an essential part of Islam and enjoyed no protection.
Chief Justice JS Khehar, in a differing opinion, said that personal law could not be touched by a constitutional court of law.
The opposing judgements also recommended that parliament legislate on the issue. However this is not binding and is up to parliament to take up.

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The judgement is a huge victory for Muslim women. For decades, they have had to live with the threat of instant divorce dangling over their heads like a sword.
Campaigners say over the years thousands of women, especially those from poor families, have been discarded by their husbands in this manner. Many have been rendered destitute, with nowhere to go, or have been forced to return to their parental homes or fend for themselves.
The top court has also sent a very strong message to Muslim clergy. India's Muslim personal law board had called the practice "reprehensible" but said that it was not an issue for the courts and government to interfere in. With this latest ruling, this will no longer be the case.

How are people reacting?

The judgement is being widely hailed as a major victory for Muslim women and women's rights.
The hashtags #TripleTalaq and #SupremeCourt began trending on Twitter India even as the verdict was being announced. The hashtag #Tripletalaq is also trending globally on Twitter.

Farah Khan refuses to believe Ananya is Chunky Pandey’s daughter, wants a DNA test

Filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan’s tongue-in-cheek jibe at actor Chunky Pandey is going viral. Taking to Instagram, Farah wrote how she cannot believe Ananya (18) is Chunky’s daughter.
Chunky’s wife, Bhavana shared a picture of their daughter last week. In the picture, a selfie taken by Ananya, she strikes a pose with her big eyes and flowing hair. In the several comments praising her beauty, Farah’s outshined them all.
“Do a dna test pls.. shes too lovely to b chunkys child,” Farah wrote with a laughter emoji.
Ananya will soon make her debut at le Bal. Each year since 1992, ‘le Bal’, also referred to as le Bal des Débutantes, brings together 20 girls and 20 boys from a dozen nationalities.
A bevy of young Indian ladies have made their debut in high society at le Bal. Among these are Princess Adishree Singh of Jammu and Kashmir (2009), Shaiyara Devi of Kapurthala (2011), Isha Ambani and Ashna Mehta (2011), Princess Askshita Bhanjdeo of Mayurbhanj and Jaisalmer (2013), and Jayati Modi (2016).
This year, le Bal will see two more faces from India - Princess Gauravi Kumari of Jaipur and Ananya.

Ananya will be dressed by Jean Paul Gaultier, while Princess Gauravi will be wearing a sari-inspired couture gown by Tarun Tahiliani. Fine jewellery by Payal New York, an eponymous label by Indian-origin Payal Mehta, will adorn each participant.
There were also rumours that Ananya will make her Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year 2 with Tiger Shroff and a yet unannounced female actor.
Chunky has said he doesn’t mind if his daughter chooses to become an actor. “I would like to tell her that it’s important that you don’t imitate anyone else’s success story. You have to make your own story, and I would love to be known as Ananya Pandey’s father,” he had said in June to HT.
The 54-year-old actor had a discussion with Ananya about joining films. “Ananya finished her studies, and a couple of months back, she did tell me that she wants to get into films. Nowadays, you cannot tell your kids what to do. In fact, you have to listen to them. As a parent, give them great education and values and they will decide what to do in life,” Chunky added.

Upcoming Hollywood films

2017 has been a mixed bag for Hollywood. Although it had big budget blockbusters like Dunkirk, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Homecoming and some independent films that have done well like The Big Sick and Get Out, it has also had some spectacular failures like The Mummy and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. But the year has not ended. The next few months have some big releases that will decide the fate of many huge franchises.



It is based on Stephen King's horror novel and tell the tale of a malevolent entity that takes the form of a clown to terrorise the inhabitants of a town in Maine, United States. Opposing him is the Loser's Club, a bunch of bullied children. It will release on September 8.

Victoria and Abdul is based on the friendship between two unlikely people: the Queen of United Kingdom and her Indian servant. It stars Judi Dench and Ali Fazal. It will hit screens on September 22.

The sequel to 1982 classic, in Blade Runner 2049 Ryan Goslings plays a new Blade Runner. Harrison Ford reprises his role. Blade Runner 2049 will release on October 6.


Latest iteration in the Saw series, Jigsaw is tale of a new nightmare and a series of murders that harken back to the original killer's style. Is he back? It will release on October 27.

Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe despite being wanted by South African police

Update: South Africa granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, who was accused of assaulting a woman in a Johannesburg hotel a week ago.
South Africa's foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, granted immunity to Grace Mugabe in a government gazette notice that was published Sunday (20 August).
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The notice recognizes "the immunities and privileges of the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr. Grace Mugabe."
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The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from South Africa on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.
A report by Zimbabwean state broadcaster ZBC showed Grace Mugabe greeting government and military officials at the Harare airport after returning on an Air Zimbabwe flight with her husband, who had attended a summit of southern African leaders in Pretoria.
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The South African government said Saturday that it was deciding whether to grant diplomatic immunity to Grace Mugabe at the request of the Zimbabwean government, though there was no immediate comment from South African authorities on Sunday.
South African police had issued a "red alert" at borders to ensure she didn't leave undetected and said they were waiting for a government decision on the immunity appeal.
Gabriella Engels, a 20-year-old model, said Zimbabwe's first lady attacked her on Aug. 13, whipping her with an extension cord that cut her forehead.
In reaction to the news that Grace Mugabe had returned to Zimbabwe, a group representing Engels said Sunday they will go to court to challenge the South African government if it is confirmed that immunity was granted to Mugabe.
"We will take a long term approach on this," said Willie Spies, legal representative at AfriForum, an organization that primarily represents South Africa's white Afrikaner minority.
"She may be back in Zimbabwe, but it may mean that she will find it very difficult to come back to South Africa in the future," Spies said.
The Zimbabwean president's outspoken wife has been criticized for a fiery temper and lavish shopping expeditions, but her rising political profile has some asking whether she is maneuvering to succeed her husband. She recently said that Zimbabwe's ruling party should restore a provision in its constitution stating that one of the party's vice presidents should be a woman, and has publicly challenged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor.
President Mugabe is expected to preside at a state funeral for a former minister in Harare on Sunday; it is unclear whether his wife will attend.
Amid the scandal over Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe blocked flights by South Africa's government-owned airline on Saturday after an Air Zimbabwe flight was grounded at Johannesburg's main international airport on the previous evening. Both countries said they imposed restrictions because planes did not have a "foreign operator's permit."

Bride Sues, Says American Airlines Intentionally Ruined Her Wedding Dress

American Airlines is facing legal charges from a customer who claims that one of their flight attendants intentionally ruined her wedding dress.
As reported by New Jersey Local News, the plaintiff, Yewande Oteh, and her family were flying to from New Jersey to Jamaica for her wedding in 2015. While Oteh was checking her bags, an American Airlines ticket agent told her that she could store the gown in the hanging closet onboard the plane. It wasn't until she was boarding the plane that she was told this wouldn't be the case.
The suit alleges that Melanie Masters, the flight attendant, "became indignant and agitated, and began to talk to [the] plaintiff in a hostile, aggressive way, instructing her that the closet space was not for passengers." Instead, the dress was stored by itself in an overhead bin.
Oteh claims that Masters put something in the bin later on during the flight. At the end of the flight, the bin was opened by airport workers to find that the dress was reportedly soaked in red wine. According to the 31-page lawsuit, Oteh believes that the flight attendant "egregiously" destroyed her dress intentionally.
Now, Oteh is suing American Airlines not only for the cost of the damaged dress but also for physical and emotional distress for a total of $3.4 million (£2.6 million). In the suit, Oteh explains that she had to have her sister fly to Florida to purchase her a new dress after being unable to find one where they were staying. The suit is asking for $850,000 (£660,000) for each count of negligence which includes both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress as well as for negligent hiring and retention.
American Airlines has responded saying that they are reviewing the lawsuit. As for the flight attendant, Melanie Masters spoke to Courier-Post and says, "It really didn't go like that at all."

You are so sexy': Elizabeth Hurley wows fans with racy bikini snaps

Elizabeth Hurley has been mesmerising her fans by sharing racy snaps of hers on social media. And, it seems like The Royals star doesn't intend to stop anytime soon.
The British actress has once again sent her fans into a meltdown with another sultry image, which shows her posing for the camera, wearing a low-cut one-piece swimsuit and large dark shades.
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"Perfect Saturday @elizabethhurleybeach #newcollection#persianrobe ," the 52-year-old wrote alongside the photo she shared with her 687,000 fans on Instagram.
The image, which has already garnered more than 35,000 likes, has been posted by Hurley to promote her new beachwear collection as she has mentioned her bikini brand in the caption.
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Unsurprisingly, her fans have been commenting on the photo, with many calling her an ageless beauty.
"@elizabethhurley1 wow you have been my Celebrity crush for the very first time I seen you and you still are you look fantastic for your age and you have a sensational figure," a fan commented.
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Another fan said, "@elizabethhurley1 models come and go but you are clearly on a different level. Almost to the stage of legendary...!"
"What I like is that, yes you're a beautiful woman, but you have an insight into what is sexy and what is trash," a third fan said.
A fan added, "You are so sexy.....love the swim suit makes your body look totally Hott...."
Another photo shows her flaunting her flawless figure in a low-cut one-piece red bikini. She is seen staring at the camera with her smoky eyes while leaning against a concrete wall behind her, with her blonde locks falling over her shoulders.