Monthly Archives: April 2015

Britney Spears cancels two shows

“Britney injured her ankle during her performance Wednesday evening and her doctor has advised her not to perform Friday and Saturday evening so that she may heal,” said a statement.

A video posted by the TMZ celebrity website showed her tumble while surrounded by backing dancers, clutching her ankle before being helped back to her feet.

“Sorry about that,” she told the audience, before apparently resuming her performance for the next song, albeit with a slight limp.

She later tweeted: “Thank you for all of the sweet wishes! Had a little scare on stage tonight with my ankle but I’m ok!”

The former enfant terrible of US pop opened a two-year sojourn at Sin City’s Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in December 2013. The Grammy winner was hired to perform her show, “Piece of Me,” 50 times a year in 2014 and 2015.

Spears was on the front pages of celebrity magazines — and eventually scandal supermarket tabloids — during much of her career.

Those scandals are in the past, although her future as the Princess of Pop was thrown into fresh doubt when her last album, “Britney Jean,” received only lukewarm reviews.

Spears has joined a panoply of music stars who have taken time out for temporary residence in Las Vegas, including Elton John, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart and Celine Dion.

Ticket holders can get refunds or exchanges.

“Britney Spears, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Live Nation apologize for any inconvenience this causes ticket holders,” it added.

AFP

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Global tablet sales continue to slump

Shipments of tablets and “two-in-one” devices that combine tablet and laptop features sank to 47.1 million in a drop of nearly six percent from the first three months of last year, according to market-tracker IDC.

“Although the tablet market is in decline, two-in-one’s are certainly a bright spot,” said IDC senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani.

“While two-in-one, or detachables, still account for a small portion of the overall market, growth in this space has been stunning.”

The analyst said that companies such as Asus, Acer, and E-FUN have scored with value-priced two-in-one devices, while Microsoft has seen success at the high-end of the market with the Surface Pro 3.

Sales of Apple iPads have suffered from buyers preferring iPhones or Mac laptop computers, according to IDC.

Apple shipped 12.6 million iPads in the quarter as compared to 16.4 million in the same period a year earlier, the market-tracker reported.

IDC expected iPad sales to continue to shrink until an innovative new model, perhaps with a larger screen, is introduced.

Chinese computer titan Lenovo was one of the few tablet makers seeing growth in the declining overall market thanks to a diverse product line and low-price offerings, according to IDC.

Lenovo shipped 2.5 million tablets in the quarter as compared to two million shipped during the first three months of last year, IDC reported.

AFP

Source: Ary News

Altaf asks MQM workers to acquire military training

In a late night speech in the wake of SSP Rao Anwar’s claims, Hussain told party workers to get military training and train themselves to use firearms.

MQM chief lamented that Pakistan’s ruling elite never considered Mohajirs (immigrants) as Pakistanis as Baloch, Sindhis, Punjabis made organizations for their rights but none was crushed.

“But when we started our struggle, we were called agents of RAW (Indian intelligence agency) and a military operation was initiated against us”, said Hussain.

MQM chief opined workers weathered every storm to chant the slogan of Pakistan Zindabad (Long Live Pakistan).

Condemning the much repeated allegation of working for India, he said that he now asks RAW to help MQM and let everyone see who is the agent of India.

Related: SSP Rao Anwar accuses MQM of having links with RAW

Lashing out at Rao Anwar

Hussain lashed out at SSP Rao Anwar who recently demanded a ban on MQM and called the police officer a ‘Bhangi’ (sweeper).

He maintained that the police officer is himself involved in criminal activities and it would be a disgrace for him to reply to his allegations.

MQM supremo claimed that his party is investigating the hidden link behind Anwar’s press conference adding that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders have assured him that their co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has nothing to do with the SSP’s diatribe against MQM.

Hussain maintained that a mere transfer of  the cop will not work.

Developing Story… Updates to follow

Source: Ary News

NASA’s MESSENGER crashes on Mercury

The MESSENGER probe — short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging — was the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, and issued a final farewell on Twitter shortly before its demise at 3:26 pm (1926 GMT).

“Well, I guess it’s time to say goodbye to all my friends, family, support team. I will be making my final impact very soon.”

Shortly after, the official @MESSENGER2011 Twitter account posted another image of Mercury’s surface, with the caption: “MESSENGER’s LAST ACT? THAT’S SMASHING!”

The image was not of Mercury’s fall. NASA has said previously that there could be no real-time pictures of the impact, which would take place on the side of the planet facing away from the Earth.

But the US space agency confirmed that the probe had indeed crash-landed.

“A NASA planetary exploration mission came to a planned, but nonetheless dramatic, end Thursday when it slammed into Mercury’s surface at about 8,750 miles per hour (3.91 kilometers per second) and created a new crater on the planet’s surface,” the agency said in a statement.

The spacecraft itself was just about three meters long.

The crater it would cause was expected to be 16 meters (52 feet) in diameter, NASA said.

The mission, which launched in 2004, had achieved “unprecedented success,” with its top discovery being that Mercury had lots of frozen water and other volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters on the planet closest to the Sun, the US space agency said.

This image obtained from NASA on April 30, 2015 shows the surface of Mercury in one of the last images taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft on April 29. The spacecraft completed its orbital mission and crashed on Mercury April 30 out of sight and communication with the Earth. The spacecraft was launched on August 2004.

“Going out with a bang as it impacts the surface of Mercury, we are celebrating MESSENGER as more than a successful mission,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

“The MESSENGER mission will continue to provide scientists with a bonanza of new results as we begin the next phase of this mission — analyzing the exciting data already in the archives, and unravelling the mysteries of Mercury.”-AFP

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Jail authorities seek fresh black warrant for Saulat Mirza

Notorious target killer Saulat Mirza imprisoned in Mach Jail had his execution deferred till April 23 and so far, the jail authorities have not received a fresh death warrant for his hanging.

Jail authorities claim to have written a letter to Karachi trial court for a renewed black warrant.

On the other hand, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe Mirza’s allegations has sent its report to federal interior ministry.

Related Read: Saulat Mirza spills ‘target killing’ beans

Initial reports suggest that Mirza’s statement before JIT corroborated with his video statement.

The target killer had his execution deferred after a video statement in which he claimed that his target killing activities were patronized by some of the senior leaders of MQM.

Moreover, Mirza claimed that he killed then KESC MD Shahid Hamid on direct orders from Altaf Hussain.

 

Source: Ary News

Military strikes kill 27 terrorists in Khyber region

Pakistan Army’s operation Khyber-II is continued successfully.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday said that several militant hideouts were destroyed in fresh strikes in Sandhapal, Tordara, Kandwala and Mehrban Kaley areas of turbulent Khyber Agency.

The ISPR said that 27 militants were killed as result of recent strikes.

On the other hand, five security men including a captain also embraced martyrdom in fighting with terrorists.

Source: Ary News

Boy, woman rescued in Kathmandu rubble, aid reaches some remote areas

A 23-year-old maid, Krishna Devi Khadka, was found lying along with the bodies of three other people, police said.

Officials said the chances of finding more survivors were fading as the death toll reached 5,858. But Nepal’s Armed Police Force managed to save 15-year-old Pema Lama from the collapsed ruins of Kathmandu’s Hilton Hotel.

“I saw the police drilling for four hours to remove mounds of debris before they could pull him out,” said Ambar Giri, a medical worker at the scene.

Away from the capital, aid was finally reaching some of Nepal’s remote towns and villages nestled among mountains and foothills, where the extent of the damage and loss of life has yet to be properly assessed.

Source: Ary News

Islamist fighters seize southern Syria crossing: monitor

If confirmed, the capture would represent a further advance for Ahrar al-Sham, one of the main jihadist groups in Syria alongside Islamic State and al Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front.

In the northwestern Idlib province, Ahrar al-Sham is part of an Islamist alliance which has taken strategic territory from government forces in recent weeks, suggesting the group has recovered after its senior leadership was wiped out last year.

The Observatory said Ahrar al-Sham and allied fighters took the crossing in Syria’s southern Quinetra province from a group called Army of Jihad, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Control of the crossing has passed between several insurgent groups, who have occasionally worked together but have also fought each other in Syria’s chaotic conflict.

The area is sensitive due to its proximity to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

In recent days fighting between insurgent groups has been especially intense, killing dozens of fighters, according to the Britain-based Observatory.

The senior leadership of Ahrar al-Sham was wiped out in a blast in September in Idlib, which dealt a major blow to an organization which is thought to have received funding from Gulf backers. It was not clear who was responsible for the blast.

The group follows a hardline ideology and is one of the oldest insurgent movements in Syria’s four-year conflict.

One its founders, Abu Khaled al-Soury, fought alongside Osama bin Laden and was close to al-Qaeda’s current chief Ayman al-Zawahri. But its new leadership has recently sought to distance itself from Nusra’s al Qaeda ideology and has appealed to Syrian youths disenchanted with Western-backed rebel factions and who also oppose ultra hardline groups such as Islamic State.

Source: Ary News

SSP Rao Anwar transferred for ‘exceeding powers’

SSP Rao Anwar on Thursday evening held a media talk leveling serious allegations some against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

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Karachi top cop accuses MQM of links with Indian RAW

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Following his controversial media talk, CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah took notice of it and directed the IG Sindh to investigate the matter and present an inquiry report to him.

However, SSP Rao Anwar has now been transferred from district Malir.

A spokesperson with the Sindh Police told that the SSP has been directed to report to the CPO Office.

“Anwar exceeded from his powers and misused the authority,” he added.

Our correspondent Salman Lodhi reported that SSP East Pir Muhammad Shah has been given the additional charge of SSP Malir, in place of Anwar.

Source: Ary News

Punjab Health Department launches vaccination apps

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab Health Department has introduced android-based E-vaccs card for updating vaccination records


Source: Geo Health