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here are some of the lesser known facts of the festival that will bring a smile


homelifestylevasant panchami 2017: here are some of the lesser known facts of the festival that will bring a smile on your face






desert songbirds increasingly at risk of dehydration


desert songbirds, especially the little fit-in-your-hand ones, could soon face widening danger zones for lethal thirst in the southwestern united states, a new study predicts.coping with heat waves can demand so much water evaporation to prevent heat stroke — from panting, for instance — that birds can die from dehydration, says blair wolf of the university of new mexico in albuquerque.small species like the lesser goldfinch (spinus psaltria) dehydrate at a proportionately higher rate than larger birds such as towhees. if temperatures rise 4 degrees celsius by the end of the century, a lesser goldfinch could face a risk of death within five hours on as many as 120 days a year in the worst hot spots, blair and colleagues report february 13 in proceedings of the national academy of sciences.






prithviraj's ezra beats suriya's singam 3 despite lesser screens


the past week witnessed three major releases at the kerala box office — prithviraj starrer ezra and two non-malayalam releases, suriya’s singam 3 and akshay kumar’s jolly llb 2. while ezra and singam 3 fared very well on its opening weekend – thanks to the majority of screens across kerala – the akshay kumar starrer struggled to put up a healthy weekend due to lesser screens.however, it was prithviraj starrer ezra which won the kerala box office race despite releasing in lesser screens compared to the singam 3.ezra had a huge opening weekend at the kerala box office. the horror thriller, which had released in 130 screens across the kerala had grossed a terrific rs 8.55 crore on its opening weekend. on its opening day, 10 february, ezra had minted rs 2.62 crore at the box office while on sa






here are the 10 promises that s want as a gift from their boyfriends


relationships need commitments and promises are part of these commitments. make this promise day special by promising something that your always wanted from you. gifting s what they want always increases their happiness by many folds.to help you bring a smile to her face, here we share the list of 10 promises that s want from their guys.loyalty: your loyalty and honesty matter to her a lot. she can’t share you with anyone. give her that feeling of safety and security.you may also likelong life love: she needs a commitment from you to be with her forever.secret sharing: she wants you to share all your secrets with her. she wants you to say “i promise to keep my phone without a p word because i don’t have anything to hide from my love.”she is always right: after every fight, she wants you to






clive davis documentary to open tribeca film festival


new york — the 16th tribeca film festival will kick off with a night honoring legendary producer clive davis.the new york festival on thursday announced that its opening film will be the documentary “clive davis: the soundtrack of our lives.” the april 19 premiere at radio city hall will be followed by a concert featuring some of the artists he signed: aretha franklin, jennifer hudson and earth, wind & fire.directed by chris perkel, the film chronicles davis’ rise in the industry.tribeca has frequently turned to the world to launch its film festival. previous editions were begun with documentary-and-concert combos with elton john, nas and the national.the tribeca film festival runs april 19 to april 30.copyright 2017 the ociated press. all rights reserved. this material may not be publ






best p os of the week to put a smile on your face : thechive


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gang of youths storm summersault festival


a large gang of youths ran through a melbourne music festival and stole mobile phones and assaulted people as they filmed the fireworks.a large group of youths, reportedly over a hundred, stampeded though the summersault festival in caroline springs around 10pm on saturday.six people had their mobile phones stolen and two people were assaulted during the incident, police say.a witness, carrie, told the herald sun she had her phone and wallet stolen and was shoved in the stomach."there would have been at least 100 sudanese who just ran at us like a giant wave; it was a planned attack," she said.aap 






arizona renaissance festival: 5 reasons to go


arizona renaissance festival: 5 reasons to gofrom jousting to the marketplace, here are five things at the arizona renaissance festival near metro phoenix for everyone.






what's the big deal about valentine's day?


valentine’s day is just around the corner and the markets are bustling with young love. roses, giant teddy bears, heart-shaped chocolates and greeting cards, the entire country is painted in the colour of love. while on one hand, couples are making elaborate gestures to propose to their loved ones, on the other hand, away from the prying eyes, secret lovers are confessing their likings for the very first time. it’s refreshing and almost sweet to watch this affectionate display of emotions at a time when people have become too guarded to let true emotions ever touch their hearts.the entire world is painted in the colour of love, which makes me wonder where does the love go for the rest of the year?love is a beautiful feeling and it’s meant to be cherished every single moment. the people who






uae’s first honey festival opens in hatta


hatta: the quiet hilly village of hatta on the outskirts of dubai s into the limelight with the opening of the uae’s first honey festival on wednesday.the heart of the honey trade in the uae since ancient times, hatta was chosen as the venue for the festival by dubai municipality to uplift the profile of the heritage town by boosting tourism and the trade of honey products.hussain n er lootah, director-general of dubai municipality, inaugurated the four-day festival, which showcases 25 honey product exhibitors from inside and outside the county.lootah said the festival was part of dubai municipality’s efforts to develop the rural area of hatta as directed by his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai.“a lot of people






politics and comedy in an alternative facts world


as the leicester comedy festival starts up again, there are more 'political' acts on the card than ever before. yet the problem here is finding something in the political arena about which many people can laugh and enjoy. truth has become stranger than fiction.did you hear the one about a billionaire businessman come-reality tv host, who had previously declared himself bankrupt? he be e president of the usa! not really funny, but it makes the point. donald trump was seen in many quarters as a joke candidate. here in the uk, the vast majority of the population did not take his candidature seriously. he was not expected to last a week; then he was expected to be knocked out during the republican primaries; then hillary clinton was expected to win.we now have a us president who tweets vocifer






what is form arcosanti music festival?


what is form arcosanti music festival?there's a music festival happening may 12-14, 2017, in the experimental town of arcosanti, arizona. here's everything you need to know about form arcosanti, from applying for tickets, camping there and who's performing.






‘i misspoke one word’: kellyanne conway calls her critics ‘haters’ after bowling


conway, counselor to president trump, coined the term ‘alternative facts’ and referred to a ‘bowling green m acre’ that never happened.alternative factson jan. 22, 2017, conway appeared on “meet the press” to discuss white house press secretary sean spicer and his easily disproved claims about the size of president trump’s inauguration crowd. after some tense back and forth with host chuck todd, conway offered this: “don’t be so overly dramatic about it, chuck. you’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving — our press secretary, sean spicer, gave alternative facts to that.”olivier douliery/european pressp o agencybuy p o






razer blade updated with 4k screen and kaby lake cpus


though gamers will need to think carefully about the 4k option, it's nice for video or graphics pros who do gpu rendering and need a uhd screen, but not necessarily tons of battery life. there aren't many other models out there with the same combination of size and specs, but one that comes to mind is the dell xps 15, which is just a touch heavier and will also be available with a 4k screen (albeit a 15-inch one) and core i7-7700 cpu for $2,199. however, that model has lesser nvidia gtx 1050 graphics.as you'd expect, the 14-inch blade ain't cheap -- the full hd model is now available in the us, canada, uk, germany and france at razerzone.com, starting at $1,899 (£1,799) and coming elsewhere in march. the 4k model is likely to be considerably more and it won't arrive until at least april of






razer blade updated with 4k screen and kaby lake cpus


though gamers will need to think carefully about the 4k option, it's nice for video or graphics pros who do gpu rendering and need a uhd screen, but not necessarily tons of battery life. there aren't many other models out there with the same combination of size and specs, but one that comes to mind is the dell xps 15, which is just a touch heavier and will also be available with a 4k screen (albeit a 15-inch one) and core i7-7700 cpu for $2,199. however, that model has lesser nvidia gtx 1050 graphics.as you'd expect, the 14-inch blade ain't cheap -- the full hd model is now available in the us, canada, uk, germany and france at razerzone.com, starting at $1,899 (£1,799) and coming elsewhere in march. the 4k model is likely to be considerably more and it won't arrive until at least april of






aiadmk not to be cowed down by panneerselvam’s revolt: sasikala


by: pti | chennai | updated: february 8, 2017 4:19 pm sasikala said “betrayal will never win, especially in aiadmk.” (source: pti p o)faced with a revolt from o panneerselvam, aiadmk general secretary vk sasikala on wednesday said she had got wind of his moves a few days ago itself and erted that the party remains united and will not be cowed down by such threats. sasikala said “betrayal” will never win in the aiadmk and blamed arch rival dmk for trying to destabilise her party.watch video| “i was forced to tender resignation, will take it back if asked to”: panneerselvamthe opposition so far unseen but emerging now was a proof that “certain developments our rivals don’t desire are happening in the party,” she said in an apparent reference to her elevation.“that is why there is this flutt






audi-auto accident that killed four: will bring owner, ‘driver’ face-to-face, sa


by: express news service | lucknow | published:february 2, 2017 5:38 am the audi q7 suv that hit the autorickshaw. expresssuspecting that safdarjung hospital neurosurgeon manish rawat was inside the audi q7 suv when it hit an autorickshaw, killing four, the ghaziabad police have decided to bring him and ishaq ahmad — who claims he was driving the vehicle — face-to-face during questioning to ascertain who was actually driving the vehicle. the incident took place on friday night on the delhi-ghaziabad border. the autorickshaw driver sanjeev (25), two cousins — yajuvendra singh (40) and vishal singh (25) — and their family friend rinku yadav (38) died, while the person driving the suv fled the spot.on tuesday, ahmad, who hails from bareilly, surrendered at the chief judicial magistrate court






my responsibility to end wrongdoings of panneerselvam, says sasikala


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 8, 2017 3:42 pm aiadmk general secretary v k sasikala flashes victory sign as she comes out to address media at poes garden in chennai in the wee hours on wednesday. pti p oaiadmk has been seeing high-voltage drama that began tuesday night after the never-before rebel o panneerselvam stood up against party general secretary vk sasikala and claimed that he was forced to resign from his post of chief minister of tamil nadu. taking the battle forward, sasikala addressed the media wednesday, casting panneerselvam as a ‘traitor’ and said that traitors have never won and that they will be shown the right path. she also said it was her responsibility now to bring panneerselvam’s ‘wrongdoings’ to a stop.watch video | after open revolt against s






milkmaid of the milky way review - alternative magazine online


martymcfly88|8m ago|review|0|overall, it’s been decided, milkmaid of the milky way won’t be derided. yes it’s short, that much is true, but while you’re playing there’s lots to do! you’ll save some cows, meddle with age, liberate an alien race. these moments will leave you with a smile on your face. it’s not hard to see why, in the end, milkmaid of the milky way is easy for amo to recommend. androidipadiphonemilkmaid of the milky waypcalternativemagazineonline.co.ukread full story >>alternativemagazineonline.co.uk






tamil nadu crisis: sasikala has majority, what is governor waiting for, asks sub


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 10, 2017 1:05 pm bjp leader subramanian swamy (source: file)as the power struggle within the aiadmk shows no sign of abating, bjp leader and rajya sabha mp subramanian swamy on friday said that party general secretary vk sasikala should be invited to form government as she has the overwhelming support of her mlas. “sasikala gave list of mlas, panneerselvam did not. she has majority. what is the governor waiting for?” swamy told ani.on thursday, sasikala, who was elected leader of the aiadmk legislature party last sunday, visited the j jayalalithaa memorial on marina beach before heading to raj bhavan. she handed the list of supporting mlas to governor c vidyasagar rao. uncertainty prevailed over the raging issue as the governor did not






miss manners: request to be cheery can be met with weak smile


by judith martin, nicholas martin and jacobina martinby judith martin, nicholas martin and jacobina martinfebruary 14 at 12:00 amdear miss manners: i would consider myself to be a good-humored, cheerful sort of person and enjoy smiling when i have cause to smile.however, when i am intensely focused on accomplishing something difficult (either mentally or physically), i apparently fail to smile, which seems to be a sin in our society. this causes my fellow citizens (no doubt civic-minded) to admonish me to smile, accompanied by a perky smile of their own, which i admit to finding irksome in the extreme.could you offer advice on how to respond appropriately, particularly when said admonishment is issued in front of a group? i find if i ignore it, the admonishment continues, but fear a direct






horoscope for wednesday, 2/8/17 by christopher renstrom


aries. (march 20 - april 18): it's never easy when someone you look up to disappoints. but it's only human to have feet of clay. we'd all be pretty boring without them.taurus. (april 19 - may 19): if you adopt a negative attitude going in then why wouldn't you meet with an equally negative response? don't grease the skids for rejection. ini. (may 20 - june 19): you've been burned too often to expect things to turn out differently. nevertheless this time you will meet with success. go for it!cancer. (june 20 - july 21): sometimes people won't listen unless they hear it from someone else. call up a relative or mutual friend. he'll see to it that your message gets across.leo. (july 22 - aug. 21): you want to believe the best in people but a certain someone has disappointed you too many times.






mastercard 'selfie pay' coming to australia in 2017


aussies will soon be able to smile at their smartphones to confirm payments as credit card giant mastercard prepares to bring its biometric authentication app to australia.there's no magic bullet when it comes to security, while people complain about needing to remember logins and p words they often balk at the idea of using biometrics like fingerprints and facial recognition to prove their identity. mastercard attempts to strike a balance with mastercard identity check, dubbed "selfie pay", which uses biometrics to complement your p words rather than replace them. mastercard identity check will let australians shop with a smile.  p o: suppliedmastercard identity check has been available overseas for a while but it's coming to australia in 2017 – mastercard unveiled the details at the aust






espn broadcaster bill walton takes jab at trump administration


bill walton doesn’t have time for alternative facts. the espn color commentator was calling ucla vs. oregon late thursday night when his play-by-play partner made a comment about walton’s “outlandish commentary.” “i just state the facts and i also shop at nordstrom,” walton responded. the mention of nordstrom and reporting the facts is a clear jab at the trump administration, which has coined terms such as “alternative facts” and spoke out against nordstrom after they dropped ivanka trump’s clothing line.(don ryan) though, walton was wearing a gray ucla basketball t-shirt with the words “oh my!” printed on it--not quite the nordstrom style. nevertheless, you can always count on walton to make things interesting while watching a college hoops game.video via @sportsfunhousesend a letter to






berlin film festival kicks off with django reinhardt movie


berlin — the curtain is going up on the annual berlin international film festival, with a french film about jazz guitarist django reinhardt kicking off the first of the year’s major european movie fests. “django,” from first-time director etienne comar, is the first of 18 movies competing for the festival’s top golden bear award.this year’s diverse program includes oren moverman’s drama “the dinner,” starring richard gere and laura linney; a documentary on artist joseph beuys by german director andres veiel; and british director sally potter’s “the party.”a seven-member jury led by dutch director paul verhoeven will announce the winners of the golden bear and other honors feb. 18.verhoeven said thursday he hoped to see diverse and “hopefully controversial” movies, “where we as a jury would






earthlock: festival of magic review - a lacklustre ode to cl ic jrpgs | cog


mrbigcat|43m ago|review|0|cog writes: earthlock is an indie developed, adventure rpg inspired by the cl ic 3d rpgs of the late 90's, with a fresh take on turn based combat and character. earthlock: festival of magicps4cogconnected.comread full story >>cogconnected.com






earthlock: festival of magic review - a lacklustre ode to cl ic jrpgs | cog


mrbigcat|2h ago|review|0|cog writes: earthlock is an indie developed, adventure rpg inspired by the cl ic 3d rpgs of the late 90's, with a fresh take on turn based combat and character. earthlock: festival of magicps4cogconnected.comread full story >>cogconnected.com






earthlock: festival of magic review - a lacklustre ode to cl ic jrpgs | cog


mrbigcat|4h ago|review|0|cog writes: earthlock is an indie developed, adventure rpg inspired by the cl ic 3d rpgs of the late 90's, with a fresh take on turn based combat and character. earthlock: festival of magicps4cogconnected.comread full story >>cogconnected.com






special gift ideas for your boyfriend


who says only boys have to give gifts on valentine’s day. this year, if there are any myths, let’s break all of them. let the year 2017 propagate progressive thinking of the youngsters. girls should come to the forefront to make this v-day a special one for their boyfriends.so for those who are wondering what needs to be done on the special occasion? what should be gifted that can bring an instant smile on the face of their partners? here are a few ideas that can help you crack the deal with ease. yes! we have also taken the so-called budget in the mind as well. this is how you can impress your boyfriend this valentine’s day.valentines dayyou may also likevirtual reality headset – the next big thingthis is one super cool gadget that can make your boyfriend jump in excitement. it’s a fact t






stephen colbert jokes about raising money for victims of ‘bowling green m acre’


stephen colbert took the stage at the wellmont theater in new jersey this weekend to sing ’80s hits as part of a karaoke night to benefit the montclair film festival.“everything raised will go to [the festival] — but please know if there’s anything left over, all proceeds will go to the victims of the bowling green m acre,” colbert told the crowd, referencing the terror attack named by kellyanne conway that never actually happened.the late-night host sang talking heads’ “once in a lifetime,” and actor patrick wilson took the stage in a blond mullet for bon jovi’s “livin’ on a prayer.” wilson also performed david bowie’s “modern love.” colbert’s wife, evelyn, is on the festival board.share this:






donald trump's fake tan line exposed by rogue gust of wind


while the world focused on how justin trudeau would deal with the donald’s handshake, one lesser noticed detail was briefly exposed by a rogue gust of wind.as the two world leaders met at the white house on monday, trump turned to enter his new residence with the canadian pm in tow.and, for a brief split-second, that legendary, perfectly coiffured mane of wispiness was shoved to one side to reveal a demarcation the likes of which has not been seen since north and south korea were established. watch closely at around 10 seconds in...missed it? here it is again.third time’s a charm...debate over the origins of trump’s orange hue has been divided largely into two camps - those who believe it’s make-up and those who stump for badly applied fake tan.an article in harper’s bazaar last year lent






support to panneerselvam was issue-based: dmk


by: pti | chennai | updated: february 8, 2017 6:23 pm dmk working president mk stalin (pti p o)refuting aiadmk’s allegation that it was aiding chief minister o panneerselvam in his revolt against his party’s leadership, dmk today said its support to him was issue-based. “we had never extended our support to chief minister panneerselvam. we supported the panneerselvam-led government on certain people’s issues, on certain policies and bills,” dmk working president m k stalin said.stalin, the opposition leader in the state embly, was responding to reporters’ queries about his party’s “support” to panneerselvam, as alleged by aiadmk including its general secretary v k sasikala. sasikala has blamed arch rival dmk for trying to destabilise aiadmk.watch | all out war in aiadmk, sasikala nataraja






liverpool must be consistent against ‘smaller’ teams, says georginio wijnaldum


by: reuters | published:february 2, 2017 6:42 pm liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by chelsea on monday night. (source: reuters)liverpool’s results against the premier league’s lesser lights must improve if they hope to achieve their targets this season, midfielder georginio wijnaldum said after tuesday’s 1-1 draw with chelsea at anfield.liverpool are unbeaten against the current top-six in the table, but their league losses against burnley, bournemouth and swansea city this paign have threatened to undermine their bid for the title.“we’ve already done it against the big teams and we must now make sure we do it against the small teams. it is important that we continue it,” wijnaldum told british media.“it is important to carry on the way we did (against chelsea) and get a few points other






sasikala not qualified to become tamil nadu cm: jayalalithaa’s neice deepa jayak


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 7, 2017 5:38 pm deepa jayakumar alleged that many party leaders are scared of sasikala and that is why they are silent. (source: ani p o)jayalalithaa’s niece deepa jayakumar has criticised the elevation of sasikala as aiadmk legislative party head that paved her way to become the tamil nadu chief minister. in a press conference in chennai, jayakumar questioned sasikala’s credentials and said just being with someone for 33 years is not a qualification to become the chief minister. “it’s very sad. people haven’t voted for her. to become a chief minister being with someone for 33 years is not a qualification,” said jayakumar.watch video | sasikala natrajan’s swearing in as tamil nadu cm depends on governor vidyasagar rao’s travel plansshe






sharjah light festival off to a brilliant start


festival will cover 14 locations, including architectural landmarks, mosques and historic buildingssharjah: the seventh annual sharjah light festival got off to a brilliant start at the university city hall in sharjah late on thursday.the seventh annual festival, organised by sharjah commerce and tourism development authority, will run for 10 days till february 11, covering 14 locations across the emirate.the shows will be held everyday from 6pm to 6.35pm and from 7.30pm to 8.15pm to observe maghrib (sunset) and isha (night) prayers, respectively.the buhairah corniche road between al majaz waterfront and al majaz amphitheatre will be closed for the daily parade from 9pm to 9.45pm, till february 11.in his speech at the opening ceremony, khalid jasim al midfa, chairman of sctda, placed the f






sf apparel startup putting up billboards with 'alternative facts'


p o: betabrand/facebook image 1of/10captioncloseimage 1 of 10san francisco apparel startup betabrand's latest ads, making fun of trump advisor kellyanne conway's "alternative facts" comment.san francisco apparel startup betabrand's latest ads, making fun of trump advisor kellyanne conway's "alternative facts" comment. p o: betabrand/facebook image 2 of 10san francisco apparel startup betabrand's latest ads, making fun of trump advisor kellyanne conway's "alternative facts" comment.san francisco apparel startup betabrand's latest ads, making fun of trump advisor kellyanne conway's "alternative facts" comment. p o: betabrand/facebook image 3 of 10san francisco apparel startup betabrand's latest ads, making fun of trump advisor kellyanne conway's "alternative facts" comment.san francisco app






'potus is a liar, son. but don't let that worry you'


the president of the united states is a liar.i've never lived through such times. all presidents, all politicians, lie. but this is unpresidented [sic]. here's a list of the lies so far:if kids understand that people in positions of mighty power can lie - and lie epicly on a gargantuan scale - what does that mean for their understanding of authority, the law, the concept of trust, and, god help us, integrity?i've just had this conver ion with my eleven year old son."mum, is donald tr*mp a liar?""yes.""why is he lying?""because he wants to confuse people. he wants them to question whether facts really are facts.""but facts are facts!""i know.""do you think facts are facts?""facts, my love, are always facts. don't believe anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.""but what if a teacher tells y






date, sms, quotes, whatsapp, facebook messages for your friend and boyfriend


to mark the beginning of the valentine week, people around the globe will be celebrating rose day on 7th february 2017.followed by the tradition of gifting roses to our loved ones, the day makes people look for interesting facebook and whatsapp messages.to make the task easy for you, here are happy rose day 2017 sms, quotes, whatsapp, facebook messages for your friend and boyfriend.you may also like“i miss your cuddles,i miss your kisses but,most of all i miss you!the love i have will never changeas each day goes by i will love youtill the day i die.” happy rose day!happy rose day!sweeter than the candieslovelier than the red rosesmore huggable than soft toysthat’s what you’rehere’s wishing you a rose day“i once had a rose named after me and i was very flattered. but i was not pleased to r






play of george orwell’s ‘1984’ coming to broadway this year


new york — a new british stage adaptation of george orwell’s chilling dystopic novel “1984” is coming to an america where issues of “newspeak” and surveillance are quite relevant.producers sonia friedman and scott rudin said thursday that the play will open in june at the hudson theatre. nominated for an olivier award, it was created by robert icke and duncan macmillan. no casting was revealed.first published in 1949, orwell’s cl ic tale of a society run by big brother in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” has topped the amazon.com best-seller lists.the renewed interest comes on the heels of the trump administration’s unfounded allegation that millions of illegal votes were cast against him last fall and an adviser coining the phrase “alternative facts.”copyr






lily janiak’s theater pick, feb. 12


lily janiak’s picknow in its second year, s gun players’ blast festival offers an eclectic array of local and national artists in the sort of shows that might not be the right fit for a main-stage subscription season but are deeply worthy of appearing on the ashby stage. mike daisey’s two solo shows in the festival, “the end of journalism” and “this is not normal,” are not to be missed; also performing are megan hopp and emspace dance, among others.through feb. 26. $15-$40. the ashby stage, 1901 ashby ave., berkeley. (510) 841-6500. www.s gunplayers.org— lily janiak