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Uber to launch e-bikes sharing service in Seattle

San Francisco, June 17 (IANS) U.S. ride-hailing leader Uber is going to launch its new e-bikes sharing service in Seattle, the largest city in the west U.S. state of Washington state, next month, according to a media report. The new Uber service, to be provided by JUMP, a bike-share startup acquired by Uber in April, will be immediately available soon after the Seattle City Council appro...

1 day ago
Alice Cooper blasts 'safe' young bands

Los Angeles, June 17 (IANS) Rocker Alice Cooper says young bands are too safe and introverted. My pet peeve is that young bands are so introverted. They want to look like everyone in the mall. They don't want to scare anyone. They sing about things that are safe. Where's the swagger? Where's the sex? Rock stars are meant to get out there and shake their butt. You should think: man, this ...

1 month ago
Cambridge Analytica is shutting down

London, May 3 (IANS) Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm at the centre of the Facebook data-sharing scandal, is shutting down, media reported. The firm was accused of improperly obtaining personal information on behalf of political clients. According to Facebook, data of up to 87 million of its users was harvested by a quiz app and then passed on to the political ...

1 month ago
Zoe Saldana feels she will suffer from 'FOMO'

Los Angeles, May 2 (IANS) Actress Zoe Saldana feels she will suffer from FOMO -- fear of missing out -- once she leaves the Marvel universe. The 39-year-old actress stars as Gamora in the film franchise. A sequel to the latest Avengers: Infinity War is yet to come out. In an interview with Los Angeles Times newspaper, Saldana was asked whether she is sad to be saying goodbye to M...

2 months ago
Facebook sells your data: Steve Bannon

New York, March 23 (IANS) Targeting Facebook's business model, US President Donald Trump's former chief strategist and former Vice President of Cambridge Analytica Steve Bannon has accused the social network giant of selling people's data. Speaking at a conference held by the Financial Times newspaper on Thursday, Bannon, however, said that he did not know about the political data analyt...

3 months ago
Eddie Redmayne becomes father again

London, March 18 (IANS) Actor Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshawe have welcomed their second child -- son Luke Richard Bagshawe. The 36-year-old actor and Hannah already have 21-month-old daughter Iris. Hannah gave birth to their son on March 10, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The actor told The Times newspaper: On March 10, 2018 to Hannah (Bagshawe) and Edward, a son, Luke Richa...

3 months ago
Colin Firth, wife had briefly split up in 2015

London, March 10 (IANS) Actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli have announced that they briefly split in 2015 after her alleged stalker claimed they had had an affair. The Bridget Jones's Diary star Firth and his spouse have had to make the announcement after it became public knowledge they were involved in a police investigation because Marco Brancaccia -- whom Giuggioli reporte...

3 months ago
Oxfam bosses to be questioned over sex scandal

London, Feb 20 (IANS) Senior Oxfam executives will appear before British MPs on Tuesday amid criticism over the way the charity handled claims of sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. The MPs from the International Development Committee will question the charity's chief Mark Goldring and chair of trustees Caroline Thomson, about safeguarding policies, reports the BBC. Represen...

4 months ago
Haiti's President condemns Oxfam over sex scandal

Port-au-Prince, Feb 13 (IANS) Haiti's President Jovenel Moise has strongly condemned British charity Oxfam, after it emerged that its staff hired prostitutes while delivering aid in 2011. In a Twitter post on Monday, Moise condemned the actions as an extremely serious violation of human dignity. There is nothing more outrageous and dishonest than a sexual predator who uses his po...

6 months ago
Gwendoline Christie was Simon Callow's dog sitter

London, Dec 17 (IANS) Star Wars actress Gwendoline Christie has revealed she was a dog sitter for film, stage and TV star Simon Callow while she was at drama school. The 39-year-old actress enrolled at Drama Centre London back in 2000 and while she was there she met legendary British actor-and-writer Callow. After being employed as his personal dog walker and assistant, the 68-ye...

6 months ago
'Simmons, Ratner teamed up to sexually assault women'

Los Angeles, Nov 20 (IANS) Entrepreneur Russell Simmons and film producer Brett Ratner have been accused of teaming up to allegedly sexually harass and assault women, according to news reports. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported young models accusing Simmons and Ratner of getting together to sexually assault women. Keri Claussen Khalighi claimed that when she was a fashio...

7 months ago
'Autocrat' Modi destroyed India's booming economy: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a democratically elected autocrat as he attacked demonetisation and GST on the first anniversary of the note ban. Gandhi, in an article in the Financial Times newspaper, said while the Prime Minister had claimed the demonetisation decision taken on November 8 last year was aimed ...

7 months ago
Secret service "could have stopped" Manchester bombing: Report

London, Nov 6 (IANS) Officials from Britain's secret service MI5 missed key intelligence warnings that could have stopped the Manchester Arena terror attack, a media report claimed. The Sunday Times newspaper in a report said the warnings could have put suicide bomber Salman Abedi under surveillance as a high-priority before his attack in May, the worst act of terrorism in Britain since ...

7 months ago
Zacob Juma denies undeclared funds claims

Cape Town, Oct 30 (IANS) South African President Zacob Juma's office has denied claims about his wrongdoing in relation to some undeclared funds. Allegations contained in the reports are misleading and are clearly part of the ongoing smear campaigns against Zuma, Presidential spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. The Sunday Times newspaper pu...

10 months ago
China warns of trade war with US

Beijing, Aug 14 (IANS) China on Monday warned of a possible trade war with the US if Washington begins investigating alleged Chinese trade practices in bilateral commerce. US President Donald Trump had notified his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that the investigations could begin on Monday, Efe news reported. China and the US have intertwined interests, trade war has no future, ...

10 months ago
Indian American appointed US county's Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs

New York, Aug 8 (IANS) Indian American Dilip Chauhan has been appointed to a key position of Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs in New York's Nassau county. Chauhan has been active in numerous community and business organisations in the New York area and had joined the Comptroller's office in 2015 as Director for Community Affairs, South and East Asia. He served as senior advisor to...

10 months ago
Guetta wants to make 'timeless' music

Los Angeles, July 24 (IANS) Grammy Award winning DJ David Guetta wants his music to be timeless and appeal to all generations. I'm trying to do something timeless. People always want to listen to something new, but at the same time emotions are always the same. There's not a new emotion that is going to come out, because we are human beings, Guetta told Financial Times newspaper, reports...

11 months ago
Identity of seller of Mao notes remains unknown

Beijing, July 13 (IANS) The identity of the seller of a collection of handwritten notes of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong, which went for 704,750 pounds ($903,066) at a London auction, remains unknown. The notes were written in 1975, a year before Mao's death, to a professor hired to read to the Communist leader. They were sold at Sotheby's in London for 10 times its estimated price, B...

11 months ago
Big banks fail to clear climate test

The world's biggest banks are continuing to fuel climate change through the financing of extreme fossil fuels at a rate that will push the planet beyond the climate change limit agreed upon at the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015, a new report has found. In the three years ending December 31, 2016, as many as 37 international banks financed 158 companies $290 billion for their ext...

11 months ago
Sikh couple in UK denied adoption over 'cultural heritage'

London, June 27 (IANS) A Sikh couple in Britain were refused permission to adopt a white child here because of their cultural heritage and were instead advised to adopt a child from India. Sandeep and Reena Mander, who are British-born and live in Berkshire, said that they were rejected by a local adoption agency, Adopt Berkshire, as only white children were available, the Daily Mail rep...

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