Whoa! Fardeen Khan to become Father for the second time.

Whoa! Fardeen Khan to become Father for the second time.

Fardeen Khan was last seen in, ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ in 2010. The actor and his wife Natasha are expecting their second born this year. Congratulations!!

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Natasha, who is yesteryears’ actress Mumtaz‘s daughter has already completed her first trimester and is in UK with her family. According to Mumbai Mirror, she will have her delivery in London. In 2012 in London the couple lost their unborn twins due to a miscarriage, but look the happiness visited their doorstep once again and the couple are soon to become parents for the second time. Fardeen and Natasha married in 2005 and are already parents to three year old baby girl Diani Isabella Khan.

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Fardeen was with his wife for a while now and have just returned to Mumbai last Friday. The actor hasn’t been seen on the big screen since a long time now. Now that there are talks of No Entry Mein Entry getting made, the actor might finally return to 70 mm.

Published by Nikita Tambe on 24 Jul 2017

Netflix was the top grossing app in Q2, with mobile revenue up 233% since last year

Netflix’s booming subscriber growth, announced in the company’s earnings last week, is also being felt on the App Store, where its app has again become the top earner in terms of revenue. According a recent report from app store analytics firm Sensor Tower, the app in Q2 saw 233 percent revenue growth year-over-year to $153 million in the most recent quarter. That’s up from the $46 million seen at this same time last year, across both top app store platforms, and on the iOS App Store alone.

This level of growth puts Netflix far ahead of the average revenue growth across both app stores, which is currently at 56 percent. In other words, Netflix’s move up the revenue charts isn’t just tied the ongoing growth of the app ecosystem and its related app businesses, but is attributable specifically to Netflix’s ability to add new subscribers.

Last week, the streaming service reported it had added 5.2 million subscribers in the quarter, which was more than the 3.2 million it had expected. The majority, or 4 million-plus, of those subscribers came from international markets, which can also help to explain the App Store revenue increases. Often, new Netflix users are signing up for the streaming service via their phones and then paying through in-app purchases.

Netflix’s revenue in the second quarter was up by 32 percent, to $2.79 billion; in the prior quarter, it saw 36 percent revenue growth, to reach $2.48 billion. However, these figures take into account the revenue generated by subscribers across platforms – including mobile, desktop computers, set-top boxes, and elsewhere.

With 233 percent growth across the app stores, Sensor Tower’s report rightly points out that Netflix’s mobile revenue is far more pronounced than the revenue being generated by non-mobile platforms.

Netflix is also outpacing its streaming rival Hulu, whose app store revenue grew by just 22 percent during the quarter, the report also noted.

One of the big draws for Netflix – as the company said itself during its earnings – its is slate of original content. This has been a huge investment for the company in recent years. Netflix said previously that it plans to invest $6 billion in original content this year, including 40 feature films. The company has been willing to pay top dollar for movies, too, as with its $90 million+ investment in its first potential blockbuster, the Will Smith fantasy epic “Bright” or Martin Scorsese’s $100 million-plus mob movie “The Irishman.”

Netflix even issued a challenge of sorts to the Hollywood movie industry in its earning release, noting that it now plans to disrupt the movie business as it once disrupted TV.

“…just as we changed and reinvented the TV business by putting consumers first and making access to content more convenient, we believe internet TV can similarly reinvigorate the film business,” the statement read.

Beyond Netflix, a number of other subscription-based businesses hit the top revenue charts during the quarter, too. On the iOS App Store, Pandora clocked in at #3 pointing to some gains for its premium subscriptions; Spotify was #5; and YouTube, which offers subscriptions via YouTube Red, was #6.

Across both the iOS App Store and Google Play combined, Pandora was #4, Spotify #7, YouTube was #10 and another streaming service, HBO NOW, also popped up in the #9 slot. The full report from Sensor Tower, which focused on non-game apps’ growth and revenue, is here.

Political Maverick Sworn in as New President of Albania

Ilir Meta took the oath of office as the new president of Albania in front of the country’s legislature on Monday.

Meta was elected to the largely ceremonial post in late April by members of parliament, who gave him 87 out of 89 votes. The balloting was boycotted by the opposition, which had left the legislative body to protest of the Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Meta, 48, is a veteran politician who has served in several governments since the collapse of communism in the early 1990s. He has served twice as deputy prime minister, as well as foreign minister, and he took charge of the government in 1999, when he became prime minister at the age of 30.

His formal inauguration ceremony was scheduled to take place later Monday at the presidential offices, where Meta will take up his largely ceremonial responsibilities as head of state.

Meta became involved in politics as a member of the newly minted Socialist Party in the 1990s. In 2004, he split from the Socialists to form and lead the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI), which established him as a maverick player on the political scene. Known for unpredictable alliances, he has maintained a king-maker role by becoming the second partner in several government coalitions.

He was the country’s speaker of parliament until Monday, when he assumed the role of head of state of Albania.

Akshay Kumar apologises for waving the Indian flag upside down at Women’s World Cup finale

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar was cheering for Indian women cricket team at the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which was held yesterday in London.

Well, the actor found himself in the eye of a storm after he posted a picture of himself waving the Indian flag upside down.

He posted a picture on Twitter, and within minutes, received a lot of flak. Knowing the superstars’s love and dedication towards the country and the armed forces, it didn’t come as a surprise that he immediately apologized for his mistake.

The actor deleted the picture and posted a message which read, “Extending my sincerest apology for violating the code of conduct for the tricolor. Didn’t mean to offend anyone, the picture has been removed.”

Before the match started, Akshay Kumar posted a video sharing his excitement to watch the game and also narrated how he ran barefoot to catch a train so that he could be on time for the match.

On the work front, Akshay is currently promoting his film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ in London. He is also shooting for his next film ‘Gold’ which marks the Bollywood debut of television star Mouni Roy.

Android O Developer Preview 4 is now available, final build before the official release

While we still don’t know what dessert will lend its name to Google’s next mobile OS version, it’s clear that we’re getting closer than ever to the release of Android O (also known as Android 8.0.0). Today the search giant has outed the fourth and final Developer Preview of O. This has always been scheduled to come in July, and the final release of O is expected to hit next month.

The Android O Developer Preview 4 is a Release Candidate grade build that includes the final system behaviors, the latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final developer APIs. This means that app developers can start their final testing against the upcoming iteration of Android, in order to have O-compatible apps as soon as 8.0.0 drops next month.

If you want to test drive this release, the easiest way to do that is enroll your compatible device in the Android Beta Program. If you already have an enrolled device, expect to receive an over-the-air update to the final Developer Preview within the next few days. Alternatively, you can manually flash the new system images. Be warned however that going this route means you won’t receive an OTA update to the final build of O, unless you enroll your device in the Beta program.

As before, the only devices eligible for test driving Android O are the Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, and Nexus Player.


Sonam Kapoor enjoying in New York with rumoured boy friend Anand Ahuja; See photos

Sonam Kapoor enjoying in New York with rumoured boy friend Anand Ahuja; See photos

National award-winner and talented fashion guru Sonam Kapoor, who recently made her worldwide runway debut in an embroidered ivory dress for Ralph and Russo, becomes a bride in white for fashion designer pair Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla amonst hearsays of her weeding with alleged boy friend Anand Ahuja.

Looking like a dream in white attire, the actress gladly discussed about her preferred rituals and ceremonial occasions in a classic Indian marriage.


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Sonam said, “The best part has to be the coming together of friends and families under one roof to celebrate. I also love how couples write passages or vows for one another and read them out… I think it’s really meaningful and beautiful. Besides that, I love everything about shringar and mehandi, along with all the games that one plays during different ceremonies.”

The actress has always given credit to her mom and dad for inculcating an outlook of thankfulness in her sibs and herself together with offering them the liberty of choice to pursue what they wish and trust in.

When questioned on her definition of a typical bride and she speedily answers, “A happy bride is the best bride. I think someone who’s happy and excited to start her new life is always a quintessential bride.”

At the present time, the actress is enjoying in Ney York with her rumored beau.

Her so called Anand Ahuja shared some pics on his ‘Insta’ account over the weekend. He posted images from his special holiday in New York with Kapoor.

The two, who are supposedly seeing each other since the last 2 years, were clicked on the lanes of New York as they enjoyed together.

Anand Ahuja is a capitalist and possesses the fashion brand Bhane.

Anand and Sonam have frequently been seen together. In actual fact, Ahuja followed the 32-year-old beautt at the National Awards ceremonial in the national capital when she got a Special Mention for Neerja. Ahuja also become part of Sonam’s cousin Akshay Marwah’s Roka ceremony.

Aila! … 🤗

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On the professional front, she was last witnessed in Neerja and is presently working on new project by R Balki’s Padman, her forthcoming movie with Akshay Kumar.

The actress will also be witnessed in Veere Di Wedding, co-featurring Kareena Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar.

Published by Mamatha on 24 Jul 2017

Fulfilling the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

In July 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in an action that “gave voice to the nation’s highest ideals.”

As we celebrate 27 years of ADA, we can see the significance of this law. It has challenged discrimination and helped remove many barriers so that roughly 56.7 million Americans with disabilities can lead independent lives.

But it’s important to note that the promise of ADA cannot be fulfilled unless those without disabilities act on its “clear, strong, consistent and enforceable standards.”

I’ve certainly observed this to be the case on college campuses. In my work as a special educator, I have observed how students, faculty and administrators are helping to fulfill this promise by sponsoring inclusive organizations, teaching to specific learning needs and making campus policies more equitable.

President H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on the White House South Lawn on July 26, 1990. AP Photo/Barry Thumma

A proclamation of emancipation

The ADA was introduced to ensure that people with disabilities get equal opportunities to fully participate in all aspects of community life, to live independently and to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

The ADA builds on 20 years of disability-specific legislation to eliminate the historic and pervasive isolation and segregation of Americans with disabilities. Before that, they were viewed as objects of pity, unable to work, go to school or live on their own.

The ADA altered this view by making buildings, transportation and services adapt so that people with disabilities could participate.

Former Senator Tom Harkin, the chief sponsor of the ADA in Congress, referred to the law as the “20th century emancipation proclamation for people with disabilities.”

As President of the United States from 1933-1945, FDR often hid his disability in order to avoid the associated stigma. D. B. King, CC BY

In 2008, new amendments to the ADA broadened the definition of a disability, extending protections to individuals with substantial limitations in a variety of major life activities – including reading, concentrating and working.

The amendments also extended protections to those using a variety of supports such as cochlear implants, hearing aids and prosthetics.

What has changed on campus

About 11 percent of undergraduates in the U.S. have documented disabilities, including dyslexia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), sensory and mobility issues, mental illness, and health impairments.

Full-time enrollment of disabled students grew by 45 percent between 2000 and 2010. Part-time enrollment grew by 26 percent. There are also about 250,000 higher education faculty members who have disabilities.

I see the impact of the ADA every day on our campus: students and faculty using wheelchairs, accessible e-readers for those with low vision, sign language interpreters and other technologies that allow people to learn and to work.

As an instructor, I get help from the campus disability resource center to make sure I provide reasonable instructional accommodations in my classes (such as repeating or clarifying directions or providing a note-taker) to students who need them.

Today’s undergraduates grew up in a post-ADA world where people with disabilities are expected to be included in – not segregated from – campus life. Many attended elementary and secondary schools alongside students with disabilities.

College leaders use principles of universal design to prevent discrimination against students and employees. Universal design makes things accessible and desirable to as many people as possible. (For example, curb-cuts in the sidewalk were made for wheelchair users, but are used by everyone.)

Universal design informs architects planning out dormitories, classrooms and labs. It also impacts the design of curriculum materials and teaching methods, which can encourage students to participate and respond to instruction in a variety of ways.

Programs in disability education and disability studies can promote campus awareness about the experiences of people with disabilities. Many universities offer courses that can help reduce the stigma still associated with disabilities.

On my campus at the University of Florida, students from different fields, including business, design, engineering, nursing, education, pre-law and medicine, enroll in the Disabilities in Society minor so they’ll be prepared to interact successfully with future coworkers, customers and neighbors with disabilities.

The way forward

Despite 27 years of advocacy, equity and inclusion are still out of reach for many Americans with disabilities. More needs to be done to fulfill the promise of the law.

The disturbing fact is that students with disabilities tend to leave school after two years and graduate at half the rate of their classmates. They’re also employed at half the rate of workers their own age who do not have disabilities.

In short, the ADA is not just about people with disabilities; it’s about society at large. Ensuring equity, access and inclusion is a shared responsibility.

This is an updated version of an article originally published on July 26, 2015.

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