The rugged beauty of Oz still stuns me. #Australia is my second home—I’ve spent more time here than any other country but my own. Yet on this trip, I’m discovering it with new eyes. And loving exploring the nooks and crannies of the #NewSouthWales coastline with kites in tow. #kiteboarding
Pompeo meets Erdogan after talks with Saudis on missing journalist
ANKARA: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday following talks with Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who dispatched his top diplomat to address the crisis, has given Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt in Khashoggi’s disappearance, even as U.S. lawmakers pointed the finger at the Saudi leadership, and Western pressure mounted on Riyadh to provide answers.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said Pompeo would bring information about the case to Ankara, two weeks after Khashoggi vanished when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect documents for his planned marriage.
Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi – a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – was murdered and his body removed. Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.
The Saudis have strongly denied the accusations, but U.S. media outlets have reported that they will acknowledge Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation. Trump has speculated that “rogue killers” could be responsible, but gave no evidence to back up that theory.
After meeting with King Salman and the crown prince on Tuesday, Pompeo told reporters that Saudi Arabia has committed to con ...
Parliament can’t decide legality of NAB action, says minister
ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem on Wednesday said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is an independent institution and the incumbent government is not interfering in its matters.
He said Section 24 of NAB Ordinance gives powers to the Bureau to arrest any person during an investigation. He said the NAB exercised its power under this section to arrest Shahbaz Sharif.
The minister said the National Assembly is not a court of law and it cannot declare the proceedings of the anti-graft watchdog lawful or unlawful.
He was responding to a proposal floated by Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif to constitute a parliamentary body to discuss the Bureau’s matters.
Mr Sharif, who is in the Bureau’s custody these days in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal, attended the session following the production orders issued by the Speaker.
The PML-N president claimed that the chairman NAB had already prepared arrest orders between July 5 and 6, but they were delayed ‘for mysterious reasons’.
“Is this the National Accountability Bureau or National Blackmailing Bureau,” the under-fire former CM said on the floor of the House.
The NA opposition leader claimed that NAB asked him to record testimony against Khawaja Asif and become an approver. “I replied them to control themselves,” he added.
“I later realised that people who would tell me that NAB is asking them to record testimony against Shahbaz Sharif was all true,” he stated.
Facebook makes reality TV its new weapon for web supremacy
Facebook said Wednesday it was reviving the pioneering MTV reality show “The Real World” as its secret weapon to lure viewers away from YouTube.
The social media giant said it was also trying to harness the formidable online power of the “cute kitten” factor with a new show called “World´s Most Amazing Dog” on its new Facebook Watch platform.
Users who think their pooch is cute enough to be a contender can enter audition videos from their phones, it told TV executives at MIPCOM in Cannes, the world´s top entertainment showcase.
The company´s head of video Paresh Rajwat said Facebook Watch — which began to be rolled out in the US last year — was now available across the world, with “the time people spend on it increasing by 14 times since”.
“The Real World” was one of the first “social experiment” TV reality shows when it aired in 1992, spawning others like “Big Brother”.
It turns on the moment when “seven strangers put together stop being polite and start being real,” said Facebook´s content and strategy chief Matthew Henick.
‘New genre of TV’
Three versions of the new Facebook variant of the show will be launched simultaneously in the US, Mexico and Thailand.
Users will be able to “co-watch with their friends and interact with the contestants”, stealing a march on its internet rivals, Henick told the gathering in the French Riviera resort.
Rajwat said Facebook Watch was “completely open” and was already being used by broadcasters, with new contestants on Germany´s “X Fa ...
Sandstone rock formations are always spectacular! The bands are referred to as Linsengang rings and they exhibit the different mineral elements that is typical of most sedimentary rocks. I didn't take notice of the white spongy cumulus clouds above, but they came out pretty well. Talk about perfect timing. What a contrast?
Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted on here. Apologies for the delay in between posts as I have been working on a couple of projects the past few months. Lots of exciting things happening in the next few months and new work coming soon! Thanks for sticking around 😜 Here’s one from the other week when a storm passed through Sydney at sunset.
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We love how the furry patients at the @portmacquariekoalahospital can always seem to find a comfy (and occasionally very unique) sleeping position! 😊🐨 The staff and volunteers do an amazing job caring for these beautiful locals and you can pop in and learn more any day between 8am and 4.30pm or for a guided tour at 3pm. #iloveportmacquarie