Cricket, Kerala flood and festivals gathered millions of Indians on Facebook in 2018

Facebook became a very important medium of connectivity between the victims and the world during the flood hit Kerala

Facebook users in India were noticed getting connected more during the time of festivals, events like Kerala flood and cricket in 2018, according to the social media giant.

The company’s 2018 review report said that India set Facebook buzzing on festivals in 2018 with Janmashtami, Eid-al-adha, Pongal, and Navratri driving the most conversations on the platform.

Topics in India that were talked the most on Facebook in 2018

Indian community gathered in large numbers on the social media platform when the disastrous flood hit Kerala, lending support and help to the victims.

Facebook was used as a medium to connect the victims to their relatives for help and informing about their safety through features like safety check tool, live, creating a page and raising funds.

Cricket continued to rule the hearts of Indian sports fans on Facebook as it became one of the most popular topics on the platform.

Millions of football fans from India came together during the FIFA football World Cup 2018 to support their favourite teams.

After Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise, several users were seen coming together to express their sadness on the platform.

Global topics that were talked the most on Facebook in 2018

Topics such as International Women’s Day, March for our lives, and The Royal Wedding became the most discussed topic internationally in 2018.

The International Women’s Day was the most talked about moment of the year in a row.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19 connected about 42 million people from around the world, posting about the wedding and the newly wedded.

July 18 marked 100 years since Nelson Mandela was born and millions of people took to the platform to celebrate his life which was dedicated to human rights and social justice.

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Like Father 30 Years Ago, Jyotiraditya Scindia Misses Out On Chief Minister’s Post

Like Father 30 Years Ago, Jyotiraditya Scindia Misses Out On Chief Minister's Post

Jyotiraditya Scindia is the last scion of the Scindia family of Marathas

Bhopal: 

Almost 30 years after late Madhavrao Scindia was denied the post of Madhya Pradesh chief minister, history repeated itself as the “so near yet so far” fate befell his son Jyotiraditya.

In 1989, Madhavrao Scindia was all set to be the Chief Minister but strident opposition from senior leader Arjun Singh, asked to step down as Chief Minister after the Churhat lottery scam, ensured that then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi could not give the former Gwalior royal the coveted post.

Mr Singh, in a bid to get his way at the time, had even kept his MLAs ensconced in the Char Imli residence of loyalist Harivansh Singh.

Madhavrao Scindia was so confident of being given the post that he had flown down from Delhi and camped in the state for two days.

Instead, Motilal Vora was made the chief minister. Twenty nine years later, Jyotiraditya Scindia also lost out on the chance to be among the youngest chief ministers of the central Indian state, as Kamal Nath, 72, was picked for the top job in the state.

Congress sources said that Jyotiraditya Scindia, Lok Sabha member from Guna, had pointed out to the party leadership that BJP’s slogan “Maaf Karo Maharaj, Apne toh Shivraj” was centred around him.

Mr Nath, nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara, made the cut due to his seniority and support of more party MLAs, the sources said.

Jyotiraditya Scindia is the last scion of the Scindia family of Marathas which ruled the Gwalior state in pre-independent central-India.

His grandmother Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia was one of the founding members of the Jana Sangh.

Following his mother, Madhavrao Scindia also joined the Jana Sangh. In 1971 Lok Sabha elections, the mother-son duo was among the few leaders who defied the Indira Gandhi wave and emerged victorious from their respective constituencies.

In 1980, he joined Indira Gandhi’s Congress, a party which had jailed his mother during the Emergency-era. His sisters, Vasundhara Raje and Yashodhara Raje later followed their mothers footsteps and joined the BJP.

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9 Things To Buy On Black Friday That Will Save You Money

Most of us are pretty irrational when it comes to our spending habits. We don’t think twice about small daily purchases — but if a price tag crosses a certain threshold, we start to feel uncomfortable about our buying decision.

This mindset is not good for your bank account. Small purchases are usually low-value and have a very short gratification period. Larger purchases, while a bigger investment, usually pay for themselves and continue to improve our lives over time.

With all of the holiday sales starting, now is a great time to start thinking harder about the things you buy.

This Black Friday I challenge you to rate purchases in terms of value and long-term return. Avoid picking up a bunch of cheap things just because they’re a “great deal” and go for items that will improve your life and save you money next year. Here are nine examples of purchases that check both boxes and are even better buys on Black Friday.

1) Restaurant Gift Cards

You probably don’t have every weekend planned out for 2019 but one thing I can guarantee you’ll do is eat at your favorite restaurant.

On Black Friday, many restaurants offer a bonus gift card when you purchase a certain denomination (you’ll see deals like buy a $100 gift card and get an extra $20). This is a great way to lower your food spend in 2019 without changing your eating habits. Just check the fine print as some “bonus” gift cards will need to be spent by a certain date.

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2) Fitness Equipment with Live Classes

Fitness classes are a great way to stay in shape. But they can get expensive. A spin class costs $20 on average, and that price can be even higher at some studios. Attending class three times per week means you’re likely spending at least $250 per month or $3,000 per year on spin class.

If attending classes in person isn’t a priority for you, then purchasing an at-home solution can help you meet both your fitness and financial goals.

Fitness equipment with live classes, like a Peloton bike, are often viewed as fancy and expensive but when you break down the costs, they are usually much cheaper. Peloton’s 0% financing options currently allow you to pay $58 per month for their equipment and $39 per month for their membership. That means your all-in cost is about $100 per month — or less than half of what you’d pay at a studio.

3) Blender

That post-workout smoothie from the shop next to your gym might be great for your health but it’s destroying your food budget. Splurge on a fancy blender instead and make your own at home to seriously cut costs.

Even a top of the line blender like a Vitamix (starting at $289.95) will pay for itself in a few months if a smoothie stop is part of your regular routine. As a bonus, owning this new appliance may also inspire you to make your own almond milk or soups and further reduce your food spend in 2019.

4) Cooking Equipment and Meal Kits

Millennials are known for our love of dining out but while fast casual restaurants and delivery services are extremely convenient, they’re often not great for our health or wallets.

Learning how to cook a few of your favorite dishes well can save you tons of money and calories. Plus it’s a pretty useful life skill to have.

A great way to get started on your cooking journey is to opt into a meal-kit delivery service like Sunbasket or Blue Apron, both of which are currently offering $60 off. Their easy-to-follow recipes and home delivery make cooking a breeze for even the most novice of chefs. And if you need basic cooking equipment to get started, there are countless Black Friday deals you can take advantage of.

5) Wardrobe Staples

The avalanche of promotional Black Friday emails from retailers have already started. Most people open those emails, spot a few things they like, and make an impulse purchase. When the item arrives, they maybe wear it once or twice and then forget about it because it wasn’t practical or something that they even really wanted.

Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you should buy it. (Repeat that three times.) Instead, take advantage of low prices by buying high quality wardrobe staples that will constantly be in rotation and can handle the wear.

An easy way to determine if an item is worth buying is its cost per use. Divide the cost by the number of times you think you’ll wear the outfit in a year.

6) Coffee or Espresso Machine

If you love your morning Starbucks run, this is not for you. But if you get annoyed every time you see a $5 latte listed on your credit card statement, then investing in a top quality coffee or espresso machine can save you a ton of money.

You can replicate exactly what the barista is doing at your favorite coffee shop, but for a fraction of the cost. And since you control the inputs, you can even get your daily brew to the point where it tastes exactly how you want it to.

7) Sports Equipment

Repeatedly renting sports equipment like a paddleboard or ice skates can get expensive. If there’s a hobby you enjoy that involves equipment rental, tally up how much you’ve spent on your rentals this year. Chances are that if you rent often, it may be cheaper to buy. And owning may incentivize you to indulge in your hobby even more than you already do which should make you happier.

8) Annual Park Passes

Paying an admission fee every time you want to visit one of your favorite places can add up. Getting a discounted annual pass to your local national park or theme park means you’ll always have a fun place to go and your cost per visit will go down.

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Fashion vs. function: Jamie Stelter on why flats are a medical must

Flats

People always ask me about my shoes. Most people want to know where I got them, but some wonder why I would ever go on air without wearing heels.

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2003.

“Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis,” explained Dr. Harry Fischer, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “It’s usually joints that are tender and swollen and painful, red. It’s usually certain characteristic joints, often small joints of hands and feet.”

I’ve been working with rheumatologist Harry Fischer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel for about 10 years. In that time, I’ve had fusion surgeries in my neck and foot.

But, it was a total ankle replacement that permanently took away some of the flexion in my foot.

That means no high heels.

That’s why you’ll always see me in flats or sneakers.

“Comfortable shoes are the most important thing and I think sneakers are very comfortable. Sneakers with a good arch support, you know sometimes shoes that are wide enough and comfortable enough with enough support,” said Dr. Fischer.

It’s taken years of tinkering with medications and diet and exercise regimens to be where I am now — healthy, strong and walking without pain.

But, not everyone has artificial joints or chronic disease. Maybe you just have achy knees. Thanks to brands like Margaux, finding the right shoes is easy.

“The beauty of this brand is that they’re custom made for you and will fit to your specifications to a T,” said Erica Russo, fashion director at Bloomingdale’s.

Russo recently showed us around “The Heart of Shoe York” — the new floor at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store on Lexington Avenue and 59th Street where flat shoes come in every shape, size and color.

“Fashion is having a love affair with flats. There are just so many options from the mules, to the loafers, to the sneakers, there really is something for everyone,” Russo said.

So whether you have a medical issue or you just want to be comfortable.

“Flats are not going away. They’re just going to continue to evolve and get more special,” Russo added.

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Victoria Beckham got a last minute haircut in her car on the way to People’s Choice Awards

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Recently, Victoria Beckham was honoured with her first-ever People’s Choice Fashion Icon Award. But what is even more impressive is that the fashion icon decided to style her hair at the last minute where she got her hairstylist Ken Paves to give her a haircut in the back of a moving car en route to the award function. Come to think of it, maybe that’s exactly why she is a fashion icon.

Victoria Beckham took to Instagram and documented her super fast transformation in her Instagram stories. The star wrote, “So we are now doing hair and makeup in the car, just having a quick haircut. Why are you doing this, Ken? Was someone late today?” To which Paves replied, “I’m never late.”

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In the videos, we can see Paves leaning forward from his back seat to snip her hair while make-up artist Wendy Rose can be seen giving her a final touch-up. Isn’t her beauty squad just the stuff dreams are made of?

If you are wondering about the final look, the 44-year-old ex-Spice girl stepped out of the car only to turn heads. For the occasion, she picked a classic white blazer and matching trousers from her own brand and teamed it with a lace slip-style vest. She wore a pair of glamourous black heels to complete her look and posed for pictures with hands in her pocket.

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Deepika Padukone turns into a gorgeous Sabyasachi bride; gets Sanskrit mantra embroidered on her veil

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Decoding Deepika Padukone’s wedding ensemble. (Source: Sabyasachi/Instagram)

Deepika Padukone looked absolutely stunning as a Sabyasachi bride. The actor has always been vocal about her love for the designer’s work and it wasn’t really a surprise that she chose to wear his creations on her big day. It reminds us of the time when she revealed how during her modelling days, she used to save money to be able to buy a Sabyasachi sari someday. Dreams do come true!

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Her wedding ensembles stood out against the picturesque Lake Como, Italy. We love her Day 1 look in a kanjeevaram sari with a bold golden border from Sabyasachi. She complemented it with Sabyasachi’s signature matha patti, a choker and uncut diamond rani haar.

Her Day 2 look for Anand Karaj (Sikh wedding ceremony) was equally interesting. The red lehenga, complete with an embroidered veil and gotta patti work looked lovely on her. It was hard to miss the beautiful Sanskrit mantra, ‘Sada Saubhagyavati Bhava’, embroidered on her dupatta. It roughly translates to ‘may you always stay married’.

Decoding Deepika Padukone’s wedding ensemble. (Source: Sabyasachi/Instagram)

Deepika Padukone looked absolutely stunning as a Sabyasachi bride. The actor has always been vocal about her love for the designer’s work and it wasn’t really a surprise that she chose to wear his creations on her big day. It reminds us of the time when she revealed how during her modelling days, she used to save money to be able to buy a Sabyasachi sari someday. Dreams do come true!

ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh wedding: Bollywood’s power couple looks regal in Sabyasachi

Her wedding ensembles stood out against the picturesque Lake Como, Italy. We love her Day 1 look in a kanjeevaram sari with a bold golden border from Sabyasachi. She complemented it with Sabyasachi’s signature matha patti, a choker and uncut diamond rani haar.

Her Day 2 look for Anand Karaj (Sikh wedding ceremony) was equally interesting. The red lehenga, complete with an embroidered veil and gotta patti work looked lovely on her. It was hard to miss the beautiful Sanskrit mantra, ‘Sada Saubhagyavati Bhava’, embroidered on her dupatta. It roughly translates to ‘may you always stay married’.

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Moto G7 Spotted on US FCC Site Tipping Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM

Moto G7 Spotted on US FCC Site Tipping Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM

Motorola’s upcoming flagship Moto G7 is expected to be unveiled soon, and details regarding the smartphone have been popping up slowly. Previous reports have hinted at a number of features that are expected in the Moto G7 phone, including waterdrop display, wireless charging support, 6.4-inch display, and more. Meanwhile, latest reports suggest the Lenovo-owned company may launch the handsets in the market soon. The Moto G7 has been certified by Federal Communications Commission in the US and several details about the upcoming phone have been revealed in the listings, including RAM, storage, processor, dual camera setup, and more.

The FCC IDs of the two new Motorola smartphones are IHDT56XN3 and IHDT56XR3; and the model numbers are XT1952-2 and XT1965-3. The FCC listing does not reveal the names of the handset, but the two models are possibly meant for different carriers or markets. The FCC listing provides details such as the processor, RAM, inbuilt storage, and more about the Moto G7 handset. It also suggests the model numbers of the Moto G7 will have in India.

According to the listing, the Moto G7 with model number 1965-3 will arrive with a Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage in Latin America, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. A schematic image of the handset hints at a dual camera setup on the back. Additionally, the listing also shows that the Moto G7 will arrive with dual-band Wi-Fi support and NFC support.

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Meanwhile, the Moto G7 listing with model number XT 1965-4 will arrive in India and XT 1965-6 in China. In the US and Canada, the smartphone will ship with model number XT 1965-1 while Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, will get Moto G7 XT 1965-2. Notably, the FCC listing only reveals the specifications of the smartphone with model number XT 1965-3 model, which will arrive in Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The FCC listings were first spotted by 91Mobiles.

Previous leaks had suggested that the Moto G7 will sport a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display, an octa-core SoC that could be the Snapdragon 660, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It is rumoured to have a 12-megapixel selfie camera, 64GB of onboard storage, and a 3,500mAh battery. The smartphone may also support wireless charging. The dual rear camera setup at the back is speculated to have a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The renders show the availability of a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port that sits alongside the loudspeaker grill. It is said that the Moto G7 will measure 157×75.3x8mm, though its camera bump could make it 9.5mm thick overall.

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Tree Falls on Saluda Home, Barely Misses Sleeping Family

It was a frightening wake-up call for a Polk County family Thursday morning. A huge tree came crashing down onto their home in Saluda, around 5:30 am.

News 13 was there as a friend of the family – who is also an arborist – came out to inspect the damage. The entire root ball of the tree came out of the ground and limbs demolished the roof.

Ice also came off of the tree when it fell.

The homeowners say it barely missed them while they were sleeping in their bedroom.

“It had actually come through the roof, pushed the ceiling down into the room. It was pretty awful. It missed my wife by three or four feet,” says homeowner Mark Gardner.

Thankfully, that couple and their two children are okay.

“I feel lucky for sure. I don’t know why things happen the way they do, but we were definitely lucky this morning,” adds Gardner.

They say now they are focusing on repairing the damage and finding somewhere else to stay Thursday night.

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Community members help family move after trees fall on home

One Bedford County family was forced to move after today’s storm damaged their home.

The Merie family woke up to early Thursday morning to heavy rain.

Lily, Hope and mom, Jenein were making breakfast. “We heard a giant sonic boom, I thought it was a bomb, honestly I thought it was a bomb that had gone off,” recalled Jenein Merie.

One tree landed above the kitchen.
The other, “Right outside my daughter’s window is where the biggest of the trees came down,” Merie said pointing out Lily’s window.

The trees left holes in the roof and rain pouring through the ceiling.

The trio was planning to move from their Forest next week.

They were getting ready to close on a new home in Bluefield, Va.

But the damage forced them to move sooner, and the family needed help. “Social media at it’s finest… People just saw the post and started showing up,” exclaimed Merie.

One by one, volunteers from all over the community came to help.

Including Jennifer Reynolds, who arrived first. “[I] Just rushed over here and got here and she needed a uHaul and I took up and got her a U-Haul, called up my church, Timberlake Methodist Church and they sent people and here we are, getting it done,” she said.

They spend the morning packing up bags and boxes to help a family in need.

An act of kindness that’s left this mom speechless. “…It’s just people being so kind, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude,” Merie said.

Everything has been moved out of the home into free storage units given by U-Haul.

For now, the three will be staying with family until the closing on their new home is finalized.

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