Brief Facebook outage prompts complaints on Twitter


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WASHINGTON: A brief Facebook outage on Friday prompted a flurry of complaints and comments on Twitter less than two months after a similar incident affected users worldwide.


According to the website, the disruption began around 1600 GMT and appeared to last less than an hour.


“Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time,” the California-based Internet titan said in reply to an AFP inquiry.


“We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”


Facebook has yet to pinpoint a cause, but the trouble appeared to be a technical issue.


During the outage, thousands of users complained they could not access the world’s biggest social network.


Similar to the brief June service interruption, Facebook users took to Twitter to vent or post comments, many using the hashtag #facebookdown.


“Facebook is Down?! Oh God! Now How the Hell Am I Going to Find Out How My Friends Feel About Facebook Being Down?!” one user tweeted.


Another wrote: “Facebook going down for 15 minutes is proof that today’s generation would’ve survived approximately 8 seconds in the 80s.“


A Twitter user with the handle @TheTweetofGod wrote, “#facebookdown. Please remain calm and do not attempt to interact with human beings“.


Some panicked users even called police for help, according to Twitter posts by a sergeant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


Calls to the sheriff’s office came in on both the emergency and non-emergency numbers, the sergeant said.


“#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don’t call us about it being down,” he urged in a post fired off from the @LASDBrink account.



Winners in main categories of 56th Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES: Here are the winners in the main categories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which were handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday

Record of the Year (for performers): – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Album of the Year: – “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

Song of the Year (for songwriters): – “Royals” by Lorde and Joel Little

Best New Artist: – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Solo Performance: – “Royals” by Lorde

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Best Pop Vocal Album: – “Unorthodox Jukebox” by Bruno Mars

Best Dance/Electronica Album: – “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

Best Rock Album: – “Celebration Day” by Led Zeppelin

Best Rap Album: – “The Heist” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Country Album – “Same Trailer Different Park” by Kacey Musgraves

Afridi urges fans to appreciate Pakistan’s win over Windies

KARACHI: All-rounder Shahid Afridi Thursday urged Pakistan to savour their one-day and Twenty20 wins over the West Indies and forget allegations of fixing.

Pakistan beat the West Indies 3-1 in the five-match one-day series, and clinched both the Twenty20s on the tour which finished on Sunday.

But the wins were clouded by controversy after British newspaper The Mail on Sunday claimed the one-day matches could be investigated by the sport’s international anti-corruption unit.

Asked about the claims, Afridi said: “I don’t know about any allegations, but I would say ‘Savour the win when you have done well and forget any other thing’.”

Team manager Naveed Cheema denied the allegations.

“These are baseless allegations and anyone can investigate,” said Cheema.

“The discipline of the players was exemplary and that showed on the results.”

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal also urged people to give Pakistan credit.

“Sometimes they must appreciate us,” he said. “Why people take our wins lightly and allege strongly is unfathomable.”

Pakistani cricket has an unenviable history of corruption and fixing. Three international players served jail terms in England for arranging no-balls to order during the Lord’s Test of 2010.

Afridi said Pakistan’s wins were much-needed after a lacklustre tour of South Africa and a poor Champions Trophy performance earlier in the year.

Pakistan lost all three Tests and the one-day series 3-2 in South Africa.

They crashed out of the first round of the Trophy after losing all three group matches.

“This win was very much needed after what happened in South Africa and England and I am sure this will go a long way in improving the image of the team and the players,” said Afridi, who became the first batsman to hit 400 international sixes.

Pakistan next tour Zimbabwe in August where they play two T20s, three one-dayers and two Tests.

Queen meets Britain’s royal baby for first time

LONDON,: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit Wednesday to Prince William and his wife Kate’s newborn son, her great-grandson who is third in line to her throne.

William and Kate were spending their first day at home at Kensington Palace with the unnamed baby boy, after showing him off to the world’s media outside their London hospital on Tuesday.

The 87-year-old monarch was seen arriving in a green Bentley after making the short trip from Buckingham Palace.

She had not visited the family in hospital and Wednesday’s visit to Kensington Palace marked her first meeting with her new heir, who is her third great-grandchild.

The queen had told a guest at a Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday that she was “thrilled” about the latest addition to the royal family.

She had joked last week that she was impatient for Kate to give birth because she was due to head off on holiday.

“I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday soon,” she said.

The queen traditionally spends her summer holidays on her private Balmoral estate in Scotland.

The baby is third in line to inherit her throne, after her son Prince Charles and his son William.

There have not been three direct living heirs to the British throne since 1894.

Rebel who inspired the world

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” — Bob Marley

He was no rebel without a cause. His words continue to inspire till today. His songs, though written at a time when impoverishment and corruption reigned strong, have stood the test of time.

Bob Marley prophesised freedom of thought. And those who truly know his words found their soul.

And embarking where Marley once lived and wrote songs must give goosebumps to anyone, let alone an Indian journalist travelling to the Caribbean for cricket. In Jamaica, Marley is remembered in many ways — Reggae legend, Rastafarian, unifying force, preacher of ‘One Love’ and friend of the poor. But as the nation remembered him on International Reggae Day, the rebel inside Marley tops other memory.

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” — Bob Marley

His immortal words, ‘get up, stand up: stand up for your rights’, still inspires those trying to battle life’s endless struggles. Born a ‘half-caste’ to a British father and Jamaican mother, Marley once ignored an assassination threat for the sake of ticket-holding fans. Tells you just why he’s such an inspiration.

A visit to the Bob Marley museum on 56 Hope Road is a pilgrimage. A $20 guided tour through the two-storied house that lasts an hour, including a small documentary, casts light on his journey and the awards he won. The guides on the tour suddenly break into a song and ask visitors to sing along.

But his music wasn’t just about songs. “Bob was on a mission to spread his message. And music was the best medium through which he could do it,” Colin Leslie, the accountant of Marley’s Tuff Gong international studios.

“Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.” — Bob marley

As a manager of his first company, Leslie had seen Marley from the days he had just started attaining fame. “He was meticulous and a perfectionist when it came to his music. His percussionists would be tired after long rehearsals but Bob wouldn’t give up till he perfected the tune,” said Leslie, 61.

There goes a story of a mango tree in Marley’s house under which he used to smoke ganja and play on his bongo. It incensed his neighbours but Marley decided to poke fun at them by composing ‘I wanna disturb my neighbours’.

The greatest urban legend however is the story of how Marley might have got a lesion due to an injury in a football game in 1977 that ultimately led to cancer and his death. Having amputated his toe could have saved him but he refused, citing religious beliefs.

Leslie however feels that his sudden death only propelled Marley’s fame. “I hear there are temples in Nepal where Bob is worshipped.”

The impasse over Youtube access in Pakistan continues

The 9th hearing of the Pakistan Internet Freedom case (Bytes for All vs. Federation of Pakistan) concluded today at the Lahore High Court (LHC), presided over by the honourable Justice Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah.

The petitioner in the case, Bytes for All, is a human rights organization, advocating for internet-based freedoms and a focus on information and communication technologies and through this effort is striving for the popular video-sharing website, YouTube, to resume operations in Pakistan.

YouTube was initially blocked in Pakistan on September 18, 2012, after violent protests broke out all over the country in reaction to a blasphemous film uploaded on the website’s servers that outraged Muslims all across the world. The ban was lifted in early 2013, but only lasted for a few hours, and the website has remained blocked to Pakistani users ever since then.

The Pakistani government has made several unsuccessful attempts to reopen access to YouTube for its citizens, asking Google to open a local version of the site that would not allow users from the country to access that particular video, and also requesting the Internet giant to remove the film from its servers altogether. In all instances Google has refused to comply with the requests, saying that the film does not violate its ‘terms of service’ and that opening a local office in Pakistan would be impossible because of the lack of relevant legislation pertaining to Intermediary Liability Protection (ILP).

It is also relevant to mention here that over 20 countries across the world requested Google to remove the video clip, saying it was insulting and degrading for Muslims, with the most high-profile countries being the United States, which hosts Google’s servers, as well as Australia, Russia, India and Singapore. Despite widespread international condemnation, Google refused to comply with the requests.

In earlier hearings of the said case, the Lahore High Court has continually asked the relevant ministries to produce representatives from Google before the court so that their recommendations and suggestions could be viewed and incorporated. Unfortunately, Google has exhibited little interest in the case and so far has not sent any of its representatives to attend the hearings.

In a hearing of the case held on April 26, 2013, the honourable judge of the LHC, Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah, clearly stated that there should be mechanisms in place to allow YouTube to be unblocked ‘as soon as possible’ and also to ensure that ‘internet censorship does not become an exercise in arbitrary executive action’, referring to the unilateral decision of the Pakistani premier at the time, Raja Pervez Ashraf, to block the video-sharing website. It was also during the same hearing that the legal representative of the Federal Ministry of Information Technology, Mr Kamran, stated that the ministry ‘recognises the blocking of YouTube as detrimental to freedom of speech’, clearly indicating that the wishes of the federal government were to put this episode behind them and allow for one of the worlds’ most popular websites to resume operations in Pakistan.

At today’s hearing, the court once again inquired about the availability of Google’s representatives but was informed by the Deputy Attorney General (DAG), representing the Federation of Pakistan that Google had not responded to their repeated requests in this matter and seemingly has no interest in the case. The presiding judge took strong notice of this and noted that as Google was a major stakeholder, it should have presented possible solutions to end this crisis. The DAG was accompanied by a team of legal and technical experts from the Ministry of Information Technology, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other departments.

The petitioner for the case, Bytes for All, also requested the court to temporarily lift the ban on YouTube while the government was in negotiations with Google to remove the blasphemous content. However, while responding to this request, the counsel for the Federation raised some objections and said that even a temporary lifting of the ban could incite violence and lead to a worsening of the law and order situation in Pakistan. The judge concurred with these remarks, but firmly stated that the relevant ministries need to find a solution to this issue as the topic of internet freedoms is guaranteed in the constitution and the masses of the country cannot afford to relinquish all access to the website.

During the hearing, Bytes for All urged PTA to accept some of the technical responsibilities for filtering content on YouTube and maintained that the internet regulator had the prowess to block individual URLs while keeping the rest of the platform accessible. PTA has strongly denied this capability in the past and maintains that Google alone can block access to videos on its platform. The judge urged both the telecom regulator and the human rights NGO to convene a joint meeting and invite independent experts from Pakistan and abroad to attend and advise on solutions to end this impasse.

Furthermore, the court also welcomed the suggestion from Bytes for All to bring in internationally renowned experts and appoint them as ‘Amicus Curiae’, or ‘Friends of the Court’, whereby their suggestions and solutions would be incorporated by the judges in their decisions pertaining to the case.

The next hearing was fixed by the court for the 25th of July, where a detailed joint report by the petitioner and respondent is expected to be presented.

Pir Arkam’s Photography at National Library Of Pakistan Islamabad

Ali Gul Pir, Performing in Islamabad to people from India, USA and Afghanistan.. He is so famous that Indians knew him.

National Library of Pakistan Islamabad.

Media interviewing an Indian Delegate — at National Library of Pakistan.

New Ambassador Richard Olson from United States to Pakistan. at National library of Pakistan.

The Volunteers At National Library of Pakistan.

Prime minister house, Islamabad took it while bus was on our way to concert.

At National Library Of Pakistan.

At National Library Of Pakistan.

Waderey ka beta … Quaid Watching — Ali Gul Pir At National Library of Pakistan.

Ali Gul Pir -Taruu Maroo.

Usman Riaz, the nation is Proud of You !!!

Shots Taken By. Pir Arkam Suharwardy

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