Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB) – Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra's bridal shower made her 'break all rules,' she said in an Instagram post, sharing highlights from the first of the many functions of the upcoming Chopra Jonas wedding.
On Sunday night, Priyanka's close friends put together a fabulous bridal shower for the Quantico star in New York, which was also attended by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.
Priyanka's mom-in-law-to-be Denise Jonas and future sister-in-law Danielle (wife of Kevin Jonas) were also on the guest list.
"Love, laughter and a room full of amazing ladies...and some special gentlemen (what a special surprise)! Thank you so much Mubina Rattonsey and Anjula Acharia (Priyanka's manager) for throwing me such a memorable bridal shower that broke all the rules! My amazing friends and family who made me feel so special and loved, thank you... Perfect!" Priyanka, 36, wrote.
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New Zealand,Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — Rain, wind and an earthquake elsewhere in the country didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of New Zealanders who turned out to see Prince Harry and wife Meghan on the penultimate day of their South Pacific tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met people in Auckland during a walkabout Tuesday after earlier participating in a gumboot-tossing competition and visiting a charity that supports children who have a parent in prison.
The couple finishes their 16-day tour on Wednesday. They arrived in New Zealand on Sunday after earlier visiting Australia, Fiji and Tonga.
Prince Harry is scheduled to give a speech Tuesday night during a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
New Zealand Post has marked the couple's visit with a special issue of commemorative stamps.
Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB) – Celebrated sports couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik became proud parents to a baby boy on Tuesday as the former Pakistan cricket captain broke the news on his Twitter account.
As per details, the six-time Grand Slam champion has given birth to a baby boy in India’s Hyderabad.
While announcing the auspicious birth of his first child on his Twitter handle, Pakistani cricket star Shoaib Malik said, "Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalik'."
The 32-year-old Indian tennis superstar, in the last few months, has shared numerous photographs on social media where she and her family members were seen attending events related to the baby.
Malik's manager and agent Ameem Haq, meanwhile, tweeted: "Baby and mother are all smiles, the dad is over the moon."
#BabyMirzaMalik boy is here! Baby and mother are all smiles, the dad is over the moon— Ameem Haq (@AmeemHaq) October 30, 2018
New York, Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — The hostility she's felt from the public recently wasn't necessarily the last straw in television news photographer Lori Bentley-Law's decision to quit the business after 24 years, but it was one of them.
Bentley-Law's recent blog post explaining why she was leaving Los Angeles' KNBC-TV hit home for many colleagues. While President Donald Trump's attacks on the media are usually centered on national outlets like CNN and The New York Times, the attitudes unleashed have filtered down to journalists on the street covering news in local communities across the country.
When a president describes the press as enemies of the people, "attitudes shift and the field crews get the brunt of the abuse," she wrote. "And it's not just from one side. We get it all the way around, pretty much on a daily basis."
The Radio Television Digital News Association is spreading safety and self-defense tips to journalists, most notably advising limits on the use of one-person news crews. The RTDNA has begun compiling anti-press incidents, like last week when an intruder was shot after kicking down glass doors at Fox's local station in Washington. The National Press Photographers Association is developing workshops to spread safety advice to its members.
"The environment has changed," said Chris Post, a photographer for WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania. "I've witnessed the transition."
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta made news last week by saying Trump's attacks on the media "have got to stop" because he feared someone would get hurt. He's been the target of chants and epithets when covering Trump rallies, including one recently where a man looked at him and made a motion like he was slitting a throat. Since then, three suspicious packages have been addressed to separate CNN offices.
While the examples of Acosta and others who follow Trump are most visible, there are countless other, more private examples that happen across the country — like when Post arrived to cover an immigration rally and a man in a car asked him where he was going.
Told it was a pro-immigration rally, the man became agitated and stepped on his accelerator, stopping just short of hitting Post and giving him a self-satisfied look, Post recalled.
"I'm 6-foot-5, 300 pounds," he said. "I've had somebody try to grab my camera. When it gets to that point, where does it stop? It's a tough time to be a journalist."
Caitlin Penna, a freelance photographer from Durham, North Carolina, said she constantly has her guard up on assignments. Even her conservative family is suspicious of her. "I'm pretty sure my grandmother thinks I'm this far-left liberal because of the things I cover," she said.
One night she was unwinding at a local bar and struck up a conversation with a man nearby. When she discussed what she did, the man said, "you report fake news" and walked away.
Bentley-Law was startled when the essay on leaving her job got 11,000 hits in three days. She usually counts readers to her personal blog in the dozens. Her intention was to tell friends and colleagues why she was leaving, and instead was flooded with texts and emails from frustrated journalists across the country.
"I suppose my experience isn't unique and certainly resonated," Bentley-Law, who declined to be interviewed, said via email.
On her blog, she wrote that "I don't want to be immersed in sadness every day. I don't ever want a cute little girl in pigtails to look up at me and say, 'We hate you.' I don't want to hear 'fake news' shouted at me anymore, or to be flipped off while driving my news van."
She said that some of the incidents she wrote about — the hateful little girl and the man who stuck his bare butt out the window and defecated — predate Trump. There are other factors that contributed to her desire to leave, including shoulder woes from carrying heavy equipment for many years and a constant diet of murders and other depressing story assignments.
But the current environment is definitely part of it. People who drive vans emblazoned with a television station's call letters are obvious targets. One recent day, Bentley-Law wrote that a person in a Mercedes prevented her van from getting off a highway until several exits beyond her destination.
Video journalist Joshua Replogle of The Associated Press was filming flooding from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina's rural Bladen County when a nearby man knocked over his camera and began punching him in the face. His friends muttered, "fake news." So far no charges have been filed, he said.
"The ironic part is my video would have helped him," Replogle said. "It would have brought attention to a small town" where there was flooding, he said.
So far this year the RTDNA's "press freedom tracker" counts 39 incidents of journalists being attacked in the United States, including the June 28 shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were killed. In less lethal examples, a man purposely crashed a pick-up truck into the side of a Dallas television station, a Miami reporter and a photographer were physically attacked while doing a live shot and a North Carolina crew had its power cable cut while covering a demonstration.
Last year, the first time a count was kept, there were 48 such cases for all of 2017.
While one-person crews have become more popular for television stations looking to cut costs, the Radio Television Digital News Association recommends that their use be curtailed in certain times and places, said Dan Shelley, RTDNA executive director.
"Since the election, people are emboldened more," said Nic Coury, a staff photographer at the Monterey County Weekly and a freelancer in the affluent California county.
Coury has been called part of the liberal scum media, an enemy of the state and been told old that he and his colleagues lie all the time. When conservative Arizona politician and law enforcement officer Joe Arpaio made a local appearance, "it was like walking into the dragon's lair," he said. Coury felt the anger when asking people for caption information.
Still, Coury has given no thought to quitting. Despite Bentley-Law's experience, Shelley said colleges are finding that more people want to get into journalism.
"It matters," Coury said, "and I think now more than ever it matters."
Post said on the same day a man shouted "fake news" at him while driving by in a pickup truck, he had an experience while driving through a fast-food line that gave him hope.
He was handed a cup of coffee and told that the woman in line ahead of him had bought it, wanting to pass along the message "thank you for what you do."
New Zealand, Oct 29 (AP/UNB) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan spoke with people working in the mental-health field and encountered a flightless native bird as they continued their tour of New Zealand on Monday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on the last leg of a 16-day tour of the South Pacific. They began their second day in New Zealand by visiting the Maranui Cafe on the Wellington coast, where they spoke to people offering mental-health support through helplines, social media and other programs.
Prince Harry last year spoke out about his own struggles with mental health, telling the Daily Telegraph newspaper that he'd sought counselling after years of suppressing his emotions following the death of his mother Diana, the Princess of Wales, in a car crash when Harry was 12.
At the cafe, Harry talked about the need to remove the stigma from mental health and to encourage people to talk about how they feel.
"Everyone needs someone to turn to, right?" he said.
The couple then took a helicopter to the Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island where it was raining as they were welcomed by an indigenous Maori tribe. Harry told them the forecast had been for even worse weather.
"From my wife, myself and our little bump, it's a blessing to be here," Harry said, making reference to Meghan being four months pregnant.
The couple strolled along on a sandy beach and came across a weka bird, with a ranger saying that they're New Zealand's version of a monkey because they're very cheeky.
New Zealand is home to a number of flightless birds, the most famous being the kiwi. The couple is due to visit a kiwi hatchery later on their trip.
The couple also plans to meet young people training to be part of the film industry and go on public walkabouts in Auckland and Rotorua before leaving on Wednesday.
The couple earlier visited Australia, Fiji and Tonga on their tour.