Gay couple of more than 50 yrs 1st to marry in Dallas

News4u-News Desk- Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage has bought bundles of happiness for Jack Evans and George Harris as after 54 years of togetherness they finally could tie the knot.

The 85-year-old Evans and 82-year-old Harris, who were two of the first people to get married post court’s verdict on June 26, tied knot after they were given a marriage license in Texas, reported Us magazine.

The couple, who has spent decades fighting for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, wore suits with red ties for the happy occasion.

The two activists, who met at a party in 1961, had previously tied the knot in 2014, but were not legally recognised as a married couple in Texas.

Harris said last year that their real focus has been their legacy for the community and they have spent their lives trying to improve and encourage young people to make a difference. (ANI)

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Munching on ‘chocolate’ helps cut heart disease, stroke risk

News4u-Features Desk- If you miss out on chocolate thinking it’s not good for you health, then there is good news for you, as a new study has claimed that eating up to 100 grams of chocolate daily cuts heart diseases and stroke risks.

During the research, the EPIC-Norfolk participants were monitored for an average of almost 12 years, during which time 3013 (14 per cent) people experienced either an episode of fatal or non-fatal coronary heart disease or stroke.

Moreover, the research detailed that higher levels of consumption were associated with younger age and lower weight (BMI), waist: hip ratio, systolic blood pressure, inflammatory proteins, diabetes and more regular physical activity all of which add up to a favourable cardiovascular disease risk profile.

The calculations showed that compared with those who ate no chocolate higher intake was linked to an 11 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25 per cent lower risk of associated death.

It was also associated with a 9 per cent lower risk of hospital admission or death as a result of coronary heart disease, after taking account of dietary factors.

The highest chocolate intake was similarly associated with a 23 per cent lower risk of stroke, even after taking account of other potential risk factors.

The researchers claim that cumulative evidence suggests that higher chocolate intake is associated with a lower risk of future cardiovascular events.

The researchers conclude that there does not appear to be any evidence to say that chocolate should be avoided in those who are concerned about cardiovascular risk.

The research is published in the journal Heart. (ANI)

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EL James made 10M pounds profit from ’50 Shades’ trilogy

News4u-Entertainment Desk- The best-selling book ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ author EL James raked in almost 20 million pounds in 2014, with a profit of 9.8 million pounds.

The legal accounts of the 52-year-old British author showed that the she took a dividend of 2.6 million pounds from the company in 2014, whereas she pockets 3.2 million pounds in 2013, the Guardian reported.

The accounts cover the period before the sex trilogy author earned royalties from her book and do not include any share of her royalties from the first Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson starrer film.

James had also launched a range of products tied to the movie including mugs, jewellery, key chains, CD, wine, coffee-table book and a range of lingerie and T-shirts. (ANI)

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‘Pranked’ Paris Hilton thought she would die in ‘plane crash’

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Looks like the joke went too far for Paris Hilton, who recently got trapped in the most horrifying plane crash prank of all times.

The 34-year-old socialite, who was unaware that her Egyptian TV show with actor Ramez Galal was actually the set-up of the prank, thought that it was the scariest moment of her life, reported E! Online.

She believed that the plane was really going to crash and she was going to die in it.

It all started with a rotten egg’s smell and was pulled till the moment where Hilton was convinced to jump off the plane after being deceived by the pilot’s horrifying stunts. (ANI)

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US SC upholds use of contentious drug in executions

News4u-News Desk- The United States Supreme Court has upheld the use of a contentious drug that is used in executions as it does not violate a ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

According to BBC, opponents of the drug argue that midazolam is not suitable for lethal injections.

The drug raised concerns in 2014 after it was used in executions in three US states that took longer than usual.

Executions have been delayed recently in the US amid problems buying drugs as many firms have refused to sell them. (ANI)

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‘Disturbing’ Frankenstein meat video on FB will make you go vegan

News4u-News Desk- A disturbing video of ‘ Frankenstein meat’ is creating buzz on social media as it is turning large number of non-vegetarian Facebook users into vegetarians.

A woman in China’s Shandong Province captured a video and of a slab of raw beef beating like a heart and after making a stir, a Chinese news outlet CCTV uploaded it on their Facebook page, the Mirror reported.

The video with a caption “Understandably horrified at the situation, [the woman] chose to record the event, rather than eat it” soon got million of hits and was further circulated.

Facebook users who were opposing the video said that the steak was infested with maggots, which was the reason behind its pulsating effect. (ANI)

‘Disturbing’ Frankenstein meat video on FB will make you go vegan

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India ready to play more responsible role in the UN

News4u-News Desk- Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji, has said that India is ready to take on bigger responsibilities in United Nations in the coming times.

He was talking to ANI after attending the 70th United Nations Anniversary in Memory of Dag Hammarskjold on Saturday, at the Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

“The big change in last few years has been focus on the process of how to create additional seats in the Security Council that are required in order for countries like India to become permanent members,” he said.

“India has joined the UN in 1945 but the geopolitical realities have changed drastically since 1945, when the set-up of the current Council was decided. The Security Council has changed very little during this long period,” he added.

“It is our hope that in this session of the General assembly which ends on the 14th September this year will agree on a process to create additional seat and it would be possible for countries like India which want to play bigger responsibility in the United Nation Security Council by being elected as newly elected members of the Security Council”.

Meanwhile at the Cathedral, more than 1,400 members of the UN and USA, United Religions Initiative, Grace Cathedral, Bay Area Interfaith Organizations and other civil society organizations participated in the event. (ANI)

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Education can bring down hate crimes, say U.S. Congressmen

News4u-News Desk- Expressing concern over the rising incidents of hate crimes in the country, U.S. Congressmen say that education can play a pivotal role in curbing this scourge.

Congressman John Garamendi said people should be educated to respect cultural and religious values of different communities.

“We know that these hate crimes exist, that there is discrimination and that there is a fear of this. What we have to do is to educate. Education becomes extremely important in this process so that we understand the values, we understand the religious issues, the cultural issues and also that at the end of the day we are all alike,” said Garamendi.

Another Congressman, Mike Honda, opined that the appointment of people belonging to religious minorities in key positions could address the problem to an extent.

“I think basically we need to do a better job of educating our citizens about different groups, different people (and) different religions as our neighbours and we also need to have more, for instance more Sikhs to be more in public safety, police officers, fire fighters so that their presence is noticed in the community so when people see other people who look different or dress differently they won’t think negatively,” said Honda.

Since the 9/11 attack, minority communities in the US have witnessed a growing hostility towards them.

Sikhs say they have been singled out increasingly for harassment around the world since September 11, with attackers believing incorrectly that they are Muslim extremists because of their turbans and beards.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren, admitted that attempts to end discrimination against ethnic minorities were slow.

“We fought a civil war with millions of people dead on both sides. The slaves were freed but discrimination didn’t end and now that we are a society, not just black and white but multi-ethnic, the discrimination against other ethnic minorities sometimes exists. It is a constant fight in the United States and one that I think gradually over time we are winning but at too slow a pace,” Lofgren told ANI.

In the latest incident of hate crime, a white man was arrested for the mass murder of nine black people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina on June 18.

The mass shooting set off an intense 14-hour manhunt that ended with 21-year-old Dylann Roof arrested in a traffic stop in a small North Carolina town.

The massacre once again trained the spotlight on the divisive issues of race relations and gun crimes in the United States and also reignited a debate over gun control in a country where the right to own firearms is constitutionally protected. (ANI)

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So what’s in for Ramadan this year?

News4u-News Desk- Ramadan is here and this time it’s not only about the delicacies that are served during the Muslim fest but also about the fashion trends that taking a new turn during this period.

The dates for Ramadan change every year as it is based on a lunar calendar but for the past few years the summer shopping season has coincided with Ramadan and this has trended new styles for the Muslim community, reported the Guardian.

Brands like Mango have launched a special Ramadan collection of long, flowing gowns and wide-leg trousers which a representative for the brand described as a collection that is “seeking alternatives to replace the traditional abayas and chadors with creative designs.”

While shopping for Ramadan seems to be an old trend for British Muslims, it is still an alien concept for the Asian Muslims.

Interestingly, even without explicit Muslim-friendly branding, it’s a doddle to shop for modest looks on the high street these days.

Long tunics, thin long duster coats and dresses over trousers are all the rage in bargain high-street shops across the nation and even halal beauty products such as water-permeable and wash-off nail polishes are becoming trend setters this year.

New styles and new fashion statements are all set to glam up this year’s Ramadan. (ANI)

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Xolo releases new video of ‘Xolo Black’ handset

News4u-Business Desk- Xolo has uploaded a new video on YouTube which shows its new device ‘Xolo Black’.

Xolo Black is shown as a smudge and stain free device.

According to the in.techradar.com, the new video gives a glance of the dual rear cameras as well as the SIM card tray placed on the left hand side of the handset.

It also shows that the device will be launched on Flipkart.

Xolo, which drew flak from the social media users for intentionally leaking out some hardware details of its phone, will want to put all that behind and unveil the phone as early as possible.

The device will feature a glass front and back panel as well as the dual camera setup.

Reports have said that the Xolo Black will also feature 4G LTE on board and Android 5.1 Lollipop with its custom Hive UI.

The device should sell at somewhere around Rs 10-15,000. (ANI)

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