While promoting his new (and failing) movie Suicide Squad, actor Will Smith took the opportunity to bash Donald Trump and anyone who supports him.According to reports, Smith asserted that Trump was the problem with the United States and therefore the country needed to be “cleansed” of him and his supporters.“As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk and as embarrassing as it is as an American to hear him talk, I think it’s good,” Smith told reporters. “We get to know who people are, and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.”Smith went on to claim it was important for him to visit Dubai in order to show that Islamic culture isn’t all that bad.“In terms of Islamophobia in America, for me that’s why it’s important to show up,” he continued.
Mexico City : A girl, who became coerced into Mexico\\\'s human trafficking industry has spoken about her torment at the hands of the ruthless crime rings in the city. Nothing suits the story of human trafficking in Mexico, more than the tale of Karla Jacinto, who became a prostitute at the age of 12. She was targeted by a trafficker, who lured her away from her dysfunctional family.
Karla had been raped around 43,000 times after being forced to sleep with at least 30 men everyday for 4 years. At the age of 15, she gave birth to a girl child. Jacinto said that she was insisted to work as a prostitute from 10 am on wards till midnight.
When resisted, she was beaten and abused by the traffickers. Karla revealed that she was sexually abused from the age of five by a relative. Later a 22-year-trafficker, who took her away from her home, convinced her left with him to Mexico and later was forced to work as a prostitute. Jacinto recalled that most her customers laughed at her, when she cried.
Jacinto was rescued in 2006 during an anti-trafficking operation in Mexico City. Now aged 23, Karla is an advocate against human trafficking. As a girl who walked down the embers, now she work for the safety of every girl child, from the clutches of trafficking.
Three U.S. States Sue Volkswagen, Say Executives Covered Up Diesel Cheating
Senior executives at Volkswagen AG including its former chief executive covered up evidence that the German automaker had cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, three U.S. states charged on Tuesday in civil lawsuits against the company.New York, Massachusetts and Maryland filed separate, nearly identical lawsuits in state courts, accusing the world’s No. 2 automaker of violating their environmental laws. The lawsuits, which could lead to state fines of hundreds of millions of dollars or more, complicate VW’s efforts to move past the “Dieselgate” scandal that has hurt its business and reputation, and already cost it billions of dollars.
The suits outlined more than a decade of efforts by VW to deceive regulators in the United States and Europe, citing internal VW documents.VW last September admitted using sophisticated secret software in its cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests, with millions of vehicles worldwide affected. The scandal prompted the departure of VW’s CEO and other executives.The states charged that dozens of VW employees at various levels knew that the company’s “clean diesel” engines could not meet pollution standards in normal driving without compromises to performance or fuel economy. The suits publicly identified for the first time many of these employees and accused them of “unlawful conduct.”
The suits said at least eight employees in VW’s engineering department deleted or removed incriminating data in August 2015 after a senior attorney advised them of an impending order not to destroy documents. The New York suit stated that “some but not all of the data has been recovered.”The suits were filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in Albany, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in Boston and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh in Baltimore. Additional states could file similar actions, Schneiderman’s office said.Healey said the suit is aimed at sending a message “to all auto manufacturers that violating laws designed to protect our environment and our public health is unacceptable and will be punished with significant penalties.”
Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan criticized the states’ decision to file suit and said the company already has agreed to spend billions of dollars to address all environmental harms from the excess emissions.The states’ claims “are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities,” Ginivan said. “… It is regrettable that some states have decided to sue for environmental claims now.”
Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn and VW’s former global head of marketing, Christian Klingler, knew by spring 2014 “of the existence of unlawful “defeat devices” and did nothing to prevent both Audi and Volkswagen from repeatedly deceiving regulators,” the New York lawsuit stated.In March 2014, VW learned that West Virginia University had conducted testing that found real-world testing on two VW diesel cars had emissions five to 35 times legally allowable limits, the suits alleged.
That prompted an email to Winterkorn in May 2014 from Frank Tuch, then head of group quality management for Volkswagen, who wrote that “a thorough explanation for the dramatic increase in NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions cannot be given to the authorities.”German prosecutors said last month that Winterkorn is under investigation.The New York suit stated that current CEO Matthias Muller, then head of project of management at Audi, and Winterkorn became aware in July 2006 of the effect of undersized urea tanks on the ability to comply with emissions standards. The suit said VW opted to install defeat software instead of larger tanks to save money.
The suits did not state Muller was aware of the cheating.The suits alleged that VW initially used the defeat devices in 2.0 liter vehicles because the soot filter would break within 50,000 miles if used at all times, far sooner than required under U.S. law.The suits cited internal documents from as early as 2007 about Volkswagen’s determination to promote “clean diesel” technology as a rival to Toyota Motor Corp’s Prius hybrid. The states obtained 1.1 million documents totaling 7.5 million pages in their nine-month VW investigation.
VW has admitted that it installed improper software that deactivated pollution controls on more than 11 million diesel vehicles sold worldwide, and last month agreed to pay $15.3 billion to settle U.S. federal litigation and charges lodged by 44 U.S. states that the company violated consumer fraud laws.The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency have not yet reached a deal with Volkswagen on fines as part of separate settlement that could lead to an outside monitor overseeing VW’s compliance with U.S. laws. VW also faces a Justice Department criminal investigation.VW faces potentially billions of dollars more in costs in the United States if it is forced to buy back 85,000 3.0 liter Audi, Porsche and VW cars and SUVs sold since 2009. Last week, California rejected its proposed fix plan.
Paris Attack Suspect Refuses To Speak At First French Court Hearing
The man prosecutors believe is the sole survivor of the Islamist group that attacked Paris in November appeared in a French court for the first time on Friday, but refused to speak.Salah Abdeslam was brought to court in central Paris from his cell in a high-security prison outside the city, but the hearing was cut short after it became clear he would not talk.
“From the start he made clear he would be exercising his right to silence, refusing to respond to questions from the judge,” a spokesman from the prosecutor’s office said in a text message to Reuters.Abdeslam’s lawyer said last month that the Belgian-born Frenchman would speak at the hearing. The 26-year-old was placed under formal investigation on terrorism and murder charges on April 27 after his extradition from Belgium.Abdeslam was Europe’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in Brussels on March 18 after a four-month manhunt. The shootings and suicide bombings in Paris on Nov. 13 killed 130 people.
Chicago Prosecutors Looking into Voter Buying Allegations
Prosecutors in Illinois are \\\"looking into\\\" allegations that campaign workers for a Democratic lawmaker involved in a contentious primary are paying people to vote for him.A spokeswoman for Cook County State\\\'s Attorney Anita Alvarez says the office\\\'s election unit is handling the matter involving state Rep. Ken Dunkin. Chicago Alderwoman Pat Dowell told prosecutors that volunteers secretly recorded videos showing the payments.
In one video, a woman outside Dunkin\\\'s Chicago office appears to give directions to a man about how he can make $50 if he votes a certain way. The Associated Press couldn\\\'t immediately verify the video\\\'s authenticity.Dunkin\\\'s opponent, Juliana Stratton, received a rare endorsement Monday from President Barack Obama. Fellow Democrats have criticized Dunkin for supporting Republican positions.Dunkin didn\\\'t immediately return a call for comment.
Miami Beach Officials Say They\'d Welcome Cuban Consulate
Miami Beach has told the Cuban government it is welcome to open a consulate in the seaside resort community after the city of Miami nixed the idea over security concerns.The Miami Herald reports that Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Commissioner Ricky Arriola held a closed-door meeting with Cuban officials on Wednesday to make the offer.
The offer comes following the resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, celebrated this week by President Barack Obama\\\'s historic visit to the tropical island 90 miles south of Key West.Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado has dismissed the idea of a consulate in Miami which is the nation\\\'s richest city, as well as the largest with a Cuban-American plurality.He told The Herald a consulate would affect the \\\"peace and stability\\\" of Miami because of protests when Cuba makes controversial decisions.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.