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.
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.
China’s Yuan Trade System To Open Branches In London
China’s state-owned currency marketplace said on Sunday it was preparing to open branches in London and New York as part of efforts to promote the yuan’s global status.The China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS), a subsidiary of China’s central bank, said in a statement that by expanding its network offshore, it aims to serve more overseas institutions and become a “main trading platform and pricing center” for the yuan globally.China has been gradually loosening its capital controls to allow more foreign participation in its onshore yuan market. Beijing is also fostering offshore yuan centers to promote international use of the Chinese currency.CFETS provides an electronic bidding system for the yuan against foreign currencies. It also offers cross-rate trading, as well as RMB interbank lending and bond trading. Yuan-based trading on CFETS totaled 618.12 trillion yuan ($94.24 trillion)in 2015, according to official Xinhua News Agency.
The CFETS said that it would further strengthen cooperation with overseas trading platforms, and aim to eventually provide trading services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The market platform extended its trading hours for China’s onshore yuan this year to end trading at 11:30 p.m. local time from 4:30 p.m. previously.“CFETS is willing to provide comprehensive service and support to British institutions who participate in China’s inter-bank market, and strengthen cooperation with them as Chinese companies go offshore,” Sun Jie, executive vice president of CFETS, told an event in Shanghai.The event, focused on the topic of yuan’s internationalization, was attended by Chinese and British regulators, as well as financial institutions.
Britain and China have been working hard in recent years to strengthen their economic relationship, despite strong differences due to Britain’s criticism of China’s human rights record. Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Britain last October to seal what both call a “golden time” in relations.Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group, told the same event on Sunday that London is now the world’s biggest offshore yuan center after Hong Kong.LSE is working with the Shanghai Stock Exchange to launch a cross-border investment scheme to link the British and Chinese stock markets.
U.S. University Head Sent On Leave Over Claim
The chancellor of the University of California, Davis was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday over claims the school spent $175,000 to quash negative Internet posts.University of California president Janet Napolitano said she would investigate whether the chancellor, Linda Katehi, violated school policies.“I am deeply disappointed to take this action,” she said in a statement.
Katehi has come under scrutiny since the Sacramento Bee published documents on April 13 it said showed the university paid consultants at least $175,000 to quash negative posts about the school, and her after campus police pepper-sprayed student protesters in 2011.Katehi, who has not commented on the newspaper report, has also faced questions over her acceptance of paid seats on the boards of DeVry Education Group and textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons.
A number of state legislators have asked her to resign.Napolitano said an independent investigator would look into the school’s employment of some of Katehi’s family members, Katehi’s accounts of her involvement in contracts related to managing of both the campus and her personal reputation on social media, and the use of student fees.“The serious and troubling nature of these questions, as well as the initial evidence, requires a rigorous and transparent investigation,” Napolitano said.In March, Katehi, who has been chancellor since 2009, apologized in a letter to students for her role at DeVry, saying it violated UC policy and that she had resigned the seat.She said her time between 2011 and 2014 on the board of John Wiley & Sons, however, did comply with university policy.About 33,000 students attend the university in Davis, about 15 miles (25 km) west of Sacramento.
Maria Sharapova Openly Admits Failing Pro Tennis Drug Test
Maria Sharapova, the world\\\'s highest-paid female athlete and No. 7-ranked tennis player in the world, admitted during a press conference she called on Monday that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.The positive test for the banned drug meldonium came on Jan. 26, the day Sharapova, 28, loss to rival Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, noted The New York Times.
\\\"I take great responsibility and professionalism in my career every day,\\\" Sharapova said at the news conference in Los Angeles, according to ESPN. \\\"I made a huge mistake. I let my fans down. I let my sport down.\\\"Sharapova stressed during the press conference that she did not know the substance was banned and had been using it for a decade.
\\\"I want you to understand for the past 10 years that meldonium was not on the (World Anti-Doping Agency\\\'s) banned list and I had been legally taking the medicine for the past 10 years,\\\" Sharapova said. \\\"But on Jan. 1, the rules changed and meldonium had become a prohibited substance, which I had not known.\\\"
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Her attorney John Haggerty told Sports Illustrated that Sharapova started taking the drug under a doctor\\\'s care for a medical condition after finding abnormal EKG readings that determined she had some diabetes indicators.\\\"(Sharapova\\\'s doctor) checked them all and they were all not on the ban list and she was able to take them,\\\" Haggerty said. \\\"These medications helped her. They brought her back to baseline, they eliminated or reduced some of the medical conditions she was dealing with.\\\"
ESPN reported that Nike suspended and Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer ended their relationships with Sharapova because of the announcement. Sharapova had renewed her deal with Nike for eight years back in 2010 for $70 million, including royalties.\\\"We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova,\\\" Nike said in a statement, noted ESPN. \\\"We have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues. We will continue to monitor the situation.\\\"
Haggerty told the New York Times that Sharapova could be banned for two to four years for the positive test, depending on if she took it intentionally or unintentionally, but hopes she could avoid any sanctions because of her circumstances.
U Htin Kyaw is Myanmars new president
Nay Pyi Taw: Myanmar\\\'s parliament on Tuesday elected U Htin Kyaw of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party as the new president, the first civilian to lead the country after over 50 years of military rule.U Htin Kyaw, a 69-year-old academic and long-time aide of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was elected with 360 votes while U Myint Swe from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), who was directly assigned by the military, was elected first vice president with 213 votes, the Myanmar Times reported.The appointed military bloc in parliament holds 166 seats, 25 percent of the total, while the military-backed USDP has 41 seats in the two houses.
U Henry Van Thio, an NLD upper house member and an ethnic Chin Christian, was elected second vice president with 79 votes.Suu Kyi, who led her party to victory over the military-backed USDP in last November’s general elections, is barred by the constitution from becoming president because her sons are foreign nationals.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.