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.
Alappuzha: Traders in the state have called for a 12-hour shut-down on Tuesday to mark their protest against the sales tax officers’ ‘insensitive approach’ that led to the suicide of a merchant here.
The shut-down will be observed from 6am to 6pm.
Sreekumar (53), owner of a margin-free shop at Ambalappuzha, committed suicide by hanging inside the godown behind his shop following a notice issued by the sales tax department asking him to pay Rs 6 lakh as tax.
The traders have also called for a dawn to dusk hartal in Alappuzha district.
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Freedom Has A Price For NYC Bull Saved By Jon Stewart
A bull that bolted on its death march to a New York City slaughterhouse and was rescued with the help of comedian Jon Stewart will find out soon there is a price for freedom.The Angus bull that escaped on Friday, and whose life was spared when animal lover Stewart stepped in, will be castrated so that he can live safely with other cattle on a 175-acre shelter run by Farm Sanctuary in the upstate New York village of Watkins Glen, the sanctuary’s national shelter director, said on Saturday.
“He’s not going to be a bull for much longer, unfortunately,” said Susie Coston, noting the 1-year-old bovine weighs more than 800 pounds (363 kg) and could be 2,300 pounds (1,043 kg) when full-grown.“He’s a bulky boy. If they are not neutered, you run the risk of them breaking into the herd, hurting someone,” she said.Becoming a steer seems to be a better fate than the alternative the bull faced when he broke free on his way into a Queens slaughterhouse on Friday morning and fled.
The bull rampaged through the nearby campus of York College, where New York City police armed with tranquilizer guns shot him with two darts and brought him to the ground, said Officer Sophia Mason, an NYPD spokeswoman.The bull was transported to Animal Care and Control in Brooklyn, which contacted Farm Sanctuary, which in turn reached out to Tracey McShane and her husband, the former host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. The Stewarts nicknamed the bull “Frank Lee” for Frank Lee Morris, who escaped Alcatraz prison in 1962.
Stewart drove his livestock trailer to Brooklyn and, after hand-feeding hay to the distraught bull to calm him, drove the animal to New Jersey to be loaded onto another trailer and driven to upstate New York.The bull was being examined on Saturday at a Cornell University veterinary hospital to be sure he was healthy enough to undergo the procedure that will allow him to live out his days with the other steers in Watkins Glen.
“This guy is going to have a perfect life. He’ll be running with friends and head-butting with the boys,” Coston said.The bull is the second bovine since January to escape a New York City butchery – along with a goat – and to win its freedom, the NYPD said.
Bombardier Gains Traction With Big Delta
Bombardier Inc won a major order for its new CSeries passenger jets from Delta Air Lines on Thursday, potentially boosting the Canadian manufacturer’s stature in global markets as it struggles to return to profitability.The order for 75 CS100 planes, worth an estimated $5.6 billion based on the list price, was the first from a major U.S. airline for the CSeries line, which is years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget.
Quebec-based Bombardier hopes the deal marks a turning point as it strives to break into the fleets of top airlines and serve the niche market for 100-seat planes that larger rivals Boeing Co and Airbus Group have neglected.Securing the order does not appear to have come cheap for Bombardier, which is waiting for a decision on its request for $1 billion in Canadian government aid.
Industry sources estimated the company may have had to offer discounts as high as 75 percent to reboot the CSeries program with a major order, matching some of the most aggressive deals seen in the aviation market lately.
Jet brokers say commercial jets usually sell for about half of their catalog prices before adjustments for inflation.Bombardier also said it would book a $500 million “onerous contract” charge in the second quarter related to the Delta order and a separate order from Air Canada in February.
“We were expecting to have to be a bit more aggressive to relaunch the program, and we have done just that,” Bombardier Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare told analysts on a conference call.He predicted the CSeries would be the largest driver of future growth in Bombardier’s commercial plane business.Bombardier shares were up 3.5 percent to C$2.08 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after jumping 13 percent at the open.
The widely-anticipated deal with Delta included an option to buy an additional 50 CS100 aircraft, Bombardier said. Atlanta-based Delta also has an option to convert a number of its orders into the larger CS300 variant of the aircraft at a later date.The size of Bombardier’s order book for the jet program also will be dramatically increased by the deal.
For its part, Delta will be able to phase out the 50-seat jets that it contracts regional airlines to fly under its Delta Connection brand. The larger CS100 planes burn less fuel per passenger and have room for two cabin classes rather than one, giving the global carrier an opportunity to up-sell customers to business class.The order is a setback to Boeing, which had planned to sell Delta 20 used Embraer jets traded in by Air Canada as part of an earlier deal, industry sources said. Delta confirmed it no longer plans to induct the E190 into its fleet.
The Delta order, coupled with the Air Canada’s commitment from early this year, puts Bombardier’s CSeries order book above the company’s target for 300 orders before the jet enters commercial service this summer.“Air Canada is viewed as a shrewd buyer by many in the sector and Delta is seen as an even more astute aircraft buyer, so the two orders are a huge endorsement,” said an industry insider who declined to be named.
The order carries CSeries’ firm order book beyond 2020. Bombardier Chief Financial Officer John Di Bert said the program remains on track to break even on a free cash flow basis in 2020.Analysts had feared the CSeries order book could dry up just as the program became profitable.In the short term, the talks over Canadian government aid to Bombardier have hit an impasse over federal demands for more oversight.The company, which also manufactures business jets and rail transportation equipment, struck a $1 billion deal with the province of Quebec last October to support the CSeries.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said on Thursday that Ottawa must help Bombardier, arguing that governments should not behave like bankers or investors but as “economic agents.”
Ottawa, Quebec and Bombardier have said the government assistance does not violate World Trade Organization rules.Separately, Bombardier reported an unexpectedly bigger adjusted first-quarter loss of 3 cents per share, compared with the average analyst estimate for a loss of 1 cent per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Revenue fell nearly 11 percent to $3.91 billion.Bellemare said the second quarter is looking a bit better, but more needs to be done to improve the company’s cost structure. Bombardier is on track to meet 2016 guidance, he added.
JNU students Umar, Anirban sent to 14 days judicial custody
New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday sent, to 14 days judicial custody, JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, facing sedition charges for allegedly raising \\\"anti-India\\\" slogans, sources said.
Both the accused were presented before a magistrate in a police station in south Delhi due to security concerns after expiry of their additional one day police custody, sources said.
On Monday, a magistrate allowed police to quiz the two Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students for one more day.
Both the students surrendered before police on last Tuesday last week outside a gate of the university.
A case against Khalid and Bhattacharya was registered at Vasant Kunj police station, soon after JNU Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested under the same charges on February 12 after the event held on the university campus against the execution of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. He allegedly shouted anti-India slogans at the event.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
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