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.
The East-West standoff over the Ukraine crisis has brought the threat of nuclear war in Europe closer than at any time since the 1980s, a former Russian foreign minister warned on Saturday.\\\"The risk of confrontation with the use of nuclear weapons in Europe is higher than in the 1980s,\\\" said Igor Ivanov, Russia\\\'s foreign minister from 1998 to 2004 and now head of a Moscow-based think-tank founded by the Russian government.While Russia and the United States have cut their nuclear arsenals, the pace is slowing. As of January 2015, they had just over 7,000 nuclear warheads each, about 90 percent of world stocks, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.\\\"We have less nuclear warheads, but the risk of them being used is growing,\\\" Ivanov said at a Brussels event with the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Poland and a U.S. lawmaker.
NATO\\\'s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has warned Russia of intimidating its neighbors with talk about nuclear weapons, publicly voicing concerns among Western officials.Ivanov blamed a missile defense shield that the United States is setting up in Europe for raising the stakes.
Part of that shield involves a site in Poland that is due to be operational in 2018. This is particularly sensitive for Moscow because it brings U.S. capabilities close to its border.However, the United States and NATO say the shield is designed to protect Europe against Iranian ballistic missiles and is neither targeted at Russia nor capable of downing its missiles.
\\\"It can be assured that once the U.S. deploys its missile defense system in Poland, Russia would respond by deploying its own missile defense system in Kaliningrad,\\\" Ivanov said, referring to Russia\\\'s territory in the Baltics.In remarks that are likely to alarm European and NATO diplomats seeking a political solution to the separatist conflict in Ukraine that has killed more than 9,000 people since April 2014, Ivanov also said Europe and Russia have little chance of a broader reconciliation.
Verizon, Union Agree Pay Raises, New Jobs To End Strike
A tentative agreement between Verizon Communications Inc <VZ.N> and unions to end a nearly seven-week strike includes 1,400 new jobs and pay raises topping 10 percent, the company and unions representing about 40,000 workers said on Monday.Verizon, the No. 1 U.S. wireless provider, and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) had reached a tentative deal on Friday. Details for the new four-year contract were disclosed on Monday.The CWA said Verizon agreed to provide a 10.9 percent raise over four years while Verizon put the increase at 10.5 percent. It was not immediately clear why the two sides reported different percentages.
Nearly 40,000 network technicians and customer service representatives of the company’s Fios internet, telephone and television services units walked off the job on April 13.
Striking workers will be back on the job on Wednesday, the CWA said.The workers have been without a contract since the agreement expired in August and healthcare coverage ran out at the end of April. In 2011, Verizon workers went on strike for two weeks after negotiations were deadlocked.The latest work stoppage stretched across several U.S. East Coast states, including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. Verizon brought in thousands of temporary workers to avoid service disruptions.New York-based Verizon will add 1,300 new call center jobs on the East Coast, and 100 new network technician jobs, Verizon spokesman Richard Young said.
It will withdraw proposed cuts to pensions as well as reductions in accident and disability benefits. The company, however, won cost savings through changes in healthcare plans and limits on post-retirement health benefits.If union members ratify the agreement, the new contract would run until August 2019.Verizon and the two striking unions were in contract discussions with the help of the U.S. Department of Labor. In mid-May, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez brought the parties back to the negotiating table.The strike, one of the largest in recent years in the United States, drew support from Democratic U.S. Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
POTENTIAL HIT TO EARNINGS
Verizon has shifted its focus in recent years to mobile video and advertising, while scaling back its Fios television and internet services. To tap new revenue, it is boosting its advertising-supported internet business and acquired AOL for $4.4 billion.
Verizon, which claims a high-quality cell network, is locked in a battle for subscribers with competitors AT&T Inc, Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc in a saturated U.S. wireless market.
Verizon’s legacy wireline business generated about 29 percent of company revenue in 2015, down about 60 percent since 2000, and less than 7 percent of operating income.
Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said last week the strike could hurt second-quarter results.
Verizon shares closed up 1 percent at $50.62 on Friday, near its 52-week high of $54.49. U.S. markets were closed on Monday for the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.
Achuthanandan dropped from list of candidates
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader V.S Achuthanandan has reportedly been dropped from the CPI(M) Palakkad district committee’s list of top leaders contesting the Assembly election.
According to sources, the CPI (M) Palakkad district committee has recommended the name of CITU leader A. Prabhakaran to contest from the Malampuzha constituency, a sitting seat of V.S Achuthanandan.The CPI (M) had last year initially denied a party ticket to Achuthanandan. However, it later took decision to field the veteran leader from the Malampuzha constituency due to pressure from various quarters.A final decision on the CPI(M)’s candidates\\\' list is likely to be evolved at the party’s state committee meeting tomorrow.The CPI (M) politburo has directed the party Kerala unit to field Achuthanandan in the Assembly election.
‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn Charges
Actor Mark Salling, who had a supporting role as a high school athlete-turned-singer in the TV series “Glee,” pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, authorities said.The 33-year-old Salling surrendered to authorities at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles before entering not guilty pleas to the two charges, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the region.An attorney for Salling could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday afternoon. Mrozek said Salling would likely be freed on Friday on $150,000 bond. A trial date was set for July 12, he said.
The federal charges against the Texas-born Salling for receipt and possession of child pornography stem from his arrest by Los Angeles police and federal agents on Dec. 29, 2015. He was released on bail of $20,000 and was initially expected to be charged in Los Angeles County court.The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that as a result of the investigation, the case was handed over to federal prosecutors.The charges against the actor center on a still image and three videos of child pornography depicting young girls, prosecutors said. The two charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.On the award-winning Fox television show “Glee,” which ran from 2009 to 2015, Salling played Puck, a bully and a football player who showed a softer side when he joined the glee club at his high school.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.