SpiderMan Far From Home sets off fireworks at the box office

first_img Comment More Spider-Man news Spider-Man: Far From Home a perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue Spider-Man: Far From Home early reactions — ‘Perfect Endgame epilogue’ Spider-Man: Far From Home — Our biggest WTF questions Sphero Spider-Man Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Tags The film set an all-time opening six-day record for Sony Pictures, plus the best six-day opening for any Spider-Man film.It also earned $395 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $580 million.The film shot off some fireworks on Independence Day, earning $25.2 million, the second-highest July 4 gross ever, and nabbing the best six-day opening for a film opening over the Fourth of July holiday.Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker in the film, which sees Parker and his high school class taking a trip to Europe. But naturally, there’s no vacation when you’re Spider-Man, and it’s soon time for some web-slinging. CNET’s review calls it, “a perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue.” 32 Photoscenter_img Marvel Sony Share your voice 1 Zendaya and Tom Holland star in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Jojo Whilden/Sony Pictures It was a good July 4 week for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Far From Home opened on July 2 and so far has earned $185 million domestically. That’s a super-powered opening considering Sony reportedly had expected only $125 million. Sony co-produced the film along with Marvel Studios. Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty TV and Movieslast_img read more

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Pakistan court grants prearrest bail to 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed

first_imgHafiz Saeed, leader of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.ReutersAn anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Monday granted pre-arrest bail to Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and three others in a case pertaining to the banned outfit’s alleged illegal use of land for its seminary.Besides Saeed, interim bail was granted to Hafiz Masood, Ameer Hamza and Malik Zafar, until August 31 against surety bonds of 50,000 Pakistani rupees each, reports Dawn.During the hearing, the legal counsel of the accused insisted that JuD was not using any piece of land illegally and urged the court to accept bail pleas.Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) issued notices to the federal government, the Punjab government and the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) regarding a petition filed by Saeed and his seven aides, challenging a case carrying a charge of terror financing lodged by the CTD.A two-member bench of the LHC asked the parties to submit their replies within two weeks.A lawyer for the federal government objected to the notices, arguing that the petition was non-maintainable. The bench, however, dismissed the objection and adjourned proceedings until July 30, Dawn reported.According to the joint petition submitted earlier in July, the JuD leaders submitted that the facts, narrated in the impugned FIR lodged on July 1, illegally described them as members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group and levelled unlawful allegation of terror financing.Prior to this on July 3, top 13 leaders of the banned JuD, including Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.last_img read more

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Young immigrants face denials in US

first_imgAerial view of Salvadorean migrants heading in a caravan to the US, crossing the Suchiate River to Mexico, from Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on 2 November, 2018. According to the Salvadorean General Migration Directorate (DGME), over 1,700 Salvadoreans left the country in two caravans and entered Guatemala Wednesday, in an attempt to reach the US. Photo: AFPSome immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they’re too old.A US government program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants subject to abuse, abandonment or neglect by a parent seek a court-appointed guardian and a green card to stay in the country.While applicants must file paperwork before age 21, the Trump administration has said some are too old to qualify once they turn 18, prompting a flurry of denial notices over the past year in New York, Texas and California and additional questions of applicants in New Jersey.Immigrant advocates have filed lawsuits in New York and California and said hundreds of young people could be affected by the change.“This administration is literally going after some of the most vulnerable people trying to seek relief,” said Mary Tanagho Ross, an appellate staff attorney at Los Angeles-based Public Counsel’s immigrant rights project.The Trump administration has been pushing to harden the US border and slash immigration with a series of steps targeting Central American children who arrive on the border alone or with relatives. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought to make it tougher for young immigrants fleeing gangs or domestic violence to win asylum — though some guidance he issued on such cases was recently blocked by a federal judge. And the US government has been slower to release immigrant children caught on the border to family in the country.The program is the best chance for many of the thousands of young immigrants arriving on the border to be allowed to stay in the US Under US law, they can apply for green cards once a designated court in the US state where they live assigns them a guardian and declares they are eligible to apply.A now-22-year-old woman in Northern California, who requested anonymity out of fear the U.S. government will retaliate against her for speaking out, fled her Mexican immigrant parents’ home in high school after her father repeatedly beat her.She was taken in by a teacher, who helped her get started in college and took care of her when she was diagnosed with cancer. When a judge formally named the teacher her legal guardian it was a huge relief, she said. But she later learned the US government wouldn’t accept the court’s order for her green card application. She dropped to the floor and sobbed, she said.“I just couldn’t believe I was going to have to try to defend myself again,” she said. “I don’t refer to her by her name or that she’s my guardian — I just call her mom.”More than 50,000 young immigrants have obtained green cards by qualifying for special immigrant juvenile status since 2010. The overwhelming majority of applications have been approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, making the program a safer bet for many immigrant children seeking refuge in the United States than pleading a case before an immigration officer or judge for asylum.Applications to the program have surged in recent years, rising more than three-fold between the 2014 and 2017 fiscal years, federal data shows. During that time, the number of denials also increased, with 2,000 applications rejected over the past two fiscal years — more than all of the previous seven years combined.The change was most notable in the nine months ending in June 2018, when one in five applications that were decided were denied, the data shows. About 7 percent of application decisions in the 2017 fiscal year and 4 percent of decisions in the 2016 fiscal year were denials.The US government started reviewing applications at a centralized location in late 2016 to improve efficiency. The following year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services sought legal guidance from the agency’s Office of Chief Counsel for cases involving immigrant children who turned 18 before their paperwork had been completed and determined that a state court order is only valid if that court has the authority to reunite children with their parents, which many don’t, according to agency officials.As a result, 260 cases were denied, they said, adding that the agency may have previously approved some cases that it should not have.USCIS officials said they could not comment on pending litigation, but said the agency “continues to ensure that children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected receive the humanitarian benefits they are eligible for.”Beth Krause, supervising attorney of the immigrant youth project at Legal Aid in New York, said the federal immigration agency doesn’t have the authority to question state law, which in New York expressly allows courts to issue guardianship orders to cover this age group.“USCIS changed their policy and they changed their policy in a way that is arbitrary and capricious because it doesn’t comport with the federal statute” that says young people have until age 21, said Krause, who is representing young immigrants in the New York filing. “They’re getting it wrong.”In California, a federal judge has blocked the US government from denying the young immigrants’ cases for now. The state enacted a law several years ago expressly allowing probate courts to issue orders for immigrants who are between 18 and 21 so they can apply to participate in the federal program.In response to the Trump administration’s changes, immigrant advocates said they are also changing how they try to help these young applicants. Often, attorneys are looking into alternative ways to get these youth on stable legal footing in the United States, for example, applying for asylum in addition to special immigrant juvenile status, said Priya Konings, deputy director of legal services at Kids in Need of Defense.“It is just creating extra work for us — which is fine —but overburdening an already almost broken system,” Konings said. “It’s incredibly obvious that the administration is targeting immigrants at large, particularly unaccompanied minors, and they’re doing it on every front.”last_img read more

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Bengal MPs to heighten glam factor in LS

first_imgKolkata: Bengal is set to raise the glam quotient in the upcoming Lok Sabha with a number of celebrity candidates sailing through the bitterly fought elections in the eastern state. Making their debut in the lower house of Parliament are two young Bengali actresses and Trinamool Congress winners — Nusrat Jahan (Basirhat) and Mimi Chakraborty (Jadavpur) — both famed for their oomph factor. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision to nominate the two political greenhorns had created quite a sensation, and they even became the butt of distasteful trolls on the social media. When the TMC announced its decision, there was a flurry of memes, jokes and comments. There were reports that several netizens were disgruntled with the development and quoted someone saying that Mamata Banerjee should know that unlike the Indian Premier League, politics does not need cheerleaders. However, the counting of votes has proved otherwise and shown that Tollywood celebrities can not only make the audiences flock to the theatres, but can also get a sweeping victory on the political battlefield. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee’s gamble paid off as both actors defeated their BJP rivals by handsome margins. Chakraborty triumphed by a margin of 2,95,239 votes over Anupam Hazra, while Jahan left her nearest rival Sayantan Basu behind by 3,50,369 votes. Bollywood singer-actor-turned-politician Union minister Babul Supriyo retained his Asansol seat, but his victory robbed Parliament of the presence of yesteryear actress Moon Moon Sen, who lost out in the race. Bengali superstar Deepak Adhikari (Dev) retained the Ghatal seat for Trinamool, humbling BJP nominee and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh. Deb’s winning margin was 1,07,973 votes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll the hard work of BJP’s Locket Chatterjee, who had failed to turn the tables on her opponents during the 2016 Assembly elections, brought cheer to the party as she won the Hooghly seat defeating Trinamool’s sitting MP Ratna De Nag by 73,362 votes. Another yesteryear actress and the Trinamool’s Birbhum candidate, Shatabdi Roy, posted a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins by getting the better of BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal by 88,924 votes. However, theatre personality and Trinamool’s Lok Sabha sitting member Arpita Ghosh fell by the wayside in Balurghat, from where her BJP opponent Sukanta Majumdar won with a 33,293-vote margin.last_img read more

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