Longtime national sports broadcaster Brent Musburger took to Twitter on Saturday to make a “joke” that predictably divided his audience.Musburger posted a photo from President Donald Trump’s rally in Montana in which several men appear in American Indian headresses. Under the photo, Musburger wrote: “Elizabeth Warren’s ‘relatives’ backing Trump in Montana!”Elizabeth Warren’s “relatives” backing Trump in Montana! pic.twitter.com/JbkqdkbW1s— Brent Musburger (@brentmusburger) November 3, 2018 …
United Airlines says it remains optimistic about the operating environment in the year ahead despite a global furore over its treatment of a passenger on a regional flight.The US carrier returned better than expected results for the three months prior to the incident in which a doctor was dragged bleeding from a flight between Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky, so a staff member could take his seat.Doctor David Dao is suing the airline over the incident which prompted a worldwide uproar and put passenger rights in the media and political spotlight.The airline recorded a first-quarter net income of $US96 million, or $US129m when special items were excluded, on revenue of $US8.4 billion, up 2.7 per cent on the same quarter a year before. The stock market reacted to the results by boosting United’s share price.“We saw positive trends in the revenue environment in the quarter and are optimistic about the year ahead,’’ United president Scott Kirby said.“Looking forward, we expect second-quarter consolidated PRASM (passenger revenue per available seat mile) to be up 1.0 to 3.0 percent.“This would mark the fifth straight quarter of sequential improvement and the first quarter of positive unit revenue growth in two years.”Although the airline is still reeling from the backlash caused by the decision to forcibly evict Dao from the flight on April 9, chief executive Oscar Munoz said the first quarter results gave it “a lot of confidence about the foundation we are building”.Munoz, who has been criticised for his initial response to the incident, acknowledged the airline needed to do a much better job of serving customers.“The incident that took place aboard Flight 3411 has been a humbling experience, and I take full responsibility,’’ he said. “This will prove to be a watershed moment for our company, and we are more determined than ever to put our customers at the center of everything we do.“We are dedicated to setting the standard for customer service among U.S. airlines, as we elevate the experience our customers have with us from booking to baggage claim.”
The situation eased on Saturday at Lunkaransar in the Bikaner district, where several persons were injured in a clash between the police and farmers during the latter’s protest against paucity of water in the Indira Gandhi Canal’s distributory outlets for irrigation. Farmers withdrew their agitation after talks with the government authorities.The farmers of the region had staged a dharna for 11 days at the Lunkaransar sub-divisional headquarters in protest against the reduction of the width of about 60 water outlets falling under the Kanwar Sain lift project. On Friday, about 500 farmers and livestock rearers reached the tehsil office along with stray animals and let the cattle loose on the Bikaner-Suratgarh highway.When the police asked the protesters to clear the highway, they allegedly started pelting stones. Police resorted to lathicharge and lobbed teargas shells to disperse the farmers.
The Opposition on Sunday targeted Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, after his former personal assistant and ex-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office-bearer Sachin Pawar was arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder of diamond trader Rajeshwar Udani. Sachin and another accused, Dinesh Pawar, were sent to police custody till December 14 on Sunday. Actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee, who recorded her statement with the Mumbai Police, issued a statement through her lawyer Falguni Brahmbhatt saying she is cooperating with the investigation. The statement said, “Some media houses have published a false story that in the said case my client has been arrested, without verifying the facts … which has not only tarnished [Ms. Bhattacharjee’s] image and caused humiliation to her, but has caused a hindrance and prejudice in the case.” “You are therefore called upon to refrain yourselves from publishing such articles without verifying the facts. If you fail to do so and in case any such articles get published henceforth, my client will be compelled to take appropriate legal action against those who do so,” it said. The Opposition, meanwhile, sought an investigation into whether Sachin Pawar has support from Mr. Mehta. “He was with the BJP and was a personal assistant of Prakash Mehta. There has to be a thorough inquiry into every aspect of the case,” State Congress president Ashok Chavan said.Mr. Mehta had issued a statement on Saturday saying Mr. Pawar does not work with him any more and had been removed from the BJP. “I have no connection with him. The BJP doesn’t support criminals. The law will take its course,” he said.