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Who’s Oman’s New Sultan after Sultan Qaboos! Haitham Bin Tariq? Heres all the details

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Oman has named Haitham bin Tariq Al Said as the country’s new ruler succeeding his cousin Sultan Qaboos who has died at age 79 after almost half a century at the country’s helm. Haitham was picked ahead of his brother, Asaad, who was also seen as a potential heir after he was named deputy prime minister in 2017.

The government said in a Twitter post said – “Haitham bin Tariq was sworn in as the new sultan of the country … after a meeting of the family which decided to appoint the one who was chosen by the sultan”

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Background– The new leader has held governmental positions over the last three decades, including minister of culture and heritage, general secretary of foreign affairs and head of the Anglo-Omani society. He was also head of the Oman Vision 2040 committee, the country’s economic and social development strategy.

The new ruler on his first address to the nation said he would “follow the path of Sultan Qaboos and build upon it.” He promised to continue the path of his predecessor and maintain the Arab country’s foreign policy which, he said, was built on peaceful coexistence and maintaining friendly ties with all nations.

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq also called for efforts to develop the relatively small oil-producing country, continuing the path of his predecessor Sultan Qaboos, who had acted as a regional mediator.

The new ruler also vowed to continue working towards raising the Omani people’s “standard of living”, and to “boost peace and cooperation” among neighboring countries.

Challenges for the New Ruler– “Oman survived the first test, pulling off a well-choreographed transition that transfers the authority and legacy of Sultan Qaboos to his successor,” said Kristin Smith Diwan, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, who researches generational change in the region.

“But the challenges for the new sultan are clear: navigating the regional contest for power and addressing the pressing demands for economic reform,” she said.

But according to a person who worked with Haitham who asked not to be named- “The new sultan may change the government’s economic approach as he’s more inclined toward privatization”.

Although Sultan Qaboos transformed a country with barely any paved roads into an independent nation of 4 million people with a $79 billion economy. He gave women the vote in the early 1990s and enabled them to stand for public office, unprecedented moves for the Gulf while retaining total control over major political decisions.

Haitham’s biggest obstacle is that “he won’t be Qaboos,” Gary Grappo, a former U.S. ambassador to Oman, said before the sultan’s death.

Haitham takes over at a time of heightened tension in the region as Iran, a foe of leading Gulf powers, and the U.S. face off in a confrontation that this month has threatened to spark another Middle East war.

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PM flags off “Kashi Mahakal Express” from Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off the third private train operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) between Varanasi and Indore. PM flagged off Kashi Mahakal Express via video conferencing from Varanasi. Till now IRCTC has already successfully launched two Private trains i.e Tejas Express trains on New Delhi-Lucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad routes.

The new Kashi Mahakal Express will connect three places — Jyotirlinga-Omkareshwar (near Indore in Madhya Pradesh), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh) and Kashi Vishwanath (Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh). The private train will also connect industrial and educational hub of Indore, and Bhopal.

Varanasi-Indore Kashi Mahakal Express will depart from Varanasi at 3:15 pm every Sunday and will reach Indore at 9:40 am the next day. Indore-Varanasi Express will depart from Indore at 10:55 am every Monday and reach Varanasi at 5:00 am the next day. The train will halt at Ujjain, Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur and Allahabad stations in both directions.

Like the previous IRCTC private trains, the Kashi Mahakal Express will also follow a dynamic fare structure. One-way journey from Varanasi to Indore in Kashi Mahakal Express will cost Rs 1,951 inclusive of four meals. It is worth mentioning that the Indore-Varanasi Kashi Mahakal Express will be the first private train that will run overnight and for a comfortable long-distance journey, the train will feature a host of facilities.

IRCTC will serve vegetarian food onboard. Passengers will enjoy housekeeping services, on-board security services and bedrolls. Passengers will also get complimentary insurance of Rs 10 lakh.

The train will have an advance reservation period of 120 days and will only have general and foreign tourist quota. The current booking will be available to the passengers on the platform after preparation of first chart, four hours to five minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.

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Will building a 400-meter long wall hide the truth of poverty in India from President Trump?

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On February 24-25 US President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit India. He will be attending the ‘Kem Chom Trump’ (How are you, Trump) program at Ahmedabad, India. Prior to it, in terms of preparations, a 400-meter-long and seven-feet-high wall is being constructed by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in order to prevent the US leader from getting a glimpse of a slum situated next to the road from Ahmedabad Airport to Indira Bridge. On the other hand, contrary to the situation the Corporation is also fixing the path from Ahmedabad Airport to the Sardar Patel Motera Stadium. The slum district houses an estimated 800 families.

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According to media sources, Speaking on the situation a senior government official said: “the wall is being built for security reasons, and not to conceal the slum district”. The government official also conceded that the wall was part of a “beautification and cleanliness” drive.

On the other hand, as told to Reuters the contractor said that he is building it as the government “did not want the slum to be seen” when Trump passes by on the ride in from Ahmedabad’s airport. On a condition of not revealing the name the contractor also said, “I’ve been ordered to build a wall as soon as possible, over 150 masons are working round-the-clock to finish the project,”.

Also, Mayor Bijal Patel said that “I don’t know about it”.

The new construction of the wall made People living there very angry. According to a resident, who lives in this slum, says that “till now green cloth was put here but now a wall is being built up. If the government is ashamed of the poor, then concrete steps should be taken to remove poverty and instead of building walls in order to hide the reality. Now our homes will be surrounded by this wall, due to which the air, water will stop coming. Even here there is no sewer system, nor electricity. We have to live in the dark.

Some slum-dwellers whose homes will be cordoned off by the wall in Ahmedabad also said that “the government was wasting tax-payer money to hide the poor”.

In the visit, Modi and Trump will come to Ahmedabad from Delhi. The two leaders will reach the Motera Stadium via helicopter from the airport. After the program, Trump will fly to the airport directly by helicopter. Probably from here, he will leave for America. Apart from ‘Chem Chom Trump’, Trump is also expected to visit Sabarmati Ashram. They can go to Gandhi Ashramashram by road. Chinese President Xi visited Ahmedabad in 2014. There were pictures of Modi-Jinping swinging on a single swing on the riverfront.

Ahead of the US presidential election in November, this visit provides Trump the opportunity to woo the support of hundreds of thousands of Indian-American voters. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Trump also quoted Modi as saying “millions and millions of people” would attend the rally.

Whatever the situation may be but handling and hiding the truth like this way doesn’t seem viable. Better would have been if the houses of these people have been built from the same construction material instead of a wall or in reality the consistent poverty-ridden status of India has been demolished totally.

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India, Portugal Signed 14 agreements to boost cooperation

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India and Portugal on Friday exchanged 14 agreements and understandings in a number of key areas, including maritime, intellectual property rights, aerospace and scientific research, as President Ram Nath Kovind hosted his Portuguese counterpart.
Kovind received Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on his first state visit to India.

Kovind said “Portugal-India relations are very special and the two countries enjoy 500 years of shared history”. “The two countries are closely tied together through Goa and Mumbai, through our culture, language and kinship,” he said.

Kovind thanked Portugal for extending its support for the commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

The president said the “India-Portugal bilateral agenda has expanded several folds. The two countries are collaborating in science and technology, defence, education, innovation and start-up, water and environment among other things”.

Calling terrorism a grave threat to the entire world, Kovind said, “We should deepen our cooperation further to defeat and destroy this global menace.”

India told a high-level event on peacekeeping that working in partnerships is key to successful peacekeeping, underlining that professional competence of those engaged in all aspects of this global enterprise cannot be substituted or compromised.
India along with Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay and Vietnam co-hosted the high-level event Improving peacekeeping performance: A year since UNSCR 2436′ initiated by the US here Friday.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres thanked the US and the event’s co-hosts, India, Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay and Vietnam, for convening the event and for their support to United Nations peacekeeping operations.

India believes that even while broad participation in peacekeeping is important to enhance global solidarity, there can be no substitute for professional competence of those engaged in all aspects of this global enterprise, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said in his address at the event. Working in partnerships is key to successful peacekeeping.

He stressed that guidelines require that the Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS) should be the sole mechanism for the selection of a military or police unit for deployment.

A diversity in terms of deployment needs is understandable, and some variations are inevitable. However, choices and selections need to be made from within the same spectrum of options, he said, adding that those not part of the PCRS are best avoided.

Akbaruddin also highlighted that in selection, units without caveats should have precedence over units pledged with caveats, as these will not tie down the hands of Force Commander in operational decisions.

In short, we need to have a selection policy’ that is a natural extension of the PCRS to ensure that the most ready, capable, well-equipped and willing contingents are selected for deployment, he said.

He also stressed on the need for instances of under-performance to be assessed, saying such assessment needs to examine whether there were units available at higher levels in PCRS that were overlooked during selection; whether caveats have impacted performance; whether poor performance is due to lack of resources, including equipment; or whether the mandate, including guidelines, were not clear, resulting in unsatisfactory implementation.

Honest assessment and feedback is essential to have an effective accountability system. Assessing performance without determining accountability will leave us open to repeating errors, he said.

India is among the largest troop contributors to UN peacekeeping. India has co-deployed troops from Kazakhstan as part of its battalion in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

In partnership with the US, India also co-hosts the UN Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP), with special focus on capacity building in peacekeeping. India and the US have also deployed a joint Mobile Training Team (MTT) to Zambia for conducting training in peacekeeping.
Addressing the event, Guterres said “performance is a collective responsibility of all those involved in peacekeeping. This responsibility starts with the Security Council, and the adequate defining of mandates”.

Performance is also the responsibility of Member States as troop and police contributors, host governments, members of the General Assembly, as financial contributors and providers of capacity-building support.

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Oscars 2020: The Winners

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In a dazzling bombshell, Bong Joon Ho’s dark satire “Parasite” nearly cleared the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night, leaving a mark on the world en route. “Parasite” turned into the main unknown dialect film to win the best picture. Its triumphs in the global component movie, executive and unique screenplay classifications were additionally a first for a South Korean motion picture. The film just lost in two classifications: film altering and generation structure. Taika Waititi caught adjusted screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit.”

“Parasite” beat out Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” Todd Phillips’ “Joker” — which had driven designations with 11 — Quentin Tarantino’s “Sometime in the distant past in Hollywood,” Sam Mendes’ “1917,” James Mangold’s “Passage v Ferrari,” Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” for the top prize.

In the interim, Renée Zellweger (“Judy”), Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) proceeded with their honors season strength with their acting successes. Mendes’ war dramatization “1917,” which was required to administer the late evening following its 10 gestures and excellent honors season, just brought home three prizes in specialized classes. “The Irishman” was scorned altogether, regardless of its 10 selections.

Here’s the full rundown of 2020 Oscar victors:

Best Picture:

  • “Passage v Ferrari” — Walt Disney
  • “The Irishman” — Netflix
  • “Jojo Rabbit” — Fox Searchlight
  • “Joker” — Warner Bros.
  • “Little Women” — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • “Marriage Story” — Netflix
  • “1917” — Universal/Amblin Partners
  • “Quite a long time ago in Hollywood” — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • “Parasite” — Neon (WINNER)

Lead Actress:

  • Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet” — Focus Features
  • Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story” — Netflix
  • Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women” — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Charlize Theron, “Stunner” — Lionsgate
  • Renée Zellweger, “Judy” — LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions (WINNER)

Lead Actor:

  • Antonio Banderas, “Torment and Glory” — Sony Pictures Classics
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, “Quite a long time ago in Hollywood” — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Adam Driver, “Marriage Story” — Netflix
  • Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” — Warner Bros. (Victor)
  • Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes” — Netflix

Director:

  • Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman” — Netflix
  • Todd Phillips, “Joker” — Warner Bros.
  • Sam Mendes, “1917” — Universal/Amblin Partners
  • Quentin Tarantino, “Quite a long time ago in Hollywood” — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” — Neon (WINNER)

Original Song:

  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4” — Walt Disney
  • “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman” — Paramount (WINNER)
  • “I’m Standing With You,” “Leap forward” — Walt Disney
  • “Into the Unknown,” “Solidified 2” — Walt Disney
  • “Stand Up,” “Harriet” — Focus Features

Original Score:

  • “Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir — Warner Bros. (Victor)
  • “Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • “Marriage Story,” Randy Newman — Netflix
  • “1917,” Thomas Newman — Universal/Amblin Partners
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams — Walt Disney

Best International Feature Film:

  • “Corpus Christi,” Jan Komasa — An Aurum Film Production
  • “Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov — A Pharmachem/Apolo Media/Trice Films Production
  • “Les Miserables,” Ladj Ly — A SRAB Films Production
  • “Torment and Glory,” Pedro Almodóvar — An El Primer Deseo/El Deseo Production
  • “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho — Neon (WINNER)

Makeup and Hair:

  • “Stunner” — Lionsgate (WINNER)
  • “Joker” — Warner Bros.
  • “Judy” — LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions
  • “Baneful: Mistress of Evil” — Walt Disney
  • “1917” — Universal/Amblin Partners

Enhanced visualizations:

  • “Justice fighters: Endgame” — Walt Disney
  • “The Irishman” — Netflix
  • “The Lion King” — Walt Disney
  • “1917” — Universal/Amblin Partners (WINNER)
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” — Walt Disney

Film Editing:

  • “Passage v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland — Walt Disney (WINNER)
  • “The Irishman,” Thelma Schoonmaker — Netflix
  • “Jojo Rabbit,” Tom Eagles — Fox Searchlight
  • “Joker,” Jeff Groth — Warner Bros.
  • “Parasite,” Jinmo Yang — Neon

Cinematography:

  • “The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto — Netflix
  • “Joker,” Lawrence Sher — Warner Bros.
  • “The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke — A24
  • “1917,” Roger Deakins — Universal/Amblin Partners (WINNER)
  • “Sometime in the distant past in Hollywood,” Robert Richardson — Sony Pictures Releasing

Sound Mixing:

  • “Promotion Astra” — Walt Disney
  • “Passage v Ferrari” — Walt Disney
  • “Joker” — Warner Bros.
  • “1917” — Universal/Amblin Partners (WINNER)
  • “Sometime in the distant past in Hollywood” — Sony Pictures Releasing

Sound Editing:

  • “Passage v Ferrari,” Don Sylvester — Walt Disney (WINNER)
  • “Joker,” Alan Robert Murray — Warner Bros.
  • “1917,” Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate — Universal/Amblin Partners
  • “Sometime in the distant past in Hollywood,” Wylie Stateman — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” Matthew Wood, David Acord — Walt Disney

Supporting Actress:

  • Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell” — Warner Bros.
  • Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” — Netflix (WINNER)
  • Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit” — Fox Searchlight
  • Florence Pugh, “Little Women” — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Margot Robbie, “Stunner” — Lionsgate

Best Documentary Short Subject:

  • “In the Absence,” Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam — A Field of Vision Production
  • “Figuring out how to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger — A+E Networks (WINNER)
  • “Life Overtakes Me,” Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas — Netflix
  • “St. Louis Superman,” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan — MTV Documentary Films/AJE Witness
  • “Walk Run Cha-Cha,” Laura Nix — The New York Times Op-Docs

Best Documentary Feature:

  • “American Factory,” Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar — Netflix (WINNER)
  • “The Cave,” Feras Fayyad — National Geographic
  • “The Edge of Democracy,” Petra Costa — Netflix
  • “For Sama,” Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts — PBS Distribution/Channel 4/Frontline
  • “Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov — Neon

Ensemble Design:

  • “The Irishman,” Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson — Netflix
  • “Jojo Rabbit,” Mayes C. Rubeo — Fox Searchlight
  • “Joker,” Mark Bridges — Warner Bros.
  • “Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran — Sony Pictures Releasing (WINNER)
  • “Sometime in the distant past in Hollywood,” Arianne Phillips — Sony Pictures Releasing

Creation Design:

  • “The Irishman,” Bob Shaw and Regina Graves — Netflix
  • “Jojo Rabbit,” Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova — Fox Searchlight
  • “1917,” Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales — Universal/Amblin Partners
  • “Sometime in the distant past in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh — Sony Pictures Releasing (WINNER)
  • “Parasite,” Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram and Cho Hee — Neon

Best Live Action Short Film:

  • “Fraternity,” Meryam Joobeur — Traveling, les films qui voyagent
  • “Nefta Football Club,” Yves Piat — A Les Valseurs Production
  • “The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry — A Marshall Curry Production (WINNER)
  • “Saria,” Bryan Buckley — A Hungry Man Inc. Generation
  • “A Sister,” Delphine Girard — A Versus Production

Adjusted Screenplay:

  • “The Irishman,” Steven Zaillian — Netflix
  • “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi — Fox Searchlight (WINNER)
  • “Joker,” Todd Phillips, Scott Silver — Warner Bros.
  • “Little Women,” Greta Gerwig — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • “The Two Popes,” Anthony McCarten — Netflix

Original Screenplay:

  • “Blades Out,” Rian Johnson — Lionsgate
  • “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach — Netflix
  • “1917,” Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns — Universal/Amblin Partners
  • “Some time ago in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho, Jin Won Han — Neon (WINNER)

Enlivened Short:

  • “Dcera,” Daria Kashcheeva — Miyu Distribution
  • “Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry — Sony Pictures Releasing (WINNER)
  • “Kitbull,” Rosana Sullivan — Walt Disney
  • “Important,” Bruno Collet — A Vivement Lundi ! Generation
  • “Sister,” Siqi Song — A California Institute of the Arts Production

Enlivened Feature:

  • “The most effective method to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Dean DeBlois — Universal
  • “I Lost My Body,” Jeremy Clapin — Netflix
  • “Klaus,” Sergio Pablos — Netflix
  • “Missing Link,” Chris Butler — United Artists Releasing
  • “Toy Story 4,” Josh Cooley — Walt Disney (WINNER)

Supporting Actor:

  • Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes” — Netflix
  • Al Pacino, “The Irishman” — Netflix
  • Joe Pesci, “The Irishman” — Netflix
  • Brad Pitt, “Some time ago in Hollywood” — Sony Pictures Releasing (WINNER)
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Hollywood big names paid tribute to unbelievable Kirk Douglas, the remainder of the goliaths who managed Hollywood’s Golden Age, following the updates on the on-screen character’s passing.
He spent away on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills here. His child the on-screen character Michael Douglas declared the passing in an announcement on his Facebook page.
After the updates on his death, stars met up via web-based networking media to share tributes to and recollections of the late on-screen character reports hollywoodreporter.com.
Michael shared an endearing note on Instagram, saying: “It is with gigantic misery that my siblings and I declare that Kirk Douglas left us today at 103 years old. To the world, he was a legend, an entertainer from the brilliant period of motion pictures who lived ways into his brilliant years, a philanthropic whose promise to equity and the causes he had faith in setting a standard for us all to strive for.”
In an announcement, producer Steven Spielberg communicated how “respected” he felt to have worked with the late on-screen character.
“Kirk held his celebrity charm right to the finish of his brilliant life and I’m respected to have been a little piece of his most recent 45 years. I will miss his manually written notes, letters, and protective exhortation, and his insight and mental fortitude – even past such a stunning group of work – are sufficient to move me for the remainder of mine,” Spielberg said.
Entertainer Lee Purcell stated: “It is with extraordinary pity and regard that I ponder the death of Kirk Douglas. At the point when we cooperated on the component film ‘Run’, it was an upbeat and lowering experience to see Kirk, as of now the symbol of symbols for a considerable length of time, come bouncing onto the set every day overflowing over with eagerness and vitality. He set a fine model for everybody from cast to the team to executives.
I have an exquisite note he sent me only two or three months back on my office divider obvious as I compose this that I will consistently prize. Bon Voyage, Kirk, you are a genuine mensch. My most profound sympathies to Anne, Michael and the remainder of the family.”
Entertainer Rob Reiner additionally offered his feelings of appreciation to Kirk through a post on Twitter. He posted: “Kirk Douglas will consistently be a symbol in the pantheon of Hollywood. He put himself at risk to break the boycott. My adoration goes out to my companion Michael and the entire family.”
On-screen character Ed Asner additionally took to Twitter to communicate his sympathies, stating “I will consistently be in wonder. May your memory always be a gift”.
On-screen character Jamie Lee Curtis composed: “‘ I love you ‘Spartacus’, like the dad I never had’. Antoninus… I had a dad and he cherished you as the world adored you. Your Passion. Ability. Legislative issues. Family. Craftsmanship. Quality. I grew up with the Douglas young men. My adoration to Anne and all his family from mine.”
Danny DeVito additionally stated: “Kirk Douglas. The motivational Scalawag. 103 years on this planet. That is got a pleasant ring to it! Incredible hanging with you man.”
Bruce Campbell pronounced Kirk as “a mainstay of Hollywood has fallen”, reports variety.com.
Mitzi Gaynor, one of Douglas’ previous co-stars in the Golden Age of Hollywood, said thanks to him for “offering your astonishing ability to us all”.
Entertainer Mark Hamill expressed: “Kirk Douglas was probably the greatest star ever and a splendid on-screen character with a remarkable, blasting appeal. He will likewise be associated with risking his profession by opposing the Hollywood Blacklist, procuring author Dalton Trumbo for the great Spartacus. #RIP”.
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