One killed in Bengal violence

first_imgA day after the Supreme Court declined to interfere in the case of the unopposed victory of the Trinamool Congress on many seats in the West Bengal Panchayat elections, violence was reported on Saturday in certain parts of the State over the panchayat board formation.One person was killed in the Uttar Dinajpur district when violence broke out in the Islamapur area over electing a panchayat pradhan. Lal Mohammad died of injuries in a crude bomb explosion. Four others sustained injuries in the violence, said the police.According to the Opposition, the violence reflected feud within the Trinamool Congress. Trinamool Congress district president Amal Acharya admitted to factionalism and said that the party will not tolerate this.Violence was also reported in Malda, Birbhum and Cooch Behar districts. In some areas, the election of panchayat pradhans was suspended by the administration over apprehension of violence.Opposition parties could not file nominations in 20,698 (35.26 %) seats for the three-tier panchayat elections . In the remaining seats which went to polls in May 2018, the Trinamool Congress won 95% of the zila parishad seats, 81% of the panchayat samitis, and nearly 67 % of the gram panchayat seats.In some panchayats, Opposition parties came together to keep the Trinamool Congress out.last_img read more

PM Narendra Modi wishes Indian team for Women’s World Cup final

first_imgIndia are facing hosts England in the Women’s World Cup final today at the iconic Lord’s stadium.On their road to the final, India have won six of their 8 matches — the two losses coming against South Africa and Australia in the league stage.This is the second time in the history of India women when they have the reached the final of the World Cup.The last time India were in the final was in 2005 Women’s World Cup where they were up against Australia and were decimated by 98 runs.This time though, India beat the defending champions in the semi-final to make it to the last step thanks to a blistering 171 not out in 115 balls by Harmanpreet Kaur.India had defeated England earlier in the tournament opener by 35 runs but since then, England have gone on to win all their matches to reach the final.India have looked a compact unit this year and the most interesting thing about Women in Blue has been to see different players stepping up for the team on different days.Be it from Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma and Harmanpreet in the batting department to Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti and of course Jhulan Goswami in the bowling unit.Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the girls all the best for the final on Twitter.As our women’s cricket team plays the World Cup finals today, I join the 125 crore Indians in wishing them the very best! @BCCIWomen- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017He also posted a series of tweets applauding the efforts of all the players and spoke of the efforts that each player has put throughout the Women’s World Cup in England.advertisementCaptain Mithali Raj has been leading from the front. Her cool approach to the game shall surely help the entire team. @M_Raj03- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017All the best @mandhana_smriti! Have a great game out there and play with calm and poise.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017India wishes Poonam Raut the very best for the Women’s World Cup Final. Her game makes all of us very proud.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Who is not a fan of Harmanpreet Kaur? Her stellar innings in semi finals will always be remembered. Do your best today! @ImHarmanpreet- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Good luck to Deepti Sharma for the finals. She adds immense value to the team & her game has changed the course of many matches.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017The experienced Veda Krishnamurthy gives a much needed stability to the middle order. All the best for today.  @vedakmurthy08- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Sushma Verma plays the important role of the wicket keeper. Remember, catches win matches 🙂 @ImSushVerma- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Jhulan Goswami is India’s pride, whose wonderful bowling helps the team in key situations. All the best Jhulan.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Shikha Pandey’s all round performances are crucial to the team. Best of luck!- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Poonam Yadav’s fantastic bowling can be lethal for even the best batsmen. Best wishes!- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Rajeshwari Gayakwad is known for her economic bowling performances. Good luck!- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017last_img read more

Neymar: Red card was harsh

first_imgPSG ‘It was exaggerated’ – Neymar believes red card was harsh Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 12:57 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images PSG Neymar Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 Olympique Marseille v PSG PSG’s star forward believes his sending off during the draw against Marseille was unfair Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar felt his red card against Marseille was harsh, saying he had numerous marks on his body to show from the Le Classique.The Brazil forward was sent off in the 87th minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw after clashing with Lucas Ocampos and picking up a second yellow card.PSG 17/4 favs to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neymar was fouled five times – the most of any player – during the encounter, which PSG took a point from thanks to Edinson Cavani’s free-kick.The 25-year-old, who earlier delayed taking a corner as objects thrown from the stands rained down around him, was unhappy with his sending off, criticising referee Ruddy Buquet.Two yellow cards in as many minutes – and Neymar is OFF! pic.twitter.com/fZkKDYYU2Y — Goal (@goal) October 22, 2017 “I think it was exaggerated, yes. And unfair. I spent the whole game getting enough. I have many marks on my body,” Neymar told Esporte Interativo.”It was a move I tried to continue after suffering a foul. I was annoyed at the blow from behind.”Neymar added: “The referee did what he wanted, which was to send me off and appear more than the players.”PSG are four points clear atop Ligue 1 after the draw, with Neymar set to miss Friday’s clash against Nice.last_img read more

Californians – Take Action Now to Protect Independent Travel Professionals

first_imgIn 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that threatens the business model of travel agencies in California that rely on independent contractors (ICs) to sell travel, known as the Dynamex decision. Last month, the California Assembly passed legislation (Assembly Bill 5) to “codify” the holding in the Dynamex decision – making it applicable to nearly everyone in every industry – by a vote of 59 to 15. The California Senate will soon vote on the bill, perhaps as early as later this month. It is critical that this legislation be amended to protect the independent advisor model that has existed in our industry for decades and provides opportunities for thousands of small business owners. As such, ASTA is working with the California Coalition of Travel Organizations, our consortia and host agency partners and others to get as many Californians as possible to call or email their state senators and ask them to amend the bill. Please take two minutes to do so today via our grassroots portal: Act Now to Voice Your Rights as a Travel Professionallast_img read more

Monsoon mayhem Various incidents of road cavein reported from Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: The rainfall in 2018 continued to wreak havoc on Gurugram infrastructure and it was said that things will get improved in 2019. Ironically, this year’s monsoon has witnessed more waterlogging and road cave-in incidents than the previous year. If in 2018, a massive cave-in near IFFCO Chowk made the headline, this year it was seen at Basai road with a 15 feet deep hole at the busy route.With the massive hole being a cause of serious embarrassment for public officials, various public agencies shifted the blame to other agency for the maintenance of the road. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe cave-in of the Basai road came just a day after the IFFCO Chowk underpass caved in.Some of the prominent places where the incidents of road caving in have been reported in the past include IFFCO Chowk. IFFCO Chowk flyover, Hero Chowk, and Cybercity road. These areas are not only known as the busiest routes but are also in the process of development which is cited by the government for projecting Gurugram as an Icon city. Following the poor state of road infrastructure, various residents have taken to social media and are demanding accountability from the public officials. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsApart from the issue of poor condition of the roads, there are complaints of poor upkeep of roads by the public agencies. Most of the resident bodies, however, claim that there is a lack of proactive action among the public agencies towards the improvement of the roads in the city. In the past, residents have pooled money themselves to build and maintain roads for better connectivity. “There is not a single road in the city at present that are free from potholes. While there are a lot of construction activities happening at the prominent stretch of Golf Course Road and NH-8, the condition of rest of the road continues to be in the poor state,” added Rashmi Singh, a city resident. The crumbling infrastructure and the poor state of roads were raised prominently after the heavy rains on July 29 in 2016 that crippled the city. Following the debacle, the public agencies along with the cooperation with central agencies tried to put a lot of investment in revamping the major routes like NH-8, Sohna Road, MG Road, Golf Course Road and Golf Course Extension Road. Crores were spent on revamping the major city roads but the complaint of not tackling the problem of internal roads remained till now. The state government has launched a Har Path app for people to upload the pictures of bad roads in the city. The presence of multiple agencies for road maintenance, however, prevents fixing of accountability.last_img read more

Wanda Sykes Speaks Out Against Continuous Chaining Of Dogs

first_imgIn letters sent last week on PETA’s behalf, Wanda Sykes urges the mayors and city council members of Suffolk and Newport News to follow the leads of nearby Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, and her native Portsmouth and enact legislation that bans or significantly restricts the continuous chaining of dogs.As Sykes explains, forcing highly social pack animals to live their lives at the end of a chain is both cruel and dangerous since chained dogs are more likely to become aggressive and attack people, children especially.“Dogs ask for so little yet give us so much. The very least that we can do for them is to pass a law that protects them from the cruelty of being chained their entire lives,” writes Sykes. “I truly hope that Newport News [and Suffolk join] dozens of other U.S. jurisdictions—including my hometown of Portsmouth—that have passed anti-chaining laws in response to public safety and animal welfare concerns.”PETA responds to more chained-dog cases in Suffolk than in any other city in the area, but the 24/7 chaining of dogs is also common in Newport News. Just this winter, a PETA fieldworker found two malnourished dogs chained in a Newport News backyard with no access to food or water. Just feet away lay the body of a third dog who, as revealed by a necropsy, had starved to death. PETA has since filed charges against the homeowner.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Euro currency remains a work in progress on 20th birthday

first_imgFRANKFURT — The euro is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, but the countries that use it are still wrestling over how the shared currency should work and how to fix flaws exposed by the debt crisis that marred its second decade.The shared currency, launched on Jan. 1, 1999, was seen as a solution to the constant quarrels over exchange rates that had marked European politics after World War II. Britain, notably, opted out, but today 19 of 28 EU countries use the euro.The euro is credited with increasing trade between members. But countries have struggled to adjust to trouble after giving up two big safety valves: the ability to let their currency’s exchange rate fall to boost exports, and to adjust their own interest rates to stimulate business activity.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Côte dIvoire carries out nationwide polio campaign with help of UN mission

17 August 2009The Government of Côte d’Ivoire is wrapping up a nationwide campaign to immunize children against polio today, carried out with the help of the United Nations mission which provided logistical support to the effort to stamp out the highly infectious and incurable viral disease. Some 6 million children were targeted in the four-day campaign, which began on 14 August and is part of the National Immunization Days. The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) transported medical teams and equipment in 41 localities in the departments of Odienné and Daloa. UN Police were also mobilized to assist throughout the campaign. The mission will continue to assist authorities over the next few days as they evaluate the immunization efforts, which were also supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Polio – contracted through contaminated food, water and faeces – was almost eradicated in Côte d’Ivoire until a case was confirmed in December 2008 in Adiaké in the country’s east. The disease attacks the nervous system and mainly affects children under five. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, usually in the legs, and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their respiratory muscles become immobilized. read more

UK emphasises on need for sensible economic reforms in Sri Lanka

The British Government has emphasised on the need for sensible economic reforms in Sri Lanka.The British High Commission in Colombo quoted the British High Commissioner James Dauris as saying that there are a number of companies who have stories of successful investments which illustrate the possibilities for doing business in Sri Lanka today, opportunities that will only grow with sensible economic reform. “We are proud of our people to people links, and of the hundreds of thousands of people of Sri Lankan origin living in the UK who help to make our country as successful as it is today. Today we celebrate our links through parliamentary traditions, the law and the Commonwealth.  We were very pleased to have President Sirisena lead Sri Lanka’s delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April. Our countries share flourishing educational and cultural links, a large part of the important work being done by the British Council in Sri Lanka,” he said.The High Commissioner also said that the UK supports Sri Lanka in a number of projects including achieving its objective of being free of mines by 2020, promoting inter-religious dialogues in Trincomalee and Batticaloa, working with the Sri Lankan Police Service on tackling violence against women and supporting Sri Lanka’s Peace-building Priority plan.  The British government is currently providing funding of more than £50 million to development support in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The event was attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, Ministers and Members of Parliament, leaders of industry and heads of professional organisations, members of government departments and agencies, the police, the armed forces, university chancellors, senior journalists and civil society leaders. The High Commissioner had made the comments at a reception hosted by the High Commission for the Queen’s Birthday Party, celebrating the friendship between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. read more

Security Council adds 2 names to list of AlQaida and Taliban operatives

The updated list now includes a new entity, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, submitted by China, as well as an additional individual, Wa’el Hamza Julaidan, submitted by Saudi Arabia.Security Council measures were originally adopted in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of United States embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam and later tightened. They require States to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group.Countries are also obliged to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities. read more

Marner has three assists as Toronto Maple Leafs edge Boston Bruins

TORONTO — Mitch Marner had three assists and Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,600th NHL game as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night.Each teams scored twice in a frenetic second period that saw Boston outshoot Toronto 18-9. With the Leafs leading 3-2 going into the third, Boston’s Danton Heinen hit the goalpost but the Bruins could not breach the Leaf defence.Zach Hyman added an empty-net goal with 1:35 remaining to seal the deal.It was the 672nd meeting between the two Original Six teams in a rivalry that dates back to 1924.Travis Dermott, Igor Ozhiganov and Josh Leivo also scored for Toronto (17-8-0). It was Ozhiganov’s first career NHL goal and the second for Dermott. Marner collected a pair of primary assists, upping his NHL-best total to 24 (he has 27 assists in all).David Pastrnak, who had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Toronto on Nov. 10, scored twice for Boston (13-7-4).The Bruins lost Kevan Miller late in the first period after the defenceman took a puck to the throat area off a John Tavares shot.Both teams were playing their fourth game in six nights. Toronto started the night fourth overall in the league with 32 points, two ahead of seventh-place Boston. The Leafs were third in the Atlantic Division, just above Boston.The Bruins, who won 3-2 in Montreal on Saturday night, arrived having won two straight and three of their last four. Toronto was coming off a 6-0 win over visiting Philadelphia on Saturday night.Maleau, a 39-year-old Leafs winger, is the 11th NHLer to reach the 1,600 regular-season game milestone. Marleau has missed just 31 games over 21 seasons since making his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1997.“Great great human being,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said prior to the game.“Hard worker, great pro, great person,” he added. “So important for this team it’s not even funny and I’m not even talking about what he does on the ice. He’s fantastic.”Marleau got a standing ovation from the Scotiabank Arena crowd after a video tribute in the first period.Boston’s David Backes had an excellent chance early on but his shot clipped the top of the crossbar. Hyman needed some early repair work after Miller’s stick came apart and a piece hit Hyman in the face.Toronto’s Nazem Kadri hit the goalpost with a backhand after being put in alone by a Dermott stretch pass. Boston’s Colby Cave hit the Toronto crossbar soon after with a shot through traffic.Dermott finally beat Jaroslav Halak with a shot through traffic at 17:44 for his first of the season after the Bruins top line couldn’t clear the puck.Boston, gaining momentum, outshot Toronto 10-0 to open the second period before Toronto put up a shot midway through the period. Pastrnak, off a feed from Brad Marchand, tied it up on the power play at 3:39The Bruins hit another goalpost on the power play later in the second period. Seconds later, with the penalty over, a freewheeling Marner found Ozhiganov cruising in from the point and his shot banked in off a Boston body at 13:06. Pastrnak tied it up at 14:22, taking a nifty Torey Krug pass to the side of the net before slotting it past Frederik Andersen to up his season total to 19.Leivo put Toronto ahead 3-2 on the power play at 18:38, banging home a Tyler Ennis rebound after a Marner rush.Both teams were missing key parts.Toronto was without Auston Matthews (shoulder) while restricted free agent William Nylander remains unsigned. The Bruin injured list included star centre Patrice Bergeron (rib) and defencemen Zdeno Chara (left knee) and Charlie McAvoy (concussion).Sweden’s Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, known as JFK, centred the Bruins’ top line in Bergeron’s absence. Toronto defenceman Nikita Zaitsev missed the morning skate because of illness but played anyway.Andersen came into the game with 10-1-0 regular season record against Boston — he is 3-3 in the post-season. His last meaningful start against the Bruins was Game 7 of the first round of the 2017-18 playoffs when Boston rallied to end the Leafs’ season with a 7-4 win.Toronto hosts the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Press read more

Biofuel Bentley Breaks Ice Speed Record

first_imgA Bentley has just broken the world ice speed record. And it did it running on biofuel.The car managed to reach a speed of 202 miles per hour while racing across the frozen ice, topping the previous record of 199.83 mph. Both records were held by legendary rally driver Juha Kankkunen.The car itself is a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible, which has been limited to tiny production run of just 100. It features a 6-litre, twin turbo-charged W12 engine that produces 640 PS, making it Bentley’s most powerful car yet. It’s also powered by E85 bio-ethanol, though the car can also run on gasoline, or a combination of the two fuel sources. According to Bentley, the fuel system offers a “reduction of up to 70 percent in CO2 emissions on a well-to-wheel basis.”last_img read more

Google launches Prizesorg

first_imgLast year Google acquired Slide, a company best known for its 3rd-party Facebook apps and photo sharing software. It was also founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. Now it seems Slide is reappearing in a different guise running the new website Prizes.org.The idea behind Prizes.org is a simple one: let anyone create a contest for a problem they need solving. In return for the help of the community you offer a prize/reward for solving that problem. So, for example, maybe you have a logo that needs designing, are stuck for what to say at a speech you have to give, or simply want some help writing a resume. Through Prizes.org you can get that help and the winner of your contest earns some cash as a reward for their expertise.AdChoices广告Although from the frontpage it’s impossible to tell who is behind the site, a quick look at the Privacy Policy reveals a slide.com email address, confirming this is a Google venture. What remains to be seen is whether people are willing to pay for knowledge and help. Will someone pay for help with writing a speech instead of doing a few Google searches for “How to write a speech” or “Speeches for ??? occasions?”With sign ups already happening we can already see a bunch of contests open for such things as trip planning, company naming, best deals on a rental car, and giving someone a makeover. The money on offer ranges from $10-$50, with the $50 contests wanting detailed trip itineraries or complete holiday plans drawn up.One thing missing from the site is any link between your Google account and your Prizes.org login. However, you can already link with your Facebook and Twitter accounts.This isn’t the first time Google has attempted to offer a “pay for answers” service. Some of you will probably remember Google Answers which ran for over four years, but was closed down in 2006. With Answers you could pose any questions and offer a cash reward for the best answer. Prizes.org looks to be a more consumer-friendly version of the same service on first viewing.More at Prizes.orglast_img read more

Dolphins Project Medishare team up for Haiti relief

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Dolphins have teamed up with Project Medishare to assist Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.During Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dolphins Foundation packed hygiene kits for the small island nation ravaged by the powerful storm. Included in the kits was soap, washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and wipes.Hard Rock Stadium will also be collecting donations throughout October.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Russian River Sanctuary Opens Early For Sport Fishing

first_imgJuly 15 – August 20, 2019:fly-fishing-only waters;Sockeye or coho salmon16 inches or longer; 3 per day, 6 in possession in combination, of which only 1 per day, 1 in possession may be a coho salmonLess than 16 inches in length, 10 per day, 10 in possession; This regulatory change is effective 8:00am, Wednesday, June 12 through 11:59pm, Sunday, July 14. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the opening of the Russian River Sanctuary area early for anglers to sport fish for sockeye salmon. Anglers please note that the Russian River Sanctuary Area is Area B in the map below. For addition information on the Upper Kenai River and Russian River Confluence Area, please review page 60 of the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.center_img Anglers are reminded, after August 20, the retention of sockeye salmon is prohibited in this area. The following sockeye salmon regulations apply for the Russian River Sanctuary area:June 12 – July 14, 2019:Sockeye salmon16 inches or greater in length; 3 per day, 6 in possessionLess than 16 inches in length, 10 per day, 10 in possessionlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Northeastern University

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Northeastern University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year.The following Wilmington students were recently named to the University’s Dean’s List for the Spring Semester, which ended in April 2018:Lauren Amazeen, majoring in NursingNupur Neogi, majoring in Computer SciencesSteven Lobao, majoring in EngineeringRyan Fischer, majoring in Mechanical EngineeringTo achieve the Dean’s List distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0, and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career. Each student receives a letter of commendation and congratulation from their college dean.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Northeastern University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Fariha Haque Named To Dean’s List At University Of RochesterIn “Education”4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Northeastern UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

With Millions Pumped into US Senate Race Voters Near Their Limit

first_imgGeorgeAnne Sprinkle says she’s inclined to vote for Begich but all the ads, calls and visits are turning her off.Anchorage resident GeorgeAnne Sprinkle opened her door in College Park this weekend to a stranger who asked for her by name. Her lips were pressed together in controlled fury as the door-knocker started his patter. When he handed her a flyer supporting the re-election of Sen. Begich, Sprinkle kind of lost it.Download Audio “This has got to be the fifth BLEEPing time that someone from Begich has got to the BLEEP damn house! It is so annoying, not to mention phone calls and internet ads! And BLEEPing BLEEP, that doesn’t even count Dan Sullivan! DONE! You’re not going to sway my vote! So annoying!Rob Gruss, a labor activist from Ohio, shrugged off the rant. He explained he is from a group called Working Alaska, not either of the campaigns. If that was supposed to have a calming effect, it didn’t work. The thing is, Sprinkle, a professional organic gardener, already supports Begich. She needs no convincing. Still, she says the relentless messages follow her everywhere. Even at the supermarket, they’re piped into the sound system. And pro-Sullivan door-knockers have come by repeatedly, too.“And in fact,  the smear campaign is causing so much fatigue, it makes me want to not vote. BLEEP it!” she said. She apologized for her language repeatedly but couldn’t seem to stop.She’s hardly the only one fed up with the race. The Begich and Sullivan campaigns have spent more than $14 million so far. Independent groups that support one or the other have spent another $32 million. That comes to more than $180 per likely Alaska voter, and many don’t like the effect it’s having.Heavy Internet users seem especially frustrated. Chris Hines, 33, an IT director, says he’s getting so many ads about the Senate race it almost feels like harassment.“I mean it’s just overload, especially when the ads are exactly the same, over and over and over,” he said.  “It’s getting to the point where I can recite them word for word.”He doesn’t tune in to TV or radio, opting for YouTube and Pandora instead. But, with every online turn, he’s faced with the same few ads, all of them negative, and Hines says, devoid of substance.“Most of them are unskippable. It’s infuriating,” he said.Hines says he generally votes Republican, but he says he won’t vote for Sullivan or Begich, because of their endless ads.“Yeah, they’re backingfiring for sure, with me at least,” Hines says. “Because there’s just no way somebody who has ruined my Internet browsing experience for the last two months, I’m not going to vote for them. I don’t care what platform they’re on.”UAA Journalism Professor Mark Trahant says his students despise the online Senate ads, and part of the problem is the ads themselves.“They’re traditional negative ad campaigns that work great for television but will not work with Millennials,” Trahant says. “And I think they’re absolutely undermining their own message by using them.”Millennial voters – adults in their early 30s and younger – are used to the style of “The Daily Show” and John Oliver, so they expect messages with both humor and meaning, Trahant says. Instead they’re getting clubbed over the head with downbeat monotony.Even teens too young to vote are pretty much forced to watch Senate ads whenever they go online. Allison Haynes, a junior at West High, says whether they’re online for fun or for school work, the ads are unavoidable.“Maybe even during school,” she said. “If a teacher wants to show a YouTube video — maybe a science one, or a French music video, language video — a little negative ad – Dan Sullivan! Mark Begich! – pops up.”More than the sheer number of the ads, she says it’s the negativity that shocks people her age. Haynes says to them it smacks of a big taboo: bullying.“It’s a huge emphasis, teaching anti-bullying campaigns for our generation, so when you see people making negative comments, they’re like ‘Well, we’ve been taught that that’s not OK. What’s going on with this? Why are politicians exempt from these lessons that we have learned from our schools that they’re allowed to make negative comments and lies?’” Haynes says.Haynes is a volunteer for Youth Vote, a group organizing an Anchorage-wide mock election. She says young people listen for the sponsorship and know who is paying for the ads.“It’s not just from the candidates. It’s from the PACs, right?,” she says. “The Lower 48 is coming in. And that’s another reason kids are disinclined to like those ads, because they’re like ‘this is not from Alaska.’The New York Times reports that a Republican digital strategy firm in Viriginia this summer bought all of YouTube’s inventory in Alaska for the final weeks of the campaign. If the strategy backfires, as Prof. Trahant predicts, that could hurt Sullivan. But, if Millennials are so put off by the barrage of ads that they don’t vote at all, that would likely hurt Begich, since young voters lean Democratic.Until the ads stop, Chris Hines, the IT director, is deploying Internet trickery to defend himself. He’s using a VPN service at home. Essentially, he’s routing his Internet traffic through another country – usually the Netherlands — so no one can see he’s in Alaska. It’s slower, and it means he has to sit through a lot of ads in Dutch but he doesn’t care, as long as they’re not about Begich or Sullivan.last_img read more

Shake Shack Files for IPO Will Go Public to Raise 100 Million

first_imgShake Shack, the famous New York-based restaurant chain is all set to go public. The burger giant reportedly filed for an Initial Public Offering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SHAK”.Shake Shack said that it aims to raise about a $100 million in its debut offering through an undisclosed amount of shares. There will be two types of shares after the initial offering.From a Cart to the ‘Big Board’Shake Shack started off as a hot-dog cart on Madison Park, Manhattan, as a public service. According to The New York Times, founders of Shake Shack wrote in a note to investors:”Our vision was for Shake Shack to be a ‘community wealth venture,’ and if it really worked, the park would feel safer, and much-needed dollars would be generated to provide funding for the park’s robust budget for ongoing maintenance, horticulture and public programming.”The company has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Today, Shake Shack operates 63 restaurants around the world. It has also become quite popular with the Wall Street. Shake Shack has also earned some Hollywood fame with mentions in serials like “Tower Heist,” “The Newsroom” and “The Daily Show.”Why the IPO?Shake Shack has mapped a great growth trajectory over the years but as more companies crowd the market, competition has held off growth.In 2013, Shake Shack reported revenue of $84.5 million, up 45% from 2012. Profit was also up 31% from 2012 at $5.4 million in 2013. However, net income fell and sales growth slowed 3%.Also, Shake Shack is looking to fuel its global expansion. Quartz has a few charts that show the company’s growth over the years.last_img read more

Auto industry may further cut production

first_imgInventory pile-up at dearlership level and stock management of the unsold BS IV vehicles has become a problem for the sector.IANSAfter denting the auto sector’s profitability, the consumption slowdown along with the upcoming shift to BS VI standards will further decelerate production, leading to eventual job losses.Industry insiders point out that slowdown, which is a culmination of high GST tax rates, farm distress, stagnant wages and liquidity constraints, has led to the month-on-month sales de-growth.Besides, inventory pile-up at dearlership level and stock management of the unsold BS IV vehicles has become a problem for the sector.According to Grant Thornton India Partner Sridhar V., a further reduction in production due to the continuing de-growth in sales of passenger vehicles can be expected.”OEMs are exploring avenues to minimise cost at a operational level by deferring and tightening the spending rate,” Sridhar V. told IANS.”They also at times resort to production cuts to tide over this difficult phase.”Accordingly, the sales downturn assumes significance as the auto industry contributes to almost half of the manufacturing GDP and 11 per cent of the total GST revenue.”With prolonged weak consumer demand, the inventories at dealer levels have peaked, necessitating production cuts by OEMs,” Richa Bulani, Senior Analyst, India Ratings & Research (Fitch Group), told IANS.”Production cuts may provide some short-term relief to dealers, it negatively affects the entire auto supply chain — OEMs, component suppliers and dealers. Volume growth of components dependent on OEMs will be affected in the first half.”Recently, all major OEMs consisting of passenger, commercial, two and three wheeler manufacturers have reported a massive decline in domestic sales.Figures from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) showed that domestic passenger car sales in June went down by 24.07 per cent to 139,628 units. The July figures are awaited.In the commercial vehicle segment, domestic sales were down by 12.27 per cent to 70,771 units last month.The overall sales of two-wheelers, which include scooters, motorcycles and mopeds, edged lower by 11.69 per cent to 1,649,477 units.In all, the total sales of the Indian automobile sector declined by 12.34 per cent during June 2019 to 1,997,952 units across segments and categories.Consequently, sales slowdown led to curtailment of manufacturing with the domestic passenger cars’ production coming down by 22.26 per cent to 169,594 units from 218,167 units.Similarly, the commercial vehicle production was down by 23.39 per cent to 69,496 units last month. Overall two-wheelers’ production edged lower by 11.70 per cent to 1,915,195 units.The total production of the Indian automobile sector declined by 12.98 per cent during June 2019 to 2,336,138 units across segments and categories.”Tight control on production volumes will continue. Beyond the upcoming festive season when OEMs would expect to have sufficient volume in the channel, they would want to keep production volume output in check,” said Rahul Mishra, Principal, A.T. Kearney.”Volume liquidation pressures due to BS VI and the sluggish demand will not revive production output drastically for the next few months.”last_img read more

This Japanese Candy Factory Plays a Chorus of Kids Saying Thank You

first_img What goes into making candy? Quality ingredients? A delicious recipe? What about 1,500 “thank yous” per minute, piped in over the speakers in the very factory responsible for making said candy? Apparently, that’s how confectioner Takeda Seika in Inuyama in Aichi Prefecture (Japan, of course) operates. Takeda sells Tamago Boro, tiny biscuits that are shaped like eggs – “egg biscuits.” Every day in the factory, workers hear the whir of machinery as well as a recording of a chorus of young children saying “thank you” over and over again. They’re saying it in Japanese: “arigato!” all day long.That’s supposed to help with morale, and help the company keep going, as 15 years ago the president decided that he wanted the candy itself to be reminded that kids continuing to buy the candy keeps them going. Thus, he recorded 50 children saying “arigato” and plays it on a loop. For fifteen years. That doesn’t particularly strike me as inspiring, though. It’s more than a little annoying, and dare I say it, creepy. No one, I mean no one, wants to hear a bunch of kids saying “thank you” that many times a day.Takeda calls their sweet goods as candy that’s heard “thank you” a million times, which isn’t even an exaggeration. The company has been in business since 1952, so you can calculate all the thank yous it’s heard (as well as the employees) since then. Imagine being one of the workers who have to bask in the hellish loop of children saying “thank you” all day, which is totally bizarre to start with. It looks like the company is doing well for itself, but that’s hardly saying anything if its employees have the potential to be driven insane simply by working there on a daily basis. Super weird. Repetition can drive anyone crazy. How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more