Gasperini doesnt underestimate Benevento

first_imgBenevento will be, almost for sure, relegated to the Serie B but Gian Piero Gasperini could see that they have improved a lot lately and can possibly cause a lot of problems to his Atalanta.The experienced Italian knows that his team will have to put one of their best performances to be able to succeed against the last-placed Serie A team and he urged his players to remain fully-focused despite the difference between the sides.Gasperini spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to Football Italia:“There’s no such thing as a game that can be taken for granted, especially not this one, seeing as Benevento have been putting in their best performances lately.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We need to win because we won’t go far if we keep picking up one point at a time, but we’re going to have to work for it.”“Our performance against Inter was very strong, especially the first half, but if you don’t score goals then you don’t win games. This is the moment to grit our teeth and push forward, even if we’re missing a few players.”“We are still in the running for a Europa League place and the other results at the weekend also kept everything in the balance. We aren’t at the final hurdle yet, but we can see the finish line.”last_img read more

TCI with Seven top resorts says Condé NastTraveler

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 23, 2017 – Parrot Cay – Condé Nast, one of the world’s leading travel magazine publications has named its Top 20 resorts in the Atlantic and seven of the spots belong to the Turks and Caicos. Como Parrot Cay tops the Turks and Caicos properties on the list at number 4. West Bay Club at No. 7, Gansevoort is at No. 8, Grace Bay Club is 11th on the list; The Palms is 12th; Seven Stars comes in at No. 15 and at No. 18 is Amanyara on the favorites list of the Reader’s Choice Awards.#MagneticMediaNews#Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 8 Suspicious Vehicle Road Rage False Alarms

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, April 8, 2019:A caller reported hearing a noise and believes someone may be inside her house. Police conducted a walk-through. (12:35am)Police assisted with a motor vehicle lockout at FedEx Warehouse on Ballardvale Street. (7:36am)Fire Department responded to a gas odor on Federal Street. (7:39am)Police assisted Reading Police with pulling over an individual involved in a road rage incident. (2:51pm)Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of Paddock Street. Police confiscated a vape pen from one of the individuals. (6:31pm)A caller stated that a while male in a red hoodie was walking around the parking lot looking in widows. Police checked the area and found no one matching the description. (7:56pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Big deal with steel Rs 5000cr JV between SAIL and ArcelorMittal may

first_imgCoils of steel are seen at an ArcelorMittal Factory in Florange, France, in this file photo. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File PhotoThe much delayed plans of the country’s largest steel maker SAIL to set up a Rs 5,000-crore joint venture with ArcelorMittal seem to be coming to fruition. All hurdles in the formation of a joint venture (JV) between the steel giants have been removed and a final agreement in this regard may be signed next month, Union Steel Minister Chaudhury Birendra Singh said on Sunday.”A feasibility report on the new JV has been prepared and all pre-requisites formalities have been achieved. The final draft of the agreement is ready and it may be signed as early as next month,” Singh told IANS in an email interview.As per an earlier Economic Times report which quoted an official speaking on the issue, both companies had differences on certain points under the Memorandum of Understanding, and so, it was decided to extend it for another three months from the deadline of May 31, 2017.SAIL had even sought help from government thinktank NITI Aayog to resolve differences with ArcelorMittal over setting up of the Rs 5,000-crore autograde steel plant.Besides addressing the automotive sector, the much-awaited JV will focus on producing specialised grade steel products for defence, space and automobiles. It will also provide specialised steel technologies to SAIL, minister Birendra Singh said.More than two years ago, both the steel majors entered into a pact to explore the possibility to set up a Rs 5,000-crore JV to produce automotive steel. However, financial negotiations delayed the formation of the proposed project.In May last year, an inter-ministerial group (IMG) had reviewed the progress of MoU.The proposed JV will construct a cold rolling mill and other downstream finishing facilities in India, touted as one of the fastest growing automotive markets in the world with production expected to double between 2014 and 2020, from 3.6 million units to 7.3 million units.In an investor presentation in June 2015, ArcelorMittal had said the proposed steel plant will come up at a major auto cluster in India.On the steel sector’s debt burden, Singh told IANS that remedial measures like imposition of anti-dumping duty, coupled with various RBI schemes have helped restructure some of the industry’s stressed loans. “Various trade remedial measures, like anti-dumping, safeguard measures, coupled with RBI schemes to restructure outstanding debts (have helped),” he said.”These steps have helped improve the price realisations of the steel companies and are addressing the issue of NPAs of the steel sector gradually,” he added.Consumption-wise, Singh observed that the government’s monetary and policy push to develop the infrastructure sector will raise the overall steel usage in the country.Singh’s optimism stems from the fact that a massive Rs 4 lakh crore has been allocated for infra creation for sectors such as railways, shipping and national highways in the Union Budget 2017-18.In the last fiscal, the total finished steel consumption in the country rose by three per cent to 83.93 million tonnes in the last fiscal from 81.52 mt in 2015-16.last_img read more

Road crash kills 2

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloTwo people were killed and four others injured when a bus rammed a pick-up van at Pakutia in Ghatail, Tangail on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rezaul Karim Shyamol, 32 from Ghatail, Tangail and Kabir Hossain, 30 from Phulbaria, Mymensingh.The accident took place on Tangail-Mymensingh road when the Mymensingh-bound bus from Pabna hit the pick-up van coming from the opposite direction around 11:30 am, leaving a pick-up van passenger dead on the spot and five others injured, said Maksudul Alam, officer-in-charge of Ghatail police station.The injured were taken to Ghatail Upazila Health complex where doctors declared another dead.last_img read more

Munshiganj BCL president arrested in theft case

first_imgLogo of arrestThe president of the Munshiganj unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was arrested from the district town on Saturday night in a case accusing him of physical assault and theft, reports UNB.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).A certain Rehana Begum filed the case against Faisal Mridha, 28, and five others with Munshiganj sadar police station in the evening.She accused them of barging into her house on 27 June, physical assault, theft of money and jewellery.Gazi Salauddin, officer-in-charge of sadar police station, said it is not a political case. “It’s been filed over some local issues,” he said.last_img read more

Wests Wild words Stir Again Kanye Calls Slavery A Choice

first_img Share flickrKanye WestBefore the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a “choice” in an interview Tuesday.“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice,” West said on “TMZ Live” after questions on his pro-President Donald Trump posts and pictures that caused a dust-up last week. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the TMZ employees in the room.“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ’s Van Lathan quickly cracked back at West, as many would in the ensuing hours.Lathan said while West gets to live the elite artist’s life, “the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice.”Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.“Kanye is a dangerous caricature of a ‘free-thinking’ black person in America,” Sanders tweeted. “Frankly, I am disgusted and I’m over it. Also (I can’t believe I have to say this): Slavery was far from a choice.”Others put it more briefly.“Slavery wasn’t a choice,” Russ Bengtson tweeted, “but listening to Kanye is.”West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had liposuction surgery in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short his “Pablo” tour. West said the painkillers drove him to a “breakdown,” which became a “breakthrough” when he found himself again.West also doubled down on his love of the president, which Trump has been returning in tweets.“I just love Trump,” West said, adding that most in hip-hop agreed with him before Trump became president. “Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”last_img read more

Experts say Portrait Isnt of George Washingtons Chef

first_imgBy The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A portrait long thought to be of George Washington’s enslaved chef, who cooked for the former president at Mount Vernon and Philadelphia before escaping, is actually not of Hercules, and isn’t even of a chef, art experts concluded after a two-year study.Experts who gathered in 2017 at Mount Vernon, Washington’s Virginia plantation, unanimously agree the 18th-century portrait believed to be of Hercules wearing a chef’s toque is not actually of the man, Philly.com reported Friday. The findings are now public.The portrait at question, until recently, believed to be of George Washington’s cook, Hercules. (Courtesy Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid)“There is a real sense of loss there. It’s such a powerful portrait,” Mount Vernon senior curator Susan P. Schoelwer told Philly.com.Hercules had cooked for Washington for a number of years before escaping in 1797. He wasn’t heard from again.Schoelwer helped coordinate the gathering to discuss the mystery of “Presumed Portrait of George Washington’s Cook.” The portrait had long been attributed to Gilbert Stuart, best known for his unfinished portrait of Washington. But that also doesn’t appear to be true.Dorinda Evans, a Stuart scholar, said the portrait is “very different from how Stuart would have done it.”The experts agree the painting is from the 1700s and say the subject must be notable if a portrait was commissioned. Experts also said what was thought to be a toque is actually a headdress similar to ones worn in by free Dominicans in other paintings.When journalist and author Ramin Ganeshram, who used the image on the cover of her novel “The General’s Cook,” was told of the experts’ new realization, she couldn’t let it go. Ganeshram is executive director of the Westport Historical Society in Connecticut and gathered information on Hercules, hoping to prove the portrait was of him.Instead, the quest led her to documents about a “Hercules Posey.” Posey is the surname of a previous owner of Washington’ chef. She and her historical society colleague, Sara Krasne, who is a trained genealogist, recovered a death notice from New York City. They believe Hercules was left behind at a Manhattan cemetery when bodies were moved to Brooklyn in the early 1800s. He’s most likely still buried under what is now sidewalk, they said. Two historians agree.“I would totally feel comfortable speculating that it was him,” said Erica Armstrong Dunbar, a history professor at Rutgers University.last_img read more

Single Match Volleyball Tickets Are Now On Sale

first_imgThe season will highlight one of the best Cardinal recruiting classes in recent memory. The 2019 UofL volleyball recruiting class was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the highest ranked class in the ACC and the highest ranking Cardinal class since 2006. To see the complete schedule, click here Print Friendly Version The ranking was announced by PrepVolleyball.com, where a panel of college coaches from across the country and representing all three NCAA women’s volleyball divisions determines the top list of classes. Story Links Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 502-GO-CARDS, or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Single match tickets will also be available for purchase on match days at the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena ticket windows starting one hour prior to match time. Single match tickets can be bought here The University of Louisville volleyball season is right around the corner and there is no shortage of elite competition coming to The Ville and single match tickets go on sale today, Friday, August 16 at 10 a.m.The Cardinals home slate includes 15 matches against teams that were nationally ranked in 2018, as well as 11 matches against teams that earned an NCAA Tournament berth last season. The Cardinals posted a 22-9 record in the 2018 season and made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UofL is led by returning HM All-American Melanie McHenry as well as starters Emily Scott and Piper Roe, a member of the US Collegiate National Team. last_img read more

France Celebrates Soccer World Cup Triumph

first_imgLes Champs Élysées ! 😮😮😮#FRA #CM2018 pic.twitter.com/DsF5EoBEyj— Coupe du Monde 🏆 (@fifaworldcup_fr) July 15, 2018Although the country is still under a high terror threat, the heavy security has not dampened the festive spirit on the streets. Some news outlets also noted the diversity of the French team, which boasted a majority of first-generation French citizens, most of them of African heritage. In France, thousands of people from all walks of life have been thronging the streets, flooding iconic sites of Paris, from the Champs Elysees to the Place de la Republique. The World Cup victory has also fueled French patriotism, with people waving flags and singing “La Marseillaise.” Popular on Variety Jubilant French residents poured out in force on the streets Sunday in celebration of France’s World Cup triumph, which returned the champion’s trophy to France 20 years after its 1998 win.The French team, which beat Croatia by a score of 4-2, went into the tournament as an underdog but ramped up its game as play wore on. The unexpected nature of this World Cup victory boosted French people’s enthusiasm and fueled their emotional reaction to the outcome.French President Emmanuel Macron, who traveled to Russia to watch the final, seemed overcome with joy. He was photographed jumping and shouting in his viewing box, which prompted comments on social media that he might expect his popularity, which has taken a hit recently, to rise, as did Jacques Chirac’s in 1998. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Researchers investigate stellar populations in the central region of the Andromeda galaxy

first_imgThe Andromeda galaxy. Credit: Adam Evans. German astronomers have conducted a study of the central bulge of the Andromeda galaxy and analyzed its stellar populations. The research could improve our understanding of the bulge’s structure and formation history. Results of the study are presented in a paper published July 24 on the arXiv pre-print repository. More information: The stellar populations of the central region of M31, arXiv:1807.09284 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1807.09284AbstractWe continue the analysis of the dataset of our spectroscopic observation campaign of M31, by deriving simple stellar population properties (age metallicity and alpha-elements overabundance) from the measurement of Lick/IDS absorption line indices. We describe their two-dimensional maps taking into account the dust distribution in M31. 80% of the values of our age measurements are larger than 10 Gyr. The central 100 arcsec of M31 are dominated by the stars of the classical bulge of M31. They are old (11-13 Gyr), metal-rich (as high as [Z/H]~0.35 dex) at the center with a negative gradient outwards and enhanced in alpha-elements ([alpha/Fe]~ 0.28+- 0.01 dex). The bar stands out in the metallicity map, where an almost solar value of [Z/H] (~0.02+-0.01 dex) with no gradient is observed along the bar position angle (55.7 deg) out to 600 arcsec from the center. In contrast, no signature of the bar is seen in the age and [alpha/Fe] maps, that are approximately axisymmetric, delivering a mean age and overabundance for the bar and the boxy-peanut bulge of 10-13 Gyr and 0.25-0.27 dex, respectively. The boxy/peanut-bulge has almost solar metallicity (-0.04+- 0.01 dex). The mass-to-light ratio of the three components is approximately constant at M/LV ~ 4.4-4.7 Msol/Lsol. The disk component at larger distances is made of a mixture of stars, as young as 3-4 Gyr, with solar metallicity and smaller M/LV (~3+-0.1 Msol/Lsol). We propose a two-phase formation scenario for the inner region of M31, where most of the stars of the classical bulge come into place together with a proto-disk, where a bar develops and quickly transforms it into a boxy-peanut bulge. Star formation continues in the bulge region, producing stars younger than 10 Gyr, in particular along the bar, enhancing its metallicity. The disk component appears to build up on longer time-scales. Groundbreaking study sheds new light on galaxy evolution © 2018 Phys.org Located some 2.5 million light years away from the Earth, the barred spiral Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, or M31 for short, is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Due to its proximity, M31 is an excellent target to study the detailed evolutionary history of large spiral galaxies.Andromeda’s central bulge is crucial for such studies, so recently, a team of researchers from Germany led by Roberto Philip Saglia of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, decided to analyze the stellar populations of this region in detail.For their research, the team used the 2.7 meter telescope at the McDonald Observatory in Texas to obtain spectroscopic data of M31. The observational campaign allowed the astronomers to uncover simple stellar population properties of the central region of this galaxy, including age, metallicity and alpha-elements abundance.”We observed M31 for 14 nights with the integral-field spectrograph VIRUS-W attached to the 2.7m telescope at the McDonald Observatory, Texas, covering the bulge area with a filling factor of 1/3 and sampling the disk along six different directions, reaching approximately one scalelength along the major axis,” the scientists wrote in the paper.According to the study, the stellar populations in the central region of M31 are fairly old—more than 10 billion years old. In comparison, the stars of the galaxy’s disk are younger by 5 to 6 billion years.In particular, the researchers found that the central 100 arcsec of this galaxy is dominated by old, metal-rich stars at the center with a negative gradient outwards and enhanced in alpha elements.The study reveals that M31’s bulge as well as bar have solar metallicities. The team also found that the bar and bulge have a mean age of 10 and 13 billion years respectively.The authors of the paper concluded that their result suggest a two-phase formation scenario for the inner region of M31.”A classical stellar bulge forms together with a primordial disk, from a quasi-monolithic collapse or violent instability of the turbulent inner proto-disk. On larger scales, the proto-disk develops a bar. The bar buckles and transforms the proto-disk into the boxy-peanut B/P bulge. The stars in this region are mainly old,” the researchers concluded.The team plans further studies of M31 that might shed further light on the sequence of events that built the central regions of this galaxy. Moreover, they will try to calculate the rate of microlensing events expected from the self-lensing of the different populations of the central region of the Andromeda galaxy. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers investigate stellar populations in the central region of the Andromeda galaxy (2018, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-stellar-populations-central-region-andromeda.htmllast_img read more

Bhangar project Construction suspended after inconclusive meeting

first_imgKolkata: The construction work for installing a tower at the power grid project in Bhangar has been suspended as the meeting held between the local people and the district administration officials on Friday failed to arrive at a consensual decision.Another meeting would take place on 31 December in this regard. The local residents and the members of the Jami Jibika Bastutantra O Paribesh Rakshya Committee (JJBPRC) refused to allow the construction of the tower unless their demands are met by the district administration. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe meeting was held for nearly five hours on Friday morning but the issue was not resolved. The members of the JJBPRC staged a demonstration at the project site on Thursday, stalling the construction work of the tower. Some of the villagers and committee members alleged that other development projects which were promised by the government earlier have been stalled as well and hence they would not allow the power project to continue. JJBPRC members also alleged that the local administration had assured them that dredging of river would take place and a hospital would be set up but no steps have been taken so far. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey also alleged that the district administration had agreed to meet certain demands of them, including the introduction of vocational training for the unemployed youths in the area and also setting up of a cold storage for fishermen and farmers. But nothing has happened, they said. It may be mentioned here that a logjam had been created in the power grid project in Bhangar for sometime as they local people did not want the project to take place. The matter was finally resolved following the intervention of the Power department and administration officials in the district. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during her administrative meeting in the district on Thursday, expressed her dissatisfaction over the non-completion of the power grid project and sought an explanation from the Power department officials as to why the project has not been completed despite the efforts made by the state government in this regard.last_img read more

How Cloud Computing Saved My Business

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Some might find it strange that something as ephemeral as the “cloud” could have as great an impact on businesses as more tangible transformational technologies such as the smartphone and computer.With the cloud, businesses don’t have to invest in and maintain costly backroom hardware and software. They are freed from costly, time consuming maintenance and administrative duties and can concentrate on what they really want to do — run a profitable operation.But the cloud is not just transforming how businesses operate. It has been critical to the survival of some companies. Here are three examples of entrepreneurs who have turned to the cloud to both establish and save their businesses.Post.Bid.Ship CEO Micky Thompson1. Post.Bid.Ship A Tucson, Ariz.-based service that matches shippers with goods to haul and carriers looking for freight on their return trips after a delivery.Dilemma: Unable to track marketing efforts or provide sales insights. Post.Bid.Ship was launched in July 2010 to provide matchmaking services between carriers and shippers, but it needed to improve and better coordinate its operations. The company initially had a three-step process — acquiring leads and converting them into clients, handling customer relations, and matching carriers and shippers — each a separate operation relying on traditional media and phone calls.Solutions: Customer relationship management (CRM) service SalesForce.com and Spark by Marketo marketing automation software. The company instituted a nearly paperless combination of online database resources, email and social media, along with the cloud-based SalesForce.com and Spark by Marketo.Instead of print ads or trade shows, Post.Bid.Ship now generates sales leads via the U.S. Department of Transportation’s online Motor Carrier Division databases, supported by email responses to link clicks on its Web site and electronic newsletters. When a lead is entered into any of its systems, the data appears almost instantaneously in the others. When a client shipper or carrier posts a listing on the company’s website, bids with complete information are generated in minutes from SalesForce and Marketo.Related: How to Share Documents in the Cloud, SecurelyUsing targeted online and social media, the company now registers new customers at a nearly 300 percent higher rate than it did using trade shows, print ads and direct sales. What’s more, it has cut sales costs by nearly 71 percent.Without the cloud-based services, Post.Bid.Ship would have needed nearly twice as much initial and operating capital, as well as an around-the-clock IT division and twice as many employees, says CEO Micky Thompson.Other examples cloud-based marketing automation services include Addemar (plans range from $74-$738 a month) and Pardot (plans range from $1,000-$3,000 a month).Patrick Albrecht, owner of Atlanta’s Great Foods Group2. Great Foods Group Operator of four Atlanta-area restaurants: Paul’s, Social Vining’s, The Vinings Fish Company and Dos Amigos Cantina.Dilemma: Managing a growing mountain of paperwork. At one point, Great Foods Group owner Patrick Albrecht had tens of thousands of documents — invoices, receipts, employee checks and pay stubs, tax papers, health department reports — crammed in every nook and cranny of his home and offices. It would take hours to track down documents.Solution: Storing all paperwork with document scanning service Evernote. Albrecht started using Evernote in early 2011, once the software was available with mobile syncing. By committing nearly six years’ worth of documents to the cloud, Albrecht could not only quickly locate specific papers in seconds, but also could compare past transactions to determine which vendors provided the best prices.Albrecht says Evernote helped accelerate the opening of his fourth restaurant, Dos Amigos Cantina, by several weeks. He used the service to create a “new restaurant” checklist of tasks and shared folders with his partners and managers so they could access architectural plans, health department permits and other documents from any device.Related: Why Google Drive Won’t Be a Dropbox KillerEvernote costs $45 a year for 1 GB of document uploads a month. But Albrecht figures moving documents to the cloud cut the company’s overall expenses by about 2 percent a month. He also has emptied his home and offices of boxes, removing an emotional strain on his marriage and creating more space for supplies and seating at the restaurants.Examples of other cloud-based marketing automation services include SpringPad and SimpleNote, both free.CDL Helpers founder and CEO Tucker Robeson3. CDL Helpers Based in Winona, Minn., CDL consults with trucking companies to reduce personnel turnover and increase productivity.Dilemma: Spiraling costs of phone systems. Founded in April 2011, CDL Helpers lends a sympathetic ear to thousands of truckers nationwide. Its half-dozen tactical management agents spend nearly seven hours a day talking with drivers of client companies, collecting anonymous information about their experiences.An automated switchboard phone system to keep in touch with drivers across the country would have cost $1,500, plus another $3,000 to $5,000 to set up and is not easily expandable. In addition, long-distance phone bills would have totaled about $500 a month according to CDL founder and CEO Tucker Robeson.Solution: VoIP-based phone system RingCentral. Launching on a shoestring, Robeson opted instead to use cloud-based RingCentral, which costs $50 a month. It allows Robeson to add lines and extensions via his PC quickly and inexpensively. The only phone equipment CDL needs are $50 PC gaming headsets.Thanks to the cloud, CDL says, it has been able to pass along its cost savings to customers and attract new clients at a faster rate.Another cloud-based expandable phone system is Line2 Professional ($14.95 per month or $149.50 per year).Related: One Tool for Managing All Your Business Schedules May 16, 2012 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Work to find solution to stop Staffordshire road flooding underway

first_img “We are looking at how modifications to the watercourse could help reduce flooding because the brook passes beneath a number of roads and bridges, alterations to these structures to increase capacity are complex. “We are actively trying to find a solution to this issue and have requested funding from the government. We will have to produce a business case demonstrating that the benefits provided by the work are greater than the costs before work on improvements can start.” Further heavy rain is expected in the coming days – with the Met Office issuing 60 hours of yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms across much of the UK – including Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive View gallery Flooding around Stafford – in pictures Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWork is taking place to find a way to stop a busy Staffordshire road from flooding – the Environment Agency have said today (Friday June 21). Sandon Road in Stafford recently flooded after heavy rain fell across the area for several days, leading to the road being closed. The Environment Agency have said there are a number of reasons behind the road flooding – and said they had requested government funding in a bit to resolve the problem. An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: “The flooding at Sandon Road in Stafford is caused by a combination of factors including surface water not draining off the roads and the Sandyford Brook not having enough capacity to hold all the flood water. “We have been working with partners to try and identify a viable solution and have worked with developers to try and reduce run off so less water arrives at the flooded location. Read MorePolice arrest 12 people in historic child abuse investigation in Stoke-on-Trent Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Staffordshire motorway service station rated best in England for second time

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Read MoreThere are 70 new jobs up for grabs at this local company (& this is how you can get one!) Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “Motorway users tell us they have a good experience when visiting service areas, but it’s clear that many do not feel the experience is good value for money. “They want pleasant, well maintained facilities with good quality food choices. “Motorway services continue to play an important safety role providing drivers with the opportunity to take a break. Drivers in the survey confirm they feel less stressed and are more alert after stopping at motorway services.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Read MoreWhat to do if you’ve bought a Rewind North 2019 ticket Norton Canes Services and Stafford South are both owned by Roadchef – with the company saying it had invested in new facilities and dining options at both sites. Commenting on the results, Mark Fox, CEO, said: “We’re thrilled at the success of our M6 sites in the recent Transport Focus survey, especially as Norton Canes has been recognised by customers as the top performing service area for the second year running. “We are proud to continue to invest in our sites, improving and adding facilities to suit all needs and restaurants to suit every taste. “The team works incredibly hard to ensure all our customers have a fantastic experience with us, and these results are a testament to Roadchef’s ongoing commitment to making Britain’s roads safer and motorists happier.” poll loadingWhich service station in North Staffordshire/South Cheshire do you think is the best?0+ VOTES SO FARStafford North (M6)Stafford South (M6)Keele North (M6)Keele South (M6)Sandbach North (M6)Sandbach South (M6)Hilton Park North (M6)Hilton Park South (M6)Knutsford North (M6)Knutsford South (M6)Norton Canes (M6 Toll)Tamworth (M42) Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorway service station in Staffordshire has been named the best in England for the second year running – according to the results of an annual survey. The Norton Canes Service station, on the M6 Toll Road, received a 99 per cent satisfaction rating after previously topping the list last year. Stafford North Services, on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junction 14 and junction 15, was ranked 4th best in England according to the annual survey carried out by Transport Focus, an independent watchdog. The survey looked at 111 of the 112 motorway service areas in England – with only Folkestone Services choosing not to participate – and around 11,600 surveys completed by members of the public while travelling and using the facilities. Read MoreMet Office issues yellow weather warning for rain in North Staffordshire and Cheshire Stafford South Services, which in the 2017 survey was rated second worst in the country, came in eighth overall in 2019 – although this is down from the list in 2018 when it came second. Other service stations along the M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire appeared throughout the list – with Sandbach Northbound finishing worst on 102nd. The worst ranked Staffordshire service station was Keele Southbound at 82nd. The worst ranked service station in England was the Severn Services off the M48 near Bristol. Service stations on the M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire – and where they finished(Ranked highest to lowest – number is overall place in 111 surveyed service stations across England) 1. Norton Canes (M6 Toll – Staffordshire) 4. Stafford Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 8. Stafford Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 10. Hilton Park Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 37. Sandbach Southbound (M6 Cheshire) 40. Keele Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 48. Knutsford Southbound (M6 Cheshire) 62. Hilton Park Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 82. Keele Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 88. Knutsford Northbound (M6 Cheshire) 102. Sandbach Northbound (M6 Cheshire) (Ranks according to Transport Focus Survey in 2019 – as surveyed by approximately 11,600 members of the public) Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more

Book Honduras with Sunwing to earn bonus commission STAR Points

first_imgBook Honduras with Sunwing to earn bonus commission & STAR Points Posted by Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TORONTO — Throughout the month of December, Sunwing is offering agents 4% bonus commission on all new bookings to Roatan and La Ceiba, Honduras.The tour operator has partnered with select hotels and resorts in both destinations for the month of December. The promotion runs until Dec. 31.In addition to commission, agents will also receive STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash. Plus, each time an agent makes a booking to any participating resort in either destination, they’ll gain a ballot for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to one of these vacation hotspots. The more bookings an agent makes, the more chances they’ll have to win.A seven-day, all-inclusive vacation package will be given away each week during the promotion.Participating resorts are offering various incentives throughout the month, from complimentary room upgrades to resort credits. For example, guests can enjoy incredible diving at a reduced rate with select pre-sold packages at Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina in Roatan, a family-friendly resort nestled on its own 21-acre private island.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJOther participating resorts include: Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort; Paradise Beach Hotel and Resort; Infinity Bay Spa and Beach resort; Palma Real Beach Resort and Villas; The Lodge at Pico Bonito, and more.Sunwing offers weekly flights from Montreal and Toronto to both La Ceiba and Roatan. New for this season, clients from Bagotville and Quebec will be able to take advantage of a new flight service to Roatan departing Mondays between Dec. 18, 2017 and April 16, 2018.All packages in the promotion include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. For more information on the promotion, visit sunwingagents.ca. Tags: Commission, Honduras, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Films produced in Europe made up 28 of films broa

first_imgFilms produced in Europe made up 28% of films broadcast by a sample of TV channels during the 2015-16 season, according to the European Audiovisual Observatory.The European 28% of films broadcast by a sample of 131 channels across 18 EU countries comprised 14% for films made in the territory of the channel and 14% of European non-national films, which the Observatory’s Films on TV: Origin, Age and Circulation report said indicated a significant circulation of European movies around different markets.In general, public broadcaster channels broadcast more European films than commercial counterparts. Taking a full day on public television, European films accounted for 44% of all films broadcast. This figure falls to 24% for the commercial TV channels in the sample.The number of European films aired in primetime fell to 23% across all channels, to 39% for public channels and 19% for commercial channels.Of the 15,504 film titles broadcast during the 2015-16 season, 47% were produced in Europe and 47% in the US with the rest of the world making up 6%.However, US films tended to be aired in more countries in the same year. The average US movie was broadcast in 3.1 countries, compared with 1.4 for European movies.Some countries had more success in exporting movies than others, with the majority of the broadcasts of films produced in Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and the United Kingdom happened outside the country of production.Of the 7 231 European films, 66% were accounted for by the top five production countries, and 87% by the top 10.last_img read more

In This Issue   ADP jobs report disappoints

first_imgIn This Issue. * ADP jobs report disappoints. * What will the BLS do today? * U.S. 10-year Treasury hits 2.97%… * China moves into TOP 10! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Jobs Jamboree Friday! Good day. And a Happy Friday to one and all! For those of you who read the Pfennig at the Pfennig Blog site you get to be greeted each Friday with my mug shot. For those that don’t go to the blog site to read it, just image an Adonis looking young man.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right, that’s the ticket! I’ve just cracked myself up and I’m having difficulty calming back down! Well, today is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. The last Jobs report before the Fed meets in less than two weeks. So, needless to say, but I will anyway, this Jobs report is HUGE according to the markets. Personally, I look at the Jobs Jamboree as a useless piece of. you know what. The only real stuff in the report is the Avg. Hourly Earnings and Avg Weekly Hours data. I told you yesterday that the ADP report makes more sense to me, and eventually, the markets will hold my point of view too, for they too will have grown tired of being lied to by the BLS. Speaking of the ADP report. It printed yesterday, and was not as strong as the forecasters had pegged it, coming in at +176,000 jobs created in August, VS the consensus of 184,000. So, the report was disappointing for August, but that’s not all. June and July’s numbers were revised downward. Not by huge amounts, but psychologically 198,000 just doesn’t have the same bell ringing sound as 200,000. So, what does the ADP Jobs report tell us? Well, it tells me, and hopefully you see it as well, that job creation continues to go along at a much slower pace than any before during an economic recovery. But what will the BLS say job creation was in August? The consensus going into the report this morning is for 180,000 jobs to have been created in August. That’s pretty much in line with the ADP report figure of 176,000.. The Unemployment Rate should remain steady Eddie at 7.4%.. What will the markets think of this report and the numbers? I wish I could tell you. But it will take some knucklehead with an ounce of brains to make some comment that the markets pick up on and the next thing you know, it’s the trading idea of the day. For my two cents, I would think that the BLS will not settle for 180,000, and goose the number upward toward 190,000, which on the face value will tickle the markets to thinking this is a good report. And then they’ll be torn between two lovers. feeling like a fool, Loving both of you is breaking all of the rules. You see, the markets will get all lathered up thinking about a strong jobs number, but then realize that the strong jobs number gives the Fed Heads another arrow in their Quantitative Easing tapering quiver. Now, they want to go one way, but realize what’s ahead. Being torn between two lovers for the markets is tough.. Couldn’t really blame you if you turned and walked away. But with everything I feel inside, I’m asking you to stay. Silly song! Well, the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, began yesterday, and so far not much has come from the meeting. In Australia, the folks there go to the polls tomorrow, and from all that I read, and hear, it sounds like a new Gov’t is very likely, with the only question being the size of the new majority. I would think that unless there’s a spanner thrown in the works, that this would all be Aussie dollar (A$) positive. The euro is struggling to hold on to the 1.31 handle this morning, losing almost a full cent yesterday when it looked like the single unit was going to hold 1.32 easily. But NOOOOOOO! There’s a story on the Bloomberg this morning that talks about how the euro is gaining favor as investors’ perceptions of turmoil in financial markets rises. Hedge Funds and other large speculators are the most bullish on the euro since 2011 and for the first time since November 2008, the 90-day correlation between changes in the euro and a Citigroup Inc. index of bond and swaps risk has turned positive. These things are all positive for the euro. And it plays well with my telling you over and over again that this dance is gonna be a drag. No wait! That’s not what I’m trying to say! I’m trying to say that I’ve said over and over again, how the euro might be beaten and beleaguered right now, but it’s still around 1.30 VS the dollar. What does that tell you what the markets think of the dollar? In addition, another thing I keep telling you is that at least the Eurozone is attempting to do something about their parade down deficit street, that took place for about 10 years. The Eurozone leaders might find out that what they’re attempting won’t work, and then go back to the drawing board, but at LEAST THEY’RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THEIR DEBT! The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive call either way on the Jobs Jamboree. There was no chest pounding by European Central Bank (ECB) President, Draghi, yesterday, and kept things grounded by saying that, “the risks for the euro-area growth remain on the downside.” These words are what got the euro on the slippery slope yesterday. Draghi proving once again that you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.. I always like to find stories about Singapore.. They are as not as common to find like stories on the U.S. or Eurozone, or even Japan. I was writing my commentary that goes with every currency for our website research pages, and the legal people questioned where I had gotten the claim that I made that Singapore has announced plans to double the capacity of their airport, build a new waterfront, and other things that will all be good for the economy. They thought I made that up! It took me 20 seconds to find the story on the internet. See what I have to go through to inform people of things? Well. in case you’re reading today my legal beagle friends in Jacksonville, this was in the Bloomberg today Sept 6, 2013. “Singapore Overtakes Japan As Asia’s To Foreign Exchange Hub”. So, now you know why China thinks so highly of Singapore that they announced that Singapore would be the next offshore depository for their currency. (Hong Kong, of course was 1st). Speaking of China. I was interviewed by a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter yesterday about China, and the story that came out yesterday about how the Chinese renminbi / yuan had entered the TOP 10 most-actively traded currencies. The interviewer wasn’t much interested in what I had to say, about what we were seeing on our desk renminbi trading wise. But, it is what it is, right? I told her that we had actually been seeing more people sell their renminbi positions than buy trades. I said that renminbi held here in the U.S. can’t pay any interest, because the cost of holding it eats away the interest, and as long as interest rates here in the U.S. were near zero, holders of renminbi didn’t care if the currency paid no interest. But rates here in the U.S. are inching up. I also told her that for the core people that owned renminbi, did so as a diversification tool, and therefore would continue to hold it. But I guess all that wasn’t sexy enough. But, the real story is how the renminbi / yuan is now #9 in the TOP 10 most actively traded currencies. 10 years ago, when we first offered renminbi deposits, there weren’t but a handful of dealers that even would mess with renminbi. But I think that the trading of renminbi goes hand in hand with the Chinese Gov’t’s plans to gain a wider distribution of the currency. I’ve been at the forefront of talking about China’s plans for their currency, and it’s pretty cool to see this stuff all beginning to take place. The swap news I told you about yesterday that was the first volley by new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Gov. Rajan, was really positive for the rupee, which has now rallied for 3 consecutive days. But don’t think for one minute that the rupee is out of the woods here folks. The Current Account Deficit is still too high (4.8% of GDP), inflation is too high, and it will take some real structural changes to really stabilize the rupee. But they will come, I do believe. Canada will also print a jobs report today for August. Canada has seen some real strong flip-flopping on job creation in recent months, but one would think that with the hiring of workers to help with the cleanup of the Alberta floods, that August would have been a strong month of job creation. That should be Canadian dollar / loonie positive today. Gold got whacked again yesterday, with another $25 coming off its value at one point in the day. What? The price manipulators must be back from vacation. There were gone for August, and the shiny metal recovered nicely. Of course the U.S. Treasury yield hitting 2.97% isn’t helping Gold any. But again, who would buy a Treasury at the current yield when it appears that yields will continue to rise, thus putting your purchase at a loss? I don’t get it. never will.. Before I head to the Big Finish. I saw a comment by Jay Leno that just cracked me up, and plays well with my harping about printing dollars (yes, I know we don’t really print much any longer it’s all keystrokes on a computer, but that doesn’t play well with this joke. ) About $30 Million in $100 bills had to be destroyed because of a printing problem. Isn’t that unbelievable? The thing we know how to do right in this country is print money, and we screw that up? – Jay Leno. For What It’s Worth. I found this on moneynews.com and is a head scratcher, given the job creation that has been reported the past couple of months. But it is what it is. so here you go. “The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms surged in August to their highest in half a year, with industrial goods manufacturers the hardest hit, a report on Thursday showed. Employers announced 50,462 layoffs last month, up 33.8 percent from 37,701 in July, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The August job cuts were up 57 percent from the same time a year ago. For 2013 so far, employers have announced 347,095 job losses, close to the 352,185 that were seen in the first eight months of last year.” Chuck again. OK, so where does the BLS record all this? Or do they even care? It’s probably the latter, folks. sad but true.. To recap. The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive move ahead of the Jobs Jamboree that will print today. The ADP jobs report was a bit disappointing along with its last two months worth of downward revisions. The markets are torn between two lovers. China moves into TOP 10 of most actively traded currencies! Currencies today 9/6/13. American Style: A$ .9170, kiwi .7950, C$ .9575, euro 1.3120, sterling 1.5590, Swiss $1.06, . European Style: rand 10.1735, krone 6.1025, SEK 6.6550, forint 229.30, zloty 3.2745, koruna 19.6310, RUB 33.42, yen 99.70, sing 1.2785, HKD 7.7555, INR 65.23, China 6.1728, pesos 13.33, BRL 2.3235, Dollar Index 82.53, Oil $108.65, 10-year 2.97%, Silver $23.26, Platinum $1,483.30, Palladium $691.43, and Gold. $1,370.84. and it’s Friday, so here’s the link for you to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock, click here. That’s it for today. Cardinals come limping home from a disastrous road trip. There’s still time left in the season, if they can find their lost mojo at home. A GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my son, Alex, who was not only named to the Academic All-American Water Polo Team, but he was named an OUTSTANDING Academic All-American recipient! WOW! Quite an honor! I always knew he was smart, much smarter than me, but this kind of puts it in focus for me. I guess all that staying up late at night and studying is paying off for him! Now, if he can get a college to pay for most of his college education, that would be great! The NFL season got off to an exciting start last night with Peyton Manning throwing 7 touchdown passes in the game! WOW! I wish I had picked him as my quarterback for my fantasy football team now! HA! Well, it’s a Fantastico Friday, and not a day too soon, given all the bull dookie I’ve had to deal with this week. So, let’s go out and have some fun this weekend, and start it off with a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

It sounds like the ultimate white savior movieOsc

first_imgIt sounds like the ultimate white savior movie.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson plays a young scientist who has created a new fast-growing super-rice. She comes to India to convince villagers to switch to this grain. There’s Bollywood-style singing, dancing — and in one scene she even rides a white horse!Called Basmati Blues, the Hollywood film was made in 2013, before Larson was a star. But it’s just now coming out. When the trailer was released in November, with scenes of Larson dressed in elaborate Indian costumes and recoiling from spicy food, Indians around the world took offense, calling out its stereotypes and cliches.The movie is finally being released in the U.S. on Friday, playing in select cinemas and available via video on demand. Critics have not been kind. The L.A. Times called it “a big miss,” while the Village Voice wondered how it “this thing got financed and finished.”In the film, Larson’s character, Dr. Linda Watt, is sent to the southern state of Kerala in India. Gurgon, her greedy corporate boss, played the actor Donald Sutherland, wants her to convince local farmers to switch to the new rice: “India: 500 million farmers, 1.1 billion rice eaters, all of them … potential customers,” Gurgon declares with glee.The problem is that the rice she’s recommending could financially destroy the very people she means to help. The rice is sterile. If farmers grew it, they’d need to spend a lot of money to buy new seeds every year.Along the way, she falls in love with a farmer, who actually trained as a scientist but had to drop out of university. Rajit, as he’s called, is played by American-born actor Utkarsh Ambudkar, who’s appeared in the movies Pitch Perfect and on TV shows like The Mindy Project.The controversy around the film started in November, after the international trailer was released. That’s where the white horse made its appearance, which Linda rides while trying to halt a train loaded with the super-rice.”It plays to stereotypes of an exotic but backward people just waiting for a white person to swoop in and save them,” says Bengaluru-based cartoonist, Manoj Vijayan, in an interview with NPR.That sentiment was shared by people across Twitter.Following the backlash, director Dan Baron and his wife, Monique Caulfield, who produced the film, issued an apology and withdrew the trailer. In a statement to the blog Refinery29 in November, they said: “We deeply regret any offense caused by the Basmati Blues trailer. We have heard a number of voices that have understandably reacted to a trailer that is not representative of the film as a whole.”In January, a new trailer was introduced to the Basmati Blues website, with the white horse scene deleted.The criticism on Twitter however, raged on.The film’s white savior message isn’t the only issue that rankles. “The script seems to have gone overboard with its lazy cliches, the lame jokes and the stereotyping,” says Vijayan. “It’s a sadly missed opportunity to tell a story with some nuance and ends up pandering to tired old preconceptions.”In the scene where Larson first meets Rajit, he greets her while hanging upside down from the roof of a train while she’s seated at the window, as though hanging like possums on trains was perfectly normal in India.In an interview with NPR, Jaya Padmanabhan, an immigration columnist for The San Francisco Examiner, shared some advice for the filmmakers: “Someone should tell Baron and Jeff Dorchen [who wrote the screenplay] to visit India without a camera obstructing their worldview.”Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, South India. Her work has appeared in The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Amazons Whole Foods Deal Will Remake Strip Malls

first_imgAmazon Add to Queue What happens to small businesses if grocery stores shut down? Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shares The implications of Amazon’s $13.7-billion Whole Foods Market purchase will go significantly beyond the world of grocery stores, potentially reshaping retail districts in downtowns and suburban shopping areas across America.Not long ago, the typical American strip mall had a video store, music store and a supermarket. However, Napster and iTunes slayed the neighborhood music store, Blockbuster’s 9,000 video stores were killed by Netflix, and now the local grocery store will get a makeover. It’s a change that will reimagine how we shop and create commercial real estate investment opportunities.Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods dramatically changes the $674-billion U.S. grocery market. On the day the deal was announced, competitors across the board — from Walmart and Costco to Kroger and Sprouts Farmers Market — lost a combined $22 billion of market value. That loss came because investors expect Amazon to utterly transform the grocery business.Related: The Winners and Losers in Amazon’s Whole Foods DealWhat’s so scary about Amazon? It makes every business it competes with efficient, squeezing waste out of the supply chain and compressing margins for the entire industry. Now, Whole Foods’ 450 stores in 42 states will form the start of a nationwide distribution center for groceries that will build upon the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery unit, founded in 2007.All Whole Foods’ stores won’t close, but they will change. Yes, customers will always want a neighborhood store for the touch, smell and feel of certain things — to pick up steaks for a dinner party, for fresh pastries and crisp lettuce. However, Amazon won’t stock high-priced downtown real estate with excessive amounts of paper towels and floor cleaning products, or even dry goods such as pasta or canned beans. The mass of these items will instead be stored and distributed from regional warehouse facilities, perhaps automatically shipped directly to customers using predictive models. As a result, the average size of a typical Whole Foods store most likely will shrink, as will the average grocery store across America.Some supermarkets will stay the same, for people who don’t like shopping online or prefer a trip to the store. Most competitors, however, will adapt to the Amazon model, shrinking their footprint and bolstering online capabilities to become more efficient and automated. Large grocers must now change their business model or go the way of the dinosaur.Related: 8 Interesting Tidbits From Whole Foods’ Town Hall Following the Amazon AcquisitionThis will create significant disruption in commercial real estate as countless supermarkets go out of business, others remodel to occupy a smaller footprint, and some move to new premises. We saw similar disruption after the 2008 financial crisis when thousands of car dealers across America went bankrupt as credit dried up and countless supermarkets closed as property prices crashed. A repeat of that dynamic in the grocery sector will be a significant opportunity for investors in distressed assets. At Northstar Commercial Partners, for example, after the crisis we bought five vacated Albertsons stores in Colorado for less than 10 percent of their replacement value. Each of these were repositioned into alternative uses at attractive prices.Investing in such properties, when they become available, requires a creative approach to what could work in the space, whether it’s a single business or remodeling the space to create a series of smaller units. In the case of those Albertsons stores, for example, one is now occupied by an antique dealer, another by a college that wanted a neighborhood presence.In the coming years, spaces now occupied by supermarkets will become children’s play centers, business incubators, leisure centers and even charter schools. Real estate developers and investors attuned to what will appeal to the local officials charged with revitalizing retail districts will find powerful investment opportunities. The properties vacated by the coming grocery transformation will be sold by real estate investment trusts that are overexposed to assets with declining cash flows, companies selling property to invest in operations, as well as by banks that will foreclose on unprofitable businesses.Related: With Whole Foods Purchase, Amazon Just Bought a Playground for Big DataGrocery stores that shut down will dry up foot traffic that helped nearby nail salons to coffee shops stay profitable, further adding to the real estate disruption. The good news is that as countless big box grocery stores close, we should see a rise in the prevalence of specialty stores such as Tony’s Meats & Market in Denver, Wegmans on the East Coast, and Trader Joe’s nationwide. Chains like these (and other newcomers) will expand and can help anchor and revive many developments.For real estate investors, this evolution will create lots of opportunity as developers and town planners rethink the best use for retail square footage. Investors that buy distressed assets will find plenty of properties coming on the market at 50 percent of their replacement value all the way down to pennies on the dollar.Investors in REITs, funds and other investment vehicles should take a close look at the underlying assets in those portfolios. Some may be overexposed to big box grocery stores and those that have not insulated against this coming risk should be re-evaluated. Conversely, investment groups that have cash on hand and a strategy to take advantage of the coming wave of distressed assets may offer a better investment alternative. Register Now » Brian Watson Chairman and CEO at Northstar Commercial Partners 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 27, 2017 Guest Writer Next Article Image credit: NoDerog | Getty Images Amazon’s Whole Foods Deal Will Remake Strip Mallslast_img read more