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Dominos 2Q sales fall short as delivery services bite

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Domino’s Pizza said aggressive discounting by third-party delivery services like DoorDash is hurting its U.S. sales — and shows no sign of letting up.U.S. sales at stores open at least a year rose 3% in the second quarter. That was below analysts’ forecast of 4.5%, according to FactSet. It was the third straight quarter that U.S. same-store sales have fallen short of expectations, Domino’s CEO Ritch Allison said.Domino’s has its own drivers and doesn’t work with delivery services like UberEats and GrubHub, which are racing to sign up customers with referral bonuses and other deals.“We expect that behaviour to continue for some period of time,” Allison said during a conference call with analysts. “While the economics of the business are still open to question for the long term, the near-term activity indicates investors are willing to lose a lot of money in the short term to drive market share.”Domino’s shares fell 7% to $251.16 in midday trading Tuesday.Allison said Domino’s is fighting back by opening more stores, which ensures faster delivery times and increases global market share. The company opened 158 net new stores internationally during the quarter and 42 net new stores in the U.S. Global retail sales were up 5% thanks to the rapid pace of store openings.Some franchisees also raised food prices and delivery fees during the quarter to combat lower customer traffic and higher wages, Allison said. Domino’s also is investing in technology to improve service, including a real-time GPS delivery tracker for customers and a test of autonomous delivery in Houston.Revenue rose 4% to $811.6 million in the April-June period, which missed Wall Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $833.2 million.The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based pizza chain said net income was up 19% and earnings per share rose to $2.19 per share, surpassing analysts’ forecast of $2.Allison thinks the pressure from delivery services will ease somewhat in the future, as some companies drop out of the market and discounts become less frequent.“The 100th coupon that you get is probably less effective than the 2nd,” he said. “We don’t know what the ultimate demand will be, once the customer has to pay a price for the service that exceeds the service.”_____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on DPZ at https://www.zacks.com/ap/DPZThe Associated Press read more

Bosnians march in first Gay Pride under tight police protection

SARAJEVO — Several thousand people marched in Bosnia’s first Gay Pride on Sunday, protected by a major security operation including anti-sniper units after some conservative Muslim groups organized counter-rallies.The parade in the capital Sarajevo ended peacefully despite fears of violence prompted by aggressive hate speech online in a country where anti-gay sentiment can often be heard in public.“I have always thought that basic human rights should exist for all and when I saw all those hate comments against the Pride march, I felt it was my obligation to come and show support,” said Sanja, 54, from Sarajevo, who joined the march with her husband.More than 1,000 police officers secured the event, shielding the walking area with fences and concrete blocks. Anti-sniper units were placed on the roofs of buildings along the main route in the city center.Bosnia is the last Balkan country to hold a Pride parade, seen as a test of tolerance of minority rights as it seeks to join the European Union. EU diplomats and the U.S Ambassador to Bosnia, who is gay, joined the march in support of LGBT people.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Organizers from across the ethnic divide – in a country that went through a devastating war in the 1990s – carried a pink banner with the slogan ‘Ima Izac’ or ‘I Want Out’ in both Latin and Cyrillic scripts.Activists carried placards reading “Love is not a Privilege” and “Queer Resistance,” waving rainbow flags and singing anti-fascist songs.“We, LGBTIQ persons, fight every day for our existence, identity and love,” said Branko Culibrk, an organizer, adding that passivity of institutions in Bosnia, where discrimination against minority groups is legally banned, had encouraged violence from homophobic groups.Earlier on Sunday, several hundred opponents of the Pride march held a peaceful meeting and a walk, carrying placards condemning homosexuality. On Saturday, several conservative groups organized another march devoted to “traditional family values.”Homophobia and discrimination, often fueled by religious leaders and right-wing political parties, is widespread in the Balkans.All religious communities in Bosnia condemned the Pride parade but advised followers against resorting to violence.Many famous Bosnian artists also attended the parade, including music star Bozo Vreco, known for wearing dresses and acknowledging his desire to express both the male and female sides of his personality.“This is a big step forward for Bosnia and Sarajevo, opening the doors towards Europe and the world,” Vreco told Reuters. “I am so proud and happy, I think that love has won today.”(Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic; Editing by Ros Russell) read more

Trudeau supports NexenCNOOC deal remains opposed to Northern Gateway

Trudeau supports Nexen-CNOOC deal, remains opposed to Northern Gateway by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2012 7:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau is expressing support for Chinese investment in the Canadian oilpatch, but says he is still opposed to Enbridge Inc.’s proposal to ship oilsands crude to the West Coast for export to Asia.In an opinion piece published in Postmedia newspapers Tuesday, Trudeau said China National Offshore Oil Co.’s $15.1-billion takeover of Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) is “good for Canada” because the investment will help create middle-class jobs and bolster its trading relationship with China.The presumptive front-runner in the Liberal race has been criticized by some as a celebrity candidate with no depth, yet it was his stance on the CNOOC-Nexen deal that provoked the first debate of any real substance in the leadership contest.At the campaign headquarters of Harvey Locke, the Liberal candidate in the Nov. 26 byelection in Calgary Centre, Trudeau said Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has “completely failed” in courting much-needed foreign investment.He said the government’s decisions have had more to do with polls and electoral interests than what’s best for the Canadian economy.“Bottom line is just because you’re making a deal with the government of China doesn’t mean you have to act like the government of China,” he told reporters.Meanwhile, both Trudeau and Locke stressed the need for Canada to diversify its energy exports outside of the United States. The International Energy Agency has predicted the U.S. will become virtually energy independent by 2035.“That’s yet another indication that we do need to be serious about opening doors and connecting with other markets,” Trudeau said.One of the planned major routes to Asian markets, however, is Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) proposed Northern Gateway pipeline — a project Trudeau opposes.If built, that line would ship 525,000 barrels of oilsands crude per day to the West Coast port of Kitimat, B.C., from which it would be sent to Asia via tanker.“The Northern Gateway pipeline, as proposed by Enbridge, is not the right solution,” he said.“It goes through too vulnerable a place environmentally, the necessary buy-in from the aboriginal peoples simply isn’t there and the way it’s been handled, I don’t think it’s going to be there.”But Trudeau said there are alternatives to get Canadian oil to coastal waters. For instance, Kinder Morgan is looking to expand its Trans Mountain line, which currently delivers crude to the B.C. Lower Mainland.“I know that corporations and oil companies are looking at different ways of doing it and I look forward to seeing more projects like that,” Trudeau said.“I’m sure someone’s going to figure out how to do it, because it is too important for us. It is just that particular pipeline that I have real concerns about.”Trudeau’s opining on the Nexen takeover is part of a systematic strategy aimed at disapproving all those who’ve dismissed the Montreal MP as an intellectual lightweight, said a senior Trudeau campaign source.It’s also designed to make it harder for his rival candidates — some of whom have been positioning themselves as the voice of business Liberals — to paint Trudeau as someone with no gravitas on crucial economic matters.“From the very beginning, he’s been pronouncing on issues of national importance and he’s going to continue to do so,” said the source.“I think it’s becoming increasingly apparent that (the criticism of Trudeau as a lightweight) is absurd. He’s a very thoughtful guy, he’s thought this through pretty carefully and he’s going to make his voice heard on issues that matter.”Trudeau’s support for the CNOOC takeover bid is just the latest in a string of policy positions he has taken since officially launching his campaign early last month.The day after the launch, Trudeau flew to Calgary to declare his support for development of Alberta’s oilsands and to disavow the hated National Energy Program instituted by his father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.The following day in British Columbia, he came out against Northern Gateway.Since then, he’s weighed in on the hot button issue of Quebec language laws, dismissing the need for tougher legislation. He’s also come out strongly in favour of the decriminalization of marijuana and spoken favourably, though not quite unequivocally, about outright legalization.However, it’s Trudeau’s position on the Nexen takeover that has sparked the first signs of real disagreement among the multitude of leadership contenders.His main challenger thus far, former MP Martha Hall Findlay, said she supports CNOOC’s bid in principle, although she wants clearer rules for foreign investors.“Canada needs to be clear that it is open for business but not for sale,” she said.Vancouver MP Joyce Murray, who is poised to join the race next week, said she believes it’s “a bit premature” to stake out a position on the deal because the government has not yet spelled out the conditions or rules that will be applied.Before deciding whether to support the deal, Murray said Canadians need to know if there will be limits on the amount of foreign ownership of the oilpatch and how much control Canada will have over value-added jobs.Ottawa lawyer David Bertschi took a hard line against the deal on the grounds that there are “far too many unanswered questions” about it.“Experts have expressed concerns about the potential national security implications associated with the takeover and, without further due diligence, it is my opinion that the proposed CNOOC takeover of Nexen … should not be allowed to proceed,” he said in a statement.Industry Minister Christian Paradis is in the midst of deciding whether the deal would be of net benefit to Canada. The review period, which has been extended twice so far, is to end on Dec. 10, though it can be extended again with CNOOC’s consent.The Conservative government has said it will clarify its foreign investment guidelines shortly.There were reports Tuesday that Ottawa was looking to impose investment and employment conditions on CNOOC. Unidentified sources told The Globe and Mail CNOOC was worried the caveats would affect Nexen’s bottom line, while Bloomberg, also citing unidentified sources, said CNOOC had agreed to Ottawa’s conditions.— with files from Joan Bryden in Ottawa read more

Supreme Court throws out conviction over threats posted on Facebook

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, John P. Elwood, attorney for Anthony D. Elonis, who claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man convicted of making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for seven justices, said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis would make a reasonable person feel threatened. But the court did not specify to lower courts exactly what the standard of proof should be. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.Chief Justice John Roberts said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis about killing his ex-wife and harming others would make a reasonable person feel threatened. But the high court sent the case back to the lower court without clarifying exactly what the standard of proof should be.The ruling was a narrow victory for civil liberties groups that had urged the court to make it tougher to convict people who make crude comments on social media that might be viewed as threatening.Yet the high court declined to lay out broad constitutional protections for such comments. “It is not necessary to consider any First Amendment issues,” Roberts wrote.Elonis, of Freemansburg, in eastern Pennsylvania, was prosecuted under a law that makes it a crime to threaten another person after he posted Facebook rants in the form of rap lyrics about killing his estranged wife, harming law enforcement officials and shooting up a school.One post about his wife said, “There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.”Elonis claimed the government had no right to prosecute him if he didn’t actually intend his comments to be threatening to others. He argued that his musings were protected by the First Amendment.But the government said it didn’t matter what Elonis intended. It argued that if the comments provoked enough fear and anxiety to make a reasonable person feel threatened, that was enough to prosecute it as a crime.Seven justices on the high court agreed that it was not necessary to reach First Amendment issues in reversing Elonis’ conviction. Roberts said the reasonable-person standard is “inconsistent with the conventional requirement for criminal conduct — awareness of some wrongdoing.”Justice Samuel Alito agreed with the outcome, but said he would have made clear that a person can violate the law if he disregards the risk that comments will be interpreted as a threat.Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, saying he would have found Elonis’ posts to be “true threats” under the objective standard accepted by the vast majority of appeals courts prior to Monday’s ruling.Facebook was not a party in the case.Elonis had claimed his posts under the pseudonym “Tone Dougie” were a form of therapy that allowed him to cope with the breakup of his marriage and being fired from his job at an amusement park.His lawyers said the comments were heavily influenced by rap star Eminem, who has also fantasized in songs about killing his ex-wife. Elonis’ wife testified that the comments made her fear for her life and she persuaded a judge to issue a protective order.After his wife obtained a protective order, Elonis wrote on Facebook: “Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?”Those and other comments led to his arrest. A jury found Elonis guilty under a law barring interstate communications that contain “any threat to injure the person of another.” He was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison and was released last year.Elonis was arrested again in April for allegedly throwing a pot that hit his girlfriend’s mother in the head. Police charged him with simple assault and harassment.Steven Shapiro, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the decision “recognizes that the law has for centuries required the government to prove criminal intent before putting someone in jail.”“While today’s decision insists on fairness, it is not a license to threaten, which remains illegal when properly proved,” Shapiro said.While the ruling was seen as a minor victory for First Amendment advocates, University of Maryland law professor James Grimmelmann said it was also “not much of a loss for people concerned about harassment and domestic violence.”Elonis’ attorney, John Elwood, said he is confident Elonis will be vindicated when lower courts reconsider his case, possibly at a new trial.“We’re pleased that the Supreme Court saw the case for what it was: A criminal conviction for a “crime” of speech based on only a showing of negligence,” Elwood said.The Justice Department says 63 people were indicted on federal charges of making illegal threats in the 2013 fiscal year, up from 53 cases the previous year.___Follow Sam Hananel on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SamHananelAP by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2015 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Supreme Court throws out conviction over threats posted on Facebook read more

La Russie rejoint la mission ExoMars

first_imgLa Russie rejoint la mission ExoMarsAprès de nombreuses discussions, l’agence spatiale russe s’est finalement mise d’accord avec l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA) pour rejoindre la mission d’exploration de la Planète rouge, ExoMars. C’est une nouvelle étape pour le projet européen ExoMars. En février dernier, les Etats-Unis ont annoncé avoir décidé d’abandonner cette mission d’exploration de la Planète rouge, en mettant fin à son partenariat robotique avec les Européens. Une nouvelle qui a suscité pas mal de critiques. Mais aujourd’hui, l’Agence spatiale européenne a trouvé un nouveau collaborateur : Roskosmos qui avait déjà évoqué son intérêt pour la mission. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLa semaine dernière, les directeurs des deux agences, Vladimir Popovkine et Jean-Jacques Dordain se sont rencontrés à Moscou en Russie et sont finalement parvenus à se mettre d’accord, faisant officiellement entrer Roskosmos dans le projet. “Les parties ont estimé que le projet ExoMars est intéressant. Elles ont décidé de (…) préparer un accord (sur la participation russe au projet ExoMars). L’accord sera signé avant la fin de l’année”, a ainsi préciséla porte-parole du directeur de Roskosmos, Anna Vedichtcheva citée par RIA Novosti. Antérieurement, un responsable de l’industrie spatiale russe avait déjà annoncé à RIA Novosti que le Conseil pour l’espace de l’Académie des sciences de Russie avait approuvé la participation de la Russie au projet ExoMars. Selon cette source, Roskosmos et l’ESA signeront un accord à ce sujet en novembre. Le projet ExoMars prévoit le lancement d’une sonde vers la Planète rouge en 2016 et d’un véhicule martien vers 2018.Toutefois, l’abandon de la NASA pour des raisons financières a remis en question le projet. En effet, l’agence devait procéder au lancement de la sonde à l’aide d’un lanceur Atlas V mais a décidé de laisser sa place. De son côté, la Russie s’était auparavant déclaré prêt à fournir une fusée-porteuse lourde Proton pour la mission ExoMars en échange de sa participation au projet aux côtés de l’ESA et de la NASA. Le 9 avril 2012 à 17:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Schmeichel hopes Leicester defender commits future to the club

Schmeichel hopes Leicester defender commits future to the club

first_imgLeicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel is hoping club teammate Harry Maguire ends speculation surrounding his future and commit to the club.Jamie Vardy, Wilfred Ndidi and now Schmeichel have committed their futures to Leicester City, and the Denmark international hopes defender HarryMaguire will be the next to sign up for the project. The defender was a subject of summer interest from Manchester United after an impressive outing at this summer’s World Cup with England and the Foxes are keen to tie him down at the club by offering him a new contract.Schmeichel, who signed a new five-year deal on Friday, said everyone would love to see Maguire agree a new contract, but no one would put any pressure on him.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I hope Harry signs but I don’t want to put pressure on anyone,” said Schmeichel, according to LeicesterMercury.“It is up to him, his family and his situation. I am not going to start saying anything about his situation because I don’t know enough about it.”“If he feels it is something he wants to do then we would be delighted, but it is up to him.”City certainly showed signs of their youthful promise during the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Carpenters Local 339 Donates 500 To Helmets To Hardhats Veteran Group

Wilmingtons Carpenters Local 339 Donates 500 To Helmets To Hardhats Veteran Group

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Massachusetts building trades unions, including Wilmington-based Carpenters Local 339, honored local veterans this week and raised more than $50,000 for life-changing career pathways program, Helmets to Hardhats.Helmets to Hardhats is a national nonprofit that connects National Guard, reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with meaningful, family-sustaining careers in the union building trades. Carpenters Local 339 donated $500 to the group.The Massachusetts Building Trades Council is a longtime supporter of the program, which has placed more than 575 military veterans in union construction jobs statewide.“We are so proud to support Helmets to Hardhats in providing career opportunities for our valued veterans. With these donations, we want to thank these courageous men and women for their service and send a clear message that there is a place for them with our unions,” said Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council.The Massachusetts building trades unions represent the largest workforce in the state, and they’re focused on creating middle-class employment opportunities for families across the commonwealth, including for returning veterans. 75,000 men and women have great jobs and benefits with the union building trades, and nearly a quarter of a million children, spouses, and workers are covered by their high-quality union health plans. And through Build a Life and Building Pathways, the unions are creating new avenues of economic opportunity for women and people of color so that everyone can benefit from well-paying careers in the union construction trades.Helmets to Hardhats Executive Director Darrell Roberts recognized the generosity of the building trades unions and union contractors.“Thanks to the generous contributions of the Massachusetts building trades unions and union contractors, we’re able to ensure that our returning veterans have meaningful, well-paying careers in the union building trades. Their support has allowed us to do even more to support the commonwealth’s bravest,” said Roberts.Organizers attributed much of the partnership’s success to its focus on creating new employment opportunities, and ongoing career advancement, through extensive training. The Massachusetts building trades unions spent $48 million last year alone to ensure workers at every phase of their career had free hands-on training.(NOTE: The above press release via Carpenters Local 339.)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: Wilmington’s Meagan Pennie Receives Scholarship From Sheet Metal Workers Local 17In “Education”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Senator Markey Says FCC Vote Imperils Community TelevisionIn “Government”Wilmington’s iPods For Wounded Veterans Travel To Arizona, Partner With Teamsters To Give Gifts To VeteransIn “Community”last_img read more

Fairbanks Robotics Team Heads to World Championship

first_imgA Fairbanks high school team took the top honor at the recently competed First Tech Challenge World Robotics Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. The kids, who have been competing together for the last four years, demonstrated the best mix of technical engineering, performance and sportsmanship.Schrodinger’s Hat team members and their robot.Credit: Dan Bross / KUACThe Fairbanks robotics team advanced through local, state and regional competitions to earn a spot at last month’s World Championship, where they bested 127 other qualifiers for the top honor: The Inspire Award.Colleen Johnson is one of six kids on the Fairbanks team that goes by the name:“Shrodinger’s Hat,” a play on the famous physics experiment “Shrodinger’s Cat.” Members wear big black top hats during competitions that involves running a milk crate sized robot they build and program for a customized challenge.Justin Hannah drives the battery powered wheeled robot during competitions that consist of numerous two-minute matches.Beyond the game field, teams also must track the engineering that goes into their robot and are further judged on how they work with other teams, according to Colleen Johnson’s sister and teammate Katie.The team has already mentored others in Alaska, the Lower 48 and in places as far away as Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Australia. Australian is the location of a competition the team has been invited to in July. They’re currently raising money for the trip.last_img read more

Service to the nation is tribute to freedom fighters SP M

Service to the nation is tribute to freedom fighters SP M

first_imgVikarabad: the Superintendent of Police M Narayana hoisted the flag, here at district police headquarters on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the SP said the freedom we are enjoying now is the result of sacrifice by a huge number of martyrs. Every one of us should contribute towards the nation, he said. He directed the police personnel to bring good name to the department by discharging duties well. Additional SP M Bhaskar, AR DCP Srinivasulu, DSB Inspector B Srinivas, AO Venkateshwarlu, RIs Kranthikumar, Srinivas, Sis, DPO staff, police personnel, home guards were present.last_img

Oracle ordered to pay HP 3 billion in Itanium case

first_imgA California jury ordered Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) to pay Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co (HPE.N) $3 billion in damages in a case over HP’s Itanium servers, an Oracle spokeswoman said on Thursday.Oracle said it would appeal the verdict.The Itaniuum processor is made by Intel Inc (INTC.O).Oracle decided to stop developing software for use with HP’s Itanium-based servers in 2011, saying that Intel made it clear that the chip was nearing the end of its life and was shifting its focus to its x86 microprocessor.But HP said it had an agreement with Oracle that support for Itanium would continue, without which the equipment using the chip would become obsolete.In the first phase of trial in 2012, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled that there had been a contract. The jury on Thursday decided damages.”HP is gratified by the jury’s verdict, which affirms what HP has always known and the evidence overwhelmingly showed,” John Schultz, executive vice president and general counsel of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said in an e-mailed statement, saying that Oracle’s decision to stop the software development “was a clear breach of contract.”In a statement, Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley said the company had been providing all its latest software for Itanium servers since Kleinberg’s decision.”Now that both trials have concluded, we intend to appeal both today’s ruling and the prior ruling,” Daley said.last_img read more

The village that keeps rising from the volcanic ashes

The village that keeps rising from the volcanic ashes

first_imgThis picture taken on 30 March 2019 shows the newly built Marisa`s hotel, made with cement and lava on the roof of the owner`s former house, in the village of Portelo in Cape Verde`s Cha das Caldeiras valley. Photo: AFPFour years after the volcano erupted — razing everything in its path in Cape Verde’s Cha das Caldeiras valley — the floor tiles of the small, rebuilt inn are warm to the touch.”We constructed too quickly on lava that had not yet cooled down,” says hotel owner Marisa Lopes, in her early 30s.”For the first months, the floors in the rooms were so hot that you couldn’t walk on them with bare feet.”Lopes is one of dozens of entrepreneurs locked in a perpetual tug of war with the Pico do Fogo volcano towering over Cha das Caldeiras, whose population numbers 500.The name means Peak of Fire in Portuguese.The volcano generates the bulk of the crater community’s gross domestic product, attracting some 5,000 tourists every year who need hotel beds, food and tour guides — about 30 make a living as guides in this remote part of West Africa.But on the downside, the festering giant erupts once a generation — six times in the last 200 years — destroying everything in its path; crops, homes, roads.On November 23, 2014, Lopes watched helplessly as the Pico — almost 2,900 metres (9,500 feet) high — erupted after a 19-year slumber.Lava engulfed her brand new tourist hostel, eponymously named Casa Marisa.Three months later, she built a new one, again in the flow zone of the crater.”The volcano took a house from me, but it gave me another. Without it, there would be no tourism,” she told AFP, undeterred.Despite the constant danger and government efforts to dissuade them, the inhabitants of Cha das Caldeiras keep coming back.After the last eruption, the military evacuated those in the path of the lava and the state provided food aid for six months afterwards.But it was the people themselves who reconstructed roads and found the materials for rebuilding homes and hotels. Again.’It’s home’Cicilio Montrond, 42, was also there in 2014, looking on as a river of molten rock spewing from the Pico do Fogo burnt his fruit trees and buried everything he owned in a thick, grey coat.The eruption killed no one, but left 1,500 people homeless.After a few weeks in Sao Filipe, a nearby town to where the valley inhabitants were relocated, Montrond returned to Cha das Caldeiras with his wife.Not a bird stirred in the air still polluted with ash, not a creature moved on the still warm lava ocean that now covered the valley floor.For weeks, Montrond and his wife lived in a tent on the roof of their destroyed house with no water, no electricity and no food apart from a few canned goods.”We lived in makeshift shelters, it was precarious, dangerous. But we were home.”For Montrond, it is unimaginable to live anywhere else than the fertile, lava-fed valley that, between outbursts, boasts an abundance of vines, fig trees and cassava.This picture taken on 31 March 2019, shows the volcano Pico do Fogo and the remains of the roof of a house submerged by lava during the last eruption in 2014, in the village of Portelo in Cape Verde`s Cha das Caldeiras valley. Photo: AFP”It is the volcano that allows us to live,” said Montrond, tourist guide-turned-hotelkeeper and restaurateur.The Pico’s eruptions are rarely deadly in terms of human life.But what about the next time?”The volcano is my life,” Montrond shrugged, as he gazed upon the house he built with his own hands.”I was born here, I will die here.”Rocks were fallingThe volcano gives. The volcano takes.First it destroys the vines, then it provides fruitful soil for the planting of new ones. These produce wines — some of it for the export market.Far from fearing or despising the peak’s constant threatening presence, the inhabitants appear to embrace it and have made it part of their identity.They evoke past eruptions with a smile, sometimes even a touch of nostalgia.Margarita Lopes Dos Santos, 99, has been forced out of her home by the three last eruptions of the Pico do Fogo.The first was in June 1951, shortly after she gave birth to her first child.”I remember the first time like it was yesterday,” she said, through a beaming, toothless smile.”It was a lot more violent. Rocks were falling from the sky. There were tornadoes of ash and of smoke,” she recounted, while husking beans.Outside her house, Lopes Dos Santos has planted flowers — flashes of red begonias that provide the only colour in the grey and black landscape.”The resilience of the people of Cha is extraordinary,” said Jorge Nogueira, president of the municipal council of Sao Filipe, capital of the island of Fogo, Cape Verde.”As soon as they could, they came back — to poor living conditions, but no matter: the only thing that counted for them was to be home.”last_img

GM Eyes 2019 Autonomous Vehicle Rollout in Major Cities

first_img New Florida Law Nixes Need for Autonomous Vehicle OperatorsScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept Stay on target General Motors will unleash autonomous vehicles on big-city streets in 2019.The proposed timeline—outlined during an investor call this week—hints at a commercial launch “in dense urban environments” within two years.GM’s Cruise Automation branch currently tests self-driving cars in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Detroit, and plans to expand into Manhattan next year—with the blessing of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently passed legislation allowing such antics.AdChoices广告Founded in 2013, Cruise was acquired by GM last year in an effort to “build the world’s largest fleet of self-driving cars,” according to the project website.So far, that includes 180 test vehicles, and a strategy for simultaneous driverless deployment in multiple cities. Exact locations have not been revealed, though San Francisco is a very likely candidate.“We think this represents one of the biggest business opportunities of all time, since the creation of the Internet,” GM President Dan Ammann, chief of autonomous vehicle strategy, told investors.Safety first (via General Motors)The idea, as reported by Fortune, is to eventually turn the cars into an on-demand taxi service, like Uber and Lyft (but with cheaper pricing).“No longer will you have to have conversations with drivers that you don’t want to have,” Ammann said. “No longer listen to music you don’t want to listen to, and there will no longer be creepy driver syndrome.”Additional details remain scant; General Motors did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In a presentation published online, the company said it is committed to “a future of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion,” and believes autonomous (and electric) technology is the answer.“EV is the foundation for autonomous vehicles,” according to the slides. “We believe all AVs must be EVs.”And, with 18 new electric cars expected to hit the market over the next five years, GM is building a steady foundation, with the promise to save lives and money and create time and freedom.So far, 21 states (and Washington, D.C.) enacted legislation related to autonomous vehicles; governors in five more have issued executive orders.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Be bold seek answers on unemployment CM Banerjee Mamata urges youth

Be bold seek answers on unemployment CM Banerjee Mamata urges youth

first_imgKolkata: A day after criticising the Central government for the highest unemployment rate in the country in 45 years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged youths to raise questions on growing joblessness.Banerjee also promised her support to youths on the occasion of the International Youth Day. “Today is International #YouthDay. In #Bangla, we celebrate Youth Day on January 12, Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. I appeal to the youth, the students & the new generation: be strong and ask for answers. There is no answer to unemployment problems,” she tweeted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Referring to the Central government data that put West Bengal at the top of the states with highest GDP growth, the chief minister said unemployment in the state has dipped by 45 per cent under her government’s rule. “Our State #Bangla has brought down unemployment by 45%. The GDP growth of #Bangla is highest in the country. My support is always with the youth, students and the new generation. May you be inspired to reach new heights,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state On Sunday, Baneeje had said West Bengal topped the list of states in terms of SGDP, at 12.58 per cent in 2018-19. “West Bengal achieves No 1 position in the country in growth rate. As per reports of Govt of India, growth rate of West Bengal for the financial year 2018-19 is 12.58%, the highest in India. Our achievement is in sharp contrast to the state of deep recession and complete policy paralysis perpetrated by Central Government leading to significant decline of overall growth rate of the country and highest unemployment in 45 years,” she had written in a Facebook post. As per the government data, the unemployment rate in the state was at 6.1 per cent in 2018-19.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Book save on Sandals Emerald Bay before it sells out says ACV

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