Tim Hortons sees Canadian growth as it works to fix franchisee relationship

first_imgThe parent company of Tim Hortons saw sales growth at Canadian locations of the coffee-and-doughnut chain as executives say their work to mend fraught franchisee relations is paying off, though more work remains.Restaurant Brands International Inc. is pleased with the Canadian results, said CEO Daniel Schwartz in an interview with The Canadian Press.Sales at Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada open for 13 months or more, a key retail metric, increased 0.9 per cent in the quarter ending September 30, according to the company’s third-quarter earnings report. That’s up from 0.6 per cent in the same quarter the previous year and outpaces the system-wide growth of 0.6 per cent, which includes restaurants outside of Canada, for the current quarter.Executive changes, including hiring Duncan Fulton as chief corporate officer in July, and initiatives from the company’s “Winning Together” brand plan helped, said Schwartz.He highlighted the launch of all-day breakfast nationwide in late July as adding incremental sales and profitability.The plan also includes renovating restaurants — a $700-million investment that adds open-concept seating. The company has completed about 100 renovations to date, and plans to do hundreds more in the fourth quarter.“These improved results don’t even reflect several of the initiatives that we have not yet launched,” he said.Tim Hortons will add a kids’ menu this quarter, he said.The company also plans to launch a loyalty program nationwide sometime in the first half of 2019, said Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo. The program, dubbed coffee pass, is already being tested in two cities and the trial will expand to several others.Self-service kiosks, which are already present at some locations in and around the Greater Toronto Area, will start to roll out more broadly early next year, he said.The U.S. market was a little softer, said Schwartz, adding the brand’s team is disproportionately focused on getting Canada in the right place due to the size of the Canadian business, as well as “everything that was going on in Canada.”The chain has grappled with an unsanctioned group of franchisees who formed the Great White North Franchisee Association in an effort to remedy alleged mismanagement of the brand. The group has claimed to represent more than half of Canadian Tim Hortons franchisees and launched multiple lawsuits against RBI, its subsidiaries and several executives. RBI also launched its own lawsuits against the group and some of its members.In recent months, two prominent GWNFA members, its former president David Hughes and Mark Kuziora, left the company. The group has been fairly silent since late August when it alleged the coffee pots franchisees are required to purchase and use have been shattering and injuring employees. RBI and the manufacturer denied allegations they had changed how they make or source the pots.The GWNFA’s membership is “still well above” half, said spokeswoman Patti Jameson in an email, adding the group has a new president.In the past, RBI executives refused to speak with the group, but later admitted they could have better handled franchisee relations and made more of an effort to engage franchisees, including in building the “Winning Together” plan.“We still have some room to go to work even better with the restaurant owners but I think the confidence is starting to be built,” said Macedo, adding the company’s decision to listen more, as well as give and receive feedback faster has helped it execute the plan.Sales at the company’s other two chains, Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, also grew, lifting RBI’s third-quarter profit.The company’s profit attributable to shareholders totalled US$133.6 million or 53 cents per diluted share, up from $91.4 million or 37 cents per diluted share a year ago. The Oakville, Ont.,-based company keeps its books in U.S. dollars.Revenue totalled $1.38 billion, up from $1.21 billion in the same quarter last year.Burger King’s comparable-store sales increased 1.0 per cent, while Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen saw comparable-store sales improve 0.5 per cent.On an adjusted basis, RBI earned 63 cents per diluted share for the quarter, compared to 58 cents per diluted share a year ago. Analysts expected a profit of 65 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

South Korea Seeks To Strengthen Exemplary Cooperation With Morocco

Rabat – South Korea is set to consolidate its “exemplary cooperation” with Morocco, which is a “traditional partner” for us, said South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won on visit to Morocco, the first of its kind since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1962.Hong-won, who hailed the quality of friendship and cooperation relations between the two countries for over half a century, highlighted Morocco’s “strategic choice,” under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, to promote sectors with added value such as the automotive industry and aeronautics.This strategy aims to attract investments of the multinational companies that aspire to penetrate the European and African markets, he said, noting that Korean companies, which are highly competitive in industrial sectors, can benefit from the Moroccan strategy and build win-win partnerships with Morocco. “Our two countries are traditional partners with good relations not only bilaterally but also on an international level,” Hong-won pointed out.Concerning the Sahara issue, the South Korean PM called on all the parties to adopt an approach based on dialogue and consultation in order to reach as soon as possible “a mutually acceptable solution and create favourable conditions for stability and development in Sahel and Saharan region. read more

Niger calls on UN to observe upcoming referendum and elections

23 September 2010Niger’s head of State Salou Djibo today called for the United Nations and other international organizations to observe the forthcoming series of elections to restore the impoverished West African country to constitutional rule after February’s coup d’état. Addressing the General Assembly on the opening day of its annual session, he stressed the transitional government’s determination to “guarantee free, fair, transparent and credible elections.”In February soldiers stormed the presidential palace and deposed Mamadou Tandja, who had been accused by opposition figures and others of anti-democratic practices.“The commitments that we made the day after the events of 18 February 2010, are at an advanced stage of fulfilment and will be held within the agreed timetable, with your support,” General Djibo said.The electoral timetable provides for polls to be held between 31 October and 6 April 2011, beginning with a referendum on the new constitution and culminating with the election of a new president who will be inaugurated on 11 April. Members of the transitional government and the military and security forces will be ineligible to stand.Gen. Djibo thanked the international community for its aid during a severe food crisis earlier this year, in which the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and partners cooperated with the Government in easing the situation for almost half of the population of 15 million.He also underscored the threat of terrorism in the region, citing the abduction last week of seven foreigners in Niger, which “reminds us of the gravity of the situation and the urgency of taking the necessary measures to effectively confront this threat peace, security and the development of our countries.“Each day which passes sees terrorism expanding in our sub-region, at the risk of tarnishing the image of the Sahelian countries, compromising tourist revenue and increasing the misery and insecurity of the populations.”Benin Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Ehouzou cited the UN’s support in producing a computerized electoral list “which ensure transparency and reduce considerably post-electoral challenges and troubles.”He also called for speedy enlargement of the Security Council. read more

Pakistani diplomat in Lanka named in spy case

A Pakistani diplomat in Sri Lanka has been named in the FIR filed by Tamil Nadu police in the suspected espionage case busted in Thanjavur district recently, a senior police officer said.“We have named Amir Zubair Siddiqui, a diplomat in the Pakistan High Commission based in Colombo in the case busted recently. He was produced before a local court which remanded him to judicial custody till October 1. (PTI) “A detailed enquiry will bring out more information in the case and who are all behind this,” another officer said.Ansari, a native of Athirampattinam near Pattukottai in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, was exporting onions to Sri Lanka. He had developed contact with the diplomat, who reportedly asked him to send the photographs.According to Ansari, the diplomat had wanted pictures of Naval stations, Coast Guard station and Army installations in the state, police said. Twenty five CDs and photographs of various important installations in the state were reportedly seized from him.The diplomat is believed to have instructed Ansari to take visuals of defence establishments in India and pass it on to him, sources said. The FIR has his name,” ‘Q’ Branch Superintendent of Police Sampath Kumar told PTI. He said the diplomat’s name has been added to the FIR, “based on the statement of Thamim Ansari,” who was arrested on Monday last by state intelligence while he was heading for Tiruchirapalli airport to take a flight to Colombo. read more

Annans panel seeks to smooth UNcivil society relations chairman says

“You have to face this new situation and to what extent it would be possible from the UN point of view to have new mechanisms to engage more non-government actors in the UN process,” former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil told a press briefing on the second of two days of closed meetings at UN Headquarters in New York. This would not necessarily mean direct participation in the decision process, but “in the deliberation process, yes,” said Mr. Cardoso, chairman of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Eminent Persons on UN Relations with Civil Society. He cited the last decade’s explosion of civil society organizations as a reason Mr. Annan had decided to examine problems associated with and possible expanded links between the UN and non-State actors, such as NGOs, parliamentarians, foundations, and members of the private sector. In that regard, the panel was researching organizations and possible areas of contact, setting guidelines for discussions, and consulting with all actors to better understand what kinds of links could be established. He said that during the last decade, UN conferences on women, racism and the environment, for example, had encouraged a new type of interaction between the UN and civil society. The new situation now had to be understood and built upon. “In all this there is new questions and to what extent it will be possible to utilize the energy coming from civil society in the process of deliberation,” Mr. Cardoso added. The panel brings together prominent personalities from Colombia, Hungary, India, Iran, Jordan, Mali, Mozambique, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States. read more

UNESCO US space agency sign accord to mitigate disasters save world heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will use state-of-the-art space technology to help it conserve World Heritage sites, monitor biosphere reserves and mitigate natural hazards such as the recent Indian Ocean tsunami under a landmark agreement with the United States space agency.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura signed the cooperation agreement with US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Deputy Administrator Frederick D. Gregory yesterday at NASA Headquarters in Washington.UNESCO’s particular concern is to improve the access of Member States to the benefits of NASA’s expertise, remote sensing data and science research results, increasing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of conservation work.It should also reinforce countries’ ability to mitigate the effects of natural hazards, a top priority in view of the recent tsunami disaster, in which experts believe an early warning system could have saved scores of thousands of the more than 200,000 lives lost.In the field of education, cooperation with NASA will broaden the scope of UNESCO’s Space Education Programme and other activities aiming to raise interest in science.The agreement, which expands the long-standing relationship between NASA and UNESCO, is the first comprehensive agreement between the two organizations and the first new science agreement with a US organization since the country returned to full membership of UNESCO in October 2003.UNESCO has also established partnerships with other space agencies within the framework of its Open Initiative to use space technologies to support the World Heritage Convention and UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves. Initially launched with the European Space Agency (ESA), it currently includes the Argentinean and Canadian space agencies, and the Morocco Space Centre.The Indian Space Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are in the process of finalizing cooperation agreements to join the Initiative, which also includes a number of other space research institutions and universities. The overall cooperation agreement between NASA and UNESCO adds an essential new partner to this Initiative. read more

UNbacked project helps cut carbon emissions in Eastern Europe

With only 6 per cent of the world’s population, the countries of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) produce approximately 12 per cent of all greenhouse gases.But experts say this problem also contains the seeds of change. “Opportunities to cut CO2 emissions can come from the vast potential for cost-effective energy efficiency investments in economies in transition,” said the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) in a news release.With the support of the UN Foundation and co-financing partners, including the UN Environment Programme /Global Environment Facility, an energy efficiency project aimed at mitigating climate change has demonstrated the link between renewable energy investment projects and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Eastern Europe and the CIS. The final report on the project says there is up to $10 billion in investment potential in Eastern Europe for energy efficiency projects with a payback period of less than five years. It calls private sector participation essential, and advocates the formation of a favourable market for investors. The World Bank and other investors have approved financing for eighteen investment projects in Belarus, Bulgaria, Russian Federation and Ukraine for a total of $14.9 million. These investments would reduce CO 2 emissions by an estimated 136,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of cutting back outputs from 68,000 cars.A new project for eastern and south-eastern Europe starts this year with co-financing from the UN Foundation, Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM), and the United Nations Environment Programme / Global Environment Facility (UNEP-GEF). It will promote energy efficiency market formation by providing the capacity for many more projects to be financed with larger carbon emissions reductions through technical assistance in the recipient countries coupled with the development of an Investment Fund. read more

La Russie interdit le commerce de la peau de phoque

first_imgLa Russie interdit le commerce de la peau de phoque La Russie a décidé d’interdire les importations et exportations de peaux de phoques du Groenland.Jusque là, la Russie représentait le principal importateur de peau de phoque au monde. Il s’agissait donc du principal marché de l’industrie canadienne de chasse au phoque, indique le journal The Ecologist. En interdisant cette chasse extrêmement cruelle au sein du territoire russe, Moscou avait amené à ce que certains commerçants se tournent vers le Canada pour s’approvisionner en peaux de phoques. Cette fois, une étape de plus est franchie avec l’interdiction de tout commerce de peaux de phoque en Russie. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousPour Robbie Marsland, directeur du Fond international pour la protection des animaux (IFAW) au Royaume-Uni, cette décision est capitale car après celle de l’Union européenne en 2010, elle pourrait forcer le Canada à mettre définitivement un terme à cette pratique. D’autant que le Bélarus et le Kazakhstan, principaux partenaires commerciaux de la Russie, ont eux aussi décidé d’interdire le commerce de peaux, indique Goodplanet.info. Le seul moyen pour l’industrie canadienne de survivre est donc de se tourner vers la Chine, un autre pays largement susceptible d’acheter ce type de produits animaux.Le 5 janvier 2012 à 09:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fire Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy to lead Orange County Fire Authority

Fire Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy to lead Orange County Fire Authority

first_img Steve Bosh, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 7:05 PM Fire Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy to lead Orange County Fire Authority 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: March 12, 2018 March 12, 2018center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFrom upgrading the city’s helicopter program, to reducing emergency response times, to increasing diversity among new firefighters, San Diego Fire Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy has made a mark during his two and a half years in San Diego. Now, he’s preparing to leave San Diego and take up a new position as the head of the Orange County Fire Authority.Chief Fennessy visited Good Morning San Diego to talk about what’s next. Take a look at the Aerotechnews piece on the Firehawk we are purchasing. https://t.co/AuhEhfVyCXThis ship will be a significant addition to our Air Ops program. #Firehawk pic.twitter.com/QRIeL6XrPf— Chief Brian Fennessy (@SDFDChief) March 2, 2018 Steve Bosh, KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

ANALYSIS Debate leads Romney to common ground with Obama

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney entered Monday night’s debate on foreign policy with the goal of presenting himself as a competent, plausible alternative to President Barack Obama as commander in chief.But Romney appeared to cede many positions to Obama, moving closer to the president on a range of issues and presenting them in a softer way.His strategy was clear from the opening question, when he passed up a chance to criticize Obama for his response to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. He went on to praise Obama for overseeing the killing of Osama bin Laden and ruled out a U.S. military role in Syria’s civil war, as Obama has done.“I’m glad that Governor Romney agrees with the steps that we’re taking,” Obama said at one point. “There have been times, Governor, frankly, during the course of this campaign, where it sounded like you thought that you’d do the same things we did, but you’d say them louder and somehow that would make a difference.”Instead of offering a different view of the United States’ role in the world, Romney mostly sought to distinguish himself from the president by turning a foreign policy debate into one about domestic issues.last_img read more

Remedy Health Media Launches Patient Email Service

first_imgThe opportunity for PHS essentially sprang out of Obamacare, says Remedy chief revenue officer Jim Curtis. As a result of the new healthcare act, doctors are required to install an in-office patient data management software platform in an effort to improve patient services and follow-up care. To stay on the good side of HIPAA, the email service is double opt-in, says Curtis. “Patients approve to receive the emails when they sign in at the doctor’s office and then opt-in again when they get the first email.”The emails are monthly and originate from the doctor’s office, but Remedy handles the actual transmission and management. “It’s good for the doctor because he can keep in touch and it’s good for the patient because they’re getting quality information and it helps them stay more compliant with their treatment plans,” says Curtis. Content is written both exclusively for the newsletters and pulled from Remedy’s existing brands, such as Healthcentral.com. Key to the service is the ad model, which allows pharma companies, which have had increasing challenges marketing directly to consumers, a channel to reach patients directly according their disease condition. “Pharmaceutical companies prefer to speak one-to-one, but that has been challenging for them. We saw that we could do it in a HIPAA-compliant way,” says Curtis. During a trial period, open rates averaged 45 percent, says Curtis, with click-throughs 100-times typical industry rates. Curtis says Remedy reaches 175 million consumers across all its products and expects to have five million email subscribers to PHS from 500 practices by the end of next year. Remedy Health Media, a healthcare information provider and media company, recently launched a new ad-supported email newsletter service designed to directly connect healthcare providers—doctors—with patients based on specific conditions. To create the service, called Patient Health Services (PHS), Remedy partnered with software companies that create the data platforms doctors use in their practices to manage their patient care. PHS is integrated with the data platforms and doctors pay for it as part of the package. From there, doctors are able to create e-newsletters using Remedy-produced content that’s tailored specifically to a patient’s condition. Content can include meal plans, eating lists, medication information and further medical-related information.last_img read more

Find streaming TV shows and movies with these five apps

first_img $169 IMDbIMDb (download for iOS or Android) provides free ad-supported TV shows and movies. No subscription is required, but you will have to sign up for a free account with them.To see a list of movies or TV shows available to watch, select Watch Now For Free. If there’s a specific show you’re looking for, search for it in the search box. If it’s free, it will say “Watch for free on IMDb Freedive,” which is also available on Fire TV.The TV shows and movies are very limited, and they’re not the newest or most “popular” shows, but they are free, so you may be able to find something you like.Apple TVApple TV (download for iOS; not available on Android) — the free app, not the streaming box — allows you to browse your favorite shows and movies from over 75 streaming apps, like Hulu, HBO NOW and Amazon Prime in one place. You can browse through free episodes, or rent and buy other shows and movies.Watch Now shows your favorite movies and TV shows from the streaming services you’re subscribed to. You’ll also see everything you’ve purchased from iTunes, and you can download and watch your shows offline. Coming soon are Apple TV channels like HBO and Showtime, which let you subscribe and watch within the app rather than bouncing out to another app. 0 Post a comment $179 David Katzmaier/CNET With all of the streaming TV shows and movies out there, simply finding what to watch can be a hassle. But what if you already know what to watch but don’t know where to stream it?Individual services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime offer internal search, but if you have a specific show or film in mind, you probably want to search across all of them and more find the best price — or an option to stream it for free, or via a service to which you already subscribe. TV devices like Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV have their own cross-platform search, but to use them you’ll need to own that hardware.Fortunately, there are dedicated apps for your phone that will serve as your guide. These helpful apps will show you where you can watch your favorite TV shows and movies at the lowest cost. They also provide you with a list of free shows and movies you can stream without subscribing.Here’s five to check out.YidioYidio (download for iOS or Android) monitors major services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime as well as smaller services (more than 100 in total). When you find a TV show or movie, the app will list the streaming sites that have the show available. Choose one and you will be taken to their app or website, to buy, rent or watch it. Yidio also lets you watch some shows in-app. Some will be free, like The Flash or Supernatural from the CW. If you’re looking to only watch free shows, select Free TV Shows (or Free Movies). The downfall is that “free” can mean the streaming services offer a free trial that you have to sign up for to watch the show. Other services, like Tubi, will actually let you watch the show for free with ads.You can filter shows and movies by streaming service, genre, free to watch and more, as well as search by keyword. You can also view the air date and the IMDb reviews. See it Apple’s TV app, Apple TV channels and Apple TV Plus,… iOS 12 Apple Now playing: Watch this: 2:50 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • Share your voice Read more Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) See It $179 Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple TV 4K Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better reading • Find streaming TV shows and movies with these five apps See All Tags $179 See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Best live TV streaming services for cord-cutters Game of Thrones season 8: When it starts, schedule and how to stream HBO without cable Apple TV app vs. Apple TV Channels vs. Apple TV Plus: What’s the difference? Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy Apple ReelgoodReelgood (download for iOS; not available on Android) pulls listings from more than 250 total services, and lets you select from more than 50 streaming services to get custom listings in one app. Just like Apple TV, it’s not available for Android phones, however.Reelgood also shows you what’s free to watch from over 90 streaming services. Stream from channels like CBS, Fox, MTV and more for free — most with ads. You can also buy or rent shows and movies that aren’t available to watch for free. The app also recommends new shows and incorporates ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb scores. JustWatchSearch for your favorite TV show on JustWatch (download for iOS or Android) to see a list of streaming services where you can watch it for free, rent or buy it. There are 37 streaming providers, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go and more.That number is fewer than a lot of the others, but JustWatch has some nice extras, including lots of interest and genre filters, a list of what’s popular and a variety of price levels, including free. You can also see newly added shows and movies for each service by tapping through the company icons in the “Watchbar.” For movies in theaters, you can purchase tickets via Fandango. Media Streamers TVs See It Crutchfieldlast_img read more

Ferry workers union explains why strike happened and what workers gained from

first_img“Eighty-six percent of our members rejected that offer andgave us authorization to strike,” Arnold said. “And that’s very unusual, at the end of an action likethis at the end of a labor dispute, to end on a positive note with the unionrepresentatives,” Tshibaka said. “And I was really happy about that.” “I think that that is something you’re going to have to goto IBU for because I still puzzle over that,” Tshibaka said. “They’ve said that it would be probably a few days and ifit goes on too long then they’ll just basically cancel this sailing and go tothe next week sailing if the strike were to break up,” she said. “So we are here until the IBU returns,” McGrath said atthe time. “We can’t legally sail the ship without them.” Robb Arnold works as chief purser on the ferry Malaspinaand is a member of IBU’s negotiating team. He says the strike didn’t justhappened overnight. There’s some important context here: the legislature onlyappropriated $46 million to the ferry system for next fiscal year. That’saround $44 million less than last year amongst years of cost-cutting. Under adraft winter schedule released last month, some coastal communities stand tolose service for seven months starting in October. Tshibaka credits the IBU’s leadership in helping to end thestrike. She says by the time they’d reach a deal, the tension in the room hadlifted. The contract negotiations predate the Dunleavyadministration. The IBU’s 430-odd members were still working off their lastcontract that expired in 2017. This year they were asked to forego any wageadjustments — that would be up for negotiation next year. Both sides presentedwhat they termed their “final and best offer” before the state declaredan impasse. There are still finer points both sides agreed on. The union also softened its stance on pay hikes. Tshibakasays higher wages translate into less money to run the system. Ferry workersare hourly. IBU members are only paid when they’re crewing a ship. From the state’s perspective, the IBU agreed that itsmembers would begin contributing toward their health plan in 2021. But theyalso don’t automatically lose coverage during months when they’re not working. “You know, they say the best negotiation is when there’scompromise, and people are not happy when they walk away from the table,”Arnold said. “So I think that’s kind of what happened here.” The fleet remained tied to the dock for 11 days while thestate and largest ferry union worked through a federal mediator to hammer out acontract. “It surprised me as much as it surprised the rest ofAlaska,” said Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly. That day, Carrie Martinsen of Petersburg told local radiostation KFSK she was trying to get daughter to Tennessee to start college. Shesaid the situation was fluid. “The state just kept ramping up the, you know, pressure onus, and we just had to do we had to do with economic sanctions,” Arnold said. Then with little apparent warning, half the crew walkedoff. Some picked up placards and signs and formed a picket line at Ketchikan’sferry terminal. IBU members will no longer pay for hotels out of pocket.That’s been an issue with the fleet’s new Alaska Class Ferries — so-called“day boats” that lack crew quarters — forcing crew members toovernight in hotels between voyages and then wait weeks to be reimbursed thestate. Both sides say they compromised and reached a faircontract. It took the state and IBU nine days to resolve thecontract dispute. The Alaska Marine Highway System didn’t get back up andrunning until two days later. It was a sunny afternoon and the state’s flagship ferryColumbia was loaded with hundreds of passengers and cars preparing to departfor Bellingham, Washington. Arnold says the 11-day shutdown could serve as a wakeupcall. Crew members from the ferry Columbia erected a picket line in Ketchikan on July 24, 2019 after the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific called the first ferry strike in more than 40 years. (Photo by Maria Dudzak/KRBD) In all, 8,570 passengers were affected along with 2,468 vehicles. Refunds cost the system upwards of $3.3 million. It was the busiest time of year and caught many — including Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration — off-guard. “So what we were really arguing for this whole time as wewere trying to maximize the number of routes we could run, so we can maximizeservice to the coastal communities and maximize the number of hours, these IBUemployees could work,” Tshibaka said. Captain Josh McGrath called the Columbia’s stunnedpassengers for an impromptu announcement. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of thePacific had called a strike. It was out of his hands. So what did the IBU win? First, it got a three-yearcontract. The state had been offering a one-year term. The union workers stillhave their pay frozen at 2017 levels. But they’ll get 1.5 percent increases in2020 and the year after that. “This is like a preview of coming attractions,” Arnoldsaid. “So I think people realize, ‘Hey, this is what’s going to really happen.’And so there’s more focus on the ferries.” The union also dropped a number of its demands: memberswon’t be able to pick which vessels they work on. And out-of-state workers willcontinue to be paid less per hour than Alaska residents. Tshibaka led the state’s negotiating team with the IBU.So, why did the ferry’s largest union strike?last_img read more

Heavy rain lashes in Vijayawada

Heavy rain lashes in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: Vijayawada witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday morning. the floodwaters logged in the several low lying areas here in the city. Due to the poor drainage system, people have faced difficulties as the rainwater entered into the houses at Urmila Nagar, Rotary Nagar, and Gollapalem Gattu road. The state Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas has inspected the areas where the water has standby and alerted the authorities over the relief measures. The locals explained to the Minister that in spite of giving many representations to the previous government still their problems are not been solved. The roads in several areas were waterlogged while the drains started overflowing causing traffic block for hours in the city. The commuters are facing difficulties as water is flooded on many roads at One town area.last_img read more

How a flop movie for Salman Khan is still Rs 100 crore

first_imgHow Salman Khan’s flop movies also cross Rs 100 crore? asks Tiger ShroffPR HandoutTiger Shroff was recently asked to reveal one question he would like to ask various celebrities. The actor has a very interesting question for Salman Khan.In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Tiger was asked to put forward a question he would like to ask Salman. The Baaghi actor said he would want to know the secret behind the superstar turning even his flop movies into Rs 100 crore grosser.”How do you make sense of like ‘A flop film for Salman Khan is still Rs 100 crore plus’. We struggle to do that. So, how do you do that? What is your secret? How do you stand in the frame and how do people go crazy over you? What do you do to achieve that?” asked Tiger.Salman’s last film Race 3 was declared one of his worst films by majority of the viewers. It is considered to be a big flop but still the film managed to cross the century mark at the Indian box office.Now the superstar is ready to hit the screens with his next film Bharat that also features Katrina Kaif. Shooting of the film has been completed, and the makers are now working on its post-productionDirected by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat teaser was released some time ago, and was positively accepted by the audience. Fans are now eagerly waiting for the film’s trailer. Bharat is slated to be released this Eid.On the other side, Tiger, who has mostly been seen in action movies, will next feature in Student of the Year 2 that will also mark the debut of Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday. Directed by Punit Malhotra, the film will hit the theatres on May 10.last_img read more

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet before unleashing devastation

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet before unleashing devastation

first_imgMap of Sri Lanka locating attacks on April 21. AFPThe suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back.Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike in the packed restaurant, a manager at the Sri Lankan hotel said.”There was utter chaos,” said the manager, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak for the company.The Taprobane restaurant at the hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend.”It was 8:30 am and it was busy. It was families,” the manager told AFP.”He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” he added.”One of our managers who was welcoming guests was among those killed instantly.”The bomber also died. Parts of his body were found intact by police and taken away.Other hotel officials told how the bomber, a Sri Lankan, checked in giving an address that turned out to be false, saying he was in the city for business.Two other hotels, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury, were hit at about the same time, along with three churches packed with worshippers attending Easter Sunday services.The blast at St Anthony’s Shrine, an historic Catholic Church, was so powerful that it blew out much of the roof, leaving roof tiles, glass and splintered wood littering the floor that was strewn with bodies.Authorities have not said who staged the attacks. But all suffered major casualties and damage. Many of the 35 foreigners killed in the blasts were at the hotels, officials said.- ‘Shock, grief and mourning’ -“There was utter chaos, but we rushed all the injured to hospital in a very short time,” the Cinnamon Grand manager said.”About 20 people were seriously wounded and we sent them to the National Hospital.”The hotel is close to the Sri Lankan prime minister’s official residence and Special Task Force commandos were quickly at the scene.At the Shangri-La, witnesses said they heard two loud blasts and that staff reported some people had been killed. But details of the toll were not immediately given.An AFP photographer saw extensive damage in the second floor restaurant at the hotel, with windows blown out and electrical wires hanging from the ceiling.The Shangri-La said in a statment that the bomb hit at approximately 9:00 am local time at its Table One restaurant.”We are deeply saddened and shocked by the incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the casualties and those who have been affected,” it said.”Our immediate priority is to look after the safety and wellbeing of all involved. A Shangri-La crisis management team has been activated to provide all necessary support.”The Kingsbury is also one of Colombo’s most expensive hotels, positioned near the city’s World Trade Center.The toll there was not known.In a statement on its Facebook page, the hotel said: “On behalf of the entire Kingsbury team we share in the shock, grief and mourning of our entire nation in the aftermath of the recent attack.””Medical evacuation and treatment of the injured guests and employees were handled immediately.” The hotel said it had been “isolated” for further safety checks.last_img read more

Smiley emojis in formal emails can undermine your ability

Smiley emojis in formal emails can undermine your ability

first_imgIf you have the habit of including a smiley face emoji in your e-mails to your boss to create a positive impression, think twice. According to a study, the practice may undermine your prowess as well as the information you are sharing. The results demonstrated that in contrast to face-to-face smiles, which increase both competence and warmth, the smileys in an e-mail had no effect on the perception of warmth. In fact, it had a negative effect and the sender was perceived as less competent.The smiley also did not influence the evaluation of the sender’s friendliness.”Our findings provide evidence that contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” said Ella Glikson, post-doctorate student at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beersheba, Israel.”In formal business e-mails, a smiley is not a smile,” Glikson added.For the study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers conducted a series of experiments with a total of 549 participants from 29 different countries.In an experiment, the participants were asked to read a work-related e-mail from an unknown person and then evaluate both competence and warmth of that person. Some included smileys while others did not.E-mails that did not include a smiley were found to be more detailed and included more content-related information.last_img read more