US toy retail giant Toys ‘R’ Us files for liquidation in United States

Thursday, March 15, 2018

This morning, United States-based toy retail giant Toys “R” Us filed for liquidation with United States bankruptcy court. The company had about 735 stores in the country which may be closed as a result of the liquidation.

The motion came after the US holidays, after which the company said its revenue fell short of expectations. Toys “R” Us was seeking cooperation with its Canadian business to leave 200 stores open, the court papers said. The company said it would be unable to realize an earlier goal to leave as many as 400 stores open.

The papers filed in the court indicated that the United States holiday sales produced revenue US$250 million short of the expectations. In the report to the court, Toys “R” Us blamed in part its weakened e-commerce business. It wrote, “The stark reality is that the debtors are projected to run out of cash in the U.S. in May 2018.”

Toys “R” Us chief executive officer Dave Brandon said, “This is a profoundly sad day for us as well as the millions of kids and families who we have served for the past 70 years.”

Toys “R” Us said it was preparing to sell its businesses in Asia and Central Europe, including Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

In September 2017, Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy in the US and Canada, and a judge allowed a US$2 billion loan.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Bain Capital Partners, and Vornado Realty Trust purchased Toys “R” Us for US$6.6 billion in 2005. According to CNBC, the company had US$4.9 billion in debt at that time, which made it difficult for the company to adapt to the changing market.

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The Online World And Public Speaking: Tips That Raise Brand Awareness

The Online World And Public Speaking: Tips That Raise Brand Awareness


Johan Stevenson

Remember this number: 1.8 million. That could signify your wishful annual income (in pounds or in USD, ideally) although, for the popular think-tank, Forrester Research, that number symbolises the number of words that equates to a one-minute video. That is right. What would typically take you several months to a year to finish-1.8 million words is equivalent to 3,600 typical web pages-should need less than a day to accomplish with a short video. As a result, online video media marketing is a considerably better investment of your time and effort.

But how do you go about it? Do you just get yourself a camera, begin recording, and start talking? Do you simply upload the video onto your site and, like an ill person who won\’t get treatment, sit back and hope all will go well? It\’s time to quit living your life on the edge. Take into account these easy-to-do Internet and social media video ideas to catapult your brand to recognition.

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Keep your videos interesting, content rich, and different. Most people online will have a brief interest span, which means your video needs to grab them by the throat and make them pay attention, albeit in a non-Chuck Norris manner. Examine the most viewed videos on the web and take notes. What do people enjoy watching over the Internet? Specifically, what would your niche market love watching over the Internet?

To perform customer engagement, you have to put your skill for story telling using videos to work. A particular brand on men\’s underclothing have done this by uploading a video of a testicular cancer survivor in his apartment, with only the brand underwear, for twenty five days. The end result came down to 43 million media impressions, 50,000 likes on Facebook, and then a barrage of media exposure. A brand of blenders equally achieved astonishing results when it launched its \”Will It Blend?\” campaign online where it exhibited different strange items (iPhone, chicken with soda, and so on) being blended. The result was an 800 percent improvement in sales of blenders and six million hits on YouTube.

Utilise great talent in front of the camera, or at the minimum, represent your brand in the best possible fashion. You don\’t have to have a superstar or expensive models for your online videos. A number of videos receive comments and get shared many times mainly because the individual in front of the camera is engaging or has charm – just like that tall drink of water in the Old Spice videos that went popular. Indeed, you don\’t need to be in the shower to be enjoyable or charming; just get expert public speaking guidelines to help you go over your message and connect to your consumers on the World Wide Web.

Lastly, here are some other figures to help you create videos that increase brand awareness: 10 seconds into the video and 20 percent of your audience will click away and by the 2-minute mark, you will have lost 60% viewers (Visible Measure); 16% of YouTube videos are embedded, linked, or shared between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays (Sysomos), and 64 percent of website visitors mentioned they will buy a product after viewing a video clip (comScore).

Do you simply just get yourself a camera, begin recording, and start talking? Do you simply upload the recording onto your website and, just like a sick person that won\’t get treatment, kick back and hope all will go well? It\’s time for you to quit living your life on the edge. Take into account easy web and

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Israel Journal: Is Yossi Vardi a good father to his entrepreneurial children?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone is currently, courtesy of the Israeli government and friends, visiting Israel. This is a first-hand account of his experiences and may — as a result — not fully comply with Wikinews’ neutrality policy. Please note this is a journalism experiment for Wikinews and put constructive criticism on the collaboration page.

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Dr. Yossi Vardi is known as Israel’s ‘Father of the Entrepreneur’, and he has many children in the form of technology companies he has helped to incubate in Tel Aviv‘s booming Internet sector. At the offices of Superna, one such company, he introduced a whirlwind of presentations from his baby incubators to a group of journalists. What stuck most in my head was when Vardi said, “What is important is not the technology, but the talent.” Perhaps because he repeated this after each young Internet entrepreneur showed us his or her latest creation under Vardi’s tutelage. I had a sense of déjà vu from this mantra. A casual reader of the newspapers during the boom will remember a glut of stories that could be called “The Rise of the Failure”; people whose technology companies had collapsed were suddenly hot commodities to start up new companies. This seemingly paradoxical thinking was talked about as new back then; but even Thomas Edison—the Father of Invention—is oft-quoted for saying, “I have not failed. I have just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.”

Vardi’s focus on encouraging his brood of talent regardless of the practicalities stuck out to me because of a recent pair of “dueling studies” The New York Times has printed. These are the sort of studies that confuse parents on how to raise their kids. The first, by Carol Dweck at Stanford University, came to the conclusion that children who are not praised for their efforts, regardless of the outcome’s success, rarely attempt more challenging and complex pursuits. According to Dweck’s study, when a child knows that they will receive praise for being right instead of for tackling difficult problems, even if they fail, they will simply elect to take on easy tasks in which they are assured of finding the solution.

Only one month earlier the Times produced another story for parents to agonize over, this time based on a study from the Brookings Institution, entitled “Are Kids Getting Too Much Praise?” Unlike Dweck’s clinical study, Brookings drew conclusions from statistical data that could be influenced by a variety of factors (since there was no clinical control). The study found American kids are far more confident that they have done well than their Korean counterparts, even when the inverse is true. The Times adds in the words of a Harvard faculty psychologist who intoned, “Self-esteem is based on real accomplishments. It’s all about letting kids shine in a realistic way.” But this is not the first time the self-esteem generation’s proponents have been criticized.

Vardi clearly would find himself encouraged by Dweck’s study, though, based upon how often he seemed to ask us to keep our eyes on the people more than the products. That’s not to say he has not found his latest ICQ, though only time—and consumers—will tell.

For a Web 2.User like myself, I was most fascinated by Fixya, a site that, like Wikipedia, exists on the free work of people with knowledge. Fixya is a tech support site where people who are having problems with equipment ask a question and it is answered by registered “experts.” These experts are the equivalent of Wikipedia’s editors: they are self-ordained purveyors of solutions. But instead of solving a mystery of knowledge a reader has in their head, these experts solve a problem related to something you have bought and do not understand. From baby cribs to cellular phones, over 500,000 products are “supported” on Fixya’s website. The Fixya business model relies upon the good will of its experts to want to help other people through the ever-expanding world of consumer appliances. But it is different from Wikipedia in two important ways. First, Fixya is for-profit. The altruistic exchange of information is somewhat dampened by the knowledge that somebody, somewhere, is profiting from whatever you give. Second, with Wikipedia it is very easy for a person to type in a few sentences about a subject on an article about the Toshiba Satellite laptop, but to answer technical problems a person is experiencing seems like a different realm. But is it? “It’s a beautiful thing. People really want to help other people,” said the presenter, who marveled at the community that has already developed on Fixya. “Another difference from Wikipedia is that we have a premium content version of the site.” Their premium site is where they envision making their money. Customers with a problem will assign a dollar amount based upon how badly they need an answer to a question, and the expert-editors of Fixya will share in the payment for the resolved issue. Like Wikipedia, reputation is paramount to Fixya’s experts. Whereas Wikipedia editors are judged by how they are perceived in the Wiki community, the amount of barnstars they receive and by the value of their contributions, Fixya’s customers rate its experts based upon the usefulness of their advice. The site is currently working on offering extended warranties with some manufacturers, although it was not clear how that would work on a site that functioned on the work of any expert.

Another collaborative effort product presented to us was YouFig, which is software designed to allow a group of people to collaborate on work product. This is not a new idea, although may web-based products have generally fallen flat. The idea is that people who are working on a multi-media project can combine efforts to create a final product. They envision their initial market to be academia, but one could see the product stretching to fields such as law, where large litigation projects with high-level of collaboration on both document creation and media presentation; in business, where software aimed at product development has generally not lived up to its promises; and in the science and engineering fields, where multi-media collaboration is quickly becoming not only the norm, but a necessity.

For the popular consumer market, Superna, whose offices hosted our meeting, demonstrated their cost-saving vision for the Smart Home (SH). Current SH systems require a large, expensive server in order to coordinate all the electronic appliances in today’s air-conditioned, lit and entertainment-saturated house. Such coordinating servers can cost upwards of US$5,000, whereas Superna’s software can turn a US$1,000 hand-held tablet PC into household remote control.

There were a few start-ups where Vardi’s fatherly mentoring seemed more at play than long-term practical business modeling. In the hot market of WiFi products, WeFi is software that will allow groups of users, such as friends, share knowledge about the location of free Internet WiFi access, and also provide codes and keys for certain hot spots, with access provided only to the trusted users within a group. The mock-up that was shown to us had a Google Maps-esque city block that had green points to the known hot spots that are available either for free (such as those owned by good Samaritans who do not secure their WiFi access) or for pay, with access information provided for that location. I saw two long-term problems: first, WiMAX, which is able to provide Internet access to people for miles within its range. There is already discussion all over the Internet as to whether this technology will eventually make WiFi obsolete, negating the need to find “hot spots” for a group of friends. Taiwan is already testing an island-wide WiMAX project. The second problem is if good Samaritans are more easily located, instead of just happened-upon, how many will keep their WiFi access free? It has already become more difficult to find people willing to contribute to free Internet. Even in Tel Aviv, and elsewhere, I have come across several secure wireless users who named their network “Fuck Off” in an in-your-face message to freeloaders.

Another child of Vardi’s that the Brookings Institution might say was over-praised for self-esteem but lacking real accomplishment is AtlasCT, although reportedly Nokia offered to pay US$8.1 million for the software, which they turned down. It is again a map-based software that allows user-generated photographs to be uploaded to personalized street maps that they can share with friends, students, colleagues or whomever else wants to view a person’s slideshow from their vacation to Paris (“Dude, go to the icon over Boulevard Montmartre and you’ll see this girl I thought was hot outside the Hard Rock Cafe!”) Aside from the idea that many people probably have little interest in looking at the photo journey of someone they know (“You can see how I traced the steps of Jesus in the Galilee“), it is also easy to imagine Google coming out with its own freeware that would instantly trump this program. Although one can see an e-classroom in architecture employing such software to allow students to take a walking tour through Rome, its desirability may be limited.

Whether Vardi is a smart parent for his encouragement, or in fact propping up laggards, is something only time will tell him as he attempts to bring these products of his children to market. The look of awe that came across each company’s representative whenever he entered the room provided the answer to the question of Who’s your daddy?

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70,000 General Motors employees go on strike

Monday, September 24, 2007

73,000 United Auto Workers (UAW) union members launched a nationwide strike today against General Motors (GM), the largest auto manufacturer in the United States.

UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said GM would need to meet pay, health care, and job security issues. Gettelfinge said, “This is nothing we wanted…No one benefits in a strike. But there comes a point where someone can push you off a cliff. That’s what happened here.”

The strike was officially launched at 11 a.m. EDT (UTC-4) today.

Negotiations were reportedly going to occur again this afternoon, but there have been no reports of any negotiating going on from either side.

80 facilities in 30 different states closed today because of the strike.

CNN reports that GM facilities in Mexico and Canada may close soon, too.

The vice president of global vehicle forecasts for CSM Worldwide, Michael Robinet, said today that dealerships in the US likely won’t feel the effects of the strike for several weeks.

A statement from GM today said, “We are disappointed in the UAW’s decision to call a national strike. The bargaining involved complex, difficult issues that affect the job security of our U.S. work force, and the long-term viability of the company. We are fully committed to working with the UAW to develop solutions together to address the competitive challenges facing General Motors. We will continue focusing our efforts on reaching an agreement as soon as possible.”

If the strike continues, UAW strike funds will supply each striker with US$200 a month and medical coverage.

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UN probing allegations US is ‘torturing’ soldier over leaks

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The United Nations is reportedly beginning an investigation into claims that Pfc. Bradley Manning is being “tortured.” Manning was arrested in May, after allegedly leaking over 250,000 classified diplomatic cables to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Last week, it was announced that supporters for Manning lodged a complaint with the Office of The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, saying that the conditions of his cell and the treatment he is receiving, amount to “torture.” According to Salon, Manning is not allowed to exercise, is denied bed sheets and pillows, and has been held in solitary confinement for 23 hours of every day since his arrest. According to Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, a former United States Army major, and veteran of the Iraq War, Manning is only allowed to walk in a small room for exercise.

“[Manning is] taken to an empty room and only allowed to walk, normally just walks figure eights in the room. If he indicates that he no long feels like walking, he is immediately returned to his cell,” stated Coombs to Salon.

The Pentagon denies that Manning is being tortured, saying he is being treated “fairly. We’ve been reviewed … No concerns have been voiced from a (Department of Defense) perspective.”

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Eliminate Those Clogged Pipes With Reliable Drain Cleaning Memphis


A clog in the drains can cause some very expensive problems, especially if those drains overflow and sewage get on the floors or cabinets. Wood and water do not mix very well, and wood and sewage are even worse. Eliminating the problem varies with the location of the clog. Small blockages tend to occur in the pipe traps. Pipe traps or p-traps are those curved pieces of pipe used to prevent sewer gasses from entering the building. They function by collecting water in the crook of the pipe so that gas cannot pass. A blocked p-trap usually requires professional Drain Cleaning Memphis, so the connections do not get damaged.

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Clogs can also form in the primary sewer line. This is the main pipe that connects the building to the municipal system, and it may have some fittings or angles that block sewage flow. Sewage systems are low-flow pipes, and a clog can result because the sludge in the system can stick to the pipe walls. Given enough time, the muck can build up and block the flow of waste. Most plumbers use a pipe snake or rooter to break up this problem, but piercing the clog may not always work. Extremely large clogs can harden over time and attempt to break them often results in only a portion of the clog being eliminated. Eventually, the partial opening will close and force the need for Drain Cleaning Memphis.

One way that experts such as Drain Go Plumbing reduce the chance of a clogged drain is cleaning. Sewer pipes get very dirty and washing them can be a little difficult. Plumbers use a technique known as water-jetting to remove the grime and debris that accumulates on pipe walls. Water-jetting or hydro-jetting uses high-pressure streams of water to scour the interior of the pipes. Once the gunk has been removed, the water pushes it down the sewage system. Care is required when cleaning pipes this way because it could damage them or force the joints to separate. Plumbers can check for damages with another tool commonly known as a video snake. This is a camera attached to a long flexible cable that allows the contractor to view deep inside the pipes. Please visit website for more information.

India set to install panic buttons on buses to combat sexual assault

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Indian Government announced on Wednesday they will issue a notification to ensure all buses are fitted with panic buttons to prevent sex-related violence occurring on buses in India. The motion was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. Installation of the buttons is set to become mandatory on June 2.

Tests are under way on 20 buses running from Rajasthan to New Delhi. Buses are to have panic buttons, a GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device, and CCTV cameras. The new buttons are located at the front doors and when pressed, a police control room has the ability to view live footage recorded inside the bus.

Last month, the government announced that as of 2017, mobile phones can’t be sold in India without a panic button. With the press of a single key, the panic button alerts emergency services that assistance is required.

Since a fatal sexual assault three and a half years ago on a bus in New Delhi, accompanied by increased rates of sexual assault, the government has been pressured to help women avoid the dangers of sexual assault. The bus sexual assault three and a half years ago resulted in India-wide protests, and laws regarding sexual assault were overhauled.

According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2014 New Delhi reported 1,813 rapes, more than any other Indian city. In more than 80% of rapes across India, the victim knew the rapist. In data from 2013, the rapists in 539 cases were parents, in 2,315 cases other relatives.

In 2012 the NCRB said the country had 24,923 reported rapes. However, this number grew over the following year, with 2013 seeing 33,707 reported.

In 2013, NCRB said New Delhi saw 1,636 rapes reported, with an Indian average of 92 women per day. The New Delhi cases alone account for more than four per day.

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Cuba restores relations with European Union

Friday, February 4, 2005

Europe —The government of Cuba has re-established official contacts with all of the European Union countries. The diplomatic relationship with the EU had been limited for more than 18 months.

The EU relationship with Cuba was injured on March-June 2003 after the arrest and conviction of 75 “dissidents” by the Cuban government. In a separate case, three Cubans were executed on foot of a sentence handed down by a civil court, and confirmed on appeal by the Cuban Supreme Court, which found them guilty of hijacking a ferry and endangering the lives of its occupants. Cuba accused the dissidents of collaboration with the US and sabotage against the Cuban communist system. All 75 “dissadents” appear to have pleaded guilty of receiving illegal payments from US agents in court when confronted with the evidence. 14 of the 75 convicted mercenaries, who the US continues to insist were “dissadents”, have since been released on licience.

Cuba and the EU began to come close again after the efforts of the President of the government of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. At that time, the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder didn’t agree with Zapatero about unfreezing the relationships between Cuba and the EU. Schröder believed Cuba should first show real commitment to improving the human rights conditions on the island. However, on November 25, 2004, the Cuban Chancellor Felipe Pérez Roque announced the re-establishment of official contacts with the government of Spain.

On November 30, 2004, Cuba released four political dissidents: Marcelo López, Margarito Broche, Óscar Espinosa Chepe and Raúl Rivero. The Dutch Presidency of the European Union praised the Cuban decision. Cuba said that the decision was not influenced by the Spanish government.

On December 15, 2004 the Council of the European Union for Latin America committee recommended the suspension of the diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, according to alleged Spanish diplomatic sources.

Finally, on January 10, 2005, the Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque told journalists:”We can say that from this moment onward Cuba has re-established government-level official contacts with all European Union countries.” On January 31, 2005, the EU council of foreign ministers agreed to a suspension of EU sanctions against Cuba. The international non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders protested and sent a open letter to the president of the European Commission on February 1, 2005.

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Manchester City loans Joe Hart to Torino

Saturday, September 3, 2016

On Wednesday, English football club Manchester City F.C. announced that they had loaned their goalkeeper Joe Hart to Italian club Torino F.C. till the season end.

Hart joined City from Shrewsbury Town F.C. in 2006. Since then, he has won four Premier League Golden Gloves for keeping most clean sheets in a season, which is a League record. In a decade at the Etihad Stadium, Hart has won two Premier League trophies, two Football League Cups and one FA Cup.

Hart debuted for England at the age of 21, and has represented the country at UEFA Euro 2012 and 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2014.

Signing the contract, Hart said, “I am very excited to compare myself in an important and beautiful League such as Serie A.” ((it))Italian language: ?Sono molto felice di potermi confrontare in un campionato bello e difficile come la Serie A.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart’s move away from Manchester City came about a week after Pep Guardiola signed Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from FC Barcelona.

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Atlantas Georgia Dome

Atlantas Georgia Dome


Ajay Sethi

The Georgia Dome is the city of Atlantas indoor sports stadium. As part of a complex including the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the downtown Atlanta facility is one of the worlds largest sports, convention, and entertainment complexes. The Georgia Dome is the largest cable supported domed stadium.

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The roof of the Georgia Dome is made of 130 Teflon-coated fiberglass panels. It is as tall as a 27-story building. Part of the roof was damaged by a tornado that struck downtown Atlanta on the evening of March 14, 2008. The facility was hosting a Southeastern Conference Championship basketball game between Mississippi State and Alabama at the time the storm hit. The tornado caused over $75 million in damages to the Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center. There is permanent seating in the Georgia Dome for more than 71,000 fans. The stadium has 164 Executive Suites, 8 Super Suites, and 1 Penthouse Suite. A large variety of food and beverage concessions are located on all levels of the facility. Fans can enjoy gourmet meals and a full service bar at the 2View Restaurant, which overlooks the east end zone. The Georgia Dome is the home of the Atlanta Falcons football team and the Georgia State University Panthers football team. Upcoming Falcons games in the Georgia Dome are 2012 preseason games against the Baltimore Ravens on August 9 and the Cincinnati Bengals on August 16. The first 2012 regular season home game is scheduled against the Denver Broncos on September 17. The Georgia Dome has hosted two Super Bowls, Mens and Womens NCAA Final Four basketball tournaments, the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and SEC football championship games. It has also been the venue for concerts, major trade shows, conferences, graduations, and other large non-sporting events. The club lounges and suites are ideal for VIP receptions, networking events, and preview parties. Visitors may take a behind the scenes tour of the facility. Individual tours are available most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am-2pm. The tour price is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Group tours are available for parties of 10 or more. No tours are given on game days or during large events. Highlights of the tour include visits to the Observatory Deck, Press Box, suites, club lounges, lower level, locker rooms, and the field. The Georgia Dome is located just west of downtown at the corner of Northside Drive and Georgia Dome Drive. There is parking for more than 5,000 vehicles in 8 surrounding lots. Taking MARTA transportation is recommended on game days to avoid heavy traffic delays. MARTA rail has a Georgia Dome station.

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