Already this year, retailers have announced plans to close thousands of stores as they keep up with changing consumer habits. Payless ShoeSource, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, is closing all 2,100 of its U.S. stores, while Gymboree is shuttering its 800 locations. Sears, which has closed 1,300 Kmart and Sears stores since 2013, is scrapping an additional 80 locations. A number of other retailers, including Gap, have hinted that store closures are on the horizon.
The race is a referendum on Narendra Modi, the powerful prime minister who is up for re-election. One of the most polarizing figures India has produced in decades, Mr. Modi has championed an assertive brand of Hindu nationalist politics that strives to elevate India’s Hindu identity but has sharply divided this country.
The United States declared measles eliminated from the country in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination, meaning it is no longer constantly present. But vaccination rates have declined in recent years, according to infectious disease experts.
The Brooklyn outbreak has been traced to an unvaccinated child who became infected on a visit to Israel, which is also grappling with an outbreak, according to New York City’s Department of Health.
May spoke to the 27 EU leaders for just over an hour, before they met for dinner without her to decide Britain’s fate. In contrast to some testy recent summits, there were signs of warmth, even humor. May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were filmed laughing over a tablet bearing an image showing the two of them speaking to their respective Parliaments on Wednesday while wearing similar blue jackets.
The legislation would require applicants for a gun license to apply in-person with the state police and submit fingerprints as part of their application. If a person whose firearm owner ID card has been revoked fails to turn over their guns to local law enforcement and complete the required paperwork, the proposal would require the state police to seek a search warrant to retrieve the weapons.
Their constitution was primarily concerned with securing independence from the State of New York. Indeed, the state was known as “the Reluctant Republic” because they wanted admission to the Union separate from New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire – not a republic fully independent of the new United States. The genesis of the issue lay with the Crown deciding that New Hampshire could not grant land in Vermont, declaring that it belonged to New York. New York maintained this position into the early years of the United States, putting Vermont in the position of trying to chart a course of independence between two major powers.
A pension bill signed by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2007 allowed Piccioli to retroactively count his years lobbying toward a teacher pension if he taught for one day in the public schools. He bought service credits for his years lobbying and began collecting a pension when he retired from the IFT in 2012.
With the Swedes determined to extradite him, however, and a US grand jury hearing into WikiLeaks already underway, the Australian resolved to stay put. High-profile visitors came and went – Vivienne Westwood, Lady Gaga and the footballer Eric Cantona among them – and a small group of supporters maintained a periodic vigil outside. But still Assange remained.
A final note on cybernetics (Jesper A.)
Greek culture is often portrayed as terse, and to the point, scientific through-and-through. It may be terse in fact, but it is not all science or all rational to be sure. To my mind the trick is to see how Greek culture is BOTH at the same time — this makes Spengler in some sense correct; he sees Greek culture as the creative phase (he refers to it as culture) and Roman culture as a case of terminal decline (he calls this phase civilisation) — his dichotomy is not all-wrong but it is wrong-footed. Still my idea is merely an elaboration of this argument.
Investors piled in to the world’s most profitable company after it opened its accounts to the world for the first time ahead of the deal. The bonds were well received and exceeded initial expectations, with the yield coming in 20 basis points (a basis point is one-hundredth of a percent) lower than expected and lower even than Saudi Arabia’s own bond deal from January, according to someone familiar with the deal.
Oil Rallies As OPEC Production Falls (Thomas R.)
I think Kuwait is at, or very near, peak production except for their share of the neutral zone. That is shared 50/50 with Saudi Arabia. Their share would be about half a million barrels per day. It is shut down because of a political disagreement between the two countries.
The Maple Syrup Cartel (Thomas R.)
More than 70% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada, and mostly from Quebec. But producing maple syrup can be volatile based on the weather. So Canada’s government set up production quotas and a reserve, both of which help Canada control the price of maple syrup.
In 2018, a worst-case scenario was exposed at Detroit Community Public Schools — the testing was voluntary, had the district not made the move to test water inside their schools children would have continued to drink the water. Instead, drinking fountains were shutoff and water stations were moved into the school.
Often, children who get lead poisoning live in old homes that are dilapidated or under renovation. They pick up paint chips or dust and put it in their mouth. Other sources include soil contaminated by old leaded gasoline, dust from industrial worksites and tainted drinking water.
On April 8, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia—a jurisdiction with stringent consumer protection laws—dismissed a lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) alleging Hormel was misleading consumers. The court held that as long as manufacturer labels are approved by the USDA, the advertising can use the “natural” claims. “[I]f a producer can accurately use a term in a label,” the court wrote, “the producer should be able to use the same term in its advertising.”
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