2 California supermarkets closing after city orders pay hike

first_imgLONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kroger Co. will close two supermarkets in Southern California in response to a local ordinance requiring extra pay for certain grocery employees working during the pandemic. The decision announced by the company Monday follows a unanimous vote last month by the Long Beach City Council mandating a 120-day increase of $4 an hour for employees of supermarkets with at least 300 employees nationwide and more than 15 in Long Beach. Kroger says it will close a Ralphs market and a Food 4 Less on April 17. The company says the stores have been struggling for a long time and the closures are permanent.last_img read more

Omnichannel customer experience – What is the fuss about?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nearly every one of us is a frequent flyer member with an airline of choice.  In addition, a majority of us may also have the branded credit card of the airline to maximize our benefits.  Those of us falling in that category should not be receiving offers to open said credit card, but in the past have, leading us to wonder why the airline did not know that we already have the card.  That happened in the past because the systems managing the memberships were not sharing information amongst themselves, leading to a bad customer experience.With the ubiquity of mobile devices and social platforms, it is very easy these days for individuals to share their experiences, good and bad, with a large number of people.  Today most people look at these “reviews”/experiences when making a decision to buy a brand or product.  Recently, United Airlines and Wells Fargo, two well-known and respected brands, took a hit to their reputation because of the bad experience their customers had with them.  United Airlines because of the video of a passenger being dragged from one its planes went viral, and Wells Fargo for pressuring personal bankers and tellers into selling more accounts to customers than they needed, which ended up in unauthorized accounts being opened in their names.  On the other hand, you have companies like Amazon, Uber, and Netflix, to name a few, that retain their customers and continue to grow their base without direct sales people and purely based on the experience that people have interacting with the brand which does not differ regardless of the device or point of interaction. continue reading »last_img read more

‘The Goldsmith’ in Binghamton gets new owner

first_imgIn a Facebook post, Raytenberg says more details regarding the purchase will come at a later date. PHOTO SOURCE: Inessa Raytenberg Inessa Raytenberg confirmed with 12 News over the phone that she has purchased “The Goldsmith” on Lewis Street. She says all Goldsmith staff will keep their jobs. The Goldsmith has been open for 42 years. The previous owners told 12 News they would close the store after the holidays in December. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A beloved jewelry store in Binghamton has a new owner.last_img read more

Road Closures this Weekend

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John gives notice that there will be the following road closures for events on the weekend on August 29th/30th:96th Avenue from the North Peace Arena to 96th Street will be closed from 9:00am on Friday, August 28th to Saturday, August 29th at 5:00pm for the Oilman’s 50th Celebration. In addition, a temporary closure for a parade as part of the celebration will be held on Saturday, August 29th starting at 11:00am down 100th Avenue to 100th Street and south on 100th Street to the Alaska Highway.Also, please be advised there will be limited parking for the North Peace Arena and Leisure Pool from Friday, August 28th to Sunday, August 30th.- Advertisement -102nd Street from the Legion back alley to 105th Avenue will be closed on Saturday, August 29th to accommodate the Legion Summer Festival.The City of Fort St. John appreciates the public’s cooperation.last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Beats Iowa For Sixth-Straight Year

first_imgThe Bulldogs improved to 4-1, while the Hawkeyes settled to 4-2. Story Links Match Notes Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,1,5,2,4) Box Score Drake will close out its weekend with a trip to Purdue on Sunday. First serve is set for 11 a.m. EST. 5. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Jonas Larsen (IOWA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 2. Kareem Allaf/Jonas Larsen (IOWA) vs. Stride, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 4-5, unfinished Doubles competition After dropping the first set 7-5, Tom Hands bounced back to cruise past Jonas Larsen, 6-3, 6-0 in the final two sets and give Drake a 3-2 lead. 6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA) def. Clark, Ben (DU) 6-4, 6-0 4. Robin Haden (IOWA) def. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) Iowa Hawkeyes 4-2 Drake 4-1 T-3:00 A-189 Drake 4, Iowa Hawkeyes 3Feb 03, 2017 at Iowa City, Iowa (HTRC)  3. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Kareem Allaf (IOWA) 6-4, 6-2  Print Friendly Version 1. Josh Silverstein/Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-4 2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) Iowa took a 2-0 lead after winning the doubles point and earning a win at No. 6 singles. IOWA CITY, Iowa – After falling behind 2-0, the Drake University men’s tennis tallied four-straight points to beat in-state foe Iowa, 4-3, for the sixth consecutive year on Friday night. 1. #73 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Josh Silverstein (IOWA) 7-5, 6-1 Calum MacGeoch had a tough first set, losing 6-0, but responded to win the next two sets, 6-3, 7-6 to clinch the match for the Bulldogs. Drake’s Ben Stride put the Bulldogs on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kareem Allaf at No. 3. Vinny Gillespie tied the match at 2-2 after his straight sets win, 7-5, 6-1, over Josh Silverstein at No. 1. Singles competition 3. Jake Jacoby/Robin Haden (IOWA) def. Hands, Tom/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 6-4last_img read more

SA all the way at Big Wave Africa

first_img28 July 2006South African surfers came up trumps in the Red Bull Big Wave Africa, claiming a 1-2-3 finish as John Whittle captured the honours, becoming only the third winner of the event in its eight-year history.The reason for Whittle being only the third winner of the competition was that it requires certain conditions to be run – very special conditions, in fact. They don’t call it a big wave contest for nothing.Thankfully, this year Mother Nature complied with the wishes of the organizers and a huge storm that started off the Antarctic ice-shelf delivered the conditions sought at Dungeons off Hout Bay: waves of at least 15 feet.On Tuesday, the amber alert was given, warning the contestants that conditions with the potential for competition were approaching. On Thursday, it was green for go!Semi-finalsThe four surfers to advance from heat one to the semi-finals were Carlos Burle of Brazil and the South African trio of Sean Holmes – the champion in 2000 – Jason Ribbink, and Andrew Marr.Californian Greg Long, the champion in 2003, failed to make it beyond heat two. Emerging from that encounter with places in the semi-finals were South Africans Chris Bertish and David Smith, Australian Ross Clarke-Jones and and Grant Washburn of the US.Hawaiian star Jamie Sterling progressed from heat three, along with a trio of South Africans: John Whittle, Mickey Duffus and Thomas King Kleynhans.Holmes, Clarke-Jones and Andrew Marr won through from the first semi-final to face Whittle, Bertish and Sterling for the title.SA 1-2-3It proved to be SA all the way with the title on the line as they kept the international surfers at bay to finish first, second and third. John Whittle grabbed victory and glory, Andy Marr took second and Chris Bertish third.Whittle’s first prize was worth a cool R100 000.The Von Zipper Biggest Tube award (worth R5 000), for taking on the biggest barrel, went to another South African, Jason Ribbink, while Andy Marr added to the country’s list of titles by claiming the R25 000 Sensi Threads Biggest Wave award.Jamie Sterling was awarded the R10 000 Billabong Deep Throat Award for pushing the limits the most during the contest.DungeonsThe Dungeons reef, the first sea bottom that the ocean swells hit on their path shore-wards, has the ability to produce the biggest waves in Africa.The swells, generated across the South Atlantic Ocean, hit the Dungeon Reefs and rear up into giant right-hand breaking waves for brave souls to attempt to ride.Apart from the enormous waves, a few other elements to add to the mix of bravery needed to tackle Dungeons: ice-cold water, thick undulating kelp beds that cover the inside waters, and abundant sea life – including a few sharks that prey on the local seal colony. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Jharkhand teacher held for 2017 FB post

first_imgA government college teacher has been arrested here for allegedly writing an “objectionable post” on Facebook two years ago in support of a beef party in Chennai, the police said on Sunday. Jeetrai Hansda, a contractual faculty member at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, was arrested from a village in the Sakchi area of Jamshedpur on Saturday night, an officer said, adding that the teacher had been evading arrest. “Hansda has been booked under various sections of the IPC and the IT Act, and the process to forward him to judicial custody is currently under way,” Rajeev Singh, the officer-in-charge of the Sakchi police station, said. The teacher, a resident of Parsudih here, had allegedly written a post in support of a beef party organised by the IIT-Madras students, prompting the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad (ABVP), the student’s wing of the RSS, to file a complaint against him, the officer said. The beef fest was organised at IIT-Madras in 2017 in protest against the restrictions imposed on cattle trade by the Union government. The student’s union had demanded the sacking of Mr. Hansda. The post was then deleted, the officer added. Asked for a reaction, Kolhan University Vice-Chancellor Shukla Mohanty said Mr. Hansda was a guest faculty member at the Graduate School College for Women when he posted the message on Facebook. He was later absorbed as a contractual teacher in the women’s college.Show-cause notice “A show-cause notice was served on Mr. Hansda after receiving a complaint about his objectionable Facebook post, He then apologised,” Mr. Mohanty said, adding that Mr. Hansda had joined as a contractual faculty member at the Co-operative College recently.last_img read more

Midwest City Safety Evan Fields Cuts List to Five

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Three-star defensive back Evan Fields, a rising senior from Midwest City, Okla., has named his top five schools which he released on twitter. Among his top options includes K-State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Mississippi State, and Illinois.https://twitter.com/Evan4_/status/802273235131723776The Cowboys entered the conversation late in the recruiting process, and earned an official visit earlier this season which he took alongside well-known Cowboy signee Tramonda Moore, who is currently at a junior college.“That’s family,” Fields told PFB of his connection with Moore, adding that he “loved” his visit to Oklahoma State, and that “it felt like home”.Whether that’s by blood or by friendship, I don’t know. But Tramonda isn’t playing his cards close to the vest in recruiting Fields. Here’s what he tweeted at Fields after he released his top five schools.#GoPokes ? https://t.co/0PQ3nxLA6h— Tramonda Moore⏳™ (@TramondaMoore) November 25, 2016The caveat in Fields list, though, is the fine print at the bottom: List can change with new offers.Fields has had a monster senior year, and it took OSU surpsingly midway through the season before extending an offer — likely to make sure he was back to full health. Now, though, there’s chatter that Oklahoma could get involved late, even though an offer has not been extended. The Sooners seem to have several other prospects on their board, before making a decision on whether to pull the trigger on Fields or not.Oklahoma State recently added a commitment at safety with Texas’ Trey Sterling, but the Pokes also lost the pledge of Tyon Merchant, so Fields would likely secure that final scholarship at safety should he land on the Cowboys. With signing day less than 3 months away, it will be interesting to see if teams jump in late or if he elects to stay with his core 5.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Has Covered Three of Last Five Bedlam Point Spreads

first_img2016?-11Oklahoma Year Final ScoreLineFavored Team 200749-17 OU-11.5Oklahoma 201438-35 (OT) OSU-19.5Oklahoma 200927-0 OU-7.5Oklahoma 200861-41 OU-10.5Oklahoma Oklahoma opened as a 13.5 point lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys for 2016 Bedlam, a line that many Pokes fans felt was high. The line is down to -11 as of Monday, and may continue to fall as we get closer to the big game on Saturday.We know that in its last nine Bedlam games, OSU is 2-7. I picked 2007 because that is the year Mike Gundy really started to get all his own players on the field (and we could only find spreads going back to that year).You probably knew that OSU record already, because Boone Pickens made us all painfully aware of it. But what have the lines been compared to the final scores? Has OSU normally covered? Let’s take a look. 201144-10 OSU-3.5Oklahoma Statecenter_img 201558-23 OU-7.5Oklahoma 201251-48 OU-6Oklahoma 201047-41 OU-3Oklahoma State 201333-24 OU-9.5Oklahoma State Oklahoma has actually covered the spread six times out of the last nine Bedlam meetings, but only twice out of five times since 2011. Sure, they’ve won several close games, in 2010, 2012, and 2013 (Gilbert caught it), but recent history shows us there’s a decent chance the Cowboys will beat the line this week.Which they’ll need to substantially if they want to win the their second Big 12 title after playing for it for the fourth time in six years.Tough to see OU as a 2-TD favorite when #okstate has the better receivers, defense, special teams and much better QB.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 27, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more