Ford Q1 2019 earnings

The quarterly numbers come amid Ford’s $11 billion restructuring plan, with an aim to slash costs by $14 billion over the next five years.

KEY POINTS
  • The Detroit automaker beats on the top and bottom lines.
  • The company credits its better-than-expected performance in North America to strong truck and sport utility vehicle sales, particularly its F-Series and Ranger pickups.
  • Outside North America, the company has an operating loss of $196 million, which is an improvement of $632 million from the prior quarter.

Source: Ford Q1 2019 earnings

Oil prices spike more than 3% on reports that US will end waivers for Iran sanctions

Oil prices surged by more than 3 percent on Monday past highs not seen since November 2018, after reports that Washington is set to announce that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end imports, or be subject to U.S. sanctions.

Source: Oil prices spike more than 3% on reports that US will end waivers for Iran sanctions

Toys ‘R’ Us Gets 11th-Hour Bid From Little Tikes’s Larian – Bloomberg

  • Billionaire toy marketer Isaac Larian offered to save Toys “R” Us from liquidation with an almost $900 million bid for its stores in the U.S. and Canada that relies in part on crowdfunding.

Larian is offering $675 million for the U.S. stores and $215 million for the outlets in Canada, he said Friday in a statement. The funds will come from Larian himself, other investors and bank financing. A representative for Toys “R” Us didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Isaac Larian

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The would-be rescuer is the chief executive officer of MGA Entertainment Inc., which sells toys including Little Tikes, Bratz and L.O.L. Surprise! Larian previouslystarted a GoFundMecampaign to help keep Toys “R” Us open, with the page showing pledges of about $200 million.

Source: Toys ‘R’ Us Gets 11th-Hour Bid From Little Tikes’s Larian – Bloomberg

Netflix pulls out of Cannes amid feud with festival – CBS News

NEW YORK — The feud between Netflix and Cannes Film Festival is growing. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, on Wednesday said the streaming giant is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world’s most prestigious film festival.

Cannes earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its Palme d’Or competition. That essentially rules out Netflix movies, which are released either on a day-and-date strategy — meaning simultaneously on Netflix and in some theaters — or simply go straight to Netflix. In France, it’s a law that films can’t be released on home entertainment platforms until 36 months after their theatrical release.

That still left Netflix the option of participating outside of competition at Cannes. But in an interview with Variety published Wednesday, Sarandos said he doesn’t want to send Netflix releases if they won’t be treated equally with other movies.

Source: Netflix pulls out of Cannes amid feud with festival – CBS News

McDonald’s customers warned they could have hepatitis because of infected food handler | Fox News

McDonald’s is reportedly cooperating with the investigation being conducted by local and state agencies.

A McDonald’s employee in Kentucky could have potentially infected several customers with hepatitis A, local health officials report.

Officials are warning people who may have eaten at the Berea, KY, fast food chain or come into contact with the food handler on March 23 to be aware of any symptoms that may indicate they have been infected with the disease, such as fever, fatique, nausea or joint pain, among others.

Source: McDonald’s customers warned they could have hepatitis because of infected food handler | Fox News

PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA FACE MISDEMEANOR CHARGES FOR FEEDING THE HOMELESS

PetSmart faces another dog death

Largest pet retailer in U.S. conducting an internal investigation after a trio of canine fatalities in the Garden State

The dog’s demise came the same day that officials raided a PetSmart store in Nashville and confiscated six small animals suspected of being abused. Lauren Bluestone, director of the city’s Metro Animal Care and Control department, said in an email that criminal charges are expected to be filed next week.

“The six animals finally were released into our custody from the small animal vet specialist,” she said, adding that “all animals are currently being treated but are doing much better.”

The death of Crawford’s dog follows the deaths of two dogs and the injury of another at a PetSmart in Flemington, N.J., during an eight-day period in December. Those deaths were not related, according to PetSmart.

Source: PetSmart faces another dog death

Scruffles was a healthy, 8-year-old Bulldog when he died during a grooming at the Flemington PetSmart on Dec. 29, 2017, owner Danielle DiNapoli said. (Photo courtesy Danielle DiNapoli)

Scruffles was a healthy, 8-year-old Bulldog when he died during a grooming at the Flemington PetSmart on Dec. 29, 2017, owner Danielle DiNapoli said. (Photo courtesy Danielle DiNapoli)

Google Maps’ Street View Won’t Let You Unblur Images

Recently, the internet has noticed something peculiar about Google Maps: Once something gets blurred in Google Street View, there’s no turning back. Here’s how to blur an image in Google Maps—and why you should think twice before doing it.

Last month, a Reddit post in a group for posting life tips detailed how users who are unhappy with Google’s Street View pictures can request them to be blurred on Maps. There is any number of reasons why someone might want to do so. Google, for example, has always blurred the fronts of domestic violence shelters to protect victims.

Source: Google Maps’ Street View Won’t Let You Unblur Images

All victims in New Jersey E. coli outbreak admitted to hospitals | Food Safety News

 

An E. coli outbreak in New Jersey has a 100 percent hospitalization rate and is  possibly linked to eating at Panera Bread, based on patient interviews.

Although state health officials did not specifically name Panera Bread in an undated statement posted this weekend, local officials have told media in New Jersey that their investigation includes Panera Bread.

“The department is investigating a possible association with a chain restaurant, but the association may be broader than a single chain restaurant. The department is in the process of gathering food history data from those who became ill,” according to the statement from the New Jersey Department of Health.

All eight people confirmed with E. coli infections had symptoms so severe that they required hospitalization. Three of them were still in the hospital as of this weekend.

Source: All victims in New Jersey E. coli outbreak admitted to hospitals | Food Safety News

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Pittsburgh’s first food truck park is open near 40th street bridge 

 

MILLVALE, Pa. – Pittsburgh Food Truck Park, is the first of its kind in western Pennsylvania.

Located along the Allegheny River near the 40th Street Bridge in Millvale, the park offers spots for five food trucks to park. It’s accessible by car, bike or boat.

According to the Food Truck Park’s calendar, they’ve got a good mix of cuisines available on opening weekend including pierogis, brisket, ice cream mac ‘n cheese and more.

Fill up on some of your favorite foods from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

There’s a bar featuring local draft beers, several fire pits and a game yard so people can hang out an enjoy their food with family or friends

Source: Pittsburgh’s first food truck park

Sheetz hiring 2,500 additional employees

Sheetz will hold open interviews next week for more than 2,500 jobs company-wide.

“Our employees are so important to us,” Stephanie Doliveira, vice president of human resources, said in a news release. “We are deeply committed to investing in our people, rewarding our employees and attracting the best talent for the job whether it’s in the distribution centers, food production facilities, corporate office or one of our store locations.”

Open interviews will be held Wednesday at all Sheetz locations.

Prospective employees can visit https://jobs.sheetz.com.


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Source: Sheetz hiring 2,500 additional employees

County: East Liberty Dollar Tree has ‘significant mouse infestation’

The Allegheny County Health Department issued a consumer alert for an East Liberty store on Tuesday.

The Dollar Tree at 6009 Penn Ave. was found to have a “significant mouse infestation,” the department said in a report.

The inspector found droppings “too numerous to count” throughout the store, including near cash registers and in one food aisle. The inspector also found packages of food that appeared to have been gnawed.


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Source: County: East Liberty Dollar Tree has ‘significant mouse infestation’

Half of European flights delayed due to system failure – BBC News

Almost 15,000 flights could be delayed after a failure in Europe’s air traffic co-ordination system.

The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation said almost 15,000 scheduled flights in Europe “could have some delay”.

Contingency plans put in place have reduced the network capacity by another 10%, it said.

The problem is expected to be solved late on Tuesday evening.

The safety group, also known by its shorter name Eurocontrol, said there had been a failure in its Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System.

The system helps to manage air traffic by comparing demand and capacity of different air traffic control sectors.

Air traffic control itself has not been directly affected, and Eurocontrol said there “are no safety implications arising from this incident”.

“We have never had anything like this before,” a Eurocontrol spokesman told the AFP news agency.

Source: Half of European flights delayed due to system failure – BBC News

Police Seek Identity Of North Hills Serial Dine-And-Dasher « CBS Pittsburgh

 

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By David Highfield

NORTH HILLS (KDKA) — Police want your help identifying a man suspected of eating and drinking at restaurants in the North Hills and then skipping out without paying the check.

And it turns out, he may have struck again Monday night.

The manager of the North Park Lounge in McCandless believes man who skipped out on the bill is the same man whose picture was posted by Indiana Township Police on Facebook.

 

Indiana Township Police believe a man has skipped out at Il Pizzaiolo, B.J.’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bonefish Grill and the Middle Road Inn.

“He just ordered a coffee and then all of sudden he was gone,” said Middle Road Inn owner Natalie Fezza. “And I was like, ‘No, he didn’t leave!’ So we were waiting and waiting, and we left his stuff sit, and he was gone.”

Police report that he drives a gold Honda CRV, has a tinted license plate frame and smokes Marlboro Red.

Indiana Township Police are looking for any information that might help identify this guy.

Source: Police Seek Identity Of North Hills Serial Dine-And-Dasher « CBS Pittsburgh

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