first_img Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Related Items:country poverty assessment, house of assembly, payroll tax, Pdm, pnp, premier rufus ewing, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Dec 2014 – The Premier, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing still wanted to hit workers of the country with that Payroll Tax… he said so in the House of Assembly; perhaps making light, perhaps not: that imagine how much better the report would have been if we had gotten the payroll tax… some to Magnetic Media were shocked that while remarking on an $18.4 million dollar surplus, and with the cost of living so high and so hard for still so many; there would be that comment… with the Opposition holding a press conference Monday; we asked them their take on that remark. “Actually that should have been included in the statement as to why he got the ‘Alice in Wonderland Award’ … because at the end of the day, he is totally out and touch and clueless. He (Premier Rufus Ewing) has not come to grips with how bad people are hurting in this country. The House of Assembly, I posed a question as to how many businesses surrendered licenses and it was about four hundred and something businesses; and people will say that is high but I am telling you that his government has caused an enlarging of the black market; a lot of people are doing business and government is losing revenue.” Hon Sharlene Robinson, leader of the PDM explained that the economy is performing well, but the recent Country Poverty Assessment gave hard facts that lots of residents are hurting. “…from the Country Poverty Assessment Report it says that 60% of persons living in the Turks and Caicos cannot pay all of their bills in one month; so is it trickling down? No!” last_img read more

Anger makes a good business as more people queue up to smash

first_imgAnger room screenshotEntrepreneurs looking for a startup idea? I’m Jack’s Wasted Life.via GIPHY Yes, I’m talking about Anger Rooms/Rage Rooms! Welcome to this new quirky business that requires modest investments and ensures a unique nihilistic form of customer satisfaction.As more people are beginning to sense the business opportunity, such rooms have sprung up in various locations such as Dallas, North Carolina, Houston, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Australia, Buenos Aires, Serbia and even Japan.Prominent names include the Anger Room, Rage Room, The Break Room, Smash Shack, the Break Club and The Venting Place.via GIPHYDepending upon requests, the experience can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, albeit at an increased price. For more money, customers can smash stuff for more time and with customised rooms, they can also decide what they even have more choice with what they want to break into a million little pieces. But the use of firearms and sharp weapons are strictly forbidden.One of the most expensive setups so far has been a faux retail store, stocked with racks of clothing. The idea is also a hit for couple dating. Engaging in mindless destructive nihilism with a stranger is obviously the sure shot way to begin a long lasting and formidable relationship.via GIPHYInterestingly, this business was also thriving during the American elections, as people began to queue to vent out their frustrations on mannequins designed to look like the candidates.”We’ve gone through at least three of the male mannequins that we have to dress up as Donald Trump,” Donna Alexander, founder of the Anger Room, an operation expanding and looking into opening franchise stores, was quoted saying to the New York Times.via GIPHYLocated in a 1,000-square-foot space in downtown Dallas, the Anger Room’s revenue in its first year was $170,000. Since then, Alexander has received more than 2,500 enquiries from other aspiring anger-room entrepreneurs, and she is in the process of drafting a licensing agreement for franchisees.via GIPHYStart-up costs for such a business are relatively small and include procuring the necessary materials (protective gear, items to smash and weapons to smash them with), and finding a suitable location. You have to hire employees to build the rooms (with reinforced walls), filling them with the breakables, and to regularly clean up the post-wreckage. Items to smash are also found on regular trash pick-ups for free. But obtaining insurance is a bit of a hurdle.The fact that it’s a new concept, Alexander says her insurer “literally had to create a category for my business.”It’s not too ludicrous to imagine such as a business opening in India, just like Vardhaman Jain asked Anger Room in December 27, 2015. They are even considering it.  1/3 Off duty San Diego sheriffs officers and employees (L-R) Rachel Klindt ,Ben Klindt, Lisa Williams Rachel Klindt Jill Farris (C) and William Stearmer and Dody Patterson put on their safety gear before they head into a “break room” at Sarah’s Smash Shack for an evening session in San Diego, California September 29, 2008. At Sarah’s Smash Shack, pent-up patrons can relieve stress by hurling dinnerware and bric-a-brac against a wall, as hard as they can, day and night, seven days a week. Picture taken on September 29.ReutersA menu of items you can smash is shown at Sarah’s Smash Shack in San Diego, California September 29, 2008. At Sarah’s Smash Shack, pent-up patrons can relieve stress by hurling dinnerware and bric-a-brac against a wall, as hard as they can, day and night, seven days a week.ReutersJill Farris tosses a disc as Lisa Williams (2nd L) and Dody Patterson (R) watch from a “break room” during their evening session at Sarah’s Smash Shack in San Diego, California September 29, 2008. At Sarah’s Smash Shack, pent-up patrons can relieve stress by hurling dinnerware and bric-a-brac against a wall, as hard as they can, day and night, seven days a week.ReutersPreviousNextFeeling anxious and stressed out? Go to your happy place and try deep breathing and meditation. Feel all your tensions melting away with each slow breath.Not working, eh? Still gritting your teeth despite that bogus company yoga retreat? Haven’t found an invite to your local fight club?I’m Jack’s complete lack of surprise.The first rule of fight club is observing the irrational anger that has pervaded individual’s living in high-density cities. The perceived or actual competition over physical space and resources and creeping insecurities tend to provoke extreme reactions to trivial issues. And sometimes even public violence.But don’t you worry. Starting anywhere between 19-25 dollars (Rs 1,301.91 – Rs 1,713.04), you can release that anger by smashing up breakable items such as mannequins, televisions, computer screen, furniture and other objects while swinging weapons such as baseball bats, golf clubs, two-by-fours, sledgehammers, crowbars and the like.All the while, you are padded with protective equipment that includes a helmet, goggles, boots and gloves and you even get to unleash that rage while listening to your favourite music. Any fans of the 1987 classic “Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis and The News?via GIPHYlast_img read more

McDonalds halal meat sparks row on Twitter netizens threaten to boycott food

first_imgSharia compliance? Why McDonald’s Why? Jhatka is the new thing! Should have gone with Jhatka meat McDonald’s is facing severe criticism over their tweet for serving halal meat.Getty images- Justin Sullivan / StaffThe fast-food chain McDonald’s has got itself tangled in a religious matter and is being grilled on social media after they tweeted to one of its customers saying that the chain only serves “halal meat”.”All our restaurants have HALAL certificates. You can ask the respective restaurant Managers to show you the certificate for your satisfaction and confirmation,” tweeted McDonald’s India. The tweet has sparked a lot of controversies by several sects of people that it became a trending topic on Twitter.This tweet from McDonald’s India came as a response to another Twitter user’s (hibailyas89) query On Thursday, August 22. The user asked McDonald’s whether their restaurants in India have a halal certificate.McDonald’s is facing severe criticism over their tweet for serving halal meat that several netizens have started a social media campaign for boycotting the restaurant chain. #BoycottMcDonalds has become a major trend on Twitter where social media users have called out McDonald’s for serving halal meat in a country, where the Muslim population is a minority.Many people have also come up asking for Jhatka (Chatka) meat rather than having halal meat. Jhatka is the meat from an animal killed instantaneously, such as by a sword or axe to sever the head and is associated with this kind of animal slaughter in the Hindu and Sikh traditions.Here’s how Twitterati reacted:-Forcefully Halal?last_img read more

N Zealand expels US diplomat

first_imgA US diplomat has been expelled from New Zealand after Washington refused to waive diplomatic immunity so police investigating a serious crime could question him, officials said.Details of the alleged crime have not been revealed but local media reported the diplomat left the South Pacific nation last week suffering a broken nose and black eye.Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said he was “disappointed” at the US refusal to waive immunity and in response asked for the person’s withdrawal from New Zealand.”Officials in Wellington and our ambassador in Washington DC have clearly conveyed to the United States the expectation that foreign diplomats obey the law in New Zealand and are seen to face justice in New Zealand,” he said in a statement released to AFP Monday.Police said they were called to an incident in Lower Hutt, on Wellington’s outskirts, in the early hours of March 12, which “involved an individual from the US embassy in Wellington”.By the time they arrived the person had left the scene and no arrests were made.Attempts to further investigate hit a diplomatic brick wall.McCully said foreign affairs officials relayed a police request to waive immunity but their US counterparts refused.Local media named the diplomat as Colin White and said he left Wellington with his wife and children.TVNZ, which broke the story, reported that White was a technical attaché who had been working closely with New Zealand’s intelligence service, the GCSB.A spokeswoman for the US embassy said they were “communicating with New Zealand authorities” on the issue.”As a matter of policy, we do not comment on the specifics of matters under investigation,” she said in a statement.”We take seriously any suggestion that our staff have fallen short of the high standards of conduct expected of US government personnel.”McCully said the US had stated it always fully investigated all allegations involving its diplomatic staff.Diplomatic immunity, formalised in the 1961 Vienna Convention, means foreign envoys are protected from local law enforcement in the country to which they are posted.The most recent known case of it being invoked in New Zealand was in 2014, when Malaysian military attaché Mohammed Rizalman bin Ismail was accused of indecent assault.It was eventually revoked and Rizalman was sentenced to nine months’ home detention after being found guilty in a Wellington court.last_img read more