CHICAGO: Harley-Davidson Inc on Tuesday reported stronger sales in China and other Asian markets and said U.S. sales should improve in the second half of the year, positive news that offset a cut to its full-year motorcycle forecast and sent shares up 4.5 percent."There's a general sense of relief that the company's earnings are expected to hold up fairly well despite lower motorcycle sales volume and operating margin guidance," said Garrett Nelson, a senior equity analyst at CFRA.The company's shares were last trading up 4.5per cent at US$35.84.Harley's challenges in the United States, which accounts for more than half of the company's sales, are well documented - core customers are growing older and outreach efforts to attract new and young riders have yet to show results.In a reflection of the demographic headwind, the heavyweight motorcycle maker's stock price has declined by 46per cent in the past five years. In comparison, the S&P 500 has gained 50per cent.To offset weak … [Read more...] about Sales to emerging markets a bright spot for Harley Davidson
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NEW YORK — So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around. Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires. A Manhattan avenue lined with trendy restaurants has become a destination for foodies — and rats who help themselves to their leftovers. Tenants at a public housing complex in the South Bronx worry about tripping over rats that routinely run over their feet. New York has always been forced to coexist with the four-legged vermin, but the infestation has expanded exponentially in recent years, spreading to just about every corner of the city. “I’m a former Marine so I’m not going to be squeamish, but this is bad,” said Pablo Herrera, a 58-year-old mechanic who has counted up to 30 rats while walking on his block in Prospect Heights, just around the corner from the stately Brooklyn Museum. Rat sightings reported to the city’s 311 hotline have soared … [Read more...] about News Rats are taking over New York City
CHICAGO: Police in Chicago charged three people Thursday (May 16) in connection with the murder of a pregnant teenager whose unborn baby was taken from her womb after her death.Police said Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was lured to the home of someone she knew on Apr 23 with the promise of free baby supplies, was instead strangled to death, and her baby extracted from her womb.Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree, 24, have been charged with first degree murder.Piotr Bobak, 40, whom police described as the elder Figueroa's boyfriend, was charged with concealing the murder.At a news conference, Chicago police chief Eddie Johnson called the crime "disgusting and thoroughly disturbing"."I can't even pretend to imagine what that family is going through right now. They should be celebrating the birth of a young baby. Instead, they're mourning the loss of the mother and possibly that young child," Johnson said.Police allegedly discovered Ochoa-Lopez's body hidden in a garbage … [Read more...] about Pregnant US teen killed, baby taken from womb: Police
Pregnant US teen killed, baby taken from womb (Agence France-Presse) - May 17, 2019 - 9:26am CHICAGO, United States — Police in Chicago charged three people Thursday in connection with the murder of a pregnant teenager whose unborn baby was taken from her womb after her death. Police said Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was lured to the home of someone she knew on April 23 with the promise of free baby supplies, was instead strangled to death, and her baby extracted from her womb. Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree, 24, have been charged with first degree murder. Piotr Bobak, 40, whom police described as the elder Figueroa's boyfriend, was charged with concealing the murder. At a news conference, Chicago police chief Eddie Johnson called the crime "disgusting and thoroughly disturbing." "I can't even pretend to imagine what that family is going through right now. They should be … [Read more...] about Pregnant US teen killed, baby taken from womb
By Audra D. S. Burch The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 ATLANTA—On the fifth floor of the Atlanta Police Department headquarters, more than a dozen investigative files of dead children are neatly spread across three tables. A handwritten list, scribbled in red ink, provides the names of some of the children who were killed. The years of each killing — 1979, 1980 and 1981 — are taped on three walls, along with grainy photos of the children, almost all of them smiling. Old homicide logs are stacked on another table. Inside the pages, among the details is the story of the Atlanta child killings, one of the most vexing cases in the city’s history. Forty years ago, Atlanta was terrorized by a serial killer who snatched and killed two dozen children, aged 7 to 17. They vanished with spine-chilling regularity, only to have their bodies discovered weeks or months later. In rivers. Under a bridge. Behind dumpsters. The menacing drumbeat of child … [Read more...] about Who killed Atlanta’s children?