Help your CEO become a leader for the year 2020.The changing job of the CEO is being discussed a lot these days. Companies and boards have come to realize that the CEO is a key player in attracting and retaining the talent needed to take the company into the forefront of their industry. But CEOs need to change in order to do that and HR is in the best position to help them do so.The coming change in the CEOConsultant and writer Laura Garnett wrote an article in Forbes based on an interview with Maynard Webb, who serves or has served on the boards of Yahoo and Salesforce and has written the book Rebooting Work. The article states that the old way of leading, command and control, no longer works. Webb states that “having an inspiring and engaged workforce is key to success.” In a post that I wrote about the CHRO helping the CEO I talked about a survey done that showed the successful CEO in 2020 will have to have more of a “coaching style” of management. In both these situations it is clear that CEOs need to change. In my opinion there is no one in the organization better suited to help the CEO change than the Chief Human Resources Officer. (CHRO)People firstWebb says that the successful CEO of the future will need to have a “people first” approach. Garnett quotes him as saying “The biggest priority should be helping each employee fulfill his or her destiny. Create a workplace that’s focused on helping employees get as far along on their journeys as they can, and you will never lose anybody. Focus on employee success en route to delivering company success.” Who is better positioned in the organization, or at least should be, to help the CEO achieve this people first approach than the CHRO? The CHRO should have the data on what is being done. The CHRO should have the resources to enable the organization to change. But first the CHRO has to have the ear of the CEO.The CHRO needs to…As I said in my previous post, published at Blogging4Jobs:One of the most important ways HR can help the CEO to prepare for these new challenges, is to work with and learn how to apply big data analytics to the selection of talent, and the development of teams that are capable of producing innovative services and products.The CHRO must also help the CEO understand the new workforce and help create a plan for the best use of this talent base. Developing innovative ways to use technology to select, assemble, evaluate, lead and alter teams as needed will be critical for the CHRO.There is a lot for the CHRO to do in this endeavor. As I said, “If you, as a CHRO, are not experimenting with new forms of technology, new forms of management, new forms of compensation, and new forms of building teams, you will not be prepared by the time 2020 gets here.”Webb sites Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, as an example of a CEO who can inspire and engage employees, and for that matter customers and suppliers alike. I have attended Dreamforce, the Salesforce annual conference, twice and the place exudes inspiration. Two years ago in a post called How You REALLY Create Jobs I estimated that Benioff’s efforts were responsible for at least 900,000 jobs. I am sure that today that number has risen substantially. I will be going again this year.At Salesforce HR is called “Employee Success”. This certainly sends the signal about “employee first.” According to Webb “Salesforce has been named the most innovative company for the last four years, and we achieved that through a fired-up workforce and energy. It’s more like a rock concert than a computer show. The energy and capability of an organization expands exponentially when you have engaged and passionate people working for you.” I personally can attest to the rock concert vibe of the conference.Can it pay dividends for you?If you can get your CEO to realize the importance of changing and work with them to help them coach and inspire and engage then I guarantee your job will also be more interesting and rewarding. Challenge yourself to create ways to change your HR department to an “employee success” organization. Everyone will be glad you did!Originally posted at OmegaHRSolutions.com
Marketing Day: Snapchat paperclips, IAB in-app ads & affiliate attributionYou are here: IAB Tech Lab releases MRAID 3.0 for creating in-app rich media ads across platformsJul 7, 2017 by Ginny MarvinThe standard is meant to let in-app ad creators “write once, run anywhere.” The latest version offers new functionality. Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Attributing affiliate value: Looking beyond consumer journey positionJul 7, 2017 by James CollinsColumnist James Collins takes a look at how you can get the most out of your data to improve your affiliate marketing performance. HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Snapchat paperclips, IAB in-app ads & affiliate attribution Posted on 8th July 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Snapchat launches new features, including Paperclips for links within SnapsJul 6, 2017 by Tamar WeinbergNow, marketers and any content creators can add links to their Snaps. Online Marketing News From Around The Web:AnalyticsPeople Analytics: Big Benefit or Big Brother?, CMSWireBusiness IssuesInvesting in Menlo Park and the Community, newsroom.fb.comMicrosoft will layoff thousands of employees, www.cnbc.comContent MarketingWinning Customers with Educational Content Marketing [RESEARCH], www.conductor.com5 Real World Content Marketing Mistakes to Avoid, CopyPressConversion Optimization25+ Call To Action Examples: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, ConversionXLCopywriting, Design & Usability10 Mobile-Friendly Web Design Features All Designers Should Know, Usability GeekResearch strategies to help media companies understand how their users interact with content, www.usertesting.comWhat the Internet’s Best About Us Pages Can Teach Brands, ContentlyDomainingDonuts files patent for system to handle restricted domain names, Domain Name WireIs Verisign about to change the expired domain drop catching game?, Domain Name WireE-CommerceCostco shrugs off Amazon worries with June sales surge, Retail DiveHow to Audit Your Ecommerce Content, and Why, Practical E-CommerceWest Elm taps Pinterest images for product recommendations, Retail DiveEmail MarketingWhy You Need Email Newsletters To Crush Your Marketing, Heidi CohenGeneral Internet MarketingAvoid Blind Spots in Your Lead Scoring with Social Intent Data, MarketoBehavioral Marketing: A Closer Look at What Gets Consumers Clicking, KISS MetricsMarTechMaking DAM the ‘Nerve Center for Content’, CMSWireThe Failure Of Innovation In Ad Tech, Ad ExchangerSocial MediaFacebook Audience Test Without Targeting Restrictions, PPC HeroHow long are viral Instagram videos?, www.newswhip.comHow Twitter Data Informs Creative Ventures, Content Marketing InstituteThe Psychology Behind Why We Like, Share, & Comment on Facebook – Infographic, Crazy EggFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Snapchat paperclips, IAB in-app ads & affiliate attribution Vintage Italia’s CMO credits his father with being the most influential person in his careerJul 7, 2017 by Amy GesenhuesGet to know Vintage Italia’s CMO, Adam Cohen. Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019
The City of Fort St. John also today announced that the Grand Opening of the new Spray Park, which was planned to take place on Friday, has been postponed. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather that was forecast on Friday. Harvey added that a new date for the ceremony has not yet been announced, but that an announcement should be expected early next week. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John received another cheque from the Rotary Club of Fort St. John for the renovations to the Rotary Spray Park.Mayor Lori Ackerman was on hand at the Rotary Club’s meeting on Thursday to receive a $20,000 cheque on behalf of the City. Both clubs raised the money over the last year through a number of fundraisers, including the Mega Lottery, Drive-thru Breakfast, and from selling the bricks that ring the newly-renovated spray park next to the North Peace Arena.Scott Wisdahl with the Rotary Club said that with today’s $20,000 donation, the Club reached a milestone with a cumulative total of $100,000 in donations for the spray park’s upgrades.
New Delhi: Tax evasion is likely to get more difficult if not impossible with the entry of Big Data Analytics into the Income Tax (I-T) Department’s realm of tools to check tax evasion starting April 1. The Rs 1,000 crore programme named “Project Insight” would track social networking profiles of people and keep a tab on the expenditure patterns through the photographs and videos uploaded on social media. If the purchases and travel expenses are found to be disproportionate to the declared income of a person, the I-T officials would be informed of the mismatch and actions would follow. According to informed sources, the I-T Department has given the tax officials access to the software from March 15. “If you are travelling to a foreign country and posting pictures on social media, or buying a luxury car which is beyond your means as per your returns filed, the I-T Department can use Big Data to analyse them and check the mismatch between your earnings and spendings. The process can easily use the complete trail even for the new tax filer,” said people in the know of things. “The I-T Department can also prepare a master file containing all the details and key information about individuals and corporates,” they said. The main objective of the project is to catch the tax evaders and increase the number of people filing returns and paying taxes. The Insight Project will feature an integrated information management system, which will harness machine learning to help take the right step at the right time. The software would also collect web pages and documents that could be probed by the I-T Department. With the usage of Big Data Analytics, India is set to join a league of countries such as Belgium, Canada and Australia which already use Big Data to keep a check on tax evasion. Since the inception of the technology in Britain in 2010, the system has prevented the loss of around 4.1 billion pound (Rs 36,942 crore) in revenue. The software would ensure the overall scrutiny of all the returns filed and selection based on numerous small parameters from which the probability of tax evasion is likely to be nil, according to analysts.
Then-Temple-forward Anthony Lee (3) shields the ball from a defender during a game against Louisville at the Liacouras Center Feb. 14. Temple lost, 82-58.Courtesy of MCTAfter taking multiple hits to his roster, it appears as if Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta has started filling the void left by four players who are no longer with the program.Per a Saturday report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, Matta has received a commitment from Temple transfer redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee. Lee can as early as next season per NCAA transfer rules, as he is set to graduate in May.An OSU athletic spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Saturday.Lee — who posted a video to his personal Twitter and Instagram accounts — @AntLee_3, of his tour at Ohio Stadium Friday, averaged 13.6 points per game last season while collecting an American Athletic Conference best 8.6 rebounds per game.Lee also sent a tweet from that account at 2:24 p.m. Saturday, saying how he is looking forward to playing at OSU.“Buckeye Nation! Too blessed, been thru 2 much an Coach Matta and the Buckeye family knows what I need for this last year. Blessed! !!!” the tweet read.Listed at 6-feet-9 inches tall and 230 pounds, Lee is likely to bring stability to OSU’s post game. Junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald only tallied averages of 9.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game between them last season, as OSU went 25-10 and bowed out to Dayton, 60-59, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament March 20.The report comes one day after forward LaQuinton Ross announced his intentions to leave OSU one year early to pursue a professional career. Guard Amedeo Della Valle also decided to leave the program March 22, to head back home to Europe and pursue a professional career of his own. OSU is also having to replace guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft, who it loses to graduation.The addition of Lee brings OSU’s scholarship players count to 11, two below the maximum 13 allotted by NCAA rules.
Pope Francis leaves the airport after arriving in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on 30 November 2017. Photo: AFPPope Francis on Thursday arrived in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees have sought sanctuary after fleeing a crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar, in the second stage of a tour dominated by the plight of the persecuted minority.The pope will spend three days in mainly-Muslim Bangladesh, which is also grappling with a rise in Islamist extremism that has seen Catholics attacked for their faith.In Myanmar he walked a diplomatic tightrope, staying away from allegations that the army is waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims, despite pressure to confront the incendiary issue publically.He also refrained from mentioning the minority by name during his four-day trip in which he held two masses and private meetings with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing.In Dhaka he will meet some of the refugees from the Rohingya community, whom he has described as his “brothers and sisters”, and led a mass for Bangladesh’s tiny Catholic minority.Nearly a million refugees from the Muslim minority now languish in camps on the border and the Daily Star, a Bangladeshi newspaper, said in an editorial Thursday it hoped he could change their fate.“Thanks to the large body of evidence documenting severe rights abuses of the Rohingya minority of Myanmar, the extent of the atrocities carried out by Myanmar’s security forces is known to all,” it said.“We remain hopeful that given Pope Francis’ legacy of standing up for the oppressed, he will speak out against the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya during this very important visit.”‘Moral authority’Myanmar’s government denies the Rohingya are an ethnic group, insisting they are “Bengali” immigrants who are not entitled to full citizenship.But the Vatican has rejected suggestions that the pope’s reticence to tackle the Rohingya crisis head-on represented a failure of moral leadership.A spokesman late Wednesday said the pope’s presence alone drew attention to Myanmar’s myriad troubles and his “moral authority” remained undimmed.“He’s not afraid of minefields,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told a press conference, hinting the pope’s discussions in private may have been more strident.Francis had been urged not to utter the Rohingyas’ name in Myanmar to avoid provoking hardline Buddhists and making the country’s Catholic community a target.“He seemed to comprehend the dilemma he faced,” David Mathieson, a Yangon-based analyst, told AFP, applauding his diplomatic dexterity in a country where the army still holds great power.“He is the Pope, not a pugilist… he was here to help the country work through this horrific humanitarian crisis and listen to both the civilian and military leadership.”The pontiff was warmly embraced by Myanmar’s Catholics, who make up just over one percent of the population.On Friday he will lead a mass in central Dhaka that is expected to be attended by around 100,000 Bangladeshi Catholics.The country’s Catholic community accounts for less than 0.5 percent of the population of 160 million and have for centuries lived in relative harmony with their Muslim neighbours.But the country has seen a rise in Islamist attacks in recent years targeting religious minorities, foreigners and secular figures.Pope Francis’s visit coincides with the disappearance of a Catholic priest on Monday in the same village where suspected Islamist extremists hacked a Catholic grocer to death last year.Walter William Rosario, 40, had been making arrangements for some 300 Catholics to travel to Dhaka for the pope’s mass.Since 2015 at least three Christians, including two converts from Islam, have been hacked to death in attacks blamed on the militant Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Major Victor Kuykendoll from the TABC’s Arlington office later wrote in an internal email that “it is unknown at this time why intelligence of the (Confederation of Clubs) meeting was not conveyed to TABC” and that the move was “very uncharacteristic of Waco PD.” He added that once the hectic and chaotic nature of the investigation around the shooting began to settle, the agency needed to address “where communication had broken down.” Kuyenkdoll believed that with advance notice from the police department, the agency “could have taken proactive measures to help them address concerns about the upcoming event.” That said, it’s unclear what, if anything, the TABC could have done.The Waco Police Department would instead team with another agency, the Texas Department of Public Safety, to launch a joint surveillance operation at Twin Peaks. That operation took a far more aggressive stance, with a mission including undercover agents, SWAT teams and surveillance cameras. The plan, written days in advance of the May 17 gathering, listed contingency plans for everything – from barricaded suspects to hostage situations and downed officers. It noted Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, three miles down the road, had the nearest emergency room. The hospital did receive the injured, in the gory aftermath of the shootout.The TABC wouldn’t learn about the shootout from either Waco police or the Texas Department of Public Safety. In fact, the agency was only made aware of the incident when a TABC agent’s family member notified her nearly a half-hour after it had happened. Agent Doris Board learned about the shooting from her husband, a police officer in the nearby city of Lorena, and quickly relayed the news up the TABC chain of command.Twin Peaks may have known of the danger, but didn’t take steps to prevent it.Since the shootings, several lawsuits have been filed by people who were at Twin Peaks that day. Many of those suits have been aimed at the restaurant itself, claiming management knew there was a high risk of danger, but did little to prevent it.According to TABC documents obtained by the Texas Standard, there may be some evidence to support that claim. On May 4, the TABC received a message from Waco Police Sergeant Jared Wallace. The Waco Twin Peaks had been hosting biker nights with “no issue,” Wallace wrote. But he was now alarmed because the Banditos “claimed the bar” as their own. The TABC notes are somewhat vague about the reaction of restaurant management at this point. The notes simply say management didn’t like “them” disrupting their business, and it’s unclear if that meant the management was unhappy with the Bandidos or the police department inquiring into their affairs. However, other statements point to rising tensions between the restaurant and law enforcement.After the shootings, the TABC interviewed restaurant operating manager Jinten “Jay” Patel. He admitted that he had been warned about the “likelihood of violence at the location” well in advance by Waco officers. The TABC documents state that Patel admitted he didn’t believe additional security precautions were needed for the May 17 gathering, such as patting down patrons for weapons or hiring off-duty officers to attend. In fact, Patel allegedly claimed that customers would be uncomfortable at the sight of police “in uniforms with guns roaming the premises.” Still, Patel told authorities that he hired three security guards to attend, but they never showed.The restaurant’s general manager, Brad Doan, also caught law enforcement’s attention. He told authorities that he witnessed a fight erupt on the patio before shouting for a “code red,” a warning to employees that things had grown dangerous, and that they should take shelter in the kitchen. Several employees and customers huddled in a cooler as gunfire broke out in the parking lot.In the eyes of the TABC though, Doan wasn’t just seen as a witness; the agency theorized that Doan may have had a connection to one of the outlaw motorcycle gangs in attendance that day. The TABC would later comb through Doan’s social media contacts to find a connection, but documents show nothing tangible was found at that time.In the immediate aftermath of the shootings, the TABC issued a summary suspension, prohibiting the Twin Peaks restaurant from selling alcohol – an action the agency may take after a shooting, or other violent event. The TABC said that the action isn’t an accusation of wrongdoing, and was done only to allow for an investigation.Soon after the TABC action, Twin Peaks’ parent company stepped in. It quickly pulled the franchise agreement with Chalak Mitra Group, which operated the Waco location, forcing the restaurant to permanently close. Franchisee general manager Doan would respond in a written statement, voicing his disappointment in the “sudden decision to cancel our Waco franchise before all of the facts are learned.” In that letter, he also said that “law enforcement officials did not ask either the Waco restaurant operator (with whom they spoke several times) or the Twin Peaks franchisor to cancel the patio reservation that was made on Sunday.” Operating manager Patel reiterated that assertion in a similar statement, saying, “Our management team has had ongoing and positive communications with the police.” The Waco Police Department would later say that statement was a “complete fabrication.”An incomplete pictureRepeated attempts were made to reach both the Waco Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety for comment. When asked to confirm the veracity of our documents, DPS initially demanded that we identify the source of our information. A spokesperson later responded, saying that they “are not able to confirm that information.” A TABC spokesperson told us that documents attributed to them are authentic. The agency would not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.Mitchel Roth is a professor at Sam Houston State University, and an expert in outlaw motorcycle gangs. He says the lack of transparency after the shootout is concerning. “It sounds like a poorly planned operation that just got out of control,” Roth says. “When something’s kept quiet for that long, you know somebody f***** up somewhere.”In the years since the shootings, Waco courts levied exorbitant bail amounts, and issued sweeping gag orders (since lifted) against many people who were at Twin Peaks that day. But there has not yet been a single criminal conviction. The first criminal trial is slated to begin September 12 – but even that date could be subject to change, after a series of motions caused one judge to be recused from three trials. The next presiding judge, 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson, may face a similar challenge.As many of the 177 arrested wait for their day in court, much of the bloody melee has gone unexplored. Until a fuller picture emerges, we have the glimpses offered by these documents – a restaurant blind to possible dangers, missed opportunities for law enforcement collaboration, and a police department eager for intel on biker clubs, all to the detriment of public safety. Photo via Rod Aydelotte/WacoTribIt’s been more than two years since one of the deadliest criminal shootouts in American history. But the bloody clash involving motorcyclists at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco continues to be shrouded by a veil of secrecy. Criminal trials are scheduled to start next week, and thanks to a trove of leaked documents obtained by the Texas Standard, we now gain a fascinating insight into the lethal fray.What information authorities have released to the public seems sparse: a scuffle in a parking lot led to a gunfight. Police, already on the scene, fired into the fray, leaving nine dead and 18 wounded. Members of the biker gang known as the Bandidos were singled out as the primary culprits. Mass arrests wrangled 177 people who were held on extraordinarily high $1 million bonds, with many contending they were merely bystanders that day.Law enforcement has stayed largely silent on the matter, while those accused of wrongdoing have launched a series of civil lawsuits targeting everyone from the police to Baylor University. What previously undisclosed documents show is that police had reason to believe violence would occur, but failed to intervene, that Twin Peaks management didn’t take proper precautions to protect customers and that one state law enforcement agency was kept completely in the dark. The “potential for violence” was “very high”On May 1, 2015, nearly two weeks before the shootings, Waco Police Department gang detective Jeff Rogers sent an email through the department ranks, warning about the potential for violence at an upcoming gathering of bikers. A source had tipped Rogers off that a grassroots coalition of biker groups, known as the Confederation of Clubs and Independents, was going to hold a gathering at Waco’s Twin Peaks on May 17. Rogers’ email said the event could possibly draw 300 bikers, many of them associated with the Bandidos and their support clubs.Escalating tensions had also drawn the attention of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Two months before the Waco shootings, a warning went out from the Texas Joint Crime Information Center, an intelligence entity run by DPS. The bulletin outlined an incident that occurred in the town of Lorena, just 15 minutes south of Waco. There, a gang of up to 10 Cossacks armed with a chain, a baton and a metal pipe had beaten a Bandidos member and stolen his bike.The bulletin also noted that on the same day, 150 miles north in Palo Pinto County, a group wearing the Bandidos’ colors (red and gold) hit a Cossacks member in the head with a hammer for refusing to remove a Texas patch from his vest. The right to wear the patch was reserved for Bandidos and their affiliates. The bulletin ended on a note of caution, saying the Cossacks were attempting to get national recognition as a club, and that tensions could “escalate at any time” between them and the Bandidos.But despite warnings of impending violence and the potential for loss of life, it appears that police didn’t take steps to intervene. In fact, a series of text messages obtained by the Texas Standard, that were sent nearly an hour before the shooting shows that law enforcement may have ignored signs that a violent confrontation was on the horizon.Michael Lynch was at Twin Peaks on May 17. He belongs to a local motorcycle club known as the Los Pirados. A Waco-area plumber, Lynch had done contracting work for McLennan County Constable Walt Strickland. Before the shooting started, Lynch sent a message asking Strickland to call him immediately, saying there was a “bad situation” with a large number of Cossacks and Bandidos pouring into the restaurant.Strickland responded that he notified the Waco police department, and was told police were “unaware” of any problems at Twin Peaks. It’s unclear whether that information was relayed through the proper departmental channels, or if certain parts of the department were unaware of an undercover police presence on the scene.But emails, operations orders and notes would show that police were already conducting a long-orchestrated surveillance operation that had already unearthed several warning signs.Michael’s wife Sandra, who was also there that day, confirms the messages were sent. Sandra Lynch, who regularly attends biker gatherings on weekends, was setting up a table to sell t-shirts and merchandise at Twin Peaks. She says that soon after she set up shop, about 75 Cossacks entered the restaurant. Lynch said she tried to stop them from entering but she was unsuccessful.“After they got off their bikes, about six to eight surrounded me, yelled at me for getting in their way, kicked me, spit on me, call me a c***,” she says. “I looked around for a policeman and thought to myself, ‘Where is a cop when you need one?’”Lynch said she and her husband reached out to the constable after Michael arrived. “Walt called him back and told him that Waco [police] said it was all taken care of, they said it was under control,” Lynch says.Moments later, gunfire erupted, leaving nine people dead and 18 wounded.Lynch was separated from her husband during the barrage. “It felt like I was in Afghanistan,” she says. “It felt like I was in a war.”Both Michael and Sandra Lynch, along with nearly 200 others, were rounded up and arrested. Charges for both of them would eventually be dropped. Sandra Lynch questions whether law enforcement could have intervened beforehand. That’s a question another law enforcement entity may have wondered about as well.Kept in the dark, the TABC said “communication had broken down.”The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is a law enforcement entity with jurisdiction over all matters related to alcohol sales. In the weeks before the shootings, the agency had been made aware the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant was frequented by Bandidos, and that management had grown “uncooperative” with police, according to internal notes.The TABC could have been a natural partner with the Waco Police Department – but instead the agency was kept out of the loop.In internal communications, the TABC highlighted its previous working relationship with the police department, which included working in parallel, to monitor previous biker nights at the same Twin Peaks location. But while the department had previously told the agency about the increased Bandidos presence at the restaurant, no mention was ever made of the impending mid-May gathering. The police department took a more administrative route initially; one Waco officer requested TABC assistance in contacting Twin Peaks’ corporate office about the growing biker presence there. But the agency lost track of whether that phone call ever happened. Even so, the there was very little the TABC could do, as they noted, “there are no violations committed for allowing motorcycle clubs … inside their business.” Share
Kolkata: Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, will hold a meeting at Behala Tram depot on Wednesday to ensure availability of more number of buses in the southern fringes of the city.The state Transport department has already deployed additional buses in the area to help people until normalcy in the area is restored after the caving-in incident of the Majerhat bridge. The state Transport department will be engaging small- size buses that the locals of the area can avail to reach their destinations. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources said that the Transport minister will be taking stock of the present situation in the meeting and decisions on necessary steps would also be taken to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience in reaching their destinations when vehicles are diverted in the absence of the Majerhat bridge. The minister will be discussing the issues in this regard with senior officials of his department.This comes at a time when the Kolkata Traffic Police are taking all necessarysteps to ensure smooth flow of vehicles. At the same time, the state government is also taking necessary measures to construct alternate roads as early as possible and talks with the Railway authorities are also on in this connection.