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Why America must stand by its allies against North Korea

KIM JONG UN has shown what he thinks of President Donald Trump’s promise in early August to respond with fire and fury to North Korea’s growing nuclear threat. After pausing his missile tests just long enough for America’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to say that Mr Kim was showing restraint, and for Mr Trump himself to claim to have Mr Kim’s respect, North Korea’s dictator unleashed three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan. Most provocatively, on August 29th, an intermediate-range missile flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Japanese under the missile’s path awoke to the sound of sirens, while the authorities urged them to seek shelter (see article). The missile crashed harmlessly into the Pacific 745 miles (1,200km) to the east, but Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was right…Continue reading

#AwfulThemeParkIdeas Trends As Social Media Imagines the Worst Ways to End the Summer

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Walt Disney World is known as the happiest place on Earth to visit. Between magical fireworks shows and thrilling rides, it’s easily a fan-favorite theme park. On the other hand, there’s no doubt that there are some pretty bad theme parks out there, too.

As summer comes to an (unofficial) end, social media users suggested their own worst theme park ideas and the results are terrifyingly bad. From Tragic Kingdom, which sounds like it comes straight out of the mind of Banksy, to Lego Waterpark (aka a parent’s worst nightmare), Twitter users had plenty of theme park ideas that-if they ever came to fruition-would surely be some of the worst ways to end the summer.

Take a look at some of the terrible theme park ideas that social media devised below:

Social Media Shares Their Suggestions for #WorstThemeParkIdeas

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What is your terrible theme park idea? Which of the suggestions from social media is your favorite? Sound off in the comments section below!

WhatsApp to have verified business accounts: How it will work

Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp has shared details on how businesses will be able to communicate with the two billion odd users on its platform, marking the first real attempt of the company to monetise its service.Hidden in the company’s FAQ section on its website, WhatsApp says business profiles verified by it will carry a green badge, similar to how parent Facebook verifies businesses with a blue tick. However, the statement did not share any details on whether the company was charging businesses for the service.”Some business accounts have been verified by WhatsApp. If you see a green badge next to a contact’s name, it means that WhatsApp has confirmed that the phone number of this contact belongs to a business account,” the company said on its website.While WhatsApp has not detailed how the feature will work for businesses, in the past CEO Jan Koum has outlined that tapping businesses rather than users will be the primary method in which the company monetises ..

NTPC offer for sale: An opportunity for long-term investors

The offer for sale of 10 per cent stake by the government, which started on Tuesday, was bound to impact the NTPC share price. At Rs 168 per share, the offer is at a three per cent discount to NTPC’s closing stock price on Monday. Also, the offer size at nearly Rs 14,000 crore (10 per cent equity, including green shoe option) is big enough and should increase supply in the counter. Not surprisingly then, the stock closed at Rs 168.50 down 2.8 per cent on Tuesday.While subscription for institutional investors started on Tuesday, retail investors can bid on Wednesday. Retail investors, however, will get a special discount of five per cent on the allotment price. The attractive pricing coupled with good business prospects make the offer lucrative for investors. Here’s why?The street sentiment towards NTPC has continued to improve gradually in the last 18 months, with the government’s initiative on reforms in the power sector. Firstly, revival of State Electricity Boards (SEBs) will …