Hasbro Misses Estimates In Holiday Quarter

The toymaker's latest U.S. holiday sales turned out to be among the weakest since 2008, when the economy was reeling from the Great Recession. Bad weather, limited discretionary dollars for many shoppers and six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013 hurt results for many companies. Even toy industry leader Mattel missed analysts' expectations in the quarter covering the key selling season. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.cnbc.com/id/101403091

Making Eid a school holiday in New York

By honouring Muslim holidays in schools, de Blasio will deliver on a campaign promise he made to Muslim supporters in a pre-election rally late last year. When addressing the widespread grievances over the NYPDs controversial policy of monitoring Muslims and dubbing entire mosques as terrorist organisations, however, de Blasio wasnt quite as forthright. He told the cheering Muslim crowd, We will make sure that any actions by our police department are vetted properly and following constitutional guidelines, implying that he would hold the NYPD accountable, but not making any discernible promises. The reserved criticism of the NYPDs tactics expressed at the tail end of de Blasios campaign trail were still bolder than earlier proclamations where he defended the NYPDs surveillance programme, saying he believed police acted in good faith and followed the law. He may have changed his tune, but de Blasios soft, unclear stance on the policy may not bode well for the thousands of innocent Muslims hoping to see a paradigm shift away from the biased policing that coloured the Bloomberg era. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/making-eid-a-school-holiday-in-new-york-1.1289063

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