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KFC Owner’s Profits Get China Boost

kfcYum Brands, the owner of well-known fast food chains such as Pizza Hut and KFC, has reported a higher-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.

Boost in China sales

The 18% increase in profit was highlighted by a rebound in sales in China.

The company earned $399 million during the period, higher from $337 million a year earlier.

Yum Brands said that sales at established locations in China have increased by 9% for the period, with those at KFC up by 11%.

‘Strong bounce-back year’

According to Yum’s chief executive, David Novak, the latest profit and the recovery in China was a positive sign that the company is “clearly on its way to a strong bounce-back year.”

“Given the strength at both KFC and Pizza Hut, we expect to open at least 700 new restaurants in China this year as we further capitalize on our leading position in the number-one retail opportunity in the world,” he added in a statement.


Users React to ‘Facebook-Like’ Twitter Redesign

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Image by Gabrielchihonglee | Wikimedia

Twitter has recently rolled out a redesign; and for many of its users, it looks just like Facebook.

Mixed reactions

Reactions to the change vary. Many expressed disapproval of the revamp.

Nick Turner said the layout looked “disgusting” and that the new shift towards a look similar to Facebook takes away “everything that makes it good.”

“Terrible move, beauty of Twitter is it’s not Facebook,” tweeted John Feeley.

“Looks a bit much to me. I love the simplicity of Twitter, this is a huge departure,” wrote Tom Barnett.

Others, however, liked the shift.

“I am clearly in the minority but I love the new Twitter profile redesign. It looks fresh and clean,” wrote @stuhunter.

Megan Cassella said, “Never met a redesign I didn’t love to hate.”


Twitter outlined the changes that the redesign touched on.

For one, tweets that have more interactions – that is, favorites and retweets – than others appear slightly larger in the feed. The timeline also received a massive overhaul, with the cover photo spread in its entirety and the profile photo thumbnail pinned on the left side.

So far, this has been the biggest change in the microblogging site’s layout.


Nirvana To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Honors Kurt Cobain

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Image by Flominator | Wikimedia

To honor the 20th death anniversary of front man Kurt Cobain, Nirvana will be inducted into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Music’s biggest event of the year

“Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album, meaning they are on the verge of honoring artists that began their careers in the 1990s. ‘You have Green Day and Pearl Jam coming up,’” said Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman.

‘Rock revolution’

Nirvana band members, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic, are famous for making a remarkable mark in the history of music as they changed the course of rock music.

According to Nirvana’s biography statement in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, “It only takes one song to start a rock revolution.”


Undertaker Loses In Wrestlemania XXX, Ends Streak

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Image by Rohit | Wikimedia

The wrestling world was so shocked after Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at the WrestleMania XXX.

End of legendary winning streak

After what happened, everyone realized The Streak was over.

Over the last few years, the Undertaker has a perfect record of victories with zero losses.

It was a unique achievement in WWE that’s known simply as “The Streak.”

“It’s said that this was indeed The Undertaker’s decision. We noted before that back in 2010, Taker wanted Lesnar to be the one to end The Streak. This is not confirmed yet but the impression was given backstage that Taker is done. No word yet on how this changes a potential match with Sting at WrestleMania 31,” according to a statement from

Fans reactions

It seems like Undertaker was willing to lose in the fight, but he didn’t look bad or weak at all from the eyes of his fans.

WWE fans took to social media sites to voice their reactions and disbelief.


Australia-Japan Free Trade Talks Within Grasp

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Image by Troy | Wikimedia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s stop in Japan amid his East Asian tour is near its fruition, stating that a free trade agreement between the two countries is almost sealed after years of negotiations. Leaders of both countries—Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Abott—are set to meet to finalize the deal and put an end to some trading issues the two nations have been wanting to resolve for the longest time.

No Tariffs on beef and cars

Both countries are hurting with the current tariffs implemented in their exchange of goods, particularly on Australia’s beef exports and Japan’s car exports. Japan is a major consumer of Australia’s farm products and the country’s second-largest trading partner next to China. Without the tariffs, both nations are optimistic to further their economic power.

Whaling issue not in the way

Before Abbott set foot in Japan, Japanese officials said that the whaling issue wouldn’t be a part of their agenda. The two countries were recently involved in an environmental issue when Australia filed a case against Japan’s supposed scientific hunt in the Antartic, which was ruled by the International Court of Justice.

Abbott, who held power beginning September 2013, is strong-minded about strengthening the Land Down Under’s economic ties within the Asian region and demolishing the “Eurocentric” bias of his nation.