Obama Nostalgic At Springfield, Illinois


As President Obama stood before the Illinois state legislature on Wednesday, he couldn’t help but be a little bit nostalgic and sentimental. After all, this was the place where Obama had spent his time before his sprint as President of The United States at the White House, serving as a young and robust State Senator of Illinois.

Nine years ago Springfield was the place where the then-senator had started his journey to The White House. This was where he had motivated all of his supporters with his wonderfully eloquent politics of hope motto, which proved to be the hallmark of his subsequent election campaign. And, it was only fitting that he returned here to Illinois as part of his farewell tour.

The president’s speech lasted for more than one hour. This hour-long address was filled with memories of his time at Springfield. He fondly recalled the camaraderie that existed at the time, even between opposing members of the Republicans and the Democrats. He recalled that they would always meet each other, would even play cards with each other and more importantly, would always behave amicably with each other, irrespective of their official party differences.

Obama sadly expressed that though it was his desire to have repeated this fellowship during his tenure at The White House, it was, unfortunately, an impossible task, given the seriousness of the situations that had prevailed during the time. And, he sadly remarked that he even saw evidence of this divide at Illinois now.

During his speech, The President joked with his former colleagues. He made it a point to only casually refer to the ongoing Presidential Campaign, being fought between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But, Obama did refer to the increase in the politics of intolerance, a candid reference to candidate Donald Trump’s infamous campaign tirades against Hispanics and Muslims.

Yahoo Plans To Lay Off 1000 Employees


These are sad times for the employees at Yahoo. This year, employees can expect an official intimation of termination rather than the annual bonuses they have become so used to. Insiders in the industry have been speculating for a long time about what Yahoo’s next plan would be, now that it was proved its expansionist activities weren’t going off as well as it had planned.

Yahoo’s Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer has declined to comment on these rumors, but insiders at Yahoo have confirmed that there were some goings-on afoot. Some have reported that investors have called for a major cut in the number of employees, starting with Mayer herself. If the pressure tactics succeed and the investors are allowed to have their way, Yahoo could see at least 1000 dedicated souls pack their stuff and head out into the unknown. That makes about 10% of Yahoo’s 10,000 employees.

There have already been numerous cost-cutting measures. Yahoo has already bid a fond farewell to Yahoo Screen, the video hub for all of its online magazines. Yahoo is famous for its digital online magazines, and it remains to be seen how it will survive without Yahoo Screen’s services.

Industry experts are watching how far Yahoo will succeed with such cost-cutting measures in the long-run. These layoffs will be more visible towards the end of the year when the employees are eagerly anticipating their bonuses.