Disney Announces Plan to Furlough Most Employees Beginning April 18

first_imgDisney announced Thursday afternoon that beginning April 19, it will furlough employees whose jobs “are not necessary at this time.”“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on our world with untold suffering and loss and has required all of us to make sacrifices. Over the last few weeks, mandatory decrees from government officials have shut down a majority of our businesses,” Disney says in a statement.Employees have received their full pay and benefits since the parks closed on March 15. They will be paid through April 18. “With no clear indication of when we can restart our businesses, we’re forced to make the difficult decision to take the next step and furlough employees whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time,“ Disney’s statement continues.Any impacted worker will remain a Disney employee through the entire furlough period and continue to receive full healthcare benefits.last_img read more

Eco-Tours Sept. 26 in Eastern Monmouth

first_imgWe can all learn to live greener simply by seeing what our neighbors are doing. And the public will have the opportunity to see what others are doing to make their own lives and communities more sustainable in the upcoming Monmouth Eco-Tours, scheduled for Sept. 26-27.On Saturday, Sept. 26, those interested can visit sites in the eastern portion of the county, with designated locations in Red Bank, Rumson, Middletown, Tinton Falls, Ocean, West Long Branch and Long Branch. The following day visitors will be welcomed at spots in the county’s western side in Marlboro, Freehold and Manalapan.More locations may be added by tour dates.At the various stops people can see how others undertake such projects as mushroom cultivation, rainwater collection, community gardens, beekeeping, urban farming practices and other environmentally friendly activities that will benefit the planet in the long run.“All these things we can teach people how to do, things they may have heard about them but didn’t necessarily know how to do,” said Diane Burke, whose Rumson backyard and garden is part of the planned tour.The two days of tours is part of a Transition Initiative that residents around the county have begun undertaking. The initiative movement was first proposed by Transition United States in this country, and globally by Transition Network, a United Kingdom organization, to engage communities in undertaking long-term pro-environmental programs.“It’s private people who have something to offer that they’re doing that’s green and sustainable or for a better earth,” said Burke of her involvement.Burke has been composting for the last few years, using water barrels and attachments for her garden among other efforts and plans on explaining their benefits to visitors on the tour.“It’ll teach people to be sustainable is all something that we have to realize we have to start doing,” Burke said.“We’re using up way too much of the earth and taking it for granted,” she explained. “And it feels really good to live in a more green way,” she continued. “Here you’re honoring the earth and seeing how precious everything is.”To see a tour map and for more information log onto sites.google.com/site/transitionmonmouth/home.last_img read more

Government reports on pilot shortage

first_imgThere’s a building pilot shortage among regional airlines in the United States. The issue: just how significant is it? The government’s Government Accountability Office concludes in a just-released report there’s “mixed evidence regarding the extent of [the] shortage.”This much is sure: according to the report, “Pilot schools that GAO interviewed reported fewer students entering their programs resulting from concerns over the high cost of education and low entry-level pay at the regional airlines.”The report says it can cost more than US$100,000 to get a degree from a four-year aviation program. According to the U.S. Air Line Pilots Association the average staring pay for regional airlines first officers is US$22,400. In contrast, the average pay for an assistant manager at fast-food McDonalds is $28,622 according to Glassdoor.com.There’s a dramatic disconnect here, one underscored in red when you consider the assistant manager of the fast-food restaurant isn’t responsible for the lives of a cabin full of passengers hurtling through the heavens at 35,000 feet.How’s this potentially affect you? GAO says, “Some mainline airlines (from those majors often recruit pilots) expressed concerns that entry-level hiring problems could affect their regional airline partners’ ability to provide service to some locations.” In recent years, legacy airlines like American, Delta and United have contracted with regionals to take over an ever-increasing share of the flying, even on some routes formerly the province of large jets.The good news is those new first officers in the right-hand seat of regional aircraft now have to have at least 1,500 hours as a pilot. It used to be 250. The rule was changed in the wake of the infamous crash of Colgan Air (Continental Connection) Flight 3407 back in 2009. The accident was the result of pilot error. Fifty people died.GAO indicates regional airlines are responding to the pilot shortage by partnering with aviation schools. Some regionals have even “offered new first officers signing bonuses or tuition reimbursements to recruit new pilots” says the reportIt might take precisely that sort of approach to avoid what could be a nasty surprise looming just over the horizon: plenty of regional airline passengers, but not enough pilots to fly them.See comprehensive report here; https://www.airlineratings.com/news/243/pilot-shortage-loomslast_img read more

Punjab to strengthen security in prisons

first_imgIn a bid to strengthen security in prisons of the State, Punjab government would be using drones and installing CCTV cameras in the prisons. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who chaired a high-level meeting to review the prison security system, also decided on sending Punjab police intelligence officials on deputation to the Jails Department to assist the staff in collecting intelligence that might be vital to ensuring fool-proof security in jails.An official statement said the chief minister has asked the Jails Department to formulate a comprehensive strategy to segregate undertrial gangsters and radicals from other prisoners, possibly by shifting them out to other jails outside the state. “Also, the Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioners to visit the prisons in their respective districts once a month to ensure proper monitoring of the security arrangements and welfare measures there,” said the statement.The ruling Congress government had been facing flak following the recent incidents of the murder of the main accused in the Bargari sacrilege case in Nabha jail as well as a riot in Ludhiana’s central jail.The Chief Minister ordered all the 700 vacant posts of wardens to be filled without delay. “While the government is already in the process of recruiting 400 wardens, for which the Finance Department has given approval, the Chief Minister directed immediate clearance by the Department for the filling up of the remaining 300 odd vacancies also,” said the statement.last_img read more

UFC 235: Kamaru Usman wins welterweight belt, Ben Askren chokes out Robbie Lawler in debut

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ben Askren, Woodley’s close friend and training partner, survived an opening-minute beating and rallied to choke out Robbie Lawler midway through the first round of his own UFC debut.Light heavyweight champ Jon Jones took on Anthony Smith in the main event of the pay-per-view card at T-Mobile Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 31-year-old Usman, a Nigerian-born Texan and former NCAA Division II wrestler, broke into the UFC in 2015 on its long-running competition reality show. He won his first eight UFC bouts and battered ex-champ Rafael Dos Anjos last November to earn his shot at Woodley’s belt.“Can’t nobody handle me,” Usman said. “I’ve been wanting this fight, and I’ll be honest, I might not be the best striker in the world. I might not be the best wrestler in the world. But when it comes to mixing this (stuff) up, I’m the best in the world right now.” “I was bleeding all over the place, so I just squeezed as hard as I could. Everyone is upset with Herb, but he came in and checked on Robbie (in the clinch), and Robbie gave him (no response). As a veteran, that’s on Robbie. That’s not on Herb or me.”The outspoken Askren (19-0), a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, joined the UFC late last year after a decade fighting in other promotions and sparring with UFC President Dana White on social media. The UFC surprisingly added him to its roster last year, trading former flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to the One Championship promotion.“Dana, is that the best you’ve got? Bring it, baby,” Askren said after beating Lawler.Lawler, the former welterweight champion and crowd-pleasing brawler, was fighting for the first time since December 2017 after tearing a knee ligament in his loss to Dos Anjos.Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt took his third straight loss in the PPV opener, getting stopped by Pedro Munhoz in the final seconds of the first round after their fight turned into an all-out brawl.Earlier, Brazilian light heavyweight Johnny Walker injured his shoulder while doing a celebratory Worm after stopping Misha Cirkunov with a spectacular flying knee in the opening minute.Diego Sanchez, the 37-year-old champion of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” earned his second straight victory with a second-round stoppage of Mickey Gall.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc NU stops Adamson’s run, Ateneo halts skid at UE’s expense PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Read Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Kamaru Usman, right, kicks Tyron Woodley during a welterweight mixed martial arts title fight at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Kamaru Usman claimed the UFC welterweight title Saturday night, dominating Tyron Woodley for a one-sided unanimous decision victory at UFC 235.Woodley (19-4-1) had been the UFC’s 170-pound champ since July 2016 and defended the belt four times, but Usman (15-1) got off to a quick start and never let up in his first career title shot. Usman celebrated in the cage with his daughter before his hand was raised in victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ After a close opening round, Usman dominated the second with top control on Woodley, who couldn’t escape or avoid Usman’s elbows. Usman peppered Woodley with body shots in the first three rounds, and he appeared to be close to finishing Woodley in the fourth with punches.Usman won 50-44 on two cards and 50-45 on the third.The 34-year-old Askren’s UFC debut and unbeaten record almost ended abruptly when Lawler picked him up, slammed him down on his head and battered him with punches that left Askren badly bloodied.“It took me a little while to get my bearings after the slam,” Askren said. “I was mostly surprised at how quickly he got me up and down.”Askren survived and eventually gained position on Lawler with a bulldog choke. Lawler was furious when referee Herb Dean stopped the bout, insisting he was fine in the choke. Some cageside observers thought Lawler was unconscious, but he sprung out of the stoppage.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more