Trump’s Bronx golf course closes, lays off 49 employees

first_imgTrump Golf Links at Ferry Point and Donald Trump (Credit: Trump Ferry Point; Getty Images)The Trump Organization’s taxpayer-funded golf course in the Ferry Point Park section of the Bronx has closed and laid off 49 employees because of the coronavirus.The layoffs at Trump Golf Links took place on Mar. 21, according to a notice made public Friday by the state Department of Labor. The notice does not specify the total number of employees at the venue, although it was reported in 2017 to have hired about 400 workers. The course’s website said the facility is “temporarily closed.”Representatives for the golf course did not respond to a request for comment.The move joins a long list of temporary layoffs due to “Unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by Covid-19” in New York state, as non-essential businesses have been shut down amid the epidemic.The 18-hole, $236 million golf course opened in 2015. The city had initially set aside $20 million to build the course, but the costs skyrocketed to $100 million by 2010 and the developer dropped out of the project. Trump then swooped in and won the right to operate the course for 20 years.Read moreA stunning 7,300 Covid-related layoffs in two days reported to stateFour Seasons, 204 layoffs, as businesses hemorrhage jobsTrump boasts about successful golf development at Ferry PointTrump got big concessions in Bronx golf course dealThe Donald cuts ribbon at taxpayer-funded Bronx golf course This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Robert Griffin III ‘Growing Each And Every Day’ per Coach Hue Jackson

first_imgGetting praised by a head coach always makes a player feel good. Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson talked to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo about quarterback Robert Griffin III and his progress. This is according to SBNation’s DawgsByNature.How is Robert progressing so far? What do you like, what don’t you like?“I think he’s growing each and every day. He’s starting to master the offense. He understands that there’s a lot of different hats that position wears. He’s done a good job of getting our players in-and-out of bad situations. He’s done a great job of taking care of the football. That’s what you have to do to play this game.”Just watching today, it looks like the ball is coming out pretty sharply. Do you agree with that? Do you like the zip on the ball?“He’s improved, there’s no question about that. He’s understanding that every day when you come out here, you’ve got to stay after it. It’s a grind in order to be good.”The Browns currently have a head coach who will announce the week 1 starter before the first preseason game. As of right now, RGIII looks ready to take over this team. Getting praised by Jackson should build even more confidence in the fourth-year quarterback.We will keep you up to date if any more information gets released. Go Browns! nbodnar1 Related TopicsCleveland BrownsRobert Griffin IIIlast_img read more

Penn State students’ preliminary hearings pushed back to June in hazing death case

first_imgJohn Greim/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Penn.) — Preliminary hearings for the 18 Pennsylvania State University students charged in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza have been pushed back to June. The preliminary hearings initially set for Wednesday, May 17, will now take place on Monday, June 12, the Centre County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore and pledge at Beta Theta Pi fraternity, died on Feb. 4, after he fell down the stairs during a pledge ceremony at the house on the night of Feb. 2. Fraternity members did not call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza’s fall, according to a report on the grand jury’s investigation. Piazza’s death was the “direct result of traumatic brain injuries,” according to the forensic pathologist. Eighteen Penn State students are facing charges: eight for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; four for reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; and six for evidence tampering. The Beta Theta Pi fraternity, which has since been barred from Penn State, is facing charges such as involuntary manslaughter and hazing. The Piazzas plan to sue “all of those responsible for the death of Tim, including the fraternity members, the fraternity, as well as Penn State,” the family’s attorney, Tom Kline, told ABC News. “I think the individuals involved clearly bear the most responsibility,” Piazza’s father, Jim Piazza, told “Good Morning America” on Monday. “If you read the timeline of what happened, they set out to feed these guys lethal amounts of alcohol from the outset. There was intent there right from the beginning.” “This was occurring right underneath the noses of Penn State officials,” he said. “There was a task force that was empaneled a few years earlier that did nothing to stop this. The problem was widespread. The problem was endemic at Penn State. They looked away.” Tim Piazza’s mother, Evelyn Piazza, said, “I don’t understand how they could be so heartless and inhumane.” Penn State officials have acknowledged that alcohol on campus is a “serious challenge” and that fraternity houses are especially hard to control because they are privately owned. After Tim Piazza’s death, the university added restrictions for all Greek organizations and put a hold on the graduation of students charged in his death. It published a new “frequently asked questions” website last week, launched alcohol-education programs and promised, “We will not rest until we solve this problem.” All defendants have been preliminarily arraigned, but none have entered pleas. Defense attorney William Brennan, whose client is facing one count of reckless endangerment, told ABC News last week, “The facts of this case are troubling and tragic, and we’ll do everything we can to defend this charge.” “My client has — and this is not to be misinterpreted as acceptance of responsibility or admitting culpability — my client has tremendous human compassion and empathy for the family of the deceased, for the deceased himself. This was an unspeakable tragedy,” Brennan added. “Having said that, it is my position that there is no criminality on the part of my client.” “It’s heartbreaking. If this case doesn’t draw emotion and tug on your heart strings or bring a tear to your eye, you’re inhuman,” Brennan added. “I commend the DA’s office in the pragmatic way that they handled the charging process here, because hundreds of people were at the frat house.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Fearing Olympic chaos, Tokyo tells workers: stay home

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Officials also hope that promoting working from home during the Games will encourage a more easy-going approach in a country known for its cases of ‘karoshi’, or death from overwork.“We are expecting… up to 920,000 spectators and Olympic staff members a day,” said Kasumi Yamasaki, who oversees transport issues for the Games at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsExperts expect a 10 percent rise in passengers on trains, and a 20 percent increase in express highway users, which could result in lengthy delays and even dangerous crowding.Railway operators are planning to put more trains into service but “railway transportation is already at full capacity during the rush hours from 7 to 9am”, Yamasaki told AFP. Commuters fill the street during the evening rush hours in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Japan’s famously diligent workers spend more hours at the office than employees in almost any other country. But to avoid traffic chaos at next year’s Olympics, authorities have a message: stay home.Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend Olympic and Paralympic events in Tokyo during the 2020 Games, putting additional strain on the city’s already notoriously crowded commuter routes.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA bans Botswana official for life for taking bribes LATEST STORIES View comments On July 22, one year before the Games, Tokyo rolled out a month-long “Telework Days” campaign, with government offices and private business committing to avoiding peak commuting hours.Nearly 3,000 companies including auto giant Toyota and trading house Sumitomo Corp. are taking part.The concept isn’t entirely unfamiliar in Japan, where the government has been urging employers to be more flexible, hoping to help parents and others caring for elderly relatives to better balance their work and home responsibilities.‘Stress-free lifestyle’The efforts have run up against various obstacles, said Kanako Nakayama, an internal affairs ministry official in charge of telework.ADVERTISEMENT Others also see the Olympics as a chance to break existing work habits.“This is a chance to make telework a legacy of the Games that will take root” in Japanese society, Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said in a recent forum to promote flexible work.And some officials are hoping that a more open-minded approach to work could encourage people to take “workations” — working remotely from far-flung locations with attractive leisure options.Several towns have already used government subsidies to build offices intended to attract people for temporary “workations” or encourage companies to set up satellite hubs.Shirahama, a small town in western Japan, now has two business office buildings packed with workers.“We made sales pitches to companies that we have beaches, hot springs, and good access to an airport that connects with Tokyo’s Haneda airport,” local official Masakatsu Ogawa told AFP.The town’s revenue from corporate tax has skyrocketed “but we also received benefits that can’t be expressed in figures — a vibrant community with young people from the cities,” he said.The town has already started planning construction of a third office building, and has big dreams, said Ogawa.“We’re aiming to become Japan’s Silicon Valley.” Benefits of township livingcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer “Concerns over the security of sensitive information, the difficulty of controlling working conditions, and the fact that corporate culture stresses the importance of face-to-face communications have deterred” some firms, she told AFP.Officials hope the campaign will show firms that employees can actually “work even more effectively” when they stay home, she added.That has been Yoshie Midorikawa’s experience.She starts her day by opening her laptop at home and sending her colleagues a message on a smartphone app, letting them know she is online after dropping her daughter at a nearby nursery.“You can save lots of time and energy that would have been used for commuting, especially when trains are delayed or carriages are crowded,” said Midorikawa, 42, a sales manager at technology firm Kunai, Inc.“I can work effectively since you don’t have to pick up telemarketer calls here,” she said in her quiet, neat living room.Experts and government officials hope that Olympic efforts to expand telework might serve as something of a legacy for the Games.Tokyo 2020 “is a chance to actively introduce telework, which can create a stress-free lifestyle,” said Azuma Taguchi, a professor of engineering at Chuo University.He is among the loudest voices urging authorities to take serious measures to tackle Olympic traffic, warning of potentially “fatal congestion” in railway stations if action is not taken.Take a ‘workation’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ MOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Divisionlast_img read more