FOX News correspondent Charles Watson has the latest on union effort on 'FOX Report'
FOX News correspondent Charles Watson has the latest on union effort on 'FOX Report'
Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (NYSE: VVNT) today announced its plans to host a conference call to discuss results for first quarter 2021 on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Company plans to release its first quarter 2021 results and post presentation slides in the investor relations section of its website at www.vivint.com after the close of the financial markets on May 13, 2021.
TEAAM Aeromedical is looking to launch in Fort St. John this summer, and has started recruiting for their non-profit air ambulance service. The city would be home to its third base, designated TEAAM 3, with TEAAM 2 and 3 operating in Prince George and Squamish, respectively. Technical Evacuation Advanced Aero Medical Society, or TEAAM for short, is made up of paramedics and physicians dedicated to providing crucial life support and training in long-line helicopter rescues. “We’re actively recruiting medical and rescue staff to be able to put the base together,” said President Miles Randell. “From there, we’ll start fundraising fairly soon to equip the base appropriately.” The organization is looking for 30 members to be paid on call, including paramedics, nurses, or physicians licensed to practice in B.C., and those with military, ski patrol, or search and rescue backgrounds. “It’s very much a multi-disciplinary group. At our other bases in Prince George and Squamish we’ve got physicians, critical care nurses, emergency nurses, support paramedics, and primary care paramedics,” said Randell. “We hope to replicate that at the Fort St John base as well.” He added that applications as far New Zealand and Australia have been received. “It’s an incredible talent pool that’s reaching out to us, so we just have to make sure that we’re able to support that skill set,” Randell, noting a July launch is the plan. Bailey Helicopters will supply the wings for the job. “We’ll be using them for both our Fort St John and Prince George bases,” confirmed Randell, noting that Blackcomb Helicopters remains their partner in Squamish. The service will have the capability of long-line and hoist rescue by helicopter, as well as swift-water rescue, auto extrication, mountain rescue, and other aspects such as structural collapse and HAZMAT capabilities. firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News
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Hartlepool win paved the way for Tory ascendency in England, as Welsh Labour perform strongly and the SNP edge close to a majority.
During Ingenuity's fourth flight on April 30th, Perseverance managed to capture an audio clip of the foray, marking the first time a spacecraft on another planet has recorded the sounds made by another craft.
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], May 8 (ANI): TDP chief and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday expressed concern that one by one, all sections of society were becoming vulnerable to COVID-19 because of the "emergence of more dangerous variants" in due course.
An Army trainee has waived his first chance to appear in court on dozens of charges related to allegations he held a bus full of South Carolina elementary school students and its driver hostage at gunpoint. A bond hearing had been scheduled Friday for Jovan Collazo, but court officials said he waived that appearance, which means he remains in the Richland County jail. Another court hearing is scheduled for later this month.
EDMONTON — A judge has found an Edmonton woman guilty of manslaughter in the death of her five-year-old daughter. Court heard that the girl died of blunt-force trauma and prosecutors alleged her mother beat her with a belt and a spatula. The woman, who is in her 30s, had been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life, assault with a weapon and second-degree murder. Justice Avril Inglis says there was not enough evidence to convict the woman beyond a reasonable doubt on those charges. But Inglis convicted the woman of manslaughter because evidence showed that the girl's severe brain injuries were caused by an assault and the only person in the home capable of inflicting them was her mother. The woman is expected to be sentenced in the fall. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021. The Canadian Press
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America's mild-mannered top diplomat finds relief overseas that the era of Trump unilateralism is gone.
IRVINE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 7, 2021 / A Parent Media Co. (APMC) and VIZIO today announced the launch of a first-to-market Kids & Family "Kids Corner" entertainment experience created to support their commitment to families.
LONGUEUIL — A Quebec Superior Court justice has authorized a class-action lawsuit on behalf of victims of a former Montreal police officer and minor hockey coach who died awaiting trial on sex-related charges. Justice Pierre Gagnon on Thursday authorized the $11-million lawsuit against the estate of François Lamarre and the City of Longueuil, Que., on Montreal's south shore. The court filing alleges Lamarre sexually abused dozens or possibly hundreds of children over a 30-year span, including when he worked as a minor hockey coach in the former city of Greenfield Park, Que., which has since been absorbed by Longueuil. Pierre Boivin, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, says hundreds of victims suffered at the hands of Lamarre, who was arrested and charged with gross indecency, indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching, involving four alleged male victims between the ages of nine and 16. Already ill at the time of his arrest, Lamarre died in July 2020. He had retired from the Montreal police force in 1994. None of his alleged crimes were alleged to have occurred while he was on duty. Boivin says the city has argued the only people who can sue are members of hockey teams coached by Lamarre, but the lawsuit includes alleged victims that lived in Lamarre's neighbourhood and never encountered him at the hockey rink. The lead plaintiff in the case is a man who was allegedly abused by Lamarre in the 1970s, starting when he was a 10-year-old hockey player. Boivin said in an interview he's happy the victims will be able to seek justice. A trial date has not been set. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021. The Canadian Press
PARIS — Burak Yilmaz scored an early penalty and added a superb long strike as French league leader Lille won at Lens 3-0 to move four points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain on Friday. PSG must beat Rennes on Sunday to stay within one point of Lille. But even if defending champion PSG wins at Rennes, which is chasing fifth place and a Europa League spot, Lille can seal a first title in 10 years by winning the last two games. Yilmaz took his total to 15 league goals since joining from Istanbul side Besiktas last summer. He struck with a penalty in the fourth minute and spun outside the penalty area to clip a brilliant dipping shot into the top corner in the 40th, moments after Lens midfielder Clement Michelin was sent off for a second yellow card. Canada forward Jonathan David grabbed his 12th of the campaign with a sharp finish on the hour mark. Lens dropped to sixth place to trail fifth-placed Marseille on goal difference, and is only two points ahead of seventh-placed Rennes, having played one game more than both sides. Marseille is at Saint-Etienne on Sunday. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
With the price of dogecoin surging, investors are looking ahead to Elon Musk's guest-host spot on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" comedy sketch TV show after the billionaire's tweets this year turned the once-obscure digital currency into a speculator's dream. The timing puts Musk, who is also known as an enthusiast of cryptocurrencies, back in the spotlight just as Tesla's stock is losing steam following last year's monster rally.
Washington, D.C., May 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Baha’i International Community is concerned that a recent intensification of the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran appears to be underway, signaling the implementation of a larger plan by the Iranian government to increase the persecution of the community, the largest non-Muslim religious minority in the country. A campaign of raids on Baha’i homes and baseless arrests of Baha’is is currently unfolding across Iran. So far, dozens of Baha'i homes have been raided by authorities in Baharestan, Isfahan, and Shiraz, resulting in the detention of over 20 Baha’is and more who can be called to prison at any time. These raids and arrests are the latest in a long list of recent incidents of persecution, including the confiscation Baha’i-owned properties in the village of Ivel in Mazandaran Province, a confidential directive from the Commission on Ethnicities, Sects and Religions in the town of Sari in Mazandaran Province to monitor and suppress Baha’is, and the banning of the Baha’is of Tehran from burying their loved ones in land previously allocated to them in Tehran’s Khavaran cemetery. Such incidents are nothing less than an extensive government campaign, the aim of which is the systematic eradication of the Baha’i community as a viable entity. Waves of courageous domestic and international support for the Baha’is in Iran has generated a global outcry in solidarity for the most basic human rights of Iranian citizens. As a result, one facet of the Government’s campaign was reversed, as the Baha’is of Tehran have now been able to bury five of their dead in Tehran's Khavaran cemetery, returning the situation to the previous arrangement which had been made for the community. “The recent events have proven that unity and solidarity are at the center of the achievement of human rights for all Iranians,” said Diane Ala’i, representative to the United Nations of the Baha’i International Community in Geneva, “This support and solidarity is now essential in responding to the intensification of the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran that is currently underway.” Background info: Baha’is are Iran’s largest non-Muslim religious minority and have been systematically persecuted for 42 years, as extensively reported by the United Nations and other agencies. More than 200 Baha’is were executed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and since the 1980s they have been denied higher education and livelihoods, regularly vilified in the state media, and even their cemeteries have been desecrated. The persecution of the Baha’is in Iran is widely documented in the website, Archives of Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. In late April 2021, Iranian authorities banned the Baha’is of Tehran from burying their loved ones in a space previously allocated to them in Tehran’s Khavaran cemetery, leaving the community with the option to either use the narrow gaps between existing graves to bury their loved ones, or to use a mass burial site authorities claim to have recently emptied. As of this writing, the situation for the Baha’is in Tehran has now returned to the previous arrangement put in place. CONTACT: James Samimi Farr U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs 202-833-8990 email@example.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The owner of a Northern California bar where authorities say made-to-order fake COVID-19 vaccination cards were sold to undercover state agents for $20 each was arrested in what officials call the first such foiled operation they are aware of nationwide. The plainclothes agents from California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said they were told at the Old Corner Saloon in Clements to write their names and birthdates on Post-it notes and then watched as employees cut the cards, filled in identifying information and bogus vaccination dates and laminated the finished products. “On the back where they put the two dates when you were vaccinated, they used two different colour pens to make it look like it was two different times," supervising agent Luke Blehm said Friday. “So they went to some effort to make it look authentic.” Vaccination cards are being used in some places as a pass for people to attend large gatherings. The European Union is considering allowing in tourists who can prove they have been vaccinated. In California, officials have allowed venue operators to offer easier access to people with proof of vaccination. That includes preferential access to large events such as concerts and sporting events and allowing venues to create vaccinated-only sections where social distancing requirements are not as strict. Acting on an anonymous tip to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, four undercover agents went to the bar several times in April and bought four fake laminated vaccination cards, officials said. They also reported seeing at least eight others buy fake cards, but haven't uncovered how many were sold. They returned to the small-town bar this week and arrested its owner. Agents said they found another two completed cards and 30 additional blank cards along with a laminator and cutting device. “This is such a new case. We looked for some other guidance from other cases around the country and we haven't been able to find one like this at all,” Blehm said. Fake cards have been advertised on social media and online sales platforms, he said, prompting the California attorney general's office to send cease and desist warnings to those entities. But it's the first example he's found of someone selling cards out of a bar. With just one such report so far, California law enforcement and regulatory agencies said Friday that they're not mounting the kind of sustained task force approach they used last summer to make sure business owners were following safety guidelines designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “If we see this, we'll do an investigation and take action on it,” Blehm said. “This is on the radar, but this is the only one we know of so far.” Other federal and state authorities in California said they've not seen similar counterfeit operations. But federal, state and local officials on a joint task force that looks for criminal activities are keeping a watchful eye, said Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services. “They actively are looking for stuff like this,” he said. ”They're looking for folks that are doing things like selling vaccines or fraudulent vaccines on the open market, vaccine cards." The FBI and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general in late March warned the public “to be aware of individuals selling fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards and encouraging others to print fake cards at home.” That notice also warned of internet-based sales. It wasn’t immediately known if the bar owner, Todd Anderson, has an attorney who can speak on his behalf. No one answered the phone at the bar Friday. Anderson was arrested on suspicion of three felonies, including identity theft, forging government documents and possession of an unregistered firearm. He also is accused of falsifying medical records, a misdemeanour. “It is disheartening to have members in our community show flagrant disregard for public health in the midst of a pandemic,? San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a statement. “Distributing, falsifying or purchasing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards is against the law and endangers yourself and those around you.” California officials also are also pursuing disciplinary action against the bar. ___ Associated Press writer Olga R. Rodriguez contributed to this story from San Francisco. Don Thompson, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (19,472.74, up 181.76 points.) Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 42 cents, or 1.6 per cent, to $25.85 on 20.1 million shares. Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 33 cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $48.09 on 14.5 million shares. Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Materials. Up 3.5 cents, or 15.22 per cent, to 26.5 cents on 9.7 million shares. Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up four cents, or 4.44 per cent, to 94 cents on 9.6 million shares. Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Energy. Up 70 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $28.66 on 7.8 million shares. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ). Up $1.32, or 3.27 per cent, to $41.70 on 7.4 million shares. Companies in the news: Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Up 17 cents to $26.29. Telus Corp. chief executive Darren Entwistle said Friday that the telecommunications company will be able to reduce capital spending to $2.5 billion a year or less in 2023, after an accelerated investment plant announced this week. The Vancouver-based company and owner of one of Canada's three national wireless networks said Thursday it has raised its 2021 capital budget by $750 million, to $3.5 billion. Entwistle told analysts Friday that about 90 per cent of the accelerated spending plan will be on fibre optic networks, 5G wireless networks and improvements to business processes. Earlier Friday, the company raised its quarterly dividend half a penny to 31.62 cents per share, up from 31.12 cents per share. Telus also reported its first-quarter profit fell 5.7 per cent compared with a year ago as a number of higher expense items offset revenue growth at many of its business units. Telus said its net income attributable to common shares totalled $331 million or 25 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with $350 million or 28 cents per share a year ago. Operating revenues and other income rose to $4 billion compared with $3.7 billion in the first quarter of 2020 — which included retail store closures during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. TC Energy Corp. (TSX:TRP). Up 15 cents to $61.94. TC Energy Corp. is reporting a first-quarter net loss of $1.1 billion after taking a $2.2-billion after-tax asset impairment charge on its cancelled Keystone XL export oil pipeline. It says the impairment charge doesn't yet include the government of Alberta's investment and guarantees for the project, which are expected to eventually reduce the company's net exposure to about $1 billion. Keystone XL was suspended after newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden fulfilled a campaign promise to cancel its presidential permit in January. Since then, shippers including Cenovus Energy Inc., Suncor Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. have reported non-cash writedowns on earnings related to their commitments to it. In its quarterly report, TC Energy said comparable earnings without the charge were $1.108 billion or $1.16 per share, down from $1.109 billion or $1.18 per share in the year-earlier period. It says revenue was $3.38 billion, down from $3.42 billion in the first quarter of 2020. Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Down 15 cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $9.57. The CEO of Cenovus Energy Inc. says more than half of the job cuts from its takeover of rival Husky Energy Inc. have been completed and it's well on the way to integrating and optimizing the two companies' oilsands, refining and other operations. On Friday, Cenovus reported a first-quarter profit of $220 million compared with a loss of $1.8 billion a year ago, despite accounting for $245 million in one-time integration costs in the quarter related to the $3.8-billion all-stock acquisition that closed in January. Cenovus reported revenue totalled $9.15 billion in the first three months of 2021, up from $3.96 billion in the same quarter last year, thanks to higher commodity prices and volumes. Upstream production was 769,254 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 482,594 boe/d a year ago, while downstream refinery throughput was 469,100 barrels per day, up from 221,100 bpd in the same quarter last year. Air Canada (TSX:AC). Up 76 cents, or 3.1 per cent, to $24.92. Air Canada called on Ottawa to ease travel restrictions as the airline, which reported a first-quarter loss of $1.3 billion, plans for its post-pandemic recovery. CEO Michael Rousseau said the government must develop and communicate a reopening plan as it is cautiously optimistic that the country is nearing an "inflection point" with the vaccination rate rising in the middle of a difficult third wave. Air Canada expects domestic travel will lead its recovery, as was the case in the U.S., given the strength in demand especially for transcontinental flights despite lockdowns and restrictions. Peak summer leisure travel in July and August, including to Europe, is expected to be pushed to September and October. And corporate travel, a key segment for the airline, likely won't come back until after Labour Day, chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette told analysts. Air Canada said its loss amounted to $3.90 per diluted share for the quarter that ended March 31 compared with a loss of $1 billion or $4.00 per diluted share a year ago when it had fewer shares outstanding. Revenue in the quarter totalled $729 million, down from $3.7 billion in the first three months of 2020. Enbridge Inc. — The CEO of Enbridge Inc. says "bad things" will happen if Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer succeeds in carrying out her order to shut down its Line 5 pipeline through the Great Lakes region next week. But Al Monaco added he doesn't think that's going to happen given court-ordered negotiations between the state and his company, and Enbridge's court battle against the order to shut down the pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac by May 12. The federal Liberal government is pushing back against the order and considering taking action under the 1977 Transit Pipelines Treaty with the United States that allows for the uninterrupted flow of energy between the two countries. Enbridge reported a first-quarter profit of $1.9 billion compared with a loss of $1.4 billion in the same quarter last year when it took a number of large one-time charges. Operating revenue totalled $12.2 billion, up from $12 billion in the first three months of 2020. The first-quarter results included a gain of $300 million related to the mark-to-market value of derivatives used to manage foreign exchange risk. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021. The Canadian Press
David Moyes wants to become a record-breaker at West Ham and is eyeing the club's highest ever Premier League points tally this season. The Hammers set the current record of 62 points in their final season at Upton Park, when they finished seventh under Slaven Bilic. With West Ham sat fifth on 58 points and a Champions League place still a possibility this season, Moyes says he has a record points target in mind.
WASHINGTON — The recovery of America’s job market hit a pause last month as many businesses — from restaurants and hotels to factories and construction companies — struggled to find enough workers to catch up with a rapidly strengthening economic rebound. Employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, sharply lower than in March and far fewer than economists had expected. With viral cases declining and states and localities easing restrictions, the recovery from the pandemic recession has been so fast that many businesses have been caught flat-footed in the face of surging consumer demand. Last month's hiring slowdown appears to reflect a host of factors. Nearly 3 million people are reluctant to look for work because they fear catching the virus, according to government surveys. More women also dropped out of the workforce last month, likely to care for children, after many had returned in the previous two months. In addition, construction companies and manufacturers, especially automakers, have been left short of parts because of clogged supply chains and have had to slow production for now. Both sectors pulled back on hiring in April. And some businesses say they believe that a $300-a-week jobless benefit, paid for by the federal government, is discouraging some of the unemployed from taking new jobs. Still, companies have added jobs for four straight months, the Labor Department said Friday, though the government lowered its estimate of job growth for February and March by a combined 78,000. April's total is far below March's gain of 770,000. The resumption of hiring has encouraged some Americans to start looking for jobs, which means they are newly counted as unemployed if they don't immediately find work. This is what happened in April, when the unemployment rate ticked up from 6% to 6.1%. Employers are now posting far more jobs than they did before the pandemic, and “help wanted” signs dot many restaurant windows. Other telltale signs of labour shortages have emerged as well: Average hourly pay rose 0.7% in April to $30.17, which the government said suggests that the fast reopening of the economy "may have put upward pressure on wages.” The average workweek also rose, evidence that companies are asking their employees to work more. “Demand is outpacing supply,” said Daniel Zhao, senior economist at Glassdoor, a job listings website. "That’s something that is occurring across the economy, in semiconductors to lumber, and we’re seeing a similar crunch in the labour market.” Steven Tamasi, CEO of Boston Centerless, which manufactures parts for medical device makers and aerospace companies, said his clients had estimated in January that it would take nine months to regain pre-pandemic sales levels. “Well, it only took three months,” he said. “It happened so fast, people were caught off guard.” Tamasi wants to add 10 workers to his staff of about 114, which would give him a larger workforce than he had before the viral outbreak. He is quickly dusting off old contacts at state labour agencies and community colleges. But some candidates disappear after an interview or even after accepting a job. To attract more applicants, he is considering raising entry-level pay and accelerating pay raises for new workers. The drop in hiring suggests that the Federal Reserve is still months away from slowing its purchases of Treasurys and other bonds, which are intended to keep long-term interest rates low. Chair Jerome Powell has said that it would take “a string” of reports like the one for March to show that the economy was on track for a full recovery. Fed officials have signalled that they don't intend to raise their short-term benchmark rate until after 2023. On Friday, the prospect of ongoing Fed stimulus helped fuel a stock market rally, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both closing at record highs. At a news conference, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen cautioned that a swift recovery from an event as catastrophic as a pandemic isn't likely to be free of disruptions. She cited shortages of lumber, computer chips and other goods. “Starting up an economy again, trying to get it back on track after a pandemic in which there are a lot of supply bottlenecks is going to be, I think, a bumpy process,” Yellen told reporters at the White House. Some economists note, too, that the $300-a-week federal jobless benefit, available until September, has come on top of state payments that average about $320. The combined unemployment benefits mean that anyone earning less than $32,000 a year can potentially receive more income from unemployment aid than from their previous jobs, according to economists at Bank of America. Marie M., who asked that her full name not be used so her comments wouldn’t affect her job prospects, said she had been juggling shifts at two restaurants in Los Angeles in the fall of 2019. Once the pandemic hit, she lost both jobs. Last year, she collected around $30,000 in unemployment aid — about the same amount she had earned working in 2019. In July, she plans to start looking for restaurant work again. This time, she feels more confident that she'll get the hours she needs. Restaurants are already reaching out to her about jobs, so she can afford to be more selective. “Unemployment benefits have been like collective bargaining,” she said. “They made a union out of all of us.” On Friday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce responded to the April jobs report by calling for an end to the $300-a-week federal unemployment supplement, saying it was giving some recipients less incentive to look for work. Still, optimism about the economic recovery is growing. Many Americans are flush with cash after having received $1,400 federal relief checks, along with savings they have built up after cutting back on travel, entertainment and dining out over the past year. Millions of consumers have begun spending their extra cash on restaurant meals, airline tickets, road trips and new cars and homes. Most economists expect job growth to strengthen as more vaccinations are administered and trillions in government aid spreads through the economy. Even if another uptick in COVID-19 cases were to occur, analysts don’t expect most states and cities to reimpose tough business restrictions. From month to month, though, the gains in the job market could prove choppy, as Friday's jobs report suggested. The job losses by industry suggest that the economy is starting to rotate out of a pandemic economy. Transportation and warehousing, which had hired rapidly in the past year amid a burst of e-commerce, cut 74,000 jobs. Temporary workers, who are often added when companies are unsure of the future, dropped by more than 111,000. By contrast, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues — businesses that have complained the loudest about a shortage of workers — added 331,000 jobs in April, even more than their 206,000 increase in March. But other industries that are also facing worker shortages cut back. Construction companies added no jobs in April after having added 97,000 in March. Manufacturing lost 18,000 positions after hiring 54,000 the previous month. As Americans release pent-up demand for entertainment, business is soaring at amusement parks and other venues. On Tuesday, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia, customers for the indoor water park and hotel were plentiful. Yet job-seekers for the company’s hiring open house were relatively scarce. Nick Licastro, general manager for the lodge, said customer demand is running higher than the company can accommodate because it's still limited to roughly 50% of its capacity by state rules. He said he expects business to return to pre-pandemic levels by summer if capacity restraints are lifted. Licastro would like to hire about 100 workers — lifeguards, kitchen workers, hotel cleaners and others — to meet that demand. For now, the company has about 400 on staff, most of whom it recalled after it was allowed to reopen in September. The company had about two dozen interviews scheduled for Tuesday, along with some walk-ins. “We’d love to have more, if you know of any,” Licastro said. “It’s becoming an increasingly more competitive market." Other nearby entertainment venues are also staffing up for summer, including Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion and Colonial Williamsburg. Nationwide, Great Wolf wants to hire 2,000 employees across 16 locations. David Earl, who worked at Great Wolf for three years until he left to focus on his college classes just before the pandemic, was among those applying for a job Tuesday. For now, Earl, who is 27, is working at a grocery store chain but said Great Wolf pays more. He tells friends that Great Wolf is hiring, but some are still fearful about catching the virus and are reluctant to apply. ___ AP Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report. Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
The grassroots group Black Product Managers has grown to 1,100 members. Their mission? To get tech to hire and promote more Black product managers.