Detroit bus driver who complained about a passenger coughing has died

first_imgCasPhotography/iStock(DETROIT) — A bus driver in Detroit, who had complained about a passenger coughing without covering her mouth and feared people were not taking the novel coronavirus pandemic seriously, has died after contracting the virus, officials said.Jason Hargrove, an employee of the Detroit Department of Transportation, recorded a Facebook message on March 21 criticizing a woman who he said got on his bus and coughed multiple times without covering her mouth.“We out here as public workers, doing our jobs, trying to make an honest living to take care of our families, but for you to get on the bus and stand on the bus and cough several times without covering up your mouth … that lets me know that some folks don’t care. Utterly don’t give a f—, excuse my language,” Hargrove said in the 8-minute video.He said that he felt violated not only for himself, but for the other few passengers who were on the bus.Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said on Thursday that Hargrove had died.He encouraged Americans to watch Hargrove’s Facebook video, cautioning that it includes multiple expletives.“I don’t know how you can watch it and not tear up. He knew his life was being put in jeopardy, even though he was going to work for the citizens of Detroit every day, but somebody just didn’t care,” Duggan said in a press conference. “Somebody who didn’t take this seriously and now he’s gone.”The Amalgamated Transit Union commemorated Hargrove in a statement. The union said he had been a member since 2016 and left behind a wife.Glenn Tolbert, the president of the union for Detroit Department of Transportation, called on city leaders to better protect bus drivers. Tolbert told ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ that out of the 530 drivers in the department, 100 were in quarantine and seven drivers had tested positive for the coronavirus.Mayor Duggan said that when he heard bus drivers went on strike on March 17 because they felt unsafe, he implemented new measures, including only allowing people to get on from the back doors and no longer collecting bus fares. The strike lasted just one day.In Hargrove’s message, he urged people to keep safe and take the pandemic seriously.More than 6,000 people in the U.S. have died after contracting the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 245,000 people are infected in the U.S. and more than a million across the globe.“Y’all be safe. If you ain’t got to go out, don’t go out. If you go, cover up your face, put some gloves on your hands. Please,” Hargrove said in the video. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New year, new you, new credit union

first_imgThe first few weeks of a New Year are an exciting time. The trick becomes keeping that excitement and determination alive in February, March and beyond. By starting 2015 with a few New Year’s resolutions for your credit union, you can help ensure its success not only this year, but for years to come. These are just a few ideas for your credit union. What others do you have? 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details Live your plan. Most credit unions go through some sort of annual strategic planning process in the third or fourth quarter. Odds are, your credit union invested a lot of time, money and energy in the strategic planning process. Unfortunately, many times strategic planning meetings end with the best of intentions and then simply gather dust on the shelf for another year.Ways to make this resolution work: Your strategic plan is only as good as your implementation. For example, you may front-end load the strategic plan with way too much stuff in the first quarter of the New Year. The reality is that most of these things cannot be accomplished so quickly. Another example — develop many great ideas during your strategic planning process, then fail to assign persons responsible and timelines to those initiatives. For every actionable item in your strategic plan, make sure the right people are in charge of steering it and that they are aware of the time frames involved in doing so. Kill the status quo. This is perhaps the deadliest of foes that most credit unions will face. Like any other creature of habit, credit unions are highly susceptible to falling into a rut. If you allow this to happen, your competition will gladly step up and pioneer new ways to develop and introduce innovative financial products and services for members.Ways to make this resolution work: Don’t be afraid of change! Yes, change is difficult and full of anxiety. The opposite of change, however, is stagnation. Fish don’t want to live in a stagnant pond and neither do your members. Keep up with what is new in the industry. Read relevant magazines, trade journals, blogs and social media platforms. Connect with your peers, both inside and outside the credit union industry. And don’t be afraid to take new ideas and thoughts to your executive management team. As great a job as they do, they don’t have all the answers and it’s going to take every voice at your credit union to produce the kind of change evolution requires. Well, it’s finally here – 2015. A new year beckons, full of promise and opportunity. A lot of people kick off this time of year with resolutions. Most of these resolutions are personal, things like getting in better shape, saving more or pursuing some new hobby or activity.If people can have resolutions for the New Year, then why not your credit union? After all, the first few weeks of the New Year are a great and fresh time to start your year off on the right foot, either as a person or as a credit union. Following are resolutions your credit union might want to consider in 2015.Live your brand. This should crack everybody’s top-five list of resolutions. Your credit union’s brand is the single most important asset it has. And it’s not even listed on the balance sheet. If you are failing to live up to your brand, your credit union is breaking its promise to every existing and potential member.Ways to make this resolution work: Reinforce with your staff, every day in some way, the importance of living the brand. Hold them accountable to the brand and highlight employees who do a good job living the brand in such a way that their peers can see it.last_img read more

‘Car Free for Climate’ encourages New Yorkers to hang up the car keys for one day

first_img“For most people, transportation is part of their personal carbon footprint, and a lot of that is coming from their personal vehicle and driving every day,” said NYSDEC Environmental Program Specialist Brendan Woodruff. “It’s possible to go car-free for a couple of days. Things like combining errands into one trip, walking to your local shop on a Friday night instead of driving somewhere else for takeout,” said Woodruff. “Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State,” said Woodruff. “They make up about 36 percent of our total. That’s actually more than electricity generation, waste, agriculture, and refrigerants combined.” With 20 million New Yorkers, that impact adds up. To sign the pledge to not drive your car for one day, head over to this link. You can share your experience by using the hashtag #NYSCarFree. By making small lifestyle changes, the impact can be significant. With weather events continuing to grow more extreme, from wildfires in California, to hurricanes ravaging the Gulf Coast, the DEC says now is the time to take action. center_img “We know that climate change is here, it’s impacting our daily lives. We’re seeing the extreme weather events that are happening throughout the world. We’ve seen it right here in our own backyard with catastrophic flooding,” said Woodruff. (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation needs your help in bringing awareness to Climate Week, running Sept. 21 to 27. For one day, the DEC wants you to hang up your car keys to help raise awareness about greenhouse gas emissions. New York is looking to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2030. By 2050, officials want to see it reduced by 85 percent based on levels from 1990. To tackle the climate crisis, the DEC says tackling transportation has to be a priority. last_img read more

Organic Cirsa fails to escape LATAM currency woes

first_img Presenting its final trading update as an independent enterprise, Spanish gambling operator Grupo Cirsa SA reports progress on its home and LATAM expansion projects, despite its corporate performance being hindered by severe LATAM currency impacts.Reporting strong growth across its Spanish home market properties (Spanish EBIT up 10%), Cirsa reports combined group revenues of €4.17 billion.Nevertheless, Spanish growth could not sustain full Cirsa LATAM market currency declines against the Euro, which saw the company hit with a negative €14 million FX trading impact.Despite the adverse South American FX conditions, Cirsa governance states that it will continue to push its ‘organic growth’ agenda for its LATAM properties, focusing on Table and Slots inventory growth across its casino properties of Panama, Colombia, Peru, Dominica and Costa Rica.Closing a busy trading period, Cirsa governance would declare a corporate EBIT €41 million, in-line with 2017’s corresponding EBIT €42 million.Moving forward, Cirsa will now operate under the ownership of US private equity firm Blackstone Capital, who this April completed a reported €2 billion acquisition for the Spanish gambling enterprise.Under the terms of the deal, Cirsa’s Argentine arcade and casino properties will continue to be operated by the Lao Hernandez family.Updating corporate stakeholders on its current financial position, Cirsa governance details that it has active cash balance of €180 million, combined with an available credit facility of €75 million. StumbleUpon Submit Share CIRSA confirms Antonio Grau as inbound CFO July 17, 2020 Codere avoids total collapse with 12-month credit line  June 22, 2020 Related Articles Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Chelsea confirms midfielder Awako move to TP Mazembe

first_imgBerekum Chelsea have confirmed the transfer of midfielder Gladson Awako to Congolese giants TP Mazembe.The 22 year old has signed a five year deal for a fee of 400,000 dollars. Awako has already begun training with the Lubumbashi-based side.According to Berekum Chelsea’s director of Operations Oduro Sarfo who confirmed the deal to JOY Sport, both the club and Awako have made a good business.“It’s ok for him to play for Mazembe because it provides the platform that can showcase the boy internationally”. Said Oduro Sarfo“The contract is signed and is mouth watering considering the money involved”.Gladson Awako’s transfer follows the sale of striker Emmanuel Clottey to Tunisian side Esperance for a Ghanaian transfer record fee of 1.5 million dollars.last_img

Winter Dance Party 2020 kicks off tonight at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Thousands of people are converging on Clear Lake for the Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom starting tonight. The three-day event is a celebration of the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson, who died along with pilot Roger Peterson in a plane crash near Clear Lake after the three had performed at the Surf Ballroom on February 2nd, 1959. Surf Ballroom director Laurie Lietz says it’s incredible to see the number of people come to Clear Lake every winter for the event.  “There’s about 36 or 40 different states represented and also four foreign countries. The delegation that comes from overseas, this is the place that they come to take their vacation. It really just resonates with us this is an important event to them and it’s just so much fun too, they’ve created a ‘February family’ I think they call themselves. For a lot of people, it’s a place to come and just enjoy the music and enjoy the friendship that they created over the years.”Tonight’s concert features the 60s garage-rock band The Kingsmen, whose big hit was “Louie Louie”; as well as Joey Dee; Little Peggy March; and Austin Allsup, the son of the late Tommy Allsup, the last surviving member of Holly’s Crickets from the Winter Dance Party. Friday night features two performers from doo-wop group Sha Na Na as part of the event’s traditional sock hop.  “We’ve got Bowzer’s Rock and Doo-Wop Sock Hop featuring Bowzer and the Stingrays. they’re a fabulous group along with Rocky and the Rollers. We’ve got Johnny Contardo, who was also with Sha Na Na as Bowzer was, and original Comet  Joey Ambrose, so a great Friday night.”Lietz says they’ve recently been turning the corner on their Saturday night concerts to highlight some artists that have been influenced by Holly, Valens and the Bopper.  “This year’s Three Stars Memorial Concert is featuring Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives. He is a rockabilly artist, and before it was rock and roll, it was rockabilly, so really kind of ties into the history of the music itself and kind of how it all started. Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are also going to be performing on Saturday evening, as are Albert Lee and Headcat 13, along with some special appearances by Narvel Felts, Linda Gail Lewis, and Sonny West.” Lietz says Sonny West has direct connections to Buddy Holly’s career.  “He goes way back in the lineage of the rock and roll music and he wrote Oh Boy and Rave On for Buddy Holly. So he knew Buddy Holly, and he is thrilled. He reached out to us via Facebook and wanted to be part of the event once again, so we’re thrilled to have him come back and be a part of Saturday evening’s show.”Tickets to each night’s concert are available this year or people can still purchase a three-day pass. For more information head to winterdanceparty.surfballroom.comlast_img read more

Jogger finds human head near intersection in Florida

first_imgHomicide detectives in St. Petersburg, Florida are investigating the discovery of a human remains after a jogger called the police department and notified them of spotting a human head near the intersection of 38th Ave. S and 31st St. S. in St. Petersburg.St. Petersburg police said they did not have any details about the discovery as of Tuesday afternoon and the investigation was ongoing. They are urging anyone with information to call 727-893-7780.last_img

CALIFORNIA DIAMOND KEEPS TO HIS TASK & PREVAILS BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH IN THE $125,000 SANTA ANITA JUVENILE STAKES; MALDONADO & BROCKLEBANK TEAM FOR 5 ½ FURLONG TALLY IN 1:03.54

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (July 9, 2016)–A close third, two lengths off the lead with a quarter mile to run, aptly named California Diamond wheeled three-wide turning for home and kept to his task in game fashion en route to a three quarter length upset win in Saturday’s $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado and trained by John Brocklebank, the California-bred colt by Harbor the Gold got the distance in 1:03.54.“He’s very game, this horse,” said Brocklebank, who registered his first Santa Anita stakes win. “We love California Diamond, but he is for sale (Barretts/Del Mar Paddock, next Friday). Today, he was sharper than in his last out. He trained sharp all week. We didn’t do a whole lot with him after his first win. Luis Mendez, my assistant, has done a great job with him.”A first-out maiden winner going five furlongs versus statebreds here on June 17, California Diamond, who broke sharply from the far outside in a field of six, was off at 6-1 and paid $15.20, $5.00 and $3.00. Owned by the Brocklebank family’s Twin V Farm, California Diamond is now perfect in two starts and with the winner’s take of $75,000, he increased his earnings to $108,600.“The minute he left the gate like that, I knew I had a great shot to win,” said Maldonado. “I want to thank John for doing a great job…He broke a little slow in his first out, so I kind of had to rush him, but today, he was push button.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, California-bred Green With Eddie, who broke from post position two, dueled with Right Hand Man from the break, shook loose a furlong out but couldn’t withstand the late surge of the winner and finished second, 2 ½ lengths clear of Silver Assault.Off as the 2-1 favorite, Green With Eddie completed the Cal-bred exacta and paid $3.80 and $2.60.“He tried real hard and he ran a good race,” said Prat. “I wish I could’ve waited a little longer, but that’s the way the race set up.”The third choice at 5-2, unlucky Silver Assault broke a bit slow from his number four post and was last by about eight lengths turning for home, but rallied wide-out to finish third by a neck over Secret House in a big effort.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Silver Assault paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.68, 44.62 and 57 flat.With a Pick Six carryover of $75,126 awaiting fans, first post time on Sunday, closing day of the 40-day Spring Meet, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. GREEN WITH EDDIE RUNS SECOND AS CAL-BREDS FINISH 1-2 IN CLOSING WEEKEND FEATURElast_img read more