Gary Sanchez's future in Pinstripes hangs by a thread, but Yankees will offer him a contract for 2021 for now
It was not a surprise, but the Yankees informed Gary Sanchez they plan to offer him a contract for the 2021 season on Wednesday. The embattled catcher had been thrown into the conversation about being cut loose by the Bombers after an awful 2020 season in which he lost his starting catching job and was benched during the playoffs.But he still has a chance with the Yankees right now.The Yankees can certainly continue looking for a trade partner to package Sanchez, perhaps for young, controllable starting pitching, after they agree to offer him a contract. In his second year of arbitration, the ...
New York Daily News
4,000 more Disney theme park division employees are losing their jobs
ORLANDO, Fla. — On the day before Thanksgiving, the Walt Disney Co. revealed 4,000 more layoffs are coming in its theme parks division, bringing the total number of announced layoffs to 32,000 across the company.At least [18,000 of the total jobs lost belong to cast members at Walt Disney World](This year, the resort has already lost nearly a quarter of its reported 2019 workforce of 77,000.A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World did not immediately respond to questions about the announced layoffs, including how many Orlando employees would be affected.The notice said about 32,000 employees in the...
Hormel Foods reports lackluster results as COVID continues to takes its toll
With Thanksgiving turkey in sight, Hormel Foods Corp. reported lackluster financial results Tuesday on weakness in its food service business due to shuttered restaurants and cafeterias.The Austin, Minn.-based food company, like the rest of the meat industry, continued grappling with the fallout from COVID-19 that has increased production costs and remained a constant threat to its workforce in its fourth quarter.The protein-centric company missed earnings expectations and delivered an unforeseen revenue decline for the quarter ended Oct. 25.Profit fell in the quarter to $234.4 million, or 43 c...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
As new COVID-19 restrictions bear down, surviving businesses draw on hard-earned lessons from the spring
SEATTLE — Like many business owners in Washington state, sisters Tara Espinoza and Sabrina Rinderle, proprietors of Queen Anne Dispatch in Seattle, were neither surprised nor unprepared for Gov. Jay Inslee’s second round of COVID-19 restrictions.Since the first restrictions in March, Espinoza and Rinderle have largely reengineered their combination boutique and mail-services business. Staff is fully trained in safety protocols. Floors are marked for social distance and the inventory mix is more “grab-and-go.”The finances aren’t great. Sales are a fraction of pre-March levels and this time ther...
The Seattle Times
Deadline arrives for sex-abuse claims in Boy Scouts bankruptcy case, with tens of thousands filed
SEATTLE — Before a Monday deadline, tens of thousands of men — including scores from Washington — already have filed sexual-abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in a federal bankruptcy case the national organization hopes will help it emerge from the cloud of a decades-old scandal.But the sheer flood of claims that already have rolled in has revealed the hidden horrors of pedophilia perpetuated in scouting programs at a level vastly more widespread than previously known, some claimants lawyers said.Not only does the far-reaching bankruptcy case now jeopardize the national BSA’s...
The Seattle Times
Amazon expands palm-scanning payment technology to 3 more Seattle-area stores
SEATTLE — In its latest push to collect data on consumer purchases, Amazon is expanding a new palm recognition payment technology into three more Seattle-area stores, the company announced Tuesday.Civil-liberties advocates, though, are concerned the company is storing immutable biometric information on its customers, which they say poses risks to consumer privacy.The technology, called Amazon One, was piloted in two cashierless Amazon Go stores in South Lake Union earlier this fall. Customers who have linked their handprint to a credit card pay by waving their hand over a sleek palm scanner. C...
The Seattle Times
Dog day cares turn to front-line workers and pandemic puppies to prosper
DETROIT — Erica Hill’s best friend weighs only 13 pounds, but he can be a terror of a terrier.That’s why Hill, who typically works a 16-hour day in her job with the City of Detroit, admits she could not do the work and hold onto the greatest joy of her life — her 2-year-old pup, Kash — if it weren’t for dog day care services.“I am single so if it were not for Canine to Five, Kash would take over my house,” Hill said of the day care and boarding center in Detroit. “He’s a very active Yorkie. There, he can socialize with other dogs and it makes my life easier to know that he’s safe and he’s well...
Detroit Free Press
Huron cuts employees, office space and delays salary increases as part of pandemic-related restructuring
Consulting firm Huron is laying off 145 employees and plans to shrink its office space as it deals with the impact of COVID-19 on its workforce and clients, particularly those in the health care and education segments.The Chicago-based firm, which reported a decline in third-quarter earnings Monday, also said it would delay 2021 merit increases for all employees as part of a fourth-quarter restructuring plan.On an earnings call with financial analysts, Huron executives said most of the layoffs are in the health care and education segments, along with 20 positions eliminated on the corporate te...
Editorial: Washington state and Boeing must realign for better days
Even before Boeing announced drastic new layoffs that will hit Puget Sound hard, the need for a mutual reassessment was evident. Boeing’s ongoing business retrenchment will hurt in the near term. Washington state should focus on how to shape and aid Boeing’s long-range quest for renewal.The direness of the company’s condition is clear. An ongoing 19% companywide workforce reduction will cut Boeing by more than 30,000 jobs from its 2019 levels. The company is expected to sit on immense empty space in its Everett plant and may sell its huge Commercial Airplanes headquarters office in Renton. The...
The Seattle Times
Mall-owner PREIT to file for bankruptcy in restructuring bid amid COVID headwinds
PREIT, the troubled owner of malls throughout the region including Center City’s Fashion District Philadelphia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Sunday in what it describes as a “prepackaged” restructuring plan aimed at unlocking $150 million in new borrowing.PREIT, whose initials stand for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, said in a news release that it will continue operations without interruption while it obtains necessary approvals for the plan.The Chapter 11 petition comes about two weeks after the company first outlined the restructuring plan, saying it aimed to avoid a bankruptc...
The Philadelphia Inquirer