Trump ban on 'divisive' and 'anti-American' training for federal contractors has workplace diversity experts worried
Diversity and inclusion training providers are concerned recent strides in corporate America to address racial and gender disparities will take a back seat after President Donald Trump ordered restrictions on racial sensitivity training for federal contractors.Many companies expanded their workplace diversity training programs earlier this year following the civil unrest resulting from George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.The topics of white privilege, systemic racism and unconscious bias have become focal points in those programs, consultants say. Now, they’re the ta...
Let the bidding begin: San Diego looks to auction off San Diego's electric and gas services
A future San Diego City Council meeting may resemble a session at an auction house. Or maybe it won’t.Under an Invitation to Bid process outlined by Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday, it is hoped that multiple energy companies will compete with each other to win the city’s franchise agreement — that is, the right to supply gas and electric services within the city limits of San Diego.The current franchise agreement is held by San Diego Gas & Electric, as part of a 50-year pact signed in 1970 that is set to expire in January.The mayor’s team on Wednesday unveiled some of the stipulations a pot...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ex-Nikola CEO mysteriously vanishes from social media after abrupt resignation
One day after his abrupt resignation from Nikola Corp., former Chairman and CEO Trevor Milton ghosted his Twitter followers and vanished from public view.Why he did it is a bit of a mystery. But his disappearing act, to some, points to guilt or cowardice in the fallout from a report that accused the company he founded of “intricate fraud.”Now Wall Street whiz and former General Motors exec Steve Girsky is at the helm as chairman of Nikola. His job is to clean up the mess and ensure that a lucrative 10-year deal with GM moves forward.“This is a dangerous moment for Nikola and for Girsky,” said ...
Detroit Free Press
Tyrannosaurus skeleton worth several million dollars headed to auction
NEW YORK — Sold to the eccentric theme park operator!One of the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons is headed to the auction block.Christie’s announced Wednesday it would be selling “STAN,” a 67 million-year-old fossil, in early October.The skeleton, which measures 40 feet long and 13 feet high, was discovered in 1987 in South Dakota by amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison, who was told it was a triceratops — a common error made because triceratops fossils are so common, James Hyslop, Christie’s head of Science and Natural History, said.However, after Sacrison took the bones to the Bla...
New York Daily News
'Love is not canceled': Don't wait. Hold tight to your planned 2020 wedding; here are some expert tips
CHICAGO – Homewood, Ill., residents, Deborah and Markell Thrash were married Aug. 8 on the grounds of Sinha Elegant Cuisine surrounded by 25 of their closest family and friends. DNR Events, an event planning firm in Blue Island, Ill., made their big day happen.“We were going to get married right before the pandemic set in, in March,” said Deborah Thrash, 58. “We’ve both been married before. When everything sort of opened back up, we waited a little while, then I was like: ‘Are we going to do this? He said yes, and I ran with it. My thing is live for today because I don’t know what tomorrow is ...
Florida's tourism-marketing agency wants Floridians to become in-state travelers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s tourism-marketing agency wants Floridians to become in-state travelers as the crucial hospitality industry tries to rebound amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Visit Florida on Wednesday launched its first ad campaign since the pandemic hit in March, pitching Floridians on first exploring the state before they make other travel plans. The roughly $13 million campaign will last at least through December.“In-state travel is an important first step in our long-term recovery plan,” Visit Florida President and CEO Dana Young said during a news conference at The Daytona, Autogra...
Amazon teams with university to train military employees for new roles
SEATTLE — Amazon has developed an online certification program with City University of Seattle to train its military employees and their families for higher-paying jobs in the company.The effort is an outgrowth of an earlier partnership between the mega-retailer and the Seattle-based private nonprofit university, which provides online degree programs to some 7,000 students enrolled around the world. It reflects Amazon’s emphasis on “upskilling” its workers, and specifically the thousands of military veterans and their spouses working for the company, said Charles Stevens, senior manager of Ama...
The Seattle Times
Harbinger of the future? Consulting firm tells employees remote work can continue forever
CHICAGO — Professional services firm Sikich will allow employees to work from home permanently and plans to shrink the size of its offices in one of the most dramatic responses to the coronavirus pandemic in Chicago.CEO Chris Geier recently told the Chicago-based company’s more than 1,000 employees that remote work can continue “indefinitely,” as part of a reduction in real estate already envisioned before offices all but shut down in March because of COVID-19. Sikich has 307 Chicago-area employees.In the near term, employees have been told to stay away from the office unless absolutely necess...