Hilton Group Donates $13 Million to End Homelessness in L.A.

first_img“The Hilton Foundation has been championing solutions for long term homelessness for two decades and we have learned that permanent supportive housing is the most cost effective and successful,” says Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. “This approach restores stability, autonomy and dignity and helps the individual integrate back into the community.”This approach combines affordable housing with on-site services such as mental health treatment, substance abuse prevention, employment opportunities, and life training. Studies in Los Angeles show that it is 40 percent less costly to place someone in this type of supportive housing than to leave them on the streets. Further, the costs decrease over time. National studies reveal that chronically homeless people—18 percent of the overall homeless population—consume 64 percent of homeless system resources.Since 2004, the Hilton Foundation has provided more than $20 million in grants and loans for such efforts in Los Angeles, resulting in the development of more than 2,300 units and the creation of the $30 million Los Angeles Supportive Housing Loan Fund.Getting local businesses involved is part of the strategy for success. The Hilton Foundation provided funding for the creation of the Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness. The task force has been led by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The new plans will also focus on homeless veterans who are cycling through institutions such as shelters emergency rooms, and jails. “This campaign is a great step forward to eradicating long term homelessness in our home town,” notes Hilton, “and there could be no greater way to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors than to help vulnerable people find homes, medical and other services and, most of all, hope.”Learn more at HiltonFoundation.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSupporting an initiative  to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County within five years, the Conrad Hilton Foundation announced Wednesday a gift of $13 million in grants to fund key components of the campaign.The grants include: $9 million for the creation of 2,500 new permanent supportive housing units; $3.6 million to identify 4,500 of the most vulnerable people on the streets and provide housing; $330,000 for an innovative pilot program to ease the transition into housing; and $200,000 to engage faith leaders and communities in the campaign.last_img read more

Kübler boosts heavy rail fleet

first_imgCommissioning is scheduled for mid-2020 and the unit will be used predominantly to shift heavy transformers on the German rail network.Furthermore, Kübler Spedition has also invested in a 32-axle heavy transport rail vehicle, which has a capacity of 500 tonnes. The deal was struck with Austrian company ITB (International Low-Loader Rail Transport, a division of the Felbermayr Group), which will retain an ownership stake in the unit. It will be positioned at Kübler’s Mannheim terminal and is already available for customer use.Heinz Rößler, owner of Kübler Spedition, and Thomas Grabuschnigg, division manager of Felbermayr-ITB, commented: “The joint use of equipment enables us to meet our customers’ requirements even faster with greater adherence to schedule.”Thorge Clever, who is responsible for intermodal heavy transport and rail transport at Kübler, added that until now, there was just one similar vehicle in Germany which has a maximum load capacity of 454 tonnes, and it had to be booked well in advance.In addition to the proportionate acquisition of a 32-axle vehicle, Kübler Spedition now has two identical vehicles from ITB at its disposal. Clever said that If appointments overlap, a replacement vehicle can be scheduled at short notice, for which the existing feasibility studies and timetables are still valid.He added that thanks to lower axle loads, the trailers can travel on railways that have lower route classifications. “Additionally, the new vehicle can carry wider loads due to its maximum lateral side shift ability,” said Clever. “The new vehicle uses computer-controlled technology to move while the vehicle is in motion. This allows us to get past obstacles faster and reach the next point of evasion. We therefore assume there will be shorter overall transit times.”Kübler explained that increasingly challenging road transport conditions have led to a rise in heavy railway transportation in recent times, and this spurred its decision to invest in its fleet and offer solutions in the 500-tonne class.www.kuebler-spedition.dewww.felbermayr.cclast_img read more

MLB could ask players to take additional pay cuts despite prorated salaries agreement

first_imgAlso Read: When will MLB start? Players, Managers Intrigued By MLB’s All-Arizona OptionMLB pay cut: New York governor Andrew Cuomo references potential cut in MLB salariesOn Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made an appearance on CNN and spoke on the MLB pay cut matter citing a conversation with New York Mets owner Jeff Wilpon. Cuomo added that the economics will change with no fans in the stadium and MLB will have to deal with the players. Super agent Scott Boras, who represents giants like Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon spoke to The Athletic and said that the agreement was signed in good faith keeping in mind the possibility of MLB games in empty stadiums. Also Read: Coronavirus in US: Astros Ace Verlander Resumes Throwing After Groin SurgeryAlso Read: Coronavirus in US: President Donald Trump Believes American Sports Could Resume Behind Closed Doors Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Sreehari Menon center_img COMMENT We have updated this story again, with union reaction. Union and MLB differ on what their most recent agreement said regarding salaries for players in games with no fans. https://t.co/nsl2HTYdiF— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 16, 2020 First Published: 17th April, 2020 18:45 IST Last Updated: 17th April, 2020 18:45 IST MLB Could Ask Players To Take Additional Pay Cuts Despite Prorated Salaries Agreement Major League Baseball (MLB) could hold talks with the MLBPA over a further reduction in player wages despite signing a prorated salary agreement last month. The outbreak of coronavirus in US has seen all major sporting activities suspended to contain the spread of the deadly pandemic. The MLB season was scheduled to kick off on March 26 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis in the US. With no baseball action, the MLB could ask players to take another pay cut in the MLB salaries to support the losses. MLB is planning to schedule the entire 2020 season in Arizona or Florida behind closed doors, which will mean a further dent in revenue from gate receipts. Also Read: When will MLB start? Arizona Governor Keen On State Hosting 2020 Season With All 30 Teams At ‘right Time’MLB pay cut: MLB could propose further cut in MLB salaries if games are played behind closed doorsAccording to The Athletic, the MLB could hold talks with the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) over a further reduction in MLB salaries if games are played without fans. The MLB and MLBPA had agreed on a player compensation last month after the outbreak of coronavirus in US and the subsequent lockdown of facilities. Players were given their MLB salaries on a pro-rata basis, while the Players Association has been given $170 million as part of the agreement, which will not have to be returned if the 2020 season is cancelled according to CBS Sports. While the MLBPA considers the MLB pay cut matter done with the agreement, a league spokesperson reportedly said that the deal was signed considering the possibility of the season resuming with fans in the stadium and the agreement makes it clear.last_img read more

Disgraced former journalist Juan Thompson pleads guilty to cyberstalking, anti-Semitic threats in revenge against ex

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — St. Louis native and disgraced former journalist Juan Thompson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of cyber stalking and one count of making hoax bomb threats as part of his campaign to harass and intimidate a woman with whom he had a past relationship, according to the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York.Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced in a statement that Thompson admitted to communicating at least 12 threats to Jewish Community Centers and other organizations in a woman’s name, identified as Victim-1.“Fueling fear and distress, Juan Thompson made fake bomb threats to over a dozen Jewish Community Centers and organizations around the country,” said Kim in the statement. “As he admitted Tuesday in pleading guilty, Thompson made these threats as part of a cruel campaign to cyber stalk a victim with whom he previously had a relationship. Thompson’s threats not only inflicted emotional distress on his victim, but also harmed Jewish communities around the country.”Kim thanked the FBI, New York Police Department, United States Secret Service and St. Louis Police Department for their commitment to investigating the case.If convicted, Thompson can face a maximum of five years in prison for cyber stalking and five years in prison for making hoax threats.According to details in the press release, Thompson, 32, started his month-long campaign to harass Victim-1 in July 2016 after she ended their relationship.In July, Thompson sent an email to Victim-1’s employer, making false allegations that she had broken the law, using an internet protocol (IP)address that he had once used to access his social media, said the press release. Then on Oct. 15, 2016, an IP address linked to Thompson’s residence was used to falsely report that Victim-1 possessed child pornography. When confronted by law enforcement on Nov. 22, 2016, Thompson denied that the IP address was his and claimed that his email account had been hacked, according to the statement.“Thompson also made at least 12 hoax threats targeting JCCs, organizations that provide service to and on behalf of the Jewish community, schools, and police departments,” added the statement.On or about Feb. 21, 2017, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) received email threats to their Manhattan office that indicated that Victim-1 was behind the bomb threats against Jews and that she was planning to make more threats the next day. That following day, a call was placed to ADL stating that explosive material had been placed in their midtown Manhattan office, said the press release.In an effort to make it seem as though Victim-1 was trying to frame Thompson, Thompson also made some of the threats in his own name, according to the statement.“For instance, on or about February 7, 2017, a JCC in Manhattan received an emailed bomb threat from an anonymous email account that stated: ‘Juan Thompson [THOMPSON’s birthday] put two bombs in the office of the Jewish center today. He wants to create Jewish newtown tomorrow,’” said the press release.The email’s reference to “Jewish newtown” appeared to be in regards to the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that resulted in 26 deaths.In addition to using his name in emails, Thompson also sent a tweet on Feb. 24, 2017 that tried to further prove his point that Victim-1 was attempting to frame him.According to the press release, the St. Louis native tweeted,“[S]he [Victim-1], though I can’t prove it, even sent a bomb threat in my name to a Jewish center, which was odd given her antisemitic statements. I got a visit from the FBI. So now I’m battling the racist FBI and this vile, evil, racist white woman.”On Feb. 26, 2017, Thompson’s Twitter account also tweeted, “The hatred of Jews goes across all demos. Ask NYC’s [Victim-1’s employer]. They employ a filthy anti-Semite in [Victim-1]. These ppl are evil.”Thompson was originally arrested by the FBI in St. Louis on March 3 in connection to the anti-Semitic threats.After his arrest, his former employer, online news site The Intercept, released a statement: “We were horrified to learn this morning that Juan Thompson, a former employee of The Intercept, has been arrested in connection with bomb threats against the ADL and multiple Jewish Community Centers in addition to cyberstalking. These actions are heinous and should be fully investigated and prosecuted.”The Intercept added that Thompson had been fired in January 2016 for fabricating sources and quotes in his articles.Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kevin P. Castel on September 15.His arrest came after five waves of bomb threats were made at JCCs and Jewish schools nationwide this year. The JCC Association of North America reported a total of at least 100 incidents this year alone. No bombs were found at any of the locations. The FBI and the Justice Department’s civil rights division are investigating the incidents.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Odell Beckham Jr. believes Jets’ Gregg Williams coaches ‘dirty plays and cheap shots’

first_img Jets QB Sam Darnold could miss ‘multiple weeks’ with mono; Trevor Siemian to start NFL launches $3M challenge to develop safer helmet for players Beckham ended up hurting his ankle in that game on a hit by Briean Boddy-Calhoun and later broke the same one in Week 5 of the regular season, which led the All-Pro to assert Williams is responsible for causing the ankle injury that “changed my life forever.” Browns appear to ban wrong fan for throwing beer on Titans’ Logan Ryan Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. fired shots at Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams while speaking to reporters Thursday, saying he coaches “dirty plays and cheap shots.”Beckham claimed current Browns players told him of the crude tactics when Williams served as defensive coordinator in Cleveland from 2017-18, adding that Williams instructed his players to take Beckham out during a preseason matchup in 2017. #Browns Odell Beckham says that dirty hit coached by Gregg Williams changed his life forever pic.twitter.com/CIrWLDQN8f— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 12, 2019Beckham required surgery on his ankle and ended up missing the final 12 games of the 2017 season before bouncing back in 2018. Related News Williams has yet to respond to Beckham’s remarks, but is scheduled to address the media Friday.Beckham and Williams will face off when the Jets play the Browns on Monday.last_img read more