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    Delta Airline pilots can expect a hefty pay rise of 34 percent over the next three years, amid fears that the push for better pay and benefits will be felt among customers through higher priced tickets. According to estimates from a website that prepares pilots for interviews, Pilot pay at Delta Air Lines ranges from $66,853.80 per year for a new first officer up to $257,657.40 per year for a senior captain. That pay rise could mean the equivalent of $89,584.10 for new first officers and $345,260.92 from 2022 -2025, which is nearly 90,000 more than what top pilots are earning at present. Pilots have been demonstrating their bargaining powers while the short-staffed industry has started to see a boom in travel demand following the lull over the past couple of years due to the pandemic. If the deal is approved by Delta pilots, it is widely expected to act as a benchmark for contract negotiations at rivals United Airlines and American Airlines. Delta pilots will get an 18 percent raise on the date their contract is signed, followed by three...
    The Orioles have supplied their rotation with a veteran presence for 2023, agreeing to terms with right-hander Kyle Gibson on a one-year contract, according to multiple reports. ESPN and The Athletic reported the deal is pending a physical. Gibson, 35, has made 25 or more starts in every full season since 2014, pitching for the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies. In 31 starts across 167 2/3 innings for the National League champion Phillies in 2022, Gibson posted a 5.05 ERA before making two scoreless relief appearances during the postseason. An All-Star for Texas in 2021, Gibson has three seasons in which he made at least 30 starts with an ERA of 3.84 or lower. He’s coming off a three-year, $28 million agreement with the Rangers signed after the 2019 season. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias has cited the organization’s difficulty in signing free-agent pitchers to one-year deals as part of its incentive for moving back Camden Yards’ left field wall last offseason. Gibson allowed 24 home runs in 2022, tying his career high, but only...
    In this article DALFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTA pilot walks past the windows at the newly renovated Delta terminal D at LaGuardia Airport in New York March 6, 2021.Timothy A. Clary | AFP | Getty ImagesDelta Air Lines and its pilots' union have reached a preliminary agreement for raises topping 30% over four years, a milestone deal that could sharply drive up aviators' pay across the industry. Pilots' unions and airlines across the U.S. have been in tense negotiations for months if not years, as crews seek more compensation and better schedules. Delta pilots voted in October to authorize a strike if a deal wasn't reached, while pilots at several airlines have picketed this year demanding contract improvements. Delta and the union were edging toward a deal in mid-November, CNBC reported. Unions have complained about grueling schedules as travel snapped back from a pandemic slump. Delta and other U.S. carriers are profitable again, but a shortage of trained pilots has hampered carriers' recovery and contributed to higher airfare. It also gives pilots more power in contract negotiations. Labor and...
    After trading away Trey Mancini, the Orioles largely lacked an obvious backup behind Ryan Mountcastle at first base. A handful of players who had never appeared in the majors at the position — Anthony Santander, Terrin Vavra and Adley Rutschman — got occasional pregame work there, though none played the position in a game. Baltimore eventually signed veteran Jesús Aguilar as a salve, but he offered little upside. In their most active day of the offseason beyond those inspired by league deadlines, the Orioles made a pair of moves that improved their first base depth ahead of the winter meetings. First was claiming Lewin Díaz from the Pittsburgh Pirates less than an hour before announcing they agreed to terms with Franchy Cordero on a minor league deal. With Baltimore also putting outfielders Daz Cameron and Jake Cave on waivers — losing Cave to the Philadelphia Phillies while Cameron cleared and was outrighted to Triple-A — the club has three openings on its 40-man roster as its front office prepares for next week’s meetings in San Diego. Both Díaz and Cordero...
    More On: cynthia bailey Cynthia Bailey trolled for sharing unexpected fan art on Instagram Cynthia Bailey reveals what led to her divorce with Mike Hill Cynthia Bailey reveals ex-husband Peter Thomas reached out amid Mike Hill split Cynthia Bailey ‘in good spirits’ at strip club amid Mike Hill divorce Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill have reached a settlement agreement in their divorce proceedings, according to Fulton County, Ga., court documents obtained by Page Six. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum, 55, and the Fox Sports host, 52, seemingly were able to have a clean break, as they had their own separate financial assets. Per the agreement, filed on Thursday, Bailey and Hill are the owners and residents of two separate, distinct residences and have their own retirement accounts and insurance plans. They both declined to pay each other alimony. The agreement notes that Hill — who is named as the defendant in the case — “acknowledges the marriage is irretrievably broken.” The documents also state that both parties have...
    Getty Kessie lines up with Barcelona. Barcelona have agreed to discuss midfielder Franck Kessie’s future at the club in June 2023 amid speculation the Ivorian could depart after just one season at the Camp Nou. Kessie arrived on a free transfer in the summer but has struggled to make much of an impact at Barcelona yet. The competition for places in midfield, coupled with some injury problems have ensured Kessie has only made two La Liga starts for his new club. Both Barcelona and Kessie have acknowledged the current situation is “not ideal” but don’t want to make any rash decisions and will wait until the end of the season to decide on his future, according to Relevo. Barcelona have been tempted to let Kessie leave to free up space on the wage bill, and have received interest in the midfielder, but believes it’s far too early to give up on the summer signing. Kessie is far from happy with his limited role but was aware it may take time to adapt to life at Barcelona. The 25-year-old...
    The Chagos Islands may be little more than specks in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but they are at the center of a looming diplomatic row over a key American military base and the rise of Chinese power. Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have raised fears that the British government's decision to begin negotiations to hand over the islands to Mauritius could allow China the chance to build its own military facility on the archipelago — right under the nose of American forces at Diego Garcia. The issue is one of the most important strategic locations in the Indian Ocean, from where U.S. B1 and B52 bombers can reach maritime chokepoints, vital sea lanes and even potential Chinese bases everywhere from Djibouti to Pakistan.  The British government says any deal will protect the U.S. operation at Diego Garcia.  But British MP Daniel Kawczynski is warning his American counterparts that handing sovereignty to Mauritius - with its deepening economic ties to Beijing - offers no guarantee that China won't soon have its own base on the island chain.  ...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a bill signing ceremony where the president is signing "The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022" into law in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. August 16, 2022.Leah Millis | Reuters President Joe Biden signed a bill into law making a rail strike illegal, preventing workers from walking off the job weeks before the holiday season. After his administration aided in negotiations for months, and the sides reached a tentative agreement in September, talks ultimately stalled and rail workers threatened a strike. Biden then asked Congress to intervene, and the Senate passed a bill Thursday making a strike illegal. The initial agreement brokered by the Biden administration was accepted by all but four rail unions, who were holding out for guaranteed paid sick leave days. The opposing unions, though, represent the majority of rail workers. The workers and companies had until Dec. 9 to reach an agreement before they vowed to strike, which the industry estimated would cost the U.S. economy $2 billion per day. A strike by rail workers...
    The Arizona Diamondbacks have bolstered their bullpen, signing free-agent reliever Miguel Castro to a one-year deal for next season. Free-agent reliever Miguel Castro and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in agreement on a contract, pending physical, according to sources familiar with the situation. The contract is a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.How can Miguel Castro help the Diamondbacks?Castro, 27, is coming off an injury-ridden season with the New York Yankees, where he was sidelined since July with a strained right shoulder. When healthy, he has been inconsistent, posting a 3.45 ERA in 69 appearances with the Mets in 2021. In 2022, after being acquired by the Yankees for left-hander Joel Rodriguez, he posted a 4.03 ERA in 34 appearances. In Arizona, Castro provides much-needed bullpen depth. The Diamondbacks have been aggressive in the bullpen market, sources say, and could add another reliever even after signing Castro. THE MOONSHOT: Subscribe to our weekly MLB newsletter
    by Kevin Bessler   The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation to avert a nationwide railroad workers’ strike, but an Illinois congressman says the government should not be negotiating private sector labor deals. The legislation, which was approved by the U.S. House on Wednesday, enacts new contracts providing railroad workers with 24% pay increases over five years, immediate payouts averaging $11,000, and an extra day off. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved the U.S. House version of the agreement, but rejected a “cooling off” period for 60 days to let the two sides negotiate, and also voted down a 7-day paid sick leave measure. The action came after talks had stalled between railways and four unions, which had previously rejected the agreement. “While I am disappointed that not enough of my Republican colleagues would support legislation to increase paid sick leave for union rail workers, I’m relieved that we could come together to quickly pass the labor agreement in order to prevent a rail strike,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said in a statement. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville,...
    The sale of Parler, a social media platform popular with conservatives, to Kanye West is off, the app's parent company announced on Thursday. Parlement Technologies said the company and Ye had agreed to part ways in mid November after the star had agreed in principle to buy the platform a month earlier. However, the announcement came after days of negative publicity and hours after West had professed his love for Hitler during an unhinged appearance on Alex Jones's podcast Infowars. It suggests that West may be too much even for rightwing platforms that claim to be free speech havens. 'Parlement Technologies has confirmed that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler,' the company said in a statement. 'This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November. Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.' Kanye West had entered into a deal to buy Parler in October. On Thursday the company said the deal was off - soon after the...
    An aerial view of shipping containers and freight railway trains at the BNSF Los Angeles Intermodal Facility rail yard in Los Angeles, California, September 15, 2022.Bing Guan | Reuters The Senate passed legislation that would force a tentative rail labor agreement and thwart a national strike. A separate vote on adding seven days of paid sick leave to the agreement failed. The approved bill, passed by a vote of 80 to 15, now goes to President Joe Biden, who had urged Congress to act quickly ahead of this month's strike deadline and "send a bill to my desk for my signature immediately." The measures come after talks had stalled between railways and four unions, which had previously rejected the agreement. Biden has said he was reluctant to override the vote against the contract by some unions but that a rail shutdown would "devastate" the economy. Labor groups have said that enforcing an agreement with the legislation denies them the right to strike. The legislation, which was approved by the House on Wednesday, enacts new contracts providing railroad workers with 24%...
    The Senate on Thursday voted down an amendment that would impose a two-month cool-off period as railway unions threaten a strike that could damage the economy. In a 69 to 26 vote, the upper chamber rejected an amendment introduced by Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) that is separate from a tentative labor agreement the House passed the day before. HOUSE VOTES TO AVERT RAIL STRIKE, SENDING LEGISLATION TO SENATE The tentative agreement would impose a labor contract that would result in a 24% pay increase and safety provisions. It is meant to prevent a freight shutdown that the railroads say would cost the United States an estimated $2 billion per day. But the contract only granted workers one day of paid sick leave. Following pushback from progressive lawmakers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) added a separate vote that would grant rail workers seven days of leave. The House passed both the labor agreement and additional sick days on Wednesday, but the paid leave vote only passed narrowly. The Senate on Thursday quickly...
    watch nowVIDEO31:4631:46Rail unions: In general election, we support those who support us nowState of Freight Leaders of the rail labor unions that have voted not to ratify the tentative labor deal tell CNBC that as the Senate moves closer to a vote on Thursday afternoon on legislation to prevent a rail strike, senators need to realize this is a humanitarian issue and their members will not forget who supported them. The three unions, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS), SMART-TD, and Brotherhood of Maintenance Way Employees Division represent more than half of all railroad labor. "Our membership is going to support whoever stands with them," said Tony Cardwell, president of the Brotherhood of Maintenance Way Employees Division. "It's looking like the Democrats are standing with our members and making sure that our members get sick leave. If that's the case, we will. If Republicans are bold enough to step out, stand with labor, stand with the blue-collar workers, and vote with our members, then it's likely that they can gain votes as well." On Wednesday, the House passed the tentative...
    Teachers union leaders called off a strike set for today at the Covina-Valley Unified School District after reaching a tentative agreement late Wednesday night with officials of the 13,400-student school system. “Schools will be open and will continue on a normal schedule tomorrow, Dec. 1,” Supt. Elizabeth Eminhizer announced in an email to families in the east San Gabriel Valley district. “We look forward to continuing to provide our students with enriching instruction and extracurricular activities.” “We are grateful to our outstanding teaching staff for the work that they do with our students to provide them with educational excellence, every day,” she added. The union sent out an announcement as well: “A teacher strike in Covina-Valley Unified School District has been narrowly averted as a clock-is-ticking bargaining session today has produced a tentative agreement.” Both announcements were made not long before midnight. The strike, had it happened, would have been an early test case for K-12 labor disputes in the post-pandemic landscape. For the most part, school districts in California are flush with record funding due to...
    Shakira and estranged husband Gerard Piqué reunited in court on Thursday as they ratified their separation child custody agreement.  The exes announced their split in June after 11 years together, and last month said that they'd come to a suitable arrangement for their children Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine, after a 12-hour talk. They formally signed the agreement in Barcelona, entering and exiting the court separately while flagged by their legal teams.  Stepping out: Shakira and estranged husband Gerard Piqué reunited in court on Thursday as they ratified their separation child custody agreement Shakira kept a low-profile for the outing, opting for an all-black ensemble.  After recently starring in Burberry's glamorous festive campaign, the singer was seen carrying the British brand's £1,790 trench coat.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'There's moments where she'd say "Shut up mum!"': Kate... David Beckham is joined by legendary scientist Robert... Denise Van Outen stuns in a dazzling minidress and thigh... 'Holy moly! What has happened to his face': Simon Cowell... Share this article Share She teamed the garment with...
    More than 300 picketers demonstrated outside the headquarters of the Covina-Valley Unified School District on Wednesday morning as negotiators began last-ditch efforts to avoid a teachers strike scheduled for Thursday in the 13,400-student school system. A primary point of contention is proposed changes to health benefits. The district would like to set up a two-tiered system, under which the dependents of new employees would have strict caps on healthcare spending. The union wants to maintain the status quo, under which all family members have the same benefits, with fewer restrictions on the amount available for medical services. The two sides also have not reached full agreement on compensation, although they are close in terms of the raise union members would receive for the already concluded 2021-2022 school year. “We think that we can get close on salary” and other issues, said Adam Hampton, president of the Covina Unified Education Assn. “The trigger is healthcare.” “I need to stick up for the younger teachers,” said Susan Ricker, a learning specialist and longtime teacher at Manzanita Elementary School in Covina. “The young...
    By Kevin Freking and Josh Funk | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. House moved urgently to head off the looming nationwide rail strike on Wednesday, passing a bill that would bind companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached in September but rejected by some of the 12 unions involved. The measure passed by a vote of 290-137 and now heads to the Senate. If approved there, it will be quickly signed by President Joe Biden, who requested the action. Biden on Monday asked Congress to intervene and avert the rail stoppage that could strike a devastating blow to the nation’s fragile economy by disrupting the transportation of fuel, food and other critical goods. Business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Farm Bureau Federation warned that halting rail service would cause a $2 billion per day hit to the economy. The bill would impose a compromise labor agreement brokered by the Biden administration that was ultimately voted down by four of the 12 unions representing more than 100,000 employees at large freight rail...
    A rail employee works a Union Pacific Intermodal Terminal rail yard on November 21, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images The House passed legislation Wednesday that would force a tentative rail labor agreement and thwart a national strike. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also plans to hold a separate vote to add seven days of paid sick leave to the agreement.  The legislation then goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has promised swift passage. The 290-137 vote comes after President Joe Biden called on Congress to intervene in the stalled talks between railroads and some of the industry's major unions. He met with the four House and Senate leaders Tuesday in an effort to avoid the economic impacts of a rail strike, which the industry forecasts could cost the U.S. economy $2 billion per day. Biden has said he's reluctant to override the vote against the contract by some unions, but that a rail shutdown would "devastate" the economy. Railways and their labor unions had until Dec. 9 to reach an agreement before workers...
    The University of California has reached a tentative labor agreement with its postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers, a significant step toward ending a strike that has dragged on for over two weeks. The tentative agreement applies to the university system's postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers, a significant portion of the 48,000 academic employees that went on strike earlier this month seeking higher wages and improved childcare benefits. No agreement has been struck between the university system's student employees and student researchers, ensuring that at least some employees will continue the strike. 48,000 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ACADEMIC EMPLOYEES WALK OFF JOB IN MASSIVE STRIKE “Our members stood up for improved wages and working conditions that truly reflect their value to the University of California system,” said Ray Curry, the president of the United Auto Workers, the union representing the striking employees. “The tentative agreement reflects the real contributions our members make to the success of UC." The tentative five-year agreement includes a new salary scale for postdoctoral scholars, which the university says will result in an...
    "The ‘most labor-friendly President in history has proven that he and the Democratic Party are not the friends of labor they have touted themselves to be," he continued. "These wolves in sheep’s clothing have for decades been in bed with corporate America and have allowed them to continue chipping away at the American middle class and organized labor." Moreover, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division said in a statement that it is not enough for Biden to "share workers concerns" — especially if he demands that Congress ignore them. "A call to Congress to act immediately to pass legislation that adopts tentative agreements that exclude paid sick leave ignores the Railroad Workers’ concerns. It both denies Railroad Workers their right to strike while also denying them the benefit they would likely otherwise obtain if they were not denied their right to strike," the group said.Anything else?House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House would vote on legislation to force the unions to accept the terms of the labor contract. Still, the White House is not being particularly...
    USA Women are set to receive $6.5million (£5.4million) for the men's side reaching the last 16 of the World Cup as part of the equal pay agreement that was forged earlier this year. The USMNT extended their stay in Qatar on Tuesday night after picking up a crucial 1-0 win over Iran, which saw them advance to the knockout stages of this year's World Cup. Progression to the last 16 has guaranteed U.S. Soccer an estimated $13million (£11million) in prize money, half of which will go to their women's team through the equal pay agreement. After sealing the landmark agreement earlier this year, USA became the first federation in history to split their World Cup prize money down the middle between their two main national teams, which they described as a 'truly historic moment'. That means USA Women will bank at least $6.5million after the men's team's success on Tuesday, having already earned $4.5million (£3.7million) for their participation in the group stage. USA Women (L) banked $6.5m (£5.4m) for the men's team (R) reaching the World Cup last-16 Christian Pulisic's...
    By Michael Burke and Ashley A. Smith, EdSource As students’ stress mounts during finals week over whether they will receive grades, University of California academic researchers and postdoctoral scholars reach a tentative labor agreement with the administration. The agreement includes wage increases that reflect the cost of living along with improvements for family leave, child care, transportation and job security.  The researchers and scholars, however, are still on strike in solidarity with academic student employees and student researchers. “We are proud to have reached agreements that address the soaring cost of living and reflect the value of our contributions at UC,” said Neal Sweeney, President of UAW Local 5810. “These agreements represent a new, best-in-class model that will improve the quality of life – and the quality of research – for scientists across the US. It is now time for UC to make serious proposals to Academic Student Employees and Student Researchers and to reach fair agreements that recognize the contributions these workers make.” The agreement means that the typical academic researcher will receive a 29% increase in salary over...
    Rank-and-file rail workers voiced frustration and anger late Monday after Joe Biden—a self-described "pro-labor president"—urged Congress to pass legislation forcing unions to accept a contract agreement without any paid sick days, a step that would avert a looming nationwide strike and deliver a win for the profitable railroad industry. "By forcing workers into an agreement which doesn't address basic needs like healthcare and sick time, President Joe Biden is choosing railroads over workers and the economy," said Ross Grooters, an engineer and co-chair of Railroad Workers United, an inter-union alliance that supports public ownership of the national rail system. Another worker was more blunt in a text message to labor reporter Jonah Furman: "Words cannot express how fucking livid I am at this administration... people in power, LIKE HIM, would rather screw workers than stand up to fucking robber barons." While Congress could put forth legislation that would improve the tentative White House-brokered contract deal announced in September, Biden made clear he wants lawmakers "to pass legislation immediately to adopt the tentative agreement between railroad workers and operators—without any modifications...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is backing a new salary package for Department of Water and Power employees that includes a significant hike in pay for hundreds of workers at the utility. The City Council is expected to vote on the pay proposal Tuesday. Under the proposed salary agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, all workers would receive four “cost of living” pay increases totaling at least 10% and as much as 24% by October 2025, depending on inflation. All workers will also get a one-time cash bonus of 3% of their salary in December. At the same time, more than 800 utility line workers and electrical mechanics could get four additional raises. That separate package of raises ranges from at least 20% to as much as 41%, according to a Times analysis. “The mayor supports the outcome of the negotiations between DWP and IBEW Local 18, and believes this contract will put the city in a strong position to maintain and attract a skilled workforce to deliver our most critical city services,” said Harrison...
    President Biden on Monday demanded Congress take action to avert a looming rail strike that could trigger major disruptions in the nation's supply chain in the height of holiday shopping season.  With lawmakers returning to Capitol Hill for a brief three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Biden demanded they approve the tentative agreement between rail workers and operators, negotiated in September.  As Biden noted, a rail strike would 'devastate our economy,' and could put up to 765,000 out of work. The president noted that it could even affect the drinking water supply and livestock and agriculture. Businesses the nation over could be forced to shut their doors without access to the supplies they need, and the U.S. economy could lose out on $2 billion per day.  Commuter railroads and Amtrak would also be affected as they often use tracks owned by freight railroads.   The September tentative deal offered a 24 percent pay raise for rail workers, health care benefits and medical leave. Eight rail unions have ratified their deals, but four rail unions are back at the negotiating table after...
    Vitapix | E+ | Getty Images While couples might sign a prenuptial agreement before they're married and a "post-nup" after, it's more than just the timing that differentiates these arrangements, experts say. "It's a whole different ballgame once you're married," said Martin Shenkman, estate attorney with Shenkman Law in New York City. "With a pre-nup, you have no obligation to a spouse," he explained. "With a post-nup, once you're married, you have a legal and fiduciary obligation to your spouse." Shenkman emphasized that it's important to check what your state law allows.More from Life Changes:Here's a look at other stories offering a financial angle on important lifetime milestones. How to adjust to going back to the office post-pandemic 1 in 5 gig drivers got unemployment at pandemic's peak Here are some smart financial moves for new parents When a post-nup might be called forWhat situations might prompt a couple to prepare a postnuptial agreement? For example, married couples may need to adjust a pre-nup they'd signed, according to attorney and certified financial planner Keith Singer, president of Singer Wealth...
    Attorneys for former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who was expected to plead guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating an illegal sports-gambling ring, now say they are exploring a possible defense. Puig was joined by his attorneys, Keri Axel and Jose Nuno, and his agent, Lisette Carnet, Wednesday at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. A judge agreed to continue the hearing until Tuesday. “We need more time to assess a possible innocence defense,” Axel told The Times after the hearing. Puig, 31, had previously signed an agreement to plead guilty to one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California said. He also agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000. Prosecutors alleged that Puig “made several false statements to the agents that were material to the investigation” when federal authorities interviewed him Jan. 27 about the gambling ring, according to the plea agreement. After the agreement was unsealed Nov. 14, Axel told...
    Israel and Japan announced their first steps toward a free trade agreement. The Israeli Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Tuesday. The deal would further open up Israel to the world's third-largest economy, the press release wrote, giving both peoples discounts on each other's goods. Israel exports approximately $1.24 billion to Japan yearly, while Japan exports approximately $2.3 billion to Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post. Those exports are likely to grow, following Tuesday's creation of a joint study group to investigate the path to signing a free trade agreement. ISRAEL'S NEW GOVERNMENT MUST LISTEN TO US CONCERNS ON CHINA "This morning in Tokyo, we agreed to take a first step toward the signing of a free trade agreement between Israel and Japan, which means discounts for products and goods from Japan for the benefit of the Israeli market and increasing Israeli exports to Japan, the third-largest economy in the world," Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in the press release. “This year, we are also celebrating 70 years of relations between our countries, and this...
    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg believes a rail worker strike "would not be good" for the economy. The Biden administration's goal is to make sure that a rail strike does not happen, the secretary said in a preview clip of his interview with NewsNation host Zachary Lawler, which is set to air Tuesday night. UNION LEADERS DECLARE VICTORY TO ‘RIGHT TO WORK’ IN ILLINOIS The odds of a rail strike occurring have risen dramatically after the largest rail union rejected a labor agreement between the workers and railroads on Monday that would have ended months of stalled negotiations relating to pay and working conditions. Buttigieg, who assisted with approving an emergency board in July and helping unions reach a tentative agreement in September, said it is necessary for railroads and unions to communicate with each other and reach a decision. "We're urging the parties to get to the table and to do whatever it takes to prevent a shutdown," the secretary said. SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD), representing the U.S.'s rail conductors, said...
    FRANCE have an agreement with Zinedine Zidane for the ex-Real Madrid boss to take over after the World Cup, reports claim. Zidane, 50, has not had a job since leaving Real Madrid in May 2021. 3Zinedine Zidane will reportedly take over as France boss after the World CupCredit: AP 3Zidane won the World Cup as a player in 1998Credit: Getty But he is set to return to the dugout as manager of the nation he won the World Cup with as a player in 1998. Zidane has an agreement in principle to take over in January, according to Mundo Deportivo. Current boss Didier Deschamps is out of contract at the end of the year. And France appear to be set on replacing the man that led them to World Cup glory in 2018, regardless of results in Qatar. READ MORE SUN STORIESANKLE FEARS Southgate gives Kane injury update after striker limps away from Iran win Deschamps has been manager of the national team since 2012. Mundo Deportivo go on to claim Zidane's agreement with the French FA is "practically...
    In this article PARAFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTThe Penguin logo is visible on the spines of books displayed on a shelf at Book Passage on Nov. 2, 2021 in Corte Madera, California. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster to block the companies from completing a merger valued at $2.175 billion.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesParamount Global on Monday said it scrapped its $2.2 billion deal to sell book publisher Simon & Schuster to rival Penguin Random House, weeks after a federal judge rejected the merger. Read the full release here:related investing newsBob Iger's return may not boost Disney's shares as market sends mixed signals to media stocksMichael Santoli3 hours agoParamount Global (f/k/a ViacomCBS Inc.) ("Paramount") announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries had entered into a Share Purchase Agreement (the "Purchase Agreement") to sell the Simon & Schuster business to Penguin Random House LLC (part of the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA group, "Penguin Random House"), subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions, including receipt of...
    Just days after MLB investigated a rumored ‘respective relationship’ between the Mets and Yankees to ensure Aaron Judge wouldn’t end up in Queens, the Bronx Bombers have shown interest in Jacob deGrom. MLB’s investigation into the rumored Yankees and Mets agreement turned into a giant ball of nothing in a matter of days. Had it been true, it would have revealed some sort of collusion between the two sides, as FanSided’s Scott Rogust suggests: “Sources told (Ken) Rosenthal that the article in question caught the attention of the MLB Player’s Association, and they contacted the league to investigate whether owners Hal Steinbrenner and Steve Cohen had “improper communication” with one another, and if they violated the collective bargaining agreement. The aforementioned SNY article mentioned that both Cohen and Steinbrenner both have a “mutually respective relationship” and were not expected to change that by fighting for Judge in free agency.” Whether it’s to save face or not, that New York ‘agreement’ appears to only have been for Judge’s looming free agency. The Yankees have reportedly asked for Jacob deGrom’s medicals, showing interest in...
    Climate reparations, or "loss and damage" funding, is a highly divisive and emotive issue that is seen as a fundamental question of climate justice.Sean Gallup | Getty Images News | Getty Images Government ministers and negotiators from nearly 200 countries finally secured an agreement Sunday to create a new fund to compensate poor nations for the "loss and damage" they're experiencing as a result of extreme weather worsened by climate change. The agreement, reached in the early hours of Sunday morning, also reaffirmed efforts to limit global temperature rise to the crucial temperature threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The two-week-long COP27 climate summit took place in Egypt's Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh against a backdrop of increasing extreme weather events, geopolitical conflicts and a deepening energy crisis. Delegates struggled to build consensus on an array of issues, even as a flurry of U.N. reports published ahead of the conference made clear just how close the planet is to irreversible climate breakdown. The scale of division between climate envoys saw talks run beyond Friday's deadline, with campaigners...
    Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) announced on Tuesday that he and 15 other state attorneys general have negotiated a preliminary deal with the multinational retailer Walmart, from which Ohio would get $114 million for opioid recovery programs. The $3.1 billion national agreement comes after Yost and other prosecutors sought accountability for what they characterize as the superstore’s failure to safely and securely dispense high-strength prescription pain relievers through its more than 5,100 pharmacies across America. Other state prosecutor’s offices who worked alongside him include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee and Texas. These state law-enforcement officials coalesced to undertake investigations of Walmart over allegations that many fraudulent or dubious prescriptions have been filled as a result of negligence. In a statement, Walmart’s corporate leadership said it “believes the settlement framework is in the best interest of all parties and will provide significant aid to communities across the country in the fight against the opioid crisis” but denies allegations made in the probes and litigation that have brought the company...
    The risk of a disruptive strike is growing after another union voted down a labor agreement between rail workers and railroads that would end months of negotiations over pay and working conditions. The deadline for the agreement's approval is just weeks away. Workers at a dozen unions involved in the railroad negotiations have until Dec. 9 to approve the agreement (which has already been approved by both the unions' leadership and the railways), or the United States could face the prospect of rail strikes that would devastate the country’s supply chains and create economic chaos right before one of the busiest times of the year. That date is when a so-called "cooling off" period ends and workers are allowed to strike. The tentative agreement in question, which would feature the biggest pay bumps in the last four decades, has now been batted down by three of the unions involved and approved by seven. The latest to vote against it was the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers on Monday, although it only represents a few hundred workers. Nevertheless, the agreement...
    Share this: NEW YORK WILL GET $20 MILLION FROM GOOGLE IN DATA TRACKING AGREEMENT: New York users of Google’s many accounts, including Google Chrome, maps and search may be relieved to know that State Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 40 attorneys general, today has secured $391.5 million from Google for misleading them about its location data tracking. A multistate investigation found that Google failed to notify users that location tracking services were automatically turned on for web and app activity, even though Google had informed consumers they could turn off location tracking under “location history” in their settings. Monday’s historic $391.5 million agreement with Google requires the tech company to also reform its practices to be more transparent with consumers, and to pay New York its portion —more than $20 million —from the agreement.  ✰✰✰
    Former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal authorities investigating an illegal sports-gambling ring, according to court documents unsealed Monday. Puig, 31, will plead guilty to one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California said. He has agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000 and is set to make an initial court appearance Tuesday. The Cuba-born Puig, who plays professional baseball in South Korea, also faces immigration proceedings that could prohibit him from entering the U.S. again. Federal authorities had been investigating an illegal sports gambling operation run by Wayne Nix, a former minor-league baseball player who lives in Newport Beach, when Puig lied in interviews about his involvement, according to the plea agreement. In 2019, Puig began placing bets through a third party working for Nix and soon racked up debt of more than $280,000, according to the plea agreement. After paying off part of the debt, Puig...
    Bravo Katie Maloney Katie Maloney hinted that Tom Schwartz broke an agreement they made about dating after their divorce. In March 2022, the “Vanderpump Rules” stars announced plans to end their marriage. Five months later, Schwartz hooked up with co-star Raquel Leviss while in Mexico for Scheana Shay and Brock Davies’ wedding, according to Us Weekly. In October 2022, Maloney told E! News that following her split from Schwartz she found out that some people in her circle weren’t “true friends.” She also admitted that “of course” it hurt to see her ex-husband move on so fast.Katie Maloney Talked About Tom Schwartz Dating Other Bravo Stars GettyRaquel Leviss, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney of Vanderpump Rules. On the November 11, 2022 episode of her “You’re Gonna Love Me” podcast, Maloney was joined by “Summer House” star Lindsay Hubbard. The two began talking about dating within the Bravoverse, with Maloney noting that Bravo host Andy Cohen sometimes gets involved in matchmaking. Read More From Heavy Get Coached Into the Best Shape of Your Life “Andy Cohen helps facilitate those...
    In the wake of the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, the naming-rights holder for the Miami Heat’s downtown Arena, the team and Miami-Dade County announced Friday they immediately will “take action to terminate” that business relationship and seek a new naming-rights partner for the team’s home alongside Biscayne Boulevard. Just Wednesday, the Heat had released a statement that read, “It is far too premature for us to comment.” Friday evening, a joint statement from the team and county was released that read: “The reports about FTX and its affiliates are extremely disappointing. Miami-Dade County and the Miami HEAT are immediately taking action to terminate our business relationships with FTX, and we will be working together to find a new naming rights partner for the arena. “We are proud of the impact our Peace & Prosperity Plan — sponsored by County Commissioner Keon Hardemon and funded through the original deal — is already having in preventing violence and creating opportunity for young people across Miami-Dade, and we look forward to identifying a new partner to continue funding these important programs in...
    President Joe Biden apologized for the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement on Friday as he addressed a major climate summit and outlined how transitioning away from fossil fuels can help the world avoid 'climate hell.'   'The climate crisis is about human security, economic security, environmental security, national security, and the very life of the planet,' Biden said at the COP 27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. He arrived there on Friday afternoon, the first leg of an around-the-world trip that will take him on to a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders in Cambodia and a Group of 20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali. In his speech, he also announced more than $150 million to help African nations prepare for the impacts of climate change. But one of the biggest rounds of applause came when he described how his administration had rejoined the Paris Agreement, after President Donald Trump withdrew. 'We immediately rejoined the Paris Agreement,' said Biden.  'We convened major climate summits and re-established ... I apologise we ever pulled out of the agreement.' Joe...
    In this article UALFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTA United Airlines Boeing 777-200 lands at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California.Louis Nastro | ReutersUnited Airlines on Thursday said it was giving pilots 5% raises that were part of a pandemic cost-reduction agreement months ahead of schedule, citing the carrier's return to profitability and upbeat outlook. United is offering the raises during talks for a new contract with its pilots' union. Talks have been difficult at United and other carriers.related investing newsJPMorgan says this railroad stock is a top pick, citing strength in grain shipmentsAlex Harring11 hours agoIn 2020, the Chicago-based carrier and the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents United's more than 13,000 pilots, agreed to offer aviators a round of buyouts as the company scrambled to reduce costs during the industry's worst-ever crisis. In exchange, the company said it would raise its pilots' hourly pay by 5% once the airline returned to a pre-tax margin at or above 5% for 12 months. They also agreed to job and pay protections. United reported a pre-tax margin of 9% in...
    NBC 'The Voice' set Latin singing sensation and former “Voice” coach Shakira has reached a custody agreement with her ex, soccer star Gerard Pique, and is planning on moving with her sons from Spain to Miami, Florida, according to Reuters and TMZ, among other news outlets. Here’s what you need to know:Shakira & Pique Reached a Custody Agreement View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shakira (@shakira) In a statement released to multiple news outlets, Shakira and Pique announced that they had reached a custody agreement over their two sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7. The statement reads: Read More From Heavy Get Coached Into the Best Shape of Your Life We have signed a custody agreement. Our sole objective is to provide our children with the utmost security and protection and hope that they can continue with their lives in a safe and calm environment. We appreciate that their privacy will be respected. A source told TMZ that Shakira is now planning on moving closer to her family, saying, “[Shakira and Pique] signed an...
    In this article UNPFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTA GE AC4400CW diesel-electric locomotive in Union Pacific livery, is seen ahead of a possible strike if there is no deal with the rail worker unions, as a Metrolink commuter train (right) arrives at Union Station in Los Angeles, California, September 15, 2022.Bing Guan | ReutersThe Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division, the third largest rail union in the country, is extending its status quo period (no strike, no lockout) during which it wants to continue negotiations with the freight rail carriers. In a posting on its website, the BMWED union explained that it has moved the end of its cooling off period from Nov. 19 to Dec. 4, the same date on which the Brotherhood of Signalmen Union (BRS) — the other rail union to reject the proposed deal with railroad management recommended by the Biden administration — status quo period ends. The Signalman's union is having another meeting with the carriers Wednesday afternoon over their fight for paid sick time equivalent to that offered to federal contractors, which has...
    A former Fairfield County public works director pleaded guilty to nine felony environmental and fraud offenses. Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney Patrick Griffin announced on Monday, Nov. 7 that former Fairfield Director of Public Works Joseph Michelangelo, age 61, of Fairfield, pleaded guilty to the charges. Michelangelo entered guilty pleas to: Receiving solid waste at an unpermitted facility Illegal disposal of asbestos Illegal disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) Conspiracy to commit larceny and other environmental offenses. Under his plea agreement, he faces up to 10 years in prison. If convicted on all counts after a trial, Michelangelo would have been exposed to more than 20 years in prison.   The plea agreement also requires Michelangelo to make restitution payments to the Town of Fairfield for the harm caused, Griffin said.  In 2019, following a lengthy and in-depth investigation by the Fairfield Police Department and the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney into the suspected corrupt activities and illegal dumping operations on town property located at the Fairfield Department of Public Works, Michelangelo and six others were arrested. Under the...
    Not a week goes by without news, quasi-news or non-news related to the Pac-12’s media rights negotiations and fight for survival. Here’s the Big Ten, reportedly meeting with Oregon and Washington representatives to assess “compatibility.” There’s the Big 12, announcing a media rights deal earlier than expected. Here’s the University of California Board of Regents, debating the merits of UCLA’s move to the Big Ten. There’s a popular media personality, reporting on imminent Pac-12 expansion. The only entity not making news about the Pac-12’s future is the Pac-12. Aside from occasional comments by commissioner George Kliavkoff — and those are designed to provide context, not reveal actual news — the conference has been radio silent since the momentous mid-summer day when USC and UCLA bolted for the Big Ten. But away from public view, Kliavkoff and his advisers are plowing forward in pursuit of a media contract that will make or break the Pac-12’s future. The Hotline has written dozens of stories on the topic over the past four months, including the role Pac-12 Networks infrastructure could play in saving...
    More On: shakira Shakira sparks outrage for allegedly cutting line at Halloween attraction Shakira breaks her silence on ‘incredibly difficult’ Gerard Piqué split Shakira wants to move to Miami and leave breakup, tax fraud rap in Spain Shakira rejects prosecutors’ offer, faces tax trial Shakira and her sons are relocating to Miami now that she and their father, Gerard Piqué, are no longer together. The former couple announced in a joint statement Tuesday that they have reached a custody agreement over their sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7. “We have signed a custody agreement,” they told TMZ. “Our sole objective is to provide our children with the utmost security and protection and hope that they can continue with their lives in a safe and calm environment.” The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer’s legal team and the soccer star’s reps reached the agreement during a 12-hour meeting, the outlet reported. Shakira, 45, will be taking the kids from Barcelona to Miami next year, as her entire family lives there. A source...
    Arlington Heights trustees Monday kicked off a new phase of negotiations with the Chicago Bears by approving a pre-development agreement with the football club to guide a possible redevelopment of Arlington International Racecourse. The pre-development agreement does not make commitments to the football club, which has proposed a $5 billion stadium and mixed-use development for the 326-acre site. But it is the most concrete indication so far that the village does intend to move ahead with the project in collaboration with the team. Trustees took the final vote on the heels of a series of public comments that accused the village of not acting transparently enough, with public commenter Keith Moens calling the approval a “rubber stamp.” “So far we have given everything the billionaire Bears have asked for,” Moens said. “When will this board say no to them?” Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes disagreed “wholeheartedly” with Moens’ characterization. “I think we’ve been totally transparent throughout this whole process,” he said. Village Manager Randy Recklaus, representatives from the Bears and other village staff also emphasized how preliminary the discussions still...
    "We as a nation must be very careful that fear does not turn into fascism," Drescher added. “When cards must be presented to identify whether you are included or excluded, we stand at a tipping point of an America I no longer recognize. I must applaud Disney for taking the position not to vaccine mandate their sets any longer." SAG-AFTRA also stated that producers have always had the option to impose mandates, hinting that in dropping the mandate, Disney is not so much taking a new stand as exercising the judgment, or "authority," it had always been afforded. "All companies signatory to the Return to Work Agreement have always had the authority to choose to implement — or not implement —vaccine mandates on productions at their discretion, so long as they are in compliance with the requirements of the agreement," said SAG-AFTRA spokesperson Pamela Greenwalt. Disney productions "The Rookie" and "The Rookie: Feds" will continue to mandate vaccinations for those in Zone A, and masking and testing measures will remain in place even on productions that no longer have the...
    Arlington Heights trustees are set to approve a framework Monday night to guide further negotiations with the Chicago Bears as the team inches toward building a stadium and accompanying mixed-used development in Arlington Heights. Village leadership has emphasized the still-tentative nature of the discussions and the fact that the pre-development agreement is non-binding. However, the document, which lays out general terms for how Arlington Heights and the Bears could work together on a possible development, is the first public acknowledgement of the fact that the Bears plan to ask for public money to execute their proposal. It also lays out a set of public financing options the village could use, including “tax increment financing; special service areas [and] special assessments,” among others, and the terms on which the village would accept or not accept the team’s proposal. According to the agreement, whether the village opts to proceed with the project comes down to one question: “only to the extent justified by economic and fiscal analyses conducted by the Village and/or competent consultants regarding the Project.” Its purpose, according to a...