A construction worker found a red noose at an Amazon site in Windsor, Connecticut, on Wednesday, forcing the company to shut the building site for the second time over safety concerns.
Eight nooses have been found at the site within the past month.
The eighth noose was found “mixed in with and entangled with electrical cords,” a police department press release said on Wednesday, per CNN. The cords had “not been used for more than two weeks and were being stored on a pallet amongst other electrical equipment on the floor,” it said.
Amazon and the site developer are offering $100,000 for information on how the nooses got there.
The site was first closed down on May 20 after the seventh noose was spotted, so that cameras and other security measures could be put in place.
Local officials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and town leaders denounced the incidents as hate crimes against Black people.
“We have a serious problem in America and it hasn’t gone away,” Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP, said Wednesday in a press briefing outside the warehouse site, per the Associated Press. “It’s deplorable. It’s sickening. It’s a sick mindset that Black people have to fight against.”
Nuchette Black-Burke, a Windsor town council member, said in the briefing that many staff at the Amazon site were scared to go into work.
“Many people don’t understand our history,” she said. “A noose? People’s heads were put in those and hung from trees, hung from different places. So while people may think that someone’s doing this just for giggles and ha-has, no, it’s real history that impacts.”
Black-Burke said she’s putting pressure on Amazon to put an end to the problem.
The first noose was reported on April 27 “hanging from a steel beam on the second floor of the building,” a supervisor for the construction firm working on the Amazon facility said.
Insider contacted the Windsor police department for comment, but did not immediately receive a response. Chief Donald Melanson said Amazon would reopen the site on Thursday, per CNN.
Amazon didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The company told CNN in a statement: “Hate, racism or discrimination have no place in our society and are certainly not tolerated in any Amazon workplace – whether it be under construction like this one, or fully operational.
“We will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement as well as our development partners, to hold the perpetrators accountable and ensure that all members of our community feel valued, respected and safe.”
Arizona is dropping the federal unemployment benefits on July 10. But the state is setting up a cash program to replace it.
It’s using money from the recent stimulus law to fund a one-time bonus of $2,000 for eligible people who return to work full-time. It’ll be $1,000 for those working part-time. The cash is distributed once a person completes ten weeks of work with an employer.
They also must earn $25 an hour or less and start working by Labor Day. Individuals filing for jobless aid after May 13 don’t qualify.
In a press release. Gov. Doug Ducey said that the state was aiming to pay people to work, rather than “paying people not to work.”
Montana’s federal unemployment benefits will come to an end on June 27. But workers who find employment could see a $1,200 bonus.
“We need to incentivize Montanans to reenter the workforce,” Gov. Greg Gianforte said in a statement. “Our return-to-work bonus and the return to pre-pandemic unemployment programs will help get more Montanans back to work.”
Workers who were on UI benefits on May 4 are eligible for the bonus; they must work for at least four weeks. According to the Montana Free Press, there’s enough money for 12,500 workers to receive payouts. The program will come to a close in October, a month after the current expanded unemployment benefits are set to expire.
New Hampshire is winding down its participation in federal unemployment benefits effective June 19, according to New Hampshire Public Radio. But residents who return to work could see a summer bonus.
Gov. Chris Sununu announced a $10 million pot, funded by federal relief, that will provide workers with one-time bonuses. New Hampshire Public Radio reports that those who work full-time for eight consecutive weeks could get $1,000, and part-time workers could get $500. To be eligible, workers must make under $25 an hour.
“There are plenty of jobs, and we really want people to get back out there,” Sununu said, per the outlet.
Oklahoma announced a similar program to entice unemployed workers back into the workforce. It’s also moving to end its participation in federal unemployment benefits, with benefits ending effective June 26.
But the first 20,000 Oklahomans on unemployment benefits who return to work will get a $1,2000 bonus — paid for by American Rescue Plan funds.
“For Oklahoma to become a Top Ten state, workforce participation must be at a top level and I am committed to doing what I can to help Oklahomans get off the sidelines and into the workforce,” Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a statement.
To be eligible, workers must have received unemployment benefits between May 2 and May 15. They must complete six consecutive weeks of work for the same employer; payments will begin going out in mid-July.
Blue state Connecticut is also getting in on the action
Connecticut’s not ending federal unemployment benefits, but it is offering cash bonuses to workers who find employment after being out of work for an extended period of time.
Workers who are long-term unemployed — who the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as those who have been looking for work for at least 27 weeks — could get a $1,000 one-time bonus.
Gov. Ned Lamont said that 10,000 workers will receive the payment. To be eligible, they must have filed for unemployment in the week before May 30, and subsequently obtain a new job and work full-time for eight consecutive weeks.
“This is the latest too in our toolbox to maximize our state’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic,” Lamont said in a statement.
New Haven, Connecticut, will soon have more going for it than just Yale University and pizza.
Avelo Airlines is choosing the Elm City as its East Coast base with flights from Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport scheduled to start later this year.
“Tweed New Haven has enormous potential, and our first East Coast base is great news for Avelo, New Haven, East Haven and other local communities,” Andrew Levy, Avelo’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.
New Haven is sandwiched between Hartford, Connecticut, and New York City, the two closest cities with service from ultra-low-cost carriers. While travelers living anywhere between those two cities were formerly forced to choose, Avelo is giving a third option that will be more convenient to many.
“Avelo’s purpose is to inspire travel and today we begin that process of making it easy, and convenient, and affordable with everyday low fares, for customers to be able to choose us,” Levy said when launching the airline’s first flight from Burbank to Santa Rosa, California.
“It is critically important for us to work with partners who share our ideals to maintain the convenience that people love about Tweed New Haven, while respecting the existing character of the local cities and their communities that we serve,” Sean Scanlon, executive director of Tweed New Haven Airport Authority, said in a statement.
Manhattan is also 80 miles away and Avelo’s low fares could attract New Yorkers for which the drive is under two hours, and train service is offered on Amtrak and the Metro-North Railroad. Travelers from Boston and Eastern Massachusetts may also be inclined to make the journey to New Haven, if the price and flights are right.
Avelo’s entrance is a shot in the arm for New Haven’s airport, which only sees scheduled service from American Airlines to Philadelphia on regional aircraft. But New Haven isn’t yet ready for Avelo and so the airline is investing $1.2 million into modernizing the airport with an extended runway and new terminal as part of a larger $100 million investment by Avports.
Staffing the New Haven base calls for around 100 new employees ranging from pilots and flight attendants to airport support staff. Avelo estimates its presence will create 11,000 jobs in the region.
Boeing 737-700 aircraft will be based in New Haven, the smaller variant of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft with which Avelo debuted operations in April, with Insider onboard the first flight. In line with the airline’s ultra-low-cost business model, the planes are basic with few onboard amenities, though in-flight WiFi may be offered by the time Avelo starts New Haven flights.
No routes have been announced but Avelo’s goal is to focus on leisure destinations and keep flights at around two hours. That puts most of the East Coast and parts of the Southeast including Florida well within range of New Haven.
“Our surprisingly low fares and refreshingly smooth travel experience are sure to be embraced by residents of Southern Connecticut,” said Levy.
But one affluent New Yorker – fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger – is giving up his Greenwich property and moving to sunnier climes. Hilfiger just sold his 22-acre estate for $45 million, after putting it on the market in September for $47.5 million, Sotheby’s International Realty told Insider.
The lavish estate includes a 13,344-square-foot main residence built in 1939, rose and water gardens, a swimming pool, tennis court, guest cottage, greenhouse, and detached four-bay garage. Janet Milligan of Sotheby’s International Realty held the listing.
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Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger just sold his 22-acre estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, for $45 million, listing brokerage Sotheby’s International Realty told Insider.
“I hear from my friends in real estate that the market is very strong, and it hasn’t been this strong in years,” Hilfiger told the Wall Street Journal in September, when he put the property up for sale for $47.5 million.