NEW YORK, NY (Inside INdiana Business) — New York City-based Macy’s (NYSE: M) has announced plans to hire approximately 300 full-and part-time workers at its seven Indiana stores. The department store chain says a majority of the roles are in customer sales and experience team, along with merchandising and operations.
May’s plans to hold a national hiring event July 15 at more than 500 locations across the country from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time.
“As an iconic retailer at a moment where the marketplace is evolving faster than ever before, it is our colleagues—rooted in equality and driven by purpose—that form the foundation of this innovative retail company and drive our transformation strategy forward as a digitally led omnichannel retailer,” said Macy’s Northwest region senior principal of human resources Shannon Clark-Williams.
Macy’s says candidates are encouraged to apply online before the hiring event by clicking here. The company says most of the interviews will be conducted online, which will be about a 30-minute process, with candidates often receiving an offer the same day.
Macy’s says new employees may be eligible to earn a $250 referral bonus as an incentive for recruiting others.
NEW YORK (Inside INdiana Business) — Retail and multi-family housing developer Pedcor Companies is working with workplace provider, Industrious, to open a new location in Carmel City Center. The 27,000 square-feet of flexible office space will mark Industrious’ second location in the area, after their Massachusetts Avenue location in downtown Indianapolis.
“We continue to offer more options for where and how workers can do their jobs safely, comfortably and with lower commutes, and Carmel City Center is a perfect opportunity to deliver on that promise,” said Justin Stewart, president and co-founder of Industrious. “This is a vibrant business community bringing people together across industries, passions and professions, and we can’t wait to bring Industrious members into the fold next year.”
Industrious Carmel City Center will include private offices and shared workspaces, and will feature a courtyard workspace and conference amenities. Offices will be located on the first floor of the Holland and Playfair Buildings. The new location is expected to open in the second quarter of 2021.
NEW YORK (Inside INdiana Business) — Three Indiana-based companies are once again included in the New York-based Ethisphere Institute’s annual list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” The institute says the companies on the list are “recognized for setting the global standards of business integrity and corporate citizenship.”
Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) and Old National Bancorp (Nasdaq: ONB) are the only Hoosier companies to make the list. Each company has appeared on the list multiple times with Cummins appearing on every list since 2008.
The 2020 list is Old National’s ninth consecutive appearance. The bank is one of only two in the U.S. to make the list.
“The honor of being recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the ninth consecutive year is truly remarkable,” Jim Ryan, chief executive officer of Old National, said in a news release. “It is a testament to our dedicated team members who work diligently every day to ensure that our clients and communities are at the heart of what we do and that Old National is operating with integrity and transparency in every circumstance.”
This year’s list features 132 companies from 21 countries. You can view the full list by clicking here.
NEW YORK (AP) – Brandy has been released from a hospital after passing out at a Los Angeles airport.
Publicist Courtney Barnes said in a statement to The Associated Press on Friday that Brandy’s rigorous schedule, including concerts and personal appearances, took a toll on the 38-year-old singer.
“Brandy has been released from the hospital and is now at home resting. She has been traveling extensively as part of an ongoing tour and several personal appearances. In recent days she has taken more than 10 long haul flights including internationally,” the statement read.
Brandy’s rep also said the Grammy Award-winner was in the studio late last Thursday and went directly to Los Angeles International Airport for a 5:45 a.m. flight.
“The stress of all of the traveling and working so incessantly has exhausted her. She will be relaxing for the next few days,” the statement read.
Brandy’s hits include “The Boy Is Mine,” ”Sittin’ Up In My Room” and “Have You Ever.” She has also acted in various movies and TV shows, including “Moesha” and “The Game.”
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NEW YORK (AP) – The pilots of a plane that overran a runway at LaGuardia Airport last year while carrying Republican then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence knew they were going to be in the news, according to a recording released Wednesday by federal transportation investigators.
Moments after the plane came to a stop after making a hard landing in a rainstorm a week and a half before the election the captain is heard saying “my career just ended” followed by the first officer saying “mine too.”
The comments were captured on the Boeing 737’s cockpit voice recording released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
After touching the runway on Oct. 27, 2016, the plane marked with the “Make America Great Again” slogan and carrying Pence and 47 other people slid sideways and came to a stop in a field of arrestor beds, which are designed to prevent aircraft from barreling off runways. No one was injured.
“Eastern stop! Stop, Eastern!” an air traffic controller said, referring to the Pence plane before immediately relaying instructions to an incoming JetBlue plane to abort a landing.
When the dust settled, the first officer is heard saying in the cockpit “We’re gonna be in the news.”
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NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is refreshing its Surface Pro tablet with longer battery life and faster processors.
The new, fifth-generation device – simply called Surface Pro – won’t look or feel drastically different from its predecessor. But Microsoft is hoping its under-the-hood improvements will help it compete with newer laptop-tablet hybrids from Samsung and others. Not to mention Apple’s iPad Pro.
The Redmond, Washington, company made the announcement Tuesday in Shanghai, China, in its first Surface launch outside New York. It’s a reflection of the company’s expectations of growth among a population that prizes premium gadgets from American brands.
Microsoft pioneered laptop-tablet hybrids, also known as 2-in-1s, with the original Surface in 2012. A keyboard cover turns the tablet into a laptop. But innovation has slowed down since 2014, when the Surface Pro 3 got a fully adjustable kickstand to give the screen a broader range of viewing angles, similar to real laptops. Before, the kickstand was limited to just two angles.
Meanwhile, other companies have made their own 2-in-1 devices running Microsoft’s Windows 10. That success contributed to a 26 percent revenue decline in the Surface business in the most recent quarter. And competition is growing; Samsung released new Galaxy Book models this week.
Microsoft promises about 13.5 hours of battery life, or about 50 percent more than the nine hours on the previous device, the Surface Pro 4. The processors inside will be faster, and lower-end models will ditch the fan.
The Surface’s stylus will now mimic pencil shading when tilted, much like the Apple Pencil for iPad Pro tablets. Along with this, Microsoft plans upgrades to its popular Office software with new pencil-like features.
Microsoft will sell the stylus separately for $100. The new Pro will start at about $800 and will be available June 15 in about two dozen countries, including the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea and much of Europe. A keyboard cover starts at about $130, or about $170 for a version that feels like fabric rather than plastic.
Microsoft will have a version with cellular capabilities this summer, but didn’t immediately disclose the price. Samsung already has one out through Verizon in the U.S. for $1,300.
Microsoft also recently announced a laptop – without a detachable screen – aimed at students . That also comes out on June 15, starting at about $1,000.
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NEW YORK (AP) – After playing Wolverine in nine movies, Hugh Jackman arguably knows more about the superhero than anyone. But that wasn’t always the case.
He recalls researching the animal when he first got the role and being somewhat mistaken about the character. For one thing, he had no idea that a wolverine is a real creature.
“I didn’t even know there was a wolverine. I literally, embarrassingly did about two weeks of research on wolves. I was rehearsing for three weeks and I was shooting, so I was kind of on my own. I remember going past an IMAX in Toronto, and there was an IMAX documentary about wolves, and so I thought, ‘I’ll go and see that,'” Jackman said Wednesday.
When they stared shooting 2000’s “X-Men,” director Bryan Singer noticed something wasn’t right with Jackman’s performance.
“He said, ‘Are you sort of walking funny, what’s going on?’ And I said, ‘I’ve been doing this thing with wolves,’ and he goes, ‘You know you’re not a wolf, right?'” Jackman recalled.
The actor was gently told he was to portray a wolverine, not a wolf. “I said, ‘Well, there’s no such thing as a wolverine,'” Jackman said. Singer responded: “‘Go to the zoo, dude.’ I literally didn’t know it existed,” Jackman said.
A wolverine is a mammal that resembles a small bear but is actually the largest member of the weasel family. The Wolverine that Jackman plays onscreen is a mutant born with super-human senses and the power to heal from almost any wound.
Earlier this year, Jackman marked the character’s final performance in “Logan,” and is now promoting the film’s special treatment “Logan Noir,” with a black-and-white version of the film in theaters ahead of the DVD release.
While “Logan” takes on a grittier look and feel than the other movies of the franchise, director James Mangold, who also co-wrote the screenplay, wanted the story to be more sentimental.
“From the very beginning when we set out to make the movie, the one thing we knew is that we wanted to make a movie about family,” he said. “Not the kind with a girlfriend or a wife, but the kind where it’s forever, and it’s you child, or it’s your father.”
“Logan” and “Logan Noir” are currently playing in theaters, and will be available on DVD May 23.
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NEW YORK (AP) – A former top official at the country’s third-largest pension fund and two broker-dealers were charged Wednesday in what a federal prosecutor described as a classic bribery scheme that steered $2 billion in trades in exchange for drugs, prostitutes, vacations and U.S. Open tennis tickets.
“The hard-earned pension savings of New Yorkers should never serve as a vehicle for corrupt, personal enrichment,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement, calling the alleged pay-for-play arrangement a “classic, quid-pro-quo bribery scheme.”
Navnoor Kang, the ex-head of the $184 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund’s fixed income trades, received more than $100,000 worth of bribes in the form of trips, gifts, luxury hotel stays and other payoffs from broker-dealers Deborah Kelley and Gregg Schonhorn, prosecutors said.
Kang, 38, was arrested in Portland, Oregon, on securities fraud, honest service wire fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges.
His attorney, Lauren DeSantis-Then, said her client denies all the charges.
“Mr. Kang is not guilty and we look forward to our day in court,” she said.
Kelley, 58, of Piedmont, California, was expected to surrender, authorities said. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Schonhorn, 45, of Short Hills, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with federal authorities, court papers show. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Regulators found that Kang steered about $2 billion in fixed-income trades to firms represented by Kelley and Schonhorn beginning in early 2014, resulting in millions of dollars in commissions, of which the two earned between 35 and 40 percent, according to an indictment.
In that time, securities investigators found that the firms’ fixed-income business surged, with one of them increasing its domestic bond transactions from zero at the end of fiscal year 2013 to $2.378 billion at the end of fiscal year 2016, making it one of the top broker dealers doing state pension fund business, according to the complaint.
Prosecutors said that in exchange, Kang received a $10,000 all-expenses-paid trip to Montreal, Canada; a ski trip to Park City, Utah; tickets to a Paul McCartney concert in New Orleans; a $17,420 Panerai wristwatch; dinners at upscale restaurants; nights out at strip clubs; prostitutes; and cocaine.
The state’s pension fund has been the source of scandal before.
In 2010, a state comptroller pleaded guilty to charges he steered pension funds to a campaign contributor. Further investigations revealed investors’ widespread use of so-called placement agents to access pension funds, an arrangement some regulators have likened to pay-to-play.
Kang had been fired in 2012 by a private investment firm for accepting gifts from Schonhorn in exchange for steering fixed-income business, but he lied about his termination when he was hired by the state fund, according to the complaint.
A spokeswoman for the comptroller’s office said officials are conducting a “thorough review” of Kang’s hiring process.