Haiti: Wife of assassinated president returns from US after surviving attack

The widow of Haiti’s assassinated president has returned to the Caribbean nation after being treated in Florida for wounds suffered in the attack.

Martine Moïse was seen wearing an arm sling and a bulletproof vest after arriving by plane at Port-au-Prince airport on Saturday.

Her husband President Moïse was killed by assassins in their home on 7 July.

Mrs Moïse was injured in the attack, and was flown to a hospital in Miami, Florida for treatment.

In a tweet, a Haitian official said Mrs Moïse had returned to the country to prepare for her husband’s funeral next week.

Flanked by security agents, Mrs Moïse was pictured being greeted by Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph and other officials on the tarmac.

Mrs Moïse has made few comments since the attack, for which police have blamed a group of foreign mercenaries, most of them Colombians.

From her hospital bed, she recorded an audio message in which she described the moment assassins “riddled” her husband with bullets after bursting into their home in the middle of the night.

Mrs Moïse said the attack happened so quickly that her husband was unable to “say a single word”. Earlier this week, she tweeted: “This pain will never pass.”

Mr Moïse, 53, had been president of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Americas, since 2017. His time in office was rocky as he faced accusations of corruption and there were widespread demonstrations against him earlier this year.

Correspondents say that as a witness to the attack, Ms Moïse could help investigators understand who carried out the assassination and why.

Many of the details surrounding the attack remain a mystery.

Haitian police say a group of mainly foreign mercenaries – 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans – made up the group that carried out the killing.

At least 20 have been detained, while three were killed by police and five are still on the run.

Haitian police have also arrested a Florida-based Haitian doctor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, whom they described as a “key suspect” in the assassination.

Hey,I love it.We worth it.Don’t Judge me

Have you sat in front of a television watching a movie and you begin to cry like it was real.Tears dripping from your cheek like something terrible had happened, and it is all because of what you’re seeing right before your eyes,and you can help it but cry.

It was very same way alot of us felt when we watched the death of the late George Floyd.So.e couldn’t believe their eyes, and some couldn’t contained themselves,and why other like me just couldn’t take it anymore.I had to do some out of ordinary.

I left infront of the television,and got my clothes on and when to walmart and purchased few cans of paint and sprayed my truck with all those words we heard from Activists and protesters.My emotions were flying to high that I had get involve with movement.That opened the door that I could be apart of real change.

I had no regrets on what I did and I know alot of people who stood up for what was right without any guilty conscious for the mere fact that someone knelt on a human being neck who couldn’t breathe and screaming for help and that White Officer refused to move his kneel off his neck.

From what I saw live on television I became an immediate Activist across New York City.It was an experience that I will forever cherish because it enables me to be apart of standing and fighting against injustices of all kinds.Hey,don’t hate or judge me.I AM human like with a heart and emotion .

We are vaccinated and ready to dine out — but restaurants say they can’t find workers

The weather is warming up and more people are getting vaccinated each day, which means that people have been returning to restaurants in a big way. But one problem that the industry faces is a serious labor shortage to meet the demands of their eager customers. From fast food to fine dining, the service industry is in serious need of staff members. Many workers are still out of work due to COVID-19 fears or because they’re waiting to get vaccinated. Others have moved due to the pandemic, or been scooped up by companies like Amazon that have been hiring workers in droves.

One restaurant, Mr. Q Crab House in Hollywood, Florida, even went so far as to hire robots due to a lack of employees.

Their “new friends” greet guests, show them to tables, and even bring out their food.

“In January, 7% of restaurant operators rated recruitment and retention of workforce as their top challenge; by March that number had risen to 25%,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president for research at the National Restaurant Association, in a statement emailed to TODAY Food. “Prior to the pandemic, recruiting and retention of employees had been the industry’s top challenge for many years. As the weather improves and more state restrictions are lifted, restaurant traffic will increase and that will create a greater need for employees.”

Riehle said that with fewer people in the workforce, the stimulus supports still in place, worker safety concerns and much greater competition with other industries for workers, operators are returning to pre-pandemic recruitment techniques for hiring. These include higher hourly pay rates, additional benefits and professional development opportunities, among others. “All restaurant sales are local, so in the end, local market forces will impact not only the increase in needed workforce, but also the particular incentives needed to recruit those employees,” he said.

At Dirty Habit, a restaurant and cocktail bar in Washington, D.C., general manager Robert Micheli said that while he hasn’t gone so far as to offer incentives, he has been extremely flexible with scheduling requests and understands if new team members need to hold down more than one job during this time.

“Each day we get more and more requests for private events, groups wanting to come and celebrate a promotion or birthday,” Micheli told TODAY. “I don’t want to turn any business away, but it would make any manager feel a little nervous seeing 100-plus guests reserved for the evening and only a handful of professional and skilled team members.” Micheli said he’s been able to make it work, but that it will be a while before business gets back to where it was pre-pandemic and that he’ll need more service team members to make that happen.

“Week after week we see the reservations grow,” he said. “People want to be out and social again. If there weren’t restrictions in place I think we could easily be at full capacity every weekend and at brunch, especially on good weather days.”

Even fast food has felt the labor crunch. Business Insider reported that a McDonald’s in Tampa, Florida is even offering $50 to potential employees just for interviewing. In an email, McDonald’s USA said that they are deploying various programs at the local restaurant level — from pay incentives, including appreciation pay, sign-on and referral bonuses and benefits like offering paid time off — during their hiring efforts. They said that hiring typically ramps up this time of year, and that currently mid-Michigan locations are looking for 1700 workers while their restaurants across Texas seek to hire 25,000 new employees

“Recruiting, hiring, training and retention of talent has been and will likely remain the challenge for the restaurant industry even without factoring in the challenges of the pandemic,” Tim McIntyre, executive vice president of communications for Domino’s Pizza said.

“The challenge for us also includes that we opened a few hundred stores in 2020 and the majority of our existing stores just kept getting busier,” he said. “In fact, about a year or so ago, when we saw businesses closing, we went public announcing that we were hiring tens of thousands of people, specifically to help those who had been displaced from their jobs.”

IHOP will be hosting a National Recruiting Day on May 19.

“As the country begins to reopen and state mandates are lifted, we know our guests are eager to begin dining out,” Jay Johns, president of IHOP said. “In partnership with our franchisees, our priority is ensuring that IHOP restaurants are properly staffed and equipped to deliver the best possible experience for all guests. As a result, our franchisees are currently looking to add 10,000 new team members via part-time and full-time roles across more than 1,600 IHOP restaurants here in the U.S.”

But the fact of the matter is, many restaurant workers just aren’t available like they once were

“The other hard part is that many workers moved back to their family homes, and now they can’t commute back to the city,” Micheli said. “The talent pool is so much smaller now because of it.”

That being said, Micheli points out that managing a smaller staff does have its advantages. “Everyone understands that we are a small team and that calling out is not really an option. The hard part is controlling the books and not being able to take that extra walk-in all the time because you have to be conscious of how many tables are already seated. Concerns like spacing between tables, overloading servers and the kitchen’s ability to keep up with orders coming in were are all less of a concern with appropriate staffing levels.”

Still, it’s a positive sign that people are returning to their favorite eateries in droves.

“As proud members of the restaurant industry, we’re grateful that restaurants of all types have begun to reopen, even if they compete with us, because the industry has long been a terrific way to get a first job, many of which can lead to career jobs,” said McIntyre. “We’re proud to be part of it.”

‘I hate this job’ sign.McDonald’s employee apparently quits with drive thru…

One McDonald’s employee in Louisville, Kentucky, apparently had enough on Saturday night and closed up shop early.

But before they left, the staffer put a paper sign on the drive-thru monitor: “We are closed because I am quitting and I hate this job.”

The next morning, @GreatApeDad spotted the sign and posted a now-viral photo to his Twitter

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McDonald’s employee apparently quits with drive-thru ‘I hate this job’ sign

“We are closed because I am quitting and I hate this job,” the sign reads.June 17, 2021, 5:10 PM CDT / Source: TODAYBy Samantha Kubota

One McDonald’s employee in Louisville, Kentucky, apparently had enough on Saturday night and closed up shop early.

But before they left, the staffer put a paper sign on the drive-thru monitor: “We are closed because I am quitting and I hate this job.”

The next morning, @GreatApeDad spotted the sign and posted a now-viral photo to his Twitter.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=TodayShow&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3R3ZWV0X2VtYmVkX2NsaWNrYWJpbGl0eV8xMjEwMiI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJjb250cm9sIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1404461423258914816&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.today.com%2Ffood%2Fmcdonald-s-employee-apparently-quits-drive-thru-i-hate-job-t222598&sessionId=6403562e3805fc2c98c9559161c31e718bb5873d&siteScreenName=TodayShow&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

“I just see there and one of the monitors which had been not working for many weeks, that sign that was posted there so I personally thought it was funny, so I took a picture, uploaded it to Twitter not thinking much of anything about it,” @GreatApeDad told TODAY Food. “And much to my surprise it’s had quite a success.”

@GreatApeDad, who asked to go by his Twitter handle and declined to reveal which Louisville restaurant he’d spotted the sign at, said he’s a regular at the location since it’s close to his work. On Sunday morning specifically, his wife had asked him to pick up the special BTS meal (chicken nuggets with Sweet Chili and Cajun dipping sauces, fries and a Coke) for her on his way home.

He explained that the restaurant was actually open by the time he had rolled through the drive-thru but none of the staff had noticed the sign. He added that an employee told him that their night manager had quit and closed early the evening before.

“I used to work in the service industry myself,” he said. “I think that people are just frustrated, especially the working class people who are there in the front line … things that are in a boiling point where I can definitely see where someone on a Saturday night that doesn’t want to be working the drive-thru — wants to just call it quits.”

McDonald’s has not returned TODAY’s request for comment.

Many restaurants have struggled to find employees as the United States begins to reopen following the coronavirus pandemic. Many workers have changed jobs or moved since the pandemic began or are still out of work due to COVID-19 fears or vaccination status.

As part of the labor shortage, some employers have raised their minimum wages — including McDonalds. CNBC reported in May that workers at at McDonald’s company-owned locations will see pay raises of an average of 10% over the next several months. Entry-level employees will be making $11 to $17 per hour, and shift managers will make $15 to $20 an hour, based on location

‘We all quit’: Burger King staff leaves message to management on viral sign


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One of the former employees from the location told TODAY Food that the sign came after months of short staffing, managerial turnover and “hectic” work conditions.

‘We all quit’: Burger King staff leaves message to management on viral sign

A former general manager at the location said the sign was put up after several employees decided to quit.

"We all quit," reads the sign at a Burger King in Lincoln, Nebraska. "Sorry for the inconvenience."

“We all quit,” reads the sign at a Burger King in Lincoln, Nebraska. “Sorry for the inconvenience.”Rachael Flores / FacebooknullJuly 13, 2021, 10:46 AM CDTBy Kerry Breen and Rima Abdelkader

A Burger King sign has gone viral after employees at a Lincoln, Nebraska location used it to announce they were “all” quitting.

One of the former employees from the location told TODAY Food that the sign came after months of short staffing, managerial turnover and “hectic” work conditions.https://a6b6de6e1803bb35d8b0f0d1c98a1551.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

“We had just got really tired of upper management and them not coming to help and not caring about the employees,” said Rachael Flores, the former general manager of the Havelock Avenue location, who told TODAY that she had put in her two weeks’ notice alongside several other employees at the end of June.

Flores said she began working at the restaurant in August 2020, after losing her job as a representative for Capitol One at the beginning of the pandemic. She said she had worked in restaurants before, including other Burger King locations, and was prepared for the job, but was surprised by the behavior of upper management

“It was pretty hectic. They were already short-staffed (in August) and the general manager was pretty loud and crazy, very argumentative,” said Flores, who was promoted to general manager in January after that employee left. “As I became general manager, it got more crazy. I had multiple different bosses.”

Flores said, at times, shifts that were meant to have five or seven employees working only had two or three. She also recounted one incident where she was hospitalized and several other employees felt ill due to the lack of air conditioning in the establishment’s kitchen.

“In the beginning of the summer when it was extremely hot, it would be extremely hot in the kitchen because the AC wasn’t working and temperatures were reaching the mid-90s most days,” said Flores. “It was causing a lot of issues with employees, they were getting dehydrated. … That took three or four weeks to get fixed. One of the days I was extremely delirious, I was very dehydrated.”

Flores said she left work at the urging of other employees, which led to her missing a managers meeting.

“When I was two minutes late, my boss called me and when I told him what was going on, he told me I was being a baby and I was making excuses and that I needed to do my job,” she said. “I ended up going to the hospital that night for dehydration. I had to get IV fluids and everything. I had called my boss’ boss and I told him how I was treated, how my boss hung up on me and everything he said to me, and he said I was lying, that he never said that.”

Over the weekend, Flores said she was fired for her role in putting up the sign, days before she was supposed to leave her position. At least six other employees also left the establishment at the same time, and according to the location’s website, they are hiring for roles including a cook, an hourly shift coordinator and a general manager, the same position Flores held.

The Havelock location declined to respond to TODAY’s request for comment. A spokesperson for Burger King told TODAY that they were aware of the situation.

“The work experience described at this location is not in line with our brand values,” said the spokesperson. “Our franchisee is looking into this situation to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future.”

Flores said that some of the sign’s language was also meant to be an apology to customers who relied on the restaurant’s staff.

“We also wanted to give a genuine apology to the customers because quite a few people have worked there for years,” she said. “One was there for 18, one was there for eight and another was there for seven, so they have been seeing a lot of the same customers for years. Part of it was a genuine apology for customers and the ‘We all quit’ was to upper management.”

Many restaurants have struggled to maintain enough staff to operate during the pandemic. Flores said she doesn’t want diners to see herself and her coworkers as lazy or unmotivated, noting that she was surprised by the response on social media.

“It was a lot more positive than I expected, because there are a lot more people that think that we quit because we weren’t making enough money or because flipping a burger was a little bit too hard. It was nothing like that. It was upper management being crappy,” she said. “To see the amount of support that we employees actually got was actually really nice, to know that we are inspiring people to reevaluate their self-worth when it comes to a job actually feels pretty great.

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