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Florida mayor arrested for allegedly shooting at police officers


first_imgPasco Sheriff’s Office(PORT RICHEY, Fla.) — A Florida mayor, who was accused of practicing medicine without a license, was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly fired shots at deputies who were attempting to serve a search warrant, according to police.Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted homicide after he allegedly shot at two sheriff’s deputies at his home in central Florida, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.Massad, 68, also faces charges of practicing medicine without a license. There were no injuries reported and the deputies did not return fire, according to the sheriff’s office.Massad is a known drug user with a history of violence, said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. He was elected mayor of Port Richey, which is located about 40 miles north of Tampa, in 2015.“We knew this was going to be a very dangerous situation, which it did turn out to be,” Nocco said at a press conference Thursday. “Our deputies did an unbelievable job. Those deputies were professional, their training kicked in and they did a great job.”“He’s lucky he’s not dead,” he added.Massad, who was recently arrested for a domestic violence incident, had multiple weapons at his home and told deputies that he refused to go back to jail, according to Nocco.“This was a violent individual who had made the statement [saying] he wasn’t going back to jail,” Nocco said. “We did everything we could to make it a peaceful resolution. He’s the one who made the decision to shoot at us.”Massad was a licensed doctor from 1977 until 1992, when he voluntarily surrendered his license after the Board of Medicine alleged his errors in care led to a 3-year-old patient’s death in 1990, according to the Florida Department of Health.Agents launched an investigation after receiving reports that Massad had been seeing patients at his home for medical treatment, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a statement.“FDLE agents received information from the Port Richey Police Department that Massad, whose medical license was relinquished in 1992 in place of revocation, was still practicing medicine,” the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. “He had performed medical procedures at his residence with one procedure requiring additional hospital treatment for the patient.”The Port Richey mayor’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.It’s unclear if Massad has retained an attorney.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Detroit hospitals ‘getting crushed’ as coronavirus cases surge


first_imgNick Gilpin, system medical director for infection prevention at Beaumont Health in Michigan. (ABC News)(DETROIT) — With rapidly increasing cases of the novel coronavirus in Michigan beginning to overwhelm the hospital system, one Detroit doctor says he’s “not sure any level of preparedness would have been enough” to respond to the pandemic.“I think it’s fair to say that Detroit is getting crushed right now. … We were watching China and trying to anticipate how this would play out,” Dr. Nick Gilpin, medical director for infection prevention at Beaumont Health, told ABC News. “But under the circumstances, this has been so fast and heavy.”On Thursday, there were 10,791 people in Michigan who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and 417 have died. The state reported its first two cases on March 10.A high concentration of those cases have been in the southeastern part of the state, in Detroit, Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties. Gilpin, who said he represents the Beaumont system’s hospitals in Wayne and Oakland, speculated that it’s Detroit’s high density and medically underserved population that has made them vulnerable to COVID-19.“I think the Detroit area, as many of us who have practiced here for years know, [has] greater per capita incidents of obesity [and] medical conditions like diabetes and lung disease built up over years,” he said.With his hospitals 70% to 80% occupied by COVID-19 patients, Gilpin said the challenges they face change every day.“A week ago, my challenges were all about supply,” Gilpin said, pointing specifically to personal protective equipment, which he said they’ve resorted to reusing in hopes of easing the strain.“Now, my real challenge is staffing,” he added. “I worry a lot about my staff. It frankly keeps me up at night. … Are they sick? Are they psychologically and emotionally burdened from what they are seeing each day that it’s difficult to keep coming to work?”“The mantra has become: ‘We have to protect the staff, we have to preserve the PPE at all costs.’ And that is obviously in addition to making sure we’re doing the right thing for the patients,” he said.Gilpin echoed sentiments from Mary Macdonald, an emergency room nurse in Michigan whose Instagram video explaining issues she’s seen in hospitals, went viral last week. In the video, Macdonald said she had been called to work on her day off for an overnight shift during which she put someone on the hospital’s last available ventilator. She said the N95 mask she’s been using is “signed out for the entire year” when they’re meant to be single-use.“We are completely out of resources,” Macdonald said. “There are no masks, there are no gowns. They’re running low on gloves. … We cannot stay safe and we cannot care for all these people that are coming in.”Staffing shortages, Gilpin said, will likely become the biggest challenge over the next few weeks if the surge in cases carries on. He offered one strategy to remediate this potential issue, which he called “load balancing.”“We have a significant amount of COVID concentrated in metro Detroit,” he said. “But if you drive 30 minutes away, you see considerably less COVID in that part of the state. So we could take some of our existing patients and potentially move them to other facilities for care, or perhaps we could take some ventilators or resources from areas less affected and fairly balance the load between us.”He said Beaumont Health is already doing this “on a micro level” among its campuses and with neighboring health systems, but that it needs to be done statewide.At the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been brought to Detroit to ease the burden on hospitals by building an alternate care facility in the TCF Center in downtown Detroit.Lt. Col. Greg Turner, who has been leading the effort, said the facility would hold up to 1,000 COVID-19 patients and that certain precautions would be built in to ensure the virus doesn’t spread, such as gearing the ventilation system up for negative pressure and specialized areas for dressing and undressing PPE.Like Gilpin, Turner said that staffing has been a concern among the medical experts with which he’s been consulting.“The state of Michigan acknowledged that there is a staffing shortfall,” Turner said, noting that the facility’s capacity had been planned with this shortage in mind. “Regardless of how much staff … there is only a certain number [of patients] that they can really effectively manage.”The team has been working hard to get the facility construction done by April 9 or earlier, said Turner, who hopes it’ll be operational by mid-April.Turner said that although he’s been through many crises, none have been like this.“This reminds me of my time spent in New Orleans [in] 2005 responding to Hurricane Katrina, when I was … helping out down there providing distribution and keeping that place safe,” Turner said. “The corps itself responded to Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy — a lot of other large-scale disasters. Now, this is different, cause it’s nationwide and it’s something that we’re not used to. But we’re ready for this.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Why we’re breaking ranks on equal pay


first_imgLast weeka government task force proposed that organisations should be forced by law toundertake regular reviews to ensure equal pay between women and men. Thereaction from the CBI and the CIPD was swift. More legislation is not theanswer, they said, and the extra red tape will hit companies’ competitiveness.Sounds familiar, doesn’t it. So why isPersonnel Today breaking ranks? After all, nobody has campaigned morevigorously than this magazine against unnecessary red tape and employmentregulations. For evidence, look at our campaign for better regulation last yearwhich helped bring about a government review. Everybodyagrees with the equal pay task force’s aim of achieving gender pay equalitywithin eight years. Where they part company is on the best way to achieve this.The CIPD argument is that employers will embrace the need for pay reviews andjob evaluation more willingly if the approach is voluntary. Personnel Today isaware that many HR professionals will agree with this. So why arewe backing a change to the Equal Pay Act? The Act has been in force for 30years and the gap remains at 18 per cent. It is simply not credible to arguethat those who have failed to take action will voluntarily put right in eightyears what they have ignored for the past 30. The CBIargues that there is not enough evidence that discrimination by employers isthe cause of unequal pay. Yet how are we to gather evidence on the impact ofgood practice while employers remain under no obligation to report on how theypay male and female staff? The pay review proposed by the task force isdesigned to make employers take a hard look at the facts.Beforedismissing the proposal, every HR professional should look closely at thedetails. Any change to the law will be based on good employment practice andfollow talks with employers. Companies will be allowed time to implementprocesses voluntarily before it becomes a statutory duty. The first phaseshould be a painless equality health check and the sort of exercise that shouldbe automatic in 21st century organisations. Yes, thereare many qualifications to Personnel Today’s support for compulsory payreviews, not least the need to make sure that differences between employmentsectors are taken fully into account.  We acceptthat on its own, a requirement to carry out reviews will not close the pay gap.But what is there to lose? After all, it only enshrines in legislation whatemployers say they are going to do anyway. And those organisations with noplans to address the issue will get a timely wake-up call. Why we’re breaking ranks on equal payOn 6 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more


September 11 fails to reduce pay rises


first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Pay increases around the world have not been affected as badly by 11September as anticipated. The terrorist attacks have failed to lower the projected pay rises for 2002,with many countries expecting increases of about 2 per cent above inflation. A report by HR consultancy William M Mercer shows that 33 of the 62countries surveyed expected pay increases of at least 2 per cent above theprojected rate of inflation. Most of the other countries still think pay riseswill be higher than inflation. Only a handful, including Russia, Colombia andEcuador, expect pay rises to be outstripped by inflation. In the UK, projected rises are between 3.2 and 4.5 per cent, depending onthe employee category, and the rate of inflation is expected to be 2.1 percent. Safarina Kardany, senior researcher at William M Mercer, said, “Despiteunsteady economic conditions, most workers stand to make gains in buying powernext year.” Countries in the EU are projecting moderate inflation of between 1.4 and 3.8per cent with pay rises mostly in the range of 2 to 5 per cent. The onlyexception is Ireland, which is predicting pay rises of 7.5 per cent. www.wmmercer.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article September 11 fails to reduce pay risesOn 20 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


Be clearer about upfront fees and ‘local experts’ hybrid estate agents are warned


first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Be clearer about upfront fees and ‘local experts’ hybrid estate agents are warned previous nextRegulation & LawBe clearer about upfront fees and ‘local experts’ hybrid estate agents are warnedThe Advertising Standards Authority has published guidance largely aimed at online agents after a rush of complaints in recent years.Nigel Lewis19th July 20180931 Views A thinly-veiled warning to online and hybrid estate agents to put their advertising and marketing ‘houses in order’ has been issued by The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).Published yesterday, it includes problems highlighted by recent ASA adjudications and the watchdog says agents must in the future be clearer both about what their fees cover and when using the term ‘local experts’.The guidance references recent ASA adjudications involving HouseSimple in February 2017, an online offering from traditional agent Pink & Cow in June 2017 and Purplebricks in June 2018.Specifically, the watchdog is worried that some agents are not being clear about whether their fees are ‘upfront’ or not, and what ‘flat fee’ really means for consumers.Flat fee claimsFor example, under the ASA advertising codes, it is wrong for agents to claim they offer a ‘flat fee’ but then charge extra for conveyancing.The ASA says that although online agents can promote low fees they should make it clear whether accompanied viewings are part of the fee, or not.And while hybrid agents are free to claim that they offer ‘local experts’ they must not imply they have physical branches in an area when they do not, the ASA says.But the watchdog’s guidance also warns traditional agents too. This includes advertising that ‘stretches the facts’ about a property, a problem that the ASA says it still receives many complaints about.And all agents have been reminded once again to ensure that their fees are presented as inclusive of VAT, not ‘plus’.“Be clear and truthful in your advertising and look at ads from the consumer’s point of view,” says Jim Tebbett, a Senior Compliance Executive at the ASA with a track record in lettings and auctions regulation (pictured in main image, above).“As soon as you’ve drafted some marketing or advertising material, look at it externally and try and think how the consumer would understand it.”Read more about hybrid estate agents.hybrid agents HouseSimple jim tebbett Purplebricks online agents advertising standards authority ASA July 19, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more


ACS photo campaign to “debunk myths” on race


first_img“We want to elevate the voices of black students at Oxford.”This is the message behind a picture of thirteen black male Oxford students which has gained over one thousand likes on Facebook.Inspired by a similar initiative at Cambridge, which went viral on social media earlier this week, members of the African and Caribbean Society (ACS) posed in a series of images outside the Rad Cam in an attempt to encourage younger black students to apply to the University.The President of ACS, Renee Kapuku, told Cherwell: “We were inspired by our friends at Cambridge ACS who did an excellent job, setting out to debunk myths about black students at top institutions.“The main aim of our campaign is to celebrate the achievements of black students at Oxford, and to highlight that the subject of black student admissions is far more than just admissions statistics.She went on: “The theme is ‘rise’— we want to elevate the voices of black students at Oxford and prospective black students. Although the University has substantial access and Outreach programmes—indeed, they support a lot of our own student-led initiatives – we want to add more factors into the conversation.”Black students made up just 45 offers of the 2,555 made by Oxford for 2016 entry.In January, the Labour MP David Lammy accused Oxford of “unconscious bias” in its admissions process. But the campaigners hope the initiative will challenge perceptions that Oxford is an unwelcoming space for black students.The group organise shadowing days, vision workshops and an annual conference.Kapuku explains: “To us, we want to have real and relatable role models for younger black students, similarly to Cambridge. The common misconception is that Oxford isn’t a space accommodating to black students. The University’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Dr Samina Khan, has said previously that the University is “aware that there is still work to be done [admitting minority ethnic students], particularly in terms of offer rates to Black and Asian students.”“Of course there are various issues that we face—we must be realistic in our depiction. But it is still a space that black students can make room for themselves, and do well.”She highlighted outreach programmes targeted at students from underrepresented groups, to “help make Oxford an even more diverse community.”The photos from Cambridge’s ACS were brought even greater attention this week after being retweeted by the grime artist Stormzy.Members of Oxford ACS in front of the Bodleian Old LibraryRegents Park student Theophina Gabriel told Cherwell she took part in the photoshoot in the hope of “encouraging and empowering aspiring black students who have the potential to apply to Oxbridge but struggle to see themselves in these spaces. We were you and we are here.”Pembroke student Hope Aloye, who also took part in the photoshoot, told Cherwell: “To me it’s about showcasing the presence of Black students in such an old academic institution, celebrating our contribution to the university, and showing prospecting Black students that Oxford University is the place for them.“We deserve to take up space and will continue to do so.”last_img read more


FUTURE ENGINEERS (Walter F. Robinson)


first_imgFUTURE ENGINEERS — 3rd grade students in Mrs. Salso’s class, at Dr. Walter F. Robinson Community School worked as structural engineers to model the severe impacts of floods. The class then worked to design solutions that would reduce the amount damage caused by the flooding. Pictured are the students testing their designs. ×last_img


2nd Annual Catch Surf Rodeo on August 12 to Benefit Rylee Crowley


first_imgOnce again, Ocean City’s surfing community plans to display its big heart on August 12, with the 2nd Annual Catch Surf Rodeo.The contest will benefit “future shredder Rylee Crowley, a local toddler currently being treated for a rare form of leukemia.Willie Fannon, creator and organizer of the event, said it will take place at the 51st St. Beach, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a $20 registration fee to benefit Reylee, the daughter of Matt and Kara Crowley.  Matt is a member of the Ocean City Police department.“This is an opportunity to give back, and this is an extremely worthy cause,” said Fannon. He formed the event last year to benefit his younger brother Greg, currently in remission in his own battle with leukemia.“Rylee is in remission as well, but the costs associated with something like this are staggering,” Fannon added. “Here is a great chance to help out a freat local family and to have a lot of fun doing so.”The ‘rodeo” format of the contest is more about fun than competition, Fannon added. Participants will randomly draw to find out if they will be competing on a body board, standup paddle board or traditional surfboard without fins.Divisons include groms, open, men and women.There will also be a special “Heart of Surfing” session for surfers with special needs. The highlight will be rides on a giant inflatable six-person paddleboard.“That is going to be a lot of fun and a great chance for the special needs surfers to get together,” Fannon said.For more information or to contribute to the cause, call 609-736-0131The event is being held in conjuction with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America.Sponsors include Surfers Supplies, Amphibia apparel, Zinka, Ocean City NJ Surf School, Paddle Company, Peace of Wood, Elation Surf Camps and Red Paddle Company.“We hope people come out and support the event, have fun and help out some great local people who are truly deserving,” Fannon said.last_img read more


News story: Dstl forensic expertise secures conviction for Parsons Green Bomber


first_img This is just one example of Dstl scientists providing world-class expertise which helps to keep people safe. As well as this high-profile case, our Forensic Explosive Laboratory staff work with our homeland security agencies on a whole range of prevention and investigative tasks. The Parsons Green bomber was jailed for life last week after experts from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) provided evidence at the trial.As well as Dstl’s lead scientist providing expert evidence at the Old Bailey, case officers at the Forensic Explosives Laboratory, part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, forensically examined 50 items in relation to the incident at Parsons Green and produced expert witness statements for the court. In the aftermath of the incident two Dstl scientists deployed to the scene to support the Counter Terrorism Command and provide advice on a forensic recovery strategy.A request for the attendance of third scientist at the home address of the suspect was also supported. Ahmed Hassan has been described as “dangerous and devious” by a judge as he was jailed for life for planting a bomb on a tube train at Parsons Green in September 2017. Hassan’s device partially exploded, injuring 51.Dstl Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead said:last_img read more


Worry in white, Christian America


first_imgShortly after the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012, the conservative Christian Coalition sent an email to its members. It included a photo taken in 1942 of a white Christian family praying at the dinner table, patriarch seated at the head.The note below the photo read: “We will soon be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving and God has still not withheld his blessings upon this nation, although we now richly deserve such condemnation. We have a lot to give thanks for, but we also need to pray to our Heavenly Father and ask Him to protect us from those enemies, outside and within, who want to see America destroyed.”According to Robert P. Jones, the founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, the note’s “apocalyptic ring” stems from the anxiety, fear, and anger of some conservative white Christians who he says have, in the space of a decade, moved from the mainstream to the minority in America. In a conversation Wednesday evening at Harvard Divinity School with journalist and political analyst E.J. Dionne, Jones laid out the data behind his claims, collected in his recent book “The End of White Christian America.”HDS Dean David N. Hempton (from left) opens the discussion as panelists E.J. Dionne and Jones listen. Jonathan Beasley/HDS.Jones characterized white, Christian America as representing centuries of cultural, political, and economic domination. Over the last couple of decades, however, demographics and culture have shifted dramatically.During the years of the Obama presidency, for instance, the percentage of Americans who identified as white and Christian declined from 54 to 43 — more than a percentage point every year. During this time, the United States “crossed from being a majority to a minority white Christian country,” Jones said. At the same time, support for the institution of same-sex marriage rose from 40 to 60 percent of Americans.,“If you are a conservative, white Christian, these numbers constitute a kind of cultural vertigo,” he said. “You’ve gone from being in the mainstream to [an era where that is] no longer true.”The changes in religious affiliation between generations of Americans are even more striking, Jones said. In 2016, 64 percent of those aged 65 and older identified as both white and Christian. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, the number was only 25 percent. Nearly 40 percent of young Americans claimed no religious affiliation at all.,“What turbocharges the cultural changes is the exodus of young people,” Jones said. “Those kids were raised in churches and left. By all measures, very few of them look like they’re coming back.”Moreover, conservative churches are now seeing declines that were once limited to progressive Protestant denominations. Jones noted that 23 percent of Americans identified as white evangelicals in 2006. In 2016, that number was only 16 percent.The numbers “explain why it feels like a fight to the death for some in the white, Christian world,” Jones said. They also account for a startling turnaround in the attitudes of so-called “values voters.” In 2011, the institute asked Americans “whether a political leader who committed an immoral act in his or her private life could nonetheless behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public life.” At that time, Jones wrote, “only 30 percent of white evangelical Protestants agreed with this statement.” When the institute asked the question again in 2016, 72 percent of white evangelicals said that they believed “a candidate can build a kind of moral wall between his private and public life.”,The sentiment carried into the November presidential election, when around 80 percent of self-designated white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump — the most weighted support of any American religious constituency.“Donald Trump got the highest percentage of white evangelical vote since we began recording,” noted Dionne. “Before Trump, the personal life of a politician really mattered. After Trump, it really didn’t matter.”Both Dionne and Jones characterized the rightward trajectory of white Christians over the past 50 years in large part as a reaction to the gains of the Civil Rights, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, as well as to predictions that the U.S. will for the first time be majority nonwhite by 2042. As a result, the coalitions behind the country’s two major political parties look radically different.In 2012, “the Obama coalition looked like 30-year-old America,” Jones said. “The Romney coalition looked like 70-year-old America … Ten years ago, the GOP was 80 percent white and Christian. Today that’s 71 percent. We’re on a trajectory where we end up with a white Christian nationalist [GOP] and everyone else.”,Dionne noted that shifting demographics and the rise in religious disaffiliation created coalition management problems for Democrats that may have cost them the White House in 2016.“There was fear in the Clinton campaign that the young would be turned off [by talk of religion] and that there’s a lot of anger toward conservative Christians whom they see as inimical to who [liberals] are,” he said. “But not to talk to religious people was a mistake. [Methodism] was the most authentic piece of Hillary Clinton. If you want to carry Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania, you can’t do it with only a secular coalition.”Jones and Dionne spoke hours after news broke of the death of “America’s pastor,” the Rev. Billy Graham. Dionne called Graham’s death a “reminder of the era [Jones] writes about [that] in some ways is passing away.” Jones, who grew up a Southern Baptist in Mississippi, worked for Graham during the summer of his senior year in college. He noted that the evangelist refused to hold segregated rallies in the South, counted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. among his friends, and tried to reach beyond his white audience.Jones contrasted his approach with that of his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, and said that the two represented the response of white Christian Americans to two eras, 20th-century ascendancy and 21st-century decline.With Billy Graham, “There was a deep invitation to become part of Christian life,” he said. “Franklin Graham was public in his support for Trump, critical of Obama and Black Lives Matter, and in lockstep with the Christian right movement. Billy Graham’s death is the passing of an era when evangelical Christianity was more sure-footed — and more sure of itself. Now it’s more defensive.”last_img read more