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Three hostages killed in veterans home standoff worked to help former service members with PTSD

first_imgKGO-TV(YOUNTVILLE, Calif.) — The three women killed in a daylong standoff at a veterans home worked with a nonprofit program for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.The women were found dead along with the suspect, 36-year-old Albert Wong, at the end of the siege at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in Napa County, California, officials said.Wong, who was armed with a rifle, had earlier released other hostages while keeping the three women, all of whom worked for The Pathway Home, a residential program for post-9/11 veterans who are affected by deployment-related stress, including PTSD, according to the program’s website.The victims are Pathway Home Executive Director Christine Loeber, 48; Clinical Director Jennifer Golick, 42; and psychologist Jennifer Gonzales, 29. Their bodies were found with Wong’s at around 6 p.m. PT, when authorities entered a room at the Veterans Home where the hostages were being held, ending the siege that had begun that morning.“Law enforcement personnel made entry into the room where we felt the hostages were being held, and unfortunately made the discovery of three deceased females and one deceased male suspect,” California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs said at a Friday-evening press briefing. “This is a tragic piece of news — one that we were really hoping we wouldn’t have to come before the public to give.”The Pathway Home called the victims “brave” and “accomplished.”“These brave women were accomplished professionals who dedicated their careers to serving our nation’s veterans and working closely with those in the greatest need of attention after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said a statement obtained by ABC News affiliate KGO-TV in San Francisco. “All of us at The Pathway Home are devastated by today’s events. We stand with the families, friends and colleagues who share in this terrible loss.”Wong was a former member of the Pathway Home program at the Veterans Home, officials said. Initial reports said he was a former Army infantryman who, according to a relative of one victim, was recently kicked out of the Pathway Home program.The Pathway Home and the Veterans Home of California-Yountville did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests on Saturday to confirm or comment on Wong’s connection to the program.According to service records obtained by ABC News, Wong served as an infantryman during his three years of active duty in the U.S. Army, ending in August 2013. He was deployed to Afghanistan for one year. After the bodies were discovered, officials said there was no threat to public safety. Bomb-sniffing dogs found no explosives in the suspect’s vehicle — only a cellphone.The incident was first reported Friday morning in a 911 call about shots fired at the state-owned veterans home. Multiple SWAT teams; agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and local law enforcement officials all responded to the scene.Officials said there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and a sheriff’s deputy. Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said at an earlier briefing that “many bullets” were fired.Robertson said at the time that officials knew the identity of the suspect, but the motive remained unclear.“I don’t have any idea what his motivation is,” the sheriff said.Robertson said at that time the suspect “did release hostages and kept the three he has now.” He added that they had tried calling the suspect numerous times since 10:30 a.m. that morning. Childs later praised the sheriff’s deputy who exchanged gunfire with the suspect.“I’d like to take a quick moment to give credit to the initial responding Napa County sheriff’s deputy, who put himself in harm’s way knowing he had an active ongoing situation that involved shots fired, and exchanged initial gunfire with the suspect,” Childs said in the Friday-night press briefing, after the standoff had ended. “We believe and we credit him with saving the lives of others in the area by eliminating the ability of the suspect to go out and find further victims.”President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the victims’ families Saturday morning.“We are deeply saddened by the tragic situation in Yountville and mourn the loss of three incredible women who cared for our veterans,” he tweeted.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Pay parity timebomb carries unlimited risk

first_imgPay parity timebomb carries unlimited riskOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The number one priority for HR this week is to take a look at your paysystems for men and women and be sure your business is operating on a levelplaying field. The penalties for those short-changing women or failing to eliminate paydiscrimination will be severe in future and the damage to an organisation’sreputation could be too awful to contemplate. Employers falling foul of the equal pay questionnaires being introduced nextApril face harsher compensation claims than first thought (see page one). UnderUK law employers currently have a six-year limit on back pay compensation forequal pay claims, but respected commentators are now warning this will beoverturned at the European Court of Justice and replaced by an unlimitedapproach to compensation – perhaps for the full length of service. The Government is taking pay bias very seriously following the KingsmillReview on Women’s Employment and Pay. Voluntary targets are the current stateof play, but mandatory measures could come later. The majority of employers do not deliberately discriminate, but HR cannotignore this timebomb and delay carrying out pay audits, no matter how difficultit might be. Research suggests more than 80 per cent of employers are at risk from equalpay claims from female staff and the same proportion are not confident thatthey pay fairly. To make matters worse, very few managers are trained in equalpay issues. Some organisations such as Legal & General and Birmingham City Councilrecognise their vulnerability and have taken action already, but they are theminority. If you think your business may be at risk, do a pay audit now. Look forgender disparities, perhaps resulting from mergers or acquisitions and, wherenecessary, seek help from the CIPD or the Equal Opportunities Commission, whichhas produced a five-step Equal Pay Kit. It’s more than 30 years since equal pay legislation was introduced, yet theUK’s gender pay gap is still one of the biggest in Europe. Unison calculatesits women members earn an average of 50-60p for every £1 a man earns. Thesooner HR gets to grips with this, the sooner women will feel truly valued inthe workplace. By Jane Kinglast_img read more

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Professional rugby team, Major League Rugby comes to Utah

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah rugby fans now have a local professional sports team that they can get behind.Fans welcomed the Utah Warriors rugby team and Major League Rugby on Thursday at an inaugural event at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.Major League Rugby is the first professional sports league headquartered in the state.The league will hold a seven-team competition with Rugby New York as an eighth team expected to be a full participant in 2019League participants include Utah Warriors, Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, New Orleans Gold, San Diego Legion and Seattle Seawolves.The Warriors will play their first match against the Glendale Raptors March 30 at the Rio Tinto Stadium. Written by March 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local Professional rugby team, Major League Rugby comes to Utah Associated Press Tags: Major League Rugby/Rugby/Utah Warriorslast_img read more

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Reliance-BP JV shut down D1/D3 gas field in KG-D6 block offshore India

first_img Reliance-BP JV plans to monetise additional reserves from three projects in the KG-D6 Block. (Credit: Pixabay/D Thory) Reliance Industries and British oil and gas company BP joint venture (Reliance-BP JV) has creased the production from the D1/D3 gas field in Block Krishna Godavari Dhirubhai 6 (KG D6) (KG-DWN-98/3), off the east coast of India.Located in the Krishna-Godavari basin of the Bay of Bengal on the eastern coast of India, the KG-D6 block lies in water depths between 700m and 1,700m, and covering an area of 8,100km².The latest move comes as the D1/D3 deepwater gas field, which commenced production to in April 2009, reached the end of its operational life following extending for almost five years to February 2020.In order to extend the life of the field from original planned 2015, the RIL-BP joint venture has implemented solutions to maximise the recovery from the field while addressing issues of reservoir pressure and water ingress.KG D6 Block has produced 3 trillion cf equivalent of gasReliance said that the KG D6 Block has produced 3 trillion cubic feet equivalent, resulting in saving of about $30bn in energy imports.The joint venture is now planning to invest $5bn for monetising additional 3tcf equivalent (about 500 million barrels of oil equivalent) reserves from three projects in the KG-D6 block.The projects, which include R cluster, Satellite Cluster and MJ fields, will make use of the existing gas production infrastructure.Reliance Industries said in a statement: “The first-gas from these fields is expected in mid-2020. The peak production from these three fields is expected to reach 1 BCFe per day which is about 15% of the then envisaged India’s demand.”In July 2019, US-based McDermott announced the completion of the first of two offshore campaigns for the KG-D6 R-Cluster subsea field development.The McDermott’s campaign involved piggy-back pipelay in S-lay mode offshore in India in approximately 4,265ft water depth as well as the installation of 6-inch lines, PLETs and manifolds to water depths of approximately 6,300ft. The joint venture plans to invest additional $5bn for monetising additional 3tcf equivalent reserves in KG-D6 blocklast_img read more

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DCOM EUNAVFOR Visits Japanese Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today DCOM EUNAVFOR Visits Japanese Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment View post tag: Patrol DCOM EUNAVFOR Visits Japanese Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment View post tag: Detachment April 11, 2012 View post tag: DCOM View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Japanese View post tag: visits View post tag: Naval View post tag: Aircraft Authorities Rear Admiral Rainer Endres, Deputy Commander (DCOM) EUNAVFOR, as part of his recent visit to Djibouti to oversee the Operational Handover between the outgoing Flag Ship, ESPS PATINO (Spain) and incoming French Flag Ship FS MARNE , took the opportunity to visit the Japanese Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment on 7 April.Rear Admiral Endres was briefed by the Detachment Commander, Captain Tsuyoshi Mukai (Japanese Self Defence Force), who described the capabilities of the Japanese Detachment air patrol, working alongside EUNAVFOR and other counter piracy forces. This collaboration between the EU and Japan is another example of the close international collaboration in the fight against piracy. These close international links were further highlighted at a EUNAVFOR Medal Parade, at which the Deputy Commander presented the EU Medal to EUNAVFOR personnel and their Djiboutian Naval colleagues, recognising the unique contribution the Djiboutian Navy make to anti piracy operations in the region.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 11, 2012; Image: eunavfor View post tag: Maritime View post tag: EUNAVFORlast_img read more

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first_imgPosition NumberF20470 Mission or Goal of Unit Is this employee on a H1B Visa? • M.D. degree and ABOS eligibility of certification in OrthopaedicSurgery• Must have successfully completed an accredited fellowship programin Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery• Have a record of scholarly publication in peer reviewjournals• Direct experience managing complex orthopaedic trauma cases,competence in standard inpatient procedures• A solid understanding of the orthopaedic traumatologist role andfunction and interest in teaching and growth in an academicsetting• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University Open Until FilledYes Preferred Qualifications Number of Months12 Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Type of SearchNational Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Directly care for patients on the orthopaedic trauma service;improve quality and efficiency of orthopaedic service at VCU HealthSystem; provide prompt high-quality orthopaedic trauma care;develop orthopaedic faculty with interest in new technologies,clinical research and teaching; mentor residents and fellows; workwithin the hospital system and with other departments to providemultidisciplinary care for orthopaedic trauma patients. Application Process/Additional Information School/UnitSchool of Medicine Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Grant funded position?No Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team, providingeffective communication, both verbal and written, and an interestin furthering the research, scholarly and academic missions of thegroup. DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery Application Deadline Date Diversity Statement Information Position Responsibilities Date Posted07/16/2019 Working TitlePhysician Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Required Qualifications * If you selected ‘Other’ for your referral source pleaseindicate where you heard about this posting. (If you did not select’Other,’ please enter ‘n/a.’)(Open Ended Question) Posted Salary Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/91527 Qualified applicants should apply online athttps://www.vcujobs.com. For additional information, pleasecontact: Kevin O’Keefe, Administrator, Department of OrthopaedicSurgery, P.O. Box 980153; Richmond, Virginia 23298-0153, Email:[email protected] 1. TeachingStaff inpatient house-staff teaching service with learnersincluding medical students, interns and residents; use contemporaryadult learning methods to promote evidence-based practice;demonstrate effective teaching skills and continually develop as ateacher for learners at all levels; complete required evaluationsof learners in a timely manner.2. ResearchParticipate in clinical and administrative research, according toskills, interest and funding; research opportunities may includeperformance improvement initiatives or formal extramurally fundedinvestigations; participation may be as principle investigator orco-investigator; maintain a level of scholarship in OrthopaedicSurgery consistent with academic rank.3. ServiceWork with institutional staff and administration to attain thestrategic objectives of VCU Health System, including patientsafety, patient and other customer satisfaction, maintenance andenhancement of public perception, and fiscal health.4. ClinicalAdmit and manage patients who present through the orthopaedictrauma service, co-management of patients on other services, triagemedicine patient requiring admission in the Emergency Departmentand non-medical services and non- VCU hospitals; join colleagues inassuring coverage 24-hours a day, every day of the year; comply ina timely manner with all institutional policies for professionalwork including credentialing, documentation, billing; workeffectively with other members of the extended inter-professionalteam.5. Other (for instance administrative duties, etc.)Ensure compliance with all regulatory and regulatory reimbursementrequirement. Excellent, evidence-based, efficient patient care; thorough andresponsive consultation in orthopaedic trauma services; effectivesupervision, teaching and mentoring of orthopaedic housestaff andstudents; streamlined throughput process for admitted orthopaedicpatients across the health system. RankOpen Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * How did you learn of this position?vcujobs.comProfessional / Field Group {e.g., Academy of Management}Chroniclevitae.comDiversejobs.netHigherEdJobs.comIndeed.comLinkedIn.comVCU Recruiter / Search FirmReferral / Word of MouthOther (See Next Question)Unsure Proposed Hire Date09/01/2019 Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentResumelast_img read more

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Holiday Drive in Ocean City to Help The Homeless

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleHolidays are a time for family gatherings, shopping for that perfect gift and parties.But for the homeless, things others take for granted, such as socks, and warm coats, could literally mean the difference between freezing, or getting through another night.That is why Brittany Battle, 30, of Ocean City, a member of Ocean City’s Juneteenth Organization, established a Holiday Drive and Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at the 7th Street Recreation Center.“In the winter, it is necessary to give to people in need, and help them keep warm. People are facing very cold and windy temperatures,” Battle said, as temperatures dipped into the 20s and teens overnight this week, and a Code Blue was issued for the region.Battle, along with her sister Coryn Graves, of Pleasantville, and friends Takiya Wilson, of Egg Harbor Township, and Joshua Baker, of North Jersey, spent months organizing the event.“We are all busy, so we did most of our organizing with conference calls,” Battle said. “All three of us are really just committed to the community and social injustices.”Donations accepted at the holiday drive include, toiletries, socks, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, cleaning supplies, canned goods, diapers, paper products and travel size soaps, toothpastes and other necessities.The event will be held at the 7th Street Recreation Center in Ocean City Saturday.After the drive, Battle and the other volunteers, will separate the items and take them to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Turning Point Day Center, also in Atlantic City.“Most people typically want to give and have generous spirits, but often they are just looking for programs or drives that are organized, to streamline the process,” Battle, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, said. “People really do want to give.”Battle, who travels a lot for conferences, has amassed hundreds of complimentary hotel shampoos, conditioners, body wash and soaps and she is putting them to good use.“We are making up care bags out of all of the travel size toiletries,” Battle said. “When people are homeless, going to different shelters, they need to be able to carry small bags. That is why these care bags are so important.”Organizers of the drive are asking for travel size toiletries to create care bags for the homeless.She urged anyone who has mini-shampoos and soaps, to drop them off at the recreation center Saturday.Battle isn’t the only one who prepared donations for the homeless. Her sister, Graves, an extreme-couponer, donated some of her stockpile of necessities. Wilson has been collecting donations from her colleagues at the Atlantic City Board of Education, and Baker has provided financial support to the cause, as well as donated some clothes.“This is just a great way to be able to provide our resources to help the homeless,” Battle said.For more information or to make arrangements to drop off donations, call Takiya Wilson at 609-992-1909 or Brittany Battle at 609-464-1747. Care bags such as the ones Brittany Battle, of Ocean City, is making, will go to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Turning Point Day Center, also in Atlantic City after Saturday’s Holiday Drive and Day of Service.last_img read more

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The xx Announces First Album Since 2012, Shares Leading Single [Listen]

first_imgI See You Tracklist:01. Dangerous02. Say Something Loving03. Lips04. A Violent Noise05. Performance06. Replica07. Brave For You08. On Hold09. I Dare You10. Test Me11. Naive (Bonus Track)12. Seasons Run (Bonus Track)13. Brave For You (Marfa Demo) (Bonus Track) English indie pop band The xx have announced a new album I See You, set to release January 13th, 2017. The LP marks their third studio album following their 2009 debut album xx and 2012’s Coexist. The new record was recorded between March 2014 and August 2016 between New York, Los Angeles, London, and Reykjavik.This announcement comes in light of the recent shift in American pride. “We know these are uncertain times and we hope the joy & love we found making the record will get out into the world, in however small a way,” the band explained with the album’s announcement. To further accompany the excitement of their most recent work, The xx have shared the album’s leading single “On Hold.” As Pitchfork notes, the track samples the 1981 hit by Hall and Oates, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).” Take a listen to the new track below:last_img read more

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New HSPH online edX course will reach worldwide audience

first_imgIt’s time for biostatistics and epidemiology class. The professor is discussing Scotsman James Lind, who, in the mid-1700s, conducted one of the first-ever clinical experiments. Lind studied the way different foods affected sailors sick with scurvy and found that only those who added citrus fruits to their regular diet recovered. It’s an interesting lecture. But there’s no one in the classroom.Not yet, that is. That’s because the lecture is one of many currently being recorded in the state-of-the-art Leadership Studio at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) as part of a brand-new online introductory course in epidemiology and biostatistics that begins October 15, 2012. The new course, “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research,” is one of the two inaugural courses being offered by Harvard this fall as part of edX, the online education platform launched last May by Harvard and MIT; the University of California, Berkeley, joined in July.EdX is a nonprofit global venture aimed at advancing online learning and generating a wealth of information about how students learn and how to teach them most effectively. Seven edX courses are being offered in fall 2012: three from MIT and two each from Harvard and UC Berkeley. Topics include computer science, chemistry, electronics, and public health.last_img read more

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Is the Russian billionaire selling the old Belvedere Hotel?

first_imgAfter failing to make a new investment on the site of the war-torn Belvedere Hotel for eight years, it seems that Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg is a little tired and that he could sell Belvedere to a new investor, writes Novac.hr. These days, investors from the USA visited Mayor Mato Franković because they are interested in opening a five-star hotel in Dubrovnik, ie renovating the old Belvedere, a complex for which Vekselberg had plans to demolish in order to build a new but more luxurious hotel in its place. of the architectural office of 3LHD. As Jutarnja has learned from unofficial sources, potential American investors have reportedly not started negotiations with the owner of Belvedere, Viktor Vekselberg, and they find out that, apart from the Americans, French and domestic investors are also interested in the project. Their source claims that the American delegation wants to get acquainted with the complete spatial-planning situation of the project, ie to get information from the city administration about the types of interventions that could be done in the area of ​​that hotel. “They arrived with visuals of reconstruction and studies, but first they wanted to see how the project stands spatially – planned, that is, to check what can be done within the area. They are interested in the reconstruction of the existing project, in the existing dimensions, and the advantage is that there are construction and use permits for the project, while investors should obtain a permit for reconstruction.”, Said Franković, who believes that the reconstruction of Belvedere is realistic. As Mayor Mato Franković told Jutarnji list, he was visited on Thursday by a delegation from a renowned American hotel chain, which is interested in renovating the Belvedere.last_img read more