3 dead, several injured after vehicle strikes pedestrians in San Diego

first_imgkatifcam/iStockBy MATT ZARRELL, ABC News(SAN DIEGO) — Three people are dead and several more injured after a vehicle struck pedestrians in San Diego on Monday, police said.The car jumped the sidewalk and drove through an area under a bridge with a number of tents, according to officials.A total of nine victims were struck, police said. Two are in critical condition.The 71-year-old driver, Craig Voss, was detained for allegedly driving while impaired and charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter, five counts of causing great bodily injury while committing a felony and one count of felony DUI, police said.Voss was rendering aid to a victim when officers arrived, police said.The incident occurred near San Diego City College, ABC San Diego affiliate KGTV reported.Multiple ambulances were sent to the scene.ABC News’ Matthew Furhman and Alex Stone contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Eight killed in FedEx shooting: Suspect had ‘no confrontation with anyone,’ police said

first_imgictor/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Eight people were shot and killed and several others were injured in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis Thursday night, according to authorities.The suspect was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Craig McCartt, deputy chief of Criminal Investigations at Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said at a Friday news conference.When officers arrived at the FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport just after 11 p.m., they found a “chaotic and active crime scene,” McCartt said.“This suspect came to the facility … he got out of his car and pretty quickly started some random shooting outside the facility. There was no confrontation with anyone,” McCartt said. “That began in the parking lot and then he did go into the building.”Four victims were found outside and four were inside, police said.Five people were transported from the scene, McCartt said. Four of those people suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds, he said.Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the FBI Indianapolis Field Office, said “with less than 12 hours since the shooting, it would be premature to speculate” on a motive.Police said they believe the suspect had a rifle.The names of the victims have not been released.“We’ve all been shaken by this heinous act,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor said at Friday’s news conference.The police chief called FedEx a major employer for the city. This FedEx location is the second-largest FedEx Express Hub in the world, according to an internal briefing from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The largest hub is in Memphis.Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement Friday, “This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors.”“As law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers are with the families of those whose lives were cut short,” Hogsett said.The mayor said at the Friday news conference, “We must guard against resignation or even despair. The assumption that this is simply how it must be and we might as well get used to it — we need the courage that compels courageous acts that push past weariness.”FedEx said in a statement Friday morning, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis.”“Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities,” FedEx said.Attorney General Merrick Garland has been briefed on the shooting, according to a senior Justice Department official.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

What we know about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo

first_imgChicago Police Department(CHICAGO) — The fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo was captured on newly released body camera footage, along with witness and surveillance video.Chicago Police Officer Eric Stillman has been identified in the original case incident report as the officer who fatally shot the teen on March 29 in the Little Village neighborhood. Toledo’s death sparked protests among the community which is demanding change from the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Lori Lightfoot.Lightfoot called the footage “excruciating” and “difficult to watch” in a press conference.Here’s what’s known so far about the deadly shooting of Adam Toledo:Shots fired, triggering police responseJust before 3 a.m. on March 29, police say the department’s ShotSpotter technology, which can identify and alert officials of potential gunshots, detected a number of gunshots fired on the city’s West Side. At least two ​911 calls were also made in connection with the gunfire. Little Village, where Toledo lived and was killed, is a predominantly Latino community.Nearby surveillance video shows 21-year-old Ruben Roman shooting at a passing vehicle with Toledo by his side, according to prosecutors in a bond hearing for Roman. Roman and Toledo then are said to have ducked into an alley, where officers found them shortly after.Both ran, according to officials. In the footage, Stillman tackles Roman to the ground, then, while another officer arrests him, gets back up to chase Toledo.Gloves worn by Roman tested positive for gunshot residue, according to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy. He said seven shell casings recovered by officers matched the handgun Roman is previously seen using and that he says Toledo later appears to be carrying.Roman now faces felony charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, as well as child endangerment and violating probation, according to Murphy.‘Show me your f—ing hands!’The police department released a video sequence that shows close-up video and freeze frames of the chase, in which Toledo appears to have a gun.Stillman can be heard on video yelling, “Police! Stop. Stop right f—ing now.” Toledo then stops at a break in the fence.Stillman yells, “Hands — show me your f—ing hands.” Toledo then drops what seems to be a gun behind a fence, according to officials. As the officer yells, “Drop it!” Toledo put both of his hands up. In less than one second according to the prosecutors’ account, Toledo allegedly tosses the gun behind the fence, and is shot by the officer.Initial reports claimed that Toledo had a gun in his hands when he was shot, but the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said those claims are false.Toledo then falls to his knees and lays on the ground, on the video.Pronounced dead at the sceneIn the footage, Stillman can be heard reporting that shots were fired by police and he called an ambulance to the scene. He made attempts to revive Toledo, telling him to “stay with him,” but the teen was unresponsive. At one point, Stillman says he didn’t feel a heartbeat and performs CPR on Toledo.In a statement to ABC News, Stillman’s attorney Tim Grace said “the officer was faced with a life-threatening and deadly force situation. All prior attempts to deescalate and gain compliance with all of the officers’ lawful orders had failed.”Toledo did not have identification on him at the time of the shooting, according to officials. He was fingerprinted multiple times, but nothing came up. Missing persons reports were also checked.Roman gave a fake name when questioned about Toledo’s identity and denied knowing Toledo or firing any shots, according to police and prosecutors.On March 31, detectives contacted Toledo’s mother, Elizabeth, to tell her that her son matched the description of someone in the morgue. She identified her son that day. In a statement, the family expressed anger that officials waited two days before calling the family.Who was Adam Toledo?Adam Toledo was a seventh grader at Gary Elementary School, his family said in a statement.“[He] enjoyed sports and was a good kid. He did not deserve to die the way he did,” the statement said. “The Toledo Family will seek justice for this reprehensible crime.”In another statement, the Toledo family addressed “hurtful and false” mischaracterizations of Adam “as a lonely child of the street who had no one to turn to. This is simply not true. Adam was a loved and supported 13-year-old boy. He lived with his mother, his 90-year-old grandfather, and two of his siblings. His father was in his life. They all loved him very much. The Toledo family is a close-knit family. They look after each other.”Weiss Ortiz P.C. is representing the Toledo family.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bank raiders tool up for St Valentines Day

first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s stock market reviewThe battle for NatWest bank has entered a critical new phase. The threeparties involved – NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Scotland – have beentrading accusations relentlessly with each other ahead of the 14 Februarydeadline when NatWest shareholders have to choose between the two hostilebidders. Bank of Scotland’s latest offer is worth just over £24bn or about £14.50 perNatWest share. Royal Bank of Scotland has offered to pay £22bn for NatWest inthe form of £3.05 per share in loan notes and about £1.20 per share specialdividend with guaranteed features. Many analysts think Royal Bank of Scotland needs to raise its offer but inthe meantime, NatWest maintains its strong opposition to a takeover by eitherrival. NatWest last week said it considers the raiders’ proposals risky and theoffer, so far, woefully inadequate.Tobacco firm sends out smoke signals over health concernsBritish American Tobacco, the world’s second largest tobacco manufacturer,is seeking a “partnership for change” dialogue with the Governmentand health pressure groups in order to respond to concern that smoking posesdangers to public health. BAT has suggested raising the legal age for buying tobacco from 16 to 18. Italso proposes sponsoring independent research into the effects of low tarcigarettes and how to combat tobacco smuggling into the country. And itsupports the idea of ID cards so that underage children trying to buy tobaccocan be identified.Captains of industry are ready to ring the changesA survey commissioned by BT Cellnet reveals that more than three-quarters ofBritain’s top company chiefs believe mobile phones will change the way businessesoperate in future. The survey, carried out by Mori, reveals that most of theUK’s senior business executives are well acquainted with technology. Also, most of the 102-sample of directors drawn from the top 500 companiesbelieve voice-activated keyboards could soon render present-day keyboards andmice obsolete. Interestingly, that could mean the end of employers’ nightmareof being sued for Repetitive Strain Injury. But then again, perhaps not,because the voice-activated keyboards could cause the equivalent Vocal StrainInjury problems for employers instead.HSE calls for shutdown of lay-offs plan at nuclear operatorSafety fears have prompted the Health and Safety Executive to call for atemporary halt to the proposed redundancies plan announced by British Energypending full assessment of safety issues at its two nuclear power operations.British Energy plans to combine some of the core areas of its subsidiariesBritish Energy Generation and British Energy Generation (UK) in order todeliver on its cost-cutting programme. Comments are closed. Bank raiders tool up for St Valentines DayOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Bahl resigns over bully allegations

first_img Comments are closed. Allegations against Kamlesh Bahl, vice-president of the Law Society, have cost her her job.She resigned following a vote by the governing body of the Law Society to suspend her on the strength of a report by Lord Griffiths, a law lord, who upheld complaints of bullying by five members of staff.Bahl complained the decision to suspend was made in her absence and without hearing her side of the story. Bahl resigns over bully allegationsOn 28 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

No escape for the practitioner

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. No escape for the practitionerOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Who would have thought that human rights could apply to health and safety?But it does, and firmly so since 1 October last year. From that date theEuropean Convention on Human Rights has been legally enforceable in UK courts.Although UK citizens have been able to use the Convention since 1950, this waspreviously only possible by making a costly legal trip to the continent to theEuropean Court of Human Rights. Those in Scotland have been able to enforce the Act for longer as it wasintroduced into Scottish law over a year earlier, meaning that developments inthe Scottish courts have been watched with keen interest south of the border. Now that it is easier to use the Convention, lawyers are applying it morevigorously across many areas of the law and health and safety will be noexception. One scenario, recently highlighted, suggested that if an employerrequired a Sikh employee to shave off his beard so that he could wear closefitting facial respiratory equipment it would be breaching the Convention.There are, of course, other means that could be used to protect beardedemployees which would get round the problem, but it still raises an interestingpoint. The introduction of the Convention into UK law means that it would now befar easier for the individuals to take their case to court on human rightsgrounds. Practitioners need to have full knowledge of the impact this change inthe law will have, which is why the IOSH conference next month is concentratingon this issue. The first successful safety case in this area is eagerly awaited, butpractitioners would be advised to take this opportunity to acquire first handknowledge of this important legal development, so they don’t get caught out. last_img read more

HR holds the power in modernisation plans

first_img Comments are closed. HR holds the power in modernisation plansOn 6 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. HR will need to play a central role if the modernisation of public servicesis to be a success. This was the message from Sir Richard Wilson, Cabinet Secretary and head ofthe Home Civil Service, during a seminar on modernisation and change in publicservices. “It is important for HR managers to realise they are the most powerfulpeople in terms of the success of their organisation. You have the keyresponsibility for bringing about change,” he said. The Civil Service is two years into a five-year process of reform. Wilsonstressed that developing effective leadership had been an essential part of managingchange. “We need teams of people at the top who have the skills to run a moderndepartment,” he said. Wilson said the Civil Service is committed to recruiting and promoting staffon merit to ensure the best people are in the right jobs. Performance management including annual bonuses linked to departmentaltargets have also played an important part in changing the service’s culture. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Delivering on your promises

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Buildinga brand is not enough, says Shaun Smith, you need to build teams thatunderstand the brand, understand the customer and can act as ambassadors forthe product Fancyflying a MIG 21 at twice the speed of sound? No problem, pick up a voucher onyour local high street. How about undertaking a James Bond mission and, in theprocess, getting the weapons training and gadgets? Buy a gift certificate.Theseadventures and more were available to consumers to purchase for themselves orothers at Christmas. This is not just a retailing phenomenon. Consumers arelooking for experiences that enable them to realise their dreams and achievetheir desired lifestyle. From hotels to retailing to airlines, consumers arelooking for suppliers who go beyond mere service to offer experiences that meettheir unique needs. They are looking for a ‘branded customer experience’ – aservice that is intentional, consistent, different and valuable. Disneystarted the trend. First Direct started a new concept in banking using it.Howard Schultz of Starbucks applied it to selling coffee, and Richer Sounds issaid to have the highest sales per square foot of any retailer in the world bydoing it. All these companies are retaining customers by delivering serviceexperiences that create value beyond the products or services the companies areselling. And through it they are enhancing loyalty, generating higher marginsand gaining market share.Butwhat’s the difference between simple good customer service and a brandedcustomer experience? How do you get your people to buy into it and what actionsmake a difference? Abrand is a promise and you have to deliver your promises. Take a look at mostadvertisements or promotions and the claims they make or imply. How often dothe companies making them actually deliver? Experiencing the brand is aboutcreating promises that have direct appeal to your target customers and theninvesting in education and training, effective teamwork, performance managementand communication. It is about creating systems that provide the skills andinformation everyone needs to deliver on them – consistently. All too often,the firm stops at defining high-level brand values – such as responsiveness,trustworthiness, and friendliness – without ever defining how these values willbe brought alive through the customer experience and without articulating howemployees need to behave to keep customers interested.Tomake a difference, it is crucial to unleash the power of the organisation – itspeople. All employees need to ‘get it’. They need to understand their role asbrand ambassadors and need a leader who can convince them it’s the rightdirection. Some years ago, Allen Chichester, then CEO of Leo Burnett’s HongKong operation set his strategy for the future in the midst of disappointingbusiness results.  Themessage to staff was: “Here’s what we’ll face if we don’t do this –dissatisfied clients, eroding market share, and declining earnings. But here iswhat it could be like if we work together – delighted clients, expandingbusiness, and record profits.” Shortly after that Leo Burnett increasedclient retention by 25 per cent and new account profitability by 63 per cent,reducing employee turnover by more than 40 per cent. Inthese companies, top management energises its people and never relinquishesresponsibility as the ultimate guardian of the brand. This is about people whowork in an environment where, through determined leadership and good training,everyone knows the customer is important. Customer-focused values matter andleaders set the direction and create the climate by giving their employees theessential tools to do the job.Becomingmarket leader and staying there are two different issues. Sustaining a leadingposition can only be done by constantly paying attention to your targetcustomers and what they value – ensuring that your organisation continues todeliver that value and brand promise every day. Thegreatest brands of the future will be those that, through a ‘branded customerexperience’, create meaning for customers and employees and create valuethrough differentiation. Thislevel of differentiation cannot be achieved through advertising alone, orthrough products that can be easily copied, nor through prices or ‘loyaltycards’ that stimulate short-term affection. Only ‘branded customer experiences’can create an indelible impression on customers that is so powerful and sopositive that they become the strongest type of advocates for the brand. Comments are closed. Delivering on your promisesOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

I want to move to employee relations

first_imgI want to move to employee relationsOn 7 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. I have worked as an HR generalist for six years. I find I am increasinglyinterested in employee relations. What are the prospects for careers withinthis area? Is there a demand for this specialism and where do you think such acareer path could lead? And would there be any disadvantages to such a careermove? Caroline Battson, head of interim, Macmillan Davies Hodes Employee relations is one of the most popular areas of a generalist role inHR. In addition to solid generalist knowledge, the attributes needed fordealing with employee relations issues successfully within an organisation aregood communication skills, and the ability to influence and consult. It is a specialism within a generalist’s remit in the same way ascompensation and benefits, and training. If employee relations is the area youfind most interesting, you should have little trouble finding a role that hasan employee relations focus. You may want to concentrate on companies with large HR departments, as theywill often have dedicated employee relations’ positions within the HR team. Youwill find that an in-depth knowledge of this area will ensure you are in a goodposition to secure employment as it is the base for all HR roles. Cliff Dixon, consultant, Chiumento This field is specialist, and you will need to be sure you have sufficientinterest and aptitude to handle the necessary detail. Traditionally, this work has been found in large corporations and sectorssuch as manufacturing and engineering, but is now also being outsourced. Thisis creating a demand for writers of clear formatted guides and deliverers whocan enable managers to get to the core of an issue as fast as possible. You should thoroughly research the market for jobs, networking with bothspecialists and relevant generalists. CIPD magazines will give you anindication and HR recruitment agencies can help with unadvertised contacts. Test your own suitability and temperament for this type of work with allyour contacts. You will also need to carefully assess your long-term careerplan. Moving from generalist to specialist not only means less variety ofcontent, but can be a disadvantage in the future should you wish to revert. Inany event, you will need to stay in touch with the entire HR sector to maintainyour credibility. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMSConsultancy You say you are interested in employee relations but it depends on how youdefine employee relations. A number of academics have put forward the view thatit is more than just procedures, staff negotiation and consultation. It isabout creating a climate that enhances the contribution of the employee. Anemployee relations professional should therefore be looking at performancemanagement programmes, training and development to improve business performanceand employee involvement. If this is the view you subscribe to then this couldbe a good career move where you can be seen to make an impact. If you take a narrower view, namely that employee relations is aboutemployment legislation, conflict and policy, then there are roles in theprivate and public sector. This will give you a specific expertise, but willnot necessarily restrict your future career options. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

BA launches e-learning project to improve training

first_imgBritish Airways is to launch an ambitious e-learning project to centraliseand improve the quality of training for its worldwide workforce. The company’s 50,000 staff, ranging from baggage handlers to pilots, will beable to use the intranet to access over 500 courses, including coaching,project management and leadership skills as well a new course on how torecognise and handle dangerous goods. Traditional classroom-based learning willalso be used alongside e-learning to deliver training to BA employees. The company has incorporated e-learning in its 30 open learning centres toensure that the 70 per cent of staff who do not have regular access to acomputer are able to benefit from the initiative. Elaine Wilson, British Airways e-learning manager, believes that moreaccessible training will help to improve career development within the companyand the quality of customer service. “As a leading airline, training anddevelopment is a critical part of our business strategy to ensure that ourstaff can provide the highest level of customer service. “However, with a global workforce who work irregular hours, are oftenon the move and differ greatly in culture and ways of working, providingconsistent and successful training is a continuous challenge. “E-learning presents the perfect solution offering our staff afantastic range of courses to chose from, including IT, business andprofessional development skills, and more importantly access whenever theychoose.” Related posts:No related photos. BA launches e-learning project to improve trainingOn 14 May 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more