NYC Ballet sued over member’s alleged sharing of nude photos

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) —  A 19-year-old ballerina who’s suing New York City Ballet said it’s “kind of disappointing to think back to when I was younger and how I idolized the place and the people in it.”“And now,” Alexandra Waterbury, a former student at the company, told “Good Morning America” in an interview, “it’s just a shame.”Waterbury filed a lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court that lists as defendants City Ballet and former principal dancer Chase Finlay, whom she dated and who allegedly shared naked photos of her with other male performers.The suit alleges that a group of male dancers regularly shared with each other nude photos of female dancers and that a “fraternity-like atmosphere permeates the Ballet and its dancers and emboldens them to disregard the law and violate the basic rights of women.”Finlay’s attorney said in a statement the lawsuit is “nothing more than allegations that should not be taken as fact. Matters such as these should and will be litigated in courtrooms where the truth can emerge rather than in the media.”City Ballet Chairman Charles Scharf said in a statement that the company “vehemently denies” the allegations.Scharf said the company had not condoned any of the alleged behavior and that it “has no liability for the actions specified in the complaint and has taken the appropriate disciplinary actions for the dancers involved.”“New York City Ballet is confident that there is no basis for this lawsuit, and vehemently denies the allegations that the company has condoned, encouraged, or fostered the kind of activity that Mr. Finlay and the others named have participated in, which were off-hours activities that were not known, approved, or facilitated by NYCB,” according to the statement.He added of the allegations: “We investigated them and found that the actions had violated the Company’s norms of conduct, and immediate and appropriate action was taken.”Waterbury grew up “idolizing” Finlay, who’s about seven years older than her, but it wasn’t long after they started dating that he was “abusive in every way — physically, emotionally, mentally. He was really manipulative,” she told “GMA.”Waterbury said she discovered the photos while using Finlay’s personal computer“He was leaving for the airport for a job at 4 in the morning, so he let me stay at his apartment,” she recalled. “And I woke up in the morning to check my email, and he had given me the password to his laptop, so I logged on. And the first thing that popped up was an unsaved number with some pretty descriptive language. That just wasn’t OK. I was just like, ‘What is this?’ and it just got worse and worse.”Waterbury said she saw on the computer conversations with women but also with men, “all of whom I would’ve considered friends … that were just really misogynistic and vulgar and just cruel. It was a lot to take in.”When she confronted Finlay about the alleged conversations and photos, Waterbury said, “he just had nothing to say.”She’d been disappointed it took so long for the ballet company to address the situation, Waterbury added.“They could’ve apologized,” she told “GMA.” “They could apologize publicly. They could address the situation at least. I’m disappointed in the fact that it took four months for any action to be taken, especially since I’m a former student of theirs, especially since there are board members with daughters in my class. Just kind of weak to not say or do anything for such a long period of time.”Her lawsuit seeks, among other things, an “order permanently restraining defendants from engaging in such unlawful conduct” and unspecified monetary damages.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Four dead, including police officer, after shooting in Chicago hospital

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Four people have died — including a police officer — after a shooting at a hospital on Chicago’s South side.Three shooting victims all died from their injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The suspect is also dead, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford told ABC News.The shooting began as a verbal altercation between a man and a woman near Michigan Avenue outside of the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in the city’s Bronzeville District, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Tuesday evening.After a friend of one of the individuals tried to intervene, the man then lifted up his shirt, showing that he was armed, Johnson said.The acquaintance then fled into the hospital, and the man fired at the woman in the parking lot, killing her, Johnson said. The couple were in a domestic relationship, and the woman was an employee at the hospital.Police responded to the scene and observed the suspect with a handgun, who fired multiple shots at the officers before they could exit their cars, after which officers chased him into the hospital, Johnson said.Officers then exchanged gunfire with the suspect inside the hospital. A female staff member inside an elevator and a police officer struck by gunfire both also died.One of the women killed was a doctor, while the other was a pharmaceutical assistant, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during the news conference.“The City of Chicago lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love,” Emanuel said.The doctor was later identified as 38-year-old Tamara O’Neal, an emergency room physician who was dedicated to her church and never worked Sundays, said Patrick Connor, director of emergency medicine at the hospital. Dayna Less, 25, was the pharmacy resident in training killed.The ER is expected to be closed on Tuesday.“A hospital should be a safe place,” Connor said. “Every shooting in America is a tragedy — it is a national tragedy. And it is especially senseless when a shooting occurs in a healing space of a hospital.”The hospital had its first active-shooter drill three or four weeks ago, said Michael Davenport, the chief medical officer.“We never thought we would have to experience what we had,” Davenport said. “Everyone did what they were trained to do.”About 200 patients were being cared for at the time of the shooting, he added. Everyone from the emergency room was relocated.It is unclear if the suspect died by police gunfire or from a self-inflicted shot, Johnson said.The officer was identified by the department as Samuel Jimenez, Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, wrote on Twitter, describing the deadly attack as a “senseless active shooter incident.”Jimenez “saved a lot of lives,” Johnson said, adding that the suspect “was just shooting” and they “just don’t know how much damage he was prepared to do.”“Today, the Fraternal Order of Police lost a valued brother — a courageous police officer who got up this morning, went to work and wanted to protect the city of Chicago,” said Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago chapter of the police union. “He did that today, and he did so with his life.”Law enforcement swarmed the scene near the hospital after shots were fired near 26th Street and Michigan Avenue, Guglielmi said.Officers were executing a “methodical” search of the hospital in the wake of the shooting, Guglielmi said. The hospital later tweeted that the building was secured and that patients were safe.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Santa Anita racetrack loses two horses in three days, marking 25 fatalities in six months

first_imgKABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — Two horses died at Southern California’s prominent Santa Anita racetrack over the weekend, marking 25 thoroughbred fatalities there in the last six months.A pair of 3-year-old geldings sustained fatal injuries in separate incidents on Friday and Sunday as the embattled racetrack works and employ reforms to stem a rash of unprecedented horse deaths.One of the horses, a male called Spectacular Music, sustained a rare injury to the pelvis while racing near the half-mile pole on Sunday, according to the track.“The horse did not fall, but was pulled up at about the half mile pole at the discretion of Jockey Jorge Velez and vanned to receive a comprehensive evaluation by on-site world-class veterinarians,” Santa Anita said in a statement Monday.“Equine pelvic injuries are rare,” it added, “and further evaluation is being conducted by the California Horse Racing Board, per protocol, to understand what could have caused this uncommon injury.”The other gelding, Commander Coil, died after sustaining a shoulder injury in a training session on Friday morning, the racetrack revealed Saturday.“Equine shoulder injuries are rare, especially for a horse that is galloping as opposed to breezing or racing,” a spokesperson for Santa Anita said in a statement to ABC News. “A comprehensive evaluation will be completed to understand what might have caused this uncommon injury.”Santa Anita Park, owned by the Canadian-based Stronach Group, postponed several races earlier this year and hired respected trackman Dennis Moore to help assess the condition on its main track.Some experts attributed the cluster of thoroughbred deaths to inclement weather. Southern California had an unusual amount of rain this past season after many years of drought or near drought, which would have impacted the quality of the track the horses can run on safely.“Every time it rains you seal the tracks as hard as it can get. So the water runs off of it,” Clifford Sise, a veteran horse trainer currently working with 15 horses at Santa Anita and other tracks, told ABC News Saturday. “It would stop raining only three days, where you can really work on it. You need at least seven, eight days to dry out. To go to the bottom of it and the cushion and work on it. It was nobody’s fault.”At least 25 horses have died while racing or training since the track opened for the winter season on Dec. 26. The horse deaths prompted several investigations earlier this year, including a task force convened by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the California Horse Racing Board.The most-recent deaths were the first ones reported since track officials introduced a new reforms last month, track officials said.“Before this catastrophic injury, unprecedented health and safety reforms were introduced at Santa Anita Park. From April 1 to May 18, there have been 698 starters on the main track and 651 starters on the turf course without fatalities,” Santa Anita said in its statement Monday.“The Stronach Group is committed to advocating for the health and safety of horses and riders and will continue to work with stakeholders in California and nationally to drive further progress,” it added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Inside a wrongfully convicted man’s 24-year quest to clear his name

first_imgiStock/moodboard(NEW YORK) — As Sundhe Moses sat in a Brooklyn courtroom more than 20 years ago, he insisted that he had been forced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit.Nevertheless, he was convicted and hit with a sentence of 15 years to life for a drive-by shooting in Brooklyn that left a little girl dead.Moses went from a 19-year-old community college student and father of an 8-month-old boy to an inmate at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.He had been trying to clear his name ever since.Despite being exonerated for the killing last year, he was still facing an additional sentence for an 18-year-old charge of attempted promoting prison contraband, a case prosecutors refused to drop until Friday, despite his argument that he wouldn’t have pleaded guilty in the drug case had he not been in prison.“This is so vital for a black man in America to not have a criminal record,” Moses told ABC News.Moses, 43, was convicted for participating in an August 1995 drive-by shooting in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where dozens of children were outside playing. Four-year-old Shamone Johnson was killed, and four other young people, including an 8-year-old boy, were injured.During his 1997 trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Moses testified that now-retired Detective Louis Scarcella beat him into confessing to the crime.Four years into his jail stint, Moses was busted for allegedly having a marijuana cigarette that contained traces of heroin. In 2002, he was indicted by Clinton County prosecutors for promoting prison contraband, a felony.“I was going back and forth to court fighting a case, again. Riding back and forth from prison to court, shackled, I can’t describe it,” said Moses, adding, “I just copped out … it’s not like I knew when I was going home.”After entering a guilty plea in the drug case, the judge sentenced Moses to a consecutive sentence because he was a two-time felon, increasing his stint to 16 1/2 years. He had been facing up to seven years if convicted at trial. He had to plead guilty to a felony because he was predicate felon.In 2013, Detective Scarcella’s questionable police tactics made headlines when the late Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes exonerated the first person whose criminal case was connected to the detective. Scarcella, through his attorneys, has repeatedly denied involvement with any of the cases.To date, 12 men and one woman had their convictions Scarcella allegedly was involved in overturned.That same year, Moses faced the parole board a second time. This time, Moses and his attorneys, Ron Kuby and Leah Busby, were armed with evidence of Scarcella’s pattern of wrongdoing, as well as two witnesses who recanted their testimony.Days before Moses’ birthday in December 2013, he was released on parole without having to admit his guilt.Kuby and Busby first filed a motion with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s revamped Conviction Review Unit as they were investigating more than 70 Scarcella-related convictions. In 2015, Moses’ legal team decided to file a motion with a judge requesting an evidentiary hearing in the hope of getting the conviction tossed in favor of a new trial.After years of delays, Moses’ hearing commenced. Scarcella downplayed his role in the investigation, claiming repeatedly, “I don’t know” or “I don’t recall.” In January 2018, Justice Dineen Riviezzo overturned Moses’ conviction and ordered a new trial in a written decision that she read in court. The following month, prosecutors decided not to retry the case.But Clinton County prosecutors were still pursuing the prison contraband case.“The system encountered someone who has been exonerated for a charge, but while in prison for a case they were wrongfully in prison for, they picked up another conviction,” said Moses. “There wasn’t any case law similar to give a judge direction on how the case should be litigated.”Earlier this year, Moses’ lawyers Kuby and Rhiya Trivedi filed a motion to withdraw the guilty plea in the drug case because he was no longer a two-time felon.“This situation presents the extremely rare case in which the Court cannot say the defendant would have entered a guilty plea to the crime of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree had it not been for the conviction on the murder charge,” wrote Clinton County Court Judge Keith M. Bruno in his written decision granting the motion to toss his guilty plea. Bruno did note that Moses did not dispute that he used marijuana in prison.Still, prosecutors refused to drop the charges, Kuby told ABC News on Friday.“The stigma of a felony or felonies on your record is a bullseye to normal society,” Moses said.In June, Moses was offered the chance to plead guilty to a misdemeanor instead of a felony, but he would still have a criminal record.“I wasn’t comfortable with that. What if I had a dream to get into politics tomorrow? A misdemeanor or not, I don’t need that on my record,” said Moses.On Friday, Clinton County prosecutors dismissed the drug case “in the interest of justice,” according to Kuby. The Clinton County DA’s office declined comment.“As a black person they think it’s OK to have that on your record. They don’t see it as you shouldn’t have it at all,” Moses said. “They looked at it as ‘Just take it, you’re out, you’re free,’ but I looked at it from a whole other perspective.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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Live updates: Evacuations underway in Los Angeles as Getty Fire explodes to 500 acres

first_imgErin Donalson/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — As winds reach extremely dangerous levels in Southern California, the Getty Fire in Los Angeles is exploding in size and forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes. Burning in the hills north of Los Angeles’ famous Getty Center, the fire has consumed 500 acres. The Getty Center and Getty Villa are safe, but many houses were on fire.Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Los Angeles from the 405 freeway to the ocean — which spans some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Southbound lanes of the 405 freeway, the busiest highway in the country, are now closed.In Los Angeles’ upscale Brentwood neighborhood, fire crews put out fires on multiple homes early Monday as the sky glowed orange from the flames and dense smoke.Horrible situation on #tigertail right now in #Brentwood – have counted 6 homes on fire and there’s likely more. The #GettyFire continued to burn out of control in the hills of Brentwood. Stay with @ABC7 for live coverage— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) October 28, 2019LeBron James said he was among those forced to evacuate from his home overnight.My best wishes as well to the first responders right now doing what they do best! — LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s parents also evacuated, and the mayor Monday morning urged anyone in an evacuation area to leave immediately. He said he saw five homes destroyed.“We’ve seen fires and tragedies were people have believed they could stay,” Garcetti said. “Do not do that. The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family.”The cause of the quickly spreading blaze is under investigation but Garcetti said it was not caused by homeless encampments.Throughout the day, the conditions in Los Angeles will be extremely dangerous for fire growth.NIGHT BRUSH FIRE 10/28/19 @LACoFireAirOps Firehawk helicopter using night vision technology to assist @LAFD with the #GettyFire in the Sepulveda Pass. Follow @LAFD for updates.— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) October 28, 2019Dry Santa Ana winds are expected throughout the day, leaving Angelenos in an extremely critical fire risk area. Gusty winds and dry conditions can cause an existing fire to behave erratically and any spark could quickly expand into a major blaze.Wind gusts already reached 66 mph in the Los Angeles area early Monday.The Getty Fire is just one of the dangerous blazes burning in the Golden State.In Northern California, the monster Kincade Fire has been burning since Wednesday night and has consumed over 66,000 acres in the heart of wine country.All Sonoma County public schools are closed Monday and Tuesday due to the dangerous fire.Current look at the #kincadefire right now. We’re currently in Windsor where the fire is quickly spreading. @ABC10— Kevin John (@heykevinjohn) October 28, 2019Rough winds, including a 93 mph gust, contributed to the Kincade Fire rapidly growing over the weekend. Containment fell from 10% to 5%.Over 90 structures have been destroyed and tens of thousands are still threatened. Two firefighters have suffered burn injuries.Winds are forecast to weaken in Northern California on Monday, but critical fire conditions are expected to return to the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing gusts up to 40 mph.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New Orleans city government hit with cyberattack

first_imgCity of New Orleans(NEW ORLEANS) — The computer network that handles governmental operations for the city of New Orleans was shut down Friday by a cyberattack, city officials say.New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell signed a declaration of emergency for the city after a ransomware attack was detected by staffers at city hall Friday morning.The perpetrators of the attack, who had not been identified, made no demands in conjunction with the attack, Cantrell said at a Friday afternoon press conference.Among those services taken offline was the city’s website at 911 service and computer-aided dispatch have not been affected by the attack, said New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.“The only difference between now and what we were doing yesterday is that we’re now documenting our reports manually,” he said. “Other than that, services remain the same, response times remain the same.”Officials were working with cybersecurity experts from the Louisiana State Police, FBI, Louisiana National Guard, and United States Secret Service to perform a forensic and technical cyber-investigation into the attack, the mayor said.Cantrell said that, to her knowledge, no city information was compromised in the incident. The attack was similar to a recent cyberattack that occurred on the state level, she said.Suspicious activity in the form of phishing emails and other malware was initially detected at around 5 a.m. Friday, with increased activity detected at around 8 a.m., officials said. Officials determined between 11-11:30 a.m. that the attack had compromised the network, at which point city hall employees were instructed over the building’s public address system to shut down and unplug their computers.No city employee had reported clicking on malware to precipitate the attack, officials said, although authorities were still investigating how the attack occurred.Collin Arnold, the city’s director of homeland security, said that the city was well-prepared for this kind of incident, as a result of recent hurricane disasters.“We can operate without internet, without the city network,” he said. “It makes it obviously more difficult, but from a public safety standpoint … we’ve trained to do that, because of hurricane season.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UNC shooting victim Riley Howell honored with ‘Star Wars’ character

first_imgABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Riley Howell, who was hailed a hero for sacrificing his life to protect others in the shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been honored with a “Star Wars” character that was named after him.Howell was killed on April 30 when a gunman opened fire inside one of the school’s buildings. He helped take the gunman off his feet and, in doing so, saved lives, police said at the time.Howell’s legacy will carry on with the character, Ri-Lee Howell, who is a Jedi master and historian, according to “The Rise of Skywalker” visual dictionary, which was released on Dec. 20, the same day the latest film in the franchise came out.The Jedi are described as guardians “of peace and justice” and “protectors united by their ability to harness the power of the Force,” according to Wookieepedia, a fan-run Stars Wars encyclopedia.Lauren Westmoreland, Howell’s girlfriend, said Monday that the character was the perfect tribute for him.“Riley is the biggest fan of Star Wars that I’ve ever known, ever since he was little!!!!!” Westmoreland posted on the video-sharing TikTok app.“Thank you for giving my love this best Christmas gift this year and making him part of the Star Wars universe forever,” the post continued.The video included baby photos of Howell playing with “Star Wars” figurines.Howell was credited with taking the assailant “off his feet” during the shooting, allowing officers to step in and apprehend him, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said at the time.Without him, “the assailant may not have been disarmed,” according to Putney.“His sacrifice saved lives,” Putney said.Another student, Ellis Parlier, 19, was also killed in the shooting and four more were wounded.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: US hits 5 million cases of COVID-19

first_imgMaksim Tkachenko/iStockBY: JON HAWORTH AND IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 727,000 people worldwide.More than 19.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 5 million diagnosed cases and at least 162,441 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.12:18 p.m.: Texas reports highest average positivity rateThe Texas Health Department said that its seven-day average for COVID-19 positivity rate reached a record high Saturday with 19.41%.This was two percentage points higher than the previous record on July 16, according to Health Department data. The average was steadily falling from July 16 to July 29, when the seven-day average was 12.09%, however it has been increasing steadily since July 30, Health Department data indicated.An increase in test positivity could reflect an increase in new cases, a reduction in tests conducted, or both. The state has administered over 4.3 million COVID-19 tests so far, the Health Department said.11:42 a.m.: Washington records 1st teen to die from COVID-19The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced it recorded the first coronavirus death to affect a Washington state resident under 20 years old.The unidentified teen lived in South Hill resident and had no reported underlying health conditions, according to the Health Department.“The disease is everywhere. To drive down the spread and protect our loved ones, we all need to mask up, maintain physical distance, and stay close to home,” Anthony L-T Chen, the director of health of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, said in a statement.Washington state has 62,523 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,688 deaths as of Sunday, according to the state’s Health Department.11:28 a.m.: Maryland positivity rate hits a new lowMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the seven-day average of the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate reached a new all-time low of 3.75%.The state conducted 1.03 million tests so far and 17.2% of the state’s population has been tested, according to the governor. Maryland conducted 40,473 tests on Saturday and had a positivity rate of 2.72%, the governor said.The statewide positivity rate has been under 5% since June 25, and is now more than 86% lower than its April 17 peak, Hogan’s office said.The state has 95,903 total COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning and 3,448 deaths, according to the state’s Health Department.11:15 a.m.: Florida records over 6,200 new cases, 77 new deathsThe Florida Health Department said it recorded 6,229 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 532,806. The state recorded 77 new deaths during that time frame, bringing the total number of coronavirus related fatalities to 8,315, according to the state’s Health Department.Florida recorded 254 new hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, and the virus has hospitalized 30,505 people so far, the health department said.Approximately 20% of the state’s ICU beds are available, according to Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. Thirty-seven hospitals across the state have run out of ICU beds, and four counties have no ICU beds available, according to the agency.10:15 a.m.: US reaches 5 million coronavirus casesThe U.S. recorded its five millionth COVID-19 case Sunday morning, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The number of deaths in the country is above 162,000, the data indicated.Globally, there are roughly 19.6 million COVID-19 cases and more than 727,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The U.S. has led the world in coronavirus cases for months, with nearly 2 million more than Brazil, which has the second-most cases.1:22 a.m.: Minnesota Vikings player needs open-heart surgery after post-COVID diagnosis shows heart problemMinnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith posted on his Instagram page Saturday night that he will need open-heart surgery to fix a defective valve that he’s had since birth.The condition was discovered from additional tests administered following his COVID-19 positive diagnosis.“Earlier this week I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with,” Smith’s statement read. “Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer. I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!”Smith concluded: “There is a surgery that will allow me to continue to play football as soon as I am healed and cleared and I didn’t think twice about going with that one. By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. I’m going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback!”12:40 a.m.: Cardinals vs. Pirates on Monday postponed due to coronavirusThe Pittsburgh Pirates’ flight to St. Louis on Sunday has been canceled and their game on Monday against the Cardinals has been postponed, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.By Sunday, the teams will have a better sense as to whether they’ll play Tuesday and Wednesday, sources told Passan.The Cardinals’ three-game series against the Chicago Cubs this weekend was postponed after the league said two Cardinals players and one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus from samples collected over the past two days.In total, nine Cardinals players and seven staffers have tested positive since last week. The Cardinals haven’t played since July 29.12:15 a.m.: Biden on the U.S. reaching 5 million COVID-19 cases: ‘It’s a number that boggles the mind and breaks the heart’Former Vice President Joe Biden reacted Saturday evening to the news that the United States has reached 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.In a paper statement, Biden said the number “boggles the mind and breaks the heart,” urging Americans to continue taking steps, including mask-wearing, to combat the spread of the virus and eventually overcome it.As he has throughout the pandemic, Biden also slammed Trump’s lack of leadership on the crisis, writing that the country “continue[s] to hear little more from President Trump than excuses and lies.”“No other high-income economy is still struggling to get this under control. In fact, Americans are no longer welcome in much of the world, because we are seen as a public health threat. And we are where we are today for one simple, infuriating reason: Trump waved the white flag and gave up. He didn’t want to deal with the pandemic, so he stopped trying. He didn’t do his job,” Biden wrote.“Trump has already thrown away months of the American people’s sacrifice and hard work. Imagine what four more years of his failures will cost us,” he added.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Leaders beat managers on results

first_img Comments are closed. Leaders beat managers on resultsOn 23 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR directors can make a huge difference to their organisations providing they see themselves as “leaders” not “managers”.Prof John Adair, a national adviser on leadership training, believes HR can be a major influence. But the profession needs to follow BP’s lead and stop using the title “manager”. In 10 years, Adair predicts managers will be subordinate to the business leadership function. “Some 50 per cent of our needs come from within us and 50 per cent from outsiders, especially from the leadership we encounter,” he said. “Getting extraordinary results from ordinary people is crucial to your future. Get your 50 per cent right before you blame the workforce when things go wrong. The best leaders tend to have a high view of people.”Adair urged HR directors to:• Be motivated themselves,• Select people who are highly motivated,• Treat people as individuals,• Set realistic and challenging targets,• Remember that progress motivates,• Provide fair rewards,• Give recognition.There were several distinctions between leaders and managers. Adair said leaders gave direction, inspired, encouraged and built teams, set an example and produced output and added value. Managers kept organisations running, controlled, administered and minded systems.last_img read more

Ex-soldier’s march on on-line hiring

first_img • Bill Shipton, 38, is managing director of PeopleBank, the UK’s first on-line recruitment company. PeopleBank, set up in 1990, lists 700 advertised vacancies on its web site and holds 130,000 CVs on its database. It claims to have between 25,000 and 60,000 hits a day.PT What was your first job?BS I joined the army from school and was in it from 1981 to 1993. I served in the Royal Green Jackets where I ended as personal staff officer to General Sir David Ramsbotham, the army board member for personnel. This was during Options for Change, a review that led to the most radical restructuring of the army since the Second World War. PT What was your first senior position?BS Director of Infocheck Online, an on-line credit information provider. This was on-line before the Web.PT Describe your most significant career move?BS Leaving the army. It was more than a job change – it was a change in my way of life.PT When did you make the move to an on-line company?BS In 1995, when I became managing director of PeopleBank.PT Why were you considered the person for the job?BS Natural leadership – my military background was useful for this. Also, we had a shared vision of seeing what impact the on-line world was going to have on business.PT Would you go back to a bricks and mortar company?BS Not a pure one. But I think we are rapidly moving towards a situation where the companies that haven’t embraced new technology will be peculiar. PT What is the most difficult experience you have had to deal with at PeopleBank?BS Raising £4.5m last year – it took a lot of hard work. This was for PeopleBank’s second round of funding when media giant Carlton became involved. Carlton holds shares in the company along with previous owner Associated Newspapers.PT What is the biggest risk you have taken in your career?BS Buying PeopleBank from Associated Newspapers. I ran it for Associated after a previous involvement because I knew the original founders, David Vanrenen and Alan Tucker. I then funded a management buy-out. I had a staff shake-out at this time but since then I have had a core of loyal staff who are still with me.PT What are your personal ambitions and for PeopleBank?BS To continue with our mission of being the premier CV database in the UK. We are already three times bigger than our nearest rival in CV terms. As for me, I’m in it for the long term – I always felt it was a case of when, not if, and I believe that when is now.PT Who do you admire in the dotcom world?BS Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of, purely because I think she’s a naturally gifted handler of the media. I’ve seen her on TV and heard her on Radio 4’s Today programme and she’s brilliant.PT What are your bookmarks?BS,, and, the Internet movie database. In terms of HR-related sites, is interesting. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Ex-soldier’s march on on-line hiringOn 11 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more