2 dead, 14 wounded in mass shooting in Rochester, New York

first_imgKali9/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — There are two people dead and at least 14 others injured following a mass shooting at a backyard party in Rochester, New York, overnight, according to the Rochester Police Department.The shooting took place on Pennsylvania Avenue around 12:25 a.m. ET, according to authorities. Police say several dozen rounds were fired.This is “truly a tragedy of epic proportions,” Rochester interim Police Chief Mark Simmons said during a press conference early Saturday morning. “Sixteen victims is unheard of.”One deceased victim is a female aged 18-22 and the other is a male, also aged 18-22. The 14 surviving victims were taken to two local hospitals. Simmons said none of the other victims have suffered life-threatening injuries.Police have not released the names of the victims and have not identified a suspect.Officers, Simmons said, are still interviewing witnesses to get more information about how the shooting started and learn more about the suspect or suspects.A witness told ABC News affiliate in Rochester WHAM that the gunfire sounded “like the Vietnam War.”When police arrived at the scene, Simmons said officers saw 100 people running to and from the location. Two people fleeing the scene were also injured. Up until the 911 call came in for the shooting, there were no calls to complain about the large gathering, he said.“This tragic act of violence has impacted many people’s lives and families,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement provided to WHAM Saturday. “I’m begging everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint as RPD investigates what happened here and seeks those responsible.”The city of Rochester has been on edge recently with nightly protests following the release of footage that showed the death of 41-year-old Daniel Prude in police custody.In the video, officers are seen pinning Prude to the ground while a spit bag is on his head, and he eventually appears to go unconscious. Prude died a week later. The Monroe County medical examiner listed his death as a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”Warren fired Police Chief La’Ron Singletary on Monday.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.ABC News’ Meredith Deliso and Ivan Pereira contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgSearch engineOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article In the first of a new series to save you surfing time, we find the bestwebsites for further information on a HR-related subject or issue. We beginwith sites relating to employment tribunals Acas www.acas.org.ukThe Acas arbitration scheme for the resolution of unfair dismissal disputesis due to come into force next week, subject to parliamentary approval. You candownload it from here as an Acrobat file. The scheme is designed as a voluntaryalternative to employment tribunal hearings. The Acas site is also worthperusing regularly for news and general tribunal-related information. Central Arbitration Committee www.cac.gov.ukThe committee’s annual reports don’t exactly make light reading, but areinteresting overviews of the CAC’s work over the past 12 months. There’s also asection on its applications and decisions and its statutory powers. Centre for Dispute Resolution www.cedr.co.uk/home.htmA good place to start if you want to find out more about ADR (alternativedispute resolution). CEDR is an independent, non-profitmaking organisationwhich attempts to use mediation in disputes that have reached a deadlock. Itbelieves mediation is core to successful ADR. There is plenty of freeinformation on the site and you can find out how to join CEDR. Department of Trade and Industry www.dti.gov.uk/er/index.htmThe employment relations section of this site is good for keeping up to datewith changing legislation and amendments to tribunal procedures. One of themost useful areas is Hot Topics, which has workplace-related news and featuresthat frequently have relevance for tribunals. Reports marked with the Acrobatsymbol can be downloaded free of charge. Emplaw www.emplaw.co.ukThere’s a useful introduction to all aspects of tribunals in thefree-to-enter section of Disc Law Publishing’s mighty online law guide. If youwant to look at some of the cases though, you’ll have to sign up for thepaid-for professional area. Daily, weekly and monthly passes cost £5.88, £29.38and £41.13 respectively, as well as annual subscriptions. Employmentlaw.co.ukwww.employmentlaw.co.ukUndergoing a redesign when we visited, but you can currently sign up for afree trial without obligation. The new-look site is setting out to be a leadingsource of HR and employment law and is specifically aimed at HR professionalsin companies of up to 100 staff. Employment-Solicitors www.employment-solicitors.co.ukIn conjunction with www.tribunalinfo.com,this site features a database of over 250,000 records of individuals andcompanies who have had judgments made for or against them since 1998. It claimsto offer a next-day response to questions regarding an individual’s trackrecord. The site is part of the legal portal www.interactive-law.co.ukEqual Opportunities Commission www.eoc.org.ukThe commission doesn’t just exist for the employee; there’s plenty of usefulinformation here for HR professionals too. Best of all is the free downloadsection, where you can obtain copies of the commission’s good practice guides,which cover areas such as flexibility in the workplace, maternity, sexualharassment and occupational qualifications. HMSO www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1996/1996017.htmThe site that spells out the 1966 Industrial Tribunals Act down to the lastsubsection. Not exactly bedtime reading, but useful to have in order to stayfully informed. Eclipse Onlinewww.irseclipse.co.uk/subjects/employmentlaw.htmlExcellent set of reference material on the subject of employment law andtribunal-related information. It also lists relevant conference information andtraining events. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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RHM looks to second-half profit

first_imgBakery and food giant RHM has said it expects profit to be skewed towards the second half of the year.In an AGM statement this week, the company said the impact of higher wheat prices, increased marketing spend and the timing of price increases would weigh profit to the second half even more than usual. RHM chairman Jan du Plessis said that RHM’s bread bakeries and customer partnerships businesses had continued to progress satisfactorily.He added that the cakes business had continued to make good progress, with the Mr Kipling brand delivering both encouraging like-for-like sales growth and market share gains, as actions taken to improve performance in the second half of last year continue to build momentum.Sales in the first four months of RHM’s financial year, which are traditionally the quietest, were 2% ahead of last year, he said.last_img read more

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Independent report: Paterson Inquiry report

first_imgThe inquiry has reviewed the circumstances surrounding Ian Paterson’s malpractice and considered other past and current practices in the NHS and the independent sector.The inquiry aims to learn lessons from these and to make recommendations to improve the safety and quality of care provided to all patients.The report was presented to Parliament by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety, Nadine Dorries.last_img

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Greggs’ yum-yums production boosted by supply chain shake-up

first_imgGreggs has reported that its manufacturing and logistics shake-up, which has brought the closure and restructure of a number of sites, is boosting efficiency and product quality.In a trading update published today (1 August), the business said commissioning of yum-yums production at its Glasgow factory had gone well and was “already delivering improved product quality, consistency and efficiency”.Greggs closed its bakery in Edinburgh in May, and transferred production and logistics activity to Glasgow as part of a company-wide strategy to create ‘centres of excellence’ focused on distribution and/or production of a specific type of product.The next phase of investment will be consolidation of cake and muffin production at its Leeds site.Greggs has also rolled out a new central forecasting and replenishment system to all its shops, and said this had improved product availability while simplifying administration for shop staff.“Inevitably there has been some increase in costs in the transition, but there is a clear net benefit already and we will build on this as we learn to harness the benefits of this new technology,” said Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside, describing the system as “the most significant process change that the business has ever embarked upon”.Greggs reported a 7.3% year-on-year increase in sales to £453m in the first half of its financial year, with like-for-like sales in company-managed shops up 3.4%. The company stated that, despite pressure from cost inflation, operating profit rose 1.8% to £27.6mDemand for breakfast and coffee remained strong and the popularity of its hot sandwiches continued to increase.The company said it expected to open 100 new sites across the financial year, having opened 61 in the first half – 24 of which were franchised sites – and closed 19. As of 1 July, it had 1,806 sites trading.Greggs’ first drive-through store, opened in Manchester in June, had been popular and suggested there could be demand for further drive-through sites, reported the company.“We also continued to expand the estate in the south-west of England and in Northern Ireland while adapting our formats to suit locations such as garage forecourts,” reported the business.Whiteside added he was confident the strategic investments being made would enable the business to continue delivering further profitable growth.“In the short term we remain alert to pressures building on consumers’ disposable income and the continuing economic uncertainty,” he said. “Over the year as a whole, we expect to deliver results in line with our previous expectations as well as further progress against our strategic plan.”last_img read more

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Bob Weir Announces Live Stream For Intimate Record Store Performance Tonight

first_imgCome September 30th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will release his new, cowboy-inspired acoustic album Blue Mountain. Weir’s first solo album in 10 years and full batch of new songs in 30 years, Blue Mountain features an incredible cast of musicians including members of The National, Joe Russo and more. However, at the heart of it all is a man and his guitar.As such, Weir has played a handful of intimate performances leading up to the new Blue Mountain release and subsequent fall tour. One of these shows will be taking place tonight, at the famed Amoeba Records location in Hollywood, CA. Weir will perform a special acoustic set at the record store at 5 PM Pacific Time.For more information about this unique event, head here. For those who can’t make it out to see Weir’s performance, fear not! The event will be streaming in full, and can be accessed in the player below. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the full Live For Live Music channel on LiveList for an updated listing of all official live streams, great YouTube content and more.last_img read more

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Journalism, cinema-style

first_imgThe Harvard Summer School Writing Program just launched a new film series on cinematic treatments of American journalism.The first of the free weekly offerings, on June 25, drew an audience of 50 to Hall A in the Science Center. “Page One: Inside The New York Times,” a 2010 documentary, offers a rare inside view of how news is gathered and tweaked and filtered at the famous Gray Lady.More importantly, the hourlong film looks at the single most pressing question for traditional media outlets today: Will they survive the slings and arrows of the new media age? Tweets, blogs, news-aggregating websites, and other information alternates are raining down on Fortress Newsroom nationwide, knocking profits awry, killing ad revenue, and picking off veteran staffers.At the Times, according to voices in the film, the answer is yes — it will change and grow and survive. It was the Times, for one, that pioneered a system of paying for online content. The paywall is slowly restoring lost profits, and with them the hope that traditional newsgathering and authoritative editing will survive.A working journalist will introduce each film in the series and lead a discussion afterward. For “Page One,” the commentator was Alex Jones, Nieman ’82. The former Times staffer, who was actually featured in the film, is now Harvard’s Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy and director of the Joan Shorenstein Center.A scene from “Page One: Inside The New York Times.” Photo courtesy of Magnolia PicturesThe voice in “Page One” that delivers the strongest message of survival and hope for news traditions is the Times media and culture columnist David Carr. The raspy-voiced former cocaine addict is the film’s unlikely oracle, often seen walking stoop-shouldered through the newsroom with a bottle of caffeinated soda on his way to grab a cigarette.Jones forewarned the audience to watch for Carr in three of the film’s strongest moments: his profane group interview with a new media group aspiring to be journalists, a panel on the fate of the Times, and — at the film’s end — a round of Carr’s barking, tough interviews about a big media company driven into the ground by owners who didn’t understand the news business. (“I think we should have a porn section,” the majority owner says in one film clip. “Don’t you think that would sell?”)Carr respects the collective portraits of a situation that Twitter and other new media can contribute. But at the same time he is a pen-and-paper guy who in the film confronted two new reporters busy reading texts. Carr threatened to fling the devices over a fence. Aware of digital pressures, he said at one point: “I would consider it unspeakable if The New York Times ended up a diminished place.”After the film, Jones answered questions about newsroom culture, with its surprises and long hours; he defended professional newsgathering; and, toward the end, drew a comparison between his former and current employers. “Harvard and the Times are practically blood brothers,” said Jones of institutional fame and the hubris that sometimes comes with it. “At the same time, they are what they are — institutions of great power.”As for the future, he added, many institutions might just melt away in the heat of the coming digital age, but “Harvard will be like The New York Times: the last iceberg.”Up next in the 6:30 p.m. film series (on July 2) is “The Paper,” a 1994 Ron Howard comedy about 24 hours at a fictional tabloid. It’s worth a watch just for Michael Keaton’s portrait of a caffeinated metro editor who finds his moral center — and gets into a pressroom fistfight to prove it. Introducing the film will be Laura Wides-Munoz, Hispanic affairs writer for the Associated Press.The series wraps up July 30 with “His Girl Friday,” a 1940 Howard Hawks newsroom comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. How do you spell “zany”? Grant, the editor, might help you out, but don’t believe anything else he says.last_img read more

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Women as catalysts for peace

first_img Read Full Story Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her efforts that led to ending the Liberian civil war. On Oct. 6, she will come to Harvard Divinity School to discuss her experiences and insights into peacebuilding as part of the Religions and the Practice of Peace monthly public dinner Colloquium Series.Gbowee’s talk, “Women as Catalysts for Local and Global Spiritually-Engaged Movements for Sustainable Peace,” will take place at 6 p.m. at HDS. RSVP is required.HDS: What do you see as the biggest threat to peacebuilding?LG: The misinterpretation of faith and different religions and religious practices and how people are using it as a means of mobilizing the rest of the world to hate. People take one event, one terror attack, and instead of seeing it as evil, because that’s what it is, they try to pin that evil to a religious group.What it is doing to the world, because we are all in line to some kind of faith practice, is divide us more and more, and a divided world can never achieve peace. It is only in interconnectedness, or coming together as united bodies, that we can find peace.Unfortunately, if you use politics, you won’t get everyone, because it’s not everyone who is a practicing politician, or something like that. If you use education, you won’t get everyone. If you use ethnicity, you will get the world mobilized in anger, but faith and religion is something that everyone has some feeling toward.last_img read more

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Lecture ties Catholic values and investments

first_imgSr. Helen Alford, economics professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, discussed how Catholic Social Tradition (CST) and impact investing mutually benefit one another as a result of interdisciplinary dialogue during the latest installment of the “Ten Years Hence” lecture series Friday in the Mendoza College of Business.“Impact investing has something to offer the Catholic Social Tradition, and the Catholic Social Tradition has something to offer impact investing,” she said.Glory Kim | The Observer Impact investing, a form of investing which integrates environmental and social objectives with the pursuit of profit, can assist CST in being “reliable, concrete and relevant,” Alford said. Conversely, CST prompts other disciplines – particularly impact investing – to embrace notions of human dignity and the common good, which Alford said are informed by Catholic teaching.Specifically, impact investing helps explore sustainable business methods for attaining philanthropic goals, Alford said. Finding more sustainable means of philanthropy is so important, she said, because traditional charity cannot currently meet the needs of the impoverished.“Nobody’s saying impact investing should get rid of charity,” she said. “There’s always going to be a role for charity.”“Impact investing can challenge the Church to think about the potentially crucial role of profit-making business, and hence of private investment, in confronting poverty,” she said.  “I’m not sure that the Christian tradition has really taken that seriously enough.”Alford said impact investing offers the Church the opportunity to occupy a more engaged and prominent position in society.“We could really handle very well this dialogue between Catholic Social Thought and impact investing,” she said. “The Church could grow really to a much more leading position, could be part of the innovators in society.”Alford said impact investing can in turn benefit from CST because of the tradition’s emphasis on individual human dignity and solidarity – an emphasis which would help impact investing maintain its integrity even as businesses expand and begin to lose sight of the importance of individual relationships.“If we have a really strong combination of solidarity and subsidiarity in a serious way – these ideas are there for the taking in the Catholic Social Tradition – they help create an approach to scaling that keeps the focus on the poor customer and the importance of relationships for that person,” she said.The potential for CST and impact investing to learn from one another other is too great to ignore, Alford said.  Because of their size and influence, Catholic universities such as Notre Dame have an important role to play in encouraging the conversation between the two disciplines, she said.“Notre Dame and the Mendoza College are really trying to live up to the very exciting and important mission that Catholic universities have in societies today – offering very useful and new vistas for people in this dialogue between the Catholic Social Tradition and all the forms and branches of knowledge that we can think of,” she said.Tags: catholic social tradition, impact investing, mendoza college of business, Sr. Helen Alford, Ten Years Hencelast_img read more

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Simple Soils.

first_imgChoosing a potting soil can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some keyterms you might see at the garden center. An all-purpose potting mix has composted bark, peat moss or peat humus added to loamy soil. Gardeners usually add ingredients to customize mixes. Ready-to-use premium mix has similar material but in different proportions. More bark and peat and less soil make it lighter. Perlite and vermiculite give it better drainage and aeration. Many contain a wetting agent for uniform water distribution. A professional mix has the same materials as the premium types. But it’s more finely processed. It works well for starting seeds or transplanting delicate seedlings. Plant-specific mixes are used when you have a certain plant in mind with special requirements. Orchids, African violets and cacti are a few of the special mixes available.last_img read more

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