California man who set sleeping homeless man on fire and took pictures held for $1 million bail

first_img(Glendale Police Department) Richard Smallets in a police booking photo.(GLENDALE, Calif.) — A California man who purposefully set a homeless man on fire and took pictures of the incident while it was happening has been charged with attempted murder and had his bail set at $1 million.Glendale police officers responded to a report of a small fire on a sidewalk on the morning of Sept. 12 at 1:22 a.m., according to a statement released by the Glendale Police Department on Facebook.The Glendale Fire Department quickly arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the fire but it was during the course of the investigation that the authorities realized the case was much more disturbing.The Glendale Police Department discovered that a homeless man had been sleeping under the cardboard boxes that were on fire and he was fortunate enough to be awakened by the odor of smoke on top of him.Later that day Glendale detectives went to a nearby business to retrieve security camera footage of the fire and that is when they saw a 32-year-old man, who would later be identified as Richard Smallets, lighting the cardboard on fire while the man slept and then taking pictures of the carnage while the man tried to extinguish the blaze on him with bottled water.Smallets was apprehended a short time later and questioned by police before being placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder.The motive behind the crime is unknown and Smallets currently remains in custody on $1 million bail.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Manufacturing industry sees a drop in employee levels

first_img Previous Article Next Article • A breakdown of workforce figures shows the number of people employed inmanufacturing has dropped by 163,000 since September 1997.Other sectors that have seen a reduction in jobs include agriculture andfishing which has seen a drop of 86,000.However, the construction industry has experienced an increase of 44,000from a total of 1,756,000 two-and-a-half years ago.The number of jobs in finance and business services sector rose by 326,000while in transport and communications there are an extra 112,000 jobs.The figures also identify a further 67,000 posts in distribution, hotels andrestaurants.www.ons.gov.uk Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Related posts:center_img Comments are closed. Manufacturing industry sees a drop in employee levelsOn 29 Feb 2000 in Manufacturing, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Work, rest and learn

first_imgDon’t let personal development get in the way of the children’s bath time,says Professor David TowlerFor most people, work-life balance is nothing new. It is something we alltry to achieve with our family and friends in a whole variety of ways, rangingfrom spending time with the children, to watching football or voluntary work. In my case, for example, I do a number of things outside of work with alocal school and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and Ialso have a young son. I am no different from millions of other working people.The one thing I know is that time is precious, and the way I spend my time isimportant not just to me, but to a number of other people who depend on me to agreater or lesser extent. Online learning allows us to manage our work-life balance. Traditionally, people prefer face-to-face learning because it seems to offermore support and interaction. But with advances in technology, online learningcan be every bit as supportive and interactive, and it can also offer hugeadvantages in efficiency. For example, chat rooms, message boards, video andaudio streaming, online libraries, e-books and online tutors are available atthe click of a mouse when the user wants them. If you think about it, a one-hour tutorial/work session could take up tothree or four hours with travel time before you even think about the lostopportunity costs. You also have to attend a particular place at a specifiedtime. But being online means you can develop yourself while minimisingdisruption to your home and working life. As one of our candidates said:”The flexibility to learn when it suits me is the key thing – I can studyafter bath and bed-time for my little boy. And I don’t have to go to classes orlibraries for long periods of time when I’ve been out at work all day.” Online learning empowers learners in the sense that it puts them in control.It also lowers barriers to learning for millions of people who otherwisecouldn’t take advantage of it due to other commitments. In short, it offers themost realistic option for achieving an attractive work-life balance forlearning and development. Professor David Towler is principal and founder of Cambridge Online Learning(COL), which recently undertook a research project that revealed how e-learningis helping promote better work-life balance.www.cambridge-online-learning.co.uk Related posts:No related photos. Work, rest and learnOn 1 Nov 2003 in Rest periods, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Usdaw campaigns to scrap earnings limit for carer staff

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Usdaw campaigns to scrap earnings limit for carer staffOn 20 Jun 2006 in Personnel Today Retail union Usdaw has launched a campaign to remove a financial ‘ball and chain’ that limits the amount retail staff who care for others can earn.The union is calling for the abolition of the current £84 per week earnings rule that prevents carers who earn more than this from qualifying for Carers’ Allowance. Usdaw claims the limit means many face the difficult choice of either claiming the benefit and working fewer hours, or working longer, but losing their benefit.John Hannett, general secretary, said: “Thousands of carers are telling us that they want the option of working longer hours and still being entitled to receive a much deserved benefit. We believe the only way to achieve this is to scrap the earning limit which carers say is limiting their employment choices.”Personnel Today is backing a campaign to introduce tax breaks for carers. Show your support by signing our online petition urging the government to commit to the scheme in its 2007 spending review. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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UCU to vote on second set of strikes

first_imgThe University and Colleges Union (UCU) is to hold a ballot to determine whether university staff should return to the picket lines.The ballot follows the University and College Employers Association’s (UCEA) final offer of a 2-2.8% pay rise for university staff. The offer falls significantly short of UCU’s 7.5% pay claim. UCU says that real-terms pay has been devalued by 21% since 2010.In initial consultations, 82% of union members said they would vote to reject the offer while 65% were in support of industrial action against low pay. This vote recorded a turnout of 47.7%.In fighting low pay, the UCU also seeks to tackle casualisation of university staff contracts, the insufficient compensation for hours worked, the low living wage and the gender pay gap. In Oxford, the gender pay gap was reported to be 13.7% in March 2018.Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary said: ‘The employers’ below-inflation pay offer does nothing to address years of decline in the value of higher education pay so we now have little option but to ballot for strike action.‘Universities would do well to listen to their students and make investment in staff a top priority. That means a decent pay offer and concrete commitments to tackle problems with gender pay and insecure employment.’The ballot will be open from August to October 2018.Oxford UCU has not responded to a request for comment.last_img read more

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Local Filmmaker Lives the American Dream

first_imgHe experienced firsthand as he walked around school, how young students were absorbing the propaganda about sex and drugs portrayed on shows like ‘Jersey Shore’ or in today’s music. It is everywhere you look. Realizing how negatively pop culture was affecting the kids and their view on American society, Tridente knew it was his duty to bring back true American values and stories similar to that of his grandparents.Tridente believes that there is a solution for every situation, and he will be a part of that movement. After five years in the making, he released “The American Dream” at the Moorlyn Family Theater in Ocean City on May 17th, 2016. The film sold out and there is a highly anticipated second screening at the Moorlyn on Friday, June 3rd at 7pm.“The feedback I received from the film was incredibly encouraging and really gave me reassurance that I was doing something good. I want to educate the youth, and everyone, about the influence of pop culture today and inspire others to counter those negative effects. Someone has to do it, bring back some of our country’s original values, and why shouldn’t I be that someone?”- Tridente Tickets can be purchased at the film’s website www.theadfilm.com, or purchased at the door. They may sell out, so it is encouraged to buy them online ahead of time to secure your seat. Make sure to join the mailing list on the website in order to stay up-to-date with movie details and future screenings. This summer, while you are strolling along the Ocean City Boardwalk, take a moment to appreciate how so many of your favorite shops and restaurants came to exist. Tridente’s family currently owns Roma Pizza, Pisa Pizza, The Promenade Food Court and Litterer’s Food Court on the Boardwalk thanks to generations of hard work. Remember, it is never too late to start your own American Dream. There is a good chance you have heard his name around town recently, as Dean Tridente, a physical education teacher in Egg Harbor Township, has become known for his recent film “The American Dream.” If you missed the first screening of the film, you are in luck, as it was not the last!We have all heard of the classic American Dream, where hard work and a desire for success leads to that classic white picket fence and picture-perfect family. Of course the idea has transformed throughout the years as our country continues to evolve, but is there a possibility that we have completely lost all sense of those values? If you ask Dean Tridente, he will tell you how he strongly believes that the American Dream is in danger, and has taken action by producing his film “The American Dream.”The film follows three of the EHT teacher’s former students and shows their journey to his grandparents’ farm in their hometown in Italy, to poverty stricken towns in the Dominican Republic, and back to working at his family’s businesses on the Ocean City Boardwalk. It shows the incredible dedication and resilience previous generations possessed, as well as showing the students how lucky many of us are in America to live like we do.The inspiration for the film comes not only from Tridente’s grandparents, who were all Italian immigrants excited to begin their life in America, but his own experiences with how today’s pop culture influences the youth’s perception of what’s important. “Since the premier of the MTV show ‘Jersey Shore,’ I have been tirelessly referred to as ‘The Situation.’” Says Tridente, 31, “Yes, there is a strong resemblance, but it started getting out of hand. Then there were students wearing ‘Jersey Shore’ t-shirts and repeating references they heard from the show.”last_img read more

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Gasbuddy: gasoline prices holding steady for now

first_img Google+ Gasbuddy: gasoline prices holding steady for now By Jon Zimney – June 22, 2020 0 257 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) INDIANAPOLIS–The average price for gas in Indiana has been hovering around $2.10 per gallon, since the second week of June. How much longer will that last? That is something GasBuddy is trying to figure out.Prices were as low as $1 per gallon when the coronavirus pandemic forced the state to go under a stay-at-home order, but gas prices have gone back up since the state has slowly reopened. Since June 8, they have not moved a whole lot.“Frankly, it looks like they’re (gas stations) not playing their normal games of lowering prices after they go up. That’s a distinct change from earlier this year. Each time prices went up, stations would start to undercut each other relatively quickly,” says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.DeHaan says that all changed in April when prices started to go back up. After going up steadily, now they are holding steady.“It’s too early to tell if this is a long-term change that stations simply raise prices and then hold them steady. This is certainly an unusual and abrupt shift. This could be an attempt amidst a pandemic to be a little more cautious knowing that gasoline sales are still lower or it could be something else,” says DeHaan.DeHaan still believes prices will go “back to normal.” So, what does normal look like?“I think the ‘normal’ for this summer is going to be prices kind of in the low to mid $2 per gallon range. I think we should hold that through August. I don’t think we’ll make a full recovery in gas prices this summer unless the situation improves significantly from today,” says DeHaan.Many stations are selling gas for $2.09, but DeHaan says he would not be surprised if some stations see an increase to $2.19 as early as this week. The average price for gasoline in the South Bend area was $2.02 on Monday, according to Gas Buddy. IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleGoshen Cruising Reunion has been cancelledNext articleCity of Elkhart has a new Fire Chief Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Mothers, daughters participate in discovery-oriented retreat

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted a mother-daughter retreat, which allowed ten mother and daughter pairs to spend time together while discussing their relationship and vocations, over the weekend. The students were from all around the country and ranged from sophomores to seniors in high school.Professor of communications Susan Baxter said she planned the event because she would have wanted something like it when her daughter was preparing to leave home for college.“I thought, the one thing I would have loved to have done with my daughter before she went to college was get some time with her one on one, to talk about what interested her and her life trajectory,” Baxter said.Baxter said she and her colleagues had been working with undecided students before the conception of the mother-daughter retreat. “The term undecided has connotations of ‘aimless,’ which is not what undecided students are,” she said. “They’re exploring. What we thought was, wouldn’t it be cool to get mothers and daughters together for a weekend in a setting where the daughters could watch how their mothers’ vocations are still developing? Vocation isn’t a destination. It’s a journey.” Baxter said she planned the time around December’s annual Madrigal dinners. “We thought [the Madrigal dinners are] one of the most beautiful things Saint Mary’s does, and it would be so great to have [the retreat] the first Sunday of Advent when [the Madrigal dinners are], so mothers and daughters could … stop and take a second before things get crazy with the holidays,” she said. Baxter said the event began Friday with an event called “Pizza with the Provost,” which included ice breakers, an introduction to the idea of vocation and a visit from President Jan Cervelli. Saturday featured a discussion on talents with director of Career Crossings Stacie Jeffirs and Carrie Lonier, a 1978 alumna who is now the director of the career center at the Art Institute of Chicago. Baxter said professor of music Nancy Menk and Madrigal singers talked to mothers and daughters over lunch. On Saturday, several professors held panels to discuss their vocations with the mothers and daughters, Baxter said. Professor of social work Frances Kominkiewicz said in an email she had many mentors in her life who encouraged her vocation, so she wanted to do the same at the retreat.“I was so fortunate to have many mentors in my life who guided me to find my passion and then helped me to connect that passion to a career path,” she said. “I learned to listen with a ‘third ear’ to their words of wisdom, and to take chances and seize opportunities.  I hope to assist students to find the passion that drives them, that makes them the most enthusiastic about life and that makes them the happiest.  Building that bridge that connects them in fulfilling their passion through a career and their other life activities is my wish for them.”Baxter said concurrent sessions, dealing with topics such as growing up and maintaining a healthy mother-daughter relationship, were held on Sunday.  “We had concurrent sessions, one for the daughters to study with Jessica Kimmet from Campus Ministry called ‘Emerging from the Cocoon,’ about how you’re going from being a young girl to an adult, and one for the moms, where [associate professor of psychology] Karen Chambers took them through from ‘Mother to Mentor,’” she said.Kimmet said in an email she decided to become involved in the retreat because helping high-schoolers develop a mindset for learning will aid in their their growth and development.“I was excited to spend some time with these visiting young women because, like many of the educators at Saint Mary’s, I feel that the groundwork laid in high school is such an important part of one’s ongoing journey of growth and lifelong learning,” she said. “I was able to work with the daughters on some practices to help them continue their learning mindset beyond their years in school, and really enjoyed talking with them about how to keep cultivating their hearts and minds.”Baxter said participants also visited a presentation by Iris Giamo, director of the disabilities resource office, about living with learning disabilities. “Iris Giamo did a session called ‘Learning Disabilities’ about how weaknesses become strengths, and how a person can view their learning disability as something terrific,” she said. Baxter said the retreat was not meant to be a recruitment event for Saint Mary’s. “The weekend was not to sell Saint Mary’s — it was just to explore vocation, no matter where they want to go, because they’re not really thinking about that yet, and they shouldn’t feel obligated to,” she said.  Baxter said the purpose of the retreat was to encourage mother-daughter bonding, because mothers and daughters have a special kind of love. “The mother-daughter relationship gets a bad [reputation]” she said. “We all know that we fight with our moms, and that we all have issues, but when my mother died in 2010, I realized no one is going to love me in the exact same way as that woman did … and I think it’s really important for mothers and daughters to make that connection.”Tags: Campus Ministry, daughters, Disabilities Resource Office, Iris Giamo, mentor, mother-daughter retreat, mothers, retreat, Vocationlast_img read more

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Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg to join Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

first_imgFormer South Bend mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will serve as a faculty fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) for the 2020-2021 school year, according to a Thursday press release.As an NDIAS fellow, Buttigieg will work on two research projects, “one that explores how to restore trust in political institutions and another that considers the forces distinctively shaping the 2020s.” In addition, Buttigieg will teach an undergraduate course and host seminars and other academic programming in conjunction with other NDIAS fellows and students.“I’m thrilled to welcome Pete to the institute and Notre Dame in the coming year. More than ever, we need scholars and public leaders working together, generating the insights that will make democratic institutions stronger and advance the common good in creative and evidence-based ways,” said Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy.Buttigieg — a lifelong resident of South Bend — has been connected with the University since his parents were both long-standing members of the faculty.This University has previously had political figures serve as fellows or guest lecturers, including former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan.Tags: faculty fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, Pete Butigeglast_img read more

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Rivers Alive Cleanup

first_imgTrash discarded in waterways kills fish and other aquatic life, and trash thrown out on roadsides is an eyesore that clogs drains and other infrastructure. To combat this problem, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in Camden County, Georgia, coordinates annual Rivers Alive cleanup events.Since 2014, the UGA Extension office has organized at least two cleanups per year in Camden County, which is located in southeastern Georgia and borders the Atlantic Ocean.“I started doing this because, in a coastal community, and everywhere, water quality is important,” said Jessica Warren, Camden County Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent. “It’s so important for people to know why they should care about what they leave behind.”This year’s cleanup events will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Crooked River State Park in St. Marys, Georgia, from 10 a.m. to noon and on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Satilla River Waterfront Park in Woodbine, Georgia, from 10 a.m. to noon.River and stream cleanup volunteers remove much more than discarded plastic foam fast-food containers. The volunteers often find fishing and boating debris and, further inland, they find larger items, like coolers.“Some things, especially when you’re on a boat, can go overboard by accident,” Warren said. “However, even cigarette butts contribute to a large amount of litter, and they accumulate quickly. A lot of people just don’t even think of that as litter.”Warren’s volunteers once found a boat’s holding tank buried in mud. She stresses that this trash can be harmful to area aquatic life. Marine animals can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and ingest them. The bags may clog their digestive systems, resulting in the animals starving to death, Warren said. When discarded items, like plastic, stay in the water for an extended period of time, they can break down into small particles that marine life consume.Programs that promote clean communities help to prevent trash from building up. But citizens need to be personally accountable and responsible for their trash for Rivers Alive cleanups to be successful, according to Warren.“People just need to think about the impact their litter has and why they should be more careful about what they drop and what they leave behind,” Warren said. “Cleaning up after themselves, especially when you’re talking about fishermen and boaters, can make a difference.” To learn more about marine cleanup efforts, visit riversalive.georgia.gov. Cleanup days are usually held in the fall.“Water is an increasingly important resource and, as populations and communities grow, it is even more crucial that we are good stewards of our environment and our water resources, not only for the environment’s sake but for our own health and safety as well,” Warren said.(Julia Rodriquez was an intern for the UGA Tifton campus.)last_img read more

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