How the shooting at YouTube’s California headquarters unfolded

first_imgABC News(SAN BRUNO, Calif.) — A suspect is dead and several people are injured after a shooting Tuesday at YouTube’s headquarters in Northern California sent employees fleeing for their lives. Here is what we know about how the shooting unfolded. The morning of April 3The suspect, 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam of San Diego, who had been reported missing by her family, was found asleep in a car in a parking lot in Mountain View, California, the morning of the shooting.Mountain View is about 30 miles away from San Bruno, where the shooting took place, police said.Officers made contact with her in that parking lot because her license plate matched “that of a missing person out of Southern California,” police said.“The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions,” police said, adding that “her family was notified that she had been located.” That morning Aghdam also went to a local gun range, police said today. April 3 at 12:46 p.m. local timeThe San Bruno Police Department received “numerous” 911 calls about a shooting at YouTube’s headquarters, said San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson. 12:48 p.m.San Bruno police officers arrived at YouTube two minutes later and began combing the area for a suspect as employees fled, said Jackson.As officers entered they found one victim at the front of the building with an apparent gunshot wound, Jackson said. 12:53 p.m.Officers searching the building found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Jackson said.The aftermathThe shooting left four victims hospitalized: three with gunshot wounds and one with an ankle injury from running from the scene, police said.Meanwhile, officers worked to clear the scene. They patted down the fleeing YouTube employees and conducted a room-by-room search. Authorities later said there was no immediate threat to the community. Aghdam appears to have carried out the shooting because she was “upset” with YouTube’s “policies and practices,” authorities said today.Aghdam’s brother also told ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego that she “had a problem with YouTube.”“I didn’t know she has a gun, I thought that maybe she was going to start a fight or something,” he said.“There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter today,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki tweeted on Tuesday.“Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders for their rapid response,” she said. “Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Government pressed to bring in new laws on worker safety

first_imgAn organisation that promotes worker and public safety wants new laws andmore resourcesThe Government is facing increasing pressure to bring in sweeping new lawsto crack down on employers who endanger their workers. This follows the launchof a coalition of unions, safety organisations and bereaved families tohighlight the issue. The Centre for Corporate Accountability – an organisation set up in 1999 topromote worker and public safety – has joined forces with a group of bereavedfamilies and the TUC. The coalition, the Campaign for Corporate Accountability, wants new laws tobe introduced and for the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities tobe given more resources. At the coalition’s launch in January, TUC general secretary John Monksunveiled a map of the UK showing where 1,500 workers had been killed in thepast five years, region by region. The two organisations and bereaved families are calling for legally bindingsafety duties to be imposed on individual company directors, a new law oncorporate killing and a substantial increase in the number of health and safetyinspectors. They want to see greater powers for union safety reps, higher fines and moreinnovative penalties for breaches of health and safety law. They also wantcourts to have the option of imprisoning company directors and managers, and atougher prosecution policy, particularly in relation to the conduct ofdirectors. David Bergman, executive director of the CCA, said: “Significantreforms in law and policy are necessary to ensure dangerous companies are madesafe and those companies and directors who negligently or recklessly causedeath, injury or disease or who place others at unacceptable risks, are held toaccount.” Monks added: “Unions and employers working in partnership can do somuch more than the law requires. We don’t want anyone to get away with doingless, because that would mean more deaths, injuries and illnesses.” The Government has said it intends to create a new offence on corporatekilling, and may even extend this to making company bosses personally liablefor management failings that lead to deaths in the workplace. But a lack of Parliamentary time has so far held up any moves towardsdrawing up legislation. www.tuc.org.uk Government pressed to bring in new laws on worker safetyOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

What is a consultant?

first_img Comments are closed. What is a consultant?On 22 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Consulting is not a ‘profession’ and never will be. Its success is theultimate symbol of the flexible, free agent labour market, writes StephenOverellIt wasn’t a bribe, it was a consultancy fee. So said Colin Skellet, thechairman and chief executive of Wessex Water as he began helping police withtheir inquiries into allegations of corruption surrounding a £919,000 payment. Skellet argued that it was an upfront fee for five years’ worth ofconsultancy, after a Malaysian conglomerate bought his company for £1.2bn. Was this normal, it was asked? No, came the answer from assortedwell-groomed people waving time sheets, eager to reassure observers that ‘theprofession’ of management consul- tancy had medical standards of (self-)governance. But what is normal, exactly? Consultancy has always been a gloriouslyfragmented business – a label that provides a home to sole traders, occasionaldabblers and out-and-out witchdoctors, just as much as it does to the bigbehemoths and strategy boutiques. But should the case ever reach court, it willpresumably turn on a venerable philosophical conundrum that no-one has evercome close to resolving: what is a consultant? The business of definition is, as a consultant might say, like trying tonail jelly to the ceiling. The rules of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) require membercompanies to have been in business for at least three years before they can beadmitted. Yet many people flit in and out of consultancy. That is why you neversee estimates of how many there are, only how much is spent on them (£7bn inthe UK1; $62bn worldwide2). What’s in a name? Attempts to create a stable profession such as law or medicine through‘apprenticeship’ systems seem hopelessly fanciful. “The term has become very confused,” concedes Bruce Petter,executive director of the MCA. “Everyone is a consultant these days.”In the US, one closely watched ranking of consultancies, run by ConsultantsNews, defines consultants as “independent advisers”. That may workfor the big multi-million dollar consultancies, but there is little independentresearch about consulting work done by individuals. Fruitful descriptions of what consultants actually do usually involveanalogy. “In the best cases, consultants fill the role of the medievaljester,” says Professor David Norburn, professor of management at ImperialCollege, London. “They try to get leaders to reconsider the position theyare in, but in a non-threatening way. Companies could probably do an awful lotof this for themselves if they chose to and save themselves the ludicrousbills. But the problem is they don’t grow independent-minded people –risk-takers, mavericks or sideways thinkers.” If that sounds too saucy a portrait of the average consultant, DavidFrancis, deputy head of the Centre for Research in Innovation Management at theUniversity of Brighton, believes: “Consultants are like bees – they gofrom one organisation to another, sowing ideas. Provided they behave ethically,they can be a major force for innovation.” Call in the middleman The inherent mystery of the craft and the useful meaninglessness of the termis the reason for consultancy’s dazzling success. Old-fashioned jobs involved descriptive labels, such as baker or stevedore.Modern ones, ‘chief talent officer’, ‘consultant’, are deliberately nebulous. All kinds of things organisations once did for themselves now requiremiddlemen, downsized victims of the cult of corporate leanness. And throughorganisations being lean, ‘consultancy’ has become baggy: a word that is asflexible as its troops. Which may be why it does not seem to follow the samerules as other businesses. The members of the MCA posted 17 per cent growth in a ‘difficult’ year forthe profession. Around the world, the Kennedy Information Research Group saysconsultancy continues to grow by between 10 and 30 per cent a year, dependingon the country. Identity crisis At the heart of the identity crisis lies the fact that consultancy has neverreally been an independent trade in its own right. Traditionally, it was aspin-off from the large accounting firms. In 1953, Arthur Andersen helpedGeneral Electric install the world’s first business computer, handling payrollfor a factory in Louisville, Kentucky. As a result, more large companies soughtadvice on new systems – technology was and is the consultant’s handmaiden – andthey turned to their accountants. Today, IBM is thought by some way to be the biggest name in consulting,following its acquisition of PwC Consulting in late July for $3.5bn (£2.25bn).For many years the growing presence of IBM in the business services andconsulting market was obscured, because it didn’t figure in the rankings. Itshardware and software divisions were not deemed sufficiently independent of itsconsultancy offerings, an objection that has now faded. But still the basicproblem: the biggest consultancy in the world – generator of 41 per cent of IBMGlobal Service’s $85.9bn (£55bn) revenues – effectively piggybacks on the nameof a firm known primarily for something else. Scandal is a marvellous motivator, however, and the Enron affair may finallyentrench that elusive independence. Central to Enron was that Andersen consultants earned more from the relationshipthan Andersen auditors, who failed to spot unconventional accounting – afulfilment of the anxieties of regulators, who, ever since the 1980s, hadfretted over such conflicts of interest. Now, consultants cannot divorcequickly enough from their former bedfellows. KPMG is the most recent,re-branded as BearingPoint. So, what is a consultant? The only way out is something bland like ‘a personwho transfers information’. But that doesn’t capture the whole clever, shadowy,complicated, schmoozing, money-spinning alchemy of consultancy. 1 www.mca.org.uk2 Kennedy Information Research Group Top five global consultancies   1. IBM Business Innovation Services  2. Accenture   3. Cap Gemini Ernst & Young  4. PricewaterhouseCoopers  5. Deloitte Consulting/Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu  Source: Consultants News Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Foehn warming distributions in non-linear and linear flow regimes: A focus on the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe structure of leeside warming during foehn events is investigated as a function of cross-barrier flow regime linearity. Two contrasting cases of westerly flow over the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) are considered – one highly non-linear, the other relatively linear. Westerly flow impinging on the AP provides one of the best natural laboratories in the world for the study of foehn, owing to its maritime setting and the Larsen C Ice Shelf (LCIS) providing an expansive, homogenous and smooth surface on its east side. Numerical simulations with the Met Office Unified Model (at 1.5 km grid size) and aircraft observations are utilised. In case A relatively weak southwesterly cross-Peninsula flow and an elevated upwind inversion dictate a highly non-linear foehn event. The consequent strongly-accelerated downslope flow leads to high amplitude warming and ice shelf melt in the immediate lee of the AP. However, this foehn warming diminishes rapidly downwind, due to upward ascent of the foehn flow via a hydraulic jump. In case C strong northwesterly winds dictate a relatively linear flow regime. There is no laterally extensive hydraulic jump and strong foehn winds are able to flow at low levels across the entire ice shelf, mechanically mixing the near-surface flow, preventing the development of a strong surface inversion and delivering large fluxes of sensible heat to the ice shelf. Consequently in case C ice melt rates are considerably greater over the LCIS as a whole than in case A. Our results imply that whilst non-linear foehn events cause intense warming in the immediate lee of mountains, linear foehn events will commonly cause more extensive leeside warming and, over an ice surface, higher melt rates. This has major implications for the AP, where recent east coast warming has led to the collapse of two ice shelves immediately north of the LCIS.last_img read more

Rental market inflation slows

first_imgRents agreed in September were 3 per cent higher than a year ago, New data from the September HomeLet Rental Index reveals, but the pace at which rents are rising is continuing to slow, as landlords strive to ensure that tenancies remain affordable.The Index shows that tenants signing a new tenancy in September agreed to pay on average, £910 a month, compared to £884 in last September. Scotland was the only area where rents fell.Rent inflation slowed significantly in recent months, in March, rents were rising at 4.5 per cent a year – now they lag the speed with which house prices are rising.While landlords are able to command higher rents than a year ago, rents on new tenancies were lower in September than in August. In the UK as a whole, rents fell by 0.8 per cent, with 10 out of 12 regions of the UK registering dips.Landlords and tenants are now waiting for firm trends to emerge. The slowing pace of rental inflation in recent months may suggest that landlords are determined to be restrained, avoiding increases that make their properties unaffordable to tenants.On the other, many landlords face cost pressures – April’s increase in SDLT on buy-to-let purchases, for example, has raised acquisition costs; and from April 2017, reductions in tax relief for investors will start to affect them. Whilst seasonality might be a factor, the extent to which landlords will be able to continue absorbing these cost pressures will depend on a number of factors, including the future direction of interest rates.For now, however, the HomeLet Rental Index suggests that landlords are holding back from significant rent increases. In areas such as London and the South-East, previous hot spots for rental price inflation, that restraint is particularly noteworthy. Rents in London increased by 3 per cent in September, exactly in line with the national average, having previously run well ahead of it. In the South-East, meanwhile, rents dipped 2.6 per cent in September compared to August, a more significant fall than was registered anywhere else in the country.HomeLet rental market lettings market trends rental index 2016-12-18The Negotiator Related articles City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 First-time buyers, not Stamp Duty, now driving market says leading agency29th April 2021 Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown29th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Home » News » Housing Market » Rental market inflation slows Rental market inflation slows18th December 20160809 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Navy Secretary Voices Anger amid Scourge of Sexual Assault in the Ranks

first_img View post tag: Scourge USA: Navy Secretary Voices Anger amid Scourge of Sexual Assault in the Ranks View post tag: Secretary View post tag: Assault The U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is not concerned about sexual assault in the service. He’s angry.The Navy has been taking steps for years to combat the scourge of sexual assault in the ranks, Mabus told the Defense Writers Group in Washington yesterday and has two cultural barriers to break down.The first culture that has to change is the “one that says this is OK, or that it is not really serious,” he said.“The other is the mindset of a victim who says, ‘I’m not going to report this, because nothing will happen. I won’t be taken seriously, it won’t be investigated, and it will hurt my career.’”The Navy is aiming resources at where it has a problem, the secretary said. The Air Force has had a problem of sexual assault at basic training, he noted, and the Navy has had a problem at its follow-on schools. “We’ve have put a lot of attention at our ‘A’ schools,” he said.As the service finds programs that work, Mabus said, officials export them to other commands. The “A” school initiatives started at Great Lakes, Ill., and have moved on to Navy schools in San Diego and Pensacola, Fla. The Navy has been aggressive, the service’s top civilian official said. “We’re sending shore patrols out — the first time in a long time we’ve done that,” he added. “We’re stressing bystander intervention.”The service also is continuing efforts to cut alcohol abuse, because a large number of sexual assaults have had an alcohol component, the secretary said.Another area of focus zeroes in on what happens if an incident happens.“Is it reported? How quickly and how well do we respond?” Mabus said. “Is the command climate right for people to report?”Tied to this is victim assistance, he added. How local officials help the victims in these cases is important to him, Mabus said.Finally, investigation and prosecution is important to the Navy. Mabus has authorized more money to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service for more investigators and more resources. “It was taking up to 180 days to investigate an incident,” he said. “Initially, we think we can get this down to 80 days.”The Navy also is spending more to train its lawyers in these cases, the secretary said.Measuring what works and what doesn’t also is part of this effort, Mabus said.“Can we figure out what the best practices are?” he asked. “We’re beginning to make some headway there.”Mabus said he thinks taking away a commander’s right to overturn a conviction is long overdue. “Right now, if you are convicted of sexual assault, you are referred to a board of inquiry to see if you’ll be allowed to stay [in the service],” he said. The notion that “if you’re convicted, you’re out” is the way to go, he added.The secretary said he looks at sexual assault as an internal attack that must be dealt with. “We’re finding pretty dramatic results in places like Great Lakes, where we’ve rolled out these programs,” he said. “Our job is to get them fleetwide.”[mappress]Press Release, June 14, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic June 14, 2013 View post tag: Amid Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Navy Secretary Voices Anger amid Scourge of Sexual Assault in the Ranks View post tag: Anger View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ranks View post tag: Naval View post tag: Sexual View post tag: usa View post tag: defece View post tag: Voices Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: Homes England appoints to its property framework helping to speed up the delivery of new homes

first_imgAbout Homes England:Homes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/homes-england or follow us on Twitter The 19 highly skilled framework members have been appointed to deliver a range of property services to support the construction and development of new homes.Services will cover all areas of England and run for four years. Members will support Homes England in the marketing of sites to developers, site evaluations, estate management and acquisitions and disposals. They will also advise on local markets, viability, investment and strategic planning issues as well as help create new development models and partnering arrangements.Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Land at Homes England said:“The framework gives us speedy and easy access to a range of skilled consultants who understand our needs. It will help us create strong working relationships with a wide range of companies who can provide valuable, professional and technical advice and expertise to Homes England – helping to accelerate housing development, deliver value for money and provide great places to live.”The successful members of the new Homes England Property Framework, valued at £150 million, are: For further media information please contact: Patsy Cusworth in the Homes England press office Tel: 0207 393 2201/0796772328 Email: [email protected] to Editors: Aspinall Verdi Eddisons JV BNP Paribas Real Estate (including Strutt & Parker) Bradley Hall Limited Carter Jonas LLP CBRE Limited Colliers International Property Consultants Limited Cushman & Wakefield Deloitte LLP Gerald Eve LLP GL Hearn Limited GVA Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP Jones Lang LaSalle Limited Knight Frank LLP Lambert Smith Hampton Montagu Evans LLP Sanderson Weatherall LLP Savills (UK) Limited Thomas Lister The increased number on the new Framework demonstrates Homes England’s expanded role in bringing together land and expertise to speed up the building of new homes. Homes England makes the new Framework made available free for use by a very wide range of public sector bodies. A summary of the Framework can be found on Gov.uk At any one time, around 300 public bodies are signed up to use our various Frameworks (DPP3, Multidisciplinary and Property Frameworks) and over 100 Public Bodies made use of our previous Property Framework, including local authorities, Central Government Departments, Registered Providers and a whole range of others. Our Frameworks are the only National Frameworks that are focused on house building and so offer a key resource to support the speed at which we can get new homes.last_img read more

Jason Isbell, Father John Misty Announce Co-Headlining 2019 Summer Tour

first_imgJason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Father John Misty will be hitting the road together this June for a co-headlining tour. Jade Bird and Erin Rae will offer support on select dates.Jason Isbell and Father John Misty will open up their tour with a performance at San Diego, CA’s Cal Coast Open Air Theatre  on June 6th, followed by stops at Santa Barbara, CA’s Santa Barbara Bowl (6/7); Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theater (6/8); Bend, OR’s Les Schwab Amphitheater (6/9); Redmond, WA’s Marymoor Park (6/11); Minneapolis, MN’s The Armory (6/14); Chicago, IL’s Huntington Bank Pavilion (6/15); Milwaukee, WI’s BMO Harris Pavilion (6/16); and Detroit, MI’s Fox Theatre on June 17th.The bands will then work their way down the eastern seaboard with shows at Brooklyn, NY’s BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (6/19); Canandaigua, NY’s CMAC (6/20); Columbia, MD’s Merriweather Post Pavilion (6/21); Philadelphia, PA’s Metropolitan Opera House (6/22); Richmond, VA’s Altria Theater (6/24); and Cary, NC’s Koka Booth Amphitheater (6/25).Jason Isbell and Father John Misty will wrap up their co-headlining 2019 tour in the southwest, with performances at Irving, TX’s Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory on June 27th, Houston, TX’s White Oak Music Hall Lawn on June 28th, and a tour-closing show at Tulsa, OK’s BOK Center on June 29th.A fan pre-sale beings Wednesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. local time using “FJMISBELL” as the password via Isbell’s website. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. local time.Jason Isbell & Father John Misty Co-Headlining Summer Tour:June 6 – San Diego – Cal Coast Open Air Theatre $*June 7 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl $*June 8 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theater At UC Berkeley $*June 9 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater $*June 11 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park $*June 14 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory $*June 15 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion $*June 16 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion $*June 17 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre $*June 19 – Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival $*June 20 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC *June 21– Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion $*June 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Opera House $*June 24 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater $*June 25 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheater $*June 27 – Irving, TX – Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory $+June 28 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Lawn $+June 29 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center $+$ w/ Father John Misty* w/ Jade Bird+ w/ Erin RaeView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

The Wait Is Over! Star Ian McKellen Answers the Ultimate Godot Question

first_img Stewart agreed with his co-star, but turned to McKellen and said, “I have a feeling that answer is going to follow you for the rest of your life.” Related Shows Does Godot exist? That has been the question (among many questions) for audiences of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot since it premiered in 1953. So… Does he? Ian McKellen, who plays Estragon in the play, knows. The actor confidently responded to the question when he visited Broadway.com’s Times Square studio with Godot and No Man’s Land co-star Patrick Stewart, who plays Vladimir. Look for more answers to your questions, when the Ask a Star feature on the pair of Sirs premieres on January 3. Waiting For Godotcenter_img View Comments “He certainly exists,” McKellen said. “He’s a farmer. He has goats and sheep. And he doesn’t treat his employees very well.” The actor went on to describe evidence of play’s absent title character, and then added, “He doesn’t keep his appointments. He’s a thoroughly unreliable person. And Beckett doesn’t want you to be interested in him whatsoever. But he exists.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014last_img read more