Faculty urge USC president to resign over scandal involving ex-campus gynecologist

first_imgJeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images, FILE(LOS ANGELES) — Hundreds of faculty members at the University of Southern California have backed a motion for the school’s president to resign over how he handled sexual-abuse allegations levied against a former campus doctor.The letter, obtained by ABC Los Angeles station KABC on Tuesday, said USC President C.L. Max Nikias should step down because he mishandled complaints against a former campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall.Two-hundred faculty members across 14 USC schools had signed the letter as of Tuesday evening, claiming Nikias lacked the “moral authority” to lead the university’s investigation into the matter, according to KABC.“President Nikias’ actions and omissions amount to a breach of trust,” the letter said. “He has lost all moral authority to lead the university, and in addition, to lead the investigation of institutional failures that allowed this misconduct to persist over several decades.”The letter came in the wake of lawsuits filed against the school and Tyndall by current and former students who’ve accused the doctor of molesting patients for several decades. At least six women have sued the university alleging misconduct.One civil lawsuit claimed USC ignored complaints that Tyndall allegedly made crude remarks, took inappropriate photographs and groped patients to “satisfy his own prurient desires.”Tyndall, who worked at a USC student health clinic for 30 years, denied wrongdoing in interviews with the Los Angeles Times.USC Board of trustees Chairman John Mork said the university’s executive committee planned to support Nikias.“We strongly support President Nikias’ implementation of a thorough and comprehensive action plan that addresses these issues and enables USC to continue exemplifying our Trojan Family values as we move forward,” Mork said in a statement Tuesday. “We have zero tolerance for this conduct and will ensure that people are held accountable for actions that threaten the university student body and that do not reflect our culture of respect, care, and ethic.”Nikias also issued a lengthy statement on the school’s website laying out its action plan at the board’s request.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Domestic violence plays a role in many mass shootings, but receives less attention: Experts

first_imgcjrphotos/iStock(NEW YORK) — For many, the term “mass shooting” conjures up a random attack in which a lone gunman opens fire, often for unknown reasons.However, there have been just as many deadly mass shootings this year in which the shooter knew the victim, in many cases intimately, including instances of husbands killing their wives and children, or former partners killing their ex-girlfriends and other family members.The FBI defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people — not including the suspect — are killed. While there is no publicly accessible federal tracker of such incidents, various groups and watchdog organizations keep their own lists, often using different definitions of what qualifies as a mass shooting.Of the 20 mass shootings that ABC News identified in 2018 that fit the FBI’s parameters, 10 were instances of either intimate partner or family violence, both of which are forms of domestic violence.Seven of those 10 cases involved men fatally shooting either their girlfriend, wife, or ex-partner, along with at least three other people. Some of those other victims were relatives of the female victim; others were bystanders.Two of the 10 cases involved a familial homicide, with parents or children shooting their direct relatives.And in one case studied by ABC News, the male suspect kill his ex-partner’s four young children. In another case, a mother killed her own children.But too often, domestic violence doesn’t receive the same media attention as other types of shootings, say many domestic violence and gun control advocacy groups.“For so long, we’ve seen domestic violence as a personal issue – it happens in the home, don’t talk about it – but mass shootings show us otherwise,” said Bryan Pacheco, the spokesperson Safe Horizon, a crime and abuse victims’ services agency. “These are not just personal issues. These are community issues that we all should be tackling.”“The ability to help and support one survivor has the potential to save so many lives,” he added.John Cohen is a former Homeland Security official and current criminal justice professor who also works as an ABC News contributor.Cohen said that while it was not uncommon in the past for spurned partners to be violent towards their significant others, many of these incidents now involve powerful weapons and multiple bystander casualties.“Unlike in years past when they may go into a location and harm that person, instead they’re going into a school, a workplace, a house of worship, and they’re seeking to address their grievance by shooting a large group of people,” Cohen said.He specifically cited the deadly 2017 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In that incident, the shooter went to the church after allegedly expressing anger towards his mother-in-law, who was a parishioner. The suspect went to the church looking for his relatives but ended up killing 26 people before killing himself, authorities said.In November, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released a report on the threats facing women around the world, showing that some of their greatest and deadliest dangers are at home.The UN report found that 58 percent of women who were intentionally killed around the world in 2017 were killed by intimate partners or family members.The report notes that globally, men are about four times more likely to be the victims of intentional homicide, but the share of women as victims goes up dramatically when looking specifically at violence perpetrated by an intimate partner or family member.In those cases, 64 percent of victims of intimate partner- or family-related homicide are women, compared to the 36 percent of victims who are male. That percentage increases further for intimate partner homicide, as the report found that in those cases, 82 percent of victims are female and 18 percent are male.The youngest victims of the deadly mass shootings this year were all killed in domestic violence incidents. In June, a man killed his two children –- ages 1 and 6 –- as well as his girlfriend’s other children –- ages 10 and 12 –- following a hostage situation in Florida before killing himself.And the month before, a father killed his three children — ages 4, 6, and 8 — as well as his ex-wife’s new boyfriend. The suspect killed himself in front of his ex right after killing her boyfriend, she told The Huffington Post.Pacheco said “people can’t fathom” instances where suspects kill their children, but it fits with the issues at hand in domestic violence cases.“Domestic violence is about power and control and what’s the most terrible thing you can do to a mother or a father – usually a mother – is to harm their children,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Uber passenger shot dead by ‘companion,’ gunman at large: Officials

first_imgKTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — An Uber passenger was shot dead by a “companion” on Friday, sparking a manhunt for the gunman in the Houston area, authorities said.The shooting unfolded when the driver picked up the male victim, who went to sit in the rear passenger side of his SUV, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference.Then a “companion” of the victim, instead of getting into the car, “immediately began opening fire into the backseat where his companion was,” Gonzalez said.The Uber driver fled with the victim and called police, authorities said.The victim has not been identified, police said.The driver, who was not hurt, is cooperating with authorities, the sheriff said.The suspect, whose identity is not clear, fled on foot and remains at-large. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Witness testifies Harvey Weinstein offered her roles in 3 movies for threesome

first_imgDavid Dee Delgado/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Two more women took the witness stand in New York on Wednesday, weeping as they described unwanted sexual encounters with Harvey Weinstein in 2004 and 2005.Dawn Dunning and Tarale Wulff are two of a trio of “prior bad acts” witnesses called in to support prosecutors’ efforts to demonstrate a pattern by Weinstein of grooming and then sexually assaulting women looking for work in Hollywood.Weinstein is charged with performing a forcible sex act on Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi in 2006 and with raping an unnamed accuser in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has denied ever engaging in nonconsensual sex.‘Three films’ for a threesomeDunning testified that Weinstein took an interest in her after meeting the 26-year-old aspiring actress in 2004 at a Manhattan nightclub where she worked as a waitress.Lunch and other meetings followed, she testified, and Weinstein invited her and her fiance to join him at numerous New York events. Dunning did a screen test for Weinstein’s company at his downtown office.One day Weinstein invited her to a boutique hotel in Manhattan where he was working. The suite was full of people, but he brought her into a bedroom and without warning slipped his fingers beneath her skirt and into her vagina, she testified.“I just kind of froze for a minute, then stood up,” Dunning said, with tears in her eyes. “He told me not to make a big deal about it. He apologized, said it wouldn’t happen again. And then we walked back out into the other room.”Within a month, Weinstein’s assistant Bonnie asked Dunning to meet the producer at a midtown Manhattan hotel to sign contracts for film roles for which she had been auditioning.She accompanied Bonnie to a hotel room, where Weinstein laid out three contracts on a table.“He said … ‘Here’s contracts for three films. I’ll sign them today if you slept (sic) with me and my assistant.’”Dunning rebuffed the advance, and Weinstein grew angry.“He started screaming at me,” she said. “He said, ‘You’ll never make it in this business! This is how this industry works.’”Weinstein then ticked off a trio of famous actresses he claimed slept with him to get ahead professionally.Terrified, Dunning said, she ran out the door and down the hallway to the elevator.“I stopped acting after that,” she said.Under cross-examination, Dunning acknowledged that she didn’t tell prosecutors about the incident when Weinstein allegedly put his hand up her skirt until last summer, long after she’d given numerous 2017 media interviews and spoken several times to prosecutors.She also acknowledged voluntarily returning to meet with Weinstein weeks after he allegedly violated her.“I told him, ‘I can’t’”Around noon, witness Tarale Wulff took the stand.Wulff, a model, testified that she met Weinstein while working as a waitress at an exclusive lounge above Cipriani’s Soho in Manhattan in 2005 and she told him she was an actress.“You’ve got a great look,” Weinstein told her, she testified.At some point that night, she said, he took her by the hand and led her to a secluded area above the upstairs lounge and began masturbating in front of her. She threw a bar towel at him and ran away, she said.Yet when Weinstein’s office called about a week after her first encounter and invited her to the office to read for a part in the 2006 movie “Pulse,” starring Kristen Bell, she said that she accepted.After waiting with the script in an empty room, an assistant came in and said, “Harvey wants to see you.” She said that she was taken downstairs and placed in car with a driver and taken to the producer’s Soho apartment.Once inside, she said, Weinstein forced her onto a bed and climbed on top of her.“I told him, ‘I can’t,’ and he answered, ‘Don’t worry, I had a vasectomy.’”“After I said ‘I can’t,’ it just went unanswered and I froze.”Wulff took long pauses before describing herself as “numb” and “frozen.”“I just went blank and looked off,” she testified. “He put himself inside me, and he raped me. And I just remember getting up. I don’t remember from that moment. I just remember getting up.”Weinstein has not been charged with sexually assaulting Wulff.The next thing Wulff said she recalled was riding back in the car with Weinstein to his offices. She went back in “like nothing happened.” She said she never got to audition and did not receive a part in the movie.Under cross-examination, Wulff said she did not fight Weinstein off, report him to police or tell anyone what happened.Defense attorney Donna Rotunno suggested that when Wulff first met with prosecutors in 2017, she didn’t tell them that Weinstein “put himself inside” her — and only concluded that after meeting with a psychologist recommended by Manhattan prosecutors.“I don’t recall,” Wullf responded.Rotunno pressed Wullf on the point, asking whether it was true that prosecutors told her early on that she couldn’t be a part of the case because her memory of the incidents with Weinstein wasn’t clear enough.“Didn’t they tell you … your memories were too fragmented and they couldn’t use you on the stand?” Rotunno asked.“That’s not exactly what was said,” Wulff replied.“Something like that?” Rotunno asked.“They understood it’s been a long time and there are gaps in my memory,” Wulff replied.Wulff later acknowledged that she has seen the psychologist 55 times since she was first referred to her in 2017.If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Hibachi grill ‘explodes’ at woman’s birthday dinner, sets her on fire

first_imgkatifcam/iStock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — A woman celebrating her 26th birthday suffered second degree burns at a hibachi restaurant when the grill “exploded” and both she and the chef caught on fire.The incident happened on Sunday when Samantha Meyers was at Kimono Japanese Steak House in Paragould, Arkansas, to celebrate her 26th birthday with her family, according to ABC News’ Little Rock affiliate KATV.According to Myers, she said that they were all eating lunch around a freshly cleaned grill when the chef drew a heart in flammable liquid on the hibachi grill. But when the chef held a flame to the liquid, it allegedly “exploded” and both Myers and the chef caught on fire.“It happened so fast, I kind of just jumped back and I was like, ‘I’m on fire,’” Myers told KATV.Myers immediately ran to the bathroom to splash cold water on her face which had been burned in the accident. She said that her family asked for help from the employees while she was in the bathroom but that nobody at the establishment responded.Myers was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for first-degree burns on her face as well as second-degree burns on her neck and chest. Doctors also began treating her for an infection on her eyelids due to the accident.“I just feel emotionally and physically drained,” Myers said. “I’m tired and I’m hurting pretty badly.”KATV contacted Kimono Japanese Steak House on Tuesday but they declined to comment on the incident and reportedly hung up the phone.While Myers said the restaurant did not charge the family for their meals, she is planning on suing the restaurant over the accident. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

At least 26 million Americans at risk for next round of severe summer storms

first_imgABC N ews By: DANIEL MANZO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The latest round of severe summer storms brought at least 100 reports of severe weather in various parts of the U.S.The two main clusters were in parts of the Northeast, where gusty winds, and heavy rain moved through parts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.A separate cluster of severe storms in the Southeast brought gusty winds to Georgia and South Carolina and even a reported tornado in Alabama.This morning another line of storms is moving through parts of the Heartland, from eastern Missouri into Southern Illinois and Indiana, and now into part of Kentucky.Radar estimates of two to more than three inches of rain locally and, in some cases, overnight severe summer storms are expected to bring additional rainfall to areas that were hit with heavy rainfall already on Friday night and could produce some flash flooding.Additionally, the line of storms moving through parts of Kentucky this morning will bring possible flash flooding to the state through much of the day today.There are several risk areas in the U.S. today for severe storms including the northern high plains and parts of the upper Midwest.Meanwhile, a line of severe storms will race Southeastward through Kentucky and Tennessee and then into Virginia and the Carolinas.In the Northeast, some severe storms are likely to develop in parts of New England later this afternoon.High resolution forecast models are showing widespread pop-up severe storms especially this afternoon in parts of New England and the Appalachians. Once again major cities will be at risk for storms including Boston, Hartford, and Charlotte.Meanwhile out West, an ongoing pattern of change is bringing elevated and critical fire danger to a rather large part of the U.S.Temperatures continue to cool down in most areas, but the cold front is kicking up winds and, along with low relative humidity, there is concern for fire growth and spread from California to Colorado once again today.There has already been a new fire reported overnight south of Salt Lake City.The Saharan dust also continues to impact air quality in parts of the U.S. with the latest round of air quality alerts now issued in parts of the Southeast including Atlanta, Charleston and Raleigh.For most Americans, the only notable impact from the Saharan dust will be some scenic sunsets and sunrises as well has some haze.For meteorologists, the most notable impact from the Saharan dust is the complete shutdown of the tropical season temporarily. For individuals that have sensitive respiratory concerns, the Saharan dust could also aggravate those existing health issues.This initial round of Saharan dust is likely to continue to affect the upper levels of the atmosphere trough today and as the dust beings to work its way out of the region over the next few days, it appears another plume of Saharan dust will arrive later this weekend and possibly bring hazier skies to the southern U.S. at that time.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Beta may make landfall in Texas next week: Latest forecast

first_imgimagedepotpro/iStockBy DANIEL MANZO and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tropical Storm Beta is moving northwest at a very slow 3 mph and may make landfall in Texas Monday night.The storm is then forecast to travel parallel to the coast Tuesday, Wednesday and into Thursday, creating a long, significant rainfall event for southeast Texas.The current rainfall forecast shows there could be over 10 inches of rain in spots along the eastern coastline of Texas.Torrential rainfall from Beta could also result in a storm surge of 2 to 4 feet from Port Mansfield, Texas, to High Island, Texas.There’s still lots of room for error in the forecast track as well as impacts from the storm.Just like Sally — which made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Alabama on Wednesday — the precise intensity and landfall location is somewhat irrelevant because the greatest impacts will extend from that location and that time.And like Sally, Beta could prove how slow-moving storms are especially dangerous.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Counselling may be counter-productive

first_img Previous Article Next Article Counselling may be counter-productiveOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Routine debriefing of employees following traumatic incidents may not beeffective and may even be counter-productive, a study has found. The research presented at the British Psychological Society’s OccupationalPsychology conference last month by researchers from The Institute ofEmployment Studies and Birkbeck College, London, found that a review of thestudies carried out so far into debriefing showed no differences in theincidence of subsequent traumatic symptoms between those who receivedcounselling and those who did not. The authors of the study suggest however, that even if debriefing doesn’twork it may still meet some needs: the needs of the survivors to understandwhat happened and the needs of those not directly involved to mastervicariously the traumatic encounter, overcome their sense of helplessness andsurvivor guilt and make restitution. They conclude that organisations need to set down very clear and realisticaims for any intervention they propose to use and to constantly monitor orevaluate the outcomes against the stated objectives. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Companiesspend more on trainingOrganisationsare spending more on training. Accordingto the September edition of the Industrial Society’s Training Trends,organisations are spending an average of 1.22 per cent of their annual turnoveron training, as opposed to 1.11 per cent in 1999.Thehighest investment in training is from the public and voluntary sectors, butthe highest increase in spending comes from the manufacturing sector, whichspends 1.39 per cent of turnover, as opposed to 0.91 per cent in 1999. Lowerspending is seen in the financial sector which reported a spend of 1.06 percent of turnover this year, a figure which is down from 1.10 per cent in 1999.However,the poorest spender is the service sector, which reports a figure of 0.87 percent of turnover. Languagegap outs UK behindThecontroversial Nuffield Language Inquiry is about to raise its head again. Publishedin May this year after a two-year period spent gathering evidence, the inquiryestimated that British firms are missing out on millions of pounds of businessbecause of negligible language ability, resulting in faxes, telephone calls,e-mails and letters “failing to receive response”.Itpointed out that the workforce suffers from “a chronic shortage of people withusable language skills”, yet said that evidence from employers suggest that suchskills “are not highly rated”.Theinquiry will be tackled at the forthcoming London Language and Cultural Showwhen representatives from the Languages National Training Organisation willexplain the opportunities presented by the new training frameworks and updatedelegates on progress towards a quality standard for business languagetrainers. The show is held on 3-4 November in Hammersmith, London.Apublic campaign to celebrate and promote language learning kicks off in 2001,which has been designated European Year of Languages.Weblink  www.language-show.comAwardsfor year of learningEvidenceof improved business performance will be one of the criteria in deciding theLearning Resource Centre Manager of the Year at the new World Open LearningAwards, which are part of Wolce 2000 next month.Thejudges will also be taking into consideration “cost-effectiveness, and gains inemployees’ skills and motivation over the past 12 months”.Short-listedfor the title are Wendy Cliffe from Scottish Equitable, Helen de Broize of theAA and Hazel Elderkin from Elida Faberge.Otherawards acknowledge new learners, bespoke and generic products and outstandingcontributions to open learning.Theawards will be made on 4 October at a gala dinner in the National MotorcycleMuseum, Birmingham, and the main speaker is polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.Weblink  www.distancelearning.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Resource Guide: Education

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Resource Guide: EducationOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Alist of useful on-line resources to help you in your professional research andeducational needsTheBritish Librarywww.bl.ukWebsite of the UK’s national library, which provides reading room, bibliographic, documentsupply and information services. Includes an extensive and quick search engineand its Health Care Information Service has a huge number of links to relatedsites in the UK and worldwide for OH students. BritishMedical Journalwww.bmj.comSitecontains the full text of all articles published since January 1994. Acomprehensive search facility available.BritishOccupational Health Research Foundationwww.bohrf.org.ukGrant-awardingbody established in 1991 to contribute to the highest degree of physical andmental wellbeing by raising and deploying funds for OH research. Current issuesinclude upper limb disorders, management of change and monitoring and auditingof OH services.EnglishNational Boardwww.enb.org.ukFreeaccess to a database listing journal articles. A detailed site includinginformation about ENB-commissioned research, plus a search facility for itshealthcare literature abstracts database.EuropeanUnion Occupational Safety and Health Researchhttp://se.osha.eu.int/Foundationof Nursing Studieswww.fons.orgHealthEducation Board for Scotlandwww.hebs.scot.nhs.ukIncludesjournal article listings relating to health education.HealthService Journalwww.hsj.co.ukArchiveof abstract and full text articles from HSJ since April 1996.LibraryService for Nurses in Waleswww.nursing-libraries.org.ukNursingand Healthcare Resources on the Netwww.shef.ac.ukSitecompiled by Rod Ward at Sheffield University, which attempts to find theInternet resource to match your needs. Designed to help nurses and otherhealthcare professionals link up with relevant Web resources. Includes links tosites in the UK and the rest of the world. Particularly useful is theinformation on UK universities and colleges offering health/nursing courses.Impressive in its detail. Occupationaland Environmental Medicinewww.occenvmed.comFulltext of articles available on-line.RoyalCollege of Nursing194Euston Road, London, NW1 2DGTel:020-7647 [email protected] includes access to its library and information service. Database includesreferences to books, journal articles since 1985 and videos. Also lists allperiodicals held by the library. Also provides valuable links to other relevantsites.RoyalSociety of Medicine1Wimpole Street, London W19 0AETel: 020-7290 [email protected] a library catalogue and search facilities.www.nursingnet.orgAUS site providing access to a number of on-line databses and sources ofinformation.www.nursingtimes.netExtremelydetailed site, offering excellent links to reference sites and medical andacademic journals.Compiledby Kate RouyThislisting is not exhaustive and the journal welcomes further additions fromreaders as well as suggestions for further topics of interest to include inthis series Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more