Four nursing home staffers charged in deadly Hurricane Irma horror

first_imgfelixmizioznikov/iStock(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) — Calling it “a terrible tragedy that should have never happened,” the police chief of Hollywood, Florida, announced on Tuesday the arrests of four staff members of a nursing rehabilitation center whose alleged inaction caused the deaths of 12 elderly patients who perished from heatstroke when they were left lingering for hours in the sweltering facility that lost power during Hurricane Irma in 2017.Chief Chris O’Brien released details of the arrests at a news conference attended by relatives of the patients who died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills due to alleged neglect by its former administrator, night nursing supervisor and two nurses.“The families sitting here today should not have lost their loved ones in this way,” O’Brien said. “They placed their faith and trust in the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, its medical and administrative staff and that trust was betrayed. They have been living an absolute nightmare.”Jorge Carballo, 61, the former administrator of the facility, and Sergo Colins, 45, the facility’s supervising night nurse, were each charged with 12 counts of felony aggravated manslaughter.Tamika Tory Miller, 31, a nurse at the center, was arrested and charged with six counts of felony aggravated manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection with patient medical records. Another nurse at the center, Althea Kenesha Meggie, 36, was charged with two counts of felony aggravated manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection with patient medical records.“These are trained professionals that should have been aware of the environmental hazards that were taking place in that facility and they chose to ignore them,” O’Brien said of the suspects. “These individuals took an oath to provide care and safety for these individuals in their facility. They betrayed that oath.”Not only did they fail to properly care for the patients, he said, but Meggie and Miller allegedly attempted to cover up the neglect by manipulating patient medical records.The charges resulted from what O’Brien described as the most extensive criminal investigation in his agency’s history.“This was a terrible tragedy that should have never happened,” O’Brien said.He said police were called to the facility on Sept. 13, 2017, after Hurricane Irma swept through South Florida and knocked out power to the rehabilitation center, which at the time was caring for around 140 patients.When police arrived on the scene, they found three patients already dead and several others in varying degrees of medical distress, police officials said. Despite sweltering conditions inside the facility, the staff failed to evacuate patients despite there being a fully-functioning hospital across the street, officials said.It was hotter inside the center than it was outside, officials said, and paramedics found patients overheated, including one who had a 107-degree temperature.Police immediately began evacuating the center, saving the lives of most patients. But a total of 12, who ranged in age from 71 to 99, died, authorities said.In November 2017, the Broward County Medical Examiner ruled all the deaths homicides and determined that the patients died from heatstroke, Major Steven Bolger, head of criminal investigation for the Hollywood Police Department, said at Tuesday’s news conference.“The actions and inactions of the four individuals — the two nurses responsible for the hands-on care of patients, the nursing supervisor and the facility administrator — led to the deaths of these patients,” Bolger said. “Since September of 2017, it has been the goal of the Hollywood police department to get justice for the patients who where medically and physically vulnerable and did not receive the appropriate care at the rehabilitation center.”As loved ones of the victims listened, Bolger read off the names of those who died. They were Carolyn Eartherly, 78, Gail Nova, 71, Estella Hendricks, 71, Bobby Owens, 84, Manuel Mendieta, 96, Albertina Vega, 99, Betty Hibbard, 84, Carlos Canal, 93, Martha Murray, 94, Delores Beamonte, Miguel Franco, 92, and his wife, Cecilia Franco, 90.Bolger said the nearly two-year investigation involved the State Attorney of Broward County and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Detectives interviewed more than 500 people, reviewed 400 hours of surveillance video and collected more than 1,000 pieces of evidence, including 55 computers.Ilham Soffan, an attorney for Meggie, portrayed her client and the others charged as scapegoats. Meggie, Soffan said, was filling in at the center because it was short-staffed on the day the power went out.“She did the best that she possibly could do under the circumstances,” Soffan told ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV. “She actually is not a permanent employee. She came in to assist.”Another attorney for Meggie, David Frankel, said at a news conference on Monday that Meggie will fight the charges. He said Meggie and the other nurses called the Florida Power & Light Company numerous times in an attempt to get the power at the center back on.“They were calling the emergency operations center from the governor’s office and they were calling the governor himself who was posting his cellphone number on television saying for people to call if there was an emergency,” Frankel said. “Those people never responded and never came.”Attorneys for the other suspects could not immediately be reached.Asked why the owner of the center had not been charged, O’Brien said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.“I head some comments that we arrested low-hanging fruit,” O’Brien said. “I can tell you that somebody’s status in the organization had zero impact on our decision to charge these individuals, whether they’re the most junior person in the organization or the most senior.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. read more

IHOC : LaCombe cousins bring chemistry from playing together in high school to SU

first_img Comments Published on November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Christina and Allie LaCombe might have different personalities off the ice, but the cousins have a perfect connection on it.‘(Christina’s) more quiet and reserved, I’d like to say. She’s very introverted. She’s extremely nice and outgoing when you get to know her, but she has to let people in,’ said Allie, a Syracuse freshman forward. ‘And I’m very social and outgoing, and I just make friends easily, so I just bring her with me places and get her to meet more people outside the hockey team.’Their personalities differ off the ice, but on it the two gel effortlessly. After three years of playing hockey at Eden Prarie (Minn.) High School on the same line, the cohesion has developed to the point where one cousin knows where the other will be even before the plays start. And though Christina is a defender, she and Allie are looking forward to connecting for multiple goals this season on SU, as they did in high school.The LaCombes will aim to get Syracuse (6-10) on the board when the Orange takes on Lindenwood (1-14) this weekend at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The two teams meet Friday at 7 p.m. and again Saturday at 2 p.m.Allie said the SU coaching staff realized how well the two played on the ice together. With Christina playing for the Orange last season, Allie was not too far behind.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU head coach Paul Flanagan said it is not uncommon for siblings or relatives to find a way to play together, even in college. The LaCombe cousins come from a big hockey family, so there was a comfort level that came with the chance to be teammates again.‘Her decision to come here influenced my decision to come here,’ Allie said.But for a season, both of the cousins were forced out of their comfort zone.With Allie and Christina a year apart, last season both had to take the ice without the other. After they played together for most of their high school careers and countless times during family pond hockey, it was an adjustment.Christina said the transition was hard because she had to find someone else to fill the void without Allie on the ice.But Allie said it also gave them the chance to grow without always relying on each other. By working on their own skills for a year, both are stronger than ever.‘Now being here, we play so much better than in high school together,’ Allie said.With both of them back on the ice again, they hope to continue to produce the way they did in high school, with one feeding the other for a goal and vice versa.And their chemistry on the ice is apparent to their teammates.‘A little play here and a little play there, like they’re more aware of what’s going on,’ senior forward Megan Skelly said. ‘They’re better able to read off each other than I would be able to read off them.’Back in high school, Allie estimates at least 75 percent of her goals came off assists from Christina. For Christina, at least half her goals came when Allie was feeding her the puck.And with that uncanny ability to read each other, both hope to find more ice time on the same line at Syracuse. Both said they are simply more confident when they’re on the ice together.‘We were on the same power-play unit for a couple games, and I hope (Flanagan) will put us on again so we can light it up,’ Christina said.Flanagan said they’ve been on and off the ice at different times for various reasons, but he said he’s hoping to put them on the same line in the near future.Whether they skate on the same line, it’s still a situation Allie is happy to be a part of. She said she wouldn’t have it any other way.‘I couldn’t ask for anything more,’ Allie said. ‘Especially being here at such a great school with my cousin as my roommate and my teammate, it’s kind of the perfect situation.’[email protected] center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Korea e-Sports Association (KeSPA) refuse to participate in 2017 AIMAG, Turkmenistan

first_imgThe Korean e-Sports Association (“KeSPA”) has announced today that it will not take part in the 2017 Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games (“AIMAG”), Turkmenistan. In brief, the reasons for its refusal are as follows:Esports discipline conducted by a non-international federation (and lack of general procedures as a huge sporting event);Esports disciplines decided without consensus with National Federations.The news also outlines that China, Iran, Mongolia and Vietnam are to respond to the issue with a unified statement. It comes after recent news of the esports trials at AIMAG, including the titles: Hearthstone, Dota 2, FIFA/NBA and Starcraft II.The release details in extensive detail the reasons as to why KeSPA will not participate. It mentions the history of KeSPA and AIMAG, with the former assisting the latter at the 2009 and 2013 trials. At the last AIMAG, which was held on Korea, KeSPA worked closely with the International e-Sports Federation (“IeSF”) to conduct and manage esports discipline during the AIMAG. The IeSF has been in continuous conversation with the OCA and 2017 Turkmenistan AIMAG Organising Committee for esports to continue its involvement as a title in the Games. However due to the lack internet infrastructure and budget, it was concluded that it is not able to manage esports with sufficient resources in the region.The main issue that KeSPA has is the fact that instead, the OCA has announced that esports will be managed for 2017, 2018 and 2022 games by Alisports, a private enterprise owned by Alibaba – rather than conducting itself through the officially recognised international federation, which in this case is the IeSF. It also bemoans the fact that official national team selection will not be conducted through the National Federations and National Olympic Committees, but anyone can register online and the qualifiers will be conducted online.  A further gripe is the way the specific game titles were selected. KeSPA outlines in its statement that no consensus was made with the NOC, National Federation or the athletes. It also goes on to say “it has been found through investigation, that the announcement to include esports has been conducted without consideration of the athletes, not being eligible to receive support in becoming a member of the national team squad”. KeSPA approached the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) to ask about the participation process of the 2017 AIMAG and received the following feedback:“KOC has already finalised national team squad for all participating disciplines and therefore cannot dispatch additional esports athletes as official national team members. KOC added after their internal check, that it is a non-medal event, and moreover, that the registration platform is connected a web of a private enterprise (Alisports), and not the official registration platform of Turkmenistan Organizing Committee, an incident which has never been seen or existed before. Considering the current circumstances, KeSPA has also concluded not to dispatch national team members for the rights and interest of Korean esports athletes cannot be protected at this point of time.”The final issue that KeSPA raise is the fact that Alisports formed an organisation called Asian Esports Federation, supposedly “under the nose” of IeSF, in order to manage esports at events such as AIMAG. Esports Insider says: It’s safe to say that KeSPA aren’t happy about this at all. From what they’ve said, it’s fairly easy to see why.last_img read more

Bellator 220 results: Rory MacDonald, Jon Fitch fight to controversial majority draw

first_img— Bellator 220 presents some of the more notable names in the organization. Don’t sleep, though, on Gaston Bolanos, who begins the main card action.— A lot is on the line for MacDonald ahead of his first title defense.— Benson Henderson wanted Brent Primus. Instead, he’s getting Adam Piccolotti. Henderson goes in-depth to SN on why he’s getting the latter and not the former. MMA pundits expected welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to steamroll through Jon Fitch and advance to the semifinals of the Welterweight Grand Prix in the main event of Bellator 220.Fitch and the judges inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., had other plans. MacDonald and Fitch fought to a majority draw (48-46 Fitch, 47-47, 47-47). Sporting News scored it 48-47 for MacDonald. Despite the bout ending in a tie, MacDonald, as the welterweight titleholder, advances to the semifinals to face Neiman Gracie on June 14. Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4If the ending of the fight wasn’t strange enough, MacDonald’s comments during his postfight interview should be of concern. He wouldn’t even say whether he will take on Gracie a little less than seven weeks from now at Madison Square Garden in New York.”It’s hard to pull the trigger,” MacDonald told John McCarthy. “I don’t have that killer instinct. It’s hard to explain … it takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain and I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore.”MacDonald (20-5-1) got off to a good start in the first two rounds. He landed the harder shots and was able to get right back to his feet when Fitch took him down. The momentum shifted in Fitch’s favor in the third round when he was able to get MacDonald to the canvas. This time, though, Fitch didn’t let MacDonald go. The 41-year-old connected on sharp elbows to bloody up MacDonald, digging punches to his body and grinding him to knock the wind out of him. MacDonald came out relentless in the fourth round, landing a sharp elbow and immediately connecting on a head kick that staggered Fitch. But Fitch remained determined; he moved forward and scored another takedown to remain in top control for the rest of the round. Fitch (32-7-2, one-no contest) went back to grappling in the fifth, taking down MacDonald and giving him no space to get back to his feet. That paved the way for the controversial majority draw ruling.Here is what happened at Bellator 220 (all times Eastern):Bellator 220 updates, resultsRory MacDonald and Jon Fitch fight to a majority draw; MacDonald advances to semifinals1:12 a.m.: MacDonald and Fitch go to a majority draw (48-46 Fitch, 47-47, 47-47); by rule, the champion advances to the next round. Hard to see where a judge gave Fitch an apparent 10-8 round. He wasn’t dominant enough to warrant such a score. Not a fan of MacDonald moving on this way. A sixth round should have been ordered and whoever won it would have advanced.  Round 5: Knowing he needed to be dominant, Fitch sent MacDonald right back to the mat. Fitch had himself in great position and didn’t give MacDonald room to breathe by pounding the body. I don’t get why Fitch didn’t try to go for the finish because it wasn’t a 10-8 round and he didn’t put MacDonald in a dangerous position to be stopped. I have a feeling these scorecards are going to be all over the place. (48-47 MacDonald)Round 4: MacDonald started out on fire, wobbling Fitch with a sharp elbow and following it up immediately with a hard body kick. To Fitch’s credit, he hung in there and took MacDonald back down to the canvas. Unlike the previous round, Fitch didn’t do much with it. Hard to award rounds when you have dominant position and do nothing with it. Fitch needs a stoppage to win the championship. (39-37 MacDonald)Round 3: Fitch needed to change the tide and he did just that. Not only did he secure another takedown, but this time, he kept MacDonald down and went to work. He got into MacDonald and bloodied up him with elbows and continuous punches to the body and head. It isn’t the most crowd-pleasing style to implement, but it is effective. If Fitch is going win the belt, he needs to keep getting takedowns. (29-28 MacDonald)Round 2: Fitch once again scored two takedowns, but MacDonald got up each time with relative ease. MacDonald is doing a good job in controlling the action on the feet and using his distance well. An impressive takedown at the end of the round by MacDonald to let Fitch know he can do that, too. If MacDonald can do it again with some time, watch out, as he’s lethal when on top. (20-18 MacDonald)Round 1: The fight is already playing out the way pundits had expected it go. MacDonald needed to keep it on the feet and Fitch to get takedowns. While Fitch scored two takedowns, MacDonald threw and connected on the harder punches. (10-9 MacDonald)12:28 a.m.: It is now time for the main event of Bellator 220: Rory MacDonald puts the welterweight title on the line against Jon Fitch in the final bout of the opening round of the Welterweight Grand Prix. Will MacDonald (20-5) be able to erase the nightmare of getting battered by Gegard Mousasi in their middleweight title bout in September? If he can’t, Fitch (32-7-1, one no-contest) has a good shot at walking out with the gold.Ilima-Lei Macfarlane stops Veta Arteaga to retain the women’s flyweight championship12:14 a.m.: Macfarlane def. Arteaga via TKO at 1:56 of the third round when the ringside doctor stopped the fight. Macfarlane began the third with another takedown, then connected on one of the most vicious elbows you will ever see (or hear). The crack from elbow to forehead was audible. Immediately, blood gushed out of Arteaga’s forehead. Referee Jason Herzog called for a timeout. The ringside doctor looked at the deep cut and wouldn’t allow Arteaga to go on.Big elbow from the champ, @Ilimanator in round two. 💪💥— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 2019An entertaining fight and one that should be run back. Even though Macfarlane won the first two rounds, they were close and Arteaga made a good showing. Macfarlane wants a rematch and, hopefully, Bellator officials let it happen.Round 2: Macfarlane wasted no time going right at Arteaga and taking her to the mat. What she didn’t expect was Arteaga landing a sharp elbow to cause a cut to Macfarlane. But what Arteaga didn’t expect when the fight made it back to the feet was that Macfarlane would be effective standing by staying on the outside and throwing leg kicks to control distance. Arteaga has to find a way to get on the inside. (20-18 Macfarlane)Round 1: A fun opening round. Smart move by Macfarlane going for and being able to get a takedown right away. She tried for a kneebar and submission to no avail. Have to give Arteaga credit. She didn’t get overwhelmed and kept herself in the right positions to avoid trouble. (10-9 Macfarlane)11:47 p.m.: What an entrance by Macfarlane. One of the best in MMA.🍍👊The champ is here! @Ilimanator makes her walk to the cage in typical and extravagant fashion.— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 201911:44 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of Bellator 220: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends the Bellator women’s flyweight championship against Veta Arteaga. Since winning the belt, Macfarlane (9-0) has won both of her title defenses, over Alejandra Lara and Valerie Letourneau, by submission. Arteaga (5-2) earned her shot at the belt by defeating Emily Ducote and Denise Kielholtz, respectively.Arteaga has to keep the fight on the feet because if Macfarlane gets it on the ground, it’s all over.11:31 p.m.: Henderson def. Piccolotti by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Unbelievable fight. That was one of the best grappling contests you will see inside an MMA cage. Piccolotti had the advantage in the first round and Henderson had the upper hand in the second. Everything came down to the third round. Each guy secured a choke, but Piccolotti made a gigantic mistake with his. He left a slight opening and Henderson capitalized. He stayed composed, slipped out and got into full mount to land right and left hands to the final bell. The judges remembered what happened at the end, and it was Henderson in control. Henderson has now won three consecutive fights and is back in the lightweight title picture. One more win and Henderson will get another chance to win the championship.11:15 p.m.: Highly entertaining first round. Piccolotti tried for a couple of chokes and Henderson rose back to his feet with about 40 seconds remaining. Henderson blasted Piccolotti with a series of leg kicks and a sharp elbow and staggered him with a head kick to close the stanza.11:08 p.m.: Coming up at Bellator 220, Benson Henderson squares off with Adam Piccolotti in lightweight action. Henderson (26-8), a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, seems to have gained his footing inside the Bellator cage, winning back-to-back fights after losing three of his first four bouts in the organization. After losing back-to-back affairs, Piccolotti (11-2) has gotten those two wins back. This fight is the biggest of Piccolotti’s career and one Henderson cannot overlook.Phil Davis chops down Liam McGeary to earn a submission victory11:57 p.m.: Davis def. McGeary by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:11 of the third round. Davis threw a left jab to break McGeary’s jaw and send him to the canvas. Davis mounted McGeary and threw a couple hard ground-and-pound punches. Davis went for a rear-naked choke and as soon as he touched McGeary’s jaw, the Englishman tapped out. A surprising performance by Davis. Very shocked to see him willing to engage, stay on the outside and throw leg kicks. McGeary had no answer for the strategy until he decided to go forward in the third round, but Davis’ striking proved to be too [email protected] gets the victory via TKO! 💥@BellatorMMA #Bellator220— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 2019If Davis can keep working on his striking, light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader better watch out.10:45 p.m.: Why isn’t McGeary checking Davis’ leg kicks? All those kicks are adding up to a ton of damage. McGeary needs to alter his strategy in a hurry as the third and final round is about to begin.10:31 p.m.: Up next at Bellator 220, Phil Davis goes up against Liam McGeary in light heavyweight action. Davis and McGeary (13-3) met at Bellator 163 in November 2016 with the former using his dominant wrestling to become the light heavyweight champion. Can Davis put on a repeat performance, or has McGeary learned from his past mistakes?Gaston Bolanos makes quick work of Nathan Stolen 10:18 p.m.: Bolanos def. Stolen by TKO at 2:21 of the first round. A great ending to the fight when Bolanos and Stolen were attempting to throw left hooks at the same time. Bolanos connected first to send Stolen to the mat. He threw two ground-and-pound punches to finish off Stolen. It’s time for Bolanos to face a quality opponent. The talent is there; now he needs a test to see how good he really is. Couldn’t ask for a better start to the card.Gaston Bolanos starts the @BellatorMMA Main Card with a BANG! 💥We’re just getting started. Watch #Bellator220 now! 👉— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 201910:13 p.m.: Gaston Bolanos takes on Nathan Stolen in lightweight action to kick off the main card of Bellator 220. Bolanos (4-1) makes his 2019 debut having won three consecutive fights. Stolen (8-4) is in desperate need of a victory after losing three in a row and four of his last five. This is designed as a showcase for Bolanos. Can he rise to the occasion?Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of Bellator 220. An exciting night of action is in front of us with two world championship fights at the top of the bill. Grab the refreshments and enjoy what should be a great night.Bellator 220 undercard resultsAviv Gozali def. Travis Crain via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of the first round; lightweightsMatt Perez def. Justin Tenedora by knockout at 4:52 of the first round; flyweightsJosh San Diego def. Brandon Laroco via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26); featherweightsJordan Williams def. Diego Herzog by TKO at 1:21 of the third round; middleweightsAbraham Vaesau def. Justin Roswell via TKO at 1:59 of the first round; middleweightsBellator 220 fight cardMain cardRory MacDonald (c) vs. Jon Fitch for MacDonald’s welterweight title.Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (c) vs. Veta Arteaga for Macfarlane’s women’s flyweight title.Benson Henderson vs. Adam Piccolotti; lightweights.Phil Davis vs. Liam McGeary; light Heavyweights. Gaston Bolanos vs. Nathan Stolen; lightweights.Preliminary card Tom Ponce De Leon vs. Jamario Mulder; welterweights.Diego Herzog vs. Jordan Williams; middleweights. Justin Tenedora vs. Matthew Perez; flyweights. Abraham Vaesau vs. Justin Roswell; welterweights.Aviv Gozali vs. Travis Crain; lightweights. Josh San Diego vs Brandon Laroco; catchweight. Boris Novachkov vs Chris Inocencio; Featherweights Ignacio Ortiz vs Roger Severson; Featherweights Bellator 220 latest news — Jon Fitch explains to Sporting News when and why he considered stepping away from MMA.— Ilima-Lei Macfarlane talks with SN about a variety of topics leading into her title defense in Bellator 220’s co-main event.— Rory MacDonald tells SN why he regretted moving up to middleweight to challenge champion Gegard Mousasi.last_img read more