Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Multiculturalist gets 35 years in jail for murdering his ex-wife, cutting up her body with a chainsaw and leaving her remains to disintegrate in acid
Steven Williams sat stone-faced in a central Florida courtroom Friday as he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for murdering his ex-wife, cutting up her body with a chainsaw and then dissolving the remains in acid.
Williams, a former Air Force sergeant, learned his fate after pleading no contest in May to second-degree murder in the grisly killing of Tricia Todd.
He received an additional five years, to be served concurrently, for child neglect, because he left the couple's two-year-old daughter alone to dump his ex-wife's dismembered body in a park.
The sheriff's office reported that 30-year-old Tricia Todd, an Air Force veteran and mother-of-one, went missing in April, and Williams, himself an Air Force sergeant, was arrested a short time later in North Carolina.
He eventually confessed and led authorities to her remains in Hungryland Wildlife and Environmental Area.
Authorities say Williams had put Todd's body parts in a tub of acid.
Todd, who worked as a hospice nurse, was last seen 'smiling and in good spirits' as she picked up groceries from a Publix supermarket in Hobe Sound on April 26, just a few hours before she vanished.
After leaving the store, the mother was told by her ex-husband that their two-year-old daughter was not feeling well.
Williams - who had traveled from North Carolina to visit the toddler - went with Todd to Martin Memorial South Hospital that night.
Williams, an Air Force airman, eventually confessed to killing Todd, cutting up her body and disposing of the remains with the help of acid
She went to the bed and breakfast where her ex-husband was staying and was said to have left at around 2am the next day.
Todd was reported missing later that morning when she failed to pick her daughter up from the hospital.
Her car was later found near her home with the keys still in the ignition. Her credit cards and phone - which was missing - had not been used.
Police and volunteers spent weeks searching for Todd until in late May Steven Williams finally confessed as part of a plea deal to killing and dismembering the woman.
During a brief sentencing hearing Friday, Williams showed little emotion, but right before he was led into the courtroom he was seen with a smirk on his face.
The station WPBF reported that Judge Lawrence Mirman called his crime ‘horrific‘ and said that the sentence was 'clearly less than full justice' for the victim’s family, but noted that without the plea deal they would never know what happened to her.
Jeremy Hunt: Let's replace foreign doctors with homegrown talent in Post-Brexit Britain
About time. There are many complaints against overseas doctors
The number of foreign doctors working in the NHS should be cut after Brexit, with homegrown medics replacing them, the Health Secretary has declared.
In one of the clearest indications yet of the Government’s vision for Brexit Britain, Jeremy Hunt questioned why more than a quarter of NHS doctors were foreign when scores of bright Britons were turned away from medical school.
Mr Hunt, who backed Remain in the referendum, argued that leaving the EU would ‘throw into sharp relief the number of doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants we need to import every year in order to sustain our health system’.
He said: ‘I think people will ask whether it is right when we are turning away bright British youngsters from medical school – who might get three A-stars [at A-level] but still can’t get in – at the same time we are importing people from all over the world. I think it’s a debate we need to have.’
Niall Dickson, of the General Medical Council, has said patient safety is at risk because, unlike other foreign doctors, those trained in the EU were assumed to be on par with British medics.
A bullish Mr Hunt, celebrating last week’s High Court ruling backing him in his dispute with junior doctors, also took aim at Mr Johnson for saying the NHS would receive a funding boost from Brexit – sticking to the Leave camp’s claim that millions destined for Brussels could be given to the health service.
Mr Hunt said the High Court’s backing for his drive to impose a new contract on doctors had paved the way for a round-the-clock service in at least half of hospitals by March 2018.
Today he will announce an extra £12.5 million investment in the Time To Change mental health campaign. The issue is a personal passion for Mr Hunt, particularly since receiving a harrowing letter from the father of a ‘fun-loving, bright, happy’ girl who killed herself aged 15.
Mr Hunt said he was determined to reduce the stigma surrounding it, adding: ‘We still have a long way to go. One of the messages we have to get across is that many mental health conditions are completely curable.’
When Mrs May appointed her first Cabinet in July, Mr Hunt walked into No 10 without the NHS badge he normally wears – only to reappear half an hour later, beaming, with the badge on his lapel.
He said: ‘I made a very big mistake, which is to believe what I heard on the BBC, which is that I was going to be moved. So I thought I had better not wear my NHS badge. No one was more surprised and delighted than I was when Theresa told me she wanted me to stay. Literally the first thing that I did – she must have thought it was a bit odd – was to reach into my pocket, take the badge out and put it back on.’
Navy torpedoes job titles for new system; ‘airman,’ ‘fireman,’ others shelved
Sailors are going to be addressed by a bureaucratic code???
All 91 of the U.S. Navy’s enlisted job titles are headed for Davy Jones’ locker.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus prodded the Navy and Marine Corps early this year to look for ways to create gender-neutral rating titles. The Marines responded with new job titles in June, but the Navy ultimately decided to go with a complete overhaul of its system.
“We’re going to immediately do away with rating titles and address each other by just our rank as the other services do,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke toldNavy Times for a piece published Thursday. “We recognize that’s going to be a large cultural change, it’s not going to happen overnight, but the direction is to start exercising that now.”
The move, which officials say will make service members more employable post-service, does away with titles like airman and fireman in favor of Navy Occupational Specialties (NOS).
“Under this new system, for example, Gunner’s mates will be identified as B320 and quartermasters will be B450,” Navy Times explained.
The title seaman will remain the last nonrated rating remaining for those with a rank of E-3 and below.
Vice Adm. Robert Burke told the newspaper that NOS will be configured into broad career fields within 13 communities of service. The new system aims to give sailors a greater number of duty stations and more flexibility in terms of how their careers advance.
A spokesman for Secretary Mabus denied any “direct line” between the directive for gender-neutral job titles and the Navy’s decision to overhaul its system, the Washington Examiner reported.
Support for recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution has dropped below 60%, according to an Essential poll released today
And it will drop further the more it is politicized. Bipartisan consensus is needed to get something like this through. Aborigines are already recognized by the Australian consitution. The 1967 referendum did that. They are now just Australians. Anything else would be racist. And we can rely on Pauline Hanson to tell us all that. With her opposed, a referendum would not have a snowflake's chance. She speaks for huge numbers of Australians on ethnic issues
The poll of 1,006 respondents found 58% said they would vote yes in a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution.
The figure is a large decline on a poll commissioned by Recognise in 2015 which found 85% in favour of constitutional recognition but only a small decline on a JWS Research poll in July which found 60% in favour of recognition and 59% in favour of a treaty.
The poll also found 61% of respondents disapprove of the government’s proposal to allow a single company to own all three of a newspaper, TV network and radio station in a single market.
It found 18% approve of the abolition of the two-out-of-three rule, 22% don’t know, and the majority of those that disapproved of the policy did so strongly.
The Essential poll found Labor leading the Coalition 52% to 48%, echoing a Newspoll released on Tuesday that had the same 52-48 result, albeit with a slightly higher Coalition primary vote of 39%.
It found continuing high support for voluntary euthanasia, at 68%, consistent with Essential polls as far back as 2010.
The campaign for constitutional recognition is entering a fragile period. Although recognition enjoys majority support, the referendum council has not approved a particular proposal to be voted on at a referendum.
Labor has said it would consider a treaty with Aboriginal Australians in addition to constitutional recognition, a proposal which led the government to accuse it of putting at risk “meaningful but modest” change in the form of constitutional recognition.
Asked to rate a series of issues on their importance, 75% of respondents to the poll said reaching a global agreement on climate change was important, compared with 62% for a banking and finance royal commission and 59% for a treaty with Indigenous Australians.
Issues which a majority did not consider important included a plebiscite on same-sex marriage (36%) and a referendum on a republic (34%).
The Labor financial services spokeswoman, Katy Gallagher, said the poll showed the government was “out of touch” on a bank royal commission because even 59% of Coalition voters were in favour, according to the poll.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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