How a woman boarded a Delta flight without a boarding pass or ID

first_imgObtained by ABC NewsBy MINA KAJI, ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A woman who was able to board a Delta flight without a boarding pass or ID bypassed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) document checker by blending in with two families and then boarding the plane alongside a passenger with a wheelchair, according to a TSA report obtained by ABC News.The female passenger, identified by authorities as Sylvia Rictor, approached the security checkpoint at the Orlando International Airport on the morning of Oct. 5 with “an unknown family.” At the time there was another family in the adjacent lane allowing Rictor to “use the groups of people to hide her(self), circumventing security by entering the checkpoint without a boarding pass,” the report explained.Rictor and her belongings were then successfully screened by TSA, and she proceeded to the gate where she was able to pre-board the Delta flight headed for Atlanta alongside a passenger in a wheelchair. Rictor did not present a boarding pass.“I approached the woman that went around and asked if she had been scanned, and she stated yes she had,” the gate agent recalled in a written statement included in the report. “That was when I assumed she was with the wheelchair passenger and allowed her to board.”It wasn’t until passenger Jenni Clemons found Rictor in her assigned seat that people started questioning Rictor.“She just said I’m not moving,” Clemons told ABC News in October. “She never broke her gaze from the back of the seat in front of her, even when all of the authorities were speaking to her.”Authorities asked Rictor for a boarding pass and a form of government identification.“She stated she had thrown away her boarding pass after it had been scanned,” the agent wrote in a statement. She then showed her a picture on her phone “like a selfie,” according to the agent.After the agent explained that the photo was not an acceptable form of identification, Rictor replied it was “just as good,” according to a video that passenger Shannon Hire recorded of the incident.Rictor was eventually escorted off the aircraft, and the almost 200 passengers were forced to de-plane and had to be re-screened by TSA.As part of TSA’s investigation they contacted Rictor to give her an opportunity to “submit any information regarding the matter.”Rictor responded in a handwritten letter claiming that she did purchase her ticket.“I am so sorry,” she wrote in the letter included in the TSA report. “I don’t know (what) else to say but don’t blame me everything falls on your … security.”A TSA spokesperson explained that after the incident they added partitions and plexiglass to clearly delineate the security lines at the airport in an attempt to prevent a passenger from sneaking into the checkpoint again with large groups of people.In October, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Tampa Division said no charges would be filed against Rictor.The TSA report revealed Rictor had been involuntarily institutionalized on at least three separate occasions.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Olivia Hardy on Taking Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on the Road and Finding Her ‘Inner Donna’

first_imgAs one third of the Donnas, Hardy works closely with co-stars Dan’yelle Williamson and Alex Hairston who play Diva and Disco Donna, respectively. “Alex and Dan’yelle are some of the most hardworking and most talented women I think I’ve ever met,” she said. “From the moment I met them for the very first time, they were incredibly welcoming and humble and embracing me into this Donna trio family. I’m very lucky and grateful to work with these two amazing ladies.”Bringing Donna Summer’s life to the stage is no easy feat, but Hardy is up for the challenge. “I want to make sure I get her authenticity right,” she said. “But I also want to keep a piece of me a part of it, too. I do the research while also recognizing that we’re not trying to be exactly like Donna. We’re trying to emulate her through our own personal experiences. Playing Duckling Donna, I tap into the dreams she had that are the same ones I had. It’s been cool to meet the two in the middle and find my inner Donna”Catch Hardy in Summer: A Donna Summer Musical in a city near you!Watch the full #LiveAtFive interview below! Olivia Hardy (Photos by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 23:07Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -23:07 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Unlike many college seniors, Olivia Hardy isn’t spending her days in the library studying for an exam or getting ready for the next big football game. Instead, she’s gearing up to star in the first national tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical as Duckling Donna. Before she takes the musical across the country, Hardy stopped by Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive to talk all about stepping into the music icon’s shoes. “I was actually in Berlin, Germany when I found out I got the role,” she told Ryan Lee Gilbert. “I was still at school and I got an email from my agent to self-tape for it back in the beginning of April. I didn’t hear anything back until mid-May and then I came to New York and auditioned in person three times. But yeah, I was sitting in my friend’s room in Germany when I got the email. Wild.”Hardy portrays the youngest of the three Donnas and can relate to her character since she herself is still in school. “I’m a senior, technically,” she said. “I’m taking a leave of absence, but I still have credits to finish that I’m doing online while I’m on this tour. After the tour, I have to go back for one more semester, I gotta get that degree.” View Commentslast_img read more

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Barwood Capital reaps rewards of a hands-on approach

first_imgJoanna Greenslade says Barwood have a hands-on approach in the MidlandsBarwood Capital has a strong focus on development, which has helped bolster the returns it has delivered for investors. The first fund delivered returns of 12% a year over five years, the second 15% and the third is also on track to deliver returns of almost 16%.The firm prides itself on taking a hands-on approach. Greenslade says: “It’s easy for a fund manager sitting in London to have quite large portfolios where they don’t have the time, instinct or understanding to go out and speak to their current or prospective tenants in person, whereas we do build and maintain those relationships. That’s one of our fortes – a more personal approach.”Although the firm does some development work in-house, when operating outside the Midlands, it typically works with other developers and even in the Midlands, it is happy to back others on the right deal. For example, it is funding a 100,000 sq ft warehouse that has been speculatively developed by First Panattoni.“It’s a great example of an institution dropping the ball after the Brexit vote. An institution had it under offer with First Industrial [now First Panattoni] but got cold feet and we picked up the funding position,” says Brogden.Industrial focusThe Birmingham deal was completed on behalf of Barwood Capital’s third fund, which had a strong focus on industrial, something that is set to continue with the new fund. If anything, the weighting to industrial will be even higher for the latest fund.Greenslade says she feels confident about the rental growth outlook for the industrial market but would be surprised to see further yield compression.Resi-only fundAnother area of increased focus for the firm is the residential market, where it works exclusively with third-party developers. Currently, it is working with six developers to build around 200 homes with a gross development value of about £80m. That is likely to increase significantly in the years to come if plans to launch a residential-only fund come to fruition.“Our next step is to do a resi-only fund,” says Greenslade. “There are a lot of development managers that are missing an equity slice who approach us directly or who are referred to us through Close Brothers who we bank with. We have a great pipeline of resi opportunities.”“Our next step is to do a resi-only fund – we have a great pipeline of resi opportunities”Joanna Greenslade Book your place for RESI Convention 2018 to join the debate on opportunities within the resi sector Dynamic duo: Guy Brogden and Joanna Greenslade of Barwood CapitalFor a real estate fund manager that is focused on the regions, she argues that this gives it an advantage over London-based managers.“Our base is firmly in the Midlands and that’s one thing we pride ourselves on,” says Greenslade. “You need to spend time in London, but the real USP of our business is deal-sourcing. And for that and to manage assets effectively, you need to be on the ground.”Until recently, Barwood Capital shared offices with db symmetry, the logistics developer created in 2015 as a joint venture between Barwood Developments Limited (BDL) and Delancey.Make sure your views are heard in 2018’s logistics censusBarwood Capital itself was founded in 2009 by the directors of BDL, which effectively acted as the development manager for the firm until db symmetry was created. Since then, Barwood Capital has become more agnostic about who it works with and now teams up with a wide range of developers on projects as well as using its own in-house team.It has also grown significantly in that time. Last year, the business moved a mile down the road into new offices, which are almost double the size of the old one. “We were bursting at the seams,” says Greenslade.The new offices will be a launch pad for Barwood Capital to further accelerate its growth. Over the past year, the company has already made its intentions clear by making a string of key appointments.Last summer, it installed former Mayfair Capital chief executive Guy Brogden, who was already on the board as a non-executive director, in the newly created role of executive chairman. It then strengthened its investment team by hiring PropSki founder William Chambers from JLL as investment director and earlier this year, Hugh Elrington, who was head of UK transactions at Rockspring, joined as a board member and head of property.Broadened investor baseElrington’s arrival coincided with another milestone for the firm. At the same time, it closed its fourth fund raising £76m of equity – with leverage, the five-year fund will have the firepower to invest about £150m. Since the launch of the first fund in 2009, which was backed by high-net-worth individuals in the Northampton area, Barwood Capital’s funds have increased in size and the investor base has also broadened.“In the new fund, we have a lot of new investors, Merseyside Pension Fund for example, and a large number of high net worths who see this as a unique opportunity to get into property development,” says Greenslade.center_img Barwood is converting Riverside House in Northampton into student accommodationAnother sector that Barwood Capital is planning to focus on more is alternatives. At the end of last year, it secured outline planning permission for 400 units of nursing or student accommodation at Riverside House in Northampton, which is located next to a hospital and a new university campus, and is on the lookout for other similar opportunities.At the same time as the firm looks to increase its investment across industrial, residential and alternatives, it is planning to selectively invest in the office sector. Greenslade says that office occupational requirements are not “as forthcoming” as they were before the Brexit vote but that there are still good investment opportunities to pursue.However, despite her concerns about Brexit, Greenslade is still upbeat about the outlook for real estate, citing the large gap between property yields and bond yields. She also believes that the firm’s focus on parts of the market that are underpinned by “structural change” will serve it well as it looks to accelerate its growth.last_img read more

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SRA ‘wrong to pursue costs via conduct rules’

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority was wrong to use professional conduct rules to pursue a former practitioner for costs, a tribunal has found. David Bellchamber had been ordered to pay fixed costs adding up to £850 in connection with a 2011 tribunal rebuke and subsequent unsuccessful appeal. He refused to pay, arguing the costs were excessive. In March the SRA took the matter to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, claiming Bellchamber had failed to comply with the costs issue in an ‘open, timely and co-operative manner’. However the SDT found that Bellchamber had been ‘entirely open’ in his refusal to pay. The tribunal found the SRA was no different to any other litigant acting as a claimant and should have issued civil proceedings to recover the sum. An SRA spokesperson said: ‘The cost of delivering sanctions should be borne by those individuals who are disciplined. We are considering the next appropriate steps to recover the profession’s money in light of the SDT’s decision.’last_img read more

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Big fines to ‘criminalise motorists’, says Mr Loophole

first_img‘Disproportionate’ fines for speeding motorists will act as an incentive for those caught to accept fixed penalties, the motoring solicitor dubbed Mr Loophole has suggested.Nick Freeman of Manchester firm Freeman & Co said plans to quadruple the maximum fines for some motoring offences and create a penalty of £10,000 for speeding on a motorway will do nothing to improve road safety.The provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to remove limits on magistrates’ fining powers are yet to come into force. Justice minister Jeremy Wright said they would not remove the option of custody in the most serious cases.Richard Monkhouse, chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, which has sought greater sentencing powers, said the increased fining powers are a ‘welcome recognition’ of the role magistrates play in the justice system.‘We hope that this signals a growing trend of trusting magistrates by allowing them the appropriate discretion to deliver local justice, and that other areas for sentencing powers will be examined too,’ he said.Freeman said that the fines will act as an incentive for motorists to accept fixed penalties rather than challenging convictions.He said the proposals have ‘crossed a line’ that criminalises motorists while decriminalising criminals. ‘Motorists will be given huge fines, while if you commit a burglary, you are likely to be cautioned,’ he said.A mandatory 28-day ban for speeding drivers or greater police presence on the roads would be more effective, Freeman said.last_img read more

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UG receives $100M charitable education grant

first_imgA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday between the University of Guyana (UG) and the Natural Resources Ministry for the disbursement of a 0 million philanthropic education grant for the year 2017-UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith (left) presented with a cheque for $45 million from Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman2018.The Faculty of Technology, the Faculty for Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Geology Department of the University of Guyana will see a significant boost following the signing of that MoU.Vice Chancellor of UG, Professor Ivelaw Griffith said the process started several months ago, where the Natural Resources Ministry made a commitment to invest in the university through the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).“One hundred million Guyana dollars was the first tranche of the investment and today represents the delivery of that promise. The Minister (Raphael Trotman) presented a cheque to me for $45 million,” he said.The $45 million will go to faculties and schools other than engineering and the remainder will be used to purchase equipment for the geology laboratories and to assist with curriculum development, training, outreach and field research.“What we did today was to bring closure to that almost one year of negotiations and the Minister was quite laudatory in his intent not only to support what we are doing at the university not only in words but in deeds.”The grant will also provide for the collaboration on placement of students internship attachments with the Commission and sharing of technical publications based on assignments of the programme done by scholars of the Commission.The grant could be renewed annually.last_img read more

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