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January 28, 2016

Miami doctor suspended over violent altercation with Uber driver

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The medical resident who allegedly assaulted an Uber driver in a viral video has appeared in exclusive interviews with ABC News to share her side of the story. Ramkissoon offered a public apology for her behavior, stating “There is absolutely no excuse for my actions. I am ashamed. I am so sorry. I’ve hurt so many people with this.” Following the release of a viral video showing a woman assaulting an Uber driver, Jackson Health System has placed her on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The assailant, later identified as Anjali Naroshami Ramkissoon, 30, was depicted on a viral video released January 19, 2016 as attacking an Uber driver at Mary Brickell Village, kneeing him in the groin, throwing personal effects out of his car such as papers, receipts, scissors and an iPhone, and screaming profanities. The Youtube user who uploaded the video stated that the Uber driver declined to press charges and instead was offered a cash settlement on the spot. A police spokeswoman told reporters that while a police officer responded to the call, they declined to write a report, and no investigation will take place. Following Ramkissoon’s suspension, Jackson Health System released a statement on January 21, 2016:

Cquote1.svg Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident employed by Jackson Health System, has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, and removed from all clinical duties. Jackson has launched an internal investigation. The outcome of the investigation will determine if any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination. Cquote2.svg

Uber has also reported that they have suspended Ramkissoon’s Uber account, releasing the following statement:

Cquote1.svg “Uber expects everyone associated with the platform – both drivers and riders – to conduct themselves with a shared level of respect and common courtesy, and all forms of harassment and abuse are not tolerated. We have suspended the rider account of this individual as we investigate the incident. Cquote2.svg



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Miami doctor publicly apologizes for Uber misconduct

Miami doctor publicly apologizes for Uber misconduct

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The medical resident alleged to have assaulted assaulted an Uber driver, in an incident caught on camera, appeared in an interviews on ABC‘s Good Morning America (GMA) sharing her side of the story. Doctor Ramkissoon offered a public apology for her behavior, stating: “There is absolutely no excuse for my actions. I am ashamed. I am so sorry. I’ve hurt so many people with this.”

Footage of the altercation was posted on Youtube, going viral and attracting over five million views to-date. Following the release, and publicity, Jackson Health System (JHS) placed the 30 year-old on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. In the wake of her suspension JHS released a statement, on January 21, stating: “Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident employed by Jackson Health System, has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, and removed from all clinical duties. Jackson has launched an internal investigation. The outcome of the investigation will determine if any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination.”

The video, published January 19 shows the Uber driver being attacked at Mary Brickell Village. Ramkisoon is seen kneeing him in the groin, throwing personal effects out of his car including papers, receipts, scissors and an iPhone, and screaming profanities. The user who uploaded the video stated the Uber driver declined to press charges and instead being offered a cash settlement on the spot. A police spokeswoman told reporters, whilst an officer responded to a call, they declined to write a report and no investigation will take place.

Uber, commenting on suspending Ramkissoon’s account, said: “Uber expects everyone associated with the platform — both drivers and riders — to conduct themselves with a shared level of respect and common courtesy, and all forms of harassment and abuse are not tolerated. We have suspended the rider account of this individual as we investigate the incident.”

Ramkissoon told GMA she is “ashamed of what she did”; advising viewers to take it as a lesson and “be careful what you do in public because the things that we do can be taped and we can have to suffer severe ramifications”.



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November 5, 2012

Lawsuit filed at Florida due to long lines at early voting

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Florida voters had to wait as long as eight hours just to vote early. The lawsuit was filed by Democrats on Saturday morning in a Miami federal court. The extended voting hours in counties included Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward due to inadequate voting facilities.

According to the Miami Herald‘s website the filing claims states: The extraordinarily long lines deterred or prevented voters from waiting to vote. Some voters left the polling sites upon learning of the expected wait, and others refused to line up altogether. These long lines and extreme delays unduly and unjustifiably burdened the right to vote.”

Rick ScottR Governor of Florida has steadfastly refused to keep polls open beyond an 8 day early voting period that ended Saturday at 7:00 pm local time (000 UTC) or make that Sunday 1:00 am local time (600 UTC) when the last voter in line in Miami-Dade was finally able to cast a ballot.

There were long lines especially for Miami-Dade at 7:25 am local time (1225 UTC) on Saturday. Two of the country’s 20 stations for early voting were already suffering 5 hour times to wait. Six locations listed wait times of six or more hours on Saturday afternoon, hampered perhaps in part by a hefty ballot of 10 pages for most voters.

The GOP legislature of Florida had cut the number of early voting days from 14 to 8 in 2011. It eliminated its own tradionally based heavy Sunday prior to Election Day, however the number of maximum numbers were kept. This move was signed into law by governor Scott, as well as approved by federal courts.

Cquote1.svg We are requesting in federal court that more Floridians have a meaningful chance to early vote. Cquote2.svg

—Rod Smith

The problems are not limited to long waits in Southern Florida according to the Tampa Bay Times.



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Lawsuit filed in Florida due to long lines at an early voting

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Florida voters had to wait as long as eight hours just to vote early. The lawsuit was filed by Democrats on Saturday morning in a Miami federal court. The extended voting hours in counties included Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward due to inadequate voting facilities.

According to the Miami Herald‘s website the filing claims states: The extraordinarily long lines deterred or prevented voters from waiting to vote. Some voters left the polling sites upon learning of the expected wait, and others refused to line up altogether. These long lines and extreme delays unduly and unjustifiably burdened the right to vote.”

Rick ScottR Governor of Florida has steadfastly refused to keep polls open beyond an 8 day early voting period that ended Saturday at 7:00 pm local time (000 UTC) or make that Sunday 1:00 am local time (600 UTC) when the last voter in line in Miami-Dade was finally able to cast a ballot.

There were long lines especially for Miami-Dade at 7:25 am local time (1225 UTC) on Saturday. Two of the country’s 20 stations for early voting were already suffering 5 hour times to wait. Six locations listed wait times of six or more hours on Saturday afternoon, hampered perhaps in part by a hefty ballot of 10 pages for most voters.

The GOP legislature of Florida had cut the number of early voting days from 14 to 8 in 2011. It eliminated its own tradionally based heavy Sunday prior to Election Day, however the number of maximum numbers were kept. This move was signed into law by governor Scott, as well as approved by federal courts.

Cquote1.svg We are requesting in federal court that more Floridians have a meaningful chance to early vote. Cquote2.svg

—Rod Smith

The problems are not limited to long waits in Southern Florida according to the Tampa Bay Times.



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August 27, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac creates worries across US gulf states

Tropical Storm Isaac creates worries across US gulf states

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Tropical Storm Isaac is creating a swathe of concerns across many gulf states in the US, as it sweeps into the Florida Keys.

As of 5:00pm EDT, Miami area winds were measuring at 60 miles per hour. Authorities indicated 5,180 homes across Broward county are without electricity. According to media sources, the governor of Louisiana anticipates giving evacuation orders as early as Monday morning.

Hurricane warnings have been issued in the Florida Panhandle, sweeping as far west as Louisiana. Sunday afternoon, Louisiana’s Governor Jindal issued a state of emergency for the state. Over 450 flights at Miami International Airport were canceled this weekend, in light of the storm’s arrival.

Ultimately, the storm’s winds could reach as high as 110 mph, according to sources. The mayor of New Orleans told media that many residents there are nervous. The last time a hurricane struck the Gulf coast was in 2008.



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May 27, 2012

Miami police shoot, kill naked man chewing face of male victim

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Police in Miami, Florida fatally shot a naked male who appeared to be chewing off the face of his male victim. The attack happened yesterday, approximately around 2:00 pm EDT (18:00 UTC) on the NE 13th Street off-ramp of Miami’s MacArthur Causeway, where the headquarters of The Miami Herald newspaper is located. The shooting was captured on the Herald building surveillance camera, which police have requested.

Around 2:00pm, Miami Police were notified of the incident and responded. An officer came upon the two men fighting and found the naked attacker chewing at the face of the male victim who was also naked. The officer called over the loudspeaker of his police cruiser for the man to cease his attack, which the man failed to heed. The officer then shot the attacker once, who continued attacking the victim despite being shot. The officer fired additional shots at the attacker in what was described by various witnesses and sources as “a half dozen shots”. The victim was then brought to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center with critical to severe facial injuries and is reported to be in intensive care.

The camera footage from the Miami Herald building shows a police cruiser pulling up at the off-ramp, which is partly obscured by the overhead tracks of the Miami Metromover. The video then shows the officer getting out of the cruiser and apparently commanding the man to stop attacking. The officer then pulls his service weapon and appears to fire his gun. Afterwards, the camera zooms in and shows the lower body of one man lying motionless on the ground, while another appears to be rolling around in pain. The Herald edited the video to obscure the victim.

Detective Willie Moreno, spokesperson for the Miami Police, said, “During this confrontation an officer did discharge his weapon striking one of the individuals.” Moreno added, “That individual has lost his life right now.”

Police have not identified the attacker, victim, or officer involved in the shooting. However, Javier Ortiz, the spokesperson for the Miami lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, said, “Based on the information provided, our Miami police officer is a hero and saved a life.”

A news release by the Miami Police stated, “As with all active investigations, there are many details that cannot be discussed until we have gathered all the facts. Detectives are still trying to gather details and urging any passersby who might have seen something to contact them.” According to the Herald, police believe the attacker may have been experiencing stimulant psychosis.



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April 30, 2012

Sharapova defeats Azarenka in Porsche Finale

Sharapova defeats Azarenka in Porsche Finale

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Yesterday, in a re-match of the 2012 Australian Open championship final, Maria Sharapova knocked off top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 to win the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.

The first set lasted only 30 minutes, and Sharapova broke Azarenka’s serve to go ahead 4-3 in the second set and closed it out with an ace.

For Sharapova, who improves to 22-4, it was her first Women’s Tennis Association title of the year and 25th of her career. Azarenka had won the four previous matches against Sharapova. Sharapova said she mainly entered the tournament as a warm up for the French Open, which begins on May 27. Like the French Open, the Porsche Grand Prix tournament uses clay courts as well.

Azarenka falls to 29-2 on the year, and suffered a wrist injury at the start of the second set that limited her playing ability. She will, however, maintain her No. 1 world ranking.

“I am really pleased to win such a tough tournament, against such tough opponents,” said Sharapova, before collecting the white sports car donated by the sponsor. “Victoria could not perform at her best because of her injury.”

Azarenka and Sharapova posted straight-set victories in the semifinals on Saturday. Sharapova’s win came over reigning Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Azarenka’s 2012 campaign started with 26 match victories before being defeated by Marion Bartoli last month at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida, U.S.

“Obviously I’m not happy I lost in the final, but congratulations to Maria, she did a really good job this week,” Azarenka said. “It was still a good week for me. I was really happy to come to Stuttgart and I hope to do better next year.”

This event marked Radwanska’s fifth loss of the year, all of which have come while playing against Azarenka. Sharapova earned roughly 87,000 (US$115,000) and a brand new white Porsche 911 sports car for this victory.



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April 27, 2012

Florida court blocks drug testing state workers

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The US state of Florida has repealed an order by the state’s governor to drug test all state employees and new hires to state agencies. The Miami federal court has said that the order is unconstitutional, violating the ban upon ‘unreasonable’ search and seizure.

Last year, Governor Rick Scott ordered 80,000 drug tests on state employees. He is a former health care executive and objects to the ruling against drug testing. “As I have repeatedly explained, I believe that drug testing state employees is a common sense means of ensuring a safe, efficient and productive workforce,” Scott said yesterday.

Howard Simon, executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Florida, said, “The governor can’t order the state to search people’s bodily fluids for no reason.”

Governor Scott is also dealing with a drug testing-related lawsuit for recipients of welfare.



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March 30, 2012

Report indicates continued severe weather problems still looming

Report indicates continued severe weather problems still looming

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A 586-page report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released Wednesday indicated governments should prepare for continued weather-related catastrophes. The report noted highly populated and very poor areas are at highest risk, and stressed no country or continent is safe from these ongoing threats. The panel consists of Nobel Prize-winners, whose work in climatology indicates more intense tropical cyclones.

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The report placed blame regarding recent disasters on a combination of climate change caused by humans, population changes and poverty. The panel was founded in 1988 by the United Nations.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates recent severe weather conditions are costing upwards of US$80 billion per year. The report focused heavily on issues pertaining to coastal areas of the United States, specifically noting damage in those areas could increase 20 percent by 2030.

The authors of the report stated some portions of India may become uninhabitable for floods and other problems.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change pointed out other cities at lesser risk, such as: Miami, Shanghai, Bangkok, China’s Guangzhou, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Myanmar’s Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), and India’s Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). Inhabitants of small island nations may have to leave their homes because of elevated sea levels and major storms. A total of 220 authors worked on the report.



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July 12, 2011

No single cause of autism, research review concludes

No single cause of autism, research review concludes

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Many factors of a child’s birth and the condition of the newborn are linked to the future development of autism, but no single factor has been identified as the cause, a meta-analysis of forty previously published research studies concludes.

Autism refers to a cluster of neurological developmental disorders, ranging to mild and severe, that interfere the child’s ability to adjust normally, including defects in normal communication and social interaction.

The systematic review, published in Monday’s issue of Pediatrics, presented the results of a meta-analysis of over sixty perinatal and neonatal risk factors associated with autism reported in the forty published studies. It identified sixteen that were significantly associated with autism. These included low birth weight, complications associated with delivery, fetal distress during labor, “poor condition” of the newborn along with a low Apgar score, multiple births, birth injuries to the baby, and hemorrhaging of the mother during childbirth.

However, the review found that often these factors are linked; not occurring independently but in combination, making the effect of any one factor difficult to determine. Further, the conclusions of the studies often were in conflict with each other regarding the relationship of any single one of the factors to autism. The researcher concluded there was “insufficient evidence to implicate any one perinatal or neonatal factor in autism etiology.” However, they said some evidence suggested the presence of “multiple neonatal complications may increase autism risk.”

Cquote1.svg [M]ultiple neonatal complications may increase autism risk. Cquote2.svg

—Study’s authors

The review also ruled out some factors, finding some were not linked to autism such as the use during childbirth of anesthesia, forceps delivery or vacuum extractor delivery. High birth weight and large head circumference of the newborn were also discounted.

The researcher who headed the study, Hannah Gardener, who was at the Harvard School of Public Health at the time and is now at the University of Miami School of Medicine, emphasized in an interview that parents should not worry if any one of the factors was present at the time of their child’s birth.

Cquote1.svg There is no single strong cause of autism. Cquote2.svg

—Hannah Gardener, researcher

She said, “There is no single strong cause of autism.”

Twin studies have concluded that there is a genetic component to autism and Gardener emphasized the importance of the review’s conclusions that point to the need for continuing study of how factors surrounding birth may interact with genetic factors to result in future autism in a child.



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