New Ford CEO scores pay hike, $1 million signing bonus

Ford’s Jim Hackett got a nice bump in pay to go with his new CEO title.

His annual base salary will now be $1.8 million, up from the $716,000 he was earning as the head of the Ford unit developing self-driving cars. Since he’s assuming the new job roughly five months into the year, the raise will take his base pay for the year to just over $1 million.

He’ll also get a $1 million signing bonus, as well as a performance-based bonus worth up to $3.6 million.

In addition, he’ll get stock grants that could be worth as much as $6 million that are also tied to job performance.

Hackett’s new annual base salary is roughly on par with what his predecessor Mark Fields received in 2016, though Hackett is getting $12,500 more.

Fields’ 2017 salary?? has yet to be reported. But his total compensation last year came to $22.1 million including stock and bonuses. Hackett total package could end up being of comparable value when the shorter time in the top job this year is taken into account.

Ford’s shares plummeted nearly 40% during Fields’ tenure, and he was replaced by Hackett on Monday. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, the great-grandson of the company founder, said the company needed to move faster to develop a new generation of electric and self-driving cars.

Hollywood police work to correct mismanaging of Property and Evidence Unit

The Hollywood Police Department is continuing to work on correcting its mismanagement of its Property and Evidence Unit, the Broward Office of the Inspector General reported Thursday in a news release.

The OIG reported in February that Hollywood police officials failed to institute protocols that are consistent with industry standards, which led to the theft of $137,609 in cash and 1,096 pills from its evidence room.

The OIG found that there was a lack of control in limiting access to the evidence room and some evidence that was needed to prosecute some criminals was unavailable after the thefts.

The report said there were no security cameras in the room to capture images of the thieves.

According to the latest news release from the OIG, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez provided the OIG with a status report that details the results of the police department’s remedial actions, which include:

-The continued purging of items from the unit, including 1,224 items purged and another 3,440 items identified to be purged.

-Two drug burns and a third burn scheduled.

-The transport of an additional 100 firearms to the Broward Sheriff’s Office to be destroyed.

-Adding two clerk positions to the PEU.

-Finalizing a manual which established guidelines for the PEU.

-Spending about $66,000 for upgraded storage, scanning and video surveillance functions.

The OIG reported that the police department has also met with vendors to research technology that allows for scanning to accurately track inventory and audit property and evidence.

A PEU supervisor and clerk will also receive training provided by the Property and Evidence Association of Florida.

17-year-old boy hospitalized after shooting

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A 17-year-old boy is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital after he was shot early Thursday in northwest Miami-Dade County.

The shooting was reported just after 12:30 a.m. on Northwest 84th Street.

The teen’s mother said she woke up to gunshots and saw her son lying on the ground, asking for help outside of their home.

“It’s traumatizing because it’s my son,” Suprina Campbell said.

Campbell said her son, Trey, was sitting outside their home when someone drove up and opened fire.

She said the teen was listed in critical condition.

“Ya’ll got to break the code of silence,” Campbell said. “You don’t have friends out here. Nobody’s your friend. It’s the kids. It’s our young kids. And it’s sad, because they killing each other.”

Campbell said Trey is a student at AMIkids in North Miami Beach, a school that helps troubled teens turn their lives around.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the shooting involving one of students,” AMIkids said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family for a speedy recovery and we will provide whatever assistance we can for them during this time. We will cooperate fully with authorities and our program support staff and counselors will be available for our current students and their families should they need any assistance.”

Trey’s aunt told Local 10 News that her nephew wasn’t perfect but didn’t deserve to be shot.

“Black lives matter, and my nephew, he’s not too good, too bad, but he’s an innocent person and he has a newborn baby,” Trey’s aunt, Missy Campbell, said. “If you know anyone who’s doing any shootings, going around killing all our young black boys, you need to step forward and let people know.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Thief steals laptops, tablet from doctor’s office in Miami, police say

Miami police are searching for a man who they said burglarized a doctor’s office last week.

The burglary was reported May 18 at the Miami Back and Neck Specialist office at 2800 Biscayne Blvd.

Surveillance video shows the thief, who was wearing an orange shirt and black jeans, entering several rooms in the office.

Police said he stole two Apple laptops and a mini tablet.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Miami police at 305-603-6030 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Dr. Beach names Florida’s Siesta Beach best beach in U.S.

The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten’s fur — all because it’s comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz.

For that reason, and many others, it was selected this year as the best beach in America by a professor who’s made a career ranking and studying beaches around the United States.

“The sand is outstanding,” said Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, a professor at Miami’s Florida International University. “Every time I go there, I’ve got to take a bag home with me. It’s almost sacrilegious to walk on it with shoes on.”

Other beaches that made the list this year, in order of ranking, are: Kapalua Bay Beach in Maui, Hawaii; Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; Grayton Beach State Park on the Florida Panhandle; Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York; Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts; Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida; Hapuna Beach State Park, Big Island, Hawaii; Coronado Beach in San Diego, California; and Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

On a recent workday, Siesta Beach was packed with people, even though it wasn’t particularly sunny. The turquoise water was still gorgeous, the sand still fine. The beach is about 200-300 feet (60-90 meters) wide in some places, which means people can stretch out and not feel crowded. The beach was last year’s runner up and one of three in Florida on this year’s top 10 list.

“It’s nice and clean, that’s what I look for,” said Jamie Gaskin, a 59-year-old retiree from Lakeland, Florida, who was scoping out the beach for a family Memorial Day party. She especially liked the two-story pavilion, which boasts a snack bar and restrooms. It’s only two years old and even offers sweet crepes for breakfast and tapas dishes in the early evening.

“There’s plenty of tables to barbecue and to hang out. And the restrooms were nice and clean. I’d definitely recommend this,” she said.

Siesta Beach is on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, and is located just southwest of downtown Sarasota. The water is placid on most days — Leatherman says you can measure the waves “in inches” — and is shallow and safe for swimming, with no sharp drop-offs. Added bonuses include lots of parking, a trolley service to and from the island’s adorable downtown area and plenty of lifeguards. The beach also has natural dunes, which is a bit rare for Florida, and the fine sand is excellent for building sand castles.

“I look for kind of a balance between nature and a developed environment,” said Leatherman, who lives on the other side of the state, closer to Miami Beach. “Fourteen million people go to Miami Beach every year. There’s just too many people there. I think a lot of people are looking for more of a getaway.”

Leatherman, who is director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, uses about 50 criteria to assess and rank beaches across the country. In recent years, he has given extra points to beaches that prohibit smoking, saying cigarette butts are not only environmentally damaging, but can ruin the experience for beach-goers. Safety and environmental management are other major factors, he said.

He’s rated beaches since 1991.

The Maui beach that came in at No. 2 on the list, Kapalua Bay Beach, is smaller than Siesta Beach. It’s crescent-shaped and flanked by palm trees. Unlike lots of Hawaii beaches, there aren’t many waves at Kapalua, he said, making it perfect for safe swimming.

“The coral reefs almost go right to the beach. There are tropical fish swimming all around.”

The third beach on the list, Ocracoke, is unique in both history and location. Leatherman points out that it was once the pirate Blackbeard’s old haunt. And it’s only accessible by a state ferry.

“The only negative I have, it seems like too many cars,” he said. “I wish they would turn car ferries to pedestrian ferries.”

Leatherman says he tries to select locations that are a bit off the beaten path, yet immensely rewarding once visitors arrive. Siesta Beach, he points out, is an outstanding place to watch the sun dip below the Gulf horizon — one more reason why it made the top of this year’s list.

Cracked cockpit windshield forces Air Europa flight to return to Miami, passengers say

Passengers on an Air Europa flight from Miami to Madrid said their airplane was forced to return to Florida in midflight because of a cracked windshield in the cockpit.

Tony Wood, who was on Air Europa flight 98 when it left Miami International Airport just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, said there was a storm outside during the flight.

“It was bumpy, and it was concerning,” he told Local 10 News.

Fellow passengers Adam Wright and Cristina Dwyer said the turbulence was intense.

“I’ve never been in that much turbulence in my life,” Wright said.

Wood, Wright and Dwyer said an announcement was made about an hour into the flight that the plane was turning around.

“Then we started circling a couple of times,” Wright said.

Wood said the announcement explained why.

“(They said) that we’d been struck by lightning,” he said.

Wood took a photograph of a windshield as he passed the cockpit to get off the plane. He was one of dozens of passengers forced to wait in a long line to check in at a nearby hotel.

The airline told Local 10 News that there was a safety issue during the flight that required the plane to return to Miami.

A Local 10 News camera spotted an Air Europa plane on the tarmac.

Cellphone video showed the plane landing about 11:30 p.m. as passengers could be heard clapping in the background.

Another photo of the plane, taken from inside the terminal, showed another view of the cockpit’s windshield.

“It looked like it was almost completely shattered,” Wright said.

The passengers who were on the flight are waiting to see when they’ll be back in the air.

“My heart kind of went out to the pilots at that point,” Wright said. “Because it must have been a lot more drastic for them than it was for us at the back.”

Manchester Bomber Was Product of West’s Libya, Syria Intervention

In Salman Abedi we have the convergence of both these disastrous US/UK and allied interventions, however: it turns out that not only did Abedi make trips to Libya to radicalize and train for terror, but he also travelled to Syria to become one of the “Syria rebels” fighting on the same side as the US and UK to overthrow the Assad government. Was he perhaps even trained in a CIA program? We don’t know, but it certainly is possible. Continue reading

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