Archive for March 11th, 2012
For years presenters of early morning TV shows have talked about their early starts and yet they never show signs of tiredness… until now anyway.
At around 8:30am on Friday morning ‘BBC Breakfast’ cut to their BBC News Channel counterparts only to see newsreader Simon McCoy seemingly sleeping at his desk.
Viewers spotted him with his head resting on his arms, with many taking to Twitter afterwards to point out the gaffe.
One tweeter called Neil Tam-Im, said: “LOL at Simon McCoy being caught napping during a live bulletin!”
Sleeping newsreader McCoy took to Twitter himself to laugh off the incident. He joked to one user: “I was not asleep! Had just been told The Queen wanted me to cover her NEXT visit…”
Some doctors are refusing to visit elderly care home residents, a BBC investigation has found.
Instead they are offering a diagnosis over the phone which care home managers say is unsatisfactory and dangerous.
In one case, care home records show a GP refused or reluctantly made a visit to a man suffering from pneumonia on three occasions.
The British Medical Association told the BBC it agreed the quality of care given to care homes could vary.
Debbie Dean told the BBC’s Radio 5 live Investigates programme that her family struggled to get a GP to come out to see her 71-year-old father as he lay suffering from pneumonia in a care home in Stoke-on-Trent.
Cecil Dean was suffering from lung disease and mild dementia. There were problems with getting him on the right medication and setting his oxygen levels.
‘Couldn’t be bothered’
On Mr Dean’s notes at the care home, seen by the BBC, staff recorded that his GP had on three occasions over a three-month period either refused to come out or had reluctantly made a visit.
In the hours before her father died in January 2010, Ms Dean says her brother had to insist that the GP come into the home to assess his condition.
“To me, the doctor couldn’t be bothered to come out and see the patient – he would rather prescribe over the phone rather than actually come and see him,” says Ms Dean.
“The doctor would eventually come out – but on the days he would refuse, he would just prescribe over the phone.”
The GP, who has since retired, has refused to comment.
Florida Teen Tries to Rob Porn Store With Gun, Gets Talked Into Filling Out a Job Application Instead – Miami News – Riptide 2.0
Cody Conner, 17, walked into an adult novelty store in Debary with a loaded gun and intended to stick-up the cashier. Instead, the employee talked Conner out of the robbery, and actually convinced the kid to fill out a job application.
Of course Conner won’t be getting the job. The employee turned over the application, with all of Conner’s personal information on it, over to police.
The incident occurred at Cupid’s Corner store, which promises on its website that it sells “everything for your erotic desires.”
Conner demanded cash from the female employee, but she told him, “don’t do this, it’s not worth it.”
She managed to talk to Conner for 20 minutes, and got him to remove the bullets from the gun. According to WESH, she told him the store might have a job opening, and got him to fill out an application.
The employee and would-be robber then hugged and even smoked a cigarette together.
After Conner left however, the employee walked next door and called 911. Authorities used the job application information to track down Conner. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Though, he told the police that the gun he used was only armed with BBs.
Lib Dem activists have voted at their spring conference in Gateshead to oppose the government’s controversial bill to reform the NHS in England.
The party leadership lost a ballot on the issue by 314 votes to 217.
The decision is not binding on the government, but BBC correspondent Norman Smith said it was a major setback for the Lib Dem leadership.
The party leadership has argued that it has secured major concessions to the bill and it should now become law.