Expose the myth of “blood in – blood out” with L.A’s media to encourage gang members to quit their gangs. Here’s a cause big enough for all our entertainers and athletes, politicians and clergy, billboards, radio, television and community events. Stop using ex-gangster organizations as leaders and spokesmen for gang prevention. Almost without exception, these groups are anti-law enforcement and preach a quasi-religious doctrine of racist paranoia about our justice system. Many activities and philosophies implemented by these groups during the past decade have made the gang problem much worse. Gang summit meetings, peace treaties and gang sports have only served to legitimize and glamorize the criminal lifestyle. Contrary to popular perception, gangs are not tightly-knit cohesive groups, but loosely organized lost children. Use L.A.’s faith community to offer free child care to every low-income, unwed mother under 30 who is employed or going to school. All it would require to provide this life-changing opportunity would be for each of our 2,000-plus churches, mosques and temples to commit their millions of members to opening facilities two days per week to a maximum of six children each. Get a commitment from Los Angeles Unified School District to require mandatory drug testing for all extracurricular activities. There’s almost a 100 percent correlation between drug/alcohol abuse and gang involvement. Stop seeing graffiti as a minor crime, and start enforcing the law. Any criminal activity that costs Angelenos $55 million a year, spreads racist sentiments and incites deadly violence is done by committed, arrogant criminals. When we start treating and punishing them as such, gangs will lose their ability to freely publicize their presence and activity. Our goal should not be to reduce or manage our gang activity, but to totally dissolve it. A radical commitment to gang prevention ideas like these would do just that – rapidly – and thus transform our city and our future. Paul D. White is the co-founder of West Valley Leadership Academy in Canoga Park.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The failed programs and millions of dollars wasted by the L.A. Bridges gang prevention program over the last decade are a good thing. Hopefully, it means that Los Angeles leaders are ready to stop pursuing strategies and activities that have never really worked. Perhaps now they will be more receptive to proven anti-gang ideas that attack the root causes of gang activity, ideas that could have L.A. gangster-free in three years or less. Hold accountable the homes that breed and harbor gang members. A fast track for court hearings must be established to prosecute parents who provide safe havens for minors involved in gangs, crime and the drug trade. Parenting classes must be mandated for every parent of every child convicted of a crime. Commit the majority of gang prevention funding to subsidizing quality job and internship opportunities. The money wasted on the L.A. Bridges program during the last 10 years would have provided every juvenile gang member in L.A. with three hours of supervised work after school every school day for an entire school year at $10 per hour. These jobs would be available only to gang members who voluntarily tested clean for drugs, attended school regularly, passed their classes and stayed out of trouble.
“It was pretty tiring,” said Pierce. “My legs hurt and my calves are tired.” But it was worth it, he said. “I wanted not to make smog and help out our environment,” he added. The two youngsters were among 65 students who took part in the event organized by La Mirada High foreign language teacher Norma Williamson and her colleagues. “We’re trying to educate them about alternatives to fossil fuels and about climate change,” she said. • Video: 5/17: Skate, bike, walk to school day • Photo Gallery: Skate, Bike, Walk to School LA MIRADA – Brett Pierce and Fernando Velasco were a little sore and tired even before starting their day at La Mirada High School on Friday. Pierce, 15, and Velasco, 14, rode their foot-powered scooters three miles from their Norwalk homes to the school as part of “Skate, Bike, Walk to School Day,” a local effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It was the second year the event was held. While organizers expected 200 students to take part, eliminating about 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the event still drew more participation than last year. Williamson estimated that about 120 pounds of emission were offset by Friday’s event. “We’re on our way. It’s still a new program in its infancy. We’ll work harder next year,” she said. Participating students brought a permission slip from home, as well as information about how far they traveled and their mode of transportation. Most walked. Some teachers gave extra credit to students who took part. That incentive spurred Jessica Corona, 15, of La Mirada to walk to school instead of hitching the usual ride from her parents. But it wasn’t easy, she said. “I grew tired. I’m not used to it,” she said. Kandee Sands, 16, and Christina Gonzalez, 15, both of La Mirada said they enjoyed their 2
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Two months ago, Adriana and Ricardo Martinez were earning F’s at North Park Middle School in Pico Rivera. Adriana, 13, had problems with truancy, and Ricardo, 12, was acting out in class. The brother and sister were referred by their principal to the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station and became part of PRIDE, a mentoring and education program for 12- to 15-year-olds. Now, Adriana and Ricardo both have A averages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Alex Mata, clergyman for the station and executive director for the program, said the 28 children in the program have experienced a change in attitude during the nine-week course. “At the beginning they didn’t want to be here,” Mata said. “The first day, you could cut the tension with a knife. This is a whole shift in their paradigm.” Mata said PRIDE, which stands for Pico Rivera Individual Development in Ethics, was an idea born out of his ride-alongs with deputies who were responding to domestic violence calls from parents having difficulty with their teenage children. Youths are referred to the program by teachers, principals and parents. After several months of planning, the first PRIDE class began in April of this year and graduated after nine weeks. Now, the second class is nearly finished, and will graduate Wednesday. “We don’t only plan on working with the kids during these nine weeks, but we want to continue,” said Sgt. Steve Sanchez, who also heads the program. “The goal is to motivate them to go to college.” The program focuses on providing a mentor to each young person and involving them in fun group activities and community service, as well as making them examine the consequences of choosing gangs and crime. “We believe if they’re left alone, they’ll need intervention later,” Mata said. The youths are taken to bowling nights and movies, as well as Skid Row in Los Angeles and the county morgue. One important event in the program includes being “arrested” and kept in jail for a few hours, to show the teens what the experience is like. “This isn’t just a scared-straight program,” Mata said. “This is a vital program for our community since we are No. 2 in the state for gang-related deaths, after Compton.” Sanchez said the other crucial part of PRIDE is the participation of the 14 mentors who go with their charges to two functions every other week and meet outside the program weekly to talk and be a friend. “The mentors are given the task of working with their mentees, keeping in contact with them while they’re in the program, just trying to keep with them and keep them motivated to do well,” Sanchez said. Gina Delallata, 39, said she volunteered to help because she understands the teens in the program. “If I can help out a youth, it brings me joy,” Delallata said. “I have children and I am a single mom. The parents have told me that they’ve seen an improvement.” Mata said funding for the program is still limited. “We’re doing this on a shoestring budget,” Mata said. “We’re already having capacity problems.” A waiting list has begun for parents and teens interested in PRIDE, and local businesses and clubs are being asked to donate. The Maria Hicks Scholarship Fund, founded in honor of a woman who was killed confronting a vandal in her neighborhood, has also raised almost $14,000 for the teens in the program to go to college. The organizers acknowledge that the program does not have a perfect success rate. Eight students have been suspended from school while in the program and two have been expelled, but most are making improvements. Sanchez said he does not expect to see overnight change, but wants to give teens a chance to make better choices. “Are we going to reach every single kid? No,” Sanchez said. “But if we can change the course for the majority of these kids, it makes a difference.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Red Hughs GAA NewsSenior : Reserve Red Hughs V Naomh BridThe lads played at home on Sunday v Naomh Brid and put in a very spirited performance. Despite conceding an early goal they dug deep and cancelled it out before the break with a goal of their own. The visitors started strong again early in the second half and piled the pressure on the Reds. The visitors second goal of the game and the killer blow came with ten minutes to go. The Red Hughs lads never gave up and played until the final whistle but unfortunately could not catch the Ballintra men. Final score Red Hughs 1-9 Naomh Brid 2-11Senior : Red Hughs V Naomh BridThe fight for division 3 survival got under way at home on Sunday with Naomh Brid the visitors to the Cross. The Reds know exactly what they must do from now on and they set about their task in a determined manner.The Reds were 4 points to no score ahead after 15 minutes with Colm Melaugh looking sharp inside and causing the Ballintra men lots of problems. The Hughs lads were dealt a blow in losing Eugene Brown to injury mid way through the first half and this seemed to give the visitors a boost. In fact The Reds would not score again in the first half and the visitors hit 4 unanswered points to level it up at the break. The second half started very much as the first half did with the Reds well on top and opening up a 3 point lead. Once again the Ballintra men upped the ante within in 10 minutes were 2 points up after a goal and 2 points to leave the score 0-7 to 1-6.Points from Damien Brown and Calvin Bradley tied up the game once more before Gerard Melaugh fired the ball to the bottom corner of the net from the 20 metre line to put the Hughs a goal up with 10 minutes to go. The introduction of county start David Walsh gave the visitors a boost who scored once again to close the gap to 2 points. But the lads were in no mood to let this one slip and Damien scored the final point of the game from what looked like an impossible angle. It was an impressive display from the lads and exactly what manager Stephen Friel was looking for.The final score was Red Hughs 1-10 Naomh Brid 1-7Next game is likely to be this Sunday at home to Carndonagh. T.B.C.Senior Ladies The ladies play Malin this Saturday in a play off to see who goes forward to the league final. This will be a very interesting tie as the teams have met on two previous occasions this year having won one each. The girls will have to be at their best to overcome the Malin ladies. Good luck to the girls and Benji in their big game. Please go along and give the girls some well deserved support. The time and venue of the game is yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on facebook for updates.Mummy I Want To WalkThe club held a very successful quiz for on Saturday night in Brownes Bar for the Mummy I Want To Walk fund. Thanks to everyone who turned out and anyone who helped in any way. The figure raised was close to €400. Well done to all involved.Jiving Lessons Jiving lessons are starting this Friday 24th October from 7pm. These will last for 5 weeks.Payment of €25 will be taken on first night. Anyone interested contact 0876843311.Ceile DancingCeile dancing continues in the club house every Tuesday from 8-10pm Beginners always welcomeLotto & 100+ Club Results 16/10/14Numbers Drawn Were 2,7,1,8,6,3,5,43 Winners matched 3 numbers, Receive €20 eachVincent Henderson Ard Mc CoolGerry Pye MonellanBrid Mc Nulty TierniskNext Weeks Jackpot is €4,525100+ Club DrawThis weeks lucky winner was number 69Pearse & Ellen O Brien Mullaghaneery Receives €100Thanks to everyone for your continued supportSympathyThe club would like to extend their sincere sympathy to Cllr Martin Harley and his family on their tragic loss of their beautiful daughter Kym. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS EARN CRUCIAL LEAGUE VICTORY OVER NAOMH BRÍD was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sport
The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 IN DEMAND targets LATEST Jones is out of contract next summer Jones is one of several United stars whose current deal expires in the summer.He has featured just twice this season as injuries continue to blight his Old Trafford career.According to The Sun, the club have no intention of letting him go to Arsenal or Tottenham for free. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Transfer News Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tottenham and Arsenal are looking to pounce if Manchester United do not extend the contract of defender Phil Jones, according to reports.The Red Devils hope to take up a 12-month option on the centre-back’s contract to ensure he doesn’t leave for free in the summer. REVEALED Jose Mourinho remains a big fan of the England international and extending his contract would give the club time to consider their options next summer.Jones, who joined United from Blackburn for £16.5million in 2011, has made 171 appearances for the club since his arrival.Sir Alex Ferguson once claimed he had the potential to become one of his greatest signings. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets moving on
Donegal North TD Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of pushing through the Septic Tank Bill without answering the most basic questions about it.The Inishowen Deputy hit out at what he said was the highly undemocratic approach the Government has taken without even explaining how much it will end up costing septic tank owners.He fumed “This highly controversial Bill, that amounts to an attack on rural communities around the country, now looks like it will soon be a reality. “The Government’s approach to this legislation has been disgraceful. They have attempted to excuse their efforts to rush throught this legislation by falsely claiming that Ireland would incur fines of €26,000 a day from February 3rd if the legislation is not passed before then.“Fianna Fáil got confirmation at the highest level in the European Commission that this is not true. The European Court will not make its ruling on this issue until at least the Summer, so fines are not possible before then,” he said.He said it is outrageous that Environment Minister Phil Hogan and his colleagues have attempted to mislead the public on this legislation, stifle and debate and continue to refuse to answer any questions about inspection standards under this Bill and resulting costs for rural dwellers.“Fianna Fáil has always supported the need to adhere to the European Court ruling and ensure that private waste water systems around the country are safe. What we strongly object to is this Government’s moves to push the entire cost of registration and upgrades onto septic tank owners, when the cost of upgrading urban sewerage schemes are paid for by the State. “This Government treatment of rural dwellers is deeply disappointing and it raises further questions about an anti-rural agenda from Fine Gael and Labour.”MCCONALOGUE SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR “PUSHING THROUGH” SEPTIC TANK BILL was last modified: January 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogueSEPTIC TANK BILL
In the 100th year of the first commercial flight it is fascinating to look back at some of the major breakthroughs that have changed aviation for the passenger and to look at how passenger dress and cabin appointments have changed.When the 707, DC-8 and Comet 4 jets entered service in the late 1950s, there was a scramble to get a seat with many airline’s flights running at an extraordinary – for the time – load factor of 90.8%. Typically airlines flights were only 60 per cent full as this was before computer reservations and of course the internet, which have enabled airlines to dramatically increase the loads on flights.Passengers loved the jets. In the first five years of jet operations, Pan American’s overseas traffic doubled as the airline took delivery of more than 50 new Boeing 707s and Douglas DC-8s.When Pan American launched its jet service its founder and President Juan Trippe said: “Mass travel by air – made possible by the jet age – may prove to be more significant to world destiny than the atomic bomb. For there can be no atom bomb potentaiily more powerful than the air tourist, charged with curiosity, enthusiasm and good will, who can roam the four corners of the world, meeting in friendship and understanding the people of other nations and races.” Mr Trippe was so right.In 1960, for the first time, the number of passengers crossing the North Atlantic by air surpassed those on ocean liners. Pan Am was offering a return trip across the North Atlantic from only $298 – just slightly above what the one-way fare had been in 1952 – or just three weeks’ average salary.Tourist class or economy class as it was now called, dominated air travel in the 1960s to the point where first class had been reduced to just a small section of the jet’s cabin.And that cabin was luxurious with lounges and seating in economy class was very spacious with a seat pitch of up to 40 inches. Passengers wore the latest fashions with men in suits and women wearing pearls. Carry on was still just a hat and a book and overhead storage was just a hat rack.Meals were spectacular affairs– even in economy. The rationale was there was no in-flight entertainment to speak of, so passengers had to be occupied.Not only were fares plummeting, so were traveling times. Australia’s Qantas was able to slash the London-Sydney route from 48 to 27 hours, while the Sydney-San Francisco route tumbled from 27 hours to 18 hours. Interestingly, because of the enormous distances traveled by its passengers, Qantas had one of the biggest first class markets with 23 per cent of its travelers opting for the front end in the mid-1960s.In the US in 1950, air travel accounted for just 14 per cent of travel, with bus and train accounting for 38 per cent and 48 per cent respectively. Thanks to the piston engine Douglas DC-6 and Lockheed Constellation, by 1959 when the first US jets entered service 47 per cent of travelers were in the air, while bus and train had been relegated to 24 per cent and 29 per cent.In the 10 years to 1959, air travel leapt 250 per cent in the US. Ten years later in 1969, the number of passengers traveling by air in the US would triple – thanks to the new jets.And in the 50 years since 1964 the world wide aircraft fleet has grown from 3,137 to a massive 24,613 aircraft. Global passenger numbers have leapt from 412,000 a day to 8.5 million, while fares have dropped by 84 per cent. Air travel is booming!
10 June 2014 An intergovernmental agreement to improve international tax compliance was signed by South Africa and the United States on Monday. The agreement, which promotes transparency between South Africa and the US on tax matters, was signed by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and US ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard. It aims to realise the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a US federal law that aims to combat offshore tax evasion by encouraging transparency and obtaining information on accounts held by US citizens in other countries. “South Africa is committed to automatic exchange of information for tax purposes and to make the world a more transparent place from a tax perspective,” Nene said. “This commitment has been expressed through South Africa’s role in both the G20 and the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.”Collaboration The Act calls for foreign financial institutions to provide the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with information about American account holders. Gaspard, who signed the agreement on behalf of the US, said the signing of the agreement was an important step in the collaboration between both countries to combat tax evasion. “When taxpayers overseas avoid paying what they owe, other taxpayers have to bear a disproportionate share of the tax burden. The intergovernmental Agreement to Improve International Tax Compliance and to implement the Act is an important part of the US government’s effort to address that issue.” In July 2012, the US introduced the option of a country entering into an intergovernmental agreement, which would alleviate the need for financial institutions to enter directly into an agreement with the US.Reciprocity The Agreement to Improve International Tax Compliance and to Implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act between the US and South Africa is a reciprocal agreement, which ensures that financial institutions in South Africa will report information about US account holders to the South African Revenue Service (SARS). SARS will in turn relay that information, by means of automatic exchange of information to the US Internal Revenue Service under the Double Taxation Convention in force between the US and South Africa. The IRS will provide similar information about South African account holders in the United States to SARS. Source: SAnews.gov
Anyone who has been using Facebook for a few years knows that even minor changes to an interface design can cause a wide variety of reactions from a loyal user base. When the popular social network has made design tweaks in the past, there is always some portion of their users that are upset, if not enraged, by the changes made. A couple of weeks ago, we told you how your registration process could be driving potential users away, and a large part of that has to do with the design.These days, the look and feel of a website or product is just as important as the features that it provides. One product with one of the hottest new interfaces available is the new Boxee Beta software which allows for streamlined local and Web media viewing. Whitney Hess is the user experience (UX) designer behind the framework of the Boxee interface, and recently on her blog Pleasure and Pain she described the systematic process she went through to design it.When Boxee hired Hess to overhaul their UX, she began by interviewing eleven people, some of which were current users of the software, and others who weren’t. She asked them a variety of questions about their use of multimedia, including “Have you ever played music at a party you were hosting?” and “Have you ever displayed your photos on your TV?” among several others. Hess then held usability tests with five participants and gauged how they navigated around the software when asked to complete a series of tasks. Tags:#start#startups From this process, Hess was able to uncover what current users needed to make their experience better while at the same time discovering what potential users would find attractive. Her work led to the inclusion of several UX features and her wireframe submissions certainly influenced the final UI’s look and feel. The screenshot below demonstrates how the final design compared to her wireframe shown above. “Overall, we wanted to provide users with greater ability to discover content across sources, easier ways to sort and ?lter lists, and quick access to their favorite programming,” writes Hess on her blog.Boxee’s set-top product, aptly named the Boxee Box, was one of the most popular new products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. One of its most distinguishing characteristics is its beautiful interface design, which was raved about by reviewers on blogs and in the press. The design owes its positive reception to the framework it sits on, a product of Hess’s systematic approach to the redesign.“As more and more living rooms borrow content from the Internet, they’re going to have to borrow the web’s focus on user experience as well,” Andrew Kippen, Boxee’s VP of marketing, told ReadWriteWeb. “Websites rise and fall based not only on the content but also on the experience they provide, soon connected TVs, BluRay players, and Set Top Boxes will do the same.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts chris cameron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market