It seems it takes more than just good management and policing skills to rise through the ranks in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. It seems to take excellent check-writing skills, as well. And by excellent, of course, we mean checks made payable to Sheriff Lee Baca’s political fund. The Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs has been claiming for a while that the only way to rise in the department was to pay out to the boss’s political war chest. And now data uncovered by the Los Angeles Daily News on Thursday, linking promotion and campaign contributions, support that claim by the deputies’ union. Baca’s naked politicization of the Sheriff’s Department top brass isn’t illegal, nor is it even unusual – every aspect of government has been infiltrated by politics. But it isn’t appropriate considering that law enforcement ought to be the one area that is as depoliticized as possible. It certainly doesn’t engender faith in the people responsible for the safety and protection of so many Southern California communities to know their willingness to pay likely had more to do with their promotion than their competence. Baca should do the right thing and not accept any money from department employees. If he’s truly the best boss ever, then he won’t need the hard-earned money of his staff to keep his sheriff’s job. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the last three years, for example, it turns out nearly three-fourths of the higher-ranked staff who were promoted were also found to have made contributions to Baca’s political funds. That’s a large enough majority to suggest that giving to the boss is the unwritten rule in the department if you want to get ahead. Overall, Sheriff’s Department employees have given $108,000 to Baca’s campaign between 2004 and 2006. Adding credibility to such concerns about the department’s promotion policies was a 2005 lawsuit alleging that a sergeant was denied promotion after he wrote a master’s degree thesis criticizing the promotional practices. The county Board of Supervisors settled the suit for $70,000. Meanwhile, the ranks of top-level sheriff’s personnel such as captains and commanders have swelled under Baca’s reign. Now, Baca would surely say that the campaign contributions are merely a reflection of how his commanders love and respect him and want him to stay in his position. But how great a boss could he be when he allows the belief of pay-to-play promotion to continue in his department?
Leicester are just one win away from winning their first ever league title.If they beat Man United at Old Trafford on Sunday, they will be Premier League champions.And fans have fallen in love with their manager Claudio Ranieri, as you can see in this video where a selection of them were filmed telling the boss how much they’ve enjoyed the season.Ranieri clearly liked the video and even asked for a copy of it to take home.Most fans, except maybe Tottenham supporters, will enjoy watching the reaction of the manager. Recently, Spurs have been the only team challenging Leicester at the top, but a draw with West Brom last Monday has left them seven points behind the Foxes and the White Hart Lane faithful will hope Man United win and offer them a glimmer of hope that a title win is still on, especially if they manage to beat Chelsea on Monday night and reduce the gap to four points.
A new Broadband Mapping Service is to spot areas in Donegal where the State needs to intervene and support broadband provision.The new plan has been welcomed by Labour Senator Jimmy Harte.He said it will be particularly useful across Donegal because of its sheer geographical nature. “The Mapping service announced by Minister Rabbitte will identify the areas where commercial providers will offer fast broadband. We will then be able to spot the gaps in the system’s areas where it is less viable for these operators to provide broadband, with the result that those areas can be targeted with state supported investment.“I welcome the fact that maps drawn up under the new Service will be published for public consultation. It will ensure the ordinary citizen can find out the viability of broadband in their locality, and how quickly they are likely to be serviced with fast broadband.“I urge commercial operators to sign up to the Mapping Service, which will help to drive forward the key aim of the National Broadband plan – to offer a minimum 30mbps or more to all parts of the country.“It shows Minister Rabbitte’s determination to see this plan through to connect communities all over rural Ireland, driving the competitiveness of the Irish economy.” ENDSBROADBAND MAPPING PLAN TO SPOT GAPS IN DONEGAL SUPPLY was last modified: July 1st, 2013 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:broadbanddonegalSenator Jimmy Harte
Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has failed in his appeal against a £40,000 fine from the Football Association for a social media post that appeared to question referee Lee Mason’s impartiality.City secured a 2-1 win over Burnley on January 2 with second-half goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero, despite playing with 10 men for an hour after Fernandinho was sent off for a dangerous lunge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.Sagna, who was later involved in an altercation with Burnley midfielder George Boyd which Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt should have resulted in a red card, appeared to take issue with decisions made by Mason in an Instagram post after the match.Although fined by the FA, Sagna escaped a suspension and was warned over his future conduct. The player subsequently appealed against the sanction, which the FA confirmed on Thursday afternoon had been dismissed.Sagna’s post on Instagram had read: “10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team #together #mancity #youfreetothinkwhateveryouwant.”.The France international later amended the post to remove “10 against 12” but the FA decided he still fell foul of their rules.The FA confirmed in a statement the financial penalty originally imposed would stand.“Bacary Sagna’s appeal against his £40,000 fine for breaching FA Rules on media comments has been unsuccessful,” the FA said.“The player, who was also warned as to his future conduct, contested the sanction set down by an Independent Regulatory Commission after it heard he admitted making a comment which questioned the integrity of the match official and/or alleged and/or implied bias on the part of the match official, and/or brought the game into disrepute.“However, an Appeal Board dismissed this appeal and the original sanction remains in place.”Sagna, 33, has made 17 appearances in all competitions for City this season and is one of a number of senior players in Pep Guardiola’s squad whose contract expires at the end of the campaign. The Manchester City defender appeared to question referee Lee Mason’s impartiality 1
WHITTIER – A delegation from Changshu, China – Whittier’s sister city – toured this area Friday and Saturday, doing a little sight-seeing and also preparing the way for a teacher exchange that will begin Friday. Ron Christie, dean of technology for Rio Hondo College, Richard Gephard, a teacher from East Whittier City School District, and Raquel Gasporro, a Whittier City School District teacher, will spend about two weeks teaching English, political science and American culture in Changshu. They are expected to teach about 125 students. The three teachers met the five-member Changshu delegation Thursday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It was a chance to get better acquainted,” said Ruby Dea, chairwoman of the Whittier Sister City Committee. The delegation also toured Whittier College, including the library’s Nixon room; Whittier Hospital Medical Center and the city police station Friday and were expected to do some more sight-seeing Saturday before returning home the same day. Whittier and Changshu have been sister cities since 1995. Changshu is located on the southern bank of the Yangtze River, in Jiangsu Province, one of China’s most economically vibrant industrial regions. The city, with a 1.4million population, grows rice, cotton, wheat and vegetables. It’s main industry is textiles, such as linens and school uniforms. The exchange program is important to Changshu, said Ge Binggen, president of the Standing Committee of Changshu People’s Congress, as translated by Zhenhua Ying, vice director of Changshu People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. “The city of Changshu gives priority to education and knowledge,” Binggen said. “Learning English is part of it. English is a universal language.” To learn English gives one an economic advantage, Binggen said. While this was Binggen’s third trip to Whittier, for others it was their first. “\ is very beautiful,” said Yongliang Chen, vice president of the Standing Committee of Changshu People’s Congress. “The environment is nice, and the people are friendly.” email@example.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Niall O’Donnell said he was delighted the way his St Eunan’s side dug in to win the County Under-21 Championship this afternoon.O’Donnell scored 1-3 in a comfortable 2-9 to 1-2 win for the Letterkenny side in miserable conditions at St Mary’s Park in Convoy. It was St Eunan’s second title on the bounce having defeated Glenfin last year.Afterwards, O’Donnell spoke to Charlie Collins. Listen: Niall O’Donnell savours St Eunan’s U-21 success was last modified: December 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:County U-21 ChampionshipNiall O’DonnellSt Eunans
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’No shots had been fired and it was not clear if the man had a gun, Lopez said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – A SWAT team surrounded a motel tonight after a man who said he was suicidal holed up in a room and threatened to shoot a security guard trying to evict him, police said. Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez said the man refused to leave his room at the Travelodge at 6909 Sepulveda Blvd. about 5:30 p.m. The man told the security guard to back away or he would shoot him and then himself, Lopez said. A SWAT team was sent to the motel and LAPD divisions in the San Fernando Valley were placed on tactical alert, he said.
Headline stories about “cyber warfare” and data breaches have caused more than two-thirds of businesses to elevate their focus on information security, but many of those same companies still remain unprepared should their business become a victim to a breach or security incident. Those are the findings of a report by Protiviti, an IT consulting company. (An Infographic summarizing the results of the report is also available.)The main findings of the Protiviti report are as follows:Most companies view information as a strategic assetOne quarter of companies do not have formalized data policies, like a written information security policy (WISP) or a data encryption policyMany companies treat all information in the same way, without trying to classify or assign data retention schedulesMany companies are not prepared to respond to a data security incident, like a data breachCal Slemp, managing director with Protiviti, said that “cyber security must continue to be a major focus for businesses, especially in light of recent high-profile security breaches. While we’re seeing a greater number of companies across a wider range of industries devote more attention and resources to improving their approach to data security, there are still a lot of businesses that are susceptible to attacks.”
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Looking like the glamazon that she is, veteran actress Rekha was honoured at the 3rd National Yash Chopra Memorial Award for her contribution to the film industry.While we would love to see more of the actress on-screen, for now, our eyes were firmly glued to shots of Sridevi and Rekha chilling together at the ceremony. Both the actresses looked their flawless best while they sat together to give us the most ageless photo of all time.Also read:Rekha in denims is a sight we absolutely loveRocking her trademark red lip, the 61-year-old Rekha managed to absolutely smother in gold. Had it been somebody else, we would have not shied away from cracking a Bappi da joke or two but with Rekha, it was completely on point. Picture courtesy: Yogen ShahSridevi, on the other hand, took a more subtle route. The 52-year-old actress was dressed in a threadwork Sabyasachi saree, with Kashmiri embroidery. From sporting top international brands to looking enviously gorgeous in her Sabyasachis and Manish Malhotras over the years, Sridevi’s style has taken a turn for the better. Considering how we’ve seen her dressed in the past, especially during the pinnacle of her career, we would pick the current Sridevi over her younger version any day, style wise. Not that we can blame Sridevi, because sartorially the ’80s have to be the worst decade for Bollywood.Picture courtesy: Yogen ShahLooking at these age-defying stunners in one frame is really something, no? Honestly, seeing these two together, we are already thinking about our future #BeautyGoals and yes #SareeGoals too.advertisementPicture courtesy: Yogen Shah