Antonio’s gang plan criticized

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s spending plan to combat gangs fails to make any significant investment or strides in quelling violence, Los Angeles’ leading anti-gang expert said Friday. The criticism surfaced Friday as City Controller Laura Chick said she has notified the mayor that she will not proceed with a planned audit of the city’s anti-gang programs. The review had been hailed by the mayor as a key to streamlining the effectiveness of city anti-gang efforts, but Chick said the audit grew politicized, funding for it never materialized and council members set an unrealistically short deadline. “I’ve never had so much active participation on the part of so many people telling me what the scope should be,” she said. “I have to defend the independence of the Controller’s Office.” The setback came as noted civil-rights attorney Connie Rice criticized the mayor’s $168 million budget for youth and anti-gang efforts, saying much of the money is actually tied up in salaries, facilities management and equipment costs. Of about $19.5 million in new funds, nearly $6.2 million is earmarked for police overtime, overshadowing just $3 million budgeted for specific new anti-gang and youth development programs, she said. Meanwhile, grant money pegged for other programs also is not in hand, and about $4.2 million in Recreation and Parks programs would provide summer work for only a limited number of participants, she said. “I’m not surprised there’s no beef, but in this case there isn’t even a bun,” Rice said. She has played a key role in L.A.’s efforts to combat gang violence. Late last year she released a report, funded by the City Council, that outlined the scope of the problem and a comprehensive plan to deal with it. Just the `beginning’ Rice’s report faulted the city’s historical piecemeal approach and noted that the number of gangs has risen over the past quarter-century to 700 with a total of 40,000 members. But Matt Szabo, the mayor’s spokesman, called Rice’s criticisms “off point.” “This is a beginning,” he said. “These programs, this effort, is a beginning from which we will continue to build and improve. “The first step is to get a full complete account of the money we’re spending, and to evaluate if it’s being spent effectively. That’s the cornerstone of the mayor’s plan, to put all the money we’re spending for youth development and gang-prevention programs under a single line of authority, which reports directly to him.” The mayor’s gang budget is responsible and viable, he added. “We knew it was merely a down payment,” Szabo said. “The idea is to put an approach in place and then to realign where it’s appropriate.” He also said the mayor hopes Chick will reconsider her decision to not perform the audit, and noted that funds for overtime to put more police on the streets are key to gang-intervention efforts. Rice has been wary of the mayor’s plan since it was unveiled last month, saying she needed to see more details. But she said Friday that she has reviewed it more closely and finds it falls woefully short. “If you’re told the price tag of something and you come up with something a hundredth of the cost, that’s not even a down payment,” she said. But City Councilman Tony C rdenas, chairman of the ad hoc committee on gang violence and youth development, said in a statement Friday that “throwing money at programs is not going to fix the problem.” “We must learn how to make our departments accountable first, so we don’t waste money on gang-intervention and prevention programs that don’t work,” he said. Rice charged that city leaders are reluctant to coordinate with other agencies and realign existing staffs and resources out of fear of angering city workers and their powerful unions. “(You wouldn’t) be promoted for writing memos, but for reducing violence as part of a team,” she said. “It would mean taking on the unions, new work rules and promotion criteria and producing results. That’s nowhere.” As part of his plan, Villaraigosa has called for reducing gang “hot spots,” including four – in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill, Northeast, Newton and South L.A. divisions – where a Community Law Enforcement and Recovery program already is operating. `No budget vision’ The program would be expanded to four more communities. But Rice said that while the mayor has rhetorically embraced the concept of comprehensive prevention and intervention work on a neighborhood level, funds allocated for it are just a fraction of the minimum $40 million needed. “They’ve got a concept on paper, but no budget vision,” she said. “Not one site is budgeted at a comprehensive level.” The mayor also has promised to hire an anti-gang coordinator to work out of the Mayor’s Office and oversee dozens of programs run by public and private agencies. Rice said she is concerned that the coordinator, who has not been named, will have virtually no control of the $168 million the mayor calls “essential services money” for gang reduction. “Those budgets go with no strings attached,” Rice said. “I can’t see the head of the (Department of Water and Power) responding to (the gang czar’s) call. There’s no sanction for failing to respond to a neighborhood (anti-gang) plan.” Szabo called that concern unfounded. “The mayor is in charge, the mayor is ultimately accountable,” he said. “To suggest that the gang czar would have no authority or influence over the funding is totally false.” The City Council’s budget and finance committee is scheduled to review the plan Monday. Rice said city leaders need to find the political resolve to direct more money to the gang problem. She notes that officials have found millions of dollars to subsidize hotel construction at downtown’s l.a.live sports-entertainment-retail complex, restore fire-ravaged Griffith Park, put on parades and even install high-tech public toilets. “When do kids count more than this stuff?” she asked. “It’s a matter of priorities.” beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Ideas about women in sport must change: FA official

first_imgThe country’s women cricketers and rugby players have also enjoyed notable success on the global stage in recent years, with Lord’s packed for England’s win against India last year in the Women’s World Cup final.Marzena Bogdanowicz, head of marketing and commercial for women’s football at the FA, told a panel in London discussing unlocking the potential of women in sport, that she had been struck by a story about a young girl who wanted to take drastic measures so she could play football.“I read on social media the other day this little girl came home and said to her mother ‘I want to be a boy mummy’ and this carried on for a whole week,” she said.“Then finally the mum realised actually the only reason she wanted to be a boy was because she wanted to play football.“The little girl managed to find a programme for football for girls. This is an instance where we can help the club change the perception it is OK for girls to play football.“It is just amazing that is still happening and we are slowly changing that. This girl is now playing for her local club, she is confident and bold and got new friends.”– ‘Marginalised’ –Bogdanowicz, in her role since 2017, said it was important to learn lessons from such cases.“It is really sad that she believed she had to be a boy to play football,” she said. “It almost made me cry. Perceptions, though, are those things you don’t need investment for.“They just need a sea change, an area where the media can help in delivering the message ‘it is OK for girls to play any sport they want’.”Alex Teasdale, senior growth projects manager at the Rugby Football Union, said women rugby players had faced hurdles in being accepted.“When I first started in this role five years ago we talked to women in the game about how they felt as part of a rugby club,” said Teasdale. “Many felt very marginalised.“An early example of that that sticks in my mind was at a particular club the women’s team could not have post-match teas as the television was in that room and the committee were watching something so they had to forego their opportunity of eating.”However, Teasdale said the tide had turned and women were now seen as part of the fabric of clubs as opposed to being a financial drain.Teasdale said the division of how many of either sex played the game was irrelevant.“At the end of the day we mark ourselves on the number of people playing, the number of teams and matches and it doesn’t matter whether they are men or women playing,” she said.“Clubs have really, really tapped into that and are understanding that now themselves.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England celebrate a goal in their bronze medal match against Germany at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup © AFP/File / GEOFF ROBINSLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – A “sea change” in perceptions is needed to convince girls they can play any sport they want, says a Football Association official as interest in women’s sport soars.England’s women footballers reached the 2015 World Cup semi-finals and the same stage at last year’s European Championship — attracting a peak TV audience of four million people.last_img read more

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WATCH: Serial cheat Diego Maradona trips up grandson in back garden

first_imgOnce a cheat, always a cheat.That’s how the old saying goes and it seems to have rung true in regards to Diego Maradona.Whether it’s a World Cup quarter-final against the Three Lions or a kick about in his back garden with his grandson, El Diego, will do whatever it takes to win.Just look how he petulantly brings down little Benjamin, son of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, after the youngster sidesteps him and races through on goal.Filth merchant!Hats off to the youngster for getting straight back to his feet rather than play acting, or attempting to get his opponent booked. Diego Maradona 1last_img read more

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State stem cell agency hands out grants

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventUSC received a $601,379 grant, but Henderson didn’t participate in considering the school’s grant application. Eight University of California campuses received grants of $374,730 to $1.2 million each. The California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, four nonprofit research institutes and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles were the others awarded grants. Several other members of the agency’s oversight board are also high-ranking officials at institutions that received grants Monday. They said that, when an application from a member’s institution was considered, that member abstained from participating. Many social conservatives oppose stem cell research because days-old embryos are destroyed during the research. The California stem cell agency, armed with money borrowed from wealthy philanthropists, handed out its first research grants Monday, 17 months after voters approved borrowing $3 billion to fund the controversial science. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded $12.1 million to 16 universities and nonprofit research organizations throughout the state. The grants will be used to train 169 scientists and students in the stem cell science basics, including ethics courses. “This was the intent of the people of California when they voted for passage of Proposition 71,” which authorized the funding, said Brian Henderson, dean of the University of Southern California medical school and a member of the committee that manages the stem cell agency. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: 40% OF TICKETS ARE FOR TERRACES, SAY Mac CUMHAILLS

first_imgDONEGAL’S GAA clubs are warning their members they have been given a large number of Terrace tickets for Sunday’s All Ireland Finals at Croke Park.GAA HQ allocated an incredible FORTY PER CENT of tickets to Donegal as terrace tickets.In a statement today ahead of their handing out of tickets tomorrow night, Sean Mac Cumhaills said neither its executive nor the County Board had any control over this and appealed for fans’ patience. “Sean Mac Cumhaills were allocated 373 tickets for the final. 160 of these are for Hill 16. The club has no control over what seated tickets we receive. Obviously we’ve had a huge request for tickets, but the club is not in a position to cater for this demand,” said the Mac Cumhaills in a statement to Donegal Daily today.“All adult members that ordered a ticket can collect them from the club on Tue 16th from 8.00pm- 10.00pm“If you do not collect your ticket, the club will assume that you do not want it and will reallocate it. All tickets are to be paid for on the night.”The statement added: “The club wants everybody to enjoy the quest for All Ireland glory but we wish remind everybody that club officers are voluntary and under no circumstances will any abuse of officers be tolerated. Any abuse will result in removing your ticket and returning your membership monies. Any member not happy with their ticket allocation can return them to the club for a full refund.”  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: 40% OF TICKETS ARE FOR TERRACES, SAY Mac CUMHAILLS was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:GAA clubSean Mac Cumhaillsterrace ticketslast_img read more

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Benitez: Chelsea will not underestimate Swansea in cup clash

first_imgChelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez insists his side will not underestimate Swansea in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.The Blues booked their place in the last four by storming back from a goal down to thump Leeds 5-1 at Elland Road.And Benitez told Sky Sports: “Swansea are a good team and they deserve to be here.“It’s a team who like to play football, play on the floor so it will be interesting. They will try to keep the ball. Hopefully we can get to the final.”More reaction to follow later.Click here for our Leeds v Chelsea quiz  YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Raiders’ Josh Jacobs is the class of 2019 NFL offensive rookies — and 2018, too

first_imgRaiders running back Josh Jacobs is becoming a frontrunner for the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.He’s thumping the 2018 field as well.Admit it, you furrowed your brow when the Raiders selected Jacobs with the 24th pick in last spring’s draft. The guy played three seasons for Alabama — a college powerhouse, a machine, invincible (until the Tide inevitably rolls over in the College Football Championship … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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Owami Women celebrates women as active citizens

first_imgThe theme ‘Be Bold for Change’ set the tone for the third Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards held to celebrate women making a difference in their societies.Award winners at the 2017 Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards on 21 September 2017. (Image: Play Your Part / Owami Women)The Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards celebrate women who are socially and economically responsible, influential and engaged at a local community level.Women have played an important part over the years in relieving many of South Africa’s social, economic and political challenges, and many socio-economic achievements have been made thanks to the combined energies of women from different walks of life. Acknowledging these efforts is the basis for the partnership between Brand South Africa and Owami Women.The awards evening, now in its third year, took place on 21 September 2017 under the theme ‘Be Bold for Change’.The awards recognise and celebrate women who are developing their communities and are playing their part in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and skills development. Owami Women and Brand South Africa called for nominations of women contributing towards a positive social change in our nation.Women of all ages converged at Montecasino’s La Toscana in Fourways, Johannesburg, to celebrate the achievements of South African women and to inspire the next generation of young women to take up the challenge and pursue greatness.The Deputy Minister of Communications, Tandi Mahambehlala, welcomed the delegates, remarking that “the National Development Plan recognises that although progress has been made to improve the lives of women, discrimination, patriarchal beliefs and poor access to quality education and career opportunities persists”.Guest speaker, the acting Chief Executive of the SABC, Nomsa Philiso, shared some motivating anecdotes about the role that bold women have played in her life. “What inspires me are women that go for it but do not leave people behind.” She encouraged others to “get people to believe in themselves. It takes nothing away from you”.The awards recognised:Letlotlo Morule from Lebone II College in North WestOfentse Nhlengethwa from Lebone II College in North WestAobakwe Tsheloane from Lebone II College in North WestNangamso Khoza from the Inqubela Foundation in the Eastern CapeRahab Matebane from the Mapitsi Foundation in GautengNabilah Plaatjies from I love ZA in GautengPontsho Manzi from Fabulous Woman in GautengShamila Ramjawan from PrincessD Menstrual Cup in GautengDr Sheena Geness from the Geness Foundation in GautengMargaret Ramatsobane from Sizakele Social and Education Programme in GautengLouise van Rhyn from Symphonia in GautengLydia Hlongwane from I Care Organisation in GautengPhilanthropist and presenter Zuraida JardineFlorah Modiba from the Arebaokeng Hospice in GautengThandekile Nhleko from the Ikhono Foundation in KwaZulu-NatalMotsatsi Mmola, who is a youth change agent in LimpopoLebogang Mashigo from the Nubreed Music Institute in MpumalangaRefilwe Sedumedi from the Sedumedi Foundation in GautengBrand South Africa and Owami Women congratulates all the award recipients and trusts that they will inspire more South Africans to play their part.Click here to see some highlights from the evening.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Avid Cuts Jobs, Sells Consumer Audio & Video Product Line

first_imgAvid intends to focus on its core professional user base after selling off its consumer A/V products.Avid announced a company change-up today, with the sell-off its consumer audio and video products.  Avid’s M-Audio products will be sold to inMusic, a company that already has respected audio brands in its lineup, including Akai Professional, Alesis, Alto Professional, ION Audio, Numark and Sonivox.  The consumer video products, including Avid Studio for iPad, Avid Studio & Pinnacle Studio, are being sold to Corel Corporation (a leader in consumer video and photo applications).With the sale of these products, Avid employees involved in their development will be transferring jobs or laid off.  This will account for 365 positions, about 20% of Avid’s current workforce.Avid claims that this restructuring will cut costs and bring the focus to their professional user base.It’s a bit of a shame that Avid Studio for iPad was sold in the mix.  Although not as full powered as its bigger app brethren, it has many impressive features for a mobile editing app (see our first-look at Avid Studio here). As of now, its still available in the App Store.Avid has long-been a titan of video editing…but with increased competition and lower price-points it’s logical they’ll need to focus to compete.  Let’s hope this change is a good one for pro editors.last_img read more

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Pune firm ties up with Japanese start-up

first_imgContinuing the trend of embracing Bitcoin technology Blockchain, financial technology company Vizitech Solutions on Thursday signed an agreement with Chaintope, a Japan-based start-up to set up a Blockchain research and development (R&D) centre in the city. “This venture will combine Chaintope’s cutting-edge research with Vizitech’s market leading execution. It will be a great space for young, interested developers to explore this new life-changing technology,” said Anandsagar Shiralkar, Founder and CEO, Vizitech. Chaintope founder Hideki Shoda visited a number of top colleges in Pune, like the Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research and the Pune Institute of Computer Technology last year. “We recruited a number of bright developers and hope to create opportunities for many more candidates soon. Our larger objective is to transform the R&D centre into a digital playground for young Blockchain developers across India,” said Mr. Shoda.last_img read more

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