Critiques of jails miss larger issue: Staffing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The question the supervisors should be asking themselves is: Why can’t the sheriff fill 1,100 positions? And why are 100 to 150 deputies leaving the Sheriff’s Department every year for a career at another law enforcement agency? At the current rate of net increase in staffing, the Sheriff’s Department will reach its current authorized and safe staffing levels in about 120 years. Of the ever-decreasing number of qualified people considering a career in law enforcement, none of them expects to be exceptionally well paid. All of them, however, compare the pay and benefits between the agencies that are hiring. And the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not compare well. Our pay and benefits are fast falling behind other Los Angeles County police agencies, and all of them are hiring by the scores. That leaves the county at the end of the line on recruiting, and at the front of the line on sworn personnel transferring to other agencies. The current county budget and the next both include the salary and benefits for 1,100 deputies who are not currently on the payroll. For each month that goes by, we are less safe, we can expect more problems in the jails. For a small percentage of the amount the county is already allocating to the Sheriff’s Department, for what amounts to vacant positions, the Board of Supervisors could make our pay and benefits package competitive with other agencies. The supervisors should look at the problems of recruiting and retaining in the Sheriff’s Department, and make the obvious determination that there should be a plan in place to aim compensation at a level that will allow recruiting and retaining of sworn personnel. I know that I speak for many deputy sheriffs and police officers when I say that I did not take the job of a peace officer because it paid well. The fact is, it still doesn’t. Most of us are willing to work hard, in a dangerous job, because the pay is fair – or at least it should be – and because the medical and retirement benefits are a secure commodity that I can count on when I retire. Deputy sheriffs are the individuals who are willing to stand guard in the jails with arguably the largest group of the most dangerous people in the country. We are the individuals who are willing to confront violent suspects to keep Los Angeles County residents and businesses safe. All we ask is that the county provide the resources to hire enough of us to do the job safely. Steve Remige is president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seem to think it’s appropriate for them to berate Sheriff’s Department commanders for the problems with safety in our county jails. But it’s the board that’s failing to properly fund public safety programs that would easily prevent most of what they claim concerns them. There is a direct correlation between deploying enough sworn personnel and keeping our jails and patrol areas safe. Having enough deputies on duty simply means safer streets and safer jails. But our deputy sheriffs are working 1,100 deputies below authorized staffing levels, thanks to a hiring freeze imposed by the sheriff three years ago. Because of the staffing shortages, deputies are routinely ordered to work forced overtime. It is not at all uncommon for deputies working the jails to be held over to work an extra shift because the minimum staffing levels could not be otherwise secured. It should be obvious what this practice does to morale. Moreover, overtime is more expensive for the county. Proper staffing levels would also allow the deployment of two-officer cars in neighborhoods where safety and backup make the difference between life and death. On more than one occasion, we have lost a deputy sheriff because he was deployed as a single-officer car in a gang- and crime-impacted area. last_img read more

Grown Man in the Stellar Crib: Now What?

first_imgThe cover of Science News has a strange cartoon explained on the inside in an article by Ron Cowen:Imagine peering into a nursery and seeing, among the cooing babies, a few that look like grown men.  That’s the startling situation that astronomers have stumbled upon as they’ve looked deep into space and thus back to a time when newborn galaxies filled the cosmos.  Some of these babies have turned out to be nearly as massive as the Milky Way and other galactic geezers that have taken billions of years to form.  Despite being only about 800 million years old, some of the infants are chock-full of old stars. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So that explains the star with the face of Jimmy Durante cuddled with infant starlets with their blankies in the maternity ward.  Astronomers, though, aren’t laughing.  Finding galactic geezers in the stellar nursery is throwing their cosmological models out of whack:These chunky babies may be pointing to a cosmic crisis.  They don’t seem to fit the leading theory of galaxy formation, which cosmologists have relied on for more than 2 decades to explain an assortment of puzzling features of the universe.  The theory posits that a pervasive, slow-moving, invisible type of matter vastly outweighs the observable matter in the universe.  Under the gravitational influence of this unseen material, known as cold dark matter (SN: 4/23/05, p. 264), galaxies start out as small, starry fragments that merge to become much bigger objects.  That’s usually a gradual process, according to the theory.Cowen said that astronomers might tolerate a few exceptions, but most of the anomalous findings are relatively recent.  “But over the past 18 months, several teams have found so many massive galaxies from this early epoch that the theory is being stretched to its breaking point,” he stated as the feeling among astronomers.  These disturbing findings have a ripple effect:Even if the theory of cold dark matter survives this onslaught, the new observations of big galaxies in the most ancient of times have important implications.  The findings suggest that the earliest galaxies formed stars in a great hurry, much more rapidly than galaxies that were born even a billion years later did.  What’s more, that first generation of stars might have been rife with heavyweights much more massive, on average, than stars from any later epoch.An example in Cowen’s article was also reported by Robert Roy Britt in Space.Com.  They both spoke of a galaxy in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (03/09/2004) that bulked up “amazingly quickly” if understood in the context of leading theory (09/29/2005).  Proponents of the cold dark matter theory are not yet ready to admit defeat, but are concerned if more and more mature galaxies with mature stars in them will continue to show up in surveys from earliest epochs of the universe.  One astronomer admitted, “There could be a problem with the theory.”  Another feared, “the theory won’t be salvaged with just a small bit of tinkering.”    Meanwhile, another pair of astronomers is saying, “Cold dark matter – who needs it?”  Cooperstock and Tieu published a paper on ArXiv that demonstrates how galaxy rotation curves could be understood without invoking massive, unseen halos of dark matter.  Britt also took note of that proposal on Space.com.  Their model, which uses ordinary general relativity instead of dark matter, was tested initially with individual galaxies.  Next, they want to test it with clusters of galaxies.Instant galaxies and stars with appearance of age – that sounds like creation, not evolution.  If God stretched out the heavens in the beginning, as it says multiple places in the Bible, it could have done weird things to space and time, such as making things look older than they really are.  But abrupt appearance would be the rule, just like it is in the fossil record of life on earth.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 16, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A better weather pattern will begin to emerge over the state today. After yesterday’s wintry mess, we should see some improvement almost immediately today. Yesterday’s main surprise was the northern extent of sleet and ice. While we expected a rain-snow mix, and by association some potential ice in the south and central, seeing ice all the way north where we saw it was a bit of a surprise. However, as sun comes out today, even if it is interspersed with clouds, we should see ice melt in many areas. Temps likely do not move in a major way today, although we should see some slight warming in southern Ohio.A weak clipper like disturbance moved across the northern plains yesterday, and toady will meander through the upper Midwest, down to the I-80 corridor. This weekend that weak system will continue to move south and east. This will spread more clouds into the state for the both Saturday and Sunday. However, we still think that precipitation will not be an issue, as the system still looks to be dying as it arrives. With cold air in place, it would not take much to have a flurry develop, but we think those chances are small. We won’t rule out a flurry or two on Sunday, mainly over the northern half of the state, but coverage will be 20% or less. This really is a non-issue, and we should not see any significant threat to a drier pattern. Sunshine is back for next week, and we keep dry weather in here for Monday through Thursday. There will be no problems anywhere in the state for Thanksgiving travel, and temps will even start to climb by Thanksgiving Day. This will be our best dry window, and our best opportunity to get harvest finished before thanksgiving.We are keeping a chance of rain in the forecast for next Friday, but we may have to delay it slightly, seeing showers more in the afternoon and evening. Moisture totals remain unimpressive, at a few hundredths to .3” over about 70% of the state. Next Saturday is dry, and then moisture returns for Sunday the 25th. This moisture may linger in to the very early morning of the 26th. We are looking at rain (scattered showers) giving .25”-.5” over 60% of the state. Temperatures will be above normal. The map at right shows temps compared to normal next Sunday afternoon.The extended forecast keeps one threat of rain for the 28th and 29th. The rest of the period is dry. For the 28th-29th we see .25”-.5”. Coverage can be nearly 90% of the state. That system remains on track to bring all rain, as temps remain above normal. However, behind it, colder air starts to race back in. We should be back below normal over the region as we transition into early December.last_img read more

Crawl Bank Accounts with the Ghost of Wesabe

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts pete warden 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#APIs#hack center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? The personal finance startup Wesabe may be dead, but its code lives on. Former team member Brian Donovan recently open sourced the framework used to connect with bank websites and download statements in a machine-readable form. This might not sound impressive, but with thousands of banks just in the U.S., all with different website setups, entire companies like Yodlee have been built around solving this problem.By open sourcing the code, Wesabe makes it possible for hobbyists, researchers and starving startup founders to build new and innovative personal finance tools. The code itself is pretty bare bones; Brian admits he’d hoped to spruce it up before release but his new job didn’t leave much time for a labor of love. What’s crucial though is that it’s a battle-tested system with broad coverage, and has a simple system for adding support for new institutions.This makes it a strong potential competitor to Yodlee, if it can gather enough support from a community of developers to stay on top of the constantly changing bank websites. The forum posts ask for the code to be open sourced and now tips for running it show that there are enthusiasts interested in keeping it alive. This is a hopeful sign for innovation, but Yodlee may not be so happy. The loss of revenue from Mint after it was acquired by Intuit must have been painful for the company, and the emergence of an open-source alternative will be another headache.So, what are the possibilities for end users? The simplest thing you can do with the code is set it up on your own machine and pull down all your own financial information automatically. Personal data lovers can create custom instrumentation for their own spending, saving and income patterns, building dashboards showing the measurements they care about. Getting a bit fancier, you could run something in the background on a private server. Want to send yourself an SMS when you approach your overdraft limit, or when there’s an unusually large transaction? Having this “Automatic Uploader” code makes it easy to build your own system to handle those requirements.Hopefully this will also inspire a new generation of startups to build personal finance tools. As founder Marc Hedlund says in his insight-packed post-mortem on Wesabe, in the financial world “the help consumers have is absolutely abysmal”, so there are worlds of opportunity to create better solutions.Photo by Todd Ehlers Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Which Canon Lens is Best?

first_imgBuying gear? This lens analysis series tells us which Canon lens you should purchase next.When you’re going out to purchase a camera, odds are it will come with a kit lens. If you’re extra lucky that kit lens will be something like a 24-105 f/4-5.6 L series. Kit lenses are great for beginners and sometimes a much better deal than simply buying lenses separately, but after you’ve shot on a kit lens for a while you’ll probably want to upgrade to something a little better.Let’s pretend that you have just won the lottery and want to buy the best Canon lens in the world, but with dozens of options which one is best?The following series created by the awesome people at SLR Lounge gives us some insight into the Canon family of lenses. The series covers Canon lenses at every focal length up to 300mm. By the time you get done watching you should have some keen insight into what lens is best for your shooting situations. In fact, it’s pretty interesting to see that the best lens isn’t always the most expensive one.This video series was created by SLR Lounge. You can check out more photography related video tutorials on SLR Lounge’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys! If you are interested in learning more about how camera lenses work we highly suggest checking out our Understanding Lenses series here on the PremiumBeat blog.Have a favorite Canon lens? Think any of them are overrated? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Henry Walker had a team-high 25 points to lead Blackwater to go along 11 rebounds and seven dimes.JP Erram put up a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double and also blocked three shots while Michael Digregorio came one rebound short of a double-double as he finished with 16 points and nine boards.Geron Johnon led Kia with 28 points but turned the ball over nine times.CONTRIBUTED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—-Blackwater dismantled Kia, 118-97, and kept its hold of the eight seed in the PBA Governors’ Cup standings Friday at Ynares Center here.The Elite dominated the Picanto from the get go, pushing the lead to as big as 70-31 at the half to improve to 4-4 while sending the Picanto to a league-worst 0-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT Blackwater bounced back from a 117-96 loss to TNT last Wednesday which snapped their three-game winning run.“We had lots of energy today both in the offensive and defensive ends,” said Elite head coach Leo Isaac.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We dictated the tempo for the first three quarters until midway through the fourth that’s when we got our starting unit out and gave them some rest.”The Picanto managed to chip away at Blackwater’s mammoth lead in the fourth, scoring 35 in the period when the Elite fielded in their reserves during the game’s garbage time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim #KicksStalker: LeBron’s first shoe set for a comeback Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Alamo Bowl Hype Video Should Get You Ready

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You ready? I’m ready. The lead-in to bowl games is always so strange because there’s no rhythm to the month of December anyway. Nobody is working. Everybody is traveling. The days are disjointed and the weeks are all off. It feels bizarre to be covering a game tonight, but here we are. This video should at least start getting you ready.ONE. LAST. RIDE. It’s GAME DAY! #GoPokes #okstate @valeroalamobowl pic.twitter.com/6JqFXEhHj5— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) December 29, 2016last_img read more

Taylor, Sterns and Jarwin Headed to NFL Combine With Carson

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It looks like Chris Carson will not be the only Cowboy with a chance to impress in Indianapolis later this month. Per Robert Allen of GoPokes, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, tight end/”cowboy back” Blake Jarwin and safety Jordan Sterns have received invites to the NFL Scouting Combine.Per @RAllenGoPokes sources on Further Review just now, Vincent Taylor, Blake Jarwin & Jordan Sterns will join Chris Carson at NFL Combine.— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) February 6, 2017Vincent Taylor announced his intention to forgo his senior season to declare for the draft following OSU’s win in the Alamo Bowl. The game-changing All-Big 12 tackle led the team in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (13). According to NFL.com, Taylor holds a 5.35 draft grade (the highest grade is Myles Garrett at 7.6) and is their 17th-ranked defensive tackle.Blake Jarwin is an intriguing tight end prospect who could find himself a spot on an NFL roster. The tight end has seen a resurgence in the NFL with the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce putting up gaudy numbers. Jarwin has a 5.36 draft grade according to NFL.com and is their 14th-ranked tight end.Jordan Sterns left OSU as the leading career tackler in the Mike Gundy era. He posted three 100-plus tackle seasons but will be missed as much for his leadership as his production. Sterns is a little undersized for an NFL safety which may lead into his 5.02 draft grade and No. 17 ranking among safety prospects. Like the others, he will have a chance to improve his stock with a good showing at the Combine.The Combine will be held February 28 – March 6, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.last_img read more

Sneijder retires from Netherlands duty

first_imgWesley Sneijder Sneijder retires from Netherlands duty after Koeman meeting Joe Wright 19:50 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) wesley sneijder - cropped Getty Images Netherlands Al Gharafa Stars League World Cup With the new man at the helm eager to bring young players into the Dutch set-up, a man with 133 caps to his name has agreed to step aside Wesley Sneijder has retired from Netherlands duty, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has announced.The 33-year-old agreed to walk away from international football following a meeting with head coach Ronald Koeman.”Wesley is one of the best Dutch footballers of recent years,” Koeman said via the KNVB’s official website. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “But I want to build a new Oranje and I have to make some decisions.”Sneijder, who joined Al Gharafa in January, admits the move to Qatar was always likely to bring his international career to an end.”When I left for Qatar, I knew of course that this could have an impact on my career as an international,” he said.”I also understand that Koeman wants to make a new start with younger players. We spoke very openly about this and it was a very pleasant conversation.”I respect his choice.”Sneijder made his senior Netherlands debut in a friendly against Portugal in April 2003.The midfielder went on to make a record 133 appearances, breaking the previous highest tally of 130 set by retired goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.He won the Silver Ball and Bronze Boot for his performances in the 2010 World Cup, when he inspired Netherlands to the final, where they lost 1-0 to Spain.last_img read more