Joe’s an LAPD hero without a badge

first_imgLike so many kids growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, Joe Zelenis went to bed every Tuesday night after watching TV’s “Dragnet,” dreaming how he’d someday help LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday and his buddies catch the bad guys. Deep down, though, he knew he never would. Not with cerebral palsy. The Los Angeles Police Department needed big, strong guys. So a kid in a wheelchair would never be able to pass the physical exam, complete the obstacle course at the Police Academy, chase a bandit down an alley or strap on a gun and walk a beat. But Joe Zelenis had something that every cop needs – good eyes and ears. So when the LAPD put out the call in 1992 for civilian volunteers to help in Neighborhood Watch programs, Zelenis knew his dream had come true. Part of the LAPD family. The words couldn’t have made Joe any prouder if they had been spoken by his boyhood hero, Sgt. Joe Friday. “When I saw the chief at the opening, I went up to him and saluted,” Joe said. “He asked my name and thanked me for the job I’ve been doing. He’s a nice guy.” Around the West Valley police station, there isn’t a cop who doesn’t think Joe Zelenis is a nice guy and a member of the LAPD family. “Joe’s an inspiration to every officer who works here,” says Sgt. Martin Fentress, in charge of the West Valley community relations department. “You just know he’s overcome so many obstacles and disabilities to be here helping us do the job. It just gives everyone a lift when he comes through that door.” That’s the thing he can’t understand, Joe says. Why more people in the community don’t come through that door to volunteer at their local police stations a few hours a week to help LAPD. Why they don’t get involved and join their local neighborhood watch groups. “The more eyes and ears we have on the streets, the less bad stuff happens,” Joe Zelenis said. Sgt. Joe Friday couldn’t have said it any better. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I joined the Neighborhood Watch program, and also served as a greeter at the old West Valley station before they tore it down,” Joe said Wednesday, getting ready for duty. One afternoon a week, his mom and dad, Vytas and Vanda Zelenis, drive their 51-year-old son the six blocks from their Reseda home to the new West Valley police station, where Joe answers phones in the community relations office. The rest of the week, you can catch him patrolling the streets of his neighborhood in his wheelchair – using his eyes and ears to keep his neighbors safe from the bad guys. “Joe Zelenis adds a whole new perspective to community policing,” said LAPD Chief William Bratton, who met Joe last year at the opening of the new West Valley station. `’His weekly commitment at the station helps us get more officers in the field without sacrificing services to the community. We’re proud to make Joe part of our LAPD family.” last_img


first_imgAlan Greene , Mrs Angela Medford, Miss Niamh McMahon, Mrs Jan OSullivan (Minister for Housing &Planning . Co limerick ) Miss Rosie Donaghy , Mr Pat Bourne Consul General Scotland to Ireland .The Irish heritage association in Glasgow hosted a magnificent festival in the merchant City on Sat 15th March .There were a host of musicians, song, ceili & Irish dancing . Thousands of people thronged to the square to celebrate their Irish heritage .It was also the day when two ‘Marys’ were selected to represent Glasgow & Co Monaghan at this years 47th annual Mary From Dungloe Festival . The MFD festival representatives of Mrs Breeda Ojo , Mr Alan Green (both from Dungloe) & Mrs Angela Medford (previous Glasgow Mary ) were delighted with the interest in the festival this year and it was great to haveMiss Grace Sweeney the current Mary from Dungloe on Hand to crown Miss Rosie Donaghy for Rutherglen Glasgow & Miss Niamh McMahon from Dunraymond Near BallyBay , Co.Monaghan .Both girls are no stranger to the festival . Rosie family are from Gweedore , her best Friend Carla Boylan represented Glasgow in 2008 and her cousin Aisling Friel represented Glasgow in 2003 and won the title that year . Rosie is thrilled to have the opportunity to make her childhood dream come true .Niamh McMahon (21) is currently a student in Glasgow Caledonian university and loves going to the Mary From Dungloe Festival . She has many fond memories of her childhood holidays in Dungloe and is proud to be wearing the Monaghan sash and looking forward to her week at the festival . TWO ‘MARYS’ CHOSEN AT IRISH HERITAGE ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL IN GLASGOW was last modified: March 17th, 2014 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:donegalGlasgowMary From Dungloelast_img read more

A FENDA [Bombarral] GCW5EA – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 18, 2012

first_img SharePrint Related”The Enchanted Forest” GC2P52E GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 16, 2012April 16, 2012In “Community””Stadt im Wald” GC17K3A GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 6, 2011June 6, 2011In “Community”Queens Stair case GC2CXZQ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – March 12, 2012March 12, 2012In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Decent into a Portuguese cavernThe Geocache of the Week  inspires a rappelling adventure into caverns in Portugal and reveals a glimpse into the distant past. A FENDA [Bombarral] (GCW5EA) is rated a difficulty 3, terrain 5 cache. It lures geocachers with the promise to discover caves that were once home to Neanderthals.Miguelrk + João + Inês placed the regular sized cache in the location in 2006. The cache page, written in Portuguese, warns geocachers that the trek to find this geocache can be dangerous. Safety precautions and the right equipment are mandatory.Signing the logbookThe experience is unforgettable. The geocache has won local awards. A FENDA has received dozens of Favorite Points.The location of this traditional cache offers a visual wonderland. Just over 100 geocachers have logged smileys, but there are more than 500 images in the photo gallery. The logs are rich with detail and emoticons. Some geocachers spend years planning their trip to A FENDA and organize large groups to find and log the cache.A recent expedition to the A FENDA titled their adventure, “Operação ‘Viagem do fundo da terra’” or “Operation ‘Voyage to the Center of the Earth.’”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you’d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to at A FENDAlast_img read more

Craft Teams Can Ensure Your People Keep the Skill Sets Sharp

first_imgGeorge Brooks is a digital product designer, strategist, and entrepreneur. He has spent the past 10 years growing a beautiful idea called Crema into a flourishing digital product agency. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Why Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture George BrooksFounder of Crema The pace of technological progress has never been faster. In a mad rush to innovate, companies have sought out better and more efficient ways of getting things done. Instead of having large departments that are kept in silos, unable to exchange information rapidly, many businesses are adopting more modern schemas. Craft teams can ensure your people keep the skill set sharp.One of the most effective, and one we have found to be a great fit at my company, is product teams.These product teams are purposefully small — four to 10 members. Smaller member teams quickly become highly collaborative within even cross-discipline teams. This type of collaboration is particularly effective at generating ideas that work in the marketplace.According to a Nielsen study. It found that concepts generated by teams of three or more people had 156 percent greater consumer appeal than a concept from just one or two.Mastering Skill SetsProduct teams, led by a single project manager, include a variety of roles, such as developers, designers, and engineers. Because they are small, cross-disciplined, and flat, the teams work collaboratively, share knowledge, and emphasize peer accountability.But the downside to product teams is that people can start to get isolated and lose perspective and the ability to grow professionally in their crafts.Enter craft teams, which are a collection of team members with similar jobs who share the mission of becoming masters in their skill sets.Craft team members meet regularly to share what they have learned in their product teams. Small numbers in an interactive discussion and ongoing learning is critical and encourage participation and fruitful collaboration. Participation in a group setting, then, hones everyone’s mastery of the latest techniques.New tools are adapted and the team encourages personal and professional development helping to solve a big tech industry problems. Using all of this effort together helps grow and retain tech talent amid a vast set of rapidly evolving options in technology.New languages and frameworks to disruptive technologies like machine learning and blockchain. Other options include new developments in sales, design, and other areas, creating the challenge to keep current. This kind of sharing is crucial to maintain an informed and focused mission companywide.How to Help Your Team Learn and GrowBut it’s often a challenge to know how best to set up groups and ensure they are productive. So let’s take a look at a few ideas that can speed your progress toward a team that is set up for success.1. Start with chats.Putting the craft chat sessions on the agenda every two weeks is vital to establish their importance in everyone’s mind. Meetings can have some open and conversational components to them, but they should not be totally unstructured. Unstructured sessions tend to devolve into passive interactions in which most people shrug and say, “Work’s fine.”Decide in advance who is going to lead the discussion and what topics are on the agenda. The leader is particularly important when it comes to discussing battle stories because we learn the most from what’s not working.The leader should ensure that at least a few such problem areas are discussed during every meeting. For example, if a client hated a new design or feature, that should be discussed openly and with robust input.2. Establish a place to share thoughts and processes.Technology is a critical component for establishing great communication. Get a dedicated channel within chat teams, such as a Slack channel where sharing and collaboration can be nearly instantaneous. Our craft teams each have their own channel so designers can share their newest tool sets or processes, strategists share their latest research, and more.Software can really augment the ability to communicate effectively. We use Zoom, and it’s absolutely key for firing up quick conversations to address questions or concerns. Make sure you have a great videoconferencing solution, including good microphones and cameras.Software tools like Miro allow teams to collaborate on diagramming, brainstorming or outlining product ideas, priorities, and user flows and information architecture structure.3. Foster professional development that fits each person.Make it a priority to support team members’ continual growth and learning through self-guided courses, workshops, books, conferences, and more. Although traditional learning techniques, such as conferences, are still valuable, keep in mind that you cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach to professional development.We have had occasions when we wanted to send a whole team to a conference, but half of the team members said they would rather do a self-guided tutorial. Strive to accommodate these differences, and learn what’s best for each employee’s style of learning. A few popular learning platforms right now are YouTube, Udemy, and Egghead.4. Have craft teams share their knowledge.By presenting aspects of their craft to a larger community, designers, developers, and others will grow confident that they know the best practices of their craft. Our developers regularly give instructional talks about the best practices with React, Redux, and other development frameworks through Meetup groups.The leaders and developers provide a great place to test thought leadership and craft knowledge. Encouraging each member of a team to participate in one of our YouTube themes has proven some great results. We’ve found that the ability to sit behind a camera and talk about your specific type of work is a great way to push yourself and raise your confidence.Plus, we host lunch-and-learns about twice a quarter. This gives the members of a team the ability, at least once a year, to give an update on what their role entails, what technology they use, and what’s changed for their role. This gives the rest of the team a better understanding of the value each craft brings to the organization.5. Empower them to get creative to ensure they keep their skill set sharp.New ideas foster better ways to get the job done. So encourage team members to find new ways to learn and execute in their jobs. One of the greatest ways we see people push themselves creatively is through our Lab Fridays.Every other Friday, we dial down client work and focus on experimenting with new frameworks, technologies, and ideas. This creative idea has introduced us to technology like React and Google’s new Flutter framework for mobile development.Individual teams working within the “craft team” idea have tried out new design tools. These teams have used and then given us information on newer tools like Figma and InVision Studio. This type of creativity work has given teams new ways to collaborate with other designers and even animate their prototypes.We would not often have time to experiment with these new tools and technologies during client work, but this innovative time opens huge doors for creativity. Let’s face it: We’re all moving quickly. Work demands that we execute for our clients quickly and efficiently. But it’s vital for companies to invest in their team members.Using craft teams to ensure your people keep skill sets sharp has had a huge impact on our company. This team work has prevented workers from getting siloed and helps everyone stay current on the latest advancements in tech. There’s no doubt this work is a morale booster returning team players to their product teams refreshed.Best of all, these team memebers head back to work and execute on what they have learned in a whole new way. The teams are refreshed, smarter, more creative, and ready to take on the next sprint’s challenges. Tags:#craft teams#professional development#teams last_img read more

First Indian professional football club FC Kochin faces closure as players migrate

first_imgEntry barrier: No good player wants to join the club due to salary arrearsIt was Kerala football’s saddest Vishu, the harvest festival when gifts are exchanged.This year, the state’s football fans were gifted heartbreak instead. India’s first professional football club and the pride of Kerala football, FC Kochin (FCK), was,Entry barrier: No good player wants to join the club due to salary arrearsIt was Kerala football’s saddest Vishu, the harvest festival when gifts are exchanged.This year, the state’s football fans were gifted heartbreak instead. India’s first professional football club and the pride of Kerala football, FC Kochin (FCK), was dumped from the National Football League’s (NFL) first division after being thrashed 5-0 by lowly Tolly-gunge Agragami of Kolkata on home ground at Kochi.The team left with faces covered as fans wept and booed. The freefall has taken five years. Now club president and founder P.V. Paul is even contemplating disbanding the club. “It’s not worthwhile fighting in the second division,” he says.The club’s rise and decline have been swift: in the first six months of its creation in 1997, it won the country’s oldest football championship, the Durand Cup, by beating the country’s oldest club, Mohun Bagan, and also reached the finals of three major tournaments. When the first NFL was formed, FCK finished fourth.Extravagance and poor management have been the main reasons for the club’s rapid downfall.Now, the club has hit rock-bottom. Its best players have moved to other clubs, 11 top players leaving during the league season itself.The paucity of talent has left the club’s Czech coach Karel Stromsik lamenting, “With this kind of game and players even Alex Ferguson (famed manager of Manchester United) won’t be able to save the club.”Besides, FCK is said to have run up a loss of Rs 2.5 crore and its coffers are empty. Five players refused to play an NFL game protesting against the non-payment of dues and some players have allegedly not been paid salaries since 2000.Paul, however, alleges a conspiracy: the Kolkata clubs, bent on destroying the new entrant, had lobbied in the All India Football Federation against FCK. A Central Excise Department official, Paul, along with two NRI friends, claims to have invested Rs 2.5 crore in the club.advertisementThe best Indian players and some from abroad were lured with salaries double or three times those of other clubs. They were provided flats and air travel. The first year’s income reportedly crossed Rs 1 crore from sponsorships, and gate collections.The first signs of trouble appeared when club manager and former India player O. Chandrasekharan resigned. “The FCK has always been run unprofessionally and its expenses were difficult to sustain. There was no attempt to build a team,” he says. Soon, all seven members on the FCK board of directors quit following their differences with Paul and the other two trustees.Despite these early warnings the sponsorships continued to rise from Rs 35 lakh in the first year to Rs 65 lakh in the second. When the club slipped to sixth position in the 1999-2000 NFL, the sponsorship fell to Rs 15 lakh, but fourth place in 2000-1 brought back a Rs 28 lakh sponsorship from the UB Group.Time, however, was running out as the player exodus had already begun. Once the club ran up arrears on salaries, the bad news spread.Today, no good player wants to join the club. “Though I wouldn’t accuse Paul of misappropriating funds, bad management and extravagance were evident,” says Thomas Kannukkaadan, NRI and club co-founder.The fall of FC Kochin is a body blow to those who believed the club could provide a model for the eventual professionalisation and progress of Indian football.last_img read more

Budget 2019 2 TDS on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore yearly

first_imgNirmala Sitharaman delivering her budget speech.TwitterUnion Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed on Friday, July 5, tax deduction at source (TDS) of two per cent on cash withdrawals exceeding Rs 1 crore in a year from a bank account. “Our Government has taken a number of initiatives in the recent past for the promotion of digital payments and less cash economy,” said Sitharaman, while presenting her first Union Budget. The decision was made to promote digital payments and curb black money.The Finance Minister also proposed that business establishments with an annual turnover of more than Rs 50 crore shall offer low-cost digital modes of payment to their customers and no charges or Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) shall be imposed on customers as well as merchants.”RBI and banks will absorb these costs from the savings that will accrue to them on account of handling less cash as people move to these digital modes of payment,” Sitharaman said.”Necessary amendments are being made in the Income Tax Act and the Payments and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 to give effect to these provisions,” she added.last_img read more