first_img– Dante F. Rochetti West Hills Offset this Re: “`Carbon neutral’ the latest rage” (Feb. 1): Apparently Al Gore is in Paris where he is presenting his new strategy for reducing global warming. This new strategy is called “offsetting,” in which individuals are encouraged to participate in environmentally friendly strategies elsewhere in the world to offset their own pollution-producing activities. Re: “Mayor’s cure for poverty” (Jan. 26): Dave Thompson said, “Villaraigosa is a dreamer. He’s not realistic. He loves publicity.” Yes, Villaraigosa dreams – of becoming the first Hispanic president. He is not realistic? Wrong. He is very, very realistic. He promises this and that and he already knows that his promises cannot be kept, and when he fails he will point the blame of his failure on someone else. He does love publicity (see Hispanic president). Where is the money coming from for all these plans? Ask Antonio and let’s hear what he says. I am hereby submitting my offsetting strategy. I suggest that Al Gore stay in France, which will result in a lot less hot air being produced in America. – Steve Soderstrom West Hills Chicken Little Re: “Leading scientists blame humans for global warming” (Feb. 2): Imagine two shamans discussing the vanishing ice sheets over most of the U.S. at the end of the last ice age, circa 100,000 years ago. “Dr. Erog, what will we do? The Merced glacier is retreating in Yosemite and in a few centuries Half Dome will be totally visible and that town called Atlantis, after the dikes are breached, will be under hundreds of feet of water! The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” – Hermon Esmer Woodland Hills Fix it or dump it Re: “Does wimp factor ail councils” (Jan. 29): Most amusing was the comment by Rob Glushon about how he “captured control” of the Encino Neighborhood Council. What he did was add another dysfunctional personality to a group of disparate interests and personalities who argue over process instead of working on progress. Glushon and his cronies are the definition of why the neighborhood-council system fails: there is just enough power to be dangerous, but not enough to be worthwhile and effective. Compromise is a word used only when they do not have enough votes to win an issue. I sat on the Encino Neighborhood Council for five-plus years and have visited others. My conclusion is what a waste of time and our tax dollars. It is time to re-evaluate this system and either fix it or dump it. – Hank Yuloff Encino Rigged game Re: “Council ducks wage fight” (Feb. 1): Can you spell bait and switch? How much in taxes is this going to cost me? – Marty Klein North Hollywood The smell of money Re: “Mayor brokers deal with hotels – but taxpayers may get the bill” (Feb. 1): Our mayor wants more money, so does our City Council, so does the LAUSD. It’s nothing new anymore. It’s becoming a way of life and very ho-hum for our politicians because people think the politicians are going to do something positive with the money they get from us. Don’t be fooled. At election time, vote no on anything that smells like money. – Joe Pinoy Lozano Mission Hills Don’t think food When people think of pigs, they think of bacon or pork chops or hot dogs, but pigs are smart and affectionate and should be appreciated as living beings, and not killed to provide meat for our tables. – Anthony Montapert North Hollywood160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgA guy got pulled over for speeding in Alpharetta, Georgia on Sunday, and he had a life-size stuffed ALIEN in the passenger seat.  It was wearing a seatbelt and everything. We’ve seen people put all sorts of dummies in their passenger seats to try to drive in the carpool lane . . . but usually people pick one that WON’T attract extra attention. But the guy wasn’t using the alien to drive in the carpool lane at the time and apparently he wasn’t speeding THAT badly, so he just wound up getting a warning.last_img read more

first_imgDiversity in business and other organizations has been a goal for more than a quarter of a century, yet companies struggle to create an inclusive workplace. In Reinventing Diversity, Howard J. Ross, one of America’s leading diversity experts, explains why most diversity programs fail and how we can make them work. Ross uses interviews, personal stories, statistics, and case studies to show that there is no quick fix, no easy answer. Acceptance needs to become part of the culture of a company, not just a mandated attitude. People still feel alienated because of their race, language, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or culture. Many of these prejudices are unconscious and exclusions unintentional. Only through challenging our own preconceived notions about diversity and the traditional approaches to workplace diversity and inclusion that were created long ago can we build a productive and collaborative work environment in which all people are included. The goal of Ross’ book is to create organizations that are culturally competent, culturally intelligent, and culturally flexible. Reinventing Diversity is designed as a road map to get there. Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale, vice president and chief diversity & inclusion officer at Campbell Soup Company, said “Howard Ross’s global and academic experiences are artfully reflected in this book. His insights and guidance make this a must-read for anyone wanting to create culturally inclusive community in organizations. I plan to make it required reading for leaders wherever I go.” For more information on Reinventing Diversity or to purchase from The SHRMStore, click here.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Big Data and associated analytics software has gotten the attention of executives, far less attention has been given to the quality of the data that businesses are collecting and using for analysis.  The bromide “Garbage In, Garbage Out” (GIGO) is particularly true.A recent report by Experian Data Quality had the following findings:Over the last year 92 percent of CIOs complained of problems because of data quality issues46 percent of CIOs said that their biggest challenge in managing data was with quality issuesThomas Schutz, senior vice president and general manager of Experian Data Quality, told Information Management that “organizations are starting to look at a more centralized strategy around data management.  There needs to be someone who owns the strategic asset of data. It might be a CDO, CIO or another executive; but businesses are starting to realize ownership is a key component of getting data right… The biggest challenge is data quality issue resolution. That is, organizations understanding they have a problem, but they don’t know how to fix it. That issue relates to the people, processes and technology around data. You need someone to take ownership, technology to find the problem, and then you need a process/technology that can fix the issue. All three of those components have to be in order.”last_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Italy broke numerous records with a 9-1 annihilation of Armenia, completing their perfect Euro 2020 qualifying record in Palermo. Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG. The Azzurri concluded their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, already sure of their status as top seeds, and were seeking another historic victory. It was their 11th in a row, the 10th in one calendar year (both new records) and maintains their perfect tally in Group J. Roberto Mancini rotated the squad after Friday’s 3-0 win away to Bosnia-Herzegovina, bringing in the likes of Alessio Romagnoli, Nicolò Zaniolo, Ciro Immobile and Federico Chiesa. Armenia had Rumyan Hovsepyan suspended, Henrikh Mkhitaryan injured and new coach Abraham Khashmanyan debuted with a 1-0 home defeat to Greece. Armenia’s only previous game on Italian soil was a 2-2 draw in October 2013, losing both home fixtures. The first save of the match was by Salvatore Sirigu, denying Edgar Babayan at the near post after Jorginho’s costly slip, but the Azzurri were otherwise dominant in Palermo. A free kick was only cleared as far as Federico Chiesa, who floated a delicate ball to the back stick for Immobile’s cushioned header. Although two other Italy players were offside, the Lazio striker had timed his run correctly. Under 30 seconds later, it was 2-0. Immobile was involved again, his slide-rule pass sending Zaniolo through a gap in the defence and the 20-year-old Roma talent nutmegged the goalkeeper with the inside of his right boot. It was his first senior goal for the Azzurri. It should’ve been 3-0, but Chiesa’s cross-shot was deflected inches wide, then Immobile sprung the offside trap on Jorginho’s assist only to hesitate and allow Aram Airapetyan to steal it off his foot. Leonardo Bonucci’s terrible back-pass turned into a gift for Aleksandre Karapetyan, whose lob beat Sirigu only to bounce off the crossbar on 22 minutes. Immobile’s finish was a little weak after a give-and-go with Zaniolo, allowing the goalkeeper to smother, but the third goal did arrive with more style. Bonucci saw Barella’s run and sent the cross-field pass on to his foot, so the Inter midfielder could score with his first touch, dinking it over the on-rushing Airapetyan. Chiesa was unlucky not to make it 4-0 moments later, his first touch excellent to control Barella’s pass and then an angled drive smacking against the far post. Immobile did get the fourth, as he sprung the offside trap on a splendid Zaniolo through ball and flicked it past Airapetyan to deposit into an empty net. Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s cross only skimmed the head of Chiesa diving in at the back post, then Immobile was about to complete his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time at the end of a great team passing move, but his curler clipped the base of the far post. Bologna winger Riccardo Orsolini made his senior Italy debut for the second half, replacing Barella and moving Zaniolo back into midfield. Di Lorenzo got on the end of Jorginho’s ball to the back post, but couldn’t quite steer it on target from the tightest of angles. Poor Chiesa was still waiting for his first Italy goal, as he cut inside for a right-foot curler from 25 metres out that bounced off the far top corner of the frame, his second time rattling the woodwork this evening. Orsolini turned inches wide from the edge of the box, but Zaniolo completed his brace when firing in with his left foot from the edge of the box after good work from Jorginho. Alessio Romagnoli also got in on the act with the sixth goal. This one was rather less spectacular than the others, because Armando Izzo’s header from a corner was only parried and a defender kicked the clearance on to Romagnoli’s foot, the ricochet going in from six yards. Moments later, Orsolini was tripped as he ran into the box and Jorginho converted the penalty by sending Airapetyan the wrong way. In the past, Italy would’ve taken their foot off the gas and relaxed, but this team is out to entertain. Orsolini scored on his senior Italy debut, as Chiesa controlled a Jorginho cross-field pass, twisted and turned between two defenders to float the cross on to the head of the Bologna winger for 8-0. Armenia did get one back, ensuring in their four meetings with Italy, they have always been on target. Jorginho’s sideways pass was intercepted and Babayan hit a screamer into the top corner from outside the box, just a few minutes into Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret’s debut. It still wasn’t over, as Orsolini returned the favour with a cut-back and cross for Chiesa’s glancing header from five yards. The Fiorentina star finally got his first senior goal for Italy. The biggest ever victory for Italy was 8-0 in the 1948 Olympics against the USA. Italy 9-1 Armenia Immobile 8, 33 (I), Zaniolo 9, 64 (I), Barella 29 (I), Jorginho pen 76 (I), Orsolini 78 (I), Babayan 79 (A), Chiesa 81 (I) Italy: Sirigu (Meret 77); Di Lorenzo, Bonucci (Izzo 69), Romagnoli, Biraghi; Tonali, Jorginho, Barella (Orsolini 46); Zaniolo, Immobile, Chiesa Armenia: Airapetyan; Hambartsumyan, Haroyan, Calisir, Ishkhanyan (Sarkisov 69), K Hovhannisyan; Babayan, A Grigoryan (Simonyan 60), Artak Edigaryan (Avetisyan 82), Barseghyan; Karapetyan Ref: Tiago Martins (POR)last_img read more