LAPD Internal Affairs officials said Tuesday they are revising how complaints against officers are investigated after an audit found critical shortcomings in nearly half the cases. The Police Commission’s inspector general looked at 46 serious complaints from 2004 and the first half of 2005 and found significant problems with 19 of them. “I think we should all be very concerned about what’s in this audit,” Commissioner Alan Skobin said Tuesday. While Los Angeles Police Department officials questioned the sample size, they pledged to boost training programs for Internal Affairs officers and to revisit some of the flawed probes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The criticisms in the audit range from leads and witnesses left unpursued to discrepancies between taped interviews and written summaries. In one case, auditors criticize investigators for not fully addressing a man’s allegations that an officer injured him by gouging his eye. Based on the flaws it found in the probe, the Inspector General’s Office disagreed with the department’s decision not to present the case for criminal prosecution. Another case involved a motorist’s allegations that officers stopped him because of his ethnicity. He was not cited or given a business card, and Internal Affairs investigators said they could not determine who the involved officers were. Auditors from the Inspector General’s Office, though, identified the likely officers by reviewing field-activity reports. Cmdr. Eric Lillo, head of the Internal Affairs Group, acknowledged that some of the cases present significant problems, and he promised detailed “biopsies” of the cases. However, Lillo said some of the disagreements were “subjective,” and he questioned the scope of the audit, saying the unit handles thousands of complaints against officers each year. “The overall context puts it in a different perspective,” he said. Deputy Chief Michael Berkow echoed those concerns about the sample size while saying he is disciplining some investigators based on the audit’s findings and working to tighten procedures. While Internal Affairs might take thousands of complaints a year, the auditors focused on the much smaller pool of serious allegations like use of force and racial discrimination, said Assistant Inspector General Beth Kennedy. The commissioners supported the methodology, with Skobin saying it appeared the auditors “focused on the meat.” Commission President John Mack told police officials, “It is important that you not diminish the significance of this random sample and the issues that have been raised.” While the inspector general’s audit is a yearly review, Commissioner Shelley Freeman suggested that another one be done sooner to determine whether there has been improvement. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TODAY Bird Walk, 8 a.m., Malibu Creek State Park. Meet in lower parking lot. Exit southbound Las Virgenes Road from 101 Freeway. Moderate hike, 9 a.m., Rocky Peak Park. Exit Rocky Peak Road from 118 Freeway. All-American Collectors Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Admission $6. (310) 455-2894. Museum of Tolerance will show student art work honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., 2 p.m., 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Free. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Re-enactment of the Articles of Capitulation at Campo de Cahuenga and festival, 1 p.m., Campo de Cahuenga, 3919 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 763-7651. Free. A tour of the Mexican Gov. Pio Pico’s residence is offered Sundays 1-4 p.m., Andres Pico Adobe, 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills. (818) 365-7810. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will present the Broadway musical “Annie,” 2 p.m., 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets $22-$32. (805) 449-2787. Joy Theatre shows the ongoing comedy play “Detention Span,” 5-6 p.m., 5233 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 505-9355. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letterkenny Youth Information Centre, which is managed by the Donegal Youth Service, will hold a series of Student Grants Information seminars for parents and young people across the county over the coming weeks.The seminars will have information and guidance on how to apply for third level grant assistance for young people and parents of those who recently completed their Leaving Certificate, or those who are entering the third level system as mature students. The Student Grant process has seen significant changes this year, with all new applications now having to be completed online.The grant is now administered nationally through Dublin VEC’s Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), meaning Youth Information Centres will now provide vital mentoring support at local level for those who need help in filling out the online application.The dates and locations for the seminars are as follows:Thursday 21st June – Raphoe Family Resource Centre Monday 25th June – Buncrana Youth Drop InTuesday 26th June – Letterkenny Youth Information CentreTuesday 26th June – Castlefinn Youth ClubWednesday 27th June – Planet Youth, BallybofeyTuesday 3rd July – Donegal Town (Family Resource Centre)Wednesday 4th July – Milford Youth Project 10th July – Clonmany (St Brigids Youth Club)Wednesday 11th July – The Yard, FalcarraghAll seminars get underway at 7pm.Youth Information Officer Martin Keeney is urging those who have not yet applied to do so now. “The deadline for applying for the grant is 31st August so if people haven’t already applied now is the time to do so. We are here to help with any student grant queries you may have so don’t hesitate to contact us. ”The Youth Information Centre also offer a free consultation service for those who are experiencing difficulties completing the new online application form, and are open on a daily basis from Monday to Friday for those with specific queries in relation to this. They will also be running a special late evening clinic on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm through July and August for those who need help in filling in the form online. Bookings for this evening clinic must be made via telephone.As Information Co-ordinator Gareth Gibson explains: “This service is just one example of a wide array of information services available from the Youth Information Centre we are planning to roll out across the county as part of our new youth information strategy.”For more information contact the Youth Information Centre at 074-9129640. The Youth Information Centre is located at 16-18 Port Road, directly opposite the Grill.YIC TO HOLD COUNTYWIDE STUDENT GRANT INFO SEMINARS was last modified: May 31st, 2012 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:grantsYOUTH INFORMATION SERVICES
The opening of Letterkenny General Hospital’s long-awaited new wing could be in doubt once again, Donegal Daily has learned.The multi-million unit, which includes a new Accident and Emergency Department, is due to open in September after a delay of more than a year.However nursing unions have expressed fears there may not be enough manpower to staff the new facility. A meeting between nursing staff and hospital management is now due to take place on August 31st to review the situation.A nursing source at the hospital told us that operating the current A&E is a challenge without the pressure of a new, larger unit being opened.“The nursing staff are delighted the new wing is almost ready to be opened.“However there is a genuine concern that staffing levels are just not adequate to run the facility. “A meeting will take place on August 31st to get reassurances that the manpower is there to operate the facility to the highest standard,” said the source. SHORTAGE OF NURSES PUTS PLANNED HOSPITAL WING OPENING IN DOUBT was last modified: August 3rd, 2012 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:delayLetterkenny General Hospitalnursing staffOPENING
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The panel’s report – with recommendations scheduled to be submitted in June – came as Villaraigosa completed a two-day trip to New York City where he visited an inner-city school to learn about changes since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took over the New York school system. “More than ever before, the mayor is convinced that you need strong accountability if you are going to make changes to the Los Angeles school system,” spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. Among his stops Tuesday, the mayor visited with leaders of a nonprofit corporation that has worked to recruit and keep some of its best teachers and administrators. Erickson said Villaraigosa hopes to see a similar program developed in Los Angeles. But Padilla cautioned Tuesday that most polls show voters are wary of mayoral control. “People might like this mayor and agree to give him this power, but what if it were a Mayor (James) Hahn or a Mayor (Richard) Riordan? We have to look at all aspects of this and how we can improve the schools,” Padilla said. The council also was cautioned that any change at the district also will need the approval of the 27 other cities that send their children to LAUSD schools. Villaraigosa is scheduled to meet with officials from those cities this week to discuss his plans. The only details the mayor has provided so far is that he would like the authority to appoint a superintendent of schools with an elected school board having limited power. Huizar, who served on the school board for more than four years, said change is being demanded. “I know there needs to be some drastic changes there to create an environment to develop better policy,” he said. “That’s what this is about. If you don’t have a governance structure that allows for good people to make the best decisions, then we have done nothing. “There is no accountability at the board the way it operates at this time.” David Cunningham, one of the co-chairs of the panel, said many of the district’s current problems are rooted in how it was set up in the 1920s. “This is a system long overdue for change,” Cunningham said. “Just as you wouldn’t drive a Model T on today’s freeways, the school district needs to be improved.” One of the biggest problems, Councilman Tony Cardenas said, is state law that prohibits paying school board members more than $24,000 a year, forcing them to be part-time officials while representing districts with 650,000 people. Councilman Bernard Parks said his concerns go beyond the education system to the greater implications for the city and society. “In my district, there is not one school that is above the state average in test scores,” Parks said. “I have one high school that is on probation. And all the studies show there is a direct link between illiteracy and crime. Sixty percent of those in state prison are illiterate. “We will not succeed until we see more students graduate. Whether it’s 25 percent or 50 percent, we have a problem – a problem we cannot ignore.” Maria Casillas, a former LAUSD administrator who served as co-chair of the panel, said she believes a lot can be done – such as decentralizing the district – without legislative changes. “There are a lot of politics around this issue of governance,” Casillas said. “Some see the glass as half full. But for our families, it is a story of misery and pain if they do not get an education.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pushes for mayoral control of Los Angeles’ public schools, the City Council called Tuesday for immediate reform of how the system operates rather than risk delays. The call came as the council received a report from the Presidents’ Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance that said reform of the nation’s second-largest school district cannot rest solely on whether the mayor takes over. “Let’s not confuse mayoral control with intelligent control,” said Councilman Alex Padilla, who created the commission with fellow Councilman Jose Huizar when he was president of the Board of Education. “One of the frustrations of this process has been that the issue of education reform seems to have been captured through the lens of mayoral reform. But that is subject to a vote, and the people will say either yes or no. We need to look at what we can do to make changes if mayoral control is rejected.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than 150 Los Angeles-area students, nearly 20 of them from the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, earned the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. For 11 years, the Prudential Spirit of Community celebration has been the nation’s largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteerism. Of the total number of honorees, eight were “distinguished finalists.” Among them were Nicole Lanz of Valencia High School in Valencia and Shivam Shodhan of Faith Baptist School in Canoga Park. Lanz founded a service organization to collect new and used backpacks, fill them with school supplies and deliver them to children in the Third World. Shodhan launched a program to collect used eyeglasses and distribute them to visually-impaired people in developing countries. All the honorees got certificates from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and commemorative CD carrying cases. After the ceremony at Seoul International Park, the award recipients pitched in to help clean up the park. Palmdale middle school student Ross Norman has returned from a week in Washington, D.C., as part of the People to People World Leadership Forum. There, he earned high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions. Ross earned the honor based on his scholastic performance, civic involvement and leadership potential, according to his parents. President Dwight Eisenhower began the program in 1956 to foster world citizenship. The Moorpark College forensics team took fifth place at the national championship competition held earlier this month in Kansas City, Mo. The team – which has won the national championship eight times, second place 10 times and third place nine times since it began competing in 1972 – had labeled this season a “rebuilding year.” Among the individual team members to medal were Nichol Costa, who took gold in “communication analysis;” Jill Jacobs, who struck gold in “program oral interp;” and Alyssa Reinecker, who brought home the gold in “prose interpretation.” “Fortunately, it looks like we’ll have a very strong group of students returning next year,” coach Rolland Petrello said. “That should put us right back in contention for the national title.” Submit Community Column items via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills 91365.
Dunkineely Community News: Dunkineely Community Ltd is considering running 2 more courses in April/May after Easter. If you are interested in any of these, please contact the DCL office on 087 3421922 or 074 9737678.1) Basic First Aid – a full one day course held on a Saturday in April or May – details to follow – please contact DCL if you might be interested. 2) A six week course in either Upcycling or a Follow On Interior Design course with Sile Kelly. (The most popular of these two would run). This course will run subject to application for ETB part funding on the Community Education Support Programme. Cllr. Niamh Kennedy will be available for members of the community in DCL office, Dunkineely on Thursday evenings 5:30 – 7:30pm. Mobile: 087 2062336 Email: email@example.comDunkineely Montessori School will be holding an enrolment evening on Thursday 12th March 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Enrolments are for the ECCE pre-school year for children born between 2 Feb 2011 and 30 June 2012. Also taking enrolments for non-ECCE participants at an affordable rate. Please contact Sinead and Joanne on 0873814655 for further information.Killaghtee Parish Good Friday WalkDunkineely Community Ltd in conjunction with the three churches in Killaghtee Parish is to hold a Good Friday walk on Friday 3rd April starting at Dunkineely Methodist Church at 1pm, pausing at Killaghtee Church of Ireland and finishing at Bruckless Chapel around 2pm. They are looking for members of the parish from all church backgrounds and none to join them as they carry a cross from Dunkineely to Bruckless to mark the special day of Christ’s death shared by all Church traditions. Don your walking boots, trainers, bring the children and make it a family outing if you wish. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get together and take some exercise whilst remembering the meaning of Good Friday. Garda support will keep us safe on the main road, but once we reach Darney, the route leads along back roads and by Bruckless shore – many thanks to Joan Evans for allowing us through the grounds of Bruckless House. If you would like more details or to let the group know in advance you intend to walk, please phone the DCL Office on 074 9737678 or speak to one of the three clergy. Last year we were blessed by sunshine. Start your prayers now and we hope for more of the same!The Bride Christian Fellowship, Bruckless, will be holding a women’s meeting on Saturday 14th March at 10.30am. Rev Michelle Vento from the USA will be sharing on how women now have influence to bring great change. She will also pray for the sick or any other need. Everyone welcome. Contact 086 3464046 for further info.Dunkineely in Bloom ran very successfully last year with two workshops and over 30 competition entries. If you’d like to help make it bigger and better this year please contact DCL on 074 9737678 or firstname.lastname@example.orgDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page). COMMUNITY NOTICE: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD SET TO LAUNCH SIX-WEEK FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Community NoticecourseDD LocalDunkineelyFirst Aid
Seamus Coleman and Rachel Cunningham who are to wed next month.Soccer star Seamus Coleman is to marry his childhood sweetheart in his native Killybegs next month.The Everton and Ireland star, 26, is to walk down the aisle with teacher Rachel Cunningham.The couple have been together for several years and became engaged in December 2013 – nine years after they first began dating. The wedding will take place on June 20th next at Harvey’s Point Hotel outside Donegal Town in front of more than 300 guests.Among those on the guest-list are many of Coleman’s team-mates from the Premiership club as well as Irish stars including Shay Given, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady.Stunning Rachel has already been on her hen party in sunny Marbella with a group of friends.The girls even brought funny facemasks of Seamus with them to the sun-kissed resort and posed for pictures. Seamus is yet to host his stag party but it is believed he will be having an informal bash in Dublin shortly.The couple’s wedding is expected to be a two day affair with many guests being invited back to the Bayview Hotel in Killybegs the day after the wedding.The hotel is run by Seamus’ dad Henry.Many locals have also received invites to the wedding by the popular soccer star who is renowned for his down-to-earth manner and friendliness.Players from Seamus’ former amateur club St Catherine’s FC are rumoured to be staging a guard of honour outside the local church. Despite his high-profile status as one of the Premiership’s most-sought after players, Seamus is understood to be keen on having a very local-key wedding.One source revealed “Seamus is such a popular lad and the whole of Killybegs are delighted for him. Nobody is saying much about the way and nobody wants to give anything away.“It’s not going to be a big lavish affair full of celebrities because Seamus and Rachel are just so down-to-earth. The first people on the guestlist would have ben their close friends.“It’s going to go on for a couple of days. The final details are being put for Harvey’s Point and then it’s going to be a big private party in the Bayview. “Killybegs will be looking great that day and it will all be for Seamie and Rachel.”SOCCER STAR SEAMUS TO MARRY CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART RACHEL NEXT MONTH was last modified: May 23rd, 2015 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:donegalharvey’s pointKillybegsRachel Cunninghamseamus colemanwedding
City of Derry Airport, CoDA, has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards in the 2015 Aviation Industry Awards: Airport Achievement Award and Airport Safety Award. The Aviation Industry Awards celebrate excellence in the aviation sector in Ireland.Over 650 industry professionals are expected to attend the awards ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 28th May, bringing together leading companies from every sector of aviation. City of Derry Airport received it’s nomination for Airport Achievement award demonstrating management’s commitment to infrastructural improvement and enhancement of the passenger experience in the last 12 months.City of Derry Airport was also nominated for the Airport Safety Award following its contribution to safety, both safety promotion and safety awareness, and is deemed to have enhanced behaviours, which demonstrates the airports overall commitment to achieving excellent safety performance.Clive Coleman, Contractors Director for RCA (the company responsible for the management of CoDA) said, “CoDA is delighted to be shortlisted in the Aviation Industry Awards 2015 – such a great honour which illustrates the significant role of the airport as a vital piece of infrastructure for the region and showcases the great work of all the team here at CoDA.“The category of Airport Achievement demonstrates how recent infrastructural improvements have had a positive impact on the overall customers experience and the Safety Award demonstrates the success of our people as CODA employees continue to challenge themselves on a daily basis on their attitude to risk so that we can develop inherently safe practices in all of the airport’s operations. “This hard work falls to each and every one of CoDA staff and management as we continuously look at everything we do with a view to eliminating risk.“Achieving the goals set out within the Airports Target Zero Safety Plan is a significant challenge as these targets are set high but they are achievable.“Nothing else is acceptable. Achieving these targets keeps CoDA and our customer’s safe, and allows the airport to thrive in an aviation market where Safety is a decisive factor”.Commercial and Marketing Manager, Charlene Shongo, outlined “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted in the 2015 Aviation Industry Awards – this is a significant achievement for the airport and demonstrates the hard work and commitment from all the team here at City of Derry Airport.“We are particularly proud to be nominated for the Airport Safety Award, in common with other leading companies in the aviation sector; safety is of significant importance at the airport, we are constantly striving to mitigate risk and improve Safety”. Charlene added: “The value of continuous improvement in all areas of safety can never be underestimated.“CODA is firmly committed to our safety programme, Target Zero and we strive to ensure it remains focused on reducing risk and improving standards for all stakeholders.“The airport promotes a positive safety culture which in turn provides an excellent customer experience leading to CoDA remaining very much at the forefront of the aviation industry”.CITY OF DERRY AIRPORT SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AVIATION AWARD was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:awardsBusinessCODAFeatures