WHITTIER – Until May 25, Darrel and Edith Thede had never been to a Planning Commission or City Council meeting. That was destined to change. They became almost instant activists when they received a May 25 letter about a proposed installation of a cell phone tower at Palm Park. The Thedes and several residents from the area began working many hours a day to bring about public pressure to oppose the tower. They phoned, e-mailed and sent letters to the city and all five council members in opposition to the 60-foot tower. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesWhile unsuccessful at the Planning Commission level, the issue will be on Tuesday’s City Council agenda for a public hearing. For Edith Thede, the issue of radiation from cell phone towers has been one in which she has been interested since she was a teacher, counselor and assistant principal for the Los Angeles Unified School District. “We were concerned about radiation from the beginning,” she said. “For example, we were always told to put your computers away from the way kids are facing.” The Thedes soon joined with others, including Pat and Paul Lara and Margot Diaz. “I received that letter and I saw red,” Diaz said. “I was furious. I thought about the lives that would be jeopardized and the wildlife. Birds can’t adapt to fake trees. They run into them and fall to their death.” The proposed cell phone tower will be disguised to look like a tree. It was after the Planning Commission when the residents turned up their lobbying efforts. They asked people to call City Hall and council members, relying on the new ways of reaching elected officials. “We didn’t do a petition because that’s not the latest savvy thing to do,” Diaz said. “We e-mailed City Hall and we had fliers with e-mails addresses and phone numbers of council members.” Council members noticed the interest. “With their petitions, they’ve shown they have significant backing and a lot of people hold that opinion,” Councilman Owen Newcomer said. “We’ve gotten that message clearly.” Council members said they aren’t bothered by the lobbying effort. “I would be more bothered if they hadn’t done this if they have a concern,” said Councilman Greg Nordbak, who asked for the public hearing. Nordbak said he asked for the hearing because there was a perception by the residents they hadn’t been heard. “That’s a bad perception,” he said. “I don’t know what the outcome will be, but we need to hear them.” The residents will make their pitch on the issue of health, wildlife, noise from the tower and graffiti. The residents will face an uphill battle in terms of their main issue – health effects. Federal law doesn’t allow cities to make decisions based on health concerns if towers meet Federal Communications Commission guidelines. The study by DTech Communications found that the proposed cell tower would have emissions of .4 percent of the FCC limit. In addition, most scientific studies seem to show little if any harm from radiation effects from cell phone towers. An American Cancer Society paper says the energy level of radio waves is low, radio wave lengths are unlikely to be concentrated on a small bit of tissue and there’s not much exposure. “Public exposure near cell phone towers is not significantly different than background levels of radiation in urban areas from other sources, such as radio and television broadcast stations,” the document states. “For these reasons, cell phone antennas or towers are unlikely to cause cancer,” it said. A study also found that the noise from tower will be below city limits. In addition, Jeff Collier, director of community development, said that wildlife would face no more problems from a tower than they would from a tall building. But no matter what happens Tuesday, the residents say they will continue fighting the tower. “We’re not giving up,” Diaz said. “We can’t be complacent as a community. We have to speak our minds and tell the City Council.” email@example.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A rendering of the airport redevelopment. Image: SLC. It’s been 50 years—five full decades—since Salt Lake City International Airport got more than a mere makeover.Now, that’s about to change.Delta Air Lines’ pivotal western hub is getting a full-blown $US3.6-billion blitz of a rebuild.Phase One is set for a 2020 debut. The last of the massive project is set to come online four years later.The terminal layout will be the soul of simplicity: a large central terminal connected via an underground passenger terminal to a pair of linear concourses. This arrangement will replace the present geriatric terminal.The new facility is set to move both passengers and aircraft about more efficiently. A case-in-point is that most up and down movements via escalator will be eliminated, making the terminal easier and quicker to navigate.The efficiency theme carries through to the tarmac. Salt Lake City airport (SLC) says the new concourses will eliminate aircraft parking bottlenecks, allowing airlines to get their aircraft to the gate and back into the air faster than they’re able now. The bottom line for passengers is fewer delays.The Salt Lake City Department of Airports says the US$3.6-billion rebuild is being paid for entirely through user fees, primarily by the airlines. Salt Lake City International contends, “Even after the project is complete, SLC will have a significantly lower cost per passenger than other major US .” This matters much to continually cost-conscious carriers.”READ: Luggage fees soar as airline bagmen strike.A bit of context: SLC as we know it today is the product of the 1987 merger of Delta and Western Airlines, a classy major airline that fell prey to the merger mania that swept the airline industry in the late 1980s.Currently, Delta commands some 70 percent of the 370 daily scheduled departures. The airport lofts nonstop flights to almost 98 cities.Delta can fly you nonstop from Salt Lake City to London and Paris. KLM flies nonstop to Amsterdam.When the airport’s spacious new terminal and complex become a reality (workers recently “topped out” construction of the project’s first phase) international market access should get a boost, opening up even more connections alternatives—especially for flyers used to arch-rival Denver International.DEN lies a mere 391 air miles to the East, over the Rocky and Wasatch mountain ranges.
As HR and talent acquisition leaders, we are always looking for cost effective and creative ways to make your recruiting dollars go the extra mile. The market for best in class experienced candidates will remain extremely competitive as unemployment rates continue to drop, which leaves many companies looking to new options to fill their hiring needs. Because of this an increasing number of companies are adjusting their work environments in order to attract and train professionals, especially those who have recently graduated from colleges and universities, in an effort to develop raw talent. Inexperienced recent grads can provide a clean slate that a savvy employer can mold into a fantastic employee over time. If you’re serious about looking to recent graduates to fill your hiring needs, consider these four tips to raise the odds of finding long term success with your hire.Leverage Inexperience to Your AdvantageRecent grads are hungry to gain experience, and they also know that their lack of it is their biggest downside. Find tasks or areas of a job that don’t require the new hire to have a wealth of previous experience, but do require that they learn and adapt quickly. Based off how the new hire tackles these tasks you can gain insight into how they would likely learn and perform over time. What’s more, jobs that don’t demand a lot of experience can easily start as low-cost internships and turn into full time opportunities, giving the company the benefit of screening future job candidates on-the-job to get a feel for how they work.Get the Right Culture Fit FirstWhen recruiting recent grads remember you aren’t hiring solely for experience. Focus instead on interviewing and assessing the right personality to fit into your company culture with the end goal of interns becoming permanent full time employees. By looking for a good culture fit, you get to train the candidate exactly how you’d like so they can learn about the business from the ground up. You will build a candidate pipeline and peace of mind knowing you have a candidate who has already proven him/herself and is familiar with your company culture and team, and the candidate will be trained exactly as needed to make sure they thrive in their role. By matching the goals and personality first, you also have a better chance of retaining people longer, simply because they like the organization and know they are supported as a professional.Give a project to them and see how they receive feedback.If you’re still wary of hiring someone with little experience, don’t be afraid to test them with a small project. This can be sent to them via email or hand delivered after an interview. Provide them with a time constraint that would be similar to a current employee (but not too strict, they are likely full time applying and won’t have all day to work on it, a two hour turn around isn’t enough) and see how their work comes in. Does it seemed rushed and sloppy? Is it incomplete and without critical thought? It’s up to you to determine what the most important factors you’re looking for are and how you want to score the project. Just remember that you’re not always looking for the candidate who does it perfectly, but for the candidate that holds the most raw- potential and ability to bring the most long term value to the table.Schedule Your Feedback.Schedule a focused time on engaging and sitting down with recent grads and those you are most interested in hiring, recruiting, promoting and developing especially when it comes to transitioning those interns to permanent positions with your company.While it can be a scary proposition to hire a college graduate with little experience, the upside can be tremendous if you need to scale your team quickly and on a budget. Be sure to give your recruiting efforts real thought ahead of time so you know exactly what type of person you are looking for, and most importantly, what type of company you are. Use this information to formulate a profile of the type of person you’re looking for, the candidate “must haves”, and what type of exercises you think would best convey if the potential hire has the skills you need. It’s not a perfect science, but by keeping these three tips in mind when looking for a new, recent graduate hire, you’ll significantly up the odds of finding someone great that’s ready to join and make an immediate and noticeable impact.
Last question, do I have to be a SHRM member or contribute to the SHRM Foundation to use their complimentary resources?[Beth] No, as a public charity, the SHRM Foundation makes all of its resources available free to the public–both SHRM members and non-members– on its website. Hard copies of the most recent products are also available by request from the Foundation.My thanks to Beth for sharing her knowledge with us. While Beth did point out that the SHRM Foundation resources are free to anyone, keep in mind that they would not be able to create these resources without our support. So if you do find the resources useful, consider making a tax-deductible donation at shrmfoundation.org/donate.I’m always looking for well-prepared information about the future of work. I can tell you from personal experience, the SHRM Foundation creates quality research and information that you can use in your strategic planning, operational goal setting and business meetings.Image courtesy of Sharlyn Lauby The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) is my professional association. I support other professional organizations, but my first HR job was as a generalist so SHRM was the first professional association I joined. Every employer I’ve ever worked for supported my membership in SHRM and allowed me to attend SHRM professional development events. They also supported me being a SHRM volunteer leader.It wasn’t until I became a volunteer leader that I learned about the SHRM Foundation. That’s why I think of it as a best kept secret. The SHRM Foundation supports our role as human resources professionals through research, thought-leadership and awards. And frankly, we can all use good information to make our jobs easier. So I reached out to Beth McFarland, CAE to share a little more with you about what the Foundation does to help us in our daily jobs. Beth is the director of foundation programs with the SHRM Foundation and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for years.Beth, can you share with readers some background about the SHRM Foundation (i.e., what it does, how long it’s been around, etc.)[Beth] The SHRM Foundation was created by SHRM in 1966, so we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary next year. Our main mission is really research and education. We support students and professionals in their lifelong learning by awarding more than $150,000 in education and certification scholarships annually.In addition, we develop educational materials for HR professionals and students, and fund original rigorous research to advance the knowledge base of the HR profession. To help educate HR professionals on the trends impacting the workplace, we introduced a major multi-year thought leadership initiative in 2013.As a special expertise panel member, I know a little about the thought leadership initiative you’re talking about. Tell us more about the project.[Beth] We believe that understanding the fundamental changes impacting the world of work is the first step to preparing for them—and ultimately leveraging them for competitive advantage. That’s why we launched a multi-phase initiative to identify and analyze critical trends likely to affect the workplace in the next 5-10 years. Through a rigorous process of surveys, expert-panel discussions and analysis conducted in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), we identified three key themes and have been focusing our program of work on a different theme each year.In 2015, our focus is Engaging and Integrating a Global Workforce. We have released a report, written by the EIU that explains this theme in more detail. Later this year we’ll be releasing infographics and video interviews to help people learn more about this topic. Members of the SHRM expert panels are now working to identify specific ways these trends will impact the workplace and what HR can do now to prepare. Their final report will be released this fall. Visit our Digital Hub to learn more about SHRM Foundation thought leadership. One of my go-to resources is the “Effective Practice Guidelines” series. Relevant information I can use every day. What other types of “thought leadership” are produced by the SHRM Foundation?Thanks for highlighting those. What’s great about the Effective Practice Guidelines (or ‘EPGs’ as we call them) is that they provide a quick overview of each topic along with practical, specific guidelines for success—and it’s all based on solid research. We create these in an easy-to-use format that really works well for busy HR professionals.In addition to our EPGs, we also publish shorter executive briefings— which are great to share with other leaders and line managers in your organization—and a series of educational DVDs that show strategic HR in action. We’re proud to report that, in addition to workplaces, these resources are now used in hundreds of college classrooms as well. And excerpts from the EPGs are often included in HR textbooks.This year, the SHRM Foundation provided awards to individuals who have never attended the annual conference before. And the SHRM Foundation provides other types of scholarships, awards and research grants to professionals. How can someone learn more about these programs?[Beth] Easy! Visit our website at shrmfoundation.org and select ‘Scholarships & Awards’ from the top menu. This provides an overview of the different awards available to each group: SHRM members, students/advisors and researchers. The ‘overview’ page provides a brief description of each award along with the application deadline. Click on any award for more information and to access the online application. For information about research grants, choose the ‘Research’ tab at the top of the page.How is the work of the SHRM Foundation funded?[Beth] The SHRM Foundation funds its work with gifts from individuals, companies, organizations, sponsors, SHRM chapters and SHRM state councils. In 2013 and 2014, the Foundation’s annual campaign raised more than $1 million. Because of the generous financial and in-kind support received from SHRM to cover operating expenses, all other funds raised through the annual campaign go directly into programs, including scholarships, educational products, research and thought leadership. To read more on HR Bartender Blog, please click here.
Microsoft has recently announced new licensing changes that target competing cloud vendors that run Microsoft software in the cloud. The Register summarized the license changes, saying that “many software deployments that are currently allowed will no longer be permitted on dedicated cloud services from the listed providers. Microsoft is making it harder or in some cases impossible to bring your own licences, forcing customers either to rent the software via SPLA (Service Provider License Agreement), or to purchase licences with software assurance, an annual service charge. “ Starting October 1st, 2019, the changes will go into effect, making the use of Microsoft software significantly more expensive to run on non-Azure clouds like AWS, Google and Alibaba. Rob Enslin, Google Cloud President, tweeted that “Shelf-ware. Complex pricing. And now vendor lock-in. Microsoft is taking its greatest hits from the ’90s to the cloud.” The reaction was similar from Amazon AWS. Werner Vogels tweeted “It is hard to trust a co. who raises prices, eliminates benefits, + restricts freedom of choice. “
4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#mobile#Multimedia#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… marshall kirkpatrick 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Popular iPhone photo sharing app Instagram captured the hearts of nearly five million users this year despite, or perhaps because of, a surprising lack of features. The super-simple photo app let you apply filters and post out to other networks. It didn’t let you do much more than that.The company has slowly added features over recent months and today unveiled a new version of its app with three big new features that could make a big difference in the ways we use Instagram. Those changes are upgraded user biographies, hashtag autocomplete and a new page to view all the photos you’ve clicked “Like” on in the past. Can Instagram keep its clean simplicity while adding more and more features? Time will tell, but these changes look to me like good ones so far. First, user bios now include a URL field and a text field that you can populate with info and a link to another page on the web where Instagram users can learn more about you. That makes sense, as it’s useful to be able to find out who a person is that started following you or Liked one of your photos – but it also removes some of the mystery of the experience. There was something a little intriguing about seeing someone Like your photo, clicking through to their page and still knowing nothing more about them than you could learn from their timeline of dreamy, filtered photos from somewhere in the world. Right: The new Instagram profile pages are beginning to look more and more like some of the company’s competitors’ profile designs.Hashtag autocomplete is something that the Twitter iPhone app has offered for some time and the feature is an attempt to get users to contribute photos and comments to a stream of topical conversation. It is, no doubt, added at least in part so that the commercial partners Instagram hopes to monetize will have some more solid ground in order to monitor their interests. If it catches on, though, it will also likely lead to some very interesting photo-discussions about topics of interest around the world. Especially once Instagram finally launches an app on more affordable Android devices (right now it’s iPhone only) then it could become a service used to capture (and perhaps unfortunately over-filter) a photographic record of history unfolding.The app now stands at an odd place between simplicity and a growing list of features.Finally, the addition of a bookmarked-photos page in the form of a “photos I’ve Liked” view is a good move towards making Instagram feel more permanent and less fleeting. It’s a cool feature for sure. How many of us use this app for quick capture but then make sure to send our best photos to Flickr as well, as that feels more permanent? This new feature adds an increased feeling of permanence to the photo-viewing experience.The whole ethos of Instagram has been about speed, simplicity, lightness, a dreamy haze and a light layer of brief social interactions. There’s still almost no web presence to refer to your photos there, you can’t search for your photos or other peoples’ photos. The app now stands at an odd place between simplicity and a growing list of features. Will that mix serve it and its users well? Will the startup that did so well building a simple social mobile user experience do as well at growing its app up? Time will tell. Related Posts
CCH Tax Day ReportIn a letter ruling the New Jersey Division of Taxation, Regulatory Services Branch, stated that under the New Jersey gross (personal) income tax an S corporation could have a shareholder that was a trust that did not elect to become a New Jersey Electing Small Business Trust (ESBT) and still not lose its New Jersey S corporation status. The taxpayer would still have to properly file Form CBT-2553, New Jersey S Corporation or New Jersey QSSS Election. Further, the trust would need to file Form NJ-1041, Fiduciary Return, and compute its tax in the same manner as a regular (non-ESBT) trust. The taxpayer was an S corporation for federal income tax purposes. One of its shareholders was a trust that historically had been a grantor trust. However, the trust lost its grantor trust status and then elected to be taxed as an ESBT for federal tax purposes. If the trust had not made the federal ESBT election, the taxpayer would have lost its status as an S corporation for federal income tax purposes because it would have had an ineligible shareholder. A trust can only become an ESBT for New Jersey tax purposes if it affirmatively files a New Jersey ESBT election. In New Jersey, the election to be treated as an ESBT is not a mandatory election. Thus, a federal ESBT is permitted to file Form NJ-1041, Fiduciary Return, when the New Jersey ESBT election has not been made. Further, if the trust did not elect to be a New Jersey ESBT and file Form NJ-1041SB, Fiduciary Return Electing Small Business Trust, the New Jersey S corporation’s status would not be affected by the shareholder’s type of trust.LR: 2016-1-GIT, New Jersey Division of Taxation, September 28, 2016, ¶401-994
After registering his career-best haul of four for 30 in the second One-day International (ODI) in Delhi on Monday, pacer R Vinay Kumar is high on confidence ahead of the third match here on Thursday.Vinay was in race for the man of the match award for his effort, but Virat Kohli won the accolade for his fluent century. The Karnataka bowler, however, played down the issue on Wednesday when asked if he rued missing the award.”Virat played really well. It was a brilliant knock. For me, as long as the team wins it’s more than enough,” said the 27-year-old.Vinay, who relies on away swing, was happy about the amendments made in the ODI playing conditions allowing the re-introduction of two balls, one from each end in an innings.”I am feeling good. I am happy with my performance. Initially, the white ball didn’t swing much. But using two new balls has been very helpful for bowlers,” he said. “Previously, the ball used to swing for a maximum of five-six overs but now it keeps on swinging for 10-12 overs. It (use of two balls) is a plus factor for bowlers.”Vinay will also take encouragement from the history of PCA Stadium where the conditions and the pitch help pace and swing bowlers. “History says that the Mohali wicket is good for fast bowlers. Hopefully, we will get good swing here,” he said.India are 2-0 ahead in the fivematch series and need one more win to seal the series. If that happens on Thursday evening, it will be a sweet revenge for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team.advertisementNaturally, the Indian camp is high on confidence. “The dressing room is a happy one. In England also I didn’t find anything abnormal. That’s the plus point of our team. The captain backs everyone,” he said.On the other hand, England fast bowler Steven Finn is still optimistic that his team can stage a comeback and win the series.”We’ve got nothing to lose now; we’re playing against the world champions in their own conditions, we have nothing to lose. In these next three games, we’re going to leave nothing in the dressing room – not that anything has been left in the dressing room so far – and we’re really looking forward to these next three games. We have full belief that we can win these three games,” he said.”India have probably had the better of the conditions on both occasions. But we can’t blame our under-performance on that. I don’t think there is too much difference, to be honest, it’s the same teams playing against each other,” he said, referring to the recent series in England where India lost the ODI series 0-3.”They’ve obviously had more exposure to these conditions in the past. But that’s something we learn in every training session that we train in, every game that we play and we’re only going to get better throughout this series.”
Big 3 Durant, Curry, Thompson lead Warriors to 128-111 win over Atlanta SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Adams made his first seven field-goal attempts, along with five free throws, and forced Drummond and Zaza Pachulia to the bench with four fouls each. The Pistons finished the third quarter with Griffin at center and 6-foot-7 Stanley Johnson at power forward.TIP-INSThunder: Oklahoma City is 15-5 against the Pistons since leaving Seattle. … The Thunder, who came into the game with the league’s best defensive rating, are now 4-0 when holding their opponents under 90 points.Pistons: Detroit fell short of its first seven-game home winning streak since March 14-April 4, 2008. … Drummond went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line and has now missed 19 of his last 24 attempts.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Thunder: At the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Another case filed vs Cardema Blake Griffin led Detroit with 20 points, while Andre Drummond added 13.Detroit came into the game having won six straight at home, including the first five games on its current homestand, but fell six points short of its previous season low.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe Thunder led 50-40 at halftime behind 14 points from Adams and 10 from Jeremi Grant. Griffin had 15 points for Detroit, which shot 34.7 percent from the floor.Detroit’s offense continued to struggle in the second half without Reggie Bullock, who left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. The Thunder took a 71-51 lead midway through the third quarter and led by 28 at the end of the period. In the fourth, Oklahoma City led by as many as 35. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Read Next Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder forward Abdel Nader (11) runs into Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT— Steven Adams scored 21 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder ended the Detroit Pistons’ five-game winning streak with a 110-83 victory Monday night.Paul George added 17 points for the Thunder, who are 15-3 since losing their first four games.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy View comments
Rampur, (UP) A man has been arrested for allegedly conspiring his own kidnapping and blaming it on the rivals of his daughter-in-law, who is a candidate in the panchayat elections, so that she could garner “sympathy” votes, police said today.Accused Pitamber Singh (50) of Pipla Shiv Nagar under Milak police station, hatched the conspiracy with his son and two brothers, police said.Pitambers brother Nayan Sukh, who works as a coordinator in Basic Education Department, on November 23 lodged a police complaint alleging that his brother has been kidnapped by the rival camp.Following the complaint Pitambers relatives staged a demonstration at the residence of the superintendent of police, demanding recovery of the father-in-law of the panchayat elections nominee Sunita.The SP Sadhna Goswami instructed police and crime branch sleuths to launch a search operations.However, the kidnapped man was spotted in forest albeit tied in chains yesterday.Police took him to a secluded place for interrogation where he broke down and narrated the conspiracy hatched to make his daughter-in-law win in the polls.Pitamber also disclosed he his himself in Meerut, returning home Wednesday night and had purchased the chain to tie his limbs.The police soon arrested all other accused and Pitambar has been sent to jail for 14 days on a local courts orders.The Basic Education department?s higher authority has also taken against brother Nayan Sukh, police said.Sadhna Goswami today that she had instructed the crime branch to keep Pitambers mobile phone on surveillance and that tactics worked when the accused was overheard interacting with his relatives over phone. PTI COR TIR ISHadvertisement