Pacoima man charged with wife’s murder

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – A 46-year-old Pacoima man was charged today with murder for allegedly killing his wife over Labor Day weekend. Tanish Vasquez was ordered to remain jailed on just over $1 million bail pending arraignment Sept. 20 in San Fernando Superior Court. Vasquez was arrested Saturday in connection with the death of 59-year-old Jean Hyde, Los Angeles Police said. Officers responding found Hyde unconscious in the 11700 block of Cometa Avenue about 5 a.m. Saturday. She later died at a hospital. The couple were involved in a domestic dispute when the defendant allegedly struck his wife on the head and body with “an unknown hard object,” according to the police report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Changing the Change Rules at Google

first_imgAt Google, change is constant. But how we managed and messaged change wasn’t always working. So we developed a simple framework to rethink reorgs and it starts by asking “Do we even need this change?”There is no single way that Google manages internal change, like a reorganization. But we’ve been piloting a new approach that has been used in different parts of the company, impacting thousands of Googlers.Research shows that over two-thirds of organizational change efforts fail to deliver on their intended goals. We studied some of the classic change management models, but to be most effective, these models assume you know what you’re transforming into. But at Google, we often don’t have a static endstate were looking for; we need to maintain a fluidity in our structures to support the pace of our business.We needed to start the dialogue around change earlier and force important questions, starting with “does this change actually need to happen?” We came up with a four-step approach to business-driven organizational change we call “ChangeRules.” Four analytical questions drivethis approach:We started by testing this approach with a customer-supporting group and we quickly realizedthe leadership team wasn’t aligned on why they needed to change. So we spent time initially discussing what problem we were solving and we involved our managers in what the changes to the service model would be. This approach resulted in 100% of managers understanding the change and 80% of their teams understanding the change (up from 50%), resulting in a 90% adoption rate.We’ve also seen the model help us avoid a reorganization. In one instance, a new leader took over an existing org and wanted to move things around. But in using this framework, we asked why any change needed to happen and what the desired future state was. We determined that a reorganization would not actually help the leader move the organization where they wanted.But once you decide to make a change, how do you make it stick? When we use this framework, we do three things to “give legs to change efforts and improve outcomes:1. Start with the “why” and “what.” As one of our leaders said, “Change is constant, but this framework allows us to test and clarify strategic business decisions before they are finalized.”2. Go slow to go fast. As early as possible, involve employees in creating solutions, rather than just sharing decisions, and you’ll front load the toughest conversations and make it easier to bring everyone along.3. Commit to landing, not just launching. Be sure you’re focused on effecting the change, not just announcing it.After, how do you know if you’ve been successful? Determine what you’re looking to achieve and measure before making a change. You can measure organizational health metrics (e.g. employee surveys, skills development, attrition) as well as business performance (e.g. customer satisfaction, product adoption rates).To thrive, companies must be open to change, and equally open to rethinking how they approach change management. Asking the right questions and involving all stakeholders in the process is a framework that can help companies evolve. This blog was originally posted on re:Work blog.last_img read more

For Brevity’s Sake: NextStop, Twitter for Activities Launches

first_imgTags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirocenter_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Created by former Google employees Carl Sjorgreen and Adrian Graham, privately funded San Francisco-based Nextstop launched this morning to help thrill seekers, tourists and foodies find the concise recommendations they need to plan their daily excursions. At first glance, Nextstop may appear like an amalgamation of crowd-sourced review site Yelp, Yahoo’s event site Upcoming and travel listing site Dopplr; however, the site has two major differences – recommendations are positive and can only contain a maximum of 160 characters. Nextstop hopes to remove the presence of rants and emotional weather reports from the discovery process. The company’s commitment to brevity and positive discovery ensures that recommendations stay relevant and therefore more conducive to search than some earlier review-space predecessors. In other words, Nextstop is scaling back the capabilities of user-generated content for the sake of utility. You might actually find a good Chinese restaurant on your first try. In addition to the limitation/feature of the 160 character count, Nextstop’s contributors reap the benefits of Google’s APIs as each recommendation is met with automatic address and image suggestions. And like any child of the 2.0 era, what would a recommendation site be without Facebook and Twitter and blog integration? Nextstop also sponsors community Challenges to encourage new recommendations. Challenges generally consist of top 5 lists with recommendations on everything from hot spots in Salt Lake City to vegetarian restaurants in New York. Upon completion of many of these challenges, Nextstop makes a donation to a local charity in the area of the recommendation. To complete a challenge in your city visit read more

ISL 2014: Kolkata remain on top after 0-0 draw against Chennai

first_imgBoth teams are tied at 12 points and today’s winner will take the top spot in ISL standingsAtletico de Kolkata played out a goalless draw against Chennaiyin FC in a high-intensity Hero Indian Super League fixture to maintain their top spot on Friday.Record-breaking Chennai | Koke Heroics | Atletico’s Riot | Delhi’s Struggle Watched by a starry Bollywood gathering of Bachchan father-son duo and Deepika Padukone, the match had all the ingredients of an eventful contest, including a 11-minute interruption thanks to a familiar power outage at the Salt Lake stadium.But a goal eluded both the teams as ATK would consider themselves unlucky after their star striker Fikru Teferra fluffing an easy chance while their marquee player and captain Luis Garcia’s shot hit the crosspiece.Even Chennaiyin FC very nearly went one-up in the 80th minute when Balwant Singh scored using a Jean-Eudes Maurice cross. But the Indian striker’s deflection of his hands was quick to be spotted by referee Pratap Singh who disallowed the goal.Chennaiyin’s star Brazilian forward Elano Blumer also had a lacklustre day, missing some easy opportunities while his clinical freekicks too eluded him a goal.Both teams refused to play second fiddle in the top of the table clash but it was ATK who had the best opportunity with Fikru firing it wide of the post.In a 21st minute move, a full charged-up ATK dished out some amazing interplay between Garcia, Nato and Fikru who found himself in front of an open goal. But the Ethiopian let the team down firing it wide of the post in the best chance of the first-half.advertisementIf Fikru’s shot broke the hearts of the 45,000-odd crowd in the first-half, former Liverpool star Luis Garcia hit the crossbar after a powerful curling left-footer on the edge of the box in the 62nd minute.The Spaniard sent the ball curling towards the right top corner but the framework denied him as ATK had to settle for one point to retain their lead over the Chennai side on top of the league table by virtue of goal difference.ATK made a couple of changes to their line up as their influential playmaker Jofre, who was suspended for their last match, returned in place of Kingshuk Debnath while Lester Fernandez replaced Cavin Lobo.In their battle for the top spot, Chennaiyin FC also made two changes, bringing in Eric Djemba-Djemba and Dane Pereira for Bojan Djordjic and Denson Devdas.Starting XI(from):Atletico de Kolkata: Subhasish Chowdhury(gk); Baljit Sahni, Arnab Mondal, Josemi, Biswajit Saha; Ofentse Nato, Borja Fernandez; Lester Fernandez, Luis Garcia(c), Jofre; Fikru Teferra Chennaiyin FC: Gennaro Bracigliano(gk); Dane Pereira, Gouramangi Singh, Mikael Silvestre, Dhanachandra Singh; Harmanjot Khabra, Marco Materazzi, Eric Djemba-Djemba; Elano Blumer(c); Balwant Singh, Stiven mendoza Valencialast_img read more