I read about & watched a video on the Rodney King incident (a black construction worker & victim of police brutality) a while back in April, before any of the current lynchings, hate crimes, racial prejudice & protests/fights for rights started & now, I realize that the cycle of hatred does indeed go on, mostly because of the failure to learn from mistakes & repeating them instead of learning from them.And now, more injustice meted out against the black community with HUMAN BEINGS like George Lloyd, Breonna Taylor & so many others including a pregnant woman who took to the streets to protest mercilessly falling victim to the police acting like criminals & thugs. Are we seriously living in a topsy turvy world right now? I’m losing faith in humanity day by day when news like this comes to the fore.& I use that term ‘comes to the fore’ because it’s usually hidden away by the perpetrators themselves & not because they’re ashamed that they did it, but because they don’t want anyone knowing the truth or knowing how much evil they’re capable of.I’m pointing fingers at the authorities who are meant to serve & protect & at those who victim-shame as well. Mend your ways, please.
The Canadian Sport Horse Association (CSHA) has launched an exciting new initiative for pony breeders: the Canadian Sport Pony registry.It will have similar objectives to the Canadian Sport Horse Association, to promote the development of sport ponies in Canada from an evolving to distinct breed.“There has been overwhelming support for a truly Canadian sport pony registry in Canada. The CSHA recognizes that there are many high quality Canadian-bred ponies that currently have limited opportunities for registration,” says CSHA national board member Joanna Fast, who helped to develop the Canadian Sport Pony criteria. “As a result, the CSHA has developed a new sport pony studbook within the structure of the CSHA. The new sport pony studbook will offer a registry that will have similar standards and procedures as the horse studbook of the Association.“We are excited to promote the development and improvement of Canadian-bred ponies. The registry will focus on the advancement of ponies that can excel in various areas of sport.”Given the diversity of ponies that compete in the various disciplines, the Canadian Sport Pony will welcome a wide range of ponies into the registry.The breeding aim of the Canadian Sport Pony registry is to produce a pony of sport body type between 11 and 15 HH with a good disposition, capable of competing successfully at all levels of competition in hunter, jumper, dressage, eventing and combined/pleasure driving.The Canadian Sport Pony studbook will mirror the structure of the CSHA but will have its own separate books.Canadian Sport Pony stallion and mare inspections will be similar to the procedures of Canadian Sport Horse inspections with evaluation on conformation, movement, and temperament. Stallions will be required to free jump.As with Canadian Sport Horses, a Performance Premium structure will also be available to Canadian Sport Ponies.Sport pony owners who have their ponies inspected and registered during this inaugural year will be offered generous discounts on registration and inspection fees.Canadian Sport Pony classes will be held in conjunction with CSHA shows, with the goal of a full breeding division at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.“The CSHA is delighted to offer this new registry for Canadian pony breeders. We will work hard on providing opportunities for the advancement, promotion and improvement of sport ponies across Canada and recognizing the achievements of Canadian-bred ponies,” says Ms. Fast.For more information on the Canadian Sport Pony registry, contact the CSHA at 613-686-6161 or email [email protected] Tags: Canadian Sport Horse Association, CHSA, Canadian Sport Pony registry, Joanna Fast, Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews
Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail(CHARLOTESVILLE, Va.) — The man who faces charges for ramming his car into a crowd during the infamous white nationalist rally that rocked Charlottesville in 2017 may claim that he did so in self-defense.Attorney John Hill told the jury pool that evidence will show James Alex Fields “thought he was acting in self-defense.”The revelation came as lawyers in Virginia are working to pick the jury that will hear the case against Fields, who faces a first-degree murder charge for killing counter-protester Heather Heyer in the incident. He also faces eight other charges relating to injuries and one relating to fleeing the scene of an accident.The 10 charges he is facing in this upcoming trial in the Charlottesville City Circuit Court are separate from the 30 federal charges he faces that relate to hate crimes. One of those federal charges is eligible for the death penalty.Fields, 21, entered a not guilty plea to the federal charges in August. Attempts by ABC News to reach Fields’ attorney were not immediately successful.The Charlottesville City Circuit Court has blocked off until Wednesday to complete jury selection and the trial can begin as soon as the jury is picked, according to Brian Wheeler, a spokesperson for the City of Charlottesville.Local newspaper The Daily Progress reports that there are 360 people in the pool of potential jurors — which it describes as the largest in recent memory.When the charges were announced, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the federal indictments “should send a clear message to every would-be criminal in America that we aggressively prosecute violent crimes of hate that threaten the core principles of our nation.”In the case description by the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Western District of Virginia, Fields is described as having social media accounts in which he “expressed and promoted his belief that white people are superior to other races and peoples; expressed support of the social and racial policies of Adolf Hitler and Nazi-era Germany, including the Holocaust, and espoused violence against African Americans, Jewish people and members of other racial, ethnic and Religious groups he perceived to be non-white.”According to the federal indictment unsealed in late June, Fields drove from his home in Ohio to attend the “Unite the Right” rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, which featured white supremacist leaders, and that he joined in “chants promoting or expressing white supremacist and other anti-Semitic and racist views.”After local authorities declared the rally an “unlawful assembly” and dispersed participants, Fields, according to the indictment, returned to his car and drove to where the counter-demonstration was occurring on Fourth Street in downtown Charlottesville. Protesters were chanting and carrying signs promoting equality and denouncing racial and other forms of discrimination. With no vehicle behind him, Fields slowly reversed his vehicle to the top of a hill, according to the indictment.“Fields then rapidly accelerated, ran through a stop sign and across a raised pedestrian mall, and drove directly into the crowd, striking numerous individuals, killing Heather Heyer, and injuring many others,” the indictment alleges. “Field’s vehicle stopped only when it struck another vehicle … He then rapidly reversed his vehicle and fled the scene.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Azure Cloud ServicesAWS Cloud ServicesGitHubRedhat SatelliteRedhat OpenshiftJenkins Automation ServerDropboxRHEL Linux 7.x and higherAnsibleVMware vSphereApache ServerDockerMySQL To provide technical advice to ITS support staff.To participate in the growth and development of thedepartment. This involves: To work directly with faculty and staff on enterpriseprojects. To determine hardware and software needs. Thisinvolves: Attending departmental staff meetings as requestedCommunicating effectively with supervisor concerning pertinentdepartmental and university mattersPromoting an image of efficiency and courtesy throughout theuniversity community and consistent with the department’smission. Promoting the proper utilization of equipment andmaterialsReporting immediately to supervisor any unsafe workingconditions. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL NEEDED: Must demonstrate an advancedknowledge of linux server software; must possess strongtroubleshooting skills; needs excellent communication skills; mustbe a motivated self-starter, especially in the area of learning newhardware and technology; must possess an excellent customer serviceorientation toward internal staff and campus users and haveknowledge of commonly used concepts, practices andprocedures.UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS: Some heavy lifting may berequired.REPORTS TO: Director, Infrastructure ServicesESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:To administer several enterprise systems. Thisinvolves: To perform other related duties as dictated byresponsibilities.Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.Disclaimer:The above information on this description has been designed toindicate the general nature and level of work performed byemployees within this classification. It is not designed to containor be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties,responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assignedto this job.Category:ITS – AdminAll offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactorybackground check.Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Actionemployer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in thisspirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons ofcolor, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresentedgroups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations toall qualified individuals with a disability.Load a resume or CV first, then upload supporting documentsincluding a cover letter at the bottom of the third page under the”My Experience” section where it says to upload a Resume/CV.You will be able to upload up to 5 other documents in this section.You will be unable to edit your application, so please have alldocuments available before applying. Faculty Positions : Ifyou need to upload more than 5 documents, please either combinethem to upload or email the additional documents to the applicablecontact in the job description. Staff positions : If youneed to upload more than 5 documents, please either combine them toupload or email them to [email protected] Job Description:DIVISION: ITSDEPARTMENT: Enterprise Platform GroupBASIC FUNCTION: Administers, maintains, troubleshoots, andupgrades linux servers. Plans and executes deployment of enterprisesystems. Monitors and maintains security of server based systems.Aids in the overall management of directory services. Trains andprovides technical advice to other ITS staff members, andUniversity Staff as needed.EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent. Certificationin RHEL 7.0 or greater. BA/BS or equivalent related experiencedesired.EXPERIENCE: 4 years of technical field experience with atleast 2 years of system administration experience. Willingness andability to research and support new hardware and software is anecessity. Must have a strong background in Linux OpenShift, andSatellite Server Management, experience with Identity Management,Directory Services, Data Backup, Data Center Cloud TransitionStrategies. Must possess excellent interpersonal communicationskills and have a customer-service orientation toward internalstaff and campus users. Must have in-depth knowledge of at leastfour or more of the following core competencies: Determining specifications and ordering new hardware andsoftwareAbility to evaluate commercial and open source solutionsIdentifying opportunities to repurpose or recyclesystems.Making recommendations on enterprise architecture anddesignHelping specify and order enterprise hardwareAbility to embark upon major enterprise system changes orupgrades Controlling access levels or delegating access control to powerusersCreating and enforcing user polices.Managing upgrades and updatesMonitoring system health and usageIdentifying opportunities for process and policy improvement toincrease performance and functionalityDocumenting relevant work tasks for distribution to peers andusersAddressing break/fix issues Work directly with departments on Web Hosting Issues To promote safe and secure working conditions. Thisinvolves:
Photo illustration of Sam Zell by The Real Deal. The investor has made a fortune playing the distressed game. But even he’s on the sidelines for now.When the markets begin to melt, people usually look to see what Sam Zell is up to.The billionaire real estate investor made his fortune and reputation by acquiring distressed assets on the cheap and disposing of properties at the zenith of the market. He sold Blackstone Group the Equity Office portfolio for $39 billion in 2006, the largest-ever leveraged buyout at the time. In 2012, he bought the 45,000-unit Archstone multifamily portfolio for $16 billion (including debt) from Lehman Brothers, paying $6 billion less than Lehman did back in 2007.Many expected Zell to pounce on the current situation, with so many players losing their shirts. But unlike in past crises, he’s yet to see an opening in this one.“There’s very little opportunity to do anything,” Zell said, in a candid conversation with Bloomberg Tuesday. “Everybody is in a deer in the headlights kind of state.”ADVERTISEMENTZell noted there’s been “very little opportunity at price discovery.” Sellers, he said, are still operating using comps from eight weeks ago, when the global markets were still intact, while buyers expect fat discounts given the situation.“When you’ve got that big a spread, nothing happens,” he said.Sitting in a room filled with scale models and books about motorcycles — Zell is an avid rider and aware that the press eats that up, once telling Blackstone’s Jon Gray that it was important to have a “hook” — Zell saved his most dire prognosis for the retail industry, which others have warned is on the brink of systemic collapse.(Related: Watch: Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace on the need for a retail bailout)The anchor, Erik Schatzker, asked if shuttered retail stores in prime corridors would still have some inherent value, or if they would become “what the residential blocks in Detroit and Cleveland became after the financial crisis.” Zell said he couldn’t say for sure, as social distancing had fundamentally changed the value of retail space.“Retail always had the best corners,” he said. “Well, the best corners are defined as where the traffic is. But if the overall level of traffic diminishes, then the definition of best corners doesn’t sound quite the same way.” Zell also expressed concern for the hotel sector, predicting that “we’ll see a lot of hotels that basically can’t reopen” given the high costs of doing so and the lower demand.“We were already beginning to see oversupply affecting RevPar and occupancy,” he said. “Unquestionably, this is going to make things worse.” Single-family rental housing is also going to feel the pain, he said, given the wave of unemployment.“In an average Equity Residential [Zell’s company] complex, you have 300 units,” he said. “In a single-family house, you have one unit. And if that one tenant loses his job, you could end up with a significant vacancy factor.”Other major distressed players have begun gearing up funds for what’s to come. Apollo Global Management is shifting money from its $25 billion private-equity fund into the distressed-debt space, and Howard Marks’ Oaktree Capital is looking to raise $15 billion for the same purpose.“Bankruptcies are what you need to clear markets and what you need to end recessions and dips,” Zell said. “The fact that there’s a lot more distressed players today will help clear the market, but it also means that there aren’t anywhere near as many opportunities as there were in the past.”He said it was not realistic to expect a V-shaped recovery, given that there is no precedent for the kind of global economic paralysis we’re seeing and the yet-unknown long-term effects of social distancing.“I haven’t shaken hands with anybody in eight weeks,” he said. “I have no frame of reference for that. I went out and got takeout food last night from a Michelin-starred restaurant. I’ve never gotten takeout from a Michelin-starred restaurant before. But I don’t think a Michelin-starred restaurant has ever provided takeout before.”
Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market (Photo supplied/City of Elkhart) What’s old is new again in Elkhart.For the fourth time in four administrations, the City of Elkhart logo has changed.This time, The Elkhart Truth reports it’s back to the Elk head design encompassed in a heart shape. It’s the same logo former Mayors Dick Moore and Jim Perron had previously used.Now, fellow Democrat Rod Roberson is using it, as well. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Previous articleDecison made in South Bend Police tapes case, recordings still not releasedNext articleOnline reporting available in St. Joseph County for theft, vandalism 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Twitter City of Elkhart switches back to old logo for their “new” logo WhatsApp Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – February 3, 2020 0 537
Tuesday, 31 March will be remembered as the day when the killing on the high seas began in earnest this year. On that day news reached the shore that a boat carrying more than 200 people trying to reach Italy capsized off the Libyan coast, killing most of those on board. While the number killed in this incident was unusually high, the fact that a boat went down with its human cargo is all too frequent an event. Many more similar incidents will occur this year before the weather makes it too difficult even to attempt the voyage from Africa to Europe in flimsy boats. Frontex, the EU’s border agency, says illegal crossings at the EU’s land and sea borders rose by 20% between 2007 and 2008. Judith Kumin, director of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees EU Liaison Office, said that Europe should not be surprised by the fact that people want to come here if it is impossible for them to provide for themselves and their families at home. “Ultimately we need to make it possible for people to live a safe, productive life in their own countries. Migration should be a choice, not a necessity,” she said. Broad approach While the EU has tried to take a broader approach to migration in recent years, surveillance and sea patrols are often the only visible aspect of its policy. “Everyone wants a silver bullet when in fact we need a multi-faceted response. Migration is not just a justice and home affairs issue. The problem cannot be solved by building walls,” said Kumin. Jean-Philippe Chauzy of the International Organization for Migration said the current approach to migration merely blocks off some routes while others open up. When the Moroccan border with the Spanish enclave of Ceuta was reinforced, migrants switched to the African west coast as a launchpad to Spain’s Canary Islands. Now the focus is on Italy’s southernmost islands. “There needs to be a broad-based approach. You can do joint patrols and increase border surveillance, but that’s not going to solve the issue,” said Chauzy. Frontex has yet to begin its operation in the eastern Mediterranean – entitled Nautilus – this year, because it is waiting for the member states involved to “agree on various aspects of the operational plan”, said a spokeswoman. Its Hera operation off the Canary Islands is ongoing. Demands As the route to Italy from the Libyan coast becomes the focus for people-smugglers, Tripoli is being wooed to deal with the problem. Talks between Jacques Barrot, European commissioner for justice, freedom and security, and Libya’s EU ambassador ended last week with the commissioner saying Tripoli had demanded too much. “Libya is asking for funding and logistical means for the surveillance of its southern border,” he was quoted as saying. But meeting these demands is “very difficult,” he added. Bruce Leimsidor, a professor at University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, said the policy of engaging third countries in the crackdown on illegal immigration forces undocumented workers to come to Europe. Pressuring transit countries to make it difficult for people to stay means that migrants there “are now jumping on boats,” he says. Recruitment In a 2006 report on Mauritania, Amnesty International highlighted the difficulties in recruiting other countries to police migration flows into Europe. Migrants “have been held for several days in a detention centre at Nouadhibou (northern Mauritania), where some have been ill-treated by members of the Mauritanian security forces”, said the report. But even such repression does not deter desperate people from making the journey to Europe. Nor have the EU’s policies so far. Fact File ILLEGAL CROSSINGS IN 2008The overall number of illegal crossings is estimated at 175,000, with Italy, Greece and Spain accounting for 85% of that figure.Sea crossings Italy: Lampedusa 31,300 Sicily 3,300 Sardinia 1,600 Mainland 800 Greece: 31,700 Spain: Canary Islands 9,200 Other sea borders 7,000 Malta: 2,842 Land crossings Greece: Albanian border 38,600 Turkish border 14,500 Spain: Ceuta and Melilla 7,500 Eastern European land border (including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania): 3,600 Source: Frontex (figures based on submissions from member states, which use different data collecting methods) “The smugglers are generally more creative than the latest enforcement measure,” said Kumin.
“All major challenges to which we are exposed, flight and migration, climate change and energy policy, unemployment and poverty, war and expulsion, violence and terror, or the digital transformation. All this can only be solved together,” he said.Van der Bellen won last December’s presidential election by beating the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer with 53.8 percent of the vote. The election was rerun after a May ballot was annulled because of voting irregularities.“My vote as president has been a clear rejection of nationalism, protectionism and simplistic populism,” he said, adding that “nationalism does not solve a single problem, but creates new ones instead.”This story was corrected to note Van der Bellen beat Hofer with 53.8 percent of the vote. Also On POLITICO Opinion Europe’s problem is not populism By Alberto Mingardi Far right feels squeeze on EU funding By Harry Cooper Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen called upon MEPs to prevent Europe from being destroyed as part of his first foreign trip since taking office last month.In a passionate speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg Tuesday, Van der Bellen said “rebuilding what was once destroyed is laborious and time-consuming. It takes only a few minutes to chop down a tree, but for it to grow again, it takes decades.”Van der Bellen said Europe should set an example for the rest of the world, and called for the Continent to be unified to counter populist movements across the EU.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePrison authorities in southern India are planning to introduce thousands of inmates to poetry, literature and music in a novel rehabilitation program that also sheds some light into their lives… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore