iStock(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — Just hours after gunning down a Florida father in front of his family in a dispute over a handicap parking space, the suspect told detectives he opened fire when the unarmed man shoved him to the ground and took one step toward him, a scenario that appears to go against a security video showing the victim step back when he saw the suspect pull a firearm.A video of the lengthy interrogation of suspect Michael Drejka by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives was shown to a jury on Thursday, the second day of the 48-year-old suspect’s trial on a manslaughter charge stemming from the 2018 fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida.“What’s going through my mind is he’s coming after me again. I was thinking he’s going to finish what he started,” Drejka told detectives, according to the interrogation video.Drejka, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, told detectives that after the victim “blindsided me out of nowhere” and “tackled” him to the ground outside the Circle A store, he drew his Glock pistol from his holster as McGlockton took a step toward him.“He barely took the second step before I pulled the trigger,” Drejka told detectives George Moffett and Richard Redman, according to the video.He said that from his position on the ground, he never saw McGlockton’s face or hands before he fired.“I could see his legs. I know he was a black guy, that’s all,” he told the detectives, according to the video.He said McGlockton never said a word to him and he didn’t say anything to him before he shot him.“If he hadn’t twitched, I would have never pulled the trigger,” Drejka had said. “The feet said he was coming toward me and so did the hips.”Video footage from a security camera in front of the Circle A that captured the July 19, 2018, fatal shooting appears to contradict what Drejka told the detectives.The security video, which has been played multiple times for the six-member jury, shows Drejka apparently arguing with McGlockton’s girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, over why she was parked in a handicap space when McGlockton comes out of the store and shoves Drejka to the ground. In a split second, Drejka pulls his gun and fires as McGlockton was stepping away from the man, according to the security video.During the interrogation, which Drejka submitted to after waiving his Miranda rights to remain silent, Det. Moffett challenged Drejka’s recollection of how the shooting transpired.“What if I tell you I looked at the video and he took a step back?” Moffett asked Drejka.Drejka responded, “I’d disagree.”Drejka initially invoked Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” self-defense law that went into effect in 2005, allowing people to use lethal force if they consider their lives to be in imminent jeopardy. But Drejka and his attorneys have since scrapped that argument in favor of a plain self-defense case.During the interrogation, which occurred almost 6 hours after the shooting, Drejka explained that he has a “pet peeve” about people parking in handicap spaces despite not being disabled himself. He said that when he saw Jacobs sitting in a car in the handicap space, he examined the front and rear of her car to see if it had a disabled person parking permit.“I said it’s not very polite to park there when there’s other people that need to use this,” Drejka said he told Jacobs, according to the interrogation video. ‘”She says, “Is it affecting you directly?’ I said, ‘If my mother-in-law rolls in, yes it will.’”On Wednesday, Jacobs testified that Drejka was yelling and cursing at her for parking in a handicapped spot. She said she was inside the car with her two younger children, an infant and a 3-year-old, and that Drejka “scared” her.“He was more angry and aggressive. He was yelling and pointing and telling me where I should park,” Jacobs testified. “I just wanted this man to leave me alone, just leave me and my babies alone.”Moffett, during the interrogation, asked Drejka why he didn’t call law enforcement when he saw Jacobs in the handicap spot, saying, “wouldn’t you think it would be better instead of putting yourself in that type of circumstance that could escalate?”Drejka responded, “Why bother you with stupid things like that?”He said by the time law enforcement arrived, the person he complained about would have already left the scene, adding, “They always do.”“When I just say something to a person about being parked there, I don’t expect it to go where it went,” Drejka told the detectives.Moffett pressed him, asking if he was concerned about prompting a violent confrontation when he previously complained about people parking in handicap spaces.Drejka answered, “That’s why I take precautions. I’m a very careful person. I have a [concealed weapon] permit.”Near the end of the interrogation, Moffett informed Drejka that McGlockton had died.“Thanks for telling me,” Drejka said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Last Thursday marked the 7th International Day of the Girl. Not just a trending hashtag, or a reason to post pics on your Instagram and Facebook pages, October 11th is an international observance day declared by the United Nations in 2012 to increase awareness of gender inequality. The celebration of the day also reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women in societies around the world in equal and influential roles, with an understanding that we still have a long way to go. It is a day used by many philanthropists to promote their causes, such as the Global Girls Alliance initiative which announced last week to support over 98 million adolescent girls globally who are no longer sent to school. Leading by example is the best form of leadership and credit unions can continue to be proud of the example they set for girls, with women excelling in leadership in the industry.The gender gap within large U.S. corporations is alarming. Only 5.2 percent of the S&P 500 CEOs are women, while 4.8 percent of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. For comparison, according to an article this past May in CUInsight by Liz Santos of BFB Gallagher, across all credit unions the gender split between men and women chief executives is close to being equal with 48 percent women versus 52 percent men. A Filene Research Institute report put C-Suite roles held by women in credit unions even higher, at 53 percent. While this split widens as the credit union asset size increases, chief executives are 19 percent women versus 81 percent men in CU’s with greater than $1B in assets, the numbers are still impressively progressive when compared to other industries. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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RELATED ARTICLES Adell Amos is the Associate Dean for Academic affairs and Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Law at the University of Oregon. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Throughout the United States, however, the law recognizes the public nature of water. Under the public trust doctrine, each state holds title to the water within the state in trust for the people of the state.Given the competing demands for water use, principles of U.S. law seek to balance these competing needs and uses to ensure that the public’s rights to water are protected.In the eastern United States, there is the riparian system that protects reasonable use of water among all landowners along rivers or streams. In the western part of the country, the doctrine of prior appropriation requires a permit to use water based on showing that the water will be put to beneficial use without waste.The public nature of water ensures that individual private interests never fully control who gets access to water and when, where and how water is used. In fact, when an individual has a right to use water, that right is known as a “usufructory” interest — that is, the right to use the water without owning the water itself.Granting a usufructory interest — something that doesn’t fully privatize a water right — makes good sense when you think about the nature of water.Short of putting water in a bottle and selling it by the ounce, water is difficult to possess and reduce to ownership. It is a shared resource that is used over and over again as the molecules of water make their way through the hydrologic system.Water falls from the sky, runs along the ground, and percolates into the groundwater system. It is taken up by plants and trees, consumed by people and animals, and eventually makes its way through one mechanism or another back into the groundwater or surface water sources, only to flow further down the system to be used again or eventually evaporate back into the atmosphere to start the process all over again.Private ownership of drops of water presents a complex problem, not only as a legal matter, but as an ethical public policy choice as well.The debate over rainwater collection demonstrates this complexity.Don’t homeowners in Colorado have the right to collect rain that falls on their rooftop? At the same time, doesn’t a senior water right holder have a right to have the rain enter the stream so that their right can be satisfied?Our legal system evolved ways to deal with this complex reality, with our state governments empowered to manage this resource among competing interests on behalf of all of us.In the eastern United States, where rainfall is plentiful and competing uses for water are rare, the riparian system allows any landowner adjacent to a water source to use its water. If there is a conflict about the quantity of water available for a certain use, that conflict is resolved by using legal standards to sort through the reasonableness of each individual’s use.In the western United States, where competition among users has always been more commonplace, each individual state requires a permit for water use. These permits are awarded pursuant to the doctrine of prior appropriation. For example, irrigated agriculture often holds senior water rights (issued under state law) and Indian tribes often hold even more senior rights (based on federal law).When conflict arises, disputes are resolved using the legal principle of first-in-time, first-in-right that protects the most senior, beneficial, non-wasteful uses of water. Or at least that is the theory. U.S. water law, east and westBoth the rainwater collectors and the existing water rights holders, such as irrigators or municipalities with water rights to river flows or groundwater sources, believe they have a fully private interest in any water they use. Many of us never think about who gets to use the drops of rain that fall from the sky. But it’s an increasingly pertinent question as more people look to collect rainwater as a way to conserve water, live off the grid, or save money on water bills.As a result, many states in the arid West are now asking whether rain barrels are allowed under existing law and policy and, in some cases, are setting limits on the practice of rainwater catchment.Colorado has gone further than any of its neighbors by requiring a permit for any rainwater collection. Meanwhile, Utah put rainwater harvesting rules into effect in 2010 with some restrictions, and Washington legalized rainwater collection in 2009, while leaving the state the “ability to restrict if there are negative effects on instream values or existing water rights.”Why this worry over rainwater harvesting?If everyone captures the rain that falls on rooftops and through downspouts of homes, the argument goes, then the water will never reach the rivers and streams. If this happens, existing water users may not be able to access their rights to use the water.This concern, however, overstates the issue and risks missing more concrete opportunities for water conservation and efficiency. A more effective way to address decreasing water supply would be for states to apply the legal principles prohibiting waste and demanding reasonable water use, which have long been embedded in any right to use water. In Colorado, Even the Rain Is Spoken ForCalifornia City Pushes Water ConservationDry Is the New NormalCalifornia’s Real Water CrisisSaving Water — Saving EnergyIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las Vegas Water waste and powerful interestsSo how does this relate to the regulation of rainwater harvesting?If the primary concerns are that somehow rainwater barrels will limit the amount of water in the system, reduce availability of water, and potentially impact existing rights, then there may be better ways to address this concern.Rather than devoting resources to regulating individual rain barrels — a logistically difficult task — it may make more sense for state water agencies to get serious about enforcing principles of waste.To enforce waste reduction policies, water resource management agencies in each state would need to set standards on how much water is needed to carry out a particular use. They then would need to measure water use to ensure that individual permit holders are not taking more water than what is necessary to accomplish their purpose.Many longstanding water users take more water than they need, under the principle of use-it-or-lose-it. In western water law, if you don’t use the water, you risk forfeiting your water right. As a result, many users divert the full quantity of their water right whether that amount is needed or not.If the states crack down on waste, it will bring this longstanding practice into the spotlight. 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Matt Asay Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Tags:#data center#SDN#software defined data center#software defined networking#storage#VMware Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Today the race is on to virtualize all aspects of the data center. Dubbed the software-defined data center (SDDC) or sometimes software defined networking (SDN), SDDC is a market IDC projects will top $3.7 billion by 2016.It’s a hot market, too: just this week, Cisco, IBM, VMware, Red Hat and others have banded together under a Linux Foundation-hosted consortium called OpenDaylight. But while this is a significant step toward virtualizing the networking layer of the data center, it may simply be a prelude to the next phase of virtualization: storage.VMware led the way in virtualizing servers in the data center, creating enormous value for its shareholders over the last decade. Originally acquired by EMC for $635 million in 2003, VMware is now a standalone company with a market capitalization of more than $30 billion. Last year it acquired a leading SDN startup, Nicira, for nearly $1.3 billion. That move scared a lot of data center vendors – primarily Cisco – who don’t want to see VMware dominate networking virtualization as completely as it came to own server virtualization.Too often overlooked in all the billions of dollars sloshing around servers and networking competition in SDDC is the laggard, storage. Traditional storage is a $10 billion annual business, but until recently it hasn’t made much headway into virtualization.That may be about to change. To better understand the trends shaping the rise of the software-defined storage play, I sat down recently with Dr. Kieran Harty, CEO of Tintri, makers of storage systems for software defined data centers, and one of a core virtualization pioneer. Harty ran engineering at VMware from 1999 to 2006 and his teams created the software products that virtualized the server side of the SDDC equation.ReadWrite: Remind us again what VMware was trying to do a dozen years ago when your teams were focused on bringing virtualization to servers.Harty: The basic problems virtualization solved back then we called server consolidation and over-provisioning. Business wanted to move compute workloads from large, costly, proprietary, single servers (usually Sun servers) running one application, oftentimes at only 10% of capacity, to clusters of cheap, commodity, Linux servers. VMware pioneered a technology called the hypervisor that allowed virtualization to make this possible – on the server.ReadWrite: Today VMware enjoys roughly 90% market share in server virtualization. The spectacular success of server virtualization begs the big question of what comes next. Can the same benefits of virtualization on servers be applied to the rest of the data center?Harty: This is what gives rise to the concept of the software-defined data center (SDDC) – a data center with infrastructure that is fundamentally more flexible, automated and cost-effective; infrastructures that understand application workloads and can automatically and efficiently allocate pooled resources to match the application demands. Rather than construct data centers full of over-provisioned and siloed resources, a SDDC would more efficiently utilize and share all aspects of the infrastructure: servers, networking and storage.While servers, and to a lesser extent networks, have embraced SDDC, storage lags significantly behind and continues to cause a great deal of pain in the data center today. Fortunately, some of the key technologies that brought the sweeping changes to servers and networks are taking shape for storage.ReadWrite: What kind of changes?Harty: A quick look at some of the most successful disruptive technologies reveals that many of them “crossed the chasm” with the help of a few common key ingredients: standardization, hardware innovation and abstraction. In the case of server virtualization, the standardization of Intel’s x86 platform and the proliferation of the open source Linux operating system massively disrupted the server market. Armed with a new generation of multi-core processors and VMware’s hypervisor technology, server virtualization conquered the data center. Networks followed a similar path starting with TCP/IP standardizing the network protocol. Gigabit Ethernet increased transmission speed by an order of magnitude. OpenFlow, which set the foundation of an open and standards-based software-defined networking, paved the way for the most significant changes in networks in several decades. ReadWrite: What kinds of changes in standards, hardware innovation and abstraction are leading to disruption in the storage market?Harty: For 20 years, little has changed in the world of legacy storage designed for physical environments. As data centers become more virtualized, there is a growing gap due to the complete mismatch between how storage systems were designed and the demands of virtual environments. It’s a bit like people who don’t speak the same languages and have a hard time understanding each other – storage speaks LUNs and volumes; servers speak VMs. As a result, they don’t understand each other very well. Storage allocation, management and performance troubleshooting for the virtualized infrastructure are difficult, if not impossible with legacy storage. Companies have tried to work around this obstacle by over-provisioning storage which is very expensive and increases complexity.ReadWrite: Is there where flash technology enters and disrupts storage? Can we power through these legacy storage challenges with performance improvements that are an order of magnitude over those of traditional spinning disk?Harty: Storage has always been about performance and data management. Flash removes the performance challenges and levels the competitive playing field for storage vendors. Flash enables very dense storage systems that can host thousands of VMs in just a few rack units of space. But flash by itself – without the intelligence – only gets us so far. And while some industry players are attempting to make virtualization products adapt to legacy storage through APIs, or retrofit legacy storage to become virtualization aware, neither goes far enough to bridge the yawning gap between these two mismatched technologies – you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. What is needed to solve this problem is storage that has been completely redefined to operate in the virtual environment and uses the constructs of virtualization. In short, VM-aware storage.ReadWrite: What do you mean, VM-aware?Harty: Virtualized environments require storage designed for virtualization. Enterprises expecting to get the full benefit out of the software-defined data center need storage that’s simple and agile to manage, while delivering the performance required by modern applications. They will need storage that understands the IO patterns of virtual environments and that automatically manages quality of service (QoS) for each VM. We eliminate an entire layer of unnecessary complexity if we stop talking about LUNs or volumes. The broad adoption of virtual machines as the data center lingua franca gives us de facto standardization for software-defined storage. The rapid growth and declining cost of flash technology provides the hardware innovation. This leaves us with the one last essential missing piece – the abstraction between storage and VMs, an abstraction that understands VMs while being able to abstract and pool the underlying storage resources and deliver the benefits of simple, high performing and cost effective storage. We call that VM-aware storage.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Thank you to the nearly 170 participants who were able to join our April 12 web presentation “Financial Implications of Divorce,” presented by Dr. Barbara O’Neill. Several great resources were shared in the chat box, and are presented here. If I missed anything, please leave additional resources in the comments section. Below is a great video resource about how children feel during divorce. We ran out of time during the web presentation and were not able to show this video. Please take a moment to view it here.Wall Street Journal, Divorce: Splitting Up a Rich Military PensionTricare Continued Health Care Benefits Program Tricare Benefits Overview Service Members Relief Act 2012 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rates Types of BAH Net Worth Calculation Worksheet Spending Plan Worksheet Financial Emergency PreparednessLook Before You Leap, pre-marriage financial counseling workbook Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent Preventing Identity Theft Qualifying for Divorce Spouse Benefits Placing a “Credit Freeze” on Your Credit Report About Continued Health Care Benefit ProgramUniversity of Tennessee Extension Finances and Divorce program ($15)Beneficiary and Personal Representative DesignationsUniformed Services Former Spouse’s Protection ActDefense Finance Accounting Service Wage GarnishmentHow Children Feel at Divorce (YouTube video)Survivor Benefit ProgramReserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) Coverage and CostsChoosing a Divorce MediatorIf you were unable to join the April 12 presentation, you can view the archived session here. CEU approval for MFLN Personal Finance webinars expires 3 years after the live event. CEUs are no longer available for this webinar. For more information and to earn CEUs from more current webinars click here.Author: Molly C. Herndon (+Molly Herndon)
SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “I don’t know what to do about the crowd, even if he (Kasim) blocks, the crowd applauded,” said the 22-year-old Bautista.He said he got confused and in the chaos that gripped the cramped Hall 8 of the spanking new Malaysia Interntional Trade and Exhibition Center, left everything to God.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Good thing He didn’t leave me,” said the defending 52kg champion.His coach, former Asian Games champion Elias Recaido told him to get the opening round. LATEST STORIES PH Volcanoes lose steam, bow out of gold medal hunt MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We needed that first round, but in the second round he got too eager,” said Recaido. “I was telling him to go for his midsection.”That visibly slowed down Kasim in the third round and the arena noise fell several decibels lower.“Good start sir,” said Bautista. “I will just fight on.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments Ian Clark Bautista, right, with his coach Elias Recardo. INQUIRER/ Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Ian Clark Bautista punched his way through the flailing arms of his Malaysian foe Abdul Salam Kasim, whose every move elicited uproar from the big hometown crowd here Sunday.Fortunately for Bautista, his fists managed to silence them.ADVERTISEMENT
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When USC hits the field for the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin on December 30, we expect the Trojans to wear their classic helmets. Going chrome with the current design is about the extend of what we see with alternate looks from the Trojans, but that doesn’t stop some of the internet’s top graphic designers from playing with some cool ideas for the program. Fresh Football Helmets and Deeyung Entertainment came up with a cool USC concept, that uses a yellow base with red details and logos.What do you think, Trojan fans?
APTN National NewsThe number of kids in the Northwest Territories who are using drugs and alcohol is on the rise.How to curb that increase has long been discussed, but there has been little success.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers fins one school in Yellowknife that is trying program to steer young students to a healthier, happier path.